Monthly Archives: August 2008

York’s Small’s Meadow Field Had Real Hay and Cows

Small Field, the athletic field for York High, was the subject of a recent post. I checked further into the files at York County Heritage Trust and found that the gift was a real surprise to the York City school … Continue reading

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Wrightsville Civil War Soldier Remembered Confederates at Mt. Pisgah.

A 1917 newspaper account captured some reminiscences of David Sloat, who at 90 was one of the last three Civil War veterans in Wrightsville. After the war Sloat had moved to Ohio and lived there for fifty years, but he … Continue reading

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Why did York’s Baptist Alley Become Hope Avenue?

Sturdy old houses on Hope Ave. near Oak Lane. The very detailed Atlas of the City of York by Frederick Roe (1903), as illustrated below, shows Baptist Alley stretching west, between Princess Street and College Avenue, from South Queen Street … Continue reading

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Small Field in York Named for the Small Family

January 1916 drawing of Small Field by T. Tyrrell Heiges, Engr. A recent letter to the Editor in the York Daily Record mentioned Small Athletic Field, which is owned by the York City School District and site of York High … Continue reading

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Water Main Break in York Washes Huge Crater in Street

Four York Water employees: Leroy Chronister, Gerry Bolton, James Johnson, and Alexander Wilson work to repair the break. The recent broken 10-inch water main in South George Street has been repaired and the street resurfaced. The ride there was bumpy … Continue reading

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Hellam Tree House Makes the Movie News Reels

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a childhood friend who has lived in California for many years. She found a photo postcard that had belonged to her York County grandmother and wondered if I knew anything … Continue reading

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Long Level Soldier Wounded

A few days before armistice was declared between the Allies and Germany, ending the First World War, the York Gazette and Daily published a poignant letter written home by a York County soldier wounded in France. The heading read: “PRIVATE … Continue reading

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Many Well-Known Authors Have York County Ties

While I was helping to sort books for the annual York County Heritage Trust Book Blast, one of the other volunteers mentioned that she recently discovered that a best-selling author of horror novels lives in York County. (Plug for book … Continue reading

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York Descendent Shocked by Titanic Disaster

A previous post noted that a native Yorker, Richard M. Watt, was an expert witness in court concerning why the “unsinkable” Titanic sank. Click here to read that post. No one was more surprised that April day than the vice-president … Continue reading

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New Bridge Connects Wrightsville and Columbia after Civil War

Lewis Miller drawing of himself and friends admiring 1868 Wrightsville bridge. Bridges make our lives so much more convenient. We have recently been hearing about the high cost of maintaining bridges. They are, of course, much more expensive to build … Continue reading

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