Monthly Archives: September 2008

York Haven Suspicious of Slavs

It was 1908. Although their families had been immigrants only a hundred years or so before, some York County people weren’t too sure about the new immigrants coming in to work at plants, mills and quarries or to build roads. … Continue reading

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Ice Cream of All Flavors for York

What would we do without ice cream? Even though it was served previously, the popularity of ice cream increased in America in the 1840s. Perhaps this was because Nancy Johnson invented the crank-type ice cream freezer about that time. According … Continue reading

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Early Dentists Kept York Chewing

Dentistry came into its own in the 19th century. According to the American Dental Association website, Samuel Stockton began manufacturing porcelain teeth in 1825. Amalgam fillings were introduced in America in the 1830s, and cohesive gold foil fillings became practical … Continue reading

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What Went on at the York Fair?

I n 1867 the York Fair was held in October, about a month later than the current September time slot. What did those fairgoers do for fun 140 years ago? The fairgrounds, which then stretched from King Street, just east … Continue reading

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Congress Invades York

If you are reading this, you are probably interested in York County history and know that York was the capital of the United States from the end of September 1777 through June 1778. The Revolutionary War was in full swing, … Continue reading

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Fires in Hanover Area Preventable

Every since humans discovered fire, we have been relying on it for cooking our food, keeping us warm, and lighting our way. We also know the destruction and tragedy accidental fires can cause. Three items, datelined Hanover, from the April … Continue reading

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York People Fascinated by “Different” People

York Fair week brings back memories of the midway when I was a child. Even though I never spent the money to go see them, I remember the hawkers and big tacky painted banners inviting fairgoers to step in and … Continue reading

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York County People Didn’t Always Speak English

Welsh’s Store in 1902 With Dollar Bible Sign. I still don’t understand why some people get upset when notices are published or signs posted in English and another language, usually Spanish nowadays. They seem to think that English is the … Continue reading

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