Monthly Archives: October 2008

York Wagon Ends up on Market Roof

Lewis Miller Drawing of “Some Wicked Boys at the Market House, 1804” Folk artist and chronicler Lewis Miller doesn’t say if the prank illustrated above occurred on Halloween or not, but it certainly would have been a fitting one for … Continue reading

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Reluctant York County Politician Predicts Loss

Henry Fortenbaugh didn’t figure he would be elected Sherriff of York County in 1877. Besides, he didn’t want to run anyway. The York Gazette ran excerpts from a “long letter” to the York Press concerning his extreme displeasure with the … Continue reading

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Yorkers Giggle

What did young people do for fun on Halloween week 99 years ago? According to the York Daily of October 30, 1909, there was some giggling going on. The article reads:

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Another Clue to York’s Camp Security

Researching history is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. You take little odd-shaped pieces and try to fit them together to create a complete picture. Along with others, I have been gathering information for years on Camp Security, where British … Continue reading

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Log Cabin Campaign Headquarters in York

Lewis Miller drawing of 1840 W.H.Harrison campaign headquarters. In 1840 Democrats derisively campaigned that the Whig candidate for President, William Henry Harrison, would be more at home in a log cabin. The Whigs seized the idea and used it as … Continue reading

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Surprise in Prague

Republicans try to get out the European vote with absentee ballot info. This post is about making history instead of reporting on it. And make history we will, whatever the outcome of the imminent presidential election. Earlier this month, while … Continue reading

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Love of Oysters and Ice Cream Nothing New in York

John Hetrick’s Strawberry Surprise Ice cream and oysters have each enjoyed a long popularity in York County eateries. A recent post quoted an 1845 ad announcing the grand opening of Gray’s ice cream parlor, and ads for oysters abound. Click … Continue reading

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York Politicians Sling Mud

Both congressional candidates were York County natives. The incumbent was a successful newspaper publisher and could boast of having marched off with the York Company to the defense of Baltimore in 1814. He had been a member of the committee … Continue reading

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Another Scam Pulled on York Businesses

Sometimes criminal minds seem brilliant in the convoluted ways they think up to fleece the public. On the other hand, sometimes the schemes are so simple that you wonder how so many people could have fallen for it. According to … Continue reading

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Little People Big in York

Tom Thumb ad illustration makes him look really small. I recently noted that people in York County have always seemed to turn out in droves for whatever entertainment came to town. In May 1849 the biggest little sensation to hit … Continue reading

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