Monthly Archives: May 2009

Feuding Neighbors in York County’s Conewago Township

In the latter part of the 19th century the country heard of the violent feuds of the Hatfield and McCoy clans on the West Virginia border. Though their story might be mostly forgotten, we still refer to feuding families or … Continue reading

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The (Railroad) Bridges of York County

Brig. General Herman Haupt I enjoyed the talk on the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Civil War given recently by Ivan E. Frantz, Jr. at the York Civil War Round Table. I was especially impressed by Brig. General Herman Haupt and … Continue reading

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Smallpox Feared in York’s Past

Lewis Miller drawing–Dr. Kennedy waxenate (vaccinate) 1799. Concern about the recent “Swine” N1H1 flu, and the precautions taken against it remind us of the days before many once virulent diseases were tamed by vaccines. About the only way to try … Continue reading

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Gold Fever Hits York County

Lewis Miller Drawing of the California Company Gold was discovered in California in early 1848. By the beginning of 1849, more adventurers from York County than you might think were headed for the gold fields, never mind the grueling voyage … Continue reading

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Balloons in York County Skies

Cut from James Mills’ Eye-catching Ad. The answer for Final Jeopardy this evening concerned two American presidents who witnessed the first balloon ascension in Paris and then, about ten years later, in 1793, the first American balloon ascension in Philadelphia. … Continue reading

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York Issues of Revolutionary War Pennsylvania Gazette Are Not Missing

Masthead of a York-printed Pennsylvania Gazette. The Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper is an extremely important source of information on the Revolutionary War era. Besides carrying general news of the war, the Gazette disseminated official proceedings of Continental Congress. The publishers, Hall … Continue reading

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Former York County Pastor Nearly Blown Away

You know how when it is really windy we sometimes exaggerate and say we were almost blown over. According to the York Dispatch of April 26, 1928, Rev. Dr. Milton K. Foster didn’t have to exaggerate:

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York County Woman Sent to Eastern Penitentiary

One of the most awesome, and chilling, buildings I have ever visited is the former Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. It was opened in 1829 and closed in 1971. After over 20 years in limbo it opened as a museum … Continue reading

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