Monthly Archives: August 2009

York Fair Horse Racing Thrives in 2009

Boy, was I wrong when I thought there were no longer horse races at the York Fair! Harness racing is scheduled on two exciting days for 2009. The first session will be Monday, September 14th at 6 p.m. and the … Continue reading

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First Pennsylvania German Governor Educated in York

Simon Snyder, Pennsylvania Governor 1808-1817 Simon Snyder, who served from 1808 to 1817, was the first of many Pennsylvania Governors to have Pennsylvania German roots. George Leader, Governor from 1955 to 1959, the only York County-born governor, was another. Even … Continue reading

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York Fair Horse Racing Good Sport

1929 York Fair Horse Racing York Fair time is rolling around again. Previous posts looked at horse racing at the fair in the 1860s and in the 1950s. In 1929, horses and jockeys were part of a fair racing circuit … Continue reading

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Red Lion Man Photographed Nagasaki Destruction

Nagasaki Destruction, August 1945 I am continuing to read through the Red Lion Echoes newsletters from World War II. Previous posts told of two Colonels from Yoe, Red Lion man present at Tojo’s attempted suicide and the quiet heroism of … Continue reading

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York Man Grows Figs

Fig orchard on East King Street I came across the striking photo above while looking for something else on the database at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. Volunteers are loading images from the vast photo collection into the database … Continue reading

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Back in Time with the Ma & Pa Railroad

Muddy Creek Forks store and station Today I went back about a century just by traveling a few miles into southeastern York County. For years I have been meaning to get down to Muddy Creek Forks on a Sunday afternoon. … Continue reading

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Red Lion Man Modest World War II Hero

I am still going through some of the Red Lion Echoes passed on to me by a friend. The World War II newsletter was for and about Red Lion area service men and women. Some of my favorite historical sources … Continue reading

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More on Disappearing York County Cemeteries

Subscribers for a cemetery fence in Spring Garden Township Blake Stough recently shared the above image of a document he had purchased on eBay some time ago. It lists subscribers for a fence to be built around “the old burial … Continue reading

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York County–Chicken Corn Soup and Harley-Davidson

One of my recent posts was on the long tradition of Sunday School picnics in York County, brought up by my plans to help at my church picnic at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Chanceford Township, always held the first … Continue reading

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York County People Love to Read

While spending about seven hours today, along with a host of other volunteers, sorting thousands and thousands of books donated to York County Heritage Trust for the annual Book Blast book sale, I once again contemplated the love of reading … Continue reading

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