Monthly Archives: September 2009

Former York Student Remembers Freedom Train

Freedom Train Scrapbooks In a recent York Sunday News column I wrote about the 1948 Freedom Train visit to York. I mentioned that there were scrapbooks about the train at the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. There are two scrapbooks, … Continue reading

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Charles Chips Missed in York County

Remember Charles Chips? I have been posting brief histories of York County potato chip makers and fellow blogger Jim McClure has touched on them too. Jim took the subject to the York Daily Record online Exchange community forum, which has … Continue reading

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James Smith, York’s Elusive Patriot

Lewis Miller drawings of James Smith, Sr. and James Smith, Jr. In my recent York Sunday News column I addressed how little we know about York’s signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Smith. There are even differences among the … Continue reading

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Another York County Chip Plant Thrives

El-Ge/Eagle/Frito-Lay Plant on Gillespie Drive When I started researching York County potato chips, I didn’t realize how much I would find, and I’m still only scratching the surface. I haven’t even gotten to my favorite yet, Utz. Previous posts covered … Continue reading

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More on York County Potato Chips

Former Senft’s potato chip factory on Sheridan Street After a recent post on the Bon-Ton/Bickels potato chip plant, I received some comments on Senft potato chips, including a question about where the Senft factory was located. After digging through the … Continue reading

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Red Lion Sailor Helped Keep Pacific Fleet Armed

The photo above, of the World War II victory celebration in the Philippines Islands Leyte Gulf, was sent back home to the editor of Red Lion Echoes by John H. Eberly, Y 3/c, USS Vesuvius AE-15. It was published, along … Continue reading

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York Photographer Took Excellent Enduring Photographs

The York Fair is rolling around again, with its entertainment, rides, animals, games, races, food and prizes. Take a stroll around the exhibition halls. The fair continues a long tradition of giving out awards for York County’s best. Talented Glenalvin … Continue reading

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York Welcomes the Freedom Train

York Welcomes the Freedom Train–that’s the title of the 40 page narrative report written for York’s 1948 Freedom Train Committee by Anna Lynch Morris. The cover above shows the streamlined train that carried precious documents of freedom on a nationwide … Continue reading

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York County Crazy over Fruit

Apple developed by James Hersh of neighboring Adams County, c.1880 Over the years, York area people have taken pride in their fruit and vegetables, growing gigantic specimens or even developing new strains. Click on these links for previous posts on … Continue reading

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