Monthly Archives: October 2009

Post World War II York Celebrates Halloween–Kilroy Was Here

Halloween 1946 in Downtown York As far back as I can remember, the parade through the streets of York has been the biggest event of the Halloween season. According to the November 1, 1946 Gazette and Daily, the parade had … Continue reading

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York County Canneries Go Back a Long Way

Lucky canning house, probably 1930s My 96-year-old mother-in-law remembers picking string beans at farms in Chanceford Township when she was 10 or so in the 1920s. She says she picked beans during the day and then helped snip them at … Continue reading

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York Weaver Offers Reward for Stolen Coverlets

Martin Hoke Coverlet York weaver Martin Hoke was so upset that a thief made off with four of his “coverlids” in 1843 that he offered quite a substantial reward for their return. They wouldn’t be too hard to identify as … Continue reading

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Equal Time for York County’s Martin’s Chips

Undated Martin’s brochure with big kettle. OK, even though I am an avowed fan of Utz potato chips, I feel obligated to give Martin’s equal time. Some of my best friends, and even beloved family members, like Martin’s best. (As … Continue reading

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Hanover’s Utz Potato Chips to Be Sold

Utz new Carlisle Street plant in 1950 Here I was, all ready to resume my “potato chip series,” working my way up to the biggies, including my favorite Utz chips, and what do I see when I pick this morning’s … Continue reading

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What Was Found at York’s Schultz House?

Tray of items found at one level in one hole of dig Many thousands of artifacts were found during the recent archaeological dig at the Schultz House, items such as pieces of pottery and dishes, bottle glass and window glass, … Continue reading

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Sunday’s York County Heritage Trust Oyster Fest Moved Indoors

Lewis Miller Drawing of Jacob Busser Singing about Wine You can enjoy a variety of good food and drink in comfort on October 18, no matter what the weather. Because of a dismal weather forecast, the 2009 Oyster Fest will … Continue reading

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York County’s Love Affair with Oysters

Lewis Miller drawing of Polly Waltemyer Opening Oysters Ah–fall, when York County thoughts turn to–Oysters. On Sunday, October 18, York County Heritage Trust will hold the 35th annual Oyster Fest at the Colonial Complex, W. Market St. and Pershing Ave. … Continue reading

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Whale Sighted in York

As I have pointed out before, York County, Pennsylvania wasn’t as isolated a century or two ago as some might imagine. Early roads, and then railroads, made travel relatively easy to Baltimore, Philadelphia and beyond. York County people go where … Continue reading

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Cannonball found in Northern York County

You might not to be too surprised to find Civil War artifacts in York County around Hanover, where Union General Kilpatrick met up with Confederate General Stuart, or near Wrightsville, where Union troops dug in to defend the bridge crossing … Continue reading

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