Monthly Archives: December 2009

York Battery Manufacturer Defies Roosevelt’s National Recovery Administration

Battery manufacturer Frederick C. Perkins He just ran a small, struggling battery manufacturing plant that he had started from scratch ten years before. Why then was Fred Perkins of West York in the national spotlight, the subject of lengthy sympathetic … Continue reading

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York Women Need Lots of Hats

Not just feather trim. Hats seem to be making somewhat of a comeback, but I can’t imagine them ever coming close to their popularity in the 19th and early 20th centuries. York County Heritage Trust has just opened an exhibit … Continue reading

Posted in 1840s, 1850s, business, hats, retail stores, shopping, Universal York, women, York County | 2 Comments

York Baker Responsible for Chocolate Star and Rabbit Cookies

Dark chocolate Stauffer star cookie, actual size In 2004 I did an oral history interview with the late David Stauffer, Sr., the former head of the bakery business started by his grandfather, D. F. Stauffer. David Stauffer was then 103 … Continue reading

Posted in 1920s, bakers, food, industry, inventions, York County | 13 Comments

More on York’s Eastern Market

White Rose Arena between Market and Philadelphia Streets in 1930 My recent post outlined the origins of York’s Eastern Market. The vendors were ousted from the market house, which had operated since the late 1880s at 480 East Market Street, … Continue reading

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York’s Eastern Market Didn’t Stay Put

Eastern Market House in late 1946 There is nowhere better than a farmers’ market for good fresh food at very reasonable prices. Recent posts briefly explored York’s Central Market and Farmers Market, both of which have operated at their original … Continue reading

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York County Hex Murder Defendant Taught by Well-Know Artist in Prison.

Fellow blogger Jim McClure just finished a four-part series on whatever happened to the “Hex” murder defendants. Two of those told about paintings by John Curry, one of those convicted in 1929 for the murder of Nelson Rehmeyer. Coincidentally, while … Continue reading

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Farmers Market–York’s First Enclosed Market House in 1866

Early photo of Farmers Market After my recent post on Central Market, I thought I should give the other York markets some recognition too. At the turn of the nineteenth century into the twentieth, York had five thriving farmers markets. … Continue reading

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York Drivers Pretty Bad in the Past

While researching in the 1934 York newspapers, particularly the back page of the Dispatch where they used to gather all the York lead stories, I’ve noticed that drivers were just as careless then as they are now. A few samples, … Continue reading

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York Employers Allows Workers to Keep Gold

I was researching something else on newspaper microfilm the other day, but with the current price of gold over $1,200 an ounce, the article below caught my eye. It is from the July 31, 1934 issue of the York Dispatch. … Continue reading

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Central Market–Treasure of Downtown York, PA

I love Central Market. I rarely missed walking to market at lunchtime on the days they were open during all those years I was Librarian/Archivist at York County Heritage Trust. Now that I’m Librarian Emerita and volunteer every Saturday, it’s … Continue reading

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