Monthly Archives: April 2010

Early Yorkers Well-known for Grapes and Wine

York’s Vineyard Avenue from North Street Nearly 200 years ago, around 1818, Thomas Eichelberger planted the area of today’s Farquhar Park in York with vineyards. Others in the area quickly followed with their own vineyards and winemaking operations. In a … Continue reading

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Former Yorker Richard Rush Gets Smithsonian Gold

Richard Rush (1780-1859) served the United States in many important posts at various times, including Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General, acting Secretary of State, Minister to Great Britain and Minister to France. The Rush-Bagot Convention (treaty) which he negotiated … Continue reading

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York Baseball Team Opens 1908 Season with No Practice

York County has embraced the York Revolution minor league baseball team. Their win-loss record on the field wasn’t that great last year, but the combination of family-friendly entertainment with the chance to see a real live baseball game in a … Continue reading

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Remember Peoples Drug on York Square?

Peoples Drug on York Square September 1955 (windows taped for storm) Sometimes fellow blogger’s posts inspire me. Joan Concilio has been getting a lot on her comments on York area retail memories. One person wondered about Peoples Drug Stores. Since … Continue reading

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Springettsbury Township’s Witmer School Revisited

Witmer’s 1905, Helen H. Haller, teacher In my previous post on Witmer’s school, the brick one-room school that was recently sold, I wondered about the “Copy Shop” sign on the side of the building. Using city directories at York County … Continue reading

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York County African American Civil War Veteran Details Navy Service

Recruitment poster, courtesy National Archives & Records Administration Elijah Berry was 70 years old and living in Peach Bottom Township, York County, Pa. in February 1907 when he filed an application to have his Civil War pension increased. As time … Continue reading

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Old Witmer School in Springettsbury Township Sold

Witmer School Photo Taken March 1941 by Scott W. Knaub For over a year, ever since I finally got around to joining the YMCA, I have been taking a short cut from my house to the gym. At least a … Continue reading

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Smoke from the Midwest Hides York County Sun

I am gradually transcribing my father’s diaries from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. As did many others, he ended each day’s entry with a weather report. I was intrigued by the entries of October 31st through November 3rd, 1952. Each … Continue reading

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