Monthly Archives: May 2010

York Author’s Success Builds Dream House

Home of Katharine Haviland-Taylor I really enjoy it when a York countian from the past that I am researching turns out to be a nice person. Sculptor Charles Rudy was such a person, and so was author Katharine Haviland-Taylor. Their … Continue reading

Posted in 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, authors, Universal York, W. Manchester Twp., York County | 2 Comments

Still another York County Potato Chip Maker

Site of 1950s potato chip factory in Hallam. They just keep popping up. York County people sure do love their chips. They are fiercely loyal to their favorite brands, usually Utz or Martin’s. Lay’s and Bickels have their followers too, … Continue reading

Posted in 1950s, food, Hallam, manufacturing, potato chips, Universal York, York County | 9 Comments

New Railroad Station for York

York passenger station in early 1900s Rail travel was booming in the late 19th century. York’s pre-Civil War passenger station was no longer adequate, so a new one was proposed, incorporating features found in larger cities. New train station plan … Continue reading

Posted in 1880s, 1890s, architecture, buildings, Pennsylvania Railroad, railroads, Universal York, York County | 2 Comments

York Woman Depicted on Maryland Confederate Monument

Many of you have probably driven past this Baltimore monument. It sits at the center of a small triangular park at the intersection of Charles Street and University Parkway. The front of the granite pedestal reads: The Confederate Women of … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, Baltimore, Civil War, monuments, Universal York, York County | 2 Comments

York Native Charles Rudy’s Sculpture at Brandywine River Museum

1940s photo of The Letter As I looked down a passage Sunday at the Brandywine River Museum, I gave a little gasp. There in front of me was Charles Rudy’s sculpture The Letter. I only knew it from photos that … Continue reading

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Learn about Pennsylvania Germans of York County

Pennsylvania German birth/baptismal certificate (Taufschein) for Catharina Stambach, born 1835, by Adam Wuertz Only a few days left to sign up for the Saturday June 5 Pennsylvania Germans in York County seminar sponsored by the South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, Fraktur, genealogy, Lewis Miller, Pennsylvania Dutch, Pennsylvania Germans, tombstones, Universal York, York County | 2 Comments

Pottery Hill Was the Place to Buy Gifts in York County

Former Pottery Hill store Remember the Pottery Hill store west of York? It’s in West Manchester Township, on the right at the top of the hill after you cross the railroad tracks and before you get to Zarfos Road. The … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, manufacturing, potters, retail stores, shopping, Universal York, W. Manchester Twp., York County | Leave a comment

York Presbyterian Minister Cathcart Was an Avid Gardener

From Gibson’s 1886 History of York County Robert Cathcart, long-time Presbyterian minister of York County, recorded notable occurrences in his diary, as did many others. He noted the flood that devastated much of York in 1817 and mentioned the deaths … Continue reading

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York Widow Continues Watch & Clock Store

In 1843 the business community was a man’s world. Widows sometimes continued on in their late husband’s occupation in fields like tavern keeping. Occasionally a widow would successfully carry on another type of business. One of the most noted examples … Continue reading

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