Monthly Archives: June 2010

Camp Meeting and Water for York Police

I love old newspapers. Together with letters and diaries, newspapers really make the people who lived here before us come alive. Two news briefs from the York County Heritage Trust microfilm of the July 26, 1893 York Gazette caught my … Continue reading

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Decorative Hardware in Downtown York

P.A.& S. Small building with horse collar window display My recent post gave an overview of the business empire built up by the Small family. P.A. & S. Small Company’s four-story building was a York landmark for many years. George … Continue reading

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Small Family Left a Large Mark on York County

Philip A. Small examining Christian Roth’s wheat Whenever I start researching some York County history, it seems like someone from the Small family turns up. Pennsylvania German immigrant Lorentz Small settled in Windsor Township in 1743, but soon the family … Continue reading

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New Movie Has York County Ties

Looms at Family Heirloom Weavers Two new movies are being heavily hyped this weekend. I don’t plan to see Jonah Hex–too much violence. Toy Story 3 is more my cup of tea. Since the public’s taste in entertainment covers a … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Merchant Offers 25,000 Lbs. of Feathers

York has always had close ties to Baltimore. It was easy to get there on a horse or with a wagon, stage or carriage–no rivers to cross. James Livingood covers it well in The Philadelphia-Baltimore Trade Rivalry 1780-1860. Even though … Continue reading

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Mt. Wolf Merchant Shows His Musical Side

With a name like Benjamin Franklin Crumling, perhaps a Mt. Wolf merchant with musical talent was destined to compose patriotic songs. Crumling was born in Hellam Township in 1869. He grew up there, marrying Anna Mary Frey. He was a … Continue reading

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More on York Author’s Artistic Side

Party for four to six year olds When researching my recent York Sunday News article on Katharine Haviland-Taylor, I found a copy of Happy Birthday to You: Complete Party Programs for Every Age written by Horace J. Gardner in 1939. … Continue reading

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Wasteful spending in Pennsylvania legislature nothing new

There were quite a few news stories the past week on the “Bonusgate” grand jury recommendations that Pennsylvania General Assembly reform its wasteful spending practices. Is this a new problem? Don’t answer that until you read the excerpt below from … Continue reading

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Yorker Katherine Haviland-Taylor, Writer and Artist

When I was researching York author Katharine Haviland-Taylor for my York Sunday News column last month, I found that she was an artist as well as a writer. One article mentioned that she had illustrated a book with cut silhouettes. … Continue reading

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