Monthly Archives: October 2010

York’s Billmeyer and Small Made More than Railway Cars

1903 Atlas of York The Billmeyer and Small Co. was one of the leading railroad car manufacturers in the country from the 1850s until the very early 1900s, building freight and passenger cars. General Jubal Early is said to have … Continue reading

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York County Potato Chip Makers Include Snyder’s of Hanover

About a year ago I did a series of blog posts on York County potato chip makers, large and small, of the past and present. It proved to be such a popular subject that I recently consolidated local potato chip … Continue reading

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Yorker Hides Goods from Confederates, Bribes Servant

Lewis Miller drawing of Confederates arriving in York In a September 1905 newspaper item, York County historian George R. Prowell relates storekeeper Isaac Runk’s dealings with the Confederates during the June 28-30, 1863 occupation of York. Runk’s store was in … Continue reading

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More on York County Horse Thieves

Recently I quoted the notice for the 1858 annual meeting of the York County Horse Thief Detecting Society. Since the by-laws required that all members be present at the meeting, I am listing the names below. Perhaps one of your … Continue reading

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York County Horse Thief Detecting Society

Western movies show us that horse thieves were taken seriously in the old West. Well, they were a pretty big deal in the old East too. Steal a person’s horse and you take away their means of transportation, as well … Continue reading

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