Monthly Archives: December 2010

Public Records or Private Records–Legally Bought and Sold?

Was this ledger legally sold? Can you legally buy that document or ledger advertised at a public sale or online auction? More to the point–can it legally be sold? It is sometimes difficult to determine is a document is a … Continue reading

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York Whip Factory Burns

Site of Wellensiek whip factory York County had several whip factories in the 19th century, the days of horse-drawn wagons and buggies, including a large factory in Wellsville. German immigrant John Wellensiek opened a sizable factory for whip manufacturing on … Continue reading

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York Y’s Camp Cann-Edi-On Preserved

Camp Cann-Edi-On in 1947 by Margaret Sarah Lewis I’m sure that the girls who attended the YWCA York’s Camp Cann-Edi-On have many memories of their camping days, but so do some local boys. A reader shared his story: “I really … Continue reading

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Part of Camp Security area to be preserved

A few days ago, around dusk, I saw a small herd of about eight deer in this field. I was extremely pleased today to read the news today that the funds have been secured to purchase this property, 116 acres … Continue reading

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Windmills Used Early in York County

Windmills–we might think of the sleek white blades of giant windmills generating electricity or those with huge canvas sails that we associate with Holland. Some of you might remember the iron frame windmills once used on many farms to pump … Continue reading

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Red Lion Native Developed 3-D Video System

3-D seems to be all the rage with movies again; maybe it will become common on TV before long. Did you know that York County native Glen Akins (1916-2003) and two fellow engineers, Alex Quiroga and Cameron Pierce, at ABC … Continue reading

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Flying Saucers Over York County

Flying saucer? It seems like you hardly ever hear about flying saucers these days. The local papers used to report that local citizens saw some every now and then. Either they aren’t visiting south-central Pennsylvania anymore or people aren’t letting … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania German Poet and York Artist Team Up

Pennsylvania German poet Henry L. Fisher at his attic writing desk Some of my posts earlier this year on York County agriculture drew on the books written around 1880 by Henry Lee Fisher, York attorney and Pennsylvania German (Pennsylvania Dutch) … Continue reading

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York Police First in Pennsylvania with Drunk-o-meter

According to a Gazette and Daily clipping I found in the files at York County Heritage .Trust, in 1948 the York Police department was the first in Pennsylvania to acquire a Drunkometer, the predecessor to the Breathalyzer. In 1948 there … Continue reading

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York Opens Arms to British Guests in 1927

Browns of York, England welcomed to Pennsylvania You just never know when new information comes to light. Just recently the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives was contacted by a descendant Henry Rhodes Brown, twice Lord Mayor of York, England. The … Continue reading

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