Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Mid-Twentieth Century York Wedding

Weddings can be big and elaborate or small and intimate. They can be in a church, a home or outdoors. At one time couples would often be married privately in the church parsonage, with only the pastor’s wife as a … Continue reading

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A Few Treasures Survived York’s St. Paul’s Lutheran Fire

Good Shepherd window at St. Paul’s My last post included my recent York Sunday News column on the great St. Paul’s Lutheran Church fire of 1939. A few treasures saved from the ruins can be seen at the present St. … Continue reading

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Alert York Detectives Catch Arsonist Who Torched St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

The story of the great 1939 fire at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of York and the capture of the arsonist reads like a mystery story. From an alert detective’s recognition of a smeared fingerprint left at the scene of a … Continue reading

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York, England Visitors Spent “Happiest 10 Days of Our Lives” in York, Pennsylvania

A previous post included my York Sunday News column on the “royal” reception given to Alderman Henry Rhodes Brown and his wife, Clara, during the 150th Anniversary celebration of Congress meeting here in York. Brown, a former Lord Mayor of … Continue reading

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Brogue School Children Pose for the Photographer in 1915

In the early part of the 20th century, school children usually gathered outside so that a photographer could get a good group photo. I think of individual photos of each student coming later, but my cousin, Nancy Hedrick, shared this … Continue reading

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Hurry to See York County “Then and Now”

I like to take an old photo, a postcard or even a drawing and go out and take a current photo of the same site to compare how much has, or hasn’t, changed. I’ve been known to dodge traffic and … Continue reading

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York’s Vigilant Fire Engines Collide

Vigilant steam engine Whoops. I guess it is kind of embarrassing if your horse-drawn fire engine runs away, is stopped by a collision with your other engine and has to be people-drawn to the fire. That’s what happened to York’s … Continue reading

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York Motorman Goes from Horse-Drawn “Chariots” to Buses

The trolley car was an important step in the evolution of transportation in York County and many other areas. You find a lot on them in the newspapers during the first half of the 20th century. There seemed to be … Continue reading

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