Monthly Archives: May 2011

Springettsbury Township Acquires Rowe Farm in Camp Security Area

Part of the former Rowe farm from the Schultz House Tomorrow Springettsbury Township is holding a public gathering at the Schultz House barn, off Locust Grove Road near Old Orchard Road. The occasion is to celebrate the township’s acquisition, with … Continue reading

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York County Soldier Wounded in Battle of the Marne

A previous post told the story of the World War I origin of Connecting Links, a monthly news magazine published by ACCO (American Chain Company) for their employees in military service and workers in their plants at home. They told … Continue reading

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More U.S. Presidental Ancestors Called York County Home

My previous post told how researchers connected U.S. presidents Barack Obama, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and William McKinley with their York County, Pa. roots. Below are a couple more presidents and a vice president whose families have been traced back … Continue reading

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U.S. Presidents Can Claim York County Ancestry too

Seems to be some Irish excitement about President Obama visiting the village of one of his Irish ancestors, but they have nothing on us. As York County Heritage Trust Library Director Lila Fourhman-Shaull pointed out in an article she wrote … Continue reading

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Was Edman “Ned” Spangler Guilty in the Lincoln Conspiracy?

Ned Spangler, taken from a larger set of depictions of the conspirators Of what was Edman Spangler guilty? Tried together with seven others accused in the Lincoln Conspiracy, York native Edman “Ned” Spangler was not found guilty of conspiring to … Continue reading

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Old York Post Office Designed by Distinguished National Architect

Architectural drawing of York’s old post office Wow! Once again we find we have a significant treasure right under our noses right here in York County. Fellow blogger Jim McClure recently posted a photo, taken by Dianne Bowders, of the … Continue reading

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Employers Kept York County World War I Soldiers in Touch with Home

First issue of ACCO’s Connecting Links York County Heritage Trust will open a new exhibit on June 14: From Front Porch to Front Lines: York County Goes to War. Through a sampling of objects, clothing, documents and photographs from the … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler’s Real First Name

Baptismal record, First Reformed Church, York, Pa. I have been heavily researching “Ned” Spangler for my next York Sunday News column. Spangler was one of the defendants in the Lincoln conspiracy trial. He drew the lightest sentence, six years of … Continue reading

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York woman patents gorgeous cherry tree

Spring view of Smith tree Lucy Neville Mitchell was born in 1872 at Charleston, S.C. In 1902 she married Stephen Fahs Smith, an executive in the S. Morgan Smith Company founded by his father. Mrs. Smith was very interested in … Continue reading

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