Monthly Archives: July 2011

Union Troops near Brogue Probably Independent Militia Company

As I related in a recent post, I was puzzled by an account in the July 7, 1863 York Gazette, first reported in the York Pennsylvanian. It said that “last Sunday” there was quite a scare at the Brogue when … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Today Show to have York County ties

Watch the Kathie Lee and Hoda segment of the Today Show Thursday for some York County connections. I understand that the popular TV hosts visited Kohr Bros. Original Frozen Custard in Rehoboth Beach on Friday and recorded a segment that … Continue reading

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Original document reveals more about York widow

My last post was on Barbara Smith/Schmidt/Schmith (c.1724-1798), the affluent widow who left nearly her entire estate to the Lutheran congregation [now Christ Lutheran Church] in York, including the funds specifically designated to purchase an organ. That organ, the last … Continue reading

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York’s Barbara Smith unusual 18th century woman

The legacy (or bequest) of widow Barbara Smith Joseph Smith left a sizable amount of property and other assets to his widow, Barbara Smith, when he died in 1784. He also left funds to the Catholic congregation in Lancaster and … Continue reading

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Union Troops Near the Brogue?

The item below is puzzling. Maybe some of my friends who are more knowledgeable about Civil War troop movements in York County during the Confederate invasion can shed some light. The piece appeared in the Tuesday, July 7, 1863 York … Continue reading

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Chanceford Township, one of first in York County to open one-room schools, one of last to close them

York County one-room schools have been closed for some time, but there are a still a lot of York County people that at least started their education in one. There are even some former teachers around that taught in one-room … Continue reading

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York Post Office Was Once in Historic Globe Inn

Globe Inn (1812-1892)–William Wagner engraving York’s “Old Post Office,” the subject of my recent York Sunday News column was the first permanent home of a downtown York post office. It bounced around before that. The last stop before Beaver and … Continue reading

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Changes at York’s Trinity U.M. Church over the Years

Trinity U.M. Church 1941 and 1946 In response to my previous posts on Trinity United Methodist Church on East King Street, I was asked when the steeple was taken down. I didn’t know it ever had a steeple until I … Continue reading

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