Monthly Archives: October 2011

York County’s Colonel Thomas Hartley had a hard time arming his troops.

I found this 1777 letter last week while looking through the microfilms of the Papers of the Continental Congress at the National Archives. It seems that Colonel Thomas Hartley of York was trying to arm his regiment. He thought the … Continue reading

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Yorkers travelled when it wasn’t so easy

My recent trip to Egypt with a group from York County Heritage Trust reminded me of a photo in the YCHT Library/Archives collection of some former Yorkers who also went to see the Sphinx, pyramids and the other ancient sights. … Continue reading

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Busy York Bank Adds New Convenience

York County Heritage Trust photo cataloger Paul Wolfgang called this photograph to my attention, pointing out that this was a pre-ATM banking convenience. Looks a bit unwieldy now, doesn’t it? People were busy 60 years ago too, so at least … Continue reading

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York’s downtown hotels

I came across a brochure and York City street map put out by the York Chamber of Commerce featuring photos and information on the city’s four leading hotels. The map is dated 1945, but judging by some of the cars, … Continue reading

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John Fisher’s dog thought the bear on the tavern sign was real

My previous post on John Fisher focused on his clocks. Fisher was also quite an artist. As well as pictures, he painted his wood carvings and also flags and trade signs to order. York folk artist Lewis Miller recorded what … Continue reading

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