Monthly Archives: November 2011

Part 2–Tale of Two York World War II POWs

My recent post told the story of two Yorkers, Rodger C. Maul and Walter B. Ziegler, both U.S. Army Air Force gunners. They were shot down two weeks apart during World War II. They were interned in the same Prisoner … Continue reading

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Tale of Two York World War II POWs

I recently received a call from veteran Rodger Maul about my recent York Sunday News column on World War II Prisoner-of-War Walter Zeigler. He said, “That was my story.” He was absolutely right. The two York airmen were shot down … Continue reading

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More on Crider’s Patent Adjustable Fruit-Picker

I was intrigued by the strong advertising and testimonials lauding H. M. Crider’s 1881 fruit-picker (see previous post), so I stopped by York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum to see one of these wonderful inventions in person. It … Continue reading

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York Inventor Crider’s Fruit-Picker “Best in the World!”

The Crider brothers are perhaps best known for their late 19th century marriage certificate forms, especially the ones with cutouts for individual photos of the couple, and, sometimes, also of the officiating minister. (More on the certificates later.) This time … Continue reading

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Two Baseball Rookies–One from York, One from Baltimore

It was March 7, 1914. The scene was Fayetteville, N.C., where Baltimore Orioles pitchers and catchers had been sent for “pre-spring training drills.” One of the rookies was the “brash left-handed pitcher, George Herman Ruth, fresh from St. Mary’s Industrial … Continue reading

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Fate of Camp Security Prisoners Important to Commanders

One of the best clues I have come across so far to try and figure out how many Revolutionary War prisoners were held at York’s Camp Security, 1781-1783, is a letter I found at the National Archives from American Commander … Continue reading

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More 19th Century Yorker Excursions

I recently mentioned the travels of York businessman Samuel Small to Egypt and other exotic locations. Earlier I had related how easy it was for Dr. William Bigler to hop unto a train in Springvale (Windsor Township) and be in … Continue reading

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