Monthly Archives: August 2012

James Smith’s gravestone first masterpiece of Emanuel King, York monument maker

A few months ago I wrote about what was probably Declaration of Independence signer James Smith’s original gravestone. A newspaper clipping from 1887 said it had been found in a basement in South George Street. The present location is unknown. … Continue reading

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Stephen Etnier of York, Pa. and South Harpswell, Maine–Part 2

After reading my recent York Sunday News column on York County native artist Stephen Etnier, a friend asked if York County Heritage Trust if YCHT had any Etnier paintings. The Trust has three of his framed in its collection. Two … Continue reading

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York native artist Stephen M. Etnier, painter of Maine and the tropics

Stephen Morgan Etnier (1903-1984) was expected to go into the family business, the hugely successful turbine manufacturing company started by his grandfather, Moravian minister and inventor Stephen Morgan Smith. Young Stephen had other ideas–he saw art, not business in his … Continue reading

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Adventures of a York County native

A few months ago I did a post on Henry Smeych, who claimed to have captured John Wilkes Booth’s horse on which Booth escaped after assassinating President Lincoln. At 87, Smeych, born in Chanceford Township in October 1837, talked at … Continue reading

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Student book vandalism a problem in 1936 York

Both daily papers, the York Dispatch on February 18th, and the Gazette and Daily on February 19th, 1936, had rather lengthy articles on students stealing books or tearing pages out of them. It was an annual problem at Martin Memorial … Continue reading

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