Monthly Archives: January 2014

Pocket Monthly magazine published in Wrightsville

Long before there was the internet, television, movies, and even radio, people liked to be entertained. You couldn’t go to the theater or circus or a ball game all that often, so you read. Literary magazines were very popular in … Continue reading

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York’s USO welcomed World War II service members with open arms

A friend who has two grandsons in the Navy recently commented on how much those grandsons have appreciated services offered by the USO. Local USO volunteers played an important part in York County home front service during World War II, … Continue reading

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New publication highlights York County men and women in World War I

I don’t know as much as I would like to about World War I, including the involvement of York County people in that Great War. This year is the 100th anniversary of what was then thought to be “the war … Continue reading

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Susquehanna ice piled 40 feet high in 1911

Last week Jim McClure included a link to photos on his blog post of a few years ago of Susquehanna River ice pushing over the banks in January 1959. They were originally shared by Jim Buckner, and taken by his … Continue reading

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An attempt to make steam whistle music in York 110 years ago

Much has been written over the years about the traditional concert of Christmas carols played each year on the New York Wire Cloth steam whistle, recently moved to Metso. Jim McClure has verified that Karl Smyser originated the concerts in … Continue reading

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York County News from Lewisberry and Delta, 1904 style

The local news items from the York Dispatch of April 13, 1904 tell us what was going on at Lewisberry and Delta. Maybe you will find a tidbit about your family here. “Lewisberry–Jacob Fetrow intends in the near future to … Continue reading

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Where is Mulberry in York County, how did it get its name and what happened there?

In my last post, I shared the April 13, 1904 news from Mulberry. The name refers to the area around the Conewago Creek and Red Run Church, which is on the Davidsburg Road in Washington Township. Here is the history … Continue reading

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York County news: A graduation party at Mulberry and the stage coach from Long Level to Red Lion

As I mentioned previously, it wasn’t difficult to get your name in the newspaper in earlier days. Stringers from every little community submitted very local news, for which they were many times paid by the length of the column. Many … Continue reading

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