Monthly Archives: February 2014

Visiting York County in 1916

It is always enlightening to see other people’s impressions of us. Just recently, we were pleased when the respected Travel and Leisure magazine named York to its list of America’s Greatest Main Streets, citing a turnaround and our historic architecture. … Continue reading

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York County Democrats celebrate in 1882

This account below is only one of several from the November 28, 1882 York Gazette recounting celebrations around the county of recent Democratic election wins. Democrat Robert E. Pattison had won the election for Governor, but not by much, over … Continue reading

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York newspaper editor defends his honor

Newspapers of the past were strongly partisan. Henry F. Thomas, Editor and Proprietor of York’s People’s Advocate plainly showed his Whig colors. He published very few favorable things to say about the Democrats, referring to them as Locofocos, a rather … Continue reading

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Cross and Crown lit up York Square in 1913

We’ve seen illuminated objects hang over York’s Center/Centre/Continental Square, usually stars, once ever a glittering chandelier, in celebration of Christmas. But what occasion merited the square decorations depicted above nearly 101 years ago, much earlier than any photos I have … Continue reading

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One of the York USO hostesses shares memories

I’m still getting responses to my recent York Sunday News column and related blog posts on the York World War II USO facilities and activities. Local artist Jean Fix shared that Margaret Sarah Lewis was her elementary art teacher. Lewis … Continue reading

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York’s USO facilities close after World War II ends

More information keeps turning up on USO activities locally during World War II. This undated newspaper article and photograph from the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archive files shows volunteers packing up the canteen at the Pennsylvania Railroad station on North … Continue reading

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Yorks Salvation Army sponsored a downtown mobile canteen for World War II servicemen

I learn a lot from the readers of this blog and of my York Sunday News column. Please keep sharing your information. In my recent column and blog on York’s USO activities I mentioned that the Salvation Army was one … Continue reading

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More on the York County literary magazine Pocket Monthly

In my last post I shared a 1909 clipping about the new Pocket Monthly magazine, which was listed as a York, Pa. publication with printing done at the Wrightsville Star newspaper office. None of the five surviving issues lists a … Continue reading

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