Monthly Archives: January 2015

York blacksmith offers sizable award for return of apprentice

It is obvious that I find old newspapers fascinating. The items serve as snapshots of the time, giving a picture of what was then happening in the same spaces we occupy today. In addition, the incidents described and unfamiliar terms … Continue reading

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Recently discovered correspondence of folk artist Lewis Miller shines light on his later life

Call it providence, serendipity, fate, karma or whatever you want, but in the study of history, as with many things, it is remarkable how undiscovered resources appear at exactly the right time. Just as York County Heritage Trust came out … Continue reading

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When did York High officially become known as William Penn Senior High School?

A friend asked me this the other day. I remembered that there were four different high schools in the city of York over the years and where they were, or still are, located, but I didn’t recall the exact dates. … Continue reading

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Stauffer’s cookies and crackers have a long and tasty history

A friend told me earlier this week that she was at the Stauffer Cookie outlet on Belmont Street in York, and that they still had chocolate stars. I’m sure they won’t be around too long. Since they discontinued the chocolate … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler at Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Part 2

Here is the second part of the letter published in October 25, 1865 in the Aledo [Ill.] Weekly Record, about three months after Edman (Ned) Spangler began serving his sentence of six years at Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas. … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler didn’t find Fort Jefferson a nice place to visit

Native Yorker Edman (Ned) Spangler was among the eight defendants tried for conspiracy in the assassination of President Lincoln. He was the only one of the eight found not guilty of conspiracy. The 1865 military commission presiding at the trial … Continue reading

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York Square fixture—the Colonial Hotel

(When looking at early 20th century postcards to illustrate this post, I noticed that many of them include both the Colonial Hotel and the Rupp Building, making the hotel seem even more massive. Note the “day” view above has been … Continue reading

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