Monthly Archives: February 2015

More going on at York’s Weiser tavern

Lewis Miller recorded the quirks and humor he found in the citizens of 19th century York County. No detail was too small to escape his pen and brush. In a recent post I shared Miller’s depiction of a dog stealing … Continue reading

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More on Ned Spangler’s life as a prisoner after the Lincoln Conspiracy trial

Edman “Ned” Spangler wrote letters to friends and relatives describing his experiences while a prisoner from 1865 to 1869 at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Spangler was sent there after being found guilty of helping John Wilkes Booth escape … Continue reading

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Weiser tavern scene of York sausage snatching

The drawings of York folk artist Lewis Miller are often used to illustrate 19th century American life. An example is the illustration above of a dog stealing Mrs. Weiser’s sausage out of the pan. It shows the three-legged frying pan … Continue reading

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What young ladies learned in York in the 1820s

The advertisement transcribed below, from the September 29, 1829 York Recorder, gives us an idea of some of the things young ladies in York County had the opportunity to study, if they were so inclined,and their parents were willing to … Continue reading

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York County lower end property, near McCall’s bridge, for sale in 1816

Newspapers of the past give a good look at the lives of our forebears. The advertisements can sometimes reveal more than news items. The ad below, from the York Gazette, for Richard Porter’s tavern, store, house with barn and other … Continue reading

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Escape from Camp Security

How easy was it to escape from Camp Security near York? It doesn’t seem to have been very difficult. Many of the first group of British Revolutionary War prisoners confined there, the so-called Convention Troops surrendered by Burgoyne at Saratoga … Continue reading

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York County jail empty and other news.

News from the York Recorder, June 9, 1829: This didn’t happen very often: “The jail of this county is at present empty—not an individual being confined therein for crime or debt. The like has not occurred before for nearly two … Continue reading

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