Monthly Archives: August 2016

An interesting trip to Surrattsville

I recently took a field trip that I had been thinking about for some time. For several years I have been researching and writing about Edman “Ned” Spangler, the native Yorker who was a carpenter and stagehand at Ford’s Theater, … Continue reading

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Never ask a woman her weight

I was again looking for something else in the newspaper images at the York County History Center Library/Archives, when a short piece in the York Daily of November 2, 1875 left me nearly speechless. It reads:

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Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. wanted to beautify Codorus Creek banks too

You might have recently read in the York Daily Record concerning proposed improvements and beautification of the Codorus Creek through part of the city. Wouldn’t it be great if this time something comes of it? Seemingly innumerable similar proposals have … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Germans were not the only ones planting by the moon

It is exciting when one piece of research ties back into a nother. I was reminded of this when looking at old and new almanacs and the listed moon signs, especially the lore of their influence on planting vegetables. I … Continue reading

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Percival Farquhar in Brazil

Arthur Briggs (A.B.) Farquhar is a familiar name in York County history, mostly because of his huge agricultural equipment manufacturing establishment. Son Francis stayed in York, an attorney and businessman. But have you heard of another son, Percival Farquhar (1865-1953)? … Continue reading

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What do almanacs have to do with your garden crops?

Aren’t those fresh summer vegetables wonderful? Especially if they are locally grown, perhaps in your own back yard. By now, you have a good idea of how well your garden has fared. You know if you have more squash than … Continue reading

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