Category Archives: 1870s

Those sturdy Weaver pianos still endure

In my column a couple of months ago on the Weaver Organ and Piano Company, I asked readers to share their stories about with the company and its instruments. I have heard from several people about their Weaver encounters, as well … Continue reading

Posted in 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, entertainment, manufacturing, music, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Those sturdy Weaver pianos still endure

York’s Weaver Organ and Piano Company 1870-1959

Who knows how many thousands of sturdy musical instruments emanated out of the growing complex of buildings that stood imposingly for 136 years at the intersection of Broad and Philadelphia streets in York? The York County History Center Library/Archives has … Continue reading

Posted in 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 2010s, architecture, business, celebrities, craftsmen, entertainment, industry, manufacturing, music, pianos, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on York’s Weaver Organ and Piano Company 1870-1959

Dempwolf architects designed first Weaver Piano and Organ Company building

When I was very young, I used to amuse myself with my grandparents’ parlor organ, very probably made by the Weaver Organ and Piano Company. As a teenager I took piano lessons, as my daughter did later, on a York … Continue reading

Posted in 1870s, 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1940s, advertising, architecture, archives, buildings, industry, manufacturing, music, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Dempwolf architects designed first Weaver Piano and Organ Company building

Duke Street School was York’s first high school

The York City School District recently sold the Duke Street School at the corner of South Duke Street and East Hope Avenue. Many people probably do not realize that the building dates back to 1860 and that it housed York’s … Continue reading

Posted in 1860s, 1870s, 1900s, education, schools, Universal York, York City, York County | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Duke Street School was York’s first high school

Charming Lewis Miller drawing discovered

See above and below for this interesting Lewis Miller drawing that was recently shared with me by a private collector. Miller’s caption reads: “The fish Angulars, at the—Codorus river, York County, Pennsylvania, Mr. Jacob Rudy and his daughter Susanna, one … Continue reading

Posted in 1800s, 1870s, 1880s, Codorus Creek, fish, Lewis Miller, Lila-, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Charming Lewis Miller drawing discovered

More on York County research and connections

My York Sunday News column last month illustrated how you often to take several sources and put them together to round out the story on a person, an event or a place that you are researching. Speaking of research, a … Continue reading

Posted in 1810s, 1850s, 1860s, 1870s, 1910s, 2000s, Civil War, Hanover, newspapers, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on More on York County research and connections

York County “molasses”

York County historian of a century ago, George R. Prowell, was a prolific (and sometimes wordy) recorder of York County history. Some of the stories he wrote were passed on from others, perhaps with occasional errors creeping in. Still, Prowell’s … Continue reading

Posted in 1850s, 1870s, agriculture, food, Navy, U.S. Navy, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on York County “molasses”

Stauffer’s chocolate stars–one of York’s best exports

The Holiday Season—when thoughts turn to Stauffer’s chocolate coated stars. Over the years the Stauffer family has shared company history with the York County History Center. One of my favorite artifacts is the long cylindrical animal cracker cutter at the … Continue reading

Posted in 1870s, 1890s, 1920s, 1990s, 2000s, bakers, food, manufacturing, retail stores, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Stauffer’s chocolate stars–one of York’s best exports

The kiosk in York’s square endures

Nearly a year ago I wrote a York Sunday News column and several blog posts about the travels of the 19th century cigar store figure, Punch, up and down and all around the northwest quadrant of York’s Continental Square. Punch … Continue reading

Posted in 1870s, 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, 2010s, accidents, buildings, street railways, streets, transportation, Universal York, York City, York County | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The kiosk in York’s square endures

Index to the 1876 York County Atlas, an often overlooked resource

If you have done much historical or genealogical York County research, you are probably aware of the invaluable 1876 Atlas of York Co., Pennsylvania, Illustrated from Actual Surveys by and under the Direction of Beach Nichols, published by Pomeroy, Whitman … Continue reading

Posted in 1870s, 1990s, books, Hanover, libraries, maps, Universal York, York County | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Index to the 1876 York County Atlas, an often overlooked resource