Category Archives: 1880s

Join the Bonhams for a Victorian Christmas

You can enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the Bonham House, 152 East Market Street, York from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. The free family event, presented by the York County History Center as part of Light … Continue reading

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From York to Washington for the Garfield inauguration

Some time ago I wrote a York Sunday News column on Dr. William Bigler’s 1890 trip to Florida to visit his son. In those days of railroads snaking all over the county, it might have been easier to travel from … Continue reading

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Artists recognized the Susquehanna’s beauty

We are blessed with an abundance of gorgeous scenery in York County. It seems especially striking when you get away from the towns into some of the more remote corners. The long eastern border along the Susquehanna River affords many … Continue reading

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York traffic accidents, 1884 style

Just because they didn’t have automobiles doesn’t mean streets and roads were free of accidents in the 19th century. The accounts below appeared on the front page of the November 19, 1884 edition of the York Daily under the heading … Continue reading

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York City vineyard thrives during Prohibition

A vineyard in the heart of the City of York? Less than three blocks from the square? During Prohibition? Who would have thought it? See below for my recent York Sunday News column on John K. Gross and his prize-winning … Continue reading

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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

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Joe Jefferson appeared in York

There are many York newspaper accounts of famous entertainers of each era appearing here. York countians have always been supportive of their favorite musicians and actors, turning out well to see them in person, so their agents often manage to work … Continue reading

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York County history noted on illustrated map

Prints of this illustrated map of York County were issued in 1932 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of York City Laundry and Dry Cleaners. It shows townships and some, but not all, of the present-day boroughs located in the county, … Continue reading

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Hanover Democrats celebrated victory graciously

Politics could be rough in the past, but the Hanover Democrats were pretty civil in celebrating the party’s win in the November 1882 Pennsylvania election for Governor. Here is the story from the November 28, 1882 York Dispatch, picked up … Continue reading

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York Haven extolled for industry

We have the worldwide paper company Glatfelter based in York today, with one of its mills, very much expanded, operating in Spring Grove, where it all started. Even though now gone, there were many other local paper mills, both large … Continue reading

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