Category Archives: 1890s

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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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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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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Twentieth century poet Lee Anderson called York County home

Major American poet Lee Anderson resided the last thirty years of his life, his most productive years, living and working on his small farm at Potosi in south-central York County. He occasionally traveled from here to various parts of the … Continue reading

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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

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Still another York square building was threatened in the 1950s

                  Downtown York could look much different, and not in a good way, if 1950s and 1960s demolition plans had been carried through. In a previous post I wrote about the proposal … Continue reading

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York’s Colonial Hotel building still stately after nearly 125 years

For over a month I have been putting together a slide show on York’s square in commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the laying out of York in 1741. The information on the square at the York County History Center … Continue reading

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Anna Dill Gamble, York advocate for world peace

My recent York Sunday News column on Anna Dill Gamble is below. She was truly a woman ahead of her time. Gamble used her time, money and skills to further causes in which she believed. Her missions included Catholicism, women’s … Continue reading

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Two World War II songs written by York woman

The United States didn’t officially enter World War II until December 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but it was already on everyone’s mind. The York Plan of cooperative war material manufacturing was up and running and declared a … Continue reading

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York’s Old Post Office/Federal Building/Masonic Lodge (part five)

My past several posts have been on the old York Post Office at the corner of Philadelphia and Beaver streets in York. Since it is slated for renovation and reuse, I have been posting photos, mostly interior, that I took … Continue reading

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