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Former Soviet spy called York County home

You never know what fascinating stories you might uncover in the York County History Center files. I never expected to find one on a Soviet spy who allegedly hid from the world in plain sight in the little village of … 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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Thaddeus Stevens in York

History is full or “what ifs.” We can only speculate on how a different path could have affected outcomes of important events in our history. We might be familiar with the life of Thaddeus Stevens and his role in Congress … Continue reading

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York’s Samuel Bacon was charged with founding the African colony that became Liberia

Samuel Bacon (1782-1820) packed a lot into his 38 years. He is described in the History of the York County Academy, as “educator, lawyer, Marine, Episcopal clergyman and missionary.” In 1814, within two years after coming to York to teach … Continue reading

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York poet Henry Lee Fisher’s 1908 short election verse

York attorney and Pennsylvania German poet Henry Lee Fisher was born on November 3, 1822. Looking through his file today, November 3, 2012, at York County Heritage Trust, I found a unpublished poem he wrote on November 3, 1908 (his … Continue reading

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York County Civil War Veterans Had to Persevere to Collect Pensions

After the Civil War ended, the battle often still wasn’t over for the soldiers or their survivors. It wasn’t easy to get the pensions they were due, and they usually had to rely on the assistance of attorneys who could … Continue reading

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Former Yorker Richard Rush Gets Smithsonian Gold

Richard Rush (1780-1859) served the United States in many important posts at various times, including Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General, acting Secretary of State, Minister to Great Britain and Minister to France. The Rush-Bagot Convention (treaty) which he negotiated … Continue reading

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