Category Archives: California

More cute dogs with famous owners painted by York native H. R. Hildebrand

Ready for some more really cute dogs? As promised in my last post about the extremely prolific artist H. Robert Hildebrand, who specialized in dog portraits, I’ll list a few of his celebrity clients. These were listed in the brochure … Continue reading

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Yorker William Gibson Barely Survived San Francisco Mutiny

William Gibson came from a talented York family. His great-grandfather, Dr. David Jameson, was a colonel during Revolutionary times. Grandfather Horatio Gates Jameson was a distinguished physician and surgeon. Mother Elizabeth Jameson was said to be one of the two … Continue reading

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Yorker Finds Gold in California

Wood’s Creek, Jamestown, California. I just got back from a couple of weeks touring California and want to share one of the highlights of the trip. Of course, it had a York County connection. Was it visiting Alcatraz? No, the … Continue reading

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Yorkers See the Elephant but Not the Gold

Cased photo of Henry L. Smyser, taken by the J. T. Williams Gallery in York, probably not too long after Smyser returned from California. Not long ago I posted my York Sunday News column on the very organized California Company, … Continue reading

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Gold Fever Hits York County

Lewis Miller Drawing of the California Company Gold was discovered in California in early 1848. By the beginning of 1849, more adventurers from York County than you might think were headed for the gold fields, never mind the grueling voyage … Continue reading

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