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September means the York Fair

September wouldn’t seem like September if I didn’t do at least one post on the York Fair. Instead of starting with the file boxes of York Fair materials at the York County History Center and/or local newspapers of the past, … Continue reading

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1939–Yeager and Fitz battle for York County title

What competition attracted 3,000 people on October 18, 1939? According to a lengthy account in the Gazette and Daily the next day: “A large tent was erected on the farm and refreshments were sold to the crowd by the auxiliary … Continue reading

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York County Wine Convention, 1829

York County was quite a hotbed of viticulture and viniculture in the first half of the nineteenth century. A long article in the August 18, 1829 York Recorder reads, in part: “WINE CONVENTION A stated meeting of the Wine Association … Continue reading

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Student book vandalism a problem in 1936 York

Both daily papers, the York Dispatch on February 18th, and the Gazette and Daily on February 19th, 1936, had rather lengthy articles on students stealing books or tearing pages out of them. It was an annual problem at Martin Memorial … Continue reading

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East York Shooters Didn’t Hog the Whole Prize.

Lewis Miller drawing of a 600 pound York hog. Shooting matches have been popular in York County for many years. The prizes have changed somewhat–I don’t think anyone gives a live big fat pig like they did in the 1892 … Continue reading

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York Post Office Statues Show Spiritual Side

York Post Office Sculptures A recent post on the sculptures inside the front doors of the downtown York Post Office dwelt on their artistic and historical value. I received an email from a friend pointing out their spiritual qualities. Click … Continue reading

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York, PA Pullmans–Classy Automobiles of 100 Years Ago

After recently posting the article on the 20 horse power York-made Pullman’s win in a 1908 hill climb, I was curious to see what the car looked like. Click here to read about the hill climb. The newspaper article didn’t … Continue reading

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The Biggest & the Best of York County

I guess it is human nature to want to have the biggest and the best. We are always impressed by the tallest buildings and the most gigantic pumpkins. Our forebears were no different, as we can see by the Lewis … Continue reading

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Win a new 1958 Renault Dauphine at the York County Shopping Center

That’s what the York County Shopping Center (now York Marketplace) on East Market Street was offering in celebration of its Second Anniversary fifty years ago. Does anyone know who won the brand new 1958 rear-engine Renault Dauphine automobile? It was … Continue reading

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Apples, Always Apples in York County

50 years ago this week, Judith Brown, a 17-year-old senior at Kennard-Dale High School, was declared the winner of York County’s apple baking dessert contest. She competed against five other county high school students: Nancy Jones, Spring Grove, runner-up; Pauline … Continue reading

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