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More on Lewis Miller and the York County Jail

In a recent York Sunday News column I used Lewis Miller’s carpenter work on the 19th century York County Jail, which stood on the northeast corner of George and King streets,  to illustrate that you can tie together several sources to … Continue reading

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Ned Spangler’s last home

My previous two posts concerned a day trip I took a couple of weeks ago to southern Maryland, visiting the homes of two of the convicted Lincoln conspirators, Mary Surratt and Dr. Samuel Mudd. Both sites are well interpreted. I … Continue reading

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York “bookie” joint raided

“Was He Unlucky! I don’t know if legal off-track betting has made “bookie joints” totally obsolete, but they seem to have been a fixture of mid-twentieth century life. A raid on one of those establishments made front page news in … Continue reading

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Another random dip back into York County’s past.

Below are some items from across the York County, as reported in the February 18, 1873 York Gazette. Each snippet entices you to learn more.

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York County vandalism unfortunately isn’t anything new

Here is another example that the “good old days” weren’t always that good. There were “wicked and evil disposed persons” in our past history too. (Our forebears did love their adjectives.) The handbill below, from the York County Heritage Trust … Continue reading

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Yorker Edman Spangler maintained Lincoln conspiracy innocence

A few months after being released from imprisonment at Fort Jefferson, Florida, native Yorker Edman Spangler’s extensive statement of total innocence concerning the Lincoln assassination appeared in many newspapers. The first half of that statement is the basis of my … Continue reading

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Lewis Miller’s view of Lincoln tragedy

Today is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln. After he died the next morning, plans were put in place for the long journey from Washington to Springfield. The funeral train route traced much of the same path … Continue reading

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York County connections to the Conestoga Indian Massacre

I enjoyed an interesting talk this evening at the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area Zimmerman Center. Lancaster County journalist Jack Brubaker talked about his recent book Massacre of the Conestogas: On the Trail of the Paxton Boys in Lancaster County. I … Continue reading

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York County native said to have captured J. W. Booth’s horse after Lincoln assassination

I’ve already told the story of Edman “Ned” Spangler, son of a York County sheriff and one of the so-called “Lincoln conspirators.” With all the recent to-do about the John Wilkes Booth bobble-heads that were on sale several Lincoln-related sites … Continue reading

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Was Edman “Ned” Spangler Guilty in the Lincoln Conspiracy?

Ned Spangler, taken from a larger set of depictions of the conspirators Of what was Edman Spangler guilty? Tried together with seven others accused in the Lincoln Conspiracy, York native Edman “Ned” Spangler was not found guilty of conspiring to … Continue reading

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