Category Archives: farming

You couldn’t keep this Dover boy down on the farm

The November 20, 1917 York Daily tells the story of a very eager World War I recruit from Dover. The article begins: ENTHUSIASTIC RECRUIT Dover Boy Anxious to Get to France “Now That Corn Husking is Over” Edward Stubbins told … Continue reading

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Another York County ghost tale

My last post related the tale of Spoonie Gohn’s encounters with Slaymaker’s ghost at Margaretta Furnace. It was one of the two “Weird York County” stories I shared at the York Daily Record’s recent Unraveling York County History event. My second account … Continue reading

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More on the 1937 York Fair

In a recent post I shared some of Gazette and Daily coverage of the October 1937 York Fair. There was a lot going on that year. For one thing, York countians took their gardens and orchards very seriously. The Gazette … Continue reading

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Lee Anderson’s Shrewsbury printing business

My recent York Sunday News column was on the leading 20th century poet, Lee Anderson, a resident of southern York County. In addition, I also shared some of Anderson’s poetry  in my last post. Here is a look at how he really … 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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On to the Mudd House

In my last post I shared my recent visit to the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland. Less than half an hour away is the Dr. Samuel Mudd House Museum. After picking up arms and ammunition at the Surratt House, … Continue reading

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A small York County farm in 1810

I never tire looking at the drawings of York folk artist Lewis Miller (1796-1882). His illustrations depicting town and rural life during the first half of the 19th century are so detailed. He wrote captions, most just a few sentences, … 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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Still more York County people moving west

As you know, the southeastern/southcentral Pennsylvania area was settled early, and then, as families grew, some members spread out through the rest of the country from here. The western parts of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina beckoned, as the settlers … Continue reading

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Summer canning in York County

It is canning season again. As I indicated in the my York Sunday News column on York County canning houses a few years ago, there were commercial canneries of all sizes throughout 20th century York County. As far as I … Continue reading

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