Category Archives: German language

York notice bilingual and courteous

The bilingual notice above (transcribed below) illustrates two points. One is that, because the great majority of 18th century York County residents were from the Germanic lands of Europe, official notices were printed in German as well as English, as … Continue reading

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How to keep away conflagrations, dire epidemics and pestilence

The field of folk belief among our Pennsylvania German ancestors is a rich one, replete with words. Certain rituals go along with many practices used for healing known as pow-wow, but the words are also specific for each one. They … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania German Poet and York Artist Team Up

Pennsylvania German poet Henry L. Fisher at his attic writing desk Some of my posts earlier this year on York County agriculture drew on the books written around 1880 by Henry Lee Fisher, York attorney and Pennsylvania German (Pennsylvania Dutch) … Continue reading

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York Newspaper Contributors Had to Meet Editor’s Standards

Newspapers were the only media outlet in the 19th century and politics often had the most extensive coverage. Even though some papers in the 19th century claimed to be unbiased in theie coverage, most were not. They were emphatic in … Continue reading

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York County People Didn’t Always Speak English

Welsh’s Store in 1902 With Dollar Bible Sign. I still don’t understand why some people get upset when notices are published or signs posted in English and another language, usually Spanish nowadays. They seem to think that English is the … Continue reading

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English Read by Minority in York County

Every now and then some people get all bent out of shape because they think there should be no accommodation for anyone that doesn’t speak or read English. Perhaps they should stop and think that their own ancestors might have … Continue reading

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100 Men with Torches at Red Lion

One hundred twenty-five years ago people were a lot more passionate about their politics. A November 1882 Gazette article recounts a “DEMOCRATIC DEMONSTRATION AT RED LION.” Imagine the following spectacle today:

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