Category Archives: history

York County readers in 1863 and 2013–Book Blast coming up

Next week marks the 13th annual Book Blast at York County Heritage Trust’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 West Princess Street. Many thousands of donated books are being sorted by category for easy purchase by bargain-loving readers. There are hard … 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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Hurry to See York County “Then and Now”

I like to take an old photo, a postcard or even a drawing and go out and take a current photo of the same site to compare how much has, or hasn’t, changed. I’ve been known to dodge traffic and … Continue reading

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Postscript on York Thanksgiving Proclamation

One reason that historical research is so intriguing is because the facts may be objective and verifiable but the interpretation is subjective, influenced by the perspective of the interpreter. Even the “facts” themselves might not be a factual as you … Continue reading

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Christmas Jail Break from York County Prison

York County Prison, built 1853 The December 29, 1857 Gazette reported a Christmas night prison excape at the York County jail, which had been built only four years before. The escapees of 150 years ago used a method similar to … Continue reading

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York Moravian Christmases

Lewis Miller Drawing of a York County Pennsylvania German Christmas Tree In December 1867, the Gazette reported: “FESTIVAL– The Moravians are now holding a festival at Washington Hall for the benefit of their new church. They have the largest and … 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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Jacobus Notes Keep Neighbors in the Loop

One hundred and ten years ago, most folks, especially in rural areas didn’t have telephones. That wonderous invention was only 21 years old in 1897. As far as other media, Heinrich Hertz has only discovered radio waves ten years before … Continue reading

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Why Is Part of the Susquehanna River Called Lake Aldred?

McCall’s Ferry (Holtwood) Power Plant Under Construction, ca.1907. Electric power was on the front page 100 years ago. The Merchants Electric Light, Heat, and Power Company distributed hydroelectricity generated by the York Haven Water and Power Company, which utilized giant … Continue reading

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Heydey of Cigars, When York County Was King

We didn’t know how bad smoking was for our health 90 years ago, when cigar factories were springing up everywhere. In York County, we knew cigars were very good for our economy. For well over 150 years, processing tobacco into … Continue reading

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