Category Archives: holidays

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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James Smith, York County’s Signer of the Declaration of Independence

In honor of those brave patriots who put their life on the line signing the Declaration of Independence, my previous York Sunday News column on “our signer,” James Smith, is repeated below: Who Was James Smith? You might know that … Continue reading

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Christmastime in Shrewsbury, 1889

Here are some more local news items, this time from Shrewsbury in December 1889. This time I didn’t even have to go to the newspaper microfilms at York County Heritage Trust myself. Friend, relative and Dallastown native, Apyrl Zarfos Anderson, … Continue reading

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Camp Security on a vintage Christmas Card

Looking through the antique and vintage Christmas cards at York County Heritage Trust Library and Archives yesterday, I found one with a Camp Security theme. It had a printed signature of Mr. and Mrs. Russell S. Wehler. The front of … Continue reading

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York County Easter egg hunts 70 years ago.

I know Easter was several months ago, but I was just researching other subjects on the 1940s newspaper microfilms at York County Heritage Trust, and I came across many stories about Easter egg hunts of about 70 years ago. Some … Continue reading

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Gazette and Daily birthday club, part 2

Here is more on the Gazette and Daily’s Boys’ and Girls’ Newspaper and the birthday club. Erma Henry Raver recently shared some of the birthday and Christmas cards shown here and in my previous post. She and her husband Clinton … Continue reading

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Greetings from the York Gazette and Daily Boys’ and Girls’ Newspaper

You might remember the daily Boys’ and Girls’ Newspaper page in the Gazette and Daily. The page had puzzles, riddles, jokes and crafts, but the highlights were the letters from area children telling a little about themselves or a relative … Continue reading

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York’s Joe the Motorist Friend was the place to buy Lionel trains

The full page ad from Joe the Motorist Friend (see below) is almost exclusively for Lionel trains, a specialty of the Joe’s stores. The address at the bottom of this ad and the toy ad in my last post, both … Continue reading

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Sniffles dolls and toy machine guns at York’s Joe the Motorist Friend store.

Fellow blogger Joan Concilio discovered York countians have lots of memories of Joe the Motorists’ Friend stores, and she has shared them in several of her blog posts. The regional chain sold tires, automotive items and other things, but the … Continue reading

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Downtown York tried to keep those ’50s shoppers

My previous post showed a December 1956 Gazette and Daily full page ad for the one-year-old York County Shopping Center. It listed the 28 stores and businesses and stressed the free parking. Downtown businesses did try to counteract the shopping … Continue reading

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