Category Archives: local government

Public invited to learn about the new York County Heritage Preservation Plan

The York County Planning Commission is holding a public meeting tomorrow (July 26) at 6 p.m. to discuss the new 176 page York County Heritage Preservation Plan. The meeting is at the York County Emergency Services Center (911 Center), 120 … Continue reading

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York County Commissioners blamed for 1940s lack of isolation unit

Those of us who were born in the first half of the 20th century remember what a big deal polio, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and other communicable diseases were, before effective preventative vaccines were developed and immunizations were routinely available. … Continue reading

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Reluctant York County Politician Predicts Loss

Henry Fortenbaugh didn’t figure he would be elected Sherriff of York County in 1877. Besides, he didn’t want to run anyway. The York Gazette ran excerpts from a “long letter” to the York Press concerning his extreme displeasure with the … Continue reading

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Crime Pays in York County

William Wagner Drawing of 1830 York County Courthouse. I’m certainly not advocating crime, but when you think of it, salaries for all those policemen, jailers, judges, and attorneys do add to the economy. Building and upkeep of the prisons and … Continue reading

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York County Man Miffed He Didn’t Get Tax Collector Job

Every April our thoughts, mostly bad, turn to taxes. Back in 1833, Peter Bott got really upset when he was passed over for tax collector of West Manchester Township.

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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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York County Commissioners Paid $324 a Year

1830 William Wagner watercolor of the York County Almshouse. Most of you probably cringe along with me when you see some of the figures we spend as a county today. I’m sure the reaction was the same in 1838 when … Continue reading

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Gazette newspaper hopes York County Commissioners will “…guard against extravagance” in new courthouse.

Lewis Miller drawing of the new courthouse, 1839. I recently wrote about a thief stealing the copper spouting off the York County courthouse in 1874. That was the York County’s second courthouse, completed in 1840. Click here to read about … Continue reading

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York Mayor Tells Wife She Should Have Hit Husband Harder

Ninety years ago York Mayor Hugentugler presided over a frequently lively police court: One case involved a “near murder” with a hatchet on the 500 block of Vander Avenue. The York Gazette reported the husband

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More Policemen Needed in York

One hundred and fifty years ago this week the following letter appeared in the York Gazette under the heading “Borough Police and Watchmen.”

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