Category Archives: Lutherans

You might have an “Hessian” ancestor too

Our area has a high concentration of descendants of so called “Hessians.” This general term was applied to those soldiers from German-speaking regions whose rulers hired out their regiments to fight on the side of the British during the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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York County native makes national news in tense 1960s

Remember “The Twist,” the dance craze from the 60s? Remember Chubby Checker who brought “The Twist” to life? What connection could this have to York County? Read on. A friend recently mentioned that her cousin, Reverend George Garber, a retired … Continue reading

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Anna Dill Gamble, York advocate for world peace

My recent York Sunday News column on Anna Dill Gamble is below. She was truly a woman ahead of her time. Gamble used her time, money and skills to further causes in which she believed. Her missions included Catholicism, women’s … 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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York County’s St. Jacob’s (Stone) Church 1887 encounter with lightning

Summer brings thunder and lightning. Here is an account of a quite powerful lightning strike at St. Jacob’s (Stone) Church in Codorus Township. It is from the June 28, 1887 York Gazette. FEARS OF LIGHTNING—During the storm on Monday, the … Continue reading

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Modern nursing education owes much to rural York County’s Florence Gipe

Dr. Florence Gipe was a very interesting woman. She was a pioneer in modern nursing education and also deeply interested in York County History and Civil War history. I only met Dr. Gipe once, even though she was a childhood … Continue reading

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Many Fraktur were made for York County area children

I am doing research for an article I’m writing on the prolific York County Fraktur artist Daniel Peterman, who did the certificate above. So far I have recorded 79 examples of his work. His hand-down Taufscheine (Birth and Baptismal Certificates) … Continue reading

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Garden cemeteries come to York County

Why aren’t some of the gravestones in the cemetery between Canadochly Lutheran Church and Canadochly Reformed Church in Lower Windsor Township lined up in straight rows like those in the rest of the cemetery? The answer seems to be connected … Continue reading

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Bands Play on at St. Luke’s Picnic at New Bridgeville

Front row: Robert Haugh, Claude Gemmill, Elmer Conrad, Howard Haugh, Daniel Douglas. Middle row: Luther Keeports, Curvin Markel, Frank Hake, James Thompson, William Conrad, Henry Shewell, Ed Shelley, Joseph Stermer. Back row: Roy Gemmill, L.D. Sangrey, Emory Beck, Ernest “Tom” … Continue reading

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Original document reveals more about York widow

My last post was on Barbara Smith/Schmidt/Schmith (c.1724-1798), the affluent widow who left nearly her entire estate to the Lutheran congregation [now Christ Lutheran Church] in York, including the funds specifically designated to purchase an organ. That organ, the last … Continue reading

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