Category Archives: medicine

1824 ads paint a picture of York

Advertisements in old newspapers give us a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. Here is a sampling from the December 21, 1824 York Recorder, on microfilm at the York County History Center: FRESH CRANBERRIES The Subscriber begs leave to … Continue reading

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On to the Mudd House

In my last post I shared my recent visit to the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland. Less than half an hour away is the Dr. Samuel Mudd House Museum. After picking up arms and ammunition at the Surratt House, … Continue reading

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Another random dip back into York County’s past.

Below are some items from across the York County, as reported in the February 18, 1873 York Gazette. Each snippet entices you to learn more.

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Shrewsbury, Pa. bottle leads to medical/political family

Jeff Rohrbaugh of Shrewsbury shared this recently acquired bottle on Facebook. The drug business noted on the bottle is attributed to Dr. James Gerry, Jr. (1839-1903). I’m always happy to have an opportunity to learn more about the people and … 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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Nineteenth century poultry woes

A friend recently donated some old photos to the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives. The family farmed in Chanceford Township for generations, and there were a few things mixed in pertaining to farm life. One item was a recipe to … Continue reading

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York County jail empty and other news.

News from the York Recorder, June 9, 1829: This didn’t happen very often: “The jail of this county is at present empty—not an individual being confined therein for crime or debt. The like has not occurred before for nearly two … 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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More “Country Letters” from the York Press 1899

I shared news from Yoe and Glenville in my last post. Here is what was happening in Dillsburg and Newberrytown areas of York County in December 1899, as reported in the “Country Letters” section of the York Press. Dillsburg. Dec … Continue reading

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York Councilman Died Young of Erysipelas

I am a firm believer in studying the past. We can learn so much from the experiences of those who went before us. But I’m glad I am living now, especially with the strides made in medicine the past century. … Continue reading

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