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Margaretta Furnace scrip to spend at the company store

In my recent column on Margaretta Furnace in Lower Windsor Township, I mentioned that the York County History Center has some examples of scrip issued by the company in the 1840s, and that it could only be used at the company … Continue reading

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Margaretta Furnace was a leading iron making center in 19th century York County

A few weeks ago I posted the tale of Spoonie Gohn’s supposed encounters with Slaymaker’s ghost at Margaretta Furnace. I had initially shared that story with the attendees at the York Daily Record annual Unraveling York County History night in … Continue reading

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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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Still another York square building was threatened in the 1950s

                  Downtown York could look much different, and not in a good way, if 1950s and 1960s demolition plans had been carried through. In a previous post I wrote about the proposal … Continue reading

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Travels of Punch around York’s square, part three

In my first post on the cigar store figure Punch I shared his first known photo, dated from around 1870, and a current photo of him at York County Heritage Trust. My second post showed more of Punch’s stops around … Continue reading

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Travels of Punch around York’s square, part two

A couple of weeks ago I posted my recent York Sunday News column on the cigar store figure of Punch, which was positioned at various heights in various places on the northwest quadrant of York’s Centre/Continental Square for perhaps 60 … Continue reading

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Travels of Punch around York’s Square

I have always been intrigued by the large and colorful Punch cigar store figure in the York County Heritage Trust collections. As I relate in my recent York Sunday News column, it is especially interesting that he “moved” around Centre/Continental … 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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Still more York County people moving west

As you know, the southeastern/southcentral Pennsylvania area was settled early, and then, as families grew, some members spread out through the rest of the country from here. The western parts of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina beckoned, as the settlers … Continue reading

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York Countians could have their feather beds steam cleaned

Old newspaper ads are such a wonderful resource to give us an idea how our ancestors lived. Did you ever think about feathers and how important they were for filling mattresses and pillows? Where did they get them? Your own … Continue reading

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