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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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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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Ringing off at Stewartstown

                                    To remind you how far we have come in communications in the past 55 years–the headline above introduces a full page picture … Continue reading

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William Wagner seal dug up in West Virginia

In 2010 a Greenbrier County, West Virginia resident was plowing his garden and unearthed a round metal object, probably brass. It was somewhat weathered, with some stains that a collector indicated that it might have been through a fire. It … Continue reading

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York blacksmith offers sizable award for return of apprentice

It is obvious that I find old newspapers fascinating. The items serve as snapshots of the time, giving a picture of what was then happening in the same spaces we occupy today. In addition, the incidents described and unfamiliar terms … 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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These York Countians had their opinions count

You have heard of the Gallup Poll. For nearly 80 years the company has been taking a sampling of individual opinions and analyzing them to report what the public is thinking and to predict trends. I just happened across an … Continue reading

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Is Lewis Miller’s drawing the first to show a Christmas tree in America?

Do a online search looking for the first American Christmas tree and you come up with a wide range of answers. More than one of the answers can be correct, depending on how you ask the question. Is the Lewis … Continue reading

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York County directories contain a wealth of information

Old “City Directories,” which eventually covered small towns, suburbs and even rural areas are invaluable sources for researching the past. You can find out where your family members lived and worked; businesses, manufacturers, professionals, local government, churches and social organizations … Continue reading

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Hanover Furniture Company Has Roots in Haiti

A.L. Benford at J.A. Renaut Furniture, c.1914 I recently came across two April 1982 newspaper clippings at York County Heritage Trust on Benford’s Furniture in Hanover. The articles were from the Hanover Evening Sun and the York Sunday News. Benford’s … Continue reading

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