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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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When did York High officially become known as William Penn Senior High School?

A friend asked me this the other day. I remembered that there were four different high schools in the city of York over the years and where they were, or still are, located, but I didn’t recall the exact dates. … Continue reading

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York County Democrats celebrate in 1882

This account below is only one of several from the November 28, 1882 York Gazette recounting celebrations around the county of recent Democratic election wins. Democrat Robert E. Pattison had won the election for Governor, but not by much, over … Continue reading

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York closes stores and holds a parade to welcome back the 130th PVI in May 1863

In my last post of Civil War news from the last week of May 1863, as published in the York Gazette, I recounted the sad news that eight York County men of the 166th Pennsylvania Infantry had recently been killed … Continue reading

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York firemen disagreement settled by Mayor Loucks

Fire engines are still eye catching, but so were the colorful horse-drawn fire apparatus and the beautiful horses that pulled them. A short article from the August 24, 1894 York Daily tells the tale of two proud York fire companies, … Continue reading

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York Opens Arms to British Guests in 1927

Browns of York, England welcomed to Pennsylvania You just never know when new information comes to light. Just recently the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives was contacted by a descendant Henry Rhodes Brown, twice Lord Mayor of York, England. The … Continue reading

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Mystery Baton/Cane/Walking Stick and Derby Hat from York County

Does anyone know what H&B could stand for on this cane? Last Saturday a gentleman brought it into the York County Heritage Trust Library/Archives to see if he could figure it out, perhaps by finding an organization with those initials. … Continue reading

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Post World War II York Celebrates Halloween–Kilroy Was Here

Halloween 1946 in Downtown York As far back as I can remember, the parade through the streets of York has been the biggest event of the Halloween season. According to the November 1, 1946 Gazette and Daily, the parade had … Continue reading

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