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York County Commissioners Paid $324 a Year

1830 William Wagner watercolor of the York County Almshouse. Most of you probably cringe along with me when you see some of the figures we spend as a county today. I’m sure the reaction was the same in 1838 when … Continue reading

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Gazette newspaper hopes York County Commissioners will “…guard against extravagance” in new courthouse.

Lewis Miller drawing of the new courthouse, 1839. I recently wrote about a thief stealing the copper spouting off the York County courthouse in 1874. That was the York County’s second courthouse, completed in 1840. Click here to read about … Continue reading

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Local Capitalists Wanted to Invest in York and Adams Counties and Maryland Real Estate

Prosperity seems to have come to the York County of 140 years ago, if the ads in the December 31, 1867 issue of the York Gazette are any indication. Entrepreneurs and agents from New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, and Adams County … Continue reading

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The Biggest & the Best of York County

I guess it is human nature to want to have the biggest and the best. We are always impressed by the tallest buildings and the most gigantic pumpkins. Our forebears were no different, as we can see by the Lewis … Continue reading

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York County Merchant Offers Oysters by the Quart, Peck, or Barrel

We know York Countians have had a long love affair with the oyster. Start digging near the site of any old tavern, such as the Golden Plough, and you are likely to turn up remnants of long-ago oyster shells. Crushed … Continue reading

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Shoes, Shoes, Shoes Offered by York Merchant

One hundred years ago stylish shoes were just as important as they are today. A large illustrated ad for the B.A. Shorb Shoe Co., 24 West Market Street, appeared in the York Gazette in the fall of 1907. Good leather … Continue reading

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Win a new 1958 Renault Dauphine at the York County Shopping Center

That’s what the York County Shopping Center (now York Marketplace) on East Market Street was offering in celebration of its Second Anniversary fifty years ago. Does anyone know who won the brand new 1958 rear-engine Renault Dauphine automobile? It was … Continue reading

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York County’s Fabulous Fifties – or Not?

50 years ago, you could buy a three, five, seven, or nine-piece chrome or wrought-iron dinette set at York Supply Company, 43-45 West Market Street, starting at $39 to $50 for the set. While you were there, you might as … Continue reading

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