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A.A. Bosshart, prolific artist and photographer of York County people and landscapes.

For half a century A.A. Bosshart captured images of local people and countryside with his camera and brush. His work is represented in many collections of family photographs and still found hanging on walls of homes and businesses. My recent … 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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York County people delighted in giving Victorian greeting cards

The very ornate silk-fringed holiday cards of the late 1800s into the early 1900s weren’t made in York, but they were popular with local residents. There are quite a few, donated over the years by York countians, in the York … 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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Jacob Tome’s Port Deposit mansion

I have been very interested in Port Deposit, Maryland ever since I researched my York Sunday News column on Jacob Tome (1810-1898), multimillionaire philanthropist. Tome was born in the Hanover area of York County and grew up poor in Chanceford … 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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Early Dentists Kept York Chewing

Dentistry came into its own in the 19th century. According to the American Dental Association website, Samuel Stockton began manufacturing porcelain teeth in 1825. Amalgam fillings were introduced in America in the 1830s, and cohesive gold foil fillings became practical … Continue reading

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Dover, Pennsylvania Doctor Cures All

In the past I have written about some of the outrageous claims for cures made by York County manufacturers of tonics and by animal doctors. Click here to read about Caldwell’s cure-all tonic. And click here to read about Heffner’s … Continue reading

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