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York notice bilingual and courteous

The bilingual notice above (transcribed below) illustrates two points. One is that, because the great majority of 18th century York County residents were from the Germanic lands of Europe, official notices were printed in German as well as English, as … Continue reading

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First lot owners of York’s Square, Part 2

This is the second of two posts detailing the first several owners of the original lots that encircle York’s square. The lots can be located on the map above of the center of York, bordered by Philadelphia, Duke, King and … Continue reading

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First lot owners of York’s Square, Part I

The enlarged section of the center of York above is bounded by Philadelphia, Duke, King and Beaver streets. It shows the square with the courthouse in the middle. I have flipped it form the original so that it is oriented … Continue reading

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York’s Center/Continental Square–crossroads of a county

In conjunction with the 275th anniversary of the laying out of York, I am working on a slide show for a November 12th program at the York County History Center. It is part of the regular Second Saturday series of … Continue reading

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1943 East Berlin area news

It has been while since I sampled local news of the past. You can find out so much about a community and the families that lived there by reading the old newspapers. Each small area had their own stringer who … Continue reading

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York County lower end property, near McCall’s bridge, for sale in 1816

Newspapers of the past give a good look at the lives of our forebears. The advertisements can sometimes reveal more than news items. The ad below, from the York Gazette, for Richard Porter’s tavern, store, house with barn and other … Continue reading

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Federal Taxes Paid by York Countians in 1815

It’s soon income tax time again. There was no federal income tax 200 years ago, but that doesn’t mean that you didn’t have to pay taxes to support the United States government. Not having strong taxing ability was one of … Continue reading

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Yorkers move to the suburbs

Development was booming in 1924. Yorkers were starting to move out to the suburbs, and some county residents were moving there too, to be closer to town, where jobs were plentiful with the big manufacturers. I expect both types of … Continue reading

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Monaghan Farm Good Bargain in 1816

The real estate notice below, from the November 7, 1816 York Gazette, is a great example of the wealth of information available in newspapers from the past. Such descriptions are often detailed, giving us an idea of how our forebears … 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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