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Another look at York’s square

When I was growing up in Chanceford and Windsor townships, we did our much of our weekly shopping for groceries in Red Lion, but we traveled to York for serious shopping. I was quite familiar with Bear’s, Bon Ton and … Continue reading

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Haines Shoe House revisited

I hadn’t been to the Haines Shoe House for several years until last week. My eight-year-old great-granddaughter and I were delighted with the tour (as well as the Beck’s ice cream and the home baked treats offered by the owner). … 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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Stauffer’s chocolate stars–one of York’s best exports

The Holiday Season—when thoughts turn to Stauffer’s chocolate coated stars. Over the years the Stauffer family has shared company history with the York County History Center. One of my favorite artifacts is the long cylindrical animal cracker cutter at the … Continue reading

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York church building to restaurant, with a few stops along the way

A Facebook friend asked about the history of Victor’s Italian Restaurant on Ogontz Street, knowing that the building was a former church. I looked through the York County History Center files and City Directories as well as online sources. Several … Continue reading

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Still another York square building was threatened in the 1950s

                  Downtown York could look much different, and not in a good way, if 1950s and 1960s demolition plans had been carried through. In a previous post I wrote about the proposal … Continue reading

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Some York buildings that didn’t bite the dust

We lament, and rightly so, the loss of impressive York buildings, such as City Market and York Collegiate Institute. Still, it could have been worse. Here is an example of one urban renewal project that thankfully didn’t happen. While looking … Continue reading

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York prices not that cheap 70 years ago

A small article in the March 20, 1948 Gazette and Daily reported that “Printing Industry Editor at the Gazette and Daily for Unique Method Story.” Dr. Russel R. Voorhees, described as a field editor and commercial writer, was in York … Continue reading

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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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