Category Archives: York

York County relatives retained ties to President McKinley

While researching the Bacon family, friend Jean Robinson shared an August 24, 1909 obituary from the York Dispatch that she found on the newspaper microfilms at York County Heritage Trust. It reads: Agnes Bacon Mrs. Agnes, widow of George Bacon, … Continue reading

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Confederate occupation of York–the aftermath

The countryside and the streets of York, Hanover, Wrightsville, Dover and other towns that witnessed the 1863 invasion were quiet once again. It was time to count up the losses of the farmers and merchants and access the damage. As … Continue reading

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York Police First in Pennsylvania with Drunk-o-meter

According to a Gazette and Daily clipping I found in the files at York County Heritage .Trust, in 1948 the York Police department was the first in Pennsylvania to acquire a Drunkometer, the predecessor to the Breathalyzer. In 1948 there … Continue reading

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York Widow Continues Watch & Clock Store

In 1843 the business community was a man’s world. Widows sometimes continued on in their late husband’s occupation in fields like tavern keeping. Occasionally a widow would successfully carry on another type of business. One of the most noted examples … Continue reading

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York Streets Better Now than 200 Years Ago

Ploughing George Street Along with spring comes potholes, and we grumble about the condition of streets and roads. The Lewis Miller drawing above might make you feel better. South George Street might develop the inevitable pothole now and then, but … 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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York Issues of Revolutionary War Pennsylvania Gazette Are Not Missing

Masthead of a York-printed Pennsylvania Gazette. The Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper is an extremely important source of information on the Revolutionary War era. Besides carrying general news of the war, the Gazette disseminated official proceedings of Continental Congress. The publishers, Hall … Continue reading

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Lottery Tickets Lost in York

A lottery, to help finance the American Revolutionary War, was held by the Second Continental Congress while they met in York. The Pennsylvania Gazette, also printed in York during that time, published several ads concerning lost lottery tickets. Click here … Continue reading

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York Churchgoer Miffed about Collection

Collection pouches on wall on right in William Wagner 1830 drawing of York’s German Reformed Church In 1829, an anonymous Yorker, signing himself REFORM eloquently argued against passing the collection pouch at church. Since all the church services I have … Continue reading

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Charcoal Heated Iron All the Rage in York

I hate to iron clothes and I do as little of it as possible. On the other hand, I don’t like to wear wrinkled clothing, so sometimes I do break out the steam iron. I remember when people actually ironed … Continue reading

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