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Margaret Sarah Lewis paints York First Moravian Church

      My upcoming York Sunday News column is on the popular and prolific Yorker, Margaret Sarah Lewis. York Daily Record editor and fellow blogger, Jim McClure, has already posted the column on the Retro York Facebook page. I … Continue reading

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How did York’s 1898 courthouse escape the wrecking ball?

  Last month I did a blog post about the impressive turn of the century York County courthouse and its narrow escape from the 1950s mentality of tear it down and build something new. The nicely restored building now serves … 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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York Post Office statues remind us to be thankful

                                        You might have noticed, in person or on the news, that the Thanksgiving historical marker, across from the York County … Continue reading

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The kiosk in York’s square endures

Nearly a year ago I wrote a York Sunday News column and several blog posts about the travels of the 19th century cigar store figure, Punch, up and down and all around the northwest quadrant of York’s Continental Square. Punch … 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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Duck and Cover

Do we paint the 1950s as an untroubled time? Wrong! The 1950s began less than five years after the end of World War II. And we do remember what triggered the end of that war, don’t we? When refiling some … Continue reading

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Percival Farquhar in Brazil

Arthur Briggs (A.B.) Farquhar is a familiar name in York County history, mostly because of his huge agricultural equipment manufacturing establishment. Son Francis stayed in York, an attorney and businessman. But have you heard of another son, Percival Farquhar (1865-1953)? … Continue reading

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Two World War II songs written by York woman

The United States didn’t officially enter World War II until December 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but it was already on everyone’s mind. The York Plan of cooperative war material manufacturing was up and running and declared a … Continue reading

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Pick up your ration book at the schoolhouse

Numerous former one-room schoolhouses still dot the countryside. Many have been converted to residences, some so modified that it is hard to detect their original use. A few have been restored and even furnished as they would have been when … Continue reading

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