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What is your UFO story?

The first reported sighting of a flying saucer was in the state of Washington in late June 1947. In less than two weeks reports were pouring in, including from our area. I looked at a sampling of local newspapers on … Continue reading

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You might have an “Hessian” ancestor too

Our area has a high concentration of descendants of so called “Hessians.” This general term was applied to those soldiers from German-speaking regions whose rulers hired out their regiments to fight on the side of the British during the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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Hanover Democrats celebrated victory graciously

Politics could be rough in the past, but the Hanover Democrats were pretty civil in celebrating the party’s win in the November 1882 Pennsylvania election for Governor. Here is the story from the November 28, 1882 York Dispatch, picked up … Continue reading

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York County “molasses”

York County historian of a century ago, George R. Prowell, was a prolific (and sometimes wordy) recorder of York County history. Some of the stories he wrote were passed on from others, perhaps with occasional errors creeping in. Still, Prowell’s … Continue reading

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Dover plaque dedication was a blast

I found an account in the November 24, 1907 York Gazette of the original dedication of the Civil War plaque that is now in front of the Dover Fire Company. I checked to see if friend and Civil War expert … Continue reading

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What about those York County “Davis Gray” watercolor prints?

You see the ubiquitous prints of York County sites at antique and collectible malls and shops, as well as on walls of homes. York County Heritage Trust has some examples in their collections. I vaguely remembered a connection with a … Continue reading

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Hanover man recalls meteor shower and Gettysburg prisoner escapes

Newspaper stories of the past often have references to things that were familiar to them, but not us. This leads to more research to find out what they are talking about. The item below, from the May 21, 1903 York … Continue reading

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Carrie Nation’s 1907 York County crusade

In 2006 York Daily Record columnist Jim Hubley wrote that the temperance crusader Carrie Nation was signed as top attraction at Hanover Fair in Sept 1902, speaking between horse races. She was also scheduled to give a lecture, Why I … Continue reading

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Roofs, lumber and gloves were flying during Hanover’s 1915 tornado

I was looking through the Hanover photograph files at York County Heritage Trust and came across these photos of the wreckage left behind by the 1915 Hanover tornado. I had heard of it, but never imagined it was so destructive. … Continue reading

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