As anyone who reads his blog would know, York Daily Record Editor Jim McClure is a bit of a history enthusiast. OK, that’s an understatement. Jim loves history more than anyone I know, and frequently, his affection for all things of yesteryear bleeds into my beat. I mean, what’s older than the city? Not much.
Recently, Jim picked up a dedication program for York’s original city hall at a book swap, and penned this column, which you can check out on his blog.
For kicks, he also dropped the dedication booklet on my desk. This happens a lot. Jim loves primary sources. And I hate to admit this, but some of them are surprisingly fun reads. If nothing else, they have great black and white photos.
This one was no exception.
The first thing that strikes you is the complete lack of women. Just a bunch of OWGs as cops reporter Ted Czech would say. In the back of the book, there are a few women named but not pictured, and they’re all listed by their husband’s names. Mrs. Joseph Desenberg. Mrs. Neville M. Smith. Oh, the 1940s.
I also spent a little time looking at the Mayor Harry B. Anstine. When the building was dedicated, he was already in his fourth term. That’s closer to a Steve Reed tenure than a Kim Bracey. I wondered how we would have gotten along anyway.
My favorite part of the dedication booklet is actually in the fine print. Beneath the centerfold building mug is an explanation of the offices located on the second floor. Among them are offices for the Inspector of Weights and Measures and the Milk and Meat Inspector. No joke. Milk and meat. That’s awesome.