Monthly Archives: May 2014

End of May, over Ten-Feet of Ice at Lockport along Susquehanna in York County; Connection to Apollo Moon Mission

Ice on the River Bank is the title of an article appearing in the May 21st, 1881 issue of the York Daily: The hot weather, says the Wrightsville Star of yesterday, has not yet disposed of all the ice by … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 16 . . Founders . . Part 2

RAILCAR GOLD is a historically accurate multi-generational fictional tale of hidden treasure, primarily set in York County, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century.  This is Part 2 of Chapter 16 . . . Founders.  A new part … Continue reading

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#19 York Wall Paper Company; The Battle of the Wall Paper Competitors

This illustration of the York Wall Paper Factory is from an 1899 Trade Publication.  It is a view looking southeast.  The streetcar in the lower left is running along Linden Avenue. To understand The Battle of the Wall Paper Competitors, … Continue reading

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A Mermaid in the Susquehanna

Henry Loucks reports on five sightings opposite Dugan’s Run Dugan’s Run is in Hellam Township; it empties into the Susquehanna River a little over one-mile upriver from Accomac.  This same vicinity contains the Memorial Marker for the Confederate soldier that … Continue reading

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Honor The Brave

It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. —Norman Schwarzkopf

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North Penn Street “Drawbridge” was raised with Muscle Power

Last month, at the end of a post, Jim McClure wrote about a Cliff Satterthwaite drawing of a drawbridge crossing the railroad tracks at North Penn Street in York; a predecessor of a footbridge that crosses the tracks today.  Cliff … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 16 . . Founders . . Part 1

RAILCAR GOLD is a historically accurate multi-generational fictional tale of hidden treasure, primarily set in York County, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century.  This is Part 1 of Chapter 16 . . . Founders.  A new part … Continue reading

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Billmeyer & Small image of Charles Billmeyer & David E. Small

Chapter 16, of my historical novel Railcar Gold, will begin on Thursday.  Each chapter header illustration ties together with the chapter content.  Chapter 16 is entitled Founders, hence the illustration featuring the founders of the railcar building firm Billmeyer & … Continue reading

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Codorus Street aerial photo from 1968 Publication

I’ve been keeping a list of things to scan for my next York International talk and started scanning them this weekend.  The Codorus Street area appeared in a corner of an Aerial Photo that was on my list of things … Continue reading

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Teachers Pay & Grading; when a 4.0 GPA was Poor

A York County Teachers’ Provisional Certificate for Samuel S. Matthews includes his examination results in five subjects: Orthography, Reading, Writing, Written Arithmetic and Teaching.  With a grade point average of 2.1, Samuel was granted a provisional teachers certificate for one … Continue reading

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