Monthly Archives: December 2014

Reynolds (Rennoll’s) Mill; Paintings of Cliff Satterthwaite

Cliff Satterthwaite painted this view of Reynolds Mill from the front porch of the house just across Reynolds Mill Road. The house still stands, the mill was torn down in 1977. I’ve annotated the following northward looking Bing.com Birds Eye … Continue reading

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1860 Buildings 1-10 in West Region of Springettsbury Township

At the top of this illustration, I’ve pointed out, and marked, ten 1860 buildings in the Mt. Zion and Ridgewood Road region within what is now Springettsbury Township. At the bottom of the above illustration is a 1937 aerial photo … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Reynolds Mill; Drawings of Cliff Satterthwaite

Cliff Satterthwaite drew several small parts within Reynolds Mill while painting many views of it in 1966. I’ve done some research, trying to identify Mystery Part 1, however have been unsuccessful. Do any of my readers know the name or … Continue reading

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Bon-Ton Christmas Memories from 1950s

During the early 1950s, some of my earliest memories are of going Christmas shopping in downtown York with my parents. I thought it was a magical place with decorations along the streets as far as the eye could see. It … Continue reading

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Origins of the Christmas Eve Factory Whistle Concert in York, PA

Karl Alex Smyser originated the Christmas Eve Factory Whistle Concerts at the New York Wire Cloth Company in 1925. Karl explained how this annual Christmas tradition got started in a December 24, 1940 interview with The Gazette and Daily. “I’ve … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas; say it with Poinsettias

Eighty years ago, an article appeared in The Gazette and Daily; “Poinsettia Now Christmas Flower.” The article was reporting on a bulletin published in Washington, D.C. by the National Geographic Society. The article notes, “Because its red and green are … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 21 . . Weddings . . 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 21 . . . Weddings. A new part … Continue reading

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#13 Hanover Match Company; largest employer in Hanover during 1899

At #13 in the count down of the Top 50 York County Factories at End of 19th Century is the Hanover Match Company in Hanover, PA. The 10th Factory Inspection Report, from the Pennsylvania Department of Factory Inspection, notes that … Continue reading

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Pinpointing the Four Mills in Stony Brook

Several readers requested a map locating the four mills in Stony Brook; specifically in relationship to the surroundings of today. I thought the best way to honor the request is a 2014 Bing.com Aerial Photo, where I’ve noted the location … Continue reading

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Susquehanna Trail through York County; Wrap-Up

Story of the Susquehanna Trail in the Good Roads Movement: Part 19 Just in time for Christmas, this post wraps-up the 19-part-series on the Susquehanna Trail. Thanks to my readers for the feedback and all the great comments along the … Continue reading

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