Monthly Archives: January 2015

York was in danger of losing the Lincoln Highway during 1914

The Lincoln Highway was conceived in 1913 and was completed in 1926 as America’s first fully paved coast-to-coast highway. I heard from Bob Landis, after writing York is In Danger of Losing the Susquehanna Trail during 1923. During a visit … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 21 . . Weddings . . Part 6

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 6 of Chapter 21 . . . Weddings. A new part … Continue reading

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#9 Jacob A. Mayer & Brothers, in North York; Segars by the Million

These buildings, on the northeast corner of North George Street and Seventh Avenue in North York, housed the largest cigar factory in York County during 1899. At #9 in the count down of the Top 50 York County Factories at … Continue reading

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Made in York by The Hench & Dromgold Company

Earlier this month, I wrote about The Hench & Dromgold Company; an agricultural implement manufacturer, headquartered in York, PA between 1879 and 1919. In 1899, they were the twelfth largest factory employer in York County. Floyd Stiles provided several photos … Continue reading

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#10 S. Morgan Smith Company; Industry Leader in Hydraulic Turbines

I’ve shown the patent header and primary cut-away drawing from S. Morgan Smith’s first Turbine Water Wheel patent. Stephen M. Smith received this patent on December 26, 1876, while still with York Manufacturing Company. Smith retained rights to his new … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 21 . . Weddings . . Part 5

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 5 of Chapter 21 . . . Weddings. A new part … Continue reading

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Hickory Grove One-Room School; 99 percent Attendance

This photo of the Hickory Grove One-Room Schoolhouse in Fairview Township was taken in 1941 by Scott W. Knaub; a Superintendent of York County Schools. This schoolhouse is located on the northwest corner of Limekiln Road and Spanglers Mill Road; … Continue reading

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Witmer’s Shady Dell One-Room School; artwork by Cliff Satterthwaite

Stephen A. Douglas Literary Society Progress on the restoration of Witmer’s One-Room Schoolhouse continues along Stonewood Road in Springettsbury Township. Cliff Satterthwaite did a series of paintings of this one-room schoolhouse from 1971 through 1976; this particular painting was done … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 21 . . Weddings . . Part 4

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 4 of Chapter 21 . . . Weddings. A new part … Continue reading

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#11 York Card & Paper Company; The Battle of the Wall Paper Competitors, Part 2

These illustrations, related to the wallpaper manufacturer York Card & Paper Company, are from a 19th Century company letterhead. The September 16, 1898, letter informs a customer that the wallpaper they wished to order is not in stock. The factory … Continue reading

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