Monthly Archives: March 2015

#1 A. B. Farquhar, Largest York County Factory Employer in 1899

This undated A. B. Farquhar Company letterhead notes the company was “Formerly A. B. Farquhar & Son.” It lists Arthur B. Farquhar as Chairman and his son William E. Farquhar as Assistant Chairman and Secretary. On January 1, 1889, the … Continue reading

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York Safe & Lock’s demise masterminded by Eliot Ness

Classics from YorksPast, plus Masell Manufacturing Plant By the end of WWII, the York Safe & Lock Company had established four new plants in addition to their main plant, all located in York, Pennsylvania.  What became of all these plants?  … Continue reading

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Tips on Making a Family History Book

I’ve been asked for tips on making a Family History Book ever since my book “Barshingers in America” was published. The latest request was from Tom Brenner, who commented to Monday’s post. I know several people have used the tip … Continue reading

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The Shoe House is OPEN

I read that the Haines Shoe House, now selling bakery treats, had opened for the season under new ownership; so I stopped by for a Sunday afternoon snack on my way back from Lancaster County. The parking lot was full. … Continue reading

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Proposed Extension of Elmwood Boulevard

While volunteering at the York County Heritage Trust, Loann Clark showed me this 1954 sketch of the Elmwood area of East York. It fits in nicely with a post I did some time ago; Melvin’s Drive-In, Lincoln Highway Ice Cream … Continue reading

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#2 York Manufacturing Company; Ice Making to Air Conditioning

This is the earliest view of the York Manufacturing Company along Roosevelt Avenue, a road then named West York Avenue; which runs along the bottom left of the illustration. The York Manufacturing Company had there own passenger railroad station; seen … Continue reading

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Cliff Satterthwaite Murals in York Haven Borough Hall

In the post First Working Canal in Pennsylvania was in York Haven I noted that Cliff Satterthwaite painted two large murals for the York Haven State Bank. The York Haven State Bank was taken over by Drovers Bank in 1978. The … Continue reading

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York WWII Veteran Remembers Okinawa

“Eighteen Years & 82 Days” is filled with memories of the Battle of Okinawa, however it also provides personal experiences of growing up in York during the Great Depression. It makes for a great read; be sure to check out … Continue reading

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York Mall; Remembering the Early Years

The first fully enclosed shopping mall in York County opened in the Fall of 1968. Today its location is notably marked by a Wal-Mart Supercenter along East Market Street in Springettsbury Township. When ground was broken on January 31st 1967, … Continue reading

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