Monthly Archives: August 2016

Remembering Besser’s on the Susquehanna Trail

Liz Holtzapple provided some neat memories of Besser’s in response to my post Susquehanna Trail WWI Memorial Sycamores.  Her comments are amongst those that have been accumulating in my files since I did a 19-part series on the Susquehanna Trail, … Continue reading

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Red Lion Fair ran 8 Days in August of 1924

During 1924 the Red Lion Fair opened on Saturday August 16th in Fairmount Park and ran 8-days; closing the following Saturday. This was the first year that the Red Lion Fair was held both day and night. The fair included … Continue reading

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Malt, Castings and Turbine-Waterwheels

William Henry Kurtz [1822-1894] was a York industrialist who manufactured malt, castings and turbine-waterwheels. He had an elaborate downtown mansion built when he was 65-years-old. The Kurtz Mansion stood at 109 West Market Street in York, PA, from 1887 until … Continue reading

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The Kurtz Mansion at 109 West Market Street

This illustration contains John A. Dempwolf’s 1887 drawings of the south (front) elevation and east (side) elevation of the Kurtz Mansion; which stood at 109 West Market Street in York, PA, from 1887 until it was razed in 1946 for … Continue reading

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Stewartstown Mystery involved a Dempwolf Mansion in York

Jim McClure did a post on June 7th 2016, where he asked the question: Did this York home pick up & move to Stewartstown?  A question from Stewartstown Historical Society’s Doug Winemiller to Jim McClure prompted that post, in which June … Continue reading

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800th Post and Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during July 2016

My initial YorksPast post appeared on July 26, 2012. Last week, a few days following the fourth anniversary of YorksPast, the article on Mahlon Haines’ Yorkshire Ranch marked my 800th post. Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with … Continue reading

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Mahlon Haines’ Yorkshire Ranch

My post Exercising Buffaloes via Airplane in Springettsbury resulted in nine e-mails from present and former Yorkshire residents. The most often asked question: Was the Yorkshire Ranch very large? Mahlon Haines purchased several properties during October and November of 1924, encompassing … Continue reading

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