Monthly Archives: October 2016

Dempwolf drawings of Laing Mansion

John A. Dempwolf’s original 1906 drawings for the Springettsbury Township retirement mansion of West Virginia coal baron John Laing are in the Collections of the York County History Center. This illustration contains the low-resolution search printout plan views for the … Continue reading

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Coal Baron built Mansion in Springettsbury

West Virginia coal baron John Laing built a retirement mansion in Springettsbury Township. It still stands today; on the northwest corner of East Market Street and North Vernon Street. A circa 1913 postcard shows this Colonial Revival mansion with massive … Continue reading

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Motter’s 1914 photos of Wright Flyer at Hilton Field

During a June weekend in 1914, a Wright Brothers Model B Flyer took off repeatedly from Hilton Field carrying York County’s first airplane passengers; one at a time. The flights were at a newly constructed airfield, on property of George … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during September 2016

Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This single graphic, features illustrations from all top 10 posts; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. Synopsis and … Continue reading

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Camp Ganoga and the Susquehanna Trail

This illustration is from the May 1926 Issue of Boys’ Life, published by the Boy Scouts of America. The issue also contains a brief item about York County’s Boy Scouts Camp along the Big Conewago Creek, known as Camp Ganoga. … Continue reading

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Gilbert Sisters in Big Hats

This 1909 photo of Gilbert sisters in big hats came to mind when considering a Millinery illustration for a future post about York County’s first female airplane passenger Edith M. Hitchcott; a second generation Milliner in York. A Milliner is … Continue reading

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Highest Summit in York County should be Named

“The highest summit in York County should have a name,” was a remark I received several weeks ago while volunteering at the York County History Center. The comment was the result of a discovery of my post Pigeon Hills debunks … Continue reading

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