Monthly Archives: December 2017

1914 Mummer’s Parade with King Dodo in Dallastown

The Keystone Marker along Route 74 at the west entrance to Dallastown was not yet erected in 1914, when Dallastown held their initial Mummer’s Parade. During that New Years Day, the parade covered all the streets of the borough. In … Continue reading

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When most vineyards in America were in York County

York County had the most vineyards in America during the early history of this nation. A March 14th, 1891 article, noting that fact, appeared in “The American Settler,” a weekly, published in London, as “a guide to emigration from Europe … Continue reading

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Cotton wrapped sassafras Christmas Trees

Who had grandparents that wrapped a sassafras tree with cotton to create a snow-like covered Christmas Tree? My grandparents, Emanuel and Cora Barshinger, decorated their living room with such a tree for as long as I can remember. They utilized … Continue reading

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Wild Cat Falls Journal from 1870s

Several readers asked about the journal, which was published in the 1870s at Wild Cat Falls, along the Susquehanna River in York County. This illustration, from the collections of the York County History Center, shows the header from the July … Continue reading

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IVA-LU Bungalow with ’41 Chevy

The IVA-LU Bungalow was built in 1930 and was named for my grandparents Iva and Luther Smith. In the past ten days, I’ve received numerous comments about the Smith bungalow, which was located along the Susquehanna River, 5/8-mile west of … Continue reading

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Metal building pioneer Howard Carew

Howard J. Carew was one of the 13-founding-members of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA). Howard took an active role in that national organization; serving as its leader in 1961. He also served on the Technical Committee for many years. … Continue reading

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Insane-Asylum fire in the Hellam Hills

During 1963, when I turned 14-years-old, while at an end-of-winter weekend at my Grandfather Smith’s bungalow near Accomac, I went on a walk exploring areas around Wild Cat Falls and up along Wild Cat Run that were normally off-limits. Old-timers … Continue reading

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The boarded up house in Springettsbury

I received an unexpected reaction to last weeks post: General Gordon napped at 3103 East Market Street. This post answers that inquiry and also provides additional details about Albert Smyser’s prized horse; stolen by the confederate troops when they invaded … Continue reading

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General Gordon napped at 3103 East Market Street

Bob Smyser had a passing interest in family history when he was given a box of papers, recently discovered by his dad; it contained family history research, started by his dad’s grandmother. I met Bob at my family history talk … Continue reading

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