York County bakeries of 50 years ago

Friday afternoon, following a family history research visit, I was invited to provide impromptu instructions to a group of former Yorkers living in Laurel, Maryland; on tips in navigating and searching the YorksPast blog site. The group invited me out to dinner afterwards, where the topic of conversation evolved into memories of York County restaurants and bakeries that existed when they graduated high school.

I recognized some of the bakery names thrown out, but not others. I was familiar with: Mrs. Smith’s Pies in York, Knaub’s Cakes in York Township, Barton’s Bakery in Mount Wolf and Maple Donuts in York.

The other bakeries were scattered around the county: Kauffman’s Bakery in East Prospect, Barnhart’s Bakery in Red Lion, Zinn’s Pies in Hanover and Zech’s Bakery in Yoe. Two other donut bakeries were also mentioned: Dixie Cream Donuts in York and Melo Cream Donuts in Dallastown.

Everybody in our group of 11 wrote, on a piece of our napkin, our selection of favorite bakery and favorite donut shop from those times; i.e. about 50 years ago. The voting was widely scattered. Barton’s won as favorite bakery with three votes. Dixie Cream was voted favorite donut with five votes.

Links to posts of several old time York County restaurant:

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About Stephen H. Smith

Stephen H. Smith is a design engineer who worked at York International Corp. for 33 years before retiring several years ago to research and write books full time; his second career. The initial emphasis was on family history when he won a national award during 2002 for his first book “Barshingers in America." Positive feedback and that award were influential in his decision to retire early from engineering and start a retirement career.
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