Author Archives: Stephen H. Smith

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.

Ingenious little watch made by Phineas Davis

Upon seeing the tiny watch George Sellers wrote “it was a beautiful piece of workmanship considering the tools Davis had at his command.” Sellers saw this watch in 1828 when papermaker George King, of York, brought it along on a … Continue reading

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Restoring a 1909 Pullman Model 4-40 Roadster

I visited Paul Vaughn to see his restoration underway on a 1909 Pullman Model 4-40 Gentleman’s Roadster. In keeping with my continuing series of posts on the 1908 Philadelphia to Savannah Race, he had the automobile decked out in advertising … Continue reading

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Queensgate was a Schaszberger-Dempwolf farm

Queensgate Shopping Center and the surrounding apartments was an 85-acre Schaszberger-Dempwolf farm until the end of 1959. The circa-1950 aerial photo shows the farmhouse, barn and ancillary buildings at the center of that farm in York Township. The “Schaszberger-Dempwolf farm” … Continue reading

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Charles Department Store in York

Charles Department Store occupied the six-story building at 9-11 East Market Street in York from 1947 until 1958. That tall building stands above all others on the north side of the first block of East Market Street in this circa … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Civil War veterans served York ice cream July 4th

Eight-thousand quarts of Neuman ice cream was served to Civil War veterans on July 4th 1913 at Gettysburg upon the 50th anniversary reunion of the great battle. The H. L. Neuman Company made this ice cream at their plant along … Continue reading

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Racing through the square in York

A York-built Pullman 4-40 Gentleman’s Roadster raced a Studebaker in an auto race lasting over two-weeks in March of 1908 from Philadelphia to Savannah, Georgia. Racing on the dirt roads of that time, the leading Pullman passes through the square … Continue reading

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Captured by Abraham Lincoln for surrendering York

Arthur Farquhar recalled his capture by President Abraham Lincoln in the April 1922 issue of McClure’s magazine; a monthly publication sold widely throughout the United States. York industrialist Arthur B. Farquhar was 24-years old when he initiated actions that resulted … Continue reading

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Emig Mansion and the Underpass relic

Terrence Downs shared the story of Marian Emig and J. Horace Rudy at the Emig Mansion. This Rudy stained glass window was referenced a number of times throughout his presentation. The presentation was part of the June meeting of the … Continue reading

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Epic auto races sell newspapers in 1908

A York-built Pullman 4-40 Gentleman’s Roadster raced a Studebaker in an auto race lasting over two-weeks in March of 1908 from Philadelphia to Savannah, Georgia. This photo, submitted by Paul Vaughn, shows the Pullman at the starting point; outside the … Continue reading

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Dutch Emig as drawn by J. Horace Rudy

Dutch Emig posed for a stained glass window installed at the Heinz Office Building in Pittsburgh. J. Horace Rudy’s sketch of Emigsville’s Howard A. Emig is from the Records of Rudy Brothers Company, MSP#278, Folder 15, in the Library and … Continue reading

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