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.

Rev. Raber and mid-1800s Pleasureville

Rev. William B. Raber wrote in 1857 it was Maria Conn who suggested Pleasureville as a more pleasant village name, as opposed to the Possumtown name bestowed by outsiders. I continue to search for Ann Harris, who had access to … Continue reading

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Yorker won inaugural auto races at Pimlico

Robert Morton drove Pullman automobiles to victory in three automobile races at Pimlico on the Fourth of July in 1908. Competing were makes such as: Ford, Overland, Autocar, Cameron, Moon, Stearns and Pullman. These were the inaugural automotive races held … Continue reading

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The Opossum King of Possumtown

“Anthony Seiple was called ‘the king of possums’ during the early 1800s in the area currently named Pleasureville in York County, Pennsylvania. His barn, and to a lesser extent those of neighbors, such as Daniel Billet, John Meyers, and Jacob … Continue reading

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WWI chaplain Albert D. Bell of York

Albert D. Bell was the only army Chaplain from York to lose his life in the World War. That is the closing sentence in the memorial to Chaplain Albert D. Bell; appearing on page 120 of the book “York County … Continue reading

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Codorus Navigation stonework at Dee Run

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Navigation Works. Completed in November of 1833, the 11-miles of canal and slackwater, via the Codorus Creek, allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and the … Continue reading

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WWI veteran James Franklin Schuman

James F. Schuman is another York County veteran, appearing on the WWI memorial tablets at the York Fairgrounds, however is not among the 197 York Countians honored on the World War I panels, fronting four columns, at the York County … Continue reading

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Spurg’s drive-in within Spry

Brenda Myers challenged me to find before and after photos of Spurg’s drive-in. Her interest is the Spurg’s that was located at 2266 South Queen Street, near Dewdrop Road in Spry. Brenda’s impetus for this challenge stemmed from my post … Continue reading

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Triplet Locks on Codorus Navigation Works

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Navigation Works. Completed in November of 1833, the 11-miles of canal and slackwater, via the Codorus Creek, allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and the … Continue reading

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Amber Light drive-in on Queen Street

A month ago questions about the Amber Light drive-in were asked of me. Then, a few days ago Terry Downs brought up the Amber Light. These, out-of-the-blue, queries were unusual, for it had been at least 30-years since I last … Continue reading

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Codorus Navigation illustrated

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Navigation Works. Completed in November of 1833, the 11-miles of canal and slackwater, via the Codorus Creek, allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and the … Continue reading

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