Category Archives: Airplanes

York WWI Veterans buried near Eiffel Tower

Two WWI soldiers from York County are buried four miles from the Eiffel Tower in America’s first permanent overseas cemetery. The Suresnes American Cemetery is located high on Mont Valerien, just west of the Paris city limits. The 1919 National … Continue reading

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York Airport building along Haines Road

York Airport operated in the fields west of Haines Road from 1930 to 1937 and included the pictured administration building. In 1953 the home at 560 Haines Road, shown in the lower half, was constructed around the core of that … Continue reading

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Aerial bombing breaks Susquehanna ice jams

During the last week of February 1945, a large ice jam in the Susquehanna River caused large chunks of ice, some over 6-feet thick, to smash into bungalows along the river’s edge in Hellam Township. These photos show one such … Continue reading

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Labor Day of 1912 featured motorcycle races at York Fairgrounds

On Labor Day, September 2, 1912, during the intermission between the flights at the Aviation Meet within the York Fairgrounds, an extra attraction, not on the program, was introduced, in the form of motorcycle races by local amateurs. Two five-mile … Continue reading

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Route of the Yorkshire History Walk

I’ve been asked to share some stories of the origins of Yorkshire as the lead speaker in a walk thorough that Springettsbury Township community on Saturday June 10th. The walk begins at the Yorkshire Elementary School at 3:00 PM. My … Continue reading

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U.S. WWI declaration to Lafayette, we are here!

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, when Congress approved the declaration of war that President Wilson requested four days earlier. It was still many months before a sizeable American force was stationed in Europe. It … Continue reading

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Earliest plans for Yorkshire on the Lincoln Highway

I’ve been asked to share some stories of the origins of Yorkshire as the lead speaker in a walk thorough that Springettsbury Township community on Saturday June 10th. My comments will serve as an introduction to Yorkshire residents sharing their … Continue reading

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Karl Ort sells real airplane propellers for $1.98

When Karl Ort died in 1990, his York based aviation supply business was believed to be the oldest in existence; having been established in 1929. A 1931 Karl Ort ad showcases two of his 1000 airplane propellers being sold for … Continue reading

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Waddy George’s Curioseum in the Accomac Hills

Bill Neff wrote if I could provide further details about the following message; written on a postcard sent to his grandfather in Virginia and postmarked York, Pa. on June 15, 1937. “The Waddy George Curioseum on the Wizard Ranch is … Continue reading

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