Category Archives: Books

Mystery of the Druck Valley Barn

The first time I stopped by the home of Cliff Satterthwaite in Virginia, I instantly recognized much of the artwork covering the walls. In addition to local Fredericksburg scenes, artwork of Pennsylvania sites from all around York City and County … Continue reading

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Edison Electric Plant Expansions in York

Part 12 of York County History Center Buildings Following the turn of the Century, the Edison Electric Plant along North Pershing Avenue in York, in rapid succession, saw major facility expansions in 1904, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1916 and 1917. This … Continue reading

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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during March 2015; Thanks for all your Comments!

The past month was record breaking in hearing from my readers. I hope to see many of you during my April presentation at the Lancaster Family History Conference. At the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the … Continue reading

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The Shoe House is OPEN

I read that the Haines Shoe House, now selling bakery treats, had opened for the season under new ownership; so I stopped by for a Sunday afternoon snack on my way back from Lancaster County. The parking lot was full. … Continue reading

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York WWII Veteran Remembers Okinawa

“Eighteen Years & 82 Days” is filled with memories of the Battle of Okinawa, however it also provides personal experiences of growing up in York during the Great Depression. It makes for a great read; be sure to check out … Continue reading

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Susquehanna Trail Edition; Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during October 2014

Susquehanna Trail posts dominated the most popular YorksPast posts during October. Just like August and September, the series on the Susquehanna Trail continues to provide a significant boost in YorksPast readership … THANKS again! The Publicity Bureau of the Williamsport … Continue reading

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Billmeyer Printers of YorkTown; 2014 Journal of York County Heritage

The 2014 Journal of York County Heritage was recently unveiled at the York County Heritage Trust (YCHT). I authored the article “A Family of Printers, The Billmeyers of York Town and the Early Printing Profession.” Several members of the Billmeyer … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 16 . . Founders . . Part 5

RAILCAR GOLD is a historically accurate multi-generational fictional tale of hidden treasure, primarily set in York County, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century.  This is Part 5 of Chapter 16 . . . Founders.  A new part … Continue reading

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Billmeyer & Small image of Charles Billmeyer & David E. Small

Chapter 16, of my historical novel Railcar Gold, will begin on Thursday.  Each chapter header illustration ties together with the chapter content.  Chapter 16 is entitled Founders, hence the illustration featuring the founders of the railcar building firm Billmeyer & … Continue reading

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“In God We Trust” on coins has a Pennsylvania Connection

I purchased two old coins for use as chapter illustrations in my historical novel.  The 1¢ coin was utilized as a Chapter 2 header in 2012. The plan was to use the 2¢ coin last year, when novel posts coincided … Continue reading

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