Category Archives: Civil War

#4 P. H. Glatfelter Paper Mill in Spring Grove; Over 150 Years of Paper Making

In 1852, Jacob G. Hauer established the Spring Forge Paper Mill within a former iron forge; it was the first paper mill in what is now Spring Grove. After Jacob died in 1855, his widow Susan hired operators to keep … Continue reading

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YorksPast begins Third Year; Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during July 2014

YorksPast started with a post on July 26, 2012.  A few days ago, on July 26, 2014, I began the third year of sharing a hodgepodge of explorations of York’s Past.  The posts totaled 472 during those first two years; … Continue reading

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A Retrospective of the Confederate Invasion of 1863

Why is the 151st anniversary commemorated far less than the 150th?  Sometime in the distant past, a 150th anniversary was considered a milestone; the 151st, not so much. After the age of 21, most birthday milestones are 30, 40, 50, … Continue reading

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Clock Trickery in Columbia; connection to Steam Into History in New Freedom

There is currently a neat exhibit that is part of any always-enjoyable tour through The National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia.  “The Magic of Mystery Clocks” is a temporary exhibit; it opened in May and runs through December 2014. … Continue reading

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A Mermaid in the Susquehanna

Henry Loucks reports on five sightings opposite Dugan’s Run Dugan’s Run is in Hellam Township; it empties into the Susquehanna River a little over one-mile upriver from Accomac.  This same vicinity contains the Memorial Marker for the Confederate soldier that … Continue reading

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#20 Wells Whips Wear Well; Wellsville’s Wells Whip Company

“Wells Whips Wear Well” was the tongue-twister marketing slogan of the Wells Whip Company of Wellsville.  The circa 1905 photo of the Wells Whip Company Factory is from 1892-1992 Wellsville … Remembrances for Tomorrow, by Joan S. Clippinger. As noted … 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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Nathaniel Seitz; from Glen Rock ITEM Editor to Stock Car Inventor

I’m putting together slides for a talk; Rail Events in the 1800’s for the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society on April 22nd, 2014.  One slide used in a prior talk on 19th Century Railway Car Builders of York contained the … Continue reading

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RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 14 . . Centennial . . Part 2

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 2 of Chapter 14 . . . Centennial.  A new part … Continue reading

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Historic Pennsylvania German Farmhouse along Whiteford Road

Twenty-five years ago Historic York evaluated this property at 2901 Whiteford Road in Springettsbury Township.  The findings were recorded (Survey Code 133-55-1K-KJ) prior to conversion of the building into a bank.  The building was classified as a brick Pennsylvania German … Continue reading

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