Category Archives: Family Histories

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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Prominent York jeweler started in Red Lion

Shaffner’s was the jeweler to go to in York County from the 1930s thru the 1970s. Kathy made that statement while I helped with her family history research at the York County History Center. In turn, she shared Shaffner’s insight … Continue reading

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Funeral of George A. Wood of York following WWI

The funeral cortege of WWI veteran George Wood was escorted by fellow comrades as the caisson proceeded to the Catholic Cemetery in Violet Hill, just south of York, PA. This is part 2 of the post: African-American George A. Wood … Continue reading

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African-American George A. Wood killed in WWI

York County African-American veteran George A. Wood was killed in action September 29th 1918 during World War I. Private First-Class Wood is honored on the bronze memorial tablets flanking Gate 4 at the York Fairgrounds. His surname is incorrectly spelled … 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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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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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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Veteran Henry F. Emswiler should be honored

York County veteran Henry F. Emswiler died October 4, 1918, of wounds received in action; as he served in Europe during World War I. While Emswiler is honored on the bronze memorial tablets flanking Gate 4 at the York Fairgrounds … Continue reading

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At the Schaszberger-Dempwolf Farm in 1916

Drawings and a photo of a gathering at the Schaszberger-Dempwolf Farm were recently donated to the Springettsbury Township Historic Preservation Committee. Seated at the left part of that photo is Edward F. Schaszberger and at his shoulder is his grandson, … Continue reading

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