Category Archives: Family Histories

Small’s Codorus Mill at Canal Lock No. 3

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Canal. Completed in November of 1833, this canal allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and the Susquehanna River. Part six explores Small’s Codorus Mill; built … Continue reading

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The story of Zech’s Bakery in Yoe

Nancy Wilt shared the pictured Zech’s Bakery souvenir of the York Fair. Nancy saw Zech’s mentioned in last weeks post: York County bakeries of 50 years ago. She remembered her Mom constantly bringing home Zech’s goodies during the 50s and … Continue reading

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York County bakeries of 50 years ago

Friday afternoon, following a family history research visit, I was invited to provide impromptu instructions to a group of former Yorkers living in Laurel, Maryland; on tips in navigating and searching the YorksPast blog site. The group invited me out … Continue reading

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Elmwood WWII Honor Roll built by WWI Veteran

This Roll of Honor stood at the East Market Street entrance to Elmwood Boulevard in Spring Garden Township. A World War I veteran constructed the Roll of Honor following WWII to honor Elmwood residents who served in World War II. … Continue reading

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Cars fueled by water sold in York a Century ago

Bob Smyser shared the story that Howard Smyser sold electric cars in York by boasting, “The cars are fueled by Susquehanna River water.” Meaning, the waters of the Susquehanna produce electricity, via the York Haven Hydroelectric Power Plant, which charge … Continue reading

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Century old ghost sign at 739 West Philadelphia Street

Last month Bob Smyser provided some neat Civil War insight about General Gordon stopping at the house still standing at 3103 East Market Street in Springettsbury Township; prior to his Confederate troops marching to Wrightsville. Bob continues to provide interesting … Continue reading

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When most vineyards in America were in York County

York County had the most vineyards in America during the early history of this nation. A March 14th, 1891 article, noting that fact, appeared in “The American Settler,” a weekly, published in London, as “a guide to emigration from Europe … Continue reading

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Cotton wrapped sassafras Christmas Trees

Who had grandparents that wrapped a sassafras tree with cotton to create a snow-like covered Christmas Tree? My grandparents, Emanuel and Cora Barshinger, decorated their living room with such a tree for as long as I can remember. They utilized … Continue reading

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The boarded up house in Springettsbury

I received an unexpected reaction to last weeks post: General Gordon napped at 3103 East Market Street. This post answers that inquiry and also provides additional details about Albert Smyser’s prized horse; stolen by the confederate troops when they invaded … Continue reading

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