Category Archives: Maryland

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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York Pullmans win big at Pimlico in 1908

On the Fourth of July, in 1908, a card of automotive races replaced the usual horse races at Maryland’s Pimlico track. Competing were makes such as: Ford, Overland, Autocar, Cameron, Moon, Stearns and Pullman. The York built Pullmans were the … 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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Brodbecks amazing Now and Then photos

I’ve helped Cliff Satterthwaite identify precise locations, and/or status of structures, related to selected works of art he created in York County; when he lived here from the mid-1950s until the early 1980s. This is the story of a search … Continue reading

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Mahlon Haines starred in a Paramount movie

Mahlon Haines, of Shoe House fame, starred in a Paramount movie that was shown around the nation. The title of the 10-minute short is “The Spirit of Seventy.” It was shown prior to featured attractions between 1953 and 1955. In … Continue reading

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York-built Codorus as a passenger ferry in 1829

The York-built steamboat CODORUS was the first metal-hulled steamboat to operate in America. The CODORUS also was the first common carrier metal-hulled steamboat put in service in America; when it commenced operation in 1829 as a passenger ferry providing regularly … Continue reading

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Local WWI Veterans buried in Europe

Writing a family history book produces appreciative actions and notes of thanks for connecting distant, and sometimes no so distant, family members. The French gravesite of WWI Veteran Blaine B. Barshinger has received numerous floral decorations by even distant Barshinger … Continue reading

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Yorker shares excitement of vacations a century ago

In 1961, a Yorker wrote of his 1910 experiences as a youth in traveling alone via train and stagecoach to his grandparents’ farm in Adams County. He recalled, “I think the reason I got so excited last week about the … Continue reading

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How a mile long river bridge was built in 21 days

This photo of the mile long steel railroad bridge over the Susquehanna River, linking Wrightsville and Columbia, is believed to include some of the workmen that erected the bridge in 21 working days during 1897. The Pennsylvania Railroad used the … Continue reading

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