Category Archives: Memorials

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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Rev. Raber and mid-1800s Pleasureville

Rev. William B. Raber wrote in 1857 it was Maria Conn who suggested Pleasureville as a more pleasant village name, as opposed to the Possumtown name bestowed by outsiders. I continue to search for Ann Harris, who had access to … 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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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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Jeannette Zinn honored on York Fairgrounds tablets

Jeannette Zinn is the only woman honored on the World War I memorial tablets that flank the West Market Street entrance to the York Fairgrounds. These tablets were dedicated October 4, 1921; to memorialize those in York County who “gave … Continue reading

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Yorker Jeannette Zinn a national WWI Patriot

Jeannette Zinn is one of 197 York County patriots who gave their lives in national service during World War I. Her name is included among the four WWI panels fronting the columns of the former York County Court House; now … 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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Evolution of Pleasureville’s Memorial Day Bean Soup

An announcement for “A Bean Soup” appeared in the October 7, 1896, issue of The Semi-Weekly Gazette in York, PA. The General Sherman Post, No. 602, of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Civil War veterans, announced … Continue reading

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