Tag Archives: York County PA

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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Spurg’s drive-in within Spry

Brenda Myers challenged me to find before and after photos of Spurg’s drive-in. Her interest is the Spurg’s that was located at 2266 South Queen Street, near Dewdrop Road in Spry. Brenda’s impetus for this challenge stemmed from my post … Continue reading

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Codorus Navigation illustrated

YorksPast continues the series of posts exploring the history of the Codorus Navigation Works. Completed in November of 1833, the 11-miles of canal and slackwater, via the Codorus Creek, allowed navigating 70-foot long canal boats between downtown York and the … 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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Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon N. Haines

Mr. & Mrs. Mahlon N. Haines appear in a group photo during a 1916 gathering at the Schaszberger-Dempwolf Farm. At that time, the Haines family lived in East York; a short distance from that farm in Springettsbury Township. Why were … 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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York WWI Veterans buried near Eiffel Tower

Two WWI soldiers from York County are buried four miles from the Eiffel Tower in America’s first permanent overseas cemetery. The Suresnes American Cemetery is located high on Mont Valerien, just west of the Paris city limits. The 1919 National … Continue reading

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York Airport building along Haines Road

York Airport operated in the fields west of Haines Road from 1930 to 1937 and included the pictured administration building. In 1953 the home at 560 Haines Road, shown in the lower half, was constructed around the core of that … Continue reading

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