Tag Archives: York County PA

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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Roy Rogers in York and at Valley View Park

Roy Rogers with his Wonder Horse “Trigger”, plus his company of entertainers, performed during the afternoon and evening at Valley View Park in Hellam Township on Sunday May 25, 1941. During that visit, Valley View Park owner, Luther “Shorty” Fincher … 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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Lancaster lawyers utilize Wild Cat Inn as speakeasy

The Blackstonian Club of the Lancaster bar purchased the Wild Cat Inn, in Hellam Township, York County, on November 7th, 1924. They employed Lancaster architect Henry Y. Shaub to draw up alterations to the Wild Cat Inn for their use. … 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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Metal building pioneer Howard Carew

Howard J. Carew was one of the 13-founding-members of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA). Howard took an active role in that national organization; serving as its leader in 1961. He also served on the Technical Committee for many years. … Continue reading

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Insane-Asylum fire in the Hellam Hills

During 1963, when I turned 14-years-old, while at an end-of-winter weekend at my Grandfather Smith’s bungalow near Accomac, I went on a walk exploring areas around Wild Cat Falls and up along Wild Cat Run that were normally off-limits. Old-timers … 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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General Gordon napped at 3103 East Market Street

Bob Smyser had a passing interest in family history when he was given a box of papers, recently discovered by his dad; it contained family history research, started by his dad’s grandmother. I met Bob at my family history talk … Continue reading

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Weird York topics from YorksPast

The December 6th evening to unravel York County history is Retro York’s 2017 third-edition of the annual York Daily Record event. The theme this year is Weird York. I will be one of five local historians participating. The event is … Continue reading

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