Recognizing Glen Rock’s Neuhaus brothers: Sellers of everything from field plows to dynamite

Linked in/Neat stuff: John Schmidt’s memoirs/WW I in Muddy Creek Forks

That’s the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library in Glen Rock, right, before it became known as that. In its day, this pair of buildings, operated by the Neuhaus brothers, sold everything from field plows to dynamite. The tall building came down in 2001, but the other building was adapted into a public library and remains a busy place. In fact, this 1957 building will soon play host to a plaque, below, spelling out its history.



Glen Rock is becoming a borough of plaques. The Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society proudly marks its significant buildings with attractive signs such as this one. This will go on the Neuhaus building, now the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library. It will receive this plaque on Oct. 11, followed by a Walk Around The Rock. Click of the image to see an enlarged version telling the story of the two Neuhaus buildings. Also of interest: Rocks in the Glen turns into town where things happen.


Other neat stuff from all over … .

An emailer queried about whether I’ve seen any barn quilts around York County.

Barn quilts are what they sound like: quilts mounted on the sides of barn. The movement appears to have started in Ohio.

I replied that I wasn’t aware of any. But if you are, please comment below!


jsJohn Schmidt has been a community leader for decades. Now, we can learn how he did it. His memoir is available at the York County Heritage Trust and libraries across York County.

Gordon Freireich told about “The Mill – My Life in Paper” in a recent York Sunday News column:

“John went through almost 90 years of pocket journals, scrapbooks and the records in several filing cabinets in the basement of his home,” Gordon wrote. Schmidt was involved in his family’s Schmidt and Ault papermaking business and headed York Bank  (now M & T) for years.


WW I in York County: Events touches on the Great War are rare so here’s such an event in Muddy Creek Forks.


History Mystery: A lovely and quiet place … .

History Mystery: We’re outside #YorkCountyPa’s borders here, but many residents have enjoyed a cup of Joe at this…

Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, October 4, 2015

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Back to the Year 2000 in York, Pa.: Much has changed in 15 years

Remember these buildings, even those Ohio Blenders’ silos in the background? That’s the old P & S Motors’ North Beaver Street site, right. All these buildings are no more, giving way about a decade ago to the Northwest Triangle development on and around their former footprints. Also of interest: See the former Weavers Auto Body building coming down.  

Do you have photos of York, Pa., around the year 2000? The request came from a leader in the community.

I checked the various York Daily Record archives, and reported back that we just don’t organize our holdings by date or era.

Still, I scrounged and was able to pull up more than 20 photos from circa 2000 and made them available to the interested person. And this photo gallery now is available to you, too, or by clicking on the icon. (The two photos with this post come from that millennial moment, as well.)

I appreciate the query because it provided an opportunity to show change in York, Pa. Here is my lead-in to the photo gallery:



We’re moving deeper and deeper into the 21st century. So much has changed in 15 years as you know from looking around. A look back at photos from the year 2000, give or take 5 years, helps you to see that. Enjoy the tour!

The rail trail – running from Rudy Park in the north past New Freedom to the Maryland Line in the south – is slated to pas through the Northwest Triangle. That represents an interesting blend of industrial use – the Northwest Triangle brownfield and the old Northern Central Railroad – and recreational – a trail full of bikers and hikers covering that terrain.




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