Monthly Archives: January 2006

Tips for genealogical research

A lot of people have passed through York County over the years. In the 1700s, it was a crossroads community, serving as a major artery for immigrants – many from Europe – who were heading west and south. This century, … Continue reading

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Of dinosaurs and big blue mailboxes in York, Pa.

“Buggies. Milkmen. Now mailboxes?” The head on a recent York Daily Record/Sunday News’ story gave a good summary about the U.S Postal Service’s survey of which big blue mailboxes around York to eliminate. E-mail and use of the Web to … Continue reading

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Eighteenth-century York County brownfield now parkland

The cannonball came from Mary Ann Furnace in southwestern York County. That’s long gone. But a preserved iron furnace stands today in eastern York County, Codorus Furnace. Mary Ann Furnace, an early York County iron furnace, operated in West Manheim … Continue reading

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Yorkblog.com leads to reverse publishing

The explosive Adhesives Research fire a couple of weeks ago near Potosi brings a question about how the Springfield Township crossroads got its name. Fifty years ago, John D. Kilbourne, Historical Society of York County director, put forth an answer. … Continue reading

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‘I love to have written’

I’m always intrigued to read or hear about how other writers work. One common denominator is that writing is, indeed, work. So when I run across a piece about how others struggle to write, I usually dive right in. Such … Continue reading

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Potosi, York County, Pa., linked to mining

The major Adhesives Research fire last week leads to the question of how the nearby crossroads of Potosi got its name. John D. Kilbourne, Historical Society of York County director, weighed in about 50 years ago after receiving an inquiry … Continue reading

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New Weekly Record tells stories about York County community life

Some people believe all journalists care about is controversy and bad news. I can tell you that we are pleased with the opportunity to expand our community news effort by re-energizing two weeklies and adding two more. We’re introducing a … Continue reading

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The world’s loudest music without amplification from a non-musical instrument

A boiler malfunction caused the cancellation of the York-area annual steam whistle concert in 2005. But all is not lost. More on that in a moment. New York Wire Co.’s boiler lost pressure right before the December 2005 show. Steam … Continue reading

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Dates help research on York County’s history

If you’re doing research on York County’s past, it’s important to have a date. That’s what I wrote a recent e-mailer, who was seeking information on a deadly barn fire on or about 1910 in York County. That barn fire … Continue reading

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Lawyer/Episcopal priest draws query

The other day, I received an interesting query from a descendant of Samuel Bacon, a prominent York County attorney from the early 1800s. Actually, she’s a descendant of Samuel’s brother, Ephraim, and had run across a drawing of Samuel on … Continue reading

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