Monthly Archives: September 2006

York’s worst blaze struck 150 years ago

Fear of fires has been with York County residents since buildup in small towns brought houses close enough together for a minor blaze to turn major. Fire officials particularly cautioned against chimney fires from the build up of soot and … Continue reading

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Presidents visit York, alive and via funeral trains

York’s use of a superstition — the hiring of a rainmaker — to combat a drought is just one of many notable anniversaries from York’s past in 2006. (See “Rainmaker’s visit indicated much awry in York” post. A few others … Continue reading

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Plaid facade linked to Springetts cleaner’s roots

Ever wonder why the commercial building on East Market Street in Springettsbury Township has a long plaid strip along its façade? I’ve wondered about that for years and finally posed the question to the right person. Make that people. …

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Old York newspaper won’t die or fade away

Not surprisingly, The Gazette and Daily in York shows up, albeit briefly, in Myra MacPherson’s “All Governments Lie! The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone.” http://www.simonsays.com/content/book.cfm?tab=1&pid=520115&agid=2 Stone, the famed independent journalist, and J.W. Gitt, the noted Gazette … Continue reading

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York County lawmaker fought to aid the blind

Karen Emenheiser, visiting our newsroom this week, discussed the fact that she was visually impaired, classified as legally blind. It is unusual to talk with a candidate for public office — she’s on the GOP ticket for 95th legislative district … Continue reading

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Rutter’s store offers snapshot of change in York County

A provocative mark of change in York County surrounds the Rutter’s convenience store on Lightner Road in Manchester Township. That Rutter’s spread is on company land, originally settled by Jacob Rutter and Nathaniel Lightner in 1747. On the hill behind … Continue reading

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Milkman’s relic humming around York County today

Paul Kuehnel of the York Daily Record/Sunday News has produced a video showing an operational old-time gas/electric Rutter’s Daily milk truck. That truck, seen nowadays at the York Fair, aided in milk delivery years ago. More recently, the last-known milkman … Continue reading

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Roy Rogers took York County stage, but not alone

Shorty Fincher’s Valley View Park played host to the likes of Hank Williams Jr. and Sr., Porter Waggoner, the Osmond Brothers, Kitty Wells and the Harmonica Cats. Some performers who traveled to the eastern York County venue were in their … Continue reading

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Declaration of Independence signer James Smith gains moment of fame

James Smith has no building with his name on its side in York County. But he does in Maryland. Also of interest: First Presbyterian Church is looking to solve some mysteries including one involving James Smith. James Smith, York County’s … Continue reading

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It’s no Ripplet, but Spring Grove area gets weekly

History is repeating itself in Spring Grove this week. From 1897 to 1922, the Ripplet, a newspaper published each Friday, circulated in the Spring Grove area. Starting Friday, the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ will include news from Spring Grove in … Continue reading

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