Monthly Archives: November 2006

Prostitution in York busted during World War II

Prostitution in York has made big type of front pages for years. No time was prostitution in York a bigger problem than during World War II. Venereal disease outbreaks near military bases and defense plants presented problems on an international … Continue reading

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York’s Jeremiah Black, former U.S. attorney general, among Democrats resorting to racism

Jeremiah S. Black, former U.S. attorney general and secretary of state, stood before members of the Keystone Club in Philadelphia in 1864. The respected York resident was on the Democratic stump in the heated election of 1864. Their candidate, George … Continue reading

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York Safe restoration ‘once in lifetime’ project

York, Pa.’s artisan Othmar Carli shows off latest restoration project, a 5,000 pound steel safe. Background posts: The bomb: ‘And yet it stopped the war’, Noted photo archive captures York County treasures, Women’s Club of York (another Carli project): ‘No … Continue reading

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Booklet detailing Gettysburg war stories available

The rebel advance pushed residents west of the Susquehanna River to Columbia and points east. York County’s Scott Mingus has been working on a got-to-have-for-my-library account of John B. Gordon’s campaign to the Susquehanna River in the days preceding the … Continue reading

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It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s cigars with wings dropped by York-based promoters.

Barnstormer Karl Ort and sales manager Ray Paris used the novelty of aviation to sell their company’s cigars. In the early days of flying, the York-based pair, tooling around in their DeHavilland plane, tossed cigars attached to parachutes to would-be … Continue reading

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Museum exhibit brings back early days of high fliers

An Agricultural and Industrial Museum exhibit features a model of York’s first airport. Also of interest: What about the first York Airport that operated in Fayfield? “Air Pirates Attempt to Steal York Plane,” the newspaper headline read. Today, we would … Continue reading

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York countians, newspaper no friend of Abraham Lincoln

In a recent speech marking the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, author and historian Gabor Boritt suggested that only a handful of newspapers recognized the greatness of Abraham Lincoln’s speech. Well, The York Gazette, the leading publication in York County, … Continue reading

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The pipe organ and its tradition in York County: ‘It is a whole orchestra in itself’

While interest in organ music has waned, Sam Keeney, seen here at a recent concert, has been steadfast in promoting the instrument. Organs and their magnificent musical sounds have been losing popularity in recent years, although 250 people came out … Continue reading

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Yes sir, in York County, Pa., it’s pronounced ‘Yorkshur,’ just like pudding

George Hay Kain III If Yorkshire as in pudding is pronounced york-shur, why isn’t Yorkshire as in Springettsbury Township pronounced similarly instead of the local “Yorkshyer.” And Hayshire should be pronounced “Hayshur.” The man who made these points should know. … Continue reading

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York’s rail stations scored moments in history

Construction workers recently uncovered this stone arch. York’s 1890s-vintage train station is seen in the background. (Update: This headline tells the arch’s purpose: York’s large attractive arch turns out to be one big old sewer line. The stone arched vault … Continue reading

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