Monthly Archives: March 2007

Can you ID these four photos?

These elegantly dressed citizens, perhaps disembarking from a ferry boat, appear to be enjoying themselves at a Susquehanna River landing. That appears to be the Wrightsville bridge — the 1897 iron bridge — in the background. Carla Reinecker of Red … Continue reading

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Reader searches for photos of now-demolished Ziegler’s Tavern, located outside Seven Valleys, Pa.

Union Gen. Judson Kilpatrick furiously rides back to Hanover after Jeb Stuart’s Confederates slammed into the back of his column on the streets of that borough on June 30, 1863. Kilpatrick’s column had reached Abbottstown when fighting began. After the … Continue reading

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Peeking into Pennsylvania’s attic

Camp Security, in present-day Springettsbury Township, probably resembled this British prisoner-of-war encampment in Charlottesville, Va. Some prisoners from this camp moved to Camp Security in 1781 when Cornwallis’ redcoats moved northward into Virginia. Jonathan Stayer, who has written extensively on … Continue reading

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Lewisberry project uncovers hidden American Indian mural

Barbara Forgas discovered what is believed to be American Indian artwork behind the walls of a bathroom in a Lewisberry, York County, home. See another view below. Did you catch the story about the Lewisberry woman who found four, 8-foot … Continue reading

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Columnist adds to sense of community in York

The Civil War monument in York’s Penn Park, seen in this post card view facing south, was a topic in a 1912 history book given to columnist Gordon Freireich. The book listed Freireich’s merchant-family, filling in some blanks in his … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant dines at Mick E. Dee’s

Larry and Constance Clowers, of Gettysburg, portray Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia. They do hundreds of programs each year, including a recent appearance in Hanover. Here, they play their roles during lunch at a McDonald’s in York. When … Continue reading

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York, Pa., newspaper’s founding date remains a mystery

This is the earliest known extant copy of the German-language Die York Gazette. The York Daily Record points to this newspaper as its forerunner. I was working on a chronology for Mary Alliene Hamilton’s biography of longtime newspaper owner J.W. … Continue reading

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Yo! More support for Yoe vs. Yohe

 Yoe, the tiny York County borough near Dallastown and Red Lion, has one of the most colorful names of any municipality in York County. Also of interest: Vermont has Podunk, but York County has its Sticks. Joyce Fix’s research agrees … Continue reading

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The Dell in York: ‘It was like family’

So, I made the point in a York Sunday News column that White Oak Park (The Oaks) was to the north side what Shady Dell (The Dell) was to the south side of York: The Dell. Primo teen hangouts in … Continue reading

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In new book, former resident profiles York, Pa.’s, elegant Elmwood Mansion

Ann Small Niess, resident of the Elmwood Mansion from 1923-1947, writes about the intriguing East York structure in a book released this week. The mansion now serves as a conference center for Memorial Hospital. For story, see <a href="http://www.ydr.com/newsfull/ci_5530078“>grand tour. … Continue reading

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