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 with what Russell Horn Jr. (as described in Yo!) has found about the origins of Yoe borough’s name.
Here’s her take:
Reading your article Sunday column about the town of Yoe made me start to shuffle though all my history of early Yoe… .
My great-grandfather was John W. Snyder, son of Aaron W. and Elizabeth. Aaron’s first wife was Catherine (Yoe). She died at an early age after having several children; this would have been Moses’s mother.
On all the accounts I have – from the Prowell book of history to a report my brother did for a school report of Yoe’s history in 1951 – the spelling was Yoe.
I also had heard the dropping of the “h” story, but this is the first that I researched it from my personal history of the town.
There are still a few Yoe decendents so you may find there will be a lot more takes on this story, but I will have to agree with Russell (Horn Jr.). Thanks for getting me to revisit all the ancestors.