Monthly Archives: March 2008

Downtown thrived in post-WW II York – 9/31 iconic images

Notice in the photo the two women looking down on Santa as he climbs up the ladder on his annual visit to the Bon-Ton and downtown York, Pa. Background posts: Ho, ho, ho – uh, Santa, hold on, The Grumbachers: … Continue reading

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York County stood firmly behind Allies on all fronts in WW II – 8/31 iconic images

York (Pa.) Ice Machinery Corporation, later York Corporation and today owned by Johnson Controls, served as a catalyst for the York Plan. Yorkco chairman William S. Shipley headed the York Manufacturers Association, which promoted the sharing of machinery and manpower … Continue reading

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York County farm vs. factory tension relieved in overnight raid – 7/31 iconic images

The market sheds in York, Pa.’s Centre Square are a pile of rubble after they are pulled down in the middle of the night in late June 1887. The sheds had been in the square since the county’s earliest days … Continue reading

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10 years ago, York’s exclusive Lafayette Club became less exclusive, Part II

A part of York, Pa.’s Lafayette Club is lined with past club presidents’ photographs. Ten years ago, the club admitted its first black member. Recently, the organization played host to a fundraiser for York-based Underground Railroad Museum. 10 years ago, … Continue reading

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Artist Horace Bonham captured everyday life (6/31 iconic images)

York, Pa., artist Horace Bonham, 1835-1892, was a Renaissance man – a lawyer, newspaper owner and man about town. But he’s best remembered today as a genre painter who captured routine events with his brush. And his work was unusual … Continue reading

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Rebs’ short York visit creates long memories – 5/31 iconic images

Confederate soldiers lower the large American flag in York’s Centre Square on June 30, 1863, after the town’s fathers had surrendered the day before. The rebels marched uncontested into the undefended Pennsylvania town. Immediately after settling in, Gen. Jubal Early’s … Continue reading

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William C. Goodridge: From slavery to success story – 4/20 iconic images

This mural of 19th-century York, Pa., businessman William C. Goodridge greets motorists and pedestrians as they head east on West Market Street. Among other businesses, it depicts Goodridge’s rail venture, believed to have been deployed as part of another transportation … Continue reading

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Going to market a longtime York County pastime – 3 of 20 iconic images

York County was blessed with engraver William Wagner, who drew the left part of this scene, and fellow artist Lewis Miller, who left a legacy of 19th-century scenes that tell us much about how people lived.

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Declaration signer James Smith tops York County patriot list (2/31 iconic images)

In summer 1776, James Smith signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Pennsylvania Constitution. The York, Pa., lawyer also served in the Continental Congress during that body’s visit to York County after British troops forced members from Philadelphia. Background … Continue reading

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Columbia’s clock museum set presidential timepiece exhibit opening

In honor of this presidential election year, and adorned with red, white, and blue swags, banners, and flags, the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pa., is presenting “Time in Office: An Exhibit of Presidential Timepieces” opening Friday, April … Continue reading

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