Monthly Archives: February 2009

Web site inventories York County, state, national grist mills

Longtime Cross Mill operator Harry Cross is seen in this file photo in the York Daily Record/Sunday News archives. Cross transferred ownership of the mill to York County in 1979. (See photo of the mill-turned-museum below.) Background posts: Philip King … Continue reading

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Underground Railroad museum in York would honor achievements of William C. Goodridge

Crispus Attucks Association’s Cindy Leiphart can be seen in a room in the former home of William C. Goodridge that was reportedly used to hide fugitive slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. A hole in the floor above the … Continue reading

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‘Flames Beyond Gettysburg’ available at York County booksellers

Union engineer Herman Haupt quickly rebuilt this bridge near Hanover Junction after invading Confederates burned it in late June 1863. This Library of Congress photo appears in the just-released “Flames Beyond Gettysburg,” which tells about the Confederate raid. Background posts: … Continue reading

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Duke and Duchess of Windsor rolled through York in 1941

The York (Pa.) Dispatch reported on a celebrity train passing through York in September 1941. Background posts: From York, Pa. to inside the beltway, politicos, celebrities got no friend and What did Tiny Tim and Richard Nixon have in common? … Continue reading

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Fastnachts are a York County delicacy. But how are Fastnachts different from doughnuts?

Fastnachts (fost-nokts) await transport to customers at the Stewartstown, Pa., Senior Center on Fastnaucht Day. (See additional York Daily Record/Sunday News photos below.) Background posts: Classes offer rare op to learn Pennsylvania Dutch – Part II and PS Harrisburg grad … Continue reading

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Suicide story: York hotel proprietor ‘found a package that had contained about a quarter of a pound of Paris green’

A multiple-deck headline in The York Dispatch on Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, 1891, tells how a man took his life. Such detailed stories were common in that day. Background posts: West York ritualistic suicide forgotten by many, but investigators remember … Continue reading

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A short test of your York County, Pa., women’s history knowledge, Part II

Former Chief County Detective Becky Downing, shown here in her 1997 York City Police trading card, was a pioneering police officer. She’s also an answer to this year’s women’s history quiz. Background posts: World War II propaganda posters raised spirits, … Continue reading

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Did Autumn Lau gain top area basketball scoring record? Answer is below.

Northeastern’s Autumn Lau (42) celebrates after scoring her 2,000th point against Dover in early January. She has since become the leading girls’ scorer in York County’s basketball history. Background posts: York athlete series: ‘Arguably the best girls’ volleyball player the … Continue reading

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York Vietnam vet: ‘My last job in the Marine Corps was notification of next of kin’

Bill Fissel looks over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial sculpture at artist Lorann Jacob’s Dallastown studio. The finished work will be displayed at the York Expo Center. Background posts: War memorials stand proudly in towns throughout York County and Sculptor molds … Continue reading

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Classes offer rare op to learn Pennsylvania Dutch – Part II

Ken Stough, left, instructor for the Pennsylvania Dutch language classes, talks with Butch Reigart during a class at Providence Place near Dover. Reigart, formerly of York County, is teaching an upcoming Lancaster-based Pennsylvania German course. Background posts: Der Belsnickel of … Continue reading

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