Monthly Archives: May 2009

Since 1887, York mayors have dealt with the serious – and the silly

The Little Courthouse, situated in York’s Centre Square during World War I, served as a center for war bond sales and promoted the bonds in a way that today might be considered politically incorrect. An effigy of Kaiser Wilhelm II … Continue reading

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Steps of old York City Market mark its former location

The City Market loomed large over the southeastern part of York. One reader believes its location is often misidentified. Background posts: York’s Penn Street Farmers Market, nearing 150 years old, seeks to replant for new customers and York-area picture book … Continue reading

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Spring Garden’s Hess School closing mystery + citizen comment = Case solved

Spring Garden’s Hess School is seen after it was renovated into a private residence in the 1950s. The family of Col. William Beckner, prominent local Civil Defense coordinator during World War II, occupied the former Rathton Road schoolhouse at that … Continue reading

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York Town Square query: Why was Spring Garden’s Hess School abandoned?

The Hess School on Rathton Road in Spring Garden Township is pictured here in 1926. (See two “after renovation” photos below.) Background posts: How one York County school district emerged from 1950s merger and Northeastern York County’s Paddletown: Children paddled … Continue reading

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Trolley ran both ways between Manchester and Mount Wolf

This map from York County Heritage Trust archives shows a branch of the main trolley line between York and York Haven ran from Manchester to Mount Wolf. Bradley Rentzel writes in his “History of Mount Wolf” that the trolley line … Continue reading

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Beauty of York County’s Susquehanna Trail shrouds its dangers

This photo combines the beauty and the grit of the Susquehanna Trail. This ice is colored gray with road grime along the Trail in William Kain County Park. Background posts: Hames made in Shrewsbury Township’s Hametown fueled early American horsepower … Continue reading

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Pan-demic, rather dredge-demic, gold fever strikes York County

Bryan Bennett looks demonstrates how to pan for gold in York County’s Conewago Township earlier this year. Modern-day prospectors are seeking a permit to dredge the Conewago Creek for gold. (See photo of dredge below.) Background posts: Conewago crossing near … Continue reading

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York, Pa.-born Edwin Shneidman, suicide prevention pioneer, dies in Los Angeles

Edwin S. Shneidman, author of 20 books, wrote broadly about suicide prevention. The York, Pa., native died recently in Los Angeles. Background posts: All posts about celebrities with York links and All posts about others with York links. Edwin Shneidman … Continue reading

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‘Levittown’ tells about the Myers family’s quest to live the American dream – in York, Pa., too

David Kushner’s “Levittown” tells the story of the York, Pa.’s Bill and Daisy Myers and the discrimination they faced after moving into a new house in Bucks County’s Levittown in 1957. Background posts: Future Yorker Daisy Myers’ harassment in Levittown … Continue reading

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A rehabbed, lit up Columbia-Wrightsville bridge: ‘It’ll really be a dramatic view’

This photo from John Wright restaurant in Wrightsville, Pa., is undated but it must come from the late 1920s because the Veterans Memorial Bridge opened in 1930. Notice the now-dismantled older bridge to the left and the temporary, construction bridge … Continue reading

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