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

submitted Old State House, Farquhar Park, York, Pa.
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 was there too. For a small sum, donors could drive nails into the German leader’s head. The Little Courthouse is seen in mothballs in its longtime home in Farquhar Park. It now serves as a fixture in a pet resort in Conewago Township. Also of interest: For decades, York’s underground comfort stations spelled relief and York’s 221 E. Princess St. home to telling ironies and Pastors denounce first Sunday newspaper publication.

York’s mayors have dealt with many serious matters of state since the Borough of York became the City of York in 1887.
E.S. Hugentugler, for one, suspended civil liberties to shore up suspicions about German-American York when America was “over there” battling the Germans in World War I… .


In the mid-1970s, Mayor John D. Krout helped bring York into the modern-age after setbacks from man-made and natural disasters, respectively: the race riots of 1969 and Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972.
And Mayor John Brenner picked up the pieces of a city low in morale and high in red ink in 2002.
But even when linked with heavy issues, York’s mayor have inspired several light moments.
That’s how today’s (5/31/09) York Sunday News column began.
To see the rest of the column detailing several chief-exec-evoked moments of levity, click here.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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2 Responses to Since 1887, York mayors have dealt with the serious – and the silly

  1. Jim Fahringer says:

    I think the award for the most silly situation dealing with York mayors should go to Mayor John Snyder. I believe it was in the late 1960’s and York was facing one of the most serious droughts of all time. Mayor Snyder paid to bring a team of Native Americans from one of the Western states to York and perform a rain dance so that it might rain.

  2. Jim McClure says:

    Jim,
    Yes, indeed. Click on the link at the end of the post and it will take you to my column detailing that story.
    Jim

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