Monthly Archives: March 2011

What is onion snow? It spelled pungent misery 150 years ago in York, Pa.

This 1861 scene, courtesy of York County, Pa., resident Dianne Bowders shows York’s South George Street. That’s Christ Lutheran Church, left, identifable by its steeple. The photographer might have captured the May snowfall that caused flooding at the quarter of … Continue reading

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Where can this Susquehanna River plaque be found? Linked in with neat history stuff: March 30, 2010

The message in this plaque gives some clues about its whereabouts. Hint: It’s not in York County, Pa.. Second hint: It’s been in the news recently. Stumped? See second York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photograph below for the answer. Also … Continue reading

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William Wagner, Lewis Miller made York, Pa. ‘one of the most highly depicted communities in the early nineteenth century United States’

Noted York County, Pa., artist/engraver William Wagner’s drawings of York streetscapes and noteworthy buildings are available in this 1996 book, still in print. Thirty-eight of Wagner’s colorful drawings (see example below) are available in this publication, available at the York … Continue reading

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Two women with York County, Pa., roots excelled in the medical laboratory

Spring Grove, Pa., native Mary B. Gibbs became internationally known as a researcher. ‘You get medical researchers together and they’d say, “If Betty Gibbs had been at the table, we’d have this AIDS things whipped,” ‘ her daughter said. York … Continue reading

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Part 7: Nazis murdered downed WWII airman from York, Pa.

For years, York, Pa.’s Robert W. Zercher’s name was misspelled on this monument in Apeldoorn in Holland. It was changed from “Zurcher” to its proper spelling in September 2006. The York native was executed at the hands of the Germans … Continue reading

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What does this mystery photo show? – Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff: March 26, 2010

Can you place this postcard-like York/Adams scene, though it’s not from a post card? Check out your answer against photographer Julie Briceland’s location below. This photograph appears on ydr.com’s Your Photos reader submitted section. Other mystery photographs of interest: Who … Continue reading

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All roads lead to – and from – Cross Roads: The boroughs of York County series, No. 8

In 2006, Frederick Konhaus’ summer home was in use as the polling place for Cross Roads borough in southeastern York County. The scene captures the smalltown feel of this community built around intersections. Also of interest: Church’s story links up … Continue reading

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‘White Rose’ resistance fighters feted in White Rose City: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – March 24, 2011

This York, Pa. Daily Record/Sunday News video tells about an exhibit detailing a World War II resistance movement against the Nazis. The display at York Suburban High School consists of a series of 45 panels of photographs and information telling … Continue reading

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Artist Margaret Sarah Lewis’ work honors church: Beautiful First Moravian Church in York, Pa., Part 15

This Margaret Sarah Lewis painting shows York, Pa.’s, First Moravian Church. This is another in a series on the church and its J. Horace Rudy stained glass windows. Also of interest: All Rudy stained-glass window posts from the start and … Continue reading

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Drinking from the same cup: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – March 22, 2011

This Metro Bank mural shows a fountain as the focal point in this view looking east on Main Street in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, Pa. It’s not clear whether that is a temperance fountain in this 1907 view, a variety sponsored … Continue reading

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