Monthly Archives: May 2011

When York County, Pa., undertakers served as woodworkers: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – May 31, 2011

Bob Etzweiler, patriarch of York, Pa.’s Etzweiler Funeral Home, tells about the days when funeral businesses supported next-door furniture stores and vice versa. The last such funeral home/furniture store combo closed doors in York County in the late 1990s. (See … Continue reading

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Part IIII: Navy SEAL Neil C. Roberts: ‘In this simple grave … lies a national hero’

A picture of Navy SEAL Neil C. Roberts is placed on his gravesite in York, Pa.’s Prospect Hill Cemetery. In a ceremony honoring Roberts, the first military man with York County links to die in the War on Terrorism, the … Continue reading

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Who was York’s first elected female mayor? Linked in with neat York County history stuff – May 27, 2011

Elizabeth Marshall, the first elected female mayor of York, remains in the public realm. Here, the 92-year-old talks with a visitor at West York, Pa.’s, Community S.E.N.I.O.R.S. center. Marshall testified last week before a U.S. Senate panel about legislation that … Continue reading

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Red Lion cigar factory goes on the block, Booger Hollow Stogies and all

Red Lion’s Van Slyke and Horton cigar factory, believed to be York County’s last functioning cigarmaker, auctioned off everything this week. Even cigar bands, with weird names. ‘Booger Hollow Stogy,’ one visitor said. ‘That sounds pretty good to me.’ Also … Continue reading

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Now, here’s a peaceful place. Linked in with neat York County history stuff – May 27, 2011

Melanie Pancho submitted this photograph from York County, Pa.’s West Manchester Township to the Your Photos section of ydr.com: ‘Lovely old graveyard behind the West Manchester Mall on Loucks Rd.’ Some members of the Pfaltzgraff family of pottery fame are … Continue reading

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Trivial pursuit: Six degrees of separation involving the Father of York County, Pa., golf Grier Hersh?

Three hundred golf balls pour onto the green at the Country Club of York as part of a June 2007 fundraiser for the Susan P. Byrnes Health Center. (Each ball received a number, and the one landing closest to this … Continue reading

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Part II: Look out Wikipedia, here come the Murals of York, courtesy of Roundtown Elementary third graders

‘Weighing the Butter’ is one of 16 mini-murals that join 18 large-scale panels to form the Murals of York. This adaptation of Lewis Miller’s work appears on the wall of the Central Market Annex and on a recent Wikipedia site … Continue reading

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Remember this arch from York County’s 250th anniversary? Linked in with neat York County history stuff – May 24, 2011

Remember this piece of York County, Pa.’s, 250th anniversary in 1999. That’s Terry Downs under the arch he designed for the celebration. That Triumphal Arch, seen here at Penn Park, is a miniature replica of four such temporary paper mache … Continue reading

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York, Pa., postmaster: ‘The statues were made for the post office. We want to keep them in the post office.’

Workers move two Thanksgiving statues from the U.S. Post Office in York, Pa. The longtime downtown post office will be closed and operations moved elsewhere in York. The statues reportedly will be relocated in the East York post office. “The … Continue reading

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Lifelong learning at OLLI: Good stuff cheap and much more – Linked in with neat York County history stuff – May 22, 2011

Olive Padden, Charmaine Kissinger, Gussie Petron, shown clockwise, are credited as the founders of OLLI – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute – at Penn State York. I’ll tie the fact that these women helped found the local chapter of OLLI in … Continue reading

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