Anyone know why this Glen Rock church lacks a steeple? Linked in with neat York County history stuff – Aug. 25, 2011


Some people view Glen Rock as a York County, Pa., town with English roots. The top hats and capes of the Glen Rock Carolers might suggest that. Actually, Germans founded the borough, as the town’s three major churches – all with German origin – attest. Immanuel United Methodist Church, 1 New St., is of German Methodist stock. This second building on that New Street site, promotes itself as ‘the church with no steeple that cares about people.’  The earlier building had a steeple. Does anyone know why this attractive edifice, built in the 1920s, does not? In this respect, the church is like York’s St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in emphasizing its lack of a spire.

Neat stuff from all over…

Peggy, pabrenton@hotmail.com, commented on recent post with a query about the Emig family:

Hello there, I am a descendant of the Emig line Johannes Emig and Dorothy Rotter from Germany. I am interested in the history of my family in your area and surrounding counties/twp. I want to contact Ray Emig for any photos or otherwise that he may have. Is the Emig Mansion part of my line and are the farms you have photos of part of my line and do you have any photos of my Civil and American Revolution descendants.

Peggy should contact the York County Heritage Trust archives and also query through www.emigsville.org, Emigsville’s community site. Around York County, there’d be an abundance of information on the Emigs, a longtime county family.

Or readers are welcome to contact Peggy.

Informative graphic: With the loss of two more fighting men in the Middle East recently, the York Daily Record/Sunday News has updated its “War’s fallen with York County connections” graphic.

Mother nature calls: This week, the area has experienced an earthquake and the prospect of the aftermath of a tropical storm. We’ve seen both before as the following respective posts indicate: In 1889, ‘Bona Fide Earthquake’ rattled York County and Tropical Storm Agnes dumped 15 inches of rain on York County.

Recommended blog post of the day: On the topic of church steeples, check out Reader photo: Stone Church’s steeple.

Forum of the day: Exchangers are talking about this week’s earthquake.

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 Anyone know why this Glen Rock church lacks a steeple? Linked in with neat York County history stuff – Aug. 25, 2011

  1. John Hufnagel says:

    This is in response to your question about the Methodist Church in Glen Rock without a steeple and this may be way off base, but on July 3, 1906 a severe electrical storm passed over Glen Rock just past midnight. The church which was built in 1870 was struck by lighting and caught fire. The end result was roof and rafter damage amounting to $1800. Maybe when the present building was built in 1927, members remembered this and tried to avoid a repeat of that incident by not having a steeple on the new building???

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