Farmer with about 6 years of schooling never missed Meet the Press: Linked in with neat history stuff, Feb. 16, 2012

Codorus Valley Chronicles carried an informative article in its February edition about York County Labor Leader Richard Boyd’s bid for a State Senate seat some years ago. The photo, from this newsletter of the Codorus Valley Area Historical Society, shows Dick, right, conversing with his Glen Rock neighbor J. Gilbert Thompson. Actually, Dick seems to be on the receiving end. Bachelor farmer Bunt Thompson had about six years of schooling but never missed ‘Meet the Press,’ the newsletter stated. Like Thompson, many York countians, with one-room school educations that ended short of high school degrees, are informed and engaged. Interestingly, Thompson’s farm is now owned by current State Senator Mike Waugh. As for Dick Boyd, listed as the speaker at the society’s February meeting, the newsletter said: ‘If anyone can say he has been there and done that, Dick surely qualifies for that title.’ (Click to enlarge image.) Also of interest: Dick Boyd’s ‘The Bridge’ marks the spot along the Codorus.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Record Tracker blog, Scott Blanchard’s entry on yorkblog.com, has posted news about old Pennsylvania birth and death records that became accessible this week:

“The state health department and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission are putting birth certificates from 1906 and death certificates from 1906-1961 online at the health department’s website; once on the site, click on “Birth and Death Certificates.” Each year, a new year’s worth of records will be added to the site.”

For more, check out : Old birth, death records  over at Record Tracker.

Top dog: Malachy from the East Berlin area is No. 1 at the Westminster Kennel Club’s show. OK, but he’s not the first celeb with ties to that area. Try:  ‘X-Man,’ historian George F. Kennan no stranger to Berlin, Germany – and East Berlin, Pa. and East Berlin veterans spotlighted ‘Green Acres’ Eddie Albert’s heroism in World War II

 

Abe is back: The statue of Abraham Lincoln returns to Gettysburg’s square after getting spruces up.

Major Leaguer dies: Gene Crumling, believed to be the oldest living former Major League baseball player in York and Adams counties, died recently. See Mike Argento’s: ‘RIP Gene ‘Lefty’ Crumling, one-hit wonder.’ Also, ‘Big league baseball fans from everywhere remember Gene Crumling.’

 

Blog site of the day: Record Tracker blog also carries a long list of  databases – York County property transfers, homicide map and district-by-district SAT results, among many other lists of information.

 

Forum of the day: Exchangers are commenting on the massive turbine making its way through York County to the Holtwood Dam hydroelectric plant in the Susquehanna River.

*For contact information about the newsletter, check out Codorus Valley Chronicles.

 

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.

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