Super Moon over the Susquehanna: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 7, 2012

Also below: Russell Horn Sr.’s 100th/Old Eastern Market/Harley reprints
There’s a lot going on in this weekend photograph by York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Chris Dunn. Floats from a tea light benefit festival move down the Susquehanna River in the foreground. That’s the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge in the middle. Those are  bridgeless supports of bridges from days gone by near Columbia-Wrightsville’s own support. And there’s the Super Moon above. That’s the closest the moon got to earth since 1993, and AP is reporting it appeared 14 percent larger than normal. Local readers are sharing Super Moon photographs at (Click on image to enlarge.) Also of interest: Catch the Gazette and Daily coverage of the moon landing in 1969 and Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge celebrated quiet birthday.

Neat stuff from all over … .

The York County man whose name appears in the nationally known architectural/engineering firm celebrated his 100th birthday on May 4.

Engineer Russell Horn Sr. graduated from Penn State in 1933, served under George Patton in World War II and later teamed with architect Clair Buchart.

“After he blew out candles on a birthday cake, he walked up to the podium and delivered an impromptu talk to those in attendance,” a company news release states. “Don’t make too many like him.”


Russell E. Horn Sr., foreground, cofounder of Buchart Horn, Inc./BASCO Associates, Print-O-Stat, Inc., PACE Resources, Inc.; Rosalind Kunkel, background, his daughter; and Russell E. Horn Jr., CEO of PACE Resources, Inc., his son; celebrate Russell Horn Sr.’s 100th birthday. (Submitted photo)

That’s correct. I remember Mr. Horn came to my presentation on some part of York County history several years ago.

I remarked that I should turn the podium over to him because he’s is such a part of that history.

The buildings his firm has built are everywhere – the round bank at Queensgate, Susquehannock High School (and many, many other school buildings in the days of consolidations in the 1950s) and renovations to the old Bon-Ton in York (complete with York County’s first escalator.)

It was more than a little intimidating with Mr. Horn in the audience, but he was most gracious and freely participated.

Down at the station: Check out the area historical railroad stations that are beginning to open to visitors.

Harley reprints: The Harley-Davidson Museum is making history reprints available for folks to purchase on the Web.

Mixing it up: My York Sunday News column blends several posts, in case you missed them the first time: First, ice cream, then American Pickers. Market last

Forum of the day, I: More on ice cream – Exchangers are discussing their favorite York County ice cream parlors. Here are places to get homemade ice cream. All this comes on the heels of Seven Valleys getting a marker for its pioneering commercial ice cream production as far back as the 1850s.

Forum of the day, II: The New Eastern Market isn’t that new. It’s been around since 1955. Do you enjoy going to this Springettsbury Township market on Fridays? Which is your favorite – Eastern, Central or Farmers? Please comment below.



About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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4 Responses to Super Moon over the Susquehanna: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 7, 2012

  1. Stephen H. Smith says:

    The New Eastern Market was rather new during my earliest visits. I have been a regular ever since. Our family moved to that area of the county in 1958, after the construction of the I-83 Bypass took our house. My Mom immediately became a regular at the New Eastern Market; she would pick us up directly after school on Friday and we would all go with her to the market. Although my Mom would buy produce, it seemed more a social occasion for her. I think that my Mom knew many of the stand-holders; probably from the time she was one of the children helping tend the market-stand her father had at York City Market. After I graduated from college and got a job in York; the Friday drive home from work nearly always included a stop at The New Eastern Market. Probably the only major thing that has changed in all the years; they now have the market house air-conditioned.

  2. John Loeper says:

    went to central market for lunch on Saturday. First visit in years. Loved it.

    • Jim McClure says:

      John, Interesting how things change. When I started going to market 20 years ago, it was busy earlier and dropped off after lunch on Saturdays. Now, it’s pretty quiet there until about 10 a.m. and then it picks up around lunch. There’s something about that markethouse… . Thanks for sharing./Jim

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