Can anyone locate Rebecca at the Well? Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 31, 2012

Other stuff below: Electric Map revisited/Street Rods/Historic York awards


This is the old fountain in Penn Park, gone for years and reportedly in storage, according to June Lloyd’s recent York Sunday News column: The lost fountain of York’s youth. Here is a description from June’s piece: ‘According to news items of the time, the ground basin was 30 feet in diameter and it was four feet deep. In its center, a five-sided granite base held the ornamental standard supporting the first basin, which had a diameter of 10 feet. From there a second ornate standard held the top basin, from which rose a third decorative pedestal supporting a life-size woman, representing the Biblical “Rebecca at the Well.” Water jetted out “from scores of reeds at the sides and rear of the figure.” ‘ The fountain was sold in 1898 and is in private hands. There’s some thinking it’s in storage in York County. Here’s the questions: Can anyone locate it? And if so, should it be returned to Penn Park, as part of planned improvements? Also of interest: Penn Park town character Squire Braxton and other freedmen should be memorialized.

Neat stuff from all over …
Mandy Dyson from Britain continues the search for her grandmother, who emigrated to York about 50 years ago. She died in 2001.

“Her name was Elsie Miriam Sculpher but she also went by the name of Elsie Miriam Dyson. We don’t know
which she’ll have used over there,” Mandy wrote.

If you can help, contact Mandy at: trundlecat@googlemail.com

The Electric Map, updated: The Associated Press wrote through the status of the old Electric Map, the site that fascinated – or bored – thousands and thousands of visitors to Gettysburg for decades. It’s now in storage, and officials are deciding its fate.

History around the county: The York Daily Record’s community site, www.inyork.com/community, features a whirlwind tour of historical societies around York County.

Recommended blog post: Check out Cannonball post Susquehanna and Tidewater canal served eastern York County.

Forum of the day: The street rods are coming, continuing a tradition started in 1981: http://bitly.com/JSXl1Q. People love to watch them. Businesses cater to them. Others dislike the congestion, the noise and the lines in restaurants. Which camp are you in or are you somewhere in between?


About 50 years ago, this residence at 326 E. Market St. was in sad shape. Now, it’s an award-winning remodeled home, courtesy of Historic York. See more about on the five buildings recognized by Historic York.



*Photo courtesy York County Heritage Trust

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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5 Responses to Can anyone locate Rebecca at the Well? Linked in with neat York County history stuff, May 31, 2012

  1. Jo Ott says:

    Jim–For the record regarding information on The Greater Dover Historical Society: The Weekly Record I received on Tuesday (the same issue in your blog) had two errors. Ted Ziegler is no longer the blacksmith. Eli Nikkanen took over that job last year. Also, Kay Stitley’s historic walk begins at 6 PM not 6 AM. I caught the errors Tuesday and notified Madelyn Shermeyer, GDHS president, who contacted Barb Krebs. The later additions (received Thursday) are corrected.

    • Jim McClure says:

      Thanks for calling that to our attention. We fixed it online, too. For readers out there, we appreciate such heads up. Interestingly, since we’ve been publishing to the web ahead of print, our print corrections have gone down because people are flagging us in advance. Thanks Jo,/Jim

  2. Jo Ott says:

    Regarding Elsie Miriam Sculpher it looks like she died 4/9/2001 & her obit was in the YDR’s 4/11/2001 issue. Also, she lived in the Spring Grover area.
    There is a multitude of information about her beginning at birth in the World edition of ancestry.com which I do not suscribe to and cannot acess. Jim–I will contact Mandy Dyson and maybe you can find that obit & send.

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