Korean War, ‘The Forgotten War,’ remembered: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, June 26, 2012

Neat stuff below: Eisenhart Wallcoverings/Avalong Farms/British in Felton

Anniversary No. 62 of the start of the Korean War came and went quietly on Monday. That day marked the North Korean invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950. The headline on a York Sunday News piece captures how some characterize this war: Korea: The Forgotten War. Sgt. Jay Welsh, pictured here, was one of those who served. The Sunday News story, written by Karen Strine, said he was serving with the 24th Infantry Division, K Company, 21st Infantry Regiment in Korea at the beginning of 1952. In 18 months of fighting, his unit sustained heavy casualties. “After the truce was signed, Sgt. Welsh went to find his brother, Walt ‘Spencer’ Welsh, who had been a POW. He hardly recognized Walt due to his extreme loss of weight. They spent ‘the shortest four hours of my life together.'” Check out Karen’s piece for more stories about the war. Also of interest: Crowd to Truman on second York visit: ‘Give ‘em h—, Harry’

Neat stuff from all over … .

Laura Eisenhart, laura.eisenhart@gmail.com, is looking for photographs of Avalong Farms in Springettsbury Township. That was the area in and around the present-day York Galleria/Meadowbrook Mansion (Christmas Tree Hill).

She wrote:

“I’m not sure if you can help me or not, but maybe you can point me in the right direction.  I’m a local artist who has become a part of the family who were the farmhands of Avalong Farms.  I am trying to do a drawing of the farm, or just the barns, but have not been able to find any photo’s. Where would be a good place to start looking?”

I responded with:

“I’d start looking at files at the York County Heritage Trust and Historic York.

“On my blog, here are a couple of (Meadowbrook related) posts that might interest you. For example, here is a photo of the Meadowbrook guest house.”

I noted that the Meadowbrook barn is still there. It’s the old Pfaltzgraff pottery store.

Demolition under way: The old Eisenhart Wallcoverings factory, a Hanover community landmark, is coming down. Check out these photos and a Hanover Evening Sun story.

On Facebook:
Joe Bury’s Famous Hamburger site shows an irresistible photograph of side-by-side Joe Bury ice cream and hamburger stands. If you can ID the location, comment below. You can also check out the FB site to see where the stand is serving up its famous burgers next.

Forum of the day: Did you see the story about the repair shop in Felton that fixes vintage cars from Britain? http://bitly.com/MUMXps. Have you visited the attractive town of Felton recently? Do you know how it got its name? To find the answer, check out – Felton: The town the Ma & Pa built.

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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6 Responses to Korean War, ‘The Forgotten War,’ remembered: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, June 26, 2012

  1. Stephen H. Smith says:

    I was just a youngster, however the side-by-side Bury’s ice cream and hamburger stands look vaguely familiar to side-by-side ice cream and hamburger stands that were along East Market Street. They were located opposite the current location of the Springettsbury Fire Company. The photo reinforced my memory, in remembering that the hamburger stand was closer to the corner where Rita’s is now located. And I’m pretty sure that the ice cream stand is where the Dairy Queen is now located.

    • Jim McClure says:

      Stephen, as always, thanks for getting us straightened out?/Jim

      • Stephen H. Smith says:

        As an update to my recalling the Bury’s ice cream and hamburger stands side-by-side along East Market Street. After a little research in Polk’s Directories at the York County Heritage Trust, I had the general area correct: except Bury’s side-by-side stands were really located one block to the west of my initial recall. They were located on the southeast corner of what is now Northern Way and East Market Street; currently located on this corner are Cloister Car Wash and Wendy’s. It was Hickey’s Drive-In one block to the east, opposite the Springettsbury Fire Company. The Bury’s photo is likely before 1959, when directory listings change from Bury’s Dinner and Bury’s Ice Cream Bar, to Bury’s Famous Hamburgers and Bury Bros. Soft Ice Cream. Also during 1959 Bury Motors springs up on this lot, selling used autos. Bury Motors eventually becomes Bury Amusements & Rides. All these Bury businesses including hamburger and ice cream stands ceased operation in the area between 1969 and 1970.

  2. Stephen H. Smith says:

    The “Looking for Avalong Farms Photos” note in the York Daily Record gave me a thought. The large mural of Avalong Farms Dairy Bar in the Metro Bank office on the same site has a plaque that states it was from a photo by J. David Allen, taken March 24, 1956. That is about one year after Alva Long bought the Lunger Farms Dairy Bar that was previously at the same site. Alva Long probably had J. David Allen take pictures of his new dairy bar, and possibly Alva also had some photos of his home and farm buildings taken then. I’m not sure where J. David Allen’s photos are archived, maybe Jim McClure knows. Alva Long had long been owner of the Avalong Farms Dairy on the south side of Whiteford Road, before establishing his dairy bar on the north west corner at the intersection with Mt. Zion Road. Before Alva Long had the Dairy Bar, one went directly to the Avalong Farms barn to purchase dairy products. The remodeled barn is the old Pfaltzgraff pottery store.

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