Lincoln Woods Inn waitresses enjoyed meeting John F. Kennedy: Linked in to history, 1/28/13

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John F. Kennedy, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, met fans at Lincoln Woods Inn in a 1960 visit to York County. Pat Manogg, a York native and now a Philadelphia-area resident, confirms that the photograph came from Lincoln Woods Inn in Springettsbury Township, where JFK ate. ‘One of those waitresses,’she wrote, “is my mother who worked for the Lincoln Woods for many years. She is the fourth one in from Kennedy. His hand looks like its touching her arm. Her name is Rosella Sheffer Ilgenfritz. I did know the other ladies by first name only but they were friends. I can’t remember their names. I have this same picture in an album. It was one she cut out of the paper. I believe the owner of the Inn at that time was a man they called “Griff”. Wish I could help with names of the other waitresses.’ Can any readers help ID the other waitresses in the photograph? Also of interest: John F. Kennedy lunched on Lincoln Woods Inn’s expensive fare in 1960.

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Pat Manogg’s comment about JFK at Lincoln Woods Inn came in via the commenting area of

We’ve now received 2,000 comments such as Pat’s. Well, it might be less than 2,000 because my responses are in there. So it’s 2,000 comments from readers with my responses.

I welcome and appreciate such dialogue and respond to many of the comments.

Sometimes, I get behind because I also try to engage with readers on Facebook and Twitter and emails and text messages – you get the idea.

Comments such as Pat’s often add to the historical record. I didn’t know for sure that the photograph, used before on this blog, was taken at Lincoln Woods Inn. Pat confirmed that.

So please keep commenting on the posts on here. They are my favorite part of the blog, and my guess is that you enjoy them too. Now, on to the next 2,000.

From the mailbox: Email queries come frequently as well. This writer raised a point that I never considered before: “Can you tell me the actual address where the Continental Congress met, in York from Sept. 30, 1777 to June 27, 1778?”

My response: The courthouse sat in Centre Square, meaning right in the middle of the intersection where George and Market streets met. I’ve never seen an address for the courthouse, but: “John Hancock, Continental Congress, York, Pa.,” would have brought the letter to the president of Congress. If you need anything more specific, contact Lila Fourhman-Shaull, York County Heritage Trust:

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2 Responses to Lincoln Woods Inn waitresses enjoyed meeting John F. Kennedy: Linked in to history, 1/28/13

  1. Betsy Baird says:

    Did I ever love the food at the Lincoln Woods, and the atmosphere.
    You could get a DECENT meal. I know they cost more, but it was worth
    it for Mother and I! And one of the only places that served Shad!
    One time the shad was full of bones, and it wasn’t supposed to be. But it
    was so delicious, Mother and I kept eating it. By the time the waitress found
    out, it was gone. They wouldn’t take any money for the meal. We knew the
    cook, LoPicollo, and B. Griffith.
    Forget other meals we’d get, but they were all cooked to perfection. WHERE
    are places like that now days? Gone, sadly.

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