Can you ID the two girls dwarfed by the piled snow? Linked in to York County history, 3/26/13

Auntie Anne/Central Market’s birthday/Famed Civil War latrine

These unidentified girls probably never forgot this moment when the plowed and shoveled snow in York was almost twice their height in place. The location of this photograph, from York City’s 225th anniversary program, is also unknown. Can you locate it? For that matter, can you ID the girls? (Please comment below.) Also see another picture from that same storm below. That anniversary book, published in 1966, is available for viewing in the York County Heritage Trust Archives. Also of interest: Glen Rock storms: ‘I think the snows of years ago were much deeper’.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Did you know there’s an annual Palm Sunday walk along the streets of Spring Grove?

“The Bortner brothers have been leading the annual Palm Sunday processional down Main Street in Spring Grove for more years than most can remember,” a York Daily Record/Sunday News story states. “Ever since the first year, which organizers said they determined was more than 20 years ago.

“It means a lot to us. It’s a part of our tradition to do this,” said Bob Bortner, 83, with his brother, Molly, 84, on Sunday.

Such examples of York County life provide the glue that hold our communities together.

Who is Auntie Anne? She’s Lancaster’s “Auntie Anne” Beiler of mall pretzel fame, and she’ll be at York College for a presentation soon.

Seeing the sites: York Sunday News columnist Gordon Freireich spent eight hours in tour time of Civil War sites in York County. Guide Scott Mingus had more to show but ran out of time. One could spend eight years and still not see all of York County’s Civil War sites.

A crowded place: Great. Gettysburg is going into gridlock this summer for Gettysburg 150 and now the borough is listed as the best small town to visit by the influential Smithsonian Magazine.

Happy birthday Central: Central as in York’s biggest market is observing its 125th anniversary this year. Yes, there’s a party planned.

Latrine changed history: Hanover Evening Sun Editor Marc Charisse explains why in his Sunday column touching on the Gettysburg Address.


York citizens wouldn’t elect a mayor who let streets go unplowed like this.The 225th anniversary program is packed with photos such as these from the archives of the Heritage Trust, the National Archives and private collections. The booklet also has reproductions of primary documents.

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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One Response to Can you ID the two girls dwarfed by the piled snow? Linked in to York County history, 3/26/13

  1. Karen Hostetter says:

    Jim,
    The buildings look like the the corner of Market and Queen streets prior to the building of Martin Library in 1935. Although the corner building was torn down to build the library, the brownstone next to it still stands and is beautifully restored now as part of the Library.

    That means the girls in the top photo where born in the first quarter of the 20th century.

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