Hope the reviewing stand beside this York, Pa. church was well built: Linked in to history, 4/2/13

Fitzkee’s Candies/Potato Town/Benjamin Latrobe
This scene might have been part of 150th anniversary of York County, Pa., festivities in 1899. The stand is on West Market Street. The church was located where the old Woolworth’s store is located today. Those sitting on the stand were treated to several parades in that milestone anniversary. I had never seen this photograph before Phyllis Eisensmith called this to my attention this week. She and her late husband, Richard, were active members of one of the successors to Zion Reformed Church for years – Zion United Church of Christ on Penn Park – and Phyllis still is a mainstay there. The other church drawing its heritage from this church is Trinity United United Church of Christ, whose steeple is barely visible one or two buildings west of the reviewing stand. Notice the street level seats under the stand. Hope it was built well. It must have been because history does not remember any such tragedies. Also of interest: York County, Pa.’s 150th birthday party would have astonished founding settlers.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Stephen Smith has found Potato Town!

A previous York Town Square post probed its whereabouts, and Stephen, using one-room school information, found it on Martin Road in the vicinity of Stoverstown.

He commented on that post: “Two unidentified schools, on maps earlier than 1900, fall within a half-mile of Cherry Grove School. One school is pinpointed on Martin Road; I visited this site Monday, the house matches the picture at the beginning of your post.”

He then post his work, complete with maps and photos with typical Stephen Smith thoroughness on his YorksPast blog.

Latrobe’s work: Yorkblogger June Lloyd went on Preserving York’s Facebook page to thank Terry Downs for posting a link about Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s Baltimore Basilica.

She pointed out that Latrobe was a genius in architecture and engineering, and his work include mapping the lower Susquehanna. She posted more about Latrobe on her Universal York blog.

Seasonal sites: The York County Heritage Trust is opening its seasonal sites on Saturday.


Fitzkee’s Candies in York Township, in this YDR file photo from 2005, buys sugar by the ton. So sugar policy reform, under way in Congress, helps local candymakers like Fitzkee’s and Wolfgang’s. Check out: Local confectioners: Sugar policy reform would benefit consumer, business.

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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2 Responses to Hope the reviewing stand beside this York, Pa. church was well built: Linked in to history, 4/2/13

  1. Phil Klinedinst says:

    This looks more like the corner of Market and Beaver, where the Weinbrom building is. The building with the peak at its front appears to be the building where Rite Aid is now, next to Trinity. Woolworth’s was closer to the square, east of Trinity.

    • Jim McClure says:

      Phil, Maybe I’m missing something. I looked at an early 20th century map in Raymond Sechrist’s “Skinnydipping in the Codorus,” and it clearly shows that there was another building on the corner and the church next to it. The German Reformed church was on or about the former Woolworth’s building. This is evidenced by the fact that Zion UCC, one of the heirs to the German Reformed church, has a plaque from Woolworth’s in the 1990s. It attests to the fact that Philip Livingston, delegate to Congress, was originally buried in the church cemetery on that site. The plaque is available for folks to see today at Zion: http://www.yorkblog.com/yorktownsquare/2007/10/08/post-139/.

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