If you stood in this York Township field today: ‘You’d be under water’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Learning Pa. Dutch/Dillsburg’s pickle
Vincent walking in snow, February 1961. Submitted

This is how Lake Redman looked before it was Lake Redman. Lureen Brown provided these photos of that snowy York Township countryside as it looked in 1961. This photo looks across the hill as it comes down from Jacobus. Five years later, lake waters flooded this land. The boat landing at Lake Redman is roughly where the big hill meets the ridge, left center. Lureen Brown said if you’d stand in that field today: ‘You’d be under water.’ See related photo below. Also of interest: Rainmaker indicated that much was awry in York, Pa. See related photo below. Also of interest: Weird rainmaker’s visit indicated that much was awry in York, Pa. and This Smoketown rests on York County lake floor, Lake Redman’s, that is.


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Lureen Brown located the George Leader farm on the hill, left center. It sat about where the Lake Redman sign is located today near Interstate 83. In 1961, the interstate had punched through, though not visible in these photos. The mailbox in the foreground is on a four-foot post, indicating that it was a time of heavy snowfall. Also of interest: Interstate, completed in 1959, plugged missing link in York County.

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Keith (“Butch”) Reigart will serve as instructor for two 10-week courses in Pennsylvania German, often called Pennsylvania Dutch, at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

“Today the dialect is often associated with Old Order Amish and Mennonite communities in Pennsylvania. Though historically descendants of Lutheran, Reformed, and other immigrant groups coming from southwestern Germany spoke it widely,” a LMHS news release states.

Reigart, a Columbia resident who grew up in York County, also noted “the Amish percentage of current dialect speakers is ever increasing as the Amish continue to hold onto and teach the dialect to their children as part of their efforts to maintain separation from the modern world.”

For details, contact www.lmhs.org.


This short video reminds you about an area landmark – the giant pickle in Dillsburg. Dillsburg, by the way, was named after the Dill family, not a cucumber.

Celebrating history:
The Codorus, Wellington, Parkway communities are hosting a Black History Month celebration. Rebecca Anstine will speak on “Civil War Soldiers in Lebanon Cemetery.”

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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