Millard E. Gladfelter and Edgar Fahs Smith, of York, Pa.: Who were those guys?

The achiever above and the man with the bow-tie below were both York countians and both educators, who gained success elsewhere. Both were absolutely at the top of their fields, 50 and 100 years ago, respectively. But the stories of both sparked little engagement – likes, shares, comments – when put before an audience of 40,000 + on YDR’s Facebook page. I’ve long marveled at the inconsistency between people who say they want positive news and to know about the best and brightest from York, Pa., and their lack of demonstrated interest in such people. There’s not always such disinterest. But usually. I have some theories about this, but want to know what you think. Please comment below. Meanwhile, feel free to engage with these posts and other quizzes that are part of this History Mystery series. Can we show that our heroes will be long remembered? Also of interest: Check out these other quizzes and (fun) tests.

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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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