World War I in Jefferson’s square: Refurbished 37 mm gun back in southwestern York County community

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The restored WWI gun returned to the square. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

Jefferson has several things going on in and around its grassy square. First, only one other town in York County has a center square in which traffic circles – Goldsboro.  The roundabout is making a comeback in several areas of York County. But they hardly form center squares. Then you have the square’s World War I emphasis – rare around York County. A Great War statue is the most noticeable landmark. And then there’s its cannon, just back in the square this week after refurbishing. Check out this MediaCenter slideshow of this gun’s return and see a vintage photo of the square below. Also of interest: When Jefferson Borough’s square was all grass and its roads unpaved.

A 1927 dedication of the square in Jefferon. The restored WWI gun is returned to the square Tuesday June 2, 2015 in Jefferson. Submitted - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

In early July, a Civil War cannon – a Napoleon 12-pounder – will be back in the square after rehab. All this comes in time for the borough’s 150th anniversary next year. ‘To some members of the Jefferson Borough Council, it’s almost as if events have come full circle. In 1927, people in the community worked to donate the town square to the borough. And now, 88 years later, they were once again taking ownership of a piece of its history,’ a York Daily Record story stated. This photo shows the 1927 dedication of the square. 

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Walter Holloway will be at the Old Line Museum on June 7, 14 and 21, according to a release from the Delta museum.

He is a member of the board of the Ma & Pa Historical Society, has written two books about the railroad and will bring scores of photos about the old line.

Holloway will be joined by Donald Jones on June 14. Jones, a Delta native,  has a collection of local memorabilia of the Ma & Pa Railroad.

The Old Line Museum is open from 1:30-4 p.m. Details: oldlinemuseum@aol.com or call 717-456-7124.

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