George S. Schmidt penned this essay for the York Gazette on Feb. 6, 1892, urging York, Pa., residents to wake up and inhale the spirit of progress, as one of the city’s newspapers was then doing. Industrialist A.B. Farquhar was at the helm of The Gazette, breathing new energy into the publication, founded as the German-language Die York Gazette in 1796 and the English-language York Gazette in 1815. Also of interest: Andrew Carnegie to York’s A.B. Farquhar: ‘… I am ready to go out and enjoy myself.’
Leading businessman George S. Schmidt liked the way York was heading in 1892 – five years after it had become a city.
But he felt some folks had held too firmly to the past for decades and, in fact, were still doing so.
” ‘Let well enough alone’ was a motto which we devotedly followed for a hundred years and which might well have been engraven on our borough seal,” he wrote in the daily York Gazette on Feb. 6, 1892.
He didn’t stop there.
“We lived a life as placid and contented as it was narrow and biogoted,” he wrote. “and blindly sacrificed on the altar of a mistaken conservatism every tendency toward municipal advancement.”
He would have been right at home in the Fixing York Facebook Group, where some people are known to be outspoken.