This vintage 1957 International Harvester tractor clears 2015’s Winterstown snow

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A recent snowy day in, yes, Winterstown, Pa., and Scott Hildebrand is at the helm of his vintage tractor – a 1957 Farmall 200. From York, Neb.’s Living History Farm comes this description of International Harvester and its Farmall line: ‘International Harvester (IH) began the decade of the 50s as the dominant tractor manufacturer in the world, and they continued to introduce new and better models through the ’60s. But internal problems hurt their sales and IH slipped from number one in market share to number two behind John Deere by the end of the ’60s. The 1950s began with IH replacing their “Letter Models” – the venerable Models A, B, C and F series – with the “Number Series” models. With each new series between 1950 and 1969, the number of models increased and the horsepower of each increased as well.’ Plows mounted on tractors and trucks will be in use all around York County, Pa., early this week, when a projected series are storms are supposed to pass through.  See additional snow photos in this YDR.com gallery. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos about bad storms of all kinds in York County’s past.

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Remembering Agnes: ‘Spring Grove’s Worst Flood’

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This is the cover of a booklet published by Walt Geiger and Dave Leonard to show the impact of Tropical Storm Agnes on the Spring Grove, Pa., area. ‘Codorus Creek crests 96 inches deeps at mill dam, topping 1933 record of 54 inches,’ an introduction to the photo booklet states. Here, water spills onto Spring Grove’s main street from a Glatfelter loading dock. Also of interest: York County weather forecasts before, during and after Tropical Storm Agnes’ wrath.

Much has been written and photographed about the wrath of Tropical Storm Agnes in the York area.

But not as much is available about its impact throughout York County.

Insight about its widespread damage came from a source within the newsroom of the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Continue reading “Remembering Agnes: ‘Spring Grove’s Worst Flood’” »

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Jefferson’s wonderful square: 5 views from different angles

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 A recent post about Jefferson’s square brought this delightful photograph of the borough from Eric Krebs. He wrote: ‘The lights and white bags with candles were placed around the Jefferson Square every Christmas by the Jefferson Brothers of the Brush. This group of friends, 57 members strong was formed during the Jefferson Centennial in 1966. Today the group still gets together to socialize, not quite 57 members anymore, but we do like to socialize.’  This picture was taken pointing to Berlin Street from Baltimore Street. ‘The white home in my picture is the same home in the very far left of the original picture,’ he wrote. (See original photo below). ‘I took the picture from my rented bedroom window above the Serfass Insurance Agency owned at the time by Gerald Serfass Sr.’ More from Eric below. Also of interest: Jefferson, Goldsboro host the only two York County squares with a monument in which traffic moves in a circle around a monument.

Check out three views of Jefferson’s square randomly drawn from past YorkTownSquare posts, plus the original Facebook post below … .

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Often-photographed York County Courthouse bears example of early architectural recycling

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The old turn-of-the-20th-century York County, Pa., Courthouse, artfully provided by the York Daily Record’s Dylan Segelbaum and Instagram. This building, of Dempwolf design, is one of York County’s most significant architectural wonders, and thus, one of its most-photographed buildings. Those six pillars also represent one of York County’s most significant recycling projects. They came from the courthouse’s predecessor, that was finished on the same spot in 1841. The pillars did not move very far. They were incorporated into the design of this building, which stands of the same spot, 60 years later. Also of interest: York County Courthouse, now Administrative Center. What do you call it?

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York History Mystery community builder told young women: ‘Don’t be a cookie cutter’

Here’s another quiz resulting from YorkTownSquare’s initiative this year to remember community builders from York, Pa.’s past. Check out the comments about this mystery woman and you’ll find quite a tribute. My comment: ‘It seems the great people – … even from the generation that just passed – escape our individual and collective memories so quickly.’ But people do remember this builder. Karen Hostetter commented about our mystery guest, giving York photographer Bill Schintz credit for ‘capturing such a stunning portrait… .’ She wrote: ‘She will always be one of my favorite people and mentors. She used to tell us as young members of Women in Communications (now AWIC), “Don’t be a cookie cutter.” as she stood there in purple sunglasses and colorful striped skirt and top. (The mystery achiever) showed us how to be true to ourselves and not just in our attire.’ Also of interest: Check out these other York County history quizzes and (fun) tests.

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Check out more quizzes below, starting with the first two, which feature the photography of the York Daily Record’s Anthony Machcinski:

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10 links and pictures that tell the story about Tom Wolf’s inauguration

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York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographers captured a bunch of compelling photographs and videos at the inauguration and post-event party. Editors judged this pictured by Paul Kuehnel as the pick for the newspaper’s front page. (See below.) Also of interest: These 10 stories and photographs tell about Wolf inauguration buildup.

Check out these 10 links, photographs and videos about Tuesday festivities concerning the installation of Mount Wolf’s Tom Wolf as Pennsylvania’s governor:

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These 10 stories, photographs tell about buildup to the Wolf Inauguration

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This neat image came from a Tom Wolf Inauguration email. That’s the future governor at left. ‘While we would love Tom to show us his musical skills at the inaugural party on Tuesday,’ the newsletter said, ‘we’ll let him off the hook this time :)’ Also of interest: Getting to know Tom Wolf’s hometown in 10 easy links.

Today, York County’s second governor is sworn into office.

So here is coverage of pre-inauguration activities. Continue reading “These 10 stories, photographs tell about buildup to the Wolf Inauguration” »

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York County’s long meet up with Jeeps: From a World War II prototype to Tom Wolf’s Jeep

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On the eve of the inauguration of Tom Wolf as governor of Pennsylvania, it’s an appropriate time to bring up a vehicle that helped him gain the driver’s seat of state governor. That would be Tom Wolf’s Jeep, popularized, in part, by a Twitter handle so named and its presence in several campaign ads. And face-to-face public appearances, too. Here, a crowd greets Wolf and his wife, Frances, as they motor into Santander Stadium after winning the Democratic gubernatorial nomination on May 20. Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos about York County’s Tom Wolf.

York County and the Jeep go together like a grooved tire on a wet road.

The history books say that the Jeep’s design came from York-Hoover, maker of bodies for a variety of government vehicle uses, in the late 1930s. But another contract came in – for horse vans – and York-Hoover passed on actual production of the vehicle. So York County missed on this one.

For decades, the Jeep has been popular around York County, for off-road and on-road purposes. You’ll see them at vehicle shows and military vehicle meets (see below). Its utility and endurance have long matched the vehicular tastes of  York County’s population.

Mount Wolf’s Tom Wolf has driven a blue Jeep Wrangler for several years.

When he ran for Pennsylvania’s governor, someone in his campaign saw Wolf’s Jeep as an effective marketing prop.

The Jeep gave its driver an everyman quality that would – and did – appeal to voters.

Those who know Tom Wolf are aware that he’s approachable and down to earth. But how to you convince a state full of voters that a millionaire can be such a nice guy?

That’s where Tom Wolf’s Jeep rolled in.

Check out this video and photos of Wolf’s Jeep and others around York, Pa.:

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William J. Walters’ scrapbooks tell about a long career in York County’s private sector, public office

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These three bulging scrapbooks detail the long life of William J. Walters – Bill Walters –  in private and public sector service in York County, Pa. Also of interest: 50 years ago in York, Pa.: AMF paved way for Harley-Davidson.

Bill Walters brought three notebooks filled with newspaper clippings and other memorabilia detailing news and views about his many years in York County as a Harley-Davidson manager and as an officeholder in the public sector.

Actually, some of those years he combined both, working at Harley and serving as a supervisor in Springettsbury Township.

He’s led a busy, outspoken public life – time well spent, a life well lived. It’s a life that has touched many events in the past 50 years in York County – and vice versa

Here’s a sampling – just a sampling – of some of those clippings that together offer a snapshot of one active York County office holder:

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When you enjoy this view from Chickies Rock, how how high above the Susquehanna are you?

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How high is Chickies Rock, across the Susquehanna River from eastern York County in Lancaster County? The Chickies Rock County Park website lists it at 100 feet. When you’re up there – as was the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Anthony Machcinski in capturing this impressive view – it seems higher than 100 feet. Then you hear of two climbers scaling 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in California and you realize their accomplishment. Here’s the county park’s thumbnail explanation of Chickies Rock: ‘The most notable feature in the park is Chickies Rock, a massive outcropping of quartzite rock towering 100 feet above the river. The vista offers impressive views of York county, the borough of Marietta, and farmlands of northwestern Lancaster County. Chickies Rock County Park is also a collection of historical treasures. The area once boasted seven iron furnaces and rolling mills, a canal and a local trolley line. Remnants of several furnaces, canal walls, and trolley-line grades are still visible.’ Also of interest: The view from Chickies Rock: Little Pittsburgh on the banks of the Susquehanna River?

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Stephen H. Smith, over at YorksPast, introduced a building type that I never ran across – a mill warehouse. Continue reading “When you enjoy this view from Chickies Rock, how how high above the Susquehanna are you?” »

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