Author Archives: Jim McClure

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.

Check out your York Smarts about famous area athletes from the past

York countians value – and remember – their athletes. That’s particularly so when you quiz residents on those who excelled locally or nationally. This athlete and her accomplishments particularly resonated with York, Pa., Facebook fans who engaged with the quiz. One reason among many: She came back and became a popular coach. Test your York Smarts on this quiz, two other sports quizzes below as well as several quizzes on other topics. A good Thanksgiving Day pastime, as well.

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Everywhere you look in York County, Pa., you see a one-room school

This is a familiar former one-room school, sitting for decades along the York Road in Heidelberg Township. This has the look of a former one-room school, well-built and made of brick or stone. Schools in this area – the heavily German area of southwestern York County, were the last to become public. ‘Through the influence of Thaddeus Stevens and others, the Legislature passes an act to establish a system of public schools in Pennsylvania,’ a short history of one-room buildings in the York, Pa., Daily Record states in its 1834 entry. ‘A storm of opposition follows and the act is nearly repealed a year later. Districts are given the choice whether or not to accept and establish public schools. The law triggers the building of one-room schools in rural areas around the state during the next 50 years.’ After World War II, the 300 one-room buildings were consolidated into 50 new schools with multiple grades and classrooms. The number of school districts also came down – from 32 to 15. But the one-roomers are standing around York County today, used in a variety of way.

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York Galleria 25 years old: Can you believe it?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Gettysburg Address quiz/Remembering Sears Roebuck At 25 (can you believe it?) and facing competition of all sorts, the York Galleria continues to change, as this thoughtful York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News story indicates. It faces competition from power shopping … Continue reading

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Norman Wood Bridge at sunrise: Surely this is York County – actually Lancaster County – at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Hess trucks for sale/Synagogues in York Ah, the Norman Wood Bridge, seen before sunrise, several years ago, as captured by photographer Don McClure. It’s a beautiful span, high above the Susquehanna River. The bridge has a distinctively … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s Charley Weaver Museum, aka Soldiers National Museum, items on sale

These figures are among the 1,000-plus items to be auctioned at the Soldiers National Museum in Gettysburg today and Saturday. They represent generals wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. The Evening Sun in Hanover provided this piece of history from … Continue reading

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It’s ‘The Voice’s’ DaNica Shirey, from Tune Town, Pa.

A magazine spread circa 1950 about York, Pa., titled ‘Tune Town,’ said this about the photo above: ‘York’s crack Spring Garden Band, Lester K. Loucks conducting, strikes up a tune in Continental Square, the music town’s main crossroads. The boys own their own club building, make records, and play out-of-town dates.’

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One weekend: Two new books on noted York County artists and their art unveiled

Cliff Satterthwaite is seen with some of his paintings displayed at the Colonial Courthouse recently. The event provided the introduction of a book of York scenes titled ‘Cliff Satterthwaite, York, Pennsylvania.’ Also of interest: Check out scores of Satterthwaite drawings … Continue reading

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History Mystery quiz: Did Abraham Lincoln detrain at York County’s Hanover Junction?

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. President Abraham Lincoln arrived in York County, Pa.’s, Hanover Junction 151 years ago today, on his way to an overnight stay in Gettysburg where he would deliver what became known as the Gettysburg Address. … Continue reading

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Voni and Lorrayne Grimes to be in spotlight of ‘musical extravaganza’

This is vintage Voni B. Grimes, talking to residents in a York, Pa., city neighborhood several years ago as the rain falls. Grimes and his wife, Lorrayne, will be honored for such civic involvement at gathering on Nov. 30 at Small A.M.E. Church in York.

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‘A’ work now being done in improved York Haven one-room school

Steve Kohr, well-known for his ownership of the Shady Lane estate and his generosity in opening that East Manchester Township treasure to the public, is working on this 1895 schoolhouse at 3100 Grandview Drive, York Haven. ‘We reproduced the bell tower, slate roof, wood repairs, repointed stone w/ lime mortar …,’ he wrote on Facebook.

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