Category Archives: Abe Lincoln was here

Nervous York County native Lawrence Gobright reported on Lincoln assassination

Lawrence Gobright, was a Hanover, Pa., native and a veteran Associated Press journalist. He career capstone was the terrible assignment of covering the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, five days after the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. ‘I carefully wrote my dispatch, … Continue reading

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East Hopewell’s Hyson one-room school’s owner: ‘I just want to fix it up historically’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Royal Square’s inside-out view/Ziegler family’s generations This scene from East Hopewell Township provides a study of two generations of one-room schools. The age of the older stone school, Hyson School, is being investigated, but it might go … Continue reading

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Easter 1865 came in a season of conflict for York County, America

Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train followed this route on the Northern Central Railway through York County, Pa. It stopped in New Freedom to pick up Pennsylvania Gov. Andrew Curtin and in York, Pa.’s station. Lincoln’s death brought mourning to Easter in … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s funeral train in York, Pa.: ‘He was crucified for us’

April is the 150th anniversary of world-shaking events. The Civil War ended, and President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. This Northern Central Railway shows the times the slain President Abraham Lincoln’s train was to pass through the rail towns in York County, Pa. The train, indeed, rolled by , stopping only in New Freedom, to pick up Gov. Andrew Curtin, and in York, where a team of women from the town placed flowers on the funeral bier. The president was shot on Good Friday, and he was honored in Easter services and a special mid-week service at Christ Lutheran Church. So when his funeral train was stopped in York, Easter themes were top of mind. ‘He was crucified for us,’ a black man was heard to say.

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Digging York, Pa.’s old train station site from 10 different angles

A couple of diggers are starting archaeological work under the century-plus-year-old York, Pa., train station. This comes near the 150th anniversary of the stop of the Lincoln train at its predecessor station (drawing below of that station). York Daily Record/Sunday … Continue reading

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Obscure York plaque points to young, unsung hero of World War I

Reminders about our history is everywhere around York, Pa. Here’s one. This plate is affixed to the door in the former home of the Visiting Nurse Association in the 200 block of York’s East Market St. Those furnishings are long gone, VNA is operating elsewhere and the building is usefully deployed by Keystone Auctions. But this York Daily Record photo gives us an opportunity to bring forth word of this unsung hero of Jeannette Zinn. In this story about Jeannette Zinn, I wrote that a room was furnished in the Girls’ Club in York. It appears that the VNA played host to the Girls’ Club because here’s that room.

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Lincoln’s Thanksgiving call of 1864 gained cold reception in York, Pa.

This was the extent of the York Gazette’s Thanksgiving Day notice. The Democratic newspaper opposed Lincoln’s war policies and did not warm up to his Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863 and its renewal a year later. Also of interest: Thanksgiving Day application … 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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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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Abraham Lincoln at Hanover Junction: In 1863 … and today

This shows one of York County’s most controversial photos, particularly relevant in this season in which Abraham Lincoln passed through Hanover Junction on his way to – and his return from – delivering his Gettysburg Address. Is that Abraham Lincoln in the stovepipe hat?

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