Category Archives: God & York County

If this York, Pa.-made part doesn’t work, the hulking product might make a decent boat anchor

It’s pretty amazing the interest in this History Mystery post on the York Daily Record’s Facebook page. Perhaps it’s such a small part integral to the rest of the bulky product made in the thousands in York, Pa. Here’s the quiz: Thousands of these durable, indispensable parts were made in the 40 years before its ‪York, Pa.,‬ manufacturer closed about 1940. And many are in use and in fine working order today all over the world. What are we seeing here, and what company built this part for its signature product?

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Civil War chaplain S. Morgan Smith: This Moravian pastor went to war

Before S. Morgan Smith was an industrialist – perhaps the leading industrialist in York County, Pa.’s, history – he was a pastor. And early in his call as a minister, he served as a military chaplain. He was mustered out of the military 150 years ago, and his biographers have set up a presentation to tell about how this minister came to serve in the military.

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For a century-plus in southern York County, Catholic Valley hosted a church

Many people are familiar with Catholic Valley Road near Larue in southern York County. But there’s no church in that valley today. The current edition of the Codorus Valley Chronicles explores the story of that building, St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church

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First St. John’s Lutheran: Telling this York church’s 140-year-old story in architecture

First St. John’s Lutheran Church is observing its 140th anniversary this year.  This is the first of a monthly series in this anniverary year by local architectural expert Terry Downs. Dutchie, as he’s known around social media, undertook a similar … Continue reading

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Old and new in York, Pa.: Captured in one photograph

Linked in/Neat stuff below: Slate experts coming to York County/The Avenues revisited ‘Some York architecture happiness,’ York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Paul Kuehnel wrote in a Tweet. Indeed. It also shows the old and the new in York, Pa. … Continue reading

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Try these 8 fun photo quizzes to test your smarts about York/Adams, Pa.

Old places from one’s youth that are no more often evoke History Mystery comments on the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Facebook Page. This one not only brought some likes and comments, but also hundreds of folks, whether stumped or just wanting to read about this place, followed the goo.gl link to the story. Remember this place? F

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Old Towne East, Salem Square neighborhoods explored. Here’s a map of York City neighborhoods yet to come

This is a typical street in York, Pa. Rowhouses built for the working class a century ago. And as 100 years ago, a church serves as a staple in a neighborhood. Here, Tidings of Peace Christian School is seen at … Continue reading

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Finding significant Dempwolf design features in venerable York, Pa., church

Linked in/Neat stuff: Climbing Gettysburg’s Longstreet Tower/Murals of York quiz Charles H. Glatfelter writes in ‘York County Lutherans’ that St. John’s Church went up in 1875. Architectural specialist Terry Downs, who is looking at some of this building’s many significant … Continue reading

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When residents admire York County architecture, they put church buildings on their most-viewed lists

York countians love to talk about the wonderful architecture around here. And they also are eager to engage when significant architecture is found in houses of worship. In fact, church buildings are among York County, Pa.’s, most best-known and admired architectural prizes. This one, for example. The way the congregation lights it up – a beacon to motorists driving along Interstate 83 and the old Lincoln Highway.

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Scenic Hanover Junction: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture … on the Rail Trail’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Interest in Pennsylvania Furniture/Discovering Lititz Dover’s Teanna Byerts grabbed this scene along the York County Heritage Rail Trail in Hanover Junction. She writes this about the sculpture: ‘Awesome horse and rider sculpture at Hanover Junction on the Rail … Continue reading

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