Category Archives: Longtime York families

York County history mystery: Can you ID the location of this annual festival?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Marro’s Lunch/York Barbell’s spectacular I had to look twice to figure out the location of this street festival. Can you ID the York County town that is home to this crowded annual event? The photo appeared as … Continue reading

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Meadowbrook: The Springettsbury mansion that tobacco built

The Meadowbrook mansion, seen here in a Picturing History’s combined then & now photo, is one of several examples of mansions that York County tobacco built. The Springettsbury Township home was the summer residence of Edwin Myers, who was in the leaf tobacco business in the late 1800s.

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Ways to research African-American family history in York County & beyond

Springettsbury Township’s Myra “Neicy” DeShields-Moulton emailed this photo (and one below) of a gathering at Berkley Historic District near Darlington in Harford County, Md. Descendants of Cupid Paca (Peaco), who donated land for the Hosanna School, part of the district, are pictured here. ‘Several of the African-American early and mid-19th century houses still stand, including the earliest – the original Peca/Paca site,’ a registration form for placement of the district on the National Register of Historic Places states.

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European magnificence built into St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Spring Grove

That’s Spring Grove’s St. Paul’s Lutheran Church behind the scaffolding. The repairs are underway to address safety concerns at the 105-year-old church. The brownstone was losing some chips, which created the concern. Charles H. Glatfelter’s ‘York County Lutherans’ lists the current building, dedicated in 1909, as the second Lutheran building in Spring Grove. The first was dedicated in 1880.

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Dillsburg’s Jane Alexander: ‘A walking history textbook of the past 50 years of Pennsylvania politics’

Linked in/Neat stuff: Stauffer animal crackers/Veterans Memorial Bridge’s lights In his recent York Sunday News column, Gordon Freireich has this to say about Jane Alexander, the first female state legislator from York County: ‘When some people enter a room they … Continue reading

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Bury’s burgers: A significant piece of York Countyana

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News.   This York Daily Record Facebook post drew all kinds of comments, like and shares from readers. Feel free to join in by clicking on the links. Also of interest: Bury’s burgers: ‘You won’t … Continue reading

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10 ways to learn more about Tom Wolf, Dem nominee for Pa. governor

The York Daily Record/Sunday News has captured Tom Wolf in scores of photos in his campaign for governor. But this one is my favorite. It shows the Democratic gubernatorial nominee – decided in Tuesday night’s Pennsylvania primary – at an … Continue reading

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Public pools plan Memorial Day weekend openings, but Playland and others exist only in memories

With Memorial Day approaching, pools are primed to open. But here’s one that is long gone: The Playland pool. Here, artist Cliff Satterthwaite explains the purpose of his drawing of Springettsbury Township’s Playland complex. Interestingly, other York County, Pa., community pools preceded Playland or followed its lead in shutting down over time. Glady’s Pool in Stewartstown was one. Sun Valley Pool in Spry closed more recently. Today, an increasing number of residents can afford private backyard pools. Fortunately, several community pools remain open.

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When the Klan tried to recruit York community leader Voni B. Grimes

A portion of the many honors accorded to York County’s Voni B. Grimes hang on the wall of his residence. Recent Ku Klux Klan activity in York County’s northern tip prompted Grimes to stop by the York, Pa., Daily Record’s office.

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How 1 monument celebrates York Rifles’ contributions to 2 wars

The York Rifle Company marches to Boston in 1775 after the call from Gen. George Washington reached York Town, Pa., for troops to support the fledgling Continental Army. Elizabeth Quinn sketched this scene of these early responders for the 1959 W. Walter Van Baman’s book ‘The Story of York Town.’

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