Category Archives: Longtime York families

Renovating Abbottstown’s Peter Ickes House: Log construction discovery was a ‘thrilling experience’

James Fritz is a researcher and writer of history. And he lives in a 1700s house near the square in Adams County’s Abbottstown. ‘My new two story log and stone home was located near the town square and the stone half of the dwelling had all the hallmarks of an early structure of Pennsylvania German/Swiss heritage,’ he writes.

Posted in All politics is local, American Revolution, Antiquing & artifacts, Archives, all posts, Explanations/controversy, For photo fans, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, Small-town life, Unsung/obscure sites, War | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 things to know about Red Lion’s grand Fairmount Park

This is the view across Red Lion’s Fairmount Park. That’s the community war memorial (see below) seen prominently in the photo. And there’s a playground in the background, right. A water park can be seen in background, left. The popular … Continue reading

Posted in All politics is local, Archives, all posts, Books & reading, Events, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, Unsung/obscure sites, War, Women's history, World War I, World War II | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

6 cool, unsung York County, Pa., sites to discover and explore

Northern York County, Pa.’s, Redlands Meetinghouse is not usually open, but a stroll around the grounds takes you back to another time. You’ll see strange stonework that allowed church-goers to step up onto horses and wagons and an old cemetery to walk … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, all posts, Explanations/controversy, Farms, fields & mills, For photo fans, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, Unsung/obscure sites, YorkEats: Hogmaw & such | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bricker’s Fries units are everywhere around York County, Pa. So, where did it sell its first order?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Want to know more about Gettysburg’s Cyclorama?/Painting church icons Bricker’s French Fries, that iconic and ubiquitous York County, Pa., vendor, started with one stand – a concession  at the Bud Bricker-owned Susquehanna Speedway in northern York County – … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, all posts, Books & reading, Events, Explanations/controversy, For photo fans, God & York County, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, War, YorkEats: Hogmaw & such | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Off-year, off-season election musings: Leader and Wolf families have impact on York County, Pa.

This is a story of two front pages and two venerable York, Pa., families. Next to the York Daily Record copy machine the other day, I ran across a copy of The Gazette and Daily front page. One of our … Continue reading

Posted in All politics is local, Archives, all posts, Black history, Explanations/controversy, For photo fans, Genealogy/research, Local journalism & Web, Longtime York families, Mount Wolf - The Town, Notable images, People, York celebrities, York County's Tom Wolf | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Orrs of York, Pa.: Family barbers have been cutting hair since the 1930s

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Hanover looks at new fire museum/Those Codorus Eagles York County, like the rest of America, is facing the aging of its baby boomers and their down-the-road retirements. The York, Pa., Daily Record profiled three family owned … Continue reading

Posted in Antiquing & artifacts, Archives, all posts, Black history, For photo fans, Linked in/neat stuff, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, People, Unsung/obscure sites, Wheels of York | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Emigsville’s Emig Mansion: 3 views of this wonderful York County landmark

Linked in/Neat stuff: Iconic names Utz, Clarks, Harley-Davidson in news/LBJ’s visit in 1966 The Emig Mansion is one of York County, Pa.’s finest homes. It’s been a bed-and-breakfast in recent years and will remain so, under new hosts. The operators, … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, all posts, Art & artists, Civil War, Explanations/controversy, For photo fans, Harley-Davidson, Linked in/neat stuff, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, Made in York, Unsung/obscure sites, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vacuum cleaner hospital? Yes, York, Pa.’s hosted one since 1928

Linked in/Neat stuff: Fun facts about Haar’s Drive-in/Exploring New Freedom Last month, the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Paul Kuehnel explored Roosevelt TV’s longtime business on, yes, Roosevelt Avenue in York. Now comes Paul with  photo essay and story on another … Continue reading

Posted in Antiquing & artifacts, Archives, all posts, Explanations/controversy, For photo fans, Linked in/neat stuff, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, People, Unsung/obscure sites | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in 1st Moravian, Archives, all posts, Civil War, Events, Explanations/controversy, For photo fans, God & York County, Linked in/neat stuff, Local journalism & Web, Longtime York families, People, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Haineses of York County: Many have been prominent, so how is this Harry L. Haines known?

History Mystery: Harry L. Haines is known to history for many things. For example, he was a major #YorkCountyPa… Posted by York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, May 3, 2015 When this quiz appeared on YDR Facebook and my own … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, all posts, Explanations/controversy, For photo fans, Local journalism & Web, Local landmarks, Longtime York families, People, Quizzes & (fun) tests, Unsung/obscure sites | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment