Category Archives: People

Primary Day History Mystery: This elected official, with a common touch, knew U.S. presidents

History Mystery, Pennsylvania Primary Election Day style: This York countian, right, has been a leader in his home county and a friend of U.S. presidents for decades. At the same time, this former educator has a common touch. Here, he … Continue reading

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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

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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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This York County town borrowed its name from its postmaster. And his name wasn’t even Jacobus

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Ever hear of Myrtle Louise Stonesifer-King?/Year of Pa. barns Jacobus, Pa., is York County’s newest incorporated town – a little known fact. The borough came about in 1929, when its name was changed from New Paradise. … Continue reading

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What is a community connector? York, Pa., columnist Gordon Freireich defines that important role

York Sunday News columnist and community connector Gordon A. Freireich was honored at Martin Library last week. A fund has been set up in his name to purchase new books for Martin Library. Freireich, center, is pictured with Allan Dameshek, … Continue reading

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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

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers in WW II: Did his quick smile count against him?

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers, a York High and West Point graduate, talks to Army Chief of Staff George Marshall in World War II. Devers carried three stars then but gained a fourth star later in the war. He is the highest ranking military man to come from York County, Pa.

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers in WW II: 4 more little-known facts about York, Pa.’s four-star general

York, Pa., native Jacob Loucks Devers sports a cavalry look at Fort Knox early in World War II.  Armoured cavalry replaced horse cavalry in reconnaissance and other duties in the U.S. Army. Devers was relatively little known. By war’s end, … Continue reading

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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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