Category Archives: Small-town life

This vintage 1957 International Harvester tractor clears 2015’s Winterstown snow

A recent snowy day in, yes, Winterstown, Pa., and Scott Hildebrand is at the helm of his vintage tractor – a 1957 Farmall 200. From York, Neb.’s Living History Farm comes this description of International Harvester and its Farmall line: … Continue reading

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Remembering Agnes: ‘Spring Grove’s Worst Flood’

This is the cover of a booklet published by Walt Geiger and Dave Leonard to show the impact of Tropical Storm Agnes on the Spring Grove,Pa., area. ‘Codorus Creek crests 96 inches deeps at mill dam, topping 1933 record of 54 inches,’ an introduction to the photo booklet states. Here, water spills onto Spring Grove’s main street from a Glatfelter loading dock.

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Jefferson’s wonderful square: 5 views from different angles

 A recent post about Jefferson’s square brought this delightful photograph of the borough from Eric Krebs. He wrote: ‘The lights and white bags with candles were placed around the Jefferson Square every Christmas by the Jefferson Brothers of the Brush. … Continue reading

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This York County witch doctor schooled scientists about powwowing in early 1930s

York countian Jacob Zellers spoke to an American University class about ‘charms, cures and curses’ circa 1931. He made a distinction between powwowing and other ‘good influences’ and witchcraft and hexing, both ‘bad influences.’ A reporter sat in on the class, and this story appeared in The Philadelphia Record and other newspapers after the Hex Murder and its subsequent trials in 1928-29.

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York County, Pa. and its New Year’s recipes: Sauerkraut & pork, hog maw – and oysters

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. York countians love to eat. Any it’s not just Pennsylvania Dutch Food. Our love for seafood signals our proximity to the Cheasapeake Bay at the Atlantic Ocean. So this mammoth oyster was added in … Continue reading

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Can the York Factory Whistle and Glen Rock Carolers harmonize their Christmas concerts with the same song?

This York, Pa., Daily Record photo gallery has many compelling pictures of the Glen Rock Carolers in action. But I lingered on this one by the YDR’s Paul Kuehnel. It has all kinds of then-and-now and anachronistic characteristics. Men in … Continue reading

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How to show off your York, Pa., smarts around the holiday table, Part 2

Post by York Daily Record/Sunday News. York countians taking History Mystery quizzes, such as the one above and those below, really respond to buildings: ‘This Place Matters.’ We’ve established that before. But often trumping buildings in interest are guessing local … Continue reading

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Far from Red Lion, Pa., this Red Lion Inn stands in Stockbridge, Mass., Part 3

The 271 N. Main St. house bears the log walls and stands on the foundation of the tavern that gave Red Lion borough its name. This is not the only structure that sports the Red Lion name. The Red Lion … Continue reading

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Colorful view of a classic little red school house in York County, Pa.

Here’s another wonderful York County, Pa., scene courtesy of Dianne Bowders – the old Raab’s School. It was one of about 300 one-room schools operating in the county before World War II. This classic little red school house gave way to regional elementary schools in the 1950s (see below). As for this photo, a commenter of Dianne Bowders’ Flickr account wrote: ‘Such clean and beautiful colours!!’

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Picturing History: How a Jacobus building changed from selling caskets and everyday furniture to antique accessories

Linked in/Neat stuff: York’s Factory Whistle/Glen Rock’s Carolers Picturing History: Grey Beard’s Antiques in Jacobus, formerly Leader Furniture http://t.co/hZVDj0J6cq — YDR online (@ydrcom) December 27, 2014 ‘Picturing History,’ YDR.com’s before-and-after, then-and-now series took to the road, to Jacobus, Pa. The … Continue reading

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