Category Archives: Small-town life

Visitors to York County, Pa.: Don’t be like the British and let a town fool you

This is the scene in the square of St. Michaels, Md., occupied by cannon, plaques and the St. Michaels Museum. This small  grassy area is tucked into a neighborhood, and its attractions beckon to visitors to spend time there. Also … Continue reading

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Same shoe size, but Haines Shoe House is re-laced for the public to visit

You can see from the likes, shares and comments on this York, Pa., Daily Record Facebook post that the Haines Shoe House, under new ownership and selling baked goods and more, has caught the interest of the public. (Feel free to join in). Mahlon ‘Shoe Wizard’ Haines built the roadside wonder in 1948 to serve, among other things, as a honeymoon place. It has become a symbol of York County, one of those places that people like to drive to and marvel. Now, there’s more of a chance to drop in. The new owners have expanded the attraction’s hours, plan tours and, as important as anything, will serve York County-made Beck’s Ice Cream.

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U.A. Whitaker’s AMP plant in Glen Rock, Pa.: ‘The landscape reminded him of the rural Midwest’

Picturing History examines this obscure building in Glen Rock, Pa. Actually, it’s has an interesting past as an early home to AMP in Pennsylvania. AMP moved work to Glen Rock in 1941, according to Jeffrey L. Rodengen’s ‘The Legenda of AMP’. He wrote, ‘… (Owner U.A.) Whitaker contracted with Paul Shepperd owner of a factory in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, just south of York. White was familiar with the town from his American Machine and Foundry days, when AMF had its Glen Mixer Division there, and he liked the area. The landscape reminded him of the rural Midwest, where he was raised, and the local workers seemed to adhere to a traditional work ethic.’ The photo at left shows Glen Rock’s AMP plant in the 1940s or 1950s. At right, Baumiller Automatic Screw & Precision Machined Parts operates today on the site of the former AMP plant.

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This landmark Emigsville building has been consumed with food for a century or more

Linked in/Neat stuff: ‘The Tinker’/All roads lead from York, Pa. Many people know this landmark structure in Emigsville as the ‘My Favorite Deli.’ But way before that, the building served as a Grange Hall.  One hundred years ago in York County … Continue reading

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Fire in hamlet of Sunnyburn damages Lower Chanceford landmark

Linked in/Neat stuff: Helb’s family remembered/Grammy gift bags made in Hanover When you see an old building this large in a rural area, you know it has an interesting past. A fire elevated this Lower Chanceford building into the news … Continue reading

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Wrightsville in full glow: Surely this is York County at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: Remember the Hunley?/Mayersville is now known as … . ‘Ominous glow from @JWrestaurant in #wrightsville,’ the York, Pa., Daily Record’s Anthony Machcinski tweeted last week. And it’s a beautiful ominous glow. Surely, this is York County, Pa., … Continue reading

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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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