Category Archives: War

New word here: spionnetje, Part 3. And they were once all around York, Pa.

Some months ago, Tom Gibson alerted us to the presence today of busybody mirrors, also called spionnetje, that were staples on building around York, Pa., decades ago. We found one on West Market Street near Union Lutheran Church. Just yesterday, Tom pointed out that one was posted on a building on East Market Street. So the hunt was on, and wouldn’t you know it? I’ve walked by this mirror, at 262 E. Market, scores of times on my way to the York County Heritage Trust, at 250 E. Market.

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Digging Camp Security: 10 ways to know more about York’s British POW camp

First they tilled the Springettsbury Township field, and then volunteers and trained archaeologists went to work. They found some 18th-century artifacts, significant because this could be the site of Camp Security, the British prisoner-of-war camp that operated from 1781 to 1783.

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‘FOE’ Civil War exhibit lives to fight another day in York, Pa.

You might call this the largest cardboard recycling project ever in York County. It means Wayne White’s ‘FOE’ exhibit will live to fight another day. York College of Pennsylvania students carried the dismantled cardboard-and-wood exhibit or installation from MarketView Arts on West Philadelphia Street to LSC Design on North George. The exhibit by the noted White showed everyday life for the two days that the Confederate Army occupied York in late-June 1863. The exhibit ended, and its figures will reside in storage at LSC for display at yet undetermined places in York County.

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Underground Railroad on the Susquehanna: From Havre de Grace, Md., to Cooperstown, N.Y.

Actress Monika Ross is seen in the character of York County’s Amanda Berry in the play ‘Susquehanna to Freedom: The Role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad.’ Dr. Dorothy King, a York native, will present about PennOwl Production’s play on Sept. 6. A news release says the drama tells the story of three slaves who traveled northward on the Susquehanna from Havre de Grace, Md. – where the Susquehanna River enters the Chesapeake Bay.

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York County’s major growth industry: warehousing and distribution

Warehousing has produced a large number of jobs in York County in recent years, and it has also produced the biggest buildings. Those large sprawling warehouses or distribution centers increasingly are dotting the Interstate 83 corridor. They tend to be low and spread out, although ES3′s distribution center, near the Strinestown exit, goes up and out. Just this week, auto parts maker Federal Mogul was in the news. The company will distribute its Champion spark plugs and Moog steering parts to East Coast customers from a 708-square-foot distribution center off the Emigsville exit in Manchester Township.

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How York Fair looked from the air in 1932

The York Fair Midway, behind the grandstand, is shown in this aerial photograph in 1932. Notice the number of livestock barns at right. Some of their footprint has been replaced by the now-Utz Arena. This scene was captured by Madison Bay Company of East Berlin. The York County Heritage Trust sold prints for years in its bookshop, but it was part of the neat things available this year – as in all years – at the Trust’s Book Blast.

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Floorola shifted in World War II from waxing floors to scrubbing Axis foes, Part II

This was Floorola Products Inc., Maryland Avenue manufacturing plant in February 1942. A Office of War Information photographer visited York, Pa., to show how manufacturers were converting to defense work, just three months after Pearl Harbor.

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How a York, Pa., man documented famous Masons – and even anti-Masons

Author/educator/storyteller Judy Wolfman was visiting Country Meadows Retirement Community in West Manchester Township recently when someone handed her this compilation of ‘Masonic Articles I Have Written.’ C. Clark Julius wrote this as an author’s preface: ‘I am a historian and enjoy hunting prominent people and finding whether they are Masons. This lead to the 68 articles I have written and have again had many requests to put them in book form.’ Thus, the book

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John J. Snyder Jr. tall case clock exhibit: ‘A simple design can tell you a lot’

John J. Snyder Jr. collected a hall-of-fame lineup of tall case clocks in his day. The works of John Fisher, Godfrey Lenhart and Jacob Hostetter, all clockmakers with York County connections, are part of that collection. Now, 14 grandfather clocks from the Snyder collection are on display at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St. a York, Pa., Daily Record story on the exhibit noted that many dealers collect 10 to 20 such clocks. Snyder collected hundreds. The clocks are works of art and loaded with history.

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Burning of Chambersburg in Civil War: ‘It’s hard to imagine the destruction’

Jubal Early’s Confederates burned Chambersburg, Pa., 150 years ago this week. ‘It’s hard to imagine the destruction that followed the burning of Chambersburg by Confederate troops on July 30, 1864. The fire destroyed 550 structures, left 2,000 people homeless and resulted in more than $750,000 in lost property,’ the Public Opinion in Chambersburg wrote in: The Burning of Chambersburg: 150 years later. A year earlier, Early’s men occupied York, Pa., about 50 miles to the East.

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