Ike Eisenhower’s 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40: This tractor was not for sale

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Dwight D. Eisenhower probably never operated this 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40 tractor, but it was part of his Gettysburg farm at the the time of his death. The Evening Sun in Hanover reported that it was on display with other antiques that were part of retired Adams County farmer Stanley Wolf’s collection. Those antiques – but not this prized tractor – were to be auctioned this weekend. This tractor became part of Wolf’s collection after a public auction of President Eisenhower’s estate in 1998, according to the Evening Sun. As for other items – a dynamite generator and animal treadmill among a slew of other antiques – they were readied for new ownership.  ‘I’ve enjoyed it for years, and I’m ready to let other people enjoy it,’ he told the Evening Sun. Here’s a Media Center gallery of antiques before the auction. Also of interest: In this day of mergers, Hanover plans opening of not 1, but 2 museums.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

This is really interesting, from over in Lancaster County.

The Lancaster County Postcard Club will view sites that include York County in a 7 p.m., Sept. 15, meeting  at the Farm and Home Center in Lancaster on Arcadia Road off the Manheim Pike. Continue reading “Ike Eisenhower’s 1955 Cockshutt Blackhawk 40: This tractor was not for sale” »

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Three photographs surely show York, Pa., at its best, Part II

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‘Cool view of #yorkfair from West York-Dallastown game. 7-7 in 2nd Q.’ That was the YDR’s Brad Jennings’ description of this scene on Twitter. It’s, indeed, a wonderful scene, captured by Brad from the top of the press box in West York. Football, the York Fair, York countyana. This photograph surely shows York, Pa., at its best. (See related photographs below.) Also of interest: This photo surely shows York County at its best, Part I.

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300-pound butter sculpture forms prelude to York Fair’s 250th anniversary

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The historic York Fair is drawing on that history in its 2014 butter sculpture. The 250th anniversary of the fair comes in 2015, but this artwork is a forerunner of that anniversary. ‘This is a prelude to next year,’ Jim Victor, one of the sculptors, said at the unveiling Thursday night. ‘Next year will be an update.’ The sculture, by the way, is formed from 300 pounds of Land O Lakes Butter. To be precise, the fair hasn’t been continuous since 1765. For about 30 years after 1815, the there was no fair, after a man was killed in 1815. Perhaps the early years of the fair made up for this gap. When the Centre Square fair was approved by the Penn Proprietors in 1765, they allowed for twice-a-year events.  The York Fair, 2014 edition, opens today. (See video of the unveiling below). Also of interest: How the York Fair looked from the air in 1932, Part II.

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How York Fair looked from the air in 1932, Part II

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This is another 1932 York Fair photograph, courtesy of the York County Heritage Trust. What might be just as absorbing as the uncovered bandstand across the the 1926 grandstand is the area outside the York Fair’s fence. Look north in all directions, and there just isn’t much to see other than farmland. Anything else catch your eye? Please comment below. The aerial view was captured by the Madison Bay Company of East Berlin. For all kinds of 2014 York Fair photos and stuff, check out: From food to farm animals. Also of interest: Loop the Loop at the York Fair and other York County postcard views.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

Here’s a shout for York Fair Memories, a Facebook group whose mission is clear. Their goal is to top 500 fans by the start of the fair on Friday. Continue reading “How York Fair looked from the air in 1932, Part II” »

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Digging York County’s Camp Security: Spanish silver coin dated 1780

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The dig continues at Springettsbury Township’s Camp Security, the prisoner-of-war camp that detained British prisoners from 1781-83. That Spanish silver coin, for example. Wonder what it would be worth today? And the dig is producing great quotes, as in the following: Continue reading “Digging York County’s Camp Security: Spanish silver coin dated 1780” »

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York County quiz II: Check out your local history smarts

No York County place sparks more conversation on social media than this wonderful place. Many York countians have visited this estate, and they come back with stories they’ll readily share. The York Daily Record has visited this property several times, so we have many photographs that we’ll continue to share. Feel free to join in the conversation. Also of interest: Check out these quizzes and (fun) tests about York County’s past.

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Labor Day in York, Pa.: Recalling the day when labor leaders met in secrecy

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The image of this old railroad bridge came from the cover (see below) of Richard L. Boyd’s 1995 book ‘The Bridge.’  To Dick Boyd, the span represents an important reminder of days in York, Pa., when the relationship of unions and management often was not productive and union organizers met in secrecy under the bridge. (Check out this list of Labor Day 2014 activities in York County). Also of interest:  Dick Boyd’s memoir tells inside story of York workers’ statue and  The Bridge from the air.

Head east on the old railroad line, and you’ll see a bridge that spans the Codorus Creek in York, Pa.

It’s one of those increasingly rare truss types with those overhead support beams and all.

But it’s not the bridge that is historic. It’s what went on under the bridge 80 years ago that is remembered.

Remembered, that is, by some York County workers and particularly by Richard Boyd, longtime labor leader in York County. Continue reading “Labor Day in York, Pa.: Recalling the day when labor leaders met in secrecy” »

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Kiwanis Lake in York, Pa., 1957: ‘Swans first, now a fountain’

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Kiwanis Lake at its best … at sunset, several years ago. The lake will be part of Labor Day activities on Monday, as it has been for years: Staycation. Swans have also been part of the York, Pa., City park for many years. Also of interest: How Kiwanis Lake has changed since it was developed in 1952 and Labor Day in York, Pa.: Recalling the day when labor leaders met in secrecy

York resident Joe Stein went on the hunt for fountains at Kiwanis Lake- home of Labor Day events on Monday.

He came up with a newspaper account from 1957 – five years after the York City park came in.

Here it is as a bit of history on a weekend in which Kiwanis Lake will be in the headlines.

From the Aug. 6, 1957, Gazette and Daily, ‘Swans first, now a fountain’:

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Foodstrucks have been rolling along York streets for decades

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Long before Foodstruck invaded York County for two events, food trucks – or food cycles – patrolled the streets of York County, Pa. The Yorkco Ice driver sits on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle – much later made in York. For a third time, Foodstruck will come to York – to Penn Park Sunday, Aug. 31. Also of interest: Foodstruck event offers insight about the direction York is heading.

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How’s this for a unlikely combo: Bierman’s sells ice cream and oysters – two iconic York County dishes? Of Sunday’s third Foodstruck – this one at a new location in Penn Park – an organizer said: “We’re trying to turn it into an all-day, more festival feel,” Given said. Also of interest: Can once-grand Penn Park become grand again?

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

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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.  Also of interest:  Researcher pulling together strands to weave story of British POW Camp Security.

The other day, a knowledgeable York countian said he never really understood Camp Security. He thought for years the camp from the American Revolution was run by the British. But then after seeing news of the dig on the presumed site, he understood that the Redcoats did not cross the Susquehanna River. In fact, 2,000-something British prisoners were detained at the site.

So there’s one example of the value of the archaeological work in Springettsbury Township.

So whether you’re catching up or just want to know more about the camp and the dig there this week, here are 10 links that will help.

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