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

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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 meets Sen. Joe Lieberman. Can you ID this achiever? Have you ever met him? Answer: http://goo.gl/amnJID or see photo of this elected official early in his career at bottom. Also of interest: Check out these additional quizzes and fun tests.

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Vacuum cleaner hospital? Yes, York, Pa.’s hosted one since 1928

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Charles H. Miller, left, and worker Jacob Burgard at Miller Brothers Vacuum Cleaner Hospital Monday as it looked in 1958 Submitted - Daily Record/Sunday News Picturing History
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 city business that just seems to have been there forever – Miller Brothers Vacuum Cleaner Hospital, 357 W. Philadelphia St. Here, Charles H. Miller, left, and worker Jacob Burgard  pose outside  as it looked in 1958 … .

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Charlie Miller, left, and Dave Miller at Miller Brothers Vacuum Cleaner Hospital Monday April 14 2015 at 357 Philadelphia St. in York.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News Picturing History
And here, Charlie Miller, left, and Dave Miller replicate that photo in April. The business was founded in 1928 and has been in the Miller family since 1958. About the business, Charlie Miller told Paul: “I could say it sucks and blows, I guess, but other than that, everything is fine.” Then he  added with a laugh, “They keep trying to reinvent the vacuum cleaner, and that is what they (vacuums) do, they move air.” Also of interest: Orange Car on York’s Roosevelt Avenue: Workers sometimes shoveled fruit out of box cars.

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Civil War chaplain S. Morgan Smith: This Moravian pastor went to war

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The Rev. S. Morgan SmithSubmitted

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. Also of interest: S. Morgan Smith and P.H. Glatfelter head list of York County industrial movers and shakers.

How did North Carolina native Stephen Morgan Smith end up in the Union Army?

And how did Smith, an ordained minister with the pacifist Moravian church, gain the OK from his Protestant denomination to serve in the military? Continue reading “Civil War chaplain S. Morgan Smith: This Moravian pastor went to war” »

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How do you move a gallows? York, Pa.’s relocating Police Heritage Museum will figure that out

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Police Heritage Museum founder John Stine shows an old photograph of a York City police officer in a back room in the museum in York on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The museum has about 2,000 photographs that are not on display. The museum, which was founded in 1995, is looking for a new location after finalizing a deal to sell its West Market Street building to Royal Square Development. Operated as a non-profit, the museum displays many artifacts with York County origins, as well as items from across the nation and other countries. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News

York, Pa.’s Police Heritage Museum’s collections go beyond the many artifacts from its law enforcement past on public display. Here, John Stine, the go-to person with questions about that long police history, shows a photo of an officer in a museum storage room, one of about 2,000 such pictures not on display. The Heritage Museum’s collections, both exhibited and in storage, will have to be moved this year.That move would include a popular exhibit – a reconstructed gallows from the old York County Prison on Chestnut Street.  Royal Square has purchased the museum’s longtime West Market Street home. ‘The city has made us feel welcome here and we understand the importance of redevelopment,’ Stine told the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Also of interest: Check out this photo of a reconstructed 1800s jail cell at the Police Museum.

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A display at the Police Heritage Museum in York shows members of the 1973 York City Police Department on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The museum, which was founded in 1995, is looking for a new location after finalizing a deal to sell its West Market Street building to Royal Square Development. Operated as a non-profit, the museum displays many artifacts with York County origins, as well as items from across the nation and other countries. Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News
The York City Police force in 1973, one of the many displays at the Police Heritage Museum. One observer of the city scene, Terry Downs, suggested on his Facebook page that the Police Museum combine with the west end York Fire Museum to form a First Responders Museum. Also of interest: Those in uniform with York County links who die in line of duty should be remembered.

 

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For a century-plus in southern York County, Catholic Valley hosted a church

Shaffer's Church, circa 1940s. Courtesy Codorus Valley Chronicles

Many people are familiar with Catholic Valley Road near Larue in southern York County. But today there’s no church in that valley. The current edition of the Codorus Valley Chronicles explores the story of that building, St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, pictured above. ‘In 1853, a group of Catholic families from Kurhessen, Germany came to Codorus Township and purchased land in a valley south of Shaffer’s Church, and the valley came to be known as Catholic Valley,’ the newsletter of the Codorus Valley History Society stated. Also of interest: Codorus Valley preservation group promotes history of other towns, too.

The sign is enough to intrigue you.

Catholic Valley Road.

In the middle of a region settled by German Protestants outside of Glen Rock

But there were German Catholics, too, and they worshiped at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

The church stood from 1871 to 1975.

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York County, Pa., enjoys its big anniversaries, Part II: And there’s even more history to enjoy

Amid all this hustle and bustle of the market place in the autumn of 1927 and the general discomboomeration that marked the era, York found time to put ona a eally creditable Sesquicentennial celebration of the meeting in York of the Continental Congress inthe winter of 1777-79. Pagentry and parades highlighted the program in which thousands took part on the fairgrounds adn on streets decoratedin a manner reminiscent of the big Centennial celebration of 1899.  Photo courtesy York 225th Anniversary Program

The year was 1887, and Borough of York, Pa., turned into the City of York, Pa. This came exactly 100 years after the Village of York became the Borough of York. All this called for a major celebration, and the arches in York’s Centre Square went up. Two longtime Centre Square market sheds just been torn down. Notice the flag pole that stood between those two market sheds stands here, acting as a tether for the ropes bearing banners. You can detect what looks like a former footprint of one market shed to the east of the flagpole. This is one of many celebrations of anniversaries and other moments that involved this square, now Continental Square. See: York County enjoys its big anniveraries, Part I. Also of interest: Since 1887, York mayors have dealt with the serious – and the silly.

The year was 1741, and Penn family agent Thomas Cookson was in the future village of York, Pa.

In fact, he was making the village of York, Pa., a reality by ably using his surveying equipment to lay out the area east of the Codorus Creek into squares.

He was not alone. Two local chain bearers helped him – Baltzer Spengler and Ulrich Whissler.

Those two men had traveled to Philadelphia in 1739 to meet with the Penns to set this survey plan into motion.

Cookson used the grids of Philadelphia as a model, and York’s squares came in at 480 feet wide and 520 feet long. Continue reading “York County, Pa., enjoys its big anniversaries, Part II: And there’s even more history to enjoy” »

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York County enjoys its big anniversaries – and there’s a lot of history to enjoy

Amid all this hustle and bustle of the market place in the autumn of 1927 and the general discomboomeration that marked the era, York found time to put ona a eally creditable Sesquicentennial celebration of the meeting in York of the Continental Congress inthe winter of 1777-79. Pagentry and parades highlighted the program in which thousands took part on the fairgrounds adn on streets decoratedin a manner reminiscent of the big Centennial celebration of 1899.  Photo courtesy York 225th Anniversary Program This mega York County, Pa., celebration came in 1927, the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Articles of Confederation. The celebration looked back to the days when Continental Congress met in York, including adoption of America’s first framework of government. It also included a pageant, seen here, and the posting of large paintings of patriots around York’s square. See: York enjoys its anniversaries, Part II. Also of interest: 275th anniversary celebration of York, Pa.’s founding isn’t a sexy number but may be effective.

In her recent State of the City address, York’s Mayor Kim Bracey pointed to the commencement of planning for a celebration in 2016 marking the 275th anniversary of the founding of York.

In so doing, she is keeping alive a long tradition of such celebrations tied to city or county founding dates or anniversaries of major events that took place within York County’s borders.

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York County Primary 2015: A quiz to test your York County election smarts

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It’s primary time, so we’ll put up a pioneering elected ‪York County, Pa.,‬ official here. He was a respected attorney before he gained office and that reputation only grew in his short time as a judge.York County voters will seek to fill two county Common Plea Court judgeships this year starting with the May 19 primary. Can you ID this man of achievement? Answer: http://goo.gl/3zQFTW. Also of interest: These quizzes and (fun) tests will check your knowledge of York County.

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5 pictures show Red Lion’s move to strengthen its walkable downtown

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Downtown Red Lion, Pa., is in an expansion mode. The borough’s downtown is already one of the most walkable among small towns in York County. Here’s the Red Brick Bakery & Tea Room, 55 N. Main St., expanding into space formerly occupied by Tom’s Music Trade. Tom’s moved to larger quarters at 28 N. Main. Then we have the Black Cap Brewing Company doing business in the old post office. Also of interest: Visitors to York County, Pa.: Don’t be like the British and let a town fool you.

The old 5 W. High St. post office, where Black Cap does business, actually bears lessons for planning in a small town.

Too often, the federal government has moved post offices in towns across York County and elsewhere from a walkable location to one that must be reached via automobile. Continue reading “5 pictures show Red Lion’s move to strengthen its walkable downtown” »

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York’s East Side neighborhood: ‘It was a blue collar area, a working class area’

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The Hudson Park Towers apartment building, photographed  on Friday, May 1, 2015.   Jason Plotkin - Daily Record/Sunday News
Hudson Park Towers overlook York’s East Side and typify the change in this large city neighborhood. The former home of York Silk Mill, it is now an apartment building, as manufacturing has transitioned to a service economy. Nearby, the building of another textile maker, Danskin, came down in recent years. The manufacturer went out of business, and its large lot is now in search of a use – a bit like the surrounding neighborhood of lunch-pail-carrying residents. The York Daily Record/Sunday News’ Mark Walters explores this former industrial area: East end, hit by manufacturing losses, seeks transformation. By the way, YDR photographer Jason Plotkin was standing atop another red-brick building that formerly was part of the York Silk Manufacturing Co. complex. Also of interest: Did York Silk ever operate a silkmaking factory in West York?

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The historic Valencia Ballroom is changing caterers. This gave the York Daily Record/Sunday News an opportunity to explore prom venues, the Valencia being prime prom turf for decades. Continue reading “York’s East Side neighborhood: ‘It was a blue collar area, a working class area’” »

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