Civil War 150 and more: Linking up with the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

On YorkTownSquare.com, we’ve been busy sharing pieces of York County, Pa., history linking up with the assassination of President Lincoln, the end of the Civil War and other big events from 150 years ago. (Check out these Civil War stories). Here’s one connecting with presidential trains in the Civil War era. But we’ve been sharing stories on other topics as well, as the photo quizzes below attest. Also of interest: Check out these quizzes and (fun) tests about York County’s past.

Please click on the goo.gl link for the answer of these 5 quizzes. If the photo doesn’t appear, click on the date.

Good luck, history sleuths … .

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Abraham Lincoln, Part II: How many times did the 16th President’s trains touch York County?

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Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train stopped in York, Pa., on April 21, 1865. The train’s sad visit to York’s North Duke Street station came only a couple of miles from where his assassin, John Wilkes Booth, attended school a dozen years before. This building at 420 Prospect St., is believed to have been Bland’s school or the Sherwood Academy. Lincoln’s train also rolled through York County on its way to Gettysburg for his famous speech in 1863. Often overlooked was the visit by the president-elect’s train, without the president-elect, in 1861. Also of interest: Abraham Lincoln, Part I: How many times did the 16th President’s train touch York County?

We know about Abraham Lincoln’s passage through York County in November 1863 to deliver what became known as the Gettysburg Address.

We’re learning about his funeral train’s visit to New Freedom and York on its long way to his interment in Springfield, Ill.

The following from my ‘East of Gettysburg’ tells about an almost-visit by President-election Abraham Lincoln to York in 1861: Continue reading “Abraham Lincoln, Part II: How many times did the 16th President’s trains touch York County?” »

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Abraham Lincoln: How many times did the 16th President’s trains touch York County? Part I

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This handbill from Chief Burger David S. Tanger calls for attendance at a Hanover service to commemorate Abraham Lincoln in life and in death. Notice that it called for a procession to the church and the comments in small type:  ‘A Great, a Good Man has been taken away from us – and as Americans, as Patriots, it becomes us to honor the Upright Magistrate, the Honest Man, the Faithful Servant.’ In Hanover, York and other towns, large and small, across York County and America, this mid-week service was a major, well attended event.  Also of interest: All ‘Abe Lincoln was here’ posts from the start about 100 of them and For a detailed account of Lincoln train’s visit in 1861, check out: Lincoln train, Part II.

How many times did Abraham Lincoln’s presidential trains roll through York County?

His Gettysburg trek through Hanover Junction is well known.

His funeral train’s visit 150 years ago – on April 21, 1865 – is becoming better known because of extensive York Daily Record news coverage.

But what about the time that Abraham Lincoln’s train arrived in York, Pa. – without Lincoln aboard? Continue reading “Abraham Lincoln: How many times did the 16th President’s trains touch York County? Part I” »

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150th anniversary of Lincoln assassination: Former York countian in Ford’s Theater on night president was shot

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York County, Pa., learned about Abraham Lincoln’s death later the next day after the Friday, April 14, shooting. Chief Burgess David Small issued the protocol for the day, as seen on this handbill. Also of interest: Lincoln’s funeral train in York, Pa.: ‘He was crucified for us.’

S.I. Koontz, a former York County resident, sat 15 feet from Abraham Lincoln on April 15 at Ford’s Theatre.

Then came that fatal shot at the hand of John Wilkes Booth.

Koontz, a U.S. Treasury Department worker, wrote to a friend in Dillsburg to be on the look out for the gunman, who attended school in York County as a youth.

According to East of Gettysburg:

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Old and new in York, Pa.: Captured in one photograph

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‘Some York architecture happiness,’ York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Paul Kuehnel wrote in a Tweet. Indeed. It also shows the old and the new in York, Pa. The 1878 Laurel/Rex Fire Company House is at bottom. A design from 56 Urban Provisions, in the Royal Square district, appears at top. The retailer bills itself as a ‘modern-day general store.’  It’s ‘part pantry, part apothecary, part cafe, part home store, part gift shop, part clothing boutique. 56 is an essentials emporium.’ So we see an interesting contrast between a working, iconic 19th-century firehouse with one of the new boutiques popping up around York city. Also of interest: York, Pa.’s, Laurel and Rex firehouse: ‘May it be preserved for all time’.

Other neat stuff from all over … .

An international group from the National Slate Association is visiting Delta on April 18 as part of its Baltimore convention. Continue reading “Old and new in York, Pa.: Captured in one photograph” »

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Market & Beaver in York, Pa.: Intersection is changing from the day Hillary Clinton took stage there

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Royal Square developers are eyeing the longtime home of the Police Heritage Museum on York, Pa.’s, West Market Street. The museum incorporated 20 years ago and later moved into the building (the low building, second from left) between Weinbrom Jewelers and the old Woolworth’s store. Royal Square is looking at the Police Museum’s 54 W. Market St. building for retail space. Right now, Police Museum officials aren’t commenting about what this means to the place that has artifacts going back to the 1700s. For more on development in that district, see below. Also of interest: Police Museum, website packed with law enforcement artifacts.

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Old Watling scale rescued from York’s HiWay Theater: It still tells your weight – and your fortune

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York County’s Bill Schmeer read a YorkTownSquare story in the newspaper about old West Market Street HiWay Theater, past and present. This prompted him to write about this artifact that he rescued from the old York moviehouse. It’s a scale that not only provided your weight, but also your fortune. And yes, the scale still works. More about his salvage effort below, with a full view of the old scale. Also of interest: Restored Dallas Theatre’s marquee to signal relocated business. Continue reading “Old Watling scale rescued from York’s HiWay Theater: It still tells your weight – and your fortune” »

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Nervous York County native Lawrence Gobright reported on Lincoln assassination

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Lawrence Gobright, was a Hanover, Pa., native and a veteran Associated Press journalist. He career capstone was the terrible assignment of covering the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, five days after the Confederate surrender at Appomattox. ‘I carefully wrote my dispatch, though with trembling and nervous fingers,’ his memoirs stated. Also of interest: As usual, York County linked up with a major event – the Lincoln assassination conspiracy.

Lawrence August Gobright, Associated Press correspondent in Washington, D.C., had seen Abraham Lincoln’s blood after the president was mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, at Ford’s Theatre.

Here’s a bit about Gobright’s experience on that day 150 years ago from ‘East of Gettysburg’: Continue reading “Nervous York County native Lawrence Gobright reported on Lincoln assassination” »

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Of ghost signs and Roosevelt TV: ‘Vacuum tubes, record player needles, TV antennas’

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In the late 1950's Eugene Wise bought the building next to him to expand. The first floor was a pharmacy and had a soda fountain. The painted sign remains on the side of the building from that time. Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday NewsThis is one of #YorkPa’s largest – and best known – ghost signs. That size contributes to its popularity, as does the fact it’s along one of the city’s most-traveled roads, Roosevelt Avenue. It’s on the side of, quite appropriately, Roosevelt TV Supply. What’s inside this building? Well, what isn’t? You just have to check out this YDR gallery of Paul Kuehnel’s photos and read this story by the YDR’s Dylan Segelbaum. Dylan writes: ‘The walls of Roosevelt TV Supply are covered with advertisements, and are overflowing with almost every spare part and cable — new and old — imaginable: Vacuum tubes, record player needles, TV antennas.’ Hooked? (See additional photo below). Also of interest: Just try to resist this memory-tugging aerial photograph of York’s Roosevelt Avenue Airport. Continue reading “Of ghost signs and Roosevelt TV: ‘Vacuum tubes, record player needles, TV antennas’” »

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The First Post: 6 views of how Springettsbury Township’s old Road House Restaurant building has changed

A picture of the original house dated 1908. Submitted - Daily Record/Sunday News
Maybe it’s because many people in York County, Pa., have seen so many significant structures come down in the past five years. Or 50 years. But the preservation of the house best known as the former Road House restaurant has struck a responsive chord with residents. Paul Kuehnel provided visual coverage of the rehabilitation of the former Road House eatery into The First Post eatery. The responses on his Facebook page (see below) was enormous. ‘Kinda crazy,’ he wrote in an email. Here’s the Road House, or The First Post, in 1908. Also of interest: Meet First Post’s longtime, now long gone neighbor: York Valley Inn.

Below are five more views of this property along the old Lincoln Highway in Springettsbury Township … . Continue reading “The First Post: 6 views of how Springettsbury Township’s old Road House Restaurant building has changed” »

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