History Mystery quiz: Did Abraham Lincoln detrain at York County’s Hanover Junction?

President Abraham Lincoln arrived in York County, Pa.’s, Hanover Junction 151 years ago today, on his way to an overnight stay in Gettysburg where he would deliver what became known as the Gettysburg Address. There is, of course, a controversy about whether that’s the president in this famous photograph. What is sometimes overlooked is why Lincoln could have been in available outdoors for a photo, in the first place. A short answer – one that is also controverted – is that he was changing rail lines. Hanover Junction was the eastern terminus of the Hanover Branch Railroad, the main rail connector with Gettysburg to the west. The Northern Central  Railway, which transported the president from Baltimore, ran north and south. So Hanover Junction received its name honestly as the junction of the Northern Central and Hanover Branch lines. The Junction also was an important place in the transportation of the wounded from the Gettysburg Battlefield in July 1863, and people at the station saw Lincoln’s funeral train pass through in the spring of 1865. For events connected to this anniversary, check out Scott Mingus’ Cannonball blog. Also of interest: This working list details presidential visits to York and Adams counties.

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Voni and Lorrayne Grimes to be in spotlight of ‘musical extravaganza’

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 Voni B. Grimes and his wife, Lorrayne, will be honored for their civic involvement at a ‘musical extravaganza,’ as organizers are calling it, on Nov. 30, at Small A.M.E. Church in York. ‘Let me tell you about Lorrayne … ,’ he wrote in his autobiography ‘Bridging Troubled Waters.’ ‘She is as beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.’ Also of interest: Page 22 missing from York, Pa., school book? Turn to Page 11 two times, teacher tells Voni B. Grimes.

A letter from Small A.M.E. Zion Church calls Voni and Lorrayne Grimes “two outstanding pillars of the Pennsylvania community.”

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‘A’ work now being done in improved York Haven one-room school

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Steve Kohr, well-known for his ownership of the Shady Lane estate and his generosity in opening that East Manchester Township treasure to the public, is working on this 1895 schoolhouse at 3100 Grandview Drive, York Haven. ‘We reproduced the bell tower, slate roof, wood repairs, repointed stone w/ lime mortar …,’ he wrote on Facebook. Check out Kohr & Sons Facebook page for more. (See bell tower work below). Also of interest: Check out these stories and photos about one-room schools in York County.

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Abraham Lincoln at Hanover Junction: In 1863 … and today

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The top photograph shows one of York County’s most controversial photos, particularly relevant in this season in which Abraham Lincoln passed through Hanover Junction on his way to – and his return from – delivering his Gettysburg Address. Is that Abraham Lincoln in the stovepipe hat or someone else, maybe railroadman A.W. Eichelberger? In the bottom picture, the ‘William H. Simpson’ pulls into the Hanover Junction station in a Steam into History October 2014 excursion run. Abe, in the form of a living historian, returns again this weekend as part of Steam into History events. For links to discussions about the 1863 photo controversy, check out: Trains, stations and the Gettysburg Address. And here’s the most thorough written discussion on the controversy that I’ve ever seen: Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg website.>

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History Mystery in York, Pa.: Can you place this scene, maybe from Conewago Creek?

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This photograph appeared on the very  interesting Hanover-area Facebook Page:  If you grew up in Hanover, Pa you remember… . Someone called it to my attention, and my mind immediately placed the scene on the Conewago Creek near Manchester. Here was my initial response to the query for help: ‘I think this is mislabeled. This is probably Cold Springs Park on the Conewago Creek near Manchester. The Conewago is about that width there and across from Cold Springs Park was Elm Beach, a popular swimming spot. I provided a few links to support this: ‘Notice use of Conewago Summit here – and that area is known as Conewago Heights. Also, notice how similar the creek and sports activities look here with the trolley and swimmers and boaters. I hope I’m right, and invite comments on this below. Meanwhile, enjoy the Hanover Facebook page and particularly this Wago Height Park photo and reader response. Also of interest: Mount Wolf resident answers call for photos of Elm Beach, old York County swimming hole and Conewago Creek crossing near Manchester, Pa., hot spot for years.

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Red Lion’s Springvale School: Now this is the way a one-room building should look

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Now this is the way a one-room school should look. Bell tower (not all schools had such towers). Flag flying (between two trees).  Students enjoying the outdoor (or in this case a photo op.). This is the Red Lion area’s Springvale School in 1913, as it appears in the book ‘All in One Room’. (You won’t recognize it, but see the school today below). Also of interest: Check out the approximate location of the Springvale school in this drawing.

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Some York County photos are just hard to get: Check out your York history smarts

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John F. M. Wolfe, a student of York County aviation, told the story of this painting. The painting was hanging in Warner’s warehouse. ‘But was not at eye level,’ John Wolfe said. So a photographer, a friend of Wolfe’s, got up in a forklift to get this straight-on picture. It appears in John Wolfe’s ‘Profiles of Aviation.’ So that’s the back story. Can you answer this quiz and those below? Click on the ‘goo.gl’ link to find the answers. Also of interest: More quizzes and (fun) tests about York County’s past.

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Sit it out or dance at the 1807 York Fair? York fathers said … sit it out

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The Rev. Jim Driskell of First St. John’s Lutheran Church in York provided this action by York Borough relating to the York Fair in 1807. Long and short, it call for a ban on dancing at the York Fair, then situated with borough limits. Violators would pay $5, a tidy sum in those days ‘A member of our congregation felt that you might get a kick out of a document … ,’ Jim wrote. Yes, indeed. As it turns out, the York Fair faced more challenges than this. It was canceled about 10 years later after a death at the annual event. The fair did not resume until the 1850s. See more below. Also of interest: 250th anniversary of the York Fair comes in 2015.

 

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Garvine Mill, aka Anderson’s and Rock Run Mill, stands tall in southeastern York County

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Many of York County, Pa.’s, one-time inventory of more than 300 mills are gone or deteriorating. Southeastern York County’s Garvine Mill, seen at Woodbine and Garvine Mill roads near Fawn Grove, stands in decent shape. The book ‘Millers’ Tales,’ indicates that the grist mill ground  flour, feed and corn mill. W.J. Garvine loaned his name to the mill, and it listed these other owners listed: Allen Anderson, William Anderson, E.A. Blaine, Robert Blaine, William Blaine, Ralph Pomraning and Robert Traverse. A mill site says the old place is also known as Anderson’s Mill or Rock Run Mill. For more information on a slew of York County mills, see Grant Voaden’s inventory on York County Heritage Trust’s site. Also of interest: How mills and mill dams have been forever part of York County life.

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York Safe expert to tell about storage of valuables and the value of a ‘real safe’

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Fred Beihl is known to YorkTownSquare.com readers because of his expertise about York safes – made by Forry Laucks’ York Safe & Lock for decades before World War II. He’ll be talking about those safes plus other brands in a presentation to the Stewartstown-Shrewsbury Coin Club from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Mason Dixon Public Library in Stewartstown. His presentation will include ‘the storage of valuables and the benefits of real safes vs. department store gun safes.’ He supplied this photo of a 2,000-pound ‘Boston Safe’ - The New England Safe Co.  This must be the first photo on this blog of a safe that wasn’t a York-made safe. So Fred Beihl, also a coin dealer and auctioneer, knows safes of all stocks – not just those sturdy vaults made by York Safe & Lock, still operating in homes and businesses throughout the world! Fred’s email address. Also of interest:  York Safe & Lock: How can I find information on my York-made safe?

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