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Lake Williams just passed the century mark; York Water Co. coming up on 200th

One might think those two beautiful water supply lakes south of York, Pa., were built at the same time. But Lake Williams, seen here in a postcard view, went up in 1913, and Lake Redman, 1967. Both came in response to droughts. Many York countians remember the drought that brought Lake Redman. It also brought in a self-proclaimed rainmaker, but construction of the Redman dam proved more reliable. A history on the York Water Company’s website comments on Lake Williams, built after the normal flow of two branches of the Codorus Creek needed help in the face of dry weather: ‘On January 7, 1913 the dam was completed. By February 4, 1913 the new dam was full and overflowing. The lake was later named Lake Williams in honor of the Company’s General Manager.’ So Lake Williams just passed its 100th anniversary.

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History mystery scene: Can you ID this old York County, Pa., mill?

Former York artist Cliff Satterthwaite documented this York County, Pa., mill scene via watercolor in the late 1960 or early 1970s. ‘The little mansion house is on the left …I did 3 others (one big watercolor, and 2 large acrylics) on the front porch,’ he wrote. Can you ID this mill?

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Dancing at the Yorktowne: ‘I … drew it while they were dancing’

This is former York artist Cliff Satterthwaite’s rendition of the 1976 bicentennial dance (he believes) at the Yorktowne Hotel. ‘I (plein-air”) drew it while they were dancing,’ he wrote in an email. We appreciate Cliff sending these along. His work documents life in York County 40 to 50 years ago, a period covered in photography but in a special way with Cliff Satterthwaite’s well-trained eye and hand. Also

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