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Historical marker to serve as 1 of York Water Co.’s 200th birthday candles

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Boyhood home of Dominick Argento/Civil War fundraiser in Md. This is a neat photo from The Evening Sun’s Clare Becker. It looks like a three-eyed stoneheaded figure rising from the street. But as many know, this … Continue reading

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Widespread contour farming in York County, Pa., and beyond goes back only about 75 years

Yes, there is grass and greenery and such below the snow! This photograph remind you of that. It comes courtesy of David Trout and the book ‘Yesteryears in Southern York County,’ and shows contoured land on an East Hopewell Township farm. Interestingly, the widespread practice of contoured farming only goes back 75 years. Farming practices that resulted in the Dust Bowl helped inspire that. ‘Yesteryears’ states: ‘The Penn State Extension service designed conservation plans and strongly encouraged landowners in the 1930’s and 40’s to alternate crops on a hillside to prevent soil erosion.’

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York County Science Fair, founded in 1984, gives winners a chance to become ‘rock stars’

The York County Science and Engineering Fair has become a rite of March in York County, Pa., Schools. It follows the school fairs, so it features the best of the best. A York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News stories recounts the story of the fair, which goes back to 1984. Thought that was the fair’s first year, it doesn’t mean science instruction wasn’t done in York County Schools. Check out the list of prominent scientists who come from York County, many with international reputations, as proof. One science teacher told the YDR that some York County students have moved to the national level – ‘a rare chance for kids to be treated like “rock stars.”

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These 10 York County history topics are graduate theses waiting to happen, Part II

This photo does what it was meant to do: Capture York, Pa.’s, industrial might in World War II. With this many execs in command and the York Plan in high gear, the Allies would win against the Axis threat. (When … Continue reading

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Meadowbrook: The Springettsbury mansion that tobacco built

The Meadowbrook mansion, seen here in a Picturing History’s combined then & now photo, is one of several examples of mansions that York County tobacco built. The Springettsbury Township home was the summer residence of Edwin Myers, who was in the leaf tobacco business in the late 1800s.

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Big and small cigarmakers packed tiny Windsor – The boroughs of York County series, No. 15

Workers at Windsor borough’s Herbert Smith Cigar Co. are using cigar rolling machines in this 1951 photograph. Not so many years before, the many factories in Windsor and elsewhere in York County, Pa., rolled by hand. Windsor borough, formerly Windsorville, … Continue reading

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When the weather was nice and tobacco was king in York, Pa.

We’ll go back to a summer scene on this snowy day. Here, Norman Rishel is seen in this tobacco patch on his family’s Manchester Township farm. The tobacco was rolled into cigars in Emigsville, the closest village, according to Dianne Bowders, who provided this photo and information plus other photos to YDR.com’s online gallery Your Photos. Most of York County’s tobacco was grown in its eastern part, particularly along the river. So Emigsville would have fallen into that zone. One hundred years ago, cigarmaking from this tobacco and leaves imported from elsewhere formed York County’s largest industry.

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McSherrystown’s 250th: ‘I am thrilled, proud to be a McSherry’

In 1763, Patrick McSherry bought land in then-western York County, Pa. The lots he sold became known as McSherrystown. Two hundred and fifty years later, one direct descendant, JoAnn Neiderer, picture here, lived in the town that her kinsman founded. She was honored recently as the community observed its 250th birthday.

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Red Lion’s residents worked with their hands for years, but did they ever mine coal?

Red Lion, Pa., residents worked with their hands for years rolling cigars and making furniture, but they never mined coal

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New York Wire factory whistle commentary delivered to readers via Google+

New York Wire’s factory whistle concert may be endangered again, with the reported closing of the company’s East Market Street factory. Musing about this on a recent Google+ post.

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