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Farm house in Indian Rock Dam area: Surely this is York County at its best

Linked in/Neat stuff: True York County Crime, 1866/Hoke House’s history Ah, a simple and beautiful York County farmhouse in the snow. And this scene comes from one of the loveliest area around York – the Indian Rock Dam area. Surely, … Continue reading

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Everywhere you look in York County, Pa., you see a one-room school

This is a familiar former one-room school, sitting for decades along the York Road in Heidelberg Township. This has the look of a former one-room school, well-built and made of brick or stone. Schools in this area – the heavily German area of southwestern York County, were the last to become public. ‘Through the influence of Thaddeus Stevens and others, the Legislature passes an act to establish a system of public schools in Pennsylvania,’ a short history of one-room buildings in the York, Pa., Daily Record states in its 1834 entry. ‘A storm of opposition follows and the act is nearly repealed a year later. Districts are given the choice whether or not to accept and establish public schools. The law triggers the building of one-room schools in rural areas around the state during the next 50 years.’ After World War II, the 300 one-room buildings were consolidated into 50 new schools with multiple grades and classrooms. The number of school districts also came down – from 32 to 15. But the one-roomers are standing around York County today, used in a variety of way.

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Gov. Tom Wolf: Photographs, videos give colorful picture of historic election day

Kate Penn’s photograph was one of hundreds captured by York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News photographers on an Election Day in which Pennsylvania elected York County’s own Tom Wolf as governor. As many anticipated, York County, with a big GOP registration … Continue reading

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George Leader became Pa.’s first governor from York, Pa., 60 years ago

This is one of a series of photographs from York, Pa., Daily Record files showing moments surrounding George Leader’s swearing in as Pennsylvania’s governor. The longshot candidate was top votegetter 60 years ago – in the November 1954 election. The question today is whether another York countian, Tom Wolf, can score a similar victory. Like Leader, Wolf was relatively unknown before the election year. But smart marketing, among other things, moved him ahead of other Dems in the spring primary, and polls show him ahead of challenger and sitting governor Tom Corbett today, Election Day, 2014.

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Getting to know Mount Wolf, Tom Wolf’s hometown, in 10 easy links

That’s Mount Wolf borough in the center of this undated picture. That road running diagonally starting at about 7 o’clock gives it away – the longtime main connector between Mount Wolf and its neighboring borough, Manchester. Interest is growing in Mount Wolf borough, Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s home in boyhood and adulthood.

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York County history mystery: Can you ID the location of this annual festival?

Linked in/Neat stuff: Marro’s Lunch/York Barbell’s spectacular I had to look twice to figure out the location of this street festival. Can you ID the York County town that is home to this crowded annual event? The photo appeared as … Continue reading

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Picturing History: Do you use this east/west shortcut to cross York, Pa.?

This description came with this week’s ‘Picturing History,’ a then-and-now series that provides a neat slider that allows you to see the photo, well, before and after. The intersection of North George Street and Parkway Boulevard in York is shown in this photo from Sept. 13, 1914. The back of the photo reads, ‘Old house of Benjamin Myers who was married to a “Smyser” No Geo St at P.H. Cemetery.’ That’s then. Now, this is where Parkway dumps traffic into George.

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Did you know this? Six discoveries about York County, Pa.

W.S. Nye’s and John G. Redman’s ‘Farthest East’ carried this bird’s eye view of Wrightsville, perhaps from the perspective of Chickies Rock on the Lancaster County side. One hundred years before this image was made, two Hellam/Windsor township families were engaged in a property dispute that involved a Susquehanna River ferry and and fishery, among other things. This case, involving Hellam Township land, reached the U.S. Supreme Court: Ewing v. Houston. This little-known case is ripe for further study

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10 ways to learn more about Tom Wolf, Dem nominee for Pa. governor

The York Daily Record/Sunday News has captured Tom Wolf in scores of photos in his campaign for governor. But this one is my favorite. It shows the Democratic gubernatorial nominee – decided in Tuesday night’s Pennsylvania primary – at an … Continue reading

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Wolfs of Mount Wolf and Wiests of Dover linked by founding year, York building

Wiest’s Department Store was one of the big three such York, Pa., stores in its day. The Bon-Ton and Bear’s were the other two. Today, the Bon-Ton operates in many states, and the other two only exist in the memories of thousands of York countians. But Wiest’s former store is the longtime home of a high-profile Pennsylvanian. Tom Wolf, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, operated the Wolf Organization from the old Wiest building for years.

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