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Ask Joan: Orange cats edition

I’m sad to say that this week marks the last one for my (until now) boss, April Trotter, at the York Daily Record. April has been amazing to work with, and I’m excited to step into her shoes as the editor in charge of community news here at the YDR!

April is moving to Virginia, and she is excited because her new apartment permits her to have a cat. She’s eyeing up fat orange cats. So in her honor, today, please accept this gratuitous fat orange cat image. I’m told he looks somewhat like a loaf of bread, which isn’t entirely wrong.


What’s inside

1. Memories of 1500 Club sought
2. Seeking Dillsburg-area school information
3. Two follow-ups on past questions

1. Does anyone remember the 1500 Club in West York located in the 1500 block of West King St.? Bill Haley and the Comets performed there.
– Sis James

Of the many clubs and music venues we’ve talked about in the past, I don’t think I remember hearing much about that one. Any memories to share for Sis?

2. I am seeking history, publications, and photographs of the original Dillsburg High School and the William Wells Young Memorial High School. My mother-in-law, now deceased, left her diplomas from both of these schools. I am trying to compile mementos of her life for our 7 children and 21 grandchildren.
– Deborah Seigman

Deborah, thanks for checking! I would generally point you in the direction of the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society, which is one of many active historical societies in the area and which has done a lot of work regarding the Dillsburg area in particular. For photos, too, I always direct readers to the archives at the York County History Center; archivist Lila Fourhman-Shaull and her crew are a great resource for those!

3. From reader Mary Johnson, I received follow-up information on two past questions.

Regarding a question about the oysters at Fisher’s Restaurant, Mary wrote, “I want to respond to a question that you asked about Fishers’s restaurant and the coating they put on their delicious oysters. The secret is pretzel crumbs. My in-laws would purchase a bag of pretzel crumbs from time to time for breading oysters. They sold them at the restaurant. Delicious!”

And regarding our discussion of various 5-and-10 stores in downtown York, Mary wrote, “My husband went to Wm. Penn High School and when he was a senior in high school worked at H.L. Green as a stock boy after school. The store next to the jewelry store across from Jack’s was indeed H.L. Green 5 & 10.”

Mary, thanks for sharing answers to those questions!

Got any questions? Ask Joan using the form at right. I’ll attempt to answer them in a future “Ask Joan” column on this blog. I get a large volume, but I will feature three each week and answer as many as possible!

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