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Names of York: Clayton Eli Emig

More in the ongoing series on the Names of York.

Place: Emig Park in Hallam

Who was it named after? Clayton Eli Emig was born in Hallam on Nov. 4, 1862. He was the youngest of of ten children. He practiced law in all courts in Washington, D.C., and was eventually nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1929, he purchased the 7 1/2-acre tract bearing his name with the idea of building a home, but that wasn’t practical since he spent so much time in D.C. He died in 1940 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His family donated the land to the borough with the stipulation it be designated the Clayton Ely Emig Memorial Park; it was dedicated on September 30, 1973. In 2002, Cornerstone Development Group donated 13 acres more, and in 2007, an expansion project began, which was to include another pavilion, basketball courts, walking trails and a new volleyball area.

Fun fact: I was tipped off to Emig Park by Tim Senft of Hallam, who submitted a series of photos of the park to our photo galleries.


Do you have a suggestion of a place in York County named for a person? If so, post a comment! I’m going to work my way through some likely ones, such as schools and parks, but I need other suggestions too!

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