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York County news from the 1880s


I can always find something of interest in the old newspapers on microfilm at York County Heritage Trust. Sometimes the little items from across the county are the most interesting. Here are a few from the July 1, 1887 York Gazette:

LUCKY FIND—Lillie Senft, one of the rag sorters in the paper mill at Spring Grove, found $25 in greenbacks among the rags she was handling a few days ago. The rag pickers say it is no uncommon thing to find small amounts of money in old clothes which are often sent to the mill as rags.” According to an online calculator, $25 in 1888 would be worth $612.54 today. I wonder if Lillie got to keep her treasure.)

From Paradise Township…As an evidence of the prolific character of sheep it might be stated that our neighbor, Mr. Charles Myers, started a flock of sheep with five head two years ago. This flock has now, with careful attention, increased to thirty-five head. Who can best this?”

VETERANS AT HANOVER—General John Hammond of Crown Point, N.Y.; Captain James A Penfield of Boston, Mass; Captain Clark M. Pease of Elizabeth, N.Y., and Captain S. B. Ryden of the latter place visited Hanover on Thursday on their way to Gettysburg. These gentlemen participated in the engagement at Hanover between the rebel forces in command of General Stewart and the Union forces under General Kilpatrick on the 30th of June 1863. About 9 o’clock last evening the Hanover silver cornet band serenaded these gentlemen, after which the proprietor of the hotel, Hon. I. C. Dellone, introduced the veterans to the large number of persons present. Speeches were made by each one, who referred to the citizens of Hanover, during the battle, in very complimentary terms.”

And then there is the gift that only a G.A.R. post could love. (The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization of Union veterans.)
From the December 18, 1888 York Daily:
Presented with a Cannon Ball.
Saturday evening Post Commander-elect James D. Miller presented Sedgewick Post No. 37 with a 230 pound cannon ball which had been lying along the Northern Central Railroad for twenty-one years. The members of the Post prize the gift very highly.”

Considering the Civil War had ended over 23 years before and it had been over 25 years since the Confederate visit to York County, you have to wonder where the cannon ball came from. From what I understand, if that weight is correct, it would have been a very large cannon ball meant to be shot from a very large cannon.