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The July 12, 2024 warehouse fire at 951 Elm Street in York was in the former Wheatfield Street plant of York-Hoover Body Corporation. In 1904, the predecessor Hoover Wagon Company had a major fire that leveled their factory on the same site. John A. Dempwolf designed the replacement factory in 1904, which was the oldest of the buildings that went up in flames this month.

Did you, or family, work or shop at an A&P Grocery Store in York County? Sandy Brown inquired about her father working at A&P Stores next to the York Mall and in Dairyland Shopping Center at Red Lion. That query went to the top of my YorksPast To-Do-List, because of an item my Dad shared about working at A&P while attending York High.

On Wednesday June 18, 1924, the ten-millionth Ford overnighted in York, while traveled the Lincoln Highway from New York to San Francisco. The car left Times Square in New York on June 16, which was 12-days after the car rolled off the production line in Detroit. This summer, that same car will be repeating that cross-country journey on the Lincoln Highway.

What was your favorite Pontiac? Was it purchased at Doll’s Pontiac in York? That building at 337 West Market Street was built in 1887 as the City Hotel of Eli Kindig, the patriarch of horse dealers and antiquarians. Fascinating stories of folks and businesses associated with the building are shared in this post.

An April 10, 2024 Springettsbury History Night event is where “Mahlon Haines legacy in Springettsbury” will share stories of the forty years he lived in Springettsbury Township. Location of the free event is the Community Room within the Springettsbury Township Administrative Complex at 1501 Mount Zion Road, York, PA 17402, at 7:00 P.M.

Central York Middle School began as North Hills Junior High School, which opened for student use on April 24, 1961. This post combines all answers to recurring questions that readers have posed about North Hills since my post of two years ago about reminiscences of walking to North Hills School. Questions ranged from the school’s mascot, colors, flag and alma mater; to the pay phone location.