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This begins a series researching photos submitted by Elberta Sheffer of students in front of various One-Room Schoolhouses in York County. Some photos had writing on the back. However the majority were just photos; those are the ones where discoveries reveal new connections, thus I’ll look at them first. Many

Learn why Dr. John W. Barcroft selected the name Yorkana as the post office for a community in Lower Windsor Township during 1875. The name endures upon Yorkana Borough incorporating in 1912. Dr. Barcroft is the reason several Northern Virginia communities are named Barcroft. What inspired him to select the

Margie Ross pointed out the still standing former Neiman’s One-Room Schoolhouse as the present Delp Center; centered in this photo taken along Andersontown Road in the northwestern section of Conewago Township. Upon my visit to this site, a month ago, I unsuccessfully focused on evaluating the Mountain Grove Chapel as

York County service stations featured giveaways ranging from airplane rides to lunar landers. These promotional gifts were a means to entice customer loyalty for particular gasoline brands or stations. G. G. Naugle’s service station operated during the 1930s; along the Lincoln Highway in Stony Brook, Springettsbury Township, York County, PA.

Stonework signature details have been used successfully to verify structures as former One-Room Schoolhouses. Neiman’s One-Room Schoolhouse is used as an example. There were four Neiman’s One-Room Schoolhouses in York County; located in Lower Windsor Township, West Manchester Township, and two in Conewago Township. Neiman’s Grammar (grades 5-8) and Neiman’s

Dallastown’s Merchants Box Company made boatloads of distinctive wooden file boxes for the National Archives. Recent queries about Merchants Box Company, in conjunction with a National Register application, caused me to look deeper into my Merchants investigation, started over 25-years ago; as part of Barshinger family research. That was when