Before Lowe’s and Home Depot, many neighborhood Hardware Stores dotted the landscape of York County. Rob Leiphart shared a photo and some insight about one such store, Hayshire Hardware; named after, and located within, a suburban development in Manchester Township. Before Rob’s parents married, his mother, Ruth, worked at Hayshire
In 1931, Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects designed elegant grounds, surrounding a mansion planned for William S. Shipley, at one of the most elevated sites in Wyndham Hills. The site included a former quarry, in which a vast sunken garden was intended. Grace Hartman provided some insight about that early Wyndham
Jean Kohler wrote of Record Hop memories at the second location of Melvin’s Drive-In during the early 1960s. Those record hops were held nightly, all summer long, at Melvin’s along Haines Road; after the original Melvin’s Drive-In was demolished in the 1950s during I-83 construction east of York, PA. Jean
This Goodyear Blimp made its maiden flight in 1929. A few months later, the blimp landed in a Springettsbury Township farm field belonging to Joe Kindig, Sr. The resulting tale is one of many aviation related stories to be shared at the inaugural History Night in Springettsbury Township; being held
Aviation in Springettsbury is the topic for the inaugural History Night in Springettsbury Township. It is being held Wednesday July 14, 2021, at 7:00 PM in the Township Administration Building Board Room. Even though construction fences are up; the functions in the 1501 Mt. Zion Road building are continuing through the end of July; after which temporary offices will be utilized.
During the 1960s, Melvin’s Rides & Amusements was located near the Inlet, in Ocean City, Maryland. It was a follow-up business by Melvin L. Kauffman; after his popular Melvin’s Drive-In was taken in the late 1950s; during I-83 construction east of York, Pennsylvania. Richard Wolfgang prompted this post, with his
The “Steak & Ale” became the popular “Talk of the Town Restaurant,” and was followed by: “Penrod’s Bar & Grill,” “al Dente! Italian Restaurant,” and presently “Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar.” Stretching from 1979 to the present, all five businesses were housed in various incarnations of the building situated south of the Burger King in Springettsbury Township; at 1211 Haines Road.
Dan Trimmer inquired about a story often shared by an uncle; who, while working at the York Motor Company in 1929, claimed to have repaired a flat tire on the car of Henry Ford. Newspaper reports do place Henry Ford in York County, Pennsylvania, on June 7, 1929; where he visited several places, including the York Motor Company. In June of 1929, Henry Ford was on an automobile journey across Pennsylvania; from east to west, primarily on the Lincoln Highway.
Within the collections of the York County History Center are a few photos and a much larger group of negatives of a previously unidentified product of the S. Morgan Smith Company. The introductory photo is one component of that unidentified product; it shows S. Morgan Smith Company machinists inspecting a large rotor core being finished on their 42-foot boring mill. This post provides the sources that identify the overall product as a massive axial-flow air compressor; a key component in a Supersonic Wind Tunnel, which was one of NASA’s earliest development facilities.
Thirty years before President Ronald Reagan visited the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle plant in Springettsbury Township, York County, PA, he visited the General Electric plant in York, PA; then as director-producer-and host of the “General Electric Theater” television program and President of the Screen Actors Guild.