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Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during October 2015


Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. This month, I’ve initiated a single graphic, featuring illustrations from all top 10 posts; however giving greater space to the higher ranked posts. These are your favorites during October 2015:

1Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during September 2015. Near the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. These were your favorites during September 2015.

2Work Underway on Johnson Controls Shrewsbury Development Center & YORKCO Talks. The Johnson Controls Shrewsbury Development Center Sign is along Renaissance Drive within Stonebridge Business Center at Exit 4 of Interstate-83. The “Financial Assistance Provided By The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” is the $5 Million that Johnson Controls received as an incentive for keeping the complex in Pennsylvania.

3Stained Glass Exhibits at Rudy Bros. Hartley Street Studio. The York Daily reported on an exhibition of stained glass art at the Rudy Bros. Hartley Street studio 108-years ago; in an October 25, 1907, article. The exhibition included drawings for windows at a Heinz administration building in Pittsburgh.

4J. Horace Rudy stained glass, of Emigsville’s Howard Emig, in Offices of the H. J. Heinz Company.  J. Horace Rudy drew a “Stained Glass Window for the H. J. Heinz Office Building.” The reverse side revealed another local connection; “Howard Emig Posed. Heinz Office Bldg.” Howard Emig, of Emigsville, was the brother-in-law of J. Horace Rudy.

5Unplanned Motorcycle Races at York Fairgrounds in 1912. On Labor Day, September 2, 1912, during the intermission between the flights at the Aviation Meet within the York Fairgrounds, an extra attraction, not on the program, was introduced, in the form of motorcycle races by local amateurs. Two five-mile and a ten-mile race were run. Stewart Boeckal, of 297 West Market Street, won two of the three motorcycle races with his single cylinder Indian Motorcycle. Carl Rudy took first place in the other five-mile race with his twin cylinder Thor Motorcycle.

61912 Aviation Meet at York Fairgrounds featured Curtiss Aeroplane racing a York-Built Car.  A 1912 aviation meet at the York Fairgrounds was under the auspices of the York Motor Club. One of the features, each day of the two-day aviation meet, was a five-mile race, aeroplane versus automobile.

7Reading the HEADLINES: An Index to ALL YorksPast posts.  This link is on the menu bar and at the end of every post; providing a linked quick view of all the YorksPast Headlines. I continually get complimented on this feature; one reader summed it up, “It’s just like reading the headlines on various pages or sections of the newspaper.” She liked using my listing of headlines sorted into broad categories; especially the ability to virtually see all headlines in each section, all at one time.

8Market & Penn Streets Farmers Market filled with Fall Colors at Chronister Stand.  Fall colors are prevalent at the Chronister stand in the Market & Penn Streets Farmers Market. The plants, fruit & produce are local; coming from their farm, orchard and greenhouses along Vireo Road near Lake Redman. Cliff Satterthwaite’s artwork of the Market & Penn Streets Farmers Market also decorates this post.

9Stained Glass Windows for Mausoleums were Big Business for Rudy Bros. Co. I did some Rudy Brothers research at the Detre Library, housing the Archives Division of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, within the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Stained-glass windows for mausoleums grew to become big business for Rudy Bros. Co.; peaking during the 1920s. One piece of Rudy Brothers correspondence dated May 19, 1919, in the collections of the Archives, mentions the Community Mausoleum in York, PA.

10Halloween on the Susquehanna Trail. This was my third ‘Classics from YorksPast,’ where I repeat a highly popular post; in this case repeating ‘Susquehanna Trail incites a Halloween Jubilee’ from one year ago. The ‘History of the Susquehanna Trail’ will be one of my new talks in 2016.

A big THANK YOU to All My Readers

You’ve pushed YorksPast readership to a new high during October 2015. Several readers suggested this idea: Click on this LINK for a Full View of the illustrations in this post. I used it in a post last week and I’ve already received many compliments for including this link; since the ydr.com site will occasionally cut off important details in the cropping of illustrations.


Reading the Headlines: A Quick Index to All YorksPast Posts