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YorksPast Readership Grows; Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during November 2014


YorksPast readership continues to grow, thanks to all my new and loyal readers! The Susquehanna Trail continues to be a very popular topic; after two more Friday posts, it will end as a successful 19 part series. November also saw increased readership of my novel, Railcar Gold, that appears every Thursday; this is the first time more than one installment appears in the same top 10 list.

At the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. These are your favorites during November 2014:

Yt103Newly Completed Susquehanna Trail teems with Historical Scenes

The completion of Susquehanna Trail, during July of 1924, was met with a promotional blitz by the Publicity Bureau of the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce. See what the Brooklyn Daily Eagle had to say about the Trail.

Yt104The Stonybrook Mill; Artwork of Cliff Satterthwaite

The artwork of Cliff Satterthwaite was displayed within an exhibit at the Colonial Court House. I was impressed with his Stonybrook Mill painting, it definitely captured the essence, the working guts of a mill. Cliff Satterthwaite shared with me 1966 pleinair pencil and paper drawings of that wooden water wheel powered grist mill, that I explored in my youth.

Yt105Agitating for a Susquehanna Trail Celebration

As the Susquehanna Trail neared completion in 1924, ideas were put forth for a grand celebration. The Williamsport Chamber of Commerce took charge of making the necessary plans and arrangements. If so, who is doing the agitating?

Yt102Susquehanna Trail incites a Halloween Jubilee

With the approach of Halloween in 1920, a masked carnival was part of the completion jubilee for the Susquehanna Trail in Shrewsbury. The concrete roadbed had been recently constructed through Shrewsbury, as far south as Turnpike.

Yt106What Happened to the Old Church Records of Freysville?

There are only two churches in all of York County where the early church records are missing; Frey’s Church is one of them. I created a sample baptism register page, just in case someone has these early church records and don’t realize what they have, since they are written in German.

Yt107RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 20 . . Europe . . Part 3

Two years ago, I decided to use YorksPast to force me to finally start my novel, centered upon York’s railcar builders Billmeyer & Small. I’m on a weekly schedule of researching and writing an installment of the novel that appears every Thursday in YorksPast. In this post, I use my historical research on European travel as George and Emma Billmeyer begin their journey through Europe in 1884.

Yt108York is In Danger of Losing the Susquehanna Trail during 1923

In 1923, the terrible condition of the Harrisburg-York road was called to the attention of Pennsylvania Highway Commissioner Wright as argument for the designation officially of the Harrisburg-Gettysburg-Washington route as the Susquehanna Trail.

Yt109Susquehanna Trail Edition; Readers Choose Top 10 Posts during October 2014

Susquehanna Trail posts dominated the most popular YorksPast posts during October. At the beginning of every month, I’m sharing with my readers the top 10 posts from the previous month. These were your favorites during October 2014.

Yt100RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 19 . . Sustainable . . Part 6

I’ve received a lot of compliments about the marriage proposal within this post. This also marks the first time more than one installment of my novel appears in the same top 10 list.

Yt111Remembering TWO Thanksgivings in one Year

In 1940, Pennsylvania was one of the 16 States that maintained tradition and kept Thanksgiving the last Thursday in November. The Federal Government, and all states bordering Pennsylvania, celebrated Thanksgiving a week earlier.

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