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1 York/Adams history mystery solved; 1 to go: Linked in to York County history, Oct. 1, 2012

More stuff below: Factory tourism/Hex Murder/Tobacco culture

When York Town Square readers write, it makes my day. And I’m alway eager to learn when a reader reports that a history mystery has been solved. Lisanne Renner, gracerenner@verizon.net, emailed recently that a church under construction shown in this 2010 post turned out to be St. Paul’s Church in New Oxford. Lisanne is working on another ID: ‘I have one other mystery building, what looks like a school, built around the same time, and I believe it too was in Adams or York counties.’ So, if you can help identify this building, please contact Lisanne or comment below. (See second photograph below.) Also of interest: Who can ID this mystery school in southeastern York County?

Neat stuff from all over … .

An emailer with the handle of Meowmix had a question about the the Hex Murder of the late 1920s:

“A friend of mine mentioned that you spoke a few years ago to a retired teachers’ group.

“She told me that you spoke about the Hex Murders/Trial and the you wrote a book about it; you also had copies of the book with you to autograph and to sell.

“She was sure the title was “Trials of hex” – I can find that title by J. Ross McGinnis. (Actually I am reading that one right now!) I thought she might be confused with McG and McC, but she assured me that you also wrote a book.

“I checked the York County Library System’s web catalog, but I am not finding any titles listed by you that sound like the hex murder.

“Can you help me out with a title?”

My response:

“… I have not written anything expressly on the Hex Murder cases. You have the gold standard, Ross’ book. Arthur Lewis’ Hex is the other book, though not as accurate or compelling:

“However, have written extensively about the Hex murders on my blog: There are extensive stories and photos on there – almost a book’s worth!”

I answer all emails, but to answer one with Meomix in the address is one I turned around quickly.

A recent tweet: “Recent book from @TempleUniv professor includes section on #YorkPA factory #tourism ow.ly/e4aoz @JamesMcClure @yorkhistory.” The link leads to this Book Buzz post: York County factory tourism featured in new book by Temple professor Carolyn Kitch

Forum of the day: Residents in York Housing Authority buildings can no longer smoke on those properties. Do you agree or with this policy or is it a case of government overstepping its powers? Please comment below. Background: Tobacco usage: Rooted in York County.

17th painting: Yorkblogger June Lloyd tells about the painting of Lafayette in, yes, the now-closed Lafayette Club: Lafayette Club painting part of group of 17 showing Revolutionary War heroes. Let’s hope it finds a permanent home where the public can view it.

Another view of Lisanne Renner’s mystery photograph.