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‘Ambassador in Blue’ in black and white: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Aug. 6, 2011

Wayne W. Ruppert Sr. sits on his cycle, in front, with others in the York City Police force in this undated photograph. His son, Wayne Ruppert, has many such photos on his Facebook page. “These are just a handful of the dozens of pics I have of Dad. These, and more, will be featured in his biography that I’m writing. The biography title is ‘Ambassador in Blue,’ the name coming from an award he won in 1964 for saving a man’s life. Check back for more photos that I’ll be uploading … .” The book will be available in the summer of 2012. Ruppert Sr. later became York City police chief in the 1970s. (See additional photograph below.) Also of interest: Thomas Chatman Jr., pioneering police chief: ‘I thank God and the citizens of York for the opportunity to serve them’ and For York County’s Hoses, law enforcement is all in the family and York Charrette or charade?

Neat stuff from all over … .
A Yorktownsquare.com commenter has raised a good question: Where were York’s two big breweries – Helb’s and Keystone breweries – located?
Well, both are gone. Helb’s Keystone Brewery stood at the northwest corner of South Queen and East King streets. A parking lot has replaced that building, a common practice in the second half of the 20th century when so many of York’s fine buildings came down… .

York City towered over a West End neighborhood on, get this now, the northwest corner of N. West Street, right next to the railroad tracks.
A small parking lot and some tall silos sit on its former footprint.
On the hunt: James Horn is looking for information on the Enoch Fulton family:
“… I am just getting into genealogy and found out that Enoch Fulton was my great-great grandfather who fought with four other Fultons at Gettysburg in Co G 21st NC Regiment. Just learning. Thanks for your comments. There is just so much you can learn through Google. Contact James if you can help.
Coming up: I’ll be speaking with co-author Scott Mingus at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, at the York County Heritage Trust on “Civil War Voices From York County.” We’ve added new material from what folks saw at the June Civil War Roundtable presentation. The Aug. 18 speech will be part of programming surrounding the Civil War Road Show at Penn Park. I’ll also speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, about “Things That Fascinate Me about Glen Rock’s History.” That presentation is set at PeoplesBank, corner of Hanover and Manchester streets.

Recommended blog post of the day
: Buffy’s World explores the best of Yorkblog.com posts for the past week.
Forum of the day: People are remembering old York restaurants on Yorkblogger Joan Concilio’s Only in York County.

Chief Wayne W. Ruppert Sr. at his desk as chief of police in 1976.

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