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Before S. Morgan Smith was an industrialist – perhaps the leading industrialist in York County, Pa.’s, history – he was a pastor. And early in his call as a minister, he served as a military chaplain. He was mustered out of the military 150 years ago, and his biographers have set up a presentation to tell about how this minister came to serve in the military.

This mega York County, Pa., celebration came in 1927, the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the Articles of Confederation. It looked back to the days when Continental Congress met in York. It included a pageant, seen here, and the posting of large paintings of patriots around York’s square.

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers was not only a ranking general in the European Theater in World War II. After the war, this York County, Pa., native and four-star general became a celebrity around his home county. York countian Carole (Gosnell) Canonico, for one, collected his autograph, as seen here on her 1963 York High ‘Tattler’ cover page.

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers, a York High and West Point graduate, talks to Army Chief of Staff George Marshall in World War II. Devers carried three stars then but gained a fourth star later in the war. He is the highest ranking military man to come from York County, Pa.