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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.

If someone asks you to hold the reins to their horse, maybe take a pass. This York countian, working in Washington, D.C., received such an invitation from an actor by the name of John Wilkes Booth, who also had York County connections. Booth walked inside Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., where he assassinated Abraham Lincoln – and changed the course of the world.