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Famous and infamous crimes – in one book: Linked in with neat York County history stuff, Aug. 8, 2011

York countian Joseph David Cress’ ‘Murder & Mayhem in York County,’ tells about famous and infamous crimes in York County’s past. “I’m hoping people read these cases and become fascinated with history,” Cress told the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News. For more, see ‘Murder book not macabre — it’s history’ on Yorkblog.com’s Book Buzz. Joe will sign his books at the York County Heritage Trust’s Book Blast this weekend. Also of interest: Pain and Trauma in York County and 100th anniversary of drunken Pleasureville brawl, Relative: Evil in Hex murder came from outside and Death row survivor Ray Krone hopes book will open eyes about capital punishment and A list of traumatic, painful incidents that rocked York County.

Neat stuff from all over… .
Emailer Sarah Danish is searching for info on her grandfather, who lived in York from the 1930s until 1970.

“Would love to get hold of an obituary, but even more interesting is he was a self-employed “traveling billiards player” who evidently was pretty good and won tournaments around the area. I have been in touch with someone from York who mentioned a framed article … with a photo of him hanging on the wall of the Shady Dell (a teenage hangout some years back) and that my grandfather was good friends with the owner, John Ettline. This is why I am assuming there may be something to learn through the newspaper” … .

“Not sure if your newspaper is the place I should start, but would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions on how and where I can begin. His name was William H. Leonard, it’s rumored his nickname was Bud. He died December 27, 1970 at the age of 75. My family has no photograph of him anywhere and I’ve begun the search, finally, to see if one exists.”

If you have information, contact Sarah or comment below.
As usual with such queries, I directed her to York County Heritage Trust’s archivist Lila Fourhman-Shaull.
I also suggested she query Tom Anderson, who runs a Dell website:
Across the river: The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has been in touch.
It is touting its “Bookworm Frolic,” a larged used book sale Aug. 17-20. If you want to add to the stack that you built at the “Book Blast,” Aug. 11-13, you’ll have this opportunity in Lancaster.
If you want to keep track of the Mennonite Historical society on Facebook, check out: www.facebook.com/lmhs.org or the Hans Herr Home in Willow Street: www.facebook.com/hansherr.org.
Blog post of the day: Cannonball’s Scott Mingus posts the lineup of Civil War events in south-central Pennsylvania for August.
Forum of the day: Exchangers are responding to the question: Why do you like York city?
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