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Picnicking in the park: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – Oct. 12, 2010

Dover Township, Pa.’s Brookside Park was open and ready for trolley business circa 1915 when this photograph was made. It shows United Brethren Church members enjoying a Sunday School picnic there. They are, from left, Warren Rohrbaugh, Harry Croumer, Adam Croumer, Howard Horn, Ben Klinedinst, and a young Ralph Croumer. The park’s Carousel Building will be demolished because of insect infestation – powderpost beetles. (Update: The old building came down; here’s a drawing of its replacement.) For those seeking more information on this trolley or electric park, Greater Dover Historical Society member Jo Ott has come to the rescue: A Brookside Park booklet for sale via the Society’s website www.gdhspa.org or at Botterbush’s Jewelry Store on the square in Dover. “It’s a well written history of the park and the carousel …,” she wrote in a comment on the post: Historic Brookside Park carousel building v. powderpost beetles: The bugs winning.It also has information on the fate the carousel animals. Also of interest: Trolley ran both ways between Manchester and Mount Wolf and ‘Teapot Dome’ back in York’s Continental Square: ‘It’s the historical significance of it’ and Trolleys helped make York’s Avenues sought-after locale.

Victoria Strong Flinchbaugh’s father farmed the “Rowe Farm” before there was interest as Camp Security, the British prisoner-of-war camp that operated in the American Revolution in present-day Springettsbury Township.
Vicki remembers writing an article at Northeastern about the Hessian prisoners. (They were German mercenaries fighting for the British – who we were assigned to farms around the county.)
She also wrote:

“We also had a dairy farm and sold our milk to Rutters. Before that my Grandpa had a farm in Longstown and my Dad and Grandpa delivered milk “CE Strong and Sons”. We didn’t have a milkman, didn’t need one! We did have Fox Bakery truck come to our house on Saturdays and I remember getting “banana rolls” and other things from them. My cousin had a milkman and had the ‘milkbox’ on their front porch. They also had a truck that delivered blocks of ice. My maternal Grandma lived on Garfield Street and we would walk to market on Saturdays. Really enjoyed that! When I was older we would go downtown every Saturday and spent the whole day there. I could go on and on. Now you can see why I love reading the articles about the past.”

Vicki was born in 1948, and she keeps saying to her daughter: “I remember… .”
Recommended website: Read the annotated transcript of the U.S. Supreme Court case, Snyder v. Westboro, plus audio of the justices grilling the lawyers at http://www.ydr.com/westboro. (Update: On March 2, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 against Albert Snyder.)

Answering a query: York countian Dale Buettner e-mailed a query – his daughters, Carly and Annie, wondered about the location of the original York Peppermint Pattie factory. I sent him this post to answer that question: Cool York Peppermint Patties may go to hot clime. And I sent this link to show where the cool breeze mint is being made today: York Peppermint Patties: ‘York became synonymous with dark chocolate and peppermint’. Great to see youngsters interested in York County’s history.
Recommended blog post of the day: Buffy Andrews shows off some colorful post cards from the past at Buffy’s Write Zone.
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Photo courtesy “York, Then and Now,” published in conjunction with 250th anniversary of York County in 1999.