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Hellfire, of a different sort: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – Aug. 21, 2010

About every other year, York County has a terrible church fire. Fawn Grove’s United Methodist Church, above) burned in 2005. Then came Shenberger’s Chapel, another United Methodist congregation in 2009. And now, just a few weeks ago, Christ Lutheran Church (Filey’s) went up in flames in Monaghan Township. Fawn Grove’s 100 year old church fell to the hands of an arsonist. That fire claimed the original chapel and sanctuary, the former started by a Civil War-era circuit rider. (See additional York Daily Record/Sunday News photo below.) Also of interest: Church’s landmark: ‘A man named Beech carving a beech tree, it seemed too perfect’ and People of varying religious groups founded York County and York’s worst blaze struck 150 years ago.
Neat stuff from all over … .
Yorkblogger Pat Abdalla has linked York County with the man who hit “The Shot Heard Round The World,” the late Bobby Thomson.
According to Pat’s “The Southpaw:”

The United Methodist Church in Fawn Grove in southeastern York County burned in 2005.
Bobby Thomson spent the 1960 season with the Red Sox and Orioles.
During that year, he was teammates with York native Vic Wertz in Boston and York Revolution part-owner Brooks Robinson in Baltimore.
Thomson also blasted three home runs off of Ken Raffensburger during his career.
Event of the weekend: Check out these photographs from Mount Wolf’s centennial museum, open on Saturday and Sunday.
Recommended web post to check out: The Huffington Post takes a tour of Lancaster County.
Blog post of the week: York blogger June Lloyd features a museum with artifacts from collector Henry Kauffman: Museum Opened in Honor of York County Native.
Forum of the week: Check out these memories of the early days of radio in York County at Yorkblogger Joan Concilio’s: Calling all stations: A starting look at the radio history of York County
Also of interest:All York Town Square posts from the start. (Key word search by using “find” on browser.)