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Fond memories of the Yorktowne Hotel: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – Feb. 7, 2011

Yorktowne Hotel, York, Pa.
Jack Geesey from Westerville, Ohio, submitted this to ydr.com’s Your Photos gallery. ‘My father John Geesey was the President and Chairman of the Board of the York County Gas Company,’ he wrote. ‘I have many fond memories of Gas company meetings and Christmas parties at the Yorktowne Hotel.’ In the past several months, the Yorktowne has experienced financial concerns, but fortunately was removed from York County, Pa.’s tax sale list recently. For another photo from Your Photos’ Historic Photos of York section, see below. Also of interest: WW II air raid siren from atop Yorktowne: ‘The plan is to get it to work’ and York, Pa., without the Yorktowne Hotel? Unimaginable. and Part II: York, Pa., without the Yorktowne Hotel?.

Neat stuff from all over … .
A look at Hallam borough, from my York Sunday News column (2/6/11):
Despite the loss of its post office, Hallam still has a small-town feel, the type of place recounted recently in a letter from York countian Vivian L. Garner.
She recalled from her childhood that Maurice Barley roasted coffee and peanuts in his shop near the post office.
And he did his neighbors a favor… .

He constructed pigeon holes in his shop with the names of his neighbors on the slots.
Then he would go to the post office and get their mail and put it in their respective slot.
She couldn’t wait until her mother let her go to Barley’s shop to get their mail.
“These were good old memories,” she wrote.
Old memories, to be sure, but walkable towns like Hallam will be even more attractive as energy costs rise.
With or without a post office.
Upcoming event: For about five years, the York Daily Record/Sunday News has offered quarterly “How To Get It Published” seminars.
We have averaged about 50 people – a diverse group from civic, social and business organizations – per 90-minute session. Participants learn that publication also means the posting of stories and photos on our news organization’s various websites and social media sites.
And participants learn how to take getting it published into their own hands by submitting their own stories and photographs.
Slots are still available at the next session, set for 3:30 p.m., Feb. 24, at our office, 1891 Loucks Road.
We have experimented with taking the seminar on the road and are set to roll out a monthly schedule of “home-and-away” sessions.
To register, contact Donna Mandl.
Recommended blog post of the day, I: Buffy’s World lists “Don’t Miss” links, including several with history connections.
Recommended blog post, II: Universal York’s June Lloyd wrote about: A Few Treasures Survived York’s St. Paul’s Lutheran Fire.
Forum of the day: Exchangers are discussing: Do you remember your first antique?

Norman Rishel (1890-1967) stands in a patch of Manchester Township tobacco on his family farm. Tobacco was rolled into cigars in Emigsville. Tobacco was a common crop, particularly in eastern York County, 100 years ago. But the area was better known for cigarmaking, often using imported tobacco. This photograph, submitted by York countian Dianne Bowders, also comes from ydr.com’s Your Photos’ Historic Photos of York section.
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