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Working on the train gang, no more: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – March 5, 2011

This photograph, from Gary E. Heiland’s collection, shows Pennsylvania Railroad retirees in 1924. This photo was taken in the York, Pa., office of the Pennsylvania Railroad on North East Street, just across from the passenger station. “One of my friends who helped “clean out” the building after the railroad left has one of the waste cans shown in the front of the picture,” Gary wrote. Other photos of interest from the Heiland collection: Simple life in York County not that simple and Milkmen posing and A school named Airy Hill.

Neat stuff from all over … .
A sidebar that appeared with my recent York Sunday News column:
Our newsroom gathers content for and produces the York Daily Record/Sunday News and the Weekly Record.
That’s just the start of it… .

The newsroom, with the York Newspaper Co., then distribute or “push out” the news and advertising to readers via some 50 “channels.” These channels include multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts; the Exchange community bulletin board; Smart, a glossy magazine; news and prep sports mobile apps and online newsletters.
So-called social media like Facebook and Twitter are the fastest-growing channels, allowing for fans, followers and friends to interact with our journalists, and vice versa.
An interesting piece of all this digital stuff is that the phone rings less often. At the same time, our e-mail flows in so fast that we often struggle to deal with crowded inboxes.
People increasingly are communicating via e-mail, texting and the like.
First the clattering teletype goes quiet.
Then the tapping typewriter.
Now the clanging phones.
The incessant squawk of the police scanner is almost welcome.
News of interest: The AP reported recently that the last great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant died.
“The last surviving great-grandson of Ulysses S. Grant has died in a southwest Missouri home brimming with artifacts from the nation’s 18th president and commander of the Union forces in the Civil War,” the news service reported. “Ulysses S. Grant V spent part of his youth in the home of his grandfather, Jesse Grant, who was the late president’s youngest son. Jesse Grant’s wife, Elizabeth, is credited with helping to save the artifacts.”
This demonstrates once again how young our nation really is.
Query from a reader: Marty Jacobs posed a good question about Pleasureville:
“For years every time I go through Pleasureville I pass a street sign for ACADEMY ROAD. I am curious as to what school or academy existed there and exactly where it was located. I know Pleasureville (POSSUMTOWN) contains a lot of hidden history because of all the older out buildings in the area. I would really appreciate your help in this matter.”
If you have any information on this, contact Marty or comment below.

Blog post of the day:
Universal York’s June Lloyd explores one of artist Lewis Miller’s pieces in: More on Lewis Miller’s Blue Dyer

Forum of the day:
People are commenting on Yorkblogger Joan Concilio’s trip to Gino’s at King of Prussia. (Some York countians showed up to remember the days when York played host to a Gino’s.) Visit: More on Gino’s: It’s all about the people and the food
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