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What type of uniform is he wearing? Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – May 8, 2010

Thomasville’s Bill Schmeer posed an interesting question recently: What type of uniform is he wearing in the photograph? A Civil War uniform or maybe that of a firefighter or some other organization? He wrote: “This is a picture of my wife’s maternal grandfather, William E. Hoffman, who was from Upper Dauphin County.” The family knows that he was in the Civil War and was at Gettysburg. His name is on the Pennsylvania Monument at Gettysburg. If you have information, please contact Bill or comment below. Also of interest: Civil War affected women in York County – and vice versa and Isabel Small led procession of women who made wreath for Abe Lincoln’s coffin and Samuel Small tops York, Pa. community contributor list.

Neat stuff from all over … .
Here’s a lecture title that will pull you in: “Peach Bottom – The Sunken Town.”
It’s part of the Susquehanna Heritage Lecture Series at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage at Long Level, Lower Windsor Township.
Mary Boomsma and Stanley White will present at 6:30 p.m., on May 11.
Here’s the description: … .

“When the Conowingo Dam was built (1926-28), the village of Peach Bottom in Fulton Township, Lancaster County, was covered with the lake waters behind the structure. This formerly important location on the Susquehanna River was first a fording and later the location of two ferry operations that co-existed within sight of each other. The village connected southern Lancaster county, via the ferry, to Peach Bottom, York County and to the Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal. It also was a stop and crew changing point for the river’s log-rafting industry. At one point it boasted two saw mills, three hotels, a lumber and coal yard, lime kilns and its own post office. Two railroads served Peach Bottom and before that, two stage coach routes.”

It’s a winsome topic, and the presentation’s location, the remodeled Dritt House, is a perfect place to soak in such neat information.
Information about the presentation is available at host: Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area. Also of interest: Horse, buggy, one-room school make York County comeback and Who was Norman Wood (of bridge fame)?
Recommended blog link of the day: June Lloyd writes on the intriguing topic: York woman patents gorgeous cherry tree
Forum of the day: Exchangers are discussing the future of the Grandview Golf Course, north of York, one of York County’s oldest.
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