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Who made this man in the monument in the middle of Jefferson’s square? Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff – May 11, 2011

The Codorus Valley Area Historical Society has a few questions to ask about Jefferson borough’s center square World War I monument, seen above. World War I monuments are rare in York County. And squares in which traffic travels around a central park, as in Jefferson, also are unusual in the county. (Goldsboro has the other such square.) So the monument dominating the park can’t be missed by motorists in that southwestern York County borough. But information is missing on the monument itself. “Codorus Valley Chronicles,” the group’s interesting newsletter edited by Robert Shaub, poses questions about the monument: Who had the idea to place it there and what foundry cast the metal? How much did it cost? Does anyone have the dedication program from 1921? It is known that churches and fraternal organizations IOOF and POSofA erected the monument. The society is looking for minutes from those organizations to piece together the monument’s story. Anyone with answers can contact the society, P. O. Box 10, Codorus, Pa. 17311. Also of interest: Driver invaded Jefferson’s quiet square and Jefferson borough’s Center Square in the middle of history and Former York countian-turned-screen-writer Laurice Elehwany: How to make it as a writer.

Neat stuff from all over … .
The motorized trolley that will be running along York streets has drawn interest in that topic from York countians.
One York resident is looking for old trolley scrolls/transit signs to make loft art… .

“I am writing to see if either of you have any ideas on how I could ascertain the old York Trolley routes,” Patti Stirk wrote.
Specifically, she’s looking for old trolley scrolls/transit signs which can be framed as cool.
I suggested a search through York County Heritage Trust archive files and a perusal of Benson W. Rohrbeck’s booklet “York County Trolleys.” If you have any suggestions on stops made on York County trolley routes, comment below or contact Patti.
Yorkblogger Gordon Freireich has raised the question on his blog about the whereabouts of any old trolleys within the borders of York County. (A former car is running at Huntingdon County’s Rockhill Furnace.)
I’m aware of a house near Yoe that is built around four trolley cars. You can actually see from the road the apparent rounded ends of the cars.
The house is heavily marked against trespassing, so I’ve never ventured back there. Perhaps there are other trolley/houses, as well.
Recommended blog post: Civil War Round Tables are going strong both in York and outside its borders in this 150th anniversary year of the start of that conflict.
The Lancaster Civil War Round Table, for example, is playing host to Emmy award-winning filmmaker, historian and writer Robert Lee Hodge on Thursday, May 12. Yorkblogger Scott Mingus gives more details.
Recommended forum of the day: Oldtimer continues posting his rail trail travels on his journal on The Exchange.
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*Photograph courtesy of Codorus Valley Chronicles