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The day that 20,000-60,000 Brethren assembled in York, Pa.: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – July 14, 2011

Members of the Church of the Brethren are seen at the York Fairgrounds in 1912. Even 100 years ago, that was this church’s 126th annual conference. “There reportedly were either 20,000, 40,000 or 60,000 Brethren here for that conference which was held at the York Fairgrounds. No one seems to know the number of people for sure,” Larry Gibble, who sent in this photograph, wrote. The church is celebrating its 225th annual conference this year in Grand Rapids, Mich. Look for coverage next year on the 100th anniversary of this large Protestant denomination’s meeting in York, Pa. Also of interest: York County minister/historian Elmer Q. Gleim: ‘He continues to write as if his veins flowed with ink’ and Mother Codorus has long served as leading light in obscure Dunkard Valley and People of varying religious groups founded York County – 13/31 iconic images and All God and York County posts from the start.
Neat stuff from all over … .
York County cemeteries have been in the news recently.
For his Eagle Scout community project, Jacob Ward documented a Shrewsbury Township cemetery.
A York Daily Record/Sunday News story about the project stated: “Jacob elected to compile all the information on the tombstones at the New Hope United Church of Christ Cemetery in Shrewsbury Township. The 16-year-old later presented a CD with the information and a photo of each tombstone to the church. Now the church has complete records of everybody buried there.”
And Jacob loves history, something good to hear from a young person… .

“I like genealogy and history, and this (project) will help people who want to know about their ancestors. Church members will know if they have relatives buried there and some information about them,” Ward said.
In a separate story, a group cleaned up the Folkenroth cemetery in North Codorus Township.
“In the 1930s, a cemetery inventory was taken, and 10 people were registered as buried here,” Blake Stough, a project organizer, said. “But we uncovered 14 headstones.”
150th Civil War events – Check here for news and events going on in your national parks to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War: http://www.nps.gov/civilwar150.

Recommended column/web story of the day:
Gordon Freireich tells York Sunday News readers about a William Penn grad, Michael Leichliter, who has worked his way to the top of a Lancaster County school district.

Recommended blog post of the day:
Yorkblogger June Lloyd brings readers up to date on Trinity United Methodist Church, whose condemned building is now up for sale.
Forum of the day: People are commenting on a post on Shady Dell Memories and Music about the old southside teen hangout, The Dell.