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Drinking from the same cup: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – March 22, 2011

This Metro Bank mural shows a fountain as the focal point in this view looking east on Main Street in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, Pa. It’s not clear whether that is a temperance fountain in this 1907 view, a variety sponsored by anti-saloon advocates in American towns in the 19th century. Such a fountain operates today in the still-dry Ocean City, N.J. A community fountain, complete with common tin cup, operated in York in the plaza/sidewalk area in front of the old York County Courthouse on York, Pa.’s East Market Street. The fountain is still there, but no longer dispenses water. This mural appears in Metro Bank’s Simpson Ferry Office, not far from the York County line. Other posts that show Metro Bank murals: Memorable Avalong eatery and On the Square in York, Pa. and World War II homecoming parade.

Neat stuff from all over, covering a recently deceased York businessman who played golf with Dwight Eisenhower 50 years ago and the passing of a Red Lion woodworking shop … .
Evedene Bennett, fact finding for the Ehrhart family of York County and beyond, is looking for a Ehrhart stone building that comes in addition to the already-identified family landmark along the Susquehanna Trail.

She wrote:

1741 Immigrant J.Wilhelm Ehrhart’s 1781 will gave to son William ‘the fenced in spring.’ When I visited in 1978, Rev Kenneth & cousin Armand Ehrhart took me to where Armand’s father -or grandfather – had grown up – a lovely, well-kept stone building with a spring behind it. It was owned by a lawyer at the time, so we didn’t ask to look at the place. We three are of that William line, so that is probably what was the ‘fenced in spring’, but nobody now seems to know where it is. I can’t find my photos of that trip, but this building may have been one story as I recall, & well shaded, flattish area, in view of the hill farm where Armand himself grew up. Shrewsbury twp.
Would you have any idea whereof I speak?

If anyone can help Evedene, contact her or comment below.
Man who knew Ike passes away: Lavern H. Brenneman, a York County businessman associated with Shipley enterprises, died recently. He was also known for his round of golf with Dwight D. Eisenhower at the York Country Club.
Recommended story of the day, I: Yorktowne Cabinets, a present-day successor to Red Lion’s 130-year-old woodworking industries, is closing its doors. That industry was fueled by cigarbox-making 100 years ago and also produced fine furniture used around the world today. Visit: Red Lion’s Ebert Furniture: From bedroom suites to gunstocks.
Recommended story of the day, II: The Baltimore Sun is analyzing census figures in Maryland transplants helping grow York County. OK, we’ve known that for 30 years, but it’s still an interesting read.
Forum of the day: Exchangers continue to discuss York County’s old-time orchards and fruit stands. This discussion brings forth info on where Apple Hill as in Apple Hill Medical Center comes from.
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