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Working on the York County train gang: Linked in with neat history stuff – March 5, 2011

York County, Pa., resident Gary E. Heiland provided this interesting photograph track crews possibly shown between York and Wrightsville circa 1930. Gary believes the man in the center of this picture is either his grandfather, Moses Byron Heiland, or his uncle, William J. Sechrist. “I believe both men worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad (Northern Central) as track foremen,” he wrote. He added: “Uncle Bill married my aunt Cora in 1909. Aunt Cora was born in 1888 so she was around 21 when she married uncle Bill in 1909. Looking closely at the picture tells me that the man is too young to be my grandpa and that is why I think it is Uncle Bill.” Notice the work uniforms. 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 … .

Eric Lehmayer e-mailed in a query:

A co-worker showed me an old pin with a Santa Claus and the words “Disc Mart” York, PA. I did some research and found Disc Mart Apartments and Disc Mart Radios (129 and 131 W. Market St.).
Do you or any of your followers recall this store? It was likely in the 1940s or 1950s.

If so, comment below or contact Eric.

High position: Joan Miller, of York, was recently elected the new governor of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Pennsylvania, according a York Daily Record/Sunday News story.
Miller was the governor for the society’s Susquehanna Colony, which covers central Pennsylvania.
The society aims to perpetuate the memory of members’ Pilgrim ancestors and preserve their history. Learn more at www.sail1620.org.
Blog post of the day I: Joan Concilio writes about, well, mud? Check out: A fun Pennsylvania Dutch pastime: The mud sale.
Blog post of the day II: Yorkblogger Buffy Andrews covers the best of the best Yorkblog posts from the week: Don’t miss links: From York County historical photographs to PSU and Pitt athletes’ criminal records to Bearcats’ Tavon Parker and the Revs
Forum of the day: Exchangers are discussing Fastnacht Day, coming March 8. (To find out more about this Pennsylvania Dutch doughnut, check out: Fastnachts are a York County delicacy. But how are Fastnachts different from donuts?
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