Samuel Small tops York, Pa. community contributor list
Ruthe Craley, right, presents Lady Bird Johnson with a memento from the York Symphony Orchestra. This photograph appeared in the YSO’s 75th anniversary book.
A York Sunday News editorial pointed out all of the Great Depression-spawned organizations that add so much to the York community today.
We also note in the editorial that at least four other great organizations grew up in another difficult time: the post-Civil War era. The York Benevolent Association, York Collegiate Institute (forerunner of York College), Children’s Home of York and York Hospital highlight that list.
Indeed, one man’s name has been linked to all four – Samuel Small, the “S.” of P.A. and S. Small, the great merchants of York in the 1800s… .
I haven’t found a single person who has contributed as much as Samuel Small to community organizations.
Any other nominees?
P.A. Glatfelter and S. Morgan Smith left quite an industrial legacy.
But Samuel is tops in the community.