Once Upon a Town 16: Many Hands Make Light Work?

Pennsylvania German (called "PA Dutch" for their home tongue 'Deutsch') traditions never denied their offspring the enriching spirit of hard labor.  It was understood that comfort is something that is earned through righteous living, and that's not supposed to come easily.


My ancestors worked HARD, from what I see of worn and aged bodies, as well as their pristine clothes and surroundings.  From farming to cigar manufacturing and the Zarfos furniture store, the people of Red Lion gained a reputation for fine quality and service.  These photos are a testiment to the value of community.  The people were committed to doing The Very Best They Could.


Photo at above: I believe that's James Bayard SECHRIST (1885-1971) in the light colored coat, and it's my guess that these men are attending a cigar manufacturer's convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the 1920s.


Below: I have no idea who any of these men are.  It appears to be a winter work project; possibly for the WPA.

WPA Winter Work Crew
WPA Winter Work Crew by AprylZA
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Have I mentioned that Red Lion (York County, Pennsylvania, USA) was a center of cigar manufacturing until the trade went to Cuba in the 1930s?  Nearly everyone of my grandparents' generation rolled cigars as a first paying job.  I have so many assorted photos of the local industry, that I'm not entirely sure which photo belongs to whom, or who worked for which family...

There's Addie (ZARFOS) HOFFMAN at center back...

A Good Cigar is a Smoke
A Good Cigar is a Smoke by AprylZA
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The sign just under the eaves of the small building at right declare it to be Flinchbaugh's Cigar Manufacture.  The family lines the porch—quite visible at a closer view—although I'm not yet able to identify any of the individuals.


Below is Red Lion's first fire house, 1904, and look at that shiny brass engine!  Also, the unplanted sprout of a water hydrant at the left corner is a reminder that the town wasn't quite 20 years old at this point, and infrastructure was still quite new.


That's George HOFFMAN (1884-1950), at left, and with a photo titled, "East Broadway Fury," they could have been acting in a school play, or musicians named after a local street, or something else entirely.  Who can tell?

Dressed up for Red Lion (York Co., PA) 1930 Jubilee, this fine vehicle also served as Zarfos & Burg's hearse. If you were too late for hospital, and no longer requiring new furniture, the funeral services were sure to please.

Let's pop over to Dallastown for a moment...Here's an advertising card for Joe RAAB (of orchard fame) on his 1960-something run for York County Commissioner—and 3 of Mrs. Raab's best fruit recipes:

Please help me to connect names with these faces! CONTACT ME here if you can positively identify anyone.


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