This one is for my Girl Terri Woodyard Ford…..a photo of the 1944 Codorus Street Baby Contest with my Aunt Brenda as the Fattest Baby, Myrtle Generette as the baby with the Curliest Hair, Jack Bridgette the Largest baby, Terri as the Smallest baby, Elmer Woodyard with the Largest Dimples, George Spells and Oscar Hudson with the Largest Eyes & Phyllis Bridgette with the longest Hair………Wow…….

Has anyone ever heard of Mushball…..well here is a photo of the 1944 Codorus playground Mushball Champions with some very Familiar names…..James Woodyard, Hal Brown, John Webb, David Ritter, Sanford Liggens, John McDaniels, Robert Preston and several others…..

Back when we were kids on Codorus Street we played games like Marbles…….I know you youngsters are saying Whaat….Marbles…….Yes Marbles in fact our friend Major Gilbert became the Pennsylvania State Marble Champion at age 11……here’s a photo and article about Major as he prepared for the National Marble Tournament in 1959…..

One of York’s Great Black Artist was Raymond Hughes. He painted numerous murals on the walls of downtown business such as Sol Kesslers and the York Bank & Trust buildings. Here Ray teaches Codorus Street kids how to paint.


Author: jkirk

Founder and Chief Researcher for the York African American Historical Preservation Society