Goldsboro History
North Eastern York County History In Preservation                          NeyChip
    In the year 1738, Nathan Hussey obtained a grant for land on which the village of
Goldsboro now stands. A short distance above his land, he opened a ferry across the
Susquehanna.  In 1749, he became one of the commissioners to lay of York County. The
area consisted of a few houses and the old Red Mill. The area was called Martinsville after
the store owner Martin Burger. A brownstone quarry near the site of Goldsboro had been
operating since the 1810's, and had produced the columns and steps for the state Capitol
building at Harrisburg, as well as stone for the Cumberland county jail.
    In 1849, a York physician, Dr. Alexander Small, hired Daniel Ettinger to lay out the new
town. This was the first planned rail community in York County and the last county town to be
laid out on a Philadelphia grid plan with a center square. Then the railway was completed to
the area and the station was called by the civil engineer J. M. Goldsboro.  It was incorporated
August 23, 1864 with the official name of the Borough of Goldsborough. Most referrer to the
area just as Goldsboro.
       A Nobel Prize winner came from Goldsboro. The scientist, J. Michael Bishop, won the
prize in 1989 for his work on explaining how malignant tumors develop. Bishop's father, John,
was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Goldsboro.
    Goldsboro is described in the 1856 York Gazette and Business Directory as ...a flourishing
village...doing a large business in lumber and produce. There are two steam saw-mills in the
place! One manufacturing upwards of three millions of feet of sawed lumber, of various kinds,
annually. It has two upright saws, one slitting saw, and a gang slitting saw for manufacturing
siding, and six circular saws, set in operation by a '80' horsepower steam engine, owned and
conducted under the firm of Small and Stair and Co. The other mill was begun by Isaac
Frazer in 1853. Frazer became over the next 35 years, the dominant business force in
Goldsboro. In addition to his sawmill, he operated a wholesale business, and in 1873 took
over the Small and Stair Sawmill, Frazer was the major employer in Goldsboro through much
of the late nineteenth century. Other industries in the town included cigar factories, box
factories, and more recently, a sewing factory.  Goldsboro has changed little since the first
quarter of the twentieth century. The decline of the railroad and rise of the highway has taken
the area off the main corridor of the County.  For this reason, downtown Goldsboro is listed
with the National Resigter of Historic Places.

Excerpts from:
Newberry Township
The Beginning 1700-1900
1988 Center Square Press
By: Newberry Township
Heritage Committee
    On Wednesday, March 28, 1979, 36 seconds after the hour of 4:00 a.m., several water pumps stopped working in the Unit 2 nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island, In the minutes, hours, and days that followed, a series of events -- compounded by equipment failures, inappropriate procedures, and human errors and ignorance -- escalated into the worst crisis yet experienced by the nation's nuclear power industry. The accident focused national and international attention on the nuclear facility at Three Mile Island and raised it to a place of prominence in the minds of hundreds of millions. For the people living in Goldsboro, the rumors, conflicting official statements, a lack of knowledge about radiation releases, the continuing possibility of mass evacuation, and the fear that a hydrogen bubble trapped inside a nuclear reactor might explode were real and immediate. Report of the President's Commission on "The Accident At Three Mile Island

Also see easily to understand Cutting Through the TMI Haze to Covert a Near Catastrophe with BC-TMI Anniversary by Associated Press Nov 26, 1989
This 1976 book is on the next page.
Goldsboro School 1904
Goldsboro School 1933-34
Main Street March 1979
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