City Directories and History: Along what is today Holland road stands an old home overlooking the road and the Fishing Creek valley that up until the late 1960’s remained a gravel road used by few beside those who lived within the community. The Howell family with their many branches dominated the landscape and were a close knit family and community. Mr. B. Jones, see Walker’s 1910 Postal Map below, had constructed his modest home here in the 1880’s and it remained in his hands until it was acquired by Clarence Howell.
The home has been altered numerous times but retains many of its architectural features. What is most important about this dwelling is the history of the family that has continued living along Fishing Creek for generations. Four generations of the Howell family have resided at this address. In the 1940’s rural York County remained much as it had for decades based on a cotton and textile economy. Families worked the land as well as often a second job at one of the local mills. The abundance of pictures from this period of the Howell family are wonderful reminders as to just how much WWII marked a changing point for future growth and change.
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