Item Building / Bixler's
In 1884, Nathaniel Z. Seitz built the 4 Hanover Street section of this building to serve as the new home for Glen Rock's newspaper, the Item, of which he was editor from 1871 to 1886. In 1892, Dr. George P. Yost, editor from 1886 to 1893, built the 6 Hanover Street section and moved the Item into the new section while operating his pharmacy from 4 Hanover Street.
In 1897 William O. Bixler began a business which developed into something which almost defies description in a few words. He rented the left side, put in a pool table, and promised his customers cigars, tobacco, and good order. Later, he offered confections, baseball items, magazines, newspapers, a soda fountain, peanuts and more. Bixler bought the building in 1910, and ran the business until 1935 when his son, Roye, took over.
After M. L. Kapp, editor from 1898 to 1932, relocated his newspaper / printing office in 1921, Bixler moved the billiard parlor from the left side into Kapp's space on the right and made an ice cream parlor where the billiard parlor had been.
Bixler's provided its visitors with good times and memories, from inside the store or from
Erected 2012 by Glen Rock Historical Preservation Society, PeoplesBank, Geiple Funeral Home and Glen Rock American Legion.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 39° 47.576′ N, 76° 43.841′ W. Marker is in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on Hanover Street west of Manchester Street (Pennsylvania Route 216), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 Hanover Street, Glen Rock PA 17327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First National Bank (a few steps from this marker); J. F. & H. O. Neuhaus (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cold Spring Hotel (about 600 feet away); Trains, Grains, and More Trains (about 700 feet away); Creek and Rail (about 700 feet away); The Original Glen Rock Carol Singers (about 700 feet away); Roland Forrest Seitz (about 700 feet away); From Sawmill to Wherley's (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Rock.
Also see . . .
1. The Item at Chronicling America (Library of Congress). (Submitted on April 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on April 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.