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Ash Wednesday, Berks County, Reading Eagle, ashes, Escha Puddle, Leesport
A handwritten letter from M. Kunkel addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dating from circa 1950. Within, Kunkel writes about the "Escha Puddle", the person last out of bed on Ash Wednesday who had to carry the ashes outside each morning for a year.
Alfred L. Shoemaker
The last child out of bed in our family and other families in this section particularly was called, “The Escha Puddle”. That person had to carry the ashes each morning for one (1) year from the house to outdoors. This was on (Ash Wed. Morn.)
We find your “Old Berks Folklore” article in Eagle very interesting and worth-while
Dr. Alfred L. Shoemaker
Berks Historical Society
English and Pennsylvania German
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Kunkel, M., "Letter From M. Kunkel to Alfred L. Shoemaker" (1950). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 122.
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