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Ash Wednesday, Esha Puddle, ashes, Oley Township, school, Elizabeth Naftzinger


A handwritten letter from Elizabeth D. Naftzinger addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated February 10, 1948. Within, Naftzinger details how the last boy to arrive at school on Ash Wednesday was dubbed "Esha Puddle" and rolled in the school's ash pile by the other boys.


Elizabeth D. Naftzinger


Alfred L. Shoemaker

Corresponds to:

Packet 76


Centerport, Pennsylvania


Feb. 10, 1948

Dr. Alfred L. Shoemaker

Reading, Penna.

Dear sir,

When I was a girl, (in lower Oley) last one out on Ash Wednesday was the “Esha Puddle”, and woe betide the last one to come to school if he happened to be a boy! He was rolled in the school ash pile by the other boys.

Respectfully yours,

Elizabeth D. Naftzinger



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Letter From Elizabeth D. Naftzinger to Alfred L. Shoemaker, February 10, 1948



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