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pretzels, corn cakes, corn meal, bake ovens, New Holland Clarion, sleigh riding
Handwritten notes from various newspaper sources dating from 1860 to 1884. The notes contain such topics as school sleigh parties, a traveling Pretzel Wagon and making corn-cakes in a bake oven. Also included are notes in German from the Reformirte Kirchen-Zeitung.
(Lancaster) The Daily New Era
Jan. 5, 1884, Terra Hill Matters
“The East Earl School Board has passed a solemn edict prohibiting any schools of their township from visiting other schools in a body in sleighing or at any other time. They seem to think that such visits are a full-blooded nuisance, and they probably sometimes are. The visited school is crowded into a few seats, away from their books or writing materials, the timid scholars are frightened, and the teacher’s heart, if she is an unsophisticated miss, keeps trying to escape through her mouth.”
Jan. 21, 1884 A Veteran Pretzel Baker
(From N. H. Clarion)
Andy Brimmer, of Lancaster, has been running a pretzel wagon to this town, and in fact through the eastern part of this county, for almost or quite twenty-five years. There are men in this town who when little boys were familiar with the name of “Andy Brimmer, the pretzel man.”
Jan 31, 1884
Most of our readers who lived in the county a generation ago will recall the delicious “mush” and “corn cakes” which their mothers made from corn meal which they had prepared specially by drying some of the first husking in the bake oven after the bread had been taken out, the remaining heat being generally sufficient to produce the effect of kiln-drying.
Die Reformirte Kirchen-Zeitung Jan. 16, 1860
Article by one P. B. “Frollik”
“Auch gehört zu einer Frollik etwas Arbeit.”
Dec 15, 1860
Death of Carl F. Egelmann
"In unserer fruhen Jagend lernten wir den anspuchlosen, etu as unbehalfenen aher redlichen Mann bei Reading kennen, wo er als Schullehun und Argas ist fungirte."
English and German
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Shoemaker, Alfred L., "Notes From the Lancaster Daily New Era Newspaper and Other Sources, 1860-1884" (1950). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 158.
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