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Berne Township, black teeth, pigs, hanging, humor, radio program


A handwritten letter from George C. Kershner addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated October 15, 1955. Within, Kershner provides an answer to a radio program inquiry about a swine disease along with a humorous tale of three German men arrested for a crime they did not commit.


George C. Kershner


Alfred L. Shoemaker

Corresponds to:

Packet 12-17


Berne Township, Pennsylvania


Berne Pa Oct. 15, 1955

Mr. A. L. Shoemaker

Lancaster Pa.

Dear Sir, in answer to your radio request.

Yes if young pigs have black teeth there are (Karbutz) or stand off their growing stage

Story No 1. Three Germans came to America and could not talk English.

The first one learned to say

We did it

The second: For a half dollar

The third, the quicker the better

None knew what it meant if a man was found murdered in the street nobody was close by when the officer came and arrested the three on suspicion. At the hearing the justice ask the first Who killed this man. He answered what he did not understand

1. We did it. He asked: Why

The second said 2. For a half dollar.

The justice then said the three of you will be hung. Then the third one said 3. The quicker the better.

And the three were hung innocent.


George C. Kershner


The reverse of the letter contains unrelated genealogical notes.



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Letter from George C. Kershner to Alfred L. Shoemaker, October 15, 1955



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