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rhyme, bleeding, rag peddler, Bucks County, Himmelsbrief, Thomas Wood, Muncy


A set of handwritten notes from a newspaper column and The Devil in Bucks County, compiled and transcribed by Alfred L. Shoemaker, dating from circa 1960. Within, Shoemaker details a variety of topics ranging from a character known as the "rag peddler" to an old verse from Dr. Thomas Wood's lecture book.

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Now and Then

April 1945 Verse from lecture book of Dr. Thomas Wood, who settled in Muncy in 1801

p.13: “Is people sick, to me apply, I blisters, bleeds and sweats ‘em. If after that they choose to die what’s that to me, I lets ‘em.”

Oct, 1947, pp. 244-247 The Rag Man

p. 244 photograph of “Rag Peddler” wagon at Cooperstown

Jan., 1948 Editor:

p. 284 “I once heard an amusing story of 75 years ago having to do with a small country boy who met a peddler at the entrance to his father’s lane. He burst into the room where his mother was, claiming that there was a peddler outside and that he has cun-pishins and everything.”

The Devil in Bucks County by Edmund Schiddel

(Simon and Schuster, New York, 1959.

Page 336-337 “There had always hung, in the parlor, a Himmelsbrief that had been in the family a long time, something that had been brought from the old country; literally a letter assuring that the soul if its owner would pass into heaven.

[In the Hutschnecker family]



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