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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.
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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Shoemaker, Alfred L., "Notes From "Now and Then" Columns and The Devil in Bucks County" (1960). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 239.
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