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Lancaster County, L. B. Herr and Son, all story, Amish, dialect, Pennsylvania Dutch, humor
A handwritten letter from Mrs. Leslie H. Shannon (A. Miriam Herr) addressed to Alfred L. Shoemaker, dated November 20, 1948. Within, Herr writes to respond to Shoemaker's question on a favorite "all" story. Herr details her encounter with an Amish man while buying blackberries at a market stall in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
A. Miriam Herr
Alfred L. Shoemaker
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Alfred L. Shoemaker
Nov. 20, 1948.
Dear Sir: Among a sheaf of Lancaster News clippings sent me by my faithful friend, Mrs. Annie Watt Daris, I came across your article “Folklore and Legends of Lancaster County”.
Being a former Lancasterian,- the daughter of L. B. Herr, founder of L. B. Herr and Son, Books and Stationery, et al (not two Ls), I am taking up the challenge of your query: “What is your favorite “all” story?
Possibly 35 years ago when stopping to make a purchase at one of the market-stalls on the N. Duke St. side of Lancaster Court House, I asked the Amishman from whom I was purchasing some blackberries, if he would kindly put them into a paper-bag. He searched diligently for a minute or two; being unsuccessful, he turned to his next stall-neighbor and said:
“Jake, are you all for toots?’ This, in a delightfully heavy broken Penna.-Dutch accent and inflection.
(Mrs. L. H.) A. Miriam Herr Shannon
English and Pennsylvania German
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Herr, A. Miriam, "Letter From A. Miriam Herr to Alfred L. Shoemaker, November 20, 1948" (1948). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 26.
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