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buried alive, York Daily, wedding anniversary, speck, Martha Coggswell, newspaper


A set of handwritten notes from the York Daily newspaper covering the period of January 29 to June 15, 1874, compiled by Alfred L. Shoemaker circa 1950. Topics include wedding anniversaries, speck and a tale of a women being accidentally buried alive.

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York, Pennsylvania


York Daily

Jan. 29, 1874: Wedding Anniversaries. The celebration of anniversary weddings is becoming more fashionable every year.

March 2, 1874 “Everybody knows I do not like “speck” so said a converted Jew some time ago, adding: “Yet I do not upset the table because there is some speck (very fat pork) on it, I just leave the speck alone eating the things I like”.

March 9, 1874 A Woman Buried Alive

Chapmanville, Pa, March 4. - Two weeks ago a woman named Martha Coggswell, wife of Anthony Coggswell, a drover, died, as was supposed, in this village and was buried. Her husband was absent at the time. His first knowledge of his wife’s death was on Saturday last, when he returned home. Almost wild with grief, he insisted on her body being exhumed, so that he could see the remains. This was done, and the coffin was opened in the presence of several friends. To the unutterable horror of all, the body had changed its position in the coffin, showing that Mrs. Coggswell had been buried while she was in a trance. The body was lying on its face. Evidences of a fearful struggle made by the unfortunate woman when she recovered consciousness in the coffin were visible. The flesh was torn from one shoulder, and the shroud was covered with blood. When Mr. Coggswell saw what a terrible fate his wife had met, he fell senseless across the coffin, and has been a raving maniac ever since.

March 24, 1874 A Fulling Frolic (in Nova Scotia)

April 22, 1874 Presbyt. Cook Book gotten up by the Ladies Society of the First Presbyterian Church in Dayton

May 21, 1874 Long article on Lawrence J. Ibach from New York Sun

June 15, 1874 Recipe for strawberry shortcake



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Notes From the York Daily, 1874



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