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Handwritten notes copying excerpts from the New Holland Clarion newspaper, originally dated from 1874 to 1878, transcribed by Alfred L. Shoemaker. The notes concern topics such as Christmas trees, apple seeds, and Pennsylvania Dutch dialect humor.
New Holland Clarion
Jan 31, 1874 Sun-Dial
You have read the story of the man who told his servant, one evening, to ascertain the time by the sun-dial. The servant replied that it was night and dark, and impossible to see the time on the dial. “Why, you goose, can’t you take a candle?”
April 4, 1874 Ellmaker immigrant … “brought with her some seeds, among which was an apple seed which she planted upon their settlement here, and the tree from that seed is the one which bore the fruit mentioned at the head of this article, so that the tree must now be about 148 years old.”
Money Smellers - Hunting for [illegible] with a “glon”
Jan. 1, 1876 The Bridgeville Christmas Tree. Two years ago for the first time a Christmas tree was erected in the Bridgeville church for the benefit of the Sabbath school. It was then considered a comparative new thing in this part of the country. Most of the people never knew of such a thing as a Christmas tree and they looked upon it as a rare curiosity.”
Feb 26, 1876 The Pumpkin Seeds Counted
10 cents a guess
weighs 125 pounds
385 seeds rough guess 350-1500 seeds
April 14, 1877 Letter from former resident
Grind-stone Lyceum which is located at John’s Corner, by some called Noodledushee, about ten miles north of the city of Sterling.
Oct 6, 1877 Tredyffrin, Chester Co.
Last week’s West Chester Republican relates a story of a wealthy old German, who many years ago derived to purchase another farm, was informed of a fine tract for sale in Tredyffrin Township, when he replied, “I vood be pleased clear of paying lent in two different townships. Vy de taxes vood pe comin' in from efery tirection, and all de time. No, no; von township is enough for me to lif in at von time.”
Dec 29, 1877 The Living Poem. Title of book by Eusebius Hershey. 10 cents
Eusebius Hershey is my name, I seek not here for earthly fame; Rebersburg is my address, in Christ I seek my happiness.
Centre county now comes in, I know I hate the ways of sin; Pennsylvania comes below, from earth to heaven I hope to go.
Jan 5, 1878 p.2, col. 2 [illegible]
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Shoemaker, Alfred L., "Notes From the New Holland Clarion, 1874-1878" (1950). Alfred L. Shoemaker Folk Cultural Documents. 88.
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