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murder stories, apple butter, sauerkraut, Allentown, Christmas, superstition


A set of handwritten notes from newspapers including the New Holland Clarion, Philadelphia Press and Lancaster Examiner, transcribed by Alfred L. Shoemaker, dating from 1869 to 1894. The notes cover a variety of topics including Christmas, Pennsylvania Dutch foods, superstition and stories of murderers, hangings and burials.

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Packet 758-5


New Holland Clarion

March 22, 1873

Old Relics. Among other things we noticed a large chest bearing the date 1767, and having on the lid, front and sides some quaint looking drawings or paintings of houses, Trees, etc.”.

Nov. 22, 1873 Murder in Dauphin Co.

“…but the inmates, an aged couple and a hired girl, seeing them approach, and fearing that all was not right, locked the doors and the girl blew a horn, which alarmed the murderers and they fled.”

Dec. 20, 1873

[Phil] Press

Oct 27, 1869 Travel Account

About Allentown: ”The population is principally German, and the language is almost universally spoken.”

Nov. 25, 1869 Good article on name of gangs in Phil.

Dec 18, 1869 p. 8; col. 2 Sour-Kraut; Nanny's Christmas publ. by Clayton, [illegible]

Excellent; Dec 24 "Kitty's Christmas Tree" published by the American Sunday School Union


July 11, 1894, p. 4 Signaled From Her Coffin

Buried Alive Tale

July 12, 1894, p. 8: Old-Time Hangings General

Sept. 1, 1894 Robert B. Risk:

“We are all superstitious - mostly from inheritance and largely from ignorance; that is the inability to see or understand the laws of causation”.

Oct. 6, 1894 Risk: Short Story

Oct 27, 1894 Risk: sauerkraut

“… Hence it will be easy for strangers, now in this club, to say that our favorite dish is sauer kraut, flanked by 'ponhans', 'kudleflecht', sausage, Holland herring, pretzels and apple butter."

Weekly Courant (Columbia) p. 3 Sept 1, 1881 about plows


English and Pennsylvania German

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Notes From the New Holland Clarion, Philadelphia Press and Lancaster Examiner, 1869-1894



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