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1841 Doggerel Poetry from Anonymous Springville Author
Nineteenth Century Doggerel Poetry   Bursts of creative poetry can appear in the strangest of places. A "poet" wrote the following two rhymes in a daybook (a book of handwritten daily business transactions) that dates mid-nineteenth century and is probably from Pennsylvania. The poet should have stopped with the first line of the first poem:   I never lik[e] the task of writing In a book for public eye But a Friend that I delight in Evry [sic] way to Please I'll try.   To Miss [blank] When thou are home midst pleasure of I would have the[e] some times to think of me And may I cause to live whenever I forget to think of thee.     The second poem reads:   Love Love is a feeling none can well [illegible word that ends "cain"] Tho it prevails in evry [sic] action of our Life Love is a passion we defy in vain As it will come despit[e] of evry strife.   Love is a passion then in some as pure As the fresh tears it causes apt to flow Love is a malady that naught can cure It is an ill that comes to high and low.   The poet was probably too embarrassed to sign his name, but he ended "Springville, July 7, 1841."   Nicky Pickert  
Eighth grade memories "year book" album

A small album of "Golden Memories" published in 1956 by the eighth grade of Washington Township Consolidated School, Washington, New Jersey, shows the charm of a small school experiencing growth. Students included a poem thanking their teachers, including Mrs. Kinnaman who was "stern but nice" and the "kind and sweet" Mrs. Smits. Pictures of the bright young faces in the class of '56 add to the charm, for they are accompanied by tantalizing quotes such as "equipped with a ready smile," "class screamer," "always good for a laugh," "poker face," "card shark and saxaphone player," "never fails to get caught," and "after school hustler." 

To their credit, the eighth grade expressed "appreciation for the help and unlimited co-operation extended to us by the teachers and others who have helped us to better understand the problems of life we will face in the future." By now, these eighth graders are in their early seventies. They have gone through Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement, and computer-age "learning curves," geek-speak, and data-overload that add considerable frustration to the hardest job of all -- raising children.

The "Class History" portion of the album ends with, "As we come to an end, we find it has been fun for some and just life for others, but we are sure they will all be very happy in the future." Enough time in the old "time will tell" theory might show that "fun for some and just life for others" is as good as it gets.

Agnes Shoemaker

 

 

 

A Penney Investment

When I was a girl (more years ago than I want to disclose), I bought a little brown tablet from the local five-and-dime. It cost a penney, which probably put a strain on my budget at the time. While cleaning out some stuff recently, I ran across it and thought I could use its blank pages for grocery lists, reminders, etc.

My daughter and a friend saw me write in it and tear out my note to tuck in my purse. Both remarked how the tablet was a piece of old ephemera and should be saved. By that time, I had written in several pages and tore them out, but both my daughter and friend joked that they could double my money, so it would be a good return on my investment to put it out at a flea market. 

Had I not "abused" the tablet, which had printed on front a sailing ship, the word "Worldbound," and a large "1" with the abbreviation for cent, I began to wonder if my investment could be worth ten-fold or even one-hundred-fold my cost. I wondered if I doodled in it, would that make my investment better? Could I get $1 for the tablet "as is" or would I need to discount it because pages were missing? We deliberated about all that, but reached no conclusion.  

The upshot is that the return on my investment amounted to moments of fun. Financially, well, what can I say? I blew it.

Cathy Rieger

 

Observations about the weather -- Old and New

While at our favorite restaurant today, we overheard a man announce so everyone could hear that it started raining. Many folks immediately looked out the window, but many others picked up their handheld devices and clicked on weather. A sign of changing times.

 

Scrapbook full of genealogy notes

In a scrapbook crammed with genealogy notes about many families--mostly from New Jersey and surrounding areas--one page caught my interest because, as most genealogists know, the maiden names of female spouses are hard to find.

This page concerns the Seabrook family. I will quote the entire page because it is rather interesting. Besides taking a firm stand about the name of the wife of James Seabrook, this page says:

"Thomas Seabrook, the progenitor of the New Jersey branch of the family, was first located in Minneford (now City Island) off Pelham, New York, in the year 1664. At this date he purchased land at Hempstead, L[ong] I[sland], whither he removed. He was at Hempstead 1670-1673. He moved thence to the town of West Chesrer, N. Y., where he was living in 1675. On December 27, 1674, he was killed by the Indians in the uprising which occurred on that date. He was a member of Capt. Osborn's Company which was called out in defence of the settlement. (This information comes from Dr. J. E. Stillwell, the genealogist, who is one of the descendants.) 

"The Seabrook Estate was vested in James the son of Thomas in 1717. Dr. Stillwell says, 'I know certainly that the wife of James Seabrook was Hannah Grover, daughter of Joseph Grover and Hannah Lawrence, his wife.'"

The scrapbook where this page was found was put together probably about 1915. It has many families in it, and is not at all specific to the Seabrook family. Enjoy!

Mary Schefer

 

 

 

 

John Hoover's Land in Taneytown Maryland

While researching Matthias Hoffman (died 1838?) of Washington County, Maryland, I came across the following entries regarding land purchases of a man named John Hoover in Taneytown. Hoover seemed to buy up everything he could. The names of the tracts he purchased were interesting. They included parts of "Sarah's Delight, Harry's Grove (or grave), Nicholas' Mistake, Shockey's Mistake, Help to Hall's Sale, Darling's Dale, Bald Hill, Rocky Hill, Cost More Than It's Worth, and Worth Little." His home place was called "Necessity."   For those interested, I found this in Matthias & Mary (Hoover) Hoffman of "Necessity" and Their Descendants, compiled by Jacob A. Hoffman.  

Port Purdy Mills Ledger 1858-1865

Having seen a ledger of Port Purdy Mills with dates from 1858 to 1865, I became interested in some of the names in it (like Gruber, Huff, and Purdy), but it was mostly those dates that interested me. Entries in the ledger began with the usual entries found in a grist mill ledger -- concerning sales of flour, bushels of corn, etc., but about the time of 1862 and 1863 and throughout the years of the Civil War, the entries weremore erratic.    No location for Port Purdy Mills is in the ledger. The only Purdy's Mills I found was in Lindsay, Ontario in Canada, so the Civil War probably was not the cause of the interruptions in the entries. So my search for Port Purdy Mills ended with another episode of raising more questions than finding answers.   Shot down again...    

John Hoover's Land in Taneytown Maryland

While researching Matthias Hoffman (died 1838?) of Washington County, Maryland, I came across the following entries regarding land purchases of a man named John Hoover in Taneytown. Hoover seemed to buy up everything he could. The names of the tracts he purchased were interesting. They included parts of "Sarah's Delight, Harry's Grove (or grave), Nicholas' Mistake, Shockey's Mistake, Help to Hall's Sale, Darling's Dale, Bald Hill, Rocky Hill, Cost More Than It's Worth, and Worth Little." His home place was called "Necessity."   For those interested, I found this in Matthias & Mary (Hoover) Hoffman of "Necessity" and Their Descendants, compiled by Jacob A. Hoffman.   

Museum says missing Nazi submarine mystery solved

A Danish war museum says it found German U-boat U-3523 embedded on the sea floor, quashing years of speculation.

 

 

The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein

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USS Indianapolis wreckage found 72 years later - CNN Video

The remains of the USS Indianapolis, which delivered parts of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and was later sunk by a Japanese submarine, have been found.

 

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Siberia: Medieval Mummies From Mystery Arctic Civilization Discovered in Zelenyy Yar Necropolis

Two medieval mummies from a mystery Arctic civilization have been discovered at the edge of Siberia. The remains of an adult and baby were found in the Zelenyy Yar necropolis, an archaeological complex first discovered in 1997, and were covered in copper-with the adult having been plated from head to

 

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BibleRescue - Reuniting famly bibles with family

The family bible is a family's connection to the past and future. It connects an entire family across generations to their history, to their faith and provides an understanding of who their ancestors were. Family bibles often contain locks of hair, photographs, newspaper articles in addition to names, dates of birth, death and marriages.

 

 

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Fastnacht Day: February 28 at

York County History Center

Fastnacht Day will be celebrated at the York County History Center’s Historical Society Museum on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. – noon. The Friends of the History Center will serve fastnachts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate at the Museum, located at 250 E. Market Street, York.

This free event is held each year as the Friends’ “thank you” to the community for their support throughout the year. Fastnacht Day originated with Pennsylvania Germans on Shrove Tuesday, when all fat had to be removed from the home before Lent.

The Friends hold fundraising events all year to benefit the programs and exhibits of the History Center.

 

York County History Center Closed January 26-27, 2017

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Did colonial courthouse windows end up in the Dover area?

Jonathan Mifflin turns down York County post

York, Pa., really is the center of the universe, especially when you consider its place in historical events. Local historian June Lloyd looks at how things have converged on our hometown, past and present.

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Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society | Preserving the culture of Mennonite-related faith communities in Lancaster County

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society has added a new field trip to the 2016 schedule of events. Get a new view of historic sights in Lancaster and Lebanon with the upcoming field trip, "The Trail of Greenywalt's Boys."

 

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Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

 

African American History Month programs among 18 special events at the museums of the State of Delaware during February 2018

 

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor eight free programs during January 2018

 

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor 21 special programs during the 2017 winter-holiday season

 

“Doctor Who and William Penn” to be presented at Dover, Del.’s Old State House on Aug. 19, 2017

 

Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs July 28, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 7

 

Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs June 29, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 6

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Online survey seeks public input regarding the preservation of historic places in Delaware

 

Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs June 1, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 5

 

Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: “A Sailor’s Life for Me” in Lewes, Del. on May 27 and 28, 2017

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Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs March 27, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 3

 

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor 14 free programs during March 2017

 

New exhibit now open at Lewes, Del.’s Zwaanendael Museum

 

“Listen Up! African-American History” program Rescheduled

 

Newsletter of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs Jan. 31, 2017 * Volume 10, Issue 1

 

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Virginia Tech was not the worst school massacre in U.S. history. This was.

That spring morning in 1927 could not have been more beautiful, one of the students would later recall. The Bath Consolidated School just outside East Lansing, Mich., was holding final exams, but before the morning bell rang on May 18, 1927, children ran and played outside. Peals of laughter could be heard.

 

WWII veteran's remains return home after missing 74 years

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 70 years ago, a U.S. Army plane dubbed "Hot as Hell" was headed for India on a supply mission. It never arrived, and no one went looking for the doomed aircraft or the eight men on board because military officials had no way of pinpointing where it went down.

Sword belonging to commander of black Civil War unit found

BOSTON (AP) - The sword that belonged to the commanding officer of the first all-black regiment raised in the North during the U.S. Civil War has been recovered after being lost to history for more than 150 years. The British-made sword carried into battle by Col.

 

'America's Frankenstein': Book to examine Philly's 'first mass murderer'

An upcoming book seeks to find the links between the fable of Frankenstein and a brutal Philadelphia mass murder that occurred nearly 50 years after the release of the famous novel. In "The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein," Delaware author Patricia Earnest Suter revisits the gruesome killings of eight people at the hands of Anton Probst in 1866.

Jaw-dropping discovery: Soldier's diary retells WWI horrors

Norman Gray, a fresh-faced 19-year-old was shipped off to France in 1914 to fight in World War I. Now his diary resurfaced, documenting the horrors of war.

 

 

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