Christina Denning worked as a domestic for several respected families in
. She was reportedly “of good
character” so when she fell ill and remained home sick for a week, there was no
reason to question her. Lancaster
However, it seems that one evening before Valentine’s Day she went to her sister’s house and asked if she could keep some clothes there at the Weimer home on
South Chestnut Street.
Her sister, identified only as Mrs. John Weimer, said yes but her husband soon
said no. Christina then asked Mrs. John Modinger, the wife of a marble cutter
who lived on South Christian
Street, to store some items there.
It remained there until yesterday (17 March 1880) when Mrs. Modinger noticed an unpleasant odor coming from the box. It was then discovered that inside the box was the decomposing remains of a fully developed female newborn, wrapped in a woman’s wrapper and aprons.
On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015