11 May 2015

On This Day: Constable attempts to remove Mrs. Bookmyer

Constable Samuel Bowman, of Salisbury, was in Lancaster City and attempted to remove Mrs. Bookmyer from her living quarters. Bookmyer, a dressmaker, occupied a house at 219 North Lime Street, that was owned by John Scherff. Scherff had allegedly warned Bookmyer several times of being ejected due to non payment.  

Bowman arrived at the house on 10 May while Bookmyer was at a picnic. He promptly .went about having all her property set outside the house. He locked up the house.  

Bookmyer returned home, broke open the door, and promptly returned her belongings. There she remained On This Day in 1880. 

She is disputing Scherff’s claim and states he actually owes he a considerable amount at well 


Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 11 May 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.