23 July 2015

On This Day: Eckman charged with forgery

James A. Eckman, of Drumore Centre, the hotel that burned on the 21st, was arrested for forgery On This Day in 1880. Eckman allegedly had given a note to L. Strauss & Co. of Philadelphia but he had signed it G.W. Harbeson.

Harbeson naturally denied any knowledge of the note. Eckman was given bail for $500 and would go before Squire Groff in Willow Street on the 27th of July. Eckman claimed Harbeson had given him permission to sign his name. 

The Drumore Centre Hotel had burned completely on the 21st July 1880. The hotel, according to the article, had just been advertised at sheriff’s sale before the fire.

James is the son of the late Henry Eckman.  


Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 23 July 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  


On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.

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