21 July 2015

On This Day: Jaw bones found in house


Jaw bones were found On This Day in 1880 in the Muhlenberg house on South Queen Street. The bones were found sealed up between the floor and ceiling at the first landing of the stairs and had evidently been placed their when the house was built at the beginning of the century.

The house was originally built by Joseph Montgomery. For many years thereafter it was the home of Dr. F. A. Muhlenberg. It was recently purchased by Isaac Diller. 

The bones are those of either a horse or mule. They were found while men were making alterations to the stairway. 

Source:
 
Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 21 July 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  

 

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