The US presidential election in 1880 was a much talked about race between Republican James A. Garfield and Democrat Winfield Scott Hancock. It was a close race and everyone, it seems from reading the newspapers of that day, had an opinion … including Eckman’s hen.
Ephraim Eckman, Jr., of
West Lampeter Lancaster County,
had a hen of blooded stock (that is, a purebred) that was hatched on Easter
Monday. She had laid a dozen eggs in her four months already. The Lancaster
Daily Intelligencer reported On This (obviously slow news) Day in 1880 that her
brother “crows for Hancock.”
On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015