07 August 2015

On This Day: Eckman has a Hancock hen

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.” 


Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 7 August 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.