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.” 

Source:

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