08 August 2015

On This Day: A Williamsport boy was traded for a horse

A young Williamsport boy was traded for a horse, reported the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer On This Day in 1881. A traveling band of gypsies left eight year old Eddie Willum of Williamsport with a farmer near Franklin. The gypsies traded the boy for a horse. Young Willum, according to the article, was believed to have been stolen by the gypsies.

Franklin is approximately 175 miles east of Williamsport, along what is now Route 80. Franklin is in Venango County. Williamsport is in Lycoming County.


Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 8 August 1881. 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.