15 September 2015

On This Day: Bet “paid like a little man”

Politics were a big deal in 1880 and some men apparently bet upon results. In Lancaster, William Wilson, a porter, and Theodore Beck, a barber, bet who would carry Maine.

Wilson bet that the Republicans would carry that state. The condition of the bet was that if they did not carry Maine, then Wilson would wheel Beck, in a wheelbarrow, from the Cooper house, where Wilson was a porter, to the Pennsylvania railroad depot and back. The Republicans evidently did not carry Maine, as the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer reported On This Day in 1880, that Wilson paid his bet “like a little man” that afternoon. 

Lancaster Daily Intelligencer. (Lancaster, PA), 15 September 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.