08 November 2015

On This Day: Potter leaves wife to elope with young girl

H. Potter left his wife and eloped with a young girl, reported the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer On This Day in 1881.

Horatio Potter came to Bethlehem –giving his name as Gleason - with a young girl of approximately 16 years of age who he claimed was his wife. The two came from Scranton and were returned there on Saturday, 5 November by Deputy Sheriff Bortree.  

The girl is the daughter of a deceased soldier named Schwartz. Potter left a wife and child in Scranton. 

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