Posted on January 28, 2019 at 11:54 AM by Chester County Archives
The surname Gillespie is spelled several ways in this one
deed which was drawn up by one individual likely in the presence of the said
John Chrisman and Jacob Christman are brothers, but each spelled their surname differently on the same administration bond.
The first list of names was submitted on the local
assessor’s tax returns in 1783. By the time the county assessors drew up a list
of rates, a number of variations to the spellings of several surnames crept
into the final list.
Posted on December 24, 2018 at 11:39 AM by Chester County Archives
Today Americans tend to associate certain foods with
certain holidays, but what we view as traditional dishes were not necessarily
on the table at the County Home. All three Christmas dinners documented in the
menu book (1924-1926) featured roast chicken and mashed potatoes – not turkey,
goose, or ham. And while Thanksgiving dinner at the poorhouse was more
elaborate than other days, the main dish all three years was roast pork. The 4th
of July, now known for picnics, was no different than other days. If you had
been there in 1925, your Independence Day dinner would have been beef stew.
While early 20th-century holiday food traditions of more
affluent families are well-documented in magazines and cookbooks, the Chester
County Home menu book offers a rare glimpse into the meals of those who,
whether due to poverty, illness, or disability, could not care or provide for
Posted on November 29, 2018 at 8:41 AM by Chester County Archives