Journal of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley ;
This issue contains the transcription of the 1869 diary of Clay Township resident Samuel R. Hess, and provides a day-to-day look at the life of a typical Mennonite farmer and businessman. The diary has been indexed by name and provides a list of local residents with whom Hess had contact with.
"A beautiful volume containing over 600 full color illustrations of local advertising from around the Cocalico Valley. Included in the book is the history of the various newspapers that were published in the Cocalico Valley, a selection of 19th and early 20th century public auction broadsides, and an outstanding sampling of advertising ephemera of area businesses. Accompanying each advertising item is a detailed history of the business which it prompted. Businessesinclude: general merchandise and dry goods stores, drug stores, clothing and shoe stores, grocery stores, hardware stores and lumber yards, hotels, etc." [from the Journal of the Historical Society Of The Cocalico Valley]
Issued as: Journal of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, v. 19 (1994).
Includes appendix of printers' ornaments.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [88-93]).
This issue features the historical and genealogical record of Ephrata's Bauman/Bowman family beginning with John Bauman (1703-1771) and continuing through the mid-to-late nineteenth century. Also included is an illustrated bibliography of the imprints produced on the printing presses of Ephrata printers John, Samuel and Joseph Bauman, along with an illustrated study of the printer's ornaments used by the Baumans. The journal also includes an account of the Ephrata paper mill operated by Christian Bauman and his sons.
Issued as: Journal of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, v. 40 (2015).
"The story of the events leading up to the incorporation of the Borough of Ephrata in 1891, its incorporation, and the history of the borough's first fifteen years of existence. Included are the names of the petitioners, all Ephrata property owners, who signed the petition in favor of the town's incorporation in 1891, along with brief biographical sketches and portraits when available. The story of the town's early history documents the many challenges that faced the town's early elected officials, such as the development of an electrical plant, a public water plant, the construction of streets and sidewalks, and the enactment ofordinances that regulated day-to-day life in the town. The journal also includes biographies of the borough's burgesses and mayors from 1891 to the present, along with a list of the men and women who have served on Ephrata Borough Council through the years along with their term of office. Included in the list of mayors is a biography of Ephrata's only honorary mayor,Evelyn (Ay) Sempier, Miss America 1954." [from the publisher]
Journal fo the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley ; v. 43
Excerpt: "It has recently occurred to me that...the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley has owned the historic Connell Mansion...for fifty-six years. During those fifty-six years little has been written or published about the history of the grand gray-painted three-story brick Italianate home...Who were Moore and Rebecca (Konigmacher) Connell, who built the Italianate mansion in 1868 and whose family occupied it for two generations until 1961?There is absolutely no question in my mind that at the time the Connells built their house it was unique in its rural Lancaster County setting and a showplace in the sleepy farm village of Ephrata."
Issued as: Journal of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, 37 (2012).
"In addition to offering a biography of Harry Franklin Stauffer [1896-1982] the journal traces his printing career which began in 1915 when he was employed with Silas Bard's Denver Press. In later years Stauffer operated the print shop of Weaver's Book Store, Lancaster. Following his retirement from Weaver's he established a private press-the "Conestoga Press"- for the purpose of demonstrating the art of printing at the Kutztown Folk Festival. The journal also records the restoration of the historic Ephrata press at the historic Ephrata Cloister." [from the Journal of the Historical Society Of The Cocalico Valley]