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York Cow Is in the Corn

While looking for illustrations for my PowerPoint presentation on York County agriculture next Saturday at York County Heritage Trust, I came across the Lewis Miller drawing above. I think it’s a pretty amusing example of what might be called “York County attitude.”
Jacob Buser’s cow had wandered into Abraham Greenawalt’s garden and Buser was not happy. Miller’s caption quotes the Buser-Greenawalt confrontation in Pennsylvania German dialect. It translates as:

Old Abraham Greenawalt’s cow–in Jacob Buser’s garden eating corn, in July the 7th 1820. Buser said: “Look here!” and “Look there!” Greenawalt said: “Look to the devil,” and off he went.

Want to know more about the history of York County agriculture? Come to the York County Heritage Trust, 250 East Market Street, York on Saturday, September 11 at 10:30. My PowerPoint presentation is in honor or the 10th anniversary of the creation of York County Heritage Trust, which came about with the merger of the Historical Society of York County with the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. It is also in recognition of the 20th anniversary of another of my favorite organizations, Farm and Natural Lands Trust of York County.
Click here for my recent York Sunday News column on York County agricultural history.