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This story was published in the Fall 2019 edition of Upper Delaware Magazine. This tale is one of several the famed Pennsylvanian folklorist Charles Skinner collected in his book, “Myths and …

In the 19th and early 20th century, like now, people got sick. Like now, sometimes they died. But this was before antibiotics, before most vaccines, and those deaths were often from conditions that would now be preventable, curable, or at least treatable.