Thursday, March 31, 2016

Vogt's Liberty Bell Brand Ham - 1925

Phila Inquirer 30 June 1925

Phila Inquirer 23 April 1925

Phila Inquirer 8 April 1925


F.G.Vogt & Sons – Scrapple - Frankfurters - Ham – 30th and Race Sts. – 36th and Grey’s Ferry Ave – 1930 / 1948

Phila, Inquirer 26 Sept 1929

Phila. Inquirer 26 Sept 1930

Phila. Inquirer 30 Sept 1930

Frankford and Womrath 1930 - Sign on Building "Vogt's Ham" Per Link

V. G. Vogt & Sons – Pork Products – Originated at 30th and Race Streets in the old stockyards before having to move around 1930 with P.R.R. (30th Street Station) developments there, to improved meat packing plant at 36th and Grey’s Ferry Avenue before being bought out by Oscar Meyer in 1948.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Colonel Thomas J Powers 1845-1900 – Civil War Veteran - Prominent Republican 25th Ward Philadelphia – Pennsylvania State Bank Commissioner

New York Times 31 August 1900

Inquirer 31 August 1900

Inquirer 31 August 1900

Inquirer 27 May 1900 (Untouched Photo)

Inquirer 31 August 1900

2842 Frankford Ave
Present - Google Maps

Inquirer 2 Sept 1900

Inquirer 9 Sept 1900

1900 - Look Alike School with Powers School Below

Inquirer - Thanksgiving Day - 29 November 1900

Colonel Thomas J Powers (former) School - Present
Frankford Ave and E Somerset St. - Google Maps

Inquirer 30 Nov 1900
(Some dissent in the ranks above why the old Sherman School did not  become the new Sherman School being named instead for Thomas J Powers)

Inquirer 11 Aug 1901

Inquirer 31 May 1902


"Philly" Pineapple Cheese Pie Recipe

Here is a post WWII recipe for Pineapple Cheese Pie. The article I found it in the Evening Recorder Amsterdam NY 14 August 1947 makes reference to the fact that Pineapples are no longer restricted and or rationed.  This recipe reflects I think the whole rationing thing in WWII. Honey instead of sugar which I like better with dairy stuff, yogurt and such.  The evaporated or canned milk instead of fresh which if not rationed probably was not a big production item, when the daily supply ran dry, it ran dry, for the war effort and all that. I am not too keen on cloves but maybe nutmeg was not readily available from overseas. I have never had a pie crust made with milk in it that I know of. Don't normally make pie crusts, buy them pre-made like I did for Pumpkin Pies at Thanksgiving. Seems a bit exotic but it is pastry after all and not incompatible with that category of goods. Am on sort of a restricted diet at the moment and will try to make this recipe in the future.  Am putting it here in case anybody wants that old fashioned taste of what I grew up with in Philly – Pineapple Cheese Pie – Something you did not make at home but bought at the local corner bakery on Sunday. Something a bit obsolete and forgotten in the current American Taste Buds corporate marketing thing.


Monday, March 21, 2016

Patrick McShea (McShay) - 1841-1900 - Sargeant Major 28th Pennsylvania 147th Pennsylvania Volunteers - Obit Info Etc.

Civil War Records - National Archive - Record Name Spelling as both McShea and McShay

Find a Grave

Phila.Inquirer 24 May 1895 (Reprint of : Inquirer 24 May 1864)

However, in May 1863, Lt. James Silliman recommended that Pvt. McShea receive a Medal of Honor for "gallant and meritorious conduct at the battles of Antietam and Chancellorsville  where he displayed his usual courage" (letter in the Pennsylvania Historical Society).

For reasons unknown, McShea never actually received a medal, but he fought in all the battles with the 28th and rose to the rank of sergeant. After their three years expired, most re-enlisted.

When Gen. William T. Sherman was told to end the war and march to the sea, the 28th continued its commitment.

Just before Christmas 1864 and just before the sea, McShea was captured and marched to a stockade prison. In Treatment of Prisoners of War by the Rebel Authorities, Library of Congress, House Report No. 45, Sgt. McShea related his experience among 7,000 prisoners:

"I had no shelter for seven days. Then they let us build (a) shelter of pine tree tops covered with dirt. The prisoners burrowed caves in the ground, and we lived in them like rabbits. They gave us neither blanket nor clothing.

"Our food in the prison pen was one pint of unbolted corn meal a day, no meat ... and two tablespoons full of Carolina stock peas about three times a week. We cooked the meal and beans in half a canteen, over a fireĆ¢€¦. We broke the canteen so as to make a kind of cup of it.

"I was there about 11 weeks ... I do not think I could have lived one week longer. ... My parents did not know me when I got home, I was so thin."

After the war, McShea returned to Kelayres as a coal laborer, married, and started a family.

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One bit of family oral history has the Christmas treat of a dog’s head being boiled in the Prisoner’s ration of corn meal. The Confederate captors, short of rations themselves, obviously shared dog with corn meal amongst themselves that Southern Christmas of 1864.

The offer of an appointment to a state job by Governor Geary was I think refused in that I believe that although Patrick could sign his name, he may not have been greatly literate.  On many post-civil war documents and applying for a Veteran’s Disability Pension based on his ill health after and initially caused by his being a POW shows my great grandmother, his wife, signing her witnessed by others “X” signature.

As to the medal of honor thing  there was an under level of contempt in stories told about the family Civil War Hero regarding the mostly Protestant officers and their various prejudices toward Irish (Immigrant) Catholics which seemed to have been one obstacle, one of many at many levels, regarding the medal of honor recommendation. 

And as noted on some civil war documents, Sgt. McShea was busted to Pvt. on one or two occasions because of fist fights etc.