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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILDuring the George Taylor House’s Meet Ben Franklin event Aug. 6, a crowd gathers for the showing of the Disney flick “Ben and Me,” about a mouse who lived in Ben Franklin’s hat and claimed credit for all his inventions. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILDuring the George Taylor House’s Meet Ben Franklin event Aug. 6, a crowd gathers for the showing of the Disney flick “Ben and Me,” about a mouse who lived in Ben Franklin’s hat and claimed credit for all his inventions.
Carrie and James Balleck and their children, Phoebe, Edward and Luke, receive the award for naming the George Taylor House mouse, from program director Emily Zacharda, Ben Franklin impersonator Chris Black and program volunteer Jean Decker. The family submitted the winning name of Quill for Ben Franklin’s mouse. Carrie and James Balleck and their children, Phoebe, Edward and Luke, receive the award for naming the George Taylor House mouse, from program director Emily Zacharda, Ben Franklin impersonator Chris Black and program volunteer Jean Decker. The family submitted the winning name of Quill for Ben Franklin’s mouse.
Franklin’s militia presented the story of a trip from Philadelphia to Easton during Revolutionary times. From left are Paul Strikwerda, Patricia Burton, Doug Burton, Howard White and Chris Black, as Ben Franklin. Franklin’s militia presented the story of a trip from Philadelphia to Easton during Revolutionary times. From left are Paul Strikwerda, Patricia Burton, Doug Burton, Howard White and Chris Black, as Ben Franklin.

George Taylor House mouse gets a name

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Guests meet Ben Franklin, hear him tell Revolutionary War story about Easton

Guests at the George Taylor House in Catasauqua Aug. 6 gathered around Ben Franklin’s militia, portrayed by Bachman Players, who ventured up from Philadelphia to tell the story of how Easton was saved from the grasps of the wicked British troops who marched against the town during the Revolutionary War.

Easton housed a military hospital during the war. The town was of strategic importance because it was on the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. Both waterways were key transportation links for military operations.

“It took three days to travel by land from Philadelphia to Bethlehem,” Franklin impersonator Chris Black said. “The trail was so narrow that a Moravian guide was required to make sure no one took a wrong turn and got lost in the wilderness.”

Easton and Northampton counties (Northampton and Lehigh in the Revolutionary period) were hotbeds for the independence movement.

The Bachman Players intend to release a new play titled “Easton 1775 — the Edge of Revolution.”

“I think it would give an account of the activism that went on in the area supporting the independence movement,” Black said. “George Taylor was instrumental in determining how the new government was run. It’s easy to say we will be independent, but the difficulty is in how to run a government.”

Black pointed out that after the famous Tea Party incident, Boston was effectively blockaded by the British leading to harsh economic times.

“It was the other colonies who bought Boston-made products so they would survive,” he said.

According to Howard White, one of the members of Franklin’s militia, “John Dickerson, one of the staunch supporters of independence, was a Loyalist until the Declaration of Independence was signed. He wanted to wait until King George could address the grievances presented.”

Those who attended took the history lesson in stride and gathered under a field tent to view the Disney movie “Ben and Me.” The movie claims a mouse named Amos hid under Ben Franklin’s hat and was responsible for all Franklin’s inventions.

A similar fantasy mouse living in the George Taylor House became the subject of a naming contest, in which area children and their families attempted to choose the best name for the mouse. With more than 100 entries, the selection committee chose Quill, a name submitted by the Ballek family of Salisbury Township. The family received congratulations and a gift basket at the event.