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Best of 2012 – Tower City, Porter and Rush Township Civil War Veterans

| December 31, 2012

The Tower City Borough, Porter Township and Rush Township Veterans Memorial is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery which is located along Route 209 in Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  It was the subject of a prior post on this blog on 30 December 2010. Within the glass cases on the monument are name […]

Best of 2012 – Inventions of the 1860s

| December 30, 2012

In February,  the post Inventions of the 1860s was published and has become one of the most viewed pages on the blog. In 1861, the U.S. Patent Law underwent a significant revision.  Among the more important were: the appointment of three examiners-in-chief to hear appeals from the primary examiners of any application that had been rejected twice ; the […]

Best of 2012 – The Royal Ancestry of President Abraham Lincoln

| December 29, 2012

According to Burke’s Presidential Families of the United States, Abraham Lincoln is a direct descendant of King Edward I Plantagenet (1239-1307) of England.  This connection with the royalty of the British Isles gives some descendants of the same king who currently have a connection with the Lykens Valley area, a distant cousin relationship with our […]

Best of 2012 – Pennsylvania Medal of Honor Memorial

| December 28, 2012

The memorial for Pennsylvania recipients of the Medal of Honor is located in Harrisburg, Dauphin County on the east side of the Capitol Building.  A grove of trees (Soldiers and Sailors Grove) flanks the grounds where the name of each individual with the date and place of service is noted on a stone in the […]

Best of 2012 – Pennsylvania Connections to the Lincoln Assassination

| December 27, 2012

Most stories of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln begin the same way.  The author gives the date of  Friday 14 April 1865 and mentions that Lincoln was taking in a play as a form of winding down from the pressures of office and four years of war.  A brief description of the activities of […]