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News of the World: Aug 1863

| August 31, 2013

August 3. Racetrack at Saratoga Springs, NY opens.  It is the oldest racetrack in the US, and is often considered to be the oldest sporting venue of any kind in the country.       August 11. Cambodia becomes French Protectorate. In 1863, King Norodom, who had been installed by Thailand,sought the protection of France from the Thai […]

Victorian Home: Bathroom (Part 6)

| August 29, 2013

In many places the bathroom as such did not exist during the Civil War. Often a room next to or adjoining a bedroom was called a dressing room, which contained clothing storage and often a wash basin, stand, pitcher and mirror. In these kinds of homes baths were usually taken in the kitchen. .  Toilets […]

The Poffenberger Cousins of Dauphin County

| August 27, 2013

Three members of the Poffenberger family of Dauphin County have been located in the Civil War military records.  They are Joseph H. Poffenberger (1835-1867), William L. Poffenberger (1847-1920), and William H. Poffenberger (1839-1893).  These three men were first cousins, since their fathers were brothers and they had a common grandfather, William Poffenberger (1783-1842).  Previously, a […]

Obituary of Jacob Kissinger of Gratz

| August 25, 2013

CIVIL WAR VETERAN PASSED AWAY AT GRATZ Jacob Kissinger died at Gratz 16 November 1921, aged 78 years and two days. Mrs. Kissinger arose at 6 o’clock that morning while the husband slept and at 7 o’clock she went to call him for breakfast but found that his spirit had passed away.  About a year […]

Obituary of Henry Hoover of Berrysburg

| August 21, 2013

HENRY HOOVER Henry Hoover, a well known contractor and builder, died suddenly of neuralgia of the heart at his home in Berrysburg, Thursday morning, 27 February 1908.  Aged 70 years, 9 months, and 14 days. Deceased was born at Millersburg, Pennsylvania, 13 May 1837, and married Miss Louisa Zimmerman of Jacksonville, and moved to Berrysburg […]