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Some Brief Obituaries of Lykens Valley Area Civil War Veterans

Posted By on August 12, 2015

The following are some brief obituaries of three Lykens Valley area Civil War veterans as they appeared in local newspapers:


From Harrisburg Telegraph, 20 December 1899:



Funeral services were held this afternoon over the body of Joseph Ritzman, who died at his home in Wiconisco, Wednesday morning, after eight years of suffering from miner’s asthma.  He was 63 years of age, a war veteran, and is survived by seven children.  Rev. A. H. Souillard of the U. B. Church, conducted the services and the G.A.R. Post attended in a body.  Interment was made in Wiconisco Cemetery.

From the Lykens Register, 21 December 1899:


Joseph Ritzman, suffered from miners asthma and recently dropsy.  He was born 18 August 1836 near Gratz.  His father died when he was young and he started to earn his own living early in life by learning the trade of shoemaker at Berrysburg.

On 30 December 1860, he married Elizabeth Klinger, then of Uniontown [Pillow].  They moved to Elizabethville, then Fisherville.  In September 1864, he enlisted in Company A, 210th Pennsylvania Volunteers [210th Pennsylvania Infantry] and his wife returned to her parents till the close of the war.  On 30 May 1865, he was discharged and with his wife, settled in Wiconisco.  Eight years ago his wife died and he made his home with his children.  Seven children survive:  Mrs. Thomas Bateman [Rebecca Ritzman]; Mrs. George G. Schreffler [Agnes Ritzman]; William Ritzman; Grant Ritzman; George Ritzman; Mrs. Charles Schadel [Nora Ritzman]; and Mabel Ritzman. Two brothers:  Balzer Ritzman of Shamokin; Jacob Ritzman of Millersburg.  One sister:  Mrs. John Ficel [Sallie Ritzman] of the same place.  He was buried in Wiconisco Cemetery.


From the Harrisburg Telegraph, 4 August 1899:



On Monday evening Harrison Riegle died of dropsy complications.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and when able always participated in the exercises of the Grand Army of the Republic.  He was an active P.G. Member of Gratztown Lodge, No. 663, I.O.O.F., who will turn out in a body in his honor.  The funeral will be held on Thursday forenoon.  Interment at Gratz in the Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery, Rev. O. E. Pflueger officiating.

From the Lykens Register, 3 August 1899:


Harrison Riegle, a prosperous farmer living near Loyalton, died Monday of miner’s asthma.  He was buried in Gratz Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery.  Solomon Rettinger and Mr. Riegle wedded sisters and died three hours apart.

From the “Old History” column of the Lykens Standard, 21 December 1917, reporting on a death that occurred in 1899:


Harrison Riegle died age 48 of pneumonia.  He was of Specktown, and served in Company G, 103rd Regiment [103rd Pennsylvania Infantry], Civil War.


From the Harrisburg Telegraph, 22 October 1897:



Gratz, Pennsylvania, 21 October 1897 — Henry Kauderman, who has been confined to his bed for the last twenty weeks, died on Friday morning and was buried on Sunday afternoon.  Mr. Kauderman was highly respected by all who knew him and left a host of friends to mourn his departure.  He had one of the largest funerals for years in this place, not only the pews, but the aisles, the stairs and windows were filled.  Rev. Pflueger preached a very appropriate and touching funeral sermon.

Henry Kauderman‘s Civil War service was not mentioned in his obituary.  He served in the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company C, as a Corporal, from 4 July 1863 through 11 August 1863.  He was born in 1829 and was 68 years old at his death.


Obituaries are from various sources including the on-line resources of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Newspapers.com, and family provided clippings.



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