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Thomas J. Elder Leaves Estate to Paxton Church

| October 30, 2015

Previously on this blog, the question was asked:  “Who was Thomas Elder and Why Was He Visiting Elizabethville in 1908?”  The original story of his visit appeared in a Lykens Valley area newspaper in that year and stated that he was visiting family and friends on his way to Philadelphia to raise the new 46-star […]

John S. Eckel of Tremont – Fact-Checking a Story of His Confederate Service

| October 28, 2015

On 25 June 1993, a story appeared in the Citizen Standard (Valley View, Pennsylvania), entitled “Traitors: Some Locals Served with Confederates If Unwillingly.”  The story was written by Mark T. Major.  Included was a paragraph about John S. Eckel of Tremont: In Arkansas, John Eckel, a Tremont native, worked as a laborer until he was […]

Death of Major Findlay I. Thomas at Lykens, 1922

| October 26, 2015

Information about Civil War veteran Findlay I. Thomas of York County was first presented to the Civil War Research Project by researcher-writer Dennis Brandt.  Although Thomas spent most of his life outside the Lykens Valley area, he died in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, in 1922.  Despite this connection with Lykens, he was previously ignored by […]

Peter D. Eby – Killed in Mines at Lykens, 1882

| October 23, 2015

Notice of the results of a coroner’s inquest into the death of Peter D. Eby at Lykens appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 5 January 1882: KILLED IN THE MINES A Man’s Neck Broken While Riding on the Cars Coroner Shindler was called to Lykens yesterday to hold an inquest on the body of Peter […]

Obituary of Benjamin F. Eby, 1934

| October 21, 2015

The name of Benjamin F. Eby appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument found on North Second Street in that Borough, Dauphin County.  He was a Private in the Civil War and he joined the Heilner G.A.R. Post after its organization. Benjamin F. Eby died on 19 June 1934 in Harrisburg and the following obituaries appeared […]