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Lykens Valley Roots of Jared Bohn Faust, Monument Engraver

| February 29, 2016

  The chief engraver of several battlefield monuments at Gettysburg was Jared Bohn Faust, who was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, on 27 August 1846, the son of Reuben Eirich Faust (1818-1890), a carpenter, and Mary Ann [Bohn] Faust (1812-1874).  Jared spent some of his early years in Lykens Township and Gratz Borough, of Dauphin […]

Hamilton Bailey – Coal Wagon Inventor Was Married to Halifax Native

| February 26, 2016

Catherine “Kate” Pinkerton was born in 1833 in Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of George Kirby Pinkerton (1797-1875) and Margaret Mary [Wright] Pinkerton (1802-1882).  She married Hamilton Bailey, a blacksmith of Harrisburg. Two of Miss Pinkerson’s brothers served in the Civil War:  (1) Hiram W. Pinkerton, buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Pottsville, and […]

Some Interesting Newspaper People Who Died in 1913

| February 24, 2016

Wouldn’t you like to know more about these newspaper people who died in 1913? From the Harrisburg Patriot, 8 August 1913: MINE OWNER DIES Norristown, Pennsylvania, 7 August 1913 — Henry L. Acker, a wealthy mine owner of Colorado, died at the home of his sister here today at an advanced age.  He went West […]

Philadelphia Mural Has Civil War Theme

| February 22, 2016

The second mural in the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is found on 8th Street between Chestnut Street and Market Streets in Philadelphia and has a Civil War theme.  It is painted on the west-facing wall on the side of a building behind a parking lot.   According to the painted “plaque” in the […]

Further Research Needed on These African American Civil War Veterans

| February 19, 2016

Additional information is sought on the following African American Civil War veterans: From the Harrisburg Patriot, 21 April 1913: JAMES E. DENT James E. Dent, aged 72 years, died Saturday morning at his home, 1102 North Cameron Street [Harrisburg] after a long illness.  He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic Post […]