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“Cooking the Books” at the Gratz Historical Society

| March 18, 2016

In the post of 14 March 2016, the By-Laws of the Gratz Historical Society were discussed in relation to Annual Meetings to show how Lois Schoffstall and Charles Schoffstall took control of the Gratz Historical Society by: (1) not holding legally required Annual Meetings; (2) by carefully selecting Officers and Board members and then presenting […]

The Illegal Takeover of the Gratz Historical Society

| March 16, 2016

Today’s post presents evidence of the illegal takeover of the Gratz Historical Society by Lois Schoffstall and Charles Schoffstall.  According to the By-Laws, they they have no legal authority to operate the Society, to act or speak on behalf of the membership — in any regard.  Neither they, nor the persons who they claim have […]

The Ku Klux Klan in Pennsylvania – Some Sources of Information

| March 14, 2016

This post will identify and review two readily-available print sources of information on the Ku Klan Klan in Pennsylvania in the 20th Century.  This 20th Century iteration of the Klan was a re-incarnation of the first Klan that came about after the Civil War to deny rights to Freedmen by using terror and intimidation.  From […]

Minutes of the Kissinger Post, G.A.R., Gratz – 1886

| March 11, 2016

Minutes of the Kissinger Post, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), No. 376, Department of Pennsylvania, located at Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, have now been added to the “Resources” section of this blog and may be accessed directly from this post or from the index page of the “Resources” section. To access the complete collection […]

The Stites Family in the Civil War

| March 9, 2016

William Doubert Stites (1840-1915) is the “W. D. Stites” whose name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument. On 31 August 1861, William D. Stites was mustered into service at Harrisburg in the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private.  At the time of enrollment, he gave his age as 21, his residence as Bloomfield, […]