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Benjamin F. Harper’s Widow of Loyalton, Died in 1917

Posted By on June 2, 2016


The following obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 8 March 1917:


Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, 8 March 1917 — Mrs. Clara Harper, widow of Frank Harper, a Civil War veteran, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clayton B. Holtzman, in West Main Street, in West Main Street, on Tuesday, after a long illness.  Mrs. Harper lived most of her married life near the “old forge: close to the Loyalton depot.  She was a member of the Oakdale Evangelical Church.  Mrs. Harper was 71 years old and is survived by five children, Mrs. Clayton Holtzman, of this place; Mrs. Samuel Neiman, of Lykens; Mrs. Charles Adams, of Philadelphia; Charles Harper, of Shamokin, and George Harper, of Loyalton.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday with burial at Oakdale Church.

Clara Harper was the former Clara R. Moyer, the daughter of George Moyer and Rebecca [Riegle] Moyer.  Her husband, known in the community as Frank Harper, was Benjamin Franklin Harper, who is named on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Private who joined the Heilner Post after its organization.


Benjamin F. Harper

Benjamin F. Harper served in the 41st Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company G, and in the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company C, in both cases, as a Private.


Benjamin F. Harper is buried in the Oak Dale Church Cemetery in Washington Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.


One Response to “Benjamin F. Harper’s Widow of Loyalton, Died in 1917”

  1. I enjoy your postings — I spend most of my time on the 69th Pa “Irish Volunteers” and it is a pleasant change to see what else is goig on in Civil War gravesite reserach — keep it up !!!!

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