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Godfrey Sammet – Dies After Breaking Ground for Halifax School, 1913

An interesting story appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 18 August 1913, about Civil War veteran, Godfey Sammet: GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW HIGH SCHOOL Halifax’s Oldest Citizen Starts Boyer Memorial Building with Informal Ceremonies Halifax, Pennsylvania, 18 August 1913 – Ground for the new Boyer Memorial High School building to be erected by the local school […]

Abner M. Pike of Halifax – Some Tragic Stories

The death of Abner M. Pike was announced in the Harrisburg Daily Independent, 3 November 1902.  The obituary in that newspaper did not mention his Civil War service: Death of A. M. Pike Special to the Star-Independent Halifax, 3 November 1902 — A. M. Pike, a prominent business man of Halifax, died at 9 p.m. […]

Israel Neiman – Veteran of Mifflin Township

Israel Neiman is buried at the Old Methodist Cemetery in Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At the time the photograph of his grave maker was taken (shown above) there was no indication at the cemetery that he was a Civil War veteran.  According to the stone, he was born 10 July 1820 and died 19 November […]

William A. Loomis – Mennonite Born in Halifax Who Served in Civil War

The above family card for Anthony Wayne Loomis (1806-1864) was found in the Mennonite Vital Records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1750-2014, available on Ancestry.com. It shows a child, William A. Loomis, born 27 December 1842, married Harriet Thomas, and died 4 September 1900.  The card states that Anthony Wayne Loomis lived in Halifax, Pennsylvania. On […]

Jacob Klinger and Sarah [Reed] Klinger – Death at the Almshouse and a Murder Story

Today’s post begins the story of one of the most brutal and sensational murders ever committed in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania – that of Sarah Ann [Reed] Klinger, the widow of Civil War soldier Jacob Klinger. It is believed by some that the Jacob Klinger who served in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry in the Civil War […]