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John J. Swab – A Record for the Soldier Homes?

| January 22, 2016

On the 9 March 1919, the Leavenworth Post of Leavenworth, Kansas, reported on a new admission to the National Soldiers’ Home there – that of John J. Swab, indicating that he was transferred from Battle Mountain Sanitarium and stating that he had been in “nearly every other National Military Home in the United States, but […]

Who Was Henry Garmer of Hebe?

| January 18, 2016

On Line No. 4 of the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Hebe, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (above, from Ancestry.com, click on document to enlarge), there appears the name of Henry Garmer (or Henry Germer) who claimed service as an “Unassigned” soldier, a recruit, in the 3rd Pennsylvania Infantry, from 17 September 1864 through 1 November 1865.  No […]

Charles J. Hartleaf – “Dutch Charlie”

| January 15, 2016

From the Harrisburg Telegraph of 20 May 1905, came a story of the heroic efforts of “Dutch Charlie” to save the life of an eight year old girl whose clothes were on fire: CHILD DIED OF BURNS Ruth Ellen Harvey’s Clothes Caught Fire from Flaming Refuse Ruth Ellen Harvey, aged 8, daughter of Mr. and […]

The Millersburg Roots of John H. Geist

| January 11, 2016

John Henry Geist (1838-1928) was the son of John Geist (1801-1880) and Susanna [Frederick] Geist, who were married in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on the 12 December 1824.  But, other than his parents’ marriage, did John Henry Geist have a connection with Millersburg and the Millersburg area? John Henry Geist was a Civil War veteran […]

Obituary of George W. Geesey of Millersburg

| January 4, 2016

George W. Geesey, whose name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument as a Civil War veteran, died on 3 February 1927.  For much of his working life, he served as the janitor or custodian of the Millersburg train station/depot and was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He retired in 1915 after 30 years of service […]