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Aaron Schoffstall – Part of Oil Boom at Titusville

| June 23, 2017

Aaron Schoffstall was born about 10 April 1842 in Jordan Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Henry Schoffstall (1808-1867) and Margaret Rebecca [Wells] Schoffstall (1808-1878).  In 1850, the family was living in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where Henry was a farmer.  In 1860, Aaron was working as a teamster in Gratz. According to […]

Who Was Michael Renner & What Happened to Him?

| June 10, 2017

Michael Renner enrolled at Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, for a term of service of 3 months.  No date of enrollment is given on the Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card, shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives.  However, he was mustered into service on 26 April 1861 at […]

John E. Roberts – Killed in Virginia, 1862

| June 6, 2017

The name John Roberts appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a Civil War soldier who was killed in action.  At first, it was difficult to identify him, but recently, a Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card was located for a John E. Roberts, who lived in Dauphin County at the time of his enlistment. An 18 […]

Ambrose Rathvon – Emergency Man, President of Millersburg Planing Mill Company

| May 24, 2017

Two entries appear in the 1893 Harrisburg City Directory for the Millersburg Planing Mill Company, as seen in the page portion above.  In the first entry, the company is named in the alphabetical listing with officers given as follows:  Ambrose Rathvon, President; Ramsey E. Moyer, Treasurer; and H. Frank Sheetz, Secretary.  At the bottom of […]

Why Did John T. Pepper Serve in a Pennsylvania Regiment?

| May 22, 2017

The 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, was composed almost completely of men who lived in and around the Lykens Valley area.  However, there were some exceptions. John T. Pepper was born on 5 November 1838 in New York.  About 1859, he married Emeline Bonham, who according to all records seen, was also born in New […]