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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 […]

Joseph E. Peters Jr. – Located in Elizabethville Area After War

| May 19, 2017

Joseph Edwin Peters Jr. served in the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private during the Civil War.  A brief sketch of him, edited from information found in Captain Enders Legion, pages 173-174, is as follows: Joseph E. Peters Jr. was born 12 July 1843 in Mahantongo, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Joseph […]

John Powell – Killed in Powder Explosion at Kalmia Mine, 1877

| May 17, 2017

John Powell, who was born in England about 1844, enrolled in the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery on 26 January 1864 at Philadelphia.  Although the above Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card from the Pennsylvania Archives states that he did not muster into service until a year later, other records indicate that the card is in error and […]

Grandson of John H. Primm Drowns in Susquehanna River, 1926

| May 15, 2017

John H. Primm, a Civil War veteran, lost his grandson to drowning in the Susquehanna River as a result of a capsized canoe in April 1926.  The son, Malcolm Primm, was born in 1908 in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and was a tech student in Harrisburg.  Two companions escaped by swimming to the shore, where […]