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Who Was Philip Holler Who Died in Williamstown in 1904?

| March 26, 2015

The Harrisburg Patriot of 1 June 1904 reported the death of Phil Haller, at Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN From the Patriot Correspondent WILLIAMSTOWN, 31 May 1904 — Phil Haller, a Civil War veteran, died at his home of asthma and dropsy. He was seventy-four years of age. His funeral was held on Saturday at 2 p.m.  The […]

Civil War Nurse – Martha Armstrong Wiestling

| March 24, 2015

The following obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot, 6 Feb 1906: DEATH OF MRS. WIESTLING, NOTED CIVIL WAR NURSE Mrs. Martha Wiestling, who during the Civil War was matron of several of the impoverished hospitals in this city, died yesterday morning at age eighty-three years.  She had been a resident for many years of this […]

The Last Tango in Carlisle

| March 18, 2015

On 1 March 1905, the Harrisburg Patriot reported the marriage of a “grizzled” Civil War veteran and the sweetheart of his youth: JOINED AT ALTAR AFTER MANY YEARS Romantic Ending of Love affair of T. S. Kaufman, a Grizzled Veteran, and Mrs. Scheaffer A love affair that started many years ago, before the Civil War, […]

Was a Civil War Memorial Ever Erected at Dauphin Borough?

| March 16, 2015

  In late 1919, two newspapers reported plans to move a large boulder from Short Mountain between Lykens Township and Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to the Borough of Dauphin, which was on the Susquehanna River just south of Halifax and just north of Harrisburg.  The idea was to create a memorial to area […]

Jacob R. Miller – Halifax Township Native & Pennsyvania Railroad Man

| March 13, 2015

Jacob Robert Miller was born in Halifax Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on 15 July 1833 to Peter K. Miller and Margaret [Muench] Miller.  During the Civil War he served in the 201st Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Private, from 19 August 1864 through his discharge by Special Order on 7 November 1864.  He died […]