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William D. Stites – Obituary & Portrait

| September 6, 2017

Previously on this blog, the Stites Family in the Civil War was featured.  At that time, a portrait of Dr. Samuel Stites (1816-1882), a contract surgeon during the Civil War, was featured, along with some Civil War records of his son, William D. Stites. The portrait at the top of this post is said to […]

John G. Sommers – Upper Paxton Township, 1890

| September 1, 2017

John G. Sommers, who was found in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, served in the 3rd Maryland Cavalry, Company K, as a Bugler, from 27 November 1863 through his discharge on 7 September 1865. That same John G. Sommers, applied for a disability pension on 11 February 1889 and […]

Obituary of Daniel A. Shultz

| August 30, 2017

Daniel A. Shultz died on 30 December 1925 in Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and was buried at the I.O.O.F Cemetery, Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His grave marker is pictured above.  Daniel A. Shultz is recognized on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a member of the Heilner Post who joined after its organization.  However, on the […]

Lykens Valley Ku Klux Klan Events Needing Further Research

| August 25, 2017

Today’s post presents some events involving the Ku Klux Klan that were reported in the Elizabethville Echo.  Each event needs further research. The post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known fact that […]

The Ku Klux Klan Orphanage Fire and the Fund Raising Scam of 1926

| August 23, 2017

On 21 November 1926, a major fire ripped through Klan Haven, an orphanage established by the Ku Klux Klan near Paxtang, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Forty-six children were led to safety by the quick action of home attendants and fire fighters.  According to reports at the time, the cause of the fire was suspicious, and the […]