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William Romberger – Drowned in Susquehanna River Near Harrisburg, 1862

| February 7, 2018

William Romberger was born some time between June 1827 and May 1828 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Jacob Romberger (1806-1864) and Margaretha Rebecca [Conrad] Romberger (1810-1878).  It is believed that he died about 22 November 1862 by drowning in the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg.  Supposedly his intention in leaving Camp Curtin […]

William Martz – Did He Have a Connection to Millersburg?

| February 2, 2018

The obituary of William Marsh appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 10 January 1922: William Martz, Aged 75, Dead at Williamstown Williamstown, Pennsylvania, 10 January 1922 — William Martz, aged 75, a veteran of the Civil War, died Sunday evening in his home on East Market Street.  he is survived by his wife, Mrs. William Martz […]

Thomas Romberger – Draftee in 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry with Dalmatia Connection?

| January 31, 2018

Thomas Romberger was first added to the Project when he was named in the Dalmatia Bicentennial Book.  A second post mentioning him on 26 April 2012 stated that his regiment and company of service had not yet been identified.  Additional research found that he was drafted and served in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, […]

Ku Klux Klan Gather at Funeral of Simon Nelson in Tower City, 1925

| January 29, 2018

Simon Peter Nelson was born on 23 October 1878, in Orwin, Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the son of John Nelson, an immigrant from Germany, and his wife, Rebecca [Heberling] Nelson, who was born in Pennsylvania.  He was a coal miner.  He died on 26 February 1925, killed accidentally by a crush of falling coal.  […]

More Lykens Valley Ku Klux Klan Events Needing Further Research

| January 26, 2018

Today’s post presents some events involving the Ku Klux Klan that were reported in the Lykens Standard.  Each event needs further research. The above photograph was published in the Lykens Standard on 31 July 1925 along with three other photographs of the funeral of James Spangler, all showing hooded Klansmen marching in Lykens Borough in […]