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Capt. Jacob F. Hoffman – Merchant

| November 26, 2013

Capt. Jacob F. Hoffman was the brother of Medal of Honor recipient Thomas W. Hoffman.  He was born in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania on 25 December 1841, and was one of six Hoffman brothers who served in the Civil War.  For a time, he was a merchant in Pillow and Berrysburg in Dauphin County.  […]

Two Civil War Veteran Obituaries from the West Schuylkill Herald of 1904

| November 19, 2013

The obituaries of two Civil War veterans, John Kauffman and Daniel Harman, as published in the West Schuylkill Herald of 1904, are presented in today’s post, along with some additional information about these veterans from the files of the Gratz Historical Society. ————————— John Kauffman (or Kaufman) Kauffman’s obituary appeared in the West Schuylkill Herald, […]

Jacob L. Weaver – Private in 9th Pennsyvlania Cavalry

| November 5, 2013

Additional information has been located on Jacob L. Weaver of Elizabethville, Dauphin County, who served in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry during the Civil War. The obituary of Weaver appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 22 January 1903:   Jacob L. Weaver, who died of pneumonia on Friday, was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery on […]

Aged Widow of One-Day Civil War Veteran Died in Gratz in 1940

| October 29, 2013

The aged widow of Charles A. Coleman, Lydia Matilda Coleman, died in Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 14 January 1940.  Charles A. Coleman reported in Harrisburg to mustered into service in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, on 2 November 1862, and was discharged the same day on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.  There is no […]

A Tribute to Riley Bressler

| September 28, 2013

At the time of his death in December 1899,  the Lykens Register paid a tribute to Riley Bressler, a Civil War veteran: BIOGRAPHY OF RILEY BRESSLER A man of so excellent a type and possessed of rare business methods which made him so successful in life is the late Riley Bressler of Tower City needs […]