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The Ku Klux Klan Funeral of James Spangler in Lykens, 1925

| January 8, 2018

James Spangler, born 3 October 1880, son of Civil War veteran George Spangler (1846-1921) of Lykens, was instantly killed on 16 July 1925 while working on Level 3 of the Short Mountain Colliery, when a shot that he and his fellow worker were preparing, exploded prematurely.  The notice of the accident appeared in the Lykens […]

John J. Tobias – Obituary of a Donaldson Native

| December 1, 2017

The obituary of Civil War veteran John J. Tobias, who was born near Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, appeared in the Mount Carmel Item, 19 February 1935: J. J. TOBIAS, CIVIL WAR VETERAN, DIES DUE TO INFIRMITIES Defender of the Union Answers “Taps” After Being Bedfast a Week; Military Funeral To Be Held on Friday Afternoon […]

Obituary of James Neal of Rausch Creek – Served as James W. O’Neal

| April 28, 2017

The obituary of James Neal appeared in a local newspaper at the time of his death, which occurred at Rauch Creek, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 4 November 1885: DEATH OF JAMES NEAL On Wednesday afternoon James Neal of Lower Rausch Creek, one of the most respected citizens of the West End, died very suddenly after an […]

William Murphy of Tremont – Immigrant, Died at Vet Home in Virginia

| April 7, 2017

William D. Murphy, or William Murphy II as he is found in some records, was born in August 1844 in Ireland.  According to information in the 1900 census, he came to America in 1862, during the Civil War.  He married Hannah Grant some time prior to emigrating and they began a family in Ireland, which […]

Update on Benjamin Hartzog, alias Walter Davis, of Donaldson

| February 10, 2016

A brief description of the service Benjamin Hartzog was given here on this blog on 24 April 2012 when he was added to the Civil War Research Project. Benjamin Hartzog (1843-xxxx), a resident of Donaldson, Schuylkill County, was a laborer who enlisted in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  After the war […]