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Some Brief Obituaries of Lykens Valley Area Civil War Veterans

| August 12, 2015

The following are some brief obituaries of three Lykens Valley area Civil War veterans as they appeared in local newspapers: —————————– From Harrisburg Telegraph, 20 December 1899: JOSEPH RITZMAN Funeral services were held this afternoon over the body of Joseph Ritzman, who died at his home in Wiconisco, Wednesday morning, after eight years of suffering […]

Was There Ever a G.A.R. Post in Elizabethville?

| August 10, 2015

In researching the Stevens G.A.R. Post No. 520 of Harrisburg, the only “Colored” post for Civil War veterans in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, a news article was found in the Harrisburg Telegraph of 24 May 1919 which described posts no longer in existence in the “smaller” towns in the county.  Surprisingly, Elizabethville was mentioned as once […]

Obituary of Philip C. Swab

| July 1, 2015

Philip C. Swab, or Philip C. Schwab as he is sometimes found in the records, served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, from 30 August 1864 through his muster out on 1 June 1865.  He died in Tennessee on 10 January 1900, but his roots were in the Lykens Valley in […]

Why Was There a Cross-Burning in Elizabethville?

| April 17, 2015

On Thursday evening, 22 January 2015, a hate crime occurred in Washington Township, just outside the Borough of Elizabethville, at the home of a young African American woman.  The woman, who had moved from Harrisburg to make a better life for herself and her two children was targeted by someone who placed a burning cross […]

Elizabethville Obituaries of Jonas Swab and James M. Koppenheffer

| March 11, 2015

JONAS SWAB: BIG WAGONMAKER, DIES Builder of Swab Wagons Succumbs at Home in Elizabethville WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, 22 December 1913 — Jonas Swab, one of the most prominent men of the Upper End of Dauphin County, died this morning at 5:30 o’clock at his residence on Main Street, after an illness of several […]