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Thomas J. Elder Leaves Estate to Paxton Church

| October 30, 2015

Previously on this blog, the question was asked:  “Who was Thomas Elder and Why Was He Visiting Elizabethville in 1908?”  The original story of his visit appeared in a Lykens Valley area newspaper in that year and stated that he was visiting family and friends on his way to Philadelphia to raise the new 46-star […]

Who is John Dougherty, Buried Near Elizabethville?

| October 16, 2015

John Dougherty (1844-1862) was located in Matter’s Cemetery, Washington Township, near Elizabethville, Dauphin County with a G.A.R. marker at his grave.  It is possible that this is the same John Dougherty who was killed at Fair Oaks, Virginia, 31 May 1862, while serving with the 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a Corporal.  However, the […]

Clifford H. Romberger (1947-2015) – Civil War Re-Enactor

| October 5, 2015

Word has been received of the death of Civil War Re-Enactor, Clifford H. Romberger.  His obituary, as it appeared in local area newspapers, and on the web site of Hoover-Boyer Funeral Homes, follows: ELIZABETHTOWN – Clifford H. Romberger, 68, of Masonic Drive and formerly of Elizabethville, passed away Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at the Masonic […]

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 […]