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William Savage – Victim of Mining Accident, 1879

| July 10, 2017

On 23 June 1879, William Savage, a Civil War veteran, was at work in his usual job of machinist at the Williamstown Colliery, and was the victim of an accident – dying instantly as a car in which he was riding down the slope broke loose from its chain and fell to the bottom of […]

Ku Klux Klan Rally in Elizabethville Attracts More Than a Thousand, 1926

| June 12, 2017

In the souvenir book for the Elizabethville Sesquicentennial of 1967, page 131, the following brief mention is made of a Ku Klux Klan parade through that borough which took place on 28 August 1926: KU KLUX KLAN The Ku Klux Klan paraded through town on Saturday evening 28 August 1926; and after the parade a meeting […]

Joseph E. Peters Jr. – Located in Elizabethville Area After War

| May 19, 2017

Joseph Edwin Peters Jr. served in the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private during the Civil War.  A brief sketch of him, edited from information found in Captain Enders Legion, pages 173-174, is as follows: Joseph E. Peters Jr. was born 12 July 1843 in Mahantongo, Pennsylvania.  He was the son of Joseph […]

Moses Nutt – Forgeman and Farmer

| April 21, 2017

Moses Nutt died on 5 March 1891 in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His funeral was conducted from St. John’s Lutheran Church at that place and he was buried in the Lykens Cemetery. According to information found in the church book, Moses was born in Speedwell, New Jersey, on 17 October 1814, the son of John […]

Daniel B. Oberholzer – Artist of Elizabethville & Carpenter of Millersburg

| March 15, 2017

The name Daniel Oberholtzer appears on the plaque on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  In researching him, several surprising facts were uncovered. According to information found on Ancestry.com and elsewhere, Daniel Oberholtzer (or Daniel Oberholzer is he is sometimes found in the records), was born on 2 June 1838 in Pennsylvania, the […]