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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 […]

Alexander McLaughlin of Elizabethville and Carsonville

| January 9, 2015

CARSONVILLE MERCHANT DIES OF APOPLEXY Elizabethville, 19 July 1917 —Alexander McLaughlin, a Civil War veteran who for many years conducted the general store and post office at Carsonville, died at his home here this afternoon at 4:30 p.m., following a stroke of paralysis. He was 76 years of age.  He is survived by three sons, […]

Jonathan J. Hoke – Shoemaker of Elizabethville

| October 22, 2014

The shoemaker, Jonathan J. Hoke (1825-1903) is buried at Matter’s Church Cemetery, Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  At his grave, there is a G.A.R. star-flag holder.  The photograph (above) is linked to the Findagrave Memorial for Jonathan J. Hoke.  In a recent visit to the Matter’s Church Cemetery, a photograph was taken for the Civil War […]