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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 […]

Jacob Shiro – Some News Stories

| July 9, 2014

Today’s blog post will feature some interesting news stories about Jacob Shiro. Jacob Shiro was born in Wittenberg, Germany, on 19 February 1843, the son of Jacob Shiro and Susan [Bellon] Shiro. He arrived in the United States around 185 at the age of eight.  During the Civil War, he served in Company G, 103rd […]