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Update on Hiram Groff – Captured at Gettysburg, Then Parolled

| April 28, 2016

On 4 November 2014, a post entitled “The Groff Brothers?  Hiram, Valentine and William,” was presented here.  Some questions were asked in that post and readers were asked to submit additional information about the men named Groff.  Note:  A prior post also discussed “Israel M. Groff and Sons – All Civil War Veterans?” The following […]

Marks Hornet – African American Soldier from Elizabethville

| April 22, 2016

In the 1860 Census of Washington Township, (Post Office Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there appears a family identified in the “Color” column as “m” for Mulatto.  The head of the family was Marks Hornet, a 38 year-old laborer.  He indicated to the census that he was born in Pennsylvania, that did not own any real […]

Smaller Civil War Railroad Stations En Route on the Lykens Valley Railroad

| April 18, 2016

Other than the main railroad stations on the Lykens Valley Railroad at Lykens Borough, Elizabethville, and Millersburg (Lenkerville), there were at least three other smaller stations en route.  Previously on this blog, a post featured the Oak Dale Station and the Civil War.  As mentioned in that post, the stop at Oak Dale later became […]

Civil War Railroad Structures of Elizabethville

| April 4, 2016

Previously on this blog, a brief discussion of the Elizabethville Railroad Station (Lykens Valley Railroad) mentioned the following: The railroad station at Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, which was built about 1872, still stands today and is one of the oldest stations still in existence in central Pennsylvania.  The tracks, which once ran through this borough, […]

“Cooking the Books” at the Gratz Historical Society

| March 18, 2016

In the post of 14 March 2016, the By-Laws of the Gratz Historical Society were discussed in relation to Annual Meetings to show how Lois Schoffstall and Charles Schoffstall took control of the Gratz Historical Society by: (1) not holding legally required Annual Meetings; (2) by carefully selecting Officers and Board members and then presenting […]