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Dr. William H. Uhler – Lykens Dentist

| November 20, 2017

Dr. William H. Uhler, Civil War veteran, died on 30 August 1894 in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He is buried at the Odd Fellows Cemetery (I.O.O.F.) in Lykens. along with his wife, Mary Jane [Martz] Uhler, who died in 1909. A brief death announcement appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph on 31 August 1894: At his […]

Obituary of Cyrus Spangler

| November 15, 2017

Notices were given in the Harrisburg newspapers in April 1916 of the death of Cyrus Spangler, a Civil War veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B. CYRUS SPANGLER Cyrus Spangler, aged 75 years, died Saturday, died Saturday at his home, 8 North Fifth Street [Harrisburg].  Funeral services were held at his late residence last […]

Why Does Jacob Umholtz Have a G.A.R. Marker at His Grave in Gratz?

| November 13, 2017

The photo above was recently taken at the Gratz Union Cemetery, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, of the grave of Jacob Umholtz, who was born 18 March 1824 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son of Johannes “John” Umholtz (1796-1853) and Catherine [Harmon] Umholtz (1795-1880).  Next to the grave marker is a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder […]

John Townsend – Died from Injuries in Railroad Accident

| October 25, 2017

On 11 August 1894, the obituary of John Townsend appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph: SUPERVISOR TOWNSEND IS DEAD He Was a Veteran Railroad Man and Good Citizen John Townsend, for twenty-seven years supervisor of the Summit Branch Railroad, died yesterday at his home in Wiconisco after an illness of several months, aged 65.  A wife […]

Was Sylvester Snyder, Buried at Berrysburg, a Civil War Veteran?

| October 2, 2017

Sylvester Snyder (1844-1891), son of Abraham Snyder (1814-1888) and Hannah Maria [Bordner} Snyder (1821-1900), is buried at the Old Methodist Cemetery, Berrysburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Alongside his grave marker is a a G.A.R. Star-Flag Holder indicating that he was a veteran of the Civil War.  Initial efforts to locate his regiment and company of service […]