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Why Did John T. Pepper Serve in a Pennsylvania Regiment?

| May 22, 2017

The 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, was composed almost completely of men who lived in and around the Lykens Valley area.  However, there were some exceptions. John T. Pepper was born on 5 November 1838 in New York.  About 1859, he married Emeline Bonham, who according to all records seen, was also born in New […]

Rev. Ephraim Potts – What Was His Connection to Lykens?

| May 10, 2017

Rev. Ephraim Potts was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 23 May 1837.  He died in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, on 22 April 1904, and is buried at the Atglen Methodist Cemetery, Atglen, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  The portrait of him, shown above, is modified from one found of him on a public tree on Ancestry.com. The […]

Abner M. Pike of Halifax – Some Tragic Stories

| May 5, 2017

The death of Abner M. Pike was announced in the Harrisburg Daily Independent, 3 November 1902.  The obituary in that newspaper did not mention his Civil War service: Death of A. M. Pike Special to the Star-Independent Halifax, 3 November 1902 — A. M. Pike, a prominent business man of Halifax, died at 9 p.m. […]

Obituary of James Neal of Rausch Creek – Served as James W. O’Neal

| April 28, 2017

The obituary of James Neal appeared in a local newspaper at the time of his death, which occurred at Rauch Creek, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 4 November 1885: DEATH OF JAMES NEAL On Wednesday afternoon James Neal of Lower Rausch Creek, one of the most respected citizens of the West End, died very suddenly after an […]

George Noll of Tremont – Dies as Santa Claus

| April 26, 2017

An interesting news story appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 27 December 1901: GRIM DEATH’S SUMMONS CAME WHILE HE PLAYED SANTA CLAUS With Happy Smile and World of Cheer George Noll Passed Away Special to the Inquirer POTTSVILLE, Pennsylvania, 26 December 1901 — George Noll, of this place, while playing Santa Claus, dropped dead with a […]