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Who Was Philip Holler Who Died in Williamstown in 1904?

| March 26, 2015

The Harrisburg Patriot of 1 June 1904 reported the death of Phil Haller, at Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN From the Patriot Correspondent WILLIAMSTOWN, 31 May 1904 — Phil Haller, a Civil War veteran, died at his home of asthma and dropsy. He was seventy-four years of age. His funeral was held on Saturday at 2 p.m.  The […]

Civil War Nurse – Martha Armstrong Wiestling

| March 24, 2015

The following obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot, 6 Feb 1906: DEATH OF MRS. WIESTLING, NOTED CIVIL WAR NURSE Mrs. Martha Wiestling, who during the Civil War was matron of several of the impoverished hospitals in this city, died yesterday morning at age eighty-three years.  She had been a resident for many years of this […]

William B. Meetch – Had Connections to All of Dauphin County

| March 10, 2015

The following is the obituary of William B. Meetch as it appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 3 September 1919: Former Power in Local Politics is Dead at Advanced Age WILLIAM B. MEETCH, LONG PROMINENT, IS DEAD Was for Years Repubilcan Leader and Widely-Known Hunter of Big Game LOVER OF OUTDOOR LIFE Although 75 Years Old […]

Obituary of Albert G. Cummings – Millersburg Inventor of the Aeroplane, 1896

| March 9, 2015

Albert G. Cummings (1844-1911), inventor, died at his home in Millersburg, Dauphin County.  During the Civil War, he served in a New Hampshire regiment.  Previously on this blog, he was profiled in a post entitled More Millersburg Area Portraits Found (Part 2).  Today, his obituary is presented as originally published in the Harrisburg Patriot of […]

Capt. James K. Helms of Schuylkill Haven & Pottsville

| March 6, 2015

The obituary of James K. Helms appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 25 July 1893: Death of a Prominent Pottsville Citizen. By Telegraph to THE PATRIOT. POTTSVILLE, Pennsylvania, 24 July 1893 — James Knox Helms, of Schuylkill Haven, died last evening, aged fifty-two years.  Captain Helms was one of the most widely known residents of […]