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Israel M. Groff and Sons – All Civil War Veterans?

| July 24, 2014

In the Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there is a grave marker (above) for an Israel M. Groff, born 27 October 1816 and died 8 January 1893. In the Hummelstown Cemetery, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there is a gravemarker for a Dr. Israel M. Groff, born about 1837 and died 12 August 1893. The […]

Was Preston Saltzer a Drummer Boy?

| July 2, 2014

In the Saltzer family genealogy in A Comprehensive History of the Town of Gratz Pennsylvania, published in 1987, there is a brief reference following the inclusion of the name of Preston Saltzer (15 August 1851 – 1896): Said to be a drummer boy in the Civil War. As with most stories and facts presented in […]

Jacob Shiro – Farmer, Merchant & Postmaster of Gratz

| June 25, 2014

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 Pennsylvania Infantry, as a Private, from 14 March 1865 through discharge on […]

The Shamokin Soldiers’ Circle – The Cemetery List – Identified Grave Sites

| June 2, 2014

Today’s post is the first of two with updated information on the Soldiers’ Circle at the Shamokin Cemetery, Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Previous posts on this blog presented photographs of each of the burial sites in the circle, many with readable stones, but some with no stones or partially readable stones.  For access to those […]

Why Are There Ku Klux Klan Uniforms in Gratz?

| May 28, 2014

Displayed on the second floor of the Gratz Historical Society Museum is an offensive exhibit that has been the object of many complaints from visitors and volunteers over the years of its existence.  Three Gratz area Ku Klux Klan uniforms are displayed at the side of a doorway.  Displaying Ku Klux Klan “regalia” is not […]