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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 […]

Moses Neyer – Another Missing Millersburg Civil War Veteran

| April 24, 2017

Moses Neyer is missing, i.e., his name in missing from the tablet on the Millersburg Soldier Monument which recognizes Civil War soldiers from that community and the surrounding area of Upper Paxton Township who honorably served in the war.   The photograph at the top of this post (from Findagrave) of his stone at the Oak […]

Obituary of William P. Miller of Lykens

| March 22, 2017

The name of William P. Miller appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran of the Civil War who served at the rank of 1st Lieutenant, but was not a member of the Heilner Post. The obituary of William P. Miller appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph of 25 March 1872 as a reprint from […]

Information Sought on Isaac B. Moyer, Buried at Hoffman Cemetery

| March 20, 2017

A government-issue gravestone marks the burial place of Isaac B. Moyer at the St. Peter (Hoffman) Church Cemetery, Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The stone notes his service in the 49th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I.  Also at the grave site is a bronze G.A.R.-star-flag-holder. A copy of the file card with information regarding the granting […]