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John Peter Crabb – A Third Party Slate of Candidates?

| May 31, 2016

John Peter Crabb, Civil War veteran and native of Gratz, Pennsylvania, moved to Harrisburg after the Civil War, where he became a founder and Commander of Stevens Post No. 520, G.A.R. and was very active in Republican Party politics. He was previously profiled here, and last week a blog post told of a fair held […]

Orton F. Ingersoll – Brother-In-Law of Lykens Valley Medal of Honor Recipient

| May 26, 2016

The first wife of Thomas W. Hoffman (1839-1905) was Sallie Shindel, who was born in Gratz in 1941 and died in Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, on 26 April 1890.  The couple had at least 3 children together.  After Sallie died, Thomas W. Hoffman moved to Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, where he lived with his second […]

John Peter Crabb – Raising Funds to Help Needy Comrades

| May 23, 2016

John Peter Crabb, Civil War veteran and native of Gratz, Pennsylvania, moved to Harrisburg after the Civil War, where he became a founder and Commander of Stevens Post No. 520, G.A.R.  He was previously profiled here, but not included in that article was a fair conducted by that post in 1889 for the purpose of […]

Marks Hornet – African American Soldier from Elizabethville

| April 22, 2016

In the 1860 Census of Washington Township, (Post Office Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there appears a family identified in the “Color” column as “m” for Mulatto.  The head of the family was Marks Hornet, a 38 year-old laborer.  He indicated to the census that he was born in Pennsylvania, that did not own any real […]

“Cooking the Books” at the Gratz Historical Society

| March 18, 2016

In the post of 14 March 2016, the By-Laws of the Gratz Historical Society were discussed in relation to Annual Meetings to show how Lois Schoffstall and Charles Schoffstall took control of the Gratz Historical Society by: (1) not holding legally required Annual Meetings; (2) by carefully selecting Officers and Board members and then presenting […]