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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 […]

The Illegal Takeover of the Gratz Historical Society

| March 16, 2016

Today’s post presents evidence of the illegal takeover of the Gratz Historical Society by Lois Schoffstall and Charles Schoffstall.  According to the By-Laws, they they have no legal authority to operate the Society, to act or speak on behalf of the membership — in any regard.  Neither they, nor the persons who they claim have […]

The Ku Klux Klan in Pennsylvania – Some Sources of Information

| March 14, 2016

This post will identify and review two readily-available print sources of information on the Ku Klan Klan in Pennsylvania in the 20th Century.  This 20th Century iteration of the Klan was a re-incarnation of the first Klan that came about after the Civil War to deny rights to Freedmen by using terror and intimidation.  From […]