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5000 Attend Ku Klux Klan Demonstration at Gratz Fair Grounds, 1924

| January 12, 2018

On 4 October 1924, the Gratz Fair sponsored on its closing day, a Ku Klux Klan event that turned out to be the largest such event ever held in the Lykens Valley area.  The advertisement shown above, appeared two weeks in a row in the Lykens Standard.  The advertisement for the Fair was in the same […]

Obituary of John Weiser, 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| December 18, 2017

An obituary of John Weiser appeared in the Elizabethville Echo, 9 March 1905.  Mr. Weiser was a Civil War veteran from the area of Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, who served in the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry. The funeral of John Weiser was held at Pillow last Sunday morning, Rev. S. P. Brown officiating.  A large number […]

Civil War Walking Tour of Gratz Revisited

| September 21, 2017

Here are direct links to a series of posts on this blog which describe buildings and sites in Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, that have a relationship to the Civil War era: Gratz During the Civil War Gratz During the Civil War – Solomon Wolf House Gratz During the Civil War – Zacharias Laudenslager House Gratz […]

Rev. George A. Singer – Militia Man from Millersburg & Halifax

| July 28, 2017

The obituary of George A. Singer appeared in the Pittsburgh Daily Press, 27 August 1910: REV. GEORGE A. SINGER Rev. George A. Singer, 67 years old, for 42 years a member of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, died Thursday afternoon in a sanitarium in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, where he had been […]

What Happened to John D. Shearer of Gratz?

| July 24, 2017

On 30 August 1861, at Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, John D. Shearer enrolled in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service at Harrisburg on 9 March 1861.  The record card shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives notes that John D. Shearer re-enlisted on 1 January 1864, was promoted […]