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John C. Herman – Tobacconist and Mayor of Harrisburg

| January 23, 2013

During the Civil War, John C. Herman served in Company K, 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, as a Private.  He enrolled at York, York County, Pennsylvania, and was mustered into service in Harrisburg, 9 August 1862.  By 28 December 1862, he was sick from “hemorrhoids and rheumatism in the back” and was sent to a hospital in […]

Gratz During the Civil War – Zacharias Laudenslager Property

| April 15, 2012

The lot numbered 41 in the original Simon Gratz layout of the town of Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was sold in 1816 to a farmer, Peter Ritzman, an early settler of Lykens Township.  Ritzman built the house shortly afterward and by 1818 sold the property to Jacob Hoover.  Hoover continued to live in Lykens Township […]

Gratz During the Civil War – William H. Yohe, Carpenter

| January 21, 2012

The two original lots here, #2 and #4, may have been the first lots sold by Simon Gratz when a transaction was made in 1811.  The first owner was John Orndorff who was believed to be the first doctor to live in Gratz.  Ordorff had a difficult time in that he lost the property, had […]

Hanukkah and the Gratz Family

| December 21, 2011

The blog, Rebecca Gratz and 19th Century America, by Susan Sklaroff, has been previously mentioned on this blog and on this day that begins Hanukkah 2011, readers are directed to three past posts on Susan Sklaroff’s blog which deal with subject of Hanukkah. From her blog header, Susan Sklaroff states: Rebecca Gratz (1781-1869), a Philadelphia […]

Gratz During the Civil War – Samuel’s Church

| November 28, 2011

Early records of this Gratz property, known on the Simon Gratz subdivision as Lot #18, indicate it was first owned by George Kissinger in 1815.  The deed for the 1815 transaction is the earliest-found recorded deed of any of the original Simon Gratz lots.  George Kissinger is not known to have erected any building on […]