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Samuel B. Pottiger of Halifax

| September 16, 2015

CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIES AT HALIFAX; 78 YEARS OLD Halifax, 22 June 1919 — Samuel B. Pottiger, a veteran of the Civil War, died here yesterday in his seventy-eighth year, following a brief illness caused by paralysis.  He was for the greater part of his life a prominent citizen of this place and for forty-four […]

Some Wedding Anniversaries of Veterans in 1919

| August 24, 2015

Two Civil War veterans with connections to the Lykens Valley celebrated long-term marriage anniversaries at the end of 1918 and the end of 1919.  Both anniversaries were reported in the newspapers of 1919. Cloyd C. Bender was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania, but lived most of his life in Halifax where he first worked as […]

Was There Ever a G.A.R. Post in Elizabethville?

| August 10, 2015

In researching the Stevens G.A.R. Post No. 520 of Harrisburg, the only “Colored” post for Civil War veterans in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, a news article was found in the Harrisburg Telegraph of 24 May 1919 which described posts no longer in existence in the “smaller” towns in the county.  Surprisingly, Elizabethville was mentioned as once […]

Obituary of Dr. Jacob W. Shope of Halifax & Harrisburg

| July 31, 2015

Dr. Jacob W. Shope died on 14 June 1923 in Harrisburg.  His obituary appeared the next day in the Harrisburg Telegraph. While funeral services were being conducted for his brother in another part of the city, Dr. Jacob W. Shope, Civil War veteran and prominent Harrisburg physician died yesterday afternoon in his home, 32 South […]

Was a Civil War Memorial Ever Erected at Dauphin Borough?

| March 16, 2015

  In late 1919, two newspapers reported plans to move a large boulder from Short Mountain between Lykens Township and Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to the Borough of Dauphin, which was on the Susquehanna River just south of Halifax and just north of Harrisburg.  The idea was to create a memorial to area […]