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John J. Rathvon – Obituary Notes More War Service than Supporting Records

| May 26, 2017

The name of John Rathvon appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument as someone who served in the Civil War from the Millersburg area.  When and how did he serve is the focus of this blog post. The obituary of John J. Ratahvon appeared in the Elizabethville Echo on 8 December 1932: Millersburg Veteran Buried on […]

Ambrose Rathvon – Emergency Man, President of Millersburg Planing Mill Company

| May 24, 2017

Two entries appear in the 1893 Harrisburg City Directory for the Millersburg Planing Mill Company, as seen in the page portion above.  In the first entry, the company is named in the alphabetical listing with officers given as follows:  Ambrose Rathvon, President; Ramsey E. Moyer, Treasurer; and H. Frank Sheetz, Secretary.  At the bottom of […]

The Tragic Death of Isaac Lyter’s Son, 1899

| May 12, 2017

Frank Lyter, the son of Civil War veteran Isaac Lyter, met a tragic death at Halifax in July 1899, as reported in the Elizabethville Echo of 20 July 1899: Accident at Halifax Frank Lyter, son of Ex-Commissioner Isaac Lyter shot and killed himself, at his home in Halifax on Monday evening. He and his mother […]

Abner M. Pike of Halifax – Some Tragic Stories

| May 5, 2017

The death of Abner M. Pike was announced in the Harrisburg Daily Independent, 3 November 1902.  The obituary in that newspaper did not mention his Civil War service: Death of A. M. Pike Special to the Star-Independent Halifax, 3 November 1902 — A. M. Pike, a prominent business man of Halifax, died at 9 p.m. […]

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]