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Aaron Ossman of Hegins – Spoke Out for Pension Rights

| May 8, 2017

Aaron Ossman was born on 8 December 1838 in Valley View, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the son of Philip Ossman (1796-1866) and Barbara [Friedlein] Ossman (1794-1860). In 1860, Aaron was living with his parents in Hegins Township, where at age 22, he was working as a carpenter.  At the time he enlisted in Civil […]

William Lebo – Medical Doctor at Hegins

| November 16, 2016

The photograph shows Dr. William C. Lebo working on a cadaver while a student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, some time after the Civil War.  In the 1870 census of Gratz Borough, Dauphin County, he indicated he was a medical student and was living in the household of his brother-in-law, Henry R. Lehr, who […]

Joel Kramer – Killed In Storm By Falling Barn Door

| October 6, 2016

On 11 May 1897, The Times of Philadelphia reported the following tragic story: LAY HELPLESS IN A STORM A Mahantongo Farmer Falls from a Barn and Dies After Being Found by Passing Farmers. Special Telegram to THE TIMES. SHAMOKIN, 10 May 1897 —  News of an awful accident reached here today from Mahantongo Township.  Joel […]

Jacob Klinger and Sarah [Reed] Klinger – Death at the Almshouse and a Murder Story

| September 7, 2016

Today’s post begins the story of one of the most brutal and sensational murders ever committed in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania – that of Sarah Ann [Reed] Klinger, the widow of Civil War soldier Jacob Klinger. It is believed by some that the Jacob Klinger who served in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry in the Civil War […]

Henry H. Huntzinger – Militiaman Buried at Hegins?

| May 24, 2016

Henry Harrison Huntzinger is buried at Frieden’s Union Cemetery, Hegins, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, with his wife Amanda [Erdman] Huntzinger.   Is this is the same Henry H. Huntzinger who served in the 6th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1862), Headquarters, as 2nd Lieutenant and Adjutant of this militia regiment?  At the time the photograph of his grave […]