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Frederick Ruben or Reuben Frederick? Valley View Veteran.

| June 30, 2017

In the 1890 Veterans’ Census of Weishample, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, a Ruben Frederick was enumerated as a solider who served in the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company I, as a Private.  In compiling the original list of veterans from the Lykens Valley area, this veteran was incorrectly identified as Frederick Ruben.  Of course this posed some […]

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 […]