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Obituary of Samuel Beisel Wiest – Lumberman of the Pacific Northwest

| January 15, 2018

  Samuel Beisel Wiest, was born 31 December 1845, in Hebe, Jordan Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of John Klinger Wiest (1821-1877) and Lucetta [Beisel] Wiest (1824-1904).  He was a direct descendant of the first Klinger settlers in the area of the Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys. On 27 February 1864, in Pottsville, Samuel B. […]

Obituary of John Weiser, 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| December 18, 2017

An obituary of John Weiser appeared in the Elizabethville Echo, 9 March 1905.  Mr. Weiser was a Civil War veteran from the area of Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, who served in the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry. The funeral of John Weiser was held at Pillow last Sunday morning, Rev. S. P. Brown officiating.  A large number […]

Aaron Schoffstall – Part of Oil Boom at Titusville

| June 23, 2017

Aaron Schoffstall was born about 10 April 1842 in Jordan Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Henry Schoffstall (1808-1867) and Margaret Rebecca [Wells] Schoffstall (1808-1878).  In 1850, the family was living in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where Henry was a farmer.  In 1860, Aaron was working as a teamster in Gratz. According to […]

Some Civil War Connections to Pillow (Part 3 of 3)

| July 29, 2015

On 4 July 2015 I gave the Keynote Speech at the Pillow Historical Society Open House, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the parts of that talk was the identification of twenty-one Civil War veterans who had some connection to Pillow (formerly called Uniontown). Today’s post features the final seven of those men with some […]

Some Civil War Connections to Pillow (Part 2 of 3)

| July 22, 2015

On 4 July 2015 I gave the Keynote Speech at the Pillow Historical Society Open House, Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  One of the parts of that talk was the identification of twenty-one Civil War veterans who had some connection to Pillow (formerly called Uniontown). Today’s post features the second seven of those men with some […]