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Gov. William Alexis Stone

| February 14, 2012

William Alexis Stone (1846-1920) served as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1899 to 1903.  He was born in Delmar, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, the son of Israel Stone (1802-1887) and Amanda [Howe] Stone (1806-1871). When the Civil War started, William Stone was too young to join a regiment, and although he tried to enlist by falsifying his […]

Halifax Bank Robbery – The Robbers

| November 10, 2011

WESTON MERRITT KEIPER Weston Merritt Keiper, born in 1879, was the oldest son of William Henry Keiper and Susanna [Row] Keiper of Lykens.  Weston’s father, William Henry Keiper, was a coal miner, who was described as a “large man” who had a “fondnesss for drink.”  He would frequent the saloons on Friday evenings when he […]

Halifax Bank Robbery – Charles W. Ryan

| November 9, 2011

The murder victim of the Halifax bank robbery of 14 March 1901 was Charles W. Ryan.  Ryan was one of the three bank officials who were present in the bank at the time that Wesley Keiper and Henry Rowe entered the bank attempting to rob it.  In the gunfire that ensued, Charles W. Ryan was […]

Halifax Bank Robbery – Abraham Fortenbaugh

| November 7, 2011

The Halifax Bank, the first bank in the Borough of Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was organized in 1871 and was located on Market Street.  By October 1900, the Halifax Bank bank closed and was re-established as the Halifax National Bank. Within a year, a robbery attempt was made at the bank which resulted in the […]

Was Uncle John Keiper a Civil War Veteran?

| May 31, 2011

Uncle John M. Keiper (1842-1887) is buried in the Old Stone Church Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He is one of many persons of whom it is believed that they served in the Civil War, but there is no formal recognition of their service at their graveside. John M. Keiper was born 17 February […]