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Franklin E. Fisher and the Fotheringill Brothers of Frailey Township

| November 27, 2015

In researching Franklin E. Fisher who served in Company C of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, and who died in Reading, Berks County, on 25 December 1932, it was discovered that after Franklin’s first wife died, he married Sarah [Irving] Fotheringill, the widow of Joseph W. Fotheringill of Lykens, Dauphin County, also a Civil War veteran.  […]

Civil War Roots of Korean War POW Buried at Indiantown Gap

| November 22, 2015

On 9 November 2015, Korean War veteran Corporal Martin A. King who died nearly 65 years ago at a prisoner of war camp in Korea, was laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, with full military honors. Corporal Martin King of the U.S. Army was captured at Unsan by the […]

Henry Feindt Describes Great Lykens Earthquake of 1907

| November 20, 2015

Henry Feindt (1843-1914), a Civil War veteran of the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry (26th April 1861 – 31 Jul 1861)  and the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry (7 October 1861 – 18 July 1865), was Postmaster of Lykens in 1907 when an “earthquake of vast extent” hit the Upper Dauphin County area of the Susquehanna Valley. Feindt was […]

Obituary of and Memorial to George W. Ely

| November 11, 2015

George Washington Ely died on 18 January 1914 in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  As a member of the United Brethren Church in Lykens, his name was inscribed into the memorial book there and his obituary was attached to his memorial page.  The page, which is shown below, incorrectly gives his name as “George Edward […]

Death of Major Findlay I. Thomas at Lykens, 1922

| October 26, 2015

Information about Civil War veteran Findlay I. Thomas of York County was first presented to the Civil War Research Project by researcher-writer Dennis Brandt.  Although Thomas spent most of his life outside the Lykens Valley area, he died in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, in 1922.  Despite this connection with Lykens, he was previously ignored by […]