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Remembering Wiconisco’s Civil War Soldiers – Cemetery Tour – Sunday, 29 May 2016

| May 27, 2016

  An invitation from Jake Wynn…. Join local historian Jake Wynn at Calvary United Methodist Cemetery in Wiconisco on Sunday, May 29 at 7 PM for a memorial program commemorating the incredible lives of the region’s Civil War veterans. This hour-long program will bring visitors into the oldest sections of the cemetery and highlight the stories […]

John M. Hughes – Hosiery Mill Owner Crushed to Death in Williamstown

| May 9, 2016

The Harrisburg Telegraph reported the tragic death of John M. Hughes, prominent hosiery mill owner of Williamstown on 29 July 1898: CRUSHED BY THE WHEELS The Frightful Death of a Williamstown Mill Owner It was a frightful accident which befell John M. Hughes, of the firm of Hughes and Hoffman, proprietor of the Williamstown Hosiery […]

Jacob Zerby of Elizabethville – Cavalryman and Blacksmith

| May 6, 2016

Jacob Zerby, Civil war veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, died on 19 November 1913.  His death was reported in the Harrisburg Telegraph of the next day: Elizabethville — Jacob Zerby, a member of Sherman’s Cavalry during his famous march “to the sea,” died of the infirmities of old age yesterday after a year’s illness […]

Fatal Mine Accidents at Short Mountain Colliery, 1878-1903

| April 29, 2016

Some time after 1903, the Lykens Standard responded to a request to print a list of all mine-related fatalities at the Short Mountain Colliery, Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Many of the men named in the fatalities list were Civil War veterans or were the sons of Civil War veterans.  The list is presented below for […]

Marks Hornet – African American Soldier from Elizabethville

| April 22, 2016

In the 1860 Census of Washington Township, (Post Office Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, there appears a family identified in the “Color” column as “m” for Mulatto.  The head of the family was Marks Hornet, a 38 year-old laborer.  He indicated to the census that he was born in Pennsylvania, that did not own any real […]