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Who Was Jacob R. Smith Who Enrolled at Lykens?

| August 28, 2017

On 26 April 1861, Jacob R. Smith was mustered into the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private.  At the time,he said he was 20 years old (born about 1841), was employed as a boatman, and lived at Clarks Ferry, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He was honorably discharged on 31 July 1861. No record has […]

Lykens Valley Ku Klux Klan Events Needing Further Research

| August 25, 2017

Today’s post presents some events involving the Ku Klux Klan that were reported in the Elizabethville Echo.  Each event needs further research. The post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known fact that […]

Pennsylvania Railroad Offers Excursion from Lykens to K.K.K. Rally in Washington, 1926

| August 21, 2017

The Harrisburg Telegraph of 11 September 1926 advertised a special excursion rate of $6.00 by the Pennsylvania Railroad for anyone interested in attending the Ku Klux Klan “parade” to be held in Washington, D. C., on Monday, 13 September 1926.  The train was to leave Harrisburg at 2:00 A.M. on the 13th and return from […]

William Savage – Victim of Mining Accident, 1879

| July 10, 2017

On 23 June 1879, William Savage, a Civil War veteran, was at work in his usual job of machinist at the Williamstown Colliery, and was the victim of an accident – dying instantly as a car in which he was riding down the slope broke loose from its chain and fell to the bottom of […]

Henry W. Snyder – County Treasurer & Lykens Merchant

| July 7, 2017

Henry W. Snyder, who served in the 2nd Company G of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, as a Corporal, died on 20 February 1928 in Wilmington, Delaware. His obituary appeared in a Harrisburg newspaper at the time of his death: H. W. SNYDER, CIVIL WAR VETERAN, DIES Served Term as County Treasurer Formerly in Mercantile Business […]