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A History of the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry – Including Reports of a “Bucktail” from Killinger

| October 28, 2016

Today’s post features an 1895 history of a Civil War regiment formed of men including Henry M. Kieffer, who was living in Killinger, Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, in 1860, and was the son of Dr. Ephraim Kieffer, a pastor of St. David’s Reformed Church in that place during most of the years of the […]

Dr. Christian Lenker – Elizabethville Native Served in Ohio Regiments

| September 30, 2016

Dr. Christian Lenker was found in the Biography and History of Schuylkill County, as a Civil War soldier who served in the 19th Ohio Infantry, Company H, as a Sergeant.  His connection to the Lykens Valley was clearly stated in the opening paragraph of the sketch.  It is obvious from that opening paragraph that he […]

The Flowers of Emanuel Lehman

| September 22, 2016

On 4 October 1913, the headline in the Harrisburg Telegraph read:  “Emanuel Lehman and His Flower Bed.”  A photo and the story followed: Lykens, Pennsylvania, 4 October 1913 — The above is a picture of Emanuel Lehman, of Lykens, who was recently elected to the office of Sunday School Treasurer of the United Brethren Church […]

Cyrus Romberger – Was He Excused from Military Service For Health Reasons?

| September 20, 2016

Cyrus Romberger was born 14 July 1843 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, the son of Daniel Romberger (1816-1882) and Hannah [Bergstresser] Romberger (1818-1889).  Although he was of age to be required to register for the draft, no record has been located that he did so, and in the various rosters of regiments examined, no record […]

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]