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William B. Meetch – Had Connections to All of Dauphin County

| March 10, 2015

The following is the obituary of William B. Meetch as it appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 3 September 1919: Former Power in Local Politics is Dead at Advanced Age WILLIAM B. MEETCH, LONG PROMINENT, IS DEAD Was for Years Repubilcan Leader and Widely-Known Hunter of Big Game LOVER OF OUTDOOR LIFE Although 75 Years Old […]

Obituary of Albert G. Cummings – Millersburg Inventor of the Aeroplane, 1896

| March 9, 2015

Albert G. Cummings (1844-1911), inventor, died at his home in Millersburg, Dauphin County.  During the Civil War, he served in a New Hampshire regiment.  Previously on this blog, he was profiled in a post entitled More Millersburg Area Portraits Found (Part 2).  Today, his obituary is presented as originally published in the Harrisburg Patriot of […]

Obituary of Frank N. Douden of Millersburg

| February 20, 2015

On 23 March 1917 a brief obituary appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot noting the death of a prominent businessman of Millersburg, Frank N. Douden.  Although the obituary gave his middle initial as “S,” it is the same person who served in the Civil War in Company G of the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry. Frank S. Douden […]

Elias Martin and Levi B. Ditty of Reed Township

| February 12, 2015

Elias Martin (1839-1918) is buried at Highland Cemetery, Dauphin Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served two enlistments, although only one is named on his grave marker. Elias Martin first enrolled at Duncan’s Island in the Susquehanna River in Company C of the 136th Pennsylvania Infantry on 8 August 1862.  He was […]

Jacob Ritzman – Found Dead Along Road

| January 26, 2015

The obituary of bachelor Jacob Ritzman, found in the Harrisburg Patriot of 29 January 1909, reported that he had found dead along the road in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He was a Civil War veteran having served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private. BOYS FOUND DEAD BODY Veteran of […]