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John Townsend – Died from Injuries in Railroad Accident

| October 25, 2017

On 11 August 1894, the obituary of John Townsend appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph: SUPERVISOR TOWNSEND IS DEAD He Was a Veteran Railroad Man and Good Citizen John Townsend, for twenty-seven years supervisor of the Summit Branch Railroad, died yesterday at his home in Wiconisco after an illness of several months, aged 65.  A wife […]

George H. Troutman – Another Veteran Overlooked by Millersburg?

| October 13, 2017

George H. Troutman was born in 1819 and died in 1885, probably at the home of his daughter in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He is buried at St. Luke’s Parish Cemetery, Malta, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Previously on this blog a query was made about the George Troutman who served in the 177th Pennsylvania […]

William D. Stites – Obituary & Portrait

| September 6, 2017

Previously on this blog, the Stites Family in the Civil War was featured.  At that time, a portrait of Dr. Samuel Stites (1816-1882), a contract surgeon during the Civil War, was featured, along with some Civil War records of his son, William D. Stites. The portrait at the top of this post is said to […]

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 […]