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Philip C. Swab – A Grand Funeral!

| February 3, 2016

Philip C. Swab is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 30 August 1864 and honorably discharged on 1 June 1865.  In 1870, Swab was a retail dry goods […]

Obituary of a Civil War Widow, Mrs. Joseph W. Knouff

| January 29, 2016

During the Civil War, Joseph W. Knouff served in Company H of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, for nine months.  He died on 10 April 1902 and is buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Enders, Dauphin County. On 21 July 1890, Joseph W. Knouff applied for a disability pension, which, according to the Pension Index Card […]

John J. Swab – A Record for the Soldier Homes?

| January 22, 2016

On the 9 March 1919, the Leavenworth Post of Leavenworth, Kansas, reported on a new admission to the National Soldiers’ Home there – that of John J. Swab, indicating that he was transferred from Battle Mountain Sanitarium and stating that he had been in “nearly every other National Military Home in the United States, but […]

Charles J. Hartleaf – “Dutch Charlie”

| January 15, 2016

From the Harrisburg Telegraph of 20 May 1905, came a story of the heroic efforts of “Dutch Charlie” to save the life of an eight year old girl whose clothes were on fire: CHILD DIED OF BURNS Ruth Ellen Harvey’s Clothes Caught Fire from Flaming Refuse Ruth Ellen Harvey, aged 8, daughter of Mr. and […]

The Millersburg Roots of John H. Geist

| January 11, 2016

John Henry Geist (1838-1928) was the son of John Geist (1801-1880) and Susanna [Frederick] Geist, who were married in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on the 12 December 1824.  But, other than his parents’ marriage, did John Henry Geist have a connection with Millersburg and the Millersburg area? John Henry Geist was a Civil War veteran […]