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Pillow Historical Society Open House Features Civil War Program

| July 3, 2015

Open House at Pillow Historical Society – 4 July 2015 The Pillow Historical Society will host an Open House at the museum on Saturday, 4 July 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The museum will have some new displays including stove pipe making tools used by Earl Bingaman, the council minute books from Pillow […]

Jacob Kissinger – A Photograph and Additional Documents

| December 3, 2014

Jacob Kissinger was born on 14 November 1843 in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the Emergency Militia that was formed from the Home Guards in Gratz when Lee invaded Pennsylvania, and in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry.  Two prior blog posts gave some information about his life and service.  […]

Benjamin Kratzer – Veteran Dies in Dauphin County Almshouse

| October 24, 2014

A brief death notice appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot on 5 May 1887: His Name Only Known. Benjamin Gratzer, who died at the county almshouse on Monday night, and late a member of Company B, Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry [9th Pennsylvania Cavalry]. will be buried this afternoon from the undertaking establishment of E. F. Neely, under […]

Jacob Herbert Rowe – Insurance Agent at Millersburg

| October 17, 2014

The “J. H. Rowe” whose name appears on the Millersburg Soldier Monument, was Jacob Herbert Rowe, born 25 April 1841 in Pennsylvania, the son of Jeremiah Rowe and Jane [Shower] Rowe, and died at Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, of senile dementia, on 21 June 1928.  He is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg.  At […]

What Was the Middle Name of John G. Keihner?

| August 29, 2014

The recent addition of Pennsylvania Death Certificates to Ancestry.com has helped to provide some new information about many of the men who served as Civil War soldiers.  In the case of John G. Keihner (1847-1909), a new middle name has been found.  Keihner, who was from Lykens Township, Dauphin County, moved into Gratz in 1886.  […]