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Isaac Houtz – Letters to His Sister Leah

| May 18, 2016

Leah Houtz (1843-1924) was the daughter of John Wendell Houtz and Elizabeth [Wolf] Houtz, of Orwin, Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, Leah received letters from her brother, and one of those letters has been preserved and transcribed by the family.  Unfortunately, Isaac is presumed to have died in the war and […]

Was Robert Hunter of Tower City a Civil War Soldier?

| May 16, 2016

In the 1890Veterans’ Census for Tower City, Porter Township, a Robert Hunter appears on line 34 with an indication of service in the 172nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private from 1862-1863, for a period of 9 months. No person of that name has been found in that regiment or company. There is a […]

New Information About James Metz

| May 12, 2016

Recently, a family member provided some new information about James Metz who was previously profiled here on 29 Apr 2014. as one of the veterans who is buried at the Soldiers’ Circle, Shamokin Cemetery, Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. James A. Metz is also found in the records as Metze and Mertz.  He was born on […]

Charles Henning – Crushed to Death in 1906

| March 30, 2016

From the Philadelphia Inquirer, 20 February 1906: CARS CRUSH SHANTY:  KILL WAR VETERAN Special to the Inquirer SHAMOKIN, Pennsylvania, 19 February 1906 — While sitting in a shanty near the Reading Railway, near here, to-day, Charles Henning, an aged war veteran and well known local resident, met a horible death. Two freight cars left the […]

Update on Inglis V. Fairbain of Tower City

| February 1, 2016

On 13 November 2015, Who was Inglis V. Fairbain of Tower City? was presented in a blog post here.  Within a few days, a comprehensive summary was received from Debby Rudy, a regular research contributor who lives in the Lykens Valley area.  Her response answers many of the questions asked in the first blog post, […]