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Three Men Named Lewis Kopp of Tower City Area

| August 29, 2016

There are now known to be three men named Lewis Kopp who had some connection to the Tower City area and to Civil War service. Two of them served in the Civil War and one was the son of a Civil War veteran: Lewis Kopp (or Ludwig Kopp), born about 1846 in Germany.  Served in […]

Daniel D. Romberger – Emergency Militiaman from Orwin

| August 10, 2016

Daniel D. Rumberger was originally located in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Porter Township, Schuylkill County (shown below).  Initially, there was some difficulty in identifying his birth and death dates and his connection to the Romberger family.  However, using some of the information from Bob Averell’s Romberger research, he was positively identified as Daniel D. […]

Who Was John Z. Kebler who Lived in Tower City in 1890?

| July 18, 2016

John Z. Kebler is found on Line 49 of the 1890 Veterans’ Schedule for West Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  At this time, it is not known who this is or in what Civil War regiment he served. The known information about him from the census is: He was a Private in an unknown regiment, […]

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 […]