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Some Connections to Abraham Lincoln – Really?

| August 3, 2015

As obituaries and death notices appeared in the Harrisburg newspapers in the late 19th century and early 20th century, readers surely noticed the unusual number of references to associations of the decedents to Abraham Lincoln.  How many of the claims were true?  If any blog readers have any evidence to support any of the claims […]

George Small – Railroad Hero

| March 30, 2015

GEORGE SMALL HAD CIVIL WAR RECORD Saved Locomotives and Rolling Stock During Earley’s Raid to the River York, Pennsylvania, 9 May 1907 — George Small, 224 Walnut Street, a retired engineer on the pension roll of the Northern Central Railroad, and one of the best known residents of the city, died suddenly yesterday morning.  He […]

Best of 2014 – The Great Shohola Train Wreck

| December 26, 2014

July 15, 2014, wass the 150th Anniversary of the Great Shohola Train Wreck.  A series of posts presented here on this blog over the past year described some of the known facts and controversies regarding that disaster and also gave some personal information about some of the persons who were involved.  Much new information was […]

Some Basic Facts about the Civil War and Williamstown

| August 25, 2014

How many men from Williamstown and Williams Township were Civil War veterans? One of the difficulties in answering this question can be illustrated by three historical maps of Williamstown and Williams Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The 1858 Map The 1858 map of Wiconisco Township shows the area presently known as Williamstown and Williams Township as […]

The Great Shohola Train Wreck – The 150th Anniversary Remembrance

| July 4, 2014

The 15 July 2014, is the 150th Anniversary of the Great Shohola Train Wreck.  A series of posts presented here on this blog over the past several months described some of the known facts and controversies regarding that disaster and also gave some personal information about some of the persons who were involved.  Much new […]