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Gratz During the Civil War – Zacharias Laudenslager Property

| April 15, 2012

The lot numbered 41 in the original Simon Gratz layout of the town of Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was sold in 1816 to a farmer, Peter Ritzman, an early settler of Lykens Township.  Ritzman built the house shortly afterward and by 1818 sold the property to Jacob Hoover.  Hoover continued to live in Lykens Township […]

Gratz During the Civil War – Isaiah Schminky, Physician

| January 17, 2012

The house which stood on Lot #22, next to the Gratz National Bank, no longer exists.  Its last owner and occupant, Guy Snyder, is remember by a plaque and a gazebo which were placed there by the bank after it acquired the property.  During Civil War times, the owner of this lot and building was […]

Gratz During the Civil War – James Novinger House

| January 13, 2012

A Swiss immigrant, Jean Pierre Williard, purchased this property known as Lot #15 in 1818.  He had originally come to America to fight for the British in the Revolution but changed sides and fought for the Colonials.  After the war he settled in Lykens Township.  The lot remained in the Williard (or Willier) family, but […]

Gratz During the Civil War – Daniel Good House

| January 7, 2012

The house and lot known as #10 was one of several properties in Gratz Borough that was owned by the Daniel Good family.  Its original owner was Abraham Herner, a stone mason, who purchased the land from Simon Gratz in 1816.  Abraham sold the land to members of the Hartman family in 1818.  Subsequently, transactions […]

Honorable Discharges – 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I – Part 7

| December 3, 2011

Today, the blog post  again continues to feature members of the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, who served the full term of nine months and received honorable discharges on 5 August 1863.  The research results presented here are based on preliminary data gathering on each of the members of the company and searches for Pension […]