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A Brief History of the B. F. Miller G.A.R. Post #393 at Fisherville

| November 30, 2015

Fisherville is a small community in Upper Dauphin County, near Halifax Borough, that in 1883 formed a local G.A.R. post.  Much of the history of that post has been lost over time and now needs to be re-created through available resources, among those resources, the Harrisburg and other archived newspapers and the national Grand Army […]

Franklin E. Fisher and the Fotheringill Brothers of Frailey Township

| November 27, 2015

In researching Franklin E. Fisher who served in Company C of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, and who died in Reading, Berks County, on 25 December 1932, it was discovered that after Franklin’s first wife died, he married Sarah [Irving] Fotheringill, the widow of Joseph W. Fotheringill of Lykens, Dauphin County, also a Civil War veteran.  […]

Civil War Roots of Korean War POW Buried at Indiantown Gap

| November 22, 2015

On 9 November 2015, Korean War veteran Corporal Martin A. King who died nearly 65 years ago at a prisoner of war camp in Korea, was laid to rest at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, with full military honors. Corporal Martin King of the U.S. Army was captured at Unsan by the […]

Henry Feindt Describes Great Lykens Earthquake of 1907

| November 20, 2015

Henry Feindt (1843-1914), a Civil War veteran of the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry (26th April 1861 – 31 Jul 1861)  and the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry (7 October 1861 – 18 July 1865), was Postmaster of Lykens in 1907 when an “earthquake of vast extent” hit the Upper Dauphin County area of the Susquehanna Valley. Feindt was […]

Who Was Inglis V. Fairbain of Tower City?

| November 13, 2015

Today’s post features another Civil War soldier about whom not much is known.  On the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Tower City, Schuylkill Count (shown above from Ancestry.com), the name of Inglis V. Fairbairn appears.  He claimed service in the 18th United States Infantry (Regular Army) from 28 March 1862 through 23 May 1865.  During that […]