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Obituary of William W. Wallace of Lykens and Wiconisco

| December 14, 2013

The obituary of William W. Wallace appeared in the Lykens Standard on 23 October 1914: William Wallace, a Civil War veteran, died at the home of his son William Wallace in Wiconisco on Tuesday, of a general breaking up of the system due to old age.  He is survived by nine children, viz: Clara Wallace […]

John Henry Keen of Williamstown – Civil War Veteran of Infantry and Cavalry

| November 7, 2013

John Henry Keen, also known as Henry Keen or John H. Keen, died in Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on 13 April 1910. Previously on this blog, a brief biographical sketch of John Henry Keen was given: John Henry Keen (1837-1910).  John first served in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private.  He mustered […]

Aged Widow of One-Day Civil War Veteran Died in Gratz in 1940

| October 29, 2013

The aged widow of Charles A. Coleman, Lydia Matilda Coleman, died in Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, 14 January 1940.  Charles A. Coleman reported in Harrisburg to mustered into service in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, on 2 November 1862, and was discharged the same day on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.  There is no […]

A Tribute to Riley Bressler

| September 28, 2013

At the time of his death in December 1899,  the Lykens Register paid a tribute to Riley Bressler, a Civil War veteran: BIOGRAPHY OF RILEY BRESSLER A man of so excellent a type and possessed of rare business methods which made him so successful in life is the late Riley Bressler of Tower City needs […]

Grandsons of Civil War Veteran Josiah Hand Killed in East Brookside Mine Disaster

| August 2, 2013

One hundred years ago, on 2 August 1913, two explosions occurred in the East Brookside Colliery near Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, resulting in what was the worst mining disaster in the area and the eventual loss of life of twenty miners and laborers.  The connection of this disaster to the family of Josiah Hand, […]