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George H. Troutman – Another Veteran Overlooked by Millersburg?

| October 13, 2017

George H. Troutman was born in 1819 and died in 1885, probably at the home of his daughter in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He is buried at St. Luke’s Parish Cemetery, Malta, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Previously on this blog a query was made about the George Troutman who served in the 177th Pennsylvania […]

Was Joel Shearer a Civil War Veteran?

| July 14, 2017

Joel Shearer died on 9 November 1882 and is buried at St. Luke’s Parish Cemetery, Malta, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  At his grave, there is a G.A.R. star-flag holder.  However, no regiment or company has been located in which he served.  And, there is nothing on the grave marker itself to indicate that he served. According […]

Obituary of Henry Rishe of Tower City

| June 26, 2017

The obituary of Henry Rishe appeared in the Altoona Tribune [Blair County, Pennsylvania], 2 January 1905: Henry Rishe At 4:55 o’clock Saturday afternoon Henry Rishe of Tower City, Pennsylvania, died at the home of his son, F. O. Rishe, 310 Third Avenue, of paralysis, with which he was stricken on last Thursday.  He came to […]

Lykens Valley Pastor Was Ku Klux Klan Leader

| June 8, 2017

A Lykens Valley pastor was a known leader of the Ku Klux Klan.  He served several churches in the valley, and not only promoted the K. K. K. outside his role of ministering to his congregations, but included K. K. K. activities within the worship services he conducted. This post is a continuation of the […]

Levi C. Ressler – Lived Last Years in Tower City

| May 31, 2017

The obituary of Levi C. Patrick appeared in the Lebanon Semi-Weekly of 13 September 1915: Levi C. Ressler, Civil War Veteran Died at Tower City Levi C. Ressler died at his home at Tower City at 3:40 o’clock Thursday morning , after being ill since last Sunday night. He was a veteran of the Civil […]