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Philip C. Swab – A Grand Funeral!

| February 3, 2016

Philip C. Swab is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 30 August 1864 and honorably discharged on 1 June 1865.  In 1870, Swab was a retail dry goods […]

Christmas and the Spirit of Giving

| December 25, 2015

In this Christmas season, don’t forget to reward your local historical society with a tax-deductible gift.  That gift can either be monetary, goods, or services. To determine whether a historical society is a legitimate 501(c)3 organization, properly registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the IRS provides current, on-line information about each group in this […]

Who Was James Gammel of Tremont Who Died in 1864?

| December 16, 2015

James Gammel was first located as a Civil War soldier in the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  However, the information was given by his widow Ann Gammel, who stated that he served in the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company H, as a Private, from 29 June 1863 to 2 August […]

Hiram Focht of Tremont – Blind as a Result of War Injuries

| December 11, 2015

In a brief mention in the Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania), 14 April 1913, it was stated that, “as a result of wounds in his head received in the battlefield in the Civil War, Hiram Focht, of Reading, has lost his eyesight.”  Hiram Focht is also found in the records as John Hiram Focht, Hiram […]

John S. Eckel of Tremont – Fact-Checking a Story of His Confederate Service

| October 28, 2015

On 25 June 1993, a story appeared in the Citizen Standard (Valley View, Pennsylvania), entitled “Traitors: Some Locals Served with Confederates If Unwillingly.”  The story was written by Mark T. Major.  Included was a paragraph about John S. Eckel of Tremont: In Arkansas, John Eckel, a Tremont native, worked as a laborer until he was […]