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Gratz During the Civil War – I.O.O.F. Building

| September 16, 2012

The original Simon Gratz Lot #45 was first sold to Henry Freedline, who was probably a manufacturer of clothing, in 1829.  Over the course of the next seven years , the lot and the building Freedline built on it was sold several times – to Peter Filbert and his wife who were inn-keepers, to Jacob […]

Gratz Fair Week – 16 to 22 September 2012

| September 7, 2012

Each year since 1873, a fair has been held in Gratz Borough.  The Gratz Fair at the Gratz Fairgrounds will be held this year from Sunday, 16 September 2012 through Saturday 22 September 2012. The Gratz Fairgrounds are shown on a post-Civil War map (1875) as the “Gratz Driving Park and Mile Course.” A complete […]

Gratz During the Civil War – Tobias Wiest House

| April 18, 2012

The house presently on Lot #58 was originally on Lot #26 and was moved to its new location in 1910.  It was built prior to 1818 for Henry Ramberger who was the first owner of the lot.  Early owners of this house were Emanuel Hoffman and Solomon Laudenslager.  In 1860, the house was sold to […]

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 – Cemeteries (Part 4)

| February 11, 2012

Gratz Union Cemetery (Simeon’s).  This is part 4 of the 33rd post on Gratz During the Civil War.  In the days of the Civil War, three separate burial areas were designated – one for the Evangelical Church, one for the German Reformed Church, and one for the Lutheran Church.  The church located here was a […]