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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 […]

John J. Swab – A Record for the Soldier Homes?

| January 22, 2016

On the 9 March 1919, the Leavenworth Post of Leavenworth, Kansas, reported on a new admission to the National Soldiers’ Home there – that of John J. Swab, indicating that he was transferred from Battle Mountain Sanitarium and stating that he had been in “nearly every other National Military Home in the United States, but […]

Who Was John Greiner of Williamstown & Mifflin Township?

| December 23, 2015

John Greiner, who was about 36 years old (born about 1829) when he enrolled in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, as a Private at Harrisburg on 7 March 1865 and was mustered into service at the same place two days later, was 5 foot eleven inches tall, had sandy hair, a light complexion, and […]

Benjamin Rush Foster – Ties to Williamstown, Lykens, & Washington Township

| December 2, 2015

  The obituary of Benjamin R. Foster appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 8 February 1911.  While his Civil War service was mentioned, it was not noted in the obituary that he had ties to at least three communities in the Lykens Valley area. Benjamin R. Foster Falls Dead Today Was One of Harrisburg’s Oldest Machinists […]

Obituary of and Memorial to George W. Ely

| November 11, 2015

George Washington Ely died on 18 January 1914 in Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  As a member of the United Brethren Church in Lykens, his name was inscribed into the memorial book there and his obituary was attached to his memorial page.  The page, which is shown below, incorrectly gives his name as “George Edward […]