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Who Was Gustavus Martin – On Lykens Monument?

| January 23, 2017

The name Gustavus Martin appears on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran of the Civil War who joined the Heilner Post after its organization. A search of the military records notes that Gustavus Martin first enrolled in the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company F, as a Private on 3 March 1865, and was mustered into […]

Women and the Civil War (Part 8)

| December 23, 2016

Women and the Civil War” is an exhibit of photographs and stories of women who had family connections with soldiers of that war.  It was first displayed at the Gratz Fair in September 2013, where it received “first place” in a non-profit division.  Afterward, it was displayed in 2014 at the Williamtown-Williams Township Historical Society; […]

Nathaniel Lehman of Lykens – A Tribute from His Church

| October 14, 2016

In the Memorial Book of the Otterbein Church of the United Brethren of Christ, Lykens Borough, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the following tribute is recorded: Brother Nathaniel Charles Lehman was born 12 September 1844 at Berrysburg, Pennsylvania, and died in Lykens, Pennsylvania, 5 March 1918, age 73 years, 5 months and 23 days. He was married […]

Amos Rumberger – Served at End of War in 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| September 23, 2016

Amos Rumberger died on 21 June 1892.  He is buried at the Church of God Cemetery in Valley View, Hegins Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  His stone identifies him as a Civil War veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and at his grave is an appropriate bronze G.A.R. star-flag holder. Amos Rumberger was born in Lykens […]

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 – The Defeat of a White Supremacist

| September 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election of 1866 pitted a Union General and war hero, John W. Geary, against a avowed racist and white supremacist, Heister Clymer.  Geary headed the Republican or Union ticket and Clymer headed the Democratic or Copperhead ticket. Unlike the Presidential Election of 1860, official vote totals by townships and boroughs were available […]