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Was a Civil War Memorial Ever Erected at Dauphin Borough?

| March 16, 2015

  In late 1919, two newspapers reported plans to move a large boulder from Short Mountain between Lykens Township and Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, to the Borough of Dauphin, which was on the Susquehanna River just south of Halifax and just north of Harrisburg.  The idea was to create a memorial to area […]

Josiah Folk – Died of Heart Disease at Cleveland, Tennessee, 1864

| November 19, 2014

Josiah Folk (or Foulk or Fulk as he is sometimes found in the records) was born about 1829, probably in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  In the 1850 census of Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, he is found as a blacksmith.  Living in his household were his wife Susanna [Riegle] Folk, working as a milliner, and infant daughter, […]

Some Basic Facts about the Civil War and Williamstown

| August 25, 2014

How many men from Williamstown and Williams Township were Civil War veterans? One of the difficulties in answering this question can be illustrated by three historical maps of Williamstown and Williams Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The 1858 Map The 1858 map of Wiconisco Township shows the area presently known as Williamstown and Williams Township as […]

Death of Major H. J. Sheafer, Ex-Sheriff of Dauphin County

| January 4, 2014

The death of Major Henry Jackson Sheafer (also known as Sheaffer) was reported in the 30 March 1900 edition of the Harrisburg Patriot: MAJOR SHEAFFER DEAD Ex-Sheriff and Prominent Insurance Man Expires from Stroke Received Seven Months Ago EXCELLENT WAR RECORD A 7 o’clock last evening occurred the death of Major Henry J. Sheaffer, one […]

Lykens G.A.R. Post Originally Named for Martyred President Garfield

| January 3, 2014

A short news item located while researching Major Henry Jackson Sheafer revealed that the Lykens-Wiconisco G.A.R. Post, called Heilner Post No. 232, originally applied for a different name. New Grand Army Post Wilson C. Fox, assisted by Major H. J. Sheafer, both of this city, on Thursday evening last instituted Post 232 of the Grand […]