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The Pension Fraud Case of Andrew M. Betz

| May 1, 2015

A few years ago, a message was received from an Ancestry.com subscriber, A. Sinton, regarding an Anthony Betz, who was born in 1836: I have been trying to determine if the Anthony Betz, born 1836, in my tree is the Civil War soldier who enlisted in the 177th [177th Pennsylvania Infantry].  I see you have […]

Why Was There a Cross-Burning in Elizabethville?

| April 17, 2015

On Thursday evening, 22 January 2015, a hate crime occurred in Washington Township, just outside the Borough of Elizabethville, at the home of a young African American woman.  The woman, who had moved from Harrisburg to make a better life for herself and her two children was targeted by someone who placed a burning cross […]

Isaac Sitlinger – Farmer, Miller & Miner of Lykens Township

| November 3, 2014

Isaac Sitlinger (1833-1908) was a Civil War veteran of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, 2nd Company G.  His biography appeared in the Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County: Isaac Sitlinger, farmer and stockman, was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 15 September 1833.  George Sitlinger, his father, was born in Germany, and formerly spelled his name Zitlinger. […]

The Funeral of George Armstrong of Wiconisco

| October 29, 2014

On 30 October 1880, the Harrisburg Patriot ran the following story: The funeral of Mr. George Armstrong, late of Wiconisco, on Sunday morning was a very large one.  Deceased served faithfully in the Ninth Pennsylvania Cavalry during the late war, and was interred with military honors.  He died rather suddenly of an abscess on the […]

Frederick Metzger – Accidentally Killed by Louis A. Gratz

| September 24, 2014

From the Diary of William Thomas, the following was reported in his entry for 1 June 1862: Fred Metzer of our company was shot Through the Head by a pistol while Lieut Gratz was cleaning it.  He expired in few moments After he was shot. William Thomas was a member of Company B of the […]