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Obituary of Cyrus Spangler

| November 15, 2017

Notices were given in the Harrisburg newspapers in April 1916 of the death of Cyrus Spangler, a Civil War veteran of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B. CYRUS SPANGLER Cyrus Spangler, aged 75 years, died Saturday, died Saturday at his home, 8 North Fifth Street [Harrisburg].  Funeral services were held at his late residence last […]

John Townsend – Died from Injuries in Railroad Accident

| October 25, 2017

On 11 August 1894, the obituary of John Townsend appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph: SUPERVISOR TOWNSEND IS DEAD He Was a Veteran Railroad Man and Good Citizen John Townsend, for twenty-seven years supervisor of the Summit Branch Railroad, died yesterday at his home in Wiconisco after an illness of several months, aged 65.  A wife […]

Isaac E. Snyder – Dies From Fall From Ladder, 1890

| July 5, 2017

Isaac E. Snyder, Civil War veteran, is buried at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  He died on 15 November 1890. During the Civil War, he served in the Emergency Militia, 27th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private.  He was mustered into service in Schuylkill County, 17 June 1863, and completed his […]

Grandson of John H. Primm Drowns in Susquehanna River, 1926

| May 15, 2017

John H. Primm, a Civil War veteran, lost his grandson to drowning in the Susquehanna River as a result of a capsized canoe in April 1926.  The son, Malcolm Primm, was born in 1908 in Wiconisco, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and was a tech student in Harrisburg.  Two companions escaped by swimming to the shore, where […]

Rev. Ephraim Potts – What Was His Connection to Lykens?

| May 10, 2017

Rev. Ephraim Potts was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 23 May 1837.  He died in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, on 22 April 1904, and is buried at the Atglen Methodist Cemetery, Atglen, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  The portrait of him, shown above, is modified from one found of him on a public tree on Ancestry.com. The […]