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Christmas and the Spirit of Giving

| December 25, 2015

In this Christmas season, don’t forget to reward your local historical society with a tax-deductible gift.  That gift can either be monetary, goods, or services. To determine whether a historical society is a legitimate 501(c)3 organization, properly registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the IRS provides current, on-line information about each group in this […]

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 […]

Who Was George W. Clark, Musician?

| September 9, 2015

One of several names on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument that was not previously identified as to a specific Civil War regiment and company is George W. Clark.  The monument tablet only notes that he was a musician and that he was not a member of the Heilner G.A.R. Post. In searching for him in the Pennsylvania […]

Who Was Philip Holler Who Died in Williamstown in 1904?

| March 26, 2015

The Harrisburg Patriot of 1 June 1904 reported the death of Phil Haller, at Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN From the Patriot Correspondent WILLIAMSTOWN, 31 May 1904 — Phil Haller, a Civil War veteran, died at his home of asthma and dropsy. He was seventy-four years of age. His funeral was held on Saturday at 2 p.m.  The […]