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Obituary of Aunty Jackson, Matron at Camp Curtin

| December 28, 2014

The obituary of Eliza Kling Jackson, also known as “Aunty” Jackson, was printed in the 21 January 1905 edition of the Harrisburg Patriot: MATRON AT CAMP CURTIN “Aunty” Jackson, Picturesque Character, Succumbed Aged 85 Years DEATH DUE TO PNEUMONIA Resided Here for several Scores of Years and Formerly Kept a Notion Store Mrs. Eliza Kling […]

Dr. Helen Delucia Fisk – Wife of Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas W. Hoffman

| August 22, 2014

Dr. Helen Delucia [Fisk] Hoffman died on 16 May 1941 at Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, at the age of 92.  According to her death notice (above) which appeared in the Naples, New York Record, she was “one of the pioneer woman physicians, and for many years was a member of the staff of the […]

Who Was Mary A. Bowman-Zerbe?

| June 18, 2014

In researching the military records of William F. Bowman (1838-1870), it was discovered that he did not apply for a pension, but a widow did apply.  She was Mary A. Bowman and she made application on 30 January 1880, nearly ten years after William died.  She did not receive a pension based on the service […]

Obituary of Isabella Enders Knouff

| May 18, 2014

The following notice appeared in an Upper Dauphin County newspaper in November 1939 announcing the death of Isabella [Enders] Knouff, which had occurred on 22 November 1939 in Harrisburg: MRS. JOSEPH W. KNOUFF Mrs. Isabella E. Knouff, age 84 years, widow of Joseph W. Knouff, died at the home of her son J. Byron Knouff […]

Crimes Committed on and by Returning Soldiers (Part 3 of 3)

| February 25, 2014

As soldiers were released from military service in 1865, they flooded into the three major discharge points in Pennsylvania:  Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh.  Frequently, these soldiers were the victims of local residents who sought to “relieve” them of their discharge money; sometimes the soldiers were themselves the perpetrators of crimes against the residents of these […]