|Schuylkill Haven in
The Civil War
|During the Civil War, two residents of Schuylkill Haven received
the country's greatest award for heroism, the Medal of Honor. Here
are brief histories of both men.
A family by the name of Ditzler owned a store in Schuylkill Haven in the approximate location of Lewis' News Agency. The store was
in business during the Civil War and many locals believed the proprietor to be in sympathy with the Confederate cause. It was
reported that Union soldiers on furlough, aware of this, made raids upon Mr. Ditzler's establishment.
Perhaps Mr. Ditzler was a "copperhead". This was a term used during the war to describe Northerners who opposed the war and
favored a negotiated settlement with the South. The term originated in the New York Tribune in 1861 to refer to the copperhead
snake that strikes without warning. Most copperheads were from the Midwest although they were known to exist within our area.
Schuylkill Haven, as did many towns, had a branch of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post in town. This group consisted of
veterans from the Civil War. On February 8, 1867, the Jere K. Helms Post No.26 was formed in Schuylkill Haven. Many local men
joined the post whose meeting place in the P. T. Hoy building contained war mementos including a few flags and a stack of cannon
This post was named in honor of Jeremiah Helms, a boy less then fifteen who served as a drummer boy with Company C of the 50th
Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. At the Battle of Antietam, on September 17,1862, Helms was performing his duty when the
soldier next to him was killed. Jeremiah laid down his drum, seized the musket and entered the ranks. A minie ball found it's mark in
his head and he died a few days later from the wound. Helms was one of six brothers, two of whom were also in battle at Antietam.
They visited him in the field hospital prior to his death.
The chief factor in establishing the Schuylkill Haven Post was Captain James K. Helms, Jere's eldest brother. Lieutenant Samuel A.
Losch and others assisted him and their efforts resulted in a large membership and became important in the display functions of
town. The Post took charge of preparations for observing Memorial Day after it's inception in 1867. Parades were organized which
ended at the Union Cemetery. William Guertler, who served a long time in the dreaded Libby Prison, always carried the colors in the
parade. Captain Beckley was frequently the featured orator at the ceremonies. The Post was never self-sustaining and relied on
fairs, campfires and contributions to maintain it's existence. Irving Tyson held the position of Adjutant for many years and was
meticulous in keeping records, insuring each veteran's grave was decorated on the 30th of May.
The Post purchased a plot on the Union Cemetery for war veterans and the local Patriotic Sons of America purchased a gate and
fence to surround the plot. Until at least 1950, Memorial Day commemorations were held at the plot. This plot is still visible today.
|At left is the tombstone
of Charles Brown on the
Union Cemetery. The
flat stone in front of the
large stone indicates his
Medal of Honor status.
|On this page information relating to Schuylkill Haven's involvement in the Civil War will be presented. As it progresses it will
concentrate on individuals, unit rosters and stories unique to Schuylkill Haven residents.
|At right is a
representation of the
flag captured by Brown.
|At right is the headstone on the
Union Cemetery of Henry Hill.
|LAST UPDATED: DECEMBER 15
|SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S HONORED DEAD
|The plaque above is located on the war memorial located in Bubeck
Park. Click on it to read the names of those who died in the Civil War.
|Below is the list of those Schuylkill Haven soldiers who gave their lives in the Civil War and information related to their deaths.
|Below is the front page of the Pottsville Republican from June 10, 1907 paying tribute to Captain J. K. Helms, Civil War patriot
of Schuylkill Haven. The article is long but interesting. The engraving of James Helms also appeared in the newspaper.
|PERPETUATE MEMORY OF CAPT. J. K. HELMS
|Members of the Patriotic Order of Sons of America and Other Citizens Join in
Paying Tribute to an Honored but Deceased Patriot
|THE MONUMENT WAS UNVEILED
|The memory of the late Capt. J. K. Helms was suitably honored at Schuylkill Haven this afternoon when the inscribed. The dedicatory
services took place at Union Cemetery and were participated in by representatives of the P. O. S. of A. from many different parts of
the state. Capt. Helms was the first National President of this order and it was largely through his efforts that what was known as the
Junior Sons of America was rejuvenated into the Patriotic Order Sons of America. He is regarded in a certain sense therefore as the
father of the order. But not only was his memory extolled by the orators of the trade of the interest and activity he exhibited in this
order, but also for the influence he swayed as a citizen and a soldier on the field of battle.
The services today were under charge of the Union Veteran's assn., with the following committee or arrangements: H. J. Stager,
chairman, F. E. Stees , secretary, F. P. Spiese, W. H. Schwartz, J. A. M. Pasemore. Their efforts were supplemented by the following
local committee: C. S. Blackburn, H. Schumacher, J. C. Paxson, W. C. Saylor, J. K. Helms, S. M. Helms, an ex-state president of the
order who is now president of the Veteran's Association, was in direct charge of the demonstration, while the parade was marshaled
by another ex-state president, John R. Mast. The Veteran's Assn. is entitled to the credit of raising the splendid piece of granite
which will testify to Capt. Helms worth to future generations as they purchased the stone and also bore the expenses of the
The procession formed at the hall of the local Camp 47 at two o'clock and marched over the direct route from the hall to the Union
Cemetery. Eiler's cornet band headed the procession, followed by the members of Jere Helms Post No. 26, GAR, the committee and
the speakers, the camps and the delegations and last of all the members of the Veteran's Assn.
Immediately upon arrival at the cemetery the exercises under the auspices of the sub-committee began. Eiler's Cornet Band played
the dirge "King David's Funeral March" and H. J. Stager, chairman of the Veteran's Assn. Committee made a brief but very
appropriate introductory address. Rev. D. M. Moser, pastor of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church of Schuylkill Haven, offered prayer
and then the veil which enshrouded the monument was drawn aside by S. M. Helms. Another selection from the band followed after
which the choir of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church sang the anthem "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes". Address by R. H. Koch, C. N. Brumm
and Capt. George West Blake were next on the program. These addresses were interspersed by anthems by the choir. The
benediction pronounced by Rev. O. B. Wengert, of the Schuylkill Haven United Brethren Church and the taps "Good Night" ended
the exercises and the vast concourse returned to town. There were hundreds of visitors present, nearly all the state officers of the
P. O. S. of A. attending while scores of camps were represented by their officers or prominent members. The Pottsville camps were
particularly well represented.
R. H. Koch in his eulogistic address on Capt. Helms entered into the details of his life. He was born June 11, 1842 in Myerstown,
Lebanon County. In 1852 his father moved to Pottsville crossing the Blue Mountains in wagons, it being before the era of railroads
in this section. After remaining here two years his father changed his residence to Philadelphia. Here young Helms first displayed
the ability which afterwards gave him such success by capturing the first prize at school and enjoying special mention. Rev. William
Barnes was pastor of the Nazareth M. E. Church which he then attended. This minister will be remembered by many of the people of
Pottsville as having been pastor of the local church. From Philadelphia the Helms family removed to Schuylkill Haven and from there
James enlisted in the cause of the Union at the outbreak of the Rebellion. He first joined Col. Nagle's Infantry in the six months
service and at the expiration of that time reenlisted in Co. D, 48th Penna Infantry. From a private he rose through meritorious
conduct to the captaincy of his company. He participated in all of the Burnside's corps engagements up to and when he was
wounded at the battle of Petersburg and carried from the field. He returned home with seven balls in his body.
After the war he was appointed clerk in the provost marshal's office under Capt. Bowen of Pottsville and was successively
appointed revenue storekeeper,revenue appraiser and revenue inspector. He finally received the appointment of a clerkship at
Harrisburg at a salary of $1400 a year. This position he turned over to the late S. A. Losch who was then a baggage master on the
Mine Hill Railroad, thus giving Losch his start in politics. The people of Schuylkill Haven elected Capt. Helms as a justice of the
peace and a school director, which positions he held many years and up to his death. As previously stated he was the first National
President of the P. O. S. of A. as well as one of the earliest state presidents. Capt. Helms was a brother of Jere H. Helms who enlisted
as a drummer boy in Co. F 50th Penna. Infantry and was killed at the age of 15 years at the battle of Antietam. It is for him that the
Helms Post of the GAR is named. P. D. Helms, deputy U. S. Marshal, is a brother of Capt. Helms. Like his other brothers, P. D. was a
gallant soldier having enlisted in Co. H Cameron Dragoons afterwards known as the 5th Penna. Cavalry.
The parade was a picturesque one. The members of Eiler's Cornet Band wore white duck pants and blue coats. The members of the
Jere Helms Post wore the old fashioned uniform of the Civil War and carried guns. The P. O. S. of A. Camps lent life to the scene by
the profusion of national colors. Besides the local organizations the following Camps were in line from out of town: Camp 49 of Pine
Grove, Camp 247 of Landingville, Camp 307 Summit Station. There were also good sized delegations from Pottsville, Port Carbon
and other towns present. The parade was headed by the local committee of Camp 47 of Schuylkill Haven.
Most of the businesses and houses along the route of the parade were well decorated, although some neglected to exhibit the
colors. The decorations at the post office, E. C. Saylor's music store, Stitzer's Café, Central Hotel, Pflueger's news stand, Binchley's
restaurant, Keller's store, H. J. Moser, A. R. Kauffman, Dr. D. Dechert, Dr. Detweiler and others were very beautiful and evinced
artistic taste. At the cemetery several thousand people witnessed the unveiling ceremonies. The headstone which was fully
described in yesterday's Republican was much admired by everyone. It is a splendid ornament to Union Cemetery.
|CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S CARD FILE
|In 1869-1871, index cards were created on Civil War veterans with personal information. Below are the cards of
Schuylkill Haven men killed during the war which could be located.
Names of the men are under their card. To view the information, click on the card.
These cards were initially prepared to serve as an index to Bates' "History of Pennsylvania Volunteers". The Office of
the Adjutant General later expanded the scope of the cards by transcribing onto them data found on the original Civil
War Muster Rolls.
|The information on the cards of these 21 men reveals much. Eleven of them were boatmen on the canal which was
far out of proportion to other occupations which included a tailor, a miner, a blacksmith and a painter among others.
Their average age at enlistment was about 23 and in comparison to men today, their average height was only 5'5".
The dead included a father and son and also a pair of brothers.
|Soldiers wounded or injured during the Civil War were entitled to pensions later in life. If they were deceased, their
widows could apply for the benefit. Below is a list of men or widows under the Schuylkill Haven Post Office who received
government pensions. It contains their name, certificate number, injury, rate of benefit and date of application.
|Pottsville Republican of January 22, 1908
HAD FINE WAR RECORD - Death of W. D. Guertler, Veteran of Civil War at Schuylkill Haven
William D. Guertler, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Schuylkill Haven and a veteran of the Civil War passed
away at the residence of his sister, Mrs. James A. Roan, on Union Street shortly after noon on Tuesday. Mr. Guertler was born March
7, 1844, and was therefore in his sixty fifth year. He was a native of Schuylkill Haven and was one of a family of thirteen children of
whom only two survive, a sister and a brother, Mrs. James A. Roan of town and John A. Guertler of Philadelphia. He had been ill
since last March and was bedfast since October, but up to within two days of his death his mind was perfectly clear and although in
great pain he was a patient sufferer and passed the time relating to friends who called to see him, incidents of the great rebellion.
William D. Guertler entered the service as a private on July 31, 1862 and was mustered in at Harrisburg on August 10 following in
Company H, 125th Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was honorably discharged owing to expiration of term of service on May 18th 1863
and on April 15th 1864 reenlisted in Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers and was mustered out at the close of the war. Among
the engagements in which he participated were, Kearneysville, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, Nye
River, Virginia, Spottsylvania Court House. He was twice wounded, first at Fredericksburg where a fragment of shell tore open his
forehead and at Chancellorsville where he sustained a gunshot wound of the arm.
During the battle of Spottsylvania Court House on May 12th 1864, by a flank movement of Confederate forces comrades were among
those captured. Among the prisoners were: William D. Guertler, David Raudenbush, John Doudle, Peter Daukle, Elias Berger, William
Haines, Jacob Hehn, Henry Hehn, Garrett Kerrigan, William Williams. Peter Daukle and Henry Hehn died while in prison.
Captain Dan Burkert who commanded the company, had been wounded the day before the capture. Of this list, David Raudenbush is
the only one now living. The prisoners were taken successfully to Gordonsville, Virginia, Lynchburg, Danville, Charleston, South
Carolina, Florence, South Carolina, Augusta , Georgia and Andersonville whence they were paroled December 11th, 1864.
Mr. Guertler's reminiscences of the war would fill a book. The most interesting were his accounts of the terrible privations endured
by the prisoners in the notorious Libby prison. While standing near the deadline one day, a prisoner by his side famished from
hunger and almost crazed from thirst reached over the fatal line to catch in his tin cup a little water from a pool and was instantly
shot through the heart by the sentry. Mr. Guertler always maintained that the horrors of Andersonville had never been fully
|OBITUARIES OF SCHUYLKILL
HAVEN CIVIL WAR VETERANS
|Perhaps the best record of Schuylkill Haven's involvement in the Civil War is recorded in a recent book, "A History of
Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment", written by John "Stu" Richards of Orwigsburg. I
highly recommend this book, which is told almost exclusively through the viewpoint of the soldiers via their letters home
and their post war recollections. The Richards. Please check out his blogs at:
|COMPANY C 50TH PENNSYLVANIA VETERAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
|Company C of the 50th Regiment was recruited in Schuylkill Haven, its organization taking place on September 9, 1861, with Daniel F.
Burket as the company commander. Burket opened a recruiting station at the town hall in the summer of 1861 and began recruiting
volunteers from Schuylkill Haven and nearby. After recruiting ninety four men, Burket organized and put the men in military
formation and marched them to the railroad station. They traveled to Camp Curtin in Harrisburg and were immediately assigned as
Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Throughout the entire war they were an almost exclusively Schuylkill Haven
resident unit. Nearly half the men were boatmen and canal workers.
The company went to Washington on October 2 and then to Annapolis on October 9, sailing on transports, to the Carolinas on
October 19. On the night of November 1, they encountered a gale off Cape Hatteras and one of their vessels was saved only
through the efforts of the men of Company C after the masts had been cut away, everything on board jettisoned and the crew of the
ship abandoning the transport. They were first encamped near Hilton Head, but went to Beaufort on December 6, where on the night
of their arrival, they had their first engagement with the rebels, helping to drive them from the island. On January 1, 1862, they were
engaged in force for the first time at the battle of Coosaw where a rebel fort was destroyed.
In May of 1862, Company C, under Colonel Benjamin Christ, were near Charleston and went to Pocotaligo to burn the railroad bridge
there. The only access to the place was a narrow causeway through a marsh and a bridge which had the planks removed. The
bridge was not burned and they were drawn from Charleston. In July the company was ordered to Fortress Monroe and then to
support General Pope in Virginia. It was engaged at the battle of Second Bull Run for two days and while suffering numerous
casualties, drove the enemy in every encounter. They were severely shelled near Centreville and were also actively engaged in the
battle of Chantilly. It was again engaged at South Mountain, Maryland on September 14 and at Antietam on September 17, 1862. At
Fredericksburg, the company was not engaged but bore witness to the battle. After General Burnside was replaced in Virginia, the
company went west and took part in the siege at Vicksburg and after the fall of that city went with General Sherman in his campaign
On August 10, 1863, the company returned to Kentucky and then to Knoxville. The company was very short on men, many suffering
from malaria. In October, Company C was sent to help repel the invasion of eastern Tennessee, where it saw minor action. They
were then sent to aid in checking the advance of Longstreet's advance from Chattanooga, where they were forced to fall back. They
fought hard at Campbell's Station where they held the enemy for over seven hours. On November 29, the company assisted in the
defense of Fort Saunders and was skirmishing to the rear of the enemy after the siege was raised. While camping at Blaine's
Crossroads, almost the entire company reenlisted on January 1. Shorty after, they moved to Nicholasville, a distance of two hundred
miles, marching the distance in ten days. They suffered greatly during the march.
The men came home to Schuylkill Haven on furlough and returned to the field in March 1864. On March 5, they reached the field at
the Wilderness, where they participated in heavy fighting, suffering heavy casualties. The company was again engaged at
Spotsylvania Court House, where it was involved in a charge with the brigade and carried the heights, again with heavy casualties.
On March 20, they went to Annapolis, their numbers bolstered by recruitment.
The company was engaged in picket duty for more then a month around Petersburg, Virginia and on August 19 was engaged near
Weldon Railroad. They were actively engaged around Petersburg for the remainder of 1864, going into winter camp in November,
remaining there until the spring of 1865. In April 1865, the company was part of the first regiment to enter Petersburg.
After participating in the laying of the cornerstone of the National Monument at Gettysburg they returned home to Schuylkill Haven
and were mustered out on June 6, 1865. During the war the company suffered eleven killed, twenty five wounded and eleven
missing. Company C was in thirty six regular battles during its existence. In distance traveled and variety of service, it may be
doubted whether any other Pennsylvania unit equaled their record. Company C saw action at many of the most famous of Civil War
battles including Second Bull Run, Vicksburg and the Wilderness. Men from Schuylkill Haven were wounded and died and some
were held prisoner in the infamous Andersonville Prison. All things considered, the contributions of this small town unit were great
during the Civil War.
|SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BECOMES INVOLVED IN THE WAR
|On April 13, 1861, the residents of Schuylkill Haven were alarmed by the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in South
Carolina. News was slow during that time and most people had to wait for the evening 1861. On April 20, at the railroad car shops of
the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, employees of the company raised a large American flag, rousing the spirit of the community.
A large flag was also raised at the Michael Bassler home on the highest point in town. Patriotic speeches were given daily and local
bands played patriotic songs. On June 27, a 115 foot high pole was raised, bearing an eagle and a wooden cannon pointing south.
|Below are tombstones of some of the veterans of the Civil War from Schuylkill Haven. All but Israel
Oswald, buried in the Jerusalem Cemetery, are buried in the Union Cemetery of Schuylkill Haven.
|Alpheus Combs served
from April 16, 1864 until
July 30, 1865.
|Franklin Burns, boatman, served
only from March 27, 1865 until July
30, 1865 but was wounded in the left
side by a gunshot blast at
|Isaac Eckert, boatman,
Corporal served from
September 9, 1861 until July
|Peter Paul, boatman, served from
September 9, 1861 until July 30,
1865. He was wounded by a
gunshot wound to the right
shoulder at Chantilly.
|Daniel Martz, of Reading, laborer, served
from February 10, 1864 until May 16, 1865.
|David Raudenbush, carpenter,
sergeant served from
September 9, 1861 until July 30,
1865. He was wounded by a
gunshot wound above the right a
prisoner at Andersonville.
|William Eckert, boatman, served from April
6, 1864 until July 30, 1865. He was
wounded at the Wilderness.
|Israel Oswald, blacksmith, entered the
service on September 9, 1861 and
transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps
on January 1, 1865.
|William Wildermuth, boatman. He
was wounded by a gunshot
wound in the right leg in the
summer of 1864. He was one of
the last four members of the
company alive in 1916 living in
|Obituaries for veterans P. D. Helms and Barney Waltzer
added along with a plea for maintenance of the Soldiers' Lot.
A new set of veteran's tombstones have also been added.
|SERVICES AT THE CEMETERY
|LIFE OF CAPTAIN HELMS
|A PICTURESQUE PARADE
|50th PA Regiment
|Samuel B. Laubenstein, the son of Peter and
Township on the family farm located along what
is now Kiehner's Road just north of the 443 and
183 intersection. The family were members of
St. John's Lutheran congregation at
Friedensburg. In the mid 1850's the family
removed to Schuylkill Haven where Peter had
purchased a home.
Samuel's first enlistment was with the Tower
Guards of Pottsville early in 1861. He later
served with the PA 48th, Co. H. and eventually
was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant.
In April of 1864, he was detached from active
service and sent to Indianapolis, Indiana in
order to take command of a company of Negro
soldiers and bring them back to Annapolis,
Maryland to the Army of the Potomac. After
resuming active service he was fatally injured
on May 31 of that year in skirmishes with
Confederate sharp shooters in the vicinity of
Tolopotomy Creek following the Battle of
Following the war, Samuel's elder brother,
Jonas, was sent to Virginia to bring the body
home for burial. It was found to be in good
condition buried deep in dry sandy soil. Final
burial was in Schuylkill Haven.
|SAMUEL B. LAUBENSTEIN
|The story at left and the photo below
are of Samuel B. Laubenstein. A
picture of his ornate tombstone is on
the Union Cemetery page on this site.
Info and picture courtesy of his descendant, Ardith
|Irving W. Tyson, boatman, served from February 22,
1864 until June 8, 1865. He was wounded in the
battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. He went
back to canal boating after the war and worked on
the railroad for thirty years. He retired to Schuylkill
Haven and was the last surviving member of the
Jere Helms GAR Post. He always claimed he voted
for "Honest Abe" while in the field with the Army.
|Peter Delcamp, boat builder,
served from March 8, 1864
until August 16, 1865.
|Jerome Hoffman, boatman, served from
March 3, 1864 until July 30, 1865. His stone
is slowly sinking from view.
|Lafayette Baker, boatman,
served from September 9, 1861
until July 30, 1865.
|William D. Guertler, stone cutter,
served from April 16, 1864 until July
30, 1865. He was captured on May
12, 1864 and sent to Andersonville.
He was also wounded in action with
a gunshot wound to the right hand.
|Captain Daniel F. Burket, Harbor Master on the
Schuylkill Canal, served from September 9,
1861 until December 31, 1864. He recruited
men for the cause for three years. He was
wounded in the left shoulder at Second Bull
Run. His son served as a drummer boy.
|Samuel Hoffman, Sergeant, boatman,
served from September 9, 1861 until
July 30, 1865. He received a gunshot
wound to the left arm during the
Second Bull Run campaign.
|Pottsville Republican of September 12, 1888
Death relieved Jerome Hoffman, of Schuylkill Haven, on Monday night from his great suffering which had made him an invalid the
past two years. The members of Camp 47, Sons of America, deserve much praise for their liberal provision and attentive care
bestowed on their brother during his entire sickness. Mr. Hoffman was a well known soldier, having served in Company C, 50th
Regiment, P. V. V. and he will be buried on Friday at 1:30 pm with the honors of Camp 47 and Post 26, G. A. R. of which organization he
was a faithful member. All Sons of America and Grand Army members are requested to attend. Members of Camp 47 and Post 26 will
meet at their headquarters at one o'clock sharp.
|Pottsville Republican of April 21, 1908
VANDALISM OF CIVIL WAR VETS GRAVES
Members of the Jere Helms Post 26, G. A. R. complained that vandals are making a practice of destroying the G. A. R. markers on old
soldier's graves in the various cemeteries and the vandalism is practiced to a great extent in the almshouse burial plot more then
elsewhere. The miscreants may be prosecuted if they are caught but the G. A. R. men do not wish to resort to any harsh measures
and believe that if attention is called to the matter, there will be no further cause for complaint.
|Pottsville Republican of January 24, 1928
WILLIAM WILDERMUTH LAID TO REST
With full military honors, one of the few remaining Civil War veterans of
Schuylkill Haven, William M. Wildermuth, aged 86, was laid to rest in
Union Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon. Due to the advanced years of
the surviving Civil War veterans in Schuylkill Haven, John Minnich,
William Tyson and William Dewald, the Robert Baker American Legion
Post took charge of the Legion home at 1:30 o'clock and marched to the
Wildermuth home, in charge of Post Commander, Raymond Miller.
Services were conducted at the home at two o'clock by the Reverend a.
T. Sutcliffe, pastor of Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church and later
services were held at the grave. Members of the Legion, Merton Suits,
John Gray, George Seider, Clarence Gray, harry Quinter and Raymond
Miller, acted as pall bearers and at the cemetery the full G. A. R. military
service was used, with George Reider acting as chaplain. The color
bearers were N. A. Pritchard and Charles Kauffman and the color guards,
Elmer Bubeck and Percy Bubeck. The firing squad composed of Lewis
Dress, Allen Klahr, Fred Burkert, Warren Burkert, Allen Knarr and William
Hyde, and in charge of sergeant John Dewald, fired a farewell salute
over the grave and taps were sounded by Bugler H. A. Reber. D. M.
Bittle was in charge of the
|William M. Wildermuth, Civil War
veteran, as seen in his later years.
PHOTO COMPLIMENTS OF TODD SEIGFRIED
|The Call of July 13, 1923
JERE HELMS POST ORGANIZED IN 1867
Mr. Charles Leib, a Civil War veteran, is the authority for the statement that the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. of Schuylkill
Haven was organized on January 30, 1867. William Eckert of Reading, formerly of town, is the only surviving charter member. The
first Decoration Day exercises were held on May 30, 1868. The Reverend Yeiser was the speaker. The present membership of the
post is but eleven. This is quite a small number when it is considered some three hundred soldiers from Schuylkill Haven and
vicinity went forth to war between 1861 and 1864. The personnel of the post is as follows: John Minnig, Commander, Dr. C. Lenker,
Chaplain, Charles Leib, William Tyson, Henry Seigfried, William Wildermuth, of Schuylkill Haven; Albert Borda of Girardville;
Livingstone Saylor of Pottstown; William Dewald of Auburn; Charles Ryland of Cressona and William Eckert of Reading.
|These two images show
Schuylkill Haven men that
served in the Civil War. At
left is Ulysses A. Bast, a
lieutenant in Company B of
the 48th Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry and at
right is Lieutenant James
K. Helms, later a captain, of
the 50th Pennsylvania
|The Call of May 1, 1914
DEATH OF CIVIL WAR VET
David Raudenbush, this town's oldest Raudenbush for the past several weeks was confined to his home with illness. Death was
caused by ptomaine fever. For the past four weeks Mr. Raudenbush took little or no nourishment and for the greater part of the last
three weeks was in a semi-conscious condition. Deceased was eighty one years, two months and thirteen days of age.
He was born in South Manheim Township February 14, 1833 and with his parents came to Schuylkill Haven when one year of age. His
parents resided on North Main Street within several doors of the residence of the deceased. In his younger days, Mr. Raudenbush
followed the trade of boatman on the Schuylkill, having charge of a boat for contractor Kline, a resident of Schuylkill Haven. When
boating was discontinued, he secured employment with the Reading Company. He was an employee of the company for fifty six
years. He was pensioned by this company.
Mr. Raudenbush, besides being one of the oldest residents of Schuylkill Haven, was the oldest Civil War veteran of the town. He
was also one of the first young men to respond to the nation's call in 1861. It was during the period he was employed as a boatman
that he responded to the nation's call to arms and enlisted in Company C, 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, which were
drafted in Schuylkill County. The date of enlistment was September 19, 1861. During his services he was promoted from corporal to
sergeant and later to first sergeant of the company. Mr. Raudenbush was taken prisoner at the Battle of Spottsylvania and confined
to the Andersonville prison for eleven months. While in this prison, he together with other prisoners, underwent extreme cruelty
and suffered great hardships. He was exposed to all kinds of weather, having no shelter whatsoever. For nourishment, he with the
other soldiers, was allowed but a one half pint cup of ground corn. This corn contained a large percentage of the corn cob, as the
cob was ground in with the corn. When his release was obtained he returned to Schuylkill Haven greatly broken down in health. He
was reduced to 94 pounds in weight and was so feeble that he was taken off the train at the local station and carried to his home on
a pillow by his comrades.
Among the other Schuylkill Haven soldiers who were prisoners at the Andersonville prison with Mr. Raudenbush, and who have all
now passed to the great beyond, are William D. Guertler, Elias Berger, John Doudle, Henry Haines, Samuel Achley, Daniel Martz and
George Freistone. Mr. Raudenbush was one of the most courageous members of his company. He was always in the fore of the
battle and never hesitated in complying with the orders of his superiors. He was in the most severe and decisive battles of the Civil
War namely: Fredericksburg, First and Second Bull Run, Battle of Antietam, Vicksburg, Spottsylvania Courthouse and at Petersburg.
Mr. Raudenbush was of a kind hearted disposition and was ever willing to assist his fellow man. While in the Andersonville prison,
Mr. Raudenbush risked immediate death by pleading with Captain Wertz, the notorious and cruel prison warden, who history tells us
was later hung for his cruelty to Federal soldiers, to grant him permission to secure several boards, which were outside of the
stockade. With these boards, Mr. Raudenbush changed the course of a spring and drained the water to the inside of the stockade
which had previously gone to waste on the outside of the stockade while the prisoners endured intense suffering for lack of water.
At the end of his three year enlistment, he reenlisted at Knoxville Tennessee in the same company and same regiment. He was
mustered out with the company July 30, 1865. His regiment at the close of the war was selected by Washington authorities for its
great gallantry displayed throughout the war and were accorded the honor of assisting in laying the cornerstone of the National
Monument in honor of the soldier dead in the National Cemetery at Gettysburg.
|The Call of April 22, 1927
DEATH OF CIVIL WAR VET FARNE
Edward Farne, a veteran of the Civil War, died on Tuesday at the home of Mr. Earl Witman, with whom he made his home for the past
several years. He was in his 89th year. He had been bedfast for the past several weeks. For many years he was employed by the
Reading Company and was placed on the retired list and honor roll eighteen or nineteen years ago. Deceased was a veteran of the
Civil War and was proud of the record he had as a veteran. He was one of the volunteers who answered the call to arms in 1861. He
enlisted in the Wetherill Rifles, one of the county's earliest military units. He was made the captain. He served the three month
enlistment and later served in Company I, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry and Company 149, Second Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps.
He was honorably discharged on June 30, 1865, having served four years and five months. The funeral was held this afternoon,
Friday, from the undertaking parlors of C. G. Wagner. The American Legion of Schuylkill Haven will furnish an escort and guards,
and the burial in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Pottsville, will be made with full military honors.
|The Call of April 29, 1927
CIVIL WAR VET DIES
Charles Leib, one of the best known residents of Schuylkill Haven, passed peacefully away
Thursday afternoon at the home of his daughter on Paxson Avenue. Mr. Leib had been
confined in the house the greater part of the winter. He was apparently improving in health
until about a week ago when he suffered a relapse and for the past several days was
confined to bed. On May 12, 1927, he would have been eighty years of age. Deceased was
born on Lebanon but lived in Schuylkill Haven since the year 1860. For many years he was
employed as a painter at the P and R car Shops. He was a Civil War veteran, having served
during the latter part of the war. His wife preceded him in death thirteen years ago. Three
children survive namely: Mrs. Mary Lutz, of town; Harry and Walter Leib of Pottsville. Mr. Leib
was a vocalist of no mean ability. He was a member of the Saint John's Reformed choir for
thirty five years and had been the instructor and leader of the choir for six years. For quite a
number of years he was a member of local bands and orchestras being a drummer. His love
of music, of late years, had best been satisfied by his presence at all events where an
orchestra or band was in attendance. This interest and evident delight in listening to music
was followed by him up until his very last years.
|Civil War veteran
Charles Leib's picture
appeared with his
obituary in the Call.
|The Call of April 6, 1928
CIVIL WAR VETERAN DIED AT AGE OF 81
Emanuel Shirley, one of the oldest Civil War veterans of Schuylkill Haven, died at the home of his stepson, George Gaumer, of Dock
Street, on Sunday morning at 7:30 o’clock. A complication of disease was given as the cause of his death. He was taken ill Friday
and grew rapidly worse and Saturday it was seen his end was close at hand. He fell asleep and in this state passed away. He was
eighty one years of age last October. Deceased served as a cavalryman during the Civil War and gave eighteen months of service.
He was born near Sunbury and for a number of years resided in Frackville. For the past twenty three years, he has been a resident
of Schuylkill Haven. In his early days he was a coal miner, a shoe maker, a photographer and for a number of years conducted a
store in Frackville. In Schuylkill Haven he lived retired but for a number of years found delight in making toys for children and in this
he was quite skillful. His eyesight began to fail him and at the time of his death his eyes were almost sightless. Deceased was twice
wedded and both life mates preceded him in death. He is survived by four sons, namely Howard Shiley of New Jersey, Charles of
Nashville, Tennessee, Elmer of Mount Union and Arthur of Philadelphia. One sister, Mrs. Klinger of Mount Carmel, and one stepson,
George Gaumer of Schuylkill Haven, survive. His funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon and services were conducted by
Reverend E. H. Smoll. The American Legion boys had charge of the funeral and honored him with a military burial. D. M. Bittle was
the funeral director. director.
|The Call of October 11, 1929
CIVIL WAR VET ECKERT BURIED HERE THURSDAY
Thursday afternoon, William Eckert of Reading, formerly of Schuylkill Haven, was buried on the Union Cemetery at Schuylkill Haven,
with military honors accorded him by the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., and the Robert E. Baker Post of the American Legion.
There were gathered at the grave here quite a number of local friends of the deceased. Reverend E. S. Noll conducted the services
after which short burial rites of the Grand Army were given and the firing squad of the Legion fired the salute for the dead and taps
were sounded. The funeral party arrived in Schuylkill Haven shortly after three o’clock, after prior funeral services had been held at
the late home of the deceased in Reading. Mr. Eckert’s death occurred early Monday morning and was rather sudden although he
had been in bad health for the past three months. Pneumonia suddenly developed and caused his demise. He was eighty eight
years of age. He was born in Barnesville and came to Schuylkill Haven with his parents in infancy. For quite a number of years he
boated on the Schuylkill Canal. Later he embarked in the hotel business and for a number of years conducted the same on Dock
Street, in the property now the Gipe Auto Accessory Store. Deceased was a Civil War veteran and was one of the six living members
of the Grand Army Post of Schuylkill Haven. There are now but five. Mr. Eckert, quite early in the Civil War was rudely made
acquainted with its results when on the boat on which he and his father were transporting cannon and ammunition from Philadelphia
to Virginia. It was fired on by the Confederate forces and an explosion resulted. Mr. Eckert and his father were thrown into the
water but fortunately were enabled to swim ashore. Later he served in Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers and served under
the command of Captain Burkert and of Captain Brown. His service was that of an eighteen month period. He was wounded in the
hand at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. The deceased was one of eight children of Benneville and Rebecca Eckert,
early residents of Schuylkill Haven and always prominent in its history. He is the last of the family. He is survived by his wife and
two daughters, Mrs. Frank Mertz and Mrs. Louis Rothrauff. Two stepsons, Walter Burkert of Reading and William Burkert of
|The Call of November 3, 1916
ONLY TWO DOZEN LOCAL VETERANS
In conversation with a Civil War veteran of our town this week we learned that of the 446 residents of Schuylkill Haven that enlisted
in the militia and navy during the Civil war, there are just about an even two dozen living and residing here at this date. The Jere
Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. of town has a membership of twenty one but seven of the members reside out of town. There are
about seven local Civil War veterans who are not affiliated with the G. A. R. Post making the total number of war veterans here about
twenty four. Four hundred and forty six of this town’s sons enlisted in the different companies of the various regiments of militia
and in different branches of the navy during the bloody Civil War strife from 1861 until 1865. In one company, Company C, 50th
Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, there were 164 men from Schuylkill Haven, including the two enlistments. It must be
remembered that this one company was throughout the entire war, an almost all Schuylkill Haven company.
Of the total number of men in Company C, there survive about forty, only a handful being from or residing here at this time, namely
Irving Tyson, Charles Brown, William Wildermuth, H. M. Deibler. During the year six members of this company that were former
residents of Schuylkill Haven or who enlisted in Company C from this town passed away. They were Charles Knarr of Haas, Pa, Peter
Paul of Schuylkill Haven, G. Schwenk of Illinois, A. Williams of a Soldiers Home, Franklin Wise of Ohio and James Saylor of
Philadelphia. There was a total of nine deaths in Company C during the year. There were thirty three deaths in the entire
membership of the 50th Regiment leaving about 290 survivors in the regiment at this time. In distances traveled, in the variety of
their service and in the extremes of heat and cold to which they were subjected, it may be doubted whether any other organizations
of Pennsylvania troops paralleled or approached the 50th and 45th Regiments. The itinerary of the 50th or the total number of miles
traveled by this regiment on rail, foot and water amounted to over 12,000 according to statistics gathered by writers and publishers
of histories of the war.
|The Call of June 1, 1917
VETERAN DIES ON MEMORIAL DAY
Alfred B. Meck, a veteran of the Civil War, and a boatman on the old Schuylkill Canal, died Memorial Day morning shortly after nine o’
clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bert R. Kaufman, on Main Street. His death followed an illness of only nine days. Deceased
was born near Shoemakersville and passed his seventy third birthday anniversary on December fifth last. During the Civil War he
served two enlistments or four years. After the closing of the Schuylkill Canal, he assumed charge of a barge in New York state.
About fifteen years ago, he sustained a slight stroke and has not been in the best of health since that time, although able to attend
to his duties. Deceased was a member of the Saint John’s Reformed Church and highly respected in the community. To survive, he
leaves his widow, two sons, Charles C. Meck of Loraine, Ohio, Warren A., three daughters, Alma, wife of Bert Kauffman, Misses
Estella and Mary, all of town. Two brothers and two sisters also survive, Jeremiah of Shoemakersville, Frank of Jersey City, Mrs.
Adeline Moyer of Shoemakersville and Mrs. Hannah Moyer of Frackville. His funeral took place this afternoon. Both the services
and interment were strictly private. O. A. Bittle had charge. Charge.
|The Call of December 1, 1916
BENJAMIN KNARR, CIVIL WAR VETERAN DEAD
Word was received in town on Tuesday evening announcing the death of Benjamin Knarr, at Glen Mills, on Tuesday noon. His death
followed a lingering illness of some years and was due to a complication of diseases and infirmities of old age, deceased being
eighty one years of age. He was born in Schuylkill Haven, the son of the late Nathan and Sarah Knarr. In early youth he learned the
trade of boat builder and followed that occupation throughout his entire career. A large number of the boats that plied on the old
Schuylkill Canal, between Schuylkill Haven and breakwater points, were specimens of the handicraft of the deceased. At the
outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company C, 50th Regiment under command of Captain Burkett and later Captain Charles
Brown. He served for a period of three years and was honorably discharged. Between thirty and forty years ago deceased left
Schuylkill Haven and located in Camden, New Jersey, later moving to Glen Mills. Mr. Knarr was the father of thirteen children, the
majority of whom are still living. Two of the children, Mrs. Edward Wessner and Mrs. John Coller are residents of Schuylkill Haven.
One sister, Mrs. Eliza Berger and one brother, John F. Knarr, both of Schuylkill Haven also survive. The funeral of Mr. Knarr took
place this afternoon from his late residence in Glen Mills and was largely attended. Surviving besides the sons, daughters,
brothers and sister are a number of grandchildren. As a veteran of the Civil War, deceased had a great record.
|The Call of August 22, 1919
DEATH CALLS CIVIL WAR VET
Michael McGuggart, well known about the town, died suddenly on Tuesday at noon, while at work on the state road midway between
Hamburg and Molino, as a watchman. He sustained a paralytic stroke. He was removed to Hamburg immediately but died before
medical attention was procured. He had been at work the past two weeks and had been in comparatively good health. His death
was not only a surprise to his friends but quite a shock to his family. Deceased was seventy five years of age. He was born, reared
and spent his entire life in this town, following for many years the occupation of boatman. He was also employed at the local car
shops for a time. He resided with his son in law, Peter Fox of Fairview Street. His wife preceded him in death eight months ago. He
is survived by the following children: James of Palo Alto; Joseph and Frank of Schuylkill Haven; Agnes, wife of Peter Fox of Schuylkill
Haven; Alice wife of John McCarty of Palo Alto; Lizzie and Katie at home. Mr. McGuggart was a Civil War veteran having served for
almost two years. Upon his being discharged he was given the usual discharge papers but in some way or other mislaid them and
not until several months ago did they come to light and were then found reposing in a large book. He had never been able to
secure the pension due him from the government because of the loss of his discharge. It was only recently that the machinery to
procure the pension was set in motion. The funeral will take place Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock with services in the Saint
Ambrose Church. Church.
|The Call of June 18, 1920
CIVIL WAR VET ANSWERS TAPS
Another one of the town’s Civil War veterans answered the final taps and passed to the great
beyond on Monday morning about 8:10 o’clock. He was Henry M. Deibler, residing on Canal
Street. Death was caused by catarrh of the stomach. For the past four and a half months he
had been confined to his bed. He had been in ill health and unable to do any work since the
second week in September of last year. Uncomplainingly he accepted his affliction and
patiently awaited the end. He passed peacefully away surrounded by members of his family.
Deceased was well known in town. He had been a resident for about fifty seven years. For
fifty two years he was a boatman, having boated on the Schuylkill Canal and upon its
abandonment, boated in and about the New York harbor. He enlisted in the service of his
country when eighteen years of age, and was a member of Company C, 50th Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry. He was in the service four years and during this time took part in numerous
decisive and engagements of this four year strife as well as many minor engagements. In one
of the battles he received a flesh wound but continued in the ranks.
He was seventy six years of age. He was born in New York. For the past two years he had
been employed at the Walkin Shoe factory. He was a member of the Grace Evangelical Church
and the G. A. R. of town. He was a quiet, honest and upright citizen and enjoyed the respect
and esteem of the entire community. He with his good wife had the good fortune to keep
death’s angel from their threshold and to their union were born thirteen children all of whom
are living. These thirteen children with forty five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren
were frequent visitors to the homestead and to the delight and pride of the deceased and his
wife. The funeral services took place on Thursday afternoon at two o’clock at his late home
and in the Grace Evangelical Church at 2:30. Reverend Fassnacht conducted the services.
The bearers were sons and son in laws of the deceased, namely: Charles, George, Samuel and
Daniel Deibler, Edward Fisher and John Knarr. O. A. Bittle was funeral director. To mourn his
demise are the following, his widow, thirteen children, forty five grandchildren, and eight great
grandchildren and one brother, David of Williamsport. The children who survive are: Charles
Deibler of Schuylkill Haven, George Deibler of Pottsville, Mrs. Monroe Sherman of
Germantown, Mrs. Edward Fisher of Garfield Avenue, Schuylkill Haven, Mrs. Howard Hill,
Pottsville, Samuel Deibler of Williamsport, Mrs. John Knarr of Schuylkill Haven, Mrs. Jacob
Lindermuth of Summit Hill, Daniel Deibler of Quarryville, William Deibler of Schuylkill Haven,
Mrs. Benjamin Herbst of Pottsville, Mrs. Edward Ossman of Pottsville and Mrs. Guy Heiser of
|Above is an undated image of Henry Moses
Deibler. His records show he was captured
at Bull Run on August 29th, 1862 and
paroled on August 31st. He was wounded
on May 9th, 1864 and returned to duty on
May 15th, 1864.
|Image and information courtesy of Susan Deibler.
|The Call of October 20, 1916
AGED VETERAN CALLED HOME
Monday morning at 10:30 o’clock, another one of Schuylkill Haven’s Civil War veterans answered the last call of taps and joined the
army of the Great Commander. It was Mr. Samuel Reed of Main Street, who for the past ten years has been in ill health and who for
the past ten weeks has been confined to his home. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. Mr. Reed was sixty seven
years, nine months and thirteen days of age. He was born in Friedensburg but spent the greater part of his life here. When but
sixteen years of age he enlisted in Company I, 87th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He served his full enlistment and
was honorably discharged at Washington D. C. on June 29th, 1865, at the close of the war. Entering the company as a private he was
promoted to corporal for gallant and meritorious service. He was present at Lee’s surrender and was in many of the engagements
of the war during his enlistment, among the more important being the Fall of Petersburg, Bunker Hill, Wilderness, Spottsylvania and
Cold Harbor. He also took part in the Grand Review at Washington D. C. on May 24th, 1865. Mr. Reed found much pleasure in
company with other local war veterans in reciting the events and occurrences of the great struggle. An unusual occurrence during
his enlistment was that of his taking breakfast at Walker’s Farm near Clover Station while seated next to a Confederate general,
namely General Walker, the son of the owner of the farm where Mr. Reed and several soldiers had been detailed to visit. The Union
soldiers with their blue uniforms and the Confederate general with is gray uniform at the same breakfast table must have been an
odd sight. The breakfast was eaten in complete silence, not a word being spoken.
Deceased in his early days followed the occupation of boating on the Schuylkill Canal. At the close of the boating hereabouts, he
secured employment with the P and R Company and for twenty five years served his company faithfully in several capacities. Mr.
Reed for a number of years was in the green grocery business on Main Street. He retired about ten years ago on account of his
failing health. He was a member of the Grace United Evangelical Church. A charter member of Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R.,
he on December 9th, 1908 was elected Post Commander. This position he filled until the time of his death. His familiar figure at the
head of the members of the local G. A. R. years ago, when they participated in the decorating of the graves of their comrades, will be
recalled and long remembered. On February 2, 1868, deceased was united in marriage to Miss Mary C. Kerkeslager. Besides the
widow four children survive, namely, Mrs. Jacob Boltz of Pottsville, Mrs. John Emery of Palo Alto, Samuel reed of Orwigsburg and
Ellis Reed at home. Six grandchildren survive, also two sisters, Mrs. Charles Mengle of Port Clinton and Mrs. Samuel Blackburn of
town, one brother, Morris Reed of Reading. Reading.
|The Call of May 6, 1921
TAPS BLOWS FOR ANOTHER CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Moses Evely, one of the town’s best known aged residents, died at his home on Williams Street at 2:30
o’clock Thursday morning. He had been confined to bed for the past four weeks having been taken ill on a
Sunday. His strong constitution was the means of prolonging his life fully two or more weeks. He passed
away fully conscious but unable to even whisper a farewell to his family. He was in his 86th year. He is
survived by his wife, three children: Mrs. William Schwenk, Mrs. J. Kantner and Elmer Evely all of town. Also
ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. His funeral will take place on Monday afternoon with
services at his home at 1:30o’clock and in the U. B. Church shortly thereafter. In the passing of Mr. Evely,
Schuylkill Haven loses one of its esteemed residents and one of its few remaining Civil War veterans. The
deceased was born in this town and spent his entire life here. For years he followed the occupation of boat
builder and later worked at the car shops. He was one of the many who at the outbreak of the Civil War
volunteered his services to his country. He served two enlistments. He was a member of the 116th P. V. V.
Infantry. He participated in the decisive engagements of the war and was several times wounded, once at
Gettysburg, once at Spottsylvania and at Cold Harbor. In the last named engagement his two brothers in the
same company were also wounded, one so badly that he died on the battlefield. He was a member of the
local G. A. R. and one of those whose familiar figure will be missed on Memorial Day,he during his life having
always participated in these exercises and made it a point to attend the funerals of his comrades as they
passed one after the other. He frequently remarked to the writer, following the death of one of his comrades, that it would soon
come his turn to receive an obituary notice. It is here and it is with a deep and sincere regret that this becomes our sad duty. Mr.
Evely was a kind, considerate and pleasant “old gent’. Despite his age he never seemed to be satisfied unless moving about. He
was a great pedestrian and enjoyed his frequent walks in this section to the fullest extent. He took delight in doing errands or acts
of kindness for his neighbors. To hundreds of persons through his gift as a “pow wow” doctor he brought relief for various
ailments, very often after efforts of physicians had failed. He was glad to walk long distances that he might help someone in pain or
distress. As a member of the U. B. Church he was an active member and regular attendant, whenever the weather and his health
|This image of Moses
Evely appeared in the
Call with his obituary.
|The Call of June 24, 1921
VETERAN DOHNER LAID TO REST BY COMRADES
Henry J. Dohner, one of the town’s retired businessmen and veteran of the Civil War, was on Wednesday laid to rest by his few
remaining comrades and members of the Jere Helms Post of the G. A. R. Reverend M. A. Kieffer conducted the regular funeral
services at the late home of the deceased on Main Street and at the grave. The Grand Army then took charge of the services at the
grave. O. A. Bittle was the funeral director. There were many persons in attendance as the deceased was one of the town’s best
known and highly respected citizens. He enjoyed the fellowship and good will of everyone and his death while expected was
received with sadness among friends and business associates. Mr. Dohner was born in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County.
He came to Schuylkill Haven about forty years ago and first was employed by W. A. Gensemer as a shoe repairer in his shop at the
Felix corner. Later he embarked in the shoe repairing business for himself on West Main Street a few feet above the present
Dohner residence. After a few years he engaged in the retail business, the opening day being March 8, 1894. This business he
conducted for thirty five years. Five years ago it was taken over by his two sons, Harry and John, and the deceased retired to
private life. By conservative business methods, straight forward and honorable dealings he built up an enviable trade. Mr. Dohner
was a broad gauged, sympathetic Christian gentleman whom to know well was to honor.
Deceased served in the Civil War under three enlistments. On June 23, 1863 he enlisted from Lebanon County in Company A, 26th
Regiment, P. V. M., under Colonel W. W. Jennings. He was discharged July 30th at Harrisburg. In July 1864, he became a sergeant in
Company d, First Battalion, P. V. I., under Colonel Charles Stewart for one hundred days service. He was discharged November
11that the expiration of the term. On February 12th, 1865, he became a member of Company F, 93rd P. V. I. for one year’s service and
was under the command of Captain B. F. Hean and Colonel C. W. Eckman. He received his discharge on June 28, 1865. He was a
member of the saint John’s Reformed Church and was a faithful and regular attendant not only at the Sunday services but the
midweek services as well. His declining years and feebleness made it impossible to continue his regular attendance in the last
several years of his life. He was a director of the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company, having been one of the organizers and active
workers in its interest. He took great pride in its growth and was in attendance at every meeting of the board. His fellow directors
attended his funeral in a body and furnished from their number his bearers to his last resting place. He is survived by his widow,
nee Amelia C. Umberger and these children: Harry Dohner, Miss Mayme Dohner, John Dohner and Lizzie, wife of William
Raudenbush, all of town. One sister, Mrs. U. B. Seigrist of Lebanon and one brother, Frank of Reading also survive.
|The Call of December 11, 1925
DEATH OF CIVIL WAR VETERAN
John Seigfried, a Civil War veteran, a member of the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., of Schuylkill Haven passed away at the
home of his son Henry Seigfried in Jefferson on Monday evening. The cause of his death was consumption. He had been confined
to bed for the past two weeks. Mr. Seigfried was long a resident of Schuylkill Haven. He was born in South Manheim Township and
for the past year and a half resided near or at Jefferson. Mr. Seigfried was seventy eight years of age. His wife preceded him in
death about a year and a half ago. He was one of the nine living members of the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., of Schuylkill
Haven. He served during a long period of the war. He is survived by the following children: Messiah of Jefferson, John of Rock,
Henry of Jefferson, Albert of Schuylkill Haven, Mrs. Robert Gehrig of Schuylkill Haven, and Mrs. Charles Dewald of Schuylkill Haven.
Several brothers and sisters also survive. The funeral will take place Saturday morning at ten o’clock with services at the late home
and in the Summer Hill church at ten o’clock.
|The Call of June 30, 1890
A VETERAN SOLDIER BURIED
Charles Hammes, who had served in the late war as a member of Captain Jones’ Company Departmental Corps, was buried at
Schuylkill Haven under the immediate direction of Jere Helms Post, Number 26, G. A. R. The deceased had been suffering for some
time from general debility and died at Manayunk on Wednesday last, where he latterly resided. His remains were escorted to
Schuylkill Haven by Comrades Robert Baxter and Anthony Kern, of General G. K. Warren Post Number 15, Mr. Hammes being an
active member of said post. The funeral was from the house of Constable William F. Stitzer, a brother in law of the deceased. Mr.
Stitzer did all in his power to make the visitors, relatives and immediate friends comfortable. It was on Sunday afternoon that the
funeral took place. The heat was oppressive, it was hard work for the veterans but they, with the P. O. S. of A. Drum Corps did nobly
under the circumstances. A widow and six children survive to mourn the loss of a kind father, a good citizen and a soldier who
never shirked a duty. Reverend Harrold of the United Brethren Church and Chaplain Beckley of the G. A. R. were the clergymen on
duty for this solemn occasion, while Major S. A. Losch and Captain James K. Helms attended to the arrangements for the G. A. R. in
the necessary absence of the regular officers.
|The Call of February 22, 1901
ISAAC KNARR A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF THIS BOROUGH ANSWERS THE FINAL CALL
Isaac Knarr, a venerable and well known citizen of this borough, died at his home on Saint John Street on Sunday morning about
5:30 o'clock, aged sixty seven years, one month and six days. Deceased had been a great sufferer of Bright's disease for the past
five years and this was the cause of his demise. He had been bedfast only five days. Deceased was the son of the late Nathan and
Sarah Knarr and was born and raised in this place. He was a boat builder by trade and for many years up to the abandonment of the
Schuylkill Canal, followed that trade. About thirteen years ago he was elected Borough Supervisor, which office he filled for five
consecutive years. He served as janitor of the public school building for a term of four years. He served with Company C, 50th
Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War. He was a faithful member and conscientious and upright Christian life. He
was also a member of Metamora Council, Number 66, O. U. A. M. He is survived by his wife and six children as follows: George W., J.
Isaac, Robert E. and Mrs. Adam Burkert of this place, Mrs. George Reed and Mrs. George Jacoby of Pottsville. Three brothers and
one sister also survive: Charles of Mahantongo, Benjamin of Chester and John and Mrs. Eliza Berger of town. The funeral was held
from the late home of the deceased yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and was largely attended. Commemorative religious
services were held in the United Brethren Church and the body was laid to rest in Union Cemetery. Reverend S. B. Wengert
officiated. The pall bearers were Henry Hill, Charles Brown, Moses Evely, William Loyd, Elijah Emerich and Samuel Hartranft. Elias
Ziegenfus was the undertaker.
|The Call of May 17, 1901
AFTER MANY YEARS - FORMER SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MAN'S LONG SILENCE
Mourned as Dead For 33 Years - Daniel Raudenbush Writes to Relatives From Arkansas
HIS RECENT DEATH
Daniel Raudenbush, a son of the late Daniel Raudenbush of this place, was mourned for dead by his relatives here for a period of
thirty three years. During this time nothing had been heard from him, and when a few years ago, David Raudenbush received a
letter from his long absent brother, it seemed as though a message had come from him from the grave. The letter stated that he
(Daniel) was located in Arkansas, where he engaged in farming at the close of the Civil War. Daniel Raudenbush was a well known
popular young man of Schuylkill Haven in his time. In 1854 he enlisted in the regular army and was stationed in Kentucky. When the
Civil War broke out, Raudenbush's general took sides with the Confederacy, his troops almost to a man following their commander in
defense of the southern cause. Probably through intimidation or perhaps devotion to his general, Raudenbush entered the
Confederate service with his regiment and served throughout the long and bitter struggle. At the conclusion of hostilities he
settled in Arkansas, where he married and engaged in farming.
His relatives not hearing anything from him for so many years, naturally inferred he had been killed in battle. For thirty three years
they mourned him for dead and their surprise and pleasure was great upon receiving his first letter a few years ago, stating that he
was alive and well. A few weeks ago a letter was received here from his family stating that Mr. Raudenbush died at his distant home
in February last. He is survived by his widow and four children. David Raudenbush of upper Main Street and Mrs. Elijah Emerich of
Saint John Street, this borough, are the surviving brother and sister of the deceased.
|In the Call of May 26, 1899, The
following appeared in preparation
for Memorial Day.
George W. Burton
Pat F Cooligan
Fred W. Snyder
Daniel F. Burket
John D. Grim
8th Pa Cav
58th Pa Vol
116th Pa Vol
69th Pa Vol
|The following are the names of soldiers buried
in Union Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven:
Charles S. Leader William Fox
John J. Harnum S. B. Laubenstein
John Eckert Isaac Eckert
Stoughton Kiehner Romandus Harner
Peter Dilcamp William H. Koch
Alpheus Combs William Koch
Emanuel Bast Jacob Ebert
William Feger William Reppard
James Lash Franklin Burns
John Weand John Wood
William J. Hein Jackson Delong
Jacob Honnicker Henry W. Guertler
George Shreck John Katterman
H. J. Bashore G. W. Frehafer
Joshua Heiser Charles F. Kantner
Albert W. Kantner James Delong
Henry R. Quinter John Hill
Daniel Yost Michael Kerkeslager
Amos Paff Henry C. Freed
Henry Wright B. F. Zimmerman
Lewis Heisler John G. Kaufman
John Fableau John Byerly
Thomas Raber Edward Brown
Alfred Streickler Adam Delong
L. J. Huntzinger Benton Spangler
Daniel Small Jerome Hoffman
John Bassler Augustus Mellon
Clinton H. Koons Joseph Rupp
Elias Berger Henry B. Christian
James K. Helms John Meck
Charles Jorden Charles R. Guertler
James Moyer Augustus Palsgrove
Israel Dewald George W. Lloyd
Andrew Krebs Frederick Scheck
Frank Reed Jerome Coneycomb
Lewis Smith Peter Barr
Samuel Byerly John J. Palsgrove
John Armstrong Samuel Shelenberger
Thomas Robinson H. G. Robinson
|The Call of January 17, 1902
REBELLION RELIC - A Highly Prized Memento of the Great Civil War
A Minie Ball and the Curious Way in Which it Came Into the Possession of Elias Nagle
Elias Nagle, one of the employees of the P and R car shops here, has a relic of the Great War of the Rebellion which he prizes very
highly, not only as a souvenir of the dark days of '61-'65, but also on account of the way in which it came into his possession. The
relic is a minie ball, one of those leaden messengers that carried death to so many of the brave but misguided sons of the Sunny
South, and it came from one of the Georgia battlefields, and Mr. Nagle became its owner in a very curious way.
While engaged at his work one day last week, Mr. Nagle was cutting a mortise in a large piece of Georgia pine timber that was to be
used as a car frame. His chisel struck some foreign body down near the bottom of the mortise and a shining bit of metal came out
with the chips. Investigation showed a minie ball embedded in the log, in what was the heart of the sturdy pine from which the
timber was cut. Mr. Nagle carefully removed the ball and prizes it very highly.
The supposition is that during one of the fierce conflicts of the Civil War on a Georgia battlefield, this ball may have happily missed
its human target and found lodgment in the sturdy heart of pine which it could not kill and which in spite of the ravages of war grew
until the woodsmen's axe claimed the life that war's leaden messenger was powerless to take, and that this memento of the horrors
of civil strife should come to light through the agency of one of the arts of peace and in a time when North and South are reunited
and the animosities of the past are forgotten.
|The Pottsville Republican of December 9, 1894
A PROMINENT CITIZEN ATTEMPTS HIS OWN LIFE BUT IS SAVED BY TIMELY INTERVENTION
Schuylkill Haven, December 9 – This morning about 8:40 our town was thrown into a feverish state of excitement by the report
circulating that a prominent citizen had attempted his own life in Roth’s slaughter house. People from near and far came running,
curious to learn the facts and see the victim of his own mad folly. The women throwing up their hands and in great horror
exclaiming, “he cut his throat from ear to ear.” Your correspondent was among the curious and busied himself in learning the
authentic story of the sad occurrence. This morning among our busy citizens going to and fro, we noticed Captain J. K. Helms. He
appeared full of life and energy. The past few days it has been the remark of his friends that “Jim” was working himself out of the
position he was occupying the past year or more, making himself influential as a man and citizen again, and none looked more
friendly on this stake then your correspondent. Just before the 8:30 train left for Pottsville, Jim was conversing very pleasantly with
Gov. S. A. Losch. After the train left he went to Roth’s butcher shop to purchase meat for his dinner, for he always made good
provisions for his household. While there it is supposed the sight of the flesh and blood in the slaughter house changed his
weakened mind to thoughts of suicide and he being alone took a large, sharp butcher knife and made two cuts into his neck, the
one on the right side about five inches long and a slight cut on the left side. A boy coming in at this time gave the alarm and H. B.
Zulick, Esquire, who happened to be outside ran in and grasped the hand that held the knife and exclaimed twice, “Why Jim what are
you doing?”, which betokened that he really was “out of his mind”. Weakened by the fearful loss of blood he was put into a wagon
and taken home. Drs. J. P. Palm and C. Lenker were called in and bandaged the wounds which for hours bled profusely and it was
the opinion of the doctors that he might bleed to death. No artery was severed however and the chances are that he will recover.
|The following story illustrates that long before modern wars, soldiers who endured the horrors of battle
suffered unseen scars long afterwards............
|The Call of May 20, 1905
JERE HELMS POST – Where This Organization of Veterans Derived its Name
A Brief Sketch of Jere Helms – The Post Now Endeavoring to Increase Its Membership
The near approach to Memorial Day directs public attention throughout the country to the Grand
Army of the Republic, which has been most sorrowfully styled by some writer, the “Disappearing
Army”, statistics showing that in this state alone, one thousand veterans of the Rebellion have
died since last Memorial Day. It is estimated that throughout the United States, one hundred
veterans die every day. It will be only a few years before the last survivor of the Rebellion will be
called to his reward and the Grand Army of the Republic will be but a memory. It was with the idea
in view of perpetuating for as long a period as possible the local organization and bringing all
nearby veterans of the great Civil War into closer relationship, that Commander P. D. Helms of Jere
Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. of town recently set on foot plans for increasing the post’s
As its number, 26, indicates, Jere Helms Post was among the first of the four hundred posts
organized in this state, it having been instituted January 30th, 1867, with the following charter
members: Charles E. Brown*,James K. Helms D, Daniel F. Burket D, Samuel A. Losch D, John
Murphy*, Henry Hill*, Samuel C. Strauch, Levi Eckert, George H. Schwenk, A. P. Garrett D, William
Eckert, John Martz D, James M. Saylor and Amos Horman D. Of the fourteen charter members,
only the three marked with an asterisk reside in town and those marked “D” are known to be
dead. The roll book of the post bears the names of 215 persons who have been members. Of this
number 112 are known to be dead, 31 retain active membership and the rest have allowed their
membership to lapse. Some of these still reside in and about town but most of them moved away
and of this latter class the whereabouts of many is not known, perhaps a large proportion of them
are dead. Of the 31 active members, 18 reside in town and the balance live in Philadelphia, Reading, Pottsville, Girardville,
Friedensburg and one, Jere G. Bast, a Past Post Commander at Titusville Florida. It is positively known that there are at least 85
veterans in and about the town who are eligible for membership and the members of the Post and Commander Helms are making
every effort to bring them into membership. The nearest Posts are at Pottsville, Tamaqua, Hamburg, Tremont and Minersville, so it
will be seen that there is a large territory for Jere Helms Post to draw its membership from.
The Schuylkill Haven Post is named after Jere Helms, the youngest brother of the late James K. Helms of town and Peter D. Helms of
Pottsville, the present Post Commander. Jere Helms was sworn into the U. S. service at Harrisburg Pennsylvania, September 29,
1861 as a drummer boy in Company C, Captain D. F. Burket, 50th Regiment, P. V. V. He was then a boy of fifteen years of age. He
remained with the regiment during all of their engagements, up to the battle at Antietam, Maryland, September 17, 1862 when he
discarded his drum, picked up the gun and ammunition of a soldier who had been killed, and in spite of the protest of Major George
W. Brumm (a brother of Honorable C. N. Brumm) who told him to take charge of his horse while the fight was going, went into the
battle. Young Helms was in the thickest of the fight, when in charging up a small hill he was mortally wounded, being shot through
the head right back of the eyes. The boy was shot in sight of Captain Brown, Henry Hill and S. A. Losch who picked him up and
carried him from the field and put him into a room at a nearby farm house, the old Sheicork House, together with about thirty more
wounded soldiers and a man from Company C by the name of Morgan Pugh, was detailed to stay back with young Helms until he
either got better or died. The man Pugh was faithful to his charge, yet with all his care young Helms died seven days after the battle
and was buried at Myerstown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Thus perished one of the noblest and bravest boys that ever left our
town. With such a record for its namesake is it any wonder that the members of Jere Helms Post desire to perpetuate the
organization as long as there remains a veteran of the great Rebellion eligible for membership. It is earnestly urged that very old
soldier eligible become a member of the Post.
|The Call of October 21, 1893
JOHN MECK OBITUARY
John Meck, an old soldier of the late Civil War, died last Friday morning. The immediate cause of the death was dropsy and malarial
fever. He suffered for many years with rheumatic trouble which he contracted while in the army. His funeral took place Tuesday
afternoon. He was buried with military honors. Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., turning out to pay their last tribute of respect to
their dead comrade. With reversed arms and muffled drums they followed the remains of their most faithful member to the grave.
The funeral services were conducted in the Messiah’s United Brethren Church, Reverend A. Graul officiating. He was assisted by
Chaplain L. P. Beckley officiating for the G. A. R. at the grave. He portrayed to his hearers the faithfulness and ardency which Mr.
Meck exhibited as a member of the Grand Army. He was born in Susquehanna County and came to this section of the state many
years ago. He enlisted in April 8, 1864 as a private to serve for three years, under Captain Galloway in Company D, 15th United States
Infantry. He was assigned to Second Brigade, Third Division, Fourteenth Corps, Army of Virginia under Colonel O. L. Shepherd and
participated in the following battles: Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, June 9-30, 1864;Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, July 20, 1864;
Waycreek, Georgia, August 5-6, 1864; and rough and Ready Georgia. While helping to build winter quarters at Lookout Mountain in
the fall of 1864, he was injures and taken to the hospital at that place. He was a member of Jere Helms Post, G.A.R. for about
eighteen years and held the office of Senior Vice Commander. He was a brave soldier and a more devoted member then Mr. Meck,
the Grand Army of the Republic never had. Notwithstanding his bent form and frail constitution he was always at his post of duty.
|The Call of July 20, 1895
DEATH OF ROBERT JONES
Mr. Robert Jones, a prominent citizen of this town, died at his home in Spring Garden, at seven o'clock on Wednesday morning. His
death was a surprise to his many friends, as his illness was short and few knew of it. He caught a severe cold last week and it
terminated in pneumonia, which was the cause of his death. He was conscious to the last and seemed fully aware of the inevitable
result. Mr. Jones was born in this town on May 10, 1836. During the Civil War, his arm was shattered in an explosion on a man of
war, and he was never able to use it afterwards. He was a public spirited, enterprising citizen, having served for a number of years
as school director and town councilman, serving in the latter capacity at the time of his death.
The town will miss him. In his domestic relations he was a kind husband and an indulgent father. He leaves a wife and one son, two
brothers, Isadore and Azariah, to survive him. The family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. The
funeral will be from the house at two o'clock on Monday afternoon after which there will be services at Saint John's Reformed
Church of which the deceased was an active member. In the death of Robert Jones, of Schuylkill Haven, the community has lost one
of its most respected residents, a brave soldier and a man who possessed all the attributes of a Christian and exemplary citizen.
|The Call of November 30,1895
REVEREND L. B. BECKLEY DEAD - A Preacher Who Left the Sanctuary for the Battlefield
Reverend Levi B. Beckley, died at his home on Main Street Thursday morning, aged seventy eight years. Thus has closed a life
which was consecrated to the work of lifting humanity to the higher plane of civilization, to he work of ministering to the meek and
lowly and Christianizing all who came within the sphere of his labors. When the war broke out he doffed the sacred clothes of the
church and donned the blue, going forth with the brave Union boys under a panoply of war to fight for the cause of human liberty.
He became chaplain of the 48th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers and fought in the ranks when he wasn't invoking the blessings of
peace or ministering to the dying. When the war was over, the brave preacher soldier returned to the scenes of his early labors and
was made Chaplain of Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. when it was organized. He held the chaplainship until his death and the
vacancy will be hard to fill, for to him the sweet, sanctified labor of offering Christian succor to his dying comrades in arms was a
duty and a divine ordinance. Over the open grave of the soldier dead his voice was heard proclaiming the doctrines of the
Christian church and extolling the virtues of those silently and lovingly sepulchered. He was the embodiment of patriotism and his
name is scrolled on the records of honor. Before the war he had served twelve years as a Methodist minister and had charges in
Schuylkill Haven, Orwigsburg, Pottstown, Norristown and Port Clinton and other places in the state. It was while he was engaged in
preaching the word of God in the above places that he left the sanctuary and rushed into the shock of battle.
He was a genial man and during his latter years when age made certain inroads upon his physical powers, he was compelled to give
up active work in the ministry, but never failed to participate in Christian work near at home. His death is deeply deplored by his
neighbors and the rest of the community shares their sorrow. He was a chaplain also of Page Lodge Number 270, F. A. and M. and a
member of Minersville Chapter F. A. and M. The former chapter will have charge of the funeral, which will occur at one o'clock
Sunday. Many organizations, civic and military will be present, and the funeral will be one of the most imposing processions which
has taken place in Schuylkill Haven in years. His wife, two sons and a daughter survive. The latter are William, Springfield, Missouri;
Robert, Saint Louis; and Mrs. Preston Body of Orwigsburg. In the death of our loved and honored citizen the family have the
sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. The funeral will take place tomorrow at one o'clock from his late
residence on Main Street with interment in Union Cemetery.
|The Call of March 20, 1897
DEATH OF A. P. GARRETT
The death of A. P. Garrett last Saturday night at ten o’clock was a shock to his many friends. He had been up during the day and
enjoyed the gospel songs and company of his wife and friends, when suddenly he was taken with a convulsion which threw him out
of bed and before help could be summoned to replace him in bed, he had expired and a brave and gallant soldier passed to his final
reward. A. P. Garrett was in his fifty third year of his age. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted as a private in Company C
under Captain D. F. Burkert, of the 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers commanded by Colonel B. C. Christ. He served during
the entire war and was mustered out on July 30, 1865. For meritorious conduct on the field of battle he was successively promoted
to corporal, sergeant and sergeant major. He received a wound at the blowing up of the Petersburg mine on July 30, 1864. He was a
member of the Page Lodge 270, F. and A. M. and a comrade of Jere Helms Post 26, G. A. R. and a member of Saint John’s Reformed
Church. He retired from a successful business a short time ago. He leaves a widow but no children. His funeral took place from his
newly built residence on Main Street on Wednesday afternoon attended by Page Lodge 270, F. and A. M. which had charge of the
body, and Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., and a vast concourse of friends and relatives. Reverend O. H. Strunck officiated,
assisted by the Reformed choir. Who rendered some appropriate songs of praise. Mr. Garrett was a member of Saint John’s
Reformed Church and was a regular attendant of the means of grace. He lived a retired life and was much beloved by his neighbors
and acquaintances and his demise will be mourned by hosts of friends. The obsequies were impressive and witnessed by many
people from out of town.
|The Call of August 12, 1904
Captain Charles E. Brown, late Company C, 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, is in receipt of a letter from the old
colonel of the regiment, now General Samuel K. Schwenck, U. S. A., retired, which is at interest to all members of that gallant
command. It reads as follows:
"My Dear Comrade: Our monument with a statue of General Christ will be shipped to Antietam this week and will be dedicated at nine
in the morning on Saturday, September 17th. The general exercises of all the regiments, thirteen in number, will take place at two
o'clock on Saturday afternoon in the National Cemetery, when President Roosevelt and Governor Pennypacker will make addresses.
We intend to have a business meeting of our Association on Friday afternoon and a Camp Fire Friday evening. Please do not fail to
come and bring your family and every survivor of that gallant old Company C, that you so often and bravely been in battle; a company
that I firmly believe was to a man the equal in fighting qualities of the best company that ever served in any army in the world. How
many can you muster? We can go for a single fare for the round trip and after the meeting of the Assembly we expect to get back
the amount of out fares and board and lodging. I am anxious to see you and all the rest of the boys. Please give my love to them
and tell them that they are detailed to report at Antietam on Friday afternoon, September 16th, 1904, "to storm a battery". My wife
joins me in kindest greetings for you and them and your and their families.
|The Call of April 3, 1903
DEATH OF A WAR VETERAN
Gottlieb Burkert, a well known merchant of Schuylkill Haven, died at his late home on Main Street Tuesday evening after an illness of
two weeks. He was born in Lebanon County but had been a resident of Schuylkill Haven for about forty years. He served four years
in the Civil War with the 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and was wounded in the battle of Spottsylvania. After the war he
was engaged as a boatman on the Schuylkill Canal. He was a member of the Royal Arcanum of Reading and Jere Helms Post G. A. R.
Number 26. A widow and five children survive: Mary, Clara, Alice and Edward at home, Laura, wife of L. E. Fegley of New Haven
Connecticut. The funeral will take place on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be made at Jerusalem Church Cemetery. Reverend O.
H. Strunck will conduct the funeral services and C. G. Wagner and Company will be the funeral directors. The funeral will be a
military one in charge of Jere Helms Post Number 26 G. A. R. and all Grand Army men, ex-soldiers and soldiers are invited to attend.
|The Call of August 19, 1904
DEATH OF WILLIAM LOYD
The funeral of the late William Loyd took place from his late home on Railroad Street at 9:30 o'clock this morning. Services were
conducted at the house and grave by Reverend D. M. Moser, pastor of Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church. Interment was made at
Union Cemetery. The pall bearers were E. H. Baker, Elijah Emerich, Henry Hill, Charles Brown, Frank Berger and William Yost. D. M.
Wagner was the funeral director. The deceased was aged sixty nine years, had resided in this town almost his entire lifetime and
was a boatman on the old canal when the waterway was at the zenith of its prosperity. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having
served with Company H, Sixth U. S. Cavalry. Jere Helms Post, G. A. R. of which he was a member attended the funeral in body.
|The Call of November 23, 1906
JACOB S. DEIBERT
Jacob S. Deibert, one of Schuylkill Haven's most prominent citizens and a veteran of the Civil War, died at his home on Union Street
late Saturday evening. Mr. Deibert was stricken with paralysis about a year ago and a couple of months ago he had an attack of
gastritis. He was a native of Schuylkill Haven and received his education here. For several terms, he served as doorkeeper of the
Senate at Harrisburg and for many years served on the P. & R. C. & I. Company police force. Mr. Deibert served with honor in the
Civil War for three years and one month, going through many hard fought battles with the Eighth Illinois Cavalry Company D, of which
Colonel Farnsworth was commander. Mr. Deibert was sixty five years of age, a member of Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. and
the Royal Arcanum, and for many years has been a director in the Schuylkill Building and Loan Association. He was a member of the
old Saint Paul's Lutheran Church.
His widow and two daughters, Mrs. Harvey Miller of Toledo, Ohio and Mrs. H. Day Gise of Schuylkill Haven survive. There are four
grandchildren. The following are the brothers and sisters: Mrs. James White, Mrs. William Jacobs, Mrs. George Bast of Philadelphia;
Mrs. Henry J. Saylor, Mrs. Eliza Hunter, of Schuylkill Haven, Edward of Florida and Lewis of town. The funeral took place on Thursday
afternoon from his late home on Union Street. Services were conducted at the house and grave by Reverends D. M. Moser and W.
H. Egge. Interment was made at Union Cemetery.
|The Call of May 3, 1907
DEATH OF C. J. WESTON
C. J. Weston, a veteran of the Civil War, died on Saturday at his home on Canal Street. Death was due to a severe attack of
pneumonia. Deceased was in his sixty seventh year. He had an honorable record as a private in Company I, 7th Regiment, U. S.
Infantry, having enlisted in Vermont. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon and services were conducted by Reverend
Allott of the M. E. Church. Interment was made at Union Cemetery. Pallbearers were Albert Geary, Samuel Berger, Elijah Emerich,
William Yost, C. V. B. Deibert, and James Roan. There were a number of floral tributes. His widow, two daughters and a son
|The Call of February 28, 1913
MAN TOO OLD FOR CIVIL WAR DIES
Samuel Neuin, a retired hat and watch maker, father of Adam Neuin, of Canal Street, Schuylkill Haven, died at his home in Lebanon
County the early part of the week. Mr. Neuin was believed to be the oldest resident of the state of Pennsylvania, his age being 108
years. His last birthday was in December of 1912. Mr. Neuin was born in Berks County in 1804. He was a son of German parents. His
narratives of the early history of this section of the state as it was in olden times proved very interesting to many of the present
generation. Mr. Neuin frequently visited his son, Adam Neuin of Canal Street, and appeared to be in good health, in fact he was
never known to be ill until about two weeks ago when he suddenly grew weak and his life slowly ebbed away without any disease
being apparent. Deceased is survived by nine children, the oldest being seventy years and the youngest forty seven. His wife died
twenty seven years ago. Mr. Neuin had won considerable notoriety from the fact that at the outbreak of the Civil War, he
volunteered his services to his country, but the same was refused on account of being too old. At that time he was fifty nine years
of age. In 1825 he cast his first vote for a president of the United States, he voting for John Quincy Adams, who was the sixth
|The Call of November 13, 1913
DEATH OF WAR VETERAN
Mr. Frank Berger died Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at his home on Grant Street. Mr. Berger suffered a stroke of apoplexy a
week or two ago and this was the cause of his death. He was 72 years and 21 days of age. He was born in Berks County, came to
Schuylkill Haven when about twenty five years of age and resided here ever since. For years he was employed by the P and R
Company in a number of positions. Up until several months ago he filled the position of night watchman at the factory of Saul and
Zang. Failing health compelled him to discontinue this position. Deceased was highly esteemed and well known. He was a Civil War
veteran having served four years in Company B, 55th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers. He served two enlistments with the same
company and was the only local resident in this company. He saw active service during the four years and was in some of the
heaviest engagements of the war. He was a member of Farmer's Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Summit Station.
Besides the widow, the following children survive: Mrs. Lebengood, Mr. Jacob Berger of Bethel, Pa and Mrs. Albert Anderson of
Schuylkill Haven. Seven stepchildren also survive, namely: Mr. William Neyer, Tower City, Mrs. William Moyer, Sylvester Neyer, Mrs.
Sarah Mengle, Charles Neyer, Miss Mamie Berger of Schuylkill Haven, Mrs. J. H. DeFrehn of Pottsville. Two brothers, Jefferson of
Defiance, Ohio and William of Tulpehocken, Pa and one sister, Mrs. Keeney of Bethel Pa. Thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great
grandchildren also survive. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon. Services will be conducted at his late home at 1:30 o'clock.
Further services in Saint John's Reformed Church of which the deceased was a faithful member at two o'clock.
|The Call of July 28, 1911
DEATH OF CHARLES SHAPPELL
Charles H. Shappell, a well known and much respected citizen of this town died at his home on Centre Avenue , Wednesday
afternoon at two o’clock after an illness of several months. Death was caused by paresis a brain disease being the direct result of
paralysis. Mr. Shappell, following the fire at the P and R shops in the early part of December, and the death of his brother Robert
during the same month, began to fail in health. He was compelled to take to his bed and underwent much suffering, all of which he
bore with Christian fortitude. Mr. Shappell was sixty four years of age, was born in this town and spent his entire life here. When
quite young, he enlisted in Company C, 50th Regiment, P. V. V. when it was recruited the second time in the year 1864. He was
wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness. Upon his recovery and return to town, he secured employment at the P and R car shops
and was a faithful employee, working in the capacity of blacksmith of this company at the car shops until his health failed. He was a
member of the United Brethren Church and was a most active member and worker in all its branches and was a regular attendant at
its services. He had the happy faculty of readily making acquaintances. He possessed the genial disposition and held the many
friends which he made. Mr. Shappell enjoyed the friendship and good will of the entire community. Besides the widow he leaves
one daughter, Mrs. Abner Mayberry, and one sister, Mrs. Charles Keller of town and one brother Frank of Manayunk. The funeral
will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the house. house.
|The Call of November 10, 1916
A NEW DEFINITION FOR WAR VETERAN
To the Editor of The Call:
I want to give the definition of a veteran soldier. Up to the time we reenlisted at Blaines' Cross Roads, East After we reenlisted for
three years or during the war, on the thirteenth day of January 1864, then they called us the 50th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer
Infantry Regiment. Now that leaves four veterans living that served in Company C, 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania V. V. Infantry,
namely: Captain Charles E. Brown, Schuylkill Haven, Sergeant Levi Eckert, Manayunk, Corporal William Wildermuth, Schuylkill Haven
and Corporal Henry Deibler of Schuylkill Haven.
Now the men that enlisted in Company C in '64 and '65 are all short term men. Some of them were volunteers. Some of them were
drafted and some of them were substitutes. Now I see you call some emergency men Civil war Veterans that were not from their
home over thirty days and they were never in the U. S. service and never saw a Rebel. Now there are only four soldiers living that
served four years in Company C, 50th Regiment. All the rest enlisted in 1864 or 1865. I am anxious to give every soldier that was
enlisted in Company C all the credit that belongs to him, but when they claim as much credit as a soldier that served four years, then
I will call them down. This is in answer to what you had in The Call last week about the veteran soldiers of Company C.
Yours very truly,
Charles E. Brown
Late Captain of Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers Infantry Regiment
Schuylkill Haven PA
|The Call of June 4, 1915
ANOTHER VET ANSWERS TAPS
Death, early Wednesday morning, removed another Civil War veteran from our midst in the person of Henry Auman of Union Street.
Mr. Auman was sixty nine years of age. He was born in Schuylkill Haven, raised here and spent his entire life in and about town.
Death was caused by Bright's disease. Mr. Auman was in ill health Death early Wednesday morning removed another Civil War
veteran from our midst, in the person of Henry since last November. For a number of years he was employed by the P and R railroad
Company in various positions. He was a member of Saint John's Reformed Church.
Mr. Auman gave several years of his life to active service during the Civil war. He first enlisted when sixteen years of age on
September 10, 1862 in Company K, 127th Regiment. He was discharged on May 29, 1863. On until August 2nd of the same year when
the company was disbanded. On February 12, 1864 he enlisted in Company E, 48th Regiment, P. V. V. He was discharged August 3,
1865 when the company was mustered out of service. Mr. Auman was in many of the hardest fought engagements of the war but he
escaped injury. The first battle Mr. Auman fought in was at Fredericksburg, under Captain Fox. He was captured at the Battle of
Cold Harbor and was held a prisoner for eleven months. Of this period, for nine months he endured much suffering in the
Andersonville prison. The other two months were spent in Libby prison and the Florence prison.
Besides the widow, four children survive namely: Arthur of Philadelphia; Harry, Miss Annie, Miss Ivy of Schuylkill Haven. The
following brother and sisters survive: Joseph Auman of Pittsburgh;Mrs. Sarah Miller, Lowdensville; Miss Levina Auman, Mrs.
Charles Mays, Mrs. Matilda O'Brien, all of Philadelphia and Mrs. Lewis Wildermuth of Schuylkill Haven. The funeral will be held
Saturday afternoon. Services will be conducted at his late home at two o'clock. Interment will be private.
|The Call of February 16, 1917
ANOTHER OLD VETERAN DEAD
The Call is in receipt of a communication from Philadelphia announcing the sudden death in that city on Sunday last, of Captain A.
Wall. His death occurred at his home, Number 5127 Irving Street, at the age of seventy two years. He was born in Germany and
when a mere youth came to this country. He settled in Schuylkill Haven where he was practically reared to manhood. In his younger
days he followed the occupation of boatman on the Schuylkill canal and at the outbreak of the Civil War, enlisted in Company C, 50th
Regiment, P. V. I. At the close of the war he again followed boating until the abandonment of the canal when he went to Philadelphia
and engaged in the tugging business on both the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. Deceased was a member of U. S. Grant Post
Number 5, G. A. R. and of the Knights of the Golden Eagle. Surviving he leaves his widow, two daughters and one son. His funeral
took place yesterday.
|The Call of August 27, 1920
WILL HOLD LAST REUNION
William H. and Irving Tyson will attend the reunion of Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Association on Saturday at
Douglassville, Berks County. Mrs. Bertha Clark, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, will also attend the reunion. This particular
reunion will be to an certain extent be a sad affair as it is to be the last one of the association. This is due to the ranks of these Civil
War veterans being so rapidly depleted by the grim reaper that the reunions are almost impossible. It will mark the passing of a
regiment that for valor and service was unsurpassed by any during the entire five years of Civil strife. This particular regiment has
quite a connection with Schuylkill Haven. It will be remembered several years ago Company C of the regiment held its reunion in
this town. The entire day was turned over to the veterans, the town was gaily decorated, a big parade took place in the afternoon
and a campfire followed by a banquet in the evening. The town royally entertained these veterans and well it could have. Company
C in the year 1861 was with the exception of a few men, entirely recruited with local young men. Gottlieb Burket was the Captain of
the Company, numbering one hundred men. IN 1864, those who had not been killed or wounded reenlisted at Blaine's Crossroads,
Tennessee. They were given a thirty day furlough and on returning to Schuylkill Haven, forty more Schuylkill Haven men enlisted
with the company recruiting it to its full complement of men.
Of this entire Company C, there are but four living members residing in Schuylkill Haven, namely William H. Wildermuth, Jake
Lindermuth, I. W. and William H. Tyson. Of the entire 50th Regiment there are but 196 living members and are scattered all over the
country. Therefore, the matter of having a sufficient number gather together at one place to hold a reunion becomes more difficult
each year and the officers have finally decided that it would be best to disband the organization.
|The Call of December 2, 1921
CONTRIBUTORS TO 1864 HONOR FLAG
There was recently turned over to the Call man a copy of a list of persons who back in 1863 or 1864 contributed to a fund for the
purchase of a silk American flag. This flag was presented to Company C in 1864 and in gold letters printed on the flag was the list of
engagements of the Civil War in which Company C fought. This flag is still retained by the G. A. R. of town but age has so affected its
silken threads that it can not be unfurled and remains wrapped around the flag staff. This flag was up until several years ago carried
in the procession on Memorial Day and on the occasion of a funeral of a veteran. The sum of $122 was obtained through the public
subscription. The flag was presented as a token of esteem from the patriotic excellent hand but the writer is not known. In addition
to the presentation of the flag the committee was instructed to arrange for a public dinner for the said company at Koons Union
Hotel. This leads one to believe that the flag presentation was made a public patriotic affair.
The subscribers were listed under the following proclamation: Whereas Company C of 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran
Volunteers having reenlisted for another term of three years, and are desirous of procuring a National Flag upon which a record of
the various battles shall be transcribed in each of which they have sustained an active part, we the undersigned agree to pay the
sum set opposite our respective names for the purpose of purchasing and presenting to Company C, 50th Regiment a silk flag as a
small token of our admiration and esteem for our Veteran Volunteers.
|Below are two documents related to veteran Elias Berger of Company C, 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers. At left is
his official discharge which took effect March 9, 1865. At right is his pension awarded to his widow and children on February 27,
1892 in the amount of $8.00 per month.
|This image of I. W. Tyson appeared
in The Call with his obituary.
|The Call of May 19, 1922
I. W. TYSON DIED FRIDAY MORNING
Irving W. Tyson, one of this town's best known citizens passed away at his home on Centre
Avenue at seven o'clock this morning. Cause of death was congested arteries. Mr. Tyson
some weeks ago had been ill but had almost entirely recovered. Upon his return to his home
on Tuesday evening, after serving as a member of the election board, he appeared cheerful
and in good spirits. Wednesday morning, upon rising, he suffered an attack of illness and
fell to the floor. He became unconscious and remained in this condition most of the period
until the hour of death. Deceased was in his 78th year. He was one of the most active, both
in mind and body, of our oldest residents. He was never content unless occupied in some
way or other. He was Secretary of the School Board, the Board of Health, and Adjutant of
Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. All of these positions he held for a number of terms. He
was a faithful member of Saint John's Reformed Church and Sunday School. For years he
was a member of the official church board. For twenty three years he served as
Superintendent of the Sunday School. Mr. Tyson was a Civil War veteran having served two
enlistments with Company C, 50th Regiment, P. V. V. At the Battle of the Wilderness he was
wounded in the hand. Upon his return from the war he was employed by the P. & R.
Navigation Company. It was at this position, roping cars, that he lost his lower limb. He later
served as postmaster for five years. His wife preceded him in death nine years ago. These
children survive: William Tyson and Mrs. Oscar Henne of Reading, Albert and Mrs. Bertha
Clark at home. Funeral arrangements have not been made at this writing.
|The Call of May 26, 1922
I. W. TYSON BURIED WITH HONORS
The funeral of I. W. Tyson took place Tuesday afternoon. The esteem and popularity of the aged Civil War veteran was evidenced by
the many persons, both young and old, who service and viewed the body as it reposed in a handsome casket surrounded by
beautiful floral designs. There were many persons in attendance at the home and the grave. The services were conducted by Dr.
Noll of the saint John's reformed Church, who used as The funeral of I. W. Tyson took place Tuesday his text, "Well done though
good and faithful afternoon. The esteem and popularity of the servant," and paid a beautiful tribute to the life and work of the
deceased. Members of the official board or Consistory of the the official board or Consistory of the Reformed Church, of which Mr.
Tyson was a Reformed Church, of which Mr. Tyson was a member for many years, also the Board of Education, of which he was
secretary, attended the obsequies. The Washington camp of P. O. S. of A., which numbered the deceased as one of the oldest of its
members, sent representatives and participated in the special services at the grave.
Full military honors were paid. The G. A. R. of which Mr. Tyson was the adjutant for twenty nine years, and whose number is fast
diminishing, had charge of the service at the grave. With tear dimmed eyes and trembling lips the members repeated the Post's
burial service, the last earthly rites possible to accord one of their most active members. The Robert Baker Post of the American
Legion furnished a military escort and firing squad. With fifes and muffled drums, the Bensinger Drum Corps headed the procession
to the Union Cemetery, followed by many friends and relatives. Bittle Brothers had charge of the funeral arrangements. The
bearers were Albert Tyson, William Tyson, Oscar Henne, Allen Henne, Perry Tyson and Ronald Henne. Among the floral offerings
were noticed: large Bible of carnations and roses, Consistory of Saint John's Church; large spray of callow lilies, Sunday School;
large bouquet of seventy eight pink roses, indicative of the age of the deceased, from teachers of the public schools; spray of red
roses, Nephew Harry Tyson; spray of carnations, Mr. and Mrs. Deininger of Reading; spray of pink roses, Perry Tyson and wife;
wreath of mixed flowers, William Tyson and family; two sprays of carnations and cards.
|The Call of March 11, 1921
C.V.B. DEIBERT CALLED HOME
About 11:15 o'clock Monday morning C. V. B. Deibert of Pleasant Row answered death's summons and passed peacefully to the great
beyond. Mr. Deibert had been in ill health for the past several years but had recuperated sufficiently to be about occasionally.
Wednesday of last week he went down town to visit his friends and being much interested in lodge matters visited the new lodge
room in the Bittle building. The extra exertion is believed to have overtaxed his strength and he complained of feeling badly the
latter part of the week. Sunday his condition was normal. Monday morning, however, a change occurred and he slept peacefully
away. Deceased was in his eighty fourth year. He was born in North Manheim Township and came to town when quite young. He
was first employed at the Deibert store, now the Pflueger store, as a clerk. Later he was employed at the P. & R. car shops. He was
in this company's employ for many years, having been pensioned fourteen years ago after loyal service. At the time of his retirement
he was one of the assistant foremen. Mr. Deibert was of a kindly and pleasant disposition and was one of the best known and highly
regarded and honored men in the town. His wife preceded him in death a little more then a year ago. He was a Civil War veteran,
having served in the great struggle for a period. He was a member of the local G. A. R.
Mr. Deibert was one of the best known "Lodge Men" in town. His spirit, strength and time were freely given in the upbringing and
development of several organizations. He was a member of the Page Lodge, F. and A. M. of town, having served as a Past Master
and of recent years as Tyler. He was one of the oldest members of this organization. With the Order of Odd Fellows he was
connected from forty five or more years, having been a charter member of the reorganized Odd Fellows. He served as Secretary of
this lodge for many years. With the Red Men he was a charter member and served for a number of years as Secretary. He took great
delight in attending the lodge sessions and in all the activities of the organizations with which he was connected. He was a member
of the Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church. For years and up to the time of his death he served both the Schuylkill Haven Building and
Loan Association and the Union Cemetery Association as President. He was also a member of the Schuylkill Hose Company and in
his younger days took an interest in the affairs of the latter organization. These children survive: Mrs. Annie Witman of Pottstown,
Milton Deibert, Kate Deibert and Joseph Deibert of Schuylkill Haven. Two brothers, George of Landingville and Frank survive.
|The Call of February 24, 1922
OLD TIME BOAT BUILDER PASSED AWAY
Jacob Lindermuth, one of Schuylkill Haven's oldest residents, died and was buried since the last issue of the Call. He was eighty
nine years, five months and two days of age. He was born in Landingville. He was a resident of this place about fifty four years. In
his early days he was a boat builder by trade. Of late years he prepared an ointment and sold quantities of it by canvassing house to
house. He was a Civil War veteran having served two enlistments. One enlistment was in Company C, 50th Regiment, P. V. V.
under the late Captain Charles E. Brown. His death occurred Saturday at 3:40 o'clock. No particular cause, excepting old age, has
been assigned for his death. He was ill in bed but for a week. The deceased is survived by three children: William Lindermuth of
Pottsville and Jacob Lindermuth of Summit Hill and Mrs. John Becker of Railroad Street, Schuylkill Haven. One sister, Mrs. Susan
Paul, Philadelphia, together with a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.
|The Call of March 17, 1922
DEATH OF PIONEER MANUFACTURER
Emanuel H. Baker, aged seventy eight, died at his home on Saint John Street, Saturday afternoon at 4:45 o'clock. Helpless and
confined to his bed for almost three years, or since he suffered a stroke of paralysis on April 24, 1919, his death came in a peaceful
sleep. He was born in Leesport and was a resident of this town for about fifty years. He first followed boating and then engaged in
the manufacture of underwear. He was one of the pioneer underwear manufacturers of Schuylkill Haven and continued in the same
for some thirty eight years, retiring in 1898 and turning the mill over to his sons to operate. Deceased served a period of four years
in the Civil War in Company H, 154th P. V. V. and as a member of this unit fought in the biggest battles of the war. He was a member
of Saint John's Reformed Church and a most devout member, faithful and regular in his attendance, until the time of his having
suffered a stroke. Mr. Baker was always interested in community development and materially assisted in this line of effort. To him
can be ascribed the honor of being one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Schuylkill Haven and its first President. Mr.
Baker was a man of integrity and fine personality. He was generally kind, cheerful and considerate and honorable in all his dealings.
In all walks of life he ever held in high regard the interests of his fellow man and wherever seen or heard he commanded the
respect of everyone. He is survived by one sister, Miss Caroline Baker of Philadelphia, his wife and four children, namely Guy and
Harry Baker and Mrs. George Long of Schuylkill Haven and Herbert Baker of Hazleton. Nine grandchildren survive.
|The Call of February 20, 1925
DEATH OF 81 YEAR OLD CIVIL WAR VETERAN
After lying on a bed of illness for almost two years, Charles, brother of Alonzo Richards of Haven Street, Schuylkill Haven, died at the
county home Sunday. The deceased was eighty one years of age. He was born in Schuylkill Haven and spent his entire life here.
When but nineteen years of age he enlisted for service during the Civil War. He served his three year enlistment and then
reenlisted. Of the second it was only necessary for him to serve several months as the war was brought to a close. He figured in a
number of He was a member of Company I, 52nd P. V. V. He was a member of Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church. Mr. Richards was
twice married. Both preceded him in death. No children survive. One brother, Alonzo survives. The funeral took place Thursday
afternoon. Services were conducted by Reverend Sutliffe at the home of his brother on Haven Street. D. M. Bittle was the funeral
|DEIBERT, C. V. B.
|GARRETT, A. P.
|TYSON, I. W.
|CIVIL WAR VETERAN'S CARD FILE
|Below are additional card files are veterans of the Civil War from Schuylkill Haven. Many of these men are
listed on this page in the obituaries or other stories. They are a great source for genealogical research.
|The Call of February 17, 1928
DEATH CALLED 84 YEAR OLD MAN
Christian Reichert of this place died after being confined to his bed for the past four weeks.
The infirmities of old age were the causes contributing to his death. He was 82 years of age on
May 22nd of last year. Mr. Reichert was born in North Manheim Township and was a resident of
Schuylkill Haven for about sixty six years. Deceased was a Civil war veteran and during the war
had been a prisoner at Salisbury, North Carolina and it was several years after the close of the
war before he was enabled to get back home. While in service he was wounded in the head.
For a number of years he boated on the canal and was for a number of years during and after
the boating season the lock tender at the foot of Saint John Street. He was also employed as
tender of the flood gates at Tumbling Run. For forty six years he was the janitor of the Saint
Matthew's Lutheran Church. Mr. Reichert was subject to frequent and terrible attacks of
headaches. His eyesight in latter years became somewhat better then in earlier days. His wife
died three years ago. For the past several years his health failed. He was a member of Saint
Matthew's Lutheran Church and he with his wife while they were the janitors had always taken
more then usual pride and made every effort to keep the church entrusted to their care
spotlessly clean at all times. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Clayton Eiler
and Mrs. Robert Keller, both of Schuylkill Haven. Two brothers, Conrad Reichert of Minersville
and Jacob Reichert of Bridgeport and one sister, Mrs. Kantner of Schuylkill Haven survives.
The funeral will take place this afternoon from his late home. Reverend Sutcliffe will have
charge of the services. D. M. Bittle is the funeral director in charge.
|Christian Reichert, Civil War
veteran and prisoner of war
as he appeared in the Call
with his obituary.
|The Pottsville Republican of April 8, 1910
WAR VETERAN DROWNED
Peter Smithdeal, a veteran of the Civil war and an inmate of the Almshouse, while on his way to that institution last Friday night
stumbled and fell into the Almshouse Creek and drowned. As there was a bruise on his head, the supposition is that he struck a
stone in falling and was rendered unconscious. Deputy Coroner Dr. L. D. Heim held an inquest and the jury returned a verdict in
accordance with the facts. The remains of the unfortunate man were taken in charge by Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. and
were interred with military honors in the Soldier's Plot in the Union Cemetery on Monday afternoon at four o'clock. The deceased
was aged eighty four years and had no relatives as far as could be learned. He had been at the Almshouse for a number of years.
He was a Rebel soldier but deserted that cause, came to Minersville and enlisted in Comp-any K, 76th P. V. He was a pensioner and
collected fifteen dollars per month.
|Pottsville Republican of December 8, 1884
The Sons of America Hall was a lively scene on Thursday evening on account of the annual election of officers of Jere Helms Post
Number 26, G. A. R. Some forty members were in attendance, who chose the following officers:
Post Commander Frank W. Berger, Senior Vice Commander Peter Paul, Junior Vice Commander John Meck, Quartermaster Samuel
Hoffman, Adjutant I. W. Tyson, Surgeon Dr. O. P. Piper, Chaplain Moses Evely, Officer of the Day Augustus Mellon, Officer of the
Guard Jerome Hoffman, Quartermaster Sergeant William Killian, Sergeant Major C. V. D. Deibert, First Sentinel Thomas Miller, Second
Sentinel William Leffler, Commanding Administrators J. K. Helms, Henry Hill, Jacob Schwenck, Delegates I. W. Tyson and Samuel
|Pottsville Republican of January 20, 1910
DEMISE OF PETER STANTON - A Pioneer Citizen and Prominent Manufacturer of Schuylkill Haven
The death of Peter Stanton, one of the pioneer citizens and a prominent manufacturer of Schuylkill Haven, occurred shortly before
six o'clock last evening following an illness of several months, the last three of which he spent in bed. He was the son of Peter and
Catherine (Murray) Stanton and was born in Pottsville in 1840. He attended the public school of Pottsville until he went to work in
the mines. At the age of thirteen years he moved to Schuylkill Haven where he learned telegraphy which vocation he followed until
the breaking out of the war of rebellion. He enlisted in the three months service in Company I, 16th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry
under Colonel Ziegler and served until the end of his enlistment. He then enlisted for three years in the Pennsylvania Calvary under
the command of Captain Richards and served until the end of his enlistment, participating in all the raids, marches and battles
without being wounded. At the end of his enlistment he returned to Schuylkill Haven where he was again employed as a train
dispatcher for the P. & R. Company. Shortly afterward he purchased a boat and began operations on the Schuylkill Canal, plying
between Schuylkill Haven and the New England states. After boating for a number of years he was engaged as boss for the
contractors having in charge of the construction of the Lehigh Valley road through Schuylkill County. In April 1873, he went into the
hotel business in the West Ward of Schuylkill Haven and continuing in that business for many years, retiring about eighteen years
ago. In politics he was a staunch Democrat and served as mercantile appraiser for Schuylkill County for one term. He was married
June, 1864 to Miss Bridget White. To this union was born five daughters and one son. Deceased for over thirty years served as a
member of the Schuylkill Haven School Board. During the past few years he was associated with his son in the manufacturing of
underwear in Schuylkill Haven, conducting one of the largest mills in that town. To survive him he leaves his widow and the
following children: Anna, wife of William Callen of Schuylkill Haven, Florence, wife of William H. Ginder of Pottsville, Lee May, wife of
Thomas Calen of Lancaster, Cecilia of Philadelphia, Bella at home and one son, J. Edmund. The funeral will take place Monday
|Pottsville Republican of June 8, 1885
Special Correspondent of the Daily Republican
Schuylkill Commandery Number 1, M. A. P. O. S. of A. will send two delegates to the National Convention which meets in Denver,
Colorado. A special interview of this Commandery will be held this evening. The regular June interview will not take place until
Tuesday evening, June 16th. Commander Brown will then drill the Commandery in the beautiful tactics of this degree.
The Grand Army boys as well as many others are greatly incensed at the littleness of the correspondent of the Pinegrove Tribune
finding fault because they did not pay Reverend Rinker, the orator for Decoration Day more then five dollars. The reverend
gentleman did not ask that amount and would have felt perfectly satisfied had he received nothing. He is a truthful man and meant
what he stated in his excellent oration. He was an admirer of the brave soldiers and felt honored at the privilege of doing homage
to those who gave up their lives that we might now enjoy the blessings of peace.
When the Honorable C. N. Brumm delivered the oration here he would not even take his expenses, in like manner, George R.
Kaercher, Esquire, even offered five dollars towards the expenses of the Post. Last year, R. H. Koch, Esquire, from Pottsville, did
not receive anything. Reverend A. R. Bartholomew from Lebanon, received his expenses only. Reverend Singmaster, three years
ago received five dollars. The most learned soldier and orator that ever spoke here was the Reverend Cleveland, once of the
Metropolitan M. E. Church of Washington, who is a lecturer by profession and usually charges fifty dollars for his services, came
here and charged the post only $11.75 including all his expenses. This is the highest amount Post 26 ever paid for the oration on
Decoration Day, notwithstanding the fact that the above referred to correspondent said fifteen dollars to twenty five dollars was
|Pottsville Republican of December 7, 1885
CAPTAIN BROWN SPEAKS ON KNOXVILLE
At the Messiah U. B. Sunday School missionary exercises on Sunday, Captain Charles E. Brown gave an offhand description of the
siege of Knoxville, by request. The edifice was crowded and the address was indeed interesting. But few remain who were shut up
in Knoxville by Longstreet in 1863. Those residing here are Captains Burkert and Brown, Lieutenant Mellon, sergeants Raudenbush,
Hill and Hoffman, Corporals Deibler, Wildermuth and G. Burkert and Privates E. Berger and Paul, all of the 50th, and Captain Helms of
the 48th Regiment. Of the above, all save Captain Burkert, entered the service in the beginning of the war as privates and earned
their promotions by sheer hard service. When Captain Brown related how all subsisted during the siege on corn cob and bran meal,
somewhat similar to sawdust, all listened in amazement. His description of the clothing worn by the boys, especially the shoes,
caused a surprise but a review of the desperate attack made by Longstreet on the 29th of November, 1863, on Fort Saunders,
caused considerable anxiety. He truthfully told them that they, the enemy, charged with daring impetuosity, were repelled by our
almost naked boys with terrible slaughter and considered it one of the finest victories ever won by Union troops during the war,
which conclusion pleased all. He told them that immediately after the battle, pending a flag of truce, to enable th enemy to remove
their wounded living and bury the dead, the men of both armies met halfway, from left to right and chatted until the truce was over.
This caused wonder and surprise but what the Captain said was true in every particular, although it may be hard for some people to
|Pottsville Republican of February 18, 1886
G. A. R. POST INSULTED
Post Number 26, G. A. R. of this place is one of the oldest Grand Army Posts in the state and since its organization has never left
anything undone that could be done or was requested of them relative to the inmates at the Almshouse who are honorably
discharged soldiers. Not less than thirty indigent soldiers have been forwarded to their homes, a number buried in their Grand
Army plot and many others aided from time to time. This is a fact and it is no wonder that the members almost to a man are indignant,
as a committee, of which one W. W. Potts claimed to be chairman, came down and gave orders as to what they proposed to do,
giving this post the go by and not even consulting it. This evening the Post will convene and will without doubt rebuke this act and
demand that if nothing else, courtesy alone should have prompted them to confer with the Post nearest to where unfortunate
soldiers might be. Commander Augustus Mellon is an old four year soldier, who with his command, has faced shot and shell in too
many battles to be thus trifled with and believes that the true blues of the old Gowen Post, Number 23, will not allow a neighboring
Post, that always stood by them in time of need, to be insulted if they know the true facts. The department circular indicating Posts
at the county seat to attend to these matters, was made especially so, from the fact that in nearly all counties, they are the nearest to
the Poor Houses, but when otherwise, this duty is tendered.
|Pottsville Republican of May 31, 1886
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS
The memorial ceremonies here on Saturday afternoon last were the most imposing that have been held here in years. In obedience
to the proclamation of the Chief Burgess, all business was suspended after twelve noon and almost all took advantage of the
holiday and either participated in or witnessed the ceremonies. The graves on the Saint Ambrose Catholic cemetery were decorated
by a detail headed by Commander Mellon in the morning and at two o'clock sharp the parade formed with Major Samuel A. Losch as
Chief Marshal, Captain D. F. Burkert, Captain Charles E. Brown and Honorable E. W. Thomas as aides. The parade was in the
following order: Black Horse Silver Cornet Band, W. C. Number 47, Sons of America with 163 men; Marshal George Zimmerman;
Ladies Committee in charge of Mrs. Augustus Mellon and 95 small girls, equipped with blue sashes, each carrying a basket of
flowers; Washington Cadet Band of Rock; Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. with 57 men;Augustus Mellon, Commander and a
delegation of ten men from Dentzer Post Number 27 of Cressona; orator of the day, clergymen, citizens, etc. The parade moved
direct for the cemeteries where the ceremonies were held, halting at the Episcopal cemetery where the grave of Commodore
Robinson and three others were decorated. On reaching the main stand on the Union Cemetery, the assemblage was called to
attention by Dr. Christian Lenker, who in an able and appropriate address opened the ceremonies. His address was followed by
music by the Black Horse Band, prayer by Reverend P. C. Croll, followed by the oration which was delivered by Reverend O. H.
Strunk. The Reverend orator spoke for about an hour and it was generally remarked that the time appeared too short. His oration
was by general consent pronounced one of the most powerful, brilliant, patriotic and appropriate ever delivered here and in
decisive language without hesitancy gave all to understand, why the day was celebrated. Strong men gave way to tears, the
doubtful became convinced, while some forgot themselves and gave way to applause. It was indeed a masterly effort and a
complete surprise to all. After music by the Washington Cadet Band, the work of decorating the graves of the dead heroes was
begun. Irving W. Tyson, the Chairman of the Committee on Graves had a systematized matter that seventy nine graves in the Union
and Jerusalem cemeteries were decorated at one and the same time, while the bands discoursed music alternately from the G. A. R.
lot in former cemetery and immediately after decoration, the procession returned to G. A. R. Hall in town and was dismissed. The
arrangements were entirely in the hands of a general Committee of which Captain James K. Helms was chairman. He was ably
supported by subcommittees, each having their allotted work and all can be congratulated for their united assistance, thus assuring
the 29th of May, 1886, as a day ever to be remembered in the history of the borough.
|Pottsville Republican of March 9, 1886
ANOTHER OLD SOLDIER GONE
William Leffler, one of the oldest veteran soldiers residing in Schuylkill Haven, died yesterday morning after months of suffering
from army consumption, contracted in the service while serving in Geary's old regiment, the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Mr.
Leffler was an active member of W. C. Number 47, Sons of America and Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., both of which
organizations will attend his funeral in large numbers. Mr. Leffler was a great favorite with the Sons of America and Grand Army boys
and they never had an entertainment nor made a visit unless "Billy", as he was familiarly called, accompanied them and without him
the boys generally felt lost. His funeral will be under the immediate auspices of these two noble organizations and will take place
tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 sharp. The Reverend N. H. Mark will deliver the funeral sermon while Captain Beckley will
officiate for the societies. It is hoped every available citizen will turn out and thus pay a lasting honor to a good citizen, a true
patriot, and a brave soldier of the borough.
|Pottsville Republican of March 16, 1888
DEATH OF AN OLD SOLDIER
Christian Frederick Scheck, a resident of Schuylkill Haven, died in the Government Hospital at Washington D. C. His remains were
interred with military honors in the Soldier's Division of said hospital cemetery. He served in Company F, Fifth Pennsylvania for
three months, Company B, 129th Pennsylvania for nine months and in Company B, Seventh Pennsylvania Cavalry from January 1864
until the close of the war.
|Pottsville Republican of January 30, 1887
VISITING OLD SOLDIERS AND THEIR SONS
The Altoona Tribune of yesterday contained the following: Captain J. K. Helms of Schuylkill Haven, has spent some time in the county
in the interest of the Patriotic Order Sons of America. The captain is one of the original Grand Army men, having had a continuous
membership in the post which he found, that being the Jere Helms Post Number 26, Department of Pennsylvania, named after his
younger brother, who was shot and died at the battlefield of Antietam on September 17, 1862. Last evening he paid a visit to
Lieutenant Stephen C. Potts, Post Number 62, and met many of his old comrades. Immediately thereafter in company with
Commander Leisenring, Mayor Breth and others, he visited Camp 12, Sons of Veterans, where an interesting time was had. It takes
an old veteran soldier to stir up the boys and the visitation last evening will long be remembered by those who happened to be
present. "Army beans! Tis the bean that we mean", was rendered by the captain in old soldier style and the rendition was received
with laughter and loud applause, while the visitor was greeted on all sides with a hearty invitation to call soon again.
|Pottsville Republican of November 28, 1887
FUNERAL OF CAPTAIN BURKERT
One of the largest funerals ever witnessed in Schuylkill Haven was that of the late Captain Burkert, which took place on Sunday
afternoon. About one hundred members of Gowen Post, headed by the drum corps and Guard of Honor went down in the 2:25 train
on the Pennsy. A large number of citizens also accompanied them, filling four cars comfortably. Delegations were also present from
Post 17 of Minersville and Post 29 of Cressona. Post 26, of Schuylkill Haven, of which deceased was a member, had charge of the
funeral, and turned out in a body headed by a drum corps. The pall bearers were selected from the several Posts. The pastor of the
Evangelical Church officiated at the Central Hotel, from where the funeral took place. Chaplain Beckley of Schuylkill Haven Post
delivered a touching and eloquent eulogy upon the deceased at the grave.
|Pottsville Republican of May 1, 1889
JOSEPH REDCAY DEAD
The remains of Joseph Redcay, a well known character, were interred in the soldiers lot at Schuylkill Haven Tuesday afternoon from
his late home near the Seven Stars. Deceased was a hard working good fellow and had many points to recommend them. His death
occurred at the residence of his mother at Cape Horn on Sunday evening, and was sudden, apoplexy being the cause. He was a
member of Company A, 96th Regiment, P. N. V. Jere Helms Post Number 47, G. A. R. had charge of the funeral.
|Pottsville Republican of November 18, 1889
George Knerr, of Schuylkill Haven, who served three years in the Sixth U. S. Cavalry and subsequently in Company C, 50th
Pennsylvania Volunteers, whose death was announced last week, was buried in that borough on Sunday with military honors. The
funeral was under the supervision of Captain James K. Helms. Major Losch commanded the soldier comrades. Major A. P. Garrett
commanded the firing squad, the funeral procession being led by the drum corps of Camp 47, P. O. S. of A. Chaplain Beckley
delivered one of his spirited and eloquent orations over the grave of this honored comrade and the ceremonies throughout partook
of that military air which commands the attention of all. After interment a funeral discourse was delivered in the United Brethren
Church. Captain Levan of the old 50th Regiment and William A. Gleason, who was a drummer boy in the company, both of
Minersville, were in attendance upon the funeral.
|The Call of January 29, 1898
DEATH OF JOHN BUBECK SR.
The death of John Bubeck Sr. of Garfield Avenue lessens the ranks of Post 26 G. A. R. of another active member of that rapidly
decreasing organization. Mr. Bubeck was an honored member, one who could be counted on as one of the firing squad at so many
funerals of deceased members. The taps and sad last rites in which he has so often participated for other departed comrades will
now do honor to his last sad ceremonies. Mr. Bubeck died on Wednesday last and his funeral takes place this afternoon at two
o'clock. Services will be held in the Jerusalem Church, Reverend E. H. Smoll officiating.
The following information on John Bubeck was provided by his descendant, Sue George.
He was born January 10, 1827, living in Epslinger, Wurttemberg, Germany. He came to this country on August 18, 1850. He worked as
a weighmaster for the P & R Railroad. He served three years in Company B, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was declared missing in
action on September 30, 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia but was later found to be a prisoner of war, serving three months at Salisbury
|Pottsville Republican of May 13, 1904
WILLIAM KILLIAN DIES
William Killian was born in Baden, Germany
and came to this country when a boy. He
enlisted in the United States Artillery from
Buffalo, new York and served through the
entire Civil War. He was taken prisoner and
confined in Andersonville Prison. After the
war he settled in Schuylkill Haven and took up
farming. In recent years he had conducted a
lucrative ice business. He was constable in
his township for ten years. He was a member
of Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. of
Schuylkill Haven. His widow and the following
children survive: Mrs. Henry Mengle, Joseph,
William, John, Mark, Clayton, Mrs. Oscar Ney,
Mrs. William Reed and Bessie at home.
|At left is William Killian with two of his comrades and at right he is
pictured in later years with his wife.
|George W. Coover - Civil War Veteran
|George W. Coover was born May
9, 1825. He lived on two farms in
the Indian Run area and was a
farmer by trade. He served
during the Civil War as a
wagoneer in the 151st Regiment,
Company I. It was a nine months
regiment and went to
Washington in November, 1862
and at once entered duty in
patrolling a region infested with
guerillas and traitors. He was
married to Mary St. Clair. He
died on November 25, 1927.
His picture and copies of his
declaration for pension are
shown on the right.
|The tombstone of the Schuylkill Haven
GAR Post 26 namesake, Jeremiah Helms.
|The Call of September 11, 1914
READY FOR 50TH PVV REUNION
Everything is about ready for the forty eighth reunion of the 50th P. V. V. which will be held here tomorrow, Saturday, September
12th. All that is desired is fair weather and from all indications, the affair will then be a liberal response in the matter of
subscriptions from the public and this has made the work of preparing for the entertainment of the veterans much easier. Everyone
approached on the question of donation has responded. Many persons have responded quite liberally and without the committee
visiting them. The program for the afternoon and evenings events consists of a parade in the afternoon, camp fire, band concert
and banquet in the evening.
The parade in the afternoon will move at 1:45 o'clock sharp. It will move over the following route: Saint John Street to Union Street,
to Canal, to Main, to Dock. Countermarch at Dock and Centre Avenue, to Dock, to Main, to Fairview, to Union, to Saint John to Main.
The division having veterans, together with the Bressler Band will continue up Main Street to Saint Peter Street. The veterans will
be taken to the Opera House where their business meeting will be held. The balance of the parade will dismiss on Main Street. The
formation of the parade will be as follows: Marshal, Chief Burgess Lessig, Bressler Band, Committee, Members of the 50th P. V. V.
and local G. A. R., Citizen's band, Color Bearers, Washington Camp Number 47, P. O. S. of A., Junior O. U. A. M., Color Bearers, Boy
Scouts of Schuylkill Haven. The route of the parade has been given careful consideration and it is believed one has been decided
upon which will meet the approval of all participating in the parade. The same was arranged with a view of giving the veterans a fair
idea of our town and yet not make the route too lengthy and tiresome. Following the parade the veterans will hold their annual
business meeting in the Losch Opera House.
Promptly at 7:30 o'clock the Camp Fire will he held at the Opera House. At about the same time the Bressler Band, which has been
engaged for the occasion, will begin a specially selected concert. The band will be seated at the portico of Hotel Grand. A special
invitation is extended to the general public to attend the views of the different engagements as seen at close range. This portion of
the day's program should be immensely interesting to everyone. There will also be a lecture on the flags of the divisions of both
Confederate and Federal armies. What the different flags stood for at the time will also be explained. Bensinger's Orchestra will
dispense music between the remarks. At 10:30 o'clock the veterans will proceed in a body to the Holmhurst on Saint John Street
where a banquet will be served after which the day's program will be brought to a close.
Members of the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. of Schuylkill Haven will kindly note that they are invited to participate in the
parade, urged to attend the Camp Fire and the banquet. Provisions have been made for the members and their wives and they are
to consider this as a special invitation from the local committee in charge. The Boy Scouts of town have consented to meet all
incoming trains during the day to escort the veterans from out of town either to their hotel or to the homes of relatives or friends.
This will be a specially pleasing feature for the "Old Boys" to be escorted by the town's youngest. Up to this writing the response of
local automobilists for the use of the veterans in the parade has been very liberal. Fully thirty five or forty machines will be
required. The committee has endeavored to provide as a special feature of the entertainment, a liberal display of the nation's
colors. The school children have been asked to urge their parents to decorate and members of the Patriotic Secret Orders have
also been requested to see that their homes are decorated. Members of the Boy Scouts have also been requested to assist in this
matter. Every businessman and every private citizen is requested and urged to decorate whether the parade will pass his or her
place of residence or not. If persons in the heart of town decorate and not in the outskirts, it will show only too plainly those who
are imbued with a spirit of patriotism and who feel that those who the town will entertain are deserving of a display of the flag for
which they so dearly fought and for which Schuylkill Haven alone had at least one hundred and fifty of her sons killed and wounded.
The slogan is, "Everybody decorate."
|The Call of September 18, 1914
50TH REUNION A GRAND SUCCESS
Members of the 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers Association were loud in their praise of the fine welcome and
entertainment extended by Schuylkill Haven, Saturday, the occasion being their forty eighth annual reunion. The veterans claimed
that Schuylkill Haven tendered them one of the finest times they have had for years and they could not speak too highly about the
pleasant time they had here. The elements worked in conjunction with the Citizen's Committee and the public to make the affair a
success by furnishing mild weather. All things working for the veterans could not help but produce a delightful time. Altogether the
day was a complete success. It was far beyond the expectations of the general public. To say that guests of the town were well
pleased is putting it mildly.
Friday the members of the Regiment began arriving. All Saturday morning each train brought additional veterans and visitors and by
noon a goodly number of the regiment were at the headquarters, Hotel Grand. During the morning they mingled with one another
relating their experiences and hardships of the bloody war years ago. Many circulated and visited among friends or relatives in the
town. Others learning that the town was prettily decorated with the national colors, took great delight in making an inspection. The
town was minutely examined and so far as patriotism of its citizens was concerned, was found to be far from lacking. Almost every
house in the town was decorated for the occasion either with flags, flags and bunting or bunting alone. In fact everybody
decorated. The houses where there was no sign of decorations were few and far between. Saturday was positively a red letter day
for decorating in Schuylkill Haven. It eclipsed any occasion ever celebrated in the town. While the decorations were not as
elaborate as on past occasions, yet we are safe in saying that more private citizens responded to the call for decorations than they
have ever before done.
At quarter of two the automobiles for the veterans began to arrive and were placed in line on Saint John Street. Fully forty
automobilists responded to the request of the committee to turn out. Half of the number would have been sufficient but from the
figures given the Citizen's Committee by the Veteran's Committee, forty automobiles would just about have accommodated the
veterans, their wives and daughters or rather the veterans and the members of the Ladies Auxiliary. Less than half of the number
expected were on hand when the hour for the parade to move arrived. Quite a number of the automobiles were filled up with
private citizens in order not to disappoint the automobilists. The parade moved over the route given in these columns last week
with the exception that Columbia Street was taken in, in order to get complete formation.
|The Call of September 25, 1914
AFTERMATH OF 50TH PVV REUNION
The Citizen's Committee in charge of arrangements for the reunion of the 50th regiment P. V. V. held in Schuylkill Haven, Saturday,
September 12th, have about finished paying the bills for the program of entertainment carrier out. There remains a balance in the
hands of the treasurer, E. G. Underwood, in the amount of $39.20. This amount will be held until it has been definitely decided what
is to be done with the same. The committee is open to suggestions in this respect. Shall this be held as a good sized nest egg for
or placed in the New School Building Fund? Sent to the American red Cross Society for the furtherance of their work in blood
stained Europe or given to the national organization for the sending of supplies, food, and presents to the homeless children in
Europe as Christmas presents? A number of suggestions have been received that the money be kept right in town and be used in
future town celebrations or parades. What say you? Express your views to the committee or mail them to the Call office for
publication. Expenses were as follows: Bressler Band, Parade, $30.00; Bressler Band, Concert, $10.00; Citizen's band, Parade,
$25.00; Bensinger's Orchestra, $12.25;E. T. Eiler, Piano, $5.00; Holmhurst, banquet, $52.45; John Brown, Mount for Burgess, $10.00;
The Call, menu cards, $3.50 for a total of $139.20.
|The Call of June 2, 1916
VETERAN PETER PAUL ANSWERS TAPS
Peter A. Paul, a veteran of the Civil War and one of the town's eldest and most respected citizens, died Wednesday morning at 12:45
o'clock. Deceased was in his seventy fifth year. He was born at a little place called Bear Ridge, near Cumbola, of German parents.
At a very early age, he with other members of his family were thrown upon their own resources and compelled to make their own way
in life. At the age of eleven years he went with an uncle at Port Carbon, but a year later came to the father and mother of William J.
Saylor Jr. Here he was reared to manhood. When he attained his majority, he was loath to leave his abode and remained with the
Saylor family for many years. At the age of twenty five, he was united in marriage to Emma Rebecca Frehafer, who was one year his
junior. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Yelser, then pastor of the Lutheran church. The death of Mr. Paul followed a
lingering illness of sixteen years. During he was compelled to take to his bed. He was conscious almost to the last and only a few
minutes before his demise, recognized his wife of almost fifty years. He enlisted twice and during his first engagement was
wounded. The bullet entered his shoulder and was extracted near the hip. The bullet is still in the possession of the family.
Deceased was a member of Saint John's Reformed Church. Throughout his entire life he was a devout Christian and all during the
war he carried a small Bible. This he read continuously and during the last weeks of his illness, the book stood on a table near his
bedside. For a period of fourteen years, following his return from the army, he was a signalman for the Reading Railroad Company at
Mine Hill Crossing. This was many years before the installation of the block signal system. Some fifteen years ago he was stricken
blind with cataracts and remained in that condition for three months. He was finally relieved survive his widow, one daughter, Mrs.
Harry Auman, one grandchild and one great grandchild. He was a member of the G. A. R. and the Relief Association of the Reading
HIS WAR RECORD The record of Mr. Paul is one that any citizen could feel justly proud of. He was following the occupation of
boatman at the outbreak of the Civil War. On September 28, 1861, he enlisted from Schuylkill County and was mustered in as a
private in Captain D. F. Burkett's Company C, 50th Regiment, P. V. I. He served three years under Colonel B. C. Christ and was
assigned to the Fourth Division, Second Brigade, Ninth Corps, Army of the Potomac. He participated in the following battles:
Pocotaligo, May 29, 1862; Second Battle of Bull Run, August 30, 1862; Battle of Chantilly, September 1, 1862. It was in this last battle
that he was injured by a gunshot in the right shoulder and was sent to the hospital at Mount Pleasant, Washington, D. C. He was later
transferred to Baltimore, Point Lookout, and Alexander, finally being transferred to the Second Battalion of the Invalid Corps. He
was engaged in duty in the defense of Washington D. C. and was honorably discharged October 28, 1864 at the expiration of his
enlistment. On February 21, 1865, he again enlisted for a period of one year or until the end of the war. The second enlistment was
in Company C, 50th Regiment, P. V. I. under command of Charles E. Brown and Colonel W. C. Welford. During his second enlistment
he participated in the Battle of Fort Steadman on March 25, 1865 and in the siege and fall of Petersburg, April 2, 1865. He returned to
Washington D. C. and was discharged July 30, 1865.
|Pottsville Republican of October 16, 1891
ANOTHER VETERAN BURIED
Lieutenant Augustus Mellon, late of Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, was laid to rest at Schuylkill Haven
yesterday, the funeral being under the auspices of Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., last parade was on Monument Day, on which
occasion he marched the entire route. The G. A. R. turned out to a man, many of Post 26's members coming from a distance, while it
was a sorrowful scene to see the old veteran buried with a widow and eighty children left behind. It was enough to make the
strongest man weep. Elder Geary delivered an able sermon in Saint Peter's Evangelical Church, followed by Dr. Strunk with
impressive remarks, while old Chaplain Beckley did as he never did before at the grave. His remarks for his old comrade touched
every heart. The funeral entire was one of the largest held here for years, all citizens doing honor to the crippled soldier. Pall
bearers were Captain Frank Barnhart, James H. Levan, Peter D. Helms, Peter Stanton, Dr. Daniel Dechert, Elijah Emerich, Jacob
Schwenk and Isaac Knarr. Eli Ziegenfus was the funeral director and principal musicians were Professor Franklin Derr and Drum
Major Abraham Nagle. Colonel F. W. Boyer was ensign and interment was on the G. A. R. lot in Union Cemetery.
|Pottsville Republican of November 24, 1888
Levi Rubright, of Schuylkill Haven who is a brakeman on the Mine Hill Railroad. Last evening about nine o'clock his crew was
bringing down a mixed train of coal and freight cars and when they reached Broad Mountain signal tower the conductor missed him.
Believing he had fallen off a freight car the train was backed and he was found laying across the other track. Rubright was
unconscious and blood was running out of his ears, and with a deep cut in his head. The unfortunate man was taken to Cressona
where Dr. Dechert tried to bring him to, but without success and up to a late hour this morning he was still unconscious and had
taken no medicine. It is thought the accident will result fatally.
Pottsville Republican, December 1, 1888 edition
Levi Rubright an old soldier who was hurt on Mine Hill R. R., died on Thursday. He was an active member of the Rainbow Hose Co.
and resided at Schuylkill Haven. Funeral Sunday afternoon 1:30 p. m. with military honors under the immediate direction of the Helms
Post No. 26 G. A. R. The deceased leaves a large family in distressed circumstances.
|Pottsville Republican of February 15, 1892
DEATH OF ANOTHER OLD VETERAN
Last night at Schuylkill Haven, Elias Berger, late of Company C, 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, died. He
enlisted in August, 1861 and mustered out in July, 1865. He served with his company all through the war. He was a brave soldier
and an honored citizen. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his death. Deceased was also a prisoner of war and passed
through horrors and sufferings of Libby and Andersonville. He was also a member of W. C. Number 47, P. O. S. of A.
|The Call of February 22, 1892
HENRY BURNS PASSES ON
Henry Burns, who was born and raised in this borough, died suddenly at Reading, leaving a young widow. He served faithfully in
Company C, 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry. His remains were conveyed from Reading to Womelsdorf by
rail thence to Rehrersburg, Berks County by conveyance. Reading Lodge Number 549 of that city, Hunter Henninger, Worshipful
Master, courteously aided our Page Lodge while Williamson Lodge Number 270, did similar favors at Womelsdorf. Page Lodge
Number 270, assuming charge at Rehrersburg, aided by Lodge Number 367. The funeral was numerously attended and services
were held in the Reformed Church, Rehrersburg, the Reverend L. D. Stambaugh officiating. The deceased was a model citizen, a
kind husband and a brave soldier. Page Lodge Number 270 was represented by Past Masters Joseph Maberry, James K. Helms,
William H. Mellon and William Wurts. Alex P. Garrett and John M. Goas of the Lodge also attended. Williamson Lodge Number 270
kindly sent a delegation also.
|The Call of May 26, 1892
JAMES CONLAN DIES
James Conlan, who served a full term of enlistment in Company K, 137th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry, died at his home
in the West Ward yesterday, he being a close neighbor of the late James Olwell. The deceased soldier was almost totally deaf, but a
true and active member of Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. and also of Saint Ambrose Catholic Church. He leaves an industrious
wife with a number of children, sons and daughters. Due notice of the funeral will be given.
Pottsville Republican of May 28, 1892
FUNERAL OF LATE JAMES CONLAN
The funeral of James Conlan took place from his late residence in the West Ward and was very largely attended. The remains
reposed in a most beautiful casket and were attired in a full Grand Army uniform and deceased presented a natural appearance,
while many remarked that Jimmy appeared as asleep. A large arch or shield of magnificent design, in which was inscribed large
letters "G. A. R." surmounted the coffin and immediately at the head was a beautiful pillow of flowers inscribed, "Father". The
funeral cortege proceeded at 9:30 o'clock this morning to saint Ambrose Catholic Church, preceded by Jere Helms Post Number 26,
G. A. R. farewell. The late James Conlan was an active member of Post 26, was a true Catholic, a good soldier, a kind husband, a
loving father, a good and quiet citizen, while no man or men could say aught about him. Three members of Saint Ambrose Church
and three Grand Army comrades acted as pall bearers, with Eli Ziegenfus as funeral director. Friends and relatives present from out
of town were numerous and may be designated hereafter.
|Pottsville Republican of March 11, 1893
AN OLD SOLDIER GONE
James M. Corr, who has been suffering with a complication of diseases for a number of years died at the residence of his brother in
law, Peter Blackburn, on Haven Street on Friday morning, at the age of forty nine years. The deceased served in the United States
Marine Corps during the entire rebellion, from 1861 to 1866, and was a remarkable fifer. He became a member of the Jere Helms
Post Number 26, G. A. R. twenty six years ago, which organization will attend the funeral in a body on Monday morning next at 9:00
o'clock. Services will be from Saint Ambrose Church with interment in the parish cemetery.
Pottsville Republican of March 13, 1893
FUNERAL AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The funeral of the late James Corr took place from the family residence in Schuylkill Haven this morning at 9:00 o'clock. Mr. Corr was
a veteran of the late war and was a member of Post Number 26, G. A. R. He was given a military funeral today. Solemn Requiem Mass
was celebrated in Saint Ambrose Catholic church by Reverend Father Muldowney. The funeral was very large and the Grand Army
Post attended in a body.
G. A. R. FAIR AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Display of Elegant Articles - Benefit of the Charity Fund
Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. at Schuylkill Haven, opened up their fair in Metamora Hall in great style. The hall was well filled
with generous hearted citizens and admirers of the old soldiers in their effort to replenish their treasury with charity funds. All good
citizens should lend their help. The ladies are courteous and entertaining to all visitors. No one is bored but all seem to have a jolly
and joyous time. A grand feature this evening will be the singing by Miss May Whitsell, of Washington D. C., a daughter of Captain
Whitsell, a close friend of Major Samuel A. Losch, who is entertaining Miss Whitsell. Mrs. Losch and other ladies have arranged a
program each evening for the entertainment of visitors to the fair so that the evening will be spent in a happy way. The tables
surrounding the hall are heavy laden with valuable and handsome gifts for the holidays. Pottsville people were very generous to the
Grand Army by their numerous gifts, French clocks, silverware, china, rugs, gold watches, overcoat, dressing coat, lawn mower,
sewing machine, pictures, glassware, knit goods, cakes, dress goods, quilts and hundreds of other useful and pleasing articles
suitable for Christmas gifts. All will be sold at reasonable prices while guesses prevail at five cents. The old army bean soup and
superior clam soup and other choice dishes are served to order by charming ladies. For an evening of genuine enjoyment you
should attend the fair. No more deserving enterprise should engage your support. Let us make the charity fund of Jere Helms Post
strong financially, so that the needy poor may be properly taken care of.
|The Call of July 18, 1930
GRAND ARMY POST DISBANDS AFTER SIXTY THREE YEARS
The number of fraternal and patriotic organizations in Schuylkill Haven recently was reduced through the abandonment of one of its
very oldest, namely the Jere Helms Post, Number 26, Grand Army of the Republic. Due to its very small membership, two in Schuylkill
Haven and one out of town, a continuance of the organization had become rather burdensome. Furthermore, its duties for the past
several years, had been taken over graciously and willingly by the Robert Baker Post of the American Legion and so splendidly
carried out, therefore it was decided to surrender the Charter and have the American Legion take entire charge of these matters.
The abandonment of the Jere Helms Post, Number 26, g. A. R., for many years an inspiring and prominent factor in the life of
Schuylkill haven, surely needs more than passing comment. Years ago the declining membership of the Post foresaw the day when
there would be a mere handful of comrades left to "carry on" and had specifically provided that at such time as the membership
should so decide, the Post should be discontinued and its properties turned over to the American legion together with the balance
in its sinking fund.
A small group, indeed, then was that which gathered recently at the home of Commander John H. Minnig. There was but one other
comrade present, namely William Tyson. The third surviving member, Livingstone Saylor of Pottstown, could not arrange to attend
the meeting. After talking over the matter, it was decided to discontinue the Post and the acting adjutant was authorized to carry out
the heretofore expressed desires of the Post and to complete the details incident to abandonment and transfer the heritage of the
Post, together with its property, to its most able successors, the American Legion boys.
These plans were completed and during the week, the official notification of the wish of the Jere Helms Post to have the Legion
assume its work, together with the title to properties and paraphernalia which for the past several years was willingly given a place
in the Legion home, was presented to a representative of the Robert E, Baker Post, Dr. Robert Lenker, Past Commander of the local
American Legion, and a son of a deceased member of the Jere Helms Post, by F. H. Minnig, son of one of the surviving members of
the Post, who for the past eight years has acted as the adjutant and quartermaster for the veterans. No special ceremony or
program had been arranged and none was desired by the Jere Helms Post, to mark perhaps a very sad occasion for them.
Granted a Charter on January 30, 1867, the Post held its first meeting on February 8th, 1867 and was mustered into service and life
by Comrade George W. Bauman, assisted by several Grand army men from Minersville. Two hundred and thirty eight different Civil
war veterans held membership during its almost sixty four years of existence. The patriotic principles and the love of country which
prompted war service of its members during the Great Rebellion, was present throughout the entire history and in the Grand Army
there imposed an effective power that motivated and produced much good in the community throughout its entire history.
Believing that an organization of the peculiar type of a Grand Army Post with a historic setting of more than three score years, could
be the basis for a more interesting recital of bygone events in Schuylkill Haven and would recall to the mind of many of the older
citizens the particular occasions. The Call has made a very exhaustive and careful study of the minute books and has compiled data
which in no way will violate any of the secrets of the organization but will most surely provide one of the most interesting articles
that has ever been printed in this publication. The complete roster of the Grand Army Post, its trials, its handicaps, its service to its
members and the community, together with reference to very many happenings in the town, will combine to make a most delightful
article, we are sure. By reason of its length and detail, it will extend over a period of several months.
The publication of the history of the Grand Army Post is being undertaken, not as a means of boosting circulation, nor merely
because it will be of interest to subscribers of The Call, but more so as a mark of appreciation, of esteem and of honor to the Grand
Army Post. As the weekly issue of The Call is limited to the requirements of its definite number of subscribers, persons desiring
extra copies for the period that will be covered by this review, would do well to inform this office promptly in order to avoid
|The Call of August 29, 1930
DISPLAY OF G. A. R. RELICS ATTRACTS MANY
There may be many interesting, pretty and expensive window displays in stores and a great deal of effort may be put in on them to
make them attractive and interesting. The Call has frequently endeavored to dress up its display windows in a way that would be
pleasing, but of all occasions, none has proven as attractive as the present one, that of the display of relics and properties of the
Grand Army Post of Schuylkill Haven. The display has for the past two weeks attracted hundreds and hundreds of persons. The
minute books, in particular, with their open pages, are read, we might say, by at least four out of every six persons. The young folks
too find the old muskets, the swords, etc., things of great interest. Everyone comments upon the good penmanship, the legibility
and the good English found in the minute books. Perhaps the most interesting comment of spectators after examining the display
was that of two youngsters one day last week. Both viewed the display with eyes and mouth wide open. The comment of one to the
other then, followed: "Whee, they're going to have another war." "Yes, I guess so." "What does it say on those books." "I don't
know, I can't read, I'm only in second grade." During the week some additional records and documents of the Post were put on
display in the second window at The Call office.
|The Call of February 20, 1931
WINDOW DISPLAY OF WAR RELICS
One of the windows of The Call contains some relics of many days gone by, which will prove interesting. Many persons have already
viewed the display and spent considerable time reading the Civil War songs and other items in print. The items were loaned to The
Call by William Guertler of High Street, who found them recently in the Roan homestead on Union Street, which will shortly be razed
with other buildings for the East Ward School building. They were the property of William D. Guertler, a Civil War veteran and who
served several years in that strife. He was in several of the important engagements of the war, was wounded and held prisoner at
the Libby Prison for some time. He was a member of Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers. He was one of the twelve Schuylkill
Haven men who were prisoners of war in the Libby Prison. To many Schuylkill Haven people, he will be best remembered as the
gaunt and tall figure that for many years on Memorial Day, preceded the column on the march to the cemetery, carrying the G. A. R.
Post flag or the flag of his country, which he loved so dearly.
In the display will be found a musket used by Mr. Guertler during the war, also one used by his brother, Henry Guertler, in the same
strife. Mr. Guertler was one of a family of thirteen. His father's name was John H. Guertler. One sister, the youngest in the family,
Mrs. James Roan of Philadelphia, survives. There will also be found a small hand mirror which Mr. Guertler cut from wood and
carried with him all through his several years of service, also some small stones, nuts, a piece of cotton and some pieces of wood
brought home with him from the Libby Prison. Of considerable interest also will be the account of the funeral in Schuylkill Haven of
Mr. Guertler. This is a clipping from the Reading Eagle. The funeral took place Sunday, January 26, 1908. Songs written and used
during the Civil war and thereafter will also be found in the display. The above songs were pasted in an old account book. This
book was evidently used by someone in the boot and shoe business; also shoe repairing business back in 1848. Two pages of it are
shown. Boots sold anywhere from fifty cents to two dollars a pair. Soling and heeling of boots or shoes cost anywhere from twenty
five to seventy five cents.
|The Call of May 29, 1931
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S LIVING CIVIL WAR VETERANS
Of that great host of men from Schuylkill Haven, three hundred or more, who fought in the Civil War, only three are living today,
namely: William Tyson, John H. Minnig and Charles B. Palsgrove. Their combined ages total 257 years.
William Tyson will be eighty six on September 6th of this year. John H. Minnig will be eighty six on July 11th of this year and Charles
B. Palsgrove will be eighty six on October 5th of this year.
Below are photos of the three surviving Civil War veterans as they appeared on the front page of The Call for the Memorial Day
issue in 1931. From left to right are William Tyson, John H. Minnig and Charles B. Palsgrove.
Their obituaries are listed below on the page.
|The Call of January 31, 1930
TAPS ARE SOUNDED FOR ALBERT BORDY, FORMER RESIDENT
Monday of this week, death claimed another member of the Schuylkill Haven Grand Army Post, in the person of Albert Bordy of
Girardville. The deceased was a former resident of Schuylkill Haven and every Memorial Day found him in Schuylkill Haven,
participating in the Memorial day exercises of the afternoon, with his comrades, members of the Jere Helms Post Number 26 of the
G. A. R. Mr. Bordy had been in good health until about six weeks ago when he suffered a severe cold. He had recovered from the
cold but his vitality had been sapped and he could not regain his strength. Having always been very active and energetic and with
few days of ill health, his breakdown at this time was general and severe. He passed away Monday morning at nine o'clock. On
March 13th of 1930, he would have been eighty seven years of age.
The deceased was born in Jersey Shore, Sullivan County. When a young man he boated on the Schuylkill Canal while a resident of
Schuylkill Haven. Later he moved to Girardville, where he resided fifty five years. For fifty years he conducted a general store.
Forty years ago, he with others, organized the First National Bank of Girardville. He was made its vice president and served in this
capacity until the death of its president, when he was elected to this office. He served in that capacity for many years and was at the
time of his death in this position of honor. He is the last one of the charter members of this institution to pass away.
His record as a Civil war veteran covered a period of three years during which time he had twice been confined to the Libby prison
and had been wounded at the battle of Gettysburg. He was a member of the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. of Schuylkill
Haven. His passing leaves this organization with but three members. His death also marks the passing of the last Civil war veteran
in Girardville. He served in the 6th U. S. Cavalry Regiment. He was a member of the Lutheran Church in Girardville. He was one of
the oldest members of Page Lodge Number 270, F. and A. M. of Schuylkill Haven. The funeral held Thursday was an unusually large
one. The number of persons attending attested to the esteem and honor in which he was held in Girardville, where he had always
taken an active and prominent part in affairs of the town from his earliest days until the time of his death.
|The Call of May 30, 1930
ALBERT STAGER DIED IN 85TH YEAR
Albert Stager, a lifelong resident of Schuylkill Haven, died suddenly at his home on Dock Street, Sunday evening, as a result of a
stroke sustained at one thirty in the afternoon. Up until two weeks ago, Mr. Stager's health was fairly good. He was able to be about
the house with assistance but appeared bright and cheerful. The deceased would have been eighty six years of age on September
4th of this year. Mr. Stager was born in Schuylkill Haven and spent his entire life in the town. When quite a young man he took up
telegraph operating and for fifty four years served in this capacity. He for a time was the operator in Auburn and then in Schuylkill
Haven. He was retired fifteen years ago. He was a member of the Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church and the P. O. S. of A. of Schuylkill
The deceased served his country in the Civil war, being a member of Company A, 17th Infantry, Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia. He
was a brother to Henry J. Stager, the first national president of the P. O. S. of A. and who was instrumental in preserving control of
Valley Forge. He was also a brother to Oscar W. Stager, Superintendent of Transportation for the Reading Company. Both preceded
him in death. Mr. Stager was a man of quiet disposition, modest and frank. He never assumed public office, but in a quiet way took
an interest in the affairs of this community and country. In later years his hearing became affected but his eyesight was very good
and he spent much of the time reading. His memory too was remarkably good for his advanced years. To survive he leaves his
widow, who with him, early this spring, quietly observed their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Their son, Howard W. Stager, telegraph
operator at the Schuylkill Haven station and one daughter, Miss Sadie, who together with two sisters survive, namely: Mrs. Harvey
Field of Philadelphia and Mrs. John Mischler of Philadelphia.
|The Call of January 1, 1932
ANOTHER CIVIL WAR VETERAN ANSWERED "TAPS"
John H. Minnig, a well known citizen of Schuylkill Haven, and one of its oldest residents, passed away Christmas Eve at 7:30 o'clock
at his home on Dock Street. He had been in ill health for the past several years and confined to his room for the past seventeen
months. Despite the fact that he had endured much suffering in the past year and a half, his passing was a peaceful one, death
occurring in a fifteen minute sleep. The cause of death may be ascribed as heart failure, he having suffered several heart attacks
since July of 1930. Following each attack, his remarkably strong constitution and wonderful vitality enabled him to recuperate to a
degree. Each attack, however, left its effects and his last heart attack three weeks ago, while not the most severe one, left the
heart in a very apparent much weakened condition and he failed to respond to treatment. Each day he showed signs of weakening
and his demise was not altogether unexpected. For the past several years he had suffered much pain from rheumatism and various
other ailments but with every temporary respite, when not confined to bed, he found pleasure in minutely reading the daily
newspapers and maintaining his usual good humor in conversation with friends who called to visit him.
The deceased was born in Friedensburg. He spent his younger days working on the farm of his parents and then took to boating on
the Schuylkill Canal, driving a team for several years. He was appointed farmer at the Almshouse and served seven years in this
capacity. He embarked in the hotel business on the northwest side of the Main Street railroad crossing and after five years
embarked in the retail coal business. He continued this business for twenty six years, retiring in 1915. Despite his age, he
continued active, taking great interest and pride in a veritable small farm which he cultivated on his property.
He was a Civil War veteran having served in the 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was a member of the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G.
A. R., its commander for seventeen years and its commander at the time the several members, a year ago, decided to disband and
turn their effects over to the American Legion. His death leaves but one former member of the Post, William Tyson, and but two
additional Schuylkill Haven Civil War veterans: Charles Palsgrove and William Seifert.
Fraternally, he was connected with the Odd Fellows and Sons of America of Schuylkill Haven. He served his community a number of
years as a school director and for a number of years and at the time of his death was a director of the Union Cemetery Association.
Mr. Minnig was a member of the Saint John's Reformed Church and a faithful and regular attendant for many years, until his health
made this impossible. His was a kindly and pleasant disposition and his friendships once formed, were retained throughout life.
The deceased was eighty six years, five months and thirteen days of age. On November 8th, he observed his fifty fifth wedding
anniversary. Besides the widow, one son, F. H. Minnig survives.
|The Call of March 25, 1932
DIED ON HIS 85TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY
William Seifert, an aged Civil War veteran, passed away at his home on Haven Street on Thursday evening at
6:15 o'clock, following an eighteen weeks illness, which confined him to bed for that time, suffering from
complications. His death occurred on his eighty fifth birthday anniversary. He was born in North Manheim
Township, son of the late Charles and Mary Fisher Seifert, and spent practically his entire life in that section,
with the exception of two years which he spent in Shenandoah and the past three years in Schuylkill Haven.
For twenty four years he was constable and truant officer of North Manheim Township. On November 17th,
he and his wife observed, in a quiet manner, their fifty fourth wedding anniversary. Deceased was a member
of the First Reformed Church. Mr. Seifert for forty seven years was engaged in farming on a farm near the
Second Mountain and located above the Almshouse Dam in North Manheim Township. In his earlier years,
he was employed as a breaker builder, boat builder and also in the Reading Company's car shops, at which
time he conducted a small farm for his own use. Besides his widow, nee Sarah Schappell, the following sons
and daughters survive: Robert, Bertha, Charles, Annie, wife of Harry Eiler, Dora, wife of Andrew Fisher of
Schuylkill Haven; George of Cressona, Minnie, wife of Calvin Riegel and Hattie, wife of Benjamin Leeser of
Orwigsburg; Eva, wife of Elmer Yeich of Cressona R. D. Two sisters, Mrs. Emma Maurer and Mrs. George
Johnson of Shenandoah, in addition to thirty one grandchildren and twenty six great grandchildren also survive.
|The Call of March 16, 1934
VETERAN TYSON JOINS COMRADES IN GREAT BEYOND
As the last note of "Taps" blown by the bugler faded in the distant hills Wednesday afternoon, the burial ceremonies and military
honors for Schuylkill Haven's next to last surviving Civil War veteran, William H. Tyson, came to an end. He had frequently
endeavored to shorten the hours of friends distressed or on beds of pain or illness by visiting in their homes, his tall, erect figure
"at attention", at the side of the newly made grave of his comrades as these same Taps were blown; he had never failed to extend
sympathy and consolation to the sorrowing widow and family. And now, he too, had gone to join the rapidly increasing "army" in the
Great Beyond. The community had paid silent tribute to his memory, being fully appreciative of his valor and deeds in war and
equally esteemed him as a citizen. His passing occasioned a general expression of sorrow from the community, and that too not
without reason, for he had for many years been a familiar figure and highly respected and honored citizen.
The news of his rather sudden death Saturday morning, was a surprise and shock to everyone, for he was about only a few weeks
before and appeared as active as at any time in late years. Pneumonia, however, had claimed him as a victim under circumstances
peculiar as they frequently are. About one o'clock Monday morning, he suffered either an attack of weakness or a slight stroke and
as a result fell in his room, between his bed and a trunk. In falling, he wedged his body in such a manner that he could not extricate
himself in his weakened condition and he either fainted or fell asleep. Not until six o'clock in the morning did he awaken. He had
suffered bruises of the chest and the several hours exposure had caused development of pneumonia in its first stages. A physician
made this announcement immediately upon examination on Tuesday morning. He was ordered to bed but thought lightly of his
condition and failed to comply with the instructions. Not until two days prior to his death was he finally induced to remain in bed. His
ever present grit and vitality, he felt, would be able to carry him through and but several hours prior to his passing, he indulged in
one of his favorite pastimes, smoking of a cigar.
Mr. Tyson was eighty eight years, five months and seven days of age. He was born in Lawrenceville, Chester County and while a lad
came to Schuylkill Haven with his parents, Henry and Anna Heebner Tyson. While quite young, he assisted his father, a well known
boatman on the Schuylkill Canal. Later he boated for himself. During the course of the Civil War, he enlisted and served for a
period of one and a half years. Returning from the war, he again resumed boating and continued for a time. He then procured a
position as car examiner for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Broad Street, Philadelphia. He was in the employ of this company
for forty five years. It was during his residence in Philadelphia that his wife died. Upon being pensioned by the company, he
returned to Schuylkill Haven and had lived retired.
He was a member of the Sons of America and a faithful and always active member of the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. of
Schuylkill Haven. For a time, he was the Commander of the Post and for several terms, he was its Vice Commander. He represented
the Schuylkill Haven Post for many years at its State and National Convention and despite his age, looked forward eagerly to meeting
with his comrades regardless of how far from home the convention was held. Perhaps the greatest distance he ever traveled to
attend a convention was in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He attended a convention in Bangor, Maine and several times in different
cities in the West. Upon his return from attendance at the conventions, he found great pleasure in relating his experiences and
details of the meeting to his fellow comrades and members of the Grand Army Post. Comrade Tyson had been planning to attend a
State Convention to be held this coming June in Reading and had also been preparing to attend the National Grand Army
Convention to be held in Rochester in September.
The deceased was a man of a kindly disposition. He endeavored to be a help in ever so many ways. He was quiet and unassuming.
He possessed a keen mind and splendid memory. He kept himself informed on all details of topics and current happenings, enjoyed
travel and association and conversation with people. For his age, he always exhibited an unusual amount of grit as well as strength
and was naturally possessed of a strong constitution and healthy body, all of which seemed to combine to make him active and carry
him through. For many years he made his home with his brother, Joseph Tyson, and up to the latter's death, insisted on living by
himself. He was, however, under the constant surveillance and care of his niece, Mrs. Bertha Clark, who resided next door.
The deceased enlisted as a private in Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers on February 22, 1864. He was mustered out
on July 30th, 1865, without having suffered any injury but having been engaged in a number of engagements. His war record in part
is: Battle of the Wilderness, May 5th and 6th, 1864; Spotsylvania, hatches Run, Fort McGilvery, Petersburg, Five Months Siege, North
Anne River, Cold Harbor, Siege and assault of Petersburg, Fort Stradman, Ream's Station and Shady Grove. Mr. Tyson is survived by
one sister, Mrs. Anne Fix of Camden and two nieces, Mrs. Bertha Clark and Mrs. Emily Henne.
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S LAST CIVIL WAR VETERAN IS CALLED HOME
Schuylkill Haven's only surviving Civil War veteran, Charles B. Palsgrove, passed to the Beyond, Independence Day night at eleven
o'clock. The cause of his death was general debility induced by age. He was born in Schuylkill Haven and with the exception of
several years, was a life long resident. He was eighty seven years, nine months and twenty eight days of age. He was confined to
bed for the past month. Despite the fact that he was blind for the past four years, his strong constitution bore him well and he was
active in mind and showed remarkable interest in all things. Mr. Palsgrove was a great reader and had a splendid memory, recalling
and explaining in detail, events not only in his personal life but those of his state, his country and of general affairs. He had an
excellent command of the English language and spoke quite eloquently in ordinary conversation.
He was a son of Nathan and Anna Maria Bowen Palsgrove and when quite young, began to work in his father's cigar store and
learned the trade of cigar maker. He followed this trade for a great many years and conducted the cigar factory and store on West
Main Street. This trade was learned by his sons and has been continued by them. He was a graduate from the Quaker City Business
College and for a time read law. For two years, he was clerk for District Attorney Charles D. Hipple. He attended Keystone State
Normal and for a number of years was employed in the West. In the year 1878, he was elected to the Pennsylvania Legislature and
served for two years. For several years he followed farming in Virginia. He served during the Civil War in the 39th Infantry of the
Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia. For many years he was a member of the Jere Helms Post of the G. A. R. of Schuylkill Haven and of
late years was Chaplain of Gowen Post, G. A. R. of Pottsville.
Fraternally he was connected with the Free Masons, having been made Master of the Lodge in 1880. He was the oldest living
member and the oldest Past Master of the Lodge. With the Order of Odd Fellows, he had twice been a Noble Grand and once the
Chief Patriarch. In the Knights of Pythias, he had been a Chancellor Commander. In the Sons of America, he was the Secretary for a
number of years. In the Order of Good Templars he had been the Past Worthy Chief Templar. He had also been a member of two of
the town's musical organizations of many years ago, namely: The Citizen's Band and later Jere Kline's Band. The deceased was a
member of the Saint John's Reformed Church and one of its oldest living members. He was the last surviving member of the first
class to be confirmed in this church, in the year 1862.
Of the deceased, it can be truthfully said that he was one of the town's most highly respected and honored citizens. He had a
pleasant disposition and was kind and generous in every way. His wife preceded him in death in the year 1904. His funeral will take
place Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at his late home on Saint Peter Street. At the request of the family, military honors that will
be paid by the American Legion Post of Schuylkill Haven, will be of the most simple kind.
To survive are left eight children: Mrs. John D. Berger, Mrs. Alfred Lee, Edgar and Willis Palsgrove of Schuylkill Haven; Mrs. Willis
Lawrence of Minersville; Miss Mary Palsgrove of Washington D. C.; Charles Palsgrove of Frackville and Harry Palsgrove of
Pinegrove. Nineteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive.
|The Call of January 1, 1937
JAMES ROAN, 95, DIED IN PHILADELPHIA
James A. Roan, a former resident of Schuylkill Haven, died at the home of his daughter,Minnie M. Hartman, of
Malcolm Street in Philadelphia, following a brief illness. His funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:30
o'clock at the D. M. Bittle funeral home. Viewing may be made from 1:30 Saturday afternoon until the hour of the
service. Mr. Roan was ninety five years, three months and nineteen days of age. He had been in fairly good
health and was able to be about until recently. He was born in Schuylkill Haven on the site now occupied by the
gas plant. He spent almost his entire life in Schuylkill Haven. For the past eight years, he has resided with his
daughter in Philadelphia. For many years he was employed by the Reading Company as a stationary engineer.
For five years he was employed as lock tender on the Schuylkill Canal and for three years was foreman on the
dredging machine. In the year 1875, he went to Richmond and for a number of years followed boating between
Richmond and New York. For twenty years or more he was engaged in the insurance business in this locality.
For many years and up until the time of his moving to Philadelphia, his family resided at the corner of High and
Union Streets, the site now being occupied by the East Ward School building. Mr. Roan was a Civil War veteran,
having enlisted in Company K of the 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry. A year ago by resolution, he was adopted by the
James A. Barry Post Number 83 of the American Legion of Philadelphia. He is survived by his widow, Emma
Guertler Roan and two daughters: Mrs. Peter Hartman of Philadelphia and Mrs. Thomas Herb of Pottsville.
Four grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren also survive.
|The writing of a history of the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. has only been possible by very careful reading of minutes from
several minute books for the period of time from February 8, 1867 to June 30, 1930. This was no small task as the Post until of late
years held meetings every week. The review will show many references to community events in which the Grand Army had a part. It
will recall to the minds of many of the present day citizens these same events. The review will serve, in a measure, as a history of
The status and character of the Jere elms Post, according to its records by its own adjutants or secretaries, is revealed most
definitely and this revelation can not but help but be impressive. First of all, the organization proved patriotic. Gathered together
to keep alive, perhaps, the memories of events in the Civil War and to find solace and sympathy in exchanging with one another
reminiscences of that great strife. The organization very early in its history, took part in extending honor to those who never
returned, by setting aside a particular day in the year, May 30th, for Memorial Day observance. Not one year was permitted to pass
without every possible reverence being extended on this day to their comrades in th unknown world. For weeks in advance,
preparations for the day were made. Not alone in this regard but also are the efforts to provide proper markers, headstones and
burial places for their comrades from time to time, plainly noted very frequently in the records. Early in its history, the Post acquired
a special plot of ground in the Union Cemetery to be known as the Soldier's Lot. This gave to them a great satisfaction and also
required considerable attention for its upkeep from time to time. Not until recent years was it felt that the care of this sacred and
hallowed ground could be entrusted to any hands other than their own. Recently it was placed in perpetual care of the cemetery
Added to its patriotic principles is another outstanding character, that of charity. In so very many places upon the records are fine
examples of this given. Only a few references will be made to its examples in this history. Let it be known, however, that the
records show ever so many examples of this attribute. Not only was its charitable activities extended to its own members, widows of
its members but to others as well. Its activities along this line were not confined by constitutions or bylaws as in most organizations
but from the heart and according to the condition of its treasury and the worthiness of the case, were charitable acts determined. In
the early days of the history of the Post, when times were hard and its members poor, dues were frequently remitted and the
comrade again placed in good standing. Nor were the members ashamed to come before the Post in open session and admit of
their financial condition and need of help. It was always freely given. The Post acted ever so often in the capacity of a bank or loan
association and extended loans to its members in amounts from $10 to $500 at any one time. The five hundred dollar loan was the
largest single loan made at any one time. Security was taken by the endorsement of citizens known to the Post to be dependable
and of sufficient financial stability. However, frequently the Payment of loans required, as is also the rule in the present day,
considerable effort. Interest rates from four to eight percent, it was found from the records, were charged according to the interest
rate in effect at banks at that time. That there was a particular love for the Post created among its members is evidenced from time
to time as members dropped for nonpayment of dues, in a few months time would request to be reinstated and would pay up all
Not alone were the activities of the Post in honoring the dead shown on the occasion of the annual Memorial Day, but wherever
possible and on most every occasion, until the very last years, full military honors were extended to every comrade on the day of his
burial. From the funds of the Post were paid various amounts for expenses incurred in these funerals, for the furnishing of martial
music, payment of small amounts to the firing squad composed of members of the Post, for powder used on the occasion, etc, etc.
In its early history, members of the Post marched to the cemetery, but later age prevented and buses had to be engaged and a
considerable sum of money, in its total, was expended for this purpose. Out of town funerals for comrades were attended as well as
those in town. On several occasions funerals in Philadelphia of comrades were attended by representatives of the Post. And then
on each occasion, the Charter of the Post was draped and members eulogized the departed comrade and passed resolutions upon
his death. Most beautiful indeed, were the resolutions adopted for the comrade.
And then, subsequent meetings frequently further demonstrated the comradeship that extended to the widow and into the home of
the deceased comrade. Reports came to the Post that Widow So-and-so was in need. Investigation was made and time and time
again contributions from the treasury in money were made in many different cases. Food, coal, wood, shoes and clothing were
purchased for the children of the deceased comrade and paid out of the Post's treasury. But its activities did not stop at that stage.
To the Soldier's Orphans Home were sent the children where circumstances warranted and the widow was agreed and frequently
one or two comrades were detailed to accompany the children on the trip, after the Post had succeeded in obtaining admission for
them. Very impressive, indeed, and sad as well, were the references frequently found in the records of the sixty three years, of
efforts directed to obtain from their government pensions, or rather increases in pensions. So many times did they adopt
resolutions approving of efforts of some individual at large or some institution who was going to "get an increase in pension". Later
then in the records was inscribed the report that the effort was unsuccessful or had not been carried through Congress and one
can almost feel the sorrow in their hearts as they learned of the disappointment. But again hope was revived and efforts renewed
through some other source of activity, ever keeping on with the same faith and bravery that carried them across many a battlefield.
And then comes another side to the Jere Helms Post Number 26, its social side. Sociability was never left out or forgotten. This
sociability having its origin right in the Camp, where, after the usual routine business was transacted, views on various sublets were
exchanged and orators extolled the virtues of this or that subject, was extended outside the Post. The wives and widows of the
Post members were not forgotten and frequently invited to banquet with the members. This occasion usually occurred once a year
after the Post had been "inspected" by the delegated inspector from the department headquarters. These were great occasions not
because of the spread of food before them but because of the opportunity of the social contact with the main stay of the comrade,
the wife, who on many occasions had to guide and so tenderly helped along the comrade whose steps were not as quick and whose
back was bending and sight and hearing gradually growing less effective.
The social life as exchanged within the portals of the Camp was of the character to attract its members for many years once a week.
The lodge session was conducted on the order of an army camp. There were the outposts or sentinels, the guards, the chaplain, the
surgeon, the quartermaster, the adjutant, the post commander, the senior and junior vice commanders, the sergeant major, the
officer of the day, the officer of the guard and the musician. All functioned according to military regulations. Only by the exchange
of countersigns and passwords was one enabled to get through the outer portals or pass the outer guard of the camp. Minutes of
the camp show that on more than one occasion were comrades refused admission to camp because they could not give the
countersign or explain some detail of the rules and regulations. Comrades from a distance and in distress, however, were on
occasion enabled to satisfactorily pass the tests. They were admitted and would explain their sore need of financial assistance.
They would be given either a "lift" from a collection taken or from an order drawn on the quartermaster. The quartermaster between
the meetings of the Post was frequently appealed to by out of town or traveling comrades for assistance. He would see that the
comrade was given lodging and food at one of the hotels and the bill would be paid by the Post.
But the social life of the Grand Army was not confined to its own self or its own. It provided some social activities on frequent
occasions for the community. Entertainments, dramas, festivals, etc were held. Some of these proved splendid financial ventures
and proved that the Schuylkill Haven public was in hearty sympathy with the "old soldiers" at all times and generously assisted.
Several social events of the Post however, while they may have been social successes were financial failures. We refer to the
Camp Fires, events that we know are well remembered by many of the local citizens of today. They were held down in the Boyer plot
or what is now known as "the Eck". This section was a beautiful spot indeed before being flooded with coal dirt and its trees
destroyed.. No mention on the records is made of the number of persons attending but there evidently must have been very large
numbers, judging from the amount of refreshments consumed. Evidently not a sufficient amount was charged for in each instance
while the receipts were high so also were the expenses.
From the minutes it is shown that Schuylkill Haven in past years has had more parades and big functions than it has been having in
later years. Invitations to participate were always first extended to the Grand Army Post and in every instance accepted. The Post
had in its membership many comrades from Orwigsburg. To provide for expenses incident to Memorial Day observances,
collections would be taken and almost always the sum collected would at least pay the expense. Later the Town Council was
appealed to pay this expense and annually contributed the sum of twenty five dollars. Later the County Commissioners, by reason
of legislation enacted by the State, was compelled to contribute to the Post each and every year for this purpose. Minutes also
show that evidently collection boxes were ,in the very early years of the Post, placed at different parts in th town. The money thus
obtained was put into the Widows and Orphans Fund and used for this purpose.
Not all applications for membership to the Post were accepted. Some were rejected once and for all time and then in other
instances, some of the applications at a later date were approved.
Details of each and every Memorial Day observance are lacking as to the orators of the day, etc. Wherever given, it will appear in
this history. It might be stated however, that the minutes of every Memorial Day celebration show that two of Schuylkill Haven's
fraternal organizations always assisted the Grand Army in carrying out the day's program. They are the Washington camp, Number
47, P. O. S. of A. and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. Minutes in some years show that these orders first
communicated and expressed willingness to assist in the coming Memorial Day work. Records also show that contributions were
received from these orders towards the expenses incurred. For Memorial Day, bands of music on several occasions were obtained
and payment of refreshments at the end of the days parade was sufficient. Later, small charges such as fifteen to twenty dollars for
an entire band was paid and while on this subject, it might be mentioned that the bands in Schuylkill Haven were always most
generous and ever willing to assist the Post on Memorial Day. Engagements that would have brought larger sums of money to the
bands were always sacrificed on this day in order to play for the "Old Soldiers." The remuneration obtained from the Post on this
day always was of necessity, very small. Even up until the very last Memorial day observances in which the Grand army had part,
that of May 30, 1930, the forty six musicians of the Bressler Band gave of their services for the small sum of fifty dollars.
Records also show that from the very earliest observance, school children assisted the soldiers, parading to the cemeteries and
there strewing flowers. It is very interesting to note how their number, according to the adjutant's report every year, continued to
increase. This fact too, shows a most impressive condition, that of the ever patriotic spirit of the young and the fact that their elders
have been instilling in their minds and teaching them to honor Memorial day. These things were frequently commented upon by the
Adjutant of the Post. To quote from the adjutant's reports on these matters would make this history entirely too lengthy. Reports of
the adjutant also show that a larger number of citizens in former years remained for the oration on the cemetery on Memorial day
than of late years.
While no direct sick benefits at all times were paid to comrades of the Post, in its earlier history some such arrangement had been in
force. It was later discontinued. Night watch for sick members, however, was furnished when needed for years and years according
to the records. Members of the Post were paid small sums for this service. Records show frequent instances of comrades in poor
health and in poor financial circumstances, being assisted in obtaining a place in a soldiers home. In the later years in the camp
itself, there must have been frequent occasions for sadness in the hearts of the Post members as reference was made to the
dwindling numbers of its members and the deep concern felt for the future of the Post.
Not always, however, did the Post function without some internal disruptions. Members had their misunderstandings one with
another and they did not hesitate to express their opinions. They apparently soon forgot their differences and the next meeting
found them again in attendance and no reference was made to the explosion of the previous week. Oratorical fireworks evidently
marked many meetings and from what the writer can learn, the Jere Helms Post, especially in its younger years, had within its
membership some splendid orators, determined, shrewd and clever men and they stuck to their ship until the very end. When a
member op the Post had been dropped for nonpayment of dues or for some other reason, that did not prevent the Post from paying
full military honors on the occasion of his funeral.
Among the outstanding characters and early members of the Jere Helms Post and the men who, according to records, had a great
part in its activities were: James K. Helms, Samuel A. Losch, Henry Hill, Charles E. Brown, J. F. Bast, Irving Tyson, Charles Palsgrove
(the only living Civil War veteran in Schuylkill Haven in addition to the two members of the Post), Dr. C. Lenker, Peter Stanton, F. W.
Berger, J. H. Minnig, William Tyson, A. P. Garrett, D. F. Burket. James K. Helms served as the first Commander of the Post for a six
month period and later for a two year term. As the adjutant he served for a period of sixteen years, six months at different times.
Irving Tyson served as a Commander for two years and at different periods gave his services as the adjutant for eighteen years. He
was the adjutant at the time of his death.
|On July 25, 1930, The Call began a weekly series detailing the history of the Jere Helms Post Number 26, Grand Army of the Republic
(GAR), the local Schuylkill Haven post. Most of this history consisted of the actual minutes and records of the post itself. The series
concluded on December 12, 1930 with the simple word, "Finis". This history is offered here for your historical enjoyment. It begins
with an overall history. This is followed by entries from the actual minute books of the Post. These will be published here at regular
|HISTORY OF JERE HELMS POST NUMBER 26
GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
|The charter of the Jere Helms Post Number 26 G. A. R. was originally granted to Charles E. Brown, James K. Helms, Daniel F. Burkert,
Samuel A. Losch, John Murphy, Henry Hill, Samuel C. Stouch, Levi Eckert, George H. Schwenk, A. P. Garrett, William Eckert, John
Martz, James M. Saylor and Amos Homan. It is dated January 30, 1867. One of the requirements of the National Grand Army
Headquarters is that upon the abandonment of a Grand Army post, the charter must be returned to the headquarters. This was done
recently. A total of 238 men in the sixty three years of the existence of the Jere Helms Post held membership from time to time.
According to the minutes, for which three books were required, all of which are well preserved, some very interesting data and
information which is of an interesting, historical nature, has been gleaned.
The first meeting of the Post was held on February 8, 1867, and in pursuance of the authority received from the Grand Commander of
the Grand Army of the Republic, State of Pennsylvania, Comrade George M. Baumm mustered in the Post. The first Post Commander
was James K. Helms; the Senior Vice Commander Charles E. Brown; Junior Vice Commander Daniel F. Burkert; Chaplain Amos
Homan; Surgeon George Schwenk; Quartermaster John Murphy and Post Adjutant A. P. Garrett. Early meetings were held in
Washington Hall Hotel. The Post evidently grew quite rapidly for the minutes show that at most every meeting, for a long time held
weekly, new veterans were added to membership. Samuel A. Losch, shortly after organization was appointed the Post adjutant or
secretary. Records of early meetings show frequent special collections having been lifted at the meetings for the benefit of widows
and orphans of deceased soldiers.
Comrade William H. Tyson, one of the three living Grand Army veterans was admitted to membership in early 1867. J. H. Minnig,
present Post Commander, was admitted in early 1874 while Livingston Saylor, the third living member, joined the Post in June 1868.
A blank line _______ in the minutes denotes that at the time The Call printed the minutes, some names were omitted for privacy
The Minutes of Post Number 26
February 14, 1867 - Motion of Comrade Burket, it was decided that each newly mustered recruit pay advance dues in the amount of
fifty cents. Comrade Schwenk was elected janitor by acclamation.
March 7, 1867 - Motion carried that the chairmen of committees will hereafter be compelled to hand in reports in writing.
April 25, 1867 - Comrade Shreck was declared bugler. Committee was appointed to visit Widow Hill and ascertain if she was suffering
in any way or her children.
September 30, 1867 - Comrades were ordered to be in readiness to proceed to Pottsville on the occasion of the reception of Major
November 1867 - A committee was appointed to make arrangements for a ball. This committee, however, reported unfavorably on
the proposition and it was discharged.
December 12, 1867 - Death of William J. Hein, comrade of this Post, was reported to have died in a penniless condition and the Post
Commander ordered a collection. $20.00 was collected and $3.00 was paid out for expenses of printing, music and powder, and the
balance of $17.00 was handed to his brother, Henry E. Hein. Comrade Knight from one of the Posts in Philadelphia, who became deaf
and dumb while at the Andersonville Prison applied to this Post for relief. A committee collected $22.50 for him and paid his hotel
bill and his car fare to Saint Clair.
January 9, 1868 - Committee was appointed to procure ton of chestnut coal for Widow _____. On motion, an order was granted in
favor of Comrade Wilson for $2.18 for the coal.
January 23, 1868 - Committee on soliciting aid from churches and societies reported progress and, on motion, was continued. A
resolution was passed that on and after the 23rd day of January 1868 no more money shall be donated out of the Post treasury.
Persons not connected by membership with the Post, but hereafter such monies may be granted out of the widows and orphans
fund by a two thirds vote of the members present.
February 6, 1868 - A motion to hold a parade on February 22 was lost. Committee on donations reported having received $11.43 from
the German Reformed Church for Widows and Orphans Fund and $2.35 from Saint James Episcopal Church. The total in the treasury
on February 20 was $48.34.
March 5, 1868 - Committee reported having received a donation from the saint Matthew's Church. On motion Comrade _____ was
given a loan of $25.00 for ninety days at eight percent interest.
March 8, 1868 - Post proceeded in a body to attend the funeral of Jerome (unreadable), late a member of Company A, 194th. The
band could not play so Messrs. Leib and Biehl assisted by Comrade Carr favored us with martial music.
March 19, 1868 - Committee on relief reported Comrade _____ in distress and a committee of one was appointed to find out what
course to pursue to get said comrade in Soldier's Home and also to donate to him $2.50. Post Adjutant reported that the Post
Commander had detailed a special guard of nine Comrades to assist in the burial of William Reppard. Motion carried that this Post
does from this date confine itself exclusively to its own membership in case of funerals unless otherwise ordered by the Post.
March 26, 1868 - Motion carried to loan Comrade _____ the sum of $12.00 which was amended to $15.00
April 9, 1868 - Order was drawn in favor of Mechanics for $9.00 rent up to March 31, 1868. The proceedings of the last past stated
muster were by a majority of votes pronounced unconstitutional and a motion that the motion to reconsider was lost. A motion that
the comrades pay $1.00 each to make up the $15.00 loaned was lost. After a long and stormy debate the Post Adjutant and the Post
Commander tendered their resignations and were rejected.
May 17, 1868 - Special muster to attend funeral of Comrade Jackson Delong, a member of this Post. The Post, preceded by Brass
Band marched to the cemetery where the ceremonies of the army were performed.
May 30, 1868 - The Post marched to the cemeteries accompanied by the citizens and decorated the following soldier's graves:
Captain Fox, Captain Leader, Lieutenant Laubenstein, Adjutant Hannum, Lieutenant Edwards, Private Shollenberger, Comrades
Delong, Crinter, Kantner, Reppard, Coner, Oswalt, Feger, Poff, Palsgrove, Shreck, Hein, Lloyd and Moser. Addresses were made by
Reverend Yeiser, Comrades Beckley, Kline and Dougherty. The expense for the hiring of the Brass Band was $15.00.
(This was the first reference to the observance of Memorial Day found in the minutes.)
July 30, 1868 - Comrade _____ was fined $1.00 for refusing to sit up with Comrade _____. Motion carried that the Post parade next
Sunday at nine o'clock to attend Divine services. Comrade Holmes to make arrangements.
December 10, 1868 - Committee of three was appointed to assist in giving concert beneficial to the Traveling Soldiers Orphan with
authority to do everything for their interest in the name of the Post.
December 24, 1868 - A Court Martial was ordered for Comrade _____ for nonpayment of dues and for joining a Post in Ohio without
transfer. A Court Martial was also held for another Comrade for nonpayment of dues and disobedience of orders. The report of the
Court was followed by the dishonorable discharge of the two members. **On several subsequent occasions members were
discharged from the Post for violations of certain rules and regulations. At one meeting, twenty seven were ordered dropped for
failure to pay dues.
January 7, 1869 - Motion carried to have an order drawn for $2.37 to pay for one half ton coal sent to Widow _____. Officers of the
Post elected were as follows: Post Commander John B. Martz, Vice Commanders, D. B. Holmes and William Eckert, Adjutant, A. P.
Garrett, Quartermaster C. H. Coons, Chaplain Isaac Knarr, Surgeon W. D. Guertler and Musician F. C. Shreck. Vote of thanks be
tendered to Honorable William M. Randal for his kind act in providing delegates to the convention of the Grand Army with free
passes to Philadelphia and return.
March 4, 1869 - On motion, the flag that the ladies of Schuylkill Haven presented to Company C, 50th P. V. M. Infantry now in the hall,
remain in its place until the Post sees fit to remove it.
May 13, 1869 - Motion of Comrade Samuel A. Losch, that the 30th day of May in the afternoon, be set for the decorating of soldier's
graves. This motion was ruled out of order by the Post Commander. On motion of Comrade Homan that the decoration shall take
place on the 29th of May Saturday. After a lengthy and stormy debate by our worthy comrades, J. K. Helms, D. F. Burkert, A. Homan
and Samuel Losch, lasting over an hour, the motion was lost.
May 30, 1869 - Post marched to Center Street to receive Post Number 23 of Pottsville, then proceeded to cemeteries accompanied
by a mass of citizens. Addresses were made by W. Fields and L. B. Beckley and singing by the choir, consisting of five ladies and
three gentlemen. We proceeded to decorate the graves.
June 25, 1869 - Committee appointed to wait on Reverend Smoyer and ask whether he will deliver a sermon to the Post on the
morning of July 4th.
October 6, 1869 - Motion carried that this Post parade on the evening of Thanksgiving Day. Motion carried that a committee of ten or
more be appointed to take their parts in procuring coal for the Post. A motion that a name for this Post carried. Nominations being
opened, the following names were suggested: Jere Helms, General Stevens, and General Reno. Proceeded to election with the
following results: Jere Helms receiving the largest vote and the name was declared adopted.
October 14, 1869 - Records on this date show that a profit of $110.40 was made from a picnic that was held. Music for the occasion
February 24, 1870 - Motion carried that all old members too poor to pay their arrearages be taken in as recruits. They to pay their
dues in spring which was amended to read that all that are deemed worthy by the committee.
March 3, 1870 - That all comrades bring their muskets, which was amended to include swords, into the Post for general use.
March 10, 1870 - Motion carried that the decoration of soldiers graves for the last two years be officially reported to the Grand Army
headquarters by the adjutant.
March 17, 1870 - Motion carried that Comrade J. S. Deibert be recommended as enumerator for the census of 1870 for Schuylkill
Haven and vicinity.
March 24, 1870 - A letter from headquarters was read and filed. It related to the recent action of the Lower House at Harrisburg, in
passing an act to bind out soldiers orphans. A petition to the State Senate was forwarded during the week in opposition to this cruel
bill by Comrades Losch and Helms.
March 31, 1870 - Motion of Comrade Losch that the flag of the Post be draped on the day of the burial of General Thomas.
April 14, 1870 - It was reported that a soldier, at one time a comrade of this Post, was discouraging enlistments in the Post.
June 2, 1870 - Decoration Day Committee reported a balance of $28.63 after all expenses were paid.
June 10, 1870 - Met in special muster to make arrangements for the funeral of Comrade David Berger. Ten dollars, was on motion,
donated to Widow _____ out of funds. This motion was declared out of order.
July 11, 1870 - Post attended funeral of David Berger. Forty nine members attended the funeral. A delegation of five were also
present from Pottsville.
November 3, 1870 - Communication was read from Metamon Council Number 66 asking our aid, sympathies, etc. for their Fair. On
motion the request was granted and the Adjutant instructed to notify them accordingly.
December 15, 1870 - An order was granted in favor of A. P. Garrett for $5.50 for one half car of coal to Widow __.
December 22, 1870 - Donation of ten dollars was received from Reverend Bowman, pastor of Evangelical Church. Amount in
treasury at this time is $219.38.
March 2, 1871 - It was ordered that the Trustees be instructed to empty contribution boxes throughout the town, leaving a small
amount in each box.
April 13, 1871 - The committee on unmarked graves was discharged for neglect of duty.
May 11, 1871 - The adjutant reported that he had engaged the Shoemakersville Military Band for $35 for Memorial Day. A motion
instructed the adjutant to communicate with the adjutant general to ascertain whose graves are to be decorated. A motion of
Comrade Frehafer that all soldiers' graves be decorated prevailed previous to last motion.
That the Post early in its history gave its services to other communities for decoration of soldiers graves is evidenced in a motion
under date of May 25, 1871, to the effect that the Commander notify the band to be at Auburn on the morning of the 30th. Also to
notify Comrade Charles quail that a delegation of this Post would be down on said morning and that he should complete all
May 30, 1871 - Took 9:15 a. m. train to Auburn,decorated graves and returned at 12:30 p. m. At 1:30 p. m. the Post accompanied by the
Shoemakersville Military Band, proceeded to the cemetery and decorated soldiers' graves. The Washington Camp, Number 47, P. O.
S. of A. also were in line. The Misses Sarah Levan and Carrie C. Robinson were the managers on the part of the ladies. Reverend W.
C. Crossman of the Little Wanderer's Home of Philadelphia delivered the oration. Professor J. I. Alexander had charge of the singers.
November 8, 1871 - A committee be appointed to exhume the body of Lafayette Baker and bury him on our lot in the cemetery. The
motion was lost.
December 21, 1871 - Post Commander instructed to appoint a committee to devise some ways and means to dispose of imposters
who visit our town as soldiers. Committee on Military Drums reported having purchased drum of Mr. Byerly for $15.00. Total worth
of the Post at this time $328.88.
January 11, 1872 - The report of the Committee on Drums reported profits of $154.94. The event being held in December.
January 15, 1872 - Resolved that we as a Post do most respectfully appreciate the generous act of Daniel Werner in donating ten
tons of coal toward relieving necessary cases of distress among soldiers' families.
January 1872 - Post met in special meeting to attend funeral of Henry Copeland, who was fatally injured on January 22nd in
Philadelphia. The body was identified at the morgue by Comrades S. A. Losch, J. K. Helms and Freehafer. A bill presented at a
following meeting allowed the following: Digging of grave for Comrade Copeland and hauling body from depot to house, $4.25; to
Comrade Samuel A. Losch for coffin, removal, dressing, shroud, etc. for Comrade Cope;and, $29.49
A bill for Mary A. Koons for one supper amounting to forty cents was objected to and on motion twenty cents was deducted and the
bill then ordered paid.
A resolution to change the name of the Post from Jere Helms to reno, in honor of the gallant commander, who was slain at South
Mountain, carried, but it was ordered laid on the table until next meeting, "in accordance with law and custom." The minutes of later
do not show that this resolution was again called.
A fair conducted by the Post netted it something like $1,100. Of this amount, $1,000 was ordered deposited in the Pennsylvania Bank
for one year at five percent.
December 12, 1872 - The journal of previous muster was not here, it being in the hands of the Quartermaster, who was absent. On
motion, the Quartermaster was fined fifty cents and ordered to be reprimanded. On motion a detail be sent after the Quartermaster.
The detail arrived, the Quartermaster was reprimanded and his fine repealed by a vote of twelve to four.
December 26, 1872 - Committee on drama reported nothing done. They had no report. They were, on motion, discharged. Motion to
suspend production of a drama this season was lost. Motion to play "Ten Nights in the Bar Room" was lost. Motion to have
Comrade Eckert visit Reading to secure a reduction on "Pride" failed and finally the whole matter was postponed.
January 2, 1873 - A running debate then ensued on the practicability of producing a drama but the whole question finally ended in
April 3, 1873 - The Trustees reported they had withdrawn fifty dollars, one year's interest on deposits in the Pennsylvania National
Bank. Total worth of Post is $1027.16. Trustees were ordered to make a deposit of $500 in the bank.
March 12, 1874 - Motion carried extending to Comrade Loyd and his wife a vote of thanks for fixing and repairing Company C flag
which flag is in custody of the Post.
August 27, 1874 - Special Committee reported a fair impractical and on motion of committee was discharged.
November 28, 1874 - Records show that the Post participated in the dedication of a monument at Saint Clair by the Grand Army Post
of that town. The local Post was escorted by the Orwigsburg Band and the price paid for the band was $30. The hiring of a team to
convey the Post to Saint Clair was $7.00 and the meals cost but $2.00.
December 24, 1874 - Motion carried to ascertain the probable cost of removing body of Lafayette Becker to the burial plot of the Post.
December 31, 1874 - Officers elected: Commander J. W. Berger, Vice-Commanders Charles Breyer and John Minnig. Quartermaster
E. W. Frehafer, Adjutant James K. Helms, Sergeant Major William H. Tyson, Quartermaster Sergeant Romanus Harner, Musician Fred
E. Scheck, Officer of the Guard Jere C. Bast, sentinels Colonel H. Knarr and Jerome Hoffman, Surgeon Charles E. Quail, Chaplain
Daniel F. Burkert and Officer of the Day Gottlieb Burket.
January 14, 1875 - Comrade _____ asked for a loan of $30.00 for thirty days. After a long and tedious discussion, his loan was
granted, provided he give either James Kirkpatrick or Dr. B. F. Shannon for security.
February 11, 1875 - The Trustees were instructed to place collection boxes at places as they deemed best.
March 14, 1875 - Report of the Post having attended Divine services in the Trinity Church of the Evangelical
Association on the morning of February 21st. Comrade James Bowman delivered an excellent sermon.
March 4, 1875 - Loan of $20,00 to Comrade _____ with John L. Harner and Elias C. Mengle as sureties was
granted. Also a loan to Comrade _____ for $25.00 with J. H. Butz and Henry Tyson as sureties.
March 25, 1875 - Committee appointed to report on the propriety of holding a fair for the benefit of the Post next winter.
In September 1875, records show that loans made to six different members of the Post and outstanding on that date amounted to
$460. The minutes show that from time to time that before loans were made to members, the request for said loan was made in the
open meeting of the Post and before the officers were instructed or authorized to grant the loan, satisfactory endorsers had to be
January 20, 1876 - It was agreed that all comrades in arrears for one year, two weeks from tonight, be dropped from the rolls.
February 1, 1876 - Comrades Beckley, D. F. Burkert, S. Hoffman, I. W. Tyson and Freehafer were appointed to secure shrubbery and
trees, gratuitously, for our soldiers' lot. The same committee was to hunt up all soldiers graves and distinctly mark them with the
name, the letter of the company and the number of his regiment.
February 3, 1876 - Donation of $15.00 be tendered to Comrade _____, who is in distress, having lost his third wife. This motion was
amended repeatedly and $15.00 finally agreed upon. This resolution was offered, that on and after the third day of March the dues
be twenty five cents. In case a member dies, a tax of one dollar be levied and when a member's wife dies a tax of fifty cents be
Comrade J. F. Bast then gave a verbal report as to the Pittsburgh Convention, which he attended. "A hot discussion" then took
place relative to night watchers for Comrade _____, as ordered by the vice commander in the absence of the Post Commander. The
adjutant was being accused of neglect, etc. The whole matter was abruptly terminated by the Commander, who called the comrades
to order and closed the Post.
February 10, 1876 - Comrade _____ was reported in a distressed condition and personally asked for relief. A motion carried to buy
coal, potatoes, and sundries for Comrade _____ and if anything was left out of five dollars, to give him the balance in cash.
March 23, 1876 - Comrade Henry J. Stager, a member of this Post since 1868, asked for a transfer, as he was the founder of Post 77,
Philadelphia and desired to connect himself with the said Post as a charter member.
January 11, 1877 - The committee on charity reported unfavorable and were discharged, it being decided that Post Number 26 take
care of its own poor.
November 21, 1877 - Post met at 12:30 to attend the funeral of Comrade Romanus Harner, who died on the 19th. The action of the
Adjutant in securing detail from Pottsville was approved. The Post then proceeded to the funeral and thereafter returned to their
room and were dismissed. The expense of music and detail from Pottsville, of ten dollars was ordered paid.
December 13, 1877 - Commander appointed a committee to get up an entertainment in Metamora Hall for Saturday evening next. Half
of the proceeds after expenses are paid to go to Captain Rigby and party. The other half will go to the Post fund.
January 3, 1878 - Motion carried to have an order drawn in favor of the Adjutant for $5.46 for expenses such as hand bills, bell
ringing, postage and oyster stews, all incurred for the entertainment on the night of the 20thy, which entertainment proved a
financial failure caused by the bad reputation of Brother _____ as reported by the Schuylkill Republican.
January 24, 1878 - It was moved and carried that the janitor hereafter receive but twenty five cents per night.
February 21, 1878 - An open meeting of the Post was held in honor of Washington's birthday. The meeting was well attended by
visitors, every set being occupied. At this meeting application was made for a strong recommendation for the children of William
Henry Koch, who was killed on the Reading Railroad in the year 1877. At a subsequent meeting the Commander presented permits
for the four children to the Mount Joy Soldiers' Orphan School.
December 12, 1878 - Comrade _____, being unwell and somewhat embarrassed financially, was on motion set square on the books.
December 31, 1878 - A committee appointed to visit Pine Grove reported they had seen the drama called. "The German Volunteer".
They all spoke highly of the trip and it was moved that the Post proceed to produce this play. A motion to pay the bill of $6.50 for the
committee, as expenses in visiting Pine Grove was, after considerable discussion, laid on the table until the next meeting. At the
following meeting this bill was brought up and after discussion a motion carried to allow the committee $4.00, which was lost, and
the original bill then ordered paid.
January 2, 1879 - Membership of the Post is thirty five.
January 16, 1879 - The committee on drama was authorized to spend five dollars per night for music.
February 13, 1879 - The committee on the drama reported a net profit of $65.00. Resolutions were ordered drawn thanking the
foreign cast that took part in the recent play.
March 13, 1879 - William Rudy presented a bill for $4.25 for three pairs of shoes ordered by the relief committee to be given to the
three children of Widow _____.
April 3, 1879 - The Adjutant reported that all that was necessary to secure suitable markers for our soldiers' graves was to send a
complete list of names with company and regiment and date of death and it would then be attended to by the Quartermaster General
of the United States.
April 10, 1879 - Instructions were given that Comrade _____ return the bugle belonging to this Post forthwith and that Comrade _____
forthwith return the fife. Committee was appointed to search into the military history of Lafayette Baker, who is buried on Poorhouse
cemetery, report to the Post and then, if clear, have his body exhumed and placed on the soldiers lot.
May 8, 1879 - Adjutant was instructed to request Comrade _____ to return the fife belonging to this Post.
May 15, 1879 - Committee on Lafayette Baker's grave reported the body having been moved to the lot of the Post during the week.
June 26, 1879 - It was agreed that after this date the Post meet at the call of the Commander but at least one meeting a month be
held. Decoration Day Committee reported collecting from all sources $25.44. Total amount paid out was $31. 43. Due the chairman
of the committee was $5.99. Membership of Post is fifty five.
July 24, 1879 - It was agreed that this Post accompanied by the Ehman Band go to Ashland on Saturday next.
July 31, 1879 - The Ashland trip amounted to forty one tickets at seventy five cents each or $30.75 and two dollars to pay for seventy
August 28, 1879 - Communication from the Ehman Cornet Band signed by F. P. Emerich, secretary, asked for a donation to get
uniforms. It was agreed that the Post attend the Campfire of Lawrence Post Number 17 in Ashland in a body Saturday, August 30th.
Accompanied by the Ehman Cornet Band the Post to buy carfare for band and twenty five cents for each man. Comrade Henry J.
Stager of Post Number 77, Philadelphia, previously a member of this Post, being present, delivered an address and at its conclusion
received enthusiastic applause.
September 9, 1879 - The Adjutant's report showed the Post to have a membership of fifty nine at this time. Death of Comrade Jacob
Breininger, died Saturday, September 6th, was reported. Gowen Post of Pottsville had a delegation of ten comrades present. Post
proceeded to the residence of the late comrade and assumed charge of the funeral.
September 25, 1879 - The Commander and Adjutant were instructed to see that the William H. Koch orphans be taken to Girard
College at all hazards.
November 13, 1879 - Communication was received from Philadelphia asking for liberal aid to the statue in Fairmount Park in memory
of General George C. Meade. The Adjutant was instructed to inform the committee that the members of the Post were too poor to
contribute and the Post funds so locked up that they could not be touched at present.
November 20, 1879 - Committee on muskets reported they could get twelve with accouterments for $36.00. It was moved and carried
that the committee send to Pittsburgh for one sample musket at three dollars. After
considerable discussion, this motion was duly carried, reconsidered, and thereafter withdrawn by consent. It
was then decided that the Adjutant act in conjunction with the committee and correspond with State officials at Harrisburg and
Comrade S. A. Losch with a view of securing twelve muskets.
December 4, 1879 - That the Post accept the invitation to participate in the Philadelphia parade on the occasion of the reception of
General Grant and in case of inability to raise a sufficient number, the squad turn in with some other post.
December 11, 1879 - Committee on arms reported they had received from Harrisburg through the instrumentality of Comrade Losch,
arms and accouterments. It was decided that the Post start for Philadelphia
next Monday at three o'clock and that the Central Avenue Hotel on Market near Ninth, Philadelphia be designated as the Post
December 18, 1879 - The Commander stated that transportation would be ready for Philadelphia on the morning of the 16th to return
on the same day. A motion that this Post does not participate was voted down and another that we go as a body unanimously
carried. Proper officers were instructed to secure some kind of music to escort the Post while on the sidewalks in the city.
December 18, 1879 - Adjutant reported that the Post left for Philadelphia on the morning of the 16th, participated in the parade
successfully under the command of Post Commander S. W. Berger and returned early on the morning of the 17th. Commander Sheck
stated that his name was not F. E. Sheck but Christian Frederick Sheck and the Adjutant was instructed to govern himself
accordingly and make the necessary corrections. Comrade George Berger being present, sick with old age and cancer of the
tongue, the Soldiers' Home was explained to him, after which he consented to go after the holidays.
December 25, 1879 - Membership of the Post is sixty eight. Total worth of the Post is $825.03 including $435 deposit in bank and
loans amounting to $300 to three different comrades.
January 1, 1880 - Invitation received to participate in the reunion of the Pennsylvania Fiftieth as a special escort to the survivors of
the regiment. Invitation accepted. Thanks by a rising vote, was extended to Comrade S. A. Losch for securing for this Post arms and
January 29, 1880 - Comrade Reifsnyder was reported sick and required a detail as night watch. Comrades Burkert and Hill
volunteered for the first night.
March 18, 1880 - Committee on Camp Fire reported that Godfrey Boyer had offered very favorable terms for use of grounds for Camp
Fire and the Committee set August 16th through the 26th for the blow out.
March 23, 1880 - The Post, preceded by martial music, proceeded to the Trinity Evangelical Church and listened to an interesting
lecture by Comrade James Bowman, subject: "My Soldier's Life". There were a great deal of members present for the program.
March 25, 1880 - Membership of the Post is 102.
April 15, 1880 - Committee reported in favor of a Camp Fire to be held for one week from Monday until Saturday evening and in case
of emergency, the time can be extended for a longer period, to apply in time for at least one hundred tents. Motion carried to
secure four trees for lot on cemetery, the price for same not to exceed four dollars. It was decided that the small flag be left on the
cemetery after the ceremonies on Decoration Day. This motion caused considerable debate but was finally adopted. A suggestion
that the Post's flag, formerly Company C's flag, be repaired and put in order was ridiculed as it would be simply preposterous to
repair and thus destroy a war relic.
April 22, 1880 - Commander reported death of Comrade George Berger which occurred on April 20th. Owing to the Comrade's
residence being at least five miles in the country over a road not easily traveled, the commander detailed four comrades to proceed
to the home of the deceased and to conduct the funeral to this town. This was done and at four o'clock the funeral was met by the
Post on the Landingville road. The procession moved to our lot on the cemetery, preceded by martial music where the Post
Chaplain delivered eloquent remarks and after the usual salutes, the Post returned to town.
Comrade Garrett stated that the spring in Comrade Helm's buggy was broken while going to the funeral of Comrade Berger and
made a motion that the same be paid. Comrade Helms stated that this matter was brought up without his authority and the entire
matter was laid over. A committee was appointed to erect a permanent dancing floor in Boyer's Grove. This motion was warmly
debated but not acted on. It was moved and agreed we parade through the South Ward after adjournment.
April 29, 1880 - Committee on decoration ceremonies instructed to dispense with vocal music on that day owing to the fact that there
will be a number of bands present.
May 6, 1880 - It was agreed that the Post pay no further expenses in the matter of Comrade _____ as it is apparent that the immediate
relatives desire to do nothing but impose on the Post. Comrade Stealhin was present and delivered a powerful speech which was
May 13, 1880 - Recess was declared for an hour and the Post formed and marched through a portion of the town and upon arrival of
inspector Comrade James J. Levan with a large delegation from Minersville Post, they proceeded out Main Street to Saint Peter
Street, thence to Union, thence to Saint John, thence to Main and filed into the hall. The delegation from Minersville numbered forty
eight men accompanied with martial music. After the business of the evening, the Post with their guests, proceeded to Metamora
Hall where the guests were entertained until midnight. During the reception in the hall, the Ehman Cornet Band rendered the music
and during the evening addresses were delivered by a number of comrades.
May 20, 1880 - Communications were read from the Ehman Cornet Band and also the Citizen's Band, accepting the invitation to play
for us on Decoration Day.
May 29, 1880 - Detail of fourteen men accompanied by a bugler was ordered to proceed to Saint Ambrose Cemetery and there
decorate the graves of our deceased companions. Immediately on their return the procession was formed and moved to the
Episcopal and Jerusalem cemeteries where graves were decorated.
George B. Kaercher was the orator of the day. After the parade, the Post proceeded to entertain the bands, namely, Brown's Black
Horse Band, Ehman's Cornet Band and the Citizen's Cornet Band. They were provided with a substantial collation and thus
terminated one of the most interesting Decoration days ever held in Schuylkill Haven.
June 3, 1880 - Committee on Decoration ceremonies reported a cash balance of sixty cents. Had committee collected on Friday night
more could have been done and something paid to the bands and paid the orator for his services. Motion carried that flags be
taken off the graves, thus rescinding the previous motion made to leave them on permanently. This motion was lost and a
committee on graves continued.
June 10, 1880 - Communication from the First Defenders of Pottsville inviting this Post to their fete on the 24th was read. Adjutant
was instructed to notify Post that we would attend but could not state the number until after
the next meeting. It was agreed that if the Post goes, each member bears his own expenses. It was moved that the Camp Fire
business be dropped. After discussion, motion was laid over until the next meeting.
June 17, 1880 - Camp Fire question was then brought up as unfinished business and after a lengthy discussion, a motion that the
same be dropped was adopted. The adjutant stated he had received one hundred tickets for the First Defender Fete at Pottsville
and as far as he could learn it was expected that we all pay fifty cents admission fee. The proposed visit was then, on motion,
June 18, 1880 - There has been a misunderstanding relative to a visit in Pottsville. It was here authoritatively stated that not only the
Post but its music would be feted and admitted free on Thursday next. It was moved and decided that the Post attend the Fete on
Thursday next. It was also agreed that Ehman's Band and the Citizen's Band be both invited to accompany us to Pottsville with the
understanding that we pay the fare for all the band members and nothing more.
July 1, 1880 - Ehman's Cornet Band extended an invitation to this Post to parade with them on Saturday, July 3rd at ten in the
morning. The motion was accepted.
July 15, 1880 - Comrade Irving Tyson reported one half of the flags on cemeteries torn and lost.
July 20, 1880 - It was moved that this Post hold a Camp Fire for three days during the month of September. It was ordered that
season tickets be printed and each ticket to entitle holder to the dancing floor during the season. A committee was ordered
appointed to see Godfrey Boyer to ask permission to go through Callowhill Street to the ground.
August 19, 1880 - The Board of Officers reported that the work on the Camp Fire ground had been inaugurated and one thousand
tickets had been ordered. A flying horse has been engaged form Mr. Graver, Post to have twenty five percent of gross receipts and
furnish cashier. Godfrey Boyer has given permission to drive through his field. Committee was ordered to see Godfrey Boyer and
ascertain on what terms the grounds could be leased.
August 26, 1880 - Committee reported that the grounds of Godfrey Boyer, known as the "Eck" have been leased for five years with a
privilege of ten at the rate of $25.00 per year. Mr. Boyer will have the privilege of removing an occasional tree or a load of sand but
not in any way to destroy the shade trees in the grove. Committee also reported having rented the grove by the Hancock Gun Club
of the West Ward for Friday, August 27th at twenty dollars for picnic purposes. Comrade Losch stated that no tents could be
procured from the State, but thought arrangements could be made through other sources.
September 9, 1880 - The Citizen's Band in a communication agreed to play at the Camp Fire on Friday the 17th. Adjutant reported
having received twenty five tents with flies and sent out hand bills all over the county and a large number of invitations.
September 16, 1880 - Pursuant to previous announcement and action the Jere Helms Post Number 26 went into Camp Fire in Boyer's
corner, now known as Grand Army Park with Commander Bast in command. On this day the organizations who visited the Camp Fire
in a body were - Ehman's Cornet Band and W. C. Number 47 P. O. S. A. Organizations who visited on September 17th were the
Citizen's Cornet Band and Brown's Black Horse Band of Wayne Township.
September 18, 1880 - The following bodies reported at headquarters: G. A. R. Post of Saint Clair, G. A. R. Post of Minersville,
Washington Artillerists of Pottsville, Pottsville Cornet Band and the G. A. R. of Pottsville.
September 19, 1880 - The Camp Fire was open to the public and in the afternoon Post Chaplain Levi B. Beckley delivered an able and
eloquent sermon to a large audience. The total receipts of the Camp Fire amounted to $1148.52. The total expenditures were
$1099.76 leaving a profit of $48.76.
September 30, 1880 - Membership on this date was 109.
January 20, 1881 - February 8th being our fourteenth anniversary, it was carried that a committee of three be appointed top consider
the practicality of having a street parade and an oration by Chaplain Beckley.
February 10, 1881 - Comrade Charles Maberry was ordered to furnish a good load of coal for our sick Comrade _____, who was in
real distress. Bill of $3.75 was ordered paid for same. It was moved and agreed upon that our Post Chaplain, the Reverend Levi B.
Beckley, be recommended to the President of the United States for the position of Chaplain of the U. S. Army.
March 3, 1881 - Death of Comrade John B. Martz was reported on February 27th in Philadelphia. The adjutant reported that the
funeral took place in Philadelphia. It was decided that a memorial meeting be held next Thursday evening to be specially devoted to
remarks in honor and memory of our deceased comrade.
April 7, 1881 - Adjutant was ordered to ascertain from Washington whether we are to receive headstones for our soldiers or not.
May 12, 1881 - Committee on Post's park reported that the dead horse is not removed and the same is becoming very offensive.
Committee was ordered appointed to erect a permanent bridge over the Schuylkill at the Post's park.
May 26, 1881 - It was decided to charge thirty dollars per day for the Post park for picnics of a general nature.
May 30, 1881 - Divine services attended in saint John's Reformed Church, Sunday evening, May 29th, for a sermon by Reverend J. O.
Johnson. Orator for Memorial Day was Comrade H. H. Brownmiller.
June 2, 1881 - It was agreed that the committee on permanent bridge be discharged and that motion to erect a permanent bridge be
rescinded. It was decided to rent the park to Mr. Koltz for two dollars per month permitted he keeps in but two sows and keeps
them out one day before a picnic and during a picnic.
June 23, 1881 - Ehman's Cornet Band extended an invitation to this Post to parade with them on July 4th. Invitation was accepted. It
was agreed that the Post have a Camp Fire August 10th through 14th.
July 7, 1881 - It was reported having received thirty dollars park rent from Ehman's Band for their picnic. Motion that Camp Fire
Committee be discharged was lost. After considerable discussion, Comrade J. F. Bast resigned from said committee and resignation
was accepted. Immediately thereafter Comrade J. Helms resigned and this was also accepted.
August 4, 1881 - It was decided to have Post attend Camp Fires at the Pottsville and Minersville Posts.
August 25, 1881 - Bill from W. C. Number 47, P. O. S. of A. amounting to fifty dollars, two years rent of Post room for years 1879 and
1880, was read and ordered paid.
September 1, 1881 - Quartermaster reported receipts at Camp Fire (including two picnics and United Brethren picnic, amounting to
sixty three dollars) to be $1085.85 and the total expenditures of $1022.51 leaving a balance of $63.34.
September 22, 1881 - Comrade Palsgrove moved that our flag be draped in mourning out of respect for our deceased President,
James A. Garfield.
December 15, 1881 - Comrade Irving Tyson reported that he had heard that some person had sold the little drum and referred to
Comrade Hill relative to the matter. Comrade indicated that such a thing would be almost impossible and referred to the adjutant,
Comrade James Helms. The adjutant in reply, intimated that if he did not consider Comrade Tyson's report a joke he would deem it a
direct insult, and since the drum was in his possession for repairs, he proposed to hold it until after the holidays, so that if it was
again broken, the Post would do it and not outsiders.
January 5, 1882 - Some items in the Quartermaster's report for expenditures for the Camp Fire were as follows: George Paule,
whiskey at $3.40; Sue Leader, groceries at $15.39; Elijah Emerich, hauling wood at $7.60; L. D. Kerschner, ice cream at $44.00; John C.
Ehman, confectionery at $40.00; Godfrey Boyer, use of field at $15.00; William D. Kline, provisions at $9.30; William Stitzer, police
service at $5.00; Jacob Roth, bologna and sausage at $7.50; Daniel stager, lamps at $3.46; Aulenbach and Son, porter and soft drinks
at $89.00; Charles Rettig, beer at $83.00; Jacob Ulmer, bacon at $7.98; A. L. Bohlmer, crackers at $10.45; Lorenz Schmidt, beer at
$44.00; George Dengler, printing at $9.00; John Freehafer, lumber at $132.00; J. H. Motzer, confectionery at $14.00; H. R. Sausser,
tinware at $12.19; Charles C. Witman, lemons at .90; Charles Palsgrove, cigars at $35.00; Charles Meck, ham and potatoes at $2.21; A.
P. Garrett, beer and peanuts at $23.20; Edward Lee, fetching beer at .50; James Larkin, demijohn at .50; William Killioan, cannonier at
$5.20; Samuel Buch, whiskey at $23.00;
Various amounts were paid for labor to: Lewis Boyer, Benjamin Neiman, J. H. Sterner, Elias Berger, Samuel Deibert, Edward Shoener,
D. Lloyd, Charles Miller, Henry Hill, William Guertler, George Boussum, F. Yeich, Isaac Berger, David Smith and Augustus Mellon,
January 19, 1882 - On motion the Post resolved to elect its officers for the year 1882 and owing to disturbance in the Post, caused by
a disorderly comrade, which caused many to retire, the Post Commander declared that the officers would be elected at our next
muster and announced the present muster closed in confusion, all caused by one comrade.
February 16, 1882 - Comrade L. B. Beckley stated that the platform bridge and all lumber at the park and belonging to this Post had
taken fire and was totally destroyed, amounting to about $660 but no damage done to the trees. It was moved that the Post offer a
reward of fifty dollars for the arrest and conviction of the party or parties who set fire to the lumber at the park.
February 23, 1882 - It was reported that Comrade Patrick Colligan came to his death at the Almshouse on February 23rd. It was
moved that the Post provide a military funeral on Sunday, February 26.
February 26, 1882 - Left the hall at one thirty headed by the Citizen's Band, who volunteered their services for the occasion and
faithfully performed their duty. Attended funeral of Patrick Colliagn. Comrades Charles Leib,
Fred Seidle and D. D. Biehl furnished martial music. Death of Comrade F. W. Snyder was reported . Comrades had visited the family
and found they had not the means to bury Comrade Snyder and committee had contracted with E. Ziegenfus for a coffin and shroud
for twenty five dollars.
February 28, 1882 - Left the hall at one thirty headed by the Citizen's Band to attend funeral of F. W. Snyder.
March 30, 1882 - Committee announce Post would hold a picnic on July 4th.
May 18, 1882 - Committee on graves reported having marked sixty five graves of deceased comrades and had conducted the placing
of the tombstones on some of the graves and that Jere Lautenbacher promises to have them all put up in their proper places for
Decoration Day. It was reported that Comrade Stitzer and others had contracted with Ferree and White to have an entertainment for
the benefit of the Post.
June 1, 1882 - Committee on decoration reports having attended to all their duties with all bills paid.
June 8, 1882 - Comrade Livingston Saylor asked to have a transfer card. His request was granted.
June 22, 1882 - Comrade C. E. Brown moved that the committee on rebuilding the park have full power to make the necessary
arrangements for reunion on July 4.
July 15, 1882 - Communication was received. It was moved and carried that the ladies who assisted at our camp fire were to have
the use of park free of charge for a picnic. It was also moved that hereafter all private picnics should be charged five dollars for the
use of the park.
July 13, 1882 - Comrade Lewis Berger moved that thirty dollars be the rent for the park for one day picnics for organizations or
parties that dance and sell beer and other drink.
August 3, 1882 - Comrade I. W. Tyson stated that the Post should have a camp fire next month. The citizens were in favor of having
the camp fire.
August 10, 1882 - Committee was appointed to make arrangements to attend camp fire at the Minersville Post. Committee was to get
a special train to take the Post in a body and also invite one of our bands to go with the Post. Committee on Camp Fire reported
having fixed September 15th and 16th for the camp fire.
August 17, 1882 - Comrade C. B. Palsgrove suggested that the Post have a parade in the streets of the borough Thursday next and
that Commander J. F. Bast have charge and Comrade Beckley be our leader and do the talking for the Post. Comrade Palsgrove
moved that the Post have drill one half hour after every meeting night after the camp fire.
September 14, 1882 - Committee on Camp Fire reported That they held a meeting at Comrade Ludwigs and had made arrangements
for the camp fire. It was decided that draft porter should be used from Lewis Roeder and only a small portion of bottled porter.
Comrade E. W. Frehafer was detailed to get tents not exceeding eight in number. Bids for ice cream stands were as follows: D.
Achenbach at $32.00; L. D. Kerschner at $31.00. ComradeSamuel Reifsnyder and wife were detailed for the cook stand. Comrade
William Rephard was detailed to take charge of teams entering the park. D. Achenbach was awarded the bid for the ice cream stand.
September 21, 1882 - It was reported that D. Achenbach asked for a reduction on his ice cream stating that he had not made
expenses. It was moved that Mr. Achenbach be held at his original proposal. It was moved to amend by paying $25 instead of $32.
The amended and the original motions were carried. It was moved that the adjutant be instructed to collect $25.00 from the Citizen's
Cornet Band for use of the park for a picnic.
September 28, 1882 - Bill of fifteen dollars was presented for the Citizen's Band for services rendered on September 15 and also a
bill for six dollars for tickets for the band to go to Minersville with the Post on September 26.
December 28, 1882 - Comrade William Eckert moved that all comrades who are in arrears on the books stand suspended.
January 4, 1883 - Motion carried that the motion in the sinking fund be deposited in the Pennsylvania National Bank of Pottsville.
February 15, 1883 - Invitations from Camp 47, P. O. S. of A. to participating on February 22 was accepted and special committee
appointed. Committee on supper reported they had made a contract with Mr. Mellot for fifty
cents per comrade for supper, which was approved and the committee instructed to provide for thirty comrades and to limit the
extra refreshments to ten dollars.
May 31, 1883 - The quartermaster reported the amount collected for Decoration Day at $26.74 and the amount expended at $23.80.
Reverend H. Cleveland was paid twelve dollars for his oration and expenses.
June 14, 1883 - Committee was appointed to procure a band and make all arrangements to parade in Pottsville on July 4th.
June 21, 1883 - Committee on Fourth of July parade at Pottsville reported that they had secured a band and hoped to have fifty
comrades in the parade.
August 30, 1883 - Officers of the Post were directed to make arrangements for a picnic if they deem practical to hold one in
September 6, 1883 - Death of Comrade William Hain was reported. He died on August 25th at the Soldier's Home in Dayton, Ohio.
October 11, 1883 - Committee was instructed to remove the lumber in the C. A. R. park to some suitable place and sell the same to
the best advantage and to throw up the lease. Membership of Post is at sixty two.
October 25, 1883 - Bill to cover expense of removing lumber from the park to the amount of $8.18 was ordered paid. A bill of $32.00
for Ehman's Cornet Band for parading with Post in Pottsville on July 4th was ordered paid. Lumber sold amounted to $60.26 and
money received to date at $37.30.
December 6, 1883 - John A, DeFrehn was reported suffering with a crushed arm.
December 20, 1883 - Post Commander declared forty one different members of the Post dropped for nonpayment of dues. (Evidently
the Post Commander's orders were not complied with because records show that before he issued these orders the membership
totaled sixty two and at six month periods for the next two years, it remained at sixty two)
January 3, 1884 - A lively discussion ensued relative to the Post having a supper on its anniversary evening in February. The
committee named for this purpose consisted of Dr. O. P. Piper, J. K. Helms and William Tyson.
January 24, 1884 - Committee on supper reported that they had concluded to drop the matter and to visit Gowen Post Number 23 at
Pottsville instead. It was decided to visit Minersville Post at a later date. Total worth of the Post is $711.92.
February 28, 1884 - Comrade Samuel Hoffman presented to the Post a solid shot which was thankfully received by the Post and the
council of administration was instructed to have the name of the donor and that of the Post painted on it.
April 3, 1884 - Committee on music for Memorial Day reported they had engaged music at one dollar per head. Relief Committee
reported Daniel Martz still sick but slowly improving. No night watch required at this time.
April 17, 1884 - Committee on music reported having engaged Mr. Eiler's band for one dollar per head. The band is to consist of no
less than twelve and no more than fifteen men.
April 24, 1884 - Comrade Charles E. Brown then very appropriately addressed the members present, dwelling in length upon the
flourishing condition of the Post and the good will and sympathy of the citizens toward the Post.
May 1, 1884 - Petition from the Grand Army Post at Boston was received, asking the Jere Helms Post to sign the petition to be
presented to the Congress to give each soldier who served sixty days in the Army or Navy during the late war eight dollars pension
May 22, 1884 - Comrade I. W. Tyson reported that we with Comrade J. A. DeFrehn would paint the fence enclosing the soldier's lot in
the cemetery provided the Post would furnish the material.
May 30, 1884 - A detail of comrades and little girls proceeded to Saint Ambrose cemetery and decorated the five graves there. The
parade column was then headed by Eiler's Band and the Post's new colors, also twenty two members of the Post. The ladies'
committee accompanied by eighty little boys and girls and sixty members of the Sons of America in full regalia also made a splendid
appearance. Attorney R. H. Koch was orator for the day. Seventy one graves were decorated. More than eight hundred citizens
attended the ceremonies at the cemetery.
June 5, 1884 - Committee on flags reported that two flags, one for parade purposes and one to be used in the camp, had been
purchased and turned over to the Post as their property, the same having been paid for by citizens of Schuylkill Haven. A motion
carried to extend a vote of thanks to Mrs. F. W. Berger for making street flag for the Post.
July 17, 1884 - Adjutant reported having expended $1.10 for a deserving soldier and his family.
October 2, 1884 - Membership of Post is sixty one. Order was granted to the P. O. S. of A. for nine months hall rent amounting to
October 30, 1884 - At this point a recess was declared and attorney G. H. Gerber was admitted and reported that his client, Comrade
_____ had left sufficient funds in his hands to pay the outstanding orders and that he had given ample security for the balance due
the Post by him. This affected a complete settlement of the Post's claim against the said Comrade, an officer of the Post.
December 4, 1884 - Officers elected were: Commander F. W. Berger, Vice Commander Peter Paul, Vice Commander John Meck,
Quartermaster Samuel Hoffman, Surgeon O. P. Piper, Chaplain Moses Eveley, Officer of the Day August Mellon and Officer of the
Guards Jerome Hoffman.
December 11, 1884 - Comrade James K. Helms was reported sick and required night watch for Thursday and Friday evenings this
week. Comrades Brown and Berger volunteered for Thursday night and Comrades Mellon and Hoffman for Friday night.
Communication was received from Comrade _____ at the National Military Home in Dayton Ohio, asking the indulgence of the Post in
regard to his dues, stating that he will pay up as soon as possible.
January 22, 1885 - It was reported regarding our late quartermaster that owing to unavoidable circumstances, he was unable to meet
the $318 note falling due on this date and asking that a three month reloan be granted. After some discussion a motion carried that
Comrade _____ be notified that if he will pay the $228 note due November 28, 1884, by next Thursday evening, the Post will grant his
request for a reloan of three months at six percent interest with good security.
February 12, 1885 - It was reported that seventy five dollars had been collected on the note of Comrade _____. It was decided to
have a supper at the expense of the Post at the home of Quartermaster Samuel Hoffman next Thursday evening.
February 26, 1885 - Committee reported all arrangements for supper had been made and that supper could be furnished to sixty to
seventy. It was decided that the ladies eat first and a committee was appointed to proceed
to the home of Comrade Samuel Hoffman and inform the ladies of this fact. The committee returned and reported that the ladies
declined to accept the proposition and unanimously agreed that the Comrades eat first.
The Post then closed its business session and proceeded to the home of Samuel Hoffman where one of the most enjoyable times
that this Post ever had took place. There were in attendance sixty five, including the wives of the comrades. After the supper the
Comrades enjoyed themselves by relating was experiences and singing. The cost of the supper was twenty four dollars.
March 5, 1885 - A bill was submitted for spears belonging to Schuylkill Commandery and in possession of this Post since Grant's
reception, the amount being $4.59. Membership of the Post is fifty two.
May 30, 1885 - Eiler's Cornet Band headed the parade with fifteen men. The Post had thirty nine Comrades with the new and the old
colors of the Post. Reverend Rinker delivered the address and Professor Schwenk and Charles Leib with their splendid army of
choristers furnished the vocal music. Reverend Hershey had the opening prayer and benediction. Eighty one graves were
June 4, 1885 - Committee having reported paid all expenses for Decoration Day with $2.70 left over. On motion, two dollars was put
in the bank in the widows and orphans fund.
July 30, 1885 - The Post was then presented with a life sized picture of Jere Helms, the drummer boy of Company C, who was killed at
the Battle of Antietam after whom the Post was named. The picture was presented by P. D. Helms, his brother and a member of Post
23. The presentation speech was made by Comrade Schalk of Post 23. It was responded to by Levi Beckley on behalf of the Post
and also by Comrades C. E. Brown, August Mellon and J. K. Helms.
August 6, 1885 - A motion carried that at the next muster of the Post, twenty minutes be allowed to any of the Comrades who wish to
eulogize on the death of General Grant.
September 3, 1885 - Comrade Levi B. Beckley delivered a eulogy on the late General U. S. Grant.
October 4, 1885 - Membership is at sixty eight. A resolution containing many high sounding phrases was introduced as follows:
Whereas, Comrade ____ and Comrade _____, delegates elect of this Post, attended the semiannual convocation of the department
convention held at Gettysburg quite recently on their individual responsibility, without any intimation from this Post as to their
attendance or nonattendance at said convocation, and they, the said Comrades, upon their return having claimed indemnification,
which demand had not been luxuriantly gratified, nor even reluctantly bestowed, owing without doubt to an unprofitable precedent
it would establish, the following resolutions, of predetermination are hereby after mature deliberations enacted for future guidance
of all concerned. (Resolutions not printed)
October 8, 1885 - A motion carried owing to the fact that the majority of our members are boatmen and are at this time as a general
thing out of town following their occupation, that we adjourn to meet October 29th.
November 12, 1885 - Comrades discussed general order number 22 stating that while we were not a beneficial organization nor a
political organization, yet we were bound as soldiers to stand by and support one another, politics not excepted.
December 17, 1885 - Membership of the Post is sixty seven.
January 21, 1886 - After regular business, comrades adjourned to the home of Past Commander F. W. Berger, where they were
splendidly entertained by the host and his wife until eleven o'clock, when the boys all quietly repaired to their homes well pleased
with the admirable hospitality of the Past Commander.
January 28, 1886 - After remarks by several of the comrades relative to the future prosperity of the Post, the comrades adjourned to
the home of Quartermaster Samuel Hoffman, where they were splendidly entertained by the comrade and his wife. The comrades in
turn related some of their war experiences, sang songs and enjoyed themselves as only soldiers can.
February 11, 1886 - Communication received from Muncy, Pennsylvania, asking for aid for a comrade of that Post who lost his all by
fire on January 23. An order for two dollars was granted as a donation, also a communication from John A. Rosch Post Number 385
asking aid for the support of a fair to be held February 17 through February 20. The adjutant was instructed to communicate with
_____ requesting him to make settlement with the Post for one year's interest on $300 still due the Post.
February 18, 1886 - Communication from Post at Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania asking for aid for a comrade in distress. Comrade Henry
Hill was appointed a committee of one to collect among the comrades and send the same to the committee. J. K. Helms then stated
that he as one of the committee on February 22 from W. C. Number 47 requested the Post to turn out a guard of honor on that day.
On motion of Henry Hill, the request of the committee was complied with.
March 4, 1886 - Communication was received relative to Post's procuring copies of tactics for the purpose of drilling the comrades
for the purpose of parading on the street and funerals.
March 11, 1886 - Comrade William Leffler, who had been ill some time, died Monday, March 8th at four o'clock and was buried March
10th with military honors of this Post. Communications from Comrade Adam DeLong stating that he was in a dying condition and
requested that some of the comrades come to see him before it was too late. Comrade I. W. Tyson and Comrade Henry Hill were
appointed to attend to the matter as soon as possible. A bill form the Schuylkill Haven Drum Corps for music at the funeral of
Comrade William Leffler was ordered paid at three dollars.
March 18, 1886 - Comrade Henry Hill reported that he had visited Comrade Adam DeLong and found him in a dying condition and his
request was that when he died he be buried with military honors on his lot in Schuylkill Haven. Comrade Hill promised this would be
attended to. Comrade Helms was then instructed to communicate with the Post at Reading concerning the arrangements to be made
with the County Commissioners of Berks County for the interment of soldiers, in case of the death of Adam DeLong. Dr. C. Lenker
and Patrick Savage, applicants for enlistment were balloted for and declared elected by the Post Commander.
April 1, 1886 - A comrade proposed to the Post that he would like to loan either $150 or $250 on first mortgage, stating that they
should have at least $300 bearing interest. He was granted $150 at five percent interest for one year. J. K. Helms was appointed to
make the necessary papers.
April 8, 1886 - Comrade L. B. Beckley made a report to the Post of Comrade J. K. Helms and himself visiting Comrade DeLong whom
they found in a dying condition and very poor financially. They gave him five dollars. An order was granted for $7.64 in favor of J. K.
Helms and Beckley for their bill to Tuckerton and including five dollars donated.
April 15, 1886 - L. B. Beckley reported that he had visited Comrade DeLong on Sunday and found him very low and says that he can
not live long. He gave him a bottle of brandy, some oranges and lemons. He presented a bill for the above including carfare,
amounting to $2.13. An order was drawn for this amount. A communication from James Rickenbach stating that he had been to see
Comrade DeLong and he had requested this Post to send him a horse to assist his wife in waiting on him. After remarks by some of
the comrades, it was concluded to hold off at least another week.
April 22, 1886 - Adam DeLong died since our last muster and Sunday next, April 25th, is the day appointed for the funeral. Comrade
Helms then made this report in regard to arrangements that had been made for the funeral. He stated he had been to Tuckerton and
presented a bill for $2.18 for carfare. The Post Commander then appointed pall bearers and a firing squad. The committee for
Decoration Day was appointed. Post Commander also stated he wished all the comrades to meet at the hall at 11:00 a. m. on Sunday
to be ready for the 11:29 train fro the funeral.
April 25, 1886 - Comrade Adam DeLong's funeral took place today, there being forty three members of this Post in line. Chaplain
Beckley held the services at the grave which were very impressive. The hymn, "Nearer My God To Thee", was then rendered by
Comrade J. A. DeFrehn assisted by several of the comrades. After the ceremonies, the firing squad formed line and proceeded to
the hall, where they were dismissed.
May 20, 1886 - Comrade Helms stated he had been to Reading and succeeded in collecting eight dollars as an over plus in the Adam
DeLong funeral appropriation of $35.00 from the Berks County Commissioners. He turned the same over to the Post and also
presented a bill for $1.50 for expenses to Reading and return.
May 27, 1886 - Comrade John H. Motzer was reported suffering with a broken leg for the last four weeks.
May 29, 1886 - This being Memorial day, the Post left at 1:30 for the purpose of decorating the soldiers' graves at the different
cemeteries. Eighty seven graves were decorated. The column moved at two o'clock sharp, headed by a band of music and W. C.
Number 47, P. O. S. of A. with sixty two members. Next was the ladies' committee with Mrs. Augustus Mellon as chairlady and about
sixty little boys and girls carrying baskets of flowers. Next a band and the Jere Helms Post with thirty members. At the cemetery,
reverend O. H. Strunck delivered the oration, after which the decoration ceremonies were attended to. A photographer was present
and he photographed the members of the Post, the ladies committee and the little boys and girls and W. C. Number 47. This day was
pronounced the largest of any ever held in Schuylkill Haven.
June 3, 1886 - Communication from Schuylkill Commandery Number 1 asking this Post to participate in a parade on Monday July 5th.
A committee consisting of Lewis Boyer, John Minnig and S. Hoffman were appointed to make arrangements for a turnout of the Post
June 17, 1886 - Communication from George F. Steahlin of Orwigsburg, informing the Post of the death of Comrade Byerley who will
be buried on Sunday and also that Comrade Beckley officiate at house and grave and also the Post come in a body and furnish a
firing squad. The Commander appointed F. E. Bubeck, S. Baumburger, S. Hartranft, Levi Rubright, William Killian, Moses Evely, John
Minnig and Lewis Boyer as a firing squad and the quartermaster was then instructed to attend to procuring conveyances to take the
committee to Orwigsburg.
June 20, 1886 - Post met at hall for purpose of attending funeral of Comrade Byerley. Arrived at Orwigsburg and were met by the
cornet band. Post then fell in line and proceeded to the house of the deceased, from whence we proceeded to the cemetery.
Chaplain Beckley delivered the sermon at the grave in a very appropriate style acknowledged by all present as one of the best
orations ever delivered at Orwigsburg and reflected great credit to Post Number 26 G. A. R. Forty two members of the Post were in
line. This funeral was acknowledged by the citizens of Orwigsburg as being the largest ever witnessed in that place and reflects
great credit on Post Number 26 G. A. R.
June 24, 1886 - The following orders were drawn on the Quartermaster: ten dollars to Elijah Emerich for team hire for funeral of
Comrade Byerley; $3.55 for per capita tax on seventy one members; $2.50 donation to Chaplain Beckley for services at funerals of
several comrades. This donation was given contrary to his wishes, by a unanimous consent of the Post. Comrade Helms then
addressed the Post relative to his trip to the soldiers' home in Dayton, Ohio. His remarks were received with pleasure by the Post.
July 29, 1886 - Motion was made and carried that Comrade J. K. Helms be appointed as a committee of one to see to getting suitable
places for deceased comrade Adam DeLong's children.
November 4, 1886 - Samuel Reifsnyder died on November 1st and was buried at Reading on November 3rd. Post commander was
informed of his death and that all arrangements for the funeral had been made. A motion was made by Comrade Helms that an order
for ten dollars be drawn on the Quartermaster for the widow of William Byerley at Orwigsburg for coal. An order for ten dollars was
also drawn for the widow of Comrade DeLong to be placed in the hands of Squire Roan at Leesport for the use of her children to
procure shoes for the winter.
December 2, 1886 - Comrade James K. Helms as a committee of one to attend to the DeLong orphans, reports that he has seen them
and finds them in a poor condition and has given them temporary relief and also that he is making arrangements to have them taken
to the soldiers' orphans home at an early day.
December 30, 1886 - Comrade I. W. Tyson stated that owing to the fact that our funds for the year were running low, he proposed to
serve as adjutant of the Post for one year free of charge. The announcement was received with pleasure by the Post and a
unanimous rising vote of thanks to Comrade Tyson was given.
January 27, 1887 - Comrade J. A. DeFrehn reported Comrade William Killian suffering with a sore foot by treading on a nail. Comrade
Summers was also reported suffering with rheumatism. Comrade DeFrehn stated another comrade desired a loan of $15.00 for six
months. Comrade Hill then made a motion the request be granted.
February 17, 1887 - Death of Comrade August Geager reported, died since our last muster. Post Commander stated that the funeral
of our late Comrade Geager would take place on Sunday and requests that all comrades attend the funeral. Post Commander
detailed Henry Hill to take charge of the firing squad on that day. A communication from W. C. Number 47 P. O. S. of A. inviting us to
participate in a parade on February 22nd.
February 24, 1887 - The committee appointed to draft resolution relative to the representative of this district in regard to the
President's veto of the late pension bill report that they have attended to their duty, on motion of the committee, were discharged.
March 17, 1887 - The Post Commander addressed the Post relative to his visit to Post Number 140 in Shamokin, stating that while
they by far excelled us in point of grandeur of Post room, that they are far behind us in charity.
March 24, 1887 - Communication from Comrade George Steahlin of Orwigsburg informing this Post that the soldiers buried at that
place were supplied with headstones. Comrade Shappell from Friedensburg reports three unmarked graves. George W. Raber
being present, made application for his transfer card as he intended to move to Reading. The request was granted but he will,
however, make application through McClean Post. The comrade favored the Post with "The Star Spangled Banner" which he sang in
German and was received with a hip and hooray by the Post.
March 31, 1887 - The Commander ordered a correction of the minutes of previous muster in regards to unknown soldiers graves at
Orwigsburg. He stated he had been to Orwigsburg and found two unmarked graves there.
April 21, 1887 - Comrade L. B. Beckley addressed the Post relative to the hard times in Schuylkill Haven and cheered the comrades
and told them not to be despondent but to keep up good heart and all will come out right.
May 12, 1887 - The chairman of committee of graves, Comrade I. W. Tyson reported that there are eighty eight graves to decorate.
May 30, 1887 - This being Memorial day, the Post assembled at the hall for the purpose of decorating the graves on the different
cemeteries. The line of march was taken up at 1:45. The following bands were in line: Cadet Silver Cornet Band and Brown's Rock
Station Cornet Band. Post Commander L. B. Beckley delivered the oration which was listened to and appreciated by at least five
June 30, 1887 - Membership of Post is sixty members.
August 18, 1887 - The adjutant reported that James Butler, the late S. V. C. of the Post had died since our last muster and was buried
in Leesport with military honors on Sunday, August 14th. The Quartermaster then presented a bill for $1.92 for excursion tickets to
Pottsville on July 4th and the Post ordered it paid. Also a bill for $18.20 for twenty excursion tickets to Leesport at .91 each. The bill
for the funeral of Comrade Butler was received and order drawn for this amount. Comrade C. E. Brown made a motion, seconded by
I. W. Tyson that Commander Helms proceed to make arrangements to take the Butler orphans to the Soldiers' Orphans' School.
September 1, 1887 - Post Commander appointed the following detail to be a permanent firing squad in case of funerals: John E.
Bubeck, Lewis Boyer, Samuel Baumberger, William Killian, Moses Evely, Benjamin Neiuman, John Minnig and Samuel Hartranft.
September 29, 1887 - Commander Patrick Savage, a member of the Post was reported dead. He was buried on Saturday in Saint
Ambrose Cemetery by the almshouse authorities under the direction and supervision of the Catholic priest at this place. No
expense to the Post.
October 6, 1887 - Comrade Brown stated that E. W. Thomas had donated powder and caps for funeral of Milton Williams, a member of
this Post. A rising vote of thanks was tendered for the same.
October 28, 1887 - A communication from the Rainbow Hose Company, inviting the Post to participate in a parade on the 10th or 11th
of this month. Post Commander and adjutant were instructed to inform the secretary of the hose company, that we would, if
possible, turn out a squad.
November 11, 1887 - Committee then reported the widow of Comrade _____ here, and would like this Post to give her some little
assistance but as she was considered in good circumstances, Comrade S. A. Losch then made a motion that Comrade Bubeck be
instructed to inform Mrs. _____ of the depleted state of the treasury and it was utterly impossible to grant relief unless in case of
November 24, 1887 - Comrade S. H. Hartranft made a motion that in as much as Mrs. _____ had repeatedly said
to the comrades that the Post had taken the dollar for reinstatement of our late Comrade _____ while on his deathbed, and now
refused to give her aid, that under the circumstances the dollar be refunded. An order was accordingly granted in favor of this.
December 1, 1887 - F. D. Burket who was reported sick at our last meeting, died on Friday morning, November 25th and was buried
on the soldiers' lot on Sunday, November 27th. This was one of the largest funerals this Post ever had. At least five hundred were
present on the cemetery besides the delegations from Gowen Post Number 23 with seventy five members, accompanied by their
Post guard and drum corps. Also a delegation of fifteen from Lawrence Post Number 17 of Minersville and a delegation from Jere
Helms Post with fifty members and drum corps and firing squad. Deceased comrade was a charter member of this Post and was the
second Post Commander.
April 26, 1888 - Chairman stated Reverend James M. Cuthrie had been engaged to deliver the oration while the Washington cadet
Band of Rock, would as usual, furnish the music at the Memorial Day exercises. The Orwigsburg comrades expressed the desire to
have the Post interest itself in the Memorial day exercises in said town. The mater was held under advisement, they, the comrades,
craving time for consultation and deliberation.
June 28, 1888 - Invitation was received from W. C. Number 47, P. O. S. of A. asking the Post to participate as usual in the celebration
in honor of the 112th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
September 28, 1888 - Comrade Jerome Hoffman was reported as having died since last meeting, date of death, September 10th, date
of funeral, September 14th.
December 6, 1888 - Comrade John H. Minnig moved as follows: That a vote of thanks be tendered to the parties who have so kindly
furnished the powder from time to time at the burial of deceased soldiers. The motion was seconded and unanimously adopted.
December 13, 1888 - Adjutant reported the use of the muskets for Levi Rubright's funeral, he being a soldier, approved.
December 27, 1888 - Membership of Post stands at sixty five.
May 30, 1889 - Post met at 1:30, formed with twenty five comrades, with Junior O. U. A. M., thirty members and with the school
children proceeded to the cemetery, where the decoration ceremonies were gone through with, when a rain storm came up and
drove all away helter skelter. Thus ended Decoration Day.
October 3, 1889 - It was reported that Mrs. Byerly was dead and that she was the last of the 1812 widows and that there should at
least be a committee appointed to attend the funeral. It was reported that George Bousman, a former comrade, was dead and would
be buried on Sunday. Comrades volunteered to attend the funeral.
November 7, 1889 - Death of George Knarr, once a comrade of the Post, was reported.
December 5, 1889 - Officers elected were: Commander, P. B. Helms; Vice Commander, Moses Evely; Vice Commander, John Meck;
Surgeon, C. Lenker; Chaplain, L. B. Beckley; Quartermaster, A. P. Garret; Officer of the Day, J. E. Bubeck; Officer of the Guard, E. W.
Frehaffer; Representative, S. A. Losch; Alternate, S. Hartranft. Committee appointed to get up an entertainment to raise money for
the soldier's monument at Pottsville. Membership stands at forty seven.
May 29, 1890 - Motion carried that the circulars and papers sent here by Census Superintendent Porter be returned with the
contempt of the Post, in as much as this Post has been ignored in the appointing of census enumerators for this town.
May 30, 1890 - Orator Comrade Charles B. Palsgrove. Chairman of Committee S. A. Losch. Music furnished by the Black Horse
June 5, 1890 - Letter from P. O. S. of A. asking Post to participate in July Fourth parade. Accepted. Memorial Day committee reported
having collected enough money to pay all expenses and turned over a balance of $1.55. Committee on musical reported a net profit
November 13, 1890 - The adjutant was instructed to notify all comrades that a resolution was offered to move the Post to Orwigsburg
and that final vote would be taken November 27.
November 27, 1890 - Action was taken on the removal of the Post to Orwigsburg, which was declared lost by the Post Commander.
December 31, 1890 - Motion carried that this Post visit Orwigsburg Saturday, January 10th, provided there is good sleighing. Motion
carried to draw an order of $25.00 in favor of C. B. Palsgrove for twenty five guesses in the guessing bee for the soldier's monument
in Pottsville in the name of the Jere Helms Post.
January 8, 1891 - Motion carried that all delinquent comrades too poor to pay their dues be squared on the books, provided they
make their application in person to the Post.
January 15, 1891 - The following applications for membership in the Post of Orwigsburg men were received: David C. Brown, William
H. Meck, Franklin Ragel, David Meck, John Seifert, William Trout, Thomas Hoy, Charles Haeseler and John Bachman. The committee
to investigate the applications was composed of Edward Shoener, Jacob Gangloff and T. J. Reed. Candidates were all elected. As
these comrades are all from Orwigsburg, it was decided that this Post hold an informal meeting in the Arcadian Hall, Saturday
evening, January 17th, for the purpose of mustering the candidates and that the Post go in a body.
February 12, 1891 - Comrade Charles B. Palsgrove as chairman of the committee on lecture reported that the entertainment was a
success and turned over to the Post a net total of $52.95.
April 16, 1891 - Committee on entertainment in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the G. A. R. reported they had attended to their
duties and that the entertainment was a grand success.
May 30, 1891 - Graves on Saint Ambrose decorated at 10:00. Afternoon parade began at 1:30 o'clock with the Black Horse Band of
twenty pieces in line and thirty four of Company F, Fourth Regiment, N. G. P. Forty two men of the Sons of America, children and
teachers of the public schools under the command of Professor H. Day Gise, Professor J. L. Stauffer, 120 in number; Orwigsburg
Band of eighteen pieces, forty three men of the Junior O. U. A. M.; Jere Helms Post under command of August Mellon, thirty men.
The orator of the day was Alfonso H. Farrim, Esquire of Pottsville.
September 17, 1891 - Invitation received from Gowen Post inviting Post to participate in the unveiling of the Soldier's Monument on
October 1. Committee appointed to secure music for the occasion.
September 24, 1891 - Committee reported that the Orwigsburg Band would play for two dollars a man and expenses and that there
were twenty four members in the band. Motion carried to engage the band for the monument parade in Pottsville.
October 8, 1891 - Post Commander reported that he had the Adjutant, I. W. Tyson, detailed as one of the four maimed veterans to
assist in the unveiling of the Soldier's Monument in Pottsville. The Post Commander, S. A. Losch and past Post Commander, P. D.
Helms, served as aides on the staff of General J. K. Siegfried, Chief Marshal, during the parade. This was a special honor to the
Jere Helms Post. The Post had forty two men in line and was headed by the Orwigsburg Band. Elias Berger, David Raudenbush and
William D. Guertler, the three Andersonville prisoners, carried the old colors of the Post and were cheered along the entire route.
October 15, 1891 - Death of Augustus Mellon. Buried today with military honors. This was one of the saddest as well as the best
conducted funerals this Post has ever had. The Post turned out twenty six men under command of S. A. Losch. The firing squad was
under command of Post Quartermaster A. P. Garrett. The address at the grave was made by Post Chaplain L. B. Beckley.
October 18, 1891 - A portion of the resolutions adopted on the death of Augustus Mellon were as follows: Resolved that this Post
recognizes in the death of Comrade Mellon, the loss of one who as a friend was ever faithful, honest and true; who as a soldier in
the late war served as Corporal, sergeant Orderly sergeant and finally as Lieutenant of Company C, 50th Regiment, P. V. V. He
served with gallantry, bearing conspicuous part in battle for soldierly ability, was daring and fearless throughout the struggle until
we ended our first and ever to be our last Civil war and folded our tattered banners forever. As a soldier he was a warrior, as a
civilian he was a peacemaker. In every sphere of life he occupied, whether in his daily avocation, soldier or civilian, whether as
husband, father, or friend, Comrade Mellon's record was ever loyal, faithful and true. We love honor and cherish his memory. To his
widow and children our hearts go out in fondest sympathy.
December 31, 1891 - The adjutant was instructed to notify Conshohocken Post that this Post has attended to the funeral of Joseph
Rupp on Christmas Day, December 25th, burying him with full military honors. Membership of Post at this time is fifty five.
February 4, 1892 - Commander reported death of Henry Christian, a member of the Post, who died since our last meeting and was
buried on February 2. Communication was received from the Rainbow Hose Company inviting the Post to participate in a parade on
April 21, 1892 - A communication from the Grant L. Infantry Company of Schuylkill Haven asking to loan fifteen muskets on Monday
evening for the purpose of drilling their officers was read. Motion carried in as much as we have not the number asked for, we loan
them ten muskets.
May 26, 1892 - Death of Comrade James Conlin, a member of this Post was reported.
June 2, 1892 - Communication from the Junior Cadet Company of town requested a contribution from this Post. An order of $2.00
June 30, 1892 - Communication from Grant L. Infantry asking Post to participate in a parade July 4th was accepted. Post had a
membership of sixty members at this time.
October 20, 1892 - Comrade C. B. Palsgrove, as chairman on Columbus Day celebration, reports that in as much as the principal of
our public schools had the matter in hand and that as yet he, the said principal, had not notified the committee of any program or
arrangement of any kind, the committee would respectfully report progress. An invitation was received by the Post to take part in
the ceremonies and parade of the 7th Cavalry reunion to be held at Orwigsburg on October 25th.
January 19, 1893 - Committee appointed to take into consideration the formation of a paid firing squad or Post guard.
January 26, 1893 - Motion carried to have the Post form and maintain a Post guard or firing squad.
February 9, 1893 - Communication was received from the G. A. R. World's Fair Entertainment Company of Harvey, Illinois. This
company proposed to entertain comrades for four consecutive days at such time as comrades may choose, during the continuance
of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, said entertainment each day includes breakfast, supper, lodging and a first class
railroad ticket over the Illinois Central Railroad to and from gates of said exposition. The said company will have excellent barracks
provided for this purpose and the terms to be $1.50 per day. That all comrades dropped for being $1.20 in arrears, be reinstated to
membership by the payment of $1.00. A bill amounting to .75 cents for refreshments furnished on the 13th, by Comrade Peter
Stanton, was on motion ordered paid.
March 13, 1893 - Death of Comrade James M. Carr was reported. He died on March 10th. Music for the funeral was furnished by
Messrs. Derr of Pottsville, Joseph W. Tyson and Comrade Leib. The Post attended the ceremonies and escorted the funeral
March 30, 1893 - The aged widow of the late _____, was reported as being imposed upon relative to her tenancy and being almost
helpless, should have the surveillance of the Post. After some remarks, it was, on motion, agreed that a committee of three be
appointed to act in conjunction with the Commander to look up the matter and have Widow _____ duly protected in accordance with
April 6, 1893 - Motion carried that the oration or orator be dispensed with on Decoration Day and the Post strictly adhere to the
ceremony as laid down in the ritual.
April 13, 1893 - The committee on Junior Cadets reported favorable progress.
May 11, 1893 - Adjutant was instructed to secure one hundred memorial flags. Committee of five comrades of Orwigsburg was
appointed to attend to the decoration ceremonies in that borough. Comrades appointed were: George Stehlin, Edward Shoener, T.
J. Reed, W. C. Cramas and F. S. Brown.
May 25, 1893 - It was agreed to invite Mrs. Augustus Mellon to take charge of the children on Decoration day. She to select her lady
May 30, 1893, Memorial Day - Post met for parade and decoration at 1:30 p. m. Parade column moved to Dock Street where a halt was
made to get the girls with sashes in proper order. Graves were decorated in Saint James Cemetery and then on Union Cemetery.
Graves were strewn with flowers. Eiler's Band furnished the music. Parade column then returned to Dock Street, thence to
Broadway in the West Ward and thence to Saint Ambrose's Cemetery where the graves were also decorated.
June 29, 1893 - Widow _____ asked for a tombstone for her husband, the late Comrade _____. The adjutant was instructed to write to
Washington and have one secured. Comrade S. A. Losch moved that a committee be appointed to procure and secure Metamora
Hall to hold a fair.
July 27, 1893 - A special meeting of the Post was called for the purpose of attending the funeral of Comrade James K. Helms, who
died July 23rd. Comrade Helms served the Post as adjutant for quite a number of years. The last meeting of the Post at which he
officiated as the adjutant was June 29, 1893. Beautiful resolutions were adopted but the minutes give no details of his funeral.
October 5, 1893 - Motion carried to hold a fair in Metamora Hall on Christmas week. Comrade S. A. Losch was appointed a committee
to formulate plans.
October 19, 1893 - Motion carried that members of this Post who served on the several firing squads previous to this date be paid
fifty cents each for each funeral and that they be given credit on the books for the amount due them and that they hereafter, be
given credit of an equal amount for attending each funeral. Death of Comrade John Meck was reported under date of October 26.
On motion of Comrade Losch, Chaplain L. B. Beckley be given credit on the books the full amount of his dues annually and that the
Post present him with one of its badges. The Post Commander, Charles Palsgrove, then called Chaplain Beckley before the altar,
when in a few well timed and appropriate remarks, he presented him with a badge. The Chaplain upon receiving the same replied in
a very feeling and pathetic manner.
January 4, 1894 - The following appears on the minutes: To the Officers and Comrades of Jere Helms Post, Number 26, G. A. R.,
Greeting: As our principles and objects are common with each other and you have been tried in the fiery furnace of the Rebellion
and found true to those principles, and we are yet to be proven, we might fitly call you Fathers, the starry flag of our noble and
mighty country, which you have saved even at the risk of your own lives, from being trampled upon, we will forever defend and
preserve it untarnished for future generations. We hold the name G. A. R. in reverence and are at all times willing and ready to
assist you in any way. And now, in behalf of W. C. Number 47, P. O. S. of A., I accept this beautiful hanging lamp which you have
presented us through your adjutant, I. W. Tyson, by a few very appropriate remarks. We will at all times speak of it with pride as a gift
from your Post. Truly yours, J. C. Paxson, Recording Secretary.
January 18, 1894 - S. A. Losch, Chairman on Committee on Fair, reported total receipts of $700.41, expenditures of $346.00 and profit
February 1, 1894 - Trustees were instructed to invest $500 either in county or municipal bonds.
February 22, 1894 - This being Washington's Birthday, patriotic addresses were made by Comrades Beckley, Losch and Palsgrove.
"Marching Through Georgia" was sung by Comrade Charles P. Leib. The comrades present joining in the chorus, thus passed one
of the most pleasant hours that this Post has had for a long time.
March 8, 1894 - A loan of $300 was granted to one of the Comrades upon his furnishing a judgement bond.
June 1, 1894 - A vote of thanks was extended to D. C. Henning(* this may have been Judge Henning of the Schuylkill County Court),
Reverend D. M. Moser and O. A. Strunck. The ladies and gentlemen in charge of the children, the children with their flowers,
Webster Council Number 23, Junior O. A. M. and W. C. Number 47, P. O. S. of A., Pecos Tribe of Red Men and the public generally for
gratuitous services rendered on Decoration Day, May 30, 1894. Fully 800 people were present on the cemetery. Comrade S. A.
Losch reported having collected $21.25 and paid over to Eiler's Cornet Band $18, George F. Dengler for flags, $2.25 and K. E. Felix
for sashes, $1.00.
October 4, 1894 - Comrade _____ returned his order for $10.00 granted at our last muster, unused, having changed his mind in
regard to the loan.
October 11, 1894 - Memorial services in brief were held in honor of ex-governor Andrew G. Curtin; the same were conducted
throughout in a reverent and devout manner by the members present. Andrew Curtin was born in Bellefonte, was Governor of the
State of Pennsylvania for two consecutive terms and died October 7, aged 77 years, 5 months and 15 days.
October 11, 1894 - Resolutions were offered recommending Peter Stanton for Postmaster of Schuylkill Haven.
December 27, 1894 - After the installation of the officers, the Post Commander, Charles B. Palsgrove declared a recess and ordered
the Comrades to retire to the other room, where a supper of boiled ham, baked beans, pickles, sandwiches, coffee, hard tack, cakes
and many more good things were served under the supervision of our Quartermaster, A. P. Garrett, assisted by Comrades C. P. Leib
and B. F. Neiman. After the Comrades had partaken of their repast to their entire satisfaction, the usual soldiers' pipes and tobacco
were passed around and the boys all enjoyed a good hearty smoke. The Post again was then called to order when addresses were
made and the evening brought to a close by singing "Marching Through Georgia", led by Comrade C. P. Leib, the rest of the Post
joining in the chorus.
January 17, 1895 - A bill of $4.46 for expenses of supper on January 3rd, was ordered drawn in favor of Quartermaster A. P. Garrett.
May 30, 1895 - The day was fair and the heat intense, the thermometer registering 100 in the shade, parade moved at 2:00 in the
following order: Eiler's Band; parts of Company's F and H, N. G. P., 4th and 8th Regiments; forty men under command of Lieutenant
Russel L. Coxe, 4th Regiment Drum Corps ten men; Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., twenty five men; The Ladies Committee,
Mrs. S. A. Losch as chairlady, assisted by Professor Gise and Professor Stauffer followed by 130 little boys and girls of our public
schools, each carrying a basket of flowers; the W. C. Number 47, P. O. S. of A., with 75 men and the Jr. O. U. A. M. with 25 men
followed by a large number of citizens. The oration was delivered by S. B. Edwards of Pottsville.
October 10, 1895 - Deaths of Comrades Joshua Emerich and Benjamin F. Neiman were reported at this meeting. The Post had a
membership of 71 at this time. The committee on collections for Decoration Day reported that all bills were paid and that the
collections amounted to enough to pay the same without drawing on the Quartermaster.
December 1, 1895 - Special meeting was held to attend the funeral of Chaplain L. B. Beckley, who died November 28, 1895. The
funeral was largely attended. In the resolutions passed by the Post on Chaplain Levi B. Beckley, this is said in part: "In his death this
post has lost a Comrade who was identified with it from its organization, who brought to it a soldier's record of many merciful
ministrations to the sick, wounded and dying on the battlefields and in the hospitals of the Union Army; who, since the peace of that
Army has continued those ministrations at the bedside of sick and dying Comrades in their own homes and in the wards of charitable
institutions and has performed the last sad rights of duty at the graves of the dead. In his death this community has lost a
personage who labored in the midst for almost a half century in the cause of patriotism before the war, by example and utterance
infusing its spirit and after the war fostered the same by keeping the same memories of that conflict green. As a soldier he was
devoted to duty and has performed his last service by joining the long column of Grand Army above, which is being so rapidly
recruited from the ranks of the Grand Army here below."
December 5, 1895 - Commander Palsgrove reported having visited Comrade William Reppard during the week and found him in a
helpless condition with paralysis. On motion, the Post Commander was instructed to employ Dr. O. P. Piper to visit Comrade Reppard
and to thoroughly diagnose his case at the expense of the Post. A resolution passed asking Honorable Charles M. Brumm to use his
best effort in securing the passing of a pension service bill at this session of Congress.
December 12, 1895 - It was reported that the wife of Comrade _____ made a request for the Post to make an effort to have her deaf
and dumb boy removed to some institution for the care of such cases.
January 2, 1896 - Death of William Reppard was reported at this meeting. He was buried on December 29th with military honors by
the Post. He died on December 26th.
February 27, 1896 - This was an informal meeting and a smoker and baked bean supper held. The following program was given:
Song, Our National Flag, by Charles P. Leib; address, Commander Charles P. Palsgrove; addresses by George Stehlin, Charles E.
Quail; Song, Richmond is Fallen, Charles Ryland; address, Aaron Gilbert; addresses, William H. Tyson and I. W. Tyson; song, Old
Massa, Charles P. Leib; addresses, S. A. Losch and Gottlieb Berger. Meeting came to a close at 12:30.
April 2, 1896 - Comrade S. A. Losch presented to the Post six fine breech loading rifles with the accouterments and 140 rounds of
ammunition obtained by his personal influence with the adjutant general. The death of Comrade Lewis Reigle was reported, he
having passed away January 30, 1896.
April 23, 1896 - This meeting was called for the purpose of acting on a communication recently received from Pecos tribe, Number
327, I. O. R. M. of Schuylkill Haven, in answer to a communication sent them by the Post Commander and Adjutant relative to a
proposed demonstration and festival of said Pecos Tribe on Decoration Day, May 30th. "The answer to our communication was then
read in which the above Tribe commanded us to hold our services in the morning in order to give them the afternoon for their
demonstration and finally telling the Post that if we failed to comply with their communication, they would simply proceed, which is a
threat. After remarks by several of the Comrades on the subject, the following motion was made: "That the communication from
Pecos Tribe be laid on the table and this Post proceed to perform the decoration services as is our custom in the afternoon and that
the same be published in the Schuylkill republican and the Miner's Journal." A committee of three was appointed to visit Council
and ask that body to appropriate money for the purpose of defraying the expenses of Decoration Day services, as per Act of
Legislature, and to ask for right of way on said day.
May 30, 1896 - Met at headquarters at one o'clock and moved to the cemeteries in the following order: Eiler's Cornet Band, 20 men;
Junior Order United A. M., 75 men; P. O. S. of A., 75 men;Jere Helms Post with guard, 30 men; small boys and girls of our public
schools accompanied by Professor Gise and the Ladies' Committee, about 100; also a large number of citizens; Charles Snyder,
esquire was the orator of the day.
"Owing to the fact there was a large Red Men's demonstration here today, with the town crowded with people, we nevertheless had
a very successful decoration."
June 25, 1896 - Comrade Garrett stated there was some trouble in regard to Eiler's Band on Memorial Day as he, Garrett, tendered
the customary $15 to Professor Eiler for their services on that day, and he, Eiler, refused to accept that amount, stating that they
were obliged to engage two extra men to assist them and their claim was $17 rather than the customary $15. After a lengthy
discussion a motion was made that the matter be referred to S. A. Losch, chairman of the committee on arrangements.
September 24, 1896 - Post Commander reported that since last meeting, there was a Memorial record purchased by William H. Levan,
Mrs. Elizabeth Bryant, Mrs. Lewis Huntzinger, Miss Emma Deibert and Mrs. Mary A. Yeiser for the post. Resolutions of thanks were
ordered drawn up.
December 10, 1896 - A bill of .75 cents was presented by A. P. Garrett for a supper and lodging for a stranger by the name of
McClellan who claims he was a brother Comrade.
February 4, 1897 - A bill of $1.40 for two quarters of flour delivered to the widow of our late Comrade _____ was ordered paid.
February 26, 1897 - Bean supper and smoker was held following the regular meeting. Members were present from Schuylkill Haven,
Orwigsburg, reading and Philadelphia. Also quite a number of dropped members of this Post and two Comrades from New York and
Connecticut who at this time are working at the Berger and Brown Shoe Factory. Also several friends who are not members of the
Post. The bill of fare consisted of baked beans, sandwiches, coffee, cheese, pickles, salmon, sardines, cakes and hardtack. All in
abundance being enough to feed 100 men. There were, however, but 42 present. After the inward man was satisfied, pipes and
tobacco were passed around, after which a program of singing, speech making and instrumental music was continued until 12:30.
March 18, 1897 - Report of the death of A. P. Garrett, a past Post Commander, was made at this meeting. He died March 13th and was
buried March 17th with military honors by the Post. An order of $3.91 was drawn to pay for music furnished at the funeral.
A portion of the resolutions drawn upon the death of A. P. Garrett, follows: " Whereas infinite Providence has detailed our late
Comrade to follow the long column to the realms above, and in obeying this behest of duty, this disciple of the soldiers is typified
carrying with it this lesson that this 'service life' is preparatory only for the nobler life in eternity and that steadily, silently, our Grand
Army detachments are halting there."
April 1, 1897 - Death of Comrade Daniel Sullivan reported. He died Saturday, March 27th and was buried on saint Ambrose Cemetery,
Tuesday, March 30th by the Post. A portion of the resolutions on the above Comrade's death is as follows: "Resolved that in the
death of Comrade Sullivan, this Post has lost one more of its members, and with a rapidly thinning ranks, these losses are irrep-
arable, drawing harder upon our energies the more frequently they occur and giving added distinctiveness to our approaching end."
April 29, 1897 - Death of E. W. Freehafer was reported. Motion carried that application be made to Town Council for an appropriation
of $25 to pay Memorial Day expenses.
May 20, 1897 - Motion carried to have the Adjutant make the best terms he can for the meeting of the Post in the new P. O. S. of A.
hall. Invitation was received form the P. O. S. of A. inviting the Post to participate with them in the Fourth of July demonstration.
Memorial Day, May 29th, 1897 - This being the day set for memorial services, on account of May 30th being a Sunday. The day is
partly cloudy and a brisk northwesterly wind is blowing. It is very cool. Truly an exception to other Memorial Days. The procession
moved at 1:30 o'clock to the cemeteries. Reverend A. R. Bartholomew of Pottsville was orator. Mrs. S. A. Losch was chairman of the
Ladies' Committee. The Post attended divine services in the Jerusalem Church and reverend E. H. Smoll preached the sermon.
These members of the Post, 21 in number, attended the Memorial Services on Sunday evening: Charles B. Palsgrove, Post
Commander, Moses Evely and S. Baumberger, Vice Commanders, Peter Stanton, Quartermaster, Samuel Losch, officer of the Day,
Irving Tyson, Adjutant, George Bolton, Quartermaster Sergeant, Charles Leib, Sergeant Major, Justus Sherer, Chaplain, John Minnig,
Thomas Miller, Henry Hill, H. J. Dohner, Isaac Riebsaamen, Gottlieb Burkert, William D. Guertler, F. W. Berger, Charles Herbst, William
Killian, David Raudenbush and J. D. Harding.
June 24, 1897 - A resolution of thanks was ordered sent ot Post 77 of Philadelphia, and a letter of H. J. Stager, pertaining to a floral
emblem presented by that Post on Memorial Day to be placed on the grave of our departed Comrade James K. Helms.
October 28, 1897 - Death of Comrade William C. Losch was reported. He died October 21st at his home in Pottsville and was buried at
that place with military honors by this Post with a turnout of 20 members. The attendance estimated at this funeral was more than
four thousand and was conceded by all to have been the largest funeral Pottsville ever witnessed. Many Pottsville organizations
assisted the local Post.
January 27, 1898 - Post commander spoke relative to the death of the widow of the late Comrade _____ who leaves a family of nine
children, two of which are at the Soldiers' Orphans school and one more to be admitted as soon as arrangements can be made by
the Post Commander. Also stated this Post would probably be called on to give financial aid.
January 24, 1898 - Comrade Losch reported that he had succeeded in getting the third boy of our late Comrade _____ admitted in a
Soldiers' Orphan Home School.
March 31, 1898 - A lively discussion was entered into relative to giving aid to tramp soldiers who made it a business to go from Post
to Post asking for aid which is generally spent for rum. Why there is no reason why these men should not be snugly ensconced in
some national soldiers' home, yet as a rule, prefer to be tramps.
May 26, 1898 - Invitation from Rainbow Hose Company asking the Post to participate in a July Fourth parade.
May 30, 1898 - Services on Saint Ambrose cemetery and decoration of soldiers graves at 10:00 a. m. Procession was headed by Fife
and Drum Corps. At 1:30 p. m. procession was headed by Eiler's Cornet Band of 25 members; Jere Helms Post, 20 members; P. O. S.
of A., 45 members; Junior O. A. U. M., 70 members; Rainbow Hose Company, 16 members. Oration was delivered under the old
chestnut tree by William Fassett, Esquire. In the evening, the Post held a festival in the P. O. S. of A. Opera House. It was under the
management of the Ladies Committee. A net profit of $56.89 was realized.
May 30, 1899 - Post was assisted by Webster Council, Junior O. U. A. M., 60 men; Eiler's Band, 24 men; Jere Helms Post, 20 men; Union
Choir of 14 voices; 140 school children; Ladies Committee of 10 and about 500 citizens. The orator of the day was the Reverend A. L.
Messenger of Trinity Evangelical Church. Post attended Divine Services in the Saint John's Reformed Church on Sunday evening
with the sermon delivered by Reverend O. H. Strunck. Town Council voted an order for $25.00 to pay the expenses for Decoration
Day. A notation in the minutes is as follows: "Every year adds more to the list of dead and the time is nearing when all will have
answered their last roll call. We have now on the list of graves to be decorated 135. God alone knows how many will be added until
next Memorial Day."
August 31, 1899 - It was moved that the Quartermaster be ordered to procure tickets for all comrades in good standing who will
parade in a uniform of cape, blouse and dark pants, except such as have passes or are willing to pay their own fare, or such having
no uniforms but intend to get one in Philadelphia in time for the parade. The Quartermaster is to be on hand on Monday at the P. &
R. station in time for the 2:09 train for this purpose and in conjunction with the Post Commander will decide upon the qualifications
requisite for a ticket.
October 26, 1899 - The matter of a loan of Comrade _____ was then taken up. The Comrade being present, stated he only required a
loan of $100 instead of $125 as previously ordered by the Post.
February 22, 1900 - Time of regular meeting was taken up by speaking. Comrade Lenker spoke on the duties of the soldier and the
citizen on Memorial day, which he claimed is the saddest day in the year and should be devoted only to the purpose for which it was
intended. He then gave a vivid description of his visit to the Southern battlefields last summer and the difference between them in
1899 and 1863. Captain George F. Steahlin of Orwigsburg who was in the same campaign during the war as Dr. Lenker, gave a
detailed account of his experiences. Comrade Henry Hill was engaged in the same campaign and gave some interesting
May 24, 1900 - An order for five dollars was sent to the John A. Logan Post of Philadelphia because that Post had lost all its property
May 30, 1900 - On Memorial Day, 137 graves were decorated. Reverend Wengert of the U. B. Church delivered the oration.
September 14, 1900 - Comrade Samuel A. Losch died at Atlantic City, September 11 and was buried at Schuylkill Haven on September
14 with military honors, by Jere Helms Post, assisted by delegations from Gowen Post of Pottsville and Lawrence Post of Minersville
and the Third Brigade Band of Pottsville. This was pronounced by all who witnessed the ceremony to have been one of the best
regulated funerals that ever took place on the cemetery, there being a hollow square formed around the grave, giving ample room
for the mourners and other and other societies. During the Post ceremonies, the band played Nearer My God To Thee and then
under the direction of Professor Gerhard, sounded taps by McGee, being heard for the first time in this county.
February 14, 1901 - Paul Snyder, a member of this Post, died February 3 and was buried at Friedensburg February 8 with military
honors by this Post.
May 23, 1901 - A communication from Mrs. Emma Schalk of Pottsville, asking aid in furnishing the G. A. R. Ladies Home which was
destroyed by fire. The new building is nearing completion, hence the appeal for furnishing the same. A motion was made that this
Post donate fifty dollars. It was amended to make it $100. This gave rise to a heated discussion and resulted in both original motion
and amendment being lost.
May 30, 1901 - After several days of rain, the sun, as if by patriotic design, shone bright and early and made the day an ideal one. At
ten in the morning the Post headed by the newly organized Drum Corps marched to Saint Ambrose Cemetery. The usual exercises
were held in the afternoon. Reverend J. A. Wiegand, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Church was the orator. The Post last Sunday
evening attended Divine Services in the Messiah U. B. Church, Reverend S. B. Wengert, pastor.
September 26, 1901 - Remarks relative to the assassination of President William McKinley were made by several of the Comrades.
December 12, 1901 - An order was drawn for five dollars as a donation to the McKinley Memorial at Canton, Ohio and also an order of
five dollars for the Ladies G. A. R. Home at Hawkins, Pennsylvania.
May 30, 1901 - Graves on the Saint Ambrose cemetery were decorated at 10:00 a.m. In the afternoon, the Post was assisted in the
exercises by Eiler's Band of 22 men; Jere Helms Post of 16 men; delegation of Company H, 8th Regiment and Company F, 4th
Regiment, Pottsville, mostly Spanish-American war veterans, in charge of Lieutanant Mellon, 40 men; Jere Helms Guard of 16 men;
Young American Drum Corps of Pottsville, 16 men; Junior O. U. A. M., 72 men; Schuylkill Haven Fife and Drum Corps, 16 men; P. O. S
of A., 50 men. Reverend D. M. Moser was the orator. The handsome monument to the late Major S. A. Losch was viewed by many for
the first time. It is a fine piece of granite work. The Post attended Divine Services in Grace U. E. Church, Reverend D. F.
June 26, 1902 - Membership of the Post is 33. Communication from Camp Number 47, P. O. S. of A. was read, asking this Post to
appoint a committee to meet with them and make arrangements for a Fourth of July demonstration.
September 25, 1902 - Death of Comrade Samuel N. Hartranft was reported at this meeting.
February 26, 1903 - Death of Captain George F. Steahlin of Orwigsburg was reported at this meeting. He died on February 24th. Post
will attend service in a body.
March 26, 1903 - Comrade Gottlieb Burkett, a member of this Post, died March 31st.
May 30, 1903 - Usual Memorial Day exercises. Oration by Reverend John Reber. Number of graves decorated was 126. Post
attended Divine Services in Trinity Evangelical Church, Reverend Wiegand, pastor.
June 25, 1903 - Death of Comrade Paul Scheck was reported. Comrade Scheck was one of the oldest soldiers in Pennsylvania being
nearly 92 years of age.
September 24, 1903 - Communication was received from Congressman George Patterson relative to donating two cannon for the G.
A. R. lot on Union Cemetery. After discussion of the matter, it was decided to notify the Congressman that owing to the expense of
getting guns in position on cemetery, Post would be obliged to decline the offer at present.
October 29, 1903 - Latona Dramatic Club proposed producing a military drama for benefit of the Post, should the Post so desire. On
motion, Post accepted offer and decided funds to be used on soldiers graves or for grave markers.
December 10, 1903 - Adjutant reported having received forty two dollars from the Latona Dramatic Club as the Post's share of
proceeds of entertainment.
December 31, 1903 - Comrade Daniel Martz was reported to have died on December 23rd.
February 25, 1904 - Trustees were instructed to invest $300 on first mortgage or good investment.
April 28, 1904 - Arrangements were made for Comrade _____ to pay five percent interest on his loan from the Post.
May 26, 1904 - Comrade William Killian died May 6 and was buried on May 11 with full military honors.
May 30, 1904 - Weather was very threatening and in afternoon graves were decorated before other ceremonies and children were
sent home shortly before it began to rain. The oration had to be postponed and was delivered in Grace Evangelical Church at 7:30
by Reverend Egge. Every soldier's grave was marked with a metal marker obtained through the county commissioners.
June 30, 1904 - Membership of the Post is 28.
September 29, 1904 - Post moved P. O. S. of A. Hall or Losch Opera House to Yoder's Hotel. Rental to be $20 per year.
February 10, 1905 - Post decided to hold a fair during Thanksgiving week, next November.
May 30, 1905 - Rain threatened and parade was held up until 2:30. Number of graves decorated was 157. The oration was delivered
by Reverend A. J. Hall, pastor of First Baptist Church of Pottsville. Post attended divine services in the First reformed Church,
Reverend W. D. Stoyer, pastor.
June 9, 1905 - Comrade Stanton reported having received $25 from the Town Council for Memorial Day expenses.
August 11, 1905 - Post Commander Peter D. Helms turned over to the Adjutant fifty badges with a picture of Jere Helms thereon, for
distribution to members of the Post.
September 8, 1905 - After considerable discussion relative to having an affair and having paid ten dollars in advance for hall rent, it
was, on motion, agreed to abandon the idea of having a fair this year. The committee was asked to see Mr. Yoder and have him
refund the ten dollars.
May 30, 1906 - The orator of the day was John Robert Jones. Attended divine services in G. U. E. Church.
June 8, 1906 - Resolution of thanks was passed and ordered extended to the P. O. S. of A., Jr. O. U. A. M. for their kind donation of
ten dollars each toward repair of soldiers lot.
December 14, 1906 - Membership of Post is thirty three.
January 11, 1907 - Motion carried to communicate with Comrade and Senator Charles E. Quail and urge him to support bill to be
presented to the Legislature to have the County Commissioners to contribute toward Memorial Day expenses.
March 8, 1907 - Death of Franklin D. Sterner, member of this Post, was reported. He died on January 17th at Pottsville.
May 10, 1907 - Motion carried that we use the Post firing squad both in the morning and afternoon on May 30 and teams procured to
take it and other Comrades to the cemeteries.
May 30, 1907 - Orator of the day was Reverend F. H. Smoll. Post attended church services on Sunday in United Brethren Church with
Reverend M. J. Mumma as pastor
June 14, 1907 - Membership of the Post is 36. Contributions towards Memorial day expenses were acknowledged as follows:
Borough Council $25, Jr. O. U. A. M., $10 and P. O. S. of A., $10.
December 13, 1907 - Death of Comrade Justis Sherer was reported. He will be buried Monday, December 16, without military honors
as per request of his own and his family. Ladies of town G. A. R. recently disbanded and turned over to the Post for their use a pipe
organ, two silk flags, a ballot box and a Bible.
January 3, 1908 - Comrade William D. Guertler reported still very sick and very weak and that he made a request of Comrade Hill that
when he died he would be buried on Soldiers' Lot with military honors. Commander reported having received from the recently
disbanded Ladies G. A. R. Lodge, the sum of $109.28 to be used by the Post as the members see fit.
February 7, 1908 - Death of Comrade William D. Guertler was reported. He died January 21 and was buried January 26 with military
honors. Post Commander reported having seen the leader of the Drum Corps that furnished the music at the funeral of Comrade
William D. Guertler and he, Fred Bensinger, said that their charges were nothing. The Orwigsburg firing squad who assisted at the
funeral presented no bill.
March 6, 1908 - The names of the musicians who served gratis at the funeral of William D. Guertler together with a letter was as
follows: We, the undersigned, do hereby offer our services out of the pure spirit of patriotism, to partake in the burial of William D.
Guertler, a man who has served his country with bravery and honor, and to whom every American owes respect. We, as patriotic
Americans, representing a musical organization, do accept this opportunity to pay our last tribute to our noble comrade by furnishing
martial music on the day of his funeral. Conductor Frederick Bensinger; Fife players: W. Bensinger, Ralph F. Reed, E. G. Moyer, John
J. Dohner, H. A. Baker, A. Steinbrunn, Ervin Bittle, William Achenbach; cornet players: Harry A. Reber, James Schucker, J. M.
Umbenhaur, C. O. Teter; drummers: Floyd H. Minnig, John H. Saylor, C. H. Moser, Harry Coller; bass drum and cymbals, R. T. Reed.
April 3, 1908 - Inquiry was made as to whether it would be allowable to have a P. O. S. of A. emblem put on the headstone of Comrade
_____, who is buried on the G. A. R. lot. It was decided that no emblem of any kind be placed on headstones on soldiers' lot other
than those pertaining to military organizations.
May 1, 1908 - Comrade _____ reported that he had seen the commissioners and had given them an estimate of Memorial day
expenses and same will be granted. This does away with the Borough appropriation of $25.
May 30, 1908 - Threatening weather with occasional showers. Orator of the day was Reverend R. R. Butterwick, pastor of United
Brethren Church. Post attended divine services at Trinity Evangelical Church with Reverend J. F. Heberling, pastor.
July 3, 1908 - Post had thirty two members at this time.
September 1, 1908 - William Bensinger invited Post to attend banquet of 50th P. V. V. on Monday evening, September 7.
December 4, 1908 - Henry Hagner died since our last meeting.
February 5, 1909 - Trustees reported having collected a two hundred dollar note of Comrade _____ and placed same in bank making
the total amount in bank in name of trustees at $449.01.
February 12, 1909 - This was the one hundredth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln. Addresses were made by Comrades C. E. Quail, C.
Lenker, Henry Hill, Charles Leib and I. W. Tyson. A smoker was then held in the Post room. It was prepared by Commander Reed and
March 5, 1909 - Quartermaster's report was to the effect that the county commissioners would not increase the appropriation to the
Post and it would remain the same as last year at $37.
May 7, 1909 - Comrade Minnig reported that he has an offer to sell the organ and he has asked $25 or it. He was instructed not to
take less than twenty dollars for it.
May 30, 1909 - Graves were decorated on Saint Ambrose Cemetery in morning and Union Cemetery in afternoon. One hundred and
forty seven school children were in line under the direction of Professor Heckert. The Orwigsburg firing squad assisted us. Orator
of the day was Reverend Mausser. Post attended divine services in Methodist Church, Reverend Coppell, pastor.
June 4, 1909 - Quartermaster reported having received $42 from commissioners and expended $49 for Memorial Day expenses.
August 6, 1909 - Comrade Hill died August 2 and was buried August 5, with full military honors. This was the largest military funeral
since the one of Comrade S. A. Losch. In the death of Comrade Hill, this Post has lost a good and faithful charter member, a brave
soldier and a respected citizen. Items of expense ordered paid in connection with funeral of Henry Hill: Citizen's Band, $10; tally hos,
$6; expenses of Orwigsburg firing squad, $4.35.
September 3, 1909 - Letter was read from Captain Harry Mellon of Company F, National Guard of Pottsville, extending thanks for the
donation of three dollars left over from our Memorial Day fund, for their services in furnishing fire squad on Saint Ambrose Cemetery
October 1, 1909 - Death of Comrade Hiram C. Holder of Philadelphia was reported.
December 22, 1909 - After Comrade C. Lenker had inspected the Post, we adjourned and proceeded to the home of Post Commander
Reed where a smoker was enjoyed. The room was beautifully decorated with flags and bunting. The table was a picture. Not only
were the decorations of the table fine but there was enough things to eat on it for twenty five people and there were only ten
present. While at the table, patriotic pieces were played on an organ. After supper, Comrade Leib sang several patriotic songs and
one in memory of our late Henry Hill entitled, "The Vacant Chair".
January 7,1910 - Notation was made of change in General Orders to the effect that in balloting for candidates, one black ball for
every five balls deposited shall be necessary to reject.
February 4, 1910 - Death of Comrade Peter Stanton was reported. He died January 19th and was buried January 24th with full military
May 6, 1910 - Died since last muster, Comrade Peter Smith on April 1st.
May 30, 1910 - Oration by Reverend S. G. Kaufman of the United Brethren Church. Divine services Sunday evening, May 29th in
Christ Lutheran Church with Reverend E. H. Smoll, pastor. Twenty one soldiers present.
July 1, 1910 - Membership of the post is thirty one.
November 4, 1910 - One of the bills ordered paid amounted to $3.47 for use of tallyho and bunting for the Halloween parade. Prizes
received in the parade were $5.00
December 21, 1910 - Notice was received of the death of Comrade Charles E. Quail.
January 6, 1911 - Samuel Hoffman in the Pottsville Hospital suffering with a broken arm and in a very poor condition. He is expected
to die. Charles B. Palsgrove asked for transfer card, wishing to deposit same in Confederate G. A. R. Post in Richmond, Virginia.
May 5, 1911 - Received $65.00 from the county commissioners for Memorial Day expenses.
May 30, 1911 - Divine services in the First Reformed Church, Reverend E. G. Leinbach, pastor. On account of the illness of
Reverend F. S. Longdorf, Reverend E. G. Leinbach will also deliver the oration on Memorial Day.
June 2, 1911 - Death of Comrade Charles Herbst was reported.
July 7, 1911 - Post attended and participated in the Centennial Celebration in Pottsville and took a very creditable and conspicuous
part, being twenty five in number in automobiles furnished by Jacob D. Reed, S. M. Rowland, I. B. Heim, Dr. Daniel Dechert, D. D.
Coldren and H. J. Dohner. A resolution passed extending thanks to the drivers of the automobiles for the skillful manner and safety
with which they conducted their machines up hill and down hill through the narrow and crowded streets along the route in the Navy
Parade in Pottsville, Friday, July 7. Post Commander was instructed to sell the organ to John Seigfried for $20.00.
October 6, 1911 - Death of Comrade Daniel Dechert, M. D., was reported. He died on October 4th and was buried at Cressona on
Saturday, October 7th, without military honors by request of the family. After a discussion, it was decided to use autos or carriages
at the expense of the Post to attend funerals and on Memorial Day instead of tallyho.
December 1, 1911 - After inspection, members of the Post with their wives, marched to the restaurant of I. L. Lautenbacher where a
splendid banquet awaited them. There were thirty present. Speeches were made by Comrades Lenker and Spayd.
December 16, 1911 - Death of Comrade J. K. Reber at Auburn was reported. He died December 14th and was buried December 19th
at Auburn with the Post attending. Bill for banquet at restaurant ordered paid in the amount of $18.20.
May 30, 1912 - Reverend Longsdorf delivered patriotic address to Post on Sunday evening, May 26. Memorial Day orator was
Reverend C. E. Hayes of the Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church.
June 7, 1912 - A letter was received from D. D. Yoder, informing the Post that the hall had changed hands and that rent from May 1
was payable to W. Hartman.
April 4, 1913 - The matter of disposition of flags of the Post and of Company C, 50th P. V. V. and of the Post library at the
disbandonment of the Post was taken up. A communication was received from the School Board to the effect that the Board would
provide suitable space for these articles. Members of the board signing the communication were: J. A. Lessig, John Minnig, A. J.
Hertzel and Michael Halton.
May 30, 1913 - Divine services were May 25th in Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church, Reverend Hayes, pastor. Memorial Day orator was
John Robert Jones. Bill for music by the Eiler Band on Memorial Day amounted to but $20.00.
July 11, 1913 - Report was made of attending the encampment at Gettysburg on July 1 through July 7 by Samuel Reed, I. W. Tyson, Dr.
C. Lenker, Albert Bordy, Aaron W. Gilbert, Charles Leib, John Seigfried, William Tyson, Charles Ryland, Joseph Wildermuth, David
Raudenbush and Moses Evely. There were between 50,000 and 60,000 soldiers in camp. The food furnished, the guarding and
regulation of the camp by the U. S. Army, State Constabulary and Boy Scouts was complete in every particular and was beyond all
expectations. The meeting of the Blue and the Gray was another grand feature of good will and fellowship, one never to be
forgotten by those who participated in it, on the famous battleground of Gettysburg.
September 5, 1913 - It was reported a certain man had purchased a lot on Union Cemetery and that a soldier is buried on it. He
wishes the soldier buried on the lot of the Post without any expense to the Post. Permission was granted.
December 5, 1913 - Comrade Franklin W. Berger died November 19th and was buried on November 23rd. Post attended in a body
without music and without firing squad. Joseph Wildermuth died December 4th and will be buried December 7th. After inspection
Comrades and their wives banqueted at Hotel Grand. After the speech making, a group picture was taken by photographer Lewis
Shappell. Bill for banquet for thirty four persons was $21.00.
December 19, 1913 - Comrade C. Lenker brought to the Post meeting the record book which was purchased by Elizabeth Bryant,
Christine A. Huntzinger, Mrs. Mary Yeiser, Mrs. Emma K. Deibert and William H. Levan. This book was purchased by the above
parties on September 24, 1896 for the purpose of keeping records for the Post members and was placed in the hands of Comrade
_____ to attend to same which he failed to do, hence the reason for the book being returned unfinished.
May 1, 1914 - Comrade David Raudenbush died April 27th and was buried on April 30th. Post turned out in a body but had no
services on the cemetery by the request of the family. A motion carried that hereafter Post have their services at the grave of
comrades whether the family requests it or not.
May 30, 1914 - Divine services at First Reformed Church by Reverend E. G. Leinbach. Memorial Day orator was Reverend G. W.
Humphreys of the Methodist Church.
July 3, 1914 - Membership of the Post is 23.
September 4, 1914 - Invitation was extended to the Post to attend the reunion of the 50th P. V. V. to be held in Schuylkill Haven on
October 2, 1914 - Comrade Lenker reported reunion of 50th P. V. V. to have been a grand affair from the time of the parade at two in
the afternoon until the banquet at 11:00. The decorations along the line of parade were pronounced the finest since the Fourth of
July celebration held three years ago.
February 5, 1915 - Comrade Albert Robinson of Philadelphia died January 5th.
March 5, 1915 - P. O. S. of A. sent a contribution of $10 together with a note that Camp 47, P. O. S. of A. can never repay the Post for
what it has contributed to its success. A contribution of a like amount was received form Webster Council No. 23, Junior O. U. A. M.
April 19, 1915 - In observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on
April 9, 1865, the Post met with the P. O. S. of A. and Junior O. U. A. M. in their lodge room. Comrades Lenker, Reed and Tyson spoke
on the movements of the army leading up to the surrender of General Lee, fighting the battles over again, as it were.
May 30, 1915 - Divine services in Saint John's Reformed Church, Reverend A. M. Keifer, pastor. Memorial Day orator was Reverend
W. H. Hartzler of the Grace U. E. Church. There were two bands in this Memorial Day parade, the Citizens' Band being in the first
division and the Bressler Band in the second division. There were 245 children in the parade.
July 2, 1915 - Post was invited by Fourth of July Committee, H. F. Loy, chairman, to a place in line of the parade.
September 3, 1915 - It was reported that all arrangements had been made for the members of the Post and other old soldiers to be
taken to Pottsville in autos on September 6, Labor Day, to attend the reunion of Civil war veterans of Schuylkill County.
October 1, 1915 - Death of Aaron W. Gilbert, September 16, 1915 was reported. Post attended funeral.
December 22, 1915 - Post Commander Samuel Reed stated to the members that there was going to be a Town Hall built and thought
the Post was entitled to a place of meeting in the same, free of rent.
April 7, 1916 - Comrade Lenker asked whether there was any other previous action by the Post as to moving into the Town Hall when
finished and also as to the impropriety of moving our library, etc., to said Hall after the same had been given over to the School
Board at our disabandonment. No action.
June 2, 1916 - Comrade Peter Paul died May 31 and was buried June 3 with military honors.
May 30, 1916 - Divine services in the Trinity Evangelical Church by Reverend Ketner, Pastor. Orator was Reverend A. M. Kieffer.
August 4, 1916 - Comrade William Stitzer died July 23 and was buried with military honors. He was 82 years of age. David S. Barr died
August 14 and was buried August 18 with full military honors. He was 78 years old. An order for $20 was drawn for cab hire for the
Post to attend the funerals.
October 22, 1916 - Post Commander Samuel Reed died October 16 and was buried October 19 with military honors. Firing squad was
furnished from Pottsville by the family.
January 11, 1917 - Peter G. Helms of Pottsville, a charter member of the Post, died January 5 and was buried January 8 at Pottsville.
Comrade Helms was the fifth member of this Post who died since May 31, 1916. Post has 22 members at this time.
February 2, 1917 - Communication was read from Heber D. Felix of the Schuylkill Haven industrial society, inviting this Post to take
part in the reception now being arranged for the soldier boys on their return from the border.
March 2, 1917 - Adjutant reported members of the Post and three soldiers being present at the banquet given in honor of the
returned soldiers from the border, which to say the least, was one of the grandest affairs that was ever witnessed in Schuylkill
Haven, which included the street parade, the reception in the tabernacle and the banquet.
May 30, 1917 - After two days of rain, Memorial Day itself was the uncompared. The orator of the day was John R. Jones. Reverend
E. G. Leinbach conducted Divine Services on Sunday evening, May 27. Team hire for the day was three dollars, flags cost $7.40 and
the Citizen's Band, twenty dollars.
July 6, 1917 - Membership of the Post is 18.
September 7, 1917 - Matter of flag on soldiers' lot was taken up. The flag was raised for the first time and was in wretched condition,
all faded and torn. It was the opinion of the members that the same should be taken down.
October 5, 1917 - The Adjutant reported that he had removed the faded and torn flag from the flag pole. The Comrades this night
had a good sociable talk, comparing as they did 55 years ago, when we as young men went to the front from this town and the young
men that are going today, which then as well as now shows the patriotism of the town.
December 19, 1917 - Post, after general business, proceeded to Hotel Grand, where a turkey dinner was served. Captain Gangloff
made an address.
May 30, 1918 - After an all night rain up to six o'clock in the morning, and the weather very threatening all day, the usual exercises
took place. Reverend Father Coonahan made a very patriotic address on the Saint Ambrose Cemetery. The orator on the Union
Cemetery was Reverend G. M. Richter, pastor, United Brethren Church. P. O. S. of A. and Junior O. U. A. M. presented to the Post a
beautiful flag for the soldiers' lot. This practice of presenting a flag for the soldiers' lot has been carried out by the above named
orders for the last three or four years.
October 4, 1918 - Invitation was received from Reverend D. S. Coonahan of Saint Ambrose Church, inviting this Post to be present at
a flag raising at the church on Saturday, October 12. Invitation was accepted.
November 1, 1918 - Comrade Bernard Waltzer died October 19 and was buried on October 23. He was 72 years of age. A vote of
thanks was tendered Mrs. Wagner and daughter at Hotel Central for their care and attention of Comrade Waltzer during his sickness.
December 18, 1918 - Thirty one were present at the banquet given in Hotel Grand after the meeting on December 18.
May 30, 1919 - Divine services, Sunday evening, May 25th, Christ Lutheran Church, Reverend E. H. Smoll, pastor. In the afternoon
Memorial Day parade, about forty soldiers of the last war, under command of Lieutenant Lengle, were in the parade and made a fine
appearance. The Boy Scouts, lined up on each side of the G. A. R. in their autos. There were about 45 of them and they made a fine
appearance and are a credit to the town. The orator was Reverend M. A. Kieffer.
September 5, 1919 - Membership of the Post is 18.
October 3, 1919 - A resolution passed at a former meeting, donating the library and other property of the Post when it disbands, for
the public schools, was repealed, and a motion that when the Post disbands, the property of the Post shall be given to the American
November 7, 1919 - It was decided to dispense with the annual banquet and instead have an oyster supper for all the members that
are present at the next meeting.
December 5, 1919 - Thanks was extended by the Post to the American Legion for electing them honorary members of their Post and
offering their services on Memorial Day and providing a meeting place for the Jere Helms Post.
February 6, 1920 - Post failed to hold a meeting on the above date, no quorum being present. Everything blocked with snow. Trolley
road tied up for three days.
May 7, 1920 - It was reported that William C. Sproul, Governor of Pennsylvania, had signed the Act of Assembly relating to the
payment of the County Commissioners of $75 for funeral expenses of any honorably discharged soldier.
May 30, 1920 - Divine services in the Methodist Church, Sunday, May 23. Memorial Day came with fine weather. The orator was
Major G. E. Gangloff. There were about 1500 or 2000 people on the cemetery. During the address the only sound heard was the
sighing of the wind.
June 17, 1920 - H. M. Deibler died on June 14 and was buried June 17 with military honors. Services were held in the Grace Church
and were conducted by Reverend Fausnacht, who preached a very appropriate sermon, alluding to this Comrade and his large
family, consisting of five boys and eight girls, all living and married, and their 46 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. The
father was the first to die in his family. While the service was going on in the church, there was a terrible rain and thunderstorm
going on outside until we were on our way to the cemetery, when it slacked and a little until we arrived at the grave and there was
another heavy downpour.
September 14, 1920 - Comrade Cyrus Whitman of this Post for years and the Post Chaplain, died September 13 at the age of 82. He
was buried on September 16th with Post ceremonies at the grave. There were only three comrades at the funeral. This was the
smallest delegation this Post ever had at a funeral and is evidence of the passing away of the members of this Post. Soon the last
one will have answered the last roll call, but until then we will stick to the Post for the reason that we love here and revere her
memory. We have now 16 members.
March, 1921 - C. V. B. Deibert a member of this Post died March 7, 1921 an was buried March 10, 1921. He was the Post
Quartermaster for many years.
May 30, 1921 - Attorney Vincent Dalton was the orator on the Saint Ambrose Cemetery. Reverend Paul Barton was the orator at the
Union Cemetery. Post attended divine services on Sunday evening in Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church, Reverend Sutcliffe, pastor.
Henry J. Dohner a forty year member of this Post died June 18th and was buried June 22nd, with the members of the Post attending.
His death marks the sixth member to pass away in one year.
February 3, 1922 - Six members were present at the oyster supper which followed the meeting on the above date. The bill amounted
May, 1922 - I. W. Tyson one of the very faithful members of the Post died May 19, 1922. He served as Adjutant of the Post
continuously since July 27, 1893 and had given previous service in this capacity.
May 30, 1922 - Memorial Day divine services attended in the United Brethren Church, Reverend Balsbaugh, pastor. Orator on the
Saint Ambrose Cemetery, Attorney Vincent Dalton and on the Union Cemetery, Reverend Jerome Leinbach.
March 2, 1923 - Commander J. H. Minnig reported having received another invitation from the American Legion to meet in the Legion
April 13, 1923 - The Post, having accepted the invitation of the American Legion to meet in their home, this was the first meeting of
the Post in their new quarters, the paraphernalia having been moved from the quarters in the Gray Building to the Legion home by
Comrade Charles Leib.
May 30, 1913 - Orator of the day, Reverend E. S. Noll, pastor of the Saint John's Church. Accompanied by the American Legion and
others, the Post attended divine services in the Christ Lutheran Church.
May 30, 1924 - Reverend Higgins was the orator on the Saint Ambrose Cemetery and reverend Beittel on the Union Cemetery. Divine
services were attended in the Grace Evangelical Church, Reverend Longsdorf, pastor.
May 30, 1925 - Post attended divine services on Sunday evening in Saint John's Church, Reverend Noll, pastor. Memorial Day orator
was Reverend Bausch of Pottsville. The full company of Headquarters Battery, under command of M. R. D. Schwenk were in the line
December, 1925 - Comrade John Seigfried died on December 7, 1925 at the age of 78 years.
December 21, 1925 - A motion carried to transfer $200 from the special fund of the Post in favor of the Union Cemetery Association
for the perpetual upkeep of the burial of the Post's lot on the Union Cemetery. Motion carried that all property excepting rituals,
etc., which must be returned to headquarters, together with the balance in the sinking fund, be turned over to the American Legion
when the Post disbands. Comrade C. Lenker died November 22, 1925 at the age of 83 years.
May 30, 1926 - Memorial Day orator was Frank Brumm. Services were attended by the Post together with C. R. Beittel, pastor. The
town was profusely decorated with flags. Main Street, for the first time, had the new style of decoration, that of many 4 x 6 flags
flying from staffs along the curbs. The flags were purchased by individuals and the movement was started by the American Legion.
January, 1928 - Comrade William Wildermuth died on January 21, 1928.
November, 1929 - Comrade William Eckert died in November of 1929.
January, 1930 - Comrade Benjamin Dewald died January 11, 1930 at his home in Auburn.
February, 1930 - Comrade Albert Bordy died January 27, 1930 at his home in Girardville.
June 30, 1930 - The last meeting of the Grand Army Post was held in the afternoon at the home of Post Commander J. H. Minnig, at
which time, with but one other comrade present, namely William Tyson, it was decided to disband the Post, and as per a motion
passed years ago, the property of the Post and the balance in the sinking fund was ordered turned over to the American Legion. In
accordance with the rules and regulations of Grand Army Headquarters, the names of the three living members of the Post: John H.
Minnig and William Tyson of Schuylkill Haven and Livingston Saylor of Pottsville, be entered upon the roll known as "The Roll of
Comrades at Large" to be kept at department headquarters.
|MINUTES OF THE JERE HELMS POST NUMBER 26, G. A. R.
|John N. Eckert, boatman, served from
February 29, 1864 until July 30, 1865.
|Miners Journal of May 25, 1861
LETTER FROM A SCHUYLKILL HAVEN ARTILLERIST
INAUGURATION BALLROOM BARRACKS, WASHINGTON MAY 21, 1861
Mr. B. Bannan: It becomes my mournful duty to write to you of the death of one of the members of our company, George Schreck,
who died yesterday, the 20th. The circumstances connected with his sickness and death has cast a gloom over the regiment. On
Saturday last at nine o'clock in the morning, he was out with Company F, target shooting, and returned apparently in good health;
appeared as lively and full of patriotic spirit as he was at the time of his enlistment, but alas, little did he or his comrades think how
soon he was to be called away from his earthly career to a home beyond the grave. At one o'clock p. m. on Saturday, he complained
of feeling bad and was reported to the physician of our regiment and was taken to the hospital, where he lingered in the most
unendurable pain until Sunday at one o'clock p. m. when his spirit took its flight. Through the energies of the officers of our
company and the payment of the sum of 75 cents of each member, his corpse enclosed in a metallic coffin, will be forwarded to
Schuylkill Haven and delivered to his friends. Poor George! Many was the tear that fell from the eyes of our hardy soldiers on
seeing his body placed upon the cars. It is thought that he died with what is called the spotted fever.
If the citizens knew the whole truth about our bad treatment and the great danger we stand in on account of our insufficiency of the
necessary food required for the nourishment of the soldiers of the regiment, there would be a stand taken by them for the purpose
of having them removed back to Harrisburg, where they would be treated like men and soldiers, bot like criminals and hogs. Our
men are hourly applying for medicine and some are under the attendance of the physicians. There is much talk of having us camped
out but there is no certainty of this as yet. Although the city is full of soldiers, there is less of the war cry here than there is in any
portion of the Northern towns or States. Our regiment still have their poor house uniforms, without our overcoats, cartridge boxes,
cap boxes, belts or knapsacks. Company F send their united thanks to you and all are glad to recognize the advent of the Old
Miners' Journal among them. Yours truly, J. McL.
Since the above was written, the body of Mr. Schreck arrived and was buried with military honors at Schuylkill Haven on
Wednesday. He was a young man of about 21 years of age and respected by all who know him. It is the impression of his father that
he died of cramp, to which he was subject, when exposed. Since the above was in type we learn from Washington, that the
companies have received their overcoats but they are like Joseph's, of many colors, and must look quite picturesque.
|Miners Journal of June 8, 1861
LETTER FROM A SCOTT ARTILLERIST
We have received a letter dated Alexandria, June 2, which states that Captain F. B. Medler, of the Schuylkill Haven Artillerists, has
been appointed Provost Marshal of the city of Alexandria, and that his company has been detailed as a police for the protection of
the city and also the property of the citizens from depredation. They occupy the celebrated Marshall House, which has been fitted
up in quite luxurious style for their accommodation, so says our correspondent. The Artillerists are delighted at this mark of
confidence and speak in strong terms of the efficiency of their Captain in his new position. The balance of the Fifth Regiment are
encamped but some three miles northwest of Alexandria, where it is said they will not remain long without having something to do.
Our correspondent also announces the arrival of their late Captain Charles S. Leader, who will remain with them a short time.
|Miners Journal of August 10, 1861
Last week, Mr. Daniel Small of Schuylkill Haven, received the distressing information that his son, Rudolph, a soldier of the present
war, and a most estimable young man, had been accidentally drowned in the Mississippi River. The following letter from the Captain
of the Company, to which the deceased was attached, will explain the circumstances under which Mr. Small was cut off in the pride
of his youth and strength.
D. Small - Dear Sir: It is my painful duty to give you the sad intelligence of the death of your son, Rudolph S. Small. Our regiment
having been ordered to leave Alton, Illinois and proceed to Saint Charles, Missouri, was embarked on Friday the 19th of July on
board the steamer Meteor, for the latter place. We proceeded down the Mississippi River about three miles to the mouth of the
Missouri River and after sailing up the Missouri toward Saint Charles about one mile and a half, your son, Rudolph, a Sergeant in my
Company, in attempting to draw some water from the river with a pail attached to a rope, was jerked into the river. Every effort was
made to save him but in vain, the swift and treacherous current of the Missouri proved too powerful for human efforts and before
those who were sent in a boat to rescue him could proceed, he sank to rise no more. I cannot but express to yourself and family,
who were bound to Rudolph by the strongest ties, those of mother, father, brother and sister, the deep sorrow with which we parted
with our fellow soldier. Ever ready to do his duty, frank and generous in his intercourse with others, he had won the respect and
esteem of all the officers and men, and we regret that he should thus be removed by the stern hand of Providence.
M. D. Swift, Captain, Company H, 15th Regiment Illinois Volunteers
|Miners Journal of September 21, 1861
The Ladies of Schuylkill Haven, in consideration of the high personal character and unalloyed patriotism of Lieutenant Bast of
Captain Wren's company, presented him with a beautiful sword, sash and belt, appropriately inscribed, "The Lieutenant being
ordered off before the sword had been received by the donors, it was forwarded when at Camp Curtin. It elicited the following reply
from that patriotic young soldier and we believe it to be a genuine expression of the Lieutenant's feelings in the present struggle
for our national existence.
To The Ladies of Schuylkill Haven: You have my most sincere thanks for the handsome and valuable present which you in your
kindness, have bestowed upon me. It is unnecessary to say, that to be the recipient of such a gift, bearing such a beautiful
inscription, must serve a man's arm to noble deeds, and while life lasts, I shall strive to accomplish deeds with it that will, in after
days, be an honor to my name. The donation convinces me of your patriotism and shows that your feelings are with us in this great
and honorable cause. I accept your gift, not merely as a tribute to myself but to the cause in which we are engaged. Again I thank
you for this acknowledgement of my humble services in behalf of freedom and liberty and I pledge you the word and honor of a
soldier, that it shall not be drawn without a just cause, nor shall it be sheathed with dishonor. I remain as ever, your humble servant,
U. A. Bast Camp Curtin, September 18th, 1861 Fannie H. Koons, Addie Kline, Kate M. Levan, Committee
|Miners Journal of April 8, 1865
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN ILLUMINATION - Richmond Has Fallen ! This is Glorious !!
The people of this place headed by our worthy and patriotic ladies, celebrated the downfall of the center of treason, treachery and
murder, on Wednesday evening, the fifth, with a grand illumination of our town. The whole was gotten up in a few hours, and one
might have supposed from the general and splendid display that there had been days of preparation. The hotels, public school
building, post office, stores, and nearly all the private residences were tastefully ornamented and lighted from the basement to the
garret. The young men brought out the fire engines and headed by martial music, they paraded the streets and added much to the
general happiness of the evening. Everybody and their neighbors seemed to be out, all merry, happy and delighted. Soon after
nine o'clock the great mass of the people assembled in front of the Washington Hotel, which was tastefully decorated, where sharp,
impromptu and patriotic speeches were made by Messrs. Coxe, Field and Weinberger and the Reverend Mr. Stein. I can assure you
that a finer demonstration was never before witnessed in our quiet old town. The whole thing was a success and reflected much
credit upon the ladies who set the ball in motion and those who assisted in rolling it forward and this adds further testimony to the
great and irresistible power of the ladies to accomplish good in every field where they unitedly labor.
|Miners Journal of December 9, 1865
The remains of Lieutenant Laubenstine of Company H, 48th Pennsylvania Regiment, a gallant and popular officer, who was killed
during Grant's Virginia campaign in 1864, have been brought to Schuylkill Haven, and will be interred tomorrow morning at nine
o'clock. His surviving comrades are invited to meet tomorrow morning at Drumheller's Hotel, Centre Street, this borough at 7:30
'clock for the purpose of taking the eight o'clock train for Schuylkill Haven to attend the funeral.
|Miners Journal of September 5, 1868
MILITARY FUNERALS - STOUGHTON KIEHNER AND ALPHEUS COMBS
A Schuylkill Haven correspondent of the Tremont Local News writes to that paper as follows:
On Sunday last, we had two military funerals in our borough. In the forenoon the remains of Stoughton Kiehner, late of Company C,
50th Pennsylvania Volunteers, were consigned to their last resting place by his late comrades in arms. A vast concourse of citizens
accompanied the funeral cortege to the cemetery. Reverend J. P. Stein and Chaplain L. B. Beckley conducted the devotional
exercises at the grave, after which the former delivered a funeral discourse in the Reformed church. The deceased came to his
death by an accident which occurred to him on Wednesday the 2nd, between Reading and Pottstown on the railroad. He was
brakeman at the time on a freight train and it is supposed between the depots mentioned, in performing his duty, passing over the
cars his head came in contact with some projectile which caused a concussion on the brain. He was found a few hours after the
occurrence by the side of the tracks, insensible, in which condition he remained to the time of his death, Friday the 4th. He served
his country valiantly during the war.
Between twelve and one o'clock on the same day, the soldiery again turned out to pay their last tribute of respect to the remains of
Alpheus Combs, formerly a member of the same company and regiment with Stoughton Kiehner. His death occurred at Mahanoy City
of consumption, contracted in the army, from which place his remains were brought by his friends for interment at this place. The
citizens turned out nearly as strong at this second funeral as the first. Truly our citizens seem to be thoroughly alive to the duties
owing to the memory of our country's defenders. The brass band attended both funerals cheerfully, feeling it apparently their duty,
for which they deserve universal thanks. It might be well to state that although neither of the deceased belonged to the G. A. R.,
both funerals were conducted under the auspices of Post Number 26 of this place, assisted by the Cressona Post.
|Miners Journal of December 25, 1869
Mr. David Berger, who resides in Schuylkill Haven, we are told, is indeed in an unfortunate condition. He served faithfully as a
soldier in Company C, 50th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, and often while in the performance of duty, loaded as he was
with his accouterments, his legs gave way and he was forced to yield for a time to a disease that finally ended in his present state.
Colonel Christ, commanding the 50th, frequently told Mr. Berger to enter the hospital, which he however refused to do, but stayed
with his regiment and barely served out his whole term of enlistment. On returning home Mr. Berger was employed by the Schuylkill
Navigation Company as a car examiner and he was here noted for his industry and it was only when his disease compelled him, that
he finally yielded up to it and laid in his couch to remain there until the present day. Mr. Berger has now been confined to his bed
since August of 1868 and is really in a deplorable condition. He is suffering from a double curvature of the spine, chest pushed out,
sternum and cartilage of the ribs soft, and the whole chest is easily compressed. His temperament is scrofulous, while he is
deprived of the entire use of his legs, he not being able to get out at all, either with or without crutches. His spinal affection and
broken frame was induced by exposure incident to army life and his condition now is indeed pitiable as well as helpless. His
disease is incurable and yet the physicians say he may thus linger many years. He is the father of four interesting children and with
the assistance of the citizens of said place the family have thus far been kept out of suffering.
Post Number 26, G. A. R. have now appointed a committee to lay this case of distress before the people, in view of raising a fund to
procure this man a home and they now appeal to all in the county to give but a little in order to gladden this brave but broken
hearted soldier. We very much doubt whether there is so great a case of suffering in this county and trust that our citizens will
remember the soldier and assist Post 26 in their efforts to place this man out of want. Captain James C. Helms has been authorized
to retrieve contributions and all such will be promptly acknowledged and the entire amount placed at Mr. Berger's command. It is
hoped that this appeal will not be in vain and should those who desire to give ever get to our neighboring borough, it would be well
to call and see Mr. Berger as his condition will effect the strongest of the strong.
|Pottsville Republican of October 30, 1897
WILLIAM G. LOSCH AT REST
An immense concourse of sympathizing friends and acquaintances attended the obsequies of the late William Gessner Losch, which
were held Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at the family residence at 1013 West Laurel Street. Of a kind, quiet disposition, friendly
with everybody, Mr. Losch gained many warm friends which was plainly demonstrated by the hundreds who attended his funeral.
The body as it lay in a beautiful casket adorned with a profusion of lovely floral designs, was viewed by a large number of people.
The service was conducted by Reverend J. D. Fox, pastor of the M. E. Church, who delivered an excellent and impressive sermon.
Deceased was buried with military honors and the following organizations were in line: Third Brigade Band, Company H, Eighth
Regiment, Company F, Fourth Regiment, Pottsville Cadets, Gowen Post Number 23, G. A. R., Jere Helms Post of Schuylkill Haven, of
which deceased was a member and delegations from Allison Post of Port Carbon and Lawrence Post of Minersville. The employees
of the lower C. and I. machine shops, where deceased worked for many years attended in a body. Reverend Fox conducted the
services at the grave and the band played, "Nearer My God to Thee" beautifully. Three volleys were fired over the grave by a squad
from the Jere Helms Post. Taps were sounded by Elam Jenkins.
|The Call of December 28, 1900
MET TRAGIC DEATH - Henry W. Knarr of This Place Drowned at Adamsdale
Sad Accident Occurred Late Saturday Night - Made Misstep in Darkness - Body Found in water by Youth
Last Saturday night a sad and tragic death befell "Colonel" Henry W. Knarr, a life long resident of this place. His lifeless body was
found in the creek, a few hundred feet above Adamsdale Park by two young men, Joseph Fisher and Harry Zettlemoyer. Fisher, who
resides on the Second Mountain, had been visiting his friend Zettlemoyer at Adamsdale on Saturday night and left for home about
midnight. While crossing the bridge which spans the creek at that point, he heard splashes and the sputtering of a man in the
water. Owing to the darkness he could not tell where the person was and hastened back to the Zettlemoyer home for a lantern. His
friend returned to the bridge with him and with the aid of the light they found the body of Mr. Knarr lying in the water but life was
extinct. The water at that point is about four feet deep. The body was not removed until seven o'clock Sunday morning when Deputy
Coroner H. Y. Hartman of Orwigsburg, empanelled the following jury: George W. Huber, George C. Adams, Francis N. Wildermuth, M.
B. Warmkessel, Solomon Faust and F. H. Drumheller. The following verdict was rendered: "That Henry Knarr came to his death by
accidentally drowning in the stream near the Adamsdale Park and no blame is attached to anyone."
It is the general opinion that Mr. Knarr lost his way in the darkness and while crossing the bridge accidentally stepped from it into
the stream, which was covered with a thin coat of ice. He was probably stunned by the fall or for some reason was unable to
extricate himself and was drowned. He had been seen in town in the neighborhood of his home early in the evening. The body was
taken in charge by Undertaker Ziegenfus of this place.
Mr. Knarr was born and raised in this place and was a boatman by trade. At the abandonment of the canal here, twelve years ago, he
engaged in the tobacco business at the stand now occupied by Palsgrove Brothers, which he conducted for a number of years. He
subsequently engaged in the huckster business but discontinued that about a year ago, since which time he had been leading a
quiet life. He was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of the 5th Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was with that regiment during
the riot while marching through the streets of Baltimore early in '61 when the first blood of the war was shed. He was a member of
Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. of this place. He was sixty years of age and had been married twice. Deceased is survived by
two sons, John, proprietor of the hotel at Shoemakersville and Morris of this place. Four brothers and one sister also remain as
follows: John, Isaac and Mrs. Elias Berger of town; Benjamin of Chester and Charles of Mahantongo.
The funeral was held on Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock from the deceased's late residence on Margaretta Street, Reverend
O. H. Strunck officiating. The remains were taken to Shoemakersville on the 12:26 P. and R. train for interment. The pall bearers
were: George G. Freed, Charles Brown, Robert Keller, Samuel Hartranft, Howard Daniels and William Sigmund. Eli Ziegenfus was the
undertaker in charge.
|The Call of January 1, 1904
FUNERAL OF DANIEL MARTZ
The funeral of the late Daniel Martz took place Tuesday from his late home on Saint John Street. Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A.
R., of which deceased was a member, had charge of the funeral and attended in a body. The funeral procession was headed by the
Schuylkill Haven Drum Corps. Reverend D. M. Moser of Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church conducted the services. Interment was
made in Union Cemetery. The pall bearers were Eli Mengle, Henry Raudenbush, Elijah Emerick, Cyrus Witman, Henry Meck and
Samuel Reed. The deceased was a native of Berks County but spent the greater part of his life in Schuylkill Haven. He was for years
a boatman on the Schuylkill Canal, served with honors in the Civil War and was a member of Company C, 50th Regiment,
Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. His age was sixty nine years. He is survived by his widow.
|The Call of May 13, 1904
FUNERAL OF WILLIAM KILLIAN
The funeral of the late William Killian took place from his home in North Manheim Township, just above town, on Wednesday
afternoon at two o'clock, where services were conducted at three o'clock by Reverend Donat. The funeral was largely attended and
the floral offerings were numerous. Jere Helms Post Number 26 G. A. R. attended in a body. The pall bearers were Frank
Schweigert, William Flammer, Elias Rieger, David While, Benjamin Schappell and Andrew Schappell. The funeral directors were
Wagner and Sharadin.
William Killian was born at Baden, Germany and came to this country when a boy. He enlisted in the U. S. Artillery from Buffalo, New
York and served through the entire Civil war. He was taken prisoner and confined in Andersonville Prison. After the was he settled
in Schuylkill Haven and took up farming. In recent years he had conducted a lucrative ice business. He was constable in his
township for ten years. He was a member of Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R. His widow and the following children survive: Mrs.
Henry Mengle, Joseph, William, John, Mark, Clayton, Mrs. Oscar Ney, Mrs. William Reed of Saint Clair and Bessie at home.
|The Call of December 13, 1907
DEATH OF JUSTUS SHERER
Justus Sherer, one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at an early hour Thursday morning after a long illness.
Had he lived until Saturday he would have celebrated his 69th birthday. He had resided in Schuylkill Haven almost his entire lifetime
and during all that time was a prominent member of Saint John's reformed Church. For 37 years he was superintendent of the Infant
Department of the Sunday School and upon his retirement several years ago, the school had painted a handsome portrait of him,
which hangs in the Sunday School room. Mr. Sherer, for many years, had charge of the coal office at Mine Hill Junction.
He is survived by his widow, who is a daughter of Henry Byerly, now of Pottsville, but formerly of town and who is a remarkably
active and well preserved man although well up in his eighties. These children also survive: Mrs. Minnie Graeff, Mrs. Carrie Goas,
Frank and Earle and Misses Anna, Mary, Ella and Elsie at home.
|The Call of August 6, 1909
HENRY HILL - Native of Pottsville - Had Great War Record - Medal For Bravery
Henry Hill, one of Schuylkill Haven's prominent citizens, died Monday afternoon after an illness of more than a year, although he had
been confined to the house only about a week. Mr. Hill was born in Pottsville, was sixty six years of age and had resided most of his
lifetime in Schuylkill Haven. In his earlier life he followed boating on the canal. When the Rebellion broke out, he enlisted in
Company C, 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers and served three years and upon his discharge, reenlisted and served until the end of
the war. Among the battles in which he participated were: Shenandoah Valley, Spotsylvania, Beaufort, Cold Run, Chantilly, Antietam,
Fredericksburg, Wilderness and Cold Harbor. In the last battle he was severely wounded and Congress voted him a medal for
bravery in battle. For a number of years Mr. Hill was a night watchman and turnkey at the Schuylkill County Prison. He was a member
of Saint John's Reformed Church, Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., and Washington Camp Number 47, P. O. S. of A. His widow
and these children survive: Miss Sue at home, Mrs. Joseph Michel, Charles, Daniel, John and Fred of town and Samuel of Wilkes
The funeral was Thursday afternoon and proceeded from his late home on Market Street to saint John's Reformed Church where
services were held. The funeral was very largely attended. The Citizen's Band, G. A. R. and P. O. S. of A. attended in a body. There
were relatives and friends present from Philadelphia, Easton Tamaqua and nearby towns. Deceased was buried with full military
honors. The pall bearers were his sons, Samuel, Daniel, John, Fred and Charles and Clyde. Interment was made at Union Cemetery.
D. M. Wagner was the funeral director.
|The Call of December 23, 1910
DEMISE OF EX-SENATOR QUALL
The many friends in this town and vicinity of Dr. Charles E. Quall of Auburn, ex-State Senator, were shocked to hear of his sudden
death, which occurred while transacting business at Harrisburg Wednesday. Death is believed to have been due to heart disease.
He was well known in this town and highly respected. He was a member of Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., of town and was
very active in its workings. He served during the Civil war with the Army of the Potomac. He was active in politics, both in the
county and state. He served as coroner for several terms, several years as Republican County Chairman and was State Senator for
eight years, retiring three years ago.
|The Call of October 6, 1911
SUDDEN DEATH OF DR. DECHERT -Served His Town and County in Many Positions-Arose From Sick Bed Attends Church
In the death of Dr. Daniel Dechert which occurred at his home Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock, the town lost one of its most
prominent, influential and most respected citizens. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. He was bed fast since the
latter part of last week, however, true to his faith he on Sunday morning forced himself from his sick bed, attended church in Saint
John's Reformed and partook of Holy Communion. Following the church services, he immediately took to his bed. He grew weaker
and weaker following his exertion until Wednesday morning, when he became unconscious, death occurring several hours later.
Dr. Daniel Dechert was one of the most widely known physicians in this part of the state. He was influential among his people, a
patriotic citizen, a loyal and sympathetic friend. He was always ready to extend the helping hand to anyone appealing to him, to the
fullest extent of his power. His family and friends take satisfaction in knowing that as a man he was manly, that as a public servant in
many positions, he was conservative in the discharge of his duties.
The doctor was in his 66th year. He was born in Berks County. He was a resident of this town thirty years. He was a graduate of the
University of Pennsylvania and from that time to the hour of his recent illness followed the medical practice. During his career he
could lay claim to having one of the largest practices of any physician in the county. He served his county in the positions of
Treasurer, deputy Coroner, County Physician at the Almshouse. For fifteen years he was a member of the Cressona School Board.
He was one of the founders of the Union Safe Deposit Bank of Pottsville and of the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company and has served
ever since as one of the directors of the former institution and as Vice President of the latter institution. As a member and also
President of the Board of Health of this town for twelve years, he rendered invaluable service to its citizens, often jeopardizing his
own health in an effort to protect that of the citizens.
Dr. Dechert was a veteran of the Civil war having served two years. He was a private in Company H, 186th Pennsylvania Infantry. He
was a trustee of Saint John's reformed Church for the past five years. Fraternally he was connected with Cressona Lodge F. and A.
M., Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., Pottsville B. O. E., and the Southern Schuylkill County Medical Society. Besides the widow
he leaves five children: Misses Eva, Clare, Mary, Daniel Jr., and Robert. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon. Services at the
home at 1:30 and interment in Cressona. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend.
|Miners Journal of January 4, 1878
REWARD OF MERIT
In the peaceful borough of Schuylkill Haven lives Captain Charles E. Brown, a member of Company C, 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania
Volunteers. Of this fact but few people in the Haven are ignorant, but a circumstance not so well known is that the Captain is the
possessor of a handsome medal, voted to him by Congress for brilliant conduct during the late war. As the facts of the case have
never been published, the Captain being a modest man, the Journal has concluded to give them a place in their columns. On the
13th of August, 1864, the 50th Regiment lay in front of Petersburg and on the evening of the same day was ordered to take up a
position near the Weldon Railroad. On the following morning the Second Corps, to which the 50th was attached, was attacked and
driven back by a strong force of rebels, but reinforcements arriving, the rebels were finally repulsed and driven back. In the
pursuit, Captain Brown, then sergeant, captured the colors and color bearer of the 47th Virginia Regiment. Some time after this
occurrence, general Wilcox ordered Brown to appear before him, and wondering what could be the matter, the Sergeant obeyed
orders. Upon receiving him, General Wilcox complimented him upon his bravery in the late engagement and closed by handing him
the medal before mentioned. On the same day, Brown was created Second Lieutenant and at the close of the war he returned, what
he has since remained, Captain Brown.
|The Call of March 31, 1911
CAPTAIN CHARLES E. BROWN OF TOWN A BRAVE FIGHTER
Captured Three Confederates And A Battle Flag With Empty Gun, Won Congressional Medal For Bravery
Captain Charles E. Brown, who served throughout the Civil War in the 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers, won a Congressional Medal of
Honor in a gallant manner in front of Petersburg, August 18, 1864. His heroic action in capturing a Confederate flag was witnessed
and applauded by the Second Corps, to which he belonged.
After a long and fatiguing march all of the night of August 17, the Ninth Corps reached its objective point just as day was breaking,
only to be fiercely attacked by a large force of Confederates, and driven back some distance. When our artillery came up it opened
with great spirit and effect upon the advancing Southerners, forcing them back to their works in confusion. The sudden
discomfiture of the enemy encouraged the Second Corps to make a charge, which was successful. In the desperate melee in
mounting the Confederate works, many had to hand conflicts took place, a notable one being between Charles Oswalt and Joseph
Long, of the 50th Pennsylvania regiment, and a number of bold Confederates. When Captain Brown saw the severe struggle in
which his two comrades were engaged, he picked up a Belgian rifle still in the death grip of a prostrate Confederate and started to
aid them, but before he reached the scene, his men had killed their opponents.
At this juncture, Captain Brown discovered a Confederate color sergeant with his torn flag and two of his guard making their way
through the battle. They were proceeding slowly and with considerable difficulty, owing to the formidable obstruction, so Captain
Brown concluded to give pursuit. Discreet and noiseless in his movements, he was upon the fugitives before they were aware of
his presence. Leveling his captured gun at the distance of a few paces, he ordered them to throw down their arms and surrender,
an invitation they lost no time in accepting.
Getting in their rear, Captain Brown picked up the surrendered battle flag, ordered his prisoners to march towards our lines, distant
about two hundred yards. The captain took the precaution to keep his prisoners well covered with his gun, which to his horror, he
subsequently discovered to be unloaded. As Captain Brown neared his command waving the coveted prize, the colors of the 47th
Virginia, he was heartily cheered by his comrades, who had given him up for lost. His three prisoners, on being transferred to the
keeping of the provost guard, bitterly lamented the fate that had befallen them, especially mourning the loss of their flag, which they
said had been presented to their regiment by Richmond ladies, to whom they had pledged their lives in its defense. They regretted
they had not succeeded and their flag fell into Yankee hands.
General Wilcox, commanding the division to which Captain Brown belonged, on hearing of the latter's gallantry, seized him by the
hand and complimented him upon his action, declaring he would at the first opportunity report the matter to the War Department. In
December of 1864, Captain Brown was surprised to receive an order to report with his company at General Burnside's headquarters.
With his little command he marched over in fighting trim, expecting to be assigned some special duty, perhaps a dangerous
undertaking. Drawing his command up in front of General Burnside's log cabin, Captain Brown reported his arrival and awaited
orders. Directly, the popular and magnificent commander of the Ninth Corps, accompanied by his staff, appeared in front of Captain
Brown and his company, both full of expectancy. The compliment of a salute by the command being politely acknowledged by
General Burnside, he said, "Captain Brown, one of the greatest pleasures of my life is to say to you that I have been deputied by the
President of the United States to present to you on behalf of Congress a medal of honor, for the distinguished gallantry displayed by
you in not only capturing a Confederate battle flag but its holder and two armed guards, whose duty it was to defend the emblem.
The heroism displayed by you in your singlehanded action last August is characteristic of the true hearted American soldier. Your
act will ever be an incentive to others. I heartily congratulate you upon you r brilliant action, and in presenting you with this coveted
medal, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the government whose existence you are aiding in preserving, I express the
hope that you may be spared for many years to come, to enjoy the commendation of the government and the esteem of your
comrades and fellow citizens."
For years after the war, Captain Brown ran a canal boat between New York and Philadelphia, but his modesty being equal to his
bravery, he seldom alluded to the clever manner in which he captured three armed Confederates with a battle flag, with an empty
gun. (This article written by General J. Madison Drake, Historian Army and Navy Medal of Honor Legion)
|The Call of July 28, 1916
CAPTAIN STITZER ANSWERS TAPS
Captain William F. Stitzer, one of the oldest residents of Schuylkill Haven, died Sunday morning last after an illness of only three days.
Shortly after the supper hour on Thursday evening of last week, deceased retired to a room on the second floor of his home on
Union Street. Less than one hour afterwards he was missed by his daughter, Miss Carrie, who investigated and found her father
lying on the floor where he had fallen. He was still conscious and still able to speak. With assistance he was put to bed and
physicians summoned. But a short time after being placed in bed he lapsed into a state of unconsciousness and remained in that
condition until his demise. Captain Stitzer was a resident of Schuylkill Haven for 68 years. He was held in high esteem by a large
circle of friends in this and surrounding towns. He was a member of Saint Matthew's Lutheran church and in his younger days was
affiliated with a number of secret organization of the town. During the war, he entered the emergency corps and was in service for a
Deceased was born in Rehrersburg, Berks County on January 2, 1835, a son of John D. and Sarah Heckaman Stitzer. He was
educated in the common schools of town and when but nine years of age went on the canal as a driver. He continued boating on
the canal until 1867. In the year 1855 he became a captain of a boat plying between Schuylkill Haven and New York State. In the
spring of 1868 he was elected a constable in Schuylkill Haven and was elected one year following the other until he had served 24
continuous years. For many years, he also served as tax collector, serving both Schuylkill Haven, North Manheim and Port Clinton,
and at one time succeeded in collecting $10,000 in the borough of Shenandoah.
He was recognized as an expert collector and auctioneer and his services were frequently sought in all parts of the county. In 1882
he opened Stitzer's cafe, now being conducted by James Mellon. Following his retirement some thirteen years ago, his place of
business was taken over by his son, William. Captain Stitzer demonstrated his ability as a landlord and his career as a hotel
proprietor was more than successful. During his career, he took more than an ordinary interest in the business development of the
town and was looked upon as one of the town's most respected citizens.
On August 19, 1857, he was united in marriage to Emma Hammes, a daughter of the late John Hammes, formerly of Berks County, but
later a resident of Pottsville where he died. To the union was born nine children, four sons and five daughters. The widow and the
following children survive: Charles A, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Horace E. of Schuyler, Nebraska; Anna, wife of Benjamin Kline of
Philadelphia; William G. of Schuylkill Haven; Sister Ella L. Stitzer of Baltimore, Maryland: Garfield of Pittsburgh; Miss Carrie at home.
One brother, F. A. Stitzer of Florida, two sisters, Mrs. Katie Hoppes and Miss Andelia Stitzer, both of South Carolina, together with
twenty grandchildren and eight great grandchildren survive.
|The Call of August 18, 1916
DEATH OF DAVID BARR
David S. Barr, one of the town's oldest residents, passed peacefully away Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. For the past four or five
years he had been in ill health and under the care of a physician. The last several months he was bedfast. Until within a
comparatively short time of his demise, he was conscious. Sunday he lapsed into a state of unconsciousness and remained in that
condition until his death. Deceased was born in Lehigh County 73 years ago. When a mere youth, he and his brother Solomon came
to Schuylkill Haven where the former started to learn the trade of plasterer. After a year at this work he went to Philadelphia and
served three years as an apprentice. After serving his apprenticeship he went west where he learned the finer points of the trade
from the very best men.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company D, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He served with honor for a period of nine
months and participated in a number of hard sieges. Following an honorable discharge, he returned to Schuylkill Haven and
continued his trade. A large number of the present houses of this and the surrounding community still contain evidences of his
handicraft. Deceased was a charter member of Junior Order American Mechanics. Early in life he affiliated himself with the Trinity
Evangelical church and during his career held several church positions, all of which he served with credit. His death was due to a
severe attack of Bright's disease and dropsy.
Deceased was preceded in death by his estimable wife about ten years ago. To survive are three sons: Milton, Henry Oscar and
George, all of Schuylkill Haven. Mr. Barr was the last of a family of twelve children, all of whom lived to be a mature age. His funeral
took place this afternoon from the family residence on upper Main street and was attended by a large number of friends and
acquaintances, a number being from a distance. Interment was made in the family burial plot on Union Cemetery.
|Charles B. Palsgrove was one of the last
surviving members of the local GAR post
and was a cigar maker.
|Edwin Brown is one of the Civil War
veterans buried in the Jerusalem Cemetery.
|Charles Jordan, a member of the Delaware Infantry,
is at his final rest in the Jerusalem Cemetery.
|These four simple markers are scattered throughout the Union Cemetery. Emanuel Bast was a member of the 17th Pennsylvania while Jonathan Eckert, Benton
Spangler and William Koch were all members of the renowned Company C, 50th regiment, PVI.
|These more impressive headstones are located in the Union Cemetery and mark the graves of Civil War veterans Henry J. Bashore, Benneville Bast, Jonathan
Kantner and John Saylor.
|These three veterans wanted the honor of having their unit on their headstones. Lewis Moyer, on the left, showed his pride in the 116th Regiment while Edward
Shoener on the right was proud to serve in the 48th Regiment. Christian Lenker in the center served with the Ohio 19th but spent a good part of his life in Schuylkill
Haven and was well known in many parts of the country.
|The Call of June 28, 1901
Solomon Zettlemoyer, a highly respected citizen residing on the Baker farm, immediately outside the eastern borough limits, died at
12:45 p. m. last Saturday. His death occurred on his birthday, his age being 54 years. Death was due to cancer of the stomach, from
which deceased had been a sufferer for more than a year. He had not been able to work since last April and had been confined to
bed during the three weeks prior to his demise. Mr. Zettlemoyer was the son of the late Solomon and Leah Zettlemoyer, and was
born in Windsor Township, Berks County, between Shoemakersville and Hamburg. The family later removed to Pinegrove. Mr.
Zettlemoyer and his family moved to their present residence last April from Connor's Crossing, where they had resided 13 years.
When 17 years of age, Mr. Zettlemoyer entered the employ of the P & R Company, continuously active in their service up to his
illness last April. He held the position of foreman of a bridge building gang for many years, his last work for the company being
performed at Palo Alto last April. He was a private in Company I, 176th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, during the Civil War.
He was a member of the Reformed Church. His widow and the following children survive: Mrs. Harry Mack of Reading; Charles
Zettlemoyer of Philadelphia; Mrs. Milton Snyder, this place; Fannie, John, Minnie, Elmer, Edward, Thomas and Lillian at home. Two
brothers and one sister: Fred and Perry Zettlemoyer of Roedersville and Miss Alice Zettlemoyer of Pottsville also survive. The
funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the house and was very largely attended. Services were held in Jerusalem
Church, after which the remains were laid to rest in Union Cemetery. Reverends W. Donat and E. H. Smoll officiated. Elias Ziegenfus
was the undertaker in charge.
|The Call of May 1, 1914
With the passing of David Raudenbush, "Taps" were sounded and the final roll call answered by one of that rapidly diminishing local
band of heroes who left Schuylkill haven years ago to answer the call in the time of the nation's need. A brief glance at his splendid
military record indicates the type of the man. When the first term of enlistment expired, he reenlisted again and served with much
honor and underwent untold sacrifice and suffering until the war was ended.
At this time we are moved to the thought that we of the younger generation are prone to forget the value of the services rendered
by that great body of men that went forth to preserve the integrity of the Union. It is not so much that we fail to pay the personal
tribute we owe these men although that is not to be condoned, but we fail in a proper appreciation of the spirit which must have
actuated them. That spirit of sacrifice, of self abnegation which prompted them to leave their homes, their loved ones and their
positions in life to lay their very lives if need be, on their country's altar. It was not the paltry dollars, it was not the hope of honor, it
was not for the applause of posterity that these men made these sacrifices, it was simply a spirit of pure patriotism, a love of
country. This is the spirit many of us fail to appreciate and is that spirit which must actuate us if we are to do our share in
perpetuating this nation and carry it onward to that high destiny of which our forefathers dreamed.
The lack of this proper enthusiasm, patriotism and appreciation of the services rendered this country by those of our soldier dead is
so marked and evident in Schuylkill Haven, on the day set apart for strewing of flowers over the graves of the past and gone
warriors and heroes, that we cannot but make mention of it at this particular time. It is the failure of the membership of the local
secret organizations to assist in the observance of this day by participating in the ceremonies. These secret organizations having
for their principles, patriotic standards, high and lofty moral obligations, fail miserably on Memorial day to follow out their oaths and
obligations. No truer example of patriotism, we think, could be shown by these patriotic secret organizations, than on Memorial Day
to march behind the Civil war veterans to the cemeteries of our town and there lend their assistance in chaperoning the children in
placing flowers on these who have made their final salute of this nation's colors.
Another point while discussing this matter. The membership of the local Jere Helms Post Number 26 G. A. R. of town is rapidly
decreasing. The majority of the present members are so enfeebled by age that it is next to impossible for them to make proper
arrangements for Memorial Day observance or to even give their fellow comrades the military funeral befitting and by honor due
them. An example of the latter condition was that of Thursday, when it was impossible for the local post to muster sufficient
members together whose health would permit, in giving to one of their number, who on almost every Memorial Day and on the
occasion of the burial of every one of his comrades, with pain racking his entire body, was in attendance, a proper and deserving
military funeral. Some movement should be begun by the younger generation for the organization of a society to lighten the work of
the surviving veterans incident to the Memorial Day observance and also to assist them in various other ways in carrying on the
|The Call of January 19, 1917
DEATH OF A FORMER RESIDENT
Henry Dress, a former resident of Schuylkill Haven, was buried on Saturday last, from his late residence in Philadelphia. His death
occurred early last week and was due to an attack of pneumonia. Deceased was 69 years of age. He was born in Schuylkill Haven,
the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Hoffman Dress. In his younger days he followed the occupation of boatman. At the outbreak of the
Civil War, he enlisted for three years and served with honor. Nearly a quarter of a century ago, he moved with his family to
Philadelphia. He was united in marriage to Susan Kinzley of Auburn. Ten children were born to the union, six of whom survive:
Grace, Bessie, Russel, William, Walter and Edward. One brother Daniel Dress of Camden, New Jersey and one sister, Mrs. J.
Eckersley of upper Main Street, town survive. Mr. Dress visited Schuylkill Haven about three weeks ago during the serious illness
of his sister and her husband.
|This list of privates appeared in the Miners Journal on April 27, 1861, shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War.
MUSTER ROLL OF THE SCOTT ARTILLERY OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
We understand the election of officers would take place at Harrisburg.
|Miners Journal of May 4, 1861
A town meeting of the citizens of the borough of Schuylkill Haven was held on the 18th of April, 1861, for the purpose of receiving
subscriptions to aid and support the families of volunteers who have enlisted in the service of the National Government. Colonel T.
C. Zulick called the meeting to order. Gideon Bast was called to the Chair and Dr. Bland appointed Secretary. A subscription book
was opened and the following amounts were subscribed and twenty five percent paid to the treasurer.
|Resolved that John D. Deibert, Gideon Bast, Henry Saylor, T. C. Zulick, Henry Hesser, Henry Voute and James Kirkpatrick be
appointed a committee of finance and that they be authorized to ascertain the number of families requiring aid and their condition.
Resolved that T. C. Zulick be appointed treasurer of the fund and that he be authorized to pay to each family, weekly, the mount
directed by the finance committee.
These resolutions were adopted unanimously and the proceedings of the meeting ordered to be published.
Since that time the subscription list has been increasing to something over $2000. The finance committee have visited the families
requiring aid; have ordered the treasurer what amount to pay each and they have now received two installments (they being paid
|The Call of June 5, 1903
PAUL SCHECK DEAD
Paul Scheck, a former resident of Schuylkill Haven, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Eckert in Reading of illness
incident to his age. He was a native of Wurttemburg, Germany and served a term in the army of his native country and four years in
the Union Army during the Civil War. He was an inmate of the Soldiers' Home at Dayton, Ohio, and was visiting his daughter when he
died. Another daughter, Mrs. Jacob Freshly of Chester, survives.
|On the top row above, simple markers identify the graves of veterans George Freed, Lewis Boyer and W. J. Feger.
On the bottom row, larger stones mark the final resting place of Lewis Heisler,William Deibert and Jonathan Hoffman.
|Headstones left to right, for Civil War veterans Charles Maberry, James Hoffman, Solomon
Zettlemoyer and John Weand
|Simple markers designate the graves left to right of veterans Henry Freed, Jacob Honecker, H. R. Quinter and Lewis Reichard.
|Stones of varied design mark the final resting places of veterans P. George Koons, William Tyson, Pliny Shoener and W. D. Spangler.
|Edwin Campbell, Civil War veteran, rests
with his wife under this headstone at Union
|More headstones of Civil War
veterans buried in Schuylkill
Haven cemeteries will be added
|Veteran Moses Evely, rests with his wife
under this headstone at Union Cemetery.
|George Jacoby in the Union Cemetery.
|At left, Henry Auman lists his unit on his headstone as well as
on a foot stone at his grave. At right, John Hartman has afoot
stone listing his unit next to the family grave marker.
|Simple markers designate both the graves of George W.
Bolton on the left and Henry Dohner on the right, while the
stone of Isaac Knarr is more substantial.
|The Call of August 10, 1906
SOLDIERS' LOT IMPROVED
The improvements to the Soldiers' Lot at the cemetery have been completed by the Jere Helms Post and the lot now presents a
handsome appearance. The cost of the work amounted to nearly $100 and of this sum the Post has $60, ten dollars each having
been contributed by the P. O. S. of A. and the Junior O. U. A. M. and the balance by the Latona Dramatic Club. Will not some of our
patriotic citizens come forward and contribute the balance, and after the bill is paid, why not start a movement looking toward the
erection of a soldiers monument on this lot.
|The Call of January 12, 1917
ATTENDED FUNERAL OF P. D. HELMS
Messrs. C. P. Leib, Captain Charles Brown, George Wernet and William Tyson attended the funeral in Pottsville on Monday of P. D.
Helms. Mr. Helms was a former resident of Schuylkill Haven, a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the local G. A. R. Post. His
death occurred on Thursday evening last following a week's illness of pneumonia which he contracted while attending a funeral of a
comrade in Philadelphia. During the rebellion he enlisted in the first three years' troops. His company was first known as the
Cameron Dragoons, but later changed to the 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company H. At the close of the three years service, he was
honorably discharged at Petersburg, Virginia. Six children survive. Fraternally he was connected with a number of secret
organizations, among which was the Masons. Up to the time of his death, Mr. Helms was the oldest living Past Master of Page
Lodge, Number 270, F. & A. M., of Schuylkill Haven, having been admitted in 1864.
|The Call of October 25, 1918
DEATH OF BARNEY WALTZER
Barney Waltzer, aged 69 years, died at the County Hospital Saturday morning after an illness of seven months. Death was caused by
dropsy. Deceased was well known about town, having been a resident of this place for a number of years, making his home at Hotel
grand and later at Hotel Central. Born in Switzerland, he came to the United States when quite young and had been in this section
for some thirty odd years. Mr. Waltzer was a member of the local G. A. R. and while not and while not having seen active service
during the Civil war, was in the service following the Civil War and was engaged in suppressing the roaming bands of soldiers that
created considerable annoyance following the declaration of peace. He also did service along the Mexican border. The correct
address of his living relatives could not be obtained as of this writing. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at four o'clock.
Services were conducted by reverend M. A. Kieffer. Members of the G. A. R. of town attended and conducted their regular service
for the dead. Interment was made on the Soldiers' Lot in the Union Cemetery. O. A. Bittle was funeral director.