Phil Paine’s Record-Setting Career

Phillips Paine, Hummelstown Cemetery Despite having made countless trips to and through Hershey over the years, I had only once ventured to Hummelstown proper. On a recent trip to Hershey, I took a couple minutes to venture just west of the famous chocolate community. I navigated the streets of Hummelstown and proceeded past the Hummelstown … Continue reading Phil Paine’s Record-Setting Career

C. Raymond Keech: Breaking the Land-Speed Record

Raymond Keech, race car driver, Coatesville It was raining. At the moment, it was more than a shower as buckets of water fell from the sky. My journey had me passing in and out of showers and the radio forecast had promised the heavier rains were past, but one last downpour had found me. I … Continue reading C. Raymond Keech: Breaking the Land-Speed Record

Leighton “Whitey” Gibson

Leighton "Whitey" Gibson, Lancaster Cemetery Having stopped at Lancaster Cemetery to pay my respects to Charles Demuth – Lancaster’s noted artist – I set out to look around the area between the Demuth family plot and Park Avenue. While I did not know exactly where the next grave was, I had been given general directions … Continue reading Leighton “Whitey” Gibson

No Gentleman of The Diamond: John “Snake” Deal

John Wesley "Snake" Deal, Mount Joy Note: There have only been a handful of articles I've researched that have created major issues and John Wesley “Snake” Deal is one of those articles. Usually, I use the obituary as a starting point, but in this case I quickly discovered dates of importance in his obituary are … Continue reading No Gentleman of The Diamond: John “Snake” Deal

Baseball’s Robert “Bob” Rice

Baseball's Bob Rice, Masonic Homes Cemetery, Elizabethtown “Are you sure there’s a cemetery back here?” my mother asked as we drove through the Masonic Homes on the outskirts of Elizabethtown. The Masonic Homes was a village created by the Pennsylvania’s Freemasons who wanted to create a home for aging Masons and their families. The idea … Continue reading Baseball’s Robert “Bob” Rice

Jerry and Tom Donovan: Brothers in Baseball

St. Mary's Cemetery, Lock Haven While Mike and I had finished paying our respects to those resting in Highland Cemetery, we were not finished with our visit to Lock Haven. Leaving the historic cemetery grounds, we passed through the grounds of Lock Haven University before turning left onto Lusk Run Road. A short distance up … Continue reading Jerry and Tom Donovan: Brothers in Baseball