Along the Way: Larry Critchfield

Larry Critchfield, Ursina Cdemetery The sun was peeking from behind the looming clouds as I arrived at the Ursina Cemetery. The morning had been cold, frosty and foggy, but that was not going to stop my journey into the heart of Somerset County. Turning off Jersey Hollow Road, the road leading to the cemetery was … Continue reading Along the Way: Larry Critchfield

The Murder of William Phillippi

Grave of William Phillippi - nature was crying the day of my visit The journey to Silbaugh Church and cemetery took me along some narrow roads and through heavy rain storms in the southern portion of Somerset County. After the GPS attempted to take me across a farmer’s field, I found the correct entrance to … Continue reading The Murder of William Phillippi

Along the Way: The Shamokin-Titanic Connection

Grave of Joseph Zupicich, St. Edwards Cemetery, Shamokin I paused at the gates of Saint Edwards Cemetery. The journey this far had been exciting with the GPS sending me down dead-end roads and wanting me to go the wrong way on one-way streets. The last three blocks had been almost straight uphill and for the … Continue reading Along the Way: The Shamokin-Titanic Connection

Along the Way: The Restless Spirit of Cassie Foster

Cassie Foster rests in an unmarked grave in Elimsport Cemetery I walked among the older stones of Elimsport Cemetery scanning the stones, reading the engravings that told the stories of those interred on the sacred piece of land. Countless flags flapped lazily in the breeze as I paused at the graves of those who had … Continue reading Along the Way: The Restless Spirit of Cassie Foster

The Boots of Amandon Baker

Grave of Amandon Baker, Fishing Creek Cemetery. Note the age on his stone is wrong - he was 57 when he passed. I was visiting the Fishing Creek Cemetery in search of a baseball player who rests among the stones. The small rural cemetery was one of the last places I would have thought to … Continue reading The Boots of Amandon Baker