The Blue Eyed Six: The Murder of Joseph Raber

The resting Place of Joseph Raber, Moonshine Cemetery Note: This is part one of "The Blue Eyed Six." Part two is The Trials and Executions and part three is located here: The Legends. The sound of large artillery being fired nearby filled the air as I stepped out of the vehicle and scanned the cemetery across the … Continue reading The Blue Eyed Six: The Murder of Joseph Raber

In the Line of Duty: Philip Paul

Grave of Philip Paul, North Bend Cemetery This was not my first visit to the North Bend Cemetery. I turned onto the sacred grounds off of Main Street in the community of North Bend. The last trip had been while researching the history of the Kettle Creek valley when I stopped to visit those who … Continue reading In the Line of Duty: Philip Paul

Fred Frankhouse and the Unrecognized No-Hitter

Resting place of Fred Frankhouse, New Church Hill Cemetery, Port Royal I finished paying my respects to John B. Thompson, a Medal of Honor recipient who rests in the Old Church Cemetery west of Port Royal, and turned my attention towards the cemetery on the opposite side of Route 75. Note: More about John B. … Continue reading Fred Frankhouse and the Unrecognized No-Hitter

Thomas “Tommy” Irwin

Thomas "Tommy" Irwin, Calvary Cemetery, Altoona “Weren't we here a couple weeks ago?” mom asked as I turned through the gates of Altoona’s Calvary Cemetery. “Yes,” I responded. That particular visit we had stopped to visit the grave of John Hickman, a Medal of Honor recipient, and George “Germany” Smith, a baseball player. Note: More … Continue reading Thomas “Tommy” Irwin

In the Line of Duty: Private Floyd Clouse

Private Floyd Clouse, Alto Reste, Altoona I finished paying my respects to the Medal of Honor recipient Harry Harr and made my way back to the vehicle. Although I have distant relations buried in Alto Reste Cemetery, this was the first time I had ever stopped to visit the sacred grounds. Note: more about the … Continue reading In the Line of Duty: Private Floyd Clouse

Sam Cree’s “God Bless America”

Grave of Marion "Sam" Cree, Mapleton Over the years I have made numerous trips up the Thousand Steps Trail, which is located in Jacks Narrows between Mapleton and Mount Union, and every trip has been a new learning experience. On this particular trip it wasn’t history or geology I was learning, but a piece of … Continue reading Sam Cree’s “God Bless America”