The Pennsylvania That Could Have Been

The Pennsylvania countryside In my personal collection of books, there are numerous works of fiction involving alternative histories of the country with many of them set around a different outcome of Pennsylvania’s most famous battle – Gettysburg. What would have happened if the Confederacy would have won at Gettysburg is a subject numerous authors have … Continue reading The Pennsylvania That Could Have Been

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

Charles Demuth, Artist

The Demuth Family Stone, Lancaster Cemetery. A separate monument for Charles also stands in the family plot Lancaster Cemetery is another of those cemeteries I wished I lived closer to as every time I think I’ve visited all of the notable people resting within the hallowed grounds, I manage to find another grave or two … Continue reading Charles Demuth, Artist

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

The Hounds of Hans Graf Cemetery

Haunted Hans Graf Cemetery I had spent the morning exploring Dauphin and Lancaster Counties. Glancing at the clock, I knew I would have to soon start towards Lancaster if I didn't want to be late, but I had enough time to make one more stop. “Where are we stopping now?” my mother asked as I … Continue reading The Hounds of Hans Graf Cemetery