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

In the Line of Duty: The Murder of William Whiteman

William Whiteman, Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona I had finished paying my respects to Robert Cox, a Medal of Honor recipient, before scanning the nearby stones for another grave I sought within the borders of Rose Hill Cemetery. I knew the grave was close to Robert Cox's burial site and I studied the stones as I … Continue reading In the Line of Duty: The Murder of William Whiteman

Jacob Glessner and The Murderous Minister

Grave of Jacob Glessner, Berlin I had never been in Berlin, Pennsylvania before. Entering town, I turned onto Main Street and soon turned onto Fifth Avenue. A short drive along the roadway allowed me to see the plot of old stones on the right side of the road at the corner of Fifth Avenue and … Continue reading Jacob Glessner and The Murderous Minister

The Ghost in the Jail: The Restless Spirit of Ralph Crossmire

Does Ralph Crossmire still haunt the old Smethport Jail? Roadwork was the thing on Route 6 west of Smethport. By the time I arrived in Smethport, I was ready to get out a stretch my legs – I had definitely been sitting too long. Parking near the courthouse, I wandered about the lawn reading the … Continue reading The Ghost in the Jail: The Restless Spirit of Ralph Crossmire

Unsolved: The Secret of the Neversink Skeleton

The Berks County Potter's Field The name “Potter’s Field” often gives a negative impression upon the burial grounds set aside for those who are buried within the plot of land. Many of those fields have been forgotten and have not received the proper care, leaving the identities of those interred there forgotten to the modern … Continue reading Unsolved: The Secret of the Neversink Skeleton

Unsolved: The Amber Lantern Massacre

Marker near intersection of Marinnier Street and Lincoln Drive, Hometown I arrived in Hometown – yes, the name of the community is Hometown – in search of a simple marker telling of an event that happened there in the summer of 1938. After making a couple of wrong turns and detours, I finally saw the … Continue reading Unsolved: The Amber Lantern Massacre