On June 19, 1863, an overcrowded passenger train jumped the tracks in Northern Dauphin County. Six people died in the disaster.
Jake Daubert played his first professional baseball in Williams Valley in 1906. By 1910, he was playing in the big leagues.
Four young men walked out of the offices of the Lykens Journal in 1861 to join the Union Army. Only one came back.
A writer in Lykens, PA describes the town's Memorial Day ceremonies in May 1889.
In May 1942, vast swaths of Central Pennsylvania went dark. Local air raid wardens planned blackout drills to prepare for enemy bombers.
The Elizabethville Echo describes the scene as the United States marched to war with Spain in April 1898.
"The excitement is great," reported the Lykens Register in April 1872. Williamstown Colliery had just experienced its deadliest accident to date.
In an exhibition game in July 1905, the Harrisburg Giants traveled to the Upper End to take on Williamstown.
An ugly incident on the baseball field in August 1894 prompted an angry response from one Williamstown resident.
Dr. Charles H. Miller describes his hometown in an 1876 pamphlet. It gives a wonderful description of Miller's childhood in the growing village of Lykens, Pennsylvania.