A young sailor from Lykens wrote home to describe his first action in the Spanish-American War

Clarence Holland was 16 when he first experienced battle during the bombardment of San Juan in May 1898.


“I am a traveler by nature” – A long-lost son of Lykens writes home from the West

Frank Israel left his home in Pennsylvania and didn't look back for 15 years. While he was away, he traveled the world.

“All the coal crackers are here together” – Lykens Soldiers Write Home in December 1917

In a series of letters published by the Lykens Standard, we see the lives and perspectives of World War 1 soldiers from Central Pennsylvania.