On a sunny Saturday in August 1918, more than 150 young men prepared for entry into the U.S. Army at the town park in Elizabethville, PA.
"Three hundred miles of funeral processions, and the tears and groans that accompany these sad partings."
Private Edward Ditty trained for war with the 23rd Engineers and sought success as a boxer in the ranks.
During the height of the 1918 influenza epidemic, the women of Central Pennsylvania jumped into action.
Women from the Coal Region volunteered to provide assistance to troops during the First World War.
In the communities of western Schuylkill County, influenza caused terror and grief as it claimed dozens of lives in 1918.
"Good music always has an appeal to most people," wrote a reporter accompanying a Liberty Loan Drive parade through Central Pennsylvania in the early fall of 1918. And in the coal towns of Dauphin County's Williams Valley, the bands and singers were particularly successful in attracting a crowd. On the evening of October 2, 1918, … Continue reading Parade to raise money for World War I brought deadly influenza to Williams Valley in 1918
Victor Neiman penned a letter home to Lykens, PA from his training camp near San Antonio on December 26, 1917.
Central Pennsylvania celebrated war-time Christmas in 1917 by welcoming soldiers on leave, big turkey dinners, and plenty of snow.
In a series of letters published by the Lykens Standard, we see the lives and perspectives of World War 1 soldiers from Central Pennsylvania.