Catherine Romberger Myers was born in Porter Township in 1840. She spoke to a reporter in 1931 about growing up in pre-industrial Williams Valley.
In 1906, a small valley in Pennsylvania's Coal Region caught a case of baseball fever. The towns were never the same again.
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.
Jim Shurskis told the dramatic story of surviving his ship's sinking to students from Williamstown High School.
On February 7, 1862, a roof collapsed inside the Short Mountain Colliery killing a respected miner and wounding several others.
Undertakers in Harrisburg found their morgues full of flu victims in October 1918 with no way to give them proper burials.
"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
Shortly after the Battle of Antietam in 1862, the Lincoln administration faced a crisis on the home front in Pennsylvania.