In 1910, an epidemic of scarlet fever spun out of control in the Coal Region community of Lykens and left a trail of bodies in its wake.
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.
Private Edward Ditty trained for war with the 23rd Engineers and sought success as a boxer in the ranks.
"None can tell what a busy scene will be presented near these mines."
A corporal from Elizabethville, Pennsylvania writes home in December 1917 about training to become a soldier.
Corp. William Graeff sent a note to the women of Elizabethville, PA thanking them for a handmade sweater sent to him in the fall of 1917.
Leroy Temple writes home to Elizabethville, Pennsylvania from his training camp at Fort Riley, Kansas in the summer of 1917.
After the explosion of the USS Maine in February 1898, Elizabethville, PA readied itself for war.
A change in railroad schedules to support the American war effort in 1917 left residents of the Upper End isolated and angry.
During the 19th Century, Northern Dauphin County was "disposed to secede" and form a new county with Lykens, Pennsylvania as the county seat.