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.
World War I draftees paraded through Elizabethville in 1918 before marching off to war
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.
“This life is agreeing with me” – A Pennsylvania soldier trains for war in 1918
Private Edward Ditty trained for war with the 23rd Engineers and sought success as a boxer in the ranks.
“Lykens Valley and the Coal Region” – Journalist Predicts Bright Future For Northern Dauphin County in 1833
"None can tell what a busy scene will be presented near these mines."
“The army is a builder of men” – A Pennsylvania Soldier Reflects on Training for World War I
A corporal from Elizabethville, Pennsylvania writes home in December 1917 about training to become a soldier.
“A Soldier’s Gratitude” – A World War I Soldier Thanks His Hometown Red Cross Auxiliary
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.
“I am going to stick and protect the stars and stripes” – A World War I Soldier’s Letter
Leroy Temple writes home to Elizabethville, Pennsylvania from his training camp at Fort Riley, Kansas in the summer of 1917.
“Now, let the eagle scream” – A Pennsylvania town excitedly prepared for war against Spain in 1898
After the explosion of the USS Maine in February 1898, Elizabethville, PA readied itself for war.
“Cut off from the rest of the world” – First World War disrupted life in northern Dauphin County
A change in railroad schedules to support the American war effort in 1917 left residents of the Upper End isolated and angry.
“A Proposed New County” – Northern Dauphin County’s Long History of Separatism
During the 19th Century, Northern Dauphin County was "disposed to secede" and form a new county with Lykens, Pennsylvania as the county seat.