Letters from War – “Our Battle for Aachen,” 1944

Irvin Schwartz's vivid description in a letter home to Schuylkill County describes the horror of the Battle of Aachen in October 1944.

Letters from War – Holiday greetings from the front lines in Nazi Germany, November 1944

Desperate to share Christmas cheer and hopes for a happy New Year, Pfc. Irvin Schwartz wished holiday greetings to friends and family through the newspaper.

A bit of Thanksgiving perspective from the pandemic of 1918

An editorial from a newspaper in Pottsville during the 1918 pandemic reminds us to be thankful for life amid a time of death.

Thanksgiving Day in Schuylkill County – 1864

A detailed description of how Schuylkill County celebrated Thanksgiving as the Civil War reached its climax.

A Thanksgiving sermon in the aftermath of the 1902 Coal Strike

Rev. John Hensyl spoke to a packed crowd in Shenandoah's Presbyterian Church about poverty on Thanksgiving Day 1902.

A 1938 editorial from the Coal Region urged loosening of immigration restrictions for refugees

In November 1938, the Pittston Gazette published an editorial calling for a reconsideration of America's strict immigration policies.

“Only Hoover is Big Enough” – A Lykens newspaper’s editorial on the eve of the 1932 election

The Lykens Standard voiced support for President Herbert Hoover and called the campaign against him illegitimate.

Letters from War – Preparations for a war-time Christmas in England, November 1943

This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945.  Read the previous letter here Pfc. Irvin Schwartz had Christmas on his mind when he penned the following letter … Continue reading Letters from War – Preparations for a war-time Christmas in England, November 1943