“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 Red Cross chapter knitted, baked, and volunteered to help local soldiers overseas in 1918

Women from the Coal Region volunteered to provide assistance to troops during the First World War.

“This community sustains a great loss” – A fatal mine disaster in Wiconisco Township during the Civil War

On February 7, 1862, a roof collapsed inside the Short Mountain Colliery killing a respected miner and wounding several others.

“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."

“A vivid flash of light” – An 1867 lightning strike electrocuted Wiconisco miners 1,000 feet below ground

In June 1867, a thunderstorm passed through Wiconisco, Pennsylvania and electrocuted miners deep within one of the town's coal mines.