“Incidents of a by-gone age” – A description of life in the Coal Region before the Civil War

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.

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“Baseball fever” – Williams Valley’s 1906 season featured pro players, violent fans

In 1906, a small valley in Pennsylvania's Coal Region caught a case of baseball fever. The towns were never the same again.

Parade to raise money for World War I brought deadly influenza to Williams Valley in 1918

"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