This is part of our “Letters from Home” 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
"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.
Irvin Schwartz and five hundred other young American boys shook and rattled their way across America from New Cumberland, Pennsylvania to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943. The 18-year-old former reporter for the West Schuylkill Press-Herald documented the journey and his first days in a sprawling US Army training camp. This was the first letter that … Continue reading Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943
In this prologue to our "Letters from War" series, newspaper columnist Irvin Schwartz pens his farewell in May 1943.
On August 8, 1863, Brigadier General William Whipple was nearly gunned down on the outskirts of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
Private Jack Robins jumped into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day.
Medical care administered at the emergency hospital in Lykens during the 1918 influenza pandemic was free of charge.
As influenza killed hundreds in Schuylkill County in 1918, volunteers stepped up to save lives.