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

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

A powerful letter on slavery and the Civil War from a one-time resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania

"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.

Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943

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

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz’s Farewell Column for the West Schuylkill Press in 1943

In this prologue to our "Letters from War" series, newspaper columnist Irvin Schwartz pens his farewell in May 1943.

“No charge for medical service” – The US Army and Lykens officials covered medical costs in town’s 1918 emergency hospital

Medical care administered at the emergency hospital in Lykens during the 1918 influenza pandemic was free of charge.

“Heroic Work” – The incredible effort of Schuylkill County residents to fight the 1918 influenza pandemic

As influenza killed hundreds in Schuylkill County in 1918, volunteers stepped up to save lives.