World War I draftees paraded through Elizabethville in 1918 before marching off to war

On a sunny Saturday in August 1918, more than 150 young men prepared for entry into the U.S. Army at the town park in Elizabethville, PA.

“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.

“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.

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