“May these sights soon cease” – Influenza in Pottsville, 1918

"Sorrow and woe stalk almost unceasingly in our midst," wrote the Pottsville Republican in October 1918.

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“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.

“All the coal crackers are here together” – Lykens Soldiers Write Home in December 1917

In a series of letters published by the Lykens Standard, we see the lives and perspectives of World War 1 soldiers from Central Pennsylvania.