Schuylkill County’s Civil War veterans signed resolutions supporting American entrance into World War I – April 1917

The aging veterans who were the first to arrive at the US Capitol in April 1861 pledged their loyalty to the Union once more as America entered World War I.

Letters from War – A note from the front lines to a World War I veteran in Pine Grove – February 1945

In a February 1945 letter to Harper Updegrave, Irvin Schwartz stated his intention to join the American Legion once he returned home from war.

“The Mine Mule Affected by the European War” – 1914

In October 1914, war raged on the European continent. In what was then called the "Great War," industrial-scale war was waged on a massive scale for the first time. Americans were paying attention. A commentator for the Pottsville Republican noted a curious thing about the suddenly mechanized armies smashing each other to pulp on the battlefields … Continue reading “The Mine Mule Affected by the European War” – 1914

“The mask epidemic” – A native of Schuylkill County in Seattle during the 1918 influenza pandemic

A caustic letter by a Schuylkill County native in Seattle complained of mask requirement in the city. But their letter missed the mark.

“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.

A story from 1918 reveals chaos as “Spanish flu” raged through Schuylkill County

In early October 1918, pandemic influenza descended on Schuylkill County and left thousands dead.