|Chester Mertz a Navy Veteran of WWII tends to flowers of the grave of|
his parents at St. John's Lutheran in the Mahoning Valley.
|Oliver Musselman KIA at Antietam,|
September 17, 1862. He was 19.
|The Jonathan Gombert farm today.|
|Merlin Hollenbach was newly married,|
twenty-one, and only in Vietnam a month,
serving as a medic, attached to forward
observers. He was killed
in an ambush.
|A memorial from Merlin Hollenbach's family at St.|
John's Lutheran. Hollenbach died three days before
Christmas in 1967.
|WWI: Anthony Dougher was mentioned|
in last years Memorial Day address
at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery while
Moses Mertz was mentioned this year.
|Daniel Kressley served in Co F of the|
132nd PA Regiment. He was discharged
in January of 1863 due to disability but
re-enlisted in the 202 PA Regiment until
|Thomas Musselman buried at St. John's Lutheran in|
|Daniel Creitz of Co I 176th PA Regiment.|
Daniel Creitz was born in May of 1836 and was a farmer from Lynn Township. He served in Company I of the 176th PA Infantry Regiment from November 8, 1862 until October of 1863. He was the husband to Mary Creitz (b. March 1840) and they had twelve children, nine of whom lived to adulthood. One of their youngest children, Daniel Creitz had a farm near the Jonathan Gombert farm in Mahoning Township. By 1900, Daniel Sr. and Mary moved onto the farm with their son. By March of 1879 Daniel was declared disabled and by September 23, 1915 his widow Mary filed for widow’s benefits.
|Henry J. Long's tombstone|
reads "Lange" as he was also
known. His several
great grand son Henry Long
is bugler for the current
Lehighton UVO, and his son,
Kevin "Spike" Long is
|George Arb's grave at St. John's Lutheran.|
|Henry Snyder of Co I of 81st PA Regiment.|
Justus G. Walton was a sergeant in Company I of the 67th PA Infantry Regiment. He enlisted for three years on October 22, 1861. At some point he transferred to Company F. He mustered out with Company F on July 14, 1865. He was the son of Body and Polly Walton of Mauch Chunk and was second oldest of at least eight children (in order): Thomas, Washington, Wilson, Alfred, Peter, Joseph and Rebecca. In 1850, his brother Thomas was a machinist and Justus was most likely an iron casting moulder.
|Henry Wehrstein Company F 132nd PA Regiment.|
Jacob Hoffman, born July 3, 1848 was able at a young age to serve in Co C of the 54th PA Regiment. He died in 1909 leaving a wife, four daughters, and a son.
|Jacob Hoffman Comapany C 54th PA.|
Moses Hontz/Hantz (1843 to 1907) served in Co. G of the 81st PA Regiment. He was married to Sarah Hontz and they had eight of their eleven children grow to adulthood. Of them alive and living with them in 1900 were: Carrie (age 17), Lizzie (12) and Raymond (10). They also had their grandson Willie Eberts living with them too. Moses was a well-known boatman on the canal as well as farming in the Valley. Moses enlisted for three years on September 16, 1861 and discharged September 15, 1864. His brother Amon Hontz also served in Company G.
|Moses Hantz also known as Moses Hontz, brother to|
Amon Hontz. Both were said to be born in Weissport
but are buried at St. John's Lutheran in Mahoning
Amon Hontz took a minnie ball at the Battle of Spottsylvania Courthouse. Both brothers also fought at the Battle of Antietam.
|Samuel Mertz lies in Lehighton Cemetery and is pictured|
|Daniel Kressley, though sickened with typhoid fever in|
Jaunary of 1863 and discharged, he later re-enlisted in the
202nd PA Regiment and served to the end of the war.
|Merlin Hollenbach KIA December|