Hard Scrapbook

The Rochester Public Library has scanned their James Hard scrapbook of newspaper clippings (126 pages). Mr. Hard was the last verified Union combat veteran of the Civil War. There was one other veteran to died after him but he had only been a drummer boy and nor a soldier. James Albert Hard was born in …

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D-Day Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of D-Day invasion of Normandy that occurred on June 6, 1944. Approx. 156,000 troops from the U.S., Britain and Canada planned and executed the largest seaborne invasion in history. A fantastic feat of organization of naval, armies and air forces made this invasion succeed. Nothing that I could write would be …

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Old News – Memorial Day Report

More news from the past. This time a report on the Memorial Day festivities in Spencerport, NY. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, June 4, 1914 VETERANS AT SPENCERPORT Memorial Exercises Interest the Large Number in Attendance Brockport presented a quiet appearance on Memorial Day as all of our patriotic organizations departed at 11 o’clock for Spencerport …

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Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day (Remembrance Day in Canada). In the US it was first celebrated in 1919 as Armistice Day¬†to remember all who served during World War I. Expanded to include all veterans in the 1950s. Military jobs are difficult and often dangerous. That’s we salute all those that have served in all the branches …

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Sampson Vets Mem. Cem.

On Monday, 26 Sept., was the first burial in a new veterans cemetery that has been in the planning for over 15 years. Clinton Van Gelder, formerly of Intelaken, NY, who died on 22 Jan. 2010, had told his wife, Eva, that he wished to be buried in the new veterans cemetery. Van Gelder had …

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Thank You Veterans

Today is Veterans Day. Let me tell you about my Revolutionary War ancestor, Matthew Halsey. He lived in Bridgehampton, NY on the eastern end of Long Island. He joined a Company of men from that area. The Company marched to Fort Ticonderoga which is about 350 miles to replace men that had survived an attack …

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Revolutionary War Soldiers

Happy July Fourth! This holiday makes me think of my ancestors Matthew Halsey and Jacob Wilklow that were soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Neither were in any battles but that doesn’t matter as they still were ready to fight if they needed to. I noticed another blog,¬†Genealogy and Family History(.com) has a good posting on …

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