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Henry Seiger: Letters from a Civil War Soldier Print Email
Written by Elizabeth McIlhenney, Archives Volunteer   
August 3, 2016

written by Elizabeth McIlhenney, Archives Volunteer

Five letters, four in English and one in mostly German, live in the LancasterHistory.org archives, as well as transcriptions of the original letters. The letters were written to Anna Roland, and talk about his life as a Union soldier during the Civil War, as well as some of the battles and movements that the army made while he was at war. Even though the letters provide invaluable insights into the life of a Union soldier during the Civil War, there is not much information about the man himself other than what is provided in the letters. Who was Henry Seigar, and who was Anna Roland?

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Wilbur "Willie" Siple: A Biographical Sketch Print Email
Written by Elizabeth McIlhenney, Archives Volunteer   
July 12, 2016

written by Elizabeth McIlhenney, Archives VolunteerWillie Siple boxer

Wilbur “Willie” Siple (1904-1966) was the operator of Siple’s News Stand for many years. He was originally a professional boxer when he was younger, and he had a successful, but short, boxing career. During those six years, Willie fought in 131 exhibitions with 71 wins, 9 losses, 22 draws and 29 KO’s. Willie was what was called a “flyweight,” weighing only 102 pounds in his heyday. However, Willie’s boxing career was cut short after a 1925 automobile accident. Although many people speculated that Willie’s loss of his eyesight was because of his boxing career, Willie explained the accident to a local newspaper. According to a sports news article that can be found in the Willie Siple Collection here at LancasterHistory.org, Willie was attempting to fix a car when a car tire exploded in his face, damaging his eyesight beyond repair and blinding him.

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