FAMILY HEIRLOOMS are an integral part of my life. My two childhood banks sit on a shelf in the bedroom. The dining room contains a table that belonged to one of my father's brothers, six sets of chairs (each from one of the homes of an aunt and uncle), my parents' dinnerware and flatware, the gingerbread shelf clock that once graced the kitchen of my Presser grandparents' home in Bethlehem, and a gun carried by the brother of my great grandfather Rinker at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Mount Union, May 28.--Mrs. Martha Annie HAMMAN, for many years a resident of Hill Valley, died Saturday morning at 12:15 after an illness of two hours, suffering a heart attack, at her home at Singers Gap. She had been in her usual health prior to this. Born March 5, 1856 in the vicinity of Orbisonia, which was at that time called--------Furnace, Mrs. Hamman was a daughter of William and Ellen (LONG) RINKER. She was married to Peter HAMMAN March 17, 1874 at Cora. The greater part of her life was spent in Hill Valley. The husband, who died in 1909, was a Civil War veteran and served in Co. 4, 88th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, Infantry. Mrs. Hamman was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Singers Gap and was active in the work of the church. Surviving are the following daughters: Mrs. Edna PULLEN and Mrs. Fannie HOOPER, of Altoona; Mrs. Josephine SWOPE, of Hill Valley and Mrs. Nettie GUTCHALL, of Huntingdon. Four brothers as follows also survive: Benson RINKER and Joseph RINKER of Allenport; Frank RINKER of Huntingdon and William Curt RINKER of Tyrone. Prayer service at the late home in Singers Gap, Tuesday and services will be continued at the Singer Gap Methodist church in charge of Rev. Matlock, assisted by Mr. Arthur HILL. W. Q. Blatt will direct interment in the nearby cemetery in Hill Valley.

Rinker, Michael F., letter (MS #381). Full text
ALS, May 17, 1864, from Confederate soldier Michael F. Rinker (Private, Company F, 136th Regiment, Virginia Militia) to his parents. Written from camp near Spotsylvania Courthouse; discusses battle at Spotsylvania, emphasizing enemy causalities; mentions Battle of New Market (Virginia).