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The Infamous

"Blue-Eyed Six"

of Lebanon Co., PA

 

The Blue-Eyed Six was the story of six men, who took out life insurance policies on Joseph Raber, and then planned to kill him for the insurance money.  He was reportedly pushed into the Indiantown Creek and was held under the water by two of the six on December 7, 1878.  The name "The Blue-Eyed Six" was given to them by an un-named newspaper reporter.  He noticed at the trial that all six of the accused had blue eyes.  After they were convicted of conspiracy in the murder of Joseph Raber, they were incarcerated in the Lebanon County Prison.  Five of the six were hanged in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

 

The Victim: Joseph Raber
 

  Born Jan. 14, 1819 - possibly in
   Lebanon Co., PA

 
  Died
Dec. 7, 1878 at Indiantown Gap,
  Lebanon Co., PA. Drowned by one or
  more of the Blue-Eyed Six.

 
 
Buried: Moonshine Cemetery, Lebanon
  Co., PA

  Occupation: Harvest hand and/or Road

  worker and general laborer at various times.

  Common-Law Marriage: Polly Kreiser (sister of Sabina).  Joseph and Polly resided in a previously deserted
  one room charcoal burner's shack in the mountain in the northern section of Lebanon County, Pa.

 

 

 

The Blue-Eyed Six

 

George Zechman


  Born
Aug. 15, 1849 in Berks Co., PA
  Died Mar. 19, 1887 in Union Twp., Lebanon
          Co., PA
  Buried: Sattazahn's Lutheran Cemetery,
               Lebanon Co., PA
  Occupation: Miner - Farmer - Teamster
  Wife: Annie M. nee Ditzler
  -Parents of 6 children (1880 Census Info)
  -Residents of Fishing Creek Valley

 The only one of the six who was found not guilty
 

 

 

 

 

Charles Drews

  Born Jul. 9, 1820 in Schleswig-Holstein,
          Germany
  Died Nov. 14, 1879 - Hanged in Lebanon, PA
  Buried: Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA
  Military: Served a term in German Army. Also
                 was a Civil War Vet:  93rd. Reg. - Pa
                 Vols. 1861-1865
  Occupations: Served as a butcher, carpenter,
                       mason, and iron worker
  Wife: Sabina Talva Kreiser (sister of Polly)
  -Parents of 12 children (1880 Census Info)
  -Resided near St. Joseph's Spring, Lebanon Co.,
   PA


 

Israel Brandt

  Born May 27, 1834 in North Lebanon Twp.,
           Lebanon Co., PA
  Died May 13, 1880 - Hanged in Lebanon, PA
  Buried: Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA
  Occupations:
Tailor, farmer, tavern mgr. - Cold
                        Spring Hotel and Half-Way House
                        Hotel, owner of hotel at St.
                        Joseph Spring (all hotels were in
                        Lebanon County)
  -Lost left arm in threshing accident in Illinois

  Married:
1857 - first wife died 1867 of
                consumption. Remarried in 1868

  -
Parent of 2 children from first marriage, 4
   children from second marriage
 


 

 

Franklin Stichler

  Born Oct. 16, 1859 in Union Twp., Lebanon
           Co., PA
  Died Nov. 14, 1879 - Hanged in Lebanon, PA
  Buried:
Family plot a short distance from St.
              Joseph's Spring

  Occupations:
Miner/laborer

 

 


 


 

Josiah Hummel

  Born Mar. 18, 1849 in Union Twp., Lebanon
           Co., PA
  Died May 13, 1880 - Hanged in Lebanon, PA
  Buried:
In the yard of his father's home

  Occupation:
Laborer
 
-Resided: Fishing Creek Valley, near St. Joseph's
   Spring

 

 

 

 


 

 

Henry F. Wise

  Born Jun. 4, 1845 in Monroe Valley, Lebanon
          Co., PA
  Died May 13, 1880 - Hanged in Lebanon, PA
  Buried:
Green Point Meeting House Cemetery,
               Lebanon Co., PA

  Occupations:
Miner, in Schuylkill Co., PA
  Married: 7 children, and one born after his
                death
  -Resided: Fishing Creek Valley, near St. Joseph's
   Spring


 

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