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In 1950, Pennsylvania’s governor, James H. Duff, named Elsie Singmaster Lewars a “Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.” An author of fictional stories and books about the Pennsylvania Germans and the citizens and soldiers of Gettysburg, Singmaster published widely from 1905-1950 in national literary journals, popular magazines, and prominent publishing firms like the Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston and New York. She received an O Henry Award in 1924 for “The Courier of the Czar” (Saturday Evening Post, June 7, 1924) and her book Swords of Steel: The Story of a Gettysburg Boy (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1933) was declared an honor book in the 1934 Newbery Award series.
Singmaster valued education for men and women. A graduate of Allentown High School and then West Chester No