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Sarah Jane [Zerby] Machamer Buried with Full Ku Klux Klan Rites, 1926

Sarah Jane [Zerby] Machamer died on 16 Jul 1926 in Williamstown, Dauphin County.  Her parents were Henry Zerby (1829-1922) and Sarah S. [Wolf] Zerby (1833-1906).  Her husband was Charles Machamer.  Her funeral was largely attended by members of Ku Klux Klan of Williamstown, of which she and her husband were leaders. This post is a […]

Monster Ku Klux Klan Demonstration at Island Park, Harrisburg, 1925

On Labor Day, 1925, about 30,000 Ku Klux Klan members thronged into the city of Harrisburg for what was described as a the largest Klan demonstration ever held in Central Pennsylvania. This post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the […]

Statement on Election of 1928 by Imperial Wizard of Ku Klux Klan

In the presidential election of 1928, Governor Alfred E. Smith, the candidate of the Democratic Party who by faith was a Roman Catholic, was pitted against Herbert Hoover, the candidate of the Republican Party.  Smith was the first of his religious background to be the standard bearer of a major political party. In late September […]

Ku Klux Klan Gather at Funeral of Simon Nelson in Tower City, 1925

Simon Peter Nelson was born on 23 October 1878, in Orwin, Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, the son of John Nelson, an immigrant from Germany, and his wife, Rebecca [Heberling] Nelson, who was born in Pennsylvania.  He was a coal miner.  He died on 26 February 1925, killed accidentally by a crush of falling coal.  […]

More Lykens Valley Ku Klux Klan Events Needing Further Research

Today’s post presents some events involving the Ku Klux Klan that were reported in the Lykens Standard.  Each event needs further research. The above photograph was published in the Lykens Standard on 31 July 1925 along with three other photographs of the funeral of James Spangler, all showing hooded Klansmen marching in Lykens Borough in […]