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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 Elizabethville Echo.  Each event needs further research. The post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known fact that […]

The Ku Klux Klan Orphanage Fire and the Fund Raising Scam of 1926

On 21 November 1926, a major fire ripped through Klan Haven, an orphanage established by the Ku Klux Klan near Paxtang, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  Forty-six children were led to safety by the quick action of home attendants and fire fighters.  According to reports at the time, the cause of the fire was suspicious, and the […]

Ku Klux Klan Day in Williamstown, 1926

An October 1926 Ku Klux Klan rally in Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania was reported by the Elizabethville Echo. This post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known fact that the third iteration of […]

Charles Noblet Buried in Pillow with Ku Klux Klan Rites, 1927

In April 1927, Charles N. Noblet, an accident victim, was buried at Pillow‘s Grandview Cemetery, with full Ku Klux Klan honors conducted at graveside. This post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were active in the Lykens Valley area in the years following the Civil War.  It was a widely known […]

Ku Klux Klan Rally in Elizabethville Attracts More Than a Thousand, 1926

In the souvenir book for the Elizabethville Sesquicentennial of 1967, page 131, the following brief mention is made of a Ku Klux Klan parade through that borough which took place on 28 August 1926: KU KLUX KLAN The Ku Klux Klan paraded through town on Saturday evening 28 August 1926; and after the parade a meeting […]