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Ku Klux Klan Holds Meeting at Fisherville, 1925

| January 22, 2018

A meeting of the Ku Klux Klan at Fisherville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in 1925, was reportedly poorly attended, mainly because of bad weather.  Regardless, it was noted that despite the weather, “many” came from a distance, including contingents from Williamstown and Halifax. This post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were […]

Hiram Klinger Wiest – Died in Confederate Prison

| January 19, 2018

A plaque in Richmond, Virginia, placed by the Confederate Memoral Literary Society in 1911, recognizes the site of the Confederate Libby Prison, 1861-1865, where many northern prisoners of war were incarcerated, and some died there.  According to information on Findagrave, Hiram K. Wiest died at Richmond’s Libby Prison in May 1864 and he is buried […]

Report on the Ku Klux Klan Demonstration at Millersburg, 1927

| January 17, 2018

Although no actual attendance count was given, a news report praised the Ku Klux Klan demonstration that was held in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in late June 1927.  The anti-immigrant stance of the Klan was evident in the speech by a representative from the National Headquarters who decried the large number of immigrants who were […]

Obituary of Samuel Beisel Wiest – Lumberman of the Pacific Northwest

| January 15, 2018

  Samuel Beisel Wiest, was born 31 December 1845, in Hebe, Jordan Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of John Klinger Wiest (1821-1877) and Lucetta [Beisel] Wiest (1824-1904).  He was a direct descendant of the first Klinger settlers in the area of the Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys. On 27 February 1864, in Pottsville, Samuel B. […]

5000 Attend Ku Klux Klan Demonstration at Gratz Fair Grounds, 1924

| January 12, 2018

On 4 October 1924, the Gratz Fair sponsored on its closing day, a Ku Klux Klan event that turned out to be the largest such event ever held in the Lykens Valley area.  The advertisement shown above, appeared two weeks in a row in the Lykens Standard.  The advertisement for the Fair was in the same […]