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Ku Klux Klan Holds Meeting at Fisherville, 1925

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 […]

Report on the Ku Klux Klan Demonstration at Millersburg, 1927

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 […]

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

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 […]

The Ku Klux Klan Funeral of James Spangler in Lykens, 1925

James Spangler, born 3 October 1880, son of Civil War veteran George Spangler (1846-1921) of Lykens, was instantly killed on 16 July 1925 while working on Level 3 of the Short Mountain Colliery, when a shot that he and his fellow worker were preparing, exploded prematurely.  The notice of the accident appeared in the Lykens […]

Lykens Collieries Closed to Allow Attendance at Ku Klux Klan Rally, 1924

In 1924, a huge ceremonial Ku Klux Klan rally was held at Lebanon, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, which was attended in great numbers by Klan members and want-to-be Klan members from the Lykens Valley.  Attendance was undoubtedly enhanced by the closing of the collieries from Lykens to Pine Grove and by the special excursion train that […]