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

| January 8, 2018

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 […]

Jacob Weidel – Coal Miner

| October 21, 2011

Jacob Weidel (1831-1901) was a coal miner for most of his life.  According to his obituary which was found in the Lykens Standard of 4 October 1901, he was also a Civil War veteran: When Abraham Lincoln called for 100,000 men on 4 August 1862 for nine months to defend the flag and the union, […]