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William D. Stites – Obituary & Portrait

| September 6, 2017

Previously on this blog, the Stites Family in the Civil War was featured.  At that time, a portrait of Dr. Samuel Stites (1816-1882), a contract surgeon during the Civil War, was featured, along with some Civil War records of his son, William D. Stites. The portrait at the top of this post is said to […]

Obituary of Daniel A. Shultz

| August 30, 2017

Daniel A. Shultz died on 30 December 1925 in Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and was buried at the I.O.O.F Cemetery, Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His grave marker is pictured above.  Daniel A. Shultz is recognized on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a member of the Heilner Post who joined after its organization.  However, on the […]

Lykens Valley Ku Klux Klan Events Needing Further Research

| August 25, 2017

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

| August 23, 2017

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 […]

Pennsylvania Railroad Offers Excursion from Lykens to K.K.K. Rally in Washington, 1926

| August 21, 2017

The Harrisburg Telegraph of 11 September 1926 advertised a special excursion rate of $6.00 by the Pennsylvania Railroad for anyone interested in attending the Ku Klux Klan “parade” to be held in Washington, D. C., on Monday, 13 September 1926.  The train was to leave Harrisburg at 2:00 A.M. on the 13th and return from […]