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

| June 14, 2017

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

| June 12, 2017

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 […]

Lykens Valley Pastor Was Ku Klux Klan Leader

| June 8, 2017

A Lykens Valley pastor was a known leader of the Ku Klux Klan.  He served several churches in the valley, and not only promoted the K. K. K. outside his role of ministering to his congregations, but included K. K. K. activities within the worship services he conducted. This post is a continuation of the […]

Couple Married at Ku Klux Klan Meeting in Hebe

| April 11, 2017

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 the Ku Klux Klan had a significant presence in the Lykens Valley and adjacent valleys during the early […]

Reflection on the Victory of John W. Geary Over the White Supremacist Heister Clymer

| September 27, 2016

An editorial from the Harrisburg Telegraph, 15 October 1866, on the election of John W. Geary as Governor of Pennsylvania, over the avowed white supremacist Hiester Clymer: THE GOVERNOR ELECT There has never been a man elected Governor of Pennsylvania who as fairly earned the position as has John W. Geary.  We do not pretend […]