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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 […]

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

| January 4, 2018

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 […]

Samuel Wenrich & Amelia [Faust] Wenrich – Both War Veterans?

| January 2, 2018

Buried together at the St. Paul (Artz) Cemetery in Sacramento, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, are two veterans of the Civil War, or so it would seem from the bronze G.A.R. flag-holder markers adjacent to their grave stones.  Samuel Wenrich and Amelia [Faust] Wenrich were husband and wife.  This is one of the few graves in the […]

Massive Ku Klux Klan Rally in Millersburg, 1925

| December 28, 2017

On Saturday, 13 June 1925, the Ku Klux Klan planned for a celebration to be held at Millersburg‘s Park, Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  The article promoting the event was interesting in that it claimed the celebration would bring back the “old-time way” of celebrating the past.  The Klan also claimed the American flag as its […]

Edward Walters Marries Sister of Comrade from 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry

| December 22, 2017

When he enrolled in the 2nd Company G of the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry at Harrisburg on 14 March 1865, Edward Walters gave his birthplace as Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and his place of residence as Mifflin Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.  He was employed as a miner, was about 19 years old, stood 5 foot 3 inches […]