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Sampson Wigmore of Tremont – Coal & Iron Police

| January 10, 2018

Sampson Wigmore, who was born in England in 1840, died in Tremont, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, on 22 October 1925.  He is buried at the Charles Baber Cemetery in Pottsville. At the time of this writing, no obituary has been seen for him.  There are two records of his death which were first consulted for this […]

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 […]

John J. Tobias – Obituary of a Donaldson Native

| December 1, 2017

The obituary of Civil War veteran John J. Tobias, who was born near Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, appeared in the Mount Carmel Item, 19 February 1935: J. J. TOBIAS, CIVIL WAR VETERAN, DIES DUE TO INFIRMITIES Defender of the Union Answers “Taps” After Being Bedfast a Week; Military Funeral To Be Held on Friday Afternoon […]