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Sarah Jane [Zerby] Machamer Buried with Full Ku Klux Klan Rites, 1926

| February 19, 2018

Sarah Jane [Zerby] Machamer died on 16 Jul 1926 in Williamstown, Dauphin County.  Her parents were Henry Zerby (1829-1922) and Sarah S. [Wolf] Zerby (1833-1906).  Her husband was Charles Machamer.  Her funeral was largely attended by members of Ku Klux Klan of Williamstown, of which she and her husband were leaders. This post is a […]

William Martz – Did He Have a Connection to Millersburg?

| February 2, 2018

The obituary of William Marsh appeared in the Harrisburg Telegraph, 10 January 1922: William Martz, Aged 75, Dead at Williamstown Williamstown, Pennsylvania, 10 January 1922 — William Martz, aged 75, a veteran of the Civil War, died Sunday evening in his home on East Market Street.  he is survived by his wife, Mrs. William Martz […]

More Lykens Valley Ku Klux Klan Events Needing Further Research

| January 26, 2018

Today’s post presents some events involving the Ku Klux Klan that were reported in the Lykens Standard.  Each event needs further research. The above photograph was published in the Lykens Standard on 31 July 1925 along with three other photographs of the funeral of James Spangler, all showing hooded Klansmen marching in Lykens Borough in […]

Ku Klux Klan Holds Meeting at Fisherville, 1925

| January 22, 2018

A meeting of the Ku Klux Klan at Fisherville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in 1925, was reportedly poorly attended, mainly because of bad weather.  Regardless, it was noted that despite the weather, “many” came from a distance, including contingents from Williamstown and Halifax. This post is a continuation of the reporting on hate groups that were […]

Report on the Ku Klux Klan Demonstration at Millersburg, 1927

| January 17, 2018

Although no actual attendance count was given, a news report praised the Ku Klux Klan demonstration that was held in Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in late June 1927.  The anti-immigrant stance of the Klan was evident in the speech by a representative from the National Headquarters who decried the large number of immigrants who were […]