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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 […]

Andrew Weir – Immigrant from Scotland & Engineer at Mines

| December 20, 2017

Andrew Weir was born on 19 October 1833 in Scotland and came to the United States about 1855.  By occupation, he was an engineer who worked in the mines around Williamstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where he lived and raised his family. In 1863, he registered for the draft, but was not drafted.  However, he did […]

Obituary of John Weiser, 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry

| December 18, 2017

An obituary of John Weiser appeared in the Elizabethville Echo, 9 March 1905.  Mr. Weiser was a Civil War veteran from the area of Pillow, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, who served in the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry. The funeral of John Weiser was held at Pillow last Sunday morning, Rev. S. P. Brown officiating.  A large number […]