When the Klan came to Williams Valley – 1924

A recent visit to a cemetery in Schuylkill County inspired an examination of a dark chapter of local history.

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“A reign of terror” – A violent 1838 election riot provoked outrage in central Pennsylvania

Workmen on the Wiconisco Canal assaulted poll workers in Halifax, threw out votes, and started their own election.

“Baseball fever” – Williams Valley’s 1906 season featured pro players, violent fans

In 1906, a small valley in Pennsylvania's Coal Region caught a case of baseball fever. The towns were never the same again.

“This community sustains a great loss” – A fatal mine disaster in Wiconisco Township during the Civil War

On February 7, 1862, a roof collapsed inside the Short Mountain Colliery killing a respected miner and wounding several others.