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 Civil War officer’s grisly amputation at Spotsylvania Court House on May 10, 1864

Captain Edwin L. Severn lost his right arm at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on May 10, 1864.

“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.

Parade to raise money for World War I brought deadly influenza to Williams Valley in 1918

"Good music always has an appeal to most people," wrote a reporter accompanying a Liberty Loan Drive parade through Central Pennsylvania in the early fall of 1918. And in the coal towns of Dauphin County's Williams Valley, the bands and singers were particularly successful in attracting a crowd. On the evening of October 2, 1918, … Continue reading Parade to raise money for World War I brought deadly influenza to Williams Valley in 1918

Miners’ revolt in Schuylkill County during the Civil War caused headaches for Abraham Lincoln

Shortly after the Battle of Antietam in 1862, the Lincoln administration faced a crisis on the home front in Pennsylvania.

“The war feeling” – Amid chaos of September 1862, Schuylkill County prepared itself for war

When a Confederate army threatened Pennsylvania in September 1862, the citizens of Pottsville jumped into action. They also felt the harsh hand of war.