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Cumberland, Maryland (Ku Klux Klan in Cumberland)

Ku Klux Klan in Cumberland Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


train are the uniformed conductor and brakeman wearing the Ku Klux Klan headdress.

On August 8, 1925, two Cumberland Klansmen were killed and three were injured at Halpine, Maryland when an automobile enroute from Cumberland to Washington for the Ku Klux Klan ceremonies overturned. The dead were Clarence Lyons and James Howard Frantz. Grant Gordon, Rackney Robinette and George Hickle were less seriously hurt. D. N. Brant and George Ebly, the other two occupants of the car, were uninjured. The machine was driven by James Frantz, its owner.

On August 31, 1925, it was reported that Graham E. Finch, promoter of the circus given the week before at People's Park, later Crystal Park, on Route 40 west, under the auspices of Cumberland Klan No. 37, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, had disappeared with between four and five hundred dollars collected for program advertising. James W. Webster, Exalted Cyclops, became suspicious when he began to collect for the advertising that appeared in the program. Every place Webster went he found that Finch had been there before him. This money was practically all the promoter got away with, according to Mr. Webster, but others, including members of the Klan, put the amount as high as two thousand dollars. Assurance was given creditors that the Klan would settle all indebtedness. The circus acts were paid off Saturday in order that they might get away to fill engagements contracted in other places. Mr. Webster stated that local bills would be paid on August 31. Among the creditors were the People's Hardware Company, the Cumberland Electric Company, the Jenvey printing Company, Daily News, Commercial Press, P.O.S. of A., and the Chaney Transfer Company. Arch A. Young and


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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