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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


D. Linsley Sloan were retained to represent the creditors and the concession men. Finch, the promoter, had no assets except a suitcase which he took with him. The creditors proceeded to have an attachment served against the circus receipts, Sheriff W. Ralph Young and Deputy Hotchkiss taking charge of the circus Saturday night when receipts totaled close to one thousand dollars. Mr. Webster said that there would be a small surplus to the credit of the Klan after paying all indebtedness. The authorities were seeking Finch.

In November, 1925, George M. Payne, a member of the Cumberland Police Department, died suddenly from a heart attack. The funeral was held from his residence on Decatur Street with his pastor, Reverend D. M. Brown, of the Central Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. Klansmen in robes attended the services, lining the street to form a large aisle through which the remains were carried. Thousands of the people attended the burial ceremony at the cemetery. The Klansmen of Fort Cumberland, Unit No. 37, had full charge of the ceremonies at the grave. Mr. Payne was an active member of the Fort Cumberland Klan, the Eagles, and the Knights of Pythias. Grand Dragon F. M. Beall of Baltimore also was present and robed Klansmen substituted as traffic officers while the city police were acting as honorary pallbearers.


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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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