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Area History: "THE BLOODY FIRST", 1902

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Schuylkill County, PA. Lithuanians

By Jay R. Zane


"THE BLOODY FIRST"

July 30, 1902 would be the date that the Lithuanian dominated
First Ward of Shenandoah, Pa. would earn it's nickname as the
Bloody First Ward. It was on that date during the mine strike
(which started in May, 1902) that tensions erupted into death
and mayhem. Joseph BEDDALL, a local hardware store owner,
went to assist his brother who happened to be a county deputy
sheriff. Thousands of miners and their supporters were
demonstrating near the Railroad station when the angry mob
turned on Mr. BEDDALL. He was assaulted, kicked, and beaten
"almost to jelly." The Shenandoah police were summoned and
desperate fighting ensued...bullets began to fly. In fact,
one bullet shot over the head of my great-grandmother,
Victoria RASIMAS ALEX(INAS) as she looked out of her saloon
window. The newspapers blamed all the trouble on the
"foreign" element which had settled in Schuylkill County. The
National Guard was called in by the Governor of PA to restore
order. The length of the strike led to near starvation
conditions for these Lithuanian ancestors. The riot in the
ethnic enclave of the First Ward of Shenandoah, PA on July
30, 1902 resulted from labor's demand for an eight-hour work
day for the coal miners. Three persons were killed and over
30 were injured. The Pennsylvania National Guard had to be
called out by Governor Stone. The streets of Shenandoah were
soon after patrolled by soldiers riding on horseback
brandishing rifles and boyonets. The town's doctors were kept
busy. One physician alone removed 18 bullets from the
wounded. The state's Fourth and Eighth regiments were
stationed on the streets of the predominently Lithuanian and
Polish neighborhood until the end of October, 1902. At first
several of the townspeople would throw stones at the troops
but the citizens and the soldiers gradually became accustomed
to one another and violence was kept at a minimum. The 1,500
soldiers set up camp at Columbia Park. Calvary trooper
Stewart CULIN gave a sympathetic view of the situation in
Shenandoah. When he arrived with his troops he was impressed
by the cleanliness of the population..."The miners were quiet
and undemonstrative...the women were barefooted, in calico
dresses...the styles and patterns of dress differentiated the
Polish from the Lithuanian women...swarms of children played
about with absolute freedom...nearly every other house
appeared to be a saloon bearing foreign names." The trooper
later befriended the pastor of St. George's, Father
ABROMAITIS, who explained to him that the Lithuanian spoken
in Shenandoah was influenced by Poland, Russia, and Prussia
which resulted in 3 major dialects. The August 5th, 1902
edition of the "Miners Journal" covered the large funeral for
Joseph BEDDALL, who was beaten to death by the angry mob near
the railroad station in the First Ward. It gave little
mention of sympathy for the other victims of the riot. The
paper referred to it an "another drunken brawl by the foreign
element" broken up by troops. The troops considered the
southern end of Shenandoah to be the toughest part of town
and government officials confessed to the General their
inability to cope with the out-and-out insurrection. This
required two companies of infantry to be stationed in the
southern section of town. A deputy sheriff gave the following
version of events during the hearing that followed: "On July
30, 1902 at about 5pm on my way home my attention was
directed to crowds collecting and men running in large
numbers to the east of me towards the Lehigh & Reading R.R..
I went over towards them and heard a number of men yelling
"scab." I asked assistance of the citizens to persuade the
men to disperse. I passed on up towards Emerick Street and
the crowd followed. My attention was then drawn to 3 men who
followed me up the railroad to the depot. The crowd kept
repeating "Scab," and other offensive words. I turned and saw
3 men who I did not know. They proved to be Mr. GOOD,
Mr. HENNER, and Mr. VAUGHN who worked for the railroad. Mr. Good
told the crowd that they were not scabs but the crowd surged
forward. A member of the crowd tore open a bundle from oneof
the men and revealed a dinner pail and overalls. Immediately
the 3 men were pounced upon and knocked down. Stones were
thrown at them, beaten and kicked violently. I immediately
revealed that I was a deputy and began to read them the riot
act. I heard someone yell out "To hell with the sheriff....we
must kill the scabs." I then drew my revolver and fired twice
in the air over their heads. The crowd did not fall back but
continued to press in and beat the 3 men. I then began firing
again and the crowd retreated. I and the three men hurried to
the railroad depot. The crowd continued to throw stones and
the numbers increased to the thousands. They howled and
yelled like fiends and threw rocks through the windows. I
held the crowd at bay until the police arrived. With their
assistance we got into the train and departed town under a
hail of rocks and bullets. Two hours later I learned that my
brother, Joseph BEDDALL, a hardware store owner, was beaten
to death coming to my assistance."

This is the conclusion of
the history of the Bloody First Ward riot of 1902 in
Shenandoah, PA which involved many of our ancestors. Comments
or additional information appreciated. Jay Zane


Chartered in 1916 the undersigned members of the Lithuanian
Independent Beneficial Club, the Lithuanian Sons Society,
Spindulys Szvieses, The Great Lithuanian Duk Vytautas
Citizens Society, all citizens of Minersville, Schuylkill
County, PA formed to operate a public cemetery.
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John ALABURDA, J. ALISAUSKAS, Frank BALCIUS, Joseph BAZDONAS,
J. CIUDINIS, William CHUDEN, John COUSER, Antanas DELTUNA,
Francis GALETZ, George GUDELUNAS, William GUOBAILIS, Andrew
HERBERT, John KAVELSKY, Lewis KLEVINSKY, A. LEONAS, Anthony
LEVONAS, Martin MARTULIS, J. MEDELIS, John PUODZUNAS, Joseph
RAMONAUSKAS, George SABUBUCKAS, J. SAVUKYNAS, Charles
SHILKATIS, K. SILKAS, Joseph A. SHUPPAS Jr., J. M. SPUDIS, P.
STRAVINSKAS, William SZMUIDIS, Frank J. TOMPOSKI, J.
VITKAUSKAS, J. ZEIKUS. St. Vincent de Paul, Girardville, PA


Lithuanians organized themselves into a parish in 1904.
-------------------------------------------------------------
Sylvester BIELANKAS, Mr. CHAPLEY, John GREBLICK, Rev. A.M.
MILUKAS, Walter MARCINCAVAGE, Frank SHIMULAITIS.


Lithuanian Political Club of Shenandoah filed a charter on
October 2, 1911.
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John CATLENAS, Joseph DEGUNAS, Dennis O'NEILL, Rollin
MATULEWICZ, Anthony METCUFSKIE, Enoch METCUFSKIE, A.C.
NOWAKOSKI, Alex WALUKONIS, Enoch WOLACONIS.


The National Lithuanian Union charter was filed in Schuylkill
County, Pa on October 31, 1887 and the following were the
founding members.
-------------------------------------------------------------
Joseph ANDREWSKY, Mateoszius ANDRINKYTIS, Peter BIAZGEL, John
BOBBEL,Matthias CZMEROFSKE, Stanislaus MACZINSKAS, Jonas
MIELDAZIS, Andirus MILAUCYAS, George NAUJUNAS , John ROGERS,
George SACOLISKI, Juozas SZABRINSKAS, Charles ZUNCS.


People who had dealings with Dr. Jonas Sliupas.
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Matthew ANDRUKAITIS, Anthony ALEX, George BINTKUS, Rev.
Vladislovas DEMBSKIS, Joseph KEISER, Joe KUPCZUNKAS, Joseph
KUTNUSKUI, Joseph & Peter LUTWENUS, Ludvika MALINAUSKAS, John
MEILDAZIS, George NANJUNAS, John PETRIKA, Charles RADZIEWICZ,
John ROGERS, George SHEMANSKY, Anthony SHUKOSKI, Aldona
SLIUPAS, Kestutis SLIUPAS, Rev. SLIUPAVICIUS.


Basketball team from Sacred Heart Parish, New Philadelphia,
PA in early 1930's.
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John BENDER, Andrew GALASKY, Daniel LAURINAITIS, Vincent
POPLOSKY, John SAVITSKY, Joseph SHATUS, John SHELESKY, Stiney
SOCKS. (GIRLS TEAM): Helen DAUCHUS, Anna KEMINSKY, Mary
PIERCE, Helen POPLOSKY, Helen SHELAVAGE, Julia ZUBRIS.


St. Johns Church, Coaldale, PA.
-------------------------------------------------------------
Adam ADAMAITIS, Frank BUGERAVAGE, Rev. CAROLUS, Rev.
DURITSKAS, Rev. GUDITIS, Rev. KLEVENCE, Rev. Rev. MOCKUS,
Rev. POTENUS, Rev. TISHKUS.


Chartered in 1910 the Lithuanian Citizens Beneficial Club of
St. Clair, PA Original members
-------------------------------------------------------------
Joseph BUTCAVAGE, Andre KLEINOT, Thomas SENCIK, Alex
SKROBIEL, Peter MISONIS, William WHITKUNAS.


Girardville Lithuanian Band, chartered in 1915.
-------------------------------------------------------------
Anthony BANN, John BANN, John BERNOTAS, Joseph BRADULAS,
Charles BULESKIE, Joseph BULESKIE, John CUTHY, Anthony
GLINSKAS, James GOMASKI, James KASAKITIS, Albert KRICK,
Edward KRICK, George KRICK, Alex LAPINIS, Joseph LAPINIS Jr.,
Charles A. MACHEASE, Stiney OFFSHANY, Anthony POJKENIS, Peter
POLOKITIS, Frank POMPLIS, Edward SHERMAN, John SHERMAN,
Joseph SPANIAL, Stephen SUBUSKIE, Joseph SURKITIS, Michael J.
SUSCAVAGE, Joseph WHITCAVAGE, Paul ZELLIS, Joseph ZUBY Sr.,
Joseph ZUBY Jr., Anthony ZUTULAS, Joseph ZUTULAS.


Austras Bromu Lanelas Szwencziousos of Girardville, PA
chartered June 15, 1908.
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Tuoras AWANAWIZE, Walter CAIHINAHIE, Walter CUTSAVAGE, Stiney
CZEPUKAITIS, John CZERNESKY, Anthony LAUCONIS, Charles
LUGOSKIE, Frank SHALVIS, George SIMANAVAGE, Calis SOWIGLE,
Tonas SURDOKAS.


The first Lithuanian Band in the U.S.
was started in 1884 in Shenandoah, PA. Charter members were:
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Peter ALYTA, John BASKEFIELD, Nicholas CAMINSKY, W. CURTIN,
Charles DADURKA, John KARPAITIS, Mike MARCIENKIERWICZ, Harry
MCDONALD, John MIELDAZIS, Charles NORK, Simon NORK, Aug
POSCAVAGE, Joseph POSCAVAGE, Adam ROWAROFSKI, William
STROLLIS, Mathias WALENTINOVICZE.


St. George's
Lithuanian Catholic Beneficial Society formed
December 19, 1891 in Shenandoah, PA. Charter Members:
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Anthony ACKERMAN, Anthony ALEX, Lewis AMBROSE, George
AMCENEWEICZ, Mathias ANDZA, Anthony BERGENOY, Wm. D.
CHIMELBUSKI, Adolph FABOR (or TABOR), Anthony GRIMIES, Wlady
KAMINSKI, Andy KARPOWSKY, Peter KAZAKIEWICZ, Joseph
KEPCHUSKI, Anthony KIGOLIS, John KRITISLCKAS, Anthni
MALZESKI, Andrew MELUSKY, John MIELDASIS, Michael PODELESKI,
William RACZKUS, John ROGERS, Jos. ROYTKIEWICZ, Anthony R.
SPRODES, Joseph STRAEMECK, Frank SHOBRINSKI, Andrius
WAITKIEWIZCY, Mathias WALENTYNIVICZ.


The Lithuanian American Fraternity was chartered in 1916 by
the following:
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Adam ADOMAITIS, Martin BERNATONIS, Bernard BRAZINSKAS,
Konstan GRIGAS, Adomas JURKONIS, Martin LAUZAUNIKAS, John
LENNICK, Matt LITWINAWICZ, Anthony MORKUNAS, John
POULIUKONIS, Anthony SABALIAUCKAS, George SHAUDIS, Adolphas
WASILIAUCKAS.


The Lithuanian Citizens' Independent
Club of Brownsville, West Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill
County, PA was chartered in 1915 by the following:
-------------------------------------------------------------
John ALEKNOVAGE, John BALKUS, Joseph CHERNESKY, Joseph
LAWSON, Stiney MARCINKEWICZ, Anthony WESCHILLA, William
WYLANTIS.


Lietuvos Yannumienics Beneficial Society of
Minersville, PA formed in 1915 by the following:
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Stiney ALISOWSKY, Mike BORASKI, Joseph BUBNIS, Anthony
GALISAVICZAS, George GUDELUNAS, John POMERAITIS, Mat
STRACHINSI, Vincent VRUBLESKY.


The Lithuanian Argirdo
Citizens' Society of Gilberton, PA chartered 1893 by:
-------------------------------------------------------------
William BUBBLE, Joseph GREEN, William RICE, James SEDRO,
Joseph MOCKAITIS, Joseph MULOWSKY, Thomas WILKITUS.


The Lithuanian Roosevelt Club of Shenandoah, PA founded 1909by:
-------------------------------------------------------------
John BERNATONIS, George DAGILUS, Joseph GLEBUS, Michael
GRISHA, A.K. KLIMAS, Walter KLIMAS, Anthony NORKIEWICZ.


St. Casimere's Church, McAdoo, PA 1904 early members:
-------------------------------------------------------------
Mr. ANILOSKY, Frank BARONOSKY, A. DUGEL, John JUCK, Jacob
LAWSON, Mr. SHUNSKY.


Lithuanian Citizens Association
D.K.L. Alguidas of Shenandoah, PA formed in 1889 by:
-------------------------------------------------------------
Peter BYREZTONAS, John BYRISZTONAS, Pius BYRISZTONAS, Michael
GLOWCAS, Matius JOHNS, Mattias KIELUS, John LAZAUCKAS,
Sebastian MACKAITIS, Stanley MACZINSKAS, Alexander SICIUNAS,
George SYMAUSKIS, Vincent VALENTA, Michael VALIZEWITZ.


Sacred Heart Catholic Club Class B football champions
of 1930 located in New Philadelphia, PA:
-------------------------------------------------------------
Coach Alfred URBAN, John SHELESKY mgr., Alexis BERNITSKY,
Michael CARBOSKY, Anthony DAUCHUS, Andrew DEVINE, Charles
GRIGATIAS, Adam GUSTIS, Red JONES, Michael KEREK, "Ringer"
KOVICH, Joseph "Lester" LASKUS, Daniel LAURINITUS, Ralph
LAURINITUS, Frank LUTSKY, Albert MANISKY, Michael MATALAVAGE,
"Red" McDONALD, John SAVITSKY, Stiney SOCKS, Charles SPOKAS,
Joseph STONE, Paul STONIUS.

St. George's Parish Clergy, Shenandoah, PA:
-------------------------------------------------------------
Peter ABROMAITIS, Alex ALAUSKAS, C. BATUTIS, P. CESNA, Andrew
DEGUTIS, George DEGUTIS, J. DOMCIUS, Albin KAMINSKAS, Juozas
KARALIUS, Casimir KLEVENCE, Joseph KUTAS, Peter LAUMAKIS,
Vencislaus MATULAITIS, V. MARTUSEVICIUS, Anthony MILUKAS, D.
MIKSYS, John MICKUN, S. MOZURAS, Joseph NEVERAUSKAS, S.
NORBUTAS, Simon PAUTIENIUS, A. SMULKSTYS, T. TASKUNAS.


Early Mine accidents in Schuylkill County:
-------------------------------------------------------------
Annie BUSCAVAGE, Mrs. August BERBONIS, Joshua BUSTUSKI,
Charles GUSTAI, John JUKA, James JUNAS, John KUSCHKO, Paul
KUSKNISKI, Wendie KROVISKI, James LASHINSKI, Peter MOKITIS,
Martin MOLOCHIS, Peter MOSTOFSKY, William PASSESSKIE, Anthony
PITCAVAGE, Adam SAVAGE, Peter SEMMENISKE, Charles SHARIS,
Enoch TONCUS, William TONCUS, Joseph WITNOWSKI, Walter
WITNOWSKI, Martin WYCHULIS.


World War II Memorial,
St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Minersville, PA.
-------------------------------------------------------------
Joseph ADAMONIS, John ALISAUKSKAS, Joseph BELUNAS, John
BOKAN, George DROSKINAS, Albert GOBA, Victor GOBER, Albert
KUCHINSKAS, Joseph KUSHLICK, Winfield LEVONAS, Elmer MATULIS,
Frank MILAUSKAS, Victor PADELSKIS, Herbert PUKAS, Edward
ZURAUSKY.


LITHUANIANS IN SHENANDOAH

The Lithuanians came to Shenandoah from Danville, PA in 1869.
Among the first families were those of:
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ANDRIUKAITIS, Anthony BAGDANAVICIUS, Vincent BAGDONAS, John
BRADUNAS, John BOBINAS (BOBBIN), Vincent CIZAUSKAS (LAWSON),
John JAKUBAUSKAS, Matthew KARALIUS, Peter KAZAKEVICIUS,
Matthew MATULEVICIUS, Anthony MICKEVICIUS, Stanley
MILIAUSKAS, John RACKUS, Margaret SAULINSKAS, John
SKRITULSKAS, John SLAVICKAS, Casimer STANYNAS, Brother
Augustine ZAICA.


Children of Marcel Alisauskas and Nicolas Strazewic are:
  1. +Elizabeth Stazewic, b. March 15, 1887, Lithuania, d. date unknown.
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