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Southern Illinois Coal Company opens strip mine in Williamson Co.Mine Opens
United Mine Workers of America strike
Company Dismisses union miners
Strikebreakers and guards imported from Chicago
Herrin Massacre - 19 killed
5 men go on trial for murder of strikebreaker
Men charged in massacre found not guilty - all other indictments waived by State's Atty Duty
Klan makes first appearances at churches
2000 klansmen initiate 200 new members in a field near Marion
Klansmen visit Herrin Methodist church, hand contribution to pastor
Another Initiation near Carterville
Klan stages "law-and-order" demonstration, initiates more
S. Glenn Young arrives in Williamson
Klan and Young raid scores of actual and alleged bootleggers
Caesar Cagle killed in Herrin.
Most of the troops are withdrawn
Biggest raid of them all - train required to take those arrested to Benton for arraignment.
Klansmen shoot up herrin hospital
Young takes control, militia returns
Young yields power to county
Trial for bootleggers begins in Danville. Ora Thomas sentenced to long jail term.
Grand jury indicts 99 in murder of Cagle and hospital attack
Klan stages a parade in protest
Young takes over reorganizing Klan in ESL
Young and wife attacked in car driving from Marion to ESL
Jack Skelcher stopped by Klan police and killed
Young and Klansmen disrupt court hearing for Sheltons and Charlie Briggs
Klan in ESL dismisses Young
Federal Judge rules Young must stand trial on corruption
Herrin city judge rules Young's 39k bond forfeited
Klan stages huge demonstration at county fairgrounds
Riot at John Smith's garage in Herrin - six killed, militia returns
Young expelled from Klan
Ora Thomas appointed deputy sheriff
Thomas, Young, and two of Young's henchmen die in gunfight in Herrin
Sheriff Galligan agrees to leave county
Harold S. Williams, evangelist, begins revivals
State's Atty strikes all cases originating in Klan War
Klan newspaper ceases publication
Williams revival ends
Election day riot in Herrin. End of Klan in Williamson Co.
Fights and killings in Herrin point to a war between gangs
Harry Walker & Everett Smith kill each other in a roadhouse brawl
Wild Bill Holland, Mack Pulliam, and Pulliam's wife shot as they leave a roadhouse. Holland dies
Gangsters attack an ambulance carrying Pulliam and beat the man unconscious
Sheltons fire on Art Newman and wife from armored truck
Birger gangsters shoot up unoccupied Shelton roadhouse
Birger and gang demand Adams surrender Shelton's truck, threaten to kill him
High Pockets McQuay and Casey Jones found dead, separately
Birger roadhouse near Johnston City is shot up burned down
John Milroy killed near Colp in roadhouse. Mayor of town later killed and chief of police later shot.
homemade bomb tossed at Shady Rest, misses
Machine gunners fire into home of Adams. Bombs drop from plane onto Shady Rest
Bomb damages Joe Adams home
Two young men murder Joe Adams at his front door
Shady Rest bombed and burned to the ground - 4 bodies found
Lory Price, state patrollman and friend of Birger's and wife are missing.
Sheltons go on trial for mail robbery at federal court in Quincy
Sheltons are found guilty based on testimony by Birger and Newman
Sheltons sentenced to 25 years. Body of Lory Price is found near Dubois.
Harry Thomasson and two other Birger gangsters convicted of robbery, sentenced to ten years.
Birger arrested for murder of Joe Adams
Harry Thomasson convesses to murder of Adams with brother Elmo at Birger's behest.
Birger gangsters Rado Milich, Clarence Rone, and Ural Gowan indicted for murder of Casey Jones
Art Newman arrested in Long Beach for murder of Joe Adams
Sheltons granted new trial after Harry Dungey, birger gangster, admits he perjured himself
Art Newman appears in court at Nashvill IL, admits his role in murder of Lory Price and wife, along with Birger, Ritter, Blue, Simpson, and Simmons
Mrs. Price is discovered in an abandoned mine where Newman stated it would be.
Millich and Gowan go on trial for murder of Casey Jones. Clarence Rone turns state's witness and isn't prosecuted.
Gowen sentenced to 25 years, Millich to death
Birger, Newman, and Hyland go on trial in Benton for murder of Adams
Three defendants found guilty. Death for Birger, life for Newman and Hyland.
Birger receives stay of execution
Rado Millich hanged at the jailyard at Marion
Supreme Court denies Birger's appeal for new trial. Execution set for April 13, 1928
Jury finds Birger sane, execution set for April 19
Birger hanged in the jailyard at Benton.
Birger kills Cecil Knighton at Halfway in self defense
Whitey Doering is killed and Birger wounded in a shootout at Halfway
Birger's trial and jail term begins in Danville
Beatrice leaves Charlie for Pennsylvania, leaving Minnie and Charline at her parents
Birger is allowed to return to Harrisburg for a week to untangle property matters
Birger returns to Danville
Released from jail, Birger returns to Harrisburg.
Birger sentenced 6 months in the county jail, remains free on bail.
Birger enters jail at Harrisburg
Birger released from jail. Shady Rest becomes reality.
Birger and Sheltons form partnership in slot machines
Charlie marries Beatrice
Charline Birger is born
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