April 27th, 2009
WATSONTOWN COUNCIL, NO. 137, O.U.A.M.
The Watsontown Council, No. 137, Order of United American Mechanics would meet every Friday evening and in 1869 the officers were Abraham Johnson, Councilor; John Huhn, Vice Councilor; H.W. Kriner, H.C.; Henry Miller, Jr., H.C.; William Banghart, secretary. The premise for O.U.A.M. came from the anti-alien riots of 1844-45 in Philadelphia, PA. Essentially, it was an anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic movement originally called the Union Workers and campaigned against the hiring of cheap foreign labor and to patronize only “American” businesses.
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