April 27th, 2009

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 ´┐ŻAmerican´┐Ż businesses.

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