by- Denny Creitz
Lets start with an advertisement from the
Mauch Chunk Courier dated:
Monday, September 19,1831
TOWN-LOTS IN NESQUEHONING.
The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company
offer for sale a variety of Building Lots in the Town of Nesquehoning.
This town is situated in the Nesquehoning Valley within half a mile of
the coal mines on Room Run – 4 ½ miles by a railway from the coal
landing at Mauch Chunk – 40 miles from Catawissa and 30 miles from
Berwick on the Susquehanna. The ground is very favorable for a town plot
and a number of buildings are already erected. It being in the immediate
vicinity of the greatest anthracite coal region now known, and on the
only ground near it adapted to a town, will no doubt secure a speedy and
extensive settlement. For terms, apply to Josiah White, Acting Manager,
at Mauch Chunk
Chunk Courier. Monday, February 22, 1832.
CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT
A number of the citizens of Nesquehoning,
Lausanne, Mauch Chunk, and Lehighton, met on the 22nd at the house of N.
Allen, in the town of Nesquehoning, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary
of the birth of General George Washington.
The company assembled took seats at the
table at about 4 o’clock p.m. – when, after having done justice to
the noble provision made in the way of edibles and drinkables by the
worthy and attentive Host and Hostess, the cloth was removed, and the
Assemblage organized by calling Mr. Isaac Salkeld, to the Chair. Col.
I.T. Dodson and B. Needham were appointed Vice Presidents and S.S.
Barber and A. Sisty, Secretaries. C.H. Williams, Esq. of Lehighton,
having been chosen Toastmaster. Toasts were drank, interspersed with
numerous excellent songs appropriate to the occasion.
We do not recollect to have been at any
assembly where the persons engaged appeared to enjoy the pleasures of
the day with a greater zest than on the 22nd, and the tremendous
applause with which some of the sentiments were received, told well for
the patriotism and true American feeling of the citizens in the Coal
The company retired at an early hour and
we believe, without exception, highly gratified with the festivities in
which they had participated, on the Centennial Birthday of the man who
has justly been termed the Father of his Country.
Mauch Chunk Democrat
December 6, 1890.
W. J. Fisher is prospering with his tin
store, an industry we needed.
Photographer Llewelyn Davis will
move to East Mauch Chunk next week.
The post office has been transferred from
T. H. Corby’s store to Hibernia Hall.
The Lehigh Coal and Navigation
Company will build a new stable 50 x 120 feet and two stories high. It
will be convenient to the breaker.
The new store of Corby and Cassidy
was opened last week with a full line of goods. This new firm claims
that it will sell fully as cheap as any outside merchants that are now
supplying the town. They are enterprising men and we believe they will
do it. Home trade should be patronized, especially where people can do
as well as outside.
On Monday a new school was opened
in the new school building, with Miss Maggie Collins as teacher. The
seats and other furniture used in Hibernia Hall last term were taken for
this room. On the arrival of the new furniture two more teachers will
make a start in this building, giving our people six teachers in all. A
position of janitor will then be opened for applicants and should be a
good situation with fair pay for some of our old citizens.
Mauch Chunk Democrat April 11, 1891.
Dr. Kistler is the busiest man in
Dixey is having his barbershop
beautifully frescoed with the latest Easter shades.
Camp 524 P. O. S. of A. are making
preparations for the celebration of their first anniversary on May
Butcher Thomas Smitham is having a
large building erected on Railroad Street as a storeroom for his meats.
Tom makes a neat appearance as a meat vendor. He is doing a nice
business and certainly is in the full meriden of his charms when
embossed with the butcher’s snowy white garb.
An alarming fire broke out in a
block of houses occupied by four families on Railroad Street at about
12:30 o’clock Thursday evening. The fire originated in the back part
of the building occupied by Jenkin E. Jenkins. Two members of this
family, the father and son, have been confined to the house for some
time, the former being ill for many months, and the latter abed on
account of injuries received in the mines one-week ago. The father
seeing the reflection of the flames, aroused the family, who barely
escaped with their lives, passing the afflicted through a window,
receiving slight burns by so doing. The building is one of the oldest on
this street and the handsome new building recently erected by John
Verdon was embossed by the flames and though the most daring efforts
were made by our gallant fire laddies, it was all in vain. The main
object then became to save the adjoining buildings and those on the
opposite side of the street, several of which were ablaze at the same
time, which somewhat baffled the daring workers. By knocking out the
ends of the burning buildings and a goodly force in the bucket
brigade, they finally gained a victory and saved a solid
square from the vengeance of the greedy flames. The whole town was
aroused by the dismal cry of fire and the ringing of the large bell on
the M. E. Church. Fortunately it was a perfectly still night, not a
breath of air stirring, or the efforts of the bucket brigade would have
been jeered at by the scaling flames and the west end of Nesquehoning
would have been wrapped in one entire sheet of fire. The large building
was occupied by J. E. Jenkins, Martin Fahey, George Moyers and William
Jenkins and was the property of the latter, no insurance. The new block
had not yet been tenanted and was the property of John Verdon, was
insured, possibly to its full value. The tenants of the former building
lost most of their furniture and clothing, some escaping with nothing
but the scanty clothing hastily thrown on. The scene presented was the
most excitable ever witnessed in a small village, several blocks of
houses ablaze, mothers carrying little children to neighboring houses,
furniture and clothing from all the buildings piled promiscuously in the
street, huge red sheets of the raging flames reaching toward the
adjoining buildings and the sparks shooting high in to the air presented
a frontier aspect which shall long be remembered. At about 4 o’clock
in the morning, the fire having abated, we considered the victory was
ours and the rest of the village safe. All who had homes left in the
square commenced to remove from the street again into their homes and a
cordial welcome was extended by kind friends and relatives to those who
were unfortunate. Several slight accidents occurred during the blaze,
none, however are considered very serious.
Mauch Chunk Democrat May 11,
Miss Anna May Pauff was calling on
friends in Mauch Chunk yesterday.
John B. Miller has bought the double
house and lot located opposite the depot from Squire Charles E.
Fenstermacher who is now a prosperous lawyer in Indiana. The
consideration was $1600.
Nesquehoning streets have never appeared better than now owing to the
efforts of the new supervisors and the town’s new association. But
already miniature ash mountains are appearing here and there on the
streets and it should not be allowed. The citizen who is too lazy to
keep the street in front of his own house clear of ash heaps, tin cans
and other rubbish should live in the pine swamp or on Broad Mountain,
where there are no streets.
Miller & Derrick the Nesquehoning
lumbermen have moved their saw mill to Quakake to cut the timber on the
Dryfoos tracts, containing about 700 acres. It is a three years job. The
mill is located in Dark Hollow on the lower road leading from Quakake to
Weatherly and about one mile from the Hudsondale station, in the
direction of Weatherly. A dozen or more men are employed on the
contract, many of whom have moved their families from Nesquehoning.
Mauch Chunk Democrat March
The bull pump in Shaft No. 1 broke last night, causing
the colliery to be idle today. Men are at work building dams in the
gangway to prevent the water from rising at the foot of the shaft until
repairs are made.
Miss Annie Hagan, of
Shenandoah, is visiting her sister, Mrs. James H. Crossen.
Henry Snyder and C.
Reilly represent Local 1704, at the Shamokin Miners’ Convention.
Bachelors Walk and Consultation Corner are crowded with the youth and
beauty of the town these bright nights.
Miss Jennie Morgans
and Miss Bertha Paisley will open a dry goods and grocery store in the
Bennyhoff property, lately purchased by Mr. Morgans.
Butcher Simmons has
purchased a fine four-year-old horse from O.B. DeLong. Consideration
Samuel Ratcliff, an
old and respected citizen, is lying sick. Old age and debility is the
Small pox has
disappeared in town and there is only one case of scarlet fever.
Sanitary agent Miller is still on duty.
The funeral of Winfield S. Hancock, which took place on
Sunday afternoon, was largely attended. The United Mine Workers turned
out in a body, to the number of 650 members, and also the P.O.S. of A.,
100 members. It was one of the largest funerals ever held in town.
Chunk Democrat July 25, 1908.
Nesquehoning Citizens’ Association has bought 500 feet of fire hose
and a hose carriage from the Eureka Hose Company, of Philadelphia, which
are expected to arrive on Saturday.
Postmistress Hester Steventon returned yesterday from a visit to
her brother, Ernest, at Harrisburg. Miss Stella Davis, her assistant,
had the office in charge during her absence.
A seven-ton lump of red ash coal was mined at No. 1 slope, and it
is to be placed on exhibition at Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company’s
Philadelphia office as a sample of the coal this company mines and
sells. The lump has been brought to the surface through the new shaft
and it will be ready for shipment in a day or two. It is five feet
thick, five feet wide and eight feet long.
Chunk Democrat August 6, 1910.
latest in this town is that the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company will
erect another large number of new houses at North Nesquehoning into
which all the families of Little Italy are to be moved because Little
Italy is heavily underlaid with coal and it is intended to mine it.
It’s a pity. Little Italy is the Switzerland of America's star
attraction, more interesting to the stranger than Glen Onoko, the
Flagstaff or even the Switch Back. Former President Roosevelt’s
article on the mine worker will not be complete without a full page
bird’s eye view of Little Italy and a description of the happy people
who live in it.
Chunk Coal Gazette September 13, 1910.
The local baseball team journeyed to Slatington Saturday
afternoon and shut out the team of that place by the score of 1-0. The
locals had 4 hits to their opponents 3. The pitching of Blank was the
That the town should have more fire plugs and have them placed at
every corner, was evident when the fire broke out in Fabras’s stable
Saturday noon, destroying the entire building and contents, John W.
Corby while coming from work was the first to see the flames, gave the
alarm and by extraordinary efforts, succeeded in rescuing a valuable
cow. When the firemen arrived two minutes later they were greatly
handicapped, as no fire plug within two blocks could be located. A
connection was made at the corner of Railroad Street and Griffith’s
Lane, over two squares away. After this connection the hose which
measured 500 feet was 75 feet short of reaching the fire. The fire
laddies did excellent work in saving the adjoining buildings. The matter
of placing plugs on every corner should be attended to at once.
William Strohl, one of the town’s best-known hunters, captured
a 28-pound ground hog on the Broad Mountain.
Chunk Coal Gazette April 2, 1912.
In pursuance of their annual custom the local schoolteachers will
treat their scholars to an Easter egg hunt on the Easter Rock on
Thursday. The young folks are looking forward with pent up enthusiasm to
this pastime and yesterday myriads of them could be seen scrambling up
the mountainside to the Rock where they made preliminary searches of
likely hiding places. Easter Rock situated on Sharp Mountain South of
town is a historic and romantic spot and has always been a mecca for
While standing in front of the post office Saturday afternoon
John Reilly suffered a weak spell and fell, striking his head on the
cement pavement. He sustained a severe cut and bruises which were
attended to by Dr. Behler.
John McKae and
Patrick Hughes left today on an extended trip through the West.
With a large and
orderly parade the mineworkers are celebrating their holiday today in a
quiet manner and though they acknowledge a suspension is inevitable
there is among them a kindred and universal feeling that a strike may be
avoided. On every corner groups of workers discuss the problematical
situation and some of their opinions are filled with sound reasoning and
logic, showing that the miner does not lose his spark of intelligence by
delving in the dark caverns underground.
one-month-old child of Undertaker Joseph Gallagher died yesterday. A sad
feature in connection with the death is the fact that the mother is in
the Palmerton Hospital, where she is to undergo an operation today.
The electric streetlights were turned on last evening for the
first time and occasioned universal gratification and satisfaction. All
are large sized arc lamps and reflect a brilliant illumination. There is
a total of 25 lamps and are so located as to light the entire town.
Hundreds of men, women and children gathered on the streets last evening
to enjoy the novelty. An inexpressible happiness was depicted in every
countenance. Thanks to our enterprising citizens who brought it about.
We may now look for paved sidewalks and better streets. Let the good
work go on.
Morgan O. Morgan is a candidate for delegate to the Republican
National Convention. Mr. Morgan needs no recommendation to the people of
town. He is an upright citizen, an exemplary neighbor, and is one of the
ablest mine foremen employed by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company,
and it would be an honor and a credit to the citizens of Carbon County
to elect him delegate.
Chunk Daily Times December 9, 1915
Mrs. W.R. Watkins and daughters Florence and Ella left Mauch
Chunk on the Central Flyer this morning for a few days shopping in
Philadelphia. Had the weather been favorable, the squire who acts as
driver for Mrs. Watkins would have driven them down in her auto.
The J.C. Bright Store in Nesquehoning, which contains the largest
frontage in Carbon County, is now beautifully decorated with holiday
goods. It contains many desirable and costly gifts for Xmas. Such a
window display does credit to the popular manager Dick Edwards and would
compare favorably with many of the well decorated window displays now
seen on Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.
Eye strain is relieved by Sassafras Eye Lotion. See after study,
work, automobiling and the “Movies”. Sold at Campbell’s Drug
In 5 parts
at NEWTON THEATER
Chunk Daily Times March 2, 1918.
MINERS ARE STILL ENTOMBED. NO HOPE FOR THEM.
two Nesquehoning miners entombed yesterday are still closed in. No hope
is held for rescuing them alive. Three shifts of miners working
constantly to recover their lost comrades. Both are married men and
Relays of workmen have been energetically working in the tunnel
in desperate efforts to reach the two men who were entombed while at
work yesterday, Andrew Malatchak and George Grick. There is practically
no hope of their being recovered alive, but this does not deter the
rescuers in any way from doing their utmost in trying to reach their
comrades, dead or alive. It is said that if they have dropped into old
abandoned workings in the vicinity, it will be some length of time
before it will be possible to recover their bodies.
A pathetic incident of the accident occurred after the first cave
in took place. Workmen rushing to the scene heard Malatchak call for
help, crying that he was caught and was being badly squeezed. Just then
another fall occurred and nothing more was heard.
Last night the rescuers came upon some of the ill fated men’s
working tools, but up to this hour no sign of the entombed men.
Both men are married and have families and the utter grief of
these loved ones is pitiful to behold. They were practical miners and
men who had earned the respect of every one in Nesquehoning, and were
extremely thrifty, each owning their own homes at Nesquehoning.
Malatchak a brick structure on West Railroad Street and Grick a fine
residence on the extreme East End of town.
There are no signs of any rapping or noises that would give the
faintest hope of getting them out alive.
Foreman John T. Paisley is on the scene of the accident
continuously since it happened and is personally directing and
supervising the hard task. Mr. Paisley had visited the place ten minutes
before the accident and warned the men to be careful and let it settle,
but not withstanding his advice he was called back to the scene of
rescue alas too late to be an eye witness, but he has not left the scene
since the accident happened and has also picked the most skillful miners
to carry out his plans and it is hoped that in a day or so the bodies
will be reached.
shifts of 30 men each are engaged in the rescue work. Steve Douritzy,
Wm. Buck and Tony Kattner being the miners in charge.
Chunk Times-News July 5, 1928.
the four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mikovich, of West
Railroad Street, was struck and knocked down by an automobile at the
corner of Catawissa and Allen Streets, on Tuesday afternoon. The child
darted across the street from behind a parked car directly in the path
of a Ford runabout driven by Michael York, who exerted every means to
avoid hitting the child, steering his car up on the pavement in his
endeavors. Mr. York rushed the little tot to the office of Dr. McDonald,
where it was found she escaped without serious injury of any kind,
barring a few minor lacerations.
Dairyman Len H. Marsden has begun the erection of a modern and
roomy garage, 26 x 30 feet, with a capacity of four cars and quarters in
which to conduct his dairy business.
members of St. Mary’s Catholics congregation dedicated the addition to
their cemetery at the extreme East End of town with impressive
ceremonies yesterday. A parade at 10 a.m. headed by the Boys’ Band and
participated in by adults and children totaling well over a thousand
marchers traversed the principal streets of town, proceeding to the
scene of dedication. The exercises included the consecration of the
grounds and a sermon by Rev. Father Eugene Runtagh and selections by the
band and the church choir. A neat sum was realized by the sale of tags.
John Malatak sustained an ugly gash in his left thumb when an ax
he was using slipped. He had the injury treated at the Coaldale
Hospital, several stitches being required to suture the wound.
A new social club of local Beaux and Beauties enjoyed a doggie
roast at Hauto on Tuesday evening.
The 1927 graduates of the local high school enjoyed a very
interesting reunion at the Shankweiler Hotel on Tuesday evening.
Chunk Times News December 11, 1947.
Lou Higgins, the modest hard working Nesquehoning High School
football star who was named today on the Associated Press All
Pennsylvania Scholastic team as fullback. Seven colleges are after the
services of Coach Tony Mezza’s chief pigskin lugger, including the
University of Pennsylvania, Lafayette, the University of Pittsburgh,
Cornell, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Other Nesquehoning boys who received honorable mention in the AP
selections were George Macinko, stellar end and ace pass receiver, and
Mike Feddock, the aggressive half back with this year’s Maroon and
Gold combine. All three men will graduate in June.
Higgins won individual scoring honors this year in the Panther
Valley with a total of 17 touchdowns and as many extra points for a
total of 118. His versatility in the Nesquehoning backfield was
instrumental in the team’s great success this season in compiling a
record of seven wins, one loss and one tie. In nine games the Maroon and
Gold team scored a total of 232 points, holding the opposition to 21