Chunk Courier, August 17, 1839.
A large Specimen Coal was taken from the Nesquehoning Mines and
shipped to Philadelphia last week, by Messrs. Barber, Laman & Co.,
which weighed Four thousand Nine hundred and sixty three pounds. It is
said to be the largest Coal ever taken to Philadelphia and may be seen
at their yard in Kensington
Chunk Democrat June 1, 1901
Mr. Hugh Callan, a veteran of the Rebellion, is home to
participate in the Memorial Day demonstration.
Mr. James Ronemus, who has opened a dry goods and grocery store
adjoining the post office, has purchased a five-year-old horse at Mount
Carmel costing $150.
Mr. J.S. Eustice, who is visiting his sister in San Francisco,
California, writes home and says that he made the trip in six days. His
sister, who is one of the old “forty niners,” is very wealthy. Mr.
Eustice states in his letter that times are good in the golden state.
Mr. E. Bamford was startled the other evening, at the bottom of
shaft No. 1, where he is engaged in running a pumping engine, by a
monster black snake which he supposed to be about eight feet long, that
fell down an air hole which connects with the engine room. He saw his
snakeship and picked up a monkey wrench but failed to hit the snake. The
air hole is 310 feet from the surface. Mr. Bamford contemplates
capturing the reptile alive and will send it to the Pan-American
Exposition at Buffalo as a curiosity.
Chunk Democrat February 6, 1906
BOLD HOLD UP AT NESQUEHONING .
Central Railroad Station Robbed in Wild West Style. The two burglars who
entered the Central Railroad station at Nesquehoning Wednesday
afternoon, held up the station agent, John Mohrback, and robbed him of
all the money in his office, some thirty dollars in cash. The two men,
it has developed, are William Tyler, aged 19 years, of Coal Dale, and
Harry Billig, age 17 of Tamaqua. Both are well known in the Panther
Creek Valley and it is also well known that they were rapidly becoming
genuine crooks. The two were noticed on Susquehanna Street between 10
and 11 o’clock that evening, by several persons who knew them. Night
Officer William Conley arrested them. Next morning at 10 o’clock they
were given a hearing before Squire J. J. Boyle, and both confessed. The
evidence was so straight and clear against them that they could not well
do anything but confess. The station building at Nesquehoning stands
somewhat isolated from the main part of the town. It consists of a
freight room a passenger waiting room and a little ticket office
partitioned off from the waiting room. Agent Mohrbach and a young
friend, William Mummey of Nesquehoning were the only occupants of the
building at about 4:45 o’clock and were in the ticket office. Suddenly
the door was forced open by two men, each having a revolver in his hand.
“Stay quiet or I’ll fill you full of holes,” exclaimed one of the
men while the other pulled the money drawer of all the money it
contained, between $30 and $40. The exact amount is not known. The men
then slammed the door shut and ran down the railroad toward Mauch Chunk
with all the speed at their command. Mohrbach and Mummey were at first
too much upset and bewildered to stir. Finally Mohrbach started down the
track after them, but undertaking that such a course would be futile, he
returned to the office and flashed the news of the robbery over the
wire. He then ran up into the town to inform the people.
They say that he was actually too excited to speak and that he
fainted while telling the story. Many people had seen Tyler and Billig
in Nesquehoning during the afternoon, and it is remembered by Mohrbach
that the two young men called at the station several times, but there
were always other people around.
Chunk Democrat April 6, 1906
George Griffith the 17-year-old son of T. H. Griffiths, has entered the
Naval Training Station at Newport, R.I., as a student. He and his father
left for Newport on Sunday.
town is quiet as a Sunday. Miners are counseling their fellows to remain
away from the saloon. A quiet game of cards is in progress here and
there, but no drinking to excess.
colliery in town is shut down solid as a stonewall. Five hundred and
twenty one cheering paraders marched over the principal streets of the
town Monday morning, led by the Nesquehoning drum corps. Mallory
Smuthers carried the United States flag and Ralph Simmons and Michael
Heartneady were the marshals. Men were in the line who worked all
through the last strike and these were rousingly cheered. There are a
few non-union miners here but not many. They will refrain from work for
the sake of peace and thus avoid the awful conflicts that marked the
last strike, some of which will never be forgotten. The Nesquehoning
Local held a largely attended meeting last Monday evening. Should a
strike come, the members will stand by each other to a man. It was
resolved that the company’s property should be guarded and all
rowdyism prevented. The repairmen in and about the colliery are all to
continue at work if their services are needed, and in consequence of the
action the company will make extensive repairs while the breaker is
idle. Many men were at work yesterday on repairs. The Lehigh Coal and
Company has a fine body of people here. Most of them are of one mind,
consequently no one expects any trouble no matter what the outcome will
be of the conferences that are being held in New York.
Chunk Democrat May 5, 1906
The town is at present described as a deserted village. Half of its
Hungarian population has gone to the old country, and others are away at
various places wherever they can find something to do. Over 50 left town
Monday morning in one party. Some had been away and secured work for
themselves and others.
Chunk Daily News September 11, 1909
The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company Starts a Large Addition to the
Town This Week.
The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company last week surveyed and located a
new street for Nesquehoning, on which it intends to erect forty blocks
of double dwellings, one-half of them before the summer closes.
Foundations are already finished for four of the blocks. The site of
this new addition to the town is a very desirable one. It will make
Nesquehoning grow. The announcement was made some time ago that the
company would build from 20 to 40 new houses here and everybody
anticipated that they would be erected at the extreme eastern end of the
town. There was great surprise a few days ago on the part of everybody
in Nesquehoning when the company’s laborers began to open up at the
extreme western end of Nesquehoning, north of the railroad, and run it
east parallel with the railroad. This places the new addition in Packer
Township, but notwithstanding this it will be a part of Nesquehoning and
will be located on a level plot of ground many acres in extent.
Chunk Daily Times October 1914
Ground was broken today by Thomas Bros., contractors for the new
Lutheran Church on Catawissa St.
The Nesquehoning Rod and Gun Club is this week stocking the
second and third hollow Broad Mountain streams with young trout. Game
Warden John Gallagher, of town is already on the job and poachers and
illegal trout fishermen had better not meddle. A word to the wise should
The Nesquehoning bank’s new two story brick building which is
being erected on Catawissa St. by Thomas Brothers is now rapidly nearing
completion. The big burglar proof vault door arrived on Monday and is
being fitted into place this week. The door weighs six tons and is
believed to be the heaviest and safest vault door in the county.
Tom McCaffrey, manager of the Nesquehoning football team hereby
challenges the Coaldale football team to a game for a purse of from $100
to $500 per side. McCaffrey
can be seen at any time by the Coaldale manager to arrange the game.
Some of our young boys are indulging in a very bad and dangerous
pastime in hanging on the trolley cars as they go buzzing through out
streets. This practice is going on for some time and should be stopped
at once before some one will get hurt or perhaps crippled for life.
Mary Kochaba, one of the towns’s well known young ladies, is
again a free woman, having been granted a divorce in court last week
from her husband Joseph Zemba.
Michael Hopstock, Jr., one of the drivers of the Lehigh Coal and
Navigation Company’s local coal delivery teams, went through a
thrilling experience last Saturday, and to be today in the land of the
living, suffering nothing more than a thorough scaring and a general
shaking up that certainly shattered his nervous system for a time, Mike
and numerous onlookers firmly believe is truly remarkable. With David
Trevarrow he was making some repairs to his wagon at the west end of
town, when in some unaccountable manner the pair of mules attached to
the vehicle became scared and started on a wild rampage. Mike was caught
in some intricate part of the wagon, and says of his enforced dangerous
ride: “I never thought mules could run so fast with such a heavy wagon
behind them, and every moment as the critters took log piles, plank
heaps, railroad tracks and sheered closely past houses, sheds and
fences, I thought my time had certainly come. Gee! I could see stars,
and if I hadn’t dropped off when I did, I guess I would be an angel up
there among them.” The mules slammed the wagon against and wrecked a
porch in the Black Hills.
A large crowd of people, mostly women and children, assembled at
the Central station yesterday, were keenly disappointed when Roosevelt
failed to materialize. While waiting for the special train a small boy
narrowly escaped being struck by a westbound engine at the unprotected
crossing above the station.
The elaborate silver cup won by the local collieries First Aid
Corps, is on display in the window of Brights store and is attracting
unusual attention. The trophy is sharing equal admiration for the manner
in which this show window is artistically and pleasingly decorated in
advertising hunter’s supplies.
will open a first class Custom Tailor Shop. Suits and overcoats made to
order of the finest material and workmanship from $16 up, made at home.
Come and give me a trial and save money. Any one finding fault with my
work will get a suit or overcoat or money refunded. Come and convince
yourself. Joe Cohen, Clothier and Outfitter.
With the high demand
for coal during
World War I posters were hung up
around town and in store windows.
Chunk Daily Times
Don’t forget the big Halloween Parade on Friday night. Parade moves
promptly at 7:30, three bands will furnish the music to keep time to the
merry marchers. All indications point to a big turn out of old and
young. After the parade there will be a masquerade dance in Ferko’s
Hall. Music will be furnished by Prof. John L. Boyle’s orchestra of
six pieces, prizes will be given to the most handsome, comical and
original dressed couple. Popular prices 35 cents and 25 cents. John
Trevena, the dancing master is giving the dancers of this and
surrounding towns some of the best music in the state. The newly
organized orchestra called the Lanseque Society Jazz will furnish music
on next Wednesday night. The members, while young in years, can handle
all the very latest and popular jazz music in a manner that makes the
artistic toes glide over the dance floor with ease and grace, Kathryn E.
Crossin, pianist; James A. Crossin, violinist are past masters with the
violin and piano, having appeared before the public on numerous
occasions, always making good. James Dorsey, as cornetist, is equal, if
not better than Herbert Clark, as his execution of popular and standard
music, his tone so sweet, that you marvel at his playing. Thomas Dorsey,
as trombonist, makes you wonder. While he is the youngest of the members
his manner of playing the slide puts him on a footing with Messrs.
Corey, Gentile, Schmidt, Lyons and Goring of Sousa’s famous trombone
section. You can hear those musical artists on next Wednesday. It is
well worth the price of admission to hear them although you do not
dance, don’t stand outside and block the doorway go in. You will go
home contented if you do. Any one wishing to engage this orchestra
please address Box 316, Nesquehoning, Pa., to Jas. A. Crossin leader, or
to Charles Rottet, Lansford, Pa.
Chunk Daily Times February 12, 1920
Daring attempt to rob Nesquehoning bank by masked man frustrated. A
daring but unsuccessful attempt was made to rob the First National Bank,
at Nesquehoning at 4 a.m. today by a masked desperado armed to the teeth
and determined to kill if necessary to accomplish his purpose, but the
plucky, nervy wife of John C. Corby, cashier of the bank frustrated his
designs by her daring act in putting her foot on an alarm which led to
nearby houses and aroused the occupants, augmented by the faultless
system of protection with which the bank is equipped. It was at 4 a.m. that the desperado forced an entrance into
the Corby home. He did his work so quietly and effectively that Mr. and
Mrs. Corby were not aroused from their slumber by his intrusion. With
kit of tools he jimmied a rear window open. The first intimation they
had of the presence of their unwelcome visitor was when the burglar
thrust a flash light on Mr. Corby and at the point of a gun commanded
him to get up and open the safe. Mrs. Corby was commanded at the same
time to accompany her husband and make no outcry under penalty of death.
Mr. Corby remonstrated with the burglar that he was powerless to
open the vault which is operated by a time lock. “Very well,” said
the desperado “we will wait until it opens” which is shortly before
opening of the bank for business each day.
After waiting some time, Mrs. Corby was inspired with the plan to
spread an alarm by reaching and touching the alarm with her foot and
with quick wit executed the act. The burglar alarm rings only at the
home of Wesley Norwood and Levi Marsden. Unable to open the vault the
desperado compelled Mr. and Mrs. Corby to retire to their bedroom where
he bound them. Mr. Corby
with rope and Mrs. Corby with an electric light extension wire because
there wasn’t enough rope. In the meantime he sat at the top of the
stairway awaiting the opening of the vault. A short time later people
began to arrive in response to the alarm.
The burglar heard them and knowing he had been tricked fled in
wild disorder by way of a rear door. It was Levi Marsden who scared him
by ringing a doorbell. Mr. and Mrs. Corby were released from their bondage by their
rescuers and made as comfortable as possible. Mrs. Corby was sick in bed
when the burglar called, but he had no regard for her condition and
subjected her to the peril of endangering her health by compelling her
to leave her bed and go down stairs. Mr. Corby was the object of the
burglar’s constant attention. He kept him covered with his gun every
minute. He realized the danger of permitting a relaxation upon Mr. Corby
whom he appreciated would give him a fight if the opportunity afforded.
It was in this way that Mrs. Corby was allowed a little leeway and took
due advantage of it to the burglar’s sorrow. The burglar under all
kinds of dire threats tried to make Mr. Corby reveal the concealment of
valuables and securities outside of the vault but Mr. Corby was
unyielding in his position that everything of value was in the vault. It
was a trying moment for Mr. Corby, who knew not the minute the burglar,
would shoot and kill him, but despite his peril he remained steadfast
that he was useless to the burglar. It was a critical situation for Mr.
Corby, but it proved his unflinching nerve and mettle. There is no doubt
the robbing of the bank was well planned. The burglar evidently selected
the special time for the robbery an account of the day being a holiday,
Lincoln’s birthday, when the bank would be closed. He figured on being
compelled to await the opening of the vault by the time clock in the
absence of the failure of Mr. Corby to open it. He figured on coolly
getting away with his loot. The only description of the burglar they
observed was that he was masked and wore a light colored overcoat, was
medium in height, thick set and wore a black slouch hat. He disappeared
via. C. R. R. tracks going Westward. Mr. and Mrs. Corby suffered
considerably from shock. This was but a natural sequence to the exciting
encounter through which they passed. The robbery indicates the
desperation of the money-crazed criminals when they shift the scene of
their operations to country banks. The directors of the bank met this
morning and assured the patrons of the bank that not a cent had been
taken which they attributed to the up to date system of protection
installed at the bank. There was general relief that Mr. and Mrs. Corby
weren’t harmed, the robbery being a second consideration.
Mauch Chunk Daily News July 28, 1928
Thomas, the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Caffrey, died late Wednesday night of enteritis. The funeral was held
this afternoon at the house at 1 o’clock and at the Lutheran Church at
1:30 by Rev. F. E. Reichard.
The local baseball team will play the Lehighton nine a
league game here this afternoon, game starting at 3 o’clock
An aggravated nuisance exists at the intersection of West
Catawissa and Allen streets where the surface sewer conduits are
blocked, causing the sewerage to overflow on the highway. This condition
has been developing since the Highway Department workers eliminated part
of the pavement at the southeast corner in an endeavor to lessen the
hazard of accidents at this perilous curve.
The frequency with which automobiles are running over and
crippling dogs in town leads many to believe that there is becoming a
certain laxity on the part of some motorist driving through town.
Lacking the traffic protection of a borough, Catawissa Street has always
been the mecca of out of town drivers. Controlled by fear of local laws
in their own communities, they “go easy” until they reach
Nesquehoning where they seem to think that “step on it” and “go as
you please” are sort of unwritten mandates that must be lived up to,
even to the sacrificing of canines and possibly children.