Record August 8th 1891
A few species of the Lansford Hungarians, under the management of
Supt. Henry, were seen on our streets during the week and gave them a
slight smattering of new soil.
The frame work of McElvar’s new store on Railroad street, is
beginning to peep up above the surrounding buildings in its location and
already has the appearance of a handsome and imposing structure.
T. H. Corby is at present scouring our neighboring villages in
search a valuable cow that strayed from his stable some several days
ago. Joseph Miller is also in search of a fine cow that wandered away in
a similar manner and was sought for in vain during the past month.
A fair and festival for the benefit of Nesquehoning Castle No
387, Knights of the Golden Eagle, will be held in the Washington Band
Hall on Friday and Saturday evenings. August 7th and 8th.
A grand parade will take place on Saturday evening at 5 o’clock, in
which Castles and Commanderies from Mauch Chunk and Lehighton and other
societies of town will participate. Refreshments will be furnished at
Thursday afternoon our village was severely stricken by the
horrifying news of a most terrible accident in which John Trevenah lost
his life. It occurred in the tunnel known as the “Drift,” and was
caused by an explosion of powder. Mr. Trevenah and his two laborers were
at work in a heading and late in the afternoon preparations were being
made to fire the last blast and leave the mine for their homes. While
the laborers continued their work in the heading Trevenah went back in
the gangway some several yards to prepare a cartridge. It is supposed he
had black powder and dynamite stored in the same box, and when preparing
the cartridge a spark from his lamp ignited the former and caused the
explosion. His body was terribly mangled about the face, arms and legs,
and death must have been instantaneous. Deceased was about 30 years of
age and was living in a comfortable home with his aged mother, wife and
four small children. He was a member of the Knights of the Golden Eagle,
of town. The funeral will probably take place to the Protestant cemetery
this Saturday afternoon. Another sad accident occurred in No. 3 slope
Saturday afternoon, which resulted in the death of one young man and
slight injuries to two others. All working implements had been put away
in their proper places as the work for the week would conclude with the
landing of the car then being hoisted, and the several men and boys who
were at the bottom of the slope were preparing to be hoisted to the
surface. As the loaded car was being landed at the top the rope broke
and it dashed to the bottom. Some person was fortunate enough to see the
car speeding toward them and gave the alarm and a rush was made for a
place of refuge. Frederick Bulla, a young man in his 20th
year was struck by the car and instantly killed, and Bernard Gallagher
and Bamfield Trewren received slight injuries from the flying debris.
Chunk Daily Times October 10th 1908
A movement is on foot among the Nesquehoning businessmen to form
a telephone company among themselves, build a line, establish an
exchange and connect with the Pennsylvania long distance line. Several
meeting have been held and another will be held on Monday evening at
Bechtel’s Hotel, when the project will likely be consummated. A. A.
MeDlroy, of Allentown, district manager for the Bell Company, was
present with the projectors at each meeting and is aiding them in the
formation of the company.
William Gallagher and James Coll have been appointed game wardens
Mrs. Wash Losko, of the Red Row, who was very severely injured
week before last in a scrap at her home, during the wedding celebration
of her son, Joe Losko, is getting better and is now pronounced out of
danger. She was a very sick woman and two physicians were in attendance
on Sunday. Great effort was made to keep this affair secret. Just why,
is not quite clear, for it is said by all who have any knowledge of it
that it was purely accidental. There was a big crowd at the celebration
and a terrific fight. In the battle Mrs. Losko was struck by a chair or
some other missile, but the blow was not intended for her.
Jacob Buss, the veteran landlord of the Miners’ Hotel, who has
the reputation of being the oldest hotel keeper in the county, was quite
feeble for the past six months, but is able to be around again.
Miss Sadie Bamford has been tendered a tin shower in view of her
approaching marriage to Charlie Wonbacker, a young carpenter who was
employed at the new breaker.
The new breaker was worked for a few hours on Saturday and its
new Patent automatic dump is said to have proven a capacity of seven
mine cars a minute. It is announced that the breaker will perhaps be put
in regular operation on Wednesday next week.
Thomas Floyd, the new owner of the Gallagher House, on Railroad
St., has renamed it and in the future it will be known as the Ridge
House. Carpenters are this week partitioning off a neat sample room,
adjoining the bar room.
The considerable portion of Main St., in town, is in horrible
condition and the merchants are complaining bitterly. If Nesquehoning
had two or three automobile owners, this town would soon have better
George Zaengle, who resides on the Zaengle farm at the entrance
to town, and is employed as a miner at No. 1 tunnel, was painfully
burned about the face and hands on Monday by an explosion of gas.
Chunk Daily Times July 13th 1912
NESQUEHONING CRACK MARATHON RUNNER MAKES FIVE MILE RECORD IN
RECORD BREAKING TIME.
A large crowd of people was attracted to the vicinity of the
Court House last evening to see Philly Bonner, of Nesquehoning, finish
his marathon run from Bectel’s Corner, Nesquehoning, to the Court
House. Wagers were made that he could not accomplish the feat of running
five miles in less than 30 minutes, but the young man showed that he had
the ability to do it even better than 30 minutes, as he made the run in
less than 27 minutes. He left Nesquehoning at 7:08 and reached the court
house at 7:35, and finished strong in an amazing burst of speed on the
final lap outdistancing his pace makers who met him at the East Mauch
Chunk bridge. He took a bath and rub down at the Central Hotel, after
which he conned his civilian attire and mingled with the crowd, looking
as fresh as a daisy and apparently not the least fatigued by his
exertion. He had no pace makers until he reached Mauch Chunk, and
accomplished the feat after a hard day’s work at the mines. He has won
a number of marathons and is conceded to be one of the best in the coal
region. This being a popular and a healthy sport and to foster it many
lovers of it would like to see a match arranged between he and Dick
Edwards, of Lansford. The latter has won a number of short and long
distance races and a match between them would attract wide spread
attention. It would occasion good natured rivalry between Lansford and
Nesquehoning and would bring out other aspirants for such honors. The
sport needs to be given a start and it will become popular.
There is no more ideal course for a Marathon than between
Nesquehoning and Mauch Chunk. Bonner signified his willingness last
night to arrange a match with Edwards. Both have many friends in Mauch
Chunk who will back them up. Let them get together and the sport will
prosper. It is now the leading sporting feature of Allentown, Bethlehem,
Easton and other large towns and can be made so here, because of the
fact that there is no talent in the region to compare with Bonner and
Edwards. If there is any, both Bonner and Edwards are prepared to defend
their native towns and county.
Edwards was in town today, but declined to meet Bonner in a
Marathon. He said he was a short distance runner.
Chunk Daily Times March 28th 1918
At Little Italy, that quaint little village about a mile above
town, there is on display a capital oil-painting of beautiful theme and
quality entitled “The Grand Canal, Venice,” from the brush of that
gifted artist, Frank Romano. It is curious, when one thinks of it, that
a note of music, once strong, dies away to echoes and is gone; all of
its beauty and emotional value fades with the echoes, and one has only
the remembrance of it to recall its perfection. But a painting, once a
painter lays down his brush, remains for our eyes, and this Venetian
scene by Mr. Romano is a work of art to be remembered. It leaves a vivid
impression that lingers, and one feels that its brilliant and
extraordinary workmanship would not be apt to pall upon the senses, even
under constant observance. It is an exquisite picture, showing a portion
of the famous Italian city (built on seventy two islands) overlooking
the Canalazzo, or Grand Canal, and is full of a skilful blending of
lights and shadows, the picturesque gondolas propelled by equally quaint
gondoliers, carrying the mind back to earlier Venetian times and scenes.
Mr. Romano is at his excellent best in this superb canvas, depicting
this true to life scene in a manner that leaves no doubt of his rare
capability as an artist and serves to make an impression of the mind not
easily erased. The canvas, as a whole, is typical of the ability of the
artist and his treatment of this particular theme permits of no adverse
criticism from anyone outside the pale of the cost critical connoisseur.
In the immediate foreground is admirably shown the main thoroughfare, or
Grand Canal flanked on either side by residences of Italian dignitaries,
and one sees the famous waterway stretching off to a point lost to the
view because of its channel being in the form of a letter S.
A painting that is not too literal, it possesses a certain
indescribable charm that waves its magic spell about the beholder and
imbues all with the conviction that probably no painter of any time has
rendered with more delicacy and precision the beautiful qualities of
truth and elegance embodied in the artistic conception of this famous
city. The lines of the painting are carefully planned, its color scheme
being in strict and harmonious attune with the subject portrayed. It is
well constructed, as is usual with Mr. Romano’s work, and he has
throughout, successfully kept the suggestion of brilliant color without
its becoming raucous in tone, and the chief impression one carries away
is, that surely this must be his masterpiece, everything in the scene
being depicted with definiteness and certainty. The whole picture is
impregnated with beautiful color and is undeniably a strong one, and the
artist has devoted himself to the modeling of its interesting features
so capably that it seems superfluous to remark that its construction is
altogether convincing and flawless. Mr. Romano, possessing the true
artistic temperament, is very modest in discussing his work of art, but
he has demonstrated his philanthropic spirit in graciously presenting
the painting to the Little Italy Citizens’ Club Band, of which musical
organization the artist himself is a highly respected and active member.
Chunk Daily Times September 14th 1921
Plocinik Bros. of town are having the large plate glass windows
in their meat market lowered so as to present a better view of display
goods to the passing patrons.
The citizens of town were greatly alarmed yesterday afternoon by
a fire alarm. The fire proved to be a serious one. It was located in the
Patsy Cerimele home in New Columbus. Quick efficient service on the part
of our fire laddies with the assistance of other willing workers
prevented a further conflagration. Hundreds of people witnessed the
fire. The interior of the house was badly gutted. The damage is
estimated at $300.
From a long list of
aspirants the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company has appointed John W.
Morgan, of Nesquehoning, as foreman of its Kaska William operation in
Schuylkill County. This appointment, coming as it does in the nature of
a well earned promotion, is also a pleasing bit of news to Mr.
Morgan’s legion of friends who view his deserving rise to an official
position with an optimism that cannot be gain-said. Born and reared amid
the environs of this hustling anthracite district, Jack as he is more
formally called, has experienced continuous service in all departments
of this industry, starting at the breaker when a boy and later entering
the underground workings where he did his turn at patching, driving,
loading, laboring, etc, that qualifying process that ultimately develops
the miner. Through experience he has not only acquired a thorough
knowledge of the cult of mining and its accompanying intricate and
hazardous conditions, but his capability in getting along with and
holding the sincerest esteem of the folkmen in general presages the
certainty of his making an ideal foreman who, while doing his official
duties in a manner that will exclude complaint from superiors will also
demonstrate a fair and square dealing with all under his
superintendence. In addition, Mr. Morgan possesses a very pleasing
personality, has unlimited deserving qualities and above all is
sublimely good natured and generous to a fault, traits which have
surrounded him with appreciative friends whose elation is widespread at
his elevation to this foremanship, which duties he assumes Sept. 16. He
is the eldest son of District Superintendent and Mrs. M. O. Morgan, of
Lansford former residents of Nesquehoning.
Chunk Daily News March 22nd 1923
ENTOMED MINERS RESCUED IN TIME.
Thirteen Men Caught By a Fall of Earth in
#1 Colliery, Nesquehoning, Brought Out Alive After 10 Hours
Much excitement prevailed yesterday throughout the entire region
when it was learned that a slide had occurred in the No. 1 Red Ash
tunnel of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company mine at Nesquehoning,
entombing Henry Dublog, Mauch Chunk; George Jenkins, George Hughes Sr.,
Louis Bennich, Mike Hudicka, Metro Stein, Paul Shiftie, William Dinian,
Mike Tenosky, Nesquehoning; Lewis Yeknett, Summit Hill; John Amari,
Oreste Valentine, and John Prosper, Lansford.
While it was known several hours before that there were thirteen
men entombed behind the barrier of mine refuse, it was not until 12:20
this morning that the men were gotten out safely and sent to their
The first warning of the slide was heard by Hugh and Daniel Coll,
of Nesquehoning, who were at work in No. 5 chute. The men hearing the
rush of mud and water had barely time to escape and could not give
warning to those in other chambers. The two men immediately gave the
alarm and instantly relief crews were organized and the work of rescuing
the entombed miners was started. Doctors, priests, nurses and ambulances
were hurriedly summoned to the scene.
Rescue work was immediately started and every means of
instituting a quick rescue was made by both the company and the men who
worked feverishly to release the men who it was feared might be overcome
by black damp. The gangs were made up of eight or ten men and worked in
hour shifts. Their fears
were allayed when a pipe was driven through the barricade and direct
communication was established with the entombed men at 6:30 p. m., after
which it was made known that it would be only a question of time until
the men would all be brought safely to the surface.
praise is given to George Hughes, one of the men entombed who is
reported s being cool headed and endeavored to keep the entombed men
calm. It was Hughes who first spoke to the men outside and answered them
that the compressed air lines had not been broken and that the air
within was good and the men all right.
The rescue work which was very tedious and difficult because of
the size of the gangway at the place where the barricade occurred and
the refuse and clay which fell. The clay had to be removed in powder
boxes which were loaded and passed from one man to the next until the
end of the line was reached and the empty boxes were passed quickly up
the line by men on the opposite side. Very much credit is due to the men
who worked like beavers and did not know what fatigue meant.
When the news of the entombment spread to surrounding towns,
excitement and fear prevailed especially among families who had members
at work in No.1 tunnel. Company officials did everything possible to
alleviate the fears of the throng assembled, which numbered into the
thousands until word was received that the men were all right. When less
than a hundred onlookers were left of the vast throng.
Doctors were present when the men were brought out and every man
was given a thorough examination. The doctors reported that there were
no ill effects to the men who had been entombed.
Chuck Daily Times November 22nd 1929
Sophie Tucker At Roxy Tonight.
Theatre, Nesquehoning, opens tonight. You will hear talkies that are
real on the Vitaphone and Movetone. To tell you how good it will be
would only be a statement that you would expect. To hear for yourself
will surpass anything we could tell you. The initial attraction will be
Sophie Tucker, the red hot mamma of vaudeville in her first
singing-talking Vitaphone picture “Honky Honk.” An excellent
surrounding bill will complete an evening of perfect entertainment.