1942 Fire on East Centre
Thanks to Janet Schock Kline for allowing the historical society to scan numerous pictures taken by her uncle , Bill Miles, in the 1930s and 1940s. Below are pictures from the Central Bowling Alleys fire in 1942 along with the Record American's coverage of the story. I'm amazed that some store fronts remain similar to the way they looked fifty or even one hundred years ago - even after a destructive fire.
Special thanks to Bob Blackwell for allowing me to scan many of the pictures used here from the archives of St. Paul's
The page above is from the 1963 Centennial Souvenir Booklet.
Fire Broke Out on January 16, 1948 just after noon.
The color collage above was made from a video which was donated to the historical society.
The Historical Society will be open on Wednesday and Friday only from 12:00 - 3:00 until further notice. If you wish to volunteer please contact us on the CONTACT page or call 570-773-1295 during room hours on Wednesday and Friday.
100 Years Ago in Mahanoy City
During Sesquicentennial Week a time capsule which had been buried in 1988 for Mahanoy City's 125th year celebration was unearthed.The Mahanoy Area Histoical Society received permission from the Sesquicentennial Committee to scan pictures which had been placed in the capsule 25 years ago before they are buried again along with items collected for the 150th celebration. I scanned about 140 pictures and will put them on this site in three groups. The first two groups can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Picture of East End Park Pool taken by Elwood M. Young in 1928
“This is the second swimming pool in the East End Park. It was larger than the first by one thousand square feet. It was built in 1924 and dedicated on August 1, 1924.( Note: The first pool was dedicated on July 4, 1915.) Length from east to west was 116 feet; width from north to south was 73 feet. The depth ranged from 3 to 9 feet going east to west.
This pool was very popular for many years, and convenient for everyone…making it unnecessary to travel to Lakeside or Lakewood for a swim. Hundreds of children learned to swim at this pool…with swimming instructors giving lessons each morning during the summer school vacation periods. Special swimming events were held, especially on 4th of July and Labor Day holidays, with expert swimmers of town and vicinity participating. At various occasions champion U.S. swimmers were a featured attraction. Thousands of people would witness these events…taking a picnic basket to spend the day “At the park”.
Unfortunately the usefulness of the East End Park Pool came to a close in the late 1930’s. The settlement of mine workings under the park caused an opening on the surface which ran through the pool, making cracks approximately 2-3 feet in width in places, and the wall heaving or sinking in other sections.
The bronze tablet monument on this East End park picture was unveiled on June 11, 1920. The tree on the left was one of the memorial trees planted for each of the dead WWI veterans whose names appear on the monument. The trees were planted and dedicated on May 30, 1919. The World War I Monument is now in the German Protestant Cemetery situated on the Civil War Plot.”
Elwood Young Collection- Mahanoy City Public Library
East End Park 1940s.
Mahanoy City's Personalities of the 1930's
The following article appeared in the Record American on April 9, 1939 to introduce a series of fifteen personality sketches of local prominent citizens that would appear in the paper during May and June of 1939.
"Modest fame is not to be despised by the highest characters."And so the Record-American is bringing to Mahanoy City Douglas Brown: an
artist of international reputation, who will make a series of "personality" drawings of leading businessmen, physicians. lawyers, bankers, educators. etc., in this community.
His work is novel, attention commanding, and thoroughly satisfying both to the subjects of the sketches and to the readers of the hundreds of newspapers in the
United States and Canada, which have been fortunate enough to obtain his services.
Within a short time, there will appear in this paper the first in a series of his pen and ink creations,
using as the central theme a life
like producton of a leading citizen.
Around this central picture will be
four smaller action cartoons depicting some of the principal milestones
in this successful man’s life.
The picture and sketches will be
embellished with attractively-placed lettering which wIll outline some of the rungs of the ladder up which this person climbed to attain the enviable
position he occupies.
The Record-American has received communications of merit of Mr. Brown's creations, unsolicited letters from other newspapers and publications making use of his
talent – all which leads this paper to recommend that his personal representative, Joseph Roth, of Denver, be received here with cordiality.
His last successful campaign was conducted in Shenandoah for the Shenandoah Herald.
75th Anniversary of the Mahanoy City Post Office
This Tuesday, June 25th marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Mahanoy City Post Office. In commemoration of this event the historical society
has dug into the archives to retrieve pictures that were taken from the fall of 1937, when the cornerstone was laid, to June of 1938 when the project was completed.
These pictures appear in the gallery below.Besides documenting the construction of the new post office these pictures give us a good view of Mahanoy City 75 years ago.
My father was on the crew that worked on the construction of the post office and I grew up in the house across the alley at 101 East Pine, so this web posting has special meaning for me.
Also part of the crew was Frank Selgrath one of the founding members of the Mahanoy Area Historical Society and our resident historian and genealogist.
The young postmaster in 1938 was Daniel Guinan, father of Peg Guinan Grigalonis, another founding member of the historical society and one of the authors of the recently released
Images of America Mahanoy Area Revisited.
Later this week I will post another article about the first official day of operation of the new post office, July 1st 1938 and the Malvina Hoffman mural,
Coal Miners Returning From Work,
which can be found on the wall to the right upon entering the post office.
On Thursday August 22 during Mahanoy City's week of Sesquicentennial festivities , the Mahanoy City Historical Society will join with postmaster James Mayberry,
current and past postal employees and visiting guests and dignitaries to celebrate the 75th year of postal service at the post office on Pine Street.
During the last few weeks historical society members have frequented the post office on a daily basis to mail the new book and the Sesquicentennial Throw Blanket .
We would like to thank Jim Mayberry and the workers at the window for their kind cooperation and patience in helping us to send out these items to all parts of the United States.
The full pages of the announcement of the dedication from the Saturday, June 25 edition of the Record American and the coverage of the event which appeared in the Monday,
June 27 edition are available by clicking on the links to the PDF files below the picture gallery.
Click on the images below to enlarge them, then click the enlarged image to make it still larger.
The Class of 1963- Mahanoy Area High School
50 years ago this week the Class of'63 became the first class to complete four years as part of Mahanoy Area High School - the jointure of Mahanoy Township and Mahanoy City High
which occurred in September of 1959. The class of '63 was also the Centennial class, graduating during the 100th anniversay year of the borough of Mahanoy City.
History of Mahanoy City
Written in 1933-34
Most of the early history of Mahanoy City was taken from the account written by Mrs. T. H. B. Lyon. A great deal of information was obtained
by Garfield Lewis, Jeanne Faust, John Malone, Josephine Unsinn, Jane Glaudel, Elsie Oliver, Robert Lowe, Bertha Tulin, Jane Maher and Anna Ryan, from interviews with Mrs. R. P. Swank, Mrs. T. L. Thomas and Mr. William H. Boyer.
The history was compiled by Theresa Lusckus,
Lillian Bonavage, Charles Welsh and Charles Doorley. The typists were Theresa Lusckus, LillianBonavage, Freida Tulin, Leodania Wysocki, Josephine Matalavage and Anna Gnall.
Click on the Link Below to go to the History Page
Mahanoy City Then and Now - 100 West Centre Street
Daniell Brothers hardware store at 100 West Centre Street in the early 1890s. From left to right are: Bill(?) Moyers, Charles M. Daniell and George M. Daniell.
The Daniell Brothers moved from the anthracite coal region of Mahanoy City to the bituminous coal fields of West Virginia sometime after this picture was taken.
The store later became the O'Connor hardware store. See the picture below. The digitized picture was sent by Hanna Maurice, a descendant of the Daniell Brothers
This picture of O'Connor's hardware store at 100 West Centre Street was taken from a film that was produced in 1916. The film was found in the Lincoln School Building when the building
and its contents were sold at auction a few years ago.
The film was donated to the historical society by Larry Levy and digitized. The digital copy, 1916 Movie Memories runs approximatelt eighteen minutes and shows scenes of
Lakewood Park and Mahanoy City. I "captured" the image above from the digital copy.
Daniell Brothers and O'Connor's more than 100 yeras later. The bottom floor has a brick face, but notice the cornice work around
the second floor windows, and compare it to the 1892 picture.
There is still evidence in downtown Mahanoy City of the town's historic past.
The Last Duel In Pennsylvania
The last duel in Pennsylvania was fought on March 26, 1931 on a mountainside north of the 8th Street bridge in the vicinity of Pleasant Hill.
To read the full newspaper account from the March 27, 1931 edition of the Record American click on the links below.
Some Recent Articles That are Now in the Archives
Here a the links to some recent articles.