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1891 Scranton Republican Almanac

1891 Scranton Republican Almanac
Most of the pages in this almanac are generic. Below are scans of those that are specific to the Scranton area. First are the "Chronological Record of Important Local Events During the Year 1890." The information was "Compiled from the files of the Scranton Republican." Names mentioned (in order of appearance) on each page are listed to help in your search. Records are not just of Scranton and include events, deaths, unusual weather, and politics.
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Events of 1890


1 - Receptions at rooms of Y.M.C.A and Y.W.C.A. The Bachelors hold their second annual social at the Wyoming. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people afflicted with the "Grip." The new school building at Wyoming dedicated with appropriate ceremonies.

2 - Dr. Ralph A. Squires dies, aged 64. The Yale Alumni Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania holds its seventh annual banquet at the Arcade hall. The Lake House at Lake Cary burned. Two hundred feet of the D., L. & W. track at Plymouth caves in.

3 - The New York Philharmonic Club gives first of a series of subscription concerts at Academy of Music. New school building in the third district of Wilkes-Barre dedicated.

6 - Eliezer D. Jenkins declared elected Recorder of Deeds and John H. Thomas Clerk of the Courts, by the Judges in the contested election cases. Yale Glee and Banjo Club gives concert in Academy of Music.

7 - Connell & Sons' hardware and T.G. Smith's confectionery, Penn avenue, damaged by fire and water. Lewis, Reilly & Davies' shoe store, Wyoming avenue, damaged by fire.

8 - John H. Thomas assumes the duties of Clerk of the Courts. Stephen Coslin falls from the porch of the Dunmore hotel and killed. Order of Court filed dividing the Ninth ward into two voting precincts.

9 - Caledonians tender a banquet to Balmoral Choir at the Westminster Hotel.

10 - Preston Kidney run over and killed by cars at Cliff street crossing.

11 - Horace E. Hand lectures before Y.M.C.A. on "Curiosities of the Law." Bernard Helfrich killed, Jersey Central road.

12 - Seven buildings destroyed by fire at Luzerne Borough.

13 - Miss Kate Connerton struck by train at Dodgetown crossing and killed.

14 - J. W. Guernsey's music store and McComb's printing office damaged by fire and water. New school building Wilkes-Barre dedicated with appropriate ceremonies.

15 - Gas and Water Company lay first pipes on Meadow brook line. A cold wave strikes the city.

16 - Benj. Walbren and man named Conway assaulted and robbed in the Fourteenth ward. William Gilhooly's house, North End, blown over by gale; family escapes uninjured.

18 - Master Workman Powderly arrested and gives bail in the Callaghan conspiracy case.

20 - Thirty person injured in a Polish church riot at Plymouth.

21 - The city enjoined from proceeding with construction of Elm street bridge. Mrs. J. J. Albright dies.

24 - Caledonian Club celebrates the 131st anniversary of Robert Burns' birth at the Forest House. Sixth annual meeting of Union ex-prisoners at Ezra Griffin Post rooms.

27 - The heirs of the late Joseph J. Albright present to the city, through Board of Trade, for public library purposes, the old homestead, corner of Washington avenue and Vine street, and Jos. J Albright, Jr, to erect a building theron at a cost of $75,000. Patrick Keefe killed by a train of cars at Pittston station.

30 - Scranton Lodge of Elks hold social session and Celveland's minstrels attend in a body.

31 - The Myrtle Social and Literary Club gives a ball in Turner hall.


1 - Five men killed and others injured by explosion at Nottingham mine at Plymouth.

3 - One hundred citizens of Newark, N. J., visit this city to inspect the electric railway system.

4 - Four persons burned to death in a shanty on Moosic mountain. Judge Connolly reprimands and discharges a jury for bringing in a verdict against the evidence and law.

5 - James Arnold convicted of robbing Richard Mills in Carbondale.

7 - T. V. Powderly brings suit against Hon. Edward Callaghan, Scottdale, for libel. Agnes Boland convicted in court as a common scold.

8 - Paul Hydo, the slayer of Jacob Sontag, sentenced to ten years and three months in penitentiary.

10 - Hook and Ladder Company holds its annual ball. Preliminary injunction continued against the Arcade trombone.

11 - John J. Van Nort, Boston store, the victim of a clever forgery of check on B.E. Leonard for $65.

13 - Municipal building loan of city bonds awarded to the Jarvis-Conklin Mortgage Trust Company.

14 - Charles S. Miller's house, near Dalton, destroyed by fire.

15 - Friedlander's millinery and Tisdale's book stores, Lackawanna avenue, damaged by fire and water. John Evans and Daniel Jones badly burned by explosion in Manville mine.

16 - Remodelled M.E. Church, Main avenue, dedicated.

17 - The ordinance for placing the new municipal bonds found to be defective. Fred Wells falls down shaft at Forest City and killed.

18 - Father Hussy, Carbondale, wins the gold chalice at Catholic fair.

20 - James Gilbert, the "Arcade Giant," marries Miss Gwenllym Williams in the Armory.

21 - New two-cent postage stamps put on sale. Locomotive Firemen's ball at Turner Hall. Princeton Alumni Association banquets at Arcade. Lafayette Alumni banquets at Valley House, Wilkes-Barre.

23 - Dr. Williams preaches to Patriotic Sons of America and Patriotic Daughters of Liberty.

24 - City officials of Reading, PA., visit this city to inspect electric lights and railways. First social reception at R. R. Y. M. C. A. rooms by Ladies' Auxiliary.

25 - David R. Jones' house, Wilkes=Barre, destroyed by fire.

26 - Martin Starrow instantly killed by explosion at L. I. & C. Company's ore mines. New bond ordinance approved by joint councilmanic building committee. Death of Betsey Griffin, born 1810.

27 - Blacksmith shop of A.R. Gould collapses. Luzerne W. C. T. U. convention held at Wyoming.

28 - $11,000 subscribed for the Albright free library at mass meeting at Academy of Music.

There are more than 3,000 women in this country who are practicing medicine, whose income is said to range from $5,000 to $20,000 a year.

It is estimated that more than 20,000,000 cigars are manufactured every day in the United States alone, and this enormous number requires in the neighbourhood of 420,000 boxes for their keeping. As a result, there are over 200 factories in the country turning these boxes out. The wood of which these boxes are made comes from Mexico, Central America and the West Indies. The manufacturers buy the wood in large, heavy logs, and cut it up to suit themselves. Some of the cheaper grades of boxes are made from poplar cut in the west, which is afterwards stained to imitate the real cedar. But the only real good wood for the purpose is the cedar which comes from the countries named.


3 - Twenty-three remonstrances filed against granting liquor licenses to certain parties. Judge Archbald hands down formal opinion in Cusick-Gallagher contested election case. United States District Court convenes. Cymrodorion Society banquets at the Wyoming. Eight person imprisoned and burned to death in South Wilkes-Barre shaft.

4 - Anthony O'Malley fatally injured in falling from a Providence street car. Rev. Wilson, Philadelphia, lectures in M. E. Church on "Switzerland in Autumn."

5 - James Leonard and Thomas Owens frightfully injured by mine explosion, Plymouth. Six inches of snow falls, first sleighing of the winter.

6 - Meeting of ministers and citizens to inaugurate plans for relief of distress among the poor. All Souls' Chapel, Pine street, dedicated. Wm. Connell & Co. donate to city 15 acres on South Side for public park. Michael Malia falls 400 feet at Cayuga shaft and is killed.

7 - Benjamin Clark's house at Benton destroyed by fire.

8 - Store of Central Relief Committee opens in Burr building, Washington avenue. James Clark run over by a Kingston street car and killed. Jack Carter and Jack Heffron fight 24 rounds at Miner's Mills and latter wins.

10 - Mrs. Martin Quinn struck by a train on the Bloomsburg road and killed. Electric station indicator put on fast express D., L. & W.

11 - Republican City Committee presents a flag to Nineteenth ward for greatest per centage of Republican gain over Presidential election. Two hundred people furnished relief at central store. John B. Pettebone suicides at Wilkes-Barre by shooting.

13 - The Royal Arcanum banquets over Morgan's drug store. Jerry Shea killed on Central Railroad N. J.

14 - Patrick Pidgeon killed in D. & H. yard, Carbondale.

15 - Two persons killed and five injured by boiler explosion at Northwest colliery, Carbondale. Amos Sutliff suicides at West Nanticoke.

17 - St. Patrick's day celebrated by parades in this city, Wilkes-Barre, Pittston and Carbondale.

18 - Trophies presented to Ninth Regiment, Wilkes-Barre Armory.

19 - Thomas Bevan killed and several injured by explosion at Midvale Colliery.

23 - The body of John Gallagher, who mysteriously disappeared Feb. 18, found in river at Moosic. Frank Adams accidentally shot by a companion at Wilkes-Barre.

24 - Joseph A. Thomas cut his through with a razor at Dalton. Mrs. Barbara Davan arrested for secreting her babe in the woods. Mrs. Anna McCormick and child run down by a careless driver on Lackawanna avenue. Rev. J. Edward Close dies aged 41, Dunmore.

25 - Wolf Johnson taken to Eastern Penitentiary. Long distance telephone put in operation at Wilkes-Barre.

26 - Cornell students visit city on a tour of inspection. H. R. Madison elected chief engineer. A peck of counterfeit coin unearthed on South Side. The houses of John Foley and John Condy, Maple street, burned.

27 - Long distance telephone completed.

29 - Several inches of snow falls.

30 - Mrs. Carey's eating house, Spruce street, cleaned out by fire and water.

31 - Lackawanna Lodge, I.O.O.F., annual reception, 350 present.

It is said that during the twenty years from 1867 to 1887, 6 per cent of all the county records in the United States were destroyed by fire.


A German statistician who has secured accurate dates concerning the use of cosmetics throughout the civilized world estimates that the money which American women pay for cosmetics would pay for the painting of thirty-seven houses at an expense of $75 a house.


The banner orange-growing town in Southern California is Riverside, and it is, perhaps, the richest town in the country, if its average wealth has been correctly estimated. Of 500 persons 266 are assessed for more than $4,000 each, which represents $12,000 of value.


1 - Members of the old Councils banquet at Hanley's restaurant.

2 - Rudolph Schwartz attempts suicide. Three men killed and several injured at No. 4 slope, Susquehanna Coal Company. John Pryor shoots and kills Hugh Graham at Duryea.

4 - Edward Dolph dies.

5 - Petition to incorporate Moscow as a borough refused by the grand jury. Fire breaks out in South Wilkes-Barre shaft.

6 - Elaborate decorations city churches and special music.

7 - The new city officers inducted into office.

8 - The Lackawanna bar Association holds its annual banquet at Wyoming House. Severe electric, rain and hail storm.

9 - William Jurisch's house, North Park, burned. G. A. R. hall at Wilkes-Barre dedicated. Death of Mrs. John Stewart.

10 - John Stewart dies. Snow falls to the depth of several inches. Board of Trade holds annual banquet at the Wyoming.

12 - John Stewart and wife buried and their daughter, Mrs. Stevens, dies.

13 - One thousand people visit Nay-Aug Falls.

14 - Rev. W. P. Taylor ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Rulison. People's Street Railway purchase South Side line.

15 - The bill for Scranton federal building passes U. S. Senate. George Kennan lectures in Academy of Music on Convict Life in Siberia. Company E's fair opens at Honesdale.

16 - Memorial services in Adams avenue M. E. Church in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart and daughter.

18 - Hon. Lewis Pughe elected President of the Poor Board.

19 - John E. Murphy killed in mine at Plymouth, and Litz Allescosky commits suicide.

21 - Papers filed to restrain D. & H. from proceeding with new depot on Lackawanna avenue. Presbytery of Lackawanna meets in First Church. Hitchner's bakery, Pittston, burned.

22 - State Board of Poor Commissioners meet at the Wyoming House. Retail Merchants' Protective Association of Pennsylvania convenes in Raub's hall. John Dacy killed by falling down Continental shaft. John Freizer murdered by unknown parties at Olyphant.

23 - Banquet of Grocers' State Convention at the Wyoming. Hon. Albert Friffin and Walter T. Mills debate "The Political Duty of Temperance Men" at Academy of Music. Presbytery of Lackawanna vote for revision of Confession of Faith, 56 - 27.

24 - Presentation of badges to members of Thirteenth Regiment in Armory. Banquet at Bicycle Club house.

25 - Organ recital at Second Presbyterian Church by Samuel P. Warren, New York. Doll entertainment at Adams avenue M. E. Church.

26 - President Harrison signs the Scranton public building bill.

27 - Mrs. Bridget O'Boyle falls from a bridge and is killed.

28 - Y. M. C. A. anniversary address by Walter C. Douglas, Philadelphia.

29 - Work commenced on the Main street asphalt pavement. W. J. Schubmehl, of Olyphant Gazette, acquitted of charge of libel.

30 - John Yonowski crushed under a train of cars at steel works.


The postal savings banks in Japan, which for several years received little or no attention from the people, have become a great success. They were established in 1875, but at the end of that year had only $15,320 on deposit. In 1882, however, it was amounted to $1,058,000, and in 1889 to $20,450,000.


Over 6,000,000 letters are sent to the dead letter office annually.


Large deposits of phosphates have been discovered in Georgia, near the Florida boundary.


Alaska has been the largest gold mine in the world. It is lighted by electricity, and is worked day and night.


1 - Kemble, insurance agent, acquitted of charge of perjury preferred by Dr. O'Malley.

2 - Emma Huch Opera company in Faust, Academy. F. Hagen has hand taken off by circular saw.

3 - Mrs. Annie Williams suicides by taking "rough on rats".

4 - Lane & O'Hara's restaurant robbed.

5 - Frankel's comic opera Ujiji given at Academy. Court refuses city's motion for preliminary injunction restraining D. & H. C. Co. proceeding with new depot building.

6 - Supt. G. W. Phillips re-elected superintendent of public schools. N. S. Davis re-elected county superintendent, receiving 88 votes and Prof. Taylor 87. A son of Charles Kossmann drowned in barrel of water. Prof. T. B. Harrison elected superintendent of schools in Luzerne.

7 - Twenty buildings consumed by fire between Swetland and Eighth streets; loss $163,000. M D. Osterhout dies suddenly in Florida. John Territy jailed for murder of John Freizer at Olyphant, April 22.

8 - Chas. Kuhlman and Morris Posner arrested for burglary. Farewell reception to J. Arlington Specer at Bicycle Club house. John Fiske lectures at Academy for Public Library fund.

9 - Gilmore's band and choir of Welsh Baptist Church gives matinee and evening concert at Academy.

10 - William Millett killed by powder explosion at Consumers' powder mill.

11 - Rev. T. C. Edwards, D. D., Wales, preaches in Academy of Music.

12 - Fourteen buildings destroyed by fire at Ashley.

13 - Edward Collins killed at D., L. & W. car shops. Nicholson post office robbers, Wm. Casterline, Ernest Titmas and Allan Sprague, arrested.

15 - The Democratic Central Club opens rooms 421 Lackawanna avenue. Nineteen men entombed and killed by explosion in Wilkes-Barre Coal Company's mine at Ashley.

16 - Three Italians killed in a culm slide at Olyphant. Seventy-five Masons from Binghamton visit Union Lodge.

17 - Two men killed by explosion at Empire mine.

19 - T. V. Powderly acquitted of charge of conspiracy preferred by Edward Callahan, Scottdale. Name of station changed from Dunning to Elmhurst. State Convention of Red Men meets in Music Hall. Severe rain and electric storm. John Black of Dunmore dies.

20 - Parade of Red Men over seven blocks long. Culverts washed away and trains delayed on D., L. & W. Arthur Davis drowned at Edwardsville. House of Macher Burns, Providence, damaged by lightning.

21 - Waddell's mine flooded and eleven men imprisoned for several hours. Young Fleck of Tunkhannock falls down stairs in Pittston and killed. Catholic Diocesan Union meets in Wilkes-Barre.

22 - A number of places in Peckville burglarized.

25 - Memorial day services at M. E. Church, Providence. Mrs. Kimler, Moosic, drowned at Pittston.

26 - Greek George and Peter Romalow wrestle on horseback at the Armory and Greek George wins. Twenty-one persons engaged in cock-fighting near Pittston, arrested and fined $10 each.

27 - John Eagan, aged 7, drowned in the Lackawanna river.

28 - Benjamin Jones killed by the cars at Factoryville.

29 - Stewart Lee struck by a locomotive and killed. Flag raised on No. 33 school with appropriate exercises. Reception of welcome to Rev. Mr. Partridge, Penn avenue Baptist Church.

30 - Decoration Day observed by parade in the afternoon and entertainment in the evening.

31 - Park Committee select the site for a park in the Twentieth ward.


Germany has 19.476 post offices, and England 17,587, while France has but 9,346.


One hundred and fifty million corkscrews are made yearly in Jersey.


1 - Remains of Johnny Hagan, drowned in river at Sand Banks, found at Pittston.

2 - W. R. Jones seriously injured in a mine.

4 - Severe rain, hail, wind and electric storm. Worthy Grand Lodge A. P. A. of America meets in Raub's hall.

5 - Michael McCue's house, No. 6, struck by lightning and burned. Joseph Meyers' house and barn, Bald Mount, torn to pieces by storm. Barn Pennsylvania Coal Company, Hughestown, burned. Capt. Paul Boyton, the famous swimmer, entertains 500 people at Lake Ariel.

6 - Chief Wade and Attorney Soper indulge in a fisticuff. Two buildings damaged by fire, Madison and Jefferson avenue, by electric wires. No. 12 school house struck by lightning.

8 - Frank Auer, 65, Oxford street, suicides by hanging. Excursions from this city and Dunmore to re-union of Locomotive Engineers, Wilkes-Barre.

9 - Dr. Gibbons' horses run away and demolish the carriage. Crystal Hose Company celebrates its seventeenth anniversary. Nay-Aug Hose Company removes to new quarters on Spruce street. Paul Bumbach burned to death in fire, Wilkes-Barre.

10 - The houses of Joseph H. Gunster, Capt. Samuel Hines and C.J. Powell, entered by burglars. Mamie Quinlan struck by a train at the silk mill and killed. Russy Capwell shot by Larry Post, Lake Winola.

11 - W. P. Buswell, Ill., robbed of satchel and other articles, D. L. & W depot. A large party of coal men from New York and Philadelphia banquet at the Wyoming. Morgan Lewis killed by lightning near Olyphant.

12 - Albert Repp's house, Mill street, damaged by lightning. Urbane Bulton, Springville, takes strychnine and dies.

13 - Owen McAloon, Glenburn, dies suddenly, sitting in a chair. Allen Barr killed at Von Storch mines.

15 - Floral Sunday observed by a number of churches. Wm. Connell & Co.'s round house and two engines burned.

17 - Victor Koch's horse defeats Fred. Durr's in half-mile race at Driving Park.

18 - Part of coal men from Baltimore visit this city.

19 - Harry Howe dies, aged 23. People's Street Railway commence laying track on Linden street. Phoenix Hose Company picnics at Wahler's Grove. Suburban Park opened for season by Bauer's band.

21 - John Territy sentenced to penitentiary for ten years for murdering Mike Freizer, Olyphant. John Theil crushed to death, Hyde Park mine. George Matey shoots and kills Peter Rudamish, Forest City. Corner-stone M. E. Church, Germyn, laid.

22 - Bertha Kelder, aged 13, falls over cliff at Nay-Aug falls and instantly killed. George W. Moss convicted of wife murder at Wilkes-Barre.

23 - Charter granted for Pennsylvania Midland Railroad Company.

24 - Michael Gary run over and killed by cars near Dunmore. Alonzo Hedglin killed on railroad, Waymart. Commencement of St. Cecilia's Academy. Hugh Monahan convicted of manslaughter in killing Thomas Geraghty.

25 - St. Patrick's fourth annual commencement. George Hicks, aged fourteen, drowned at Plymouth. Samuel Gregory killed in mines.

26 - Senator Watres given a reception on return from Harrisburg in honor of his nomination as Lieutenant Governor. Corner stone of Jackson street Baptist Church laid. Samuel Hicks drowned at Wilkes-Barre.

27 - Fourteenth annual commencement exercises Scranton High School in Academy of Music.

28 - Blanche Evans attempts to shoot William J. Evans in Higgins & Co.'s store, Wilkes-Barre.


A novel flower has been discovered at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. This floral chameleon has the power of changing its colors during the day. In the morning it is white, when the sun is at its zenith it is red, and at night it is blue. Only at noon does it give out any perfume.


1 - Mt. Pleasant Coal Co.'s barn burned - loss $8,000.

2 - Democratic state Convention meets in Academy of Music, Robert E. Pattison nominated for Governor and Chauncey F. Black for Lieut.-Governor; C. H. Smith's house, Tenth street, robbed of money and jewelry.

3 - B. Galland fails for $50,000.

4 - 4,000 people attend Caledonian games, Driving Park, balloon ascent and parachute descent by Mr. Williams; Geo. C. Green falls from wagon at Factoryville and killed; South Side celebrates with parade; great parade at Wilkes-Barre and Carbondale.

7 - Poor Board holds its first meeting at the Home. Caroline Gaerliz falls from cherry tree, Petersburg, and killed; Judge Archbald appoints Mrs. Frances B. Swan a poor director to succeed John Stewart; three houses burned at Olyphant.

8 - 98 degrees in the shade; a young cyclone struck the city about 11 at night; several persons postrated by the heat; fire in Bill Robb's restaurant; Dr. W. Donne's drug store, Providence, burned and Barney Clark's house damaged; Wm. D. Robert run over and killed by cars at Waverly.

11 - Edward F. Blewitt elected City Engineer.

12 - Thomas S. Davis' dead body found in a small creek in Keiser Valley; Mrs. Marshall Henry bitten by a rattlesnake and dies in a few hours.

13 - Mrs. Ellis Stribo, Olyphant, terribly burned by explosion of kerosene lamp; two houses burned at Maltby.

15 - Several buildings struck by lightning and damaged; Plymouth damaged $50,000 by storm.

16 - Arnold Corey's barn in Abington destroyed by lightning.

17 - The barn of Wm. Shennan, Scott, struck by lightning and destroyed.

18 - Smith caught in gearing of crane, Dickson works, and killed; Michael Gibbons run over by a train at Miner's Mills and killed.

19 - Thirteenth regiment leaves for Camp Hartranft, Mt. Gretna; Emerson Waters killed in Johnson's mine.

21 - The German Saengerfest opened with torchlight procession and public meeting on the Federal postoffice plot; Ontario, Carbondale and Scranton road opened to passenger traffic.

22 - City Solicitor Burns gives opinion that Ed. F. Blewitt's election as City Engineer is void; afternoon and evening concerts of German Saengerfest, Academy of Music.

23 - Maloney & Co.'s oil house destroyed by fire; Saengerfest excursion to Farview; John Calizia has his head cut off by cars at Green Ridge.

25 - Henry Smith has four fingers cut off by a shaving machine, Keller's carriage works.

26 - Thirteenth regiment returns home from Mt. Gretna.

29 - Over 500 persons go on the Merchants' Association excursion to Hancock over Ontario and Western.

31 - The thermometer registers 96 in the shade.


Altogether in the world there are about 500,000,000 followers of Buddha. In France alone there are 30,000.


Great Britain has 1,421,389 horses - that is 4 horses per cultivated acre. England alone has 1,091,041; Scotland, 189,205.


Turkish engineers say that the river Euphrates might be made navigable the year round by an expenditure of $100,000.


Beef loses 25 per cent of its weight when baked.


1 - Boy named Blackwell drowned in the river at Plymouth.

2 - D., L. & W put on a vestibule train.

3 - Corner stone new Catholic church, St. Paul, laid with imposing ceremonies.

5 - State Convention, Sons of St. George, meets in Raub's Hall; Pasco and Arthur Granville killed by the cars at Nay-Aug; Patrick and William Riley killed on the Ontario, Carbondale and Scranton.

6 - Sons of St. George banquet at the Westminster.

7 - P. F. Ryan's house, Orchard street, burned; Sons of St. George picnic at Lake Ariel; excursion of 600 from Walton, NY, visit this city.

9 - Peter Lovan shot and killed by Joseph Murray near Hancock.

10 - Patrick Fadgens fatally shoots James Collins.

11 - Mrs. Frederick Wilharm killed by a passenger train at Nay-Aug.

13 - Del Foote's horse "Jules Mann" defeats Dr. Hill's "Charley Hill" half mile, Driving Park.

14 - Bauer's band runs an excursion to Lake Ariel ; J. B. Van Bergen married to Mrs. Mary H. Watt.

16 - James Phillips, Carbondale, struck by a train on the D. & H. at Green Ridge, and killed.

18 - Two burglars steal the safe from a hotel at Bull's Head; the large breaker of D., L & W at Central Mine burned, loss $150,000; eleven men and fifty mules in mine have a narrow escape from death.

19 - A terrible cyclone strikes Wilkes-Barre at 5:45pm, 400 buildings wrecked, 17 persons killed or died within a short time; 200 more or less injured, property loss half million dollars.

22 - Houses unroofed and trees blown down by storm, Carbondale.

24 - Corner stone of new convent and parochial school, South Side, laid by Bishop O'Hara - 3,000 present; African M. E. church holds bush meetings at Driving Park; Wm. McConnell commences a series of talks on temperance in R. R. Y. M. C. A. hall.

25 - William Williamson, New York, has a leg cut off by a train of cars at Vine street; the Saengerfest of united singing societies of South Side opens.

26 - D. Scott Shoemaker, night clerk at Forest House, blows his brains out with a revolver in the Wyoming House bar room; Edward L. Smyth, who eloped with Miss Rose Warner, arrested in Rochester, and returned to this city on a charge of embezzlement and bigamy; Saengerfest holds two concerts on South Side; Joseph Stevens falls down shaft at Mayville and killed.

28 - An excursion numbering 500 from Hancock, NY, visits this city; Owen Cusick's Stevie trots a mile in 2:19 at Hartford, Conn.

29 - The postoffice at Plymouth robbed.

30 - The L. I. & C. Co. take possession of the Fairlawn colliery; Scranton police team defeats Wilkes-Barre team in a tug of war match at Caledonian games, Luzerne Grove.

31 - Jewish synagogue, Linden street, rededicated; J. W. Brock dies.


Hints for Business Men

Look to your credits, but look out when your credit is too good.

Have an eye to all that may damage by neglect.

Get into an old firm rather than establish a new one.

Have a general extended knowledge of all things in which you deal.

When you buy, take care, when you sell, take quadruple care.

Marry early a good wife; but a poor one may be better than none.

Better be upright with poverty than wicked with plenty.

Don't depend upon your own lungs alone; use the lungs of the press.

Never regret what is irretrievably lost.


1 - The United States Court convenes, Judge Acheson upon the bench; Labor Day observed in Wilkes-Barre by parade and picnic at Mountain Park.

2 - Train on the New York, Ontario and Western knocked from track by cow at Mayville; Mrs. Grier's hotel wrecked and Wm. Lyons killed.

3 - Wm. Hughes fatally injured and David Jones seriously at Sand Bank crossing by a train, horse killed and wagon demolished; H. B. Rockwell dies, 72; eighty-third anniversary of Abington Baptist association at Waverly.

5 - William Talfero (colored) falls into tank of boiling asphalt and seriously burned; fifty-seventh annual session Pennsylvania Christian Conference held in Providence.

7 - Slight fire in the Burr block; Herman Bolckenkamp whirled to death by the big engine at the blast furnace; Harvest Home festival at Trinity Lutheran church.

8 - Hook and Ladder company opens their new house with a royal entertainment.

9 - Fire Department have finest parade since their organization; Geo. W. Moss sentenced to death by Judge Rice for wife murder.

10 - Melita Commandery, Knights Templar, new officers installed, banquet at the Wyoming.

12 - Alex Hay robbed of a watch while asleep in his shop; Mrs. Baltzar Gorman killed by a train on Lehigh Valley, Wilkes-Barre

13 - John Gladdy, Chas. Olmstead and a boy killed by fall of trestling at Duryea; Order of Railway Conductors hold union meeting in Academy of Music.

15 - D. W. Swan dies suddenly.

16 - Joseph Ludka and Wadeck Salewski killed at Bellevue Breaker.

17 - Mrs. Bridget O'Mahoney drowned in a pool at Peckville.

18 - The body of Thomas Carmody, who has been missing for some days, found in the Lackawanna river; reception given to the Thirteenth regiment rifle team on their arrival from Mt. Gretna.

20 - Edward Sunday's store and residence and house of John Westphal, Willow street, burned; Anthony Jennings, James Sullivan, Lawrence Casey, Edward Buttson, killed by explosion, Hollenback breaker, Wilkes-Barre.

21 - Postoffice and station at Georgetown robbed of money and stamps; Patrick Lavelle crushed to death by cars at Moscow.

22 - Lackawanna County Agricultural fair opens; Mrs. Wm. Bell and two daughters of Peckville, injured in a runaway, Washington avenue; Joseph Pace and Martin Flynn killed on railroad near Pittston.

24 - Walter Swartz, of Dalton, killed on the D., L. & W. road.

25 - One hudred and forty-eight men made citizens.

26 - Two hundred men receive their final naturalization papers.

28 - Anthony Barrett's house on Hickory street destroyed by fire.

30 - Ex-Sheriff Lewis appointed general manager of the New York, Susquehanna and Western R. R. Co., at Meshoppen; Thos. Henry shoots Leslie Kellogg and John Lord, producing serious injury.


Wedding Celebrations

The wedding celebrations occur as follows. Three days, sugar; sixty days, vinegar; 1st anniversary, iron; 5th anniversary, wooden; 10th anniversary, tin; 15th anniversary, crystal; 20th anniversary, china; 25th anniversary, silver; 30th anniversary, cotton; 35th anniversary, linen; 40th anniversary, woollen; 45th anniversary, silk; 50th anniversary, golden; 75th anniversary, diamond.


Go into business on your own money and rather too late than too early in life.


2 - Electric City Lodge K. of P. was instituted at Mannerchor Hall, Washburn street.

3 - In the breach of promise case of Miss Husaboe vs. Rev. Peter Roberts, the jury returns verdict of $3,000 in favour of the plaintiff.

5 - Mrs. Jacob Shaffer seriously injured in a runaway accident on Washington avenue.

6 - Joseph Rees suffocated by gas at Johnson's office at Breaker; James Reilley killed on the track at Wilkes-Barre.

7 - Michal Swift drops dead, Dunmore; Rev. C. L. Weisswasser installed pastor of the Hickory street Presbyterian church.

8 - Chas. Armstrong was killed and three other men frightfully burned by explosion of gas Kingston Coal Co. mine, Plymouth; great parade of Junion American Protestant Association at Wilkes-barre, Grand Lodge.

9 - Miners at Bull Head colliery strike for increase of ten cents a car; Co. D wins the Colonel's trophy; commence paving Main street, Carbondale.

10 - C. D. Winters & Co.'s store in Jermyn robbed of watches, chains and other valuable articles; 100th anniversary of the birth of Father Mathew celebrated in Hyde Park, 6,000 men in line, streets decorated.

11 - Fred. Weichel, Sr., dies

13 - Catherine Walters convicted in court on the charge of being a common scold.

14 - Simon Clark, aged 70, falls dead in St. James hotel; Lutheran Ministerium opens in church, Adams avenue; Geo. W. Phillips appointed County Detective, Luzerne.

15 -Sixteenth annual session of the Pennsylvania Women's Christian Temperance Union, opened in Academy of Music, 400 delegates; Knights Templar parade at Wilkes-Barre; ex-Governor Pattison and party invade Luzerne county on election tour; meeting of Woman's Presbyterial at Wilkes-Barre.

16 - Ex-Governor Pattison and Chauncy F. Black and party given reception by Democrats, meeting in Armory.

16 - Senator Delamater and party received with great enthusiasm by the people through Lackawanna valley, great reception, parade and immense meeting at Armory, fireworks; John W. Davis was shot and instantly killed by police officer William Weathers at Pittston.

20 - Anthony Scanlon, jr., appointed a detective, the first made under the act in Lackawanna county; Executive Committee Wayne-Lackawanna Pomona Grange meets at Forest House; Rev. C. C. McLean, Adams avenue M. E. Church, resigns; Sanford Woolbaugh's boy drowned in Lackawanna river, Dodgetown; conference of Republican contest for Senator, Wayne-Susquehanna district with friends here, conference at Forest House.

22 - Mrs. Bridget Moran and Mrs. Bridget Hennigan convicted as common scolds; corner stone of St. David's Episcopal church laid, West Side; 50 members Lackawanna Council, Royal Arcanum, visit Archbald Lodge; Plainsville Water Company incorporated; Frederick W. Klinges drowned, Wilkes-Barre.

23 - Donation Day at the Home; ground broken for the government building.

26 - Thomas Bourke, Sand Banks, attempts suicide by cutting throat; Andre Peditok mortally wounded in a fight, struck in head with axe during quarrel.

28 -Big Republican rally in Mears' Hall; H. M. Dale, Major Everett Warren, Hon. Chas. H. Litchman, A. J. Colborn; Justus Von Storch dies aged 66; 17th anniversary entertainment Robert Burns lodge.

29 - The printers hold their annual ball at Turner Hall; Women's Foreign Missionary Society convenes Franklin M E. church, Wilkes-Barre.

30 - Councils appoint Wm. Connell, August Robinson and W. T. Smith committee to arbitrate with D. & H. in reference to parapet wall, Lackawanna bridge; the Slocum chapel in Exeter borough dedicated.

31 - Ground staked out for the Albright Memorial building; prizes awarded to Y. M. C. A. gymnasts; Republican rally, torchlight parade at Taylorville.


1 - John Barrett, Archbald, awarded $1,050 damages against New York, Ontario and Western railroad for land taken by company.

3 - Camp 8, Sons of Veterans, give the visiting Colonel of Pennsylvania division a reception.

4 - William Kennedy killed by cars at blast furnace.

5 - Collision on Ontario, Carbondale and Scranton railroad at Mayfield, Chas. Finnegan and a man named Burke killed.

6 - Church Coal Company's breaker burned; Democrats jubilate over victory.

8 - St. Mary's German Catholic church fair closed with net receipts of $7,000.

10 - Thomas Kerns, conductor, and Wm. Smith, engineer, arrested for causing fatal accident on the N.Y., Ont. & S. R. R.; Arthur Reynold, Elmhurst, run over and fatally injured by the cars.

12 - William Hughes defeats James Evans in foot race at Driving Park; John Pryor convicted of manslaughter at Wilkes-Barre.

13 - Five buildings destroyed by fire at Plains.

14 - Luzerne and Lackawanna Christian Enveavor Union meets in semi-annual convention Penn avenue Baptist church; Perseverance Club banquets at the Westminster.

16 - Anthony Battle dangerously wounds Wm. Boyle with flobert rifle; John Matosofki falls down stairs and breaks his neck.

17 - Judge Gunster refuses a new trial to Rev. Peter Roberts in breach of promise case brought by Miss Annie Husaboe, damages awarded $3,000; Strauss' Vienna orchestra gives to concerts in Academy of Music.

19 - Seven houses burned at Nanticoke; John Beaumont killed in the mines at Wilkes-Barre.

20 - Thomas Maroney crushed to death by the cars, D., L. & W. yard.

21 - Mary Swedelski burned to death at Dodgetown; Patrick O'Horo crushed to death Pennsylvania road, Wilkes-Barre; Moses H. Burgunder and J. D. Mishler lease Academy of Music for a number of years.

22 - Rev. Peter Roberts surrendered by his bondsmen and committed to jail.

23 - Catholic church at Nicholson destroyed by fire; Fannie Van Gorder makes an unsuccessful attempt at suicide by shooting.

24 - Music Hall opens under new management; Wm. J. Thomas has leg broken in Continental mine; Judge Archbald decides Decoration Day as a legal holiday in regard to legal proceeding, as on papers due or presented to banks.

25 - Fairview House and store at Mt. Pocono destroyed by fire.

26 - John Hansen killed at L. I. & C. Co. mills.

27 - Thanksgiving observed by general suspension of business, and servies at the churches; Robert Davis run over and killed by cars at Mt. Pleasant and James Y. Murphy killed in Connell's mine.

29 - Patrick Harden suicides by hanging; John Duffy killed at the L. I. & C. Co. mills

30 - Thirty-fourth annual meeting of Lackawanna Bible Society at Second Presbyterian church.


For Cracked Lips

Early in the autumn the winds cause fissures or cracks in the lips that are not only extremely unpleasant to look upon, but are exquisitely painful, and by touching them with your tongue you intensify the pain very much. Go to the drug store and say you want citron cream. Apply this with your fingers, or a soft linen cloth, and the cooling and healing result that will follow will convince you that even in medicine sometimes old things are best.


1 - The jury in the Flood-Cummings case, after being out six days, fail to agree, standing 11 to 1, both parties agreed to accept verdict of the 11 men; first real snow storm of the season; thermometer 7 degrees below zero.

2 - Thomas Kerns, conductor on the Ontario and Western railroad convicted of neglect of duty in causing the fatal accident near Carbondale; James Casey killed at steel works.

3 - Richard Beers falls dead in court house at Honesdale.

4 - James McLaughlin has arm crushed by cars; Michael Barrett found guilty of cutting off a horse's tongue.

5 - East span of Lackawanna avenue bridge condemned as unsafe; Joseph Williams killed in Diamond mine.

7 - The interior of Simpson M. E. church burned - loss, 29,000; Matthews Bros. drug store damaged by fire and water.

8 - St. Paul's church fair opens in Music Hall; several inches of snow fall; opening reception of new rooms of Y. W. M. C. A., 205 Washington avenue.

10 - Henry M. Stanley, the African explorer, lectures at the Academy of Music.

12 - John McCoy, Wm. Reese, Michael Gallagher and Lot Ludwig injured by explosion of gas, Diamond mine.

14 - Michael McCormick has both legs crushed below the knees in attempting to board moving train D., L. & W. yard.

15 - The Adamowski quartet gives concert, Academy of Music; Teachers' institute of Luzerne county opens.

16 - John Loftus run over and killed by cars on Ontario & Western, near Jermyn.

17 - Wilson Moon kicked by a mule and killed at Manville shaft; five shafts affected by a cave in at Parsons; severe storm of rain, snow, blast and sleet, the worst for years.

18 - Orchard Preserving works destroyed by fire, and Hook and Ladder house damaged.

20 - Rev. Peter Roberts released from jail under insolvent law; Edward Lewsley has hand taken off by cars, at Green Ridge.

21 - St. Paul's church, Green Ridge, dedicated.

22 - Fourth annual banquet of Lackawanna County New England society held at the Bicycle club house.

23 - J. J. Brink's house, D. L. & W. barn at Elmhurst, destroyed by fire.

25 - Services held at most of churches - cold and excellent sleighing.

26 - From seven to eight inches of snow fall; street car traffic suspended; the Pirie novelty store, Penn avenue and Centre street, damaged by fire.

27 - Fairlawn store, at Pine Brook, gutted by fire.

28 - Confirmation administered to three hundred children, St. Patrick's Catholic church.

29 - Lackawanna Camping Club's Concert and Social; David Paterson, for 40 years a resident of Scranton, died, aged 60 years; Attorney Comegys retires from District Attorney's office.

30 - Public presentation of Grand Army memorial volumes to Griffin and Monies posts at Academy of Music; closing entertainment of the Fairlawn mission lecture course, with lecture by Rev. C. C. McLean on "The New South" and the "American Italy".

31 - First annual ball of the Hyde Park Pleasure Club at Mears Hall.


Cure for Neuralgia

A friend who suffered horrible pains from neuralgia, hearing of a physician in Germany who invariably cured the disease, went to him and was permanently cured after a short sojourn. The doctor gave him the remedy, which was nothing but a poultice and tea made of the common field thistle. The leaves are macerated and used as a poultice to the parts affected, while a small quantity of the same is boiled down to the proportion of a quart to a pint and a small wineglassful drank before each meal.

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