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A photograph James Allan Dunn
(1894-1973) took in 1914 from a hillside overlooking Jermyn, PA.
Corner - about 1898
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the back, James Allan Dunn (born in Jermyn in 1894) wrote, "Jermyn,
Pennsylvania -- This picture must have been taken between 1897 and
1899. It shows what was known as 'Edmund's Corner.' Brick for
the erection of Edmund's Hall is piled in the street [left side of
picture]. This building was completed a couple of years before
I started attending public school in 1900. Left to right, the
buildings are: Edmund's hotel; Odd Fellow's Hall (later completely
destroyed by fire -- about 1905); Jimmy Steele's candy
street is Main Street, now called Washington Avenue. -- J. Allan Dunn"
on Main Street about 1914
on the reverse of the photo is: "Main Street, Jermyn, Pa., looking
South - - the large pile of snow is in front of Dr. Davis' and The
Neilson Bldg." The young man is probably James Allan Dunn.
& Hudson Breaker, 1914
Photograph by James Allan Dunn
Dump Fire About 1914
1914 Photographed by James Allan Dunn about 1914. He has
written on the reverse of the photo the following: "Culm (coal dust)
dump on fire - Jermyn-Mayfield, Pennsylvania. Lackawanna River in
James A. Dunn, Jr. also added. "My
Dunn (1827-1890), immigrated from Ayrshire,
Scotland to America in June 1852. He settled in Jermyn where he
was employed by John Jermyn as a coal mining engineer. In 1875 he was
Burgess (Mayor) of Jermyn, PA. His home was located at 372
James Dunn (1827-1890)
James Dunn (1827-1890) was born in Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland and came
to this country in 1852 and first located in Luzerne County.
He settled in Gibsonburg (Jermyn) in 1857, I believe, and spent the
rest of his days there as a coal mining engineer in the employ of John
Jermyn. His home was at 372 Washington Ave.,
Jermyn. He died on July 11, 1890. The following is
his obituary that appeared in The Carbondale Leader on July 16, 1890:
"Ex-Burgess James Dunn, who passed away last Friday after an
illness of two weeks, was a good citizen, firm in his convictions, well
versed in the local affairs of the borough, having held public office
most of the time since its organization, looking well after the
finances and the general welfare of the town. He was an
engineer and one of the first in the employ of John Jermyn with whom he
remained the whole time he operated coal mines in Jermyn. The
deceased was sixty-three years old, of strong physique and robust
health. It was said that this was the first time that he had
need to call a physician. In the death of Mr. Dunn the
borough sustained a loss that will not be easy to fill."
"The funeral was held Sunday afternoon. Friends of the
deceased were present from all over the valley. The entire
town turned out to show its respect, who was a highly esteemed resident
of thirty-three years. The Masonic lodge attended in a body
and the funeral exercises were in accordance with the Masonic
rites. The firemen of the borough were also present in a
body." Carbondale Leader, July 16, 1890.
"Maybe this was his official Burgess photograph. I'm not sure
of the date it was taken. My guess is somewhere between
1875-1880." -- James A.
Scans and information
submitted by James A.
Dunn, Jr., October 2011 - Thank you!
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