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Jermyn Pennsylvania Views

A photograph James Allan Dunn (1894-1973) took in 1914 from a hillside overlooking Jermyn, PA.

Edmonds Corner - about 1898
Jermyn PA - Edmonds Corner
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On 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 shop. The street is Main Street, now called Washington Avenue. -- J. Allan Dunn"

Snow on Main Street about 1914

Written 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.

Delaware & Hudson Breaker, 1914

Photograph by James Allan Dunn

Culm 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 foreground."

James A. Dunn, Jr. also added. "My great-grandfather, James 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 Washington Avenue."
James Dunn (1827-1890)
James Dunn
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. Dunn, Jr.

Scans and information submitted by James A. Dunn, Jr., October 2011 - Thank you!
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