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Schuylkill County Events in 1884




Extracted from J.H. Zerbey History, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

Fires Deaths Business Deals Weddings and Anniversaries Miscellaneous


FIRES
Oct. 30-Small breaker burned down at Kaska William, $25,000 loss.
Dec. 10-A serious fire at Trenton mining patch resulted in six lives being lost and eight homes being destroyed. Thomas Fitzgerald, Frank Barlow, wife and three children were burned to death.


DEATHS
Oct. 28- Mrs. George Focht, Mount Hope, fatally burned.
Oct. 30- Edward Jones, 65, Fishbach, from fall.
Nov. 14- David Klock, Auburn school teacher; James Monaghan, 24, killed at Big Mine Run.
Nov. 15- Mrs. William Neifert, Barnesville, wife of Poor Director Neifert.
Nov. 22- Leslie Jackson, 84, Mount Carbon, 24 years gardener at Mansion House.
Nov. 26- Benjamin C. Snyder, Pottsville, employed at P. & R. C. & I. Co.
Nov. 28- Albert Esterly, 34, son of Daniel Esterly, hardware merchant.
Dec. 15- John K. Fernsler, Pottsville, Civil war veteran and Justice of Peace in Northwest ward.
Dec. 19- Frederick Patterson, Pottsville, connected with Miners National Bank and Internal Revenue Service.
Dec. 20- Mrs. George Reed, 82, Pottsville. Dec. 25- Elizabeth, wife of Peter Filbert, 88, Pine Grove.


BUSINESS DEALS
Oct. 30- G. A. Doerflinger was building a 3 story brick building adjoining slaughter house; to be used as a refrigerator.
Nov. 26- C. W. Mortimer purchased the hat store of Samuel Mortimer on Centre Street.
Dec. 29- Matthews new carriage factory on North Centre St., adjoining Courtney and Meiswinkel's was nearing completion.


WEDDINGS AND ANNIVERSARIES
Oct. 27- Dr. and Mrs. Lawton celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Nov. 19- Harry F. Potter and Miss E. M. Harris, both from Minersville, married.
Nov. 25- George Roehrig and Miss Hattie E. Bruce, Pottsville, were married in the M. E. Church.
Nov. 27- Miss Sallie Derr and Frank L. Lamont were married by Dr. Vincent; William J. Price, Minersville, and Miss Ellen Madara, New Castle, married by Rev. R. Turner.
Dec. 24- John J. Scheerer and Miss Bella Minning, Pottsville, married by Rev. G. A. Hinterleitner.



MISCELLANEOUS
Oct. 28-The Ladies of the Second Presbyterian Church cleared over $300 in a fair at Centennial Hall
Oct. 28-The Democrats went to Tremont to parade; on way home a fight occurred and black eyes and arms in slings were fashionable
Oct. 28-Mine Inspector Samuel Gay's report showed 5 accidents in Pottsville District, 1 dead and 4 injured. In Shenandoah District, Mine Inspector Robert Mauchline reported 16 accidents, 6 dead and 10 injured
Oct. 30-None of the street lamps were lit last night as almanac called for moonlight; but rain fell and town was in total darkness
Oct. 31-Choir of Saint Patrick's Church had reorganized, Miss Bessie Carr, 1st Soprano, retired because of throat trouble; Miss Maggie Alstatt took her place. Miss Ellie Carr played organ and John F. Whalen was principal basso
Nov. 1-Pine Grove Democrats had bare-back horses at depot for Pottsville Marshalls of parade, Major Huber and George Helms, and when they wouldn't ride bare-back, managers had to get saddles. Route of parade was 14 miles long.
Nov. 8-The shipments from Williamstown Colliery for October were the largest of any month in the history of the colliery. The amount of coal was 25,030.06 tons
Nov. 10-Official returns elect C.N. Brumm for Congress; Louis Blass for Treasurer; and McCarthy for Prothonotary
Nov. 15-Knickerbocker Ice Co. rebuilding ice houses in Lower Tumbling Run
Nov. 18-A number of men organized a lecture association: P.W. Sheafer was elected Pres.; John F. Whalen, Vice Pres.; W.K. Woodbury, Secretary; and D.H. Seibert, Treasurer
Nov. 29-Work of remodeling and strnghtening head-frame at Kaska William shaft had beeb completed and the driving of gangways and tunnel to upper bench of Mammoth vein was progressing
Nov. 29-The Buck Mountain Coal Co., William Spencer, General Supt., had started shipments over their new breaker near the west end of Mahanoy Tunnel
Dec. 1-Eleven years ago today free delivery system went into effect in Pottsville
Dec. 7-Miss Frances E. Willard spoke here in interest of the W.C.T.U., and a partial organization was affected
Dec. 12-Capt. George J. Lawrence, Post 17, GAR Minersville, celebrated 17th Anniversary
Dec. 15-Teachers Institute convened. President George W. Weiss, County Supt.; Vice-Pres. H.H. Spayd; M.J. Whitaker, Secretary; Enrolling Clerks, M.M. Burke, Joel Dinger; Advisory Committee, Supt. B.F. Patterson, R.F. Ditchburn, W.L. Balentine, J.H. Michener, and L.A. Freeman
Dec. 15-William H. Leib, appointed Ashland postmaster
Dec. 22- The Anthracite Electric Light Co., started the erection of their poles along Centre Street, but borough filed several objections and took down several poles, after which work was discontinued
Dec. 23-Four horse stage went down mountain side at Frackville, was driven by D.P. Haupt; horses became skittish and slipped on ice. Mr. Haupt held on until they reached bottom
Dec. 24-Mrs. Sands resigned as matron at Children's Home and Miss Lindenmuth took charge; a former assistant teacher under Mrs. Bigelow
Dec. 24-L.C. Thompson was exhibiting some fine cutters in front of his store


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