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Luzerne County was formed in 1786 from part of Northumberland County. Although it is most noted for being located in the Anthracite coal mining area of Northeastern Pennsylvania, it also has a rich history surrounding the canals and railroads that were instrumental in connecting east/west and north/south in this great country of ours. The textile industry is also an integral part of the tapestry created by our ancestors.

Our miners were instrumental furthering the cause of the United Mine Workers of America around the turn of the 20th century with labor strikes in the anthracite region that were supported by entire communities. The miners' strike of 1902 became the first time an American President became involved in pursuing settlement of a labor dispute.

In 1903, Rev. Joseph Murgas, a Catholic priest stationed in Wilkes-Barre, developed and patented inventions that became an important foundation of wireless communications. It is also the birthplace of "Mr. Peanut."

We are a melted pot of ethnic diversity with an unending story to tell.


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Recent Website Updates:
March 2015:
Obituaries: John WILLIAMS; Isabella Rutherford LUMLEY; Andrew Rutherford; Samuel G. RUTHERFORD
January 2015:
Obituaries: Alexander FARKUS; Andrew FARKUS; Joseph FARKUS; Wilma J. KOPSKI; Helen PALTJON; John P. SCHWICK; John SHARWARKO
Baptism Announcement: Rachel Ann MENGHINI
Wedding Announcement: Andrew FARKUS - Ruth McCANN
Engagement Announcement: George FARKUS - Barbara BABBISH


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