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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.






Newspaper Stories

Recent Website Updates:
October 2016
News: Lewis Litts Wheat Harvet
Crime News: Cyrus Stark Arrested

September 2016

Obits: Elizabeth Sprake Smith, George Jones Smith, James F. Sprake - Contributed by Kevin Charles Stewart
Obit: Nancy Campbell - Contributed by Carol Lombardi
Obit: Daniel Brown - Contributed by Jim Dezotell

May 2016:
Wedding Announcement: Waters-Delong;
News/Accidents: "Adam Yuhrs Killed in Hunting Accident"
March 2016:
Obituaries: Sheldon REYNOLDS; John SABOL Sr.; Mary SABOL; John SISACK; Anthony J. OSMANSKI; Michael GUZAK; Paul MEKULIK; Alice (Tier) GUZAK December 2015:
Obituaries: John DEMSHOCK; William HEISER; Elizabeth KOCH; Emery RIEFENBERG



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