History & Interesting Facts
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Military: 1883 Pensioners List - Transcribed by Judy Ziesmer
Obituaries: Harry Potts - Submitted by Tammy Clark, August Ahlendorf - Submitted by Tina Telesca
1790 Census Luzerne County (not returned by townships) - Transcribed by Tammy Clark
Sullivan County (northwest)
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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.