Brief History of Scranton, Pennsylvania

Brief History of Scranton, Pennsylvania

by Cheryl A. Kashuba


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ISBN-13: 9781596298101
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/28/2009
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Joseph Cress has written about the history of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, at the Sentinel for ten years. He has received numerous awards for his work including eight Keystone Press Awards and two Associate Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania Awards. Joe is a member of the Cumberland County Historical Society, which is the primary source for the images in the book. Though Joe does live 50 minutes from the borough in York, he commutes everyday to Carlisle and is well known in the area for his work.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction Mary Ann Moran Savakinus 11

Chapter 1 Pioneer Days

Native People 15

Providence and Hyde Park 16

Daily Pioneer Life 19

Slocum Hollow 22

Chapter 2 The Birth of Industry

Iron: The First Industry 27

Railroads: The Region's Lifeline 31

Anthracite Coal: The Reigning King 33

The Work of James Archbald 36

Industry and the Civil War 37

The Dickson Works: The Industry that Supported Industry 38

The Industrial Foundation Supports Further Industry 39

Keeping It Cool: Ice Harvesting 41

ICS: "We Teach the World" 42

Remember the Ladies: Woman's Domestic Institute 43

Chapter 3 They Built Better than They Knew

Slocum Hollow Grows 45

A City Is Born 51

An Era of Landmarks: Hotels and Department Stores 55

A County Is Born 57

Homes in the Hill Section 58

Lackawanna County Jail 60

Albright Memorial Library 61

Watres Armory 62

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Passenger Station 63

Hotel Casey 64

Scranton Times 65

Conrad Schroeder: The Man Who Built Scranton 67

Chapter 4 Immigrant Life Flourishes

They Left Their Homelands and Brought Their Customs 69

They Started Businesses 73

They Brought Craftsmanship 75

They Brought Music 75

They Brought Religion 77

They Found Freedom 79

They Found Opportunity 81

Chapter 5 Caring for Your Neighbor

A City in Need 83

YMCA and YWCA 84

Home for Friendless Women and Children 85

Scranton State School for the Deaf 86

Hahnemann Hospital 87

Young Men's Hebrew Association 89

Chapter 6 Labor and Industry in the Twentieth Century

Labor Strife and Reform 91

The Changing Industrial Climate 94

The Roaring Twenties andProhibition 98

The Great Depression and World War II 101

Chapter 7 A City at Leisure

Electric Trolleys 107

Theatres 108

Luna Park 112

Nay Aug Park, the Everhart Museum and Lake Lincoln 115

Other Forms of Recreation 116

Downtown Comfort Station 121

Laurel Line 122

Conclusion: A City Lives Its Legacy 125

Notes 129

Bibliography 135

Index 139

About the Author 144

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Brief History of Scranton, Pennsylvania 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Time travel is possible. Cheryl Kashuba's book offers a gateway. See the Masonic Temple rise from its limestone foundation. Walk down a bustling, but unpaved, Lackawanna Avenue. Watch workers atop scaffolding bring the Scranton Times building into existence. Kashuba's work is filled with meticulously researched facts and figures, but it doesn't stop there. She transports the reader to an earlier time by writing history in a narrative style. You can feel the excitement of those waiting on Wyoming Avenue to take the first electric trolley run. The car's incandescent lamps lightning the way to Green Ridge on a cold November evening in 1886. Fans of Kashuba's weekly local history column in The Scranton Times-Tribune are in for a treat. Learn how members of the family connected with the historic Tripp House were kidnapped and murdered by Native Americans. Discover how a journey from Clarks Summit to Scranton was made perilous by the screech of the panther and the cry of the wolf. Uncover how the Scranton family came to settle in the area only after a previous investor died after falling off his horse. Read how the burning of anthracite coal came about only after a Wilkes-Barre blacksmith fell asleep leaving his furnace burning throughout the night. I always wondered why the Scranton area remained a wilderness during the American Revolution and beyond (with Pennsylvania being the second state in the Union). Kashuba explains this anomaly as resulting from a disagreement between Pennsylvania and Connecticut settlers over faulty land agreements made by King Charles II of England. No one definitively owned the land. It was fought over rather than built upon. Modern achievements are skillfully intermingled with earlier noteworthy events. Civil War prisoner of war and former mayor, Ezra Ripple is remembered along with World War II Medal of Honor winners Gino Merli and Joseph Sarnoski. The success of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees is recorded with that of the Scranton Red Sox. The refreshment provided by Lake Lincoln parallels the water slides of today's Nay Aug Park. An introduction by Mary Ann Moran Savakinus, the director of the Lackawanna Historical Society, provides a thorough outline of the key points Kashuba illustrates in greater detail throughout the book. If you are looking for a concise, easy-to-read history - look no further. For all those who hold Scranton in their hearts - welcome home.
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