Carbondale was founded by William and Maurice Wurts. On March 15, 2019 the Carbondale Historical Society will celebrate the 168th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Carbondale on March 15, 1851 with a festive Birthday Dinner/Celebration. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend. Details on the dinner/celebration on March 15, 2019 will be be posted here.
Carbondale Historical Society and Museum, Inc.
Location: One North Main Street, Third Floor, Carbondale, PA 18407
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 151, Carbondale, PA 18407
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, noon to 5 P.M.; Saturday by appointment
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Carbondale Historical Society and Museum
Michele Bannon, Carbondale
John Bifano, Cape Coral, FL
David Buonomo, Laytonsville, MD
Leo B. Burke, Vestal, NY
Joe Callahan, Dickinson, ND
Christopher Cieszkowski, Carbondale
Tom and Kitty Collins, Gaithersburg, MD
James and Mary Dirlam, Florham Park, NJ
John Fagan, Carbondale
Sean Farber, Charlottesville, VA
Thomas and Ellen Farrell, Carbondale
John R. Hollenback, Greenfield Township, PA
Anthony Di Marino, Massapequa Park, NY
Trudy Gerlach, Wyalusing, PA
Judy Gretzula, Carbondale
John A. Gummo, Beech Creek, PA
Bernard W. Kalt, Port Matilda, PA
Nicolekeephart and family, Trenton, NJ
Ronald F. Krastek, Greenfield Township, PA
Morton and Lucille Kubel, Easton, PA
Alan and Diane Kurlansky, Carbondale
Craig and Ellen Price Kutchmanich, Carbondale
Martin L. Langan, Greenfield Township, PA
John Lawler, Esquire, Carbondale
Attorney Jeffrey & Mrs. Lisa Levine Family, Carbondale
Matthew Levine, Carbondale
Pierre Mancuso, Carbondale
Donald and Kimberly L. McCarthy and family, Carbondale
Attorney Fred Moase and family, Carbondale
Mary Monahan, Carbondale
Marty Mulholland, Hertford, NC
Vincent and Mary Lynn O’Bell, Olyphant, PA
Ann Marie Pettinato, Carbondale
Peter L. Pettinato, VMD, and family, Carbondale
S. Robert Powell, Carbondale
John and Mary Ellen Price, Carbondale
G. J. Price Insurance Agency, Carbondale
Carl Reichart, Honesdale, PA
Robert S. Ryczak, Bel Air, MD
Joe and Alice Scotchlas, Carbondale
Marie Gillette Speicher, Carbondale
Jason Smith, Honesdale, PA
Barbara and Joe Sprovkin, Lake Lorraine
Sandra Stuztman, Simi Valley, CA
Bob and Mary Tomaine, Crystal Lake
Shirley A. Trayford, Goshen, IN
Susan Valentine, Alexandria, VA
Gloria A. Wilson, Waymart, PA
Michael Yavorosky, Hop Bottom, PA
Mary C. Zlobl, New Bern, NC
Matthew Levine – The Carbondale Report:
By Matthew Levine
This is Matthew Levine, from The Carbondale Report, here to expand on some of the books that I have read recently. Particularly, the book I am focusing on is Bill Bryson’s The Lost Continent (1989). Here is an expanded synopsis.
The Lost Continent takes place between the fall of 1987 and the spring of 1988, and reflects Bryson’s trip through two halves of the United States: East (’87) and West (’88). He starts and ends both segments of his trips in his home state of Iowa, describing the certain peculiarities that characterize it. During his Eastern leg, Bryson visits historical sites in Illinois and Missouri, describes the legacy of social change in the Deep South, witnesses autumn in New England, and bemoans the unchecked effects of industrialization on the Great Lakes region. Bryson visits more big cities in the East, possibly a tribute to the larger concentration of America’s population in this area. As mentioned in my previous column, Bryson visits these cities briefly, moving on just as quickly after offering his take on them.
Out West, Bryson notices more empty landscapes, yet still takes watch of the effects of tourism on even the smallest of towns; this reflects his notion that Americans take matters of “authenticity” so far - in other words, they spend so much time appealing to tourists that they tend to forget what makes these communities so unique, so relevant to history, and so reflective of America. He cites this as a reason, for example, to deliberately bypass Los Angeles on his journey through California; Bryson also thinks the national park system is in need of improvement, as indicated by his less-than-savory description of Yosemite. I would say that, ultimately, Bryson is more pessimistic about the West than the East.
The previous was a snippet of this gripping travelogue. I would highly recommend this as “not your average travelogue.” Once again, feel free to check out my next column for more exciting events and happenings!w Levine, from The Carbondale Report, here to inform all of you about local events and happenings in the Pioneer City. The Wine Train, on September 14, is approaching, with the September 28th Wine Train on its way just as quickly, too. The column after this one will devote space to that. At this moment, I will reflect on a couple of books that I read.
This past spring and summer, I read two books by a travel writer named Bill Bryson. Bryson, an American who currently has a residency in England, is known for works such as The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America (1989) and Notes from A Small Island (1995), which depict his respective travels around the United States and Great Britain. Bryson’s The Lost Continent provides a humorous critique of life in small-town America, analyzing especially the effects of tourism on communities of that size. Despite this type of focus, Bryson does not snub big cities, stopping by in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, for instance; he only stays in those places for a short time, however, before moving on again.
The other book, Notes from A Small Island, provides a description of Bryson’s journey around the island of Great Britain. In this book, Bryson provides his analysis of some famous landmarks, as whatever he seems to visit; also, he discusses what traits the British have that make them unique, and what their peculiarities are that make them so special to him. Particularly, Bryson takes the time to describe every detail of the history behind a certain community, the benefits of preserving important buildings like cathedrals, estates, and railway stations, and the care that the British, like many other Europeans, take to ensure that this all is not lost forever. Having read both books, I would highly recommend both of them to you.
The previous was a look at a travel author whose works are highly important to me for the reasons I have just mentioned. Once again, please check out my next column for more exciting events and happenings!
Pennsylvania Coal Company Gravity Railroad
There were two "Gravity" railroads in northeastern Pennsylvania in the nineteenth century: the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company's Gravity Railroad from Carbondale to Honesdale, and the Pennsylvania Coal Company's Gravity Railroad from Pittston to Hawley.
The article given below is about the presentation that Dr. Powell gave on April 22nd at White Mills, PA, on the Pennsylvania Coal Company's Gravity Railroad. This talk, which was very well attended and very well received, was a part of the annual Tom Kennedy Local History Festival.
Genealogical and/or historical research requests must be received by the Historical Society through one of the research request options offered under "Research Services." Genealogical and/or historical research requests that are sent to the Historical Society's email address can not be processed appropriately by the Society.
For general research not related to genealogical items, select Research Option #6.
"City Drinking Fountain, Carbondale, Pa." This drinking fountain for horses was located in the center of the intersection of North Main Street and Lincoln Avenue.
In 1951, the City of Carbondale celebrated the centennial of the incorporation of the City on March 15, 1851 with a week-long celebration, featuring several street parades, all with a wide variety of floats. In the photograph shown here, we see a D&H steam locomotive pulling a Gravity Railroad passenger coach down Main Street.
2018 Historical Society Membership Campaign: To renew your membership in the Society for 2018, click on "Membership" at the head of the webpage. Select the level of membership that you wish to register for, and fill out the membership form there.
To continue to do all that we do for the community, we need the membership support of many people. Please help to continue our work on behalf of Carbondale's past, present and future.
Carbondale Historical Society Members, 2018
1. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Williams, Carbondale
2. Nancy and John Hollenback, Greenfield Township, PA
3. Hendrick Manufacturing Company, Carbondale
c/o Kathy Saslo
4. Ben Franklin High School Class of 1961 and
Saint Rose High School, Class of 1961
Courtesy of Ronald Konosky
5. Carbondale Chapter of UNICO National
"Service above Self"
c/o Yvonne Gatto
6. Pierre Mancuso, Carbondale
7. Attorney and Mrs. Fred Moase and family, Carbondale
8. Attorney and Mrs. Jeffrey Nepa and family, Carbondale
9. Marie P. Greto, Carbondale
10. Mary C. Zlobl, New Bern, NC
11. Chris Wade and family, Dickson City, PA
12. Marjanie P. Hellman, Carbondale
13. Jeffrey Davis, Naches, WA
14. Nancy Moran, Port Orange, FL
15. Anthony Di Marino, Massapequa Park, NY
16. Edward J. Spall, Manassas, VA Corporate Member
17. Mary Parise Tomaine, Carbondale, and Madison, Alabama
18. Gloria A. Wilson, Waymart, PA
19. Leo B. Burke, Vestal, NY
20. Patti Morrell, Carbondale
21. Ann Marie Pettinato, Carbondale
22. Sean P. McGraw, Esquire, Carbondale
23. Frank Moro, Waymart, PA
24. Thomas and Ellen Farrell, Carbondale
25. Neal and Susan Davis, Carbondale
26. Benjamin Schnessel, Esquire, Carbondale
27. McGovern Insurance Agency, Carbondale
28. John J. Price, Carbondale
29. Dan, Eliza, Sarah, and Anna Totsky, Carbondale
30. John M. Coleman, Esquire, Pasadena, CA
31. Tony Mickloiche, Carbondale
32. Alex Kelly family, Carbondale
33. S. Robert Powell, Carbondale
34. Marie and Charlie Speicher, Carbondale
35. Barbara A. Campbell, Archbald, PA
36. Kevin L. Tomaine, Alexandria, VA
37. Dawn Bentley, Mitchellville, IA
38. John Bifano, Cape Coral, FL
39. John Fagan, San Francisco, CA
40. John Fagan, Greenfield Twp, PA
41. Anne Maleskey Rose, Merritt Island, FL
42. Joan Chellino, Carbondale
43. Mazza Linen, Carbondale
44. Joseph P. C. Surace, MGySgt. USMC (Ret.), Meridian, ID
45. Carl Reichart & Jason Smith, Honesdale, PA
46. Ben Franklin High School, Class of 1951
47. Russell Bonacci, Paoli, PA
(age 90; grew up in Carbondale; visited Historical Society on July 27, 2017)
48. Matthew Levine, Carbondale
49. Jeffrey & Lisa Levine, Carbondale
50. Delores Levine, Carbondale
51. Aaron Levine, Philadelphia, PA
52. Joe Callahan, ND
53. Tony Mickloiche, Carbondale
54. Judy Gretzula, Carbondale