“My brains and my wits” – A Scottish immigrant recalls his arrival in Schuylkill County in 1852

An 84-year-old sat down with a Pottsville Republican reporter in October 1914 for a discussion about what it was like to live and work in Schuylkill County in the mid-19th century. Robert Weir came to the Coal Region from Scotland in 1852 and found work in the coal mines in the vicinity of Branchdale, Forestville, and Heckscherville. … Continue reading “My brains and my wits” – A Scottish immigrant recalls his arrival in Schuylkill County in 1852

Grievances of Williamstown miners against the Pennsylvania Railroad Company – 1886

"We are men and all we ask is to be treated as such," wrote the miners in a public letter published during their 1886 strike.

“Thoughts for Tomorrow” – Remembering the sacrifice of Schuylkill County’s Civil War soldiers

And a plea to consider what the Confederate battle flag meant to the local soldiers who fought and died in the Civil War.

Henry Keiser’s ‘reminisicences’ of Lykens and Wiconisco before the Civil War

In May 1927, Henry Keiser described the Coal Region towns where he grew up as they looked in the 1850s.