Not everyone in Hazleton, Pennsylvania marked Decoration Day (Memorial Day) with reverence and solemnity. The holiday, designed to honor the sacrifices of Civil War veterans who perished during the conflict, had been regularly celebrated in Pennsylvania since 1868. On Decoration Day 1889, some in the Luzerne County city "imbibed too freely" and ended up in … Continue reading “Decoration Day Drunks” – Hazleton residents who imbibed too freely on the holiday to honor Civil War veterans
In the spring of 1863, a journalist documented the chaotic and changing situation in the Coal Region as the Civil War raged on.
A powerfully simple advertisement ran in the Hazleton Standard-Speaker on May 9, 1945 to commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany.
In September 1906, the leader of the Socialist Party of America gave a speech before a large audience in Schuylkill County.
On December 18, 1869, six people were killed when a mine cave-in swallowed their homes in Luzerne County.
A Coal and Iron Police agent arrested a Hazleton resident under murky circumstances in September 1872
In 1944, a clothing drive held in Hazleton gathered clothes to help war refugees in Italy.
The leader of the United Mine Workers of America addressed the miners of the Coal Region on May 10, 1902.
"Anthracite rallies" encouraged miners to produce more coal to help the American war effort in 1942.
On March 17, 1899, the citizens of Hazleton poured into the streets to celebrate Irish heritage.