“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

“The mask epidemic” – A native of Schuylkill County in Seattle during the 1918 influenza pandemic

A caustic letter by a Schuylkill County native in Seattle complained of mask requirement in the city. But their letter missed the mark.

“Heroic Work” – The incredible effort of Schuylkill County residents to fight the 1918 influenza pandemic

As influenza killed hundreds in Schuylkill County in 1918, volunteers stepped up to save lives.

A story from 1918 reveals chaos as “Spanish flu” raged through Schuylkill County

In early October 1918, pandemic influenza descended on Schuylkill County and left thousands dead.