What's on this page:
On related pages:
- Edward Gallagher and his barbershops
- Edward Gallagher's Sons of Erin Award
- Patrick Gallagher, mining inspector
- Tigers Club - Tigers Baseball - Y Basketball Champs 1931-32
- Gallagher-Brogan family reunions, 1935 and 1941
- Andro Kasarda's saloon
- MMI classroom, 1904 (with Peter Gallagher)
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Mary Rosenkrans and Ed Bacon are sharing some interesting photos and
information on several topics that all relate to their family in some
way: their grandfather Edward Gallagher’s barbershops where he and his
brother Peter worked together for decades; their great-uncle Patrick’s
mining career in Nevada; the Gallagher-Brogan family reunions that were
held in 1935 and 1941; the Tigers Club, the Tigers baseball team, the
YMCA basketball team; Andro Kasarda’s saloon; and an early MMI
classroom where their great-uncle Peter was a student in 1904. There’s
a lot here that they are sharing with us! We begin with their main
topic: Edward and Peter Gallagher and Edward’s barbershops.
In cases where I have more information about these photos, there are
links provided to other pages on the site.
Edward Gallagher and his barbershops
Edward Gallagher had
3 barbershops in his career: first at [old
address numbering] 51 S. Centre Street [later renumbered 513], then at
354 Centre Street, and finally at 713 Main Street. His brother Peter
was also a barber and worked with Edward for his entire career. Their
brother Mickey also worked with them for a while.
Mary wrote that Edward’s
and Peter’s father was Peter Gallagher
(1834-1887), and their mother was Catherine “Kitty” (Burns) Gallagher
(1852-1906). The father “came from Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland as
did many of Freeland’s Irish immigrants. He worked, of course, as a
coal miner.” They had eight sons, two of whom died in childhood. Three
sons would become barbers: Edward Joseph (born 1879), Peter Joseph
(born 1884?), and Michael “Mickey” (born 1872). Mickey later worked as
a shoemaker; Edward and Peter were barbers together for nearly 50 years
until both died in 1963. Mary doesn’t know how they got into the barber
business, or who trained them.
Here are five of the
eight Gallagher brothers: back row, L-R
Edward and Peter; front row L-R Michael, Thomas, James (Shamus).
Missing from the photo were Patrick, Frank and John. Mary thinks the
photo was taken between 1900 and 1910. --- More info on this family on Gallagher's
Barbershop page ---
When Edward Gallagher received an honorary life membership in the Sons
of Erin in 1954, the newspaper article said that he had been a barber
for 61 years. That would mean that he began barbering around 1897. He
is listed as a barber in the 1900 U.S. Census, but where was he
working? In the Freeland directories that I’ve seen, he first shows up
specifically listed in 1900-1901 as a barber on Centre Street, but with
no address number given. His younger brother Peter was still in school
in 1900, according to the census. Did Edward have his own shop at
first, or did he apprentice or partner with another barber on Centre
Street? Mary has seen him listed as a barber at 51 Centre Street around
Edward’s Barbershop at 51 S.
Centre Street [old address numbering]
There were side-by-side
barbershops shown on the 1895 Sanborn map
at 53A and 51A, (Address note: 51 was later renumbered 513 Centre) and
the proprietor of the barbershop at 51 was listed in the 1897 directory
as Joseph Fenstermacher; he was also listed as a barber on Centre
Street in the 1900-1901 directory. Did Edward start out working with
him there? Mary Rosenkrans thinks that Edward might have purchased
Fenstermacher’s barbershop, because after Edward’s mother died in 1906
and around the time that he married in 1908, Edward was living at 51 S.
Centre Street and operating a barbershop there. --- More info on this
location on Gallagher's
Barbershop page ---
Edward’s Barbershop at 354
After working at 51 Centre
Street for some years, Edward moved to a new
location, in a building newly constructed sometime between 1905 and
1912. The 1905 Sanborn Fire Insurance map showed an empty lot at that
address, while the 1912 map showed a barbershop there.
The 1921-22 and 1928-29 Freeland directories list Edward Gallagher’s
barbershop at 354 Centre, and Edward and Peter Gallagher as barbers.
--- More info on this location on Gallagher's
Barbershop page ---
Move to 713 Main Street
Mary wrote: “Sometime between
1920 and 1930, the barbershop was moved
to 713 Main Street, Freeland. My grandfather who was known as ‘Eddie
the Barber’ and his brother Peter ran the shop until the early 1960s.
He passed away in February 1963, followed by Peter in December 1963.”
She was later able to pinpoint the move to Main Street to 1930.
Here are Edward and Peter
Gallagher, Sons of Erin, in the barbershop on
Main Street in April 1961. I mentioned Edward Gallagher’s barbershop to
Ed Merrick, as Merrick’s grocery store was across the street from 354
Centre. Ed replied: “I don’t remember the Gallagher barbershop on
Centre Street, but the Gallaghers did relocate their barbershop in
later years to the building west of the Remak residence at 709-711 Main
Street. Ed and Pete were the owners and operators, and my father,
brother, and I used their services for years. They had a tag team of
sorts and often handed off in the middle of a haircut, about which [my
brother] Tom and I used to laugh later.”
Charlie Gallagher (from a different Gallagher family) commented: “Well,
713 Main was later Joe Rish’s Barbershop. It is now a residence. That
was next to Remak’s and was damaged during the fire. Something tells me
that ABC Television or ABC Electric may have been at 713 before it
became Joe Rish’s barbershop, but I’m not 100% sure.”
Here are some photos of the
barbers and the three barbershops:
Earliest photos, ca. 1910-1914 –
possibly at the first barbershop at 51
S. Centre (later renumbered as or near 513 Centre)
The barber at left is
unidentified, and at right is Edward. They’re
wearing professional white jackets; notice the customers reflected in
Unidentified man on
left, Edward Gallagher in center, and his brother Mickey Gallagher on
right. Mickey later left barbering and worked as a shoemaker. Notice
the barbers’ white jackets, and the wall shelving for shaving mugs.
Mary says that the large wall furnishing that holds the long mirror and
cabinets as well as the shaving mug shelving were moved from shop to
shop and were in all 3 barbershops.
Another early view,
with Mickey and Edward working on two customers, and it looks like a
third barber is at work off camera at far right, reflected in the
mirror – his reflection looks like the unidentified barber in the first
of these 1910-1914 photos. Mary and I both think that the customer at
left resembles the man standing at left (not a barber) in the previous
--- More photos of the counter and bottles on Gallagher's
Barbershop page ---
Around 1915 – at the second
barbershop at 354 Centre Street
This is the front of Edward’s second barbershop at 354 Centre Street.
We see his brother Peter Gallagher at left, an unidentified barber who
worked with them at center, and Edward Gallagher at right. There’s a
young child visible in the doorway. Also shown are enlarged details of
the shop windows. Notice the traditional striped barber’s poles
flanking the doorway.
Andro Kasarda’s saloon
was just across the street, and here are Peter Gallagher (left) and the
unidentified third barber (right), and that might be Andro Kasarda at
center standing in the doorway. Because the two barbers in this and the
previous photo look to be about the same age in both, and because
there’s a 1915 poster in the saloon window, we are dating these photos
around 1915. There's more about this photo on a new (in process)
Around 1915-1917 – at 354 Centre
Peter Gallagher at
left and the unidentified barber at right. If you recognize him from
family photos, please let me know!
customers. The three standing barbers, left to right: Edward and Peter
Gallagher and the unidentified third barber. Notice that they are no
longer wearing white jackets.
Around 1920 – at 354 Centre
Here Peter and Edward Gallagher are older and are shown with Edward’s
children (left to right): Edward, Marie, Eleanore. Enlarged details
show the razor strap, decorative woodwork plus tiger painting, and
chairs, sink and shaving mug shelves.
April 1961 – at the third
barbershop at 713 Main Street
Forty years later, here
are Edward (left) and Peter at the barbershop at 713 Main Street in
April 1961. They are dressed in their Sons of Erin uniforms, and the
wooden wall furnishing that contains mirror and counter is still with
them after all those years.
Memories of My Grandfather Edward J. Gallagher, a short writing by Mary
Rosenkrans. Mary also sent this sweet reminiscence of the few years
when she and
family lived with Edward and Peter.
Edward Gallagher Receives Sons of Erin Award
March 17, 1954 -
Freeland Sons of Erin Present Membership: “Edward Gallagher (extreme
right) received the 1954 honorary life membership in the Freeland Sons
of Erin during that organization’s banquet last night. Presenting him
the membership is John Dennion, chairman for last night’s arrangements.
Extreme left is James Crowley, principal speaker, and Atty. Martin
O’Donnell, toastmaster (second from left).”
March 15, 1954 – To
Receive Erin Certificate: “… The certificate will be presented by Erin
president, Vincent Maloney in recognition of Gallagher’s many
contributions to the Irish organization and to the community over the
Patrick Gallagher, Mining Inspector
Short biography of Patrick J. Gallagher, in Nevada: A
Narrative of the Conquest of a Frontier Land (vol. 3, 1935)
Patrick J. Gallagher biographical description - (PDF
file size = 2.4
Patrick was not shown in the
photo of five Gallagher brothers
on this page. Now we know why! According to the brief biography shown
here, Patrick struck out for the West around age 22 in summer 1898. He
first worked in harvest fields and then at a cattle ranch owned by his
uncle, Frank Gallagher! He then worked in several mines, attended
business college, and after several more years’ mining experience he
served as president of the Western Federation of Miners, then two years
as a justice of the peace, four years as a notary public, president of
the Round Mountain Athletic Club, and district mining recorder. He was
later in real estate and insurance, did some prospecting, and was
appointed deputy United States marshal for Southern Nevada. The
caricature from the Reno newspaper labeled him as Deputy State
Inspector of Mines.
The portrait and brief biography were sent to Mary from her cousin Joan
Killian Gallagher, granddaughter of Thomas Francis Gallagher, and more
photos came from Mary and her brother Ed.
Tigers Club – Tigers Baseball 1903 – Freeland Y Basketball
This photo of the 1903 Tigers baseball team was sent to me some years
ago by Ed Bacon, who said that this photo had hung on the barbershop
wall. Now Mary has sent a caption that identifies everyone in the
photo, including Edward Gallagher. More info on the Baseball page.
Here’s an article about the Tigers Athletic Club from the
Freeland Tribune, December 26, 1898. This copy was sent by Mary
Rosenkrans; an earlier copy came from Joan Buday.
Another baseball photo – I don’t know the circumstances of this
photo. The men are wearing shirts that look like they might be from
several teams, and most of the players are in blackface. ??? The photo
was taken the year of the Pearl Jubilee. Mary thinks her grandfather is
seated on the far right.
Here is the Y.M.C.A. basketball team of 1931-1932. The
basketball shows that they were N.E.PA. Champs that year. More info on
the Basketball page.
Gallagher - Brogan Family Reunions in 1935 and 1941
This was a huge family reunion that brought members of these families
together from several states in 1935. It got a lot of press in the
First Annual Reunion: Three hundred at Gathering of
Gallaghers and Brogans at Evergreen Park,” from the Hazleton Plain
Speaker, August 19, 1935
Plans for the reunion, from The Plain Speaker - (PDF
file size = 505 KB)
Plans for the Reunion.
Gallagher - Brogan family reunion with some of the
names provided - (PDF file size = 816 KB)
Photograph of the Gallagher-Brogan Reunion of 1935, and the same photo
as a PDF with names of those who have been identified. Edward and Peter
Gallagher are in this photo.
reunion in 1935 was so successful that another one was held
in 1941. Here is Aubrey Powell’s reporting in one of the Hazleton
papers’ “Freeland and North Side News.”
Some years ago Ed
Bacon sent me these two photos of the barbershop and
the Kasarda saloon, writing: “I am
the grandson of Edward J. Gallagher.
He and his brother Peter were barbers first at 354 Centre St. and then
713 Main St. We lived on Main St with them until the mid-1960s. I have
a number of photos that were on the Main St. shop walls.” One
men in front of Andro Kasarda’s saloon, right across the street from
Edward Gallagher’s barbershop at 354 Centre Street, shown at right:
Edward Gallagher is on the
right, his brother Peter is on the left, and a third barber, name
unknown, is in the
center. Based on the poster in the saloon window (advertising the
National Athletic Club, Monday evening, June 7, 1915), this photo was
likely taken in 1915. So that puts the photo of the front of the
barbershop also at around 1915, as two of the barbers are in both
photos, looking very much the same in both. I’m assuming that the man
standing in the doorway is Andro Kasarda; I don’t know who the other
two men are.
There are four cropped details from this photo and more information at
a new page in progress on Freeland
Peter Gallagher in his classroom at MMI
This is an MMI classroom, and that’s Mary’s and Ed’s great-uncle Peter
in the back row, center seat. The note with the photo says it was taken
in 1904, so that would have been at the newly built school below Carbon
Street. The teacher is Professor Edmund. It’s hard to read the
blackboards, but the left boards contain a mathematics lesson and some
The boards to the right in this photo show text headed “Lesson 47,” a
map, and more text. I’m adding a closer look at the faces.
It looks like the students’ names on the list might be given in order,
but if so we don’t know whether the list starts with the row nearest
the blackboard or the row nearest the camera. Either way Peter is at
the end of the middle group of six.
Many thanks to Mary Rosenkrans
and Ed Bacon for
sharing these fabulous photos and information!
updates to the site: Please visit the WHAT'S
NEW! page for announcements and updates.
Past Featured Photos: Here
are links to three pages containing previously posted photos and
information from the Featured Photos section of the home page: earliest postings, more recent ones, and the most recent ones.
They are credited to the sources. Some of these have also been
integrated into other parts of the site, while others are still waiting
for that. Meanwhile, these past Featured Photos are always available
via these links.
Photo at top left of this page came from J. Zubach; identification from
Gretchen Collins says that the business on the right in that photo was
Merkt Confectionery, run by Charles and Lena Merkt. It was located in
the Birkbeck Block on Centre and Main streets, and reputedly sold
fabulous ice cream.