Happy anniversary, Freeland! These new
photos and site updates are posted on the 141st anniversary of
Freeland's incorporation as a borough on September 11, 1876.
What's on this page:
- Mystery religious ribbon
- Freeland Chamber of Commerce annual fashion and appliance
show, Fall 1950 (appliances only)
- Views around town in 1966
CAN YOU HELP TO IDENTIFY THIS ITEM?
Pat Ferko Miller
shares this item that had belonged to her mother. Pat wrote: "I am
not sure what it is but I think it was a "mourning pin" of some sort.
It may have been an aunt of my mother's or her mother. If anyone can
give me more info I would grateful to have this mystery pin identifed
that I have seen since I was a young girl." I suggested that Zenski
Spolek might be a women's guild or organization; Svaty (holy or saint)
Alzbeta Matky (mother) could be St. Elizabeth, mother of John the
Baptist, or a different St. Elizabeth; Sv. Jana is St. John; zalozeni
might mean founded or founder, but I'm not sure. This may have been
from St John Nepomucene Church. If anyone can share any information
about this pin, would you please email
me? Thank you.
Besides the great photos below from Charlie Gallagher and Ed Merrick,
sports pages were updated,
including great 1948 basketball memories
from Larry Maso and a new Y.M.C.A. page.
Mr. Nick Deitos contributed 3
Pearl Jubilee postcards; pages
were made in the Schools section for
classes from FHS 1932 and 1948 and MMI 1924; a short history of the
109th Field Artillery, Third Penna. Field Artillery, 1879-1917 was
added to the Military page, and more.
What else is new here? Please visit the News page for more recent site updates.
Freeland Chamber of Commerce annual Fashion Show, Fall 1950,
from Charlie Gallagher
It was fall of 1950.
The war was over and things were turning for the better
The Freeland Chamber of Commerce had its annual "Fashion
Show" at the Freeland Public Park Pavillon.
This showcased all the new modern appliances and
These were annual events until about 1953.
This picture has John Mulhearn
of J.A. Mulhearn on the left.
Right to Left:
Peter "Potsy" Zaroski
Mary B. Gallagher
The rest I don't know.
Right to Left:
Peter "Potsy" Zaroski
The crowd in the Pavillon!
Right to Left:
I don't know!!
[CT: Charlie did not supply any text with this one, but it's
my favorite. The large and small stoves, the Coolerator refrigerators,
the "Syncro-Brain" TV, the radios (More Tubes, More Power!), and the
Betty Crocker endorsement with a very different picture of her than I
remember from my childhood because apparently she'd been updated by the
late 1950s. These must have been really wonderful events for the
community - AND a fashion show, too!]
I don't know any of these gentlemen.
I don't know who they are.
Maybe the Stuntz family ?
Maybe the Horn family ?
CT: Finally, here's a letter to Bernie Gallagher and Potsy
Zaroski from Martin O'Donnell on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce,
thanking them for their work on the event. Elizabeth Gallagher also got
Thank you, Charlie, for sharing these fabulous photos with us
all. Think of all the work that went into staging this event every
fall! The pavilion has seen some amazing things over the years.
Views around town in 1966, from the camera of Ed Merrick
This is Freeland as I remember it from my high school years.
Thank you, Ed, for capturing some of it on film! Three of these photos
were posted here in 2011, when Ed was one of our earliest featured
Looking south from above Front Street, there's
Caster's Floral Shop on the right, next to Fairchild's news shop. That
Fairchild's business was in the building that was built in 1893 and
which contained Freeland's post office at one time. On the other side
of Caster's, Dr. Drogowski had his office in that corner building.
Seventy years earlier it was the site of Amandus Oswald's General
Store. Below Front Street the People's Bank, Genetti's and Citizens
Bank signs are visible.
Here Ed was standing in front of the Refowich
Theatre, watching the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 13, 1966. To
the right across Main St. is Allan's Show Store, with Vercusky's Drug
Store and Bellezza's Shoe Store signs visible. Seitzinger's Drug Store
is across Centre St. The same buildings shown in the previous photo are
seen here from the other direction. Charlie Gallagher, another early
contributor, commented that the box on the telephone pole is a phone
box that the Freeland Police used up to about 1973 or 1974. When you
called the Freeland Police (636-0111) the phone would ring in the
borough building and on the pole in front of the Refowich. It was a
locking box with the Police having the key. He added that the Freeland
PD used to park on Center in front of the Ref and watch the town before
the advent of radio communications with the Luzerne County
Communications Center, and about this photo he said "I believe that is
Rich Petchol and Nick Goida standing next to it in the photograph."
Turning in the other direction we see the J. J.
Newberry Co. (later VideoMania) and, to the extreme left, part of the
sign for Pittman's Furniture Store. They had pretty crummy weather for
the parade that year, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the
marchers or the hardy souls who came out to see them. Parades have
always been a special thing in Freeland, a way for the town to turn out
and celebrate the greater Freeland community.
At left, Ed was standing behind the Refowich theatre in the
rain looking toward Centre street, and you can see the Western Auto
store on the corner. At right there's the train depot, two homes on
Centre no longer there, and the large building that had been Bereznak's
saloon, boots and shoes store and hotel, which in 1966 was Pavlick's
factory. On the other side of Carbon was Resuta and Machella's bar,
formerly the Miner's Restaurant (as recently as 1952).
left, was standing on Walnut street looking toward Centre. You see
the PP&L building on the corner, and across from it the white
building was the Nagels' house. Note the Pitman's Furniture delivery
truck. At right, we have St. Ann's church, built in the 1920s, never
finished above the basement, and replaced in 1967 with the church
that's now Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
and neighbors know all about blizzards. Here are 2 views
from January 1966. At left, and east-west street with plow-drifts. At
right, the Clover Bar and Tom Zubach's absolutely amazing car at
Luzerne and Ridge streets. Tom was the publisher of the Freeland
Pennysaver, with assistance from his brother John (Fuzzy).
And while we're enjoying the snow and ice, here is
a shot of Kostick's bar and the North Side Pizzeria (formerly Merrick's
grocery store) in 1966, corner of Centre and Luzerne streets.
left is a view of Main street in Eckley in 1966, when it was still a
real, living town. Lovely to see those trees. And at right, a list of
business/industry closings due to the blizzard in the greater Hazleton
area. Thank you, Ed, for saving this news clipping. It was another
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.