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of Freeland, Pa.
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[The way information has been coming to me, the individuals listed here tend to be men, as so many business owners were men. I would love to also highlight women here. There were women running businesses (I'm working on a page for Fannie Ferry), or helping husbands or male relatives with their businesses, or serving the community as teachers or health care workers, or working with churches or organizations (pirohi makers!!!), or working in factories (any memories to share about that?), or ... And I should add that not all of the people highlighted in this section ran businesses; I just happen to have zeroed in on Freeland area businesses as one part of the area's history that I want to help to preserve. Silvio Mason is on the list below not because he had a business in town but because his sister Ethel shared the scrapbook with me that he made as a teen and young man. Do you know of women you would like to highlight in this section? Please email me!]
City directories typically include listings of businesses,
individuals, and various organizations and services. Not being a very
large town, Freeland has not always had its own city directories
published, although there certainly have been some Freeland
directories. Sometimes when Freeland was included in Hazleton
directories, only its businesses and municipal matters were listed.
Still, in some directories there are lists of Freeland's
inhabitants, and I've found at least one directory listing the
inhabitants of South Heberton, which later became part of Freeland. A
few of these early lists are given here.
If you're interested in businesses and occupations, please
also check the "Businesses" link, as those lists of businesses also
include information on the individuals who owned or ran them.
Freelanders will find many familiar names in these lists, in addition
to some that have been gone since before current memory.
A note about the lists: N, S, E, W after a street name refers
to the part of the street, e.g., Main E is east Main St. An "h" or "w"
refers to whether the address is a home or work address, or both.
Occupations are listed, and widows are designated and the names of
their deceased husbands are given. Typos might be my mistakes, or might
be in the directory, so please report
them to me and I'll fix them if they're due to my own careless
Sources for a different kind of information about individuals
are the early histories of Luzerne County. Linked below are two pages
containing biographical information about prominent people of Freeland
found in two such histories.