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History of Freeland, Pa.
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[Suggestions for additions to this page would be much appreciated.]

Akren-Dickson, Melanie. This, Their Friendship's Monument: How finding an 1800s autograph album led to a quest for a lost town and its people in the anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania. 2020.

Battagliese, Aniello, III. Hazleton: Old Newspapers. [No publication information available.]

Beers, D. G. Atlas of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. From Actual Surveys by and under the Direction of D. G. Beers. Philadelphia: A. Pomeroy, 1873. [Digital copies available online at]

Bottley, Neil P., comp. Hazleton Yesteryear. Hazleton: Globe Color/Prints, 1993.

Bradsby, H. C., ed. History of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Selections. Chicago: S. B. Nelson & Co., 1893. [Transcription available online at]

Corlsen, Carl. Buried Black Treasure: The Story of Pennsylvania Anthracite. Dansville, N.Y.: F.A. Owen Publishing Company, 1954. [Thanks to Ed Merrick for this one. He writes: The chapter on Hazleton also has information on Freeland, Jeddo, Drifton, Upper Lehigh, Foster Township, Sandy Run, Pond Creek, and John Markle's incredible engineering feat, the Jeddo Drainage Tunnel.]

Drasher, Norm. Index of Surnames Appearing in The "Freeland Tribune," Part 1. Apollo, Pa.: Closson Press, 2011. (contains an alphabetical listing of over 2,800 names appearing in events of genealogical interest in The Freeland Tribune from June 27, 1889 to February 21, 1895)

Drasher, Norm.  Remembering Freeland.  Apollo, Pa.: Closson Press, 2013. 

Drasher, Norm. Tombstone Inscriptions Luzerne County Pennsylvania, Part IV. Apollo, Pa.: Closson Press, 1997.

Falatko, Robert A. A History of Foster Township. [No publication information available.]

Harvey, Oscar Jewell. A History of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania: From its first beginnings to the present time, including chapters of newly-discovered early Wyoming Valley history, together with many biographical sketches and much genealogical material. Wilkes-Barre: Raeder Press, 1909-1930. (6 vols.) [Digital copies can be read online or downloaded for vol. 1 at -- vol. 3 at -- vol. 4 at -- vol. 5 at -- vol. 6 at] [I was unable to find a digital copy of vol. 2.]

Miller, Jeannette F. Voices of Hazleton: A Century of Jewish Life. Hazleton: printed by International Printing Co., 1993.

Munsell, William Watkins. History of Luzerne, Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties, Pa., With Illustrations, and Biographical Sketches of Some of Their Prominent Men and Pioneers. New York: W. W. Munsell & Co., 1880. [A digital copy can be read online at]

Rohrbeck, Benson W. Hazleton's Trolleys. West Chester, Pa.: Traction Publications, 1993.

Stumpf, Charles K. Freeland. Hazleton: Panorama, 199_?

Stumpf, Charles, comp. Hazle Park: Lehigh Traction Co.'s Pleasure Resort, Hazleton Pennsylvania. 1861-1956. Hazleton: The Greater Hazleton Historical Society, [date?]

Tancin, Charlotte. Freeland Pearl Jubilee Remembered. Turtle Creek, Pa.: self-published, 2006.

... Ties to the Past.  [Hazleton]: QE Productions, Inc., Panorama Magazine, 2003.


Boyd's Wilkes-Barre City Directory: Containing the Names of the Citizens; A Compendium of the Government, and of Its Public and Private Institutions, Together with a Business Directory of Ashley, Carbondale, Hazleton, Kingston, Pittston, Plymouth, Scranton, and White Haven. 1875-1876. Pottsville, Pa.: Andrew Boyd and W. Harry Boyd, 1875?  [too early to contain Freeland information]

Boyd's Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Directory: Containing the Names of the Citizens: A Compendium of the Governments, and of Their Public and Private Institutions, Together with a Business Directory of Ashley, Freeland, Kingston, Pittston, Plymouth, Scranton, Shickshinny, White Haven and Wyoming. 1882-1884.
Pottsville, Pa.: Boyds' Cousin, 1882.

Boyd's Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Directory: Containing the Names of the Citizens: A Compendium of the Governments, and of Their Public and Private Institutions, Together with a Business Directory of Ashley, Freeland, Kingston, Nanticoke, Pittston, Plymouth, and White Haven. 1884-1886. Pottsville, Pa.: Boyds' Cousin, W. Harry Boyd, 1884.

Boyd's Hazleton Directory: Containing the Names of the Citizens: A Compendium of the Governments, and of Their Public and Private Institutions, Together with a Business Directory of Audenried, Beaver Book, Drifton, Eckley, Freeland, Harleigh, Hollywood, Humboldt, Jeanesville, Jeddo, Lattimer, Milnesville, Mt. Pleasant, Stockton, Tresckow, Weatherly, Yorktown. 1886-1888. Pottsville, Pa.: W. Harry Boyd, 1886.

Barry's Directory of Hazleton, West Hazleton, and Freeland, Together with a Complete Business Directory and General Informaton for the Year 1895
. Wilmington, Delaware: Homer Barry, 1895.

Directory of Hazleton, West Hazleton, Freeland and Macadoo, Including a Complete Business Directory, a Street Directory, and Compendium of Information Respecting Federal, State, County, and City Officers, Churches, Lodges, Societies, etc. Hazleton, Penn.: Printed at the Sentinel Office, 1897.

Pruden's Wilkes-Barre - Scranton Business Directory, Including the Cities and Towns of Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Pittston, Nanticoke, Plymouth, Freeland, Kingston, Luzerne, Edwardsville, Wyoming, West Pittstohn, Avoca, Etc.; Also Names and Address of the Farmers of Luzerne County. Adding the Business and Professions of the Cities and Towns of Scranton, Honesdale, Carbondale, Olyphant, Jermyn, Dunmore, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Etc., Etc. Issue of 1900-1901. Cincinnati, Ohio: The Pruden Directory Co., (Incorporated), 1900.

Freeland Borough Directory 1921-1922, Comprising an Alphabetically Arranged List of Business Firms and Private Citizens, a Classified List of All Trades and Professions, a Miscellaneous Directory of Borough Officers, Banks, Churches, Schools and Secret and Benevolent Societies and Organizations; Also a Complete Classified Business Directory. [N.p.]: The Luzerne Publishing Company, 1921.

Polk's Freeland (Pennsylvania) 1928-1929 Directory, Comprising Buyers' Guide ... Alphabetical Section ... Street and Avenue Guide and Directory of Householders ... Classified Business Directory. Philadelphia: R. L. Polk & Co., 1928.


Slovensky Obcan: monthly, published at the Markle Bank Building in Hazleton, Pa.; sold for 15 cents an issue, or $1.50 per year; billed as the only Slovak magazine in America. (Description based on vol. 1, no.  9, April 1914.)


[I'm not sure whether this is an exhaustive list, and I'd be grateful to know of others that are not listed here.]

Thanks go to Sue Kellerman of Pennsylvania State University, who worked on the Pennsylvania Newspaper Project, for most of the information on Freeland newspapers that appears here.


Freeland Progress: weekly, published 11/18/1881-05/27/1890 (published by Owen Fowler; weekly 11/18/1881-4/12/1888; semiweekly 4/17/1888-5/27/1890; "Devoted to home & foreign news"; also issued in a daily edition dalled Daily Progress, 5/2/1887-9/30/1887)

Freeland Daily Progress: daily, published 05/02/1887-09/30/1887 (published by Owen Fowler, daily except Sunday; also issued in a weekly edition called Freeland Progress)

Freeland Tribune: published 6/28/1888-1921? (at least part of the time this paper was published by Thos. A. Buckley; in its later years, it was produced at 824 Main St., published by Tribune Printing Co. Ltd.; weekly 1888-1892; semiweekly 1892-1901?; triweekly briefly 1902?-????; then semiweekly again)

Freeland Tribune, 1889-1903 - Library of Congress Chronicling America site

Semi-weekly Progress: semiweekly, published 05/30/1890-1911? (published by Owen Fowler, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons)

Freeland Press: 06/01/1895-1943? (published every Saturday morning, by Press Print Co.; in the 1920s, produced at 816 Main, published weekly by W. R. Flad)

Freeland's Suburban Penny Saver: 08/1962-06/1973? (published monthly by Thomas G. Zubach)

Mountain Traveler: 1973?-1975? (published monthly by Thomas G. Zubach)


Slovenska Pravda: weekly, published 1894-1906?; published by Andrew Zemany, Mgr., at 19 E. Main St. 

Katolic: weekly, published 1896-1897?; published by Rev. John Stas, editor, at 127 Ridge St.


35 years' worth of early Freeland newspapers owned by MMI Preparatory School were microfilmed several years ago. The papers involved were 30+ bound volumes of the Freeland Tribune and the Semi-Weekly Progress, published from the late 1880s to 1921. Interested readers can consult the microfilm at the Hazleton Area Public Library. Many thanks are due to the Hazleton Area Public Library, to MMI Preparatory School, and to all of those who contributed funds and those who have been otherwise involved in making this project a reality.

More recently, there are now about 14 years' worth of those Freeland Tribune newspapers (1889-1903) available online at the Library of Congress Chronicling America site. This represents 3 of the 14 microfilm reels of those papers. Special thanks go to the Hazleton Area Public Library, MMI Preparatory School, and Penn State.

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