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St. Anns - Groundbreaking for the school, 1929
This wonderful photo of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Ann's School came from Colleen Tatar, who had it from her father. St. Ann's Band was in attendance, along with a large group of parishioners. Perhaps someone from your family was there! The enlarged crop shows the priest holding a shovel.
These clippings come from Shawn Carr, who wrote: Picture looks like groundbreaking for the rectory. Found these clips in Wilkes-Barre paper from 1929.
And in another example of how clues to additional pieces of Freeland area history show up in photographs of other things, Cal Herring noticed that the photo includes the only view I've seen of the Freeland Shirt Company Annex, which suffered a major fire two years later in 1931. According to news coverage at that time, "The building is an old Freeland landmark and was built 42 years ago [circa 1889 - CT] by Emmanuel Berger, Freeland contractor, for a religious sect known as the "Burger Church." ... It was the first factory to be operated by the Freeland Shirt Co., but was abandoned a number of years ago, when the new Dewey street mill was completed. Almost two years ago [approximately when this photo was taken - CT] it was remodeled and converted into a cutting department and storage house by the company and has been used for this purpose ever since." The building apparently continued to stand for some years, as Bob Zimmerman remembers it from his childhood in the 1940s; I don't know whether it was repaired and used again after the 1931 fire or not.
More about the Berger Church on a page about it here. A newspaper article quoted there seems to indicate that the building was still standing as recently as 1974.
Thank you, Colleen for sharing this great photo, and thanks to Shawn Carr for the clippings. Thanks also to Cal Herring for his sharp eye.