The Northeastern Pennsylvania Genealogical Society recently moved its library to Annex Two of the Kirby Health Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. What a delight to return to this regional treasure, now housed in a second floor suite of rooms filled with bright ambient light and tended by a dedicated corps of family history sleuths. Today I … Continue reading Today’s Trip to the Genealogical Society: The marriage of Martin Corrigan and Mary Walker
My "decluttering for the holidays" was stymied today by the discovery of scan-able scraps that directly pertain to my previous post. And so, as is often the case with my reorganization efforts, I am at the keyboard rather than behind the vacuum. The photograph of James A. Corrigan was dated in the upper left corner--1912. During this … Continue reading Memory Scraps
Aunt "Sissy" Rattigan saved the Treasury Department envelope, "Important: Contains U.S. Savings Bonds" recycled to store important photographs and newspaper clippings. My husband identified this 1912 candid as his grandfather, James Aloysius Corrigan. After graduating high school, Jim worked as a clerk in a Hazleton (PA) clothing store, and held offices in the Clerk's Union and St. Gabriel's chapter … Continue reading Photo Friday: James Aloysius Corrigan
My husband and I were returning from vacation, northbound on Interstate 81. The highway made a backwards question mark, cutting into the southern anthracite fields of Pennsylvania. Signs indicated distances to old patch towns--Tremont, Minersville, Donaldson, Port Carbon. As we passed the Tower City exit our conversation took a genealogical turn. T: "My mother's mother's people came from Tower … Continue reading Taking The Past Exit
In 1887 Martin Corrigan was granted a Certificate of Service by the Pennsylvania Mine Foreman Examining Board, an alternative certification which recognized men who had served as mine foremen for at least one year prior to the 1885 Mine Safety Act9 . Martin Corrigan did not own this book in order to take the Mine Foreman Exam himself. Martin may have originally purchased the book for his own private library, consulting its contents in his role as mine boss for Augustus S. Van Winkle's Milnesville collieries. But Martin also loaned this book out. The words "Please Return" were found inside the front and back covers.