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Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA - North Church Street, Hazleton, Pa.

In Hazleton, there is a law on the books that prohibits a person from sipping a carbonated drink while lecturing students in a school auditorium.

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North Church Street, Hazleton, Pa.
Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA

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Markle Banking and Trust Co., Hazleton, Pa.

In 1910, at the time of the Markle Bank Building's co
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Markle Banking and Trust Co., Hazleton, Pa.

In 1910, at the time of the Markle Bank Building's construction, Hazleton was the established center of the Middle Anthracite Coal Field. Built at a cost of nearly half a million dollars, the Markle Bank Building was Hazleton's first high-rise office building and reflected the importance of the Markle family in anthracite region banking and the importance of Hazleton banking and financial activities in the development of the coal region... The Markle Bank operated until 1958, and in the same year the storefront was altered.

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1886 - Sensible Advice to Miners
(Mauch Chunk Times.)

Thursday was said to be the day on which the miners of the Hazleton region would strike for a reduction in the price of supplies and a raise of ten per cent, in wages. This striking business has in the past proven very disastrous to the miners, but it is thought that on account of the organization of the men things will be different this time. There is really no certainty that the strike will occur and we hope it will not for many reasons. The operators can afford a strike now as they are not making much by carrying on their business, while the employes who have families to keep will feel it very much, and the general business of the region will become terribly depressed. Under the present condition of things we think it far better for the men to wait.
The Hazleton Sentinel
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
Thurs, September 16, 1886
In 1891, Hazleton became the third city in the United States to establish a citywide electric grid.

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1893 - Fire in a Pennsylvania Mine.
HAZLETON, Pa., Jan. 23. - During the cold weather Evans & Co., at Beaver Meadow, placed furnaces along the stop leading to their operations to keep ice from forming on the rails and interfering with operations. The gas in the mines took fire on Sunday night from one of these furnaces and the fire is now working through nearly the whole workings. If the flames are not soon gotten under control the slope will be rendered useless. All the mules have been taken out of the mine and the work of flooding it is now being pushed as fast as possible. Two hundred men are thrown out of employment. The loss will be heavy.
The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois
January 24, 1893
1895 - Hazleton
Hazleton, a post-borough of Luzerne co, Pa., on a branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, 24 miles S. of Wilkesbarre. It contains 30 churches, 3 banks, a town hall, a Catholic academy, 2 convents, a foundry, ma. chine-shops, carriage-works, a lumber- and planing-mill a brewery, and manufactures of baking-pans, cigars, coffins. and cattle-powder. Three daily and 8 weekly newspaper: are published here. The streets of Hazleton are lighted with electric light and gas. Its prosperity is derived chiefly from operations in coal (anthracite). Pop. 11,872.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1896 - WRECK ON THE LEHIGH. A Passenger Train Precipitated Into the Depths of a Coal Mine.
HAZLETON, Pa., Jan. 21. - The Lehigh Valley passenger train, in charge of Engineer MICHAEL LONZER and Conductor GEORGE REESE, was precipitated into the depths of a coal mine near this place. LONZER was wedged between the baggage car and the ground and was crushed to death. The fireman, FREDERICK MEYERS, will probably die.

Several passengers were injured, but all were able to walk to this city. Since the wreck the earth has dropped completely into the mines, which are operated by Linderman & Skeer, and steam from the underground cavity is issuing from the hole. Trains were run by way of Beaver Meadow.

Traffic will be blocked for several days, both main tracks being affected. For several years past the road between here and Stockton has been the scene of many cave-ins, and to guard against accidents three watchmen were placed at different points to notify trains of any possible danger.
The Essex County Republican
New York
January 23, 1896
On September 10, 1897, the Lattimer Massacre occurred near Hazleton.
The Lattimer massacre was the violent deaths of 19 unarmed striking immigrant anthracite coal miners at the Lattimer mine near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 1897. The miners, mostly of Polish, Slovak, Lithuanian and German ethnicity, were shot and killed by a Luzerne County sheriff's posse. Scores more workers were wounded. The massacre was a turning point in the history of the United Mine Workers (UMW).
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1905 - Comedian Blunder
A comedian at Hazleton, Pennsylvania, tried to amuse an audience composed entirely of women, but some bitter gibes at old maids, and no doubt to his great astonishment was hissed off the stage.

It is pretty nearly time that the old maid joke was hissed off the earth, if only on account of its antiquity, for it has long passed the chloroform stage...

An old maid, is an old maid, either from choice, in which case the joke loses its point, or else from necessity, or from a sense of duty; in which case, it becomes gratuitously offensive.

I am afraid there are too many wives who would say that if there is any joke involved in the lottery of marriage it is at their expense and who say enviously that "the old maids are God's favorites."
The Argus
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 18, 1905
1916
Hazleton, a city and resort of Luzerne oo., Pa., on the Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley Rs., 22 miles S. of Wilkesbarre. It has a state miners' hospital, the Hazleton Seminary, machine-shops, silk-, knitting-, lumber- and planing-mills, manufactures of caskets, etc. Anthracite coal is largely mined in the vicinity. Pop. in 1900, 14,230. Elevation, about 1700 feet.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1955 - Hurricane Diane - NINE DEATHS REPORTED IN EASTERN PA. 650 YOUNGSTERS MAROONED; RAIN REACHES 9 INCHES.
...Hazelton Deluged.
The greatest deluge was at Hazleton, where 9.35 inches of rain fell in 21 hours. The city, located on high land, reported only minor flooding...
Chester Times
Chester, Pennsylvania
August 19, 1955
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Hazleton:
Eckley Miners' Village:

Explore this well-preserved coal mining patch town that offers a glimpse into the region's industrial history.
Visit the museum and take a guided tour to learn about the lives of coal miners and their families.

Hazleton Historical Society:

Discover the rich history of Hazleton through exhibits, artifacts, and documents at the Historical Society.
The society often hosts events and lectures, providing additional insights into the town's past.

Community Park:

Enjoy some outdoor recreation at Community Park. It's a great spot for a family picnic, a game of frisbee, or a leisurely walk.
The park often hosts community events, so check the local calendar for any happenings during your visit.

Hazle Azalea Park:

Another lovely park to explore, Hazle Azalea Park offers walking trails, playgrounds, and scenic spots for relaxation.
Keep an eye out for events like concerts or festivals that might be taking place in the park.

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