80 Years Ago - Untouched coal vein discovered in Moosic

Brian Fulton, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.
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Feb. 20—Feb. 20, 1941

Untouched coal vein found in Moosic

District Mine Inspector John Bonner confirmed on Feb. 20 that the De Foran Coal Co. had discovered an untouched coal vein in the Lacoe-Shiffer tract in Moosic.

Bonner said the vein was 30 feet high and could yield 1.5 million tons of coal.

De Foran Coal Co., the only operator in Moosic, reported that they encountered several roadblocks on their journey that led to this untouched vein.

When they began work in September 1940, they had to change course because of fear of hitting the bed of the Lackawanna River. This change led the miners to encounter quicksand. The quicksand required the slope to be completely boarded.

The De Foran Coal Co. was operated by Attorney Nicholas Degillio of Kingston. The coal company's office was located in Wilkes-Barre.

109th medical testing

almost completed

The medical testing of the 1,400 members of the 109th Infantry Regiment was expected to be completed on Feb. 21, just in time for their upcoming departure to Indiantown Gap.

The medical testing was part of a yearlong military training mission for the 109th Infantry. The men being tested were from Scranton, Carbondale, Honesdale and Stroudsburg.

A parade would be held on Feb. 27 in Scranton for the some 900 members from the 109th leaving for Indiantown Gap. The troops, in full dress, would march from the Watres Armory to the Lackawanna Station.

The Chamber of Commerce was working with businesses in Scranton to close during the time of the parade so employees could join the crowds in bidding the 109th farewell.

Shopping list

Long Island duck for 17 cents per pound, rib roast for 29 cents per pound, fresh bockwurst for 29 cents per pound, store-fried fish fillets for 26 cents per pound, a dozen oranges for 22 cents, two dozen eggs for 49 cents, store-made cream puffs were 3 cents each, store-made apple pies were 10 cents each and a 2-pound bag of coffee was 27 cents.

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune's expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140.