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100 Years Ago - Large Vein Of Coal Discovered 34 Feet Underneath Scranton School

January 28, 2019
100 Years Ago - Large Vein Of Coal Discovered 34 Foot Underneath Scranton School

Jan. 28, 1919

Vein of coal found

underneath school

The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad informed the Scranton School District that it discovered a 13-foot vein of coal underneath the Washington Irving (No. 12) School in the Bellevue section of the city. The vein was located only 34 feet beneath the school.

The coal mining division of the railroad considered mining the vein but informed the school district of the discovery in the event the district would want to purchase the vein to protect the school from possible mine subsidence damage.

Purchasing the vein would have been expensive for the district. In 1918, the school district reportedly spent close to $4,000 on mine subsidence damage repairs to schools within the district.

Man found dead in bed, wife arrested

Police arrested Helen Mykowski and Anthony Palmo after Benjamin Mykoski, of Plains, was found in his bed with his head nearly severed.

According to police, two patrolmen responded to the Mykoski home on West Hancock Street in Plains, following a phone call from a neighbor who said he believed “something was amiss.”

The police entered the home and discovered Benjamin. Helen told them a mysterious man entered their bedroom and killed him.

Police arrested Helen, wife of the dead man, after they noticed blood on her housecoat and other apparel that she was wearing at the time of questioning. Palmo was taken in after he admitted to taking trips to Atlantic City and Reading with Helen.

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.