Catholic Churches Churches Fires

St. Edwards Roman Catholic Church Fire Photos – April 8th 1971

Around 2 o’clock on the morning of April 8th, 1971 a fire broke out at the historic St. Edwards Catholic Church on Shamokin Street in Shamokin. The blaze was said to have been the worst the city had seen in over 50 years and completely destroyed the 99-year old house of worship.

A little over a month later, it was determined that a fallen vigil candle was likely the cause of the blaze. The investigation concluded that the candle fell from its holder and ignited woolen carpet and spread throughout the church. The large belfry acted as a chimney making it impossible to save the structure.

By October 1974, the rebuilt church rededicated. Today the church continues to serve the Catholic community of Shamokin as Mother Cabrini Catholic Church.

In this exhibit, we present some amazing photos taken by Frank Posca, not only of the fire as it happened but also of the devastating aftermath it left behind.

These photos are being presented courtesy of the Northumberland County Historical Society. Click Here to learn more about the life and work of Frank Posca.

Rare Photos of St. Edward’s Church Fire – April 8th 1971

Front Page Coverage of St. Edward’s Fire – The News-Item, April 8th, 1971

St. Edward’s Fire Cause Determined – News Item, May 24th, 1971

Clubs Shamokin Masonic Lodge #255

A Final Look at the Masonic Hall

Shamokin Masonic Hall View from the Balcony

Everyone remembers The Fun Shop on Independence Street in downtown Shamokin, but few knew of the incredibly beautiful meeting hall that resided above the famed store. The Masons took over the property, which previously housed the Shamokin YMCA, in 1909 and constructed an impressive meeting hall for their organization.

When the Masonic building burned to the ground in December of 2017, this treasure was lost forever.

Kathy Vetovich had the opportunity to tour the building prior to the fire and took the following photographs, allowing everyone a chance to see what amazing design and architecture existed a couple floors above The Fun Shop.

Shamokin Masonic Hall View from the Balcony
Shamokin Masonic Hall Stage
Shamokin Masonic Hall View of the Balcony
Shamokin Masonic Hall Ceiling Detail
Shamokin Masonic Hall Ceiling Detail
Shamokin Masonic Hall Ceiling Detail
Shamokin Masonic Hall Cloak Room
Cameron Colliery - Glen Burn Coal Mining

Cameron Colliery Photos

Glen Burn Colliery #12 Tunnel
Miners at The Glen Burn Colliery
Coming Out Of The Mine – Glen Burn Colliery
Miner Transport Car – Glen Burn Colliery
Glen Burn Colliery
Miners at The Glen Burn Colliery

The Reading Passenger Station

Reading Railroad Station, circa 1890’s
Reading Railroad Shamokin Train Schedule, 1894
Reading Railroad Passenger Station, circa 1950’s
Reading Railroad Passenger Station, circa 1960’s