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Welcome to Family Stories

Family Stories are taken from:
THE BLACK HILLS AND QUILTED VALLEY'S OF PENNSYLVANIA
Written by: Catherine Silliman Fontaine
Based on the Memoirs and, stories of my mother Agnes Beninsky Silliman . She loved her family and was proud of them and the ordeals undertaken by her older brothers and her sister Mary in keeping them together as a family when they were orphaned. Memories may not always be totally accurate--but this is the story of her family and the struggles endured after the death of their parents and beloved grandmother in 1917.

A special Thank you to Chrissy Z. for sending this collection.
This page is currently under construction.
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1 The Great Anthracite Strike Of 1902 And The Aftermath 1
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2 The Anthracite Coal Region - My Home And Playground5
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3 Antoinette Jacoboska -Malinowski Marries Michael Swartz (1893) 7
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4 The Company Store And The Advent Of Hucksters 13
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5 Born To Be A Miner11
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6 Scavenging The Coal Banks For Our Daily Coal15
7 Marty's Early Career In The Colliery The Breaker Boys35
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8 The Morea Patch Water Supply25
9 History Of Our House In Morea16
10 Our House In Morea17
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11 Our House In Morea - The Shanties And Barn 1905-1917 20
12 The Basement Of Our House Was For Storing Food19
13 Our Mini Farm In Morea39
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14 It Was Time For The Cow To See "The Bull''22
15 Pa's Smoke House21
16 My Grandmother - Anna Jacoboska Malinowski 1853-191727
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17 Grandmother's Trunk 31
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18 Sliding Down The Coal Banks Was Fun33
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19 We Washed Clothes On Mondays41
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20 Making Clothes And Underwear Made From Mother Hubbard Flour Bags 44
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21 Treasures In The Attic29
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22 Aunt Anna1005
23 The Blessing of the Flowers1010
24 Know Your Mushrooms 24
25 Edible Treats Like Salted Lima Beans23
25 A Tribute To Coal Oil Lamps 1905-1917 26
26 Walking The Distance To Church 1905-1917 1006
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27 Easter Preparations1008
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28 The Bandstand 46
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29 Beer And Games.49
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30 The Right And The Wrong Way To Pick Huckleberries 191551
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31 Mike's Story (BORN In 1895)53
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32 Mike Recovers With A Lot Of Help61
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33 Mike Buys A Wild Horse 67
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34 Jimmie Allen - The Magnificent Horse 1001
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35 N0 Money But Determined To Do The Right Thing1003
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36 Before Christmas The Last Week Of Advent70
37 The Night Before Christmas-- The Special Wilia Supper71
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38 Christmas Day73
39 Mary Is Growing Up 1905-1917 1013
40 Mary's Duties As The Eldest Daughter In The Family 1905 1917 1011
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41 Mary Tries To Keep The House Orderly 1905 - 1917 1014
42 Mary's First Romantic Interest: Gus Mostick1015
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43 Mary's Last Date With Gus Mostick 1017
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44 Morea's First Doctor - His Beautiful House 1021
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45 How Mary Met Her Husband - John Grazel 1023
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46 Mary Elizabeth Beninsky Marries John Grazel -1915 1025
47 Working To Attain A Skilled Miners Certificate (Jacob, 1915) 74
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48 Mary (My Oldest Sister) Live In Mahanoy City - The Pool Room 191677
49 The Pool Room--The Early Months-- 1916 77
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50 My Father Jacob Beninsky Is Injured 191679
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51 Grandmother's Illness 1916 81
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52 It Was A Sad Christmas: 1916 83
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53 Jacobs Wake / The Ice Box 191785
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54 Jacob's Wake - Dorothy's Vision87
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