Clipped From Pittston Gazette
a - - . FINE HOUSE DESTROYED Cave Ruins Edsall Residence in Duryea. House Split in Two in the Middle by Latest Settling or Surface Edsall Edsall Family Moved Out Year Ago Residence one of Finest in Duryea. The handsome residence of H. L. Edsall, the merchant, on Foote avenue avenue Duryea, was ruined by a cave which occurred about 9:30 last evening. evening. The building was split in two and the work of destruction, which commenced commenced over a year ago was thus completed. The house has not been tenated for over a year. No other building in the neighborhood was affected affected by the last settling but it is feared that the cave will spread. The section of Foote street has been badly badly damaged by caves for the past few years. The trouble i3 caused by the robbing of pillars by the Lehigh Valley Valley Coal Co. Last night's cave was noj discovered discovered until somo time after it had taken nlncp. The center of the affected area seemed to be about the middle of the I Edsall house. When it dropped in, carrying away the foundations of the house, the building split from the bottom bottom up. The house had been somewhat somewhat damaged by a previous cave. It had been propped up after the first settling and the frame was practically practically intact. The caving in this section started a year ago last November. Fnote avenue, avenue, the back road and properties abutting on them were somewhat af fected. The yard about the Edsall house showed large cracks and finally the house was thrown at: an angle. The Edsall family then moved out and rented a. house in West Pittston, where they have since resided. Among the placed affected were the Marry cemetery and the Brick M. E. church. The caving continued at intervals and only a few days ago a part of the road dropped and broke some water mains. The places nearest the Edsall house are the store of Edsall & Clausen and the residence of Mr. Clausen. A family family occupies the Clausen house. The latest settling has caused much apprehension apprehension in the neighborhood.