Gunsauls and the Gravity Railroad
! Rename Officers 5 At 30th Reunion Of Gravity Vets rGeorge Lorenzo Arch bald, Continues as ires ident ; Paper Is Read 'E.J.Woodward Qeorie Lorenz. Archbald. was re ! named president and all other officers were re - elected at tne tmruein annual i reunion of the Delaware and Hudson l and Pennsylvania Coal company I Gravity Employes' association on sat I urday afternoon at Nay Aug park. ! The other officers are: John Mllli gan. Carbondale, first vice - president; l a. B. Baker. Dunmore, second - vice - president, and Charles P. Savage, Dunmore, secretary - treasurer. " 'Committees appointed follow;, ar P - - raneements. J. B. Sampson, John I JWheeler and John MtlllKan, Carbon i .dale, and John Snook, Lake Ariel ' F: D.; press committee, James O'Con nor, Scranton, ana James a, vope land, Carbondale. i Since the previous reunion, the fol lowlns members died: M. B. O'Hara. Milton SDaneenbere. Victor Stone, Chauncey Hubbard. Abraham Swingle, '"James Doud, Isaac Butler, Christopher Rehbeln, John W. McLean, Henry Peters. Frank Ball, John Evans and ' . Mrs. Esther Reed. i A quartet consisting of John i Jones. John Evans. Harry T. Madden and Albert Pilling, sang. Woodward Reads Paper An Interesting paper on "The Old ; Gravity." written by Edward J. Wood ward, Dunmore, was read. In part, Mr. Woodward wrote: "in 1848 the farmers of Middle Val lev. Wavne county, saw a body - ', young men with transit and chain start out from Hawley through the dnse forest toward Cherry Valley along the Middle Creek, surveying the route for the lamous Pennsylvania Gravity railroad, running from the coal fields of Pittston and Dunmore , to Hawlev. "You are all familiar with the fact that in 1885 the old gravity was superseded by the steam locomotive and is today a dream of the past. The men and women who dreamed ,'. that dream was practically unknown i , to the farmers through lands the road ran. But to the youtn wno waited at 1 the crossroads for the pioneer to ap ! pear out of the woods from nowhere ' and come to a slow stop for him ' enter, the dream is imperishable. And how could be ever forget the plane ). the stationary engines, the mysterious rope - tightening buckets run oi stones and the ride over the mountains and through the valleys? "Not only were the gravity railroads which entered this valley pioneers in ', . their line of transportation but the people themselves had the true pioneer spirit. "It is impossible to think of the " Pennsylvania gravity without thinking . of John B. Smith. Not only did he , run the rail system but all of the , company's coal mines and ' in the transition became president of the ' Erie and Wyoming railroad which was the corporation that owned - the steam !road displacing the gravity. , "in those days life was simple , farming, lumbering, tanning and general stores. Road building was primitive. Coal breakers were small and the coal large." The following registered for the re - 'Tunlon: George Lorenz, 'Charles P. '.Savage, James O'Connor, Thomas H. , Sly, John W. Snook, Clarence Rosen - i krance, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Snook, Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Spangenburg, Mr. ' and Mrs. Philo Gunsauls, William C. "Elston, Warren Grant, Emmet Gun - ' sauls, Henry Krantz, Mrs. Esther ! Krantz, Mrs. Esther Gunsauls, Mrs. "Prank Chivers, Mrs. John Salisbury, - Oscar Randolph, D. B. Robbins, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Crlppen, Mrs. Wat - son Swingle, A. B. Baker, William E. i Henry, P. O. Reed, S. B. Bulkley, Mrs. "Loren Davis, Mrs. Louise Sampson, '.' John W. Devine, Charles M. Hudson, ,! James H. Masters and James A Cope - 1 1 land.