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Old Timers 1893

(Glimpses of prominent Frackville citizens from the borough's early days)


JOHN F. REYNOLDS, business manager of the Weekly Item, published at Frackville, was born in Middleport on August 15, 1854. He is a son of Thomas and Mary (Quinn) Reynolds.

The ancestors of John F. Reynolds were natives of County Louth, Ireland, his grandfather, Thomas Reynolds, having been born in that county, and there spent his entire life. Thomas Reynolds, father, was born in the same county in 1812, and came to America about 1853. His first place of residence was at Lambertsville, New Jersey, from which place he came to Middleport. He lived in the latter place until the year 1864, after which he removed to Mahanoy Plane, where he died in 1863.

His marriage to Mary Quinn (who died on May 1, 1893) resulted in the birth of thirteen children, five sons and eight daughters, five of whom are still living.

John F. Reynolds was joined in the bonds of wedlock to Ellen Cosgrove, a daughter of Patrick Cosgrove, of Minersville. They have five children: Nellie, Mamie, Maggie, Annie and Thomas. Mr. Reynolds is indebted for his education to the common schools of his native township, after the completion of which he served in various capacities, and in 1877 embarked in the clothing business at Mahanoy. Plane. He continued in this business for about three years, when he closed out his stock and opened up a dry goods and grocery store, which engages his attention at the present time. In addition to this he is business manager of the Weekly Item. Politically he is a democrat, and a member of the borough council of Gilberton, of which he has been president for seven years. He is an active worker in behalf of the interests of his party, is intelligently informed upon the leading questions of the day, and is a man of influence in his community. He is a director of the Building, Loan and Savings Association of Gilberton, with which he has been connected for a number of years.

[This article can be found in "1893 History of Schuylkill County" by J.H. Beers]

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