A Description of Life in the Coal Region Pre Civil War

In the autumn of 1931, a reporter from the Millersburg Sentinel sat down with Catherine Myers in her daughter’s home in Lykens to talk about the old days. At the time of the interview, Myers was 91-years-old. Her recollection provides us with something that’s fairly rare in the history of Williams Valley: recollections of the difficult early days from the perspective of a woman. In her lifetime, she watched Williams Valley go from barely tamed wilderness to industrialized towns, the arrival of the railroad, the desolation of the 1877 mine fire, the advent of the telegraph, the telephone, the airplane, a horrific world war, and the development of radio.