Letter to the Editor: Grove Silk Mill

To the Editor:

As a professor of history, my research concentration has led to a more personal interest. This labor historian’s query involves any information your readers can provide regarding the Grove Silk Mill which was based in Dunmore. 

The objective is to gather oral as well as written accounts of this business, its functions and something about employees there. My father, Andrew, was employed there prior to World War II before his own induction into the US Army.

Additionally, Professor Emeriti Bonnie Stepenoff of Southwest Missouri State University provides an in-depth analysis of silk mill workers from the late 19th-century to 1960. Her book, a regional study of Northeastern Pennsylvania in Their Fathers’ Daughters, has been informative but more primary source material would add to my own work on the subject. Thank you in advance for information that can be offered in the form of archival or personal stories.


Mark A. Sleboda
Eastern Michigan University 

Allied Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday


SHOWN AT the Valentine’s Day celebrate of Mary Carnevale’s 100th birthday are, from left: Frank Lombardo, Joan Lombardo, Mary Carnevale, Catherine Maus, and Michael Carnevale. Missing from the photo are Mary Louise Rzeszewski and Mary Ann Cianci.

Mary Carnevale, a resident of Allied Terrace Personal Care Facility celebrated her 100th birthday amid Valentine’s Day celebrations. Mary was joined by family members and fellow residents for lunch and cake. Mary was born on Feb. 14, 1917 in San Cataldo, Sicily. She came to the United States when she was 5 years old and was a resident of Dunmore until she came to Allied Terrace in March, 2016.

Mary worked as an operator at the Grove Silk Mill in Dunmore for 20 years. She was known for her hospitality; visitors were welcome into her home, treated like family, and never went home hungry.

Married to Michael Carnevale for 66 years before he passed away in 2007, Mary is mother to 4 children: Mary Louise Rzeszewski, Frank Lombardo, Mary Ann Cianci and Michael Carnevale. She has 7 grandchildren (Mark, David, Frank, Christopher, Gary, Lauren and Michael) and 9 great grandchildren (Karissa, Tyler, Frank Jr., Dante, Ashley, Lauren, Felicia, Jessica and Finley Rose.)

At 100 years old, Mary will be the oldest resident of Allied Terrace. Her sister, Catherine Maus, also lives at Allied Terrace where they receive daily visits from family members.

Residents at Allied Terrace enjoy the finest personal care – the Allied Terrace hairdresser was runner-up for the “Best Hair Stylist in the Abingtons” award – and access to all that Allied Services has to offer – inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home care and more – enabling them to maintain their mobility and independence.