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Kunkle, Ellsworth PA
Posted by: Arthur Hoyt Prutzman Date: January 25, 2000 at 05:13:34
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I enjoyed growing up in Kunkle, Pennslyvania.
Kunkle is about 3 miles north of Dallas, Pa and about 17 miles North of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in Luzerne County (NE Pa.)

The Kunkle's put a sawmill there about the same time my gggrandfather Levi Hoyt also had a sawmill there (near present day Route 309) in the 1840's they shared a community barn for the animals. Little Phil Kunkle in early 20th century lived next to the Ellsworth farm.

Some of his descendants in the late 1940's or early 1950's moved down around Wilmington, Del. (we had no jobs in this area) My dad sure did enjoy "visiting" with the Kunkles when he worked in Delaware.

No matter where we went, Florida or whatever, these Kunkle folks sure enjoyed looking each other up and "visiting" for a couple hours.

Some of the Hoyt/Ellsworth folks sort of made a loop; missionary to the Cherokee Indians out to Ellsworth, Kansas; Ellis, Kansas and Hoyt, Oklahoma. Around 1852 some of these local folks visited during gold searching time, went on the Cherokee trail, to Golden, Colo. and after the Civil War some even made it back to Kunkle, Pa.

We still have a Kunkle community Hall that you folks might be able to use for day for about 200 people.

On the negative side; comedians say anything with a K in it is funny, well Kunkle has 2 K's (and K is a symbol for strikeout) but in ham radio K means for the other fellow to transmit, but I digress. The point is when I was driving cab in Richmond, Va. in 1960's I would say, "I'm from Kunkle, Pennsylvania." and I would sort of get a smile or smirk, that I didn't get if I said I was from Dallas, Pa.

Best wishes to all; keep up the positive work,

Art Prutzman
(now really living in Dallas, Pa.)


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