John Mitchell Day celebrated in Lackawanna County

June 19th, 2015 9:27 am

First Posted: 11/18/2014

The Ancient Order of Hiberians, Hook O’Malley Division No. 4, celebrated John Mitchell Day, Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Cathedral Cemetery, along with members of the other Divisions of Lackawanna County.

John Mitchell was world renowned as the President of the United Mine Workers of America. He was instrumental in securing the eight-hour work day an minimum wage for all Americans.

A wreath presentation and remarks regarding Mitchell were made and flowers were placed on the grave of his wife Kathleen O’Rouke Mitchell. Although he was not born in NEPA, he was buried here because this was the county of his greatest victory for the United Mine Workers of America.

The John Mitchell “Man of the Year” was presented to Joseph Hosie, of Jermyn, at the Cathedral Cemetery, for his family values, community service and 30 years as a Teamster Union member.

Shown, from left: Patrick M. O’Malley, former charter president of the Hook O’Malley, AOH Division No. 4; Joseph Hosie, AOH Monsignor Farrell, Division No. 2, and James Conner, AOH Hook O’Malley Division No. 4, Treasurer, last year’s Man of the Year.