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Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fred Morgan Kirby

(1861-1940)

 
 
FRED MORGAN KIRBY Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Beatty, May 3, 2009
1. FRED MORGAN KIRBY Marker
Inscription. Pioneer of the 5 & 10 cent store sales concept. He opened his first store in Wilkes-Barre in 1884. In 1912, he merged his 96 retail stores with F. W. Woolworth to form the vast international retail chain. A philanthropist, he made significant gifts to institutions of higher education for the study of civil rights, and gifts for public health and recreation services in northeastern Pennsylvania. He resided here from 1905 to 1940.
 
Erected 2004 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 14.691′ N, 75° 53.393′ W. Marker is in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is on South River Street near South Street, on the left. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 South River St. (Kirby Hall), Wilkes Barre PA 18702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Durkee (a few steps from this marker); Lyman H. Howe (a few steps from this marker); George Catlin (a few steps from this marker); Franz Kline (1910 - 1962) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sullivan Expedition against the Iroquois Indians
FRED MORGAN KIRBY Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Beatty, May 3, 2009
2. FRED MORGAN KIRBY Marker
Kirby Hall
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Wyoming (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Teedyuscung (approx. mile away); William Camp Gildersleeve (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilkes-Barre.
 
Also see . . .  Fred Morgan Kirby - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 20, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceNotable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Beatty of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,002 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Beatty of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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