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

Fred Morgan Kirby

(1861-1940)

 
 
FRED MORGAN KIRBY Marker image. 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkCivil RightsEducationIndustry & CommerceScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this
FRED MORGAN KIRBY Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Beatty, May 3, 2009
2. FRED MORGAN KIRBY Marker
Kirby Hall
postal address: 202 South River St (Kirby Hall), Wilkes Barre PA 18702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Wyoming (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Teedyuscung (approx. ¼ mile away); William Camp Gildersleeve (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2009, by Michael Beatty of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,166 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 3, 2009, by Michael Beatty of Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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