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John Manley 1865-1938

Born: 28 Oct 1865, Scranton PA
Baptized: 29 Oct 1865, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (Became Saint Peter's Cathedral in 1884)
Sponsors: Michael McNamara, Bernardine Regan
Married: Sarah Lally 13 Jan 1887 St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton PA
Witnesses: Anthony Lally, Mary Manley
Ocupation: Police/Fire Chief, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railrod
Residences: 636 Beech Street and 2015 Farr Street, Scranton PA
Died: 07 Feb 1938

John Manley
Mary Coleman

Mary (Mamie) 1887-1927 m. David Morgan 1907
Sarah (Sadie) 1889-1975 m. Francis Jones
Catherine (Katie) 1891-1967
Gertrude 1893-1957
Stella 1894-1972 m. Peter McDonald
Peter (Pete) 1895-1979 (My Grandfather)
Florence 1897-1990 m. Michael Culkin
Anna (Annie) 1899-1983 m. Warren Kimble
Gerald 1901-1957

John Manley, Veteran Lackawanna Man, Dies
Employee of Company for over Thirty Five Years Dies Suddenly at Farr Street Home

John J. Manley, one of the city’s well known men and for more than thirty five years an employee of the Lackawanna Railroad, died suddenly this morning at the family home, 2015 Farr Street, after a brief illness. Chief, as he was familiarly known by thousands up and down the valley was in his usual buoyant health, mingling with his friends and acquaintances as late as yesterday. His illness was extremely sudden and entirely unexpected.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Manley, early South Scranton residents and his father was a foreman in the old Lackawanna Iron and Steel plant. John received his training at the local public schools and at an early age entered the employ of the Lackawanna Railroad. When that line inaugurated organization system fire protection, Mr. Manley was named Chief. His duties called him to various points along the system and he had many friends among the officials and employees.

It was, however, as a citizen that Mr. Manley stood out prominently. He was closely associated with practically every local movement that had for its object the advancement of the city. He was a member of the old West Side Board of Trade, later the Scranton Chamber of Commerce; he was prominent in the Scranton Surface Protective Association, a member of the Lackawanna Veterans organization, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish American Society, a charter member of St. Vincent de Paul parish, a leader in all of the parish activities, and for years a consulter in the Holy Name Society of that church.

Mr. Manley is survived by his widow, six daughters; Mrs. Frank Jones, Mrs. Peter McDonnell, Mrs. Warren Kimball and the Misses Catherine and Gertrude Manley, all of Scranton, and Mrs. Michael Culkin of Schenectady; two sons, Peter J. and Gerald Manley of Scranton; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Joynt and Miss Catherine Manley of Buffalo; and four brothers, Peter of New York City, Frank of Dunmore, Michael and Thomas of Scranton.

The funeral will take place on Thursday morning with a mass of requiem in St. Vincent de Paul’s Church at 9:30 o’clock and interment will be in the Cathedral cemetery.

Funeral Announcement:
Funeral of Farr Street Man is Attended by Many Persons
Solemn High Requiem Mass is Celebrated for John J. Manley in St. Vincent de Paul Church

With scores of people in attendance, the funeral of John J. (Chief) Manley, of 2015 Farr Street [see photo on right], was held this morning with a solemn high requiem mass in St. Vincent de Paul’s Church. Rev. Leo Craig was the celebrant of the mass; Rev. P. J. Gaffikan, deacon, and Rev. Daniel Langan, of Archbald, sub-deacon. The choir was under the direction of John Lee, with Mrs. William Ruane as soloist. At the processional, Mrs. Ruane sang “Pie Jesu”; at the offertory, an “Ave Maria,” and at the recessional, the “Benedictus.” Seated in the sanctuary were Rev. Charles Zawol, of Wilkes Barre, and Rev. Michael Kupar, of Olyphant. In the body of the church was a delegation from the West Scranton Democratic Club, with which Mr. Manley was affiliated.

The honorary pallbearers, associates of Mr. Manley on the Lackawanna Railroad, were: Lieut. Edward Thomas, Lieut. Martin Hart, Lieut. William D. Hope, Sergt. George Murdock, Sergt. James Hart, and Sergt. George Cook. The active pallbearers, grandsons of Mr. Manley, were William Morgan, Frank Jones, John Manley, Paul Jones, Thomas Manley and Paul McCormick. Interment was in the family plot in Cathedral Cemetery, where Rev. Fathers Gaffikan, Craig, and Langan conducted committal services. Last evening, members of the Holy Name Society of St. Vincent de Paul church, under the direction of their spiritual advisor Rev. Leo Craig visited the home and recited prayers for the dead.