Great Fire Survivors Return to DuBois

December 20, 2021 at 12:45 AM


    Two pieces of DuBois history, at least 133-years-old, came home for display in October. Debbie Finochio donated two vases, which according to Frano family history survived the Great DuBois Fire of 1888.

      At the time of the fire, Landing Lewis was seventeen and lived with his parents George and Ellen Lewis at 20 Brady Ave. in the borough of DuBois. According to the maps of the areas burned in 1888, the home at 20 Brady Ave. was destroyed.

       Landing Lewis passed the vases to his daughter Alice Lewis Leach who passed then to her oldest daughter Marjorie Leach Frano. They were then given to Amy Joe Frano Butler, the great granddaughter of Landing Lewis.

        The DuBois Area Historical Society accepted the vases for display at the E. D. Reitz Museum in October 2021 as a gift from Marjorie Leach Frano.

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