Hardwood, PA Boarding House Fire, May 1903


Fire broke out in a large boarding house, owned by C. Pardee & Co., at Hardwood, yesterday, and a score of inmates narrowly escaped from the burning building with their lives. The house was destroyed. John Mortera, one of the boarders, had $1,000 in cash locked in his trunk. When be was awakened from his slumber he did not have time to secure his treasure, and it was destroyed.

Wilkes-Barre Times, Wilkes-Barre, PA 15 May 1903