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J. S. Ames and Brothers

404 Keystone Avenue, Hawley Pennsylvania Coal Company's Lots No. 7 and 12 were sold to Jacob, Reuben, and Gaston Ames. The first deed appeared in 1866. It was on a section of these lots that this building was erected. Wayne County Map of 1872 shows it was the site of J.S. Ames and Bros., Merchants and Lumber Manufacturers. (Illustrated Wayne County mentions the Ames family and traces its ancestry back to 1777 when Joseph Ames and Hannah Tyler were married at Stonington, Connecticut.) In 1887 Jacob and Gaston sold their interests in the property to Reuben Ames. In 1904 Reuben T. Ames died, leaving his estate to his wife and three children: James D Ames. Sarah G. Schlager and Lucy T. Ames. Victor Decker was named Trustee, and sold this property to Joseph Skier in 1921. In 1904 Joseph Skier came to Hawley from Kovno, Russia. He was a peddler and sold dry goods from a pack on his back. He saved enough money to purchase a horse and cart and traveled the countryside selling his wares. Eventually he was able to buy a building on Main Street in Hawley and established a dry goods business. In 1911 Joseph Skier brought his wife and son, I. Reines, to Hawley from Russia. I. Reines told his wife, Dr. Marilyn Pardine, that prior to the Skier family living in this building, a physician used the downstairs as his office and pharmacy, and the upstairs as his residence.

Text by Marge Hook and Sally Eno Soden

Line Drawing by William Amptman

From 1993 through 2008 the Honesdale National Bank published an annual wall calendar, each featured 13 historic sites. The sites were chosen and researched by a committee of the historical society and artwork was commissioned to Judy Hunt and William Amptman by the bank.

This page was one month of the calendar and was made possible through the Wayne County Commissioners and a Tourism Promotion Committee’s Tourism Grant.