- Preserving PA Anthracite History

Patrick Campbell



ISBN 0-681-82875-7

A Molly Maguire Story

On June 21, 1877, ten Irish-Americans were executed in the mining areas of Pennsylvania.  all were accused of being members of a terrorist group called the Molly Maguires, and all were convicted of planning and carrying out the murder of a number of mining officials.  Ten more Irish-Americans were executed in Pennsylvania in the next 18 months on the same charges.  One of the men executed on June 21, 1877, was Alexander Campbell, grand-uncle of the author.

The Molly Maguire executions generated a great deal of controversy in Pennsylvania from the 1870's to the present, with Irish-Americans claiming the Mollies were framed by the mine owners, while other ethnic groups believe that they were guilty as charged and deserved the punishment they received.

The author first heard about the execution of his grand-uncle back in the late 1940's in Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland, and in the early 1970's, while living in New Jersey, began a fifteen year investigation into the entire Molly Maguire controversy in order to determine if Alexander Campbell was guilty or inocent.

A Molly Maguire Story is an account of that investigation.


ISBN 0-9637701-5-2

Who Killed Franklin Gowen?

Franklin Gowen, a prominent American attorney was found dead in room 57, of the Wormley Hotel, Washington, D. C., on December 14, 1889, with a bullet wound in his head and a pistol by his side.  Since the bedroom door was locked from the inside, a coroner concluded he had committed suicide.

Gowen's family disagreed with the coroner's conclusion and hired famed Pinkerton Detective Robert Linden to find out who had killed Franklin Gowen.

Gowen had been responsible for the arrest, trial, and execution of twenty Irish mine workers - known as Molly Maguires - when he was president of the Reading Railroad in the 1870's, and the Gowen family believed that a Molly survivor had killed Gowen as an act of retribution.

Pinkerton Detective Robert Linden, after a brief investigation of Gowen's death, also concluded Gowen had taken his on life, even though the family rejected his findings.

More than a hundred years later, Patrick Campbell, descendant of one of the executed Mollys, has reviewed all the evidence in the Gowen case and concluded that Robert Linden, James Wormley, the owner of the Wormley Hotel, and Francis Innes Gowen, a member of the Gowen family, were part of a conspiracy to cover up the fact that Gowen had been murdered.

Memories of Dungloe


ISBN 0-9637701-0-1

Memories of Dungloe, County Donegal, in the 1940's and 1950's
An old Molly Maguire dies in Dunglow 70 years after the hangman claimed his brother in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania.
A German spy masquerading as a Dutch woman is arrested.
Many young men leave to go off to fight in the foreign wars and never come back.
Innisfree - an island paradise for children.
Protestants and Catholics - an uneasy coexistence.
Ghosts, superstitions and offbeat characters.

Tunnel Tigers


ISBN 0-9637701-1-x

Tunnel tigers belong to a unique group of construction workers who specialize in a highly paid but dangerous profession: driving tunnels through mountains or underneath rivers or other large bodies of water, on locations as far apart as Sydney, Australia and San Francisco.  At the turn of the last centry, they tunneled out the subways under New York and London; in the 1930's they worked on the Holland and Lincoln tunnels that link New York and New Jersey; and in the 1940's and 1950's they were involved in a score of huge hydroelectric tunnels in the Highlands of Scotland.  They continue with their dangerous craft today in various locations all over the world.  Many of these daring men were born in northwest Donegal, Ireland, where the tunnel tigers were viewed as local fold heroes because they had the bravado to work in dangerous working conditions that few other working men could endure.  The author worked as a tunnel tiger for four years in Scotland, before emigrating to the United States and taking up less lucrative but less dangerous professions.

Tunnel Tigers provides a colorful portrait of scores of off-beat characters who worked on the Scottish projects, and of the tensions that were created when men of various religious and ethnic group shared the same space.

The Last Days of Oscar Devenney


In May, 1973, a teacher named Oscar Devenney, who taught in a parochial school in Greystones, County Donegal, suddenly acquired the ability to heal serious diseases.  He also acquired the ability to read minds and to foresee the future.

Devenney's ability to heal those who were seriously ill made him immensely popular, but his ability to read the minds of all those he came in contact with struck fear into the hearts of those who had skeletons in the family closet, and these people crossed the street when they saw Devenney coming.

The resident of Greystone who felt most threatened y the teacher's unusual abilities was a very old man known as Methuselah, who had been killing people in the Greystones area for many years but who had always escaped detection because he made the murders look like accidents or death by natural causes.

But now all Oscar Devenney had to do was to look Methusalah in the eye and he would know exactly what the old man was, so the stage was set for a bloody confrontaion between the psychic and the serial killer.

The Famine in Templecrone Parish


ISBN 0-9637701-0-1

In 1845, Templecrone Parish, in northwest Donegal, was inhabited by a population that relied almost entirely on the potato as a sole source of nourishment.

The parish comprised more that 50,000 acres of bogs, lakes and boulder-strewn mountains, and its rugged coastline was defended by a string of islands that were heavily populated.

The parish suffered heavy casualties form hunger, disease, stress and inclement weather from 1845 to 1849, and beginning in 1850, many of the survivors fled to Canada and the United States, never to return.

In not for the aid provided by the Quakers, the British Association, the Belfast Ladies Association, the local clergy, and the resident landlord, Francis Dorster, there would have been few survivors.

During the famine years, the British Government provided no aid to Templecrone, even though its representative in Dublin were well aware of the tragedy taking place in the parish.



Author of :
  A Molly Maguire Story
Memories of Dungloe
Death in Templecrone 
The Last Days of Oscar Devenney
 Tunnel Tigers
 and Who Killed Franklin Gowen
Theater Critic and Book Editor for : The Jersey Journal(NJ) 1960-1975
Columnist: The Irish Echo (NY) 1965- 1995
Appeared In the Following Documentaries:
Two segments of Long Journey Home, the Irish in America. A Disney production. ( The Famine; the Molly Maguires.)
The Real Story of the Molly Maguires. The History Channel.
The Molly Maguires. The Discovery Channel.
The Molly Maguires. The BBC.
Appeared on numerous TV and radio shows.
A Molly Maguire Story was used as required reading in a course entitled The Irish American Experience.
Patrick Campbell was marketing communications manager for the World Trade Center until he retired in 1996, after a marketing career with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that lasted 35 years.
He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Masters Degree in English.
He was a Grand Marshall of the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Jim Thorpe, March 2000.
He owns an Internet Bookstore - P.H. Campbell - which specializes in first editions of books on Irish history, literature and folklore.
Campbell was born in Dungloe, Co Donegal, Ireland.  He lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his Donegal-born wife Eileen, who is a real estate executive with Coldwell Banker.  His daughter Nora, who is married to Joseph Fitzpatrick, lives in New York. She is an executive with the Federal Reserve Bank.


Mail/Phone Contact:

Patrick H. Campbell

82 Bentley Avenue

Jersey City, NJ  07304







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