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Matthew Bilbow (1883-1943)


Pittston friends of Matthew Bilbow, veteran employee of the Wilkes-Barre Railway Corporation and inspector on carrier routes in the Pittston territory for a number of years, were deeply grieved and severely shocked when apprised of his death, which occurred most unexpectedly at his home, 167 William street, at 10:30 o'clock last night. A heart attack was the cause.

Mr. Bilbow had been about his duties yesterday as usual, he spent some time at the foot of Broad street, where several of the Traction Company's carrier lines converge, and appeared to be in the best of health as he chatted with acquaintances. "Matt Bilbow" was as familiar a figure at the Water street intersection as the traffic officer, and it was generally agreed that the traction company could not have made a wiser choice for its contact man with the traveling public.

Deceased was born in Browntown section of Pittston Township. He was the son of the late Patrick and Sarah (Gilroy) Bilbow, early settlers in that section of the township. He entered the traction Company employ as a young man, and held various positions of trust. He was a member of Saint John the Evangelist Church.

Surviving are his widow, the former Mary Mangan, and these sons and daughters: James, Mrs. George Noone, Mary, Sarah and Jean M., the last named a registered nurse, all of Pittston. A brother, Michael Bilbow, of this city, and two sisters, Miss Fannie Bilbow, Pittston Township school teacher, and Mrs. Michael Keating, Pittston, also survive.

The funeral will be Monday morning at 9 o'clock from the family home. There will be a Requiem mass at 9:30 o'clock in Saint John's Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

   Pittston Gazette - March 12, 1943

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