Itâ€™s no surprise that Kane native Jim Sirianni became a high school history teacher.
The late Robert â€śChiefâ€ť Carson, a Kane teacher, heavily influenced Sirianni. And he listened to his tutor and has had a 36-year career as a history teacher at Kane Area High School.
â€śIâ€™ve always been interested in history,â€ť Sirianni said.
Sirianni not only teaches history. He has dug deep into the subjectâ€”especially on the local level.
His favorite local history research involves â€śthe story of the Kane wolvesâ€ť and Dr. Edward H. McCleery, who acquired a male wolf pup in 1920 and brought it to his residence at South Tionesta Avenue and Pine Street in Kane.
Through the efforts of McCleery, wolves flourished in Kaneâ€”first in the borough and later at a 25-acre site along Route 6 near the Wetmore Township-Hamlin Township line.
Placed in pens, the wolves became a major tourist attraction for many years.
Sirianni will tell â€śthe story of the Kane wolvesâ€ť at a program Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Kane Depot on South Fraley Street at the railroad tracks. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Sirianni said â€śnumerous peopleâ€ť have given him â€ślittle bits of informationâ€ť to enable him to piece together the â€śstoryâ€ť of the Kane wolves.