It’s no surprise that Kane native Jim Sirianni became a high school history teacher.
The late Robert “Chief” 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.
“I’ve always been interested in history,” Sirianni said.
Sirianni not only teaches history. He has dug deep into the subject—especially on the local level.
His favorite local history research involves “the story of the Kane wolves” 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 Kane—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 “the story of the Kane wolves” 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 “numerous people” have given him “little bits of information” to enable him to piece together the “story” of the Kane wolves.