I don't know what you've learned since your original posting of August 30, 2000. Let me mention that of the KILKERsI keep track of I can find only two who have any association with Scranton. I have knowledge of a number of others in smaller towns in Lackawanna County, of which Scranton is the seat, but only two elderly ladies who both died in the city. If I were to speculate, I'd say that most of the Irish immigrants to that part of Pennsylvania did not have the skills for city living and settled in the smaller coal-mining communities. As wealth improved, or as health deteriorated, they may have moved to the big city.
The two persons I have associated (e.g. born, educated, lived, died, buried) with Scranton are:
Anna KILKER, born April 1892, in "Pennsylvania"; died December 15, 1970, in Scranton.
Lucille WALSH, born February 19, 1908, perhaps in Pensylvania; died October 15, 1980, in Scranton. (This may be a SSDI "average" date.) She was married to Joseph Thomas KILKER.
If you wish, I will provide the names of the smaller communities in Lackawanna County where I've found KILKERs.
I'd be interested in knowing about our family members; I have a Nate and a Nathan KILKER om my database.