One hundred years ago, one of these
four views may have been how you
entered Schuylkill Haven.  Clockwise
from the upper left image is: the
trolley entering town from Pottsville
to the north , Center Avenue how it
would have appeared entering the
town in a horse and wagon, the
Pennsylvania Railroad station on
Haven Street and the Reading
Railroad station on Main Street.
Welcome to the Schuylkill Haven History Web Page.  This web page was created on January 1,
2007 due to my life long interest in the history of our town.  It is being presented with as much
accuracy as possible from the sources where the information is obtained.  The site is a work in
progress with changes and additions occurring regularly. Enjoy your visit and feel free to send
your comments and suggestions.  If you have pictures or information you would like to share,
contact me at:             richardjnagle@schuylkillhavenhistory.com
Richard J. Nagle - Site Creator and Administrator
The website consists of twenty different pages at the present time, each offering information within a
distinct topic.  Each page is in a different stage of progress and will be updated with new information and
images at varying paces.  Navigation on the site is done simply by clicking on any blue bar.
Schuylkill Haven History
Welcome to a view into the past....
Note: Click on each picture
here and on many throughout
the site and you will have a
larger view. Clicking on it
again to zoom in, may increase
clarity and expose greater
detail in the picture.
All rights reserved.
This website is dedicated to my wonderful wife,
Lynn M. Nagle, who will be forever missed.




March 27,1959 - September 17, 2006
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Thank you for your continued interest. On June 11, the
site logged it's 300,000th page view.
NOW OFFERING
As I have for ten years, I will continue to answer any questions or find information for readers for free as I can.
I am now offering my services to do genealogical research in Schuylkill County for reasonable and negotiable costs.
LAST UPDATED:  JUNE 28
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
WORLD WAR TWO PAGE: JUST ADDED IS THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THE STORY OF GUSTAV "FRED"
ANCHORSTAR, SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MAN CAPTURED DURING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND WHO DIED AT BERGA, A
NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP.  HIS TRAGIC TALE IS A MUST READ.
BUSINESSES PAGE :  NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING: BASEBALL STAR JAKE DAUBERT OPENS A COAL
WASHERY, EAGLE HOTEL HAS A NEW OWNER, D. D. COLDREN RETIRES AFTER 50 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS, GIPE'S
CHANGES MAIN STREET LOCATION AND MEL BAMFORD FINDS SOME EXPENSIVE DYES
CRIME PAGE:   A SERIES OF NEW ARTICLES FROM OVER A CENTURY AGO INCLUDING A BURGLARY SPREE IN 1890, A
BIGAMIST IN TOWN, A WOMAN SEEKS SHELTER AT THE ALMSHOUSE FROM A VIOLENT HUSBAND, TWO GIRLS FIGHT
OVER  A YOUNG MAN AND A DOCTOR'S WIFE TRIES TO FREE HIM FROM ARREST
YEARS GONE BY:  UPDATED FOR JUNE 1916 WITH A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM THE CALL
GIVING A NICE FLAVOR OF THE TOWN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 1968 AND 1969 BLUE AND GOLD YEARBOOKS JUST ADDED
HISTORY PAGE: GROUP OF ARTICLES FROM WORLD WAR ONE JUST ADDED INCLUDING HARRY KOENIG REPORTED
KILLED IN ACTION, CHARLES GEHRIG'S 18 TRANSATLANTIC TRIPS, LETTERS HOME FROM SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
SOLDIERS, LEON STERNER LOSES A LEG AND THE RED CROSS HARD AT WORK IN TOWN
RAILROAD PAGE:  NEW STORIES FROM THE NINETEENTH & EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY ON THE READING
INCLUDING WOMAN KILLED SAVING CHILDREN FROM CERTAIN DEATH, TRAIN HITS A WAGON NEAR TOWN, NEW SAFETY
DEVICE MAY PREVENT WRECKS, SCHUYLKILL HAVEN ENGINEER CHARGED AND ACQUITTED IN DEATH DURING WRECK,
MAN KILLED ON THE TRACKS AND AN ACCIDENT IN THE COAL YARDS
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES INCLUDING SCHUYLKILL HAVEN RIFLE CLUB ORGANIZES, BOWEN'S GROVE IS
ILLUMINATED, ALMSHOUSE IS QUARANTINED AND AN INMATE ESCAPES, OLD LANDMARKS UNCOVERED DURING
HOMEBUILDING AND AN AUTO RUNS AWAY ON BERNE STREET
PHOTO ALBUM: NEW PICTURES JUST ADDED INCLUDING A SET FROM D. C. GILHAM'S FAIRMOUNT APIARY, A SET OF
ELEMENTARY CLASSES FROM THE 1940S AND A SET OF THE YODER BUILDING ON MAIN STREET BEFORE ITS
DEMOLITION
TUMBLING RUN PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING: STEAM LAUNCH AND BOAT RENTAL HOUSE GOES OUT
OF BUSINESS, POTTSVILLE MAN FOUND DEAD IN LOWER DAM, FISH KILL DESTROYS TEN TONS OF FISH, READING
COMPANY BUYS FARMS TO CONSTRUCT THIRD DAM AND A FARMHOUSE BURNS TO THE GROUND
UNION CEMETERY PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING LIGHTNING DESTROYS THE TOOL SHED, A PLAN TO
BETTER CARE FOR GRAVES IS ESTABLISHED AND PLANS FOR THE MAUSOLEUM ARE SET.  A NEW SET OF PICTURES OF
INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT HEADSTONES ALSO ADDED.  BURIAL RECORDS UP TO 1996 ARE NOW ALSO AVAILABLE
UPON REQUEST
FIRES PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES INCLUDING JUDGE PERSHING HAS A PROBLEM WITH THE RAINBOW IN 1885, A TRAGIC
FIRE IN 1892, A WOOD SHOP ON CENTRE AVENUE BURNS AND A SHOE STORE IS SAVED. MULES BLOCK A FIRE TRUCK
NEEDED ON SCENE AND THE RAINBOW BOYS ARE SLIGHTED
SCHUYLKILL CANAL PAGE: NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING THE INTERESTING OBITUARY FOR LOCK
TENDER JOHN BOUSSUM, LOW WATER FROM DROUGHT IN 1841, A RIOT BY BOATMEN IN TOWN, A MOTHER AND CHILD
SAVED FROM DROWNING IN THE CANAL AND SHIPPING COAL ON THE CANAL GETS BUSIER
CIVIL WAR PAGE:  A NEW SET OF OBITUARIES OF VETERANS HAVE JUST BEEN ADDED INCLUDING ISAAC PHILLIPS,
MORGAN ALSPACH AND CHARLES WILLIAMS AND AN OLD COMPANY C VETERAN RETURNS TO TOWN IN 1909 WITH
TALES OF HIS EXPLOITS

NOW OVER 1600 PHOTOS AND OVER 2800 ARTICLES THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
CHECK EACH PAGE FOR BEST RESULTS
See individual pages for specific update