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 October 10,
the site logged it's 345,000th page view.
LAST UPDATED:  OCTOBER 19
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
HISTORY PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES ADDED IN THE "MUNICIPAL" SECTION INCLUDING WORK BEGINS ON THE NEW
INSANE ASYLUM IN 1911, REMOVAL OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS CONSIDERED  IN 1930 AND THE UNEMPLOYED REGISTER WITH
THE POLICE AND AN ASYLUM DOCTOR ATTACKED IN 1931 AND SCHUYLKILL MOUNTAIN ROAD REPAIRED IN 1940. IN THE
"GREAT WAR" SECTION, A NEW LEGION HOME IS PLANNED
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE: NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING 1930 SEES THE INAUGURAL FOOTBALL GAME AT
ROTARY FIELD AND THE COMPLETION OF THE SOUTH WARD ADDITION, THE OLD WEATHER VANE FROM THE ORIGINAL
HIGH STREET SCHOOL IS RELOCATED AND IN 1935 A WPA PROJECT FENCES IN ROTARY FIELD
YEARS GONE BY:  UPDATED FOR SEPTEMBER 1917 WITH A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM THE
CALL GIVING A NICE FLAVOR OF THE TOWN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
CRIME PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED FROM A CENTURY AGO INCLUDING: LIVESTOCK USED AS TARGET PRACTICE,
GYPSY PICKPOCKETS, THREE ESCAPE FROM ALMSHOUSE ASYLUM, ALMSHOUSE POTATO FIELDS ARE PILFERED AND
SEVERAL BURGLARIES OCCUR IN TOWN
BUSINESSES PAGE :  NEW ARTICLES FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE DEPRESSION ADDED INCLUDING: STINE'S
OPENS A SODA GARDEN, MICHEL'S INSTALLS THE TOWN'S FIRST NEON SIGN, COOPER'S CELEBRATES THEIR 18TH
ANNIVERSARY, A NEW BATTERY SHOP OPENS, A LARGE TOWN WIDE MERCHANTS SALE IS HELD AND A CONFLICT
ERUPTS AT WILLOW LAKE OVER ACCESS TO THE LAKE
RAILROAD PAGE:  JUST ADDED IS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF THE HISTORY OF THE READING RAILROAD CAR
SHOPS IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AS WRITTEN BY ISAAC PAXSON, LONG TIME EMPLOYEE, IN THE NOVEMBER 1905
EDITIONS OF THE CALL
FIRES PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES ON FIRES  FROM THE EARLY THIRTIES INCLUDING A CONFUSING FALSE ALARM,
SEVERAL FIRES ON THE EDGES OF TOWN, A FIRE AT THE OLD BITTLE HOMESTEAD AND A BOY CONFESSES TO
ACCIDENTALLY SETTING HIS HOME ON FIRE
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES INCLUDING: 1930 SEES RESIDENTS TRYING "SELF DENTISTRY" AND PROBLEMS
WITH "NECKERS" IN BOWEN'S GROVE, CONCERNS WITH DISEASE IN TOWN IN 1927 AND A MAN IS SAVED FROM
DROWNING IN THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER IN 1935
PHOTO ALBUM: NEW PICTURES JUST ADDED INCLUDING IMAGES OF THE READING RAILROAD IN LANDINGVILLE AND
THE SCHUYLKILL HAVEN JETS, A GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM FROM THE LATE 40's AND EARLY 50's
TUMBLING RUN PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING: THE RUN CLOSES IN 1912 WITH THE POSSIBILITY
OF NEVER REOPENING, A FIFTY MAN BRAWL TAKES PLACE THERE IN 1915, STATE TROOPERS SEEK FUGITIVES IN THE
VALLEY IN 1916 AND IN 1917, 500 BATHERS DEFY THE LAW AND SWIM IN TUMBLING RUN
CIVIL WAR PAGE:  NEW OBITUARIES OF VETERANS LEWIS NOECKER, THOMAS LUCKENS, LIVINGSTON SAYLOR AND
ADAM LLOYD JUST ADDED TO THE PAGE
WORLD WAR TWO PAGE: JUST ADDED IS THE FOURTH AND FINAL 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.
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
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

NOW OVER 1800 PHOTOS AND OVER 3200 ARTICLES THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
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