|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: email@example.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.
|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.
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|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 January 10,
the site logged it's 390,000th page view.
|LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 15
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
RAILROADS PAGE: JUST ADDED IS THE FOURTEENTH INSTALLMENT OF THE HISTORY OF THE READING RAILROAD
CAR SHOPS IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AS WRITTEN BY ISAAC PAXSON, LONG TIME EMPLOYEE, IN THE LATER 1905 EDITIONS
OF THE CALL
HISTORY PAGE: NEW STORIES IN THE "MUNICIPAL" SECTION JUST ADDED INCLUDING: WATER TANK ERECTED AT
THE LIGHT PLANT IN 1933 AND IN THE FIFTIES, SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S FIRST POLICEWOMEN SWORN IN, STATE POLICE
LEAVE TOWN, THE ARMORY BUILDING PROCESS IS STARTED AND THE BOY SCOUTS ENHANCE THEIR PARKWAY
MEMORIAL. TWO PICTURES OF THE EVENTS ARE ALSO ADDED.
FIRES PAGE: A SERIES OF NEW ARTICLES FROM THE FIFTIES ADDED INCLUDING: A NEAR TRAGEDY AT
BROMMERSTOWN, FOREST FIRE AT THE INDIAN HEAD AND QUICK RESPONSES PREVENT DISASTER AT THE CASKET
COMPANY, UNION KNITTING MILL AND THE ELECTRIC SUBSTATION PLUS OTHER SMALL INCIDENTS
YEARS GONE BY: UPDATED FOR DECEMBER 1918 AND DECEMBER 1893 WITH A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING
ARTICLES FROM THE CALL GIVING A NICE FLAVOR OF THE TOWN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
PHOTO ALBUM: NEW PHOTOS OF PAUL NAFFIN'S ROLLER RINK AND PHOTOS OF ITS RUIN AFTER THE 1919 FIRE.
ALSO ADDED ARE A SET OF PICTURES FROM THE SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TENNIS COURTS A CENTURY AGO.
ALL ARE FROM THE LEE BECKER COLLECTION
BUSINESSES PAGE : NEW ARTICLES FROM 1954 and 1955 ADDED INCLUDING: THE CALL STARTS AND OPENS THEIR
NEW BUILDING, GORDON REED BEGINS ERECTING PREFAB HOMES, FAREL BECKER OPENS A NEW DEALERSHIP,
MICHEL'S PASSES ON TO THE LAST GENERATION AND BELL TELEPHONE BEGINS PLANS FOR A NEW BUILDING
CRIME PAGE: A NEW SERIES OF ARTICLES HAS JUST BEEN ADDED DOCUMENTING SOME MINOR CRIMES IN THE
NINETEEN FIFTIES IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
TUMBLING RUN PAGE: JUST ADDED ARE A SET OF MAPS OF THE TUMBLING RUN RESORT DURING ITS PEAK WITH
A DETAILED LOOK AT THE LOCATIONS OF ALL THE BUILDINGS. ANOTHER GROUPING OF NEW IMAGES OF THE RESORT
HAS ALSO JUST BEEN ADDED.
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES INCLUDING: COLDREN KNIT MAKES THE PRESIDENT'S WIFE A DRESS IN 1927,
HAVEN MEN TO GROW CITRUS TREES, A "CALL" AD HELPS A FARMER AND A "LOST" WOMAN IS FOUND IN 1932 AND 1933
SEES A CANAL RELIC FOUND AND TWO HAVEN BOYS HITCHHIKE TO THE CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING A DISEASE ISSUE IN THE SCHOOLS IN 1927, PICKPOCKETS
AT THE 1932 COMMENCEMENT, PLANS FOR A SWIMMING POOL WITHIN THE CONFINES OF ROTARY FIELD AND A FESTIVAL
TO RAISE MONEY FOR IT
THE GREAT WAR: ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDE: HAVEN BOY DETERMINED TO GET TO BERLIN AND THE RED
CROSS HOLDS A RALLY IN 1918 AND IN 1919 A HAVEN MAN SERVES IN THE FRENCH ARMY AFTER THE WAR AND THE
BODIES OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BOYS KILLED IN THE WAR TO BE BROUGHT HOME
WORLD WAR TWO PAGE: JUST ADDED ARE A SERIES OF PHOTOS FROM A VISIT TO NETHERLANDS AMERICAN
CEMETERY IN OCTOBER 2017 WITH MY SON AND A RETURN VISIT TO THAT CEMETERY, THE ARDENNES AMERICAN
CEMETERY AND THE HENRI-CHAPELLE CEMETERY, BOTH IN BELGIUM, WITH MY WIFE THIS YEAR. EACH IS THE FINAL
RESTING PLACE OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MEN KILLED IN WORLD WAR TWO
CIVIL WAR PAGE: NEW OBITUARIES OF VETERANS LEWIS NOECKER, THOMAS LUCKENS, LIVINGSTON SAYLOR AND
ADAM LLOYD JUST ADDED TO THE PAGE
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
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 2000 PHOTOS AND OVER 3600 ARTICLES THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
CHECK EACH PAGE FOR BEST RESULTS
See individual pages for specific update