The Pottsville Republican of August 2, 1909

The Schuylkill Haven Fire Department met as required under a recent ordinance passed  
by Council at Hotel Grand parlors one evening last week.  Daniel S. Byerly, representing
the Schuylkill Haven Hose Company, was chosen chairman of the meeting.  The following
committee was appointed on Rules and Regulations: Schuylkill Hose Company, W. J.
Saylor, F. J. Hesser; Rainbow Hose Company, Luke Fisher, Ed Maberry; Friendship Hook
and Ladder Company, George Gerhart, Charles Weiser; Liberty Hose Company, George
P. Saul, J. H. Filbert.  The following are the permanent officers of the department: Chief
Engineer Luke Fisher, First Assistant Frank J. Heim, Second Assistant Benjamin
Luckenbill, Third Assistant Samuel Bast.  The work of the department was outlined in a
number of speeches and many improvements in fire service are contemplated and will
be brought about.  A second meeting will be held this month when the Rules and
Regulations will be presented and acted upon and other business transacted.

The Pottsville Republican of August 4, 1909


A regular stated meeting of the Borough Council was held on Monday evening with the
following members present: Bubeck, McKeown, Meck, Mengle, Moore, Saul, Berger and
President Lautenbacher, Secretary Runkle, Solicitor Noecker.  Burgess Hartman and
Supervisor Becker were also present.  Supervisor Becker reported having laid
crossings on Columbia Saint Peter, Union, Dock and Liberty Streets, gutters on Centre
Turnpike, Columbia, High, Union, Main and Haven Streets and cleaned gutters on
Margaretta and High Streets and in rear of South Ward school building, filled in on High,
Main and Berne Streets, upper end of Berne Street is in bad shape and Supervisor
asked council to go in a body to view street.  Supervisor Werner of the Electric Light
Department reported having removed two poles entirely and renewed fourteen poles.  
John Dewald and C. N. Weber appeared to protest against change of grade on Schuylkill
Mountain Road.  They claimed their properties will be considerably damaged.  Mr.
McKeown reported the water Committee's inspection of the water situation is not
satisfactory.  He also asked if the use for farming of the borough's water property is not
worth the taxes.  
Solicitor Noecker, in reference to the proposed ordinance regulating the running of
automobiles through the borough, read the state law upon the subject, which makes the
maximum speed twenty four miles per hour and at dangerous places not to exceed
twelve miles an hour.  Local authorities are not allowed to make speed limits lower than
above.  Fines collected for violating speed limits go to the borough for road repairs.  
Attorney Gise made a few remarks upon the subject.  Secretary Paxson of the Board of
Health in a communication called attention to the unsanitary condition of the borough lot
in the South ward and the old canal bed south of Columbia Street.
President Lautenbacher severely scored the Board of Health for dereliction of duty and
stated that if he is backed by Council he will oust the entire board and appoint a new
one.  Mr. Keller reported the terrible condition of the Almshouse creek that is full of all
the filth that comes from the Almshouse.  Dr. Moore stated that Mr. Keller did not
overdraw the matter, the borough gets all of the diseases and filth from the almshouse.  
He could not see why a settling reservoir could not be built on the Almshouse property
to remove the filth from the stream before it gets to town.  The matter of an inadequate
and unhealthy water supply furnished by the local water company was brought up and
discussed by various members.  Mr. Keller moved that the Solicitor be instructed to
ascertain the best way in which to proceed against the Water Company.  Solicitor
Noecker said the same motion carried last year but a rain came along and the Solicitor
was called off.  He suggested that the best plan is that a committee be appointed and
authorized in conjunction with the Solicitor with power to act.  A motion was made and
unanimously passed.
President Lautenbacher complained on dereliction of duty on part of the Road
Committee in that the chairman had not given orders to the Supervisor, but had allowed
Supervisor to attend to the work on roads as he thinks best.  He thought every
committee should follow Council's instructions and do the duty or resign.  Mr. Meck,
chairman of the Road Committee, said he was willing to resign as the Supervisor was a
hard man to deal with.  Supervisor Becker took exception to being called stubborn and
he and Mr. Meck disposed the matter between them.  Mr. McKeown spoke for better
discipline and a more systematic way of doing business.  It was stated that a resolution
of Council required the Supervisor to employ all who asked for work.  If he had work to
do, Mr. BECKER stated many persons given employment laid down on the job because
the work was too hard and he employed the men who would do the work.  Mr. Meck
stated that all work ordered by Council had been done and done satisfactorily, what
more is wanted.  Dr. Moore suggested that the Road Committee meet every month.  A
defective fire plug at Saint Peter and Union Streets was directed to be placed in order.  

The Pottsville Republican of August 7, 1909


The State Police were summoned to George Moyer's farm near Schuylkill Haven this
morning to arrest trespassers on his premises.  They ordered the offending parties off
with the notice that they would be arrested if the offense was repeated.  Mr. Moyer's
farm is the first one south of Schuylkill Haven.  The trolley line passes through it and
through the field runs a good sized stream which is filled with fish.  He has for some
time been annoyed by men and boys who trespass on the property and refuse to get off
when ordered to do so , abusing him when he orders them away.  They have been
fishing with nets, killed his chickens and injured the other stock and have in many ways
made themselves a nuisance.  They committed beastly depredations about a well which
supplies water for all purposes on the farm and he claims that it has become such a
burden that he could no longer bear it.

The Pottsville Republican of August 12, 1909


Probably in no time in the history of Schuylkill Haven have the citizens of that town faced
a situation so serious as now confronts them regarding the water supply of their
borough.  In one of the windows in a certain business place on the Main Street are to be
found a half dozen bottles filled with water taken from the hydrants in different parts of
the town.  Sediment in some of the bottles has settled to a thickness of an inch or more.  
If this was all that was to be found in the water there would be little cause for complaint,
but several days ago one of the manufacturers of town had occasion to open his water
pipes and took from there parts of decayed fish and decayed vegetable matter.  This is a
sample of the water that the Schuylkill Haven Water Company is furnishing the citizens
to drink.  Nor are they supplying them with this microbacteria fluid in abundance.  
Residents living on the hills are completely without water from the regular mains.  They
are forced to carry it two and three squares from pumps and springs and then the
people on whose premises the wells or springs are located are complaining lest their
wells should run dry or their pumps be broken.  One well known citizen of that town
said, "Should a fire break out on the hill or the northern part of town, everything would
go."  His statement is no doubt true.  Complaint is constantly being heard from the
manufacturers and the proprietors of the bleach and dye works complain of poor water
or none at all.  Five years ago the attention of the general manager of the company was
called to the fact that the town was growing and the water supply was insufficient to
meet the demands.  Little or no attention was paid to the warning until about two years
ago when some of the officials came up from Philadelphia, drove around the
surrounding country, had a big dinner at one of the hotels, then went home ion the
evening and made a statement that arrangement had been completed whereby the
citizens of Schuylkill Haven would have an abundant supply of water for many years to
During last fall when the rainy season was on they started to drill wells.  After the one
was completed the statement was made that this one well would supply many hundred
gallons per minute and no further trouble was anticipated.  So well pleased were the
officials with this well that they decided to sink the second and third, costing in all nearly
$10,000.  The results of these wells are a dismal failure and none realize it more fully
then do the officials of the Water Company.  The Town Council passed recommendations
to spring suit against  the company.  The officials hurriedly came up from Philadelphia
and stated they were casting about for another source of supply, the same statement
made years ago but they did not think it would be available this year.  The Water
Company does not want a suit at law.  If such was to happen, prominent residents state
the true state of affairs might be made plain.  They intimate that the production of the
gas plant must pay for the running of both itself and water plants and all other
expenses.  They contend that the money taken in from water rents should be used for
improvements to build a larger reservoir or another dam where an adequate supply can
be obtained.  They further charge that in the memory of the oldest stockholder, no
statement has ever been issued  showing the receipts and expenditures of the
company; that the stockholder receives his insignificant dividend every once and a
while but he does not know whether he should receive more or less because no
statements were issued.


Chief Burgess Hartman of Schuylkill Haven is determined to rid that town of
drunkenness, profanity, etc., and acting on those lines he, on Wednesday, arrested
former Prothonotary of Schuylkill County, James R. Deegan, who is now an inmate at the
almshouse, and Squire Moyer fined Deegan three dollars and costs, a total of $9.49.  
Deegan did not have enough money and the squire made out the papers, committing
him to prison when friends interceded.  On the same charge, William G. Fox, a former
saloon keeper of Schuylkill Haven was arrested by the Burgess.  He was given a hearing
before Justice Moyer.  He paid a fine of five dollars and costs which amounted to more
then six dollars in order to save himself from going to prison.  


Late yesterday afternoon the stable of Joseph Meyers, situated in the center of the town
and within several feet of Saint Matthew's Lutheran and Saint John's Reformed
Churches was discovered to be on fire.  An alarm was immediately sounded, the
Schuylkill Hose Company responding.  Had it not been for the heroic work of the bucket
brigade, the whole structure together with the adjoining properties would have been
destroyed as the pressure for the hose would not throw a stream three feet long.  The
fire is supposed to have been started by hot ashes being thrown against the building.  
The damage will amount to about twenty five dollars.


J. H. Bast, the enterprising underwear manufacturer of Schuylkill Haven is having built
to his mill an additional three story building.  When completed, Mr. Bast will have one of
the largest underwear mills in Schuylkill Haven.  Several months ago he just completed
the building of a bleach and dye works, which is a model in itself.  Mr. Bast is one of
Schuylkill Haven's most progressive citizens and takes a great interest in the welfare of
his home town.

The Pottsville Republican of August 19, 1909

For loafing on the public highway in violation of a borough ordinance, Homer Kline and
Mabel Kantner were arrested Thursday night by Chief of Police Butz and arraigned
before Squire Moyer.  Mabel paid her fine and went free but Homer refused to pay and
was sent to jail.  One night in the jug was enough for Kline and on Friday the kind
hearted warden complied with his entreaties and communicated with Kline's relatives
here who paid his fine and secured his release.

The Pottsville Republican of August 16, 1909


If the people of Schuylkill Haven would only go to the trouble to investigate their water
supply instead of growling and finding fault and asking the newspaper people to fight
their battles, they would see a sight that would simply astound them.  One of the citizens
of that town who made an investigation last week says that the Payne Dam through
which the water is now being pumped for Cressona and Schuylkill Haven, is nothing
more than a disease breeding mud hole and that there is not enough water supply there
to extinguish a good sized bonfire and he says extraordinary proceedings should at
once be instituted against the Water Company to compel them to give their patrons a
sufficient and proper supply.  It is suggested that the attention of the State Water
Commission be called to the terrible condition affecting Schuylkill Haven and Cressona
which would undoubtedly result in stringent methods being used to compel the Water
Company to live up to its duties.  The gentleman who inspected the water supply says
that in the event of a heavy rain the present mud puddle will be increased to a medium
sized pond and that this supply will simply be the surplus drainage of the barnyards,
whereby disease will be spread.  Cressona and Schuylkill Haven certainly are in a bad
position as far as their water supply is concerned and the men who are responsible for
this state of affairs, to say the least should be ashamed of themselves.

The Pottsville Republican of August 17, 1909


Principal Heckert is spending a week with relatives in Dauphin and Northumberland
Counties.  He will be home on the 30th of this month.  Professor Ralph W. Ziegenfus, the
assistant in the high school the past two years and who continues in that position, will
be in splendid physical condition for a good year's work because of his open air
activities on the Schuylkill Mountain.  Parents, do not forget to secure those vaccination
certificates and send them to the teacher when your child starts to school.  Children
going to our schools for the first time this year must secure a permit from the secretary
of the board and present it to the teacher.  Mr. Robert J. Hoffman, the secretary, will be
in his office at his home on Saint Peter Street every evening next week from six to eight
to issue such permits.  
Parents, make up your minds now to send your unemployed children of school age to
school from the day school starts or you will have the truant officer at your house the
first week.  Let it be understood that the compulsory attendance law is going to be
carried out more strictly this year then ever before.  All children who are six years of age
now or will be before January can start to school at the beginning of the term.  On
Wednesday of next week, August 25th, special examinations will be held in Room
Number One at eight in the morning for those who failed in May and have studied during
the summer and such who have taken up special work.

The Pottsville Republican of August 25, 1909

The big new tubular boiler that replaced the nest of old fashioned boilers at the Berger
Knitting Mill is nearly completed and will be fixed up this week.  This one immense boiler
is expected to not only do the work of the three old ones but is expected to produce
more steam and a greater horsepower to provide for the rapidly growing needs of this
big mill.

The Schuylkill Hose Company boys have a grievance. At the Meyer stable fire recently
some enthusiastic would be fireman kicked in the door of the hose house to get the
hose carriage out and when he got hold of the apparatus could not manage it alone and
had to wait for assistance.  The very next man to arrive was a member of the company
who had a key, could have opened the door without damage and would have saved the
company a bill for repairs.  The firemen are always grateful for assistance but think their
helpers should exercise a little judgment.

The Pottsville Republican of August 25, 1909

Elmer Shollenberger and Raymond Staller, of town, and Jack Williams, of Minersville, got
into a scrap at the skating rink the other night.  Manager Naffin phoned for Burgess
Hartman who with Chief of Police Butz appeared promptly on the scene, arrested the trio
and held them before Squire Moyer, who imposed fines and costs which the boys paid,
thus securing their release.

The Lautenbacher candy factory is in shape again for work after extensive additions and
improvements and will start up full handed as soon as the weather is cool enough to
allow the profitable handling of the materials.  The Lautenbacher candy factory is only a
little over one year old but it has proven such a success that it has been enlarged in
that brief space of time to ten times its original size and capacity.

The Liberty Hose Company are putting the finishing touches to their handsome new
hose house on Columbia Street and will have everything completed before the close of
the week.  They have arranged to have the hose house open all day on Saturday and
extend a cordial invitation to the public to inspect the new edifice.  The Liberty boys
have a first class hose carriage and fire fighting paraphernalia and are well equipped to
give fire protection to the South Ward of town.  The public has contributed liberally
toward this company, the recent festival netted over $200 and the company's finances
are in good shape.

The Pottsville Republican of August 26, 1909


Attorney G. M. Rhoads this afternoon filed a bill in equity restraining the Board of
Commissioners from selling the plant of the Schuylkill Haven Gas and Water Company
for unpaid taxes, as advertised for the public sale next Monday.  The Gas Company is a
corporation doing business in Schuylkill Haven.  The records show that in 1902 and 1903
it was assessed with a sixty foot lot on Broadway which with the buildings thereon was
assessed at $1060.  The assessed taxes were not paid and the ground, etc. were
returned to the Commissioners and sold to the County Treasurer on June 13, 1904, to
the county.  Now the lot and buildings are advertised for sale on August 30th in
accordance with the law in such matters.  The complainant company however, contends
that an annual tax has been paid the state upon the capital stock of the corporation and
the lot and building are included in this assessment.  On this account the officers
maintain that they possess the right of eminent domain and are not subject to local
taxation upon real estate.  Should this be the case, the return to the Commissioners,
would of course be nullified.  The bill calls upon the Commissioners to enter appearance
within fifteen days but Judge Shay granted a preliminary injunction restraining the sale
from being made and has fixed Monday next at ten o'clock for the hearing on the same.

The Pottsville Republican of August 27, 1909


M. H. Detweiler, a butcher in Schuylkill Haven, was awakened about two o'clock this
morning by smoke which filled his room.  Hastening downstairs he found a six foot
square burned out of his dining room, which is supposed to have caught from an old
open fireplace, with no flue connection for the past six months.  Spontaneous
combustion is the only possible cause of the place taking fire.  An effort was made to get
water but it was found that there was no water to be had, only from a large tub in the
slaughter house.  This was used and the fire was gotten under control, which at times
threatened much damage owing to the extreme shortage of water.