|YEARS GONE BY
|Pottsville Republican of February 4, 1908
A regular stated meeting of town council was held Monday evening with the following members
present: Bubeck, Caffrey, Heim, Lautenbacher, McKeone, Meck, Rooney, Runkle, Schumacher,
Thomas, Sterner and President Lessig. Chief Burgess Baker reported having served various
notices upon persons for dumping ashes. Bills were presented by the Schuylkill Haven Gas and
Water Company for the setting of a fire plug on Haven Street and the resetting of a plug on Garfield
Avenue. Mr. Lautenbacher, chairman of the special committee, submitted the reports and drafts of
Engineer Butz on the proposed streets at the Episcopal Church. Mr. Lautenbacher advocated the
making of all of the improvements that the borough finances will stand. Solicitor Noecker, on behalf
of the Ordinance Committee, stated that the street at Saint Ambrose Church, including cost of
property, would cost nearly $3300 and the Episcopal Church street including cost of property about
$3800. In view of these facts and the low condition of the borough finances, the committee did not
feel warranted in drawing up the ordinances for these streets until all the facts were made known
to council. Mr. Noecker showed the borough debt at $16500 and the borrowing capacity at $19000.
On motion of Mr. Thomas the committee on new streets was continued and the secretary was
directed to carefully preserve the various drawings and reports on the subject. Mr. Lautenbacher
advocated the submitting of a vote of the people the proposition to create a bonded indebtedness
of eight to ten thousand dollars to build these streets. He also advocated a revision of the tax
assessments of the town and guaranteed that the borough would have plenty of money. He
believed there was no town in the state where the taxation is so unequal. Mr. Schumacher
believes the borough would make a mistake in building two streets and thought one street would
be enough. Mr. Schumacher reports that surface water floods Frank Runkle's pavement on Union
Street. Much of the water comes from the Bryant property. It was referred to the Road Committee.
Mr. Schumacher suggested that council hereafter hold its meetings in a larger room and extend an
invitation to the public to attend. He knew of a room four times the size which council can rent for
the same price as the present council chamber. He made a motion to that effect, which was
seconded by Mr. Bubeck but the motion was lost. Chief Burgess Baker reported that the trolley
road was in bad shape on Liberty Street and also in Spring Garden.
Pottsville Republican of February 8, 1908
The cold snap caused considerable inconvenience, quite a number of freeze ups resulting here,
keeping the plumbers busy. The most serious freeze up was the supply pipe at Baker Brothers and
Company's Knitting Mill, resulting in the shutting down of the mill. At the new residence of Louis
Kershner, the supply pipe also froze, the family had to secure water from their neighbors and had to
have the water back removed from their kitchen range to avert the danger of an explosion.
Contractor Fertig, working on the new houses on the Aldrich and Paxson tract had to discontinue all
outside work for several days and Contractor Speacht, doing the excavating for additional houses
on the same tract, had to stop work entirely. One of the pranks played by the recent cold snap was
the freezing of one of the gas mains of the Schuylkill Haven Gas and Water Company, resulting in
the supply of gas in certain parts of town suddenly going down to the point where it appeared as if
the lights were about to go out. Manager Aldrich's ever alert force of men so promptly remedied
the difficulty that the light merely flickered and flashed then again to its full brilliancy as quickly as it
had come down. The town now has the best gas lighting service in the history of the local company.
The KKK enjoyed a sleigh ride to Pine Grove and a turkey supper at one of that town's leading
hostels there. Those who attended were Clyde Aldrich, harry Burkert, Samuel Deibert, Eugene
Gipe, Dilham Gilham, Ivan Lautenbacher, Harold Lenker, George Keller, Edgar Leininger, Esmond
Moyer, Floyd Mattern, Leon Nice, Roland Snyder, Harold Schoener and Edgar Palsgrove.
Pottsville Republican of February 15, 1908
FLOOD AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The River rose Five Feet at Schuylkill Haven and Caused Great Damage
The water coming down Long Run Valley flooded Bittle's Dam and washed over the lower part of
Berne Street, doing considerable damage to the street and adjoining property. From the
Almshouse field and the upper part of Main Street, the water came down in such volumes over the
property of Aldrich and Paxson, that it did considerable damage to some of the houses which they
are building on Paxson Avenue just off Haven Street. The water at one time rose so high that it
washed over Haven Street and onto the lot owned by Mrs. Bryant. It then crossed Mrs. Bryant's lot
to the rear of the lots owned by the Mr. Williams estate, which fronts on Dock Street, doing
considerable damage to that property. The Pottsville Union Traction Company experienced the
worst part of the winter because of the warm rain. High water was encountered on all branches.
|Pottsville Republican of February 11, 1933
A most important meeting of the spirited tax payers of Schuylkill Haven will be held Monday evening
at eight o’clock in the Schuylkill Hose Company’s meeting room, for the purpose of organizing a tax
payers association to represent the property owners of that borough. The purpose of the
organizations is to band together the individual citizens of the town together and work out a plan
whereby they can go to the county commissioners when the triennial assessments are made in 1936
and ask for a reduction in the assessed valuation of their properties.
It is the continuation of those that are heading the movement that back in 1922 the county
commissioners revalued and reassessed all properties at a much higher value that had been set prior
to that time. The aftermath was the banding together of the coal companies of the county into one
unit, for the sole purpose of protesting against the raised assessment.
The protest of the coal companies was carried into the courts after the commissioners refused to
grant their request. The court battle that followed is now history, with the companies winning the
victory in the state court and their lands were not raised to a higher value. However, there was a
joker in it, as all individual property owners who were without an organization had to pay their taxes
on the new assessment rate.
It has been rumored over the county that when the next triennial assessment is made that the coal
companies will appear before the commissioners and ask that the value of the coal lands be reduced
anywhere from twenty to fifty per cent of their present reduction. The individual property owners of
Schuylkill Haven foreseeing the value of such an organization have decided that it was not too early
now to formulate a plan and put it to work in the new organization.
Similar organizations such as will be formed in Schuylkill Haven Monday night have been working in
Rush and Union Townships together with McAdoo and New Philadelphia. It is reported that within the
next two months that organizations of the same type will be formed in Cressona, Orwigsburg, Pine
Grove, Auburn, and Minersville together with several other counties.
Pottsville Republican of February 14, 1933
The final drive for clothing of the winter which was scheduled for last night was postponed because
of the impossible condition of back streets due to the snow. It will be put on Wednesday evening of
this week. Persons are asked to keep their packages of clothing in readiness and those who have
not made a search for garments they can spare are urged to do so. The need for warm clothing is
great. Some of the folks who have given much time to this work are of the opinion that aid on the
work should be given by church organizations.
Pottsville Republican of February 25, 1933
Sch. Haven Man Found Dead At Home
Charles Cliff, 72, of Union St., Schuylkill Haven, who was reported missing the forepart of the week,
was found dead in bed at his home where he lived alone, at 11:00 o’clock Saturday morning. After a
search of several days, during which the Cliff residence was visited on several occasions, and no
response received, Mrs. Frank Rosenberger, a niece to the deceased man, summoned Chief of Police
Deibert, of Schuylkill Haven, this morning to gain entrance to the home. Upon entering, Mr. Cliff was
found dead. Dr. R.C. Lenker of Schuylkill Haven, deputy coroner was immediately summoned by Chief
Deibler. After an examination by Dr. Lenker, it was learned the man had been dead for several days.
Dr. Lenker stated death was the result of natural causes. Mr. Cliff had been in perfect health. He was
seen daily on the thoroughfares of Schuylkill Haven. Since the death of his wife, which occurred last
December was a life long resident of the borough. For a number of years he was employed as a
railroader. Later he worked in several garment mills. No funeral arrangements have been made.
Undertaker Confehr and Bittle, of Schuylkill Haven, are in charge.