Pottsville Republican of February 4, 1911


The sale of tickets for the concert to be given on the 21st and 22nd of February is now going on and a
large number were sold the first week.  There will be a good program of vocal and instrumental music and
recitations and a brief farce which will send you home roaring with laughter.  Dr. C. Lenker addressed the
High School on the subject of "Patriotism" on Monday morning.  For almost an hour the boys and girls
listened with rapt attention to the doctor's interesting war stories and discussion.  Some of the students
gathered material for essays from the talk.  On Friday he addressed the grammar grades.  A chart bearing
the names of contributors to the High School Library and the Library Fund has been hung up in the high

Pottsville Republican of February 7, 1911


Schuylkill Haven people will be called upon to vote on the proposition of whether they should borrow
$50,000 for the improvement of the water supply.  When we remember the great hardships which have
been endured by our neighboring town during the past several years we wonder if there can be any real
intelligent opposition to the move.  If the money was intended for the purchase of parks, a public building,
paved streets or even sewers, it could be readily understood where there would be the possibility of
serious objection but when it is on the question of giving the people water to drink, water with which to
wash and water with which to prepare their daily meals, the decision should be almost a unanimous one.
There are improvements which can be put off and improvements which are not real necessity but the water
question is not either of these.  Water we must have daily and frequently and unless it is pure, it
constitutes one of the greatest menaces of health which can surround us.  The Schuylkill Haven voters
know what they need, know what is best for them and they have undoubtedly given all these matters full
consideration.  If the water problem can be solved without the necessity of spending this vast sum of
money, if there is any way around it whereby plenty of good pure water can be furnished, then there is an
alternative but if this proposition of borrowing is the only way to get better water, then neither Schuylkill
Haven nor any other town should not stop at double that sum.  

Pottsville Republican of February 11, 1911


If the reports received from Schuylkill Haven are true, that town in spring will lose some of their most
influential citizens.  The reason for this is the insufficient supply of water in the higher section of the town
and at times in the lower parts.  It was stated on good authority that no less than a dozen families were
looking for houses in the lower sections of the town and if they were not obtainable that these families
would move to adjoining towns.  During the past week the residents of Schuylkill Haven have been without
water for two or three days at a time, while reservoirs in all sections of the county are practically filled.  A
local real estate merchant stated that several heads of families in Schuylkill Haven had asked him to
procure suitable homes for them.  They informed him of the water situation and stated that with a little
inconvenience they could go to and from their work by trolley and yet have the one necessity of life.


Tuesday next will be election day in at least one town in the county, when the citizens of Schuylkill Haven
vote upon the question of increasing the indebtedness of that borough for the purpose of securing an
adequate supply of water.  The ballots for the said special election were sent to the election officers in that
borough's four wards by the County Commissioners today and the returns will be made to the Prothonotary
on Wednesday next.  Although the election is a special one, all the formalities of a regular election day will
be observed and the drinking places in the town will be closed all day.
The proposed loan will be for the sum of $50,000, the present indebtedness of the borough being but
$24,800.  The proposed loan will constitute an increase of 4.77% of the assessed valuation of the town, and
providing the loan is authorized, as it will undoubtedly be, the bonds to be issued will be of the
denominations of $100 and $500 and will bear interest at the rate of five percent.
The present company are now negotiating a settlement of the case in which the borough has petitioned
the Attorney General to annul their charter for the reason that the company is not supplying an adequate
amount of water for the consumers of that borough.  The case is on the trial list for the March session but
under the terms of settlement now proposed the proceedings will be dropped if the company gives a
$20,000 bond to the borough guaranteeing that they will supply the borough consumers with ample water
for the ensuing five years.  In order to ensure the supply, however, the special election is being held with
a view of securing sufficient water if the company should not meet the demands of the borough.

Pottsville Republican of February 21, 1911


Charles W. Huy, postmaster of Schuylkill Haven, and a life long resident of that town died last night shortly
before ten o'clock from a complication of diseases.  Deceased was sick about one year.  He was born in
Schuylkill Haven on June 21st, 1856, and reared to manhood there.  He secured employment with the
Reading Company as a car repairer and later became car inspector stationed at Cressona.  On January 4th,
1904, he was appointed postmaster of Schuylkill Haven, which position he held up to the time of his death.  
In his capacity as postmaster he won the esteem and the friendship of the entire community by his
courteous treatment and his obliging manner.  On October 16th, 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss
Mary Raudenbush of Schuylkill Haven, who with the following brothers and sisters survive: John, George,
Isaac, Abraham and William Huy, Mrs. Robert Jones and Mrs. Mayberry, all of Schuylkill Haven.  Deceased
was also an ardent member of the Saint John's Reformed Church and was fraternally connected with the
Odd Fellows the P. O. S. of A. and the Nest of Owls.

Pottsville Republican of February 24, 1911


The high school concert and entertainment was very largely attended.  The room was crowded to its utmost
capacity each night, the receipts being far above what was anticipated.  The Truancy Committee will meet
next week.  Vice President Ziegenfus, of the Alumni Association of the High School, has called a meeting of
the Executive Committee of that association for the purpose of considering preparation for
commencement week.  Professor Frederick Rashland of new York City entertained the eighth grade and
high school pupils, together with the entire corps of teachers, on Monday afternoon with a recital of
"Evangeline" and several other selections.  Room Number One was crowded to its capacity and everyone
was held spellbound through the entire period consumed in the recital.  It was a treat to listen to the
perfect rendition by this expert of the beautiful story told by Longfellow.  The pupils and teachers showed
their appreciation of his efforts not only by giving him earnest attention, but by hearty applause at its
conclusion and also by a free will offering which surpassed even the professor's expectations.  Part of the
offering was returned to the school.

Pottsville Republican of February 25, 1911


The four auxiliary P. & R. car shops of the P. & R. Company at Schuylkill Haven that recently were destroyed
by fire, are now finally replaced by new and enlarged buildings, fully equipped with modern machinery and
it is only proper to say that the buildings were erected by William D. F. Dunkle and the men in his employ,
without any designs from any architect or any directions or suggestions from any of the P. & R. higher
officials. While it is now known that Mr. Runkle is a splendid designer and builder, it has long been known
that he raises some of the finest poultry breeds of Orpingtons in Schuylkill County.