|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of February 4, 1921
SQUEEZED BETWEEN CARS
Harry Keeley of Haven Street was squeezed between a wheel and a rafter guard of a heavy coal car when the jack slipped Thursday morning
at the Pennsylvania and Reading car shops. He is believed to have sustained internal injuries in addition to having an arm broken. Harvey
Krammes of Landingville had his hand crushes at the shops on Thursday morning also.
BUTCHER SHOP CLOSES
The batman Butcher Shop on Dock Street has been closed since last Friday and the supposition is that the proprietor, F. V. Batman, has
departed for parts unknown. Mr. Batman disposed of the goods at a private sale during the week. The stock in the store remains intact and
will no doubt be taken over by his creditors and the same offered for sale at Sheriff Sale. Mr. Batman's financial embarrassment is said to be
due to having extended credit too freely to some of his customers.
MISSING FROM HOME 11 WEEKS
Yesterday, Thursday, it was just eleven weeks since Paul Neyer left his home and town. Not a word or a trace of him has been heard or
found since he left and his parents are quite prostated with grief, feeling sure that he met with accident or committed suicide as was at first
stated when a pair of his shoes were found along the river to the rear of Main Street. Police fliers have been sent out and the State Police
have been investigating but not a clue of any kind has been picked up from any of the different cities.
SMOKE HOUSE BURNED DOWN
On Tuesday night about twelve o'clock, neighbors awakened the family of John Killian and informed them that their smoke house was on
fire. A quantity of meat had been put in the same in order to smoke overnight and in some way or other the shed caught fire. Before they
had the flames extinguished, the house had burned to the ground.
MANY ENJOYED THE COASTING
A hundred or more young folks as well as adults enjoyed the fine coasting on Main Street on Wednesday evening. The bricks were covered
with just a sufficient amount of snow packed solidly and some ice to make the sport enjoyable. Of course there was the ever present
danger of autos and trolleys but this seemed to make the sport all the more worthwhile. The sleds would start at the corner of Margaretta
and Main Streets and run to the railroad tracks. Coasting on Haven Street, on the Schuylkill Mountain and a number of other streets was
also enjoyed during the week. Even the fields of most any kind of an incline offered alluring inducements for coasting.
Possibly the best place in the town to coast was on the fields to the south of Union Street. Starting at a pont on the top of Fairmount, the
inclines, humps and depressions and ending on Union Street a short distance above the Doherty homestead, made the sport sort of exciting
and gave the coaster all the thrills he desired without the danger of collision with any traffic whatsoever. The youngsters certainly did enjoy
themselves at this point.
STORED 650 TONS OF ICE
Last week Charles Faust stored 650 tons of six to eight inch ice in the old Bittle ice house. The ice of course was cut from the Bittle Dam.
The building is only partially filled with ice, there being ten layers of ice with fifty cakes lengthwise and twenty one cakes crosswise to the
layer. A few more cold days will enable Mr. Faust to harvest another crop.
The Call of February 11, 1921
TENNIS CLUB WILL BUILD THIS SPRING
The Schuylkill Haven Tennis Club is looking forward to a pleasant season in 1921 which will be replete with more tennis matches here and
abroad than last year, when the championship title for the county was copped by them. It is planned to erect early in the spring on their
property in the South ward, a building which will be equipped with lockers and shower baths. It is probable another double court will be
added to the present brace of three double ones. New members will also be taken in, in large numbers.
LOCAL INDUSTRIAL SITUATION
The retrenchment policy of the railroad companies is beginning to be very seriously felt here, not only by reason of a number of shop men
being laid off but in the poor time being made by railroaders and a number of this class of workmen also having been put on the temporary
idle list. Last week thirty employees at the local car shops and forty three at the Saint Clair car shops of the Reading Railroad were laid off.
The cutters and packers at the Meck Knitting Mill have been working several nights a week in order to keep up with the large amount of
rush orders that have been received. The national Steel Rolling Mill resumed operations this week after a temporary shutdown. In order to
divide the work amongst the large number of employees, the day shift will put in three days a week and the night shift the same number of
LIBERTY STREET BRIDGE
At the borough council meeting this week, the matter of the petition of the Edgewood residents for a bridge over the railroad at Liberty
Street was brought up by President Lengle upon the solicitation of several residents. The Solicitor states he took up the matter with
Supervisor Adams but did not get any satisfaction. The solicitor was instructed to again take up the matter with this official.
SCHOOL BOARD NOTES
For Recess Games The principal took occasion to remark about the manner in which the children play. He stated the manner in which they
carried on and ran around the buildings was to his mind perfectly contemptible. There was no guidance of the teacher whatsoever. They
would simply chase one another about, yelling at the tops of their voices. The doctor stated far more benefit would be derived from the
recess hour if the teacher would simply have them play a little game or two. The pupils would find the innovation to their liking. There are
books published on this subject procurable at small cost which would be helpful along this line.
No Play Grounds The matter of play at recess brought several queries from the directors as to whether it was correct that the pupils from
the Haven Street building were not allowed a recess. The Professor stated that this was correct and had been the practice before he came
to town. Some of the directors seemed surprised and wondered why this was. The answer from the Superintendent was a simple one but
answered their questions to the "T." They have no place to play. This then brought up the question of providing a suitable playground for
the high school building and it is likely this will be undertaken in the spring.
To Study Home Geography The lack of knowledge of home geography was also dwelt upon and it was stated that more time is to be given to
the study of this subject. The pupils are to be taught more about the geography of their hometown and county and with this will be better
fitted to study the regular geography.
The Call of February 18, 1921
ARRESTED FOR STEALING STOVE
Paul Bensinger and Angelo Rossi were arrested on the charge of Dominick Bartille, of Caldwell Street, charged with having stolen a heating
stove from the premises of the latter. The boys plead guilty and were required to pay the costs, return the stove, and pay Dominick a day's
wages for the day he laid off from work in order to hunt the stove. The boys intended using the stove to heat their bungalow or clubhouse.
COAL TEAM RAN AWAY
The coal team of Harry Loy took fright at a passing engine while standing at the coal chutes near the Reading station and made a dash up the
driveway, up Dock Street and out Center Avenue. At the corner of Center Avenue and Dock Street they narrowly missed colliding with an
automobile. Continuing at a mad clip up the pike, they were forced to a sudden stop at the bridge near the trolley station at Connor by an
autoist by the name of Snyder who blocked their passage. The horses were uninjured. The one wheel of the wagon was somewhat
The Call of February 25, 1921
HORSE LOST MUCH BLOOD
While turning around on Broadway near Longo's Hotel, one day this week, one of the horses of William Buechley Jr. and Company, equipped
with a never slip shoe, stepped upon the foot of the other horse. The spur sank deep into the flesh and inflicted an ugly cut. The wound
bled profusely and by reason of it being impossible to procure a veterinarian promptly, the animal lost very much blood and it was thought
would die. It is expected, however, the horse will be able to be at work within a few days again.
SAINT JOHN STREET FAMILY IN NEED
The plight of a family by the name of William Leeser, of Saint John Street, was this week brought to our attention by neighbors who report
the family in want. The case was also reported to the Red Cross and it is understood that relief has been furnished by this organization.
However, the general public may wish to tender assistance. The family consists of the man and his wife, together with a nursing child and a
three year old child. The husband has been without work for some time. The neighbors for some time have been supplying both food,
clothing and coal, but the family was reluctant to accept until force of circumstances made it necessary.
MUST HAVE INCREASED SPACE AT POST OFFICE
The Post Office Department is now receiving proposals for the furnishing of suitable quarters for the Schuylkill Haven Post Office under a
lease of five to ten years. The floor space at the present post office totals 800 feet. The new proposals require floor space to the amount of
1200 feet. The proposals will be received up until March 15th and the occupancy of the building is to be from July 1, 1921. Other
qualifications are that the location is not very far from the business center of the town and within eighty rods of the railroad depot. Good
daylight must be furnished.