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|Pottsville Republican of January 4, 1910
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
The regular meeting of Town Council was held Monday evening. Mr. Keller, acting
President in Mr. Lautenbacher's absence. The following members were present:
Bubeck, Caffrey, Moore, McKeon, Saul, Rooney, Umbenhower, Mengle, Secretary
Runkle, Solicitor Noecker, Electrician Warner and Supervisor Becker. Superintendent
Warner stated that the fuses had been burned out at Reed and Leininger's factory by
changing the switch at the plant and that firm asked him to replace them at the
borough's expense. On motion of Mr. Saul, the amount is to be deducted from the next
E. L. Thomas and I. B. Heim, a committee representing property owners on Saint John
Street from Main to Union Streets, presented a petition to Town Council for the paving
of that square of street. The petition was sworn to before Squire C. A. Moyer and
contained signatures of more than two thirds of property owners on that square.
Burgess Hartman presented his report showing nine notices served and seven
permits issued and receipts from them. He also made four arrests. The Burgess
suggested that the borough erect its own council chamber, lockup and tool room for
the supervisor. He suggested as the location the end of saint John Street between the
bank and Saylor's store. The estimated cost is $2000 and rentals now paid will more
than pay the interest.
Pottsville Republican of January 7, 1910
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
The School Board met in regular monthly session on Monday evening. President
Jones being absent, Director Frank Brown was made chairman. The county
superintendent's report on the local teacher's attendance at the county institute and of
the director's attendance was read. The teachers were credited with full time.
Teachers are to keep a record for one month of the requests from parents to have
their children come home before a session is over. This is with a view to curb the
practice. The school will send letters to those minors under sixteen who are working
without the new certificate and urge them to secure the new one. At the
recommendation of the county superintendent, two Friedensburg boys, Heffner and
Krecker by name, were admitted to our high school provided their school district pays
the full tuition as adopted last June. The board directed that only one session be held
on very stormy days, the school to dismiss at one o'clock. Teachers are directed to
observe Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays with suitable patriotic exercises.
The principal asked the board to permit several sets of lantern slides to be gotten from
the state department to illustrate various lines of school work. The state department
grants free use of them only that one dollar be paid to cover transportation. The
request was refused on the ground that they would divert the pupil's minds too much
from regular school work. The piano was ordered tuned. Director Crevan again
directed attention to his house on Caldwell Street and he would like it to be cut into the
district. He was referred to the solicitor.
Children becoming six years old before next May are permitted to start school this
month, but must do so during the first two weeks, after which they will not be admitted.
Vaccination certificates and permits from the secretary of the School Board must be
presented to the teacher of first grade for the ward in which the child resides. The
schools opened after a two week vacation.
Pottsville Republican of January 8, 1910
COASTING STOPPED ON A NUMBER OF BOROUGH STREETS BY BURGESS
Owing to the complaints of citizens, Chief Burgess Hartman was compelled to stop
coasting on a number of our streets. The Burgess informed the coasters that they
made so much noise that they became a nuisance. He would not have stopped them if
complaints had not been made.
Deputy Coroner Dr. L. D. Heim and the following jury inquired into the death of Charles
F. Heisler, who was found fatally injured on the P. & R. Railroad at the stone bridge: E.
B. Pflueger, G. I. Bensinger, Charles Roeder, F. D. Starr, Daniel Hill and Edward Burns.
After hearing the testimony of a number of witnesses, the following verdict was
reached: That deceased met his death from injuries accidentally received, all parties
being exonerated from blame and recommending that the P. & R. Company maintain a
stretcher and blankets at the Schuylkill Haven depot or "J" office for use in accidents
similar to this. In this case a trip was made to the Mine Hill crossing for a stretcher
during which time the injured man was lying in the snow.
Pottsville Republican of January 12, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AFTER A BIG INDUSTRY
The Manufacturer's association of Schuylkill Haven has lines out for the big steel
plants of Lebanon County which are desirous of consolidating and coming to the coal
regions if a suitable location is secured. The "Republican" several weeks ago told at
length of the proposition of these companies and suggested that Pottsville and the
surrounding towns get busy in an effort to land them. The Schuylkill Haven association
has communicated with the firms in question and feels very sanguine of landing the
industry for that place. There is a wealth of suitable ground in that vicinity which is
believed can be easily secured and which will be conveniently located to either or both
railroads. From twenty to thirty acres is desired by the concern. The three companies
which intend to consolidate are M. H. Treadwell and Company, and Lebanon Steel
casting Company, both of Lebanon and the Stoever Foundry and Manufacturing
Company of Myerstown.
Pottsville Republican of January 19, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN GIRL CAUGHT WITH NEGROES
Several days ago, Mrs. Montgomery of Schuylkill Haven, sent a letter to the Chief of
Police in Reading asking him to be on the lookout for her daughter, Tharma Morlock,
aged eighteen years, who had disappeared from her home and who the mother
expected had gone to Reading. Detective Miller of Reading was put on th case and
about five o'clock yesterday afternoon located the girl at 51 Lemon Street, a house
occupied by Negroes. The girl, who is white and of prepossessing appearance, told
police she had been at the Lemon Street house since last Saturday. She was locked up
at police headquarters and her mother notified, who went to reading this morning and
will bring the girl along home with her this evening.
Pottsville Republican of January 19, 1910
POTTSVILLE BOYS IN TROUBLE
Five young Pottsville men will be given a hearing before Squire C. A. Moyer of
Schuylkill Haven this evening at seven o'clock on the charge of fighting and creating a
disturbance on the Main Street on Saturday night. The boys in question were waiting
for the last car to Pottsville, which leaves Schuylkill Haven at 12:15 a. m. when they
engaged in the fight with several young men of Schuylkill Haven. The Schuylkill Haven
parties were given a hearing on Monday night and paid the borough fine. Yesterday
afternoon Chief Burgess Hartman and Constable Butz of Schuylkill Haven came to
Pottsville where they served the warrants. The names of the Pottsville parties could
not be learned.
Pottsville Republican of January 20, 1910
On account of the stormy weather and the depth of snow only one session of school
was held last Friday ending at one o'clock. Pupils have been stopped from coasting
down High Street because of the danger to pupils on that street near the school
building. The school authorities and the employers in town are working in harmony to
carry out the provisions of the Acts of Assembly regulating compulsory attendance at
school and the employment of minors under sixteen. The school authorities highly
appreciate the prompt return of reports sent to them. Let no employer delay his report.
Pottsville Republican of January 21, 1910
HIGH WATER CAUSES FLOOD
Due to the continuous rains of last night and this morning a number of cellars in the
North Ward of Schuylkill Haven were flooded. A small creek running from what is
known as the Second Mountain and emptying into the old level assumed the
proportion of a river causing the water to cover the trolley tracks for a depth of nearly
a foot and flooding the cellars of over a dozen families. Late this afternoon the stream
attained a width of nearly one hundred feet causing the water to back onto Dock Street
washing out the streets besides doing damage to property amounting to hundreds of
dollars. People who had all their provisions in the cellar were unfortunate to have
them all spoiled by the water and were compelled to purchase others. The Schuylkill
River rose a distance of about six feet causing the water to back into what is known as
the Irish Flat and threatening a number of houses in that section of the town.
Considerable trouble was experienced by the trolley cars on the different divisions of
the lines of the Eastern Pennsylvania Railway. On the Orwigsburg division it was
impossible to enter the town owing to the dam at Adamsdale overflowing its banks and
covering the tracks. One car managed to get to Orwigsburg at eleven o'clock this
morning and up to three o'clock this afternoon all trolley communication with that town
was cut off.
Pottsville Republican of January 22, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SHORTS
Robert Flammer, gas maker at the local gas works, had a narrow escape from death on
Thursday. He had been feeling under the weather for several days but did not
consider his condition serious enough to warrant staying at home and he therefore
went about his duties as usual. While working around the generator he was seized
with an attack of vertigo and fell to the floor unconscious. Noticing that the machinery
was not working with its accustomed regularity, his helper made an investigation and
discovered Flammer's plight. He quickly dragged Flammer into the open air and
summoned Superintendent Werner and Dr. J. A. Lessig who resuscitated him and
removed him to his home. In his unconscious condition Flammer had inhaled a great
deal of gas and would have been asphyxiated had he not been discovered at the time
he was. As it was, Flammer's family was cautioned to apply remedies and keep him
awake until three o'clock the next morning in order to be sure that the effects of the
gas were all out of his system.
Ed Gessler, one of the fastest runners on the P. & R. main line, pulling the throttle on
the engine that draws the express train arriving from Philadelphia at 10:53 a. m. and
leaving here for the city at 1:59 p. m., had an odd and considerably painful experience
down near Pottstown the other day. While bowling along at a mile a minute clip through
Loraine, the engine struck a big crow that was flying across the tracks and the dead
bird crashed through the window into Engineer Gessler's face. Mr. Gessler was so
painfully cut and bruised that he had to call his fireman to take charge of the engine for
the balance of the run. Mr. Gessler is very well known in Schuylkill Haven, having
been a former resident of this section.
Pottsville Republican of January 28, 1910
STRONG MAN ARRESTED AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
George B. Erieg, the strong man who performed at the Lyric Theatre here in Pottsville
two weeks ago, was arrested last evening while performing at Schuylkill Haven on a
warrant sworn out in Williamsport, charging him with desertion and nonsupport. The
warrant was placed in the hands of Constable Butz of Schuylkill Haven, who caught his
man and brought him to Pottsville this morning where he was placed in the borough
lockup to await arrival of officers from Williamsport. Erieg is the man who allowed an
automobile to pass over him and lifted heavy car wheels while performing in Pottsville.
It is stated he has an affinity in Tremont.