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|The Pottsville Republican of July 2, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SHORTS
The P. & R. has erected its fences along its right of way and the alley in the rear of Coldren's Mill is
closed to traffic. Mr. Coldren has about completed equipping his mill with electric motors and will
shortly remove the engine and boiler house. Other property owners who have obstructions on the
alley will move them so as to restore the original alley which is very great convenience to every one of
The borough authorities have been busy the past week rounding up violators of borough ordinances.
Fines were enacted from various persons for burning rubbish within seventy five feet of a building, for
depositing decayed matter in a public stream and for keeping hogs too close to a dwelling.
Mike Page, a Hungarian about seventeen years of age was arraigned before Squire Moyer and
remanded to jail for further bearing on the charge of stealing brass from the P. & R. Company. P. & R.
policeman Frank Duffy arrested him.
The committee of citizens who have had the proposed pipe mill under consideration since the matters
were presented to them on Memorial Day, are still investigating it and the town sincerely hopes that it
will become an assured fact.
An adjourned meeting of town council was held Monday evening with the following members present:
Berger, Meck, Moore, Rooney, McKeown, Brown and President Keller. Solicitor Noecker, Burgess
Hartman and secretary Minnig were also present. Chairman Berger of the Road Committee reported
$25 will repair the bridge at Bittle's Dam and the committee is at work on the repairs. George N.
Paxson, Esquire, was heard relative to the proposed opening of Paxson Avenue from Dock Street. He
stated that if council will open a thirty foot street, instead of a twenty foot street, he and his partner, Mr.
Hock, will give the borough the Madam Brunn property without any charge. This offer was contingent
upon immediate acceptance and the drawing up of an ordinance and its adoption at the regular
meeting on June 5th. On motion the Ordinance Committee was directed to draw up and prevent an
ordinance for a thirty foot street. J. H. Filbert appeared relative to the street paving on North Main
Street. He suggested that in future brick paving a certain amount of asphalt grouting be put in to act as
a deadener to the sound of wagons rolling over it. Solicitor Noecker read a letter from the State
Highway Department stating that the department has underway all the public roads for which it has an
appropriation and can not this year connect the Schuylkill Haven-Orwigsburg and Schuylkill
Burgess Hartman suggested that the rubbish burning ordinance be amended to read that the fine shall
not be more than ten dollars. He stated that P. & R. employee built a big rubbish fire on Railroad street
on Saturday and he notified him to pay the fine which he finally did. The Ordinance Committee was
directed to amend the ordinance. The Main Street paving ordinance passed a final reading. Solicitor
Noecker submitted the agreement of the Pottsville Union Traction Company to pay its share of the cost
of the saint John Street paving. The agreement was properly executed by the company and council
authorized the president and secretary to sign it. Solicitor Noecker reported that the P. & R. will fix the
curbing at Liberty Street. He had also written to the real estate department of the company relative to
widening the west ward bridge. On motion of Mr. Meck, the Road Committee was directed to lay
crossings over the ten foot alley at Coldren's Mill. Adjourned.
The Pottsville Republican of July 8, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TOWN COUNCIL
A regular meeting of the town council was held on Monday evening with the following members
present: Brown, Berger, Mengle, Weiss, Moore, Saul, Wagner, Rooney, McKeown, Caffrey and
President Keller. Solicitor Noecker, Secretary Minnig, Burgess Hartman, Electrician Werner and
Supervisor Becker were also present.
Chief Burgess Hartman presented his report which was accepted and filed. During the month of June
he served twenty two written notices and eighteen verbal ones. He put two beggars on cars and sent
them out of town paying their fare. He stopped a blind man from begging who wanted to get enough
money to go to Reading where he lives, added thirty cents to what money he had and bought him a
ticket and put him on the train for Reading. He shot a dog that had its leg cut off by a train at the
crossing and paid twenty five cents to have him buried. A man was arrested as a common nuisance
and sentenced to sixty days in jail. Four were arrested for disorderly conduct, three paying their fines
and one committed to jail for five days by Justice Moyer for nonpayment of fine. One arrest was made
for building a fire too close to a building. One was arrested for throwing circulars on the street. Two
were arrested and fined for violating the health ordinance and one woman was arrested for habitual
corner loafing at unreasonable hours of the night. Every day the burgess has complaints come to him
about the large number of worthless digs running the streets and making night hideous with their
howls. They have no tags on and apparently no tax has been paid on them. He believes there is a law
that such dogs can be shot on sight by the constable and suggests if legal, that council pass a
resolution requesting the constables to proceed to exterminate all dogs that have no proper tag on
them. Owners of dogs who consider them of any value will pay for a tag and thus produce revenue
while the worthless dogs will be put out of existence.
The Building Committee reported that they could not secure the basement of Hotel Central for a lockup
but could get the basement of Hotel Grand for fifty dollars a year and was authorized to do so. The
solicitor was directed to notify the P. & R. to widen Broadway at the cutoff in the West Ward to the full
width of the street. The curfew ordinance finally passed, all voting yes except McKeown, who voted
no. The ordinance is to become effective August 1st. The signal will be a long blast blown at the
electric plant at nine o'clock with a warning blast blown ten minutes earlier. The Board of Health asked
council to have the alley in the rear of Union Street between Saint John and Saint Peter Streets
drained. The secretary was directed to notify the board it is a private alley and the board should attend
to the matter. Saint John Street property owners petitioned to have Auburn brick used on street
paving. Harry Becker was appointed policeman in the South Ward and Howard Betz in the East ward.
Chief Burgess reported McWilliams bridge is unsafe and the solicitor was directed to notify the county
SCHOOL BOARD NOTES
Miss Mabel Weiss, who had been assigned to fifth grade, requested to be given a third grade class. A
motion was carried to approve the request and also to assign Miss Potts to fourth grade and Miss Butz
a fifth grade class. Mr. Wildermuth, teacher of School Number One, made a request for an increase in
salary stating that he did not ask for it before because he expected the grade would be divided. He
based his claim on having a large school, on the difference between his salary and that the eighth
grade teacher, and on the cost of living. He was voted an increase. Mr. Bensinger requested that he
be given Room Number Two and the ninth grade together with thirty pupils from the seventh grade.
The matter was discussed and since the board felt that the best arrangement under the present
circumstances had already been made, took no action.
The Pottsville Republican of July 9, 1910
AUTOMOBILE HITS TROLLEY CAR
An automobile occupied by a party named Hall of Pottsville and three ladies ran into a trolley car at
Schuylkill Haven about eight o'clock last evening. The car had rounded the corner at Main and Dock
Streets and was loading some passengers when the machine came along and in rounding the curve,
the rear of the machine struck the car. None of the occupants was injured but the rear part of the
automobile was badly damaged. After repairing the same, the party were able to continue on their way
The Pottsville Republican of July 16, 1910
TOWN COUNCIL MEETS
An adjourned meeting of town council was held with the following members present: Brown, Berger,
Moore, weiss, McKeown, Wagner and President Keller. Secretary Minnig, Solicitor Noecker, Chief
Burgess Hartman and Supervisor Becker were also present. Miss Homan complained of surface and
drain water being a nuisance on her property on North Main Street. Mr. weiss investigated and
thought about forty feet of pipe would carry the water away and do away with the nuisance. Harvey
Heim was granted permission to lay crossing opposite his garage and George Miller crossing at his
property to be made of brick and constructed under the supervision of the road committee. A
complaint was made that roof water from the old cattle yard building on High Street cuts gullies in the
street. Mr. Heisler will be notified to put a trough on the building to carry the water to the gutter.
Burgess Hartman stated that Mr. James of the P. & R. Company reported they will widen the cutoff at
Broadway as requested. On a motion by Mr. McKeown, places in the roads at Bubeck's in Spring
Garden and at Schuylkill Mountain Avenue will be filled up Saturday or Monday.
Chief Burgess Hartman reported that in 1907 council directed the secretary to correspond wit the State
Board of Health relative to permission to establish public a sewerage system. A decree was received
by him July 8th, refusing to allow the borough to discharge untreated sewage into the river. If the
borough does not establish a comprehensive system of sewage disposal, notices will be sent to the
various people now discharging sewage into the waters of the state that the practice must cease. The
borough is required to present plans for a comprehensive system of sewerage and sewage disposal
works on or before July 1, 1911.
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SHORTS
Councilman James Rooney had a smashup in front of Saint John's Church one day last week. He drove
down High Street and when the horse struck the brick pavement on Main Street it was unable to hold
back the heavily laden wagon and slid across the street to the sidewalk, a big telephone pole stopping
the wagon. Mr. Rooney was hurled out but escaped with a few bruises. The shafts of the wagon were
broken. The vehicle was damaged and the harness was torn but with his usual good nature,
Councilman Rooney congratulated himself upon his lucky escape.
Gus Luckenbill, the champion fisherman, landed forty eight catties at the dock the other night. Gus
says the Fourth of July celebration made them hungry but some of his envious fellow fishermen say
that the fish were so disgusted over the defeat of Jeffries, that they committed suicide.
P. T. Hoy and Sons company have put in at their big store one of the latest improved cash registers that
is a complete bookkeeping system in itself, giving a record by days, weeks, months and year of every
transaction that passes through the machine. It is operated by electricity.
Rumor has it that the Rainbow and Friendship fire companies will unite under the name of the former.
It is understood that at this week's meetings of the two companies the proposition was favorably
considered and the probabilities are that the merger will be accomplished.
The local mill men are booking fall orders and while orders have been a little slow in coming, the
general outlook is most favorable for a prosperous season.
The Pottsville Republican of July 27, 1910
THREATENED TO KILL WIFE
Joseph Morro of Schuylkill Haven, was last evening arrested by the State Police and after a hearing
before Squire Moyer was committed to the county prison in default of bail. Several days ago, Morro
whipped his wife. Yesterday he repeated the same thing and when he drew a knife and threatened to
kill her and the whole of the West Ward of the town last evening, he was arrested. The warrant was
sworn out by the woman's brother, David Longo. The defendant claimed he was in his own house and
the woman was his own wife and he could do with both as he pleased. He was informed by the State
Police that things of that nature might go on in his own country but not in this.