|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of July 7, 1916
TO SUPPLY FIRE COMPANY WANTS
In compliance with the instructions of town council, Councilman Sterner, Secretary Minnig and Chief Reed, Thursday evening visited
the three firehouses of town and procured a list of necessary hose couplings, nozzles, wrenches, etc., so that each company will be
properly equipped. About one thousand feet of old hose now in service will be changed form old and unsatisfactory Jones or clamp
coupling to the screw coupling connection.
CARNIVAL HERE NEXT WEEK
Henry Copping's great carnival company will hold forth on the carnival grounds at Schuylkill haven all of next week, starting on
Monday next. It is considered one of the largest companies on the road, using sixteen cars to transport the apparatus and animals.
The carnival will show under the auspices of the Liberty Fire Company. During the week, the fire company will conduct a contest for
the most popular young ladies and the most popular young man. The first lady's prize will be a diamond ring, the second a wristwatch
and the gents, a bicycle. The first two prizes will be on exhibition in the Rupley store and the bicycle at the store of F. D. Starr. The
carnival company will feature its dog and pony and animal shows, together with fifty concessions.
COUNCIL HOLDS FORTH IN REGULAR SESSION
Amid the premature noise and commotion of a July 4th celebration and in the sweltering heat of a small council chamber, members of
the Town Council Monday evening held forth in regular monthly session. The same was but of two hours duration and not much
business of importance called for the attention of the body.
Possibly the most unusual action any council in years gone by was called upon to perform was that taken by the present council in
"clipping the wings" of one of the ward constables. Upon the complaint of W. Hartman who appeared before the body this matter
received attention. Mr. Hartman stated that the South ward constable makes a practice of using the borough cells for sleeping
quarters for intoxicated persons or them to sober up. That the said constable does not have a key to the cells and they are left open
and the occupants privileged to roam about the entire building. That be reason of this fact the lodging of prisoners in this manner
becomes a nuisance and is dangerous. That no arrests are made but that the borough cells are simply used for the intoxicants to
"sleep it off." That the constable terms them lodgers. Other unfavorable charges were made against the constable. Chief Burgess
Lessig stated he inquired from the solicitor whether the constable had the right to make use of the borough lockup. The solicitor
stated he did not have the right or authority to do so unless he was acting as a police officer under the instruction of the chief.
Burgess Lessig was therefore instructed to notify the constable to discontinue making use of the borough cells.
Street Commissioner Huy was instructed to test the plug in the West Ward near the Werley property, also to cut down several large
trees in the vicinity of the town hall and to clean up the rubbish and debris around found about the same. Chief Burgess was
instructed to have H. C. Wilson put down pavement at his Saint John Street property according to grade.
A motion of Yost to have the special building committee instruct the contractor to place a flag pole on the town hall was withdrawn
when the said committee reported an electrical flag would probably be procured. By an electrical flag is meant one which during the
day has the appearance of the national emblem in all its details and at night is illuminated in the proper colors by electricity. All
members of council appeared to be in favor of the new proposition and the special committee was instructed to secure prices on the
The Call of July 14, 1916
ENTERTAINED BY KNIGHTS OF MALTA
Upwards of 300 guests were delightfully entertained on Friday evening last in the roller skating rink by the members of the Knights of
Malta. It was the first in a series of "Ladies' nights" that will be given by this organization in the coming months and if the one of last
week is a criterion, there is every reason to believe that the following ones will not only be well attended but will prove some of the
social events of the season in Schuylkill Haven.
The respective committees worked hard and are deserving of the credit that is rightfully due them. The members, their wives and
daughters and the invited guests started to assemble at 8:00. Fifteen minutes later the rendition of the program was started.
Selections by an orchestra of ten pieces, singing by a male quartet, vocal solos by Mrs. George Pugh and Oliver Warner and a reading
by Miss Rycarda Herb comprised the forepart of the program. The remainder of the program was composed of stereoptican views of
foreign countries by Mrs. George Maggs and a drill by 35 of the Malta girls from Pottsville. The drill was an innovation to the majority
of the guests and was produced in a faultless manner.
The drilling of the girls was followed by the serving of the banquet. The tables were arranged in the shape of a Maltese cross and
accommodations provided for more than one half of the guests. The entertainment and banquet continued until the midnight hour.
To add to the evening's entertainment, the committee tastefully decorated the interior of the rink with American flags and bunting. As
one of the entertainment features it was intended to hold a mock trial but at the last moment it had to be called off owing to the
inability of several of the lawyers to be in attendance.
MEETING OF INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION
A very spirited and enthusiastic meeting of the Schuylkill Haven Industrial Association was held on Friday evening last with nearly fifty
members in attendance. Several very important items were called to the attention of the Association. These will be investigated
during the course of the ensuing several weeks and should they be found practical, the Association may have something very
important to announce to the community. A communication was read from the Fleischmann Yeast Company in which it was stated that
the company had no intention at the present time, or at any other time, of locating a factory in Schuylkill County. During the course of
the meeting, President Saul spoke at length and asked the members to take more interest in the workings of the organization and to
put forth still harder efforts in their respective committees. The association went on record against the traffic violations in the town
and instructed the secretary to request the chief burgess to put a stop to the same.
JUST NEIGHBORLY NEIGHBORS
They were neighborly neighbors and they resided in the South ward but this did not prevent them from engaging in a fist fight and
breaking the laws of both God and man. A rumor gives their names as Kantner and Ketner but which received the worst of the
argument could not be ascertained. It is said that one of the combatants paid a fine for fighting to the chief burgess.
SON REPORTED MISSING
William berger, of Liberty Street, son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Berger, is reported missing from his home. It is alleged that the boy
feared punishment and suddenly left on Tuesday morning last. It could not be ascertained whether he went to the home of his
grandparents in the country or to some city in an effort to enlist. The boy is not quite eighteen years of age.
The Call of July 21, 1916
CHARGED WITH NON-SUPPORT
William Hoy, of town, was arrested Tuesday evening by Constable Hogan of Pottsville on a warrant issued by Alderman Freiler,
charged with non-support. The charge was brought by the defendant's wife, Emily Hoy. Hoy waived a hearing and entered bail in the
sum of $300 before Squire Moyer of town for his appearance at the next term of criminal court.
AND STILL HE DREAMS
The editor of a certain Pottsville paper, who but recently called himself a liar 23 times, continues to dream. His latest vision was two
new underwear mills and a hosiery mill for Schuylkill Haven. In conversation with several members of the Industrial Association, the
information was elicited that the present factories and mills cannot procure sufficient help and that unless something is done it may
be necessary to look for other locations.
LOST AT LEAST $100
The members of the Liberty Fire Company calculated that they lost nearly $100 as a result of the scene at the carnival grounds on
Saturday night last. They, together with the carnival people, claim that the crowd was just patronizing the several attractions freely
when the troubles occurred. Immediately following the trouble, several proprietors started taking down their tents. However, the fire
company cleared a few more than $250 and was thankful to those who financially assisted them.
NEW MAIL BOX SMASHED
The new mail box located at Liberty and saint Peter Streets was smashed by a runaway team during the week. It will be necessary to
await the arrival of a new box from the manufacturer. The team belonged to Robert McIlwain of Cressona. The driver was coming
down Saint Peter Street when the brake on the wagon broke. The wagon ran into the horses and caused them to start on a mad dash.
In trying to bring the team to a stop, the wagon was turned into the mailbox with the above result. Outside of the damage to the
mailbox and a fence nearby, the driver and horses escaped injury.
TO PLAY EXHIBITION GAME
Upon the urgent appeal and the request of a number of dyed in the wool base ball enthusiasts in Schuylkill haven, Manager James
Mellon, has decided to respond and place a ball team on the field. Saturday afternoon here for the past several weeks have indeed
been very dull and lovers of the national pastime have had a hard time passing their time. It is proposed to play an exhibition ball
game here on Saturday, August 5th between Mellon's stars and Krick's Cubs. In the lineup of the first named team will be players who
for the past two years wore Schuylkill Haven uniforms. The second team needs no introduction as they have been playing at least two
games per week and have become real fast. The game on August 5th will be one worth witnessing. Tickets for admission will be
offered for sale beginning Saturday.
Upon the attendance at the August 5th game and the response of base ball fans in purchasing tickets will depend on whether the
town for the balance of the season will be represented by a big ball team and whether there are to be other games here this season
or not. Agitation for the annual Schuylkill Haven - Cressona series is becoming quite general and if the support warrants it, fans in this
section may be greeted to the usual fast calibre of games. Cressona it must be remembered has had a team all season and the same
is in such shape at this time that even a seasoned local team would be given an unusual amount of worry.
The Call of July 28, 1916
BOYS WERE MISCHIEVOUS
A communication has been received by The Call from a resident of West Margaretta Street in which the names of four prominent
young men are mentioned as stealing and being mischievous. The writer asks The Call to publish these names but due to the
prominence of the families and the fact that the boys have promised to behave in the future, the names are for the present withheld.
NO STORM DAMAGE HERE
Comparatively little damage was done by the storm of Tuesday night in Schuylkill Haven. The Bittle dam all but overflowed its banks,
the lowlands along the trolley road were covered with several inches of water while a few residents reported water in their cellars.
The town was indeed fortunate when it is taken into consideration that nearly a hundred thousand dollars in damage was done at
ABUSING HIS CHILD
A report is current that a foreign resident of Caldwell Street is continuously abusing his daughter, a child of about six or seven years
of age. It is claimed that the father does not hesitate to kick the girl on the slightest provocation. If the report is true, the authorities
should make an example of the father.
BURGESS AFTER STREET LOAFERS
Chief Burgess Lessig is after the corner and street loafers. Sunday evening last he gave chase to a number of young bloods of
Pottsville, who managed to escape, being fleeter of foot. The practice of county seat residents coming to the Haven and attempting
to run the town to suit their own fancy is a thing of the past. Arrests and examples will be made of each and every one.
Below left, are ads in the July 1916 Call newspaper and at right is a cartoon with Bags Graeff.