|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of June 2, 1916
HEALTH BOARD AFTER SEWERS
At the regular meeting of the Board of Health on Monday evening, complaint was made of the condition of four sewers entering into
the canal in the vicinity of the bridge leading to the base ball ground. The health officer was instructed to get after the owners of the
two private sewers and the board will take action relative to the two public sewers. For sometime past these outlets have been in a
deplorable condition and although warnings were given, little or no action was taken. The board took no action relative to a general
clean up in the town. It was contended by the members that careful watch had been kept on all premises during the year and where a
complaint was justified, the owner was ordered to place his property in a healthy condition. According to the report of the health
officer, the general condition of health in Schuylkill haven is excellent and unsurpassed by any other town in the county. The town is
practically free from contagious disease, only one case of mumps and one case of diphtheria being reported for the past month. This
is a record to be proud of. Before adjourning the board attended to routine business and ordered a number of bills to be paid.
Present were: Keever, Borda, Coldren, Butz and Lenker.
RINGLING BROTHERS COMING THIS WAY - World's Biggest Circus and Spectacle "Cinderella" Announced For Early Date
Announcement is made that on Thursday, June 15, Ringling Brothers Circus will give afternoon and night performances at Reading.
The famous showmen are this season presenting an all new and wonderful program. The tremendous fairyland spectacle,
"Cinderella," will appeal to both young and old. More than a thousand persons take part in it. It is really the biggest spectacle
Ringling Brothers have ever staged and its glorious "Ballet of the Fairies," with 300 dancing girls, is in itself worth going many miles
to see. Following "Cinderella" 400 arenic artists appear in the main tent program. Because of the great European War, the Ringlings
have secured scores of circus performers never before seen in America. An entire trained animal show has been made a part of the
main tent program this season. The menagerie now numbers 1.009 wild animals. The elephants, including "Big Bingo," the earth's
largest pachyderm, have been increased to 41 and almost 800 horses are carried. There will be 60 clowns and a big free three mile
street parade show day morning.
WILL RUN TO HERSHEY
Hoffman Brothers motorcycle club will conduct a run to Hershey and return on Sunday next. Thus far nine owners of motorcycles
have expressed their willingness to compete. An invitation to all owners of motorcycles to accompany the club on Sunday is
extended. Last week the club enjoyed a run to Mauch Chunk and return. The latest owner of a Reading Standard cycle is Floyd
Oswald of town.
AUTOED 160 MILES
Mr. and Mrs. George Ehly, Mr. and Mrs. George Dunlop and Charles Ehly enjoyed an auto trip on Sunday last of 160 miles, making the
trip in eight hours. The trip extended from Schuylkill Haven to Shamokin, to Sunbury, along the banks of the Susquehanna River to
Harrisburg and return to Schuylkill Haven. The tourists reported the roads in excellent condition at all places visited.
RUMORS OF ANOTHER TRAIN
In railroad circles there is rumor of a special train being put on by the Reading between Saint Clair and Schuylkill Haven. This train will
leave Schuylkill haven in time to get the men to work at Saint Clair. Returning it will leave Pottsville about 6:45 o'clock, taking aboard
all factory girls and hands employed in this town, and reaching here about five minutes to seven o'clock in the morning. Returning,
the train will leave Schuylkill haven for Pottsville at 5:15 o'clock. It is understood that the Reading Company will sell twenty tickets
between Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven for a dollar, thus making a five cent fare either direction. The same rumor states the train will
be put on about the 15th of the present month. There is no doubt that it will meet with both the hearty approval of the car shop's
employees, the mill hands and particularly the manufacturers and business men of this town.
The Call of June 9, 1916
PREPAREDNESS MOVEMENT STIRS COUNCIL
That unmistakable spirit or condition, "preparedness," which is sweeping this country from coast to coast, found lodgment in the
Schuylkill Haven Borough Council, Monday evening when that body decided that the electric light plant be insured. Remarkable and
strange as it may seem, it is a fact, nevertheless, that the plant valued at more than $50,000, according to the borough auditors, and
which could be replaced by the borough for twice this amount, was never even partially covered by insurance. This was due to the
high rate of premium exacted by the insurance companies. With the fitting of the plant with fire extinguishers and making a number of
interior changes recently, and with the intention of placing a fire plug in the immediate vicinity of the plant, it is expected the rate will
be considerably reduced. The electric light committee was instructed to have this invaluable asset of the borough insured and
during the week preparations were made to this end. In line of protective measures, I. H. Becker, contractor for the Town Hall was
instructed to have that building sufficiently covered by insurance.
Automobilists the county over and teamsters, will take notice that the Chief Burgess of this borough has been given specified
instructions to enforce the traffic ordinances and that the town council will stand back of its officers for any costs in case there is a
suit in court over the enforcement of the same. This action was brought about by the Chief Burgess himself at the instigation of the
Transportation Committee of the Industrial association of Schuylkill Haven. The committee at a meeting had suggested that the officer
making an arrest for violation of the traffic ordinance be paid a certain amount for every arrest he made. If the fine imposed was
$2.00, the officer be given $1.00. The solicitor informed the council that this could not be done as the police officer is a paid official
but if the arrest is made by a ward constable, an extra charge can be added to the fine.
BRIEF NOTES FROM THE BALL FIELD
Schuylkill Haven base ball team will have as their opponents on Saturday next, the Cressona Tigers. During the present week the
team has undergone somewhat of a change in their lineup. Several of the former players were injured in the previous games and will
be out of all contests for the next several weeks. Several players who last season represented Schuylkill Haven on the diamond, will
be found in the lineup on Saturday. Not only has a change been made in the lineup of the team, but a change of managers has been
made, all of which it is hoped, is for the best interest of the fans and the team. Notwithstanding the fact that the local nine has not
won a game this season, the article of ball being played by them is of the "gilt edge" variety and equaled only by some professional
teams. The residents of the town should accord their team their liberal support by patronizing the contests and if necessary, by
contributing financially. Thus far the team has been breaking even on their expenses but this is not the proposition. What they want
is to land high and dry after each and every contest.
AUTOS FIGURE IN COLLISION
Two autos figured in a collision Monday evening opposite the moving picture house below the railroad. One of the machines was
owned by Ray Hoffman of town, while the other is said to have been owned by May Cressman of Pottsville and occupied by her
The Call of June 16, 1916
VALUABLE COACH DOG KILLED
"Punk," the valuable coach dog owned by W. Frank Deibert, was killed Tuesday evening by joy riders speeding along Dock Street. It is
reported that autoists take advantage of the paved street in this section of town and run without regard to either life or property.
VETERANS TO ATLANTIC CITY
Tomorrow morning the veteran employees of the Reading Railroad company will leave to spend the day at Atlantic City. A special train
leaves Pottsville at six o'clock and arrives in Schuylkill Haven eight minutes later. The veterans, their wives and daughters,
numbering close to 350 from this section, will be taken through to the Reading terminal in Philadelphia. Special cars will convey them
through the subway to the ferry and then across the Delaware River to Camden. Here another special train will be boarded for the
popular resort. The veterans will return home on the special following the regular 9:30 o'clock train. A delightful trip and time is
anticipated by all.
NEGLECTED TO SUPPORT FAMILY
Neglecting to contribute to the support of his wife and three children, Guy Heiser was arrested and following a hearing before Squire
Moyer, was committed to the county prison. It was alleged at the hearing that the defendant earns fifteen dollars a week as a
carpenter but that the money is spent on drink. No later than yesterday morning it was necessary for the wife to borrow five cents to
purchase bread for her children. Another child is expected to make its appearance in the family in the next day or two and the mother
can neither afford a nurse or a doctor. Here is an opportunity to render assistance to a worthy cause.
TWO LARGE AUDIENCES ATTEND PRODUCTION
Two audiences that packed the seating capacity of the Euclid Theatre, witnessed the production of "The Land of Nod" given under the
auspices of the Camp Fire Girls of Schuylkill Haven. Considering the time allowed for the rehearsing of the respective parts, all of the
participants are deserving of a great deal of praise. The drilling of the children showed careful training and brought forth much
applause. The play will be reproduced again this evening at popular prices.
MORE MEN TRANSFERRED
Yesterday more men were transferred from the local shops to the shops at Saint Clair. It is understood that they will begin their work
at Saint Clair on Monday morning next. From unofficial sources, it was learned that quite a number refused to go and threatened to
resign from the employ of the company if forced to go to Saint Clair. These men it was said, will be allowed to remain as they are some
of the oldest employees at the local shops.
The Call of June 30, 1916
BURGESS ISSUES WARNING FOR FOURTH OF JULY
Burgess Lessig has issued a warning in reference to the use of fireworks, used before, on or after July 4th.
A borough ordinance prohibits tghe discharge of firecrackers, fireworks and blank cartridges. This ordinance will be strictly enforced
and arrests will follow all violations. Roman candles, sky rockets and dangerous fireworks are positively prohibited as are also all
firecrackers over three inches in length. Persons using blank cartridges whether in canes or revolvers will be arrested immediately,
the cane or revolver confiscated and the five dollar fine for violation of the ordinance imposed. Special warning has been issued to
the local storekeepers that arrests will follow all who offer for sale or permit sales to be made of the articles tabooed both by borough
ordinance and a state statute.
LAD HAD NARROW ESCAPE FROM BEING ELECTROCUTED
Lester, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Leeser, of East Main Street, had a narrow and most miraculous escape from being
electrocuted one morning the fore part of the week. During the night one of the lines of the borough electric light department broke
and fell to the ground along the fence of the Almshouse field. Unknown to anyone the youngster while at play wandered to the
dangerous spot. The lad either grasped the wire or more likely simply came in contact with it and 2350 volts, sufficient for immediate
electrocution, passed through his body hurling him some distance from the spot and knocking him unconscious. A physician who was
summoned after hard work brought the lad around again. The only marks to show of his narrow escape is a deep burn across four
fingers of his one hand. It is believed that the child's hand simply came in contact with the wire. Had he grasped it he would have
been unable to release his hold and would have been electrocuted in the presence of neighbors, friends and parents who would
have gathered but all of whom would have been unable to save him. The discovery of the boy lying along the fence was made by Mr.
TOWN FURNISHED 50 OF HER SONS FOR UNCLE SAM - Majority Join Company F, 28 Enlist As Recruits
When it comes to displaying the spirit of our forefathers, who willingly and gladly laid down their lives in defense of their country,
Schuylkill Haven can be depended to do her full duty. With her population of a little over five thousand, this town has already
furnished one half hundred volunteers for service on the Mexican border. When the population of other Schuylkill County towns and
cities is taken into consideration, it will be found that Schuylkill Haven has more than outclassed each and every one in proportion.
Certain county seat papers would have the world believe that they were "it" and that none of the other towns were particularly
deserving of consideration.
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