|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of June 4, 1920
A REAL MEAN TRICK
For the second time within several weeks, someone perpetrated a real mean trick in this section by pouring gasoline into the town
pump on Haven Street near the Pennsylvania Railroad station. The discovery was made Thursday morning. It is thought that after a
considerable amount of water is pumped off the gasoline taste may be lost. Needless to say if the person guilty of treating this well
with gas is found out, Spring Garden will be for the person, a most unhealthy and undesirable place to reside in for a time.
BOARD OF HEALTH TO MAKE INSPECTION
At the meeting of the Board of Health held on Wednesday evening, it was decided to have the Health Officer and Secretary make a
careful inspection of Schuylkill Haven and to list all homes, yards, gutters, alleys, etc., that are in an unsanitary condition. Action will
then be taken by the Board against the owners of the property where the said nuisance exists. The Board has decided to take a
determined stand on the matter of freeing the town of these unsanitary and disease breeding spots. Measures heretofore not
resorted to will be followed in order to make the town as clean and healthy as possible.
NO PROGRESS ON PAVING PROPOSITION
No progress can this week be reported on the matter of paving by the state on Centre Avenue. It was expected that the department
would have the plans and specifications completed long before this date in order that bids for the work could be invited. However,
this work has not been finished and there is no telling when bids will be advertised for. By reason of there being such a large
number of contracts in operation, it is understood road work will have to be delayed a month or so. There is little doubt that the
contract will be let this summer and completed at least by early fall.
NEW COAL LOADING APPARATUS
Harry Baker recently put into operation on the vacant lot along Canal Street adjoining the rolling mill, a new coal loading apparatus
operated by electric power. The coal is dumped into the loading device which lifts the same to the coal car on the track adjoining.
The installation makes possible the loading of coal in a considerably less time than by shoveling it from the truck to the car and is
done with much less work.
LARGEST SNAKE OF SEASON KILLED
A train crew near the gallows house on Saturday at noon killed the record sized snake for the season. It was a garter snake and
measured three feet and three inches. The crew wrapped it about some of the tools used by the shop employees with the result
that some of them were given quite a scare when they returned to work.
The Call of June 11, 1920
TWO TENNIS COURTS NEARING COMPLETION
Two of the new tennis courts built near Berger and Sons garage will be finished and ready for use this week. Work on the third
court will be started at once. The club is taking in new members. Quite a number have joined already. It is hoped that many more
will join. All are eligible for membership and the number to be taken in is not limited. If you want to play tennis this summer get in
touch with one of the club members at once.
PARK OPENING SOON
The formal season opening of Willow Lake will take place the coming Sunday according to the announcement of Mr. Joseph Killian,
the owner. It was expected everything would be in readiness for this event for this Sunday but that was impossible. The large
carousel building is not yet completed but it is expected it will be by the coming week. For the formal opening, one of the local
bands will be engaged, just which one, the management has not decided at this writing.
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN RIFLE CLUB NOTES
At a recent meeting of the executive committee of the Schuylkill Haven Rifle Club, it was decided to issue 120 rounds of ammunition
to each club member in good standing. Any member not yet having paid their dues for this year should do so at once and secure
their ammunition. Dues will be received at any time by William F. Bittle, Secretary or John M. Ebling, Treasurer. The rifle range has
been put in condition and arrangements to shoot can be made with range master I. B. Coller, who is also in position to give
instruction in use of the rifle to those desiring the same. Ammunition can be secured at Quinter's Variety Store on presentation of
your 1920 membership card.
PURCHASED COAL BUSINESS
Mr. Harry F. Loy this week purchased the coal business, horses, wagons, etc. of Frank Deibert of Dock Street. He has already taken
charge. The Deibert coal yards are at the Pennsylvania Railroad station. It is likely Mr. Loy will add an auto truck to the equipment
very shortly. He will continue to handle the same fine grades of coal as did Mr. Deibert and be in position to do general hauling.
STORES TO CLOSE AT NOON
Quite a large number of the storekeepers here have agreed to close their places of business during the summer months on
Wednesday at noon. The grocers this year led in this movement. Other stores joined in until all but a few of the town's business
places will be closed at noon on Wednesdays.
The Call of June 18, 1920
EUCLID TO CLOSE FOR SUMMER
Announcement is made of the temporary closing down of the Euclid Theatre which for the past year and a half has been conducted
by Miss Kathryn Koenig of Reading. If satisfactory negotiations can be completed in fall, Miss Koenig announces she will again
lease the theatre for the same purpose. Since this theatre has been under this management, local people have had the opportunity
of witnessing excellent motion picture plays. Already quite a number of expressions of regret were heard that the theatre will be
closed during the summer.
TRIED HIS STRENGTH ON CROSSING GATES
Abe Saylor, the veteran Main Street crossing watchman, who is recovering from a severe and lengthy siege of illness, this week
tried his strength out at his old position by raising and lowering the gates. He states that the persons who remarked about him
some time ago that he would never again raise and lower the gates, have another think coming. He expects to be back on his old
job within about two months.
CONTINUING TELEPHONE FIGHT
Cressona and Schuylkill Haven telephone subscribers are continuing their activities in the protest against the increased telephone
rates. Several public meetings have been held and a course of protest held out which will be conducted in conjunction with the
protest made by the Town Council. In order to procure tangible and effective evidence against the increased telephone rates,
every subscriber has been sent a letter asking that the telephone bill of April and the telephone bill and toll slip of May be sent to
the secretary, H. E. Snayberger. This is for the purpose of showing the large amount of additional money being expended on toll
charges on territory which heretofore was in the free zone. Many telephone subscribers have failed to comply with this request
and therefore members of the committee are calling personally on the subscribers and gathering this evidence.
DOGS ARRIVED FROM EL PASO TEXAS
Carl Shoener, of the Seventh United States Cavalry, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, sent to his father, Samuel Shoener, of Saint John
Street two little Spitz pups as a surprise and a gift. They were shipped from El Paso Texas and arrived here Tuesday morning. They
are valued at $100. They were in transportation almost a week but arrived in good shape, frisky and none the worse for their
BLOCK PARTY ON JULY 15TH
The Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of Schuylkill Haven have selected Wednesday, July 14, as the date for their block party. The
same will be held on Saint John Street. Tags are already being offered for sale. The proceeds will be used for the sick and accident
fund of this organization. It is proposed to string small electric lights along the street used for the purpose. The Citizens' band has
been engaged to furnish the music. Refreshments will also be served.
The Call of June 25, 1920
BULLET SENT THROUGH FRONT DOOR
Saint John Street, between Main and Union Streets, continues to offer bits of excitement to residents thereof. Pet and family cats
have been poisoned by the half dozen and their bodies found lying in back yards and on front porches. In the absence of Attorney
Noecker and his family, someone shot through the plate glass of the front door, cracking the glass. Portions of the glass were
found in the dining room which is on a direct line with the hallway. The bullet has not been found.
BUILDING OPERATIONS BEGUN
Building operations for the addition to the Miller shoe factory have been commenced, that is, the work of excavating was started
this week. Prior to excavating it was necessary to tear down a small brick and concrete boiler building that was used as a boiler
room and storage house. As soon as the excavating is finished the foundation walls will be hurried along.
NO CONTAGIOUS DISEASES IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
During the week there were no contagious diseases reported to Health Officer Butz. Only a few contagious diseases exist at this
time and the homes will be fumigated and the patients released from quarantine this week.