MARCH 1982
The Call of March 4
The old log house on Route 61 standing at the entrance to Rest Haven and
the Schuylkill Campus of Penn State will be remove by Harvey B. Moyer Inc. to
facilitate road improvements.  It is said the building is 150 years old.

The Call of March 18
A public hearing was held at Borough Hall last evening to discuss the
possible purchase of Stoyer's Dam by the borough. Council President Nancy
Montz stated the purchase price is $25000. A grant is pending to cover half
the cost with the borough needing to furnish the other half. It has been
decided that about $10000 in the land acquisition fund, set aside for traffic
lights at Haven and Main Streets and St. John and Main Streets, would be
used to fund the sale. Many people spoke in favor of the purchase including
firemen and sportsmen.  A petition signed by 264 local residents
recommended that the borough buy the dam. A petition signed by four to five
hundred persons wants all information made public before a decision is
made. The dam needs dredging and other improvements. By a vote of 5-2
council approved the purchase.

The Call of March 27
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the grand opening of the Schuylkill
Haven Senior and Neighborhood Center on Haven Street.  About 800 people
were present and took a tour of the facility. Membership in the Senior Citizen
group had increased from 228 members to 325 by the end of the day.
MARCH 1957
The Call of March 7
The new Medical Arts Building on Main Street at Avenue C will have an open
house this Saturday. Dr. Theodore Tihansky, Dr. Joseph Leskin, Dr. Herbert
C. Rubright, Dr. Joe E. Conrad and Dr. Emanuel Diamond will have offices in
the building along with a pharmacy operated by John P. Hinkle.

Pottsville Republican of March 7
A spectacular $175,000 fire destroyed the Argo knitting mill and bleachery
on North Berne Street in Schuylkill Haven today. Flames shot sixty to
seventy feet in the air as an inferno consumed the three story brick
structure. Embers were blown over several blocks. The blaze was almost
under control when Therold "Dutch" Bolton, a member of Schuylkill Hose
Co. emerged from an alley between the factory and a home with severe
head injuries. It is surmised he was struck by falling debris. The fire started
at about 11:00 in the morning. 75 employees worked the plant which
supplied partially finished goods for the new mill at Market and Margaretta
Streets. A machinist from New York was trapped briefly on the second floor
until a ladder was used to rescue him. A great deal of material was saved by
employees who threw it out of windows into the street. Firemen ran lines to
Stoyer's Dam and were able to save neighboring homes. The sprinkler
system worked but had little effect. Three explosions shook the building
presumably from the ignition of barrels of chemicals. The mill was a total
loss but the firemen saved all neighboring houses.
During a recent conversation with Harry Naffin (former Haven resident and
owner of Messner and Hess), he related details of the fire.  He and Therold
Bolton were on the second floor at the start of the fire. They were calling for
water for the line they had at hand. Harry noted that threw a glass door
panel on a stairway to the third floor they could see a blazing fire.  Shortly
after they moved from it, the door exploded spreading fire into the dust
filled ceiling.  Harry and Bolton quickly dropped the hose and ran for their
lives. He also reported large bales of burning cloth rolling out of the back of
the mill and falling into the Schuylkill River, floating downstream until

Schuylkill Haven school board held it's meeting Monday night. Custodians
were named special police for the protection of school property. The board
also considered the growing practice of parents removing their children
from school to go on family vacations. All such absences will now be
considered illegal. It was also noted that Trans Video Co. has supplied a
connection to a television receiver in the school for class instruction.

The Call of March 14
At their meeting held this week, borough council approved the purchase of
two new trucks from Dinger Chevrolet along with fifty telephone poles.
Alpha Mills has requested a gong connected to their sprinkler system be
placed at borough hall in view of the recent disastrous fire at the Argo
Plant. Council approved the suggestion as long as the Alpha pays all costs.
A petition from residents of the 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street was
presented to council recommending rescinding of the parking ban on that
street. Truck traffic, the cause of the ban, is slight after 5:00 and on Sundays
and holidays. They request parking be allowed at those times. The request
was referred to the highway committee.
MARCH 1932
The Call of March 11
On Tuesday morning, the Hotel Grand was destroyed by fire resulting in
damages of $75000. The post office, Prudential Insurance Co. and the State
Bank of Schuylkill Haven, all with offices in the building suffered serious
damage. The fire started at about 2:45 in the morning spreading quickly. All
guests of the hotel got out safely. Nine streams of water were trained on the
structure for seven hours to control the blaze. A separate building to the
rear used by the bank and Schwartz's store were slightly damaged as was
the Gray building next door. Post office employees retrieved records and as
much mail as possible taking it next door to the Gray building. As the last
employee left the hotel, embers crashed down through the skylight. Lewis
Dewald has operated the hotel for the past two and a half years. The hotel
had thirty nine guest rooms and a band hall on the fourth floor. There are
plans to rebuild. The building is completely ruined. It occupied the site of
the historic Washington Hotel which was built in the early days of the town.
The present building was erected by Daniel Yoder in 1895 and operated by
Preston Souder. It was then sold to Clayton Bubeck who sold it to the State
Bank in 1923. Shollenberger and Yeager operated it by lease after the bank
made large improvements.
The Bressler Band lost many of their instruments. The night was cold at zero
degrees with a strong wind coating firemen with ice. H. C. Wilson, a long
time resident of the hotel, discovered the fire and alerted the other guests.
The train at 2:22 woke him and he smelled smoke. Many guests gathered
personal effects and gathered on St. John Street but some escaped with
only the clothes on their backs. John Deibert saved most of his clothes but
forgot his teeth and spectacles. Miss Mary Juris who lived near the
bathroom where the fore began fled in pajamas and a light coat. Wilson
managed to save his forty year collection of historical notes and photos of
the town. Fire companies from Pottsville, Cressona and Orwigsburg
assisted. The firemen fought to save neighboring buildings and frequently
changed clothes that were freezing from the water on the cold night. St.
John Street became a frozen river. Chief of Police Deibert pulled the alarm
which alerted the town.

The borough council meeting was held Monday, March 7. Borough council
accepted the specifications for a master electric clock and frequency
recording system which will be installed at the electric plant so electric
clocks may be used in town. No action was taken to improve the water
supply system. The suggestion had been to install a 300,000 gallon stand
pipe in the Fairmount Addition but this was not brought to a vote. President
Moyer has received complaints about a dangerous condition at the Union
Street rail crossing. Trains brought down from Mine Hill are shifted there
before going to Saint Clair. No trainman is there to warn the public and
recently an autoist had a close call as the flashing lights do not operate
properly. A motion was carried to notify the Reading Company. The electric
department will look into complaints by residents that a great deal of
interference is being suffered by radio owners.

The Call of March 18
Attorney G. E. Gangloff of town  was appointed Judge of Orphan's Court as
announced by Governor Pinchot on Monday afternoon. He was selected
from among twenty one candidates. Gangloff was an ardent Teddy
Roosevelt supporter and was the county chairman during his campaign. He
was also in charge of the Pinchot campaign for Senator several years ago.
MARCH 1907
The Call of March 8
There were three fatalities in the vicinity on the railroad this week. Harry
Zimmerman, a Reading brakeman, fell from his train beneath the wheels and
was ground to pieces at the Mine Hill crossing. Anthony Wrda, an Italian,
was an employee at the storage yard and was struck and killed near the
Union Knitting Mill. W. P. Richards of Pottsville, a Pennsy fireman, got off
his train to go back with a flag at a point near Connors Crossing when he
was struck by the flyer and was killed.

Schuylkill Haven Water and Gas Co. has had problems due to sudden
changes in temperature. Manager Aldrich and Supt. Bowen report very little
inconvenience. Last week a main from the big dam burst and by the time of
it's discovery the dam was almost drained. The high points in town suffered
a lack of water. It is recommended not to waste water until the dam refills.
The Board of Health advises residents to boil their water. The Reading
Company, with 700n employees in town, will have their chemist test the
water and submit a report to the Call.

Pottsville Republican of March 16
The teachers held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening. The
system of writing taught will be changed from vertical to semi slant upon
approval by the board. Third grade teachers agreed that arithmetic can be
taught another year without the pupils having books. Since it is unsanitary
for pupils to use pen holders and rulers that were used by other children, it
was suggested that a cheaper grade of these articles be purchased and
students should be permitted to keep them. Parents are requested not to
take their children out of school before the end of the term in case they are
entitled to promotion without examination. No promotion will be made for
absentee students. The matter of organizing a Schuylkill Haven High School
Alumni Association was discussed.

Pottsville Republican of March 19
A very serious railroad accident, which may result in the loss of one or
more lives, took place shortly after noon today at Connor's Crossing near
Schuylkill Haven, when a team from the Schuylkill Haven Gas and Water
Company was struck by a P and R train and the occupants of the wagon
seriously injured. They are James Bowen, of Schuylkill Haven, back badly
injured and at first believed to have been broken, but later surgeons were
hopeful that the injury was not so serious. Charles Kline, of Cressona, badly
cut but should recover and William Krommes , of Cressona, who has severe
internal injuries. The wagon was demolished and the horse was killed
instantly. They were returning to the gas house after making repairs at the
pumping station. An attentive watchmen guards the crossing and it is
unknown how the wagon entered the tracks. They were on the crossing
when a south bound freight train struck the wagon and hurled it forward,
throwing the men a considerable distance. The three were semi conscious
and bleeding severely. Krommes was removed to his home and the other
two were removed to Pottsville. Bowen later died at the hospital of his

Pottsville Republican of March 30
A wish and prayer of the past eighteen years was yesterday answered when
death claimed Mrs. Bridget Garrigan of Schuylkill Haven, widow of the late
Daniel Garrigan. It was just eighteen years ago yesterday, on Good Friday,
that her husband passed and she then expressed the wish and has
frequently repeated it that she wished also to die upon that Holy day.