Pottsville Republican of March 14, 1911


What will undoubtedly prove a blessing to the towns of Cressona and Schuylkill Haven,
is the acquiring of nearly five hundred acres of land and an excellent watershed by the
Schuylkill Haven Gas and water Company.  The land is located just over the summit
from the present location of the Water Company's dam in the Panther Valley.  It has
been known for some time that the water Company was after this tract.  The tract is
known as the Burdelback farm and consists of about four hundred and fifty acres.  
There is an excellent flow of water on the tract which is hoped will supply all the
residents of Cressona and Schuylkill haven with a sufficient amount for all its
industries.  The stream at present enters what is known as the Swatara Canal near
Pinegrove and is used not only in running a mill of large proportions but of supplying
seven or eight large farms with water for drinking purposes for cattle.  Superintendent
McKnight of the water Company was asked about the deal but stated that he knew
nothing whatever about it, although acknowledged that it was the talk in Schuylkill
Haven.  The tract of four hundred fifty acres was purchased from Isaac Beck for a
consideration said to be $2,500.  It was also reported that Mr. Beck wanted $3,000 for
the tract but that a compromise was reached for the first named sum.
The deal was brought about through G. H. Gerber of Reading, representing the
interests of the Water Company.  In conversation Mr. Gerber would not at first state
who had purchased the tract but finally made the statement that it was for the Schuylkill
Haven Gas and water Company.  This company also came to an agreement with the
owners of the land situated along the route of the stream.  What the conditions were
could not be ascertained.  It is believed that the mill was purchased outright and after a
monetary consideration, the farmers were assured that they would have water
sufficient for their cattle.  This stream is considered one of the best in this section of
the state and only recently was gone over by a number of the officials of the Pinegrove
water Company.  This town wanted it but on account of a little misunderstanding let it
slip through their hands.  It is a known fact that the present Schuylkill Haven Gas and
water Company will pump the water from this stream up over the summit into their
present dams and then allow it to run through the old mains.  
For this purpose the Water Company will build a dam over four hundred feet wide or
one hundred feet wider than the present one in the Panther Valley.  A powerful pump
will be erected that is estimated will force the water the mile and one quarter over the
mountain into the old reservoir.  The company has already ordered the necessary pipe
and will start laying an eight inch line within the next few weeks.  Just when the work
on the erection of the new dam will be started could not be ascertained as the officials
connected with the company in this section and the employees feigned ignorance on
the subject.  Nevertheless it is believed it will be completed in time to assure the
residents of the above mentioned towns sufficient water during the summer months
and at all times in the future.  It was reported that the company had ordered seven
hundred water meters to be placed in all houses in Cressona and Schuylkill Haven.  
Already a number of the houses have the meters as have all the hotels, the greater
number of the saloons and all the manufacturing industries and the bleach and dye
It is believed that if the company can insure a sufficient supply for all the year around
that the proceedings to declare their charter forfeited will be dropped by the Borough
of Schuylkill Haven and the $53,000 which was to have been expended for municipal
water works , which was to be supplied from Tumbling Run, will be saved.

Pottsville Republican of March 17, 1911


The boys of the high school have chosen the following officers for the baseball season
for 1911: Manager William Quinter, Captain Walter Knarr, Treasurer John Starr.  The
baseball committee of the Alumni association will please note the selections, consult
the officers and make their peace with them.  Charles Davies acted as chairman of the
Miss Ebling, teacher of School Number 10 and principal of the North Ward building, who
was on the sick list for a week, is at her post again.


The teachers have been annoyed a great deal by parents delaying to send excuses for
their children's absence from school and by parents sending what were very evidently
false excuses.  Children who are detained at home regularly every Monday morning
and then present an excuse of illness just as regularly arouse suspicion of the
instructors that wash day has had something to do with that particular illness.  It is a
fact too, that this "disease" is quite "contagious" and is becoming somewhat epidemic.  
To look into this matter, the board at its last meeting, directed that the truant officer be
sent to the homes of the absent pupils and discover how sick those pupils are.  A
number of them have been found taping shirts and doing other work around the home.
The parents, to a large extent, are indulging their children too much, with all sorts of
amusements and pleasures and school work is being neglected proportionately.  The
early evening, which should be devoted by the boys and girls to earnest study, is taken
by the boys and girls for personal and social enjoyment; then during the later period of
the evening, when their minds are fatigued, they make a feeble bluff at preparing
lessons for the next day.  Some get at their books early in the evening and continue at
them a short time only, to cast them aside and go out for fun.  In the great majority of
cases, the pupils try to prepare about three or four lessons in less time then is
required for the proper preparation of one.  The parents seem to encourage this; they
then wonder why the marks brought home on the reports are so low.  Immediately they
are ready to charge the teachers with carelessness, indifference, and even partiality
and unfairness.  It is even held that the boys and girls are sent to school to study and
to be taught, just as though two vacant periods were sufficient time to prepare fully
five and six difficult lessons and as though the teachers were expected to pour
knowledge into pupil's heads, through the aid of a funnel, without the pupil's least
effort.  We have heard of no one getting an education in this manner.  Franklin,
Webster, and Lincoln did not acquire knowledge in that way.  
We are told that the young must have pleasure, so they must and do, but nothing but
pleasure is ruinous to mind and character.  Of what is moral and mental "backbone" to
be developed?  Where shall they get grit, push and energy?  It is sincerely hoped that
parents will be aroused to a sense of their duty in these matters, if for no other reason
then to save themselves a lot of chagrin at the end of the term, which may come upon
them through the failure of their children to pass.  
MARCH 1911