|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of May 8, 1914
BOROUGH COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Town Council at its regular meeting Monday evening, in addition to the transaction of the regular routine
of business, took action on four very important, progressive measures which will greatly benefit the
town. First the instructing of its Ordinance Committee to present a traffic ordinance, that is one both
covering the speed of vehicles through the borough, blowing of alarm at street crossings, etc. Second;
Instructing the electric light committee to proceed with the installation of a new system of illuminating
the principal street of town. Third; the decision of the Road Committee and the Chief Burgess to be
more strict with property owners having pavements that are in bad condition. Fourth; the placing of a
contract for the posting of enameled street signs at all street corners.
Action on the first matter, brought up by Mr. Berkheiser, had all members readily agreeing that the speed
which vehicles are being driven in the borough is very dangerous. The committee was therefore
instructed to present a traffic ordinance. On the second matter, a motion was made to place a heavier
line on top of the poles in town to accommodate incandescent lights as a replacement for the arc lights
presently used on the paved streets of town. On the third matter, a motion was made that the Road
Committee attend to their work in having property owners maintain their pavements and if this is not
done the borough will repair them and bill the owner. If the bill is not paid, a lien will be placed on the
property. On the fourth matter, a motion was passed to purchase blue enameled signs from Reed and
Hoffman of town at .37 cents each and placed for .12 cents more. The signs will be placed on buildings
where possible and on proper poles where no suitable building is present.
An ordinance was passed to grade the street between Saint John and Margaretta Streets and giving it
the name "Wilson Street." A motion was carried to elect George Butz as borough engineer at a salary of
sixty cents an hour for borough work. Mr. Yost of the Road Committee stated as yet he had not received
the desired information in reference to a suitable street sweeper for the borough. He is in
communication with a number of firms and hopes to have the information at the next meeting.
Councilman Yost stated by the P & R Company placing another switching track on the Main Street
crossing, this crossing is made very dangerous. The two tracks coming together on the street leaves
but enough space between them for a horse's foot to catch in. Several horses have already been
caught in this space. He said the same should either be filled with heavy stone or a guard rail placed
along the same. He also reported the trolley road from William Street to Kantner's Saloon is dangerous
and in poor condition.
Councilman Sterner reported that in the case of rain, water soaks through and drops from the ceiling of
both the Pennsylvania and Lehigh arches on the sidewalks.
The eighth school month ended on Monday and the teachers received their pay on Tuesday. Only one
more month for this term. The net proceeds, or profits of the High School athletic association's festival
last week was $177.78. The affair went far beyond the expectation of the committee. The public's
patronage was exceedingly liberal both in contributions and in purchasing tickets. The cash donations
alone amounted to $55, the sale of tickets was $80 and the cash receipts at the festival were $82. There
were about fifty cakes there and the amount of candy was beyond anything ever witnessed in this town.
Our High School team will soon appear in brand new suits which were measured and ordered this week.
Some bills were paid and these suits will be purchased out of the proceeds of the festival and a very
nice sum of money besides will be left in bank bearing interest. This assures a future baseball or
athletic fund. The suits were ordered of E. G. Underwood. There are some plates, jars and a basket left
from the festival. The owners can have them by sending word to the High School. If any plate or other
vessel is missing let us know so we may inquire about it.
The Call of May 15, 1914
BOXING AT THE OPERA HOUSE
A boxing show will be given at the Losch Opera House tonight, Friday. First bout will be at 8:30 o'clock
sharp. It will be the biggest boxing bill ever given in Schuylkill County and lovers of the ring sport will
be present from all over this section of the state. There will be forty rounds of boxing. There will be six
rounds with the famous midgets who have appeared in all the large cities of the United States. There
will be a battle royal between six colored boxers of Philadelphia. This alone will be worth the price of
admission. There will be a number of preliminaries by boxers from Pottsville, Tamaqua,Port Carbon, Mill
Creek and Schuylkill Haven. The grand and final windup will be between Spike Earley of Bridgeport and
Kid Scatton of Hazleton. The show will be conducted in a clean and quiet manner. No boisterous
conduct of any character will be tolerated. Police officers will be present to preserve the best of order.
The Call of May 22, 1914
BIG CROWD AT DANCE
Probably the biggest crowd ever attending a dance in Schuylkill Haven was that of Tuesday evening,
which attended the shirtwaist dance held in Keystone Hall. The dancers were present from almost every
town in this particular section. Permission having been granted for the gentlemen to remove their
coats, the dance was enjoyed by them to a much greater extent. All present declared themselves well
pleased with the evening's enjoyment. Similar dances will be conducted every Tuesday evening
throughout the summer. It is probable by next Tuesday evening, the proprietor of Keystone Hall, will
have had electric fans placed in the dance hall and this will in a great way add to the enjoyment of the
The Call of May 29, 1914
Ray Hummel of town recently found the secret of catching fish and says that the veteran fisherman, Gus
Luckenbill, will have to go some to hold his reputation. Mr. Hummel the other evening made a catch of
sixty catfish at the "Tunnel" notwithstanding his unsuccessful attempt of several previous nights and
since then has kept the neighbors supplied with fresh caught fish.
A SEVERE ELECTRICAL STORM
The most severe electrical storm in years passed over Schuylkill Haven Wednesday afternoon. The
lightning was very vivid and the crashes of thunder almost deafening. A number of the electrical motors
in several of the local mills were put out of commission. Electric light and telephone service was also
crippled in a number of instances. A number of employees in several of the mills were so affected by the
lightning and the terrific thunder, that they fainted. In one instance the services of a physician was
required. The young lady was unconscious for several hours.
TO CELEBRATE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company will celebrate its fourth anniversary on Saturday, June 6th. It was on
this date four years ago that this company opened for business. In this time a handsome three story
white marble front building has been erected and this company has made a wonderful growth as is
evidenced by the increase of the deposits and earnings. At the present time the deposits total over
$310,000. An anniversary mark of $350,000 has been set for the total deposits by June 6th. Every effort
is being made to bring the deposits up to this amount.
On the opening day, June 6th, 1910 the deposits amounted to $66,317; on May 13, 1914 the deposits
amounted to $310,200, a most wonderful increase in this period of time. On May 13, 1914, the surplus
and profits amounted to $29,100.
Through the untiring energy of the treasurer of this company, E. W. McSparran, and the excellent board
of directors selected to conduct the affairs of the company, this banking institution has become on eof
the most sound in this particular section of the state.
ON THE BASEBALL DIAMOND
The 1914 baseball season in Schuylkill Haven will be opened on Memorial Day. No other team then the
strong Cressona nine will be the attraction. In addition to this being the first game of the season for
Schuylkill Haven, it will mark the opening of what promises to be a complete success, the Schuylkill
County League.In the morning, the home team will cross with Cressona at Cressona. In the afternoon
the scene of battle will be shifted to this burg. The local grounds have for the past few weeks
undergone repairs and improvements and are in first class condition.
Manager Sattizahn and Assistant Manager Berger has secured the following ball players from which a
lineup will be selected. Sattizahn, catcher; Weast of town or Wynkoop of Mill Creek, first base; Hawkins
or Burkey of Auburn for second bag; Drumheller for shortstop; Jones of town at third; troy of town, left
field; Deibert, center field; Gudelunis of New Philadelphia and McGovern of town, right field; Dreher of
Gordon and Davendish of Girardville, Allessandroni of saint Clair as pitchers. The following youngsters
will be given the opportunity to make good: Raymond Mill, Kid Cake, Messrs. Scott, Kauffman, Swede,
Klinger, Bast and McDonald.
It has been decided to increase the membership of the Schuylkill Haven Baseball Association and make
it more of a town affair. Opportunity will be given for all persons interested in sports of any kind to
become members of the association for the small sum of two dollars. A canvass of the town will be made
very shortly and an effort made to secure members. By increasing the membership of the Athletic
association and making it possible for a large membership interest in baseball, basketball, etc., in
Schuylkill Haven will be considerably increased and will mean much better results being obtained in all
classes of sports.
For some time this matter has been under discussion and the Association at its meeting held this week
decided on the above policy. Each and every person can become a member of the organization upon
the payment of two dollars and can have a say in the management and conduct of the athletics in this
town. As soon as a membership has been secured a meeting will be called and a course of procedure
for the promotion of baseball this summer will be discussed.
DOINGS OF HEALTH BOARD
The monthly meeting of the Schuylkill Haven Board of Health was held Monday evening. The usual
routine of business was transacted. The report of the health officer showed that this borough has had
quite an epidemic of scarletina within the last several months, but present indications point to the fact
that this disease has about been conquered here and there is no need for grave concern at this time.
The number of new cases of scarletina reported were three making a total of six cases of the disease at
present. Sixteen houses were fumigated in the last month, thirteen where there was a case of scarletina
and three where there was a case of diphtheria.
A number of gutters were reported in bad condition and the secretary was instructed to notify property
owners to have the same placed in proper condition. The P & R Company in a communication to the
board expressed their intention of deepening the channel at the cutoff in the West Ward, so that this
particular plot will be better drained in the future.
A gutter near the corner of Saint Peter and Market Streets was reported as being in a blocked condition,
this same gutter was in a bad condition for several months. It was intimated at the meeting of the board
that the supervisor had been instructed to remedy this situation some time ago but he failed to do so. It
was decided to send a communication to the borough council in reference to this matter.
A pipe on Saint Peter Street entering into the Schuylkill River was reported as being broken off and
causing considerable nuisance at this point. The proper party will be notified to repair the same.