|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of October 6, 1916
FOUR CASES OF TYPHOID FEVER
Two additional cases of typhoid fever have been reported during the present week, making a total of four known cases in Schuylkill
Haven. The two previous cases reported were Mrs. William Bautsch and Mrs. Mandon Sweigert, of Berne Street, while the two new
cases are Eva Wolf, aged ten years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wolf, residing near the Baker underwear factory and Marion
Benseman, who is staying with the Moyer family, near the roller skating rink. Practically every physician in the town reports one or
more patients suffering with high fever and every symptom of the disease.
CHANGE AT BELL STORE
A change went into effect Monday at the Bell store in which Messrs. Raudenbush and Scholl, clerks, have been transferred to take
charge of the new store to be opened in Hamburg. The delivery and soliciting of goods has been done away with as well as the team.
Charles Gehrig who has successfully managed the store for the past several months will continue in the employ of the firm and will be
ably assisted by Mr. Howard Fehr of Landingville.
LITTLE BUSINESS BEFORE TOWN COUNCIL
A small number of members being present and the chilly atmosphere, which tended to dampen the enthusiasm and lessen the flow of
oratory, resulted in the monthly meeting of Town Council, held Monday evening, being a short one. Despite the shortness of the
session one of the members became "sea sick" from the density of cigar smoke and was compelled to return home before
adjournment was made. Not much business of importance was transacted. Perhaps that of principal interest was in relation and
connection with the fire department or matters relating to fire protection.
Upon the request of Fire Chief Commings, the Street Commissioner was instructed to accompany Mr. Commings on a tour of
inspection of the town at which time all the fire plugs are to be carefully tested and inspected and a report made to Council.
That the State Fire Commissioners have been informed of several fire traps or buildings which would be good prey for fire is
evidenced by the statement of Chief Commings that he received notice from the State Fire Marshall that the stable of Miss Martha
Koehler and the Sausser building on Main Street were considered dangerous. In view of the fact that the owners of a Cressona
property quite recently were fined almost nine hundred dollars for refusing to comply with orders to repair the same, the notice will
no doubt result in almost immediate improvement.
The Chief further added that since two of the local fire companies are equipped with fire trucks, an effort is being made to have the
insurance rates somewhat lowered. Before this can be done a thorough and rigid inspection if the town will be made by an inspector
of the State Department. This inspector is expected in Schuylkill Haven some time this month. Every building, including private
residences, theatres, schools, factories, warehouses and empty buildings will be carefully examined. The fire apparatus, method of
fighting fires, the fire alarm system, the number and condition of fire plugs, and many other matters will enter into the inspection and
report of the fire inspector. Mr. Commings also called attention to the fact that the fire alarm should be tested at certain time periods
to ensure its efficiency.
The Call of October 13, 1916
POW WOW DOCTOR SUED
It is really surprising, stated a local resident, the large number of Schuylkill Haven people who believe in pow wow doctors and claim
to get results. This week, P. E. Gerber, a pow wow doctor at Lehighton, whom it is alleged, prescribed for a large number if residents
of this section, was sued for $5,500 damages. The suit was brought by a woman who claims she has been permanently injured instead
of the doctor and asks for damages.
TOOK BICHLORIDE FOR HEADACHE TABLETS
Arthur Peiffer, residing on what is known as Goat Hill near the Minnich Dairy Farm, Wednesday evening about six o'clock, took two
bichloride tablets in mistake for headache tablets. As soon as the mistake was discovered, Dr. James Gray was communicated with.
The doctor ordered immediate emtics to be administered and arrived at the home shortly thereafter and gave medical assistance.
The condition of the man is reported to be quite serious as it is feared kidney trouble may develop from the deadly poison taken into
and quickly circulated through his system.
NEW PLUMBING AND HEATING COMPANY
A new plumbing and heating company has been organized and is located in this town. It is styled the Schuylkill Haven Plumbing and
Heating Company. It is composed of J. Reigner of Reading and R. V. Krammes of town. Mr. Reigner is a plumber and steamfitter of
twenty five years experience having been employed by the largest contractors in Reading and other cities. Mr. Krammes is the
proprietor of the Columbia Hotel. Mr. Reigner recently superintended for a Reading firm with which he was connected at that time,
the installation of a large steam plant at the Walkin Shoe Factory. The new firm has already received a number of contracts from town
INJURED IN RUNAWAY ACCIDENT
Messrs. John Gehrig and George Keely are both suffering with injuries to their left legs as the result of a runaway accident. The
accident occurred on the other side of the Schuylkill Mountain. The steep incline was being descended when something broke,
causing the horse to dash away. Both were thrown out and the carriage badly damaged. Several stitches were necessary to close the
wound on Gehrig's leg. The horse was hired form a Spring Garden man and the carriage from another party, while the harness and
whip were borrowed from a party in town. Both victims of the accident have taken a solemn vow never to go carriage riding again,
especially when they must borrow the necessary paraphernalia from three different parties.
ONE FIFTH OF POPULATION IN ST. JOHN'S CONGREGATION
One fifth of the population of Schuylkill Haven is included in the parish of St. John's Reformed Church. This was the startling and
pleasing announcement made by Reverend M. A. Kieffer, pastor of Saint John's Reformed Church at the rally day exercises held last
Sunday morning. Figures given to prove and upon which the statement is based are as follows. The membership of St. John's
congregation is 690. The number of unconfirmed is 230. The Sunday School enrollment is 847. All members of the congregation are
members of the Sunday School except 223, therefore the total parish would number 1070. The population of Schuylkill Haven is
estimated at 5,000. Therefore the church has about one fifth of the town's inhabitants.
The Call of October 20, 1916
BASKET BALL SITUATION HERE
Basket ball fans are beginning to inquire as to what prospects there are for basket ball in Schuylkill Haven this year. It is hardly likely
a regular weekly schedule of games will be played or is it likely that the town will be represented with as strong a team as has
represented it for the past few years. The proposition last season did not turn out very successfully from a financial standpoint and
tghe promoters of former years hesitate to tackle the matter again this year. Of course there will be the usual games between the
younger teams of the town but as for a big game the prospects are very poor. Several exhibition games will no doubt be played in the
roller rink between teams of the county and if the demand warrants it and a sufficient number of tickets can be disposed of in
advance, a special schedule of five or seven games will be arranged between strong traveling teams and a specially selected
Schuylkill Haven team.
Schuylkill Haven is not the only town that the situation this year is rather dubious but in places where this sport had for years been
generously patronized and the towns were represented with fast teams, have this year decided not to participate in the usual indoor
sport. However, it is confidentially expected and anticipated that if the present prosperity continues throughout the winter there will
be a general demand for basket ball and the managements will acceded to the demand and place teams in the cage.
ROLLER SKATING BECOMING POPULAR
Mr. Paul Naffin, manager of the roller rink, reports that roller skating is again becoming popular and promises to be the favorite indoor
pastime and amusement for this winter. He reports that the attendance at the rink for some time has been very large and far above
the attendance for several years. Skating rink proprietors all over the state are also reporting an increase in attendance so that this
one time popular sport appears to be becoming quite popular again. The main reasons assigned for the return of popularity of roller
skating are the prosperity now being enjoyed the country over and a desire for a change from dancing which for several years proved
the most attractive and popular indoor pleasure.
The Call of October 27 1916
KILLED PHEASANT WITH STONE
Probably one of the most accurate flingers in Schuylkill County is a young lady of Seven Stars who is employed at the Berger Brothers
Mill. During the present week while enroute from her home to work, she spotted a pheasant sitting on the upper rail of the fence.
Picking up a stone, she threw it. A short story, the stone struck the bird and killed it. Then the dead bird was brought to the mill and
exhibited. If the young lady, in future years displays the same accuracy with rolling pins and flat irons, there's no use trying to guess
who will be the boss of the house.
BADLY BITTEN BY DOG
George Eiler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Eiler of Garfield Avenue, was badly bitten by a shepherd dog owned by a party named Shiley.
The dog attacked the boy and sank its teeth through the child's upper lip. Several marks were made on the nose and cheek of the
victim. Dr. Lessig was summoned and cauterized the wounds.
Constable John Butz killed the animal in order that it might not attack any other persons. No serious results are anticipated.
ENTERS BUSINESS FOR HIMSELF
Harry Sterner, who for the past several years has been associated with Walter Fisher in the green grocery business, has purchased
the stock and store of Edward Gottschall and will enter business for himself. Mr. Sterner will take charge on Monday when Mr.
Gottschall will move back to Pottsville. Mr. Sterner has many friends who wish him success in his new field of business.
INSTALLING HOT WATER PLANT
"Con" Reed of Berne and Columbia Street is having a hot water system installed in his home. The work is being done by the Schuylkill
Haven Plumbing and Heating Company. This same company will shortly start work on the installation of a steam heat plant in the home
of Charles Keller on Main Street.
ENGINEER'S CAR IN ACCIDENT
The auto of Borough Engineer George W. Butz, figured in an accident on Canal Street, when it was run into by the eight cylinder
Cadillac car of Mrs. Atkins, of South Centre Street in Pottsville. The Butz car was damaged to the extent of about $50 while the Atkins
car escaped with slight damage. It was necessary to tow the Butz car to the Bittler garage.
ARRANGING FOR HALLOWEEN PARTIES
A number of the younger people of the town are making arrangements for the holding of Halloween parties. Comparatively few will be
held on Tuesday evening, the greater number being planned for the remainder of the week, in order that the guests may attend the
several demonstrations to be held in the surrounding towns. The Call will gladly publish free of charge, accounts of all Halloween
parties and gatherings.
INJURED AT STORAGE YARD
Joseph Herb, of Garfield Avenue, sustained a crushed index finger of the right hand while employed at the storage yard. He was at
work when a car was dropped and his hand was caught between a chute and the car. Dr. Lessig dressed the injury.
AUTO CRASHES INTO WALL
A Mitchell touring car figured in an accident at Dock Street and center Avenue shortly before the midnight hour on Saturday last. The
driver of the car was endeavoring to get one of the nurses at the county home to work before twelve o'clock and in attempting to turn
the corner, crashed into the stone wall in front of the home of E. H. Borda. Fortunately neither of the occupants were injured but
immediately following the accident, Miss Nurse took to her heels and was lost from view. The auto sustained two broken wheels and
was towed from the scene.