|This page will feature businesses from the past located in
Schuylkill Haven. Businesses and their stories will be
added regularly. Where possible, pictures will be provided
along with advertising memorabilia from each business.
|LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 16
|New articles just added include the demise of the P. T. Hoy
building in 1964, the closing of Burkert's store in 1969 and
the story of Homer Zimmerman's fifty years in the barbering
business. A story of a new shoe store in town in 1918 has
also been added.
|This listing appeared in the Pottsville Republican on May 19, 1888 offering a roster of businesses paying mercantile taxes in
Schuylkill Haven. Below the chart are examples of advertising pieces from some of those businesses.
|Pottsville Republican of October 6, 1887
It was with feelings of regret that we read the announcement in that paper this morning of the suspension of the Schuylkill Haven
"Enterprise", a newspaper venture in which our esteemed young friend, George F. Dengler embarked about two years ago. Mr.
Dengler and his partner, Mr. Boyer, have labored in season and out of season during this lapse of time to give our neighboring
borough a credible representative weekly local paper and they succeeded well in their part, but the business community failed in
doing their share, hence the failure. The plant will remain in Schuylkill Haven and the job printing business continued. We sincerely
hope the people of that handsome little borough will wake up to a realization of their loss and the publication of the "Enterprise" will
soon be resumed.
|The demise of Schuylkill Haven's only newspaper of the day...and then a new venture...
|Pottsville Republican of June 9, 1888
PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY RENOVATED
The photograph gallery of Harry S. Deibert has been renovated and placed in order so as to
compare with any in the county. All modern instruments and appliances are used so as to
be at the front of his art. It is a picture of neatness being on the ground floor, with a large
lawn in back of it which is arranged in a miniature park with trees, flowers, rustic benches
and lattice work where he makes a specialty of taking groups and those who desire
pictures of a romantic nature. The lightning flash photograph is a new addition whereby he
can take pictures at night. A visit to his gallery is a study in this beautiful art.
|Pottsville Republican of November 20, 1885
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S POPULAR HOTEL
Two attempts have been made to sell the Washington Hall property here, but it has again been adjourned by the trustee for causes
to the public unknown. Attorney Gerber represents the trustee and Attorney Weidman, the heirs of the estate of the late Philip
Koons. The present landlord of the property is Colonel Charles D. Gold, who came to this place from Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia,
and made this hotel what it now is, one of the best and most reliable hotel stands in this section of the state and whoever succeeds
him will find a fine trade and with equal ability the same can be held. Colonel Gold leaves this place for Phoenixville in April next,
where he has secured a permanent stand and judging from his success here, where he made a first class stand out of one that had
been almost abandoned and gone to wreck. He will surely succeed anywhere. Our Phoenixville neighbors will find in Colonel Gold a
good citizen, a man devoted to the cause of education and one who can give satisfaction to any reasonable sojourner, traveler or
local customer. Schuylkill Haven will only feel their loss when he is once away.
|Pottsville Republican of January 2, 1886
SALE OF WASHINGTON HALL
The old and well known hotel, "The Washington Hall", at Schuylkill Haven, was put up for the fourth time at public sale this week and
was finally struck off to Mr. Henry Zimmerman of that place, at the low figure of six thousand dollars. The property has been in the
hands of the Koons family for more than twenty five years. It is the best located and most commodious hotel building in our
neighboring borough and with proper repairs and a good landlord will do a large business.
|Pottsville Republican of September 25, 1886
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BANK
On the subject of a new bank in that town, the Schuylkill Haven Enterprise of this morning says: the Enterprise has been persistent in
its efforts to awaken an interest among our businessmen and citizens of the need and convenience of a bank located in our midst.
The suggestions as to the wants of our town in this particular, were widely copied by exchanges and today we point with pride to the
fact that a movement has been inaugurated towards the establishment of a banking institution. A preliminary meeting of the
businessmen was held at the Washington Hotel, at which five of the Directors of the Bank of America, Philadelphia, were present.
They were Louis E. Pfeifer, President, R. W. Cline, Cashier, J. B. Wiswell, C. L. Work and J. J. McFarlane, Directors. They fully
explained the branch bank system which is made a special feature of this well managed and prosperous bank. Those present were
favorably impressed and at once resolved themselves into a meeting, electing Dr. H. N. Coxe as Chairman and George F. Dengler as
Secretary. It was then suggested that the chairman appoint a committee of nine, whose business shall consist of gathering
subscriptions for stock, select a banking building and suggest the names of suitable officers for the branch bank. The following
committee were announced: C. A. Meck, Chairman, Charles Wiltrout, F. J. Simon, William D. Kline, Robert Jones, George E Hoffman, H.
Berger and Dr. D. Dechert. The next meeting is called for Tuesday, October 5th, when all persons interested in banking facilities in
our town, whether it be that you desire stock or merely deposit accommodations, are asked to be present and hear more of the
system of the proposed branch bank.
|Pottsville Republican of October 16,1886
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S BANK
The prospect for starting a bank at Schuylkill Haven has taken on quite a boom the past week. A meeting of the citizens was called
for Tuesday evening last and a large number were present and ready for business. A committee consisting of Messrs. Charles A.
Meck, Robert Jones, F. J. Simon and Charles Wiltrout was appointed to receive subscriptions for stock and to report Tuesday next at
Metamora Hall at 8:00 p. m. when the foundation of the institution will be determined upon.
|Pottsville Republican of December 9, 1889
A NEW DAILY PAPER
The "Schuylkill Haven Gazette" makes the following announcement, "Commencing with Monday next we will begin the publication of
an afternoon edition which will be circulated in Schuylkill Haven, Cressona, Orwigsburg and throughout the whole lower section of
Schuylkill County. The increasing popularity of our town demands it and the accommodation of advertisers must be taken into
consideration. The daily issue will be a five column folio and will contain a summary of all telegraphic matters, reported for this paper
by the Associated Press and also all local events of interest. The management of the Gazette have made all necessary arrangements
to give its readers a good spicy daily paper.
|Pottsville Republican of March 7, 1895
Schuylkill Haven industries are well worthy a note. The shoe factory and knitting mills give employment to several hundred men,
women and boys and all are extraordinarily prosperous. We have already referred to Berger, Brown and Company's shoe factory.
Here women's misses and children's shoes are turned out in excellent style and pattern and in great quantities. There are five
knitting mills. That of Harrison Berger and Son is located at the old flour mill on Dock Street. J. F. Bast's establishment in on Berne
Street and starts up Monday and works until Saturday night without shutting down steam as they work two shifts. Daniel Sharadin's
mill is near Columbia Street near Canal. J. F. Thompson and Company's works are on Margaretta Street and E. H. Baker is running a
big plant on a small street off of Saint John Street. The latest acquisition is Keller Shoemaker and Company whose new mill just
started up this week. It is located on Prospect Hill and is fitted up with all the latest machinery. All the factories make underwear and
one makes fast black hose. The capacity of these five mills is nearly five thousand shirts a day. The shoe factory and the knitting
mills use immense quantities of paper boxes and this gives prosperity to W. F. Doherty's big box factory. Yes, Schuylkill Haven is
forging ahead and that too without much brass band business.
|The Call of February 12, 1898
A PORTABLE WASHERY
Hiester C. Boyer and John H. Phillips of Pottsville put men to work this week at the lower end of the town to reclaim coal washed into
the Schuylkill River from the collieries situated along its tributaries. The scheme they are about to adopt is an original one. It is
proposed to build a large scow upon which they will erect screens and shutes to separate the coal from the silt and the assort it into
different sizes and then deposit it on the river's bank. The screens will be run by an engine propelled by steam supplied by a boiler,
all of which will be erected upon the scow. A soon as the coal is removed from the river bed in the vicinity, the scow will be
transported to a point farther south and operations will be again resumed and so on until the coal in the entire length of the river, a
distance of one mile, is removed in this way. This firm has secured a lease for all the land owned along the river from the Graver
Hotel to a point about one mile south. The culm is deposited from six to eight feet in the river bed and it is estimated that millions of
tons of coal will be reclaimed by this method, every pound which will find ready sale to local consumers, which will bring handsome
returns for the investment. This novel washery can be operated at little expense.
|The Call of October 5, 1900
NEW WASHERY IN OPERATION - Improved Apparatus Now in Use to Abstract
The new coal washery now in operation in the Schuylkill River at Quarlie Point, the foot of Canal Street, this place, is attracting large
numbers of spectators daily. The apparatus was built and is owned by Mr. James Ammon, a retired coal merchant of Reading. Mr.
Ammon's purpose is to abstract the coal from the dirt and culm now forming the bed of the river. The deposit of culm is from thee to
six feet in depth and is known to contain a large percentage of the very best free burning coal. To accomplish this purpose, a scow
fourteen by twenty five feet in size has been constructed and on this is placed the machinery, which consists of a powerful and
latest improved suction pump, operated by an eighteen horsepower engine. A twenty four horsepower boiler furnishes the steam.
Sieves and other necessary fixtures are also placed aboard the scow. A six inch hose attached to the pump extends down into the
mass of water, dirt and culm and all substances less than six inches in size in close proximity to the opening are drawn up through
the hose and deposited in a revolving screen or sieve, with meshes of four different sizes, which separates the buckwheat, pea,
nut, and stove coal. From the screen the coal drops into bins below, from which it is removed by workmen and carried to the shore
in boats specially built for that purpose. The water, sand and other fine dirt separated from the coal is caught up by a trough at a
point under the screens and run off the rear of the scow into that part of the river already gone over by the hose. The scow, which
is moved by means of ropes on shore, seesaws across the stream, making its own course and each time advancing about ten feet. It
is Mr. Ammon's intention to traverse the river up to the Columbia Street covered bridge. The pump has a daily capacity of one
thousand tons and it is expected that that amount of material handled will give a daily yield of about 125 tons of coal, nearly all of
which he expects to ship to other points. He will do some retailing. The first trial of the apparatus was made on Wednesday morning
and proved entirely successful.
|The Call of October 19, 1900
THE SCOW SANK
An unfortunate occurrence put a temporary halt to the operations of the new coal washery in the Schuylkill River at the foot of Canal
Street, this place. Last Friday evening, shortly before the suspension of he day's work, the scow suddenly sank, but fortunately the
water at that point was only about two feet deep and the valuable machinery aboard was not submerged. It was supposed that the
scow had been built sufficiently large to carry the weight of the heavy machinery. Instead of floating, as had been supposed, the
scow had been simply resting on the deposit of culm covering the bottom of the river. Large quantities of the culm surrounding the
scow had been removed by the pump and the scow, losing its support, went down. Mr. Ammon, the proprietor, is having another
scow constructed, twenty by thirty three feet in size, which is calculated large enough to sustain the enormous weight. The
operations up to the time of the accident had been very successful.
|The Call of February 13, 1903
Douglas Kaufman has given Schuylkill Haven something for which there has been a crying
need for several years - a first class restaurant, where meals can be obtained at all hours and
where the finest beers, wines and liquors obtainable can be had. Café Kauffman opened on
Saturday last and has been enjoying a trade that is very gratifying to its proprietor. The café
is located in the Kaufman building on Main Street, between Saint John and Saint Peter
Streets. The bar and lunch rooms are on the ground floor. They are painted and papered in
green and white, while the handsome fixtures are of antique quartered oak floor and is fitted
with a coal range and a gas range both of the latest and most approved patterns. On the
second floor are two public dining rooms and a private dining room, all beautifully carpeted
and handsomely furnished with pretty pictures on the walls and lace curtains on the
windows. The café is lighted throughout by electric light. It contains every modern requisite
for the comfort and speedy service of its guests. It is understood that the formal opening will
take place on the seventeenth and that a chicken and waffle supper will be served.
|The article at right denotes the opening of
"Cafe Kaufman in Schuylkill Haven. The ad
above appeared on the front page of "The Call"
regularly after the grand opening. The article
below relates the eventful grand opening
|The Call of May 8, 1903
IT WAS A PUT UP JOB - The Street Fight Precipitated by a Gang of Toughs
The unfortunate street fight on Main Street on Tuesday night of last week has been he subject of a thorough investigation upon the
part of Douglass Kaufman, the proprietor of Kaufman's Café. Mr. Kaufman was holding his opening, and his restaurant was crowded
with patrons, most of them personal friends, many of whom had come from a distance to aid in the making the affair a success. The
Schuylkill Haven Drum Corps,engaged for the occasion, were playing in front of the café, when suddenly there was an attack upon
the assembled crowd in the street, which was ended in a few moments by prompt and decisive action upon the part of those standing
by. Mr. Kaufman was busy in his cellar getting out supplies and knew nothing of the disturbance until it was over and at no time was
there any disturbance in the café. Mr. Kaufman is reliably informed that a crowd of young fellows came down from Pottsville with the
avowed purpose of creating a row. They were not intoxicated but were bent upon mischief and kept up their tactics until the
disturbance resulted. No one deplores the affair more than Mr. Kaufman, although he realizes he is not open to censure in the
matter as it was something for which he is not responsible and could not control. Mr. Kaufman's sole idea in locating here has been
to give this town the benefit of a restaurant that is first class in all of its appointments and where an appetizing meal may be had at
any hour and he believes the community will support him in the maintaining of such a model establishment.
|The Call of May 27, 1904
DRUG STORE CHANGES HANDS
Wellington Hartman last week sold the Gem Pharmacy to G. I. Bensinger, who has been his clerk for a number of years. Mr.
Bensinger graduated with honors from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1886 and has been practicing his profession ever
since. He is one of the most popular young men in the town and his success is assured.
Mr. Hartman has for some time been manufacturing specialties for the drug and liquor trades and has recently established a
wholesale liquor house and he retires from the retail drug business in order to more fully devote his time to the manufacture and
sale of his specialties, which have already won a statewide reputation and by merit alone are pushing their way into all the
|The Call of September 11, 1914
WILL CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY
Tonight there will be celebrated an interesting event in the town's business section. It will be the tenth
anniversary of one of our most enterprising young businessmen, namely,E. G. Underwood. Today it is just ten
years since this businessman, as manager for the Doutrich and Company store, opened for business in
Schuylkill Haven. In that time he has not only developed a most uptodate gent's furnishing store but has set
a standard for successful businessmen in our town. Ten years ago, this burg was, so far as its businessmen
were concerned, at a standstill. Shortly after the arrival of Mr. Underwood in the town, his uptodate business
ideas and public spiritedness began to make itself felt in many directions. Other businessmen began to see
their opportunities which they were leaving slip by for making this a livelier and busier town. They began to
pursue different tactics and to the credit of this one man, it must be said the town took on a new life. In the
ten years he has been in Schuylkill Haven he and his work has been an incentive for bigger and better things
which have done much to advance the town. The steady and vigorous growth of the clothing store with which
for two years he was connected as manager, and for six and one half years as a member of the firm Doutrich
and Company, and for the last year and a half as proprietor, is due to the splendid service, sound business
judgement and honest and straight forward business methods employed.
This store, as it stands today in appearance and the ready response of the people, the large increase in volume of business, fully
attest that Mr. Underwood has proven himself a most thorough and efficient businessman. A man capable of knowing just what the
people need and should have and a man who has not hesitated in beginning at the very first stage, i. e. creating the desire to be
clothed in stylish and well fitting and up to the minute clothes and then supplying the demand. The store has become the most
popular among the men and boys of this town ans the surrounding community.
Mr. Underwood came to Schuylkill Haven from Gettysburg where he was employed in the store of Weaver and Son. As manager for
Doutrich and Company the store had a depth of seventy five feet. This later was increased by forty feet. After a few years the
merchant tailoring feature was added to the line of gents clothing and furnishings. Later almost two complete floors were occupied
instead of one. Only last year the store was further enlarged for the accommodation of a Ladies Department of coats, suits and furs.
It is in celebration of the ten years Mr. Underwood has been in business in Schuylkill Haven that he has arranged for an anniversary.
Mr. Underwood fully is cognizant of the fact that it is to the public to whom is due the greater portion of credit for his success, as it
was by their patronage that the present business has prospered and grown to such an extent. In view of this fact he extends a
cordial invitation to everyone to attend the anniversary ceremonies which will be held tonight, Friday, September 11th.
|At left is a bottle of "Old Virginia
Bitters" supplied by Wellington
Hartman of Schuylkill Haven.
This rare bottle commands a
premium price. At right is an ad
from the Call newspaper for one
of his concoctions.
The insatiable demand for
houses and the prospects of
Schuylkill Haven's prosperity for
some time to come have created
somewhat of a real estate boom
and the new addition to the town
opened by Messrs. Saul and
Stanton appears to be the
favored location. Within the past
week three of the finest building
sites have been sold and the
purchasers expect to build in
the spring. This is one of the
most desirable locations in the
town, being high and dry, with
pure air and a splendid natural
drainage and is within easy
reach of the Pennsylvania
Railroad and the trolley, while it
is only a five minutes walk from
the center of town.
|Schuylkill Haven was considered a prosperous town in the county and area one hundred years ago and the real estate business
flourished. The article at the left from the Call of November 3, 1905 made a regular appearance in the paper along with the plot plan
at right as seen in the August 4, 1905 edition. The plot plan shows available lots on what is now Centre Avenue, Stanton Street and
|Owning an automobile in 1912 was considered quite different then it is today. Below is an article listing all auto
owners in Schuylkill Haven. This type of listing appeared at various times throughout the year.
The Call of July 19, 1912
LIST OF LOCAL AUTO OWNERS
The following is a list of automobile owners in Schuylkill Haven and the name of the car. There are forty nine
automobiles, six of this number are trucks. Last year there were twenty eight machines in town or an increase in
one year of twenty one machines. It is quite likely before the season is over this number will be increased to a
still larger number as there are quite a few persons who expect to purchase a machine this year. The Ford and
Cadillac machines seem to be the favorites with the local drivers, there being an equal number of each make in
the town, eleven Cadillacs and eleven Fords.
H. R. Heim Cutting Joseph Michel Cadillac
Samuel Rowland Cadillac Frank Heim Inter-State
Carl Bitzer Buick George H. Michel National
O. O. Bast Ford Charles Michel Cadillac
Howard Stager Maxwell George A. Berger Cadillac
George Saul Cadillac W. Hartman Ford
Jacob Reed Cadillac Mrs. Charles Sheaf Buick
Dr. L. D. Heim Overland Charles Faust Cadillac
D. D. Coldren Ford Dr. J. A. Lessig Ford
Dr. A. H. Detweiler Ford F. B. Keller Inter-State
John Ebling Ford Rev. E. H. Smoll Buick
Edward Borda Maxwell T. J. Davis Ford
Daniel Greenwald Ford Thomas Berger Cadillac
John Berger Cadillac William Kramer Cadillac
Blaine Sharadin Maxwell William Stitzer Ford
Irwin Becker Ford Herbert Baker Buick
William Killian Studebaker Daniel Kramer Rambler
Frank Runkle Buick Saul and Zang Modern Truck
George Long Buick Sam Sausser Rambler
Walter Meck Everett W. H. Moyer Overland
Harry Dohner Flanders John Dohner Ford
Jacob Berger E. M. F. Mrs. D. Dechert Buick
J. Harry Filbert Cadillac P. T. Hoy and Sons Chase Truck
Michel Brothers 1 Mack truck, 2 Modern Trucks
|The Call of August 6, 1920
TEARING DOWN ONE OF TOWN'S OLDEST FACTORY BUILDINGS
During the week, the frame rear portion of the Hoffman Knitting Mill was being torn down by the contractor preparatory to the
construction of a brick addition to this plant. The frame portion to be demolished is probably one of the town's oldest factory
buildings, having been built and used by Francis Warner as a shoe factory. It has for years been used as a factory building, both as a
shoe factory and underwear mill by different firms. The excavating adjoining the present Hoffman Mill continues, a sufficient depth
not having been reached yet. On this site will be constructed a three story brick factory building. The present mill will have another
brick story placed on it. When completed, the Hoffman Mill will be entirely of brick of a size 110 feet in depth and 50 feet frontage,
three stories in height and a basement. For some time three buildings have been used by Mr. Hoffman for his knitting mill, namely
the Margaretta Street mill, the mill across the street, formerly the candy factory and the building formerly occupied by A. H. Kline as a
factory. It is proposed to have all the operations conducted in the new building when completed.
|The Call of December 12, 1919
TOWN HAS LARGEST GARAGE IN COUNTY
The automobile garage on West Main Street of Berger and son is about completed and ready for occupancy by ninety autos. This is
the number of machines that can be accommodated in this building. Already some thirty machines have had reservations made for
them by their owners. The garage as was stated in these columns some time ago is the largest one floor garage in Schuylkill County.
It is 68 feet wide with a depth of 148 feet. The placing of iron girders made it possible to erect the building without the use of
supports or posts at different parts of the floor. This affords an unobstructed floor space of unusual size and will greatly facilitate
the handling of cars and make it possible for auto owners to take out and put back again their car with greater ease. The garage is
fireproof in its entirety. In addition to the same being a garage, the owners will carry a complete line of auto tires and all kinds of
accessories. A gasoline and air tank will also be installed. It is planned to have a formal opening of the garage in the very near
future at which time a band is to be present to furnish music for those who may wish to dance. A demonstration will also be given of
the Overland and Cole Eight autos which this firm is agent for.
|The Call of March 5, 1920
TO HAVE COMPLETELY EQUIPPED MACHINE SHOP
In addition to the George A. Berger and Son building on West Main Street being one of the roomiest garages in the county, it will also
be a modern and first class equipped machine shop, where it will be possible to procure prompt auto repairs of the cost complicated
nature and all kinds of general repairs. The motors, lathes and other machinery has arrived and will be set up the coming week.
There will be several machinists employed. One of the machinists will begin work the coming week. He is George Blew, formerly
foreman of the Serfas Motor Car Company of Pottsville. There are some sixty five automobiles stored in this garage at present.
There remains but a small part of the floor space to be concreted. Work on this will begin the coming week.
|The Call of July 11, 1919
SECOND BATHING BEACH OPENED
Schuylkill Haven now has two bathing beaches, in addition to the "Dock" and several other swimming places. The second bathing
beach to be officially opened was that at Bittle's Dam which took place on Monday evening. The Bressler Band was present and
rendered a concert the early part of the evening. Many bathers were present and enjoyed the cooling off and quite a large number
of onlookers were also on the job. Mr. Spotts, the owner of the beach has had the dam cleaned out and the dam breast raised so that
a good depth of cool fresh spring water is obtainable. A large bath house has been erected and ten dozen bathing suits purchased
so that all persons wishing to bathe can be accommodated.
|The Call of July 16, 1920
GIRL CAME NEAR DROWNING
Mildred, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Meck, narrowly escaped drowning at Killian's on Wednesday evening. She with her
brother Charles were enjoying themselves when suddenly she went under. Charles promptly called for help. There were no adult
persons in the vicinity and Miss Mary Lessig, daughter of Dr. J. A. and Mrs. Lessig, who was nearby and had been enjoying the
bathing came to the rescue. Nothing but a bubble on the water's surface could be seen. She dove at the point where the bubbles
were noticed and struck the body. Upon coming to the surface she quickly made known her finding. By this time there was
considerable commotion and excitement. Mr. Harry Sterner of Centre Avenue, who happened to be walking along the dam, as soon
as he learned of the facts, threw off his hat and fully dressed dove in under and brought the girl to the surface. As soon as the air
was reached the child sort of regained consciousness and with a little effort was soon out of danger although her face was very blue
when rescued and it was feared her rescuer came too late. She was taken to the home of her parents on Saint Peter Street in an
automobile and put to bed. Outside from suffering from shock she appears none the worse for her narrow escape from drowning.
|The Call of September 16, 1927
NEW BUILDING ON OLD LANDMARK
One of the oldest buildings in Schuylkill Haven is soon to be razed and on its site will be erected two pretty and very modern dwelling
houses. The building that will be razed is the Voute-Filbert-Keller-Call Building. It is known by any one of these names by reason of it
having at one time been owned by the first three and for twenty five or more years, and up until several years ago occupied by The
Call. The building will be razed by Contractor Canfield. Work of demolition was begun in a small way this week. The steam shovel will
be put on the job shortly and although strongly constructed and in the good old manner of building, it is expected it will be down in a
very short time. With the building will also be removed a number of trees, one in particular, a horse chestnut tree, on the premises is
over a hundred years of age.
Messrs. F. B. Keller and H. E. Snayberger will have built upon the site a very modern double two and one half story dwelling house. It
will be of the Foxcraft stone. This is the same stone as the Strunck Memorial Hall is built. The building will be several feet above the
grade of the street and will face on Dock. At each side of the building will be a large porch, one to face on Main Street and the other
toward Spring Garden. There will be one main entrance to the building which will be off of Dock Street. There will also be driveways.
The style of architecture will be on the Colonial style. The contract for the construction of this building was recently let to Burton E.
Cooper of Port Carbon. The architect is Harry Maurer of Reading. When the new building is completed it will be occupied by Mr. and
Mrs. F. B. Keller and Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Snayberger. Its completion will probably mark the beginning of building alterations and
operations on a large scale at the First National Bank of which Mr. Keller is president. The space used as living quarters now
occupied by Mr. Keller in the bank building is to be used for the banking space and the new banking building is to be of the most
modern in style and design.
|The Call of August 1, 1919
BATHING BEACH TO BE ENLARGED
There are big things booked for Schuylkill Haven in the way of a bathing beach and amusement park by next summer. The same will
be the outcome of the extension of Willow Lake on Garfield Avenue which has already become a most popular resort, not only for
local persons but for many people from other towns. The proprietor, Joseph Killian, has decided to enlarge the present bathing
beach and provide the public with a regular New Jersey seashore resort. The only thing that will be lacking is the salt water. The
dams are to be increased in size and work on this will be commenced early in September. The entire length of the dams will be 585
feet. The width at the lower breast or widest point will be 240 feet and at the upper end 130 feet. It will be made twelve and one half
feet in depth at and near the dam breast. Although making the beach large in size to accommodate many persons and deeper to
please some of the more daring ones, Mr. Killian is cognizant of the youngsters pleasure as well, and for their special pleasure is
going to provide and set apart a space of 140 feet by 52 feet which will be concreted and will be from two and a half to three and a
half feet in depth. A stem shovel will be used for the purpose of deepening the dam.
Not only is the bathing feature to be given attention but the pleasure and recreation features outside of bathing are to be provided
for. These in the form of a park. Below the dam breast there is to be made a park 500 feet in length and 150 to 250 feet in width. On
this space will be planted shade trees in large numbers. A pavilion to be used for dances and band concerts is to be erected. A
pavilion or building that will house a merry go round and other indoor amusements is to be erected. Several slides and swings for
the children will also be built as well as other outdoor park amusements. Tables and benches will be placed for the convenience of
picnic parties and private persons wishing to take their meals in the park. All these things are provided for in the plans and
blueprints that have been drawn up for the improvement of this place and the work is to be commenced early in September. Marlin
Scott of Pottsville, who for years was one of the managers at the Tumbling Run resort is affiliated with Mr. Killian in this latter
feature. Building plots have also been laid out at the dam, there being twenty two on the north side of the dam and twelve on the
south side. Eight of these lots have already been sold and the owners intend on erecting bungalows thereon. Several will begin
erection of the buildings this year.
|The articles below all relate to the swimming pool at Willow Lake, originally owned by the Killian family.
|This truck and two teams of horses
were used by Joseph Killian who
operated the ice business at Killian's
Dam in the Willow Lake area of town.
He also operated the swimming pool
that was located there.
|The Call of October 7, 1927
PUTTING IN SIDE TRACK TO WASHERY
A side track or siding to the Manbeck Washery is being placed by the Reading Company. In order to provide the siding slag and
cinder is being taken from the Rolling Mill property. This in turn will make this piece of land more necessary fill to the washery which
is very near the end of Canal Street or Parkway, a fill of four feet consisting of desirable as building lots. The placing of the side track
to the washery will make it possible to load the coal for shipment at the washery instead of trucking it to the coal chute near the
Union Knitting Mill. It will in turn also eliminate the condition at this point sometime complained of by pedestrians, namely, that of the
pavement over which the trucks passed of being covered with mud.
|The Call of June 14, 1929
D. M. BITTLE'S MORGUE FINEST IN THIS LOCALITY
The morgue and embalming parlors of Undertaker D. M. Bittle of Schuylkill Haven are without a doubt the most modern and up to date
in this section of Pennsylvania. One usually thinks or possibly speaks of a morgue as a place only to be visited by the undertaker and
the dead and the mention of the word results in chills creeping up and down one's back. However, modern methods used in caring
for and preparing the dead for burial have relieved this phase of the work of its so called horrors. A visit to the morgue of Mr. Bittle
can be made without the slightest fear of being unnerved. This because he has provided a large space for modern equipment and
furnishings and everything possible is done in order that the lifeless body can be tenderly cared for in a most sanitary and clean
manner. One finds the morgue is a large room resembling the operating room of a modern hospital. It is enameled in white, is well
lighted and all the equipment is of white porcelain. One finds a large white porcelain operating table, white instrument cabinets,
wash stands with hot and cold water available and shelves and closets wherein are arranged in an orderly way, carefully labeled
bottles containing the necessary fluids for the work at hand.
Adjoining the operating room, one finds the slumber room to which room the body is taken after being embalmed. It is placed on a
day bed. There are chairs and a table in the room and it is to this room relatives of the deceased can come and silently commune
with the spirit of their loved ones. Another room is fitted up as a display room and here are on display quite a number of caskets of
different designs and types. Here also may be found samples of the garment or clothing obtainable for the dead. The selection of all
the necessities for the burial may be chosen with ease under these conditions. The general public can feel that in the event of an
accident, etc., which sometimes necessitates the removal of a body to the undertaking establishment before removal to the home, it
is being cared for and prepared in a clean operating room and under the most desirable all around conditions.
|These three ads below were featured in the Call during 1928 and 1929.
|When First Lieutenant Joseph S. Kaufman was about to be discharged from the Army in 1919, he read an article stating milk should
be sterilized via pasteurization for the safety of the consumer. After discussing this with his fellow Schuylkill Haven resident and
Army buddy, Charles (Bags) Graeff, they decided to become partners in the milk pasteurization business. In 1920, Kaufman and
Graeff started in a basement in a home on Naffin Avenue in Schuylkill Haven. Most dairy farmers in the area sold their raw milk to
local residents and they tried talking Kaufman out of his new venture. They were unsuccessful and in 1921, Kaufman hired prolific
Schuylkill Haven builder and entrepreneur Paul Naffin, to build a milk processing plant on Naffin Avenue.
At the height of the business, an eight hundred quart pasteurization vat was filled three times a day, and four times the next, so that
2,800 quarts per day were delivered to local customers. The price of a quart at that time was ten cents. The raw milk was supplied to
Kaufman by forty farmers throughout Schuylkill and Berks Counties. An early employee of the dairy was Paul Boger, who began there
at the age of eleven. He would arise at three o'clock in the morning and work until school began. In 1928, he became a full time
employee and remained at the dairy for twenty four years. At that time the milk from Berks County arrived by train and it was known
the trainmen would get to the milk and skim the cream off the top of the forty quart containers.
Kaufman bought out his partner in 1921 and operated the dairy with his father, Daniel. The process would begin at three o'clock in
the morning. He and employee Chock Fey would deliver it to their customers. Bob Frey and Harry Kerschner were also long time
deliverymen for the operation. When Kaufman's son Joseph got out of the service in 1946, he started to work at the dairy as a milk
processor. Joe took a course at Penn State University and became a licensed milk tester, testing the butter fat content of the milk.
Milk was delivered every day including Sundays. In 1947, Kaufman purchased a machine to homogenize milk which keeps the cream
distributed throughout the container. Customers were given the choice between homogenized or nonhomogenized which was
bottled in what was known in cream top bottles, which allowed the cream to collect at the top. Surplus milk was run through a
separator machine, separating the cream from the milk. The cream was containerized and sold to Yuengling Dairy for ice cream and
the remaining milk, skim milk due to the absence of cream, was drained into the creek behind the dairy. The creek would turn white
with hundreds of gallons of the considered worthless skim milk running into it.
Kaufman's Dairy was sold in 1951 to Hiram Fisher, who worked for Rothermel's Dairy. He in turn went out of business in 1959. The
dairy was demolished in 1970, a home now occupying the lot.
This article is composed of information by the dairy founder's son Joseph and grandson Joerd. The accompanying pictures were kindly provided by
|Kaufman's Dairy founder
Joseph S. Kaufman
|This July 1950 photo
shows Harry Kerschner
and Joe Kaufman in front
of their delivery truck on
Saint John Street on the
northeast corner of the
intersection of Union
|This photo at left shows the Kaufman Dairy
float being readied for a Schuylkill Haven
Fourth of July parade. Below are two
pyroglazed Kaufman Dairy bottles.
|At right employees of the dairy from left to right:
Chock Fey, Daniel K. Kaufman, Daniel K.
Kaufman Jr. and owner Joseph S. Kaufman.
Below are two embossed bottles from the dairy.
|At left are two pyroglazed Kaufman Dairy bottles with the old 227 phone number. In the center is an advertising fan with Kaufman Dairy on the front and three dairies
on the reverse. At right are two highly collectible "baby face" bottles from the dairy. Note the bottles are of the cream top variety to separate the cream from the milk,
in this case in the form of a baby's face.
|WALKIN SHOE COMPANY
|Located at the corner of Parkway and Columbia Streets, the Walkin
Shoe Company was founded in 1887. It was organized in a 60' by 40'
frame building along the banks of the old Schuylkill Canal. It began as
Berger, Brown and the borough sold the old lock up and ground on
which it stood and an addition was made. In August of 1909, it the
latter two men left the business and H. E. Snayberger partnered with
Mr. Keller. For many years the company specialized in children's
corrective footwear and were sold nationwide. The 1968 anniversary
booklet about the company stated that at the time 2000 pairs of shoes
were made daily by a work force of 250 employees. The Walkin later
succumbed to a changing economy and foreign imports.
|Invoice from company from August 1909 when
Gerber sold his interests in the business.
|The Gerber Shoe factory in the original
building. Note the old canal in front.
|The Industrial review published in 1898 shows the pictures of the
owners of the company that later became the Walkin Shoe Co.
|P. T. HOY & SONS CO. GENERAL STORE
|Many residents can recall the beautiful Victorian brick structure at the corner of East Main Street and St. John Street that housed the
P. T. Hoy General Store. The business had it's origin during Civil War times located in Landingville. The original store was operated
by the father in law of Pancoast Thomas (P. T.) Hoy, Lewis Main Street. In 1875, P. T. Hoy entered the business and assumed
In 1894, he moved the business to a building at Main and St. John Streets expanding it to the well known three and a half story
turreted structure that was a centerpiece of the business district. The store sold a wide variety of dry goods and groceries. This
building became the largest completely electrically lit building in town between 1905 and 1910. Part of the original building on the
site predated the Civil War. A portion of that retained in the basement evidence of old store fronts. This was a remnant of the era
when the level of that intersection was a full story below present street level.
Hoy, ever the entrepreneur, sought out special contracts. He supplied troops in Shenandoah during the 1902 coal strike and also
obtained contracts to serve traveling circuses. Delivery teams delivered groceries to outlying areas and also purchased goods from
farmers for resale. Hoy was one of the first commercial enterprises in the county to utilize motorized trucks, sometime around 1910.
The business also offered gasoline for sale in the early days of automobiles. Hoy discontinued his delivery business during World
War One, maintaining the fixed site operation only.
It is said that P. T. Hoy was the first business in the area to offer Shredded Wheat and Quick Mother's Oats during the advent of those
staples. It was reported that confectionery pioneer, Milton Hershey, was an occasional visitor of the Hoy business as he began
A Lionel train display filled the front windows of the Hoy store at Christmas time. According to my uncle and others, at times, the
store cat also shared this space with fresh sausage and other goods. The store operated into the 1960's with Rudy Hoy as proprietor
until his retirement. The grand structure was demolished around 1966 and is now the site of Brok-Sel Markets.
P. T. Hoy was apparently a man who recognized the value of advertising. Many items bearing his store name still exist. Below you will
find pictures of some of those surviving items. In addition, is a picture of two unique items. A flour sifter from the counter of the
store bears the P. T. Hoy name but is hard to read especially in a photograph. The other item is a wooden washing machine from over
one hundred years ago.
|These three images depict P. T. Hoys beautiful edifice before it's demise. Upper left is from
September 1959, in the center is from January 1963 and at right is April 1966.
|Here are some items related to the P. T. Hoy General Store. Clockwise from
upper left: coupon book and money saving punch card, Deer Note stationery
designed for his store, ruler, medicine bottle and receipt pad.
|T. Hoy items. At left is
an old washing
machine called "Hoy's
Special" with a patent
date of June 20, 1899.
It was manufactured
by the A. G. Christman
Co. of Reading. At
right is a flour sifter
from the counter of
the store. It is marked
Schuylkill Haven, PA.
|On the left is
Pancoast T. Hoy
and on the right
is his wife, Cora
|This picture is of the
interior of the P. T. Hoy
store in the Business
Review of Schuylkill Haven
|The grave stones of P. T. Hoy on the left, his wife Cora
on the right and their son Rudy, below, on the family
plot in Union Cemetery.
|MESSNER AND HESS
|Anyone growing up in Schuylkill Haven in the 1950s through the 1970s would certainly remember the Messner and Hess five and ten
cent store on Main Street. I spoke to the last owner of the establishment, Harry Naffin. He related the following information about
The original company was started by Clarence Messner and Daniel Hess, both hailing from Lancaster County. They had two other
stores in Girardville and Minersville in addition to the store in Schuylkill Haven. The partnership became a sole proprietor when
Messner bought out Hess's half but retained the original store name. Harry Naffin began his career with the business in 1939 when
he was offered a job washing Messner's Packard while still a high school student. He worked part time at the store until graduating
from Schuylkill Haven High School in 1940. Harry then accepted a full time position working sixty hours per week for a salary of
thirteen dollars. He said he was the only graduate to obtain a job right from school that year. Harry worked at the Minersville store
while his future wife, Kit managed the Schuylkill Haven store from 1942 until 1948. When Harry returned from his Army stint in 1948,
he became manager of the Schuylkill Haven store.
In 1969, Messner died and by 1970 Harry Naffin had purchased the business. He says that at most times they employed eight to nine
girls to work on the floor. The store was always well stocked with goods including toys, trains, hardware, school supplies, sewing
notions and candy. Entrance could be gained from Wilson Street which was noted as a "shortcut to Main Street".
As I recall, when entering from the back door, train supplies and model kits were what one first encountered along with glassware
and knick knacks. One would then go down a few steps to the main floor. Toys and games were in the two aisles to the left and
hardware to the right. School supplies were located near the front of the store. At the Main Street entrance was a large candy
counter where bulk candy could be purchased. Harry states that the cases were quite special and the company who made them used
the display in Messner and Hess in their catalog.
With the advent of large chain stores and malls, Naffin was forced to close the store after Easter in 1982. I had the privilege of
occasionally visiting Harry at his home in Pine Grove where we enjoyed discussing the past of Schuylkill Haven. Harry has provided
information used on this web site including pictures. Widowed after losing his wife Kit, Harry remained busy doing various woodwork
projects including making beautifully fashioned wooden bowls. He passed away in 2009.
|At left, Harry Naffin, owner of Messner and Hess on Main Street, peddles his wares at the first
sidewalk sale in Schuylkill Haven in the early 1960s. In center is the store with the font
windows decorated for Christmas and at right is the store between Cleland's furniture and
Atkin's Five and Ten
|The Call of November 18, 1910
To the P. T. Hoy and Sons
Company belongs the honor of
putting into service the first
motor truck in Schuylkill Haven.
The truck has a capacity of a ton
and a half, is of twenty
horsepower, air cooled gasoline
three cylinder motor and was
manufactured by the Chase
Motor Truck Company of
Syracuse New York. The car
was purchased through the
Commercial Motor Car Company
of Pottsville, of which Thomas J.
Charlton is the manager. Other
merchants will doubtless install
motor delivery wagons within
the coming year.
|The Call of July 15, 1910
P. T. Hoy and Sons Company last week put in
operation at their big store a mammoth cash
register that can do almost everything in the
business line except talk and collect bad debts.
The machine automatically registers the amount
of every purchase no matter how small or large
and it delivers a check with a memorandum of the
transaction stamped thereon showing settlement,
charge account, cash sale, etc. The entire day’s
business, both cash and credit, together with
amounts paid out goes through the machine and
when the store closes in the evening a record
sheet is taken from the machine showing every
transaction and by which clerk or members of the
firm the transaction was made. The cash register
is one of the most useful and necessary adjuncts
to the transaction of a modern retail business.
|The photo at right is from
the fifth annual banquet
of the Schuylkill Haven /
Association. From left
the barbers are: Guy
Lehman, Ernie Rizzuto,
Monroe Miller, Dutch
Coover, Merlin Fisher
and John Cake
|BUSINESS IMAGES OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN FROM THE PAST
|The Schuylkill Haven Paper Box
Manufacturing Plant was located on Penn
Street below Parkway. The building remains
today, used by a door and window company.
|The Union Knitting Mill was located on Williams
Street below the railroad tracks. It was
destroyed by fire a few years ago.
|The Haven Casket Factory was and still is located
on Liberty Street. The building looks very much
the same today as it did when this was taken.
|The Manbeck Ice Manufacturing Plant was
located on Liberty Street. The building remains
today, used as a storage building
|At left is the Reider
Shoe Factory located
on West Main Street.
The building is an
today. At right is an
certificate for the
|This image is from a pamphlet promoting
Schuylkill Haven in the first half of the last
century. It shows Meck Knitting Mill on West
Main Street looking much the same today.
|The Call of March 21, 1930
AUTO COMPANY PRESIDENT VISITS SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Earl Stoyer was host last week to the head of a prominent automobile concern in the person of Joseph Graham, president of the
Graham-Paige Corporation, of Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Stoyer has won honor medals, service medals, and most anything he tried for,
which was offered as an inducement by the corporation and though in competition with cities of great population, he has succeeded
in winning the prize. Mr. Graham started out in a Graham sedan from his home in Detroit some time ago and since that time has
covered ten thousand miles, first going to the Pacific Coast, thence south, primarily to visit Florida, and came north enroute to still
further northern points, before returning to his home.
Being a mechanical engineer of note, he was particularly interested in the machinery Mr. Stoyer has installed in his Schuylkill Haven
works and highly complimented him on the same, likewise expressing gratification at the beautiful display parlors at Pottsville and
Schuylkill Haven. He also complimented Mr. Stoyer on the extraordinary good looking condition of his used car department, saying
he never saw a better prepared line of cars than those now on the big bargain list. They look like new cars and are fitted out
splendidly. Mr. Graham was accompanied by Guy A. Willey of Philadelphia, the distributor for the Graham-Paige in this territory, and
both were loud in their praise of the Stoyer establishments in this territory, and left feeling he can now understand how Mr. Stoyer
manages to capture the prizes in a limited territory such as he is located in. It is service to the last degree. He was delighted with
the conditions of business as he found it in our section of the country and as he traveled all over the country, knows what he is
|The Call of July 25, 1930
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEASES BUILDING FOR TOWN'S NEW INDUSTRY
Negotiations have now been completed whereby the Losch Automatic Heater Company of Schuylkill Haven will move into much larger
quarters in Schuylkill Haven. This will enable this firm to manufacture and assemble on a larger scale their automatic furnace, which
is conceded to have many superior features over other automatic furnaces. The company will shortly occupy the new factory
building of Berger Brothers on Garfield Avenue. Some interior changes must be made in order to accommodate the new concern but
they will be of such a nature that they can be made very quickly and Mr. Losch expects to have all machinery and equipment moved
from his plant on Columbia Street and in operation in the new building by the latter part of next week. Some of the machinery was
moved on Thursday and the men are now at work hanging the shafting, etc. Mr. Losch is very well pleased with the new quarters.
As a result of larger quarters, Mr. Losch expects to be able to greatly increase his output and to meet the demand for the automatic
furnaces which is growing heavier right along. All heating concerns and companies who have seen the plant in operation express
the opinion that it is destined to meet with a ready sale on the market. The company had inducements to bring their plant to other
towns, but Mr. Losch was loyal to his home town, Schuylkill Haven and made inquiry whether the Chamber of Commerce of Schuylkill
Haven could not supply a larger building. Negotiations have been underway for the past several months by the Board of Directors of
the Chamber of Commerce to obtain building sites for the erection of a building. In this the public would have been asked to
cooperate. The demands for increased quarters became so heavy that increased facilities were necessary immediately. The
Chamber of Commerce therefore leased the said Berger Brothers new factory building for a period of years with the privilege of
purchase and from its funds obtained by membership dues, will provide this latest Schuylkill Haven industry with a building rent free.
|The Call of August 29, 1930
HEAVY DEMAND FOR FURNACES OF LOSCH FIRM
The Losch Automatic Furnace company of Schuylkill Haven is now in full operation in the new quarters in the Berger Brothers new
mill building on Berger Street. The plant was moved into this new building several weeks ago. Some little time, of course, was
required to get the machinery set up and things moving along smoothly on the increased scale. Fifteen men are now employed and
on an average of three to four furnaces are being completed weekly. In order to take care of the orders on hand and the demand for
the furnaces, a working force of at least fifty men would be required. Considerable space is required to assemble the furnaces. The
second floor of this building is now being fitted up and will be made use of very shortly. An adjoining building can be readily adapted
to the needs of the plant when this becomes necessary.
The Losch Automatic Furnace is being made in five different sizes to accommodate different sizes of homes and buildings. Two of
the largest size furnaces are being built at this time for the Nurse's Home at the Pottsville Hospital and one for the home of Clinton
Confehr. Last week a large one was placed in the home of Mr. Couch, owner of the Troy Laundry at Pottsville. Representatives for
the company were given notice three weeks ago to discontinue taking orders for the furnaces because of it being impossible to
make them fast enough to supply the demand. Ordinarily one would think the proper procedure would be to immediately increase
the working force. While men might be available for this purpose, the manufacture of the furnaces is of such a nature that it requires
some time before a new employee can be made thoroughly acquainted with the procedure, the requirements and the assembling.
|The Call of October 2, 1931
CANDY KITCHEN REMODELS - NEW SERVICE ADDED
The opening of the newly equipped luncheon parlor of the Schuylkill Haven Candy Kitchen will be held on Saturday of this week.
Workmen have been busy the past several weeks transforming the interior of this confectionery into a modern wonderland. An
artistic open work archway of walnut and white glass composition, separates the store from the serving parlor. Beyond the archway,
you will see a beautiful candy display case which backs up the entire aisle of booths. In all, there are twenty individual or private
booths as follows: six double ones on both the east and west sides of the room which will accommodate four persons each and eight
single booths to accommodate two persons each, in the center of the room.
The booths are constructed of walnut and the table tops are of vitrolite. Beautifully designed panel mirrors grace booth has a unique
hat and cloak rack. Bernheim and Sons Incorporated of Philadelphia installed the new fixtures. A new luncheonette service, in
connection with the regular fountain service was opened on Wednesday and is in personal charge of Mrs. Joe Reber. The luncheon
display of a large baked ham, salads, sandwiches, soup and pies is most inviting. Fried oysters will be served as an extra special on
Saturday evening. A new Frigidaire cooler has been added for the convenience of the culinary department. Proprietor Parris Lazos
is to be congratulated upon his new improvements. Eleven years ago he opened his first business establishment in Schuylkill
Haven, in the The booths are constructed of walnut and the table tops are of vitrolite. Beautifully designed panel mirrors grace store
room now occupied by the Sausser firm. His efforts have been successful. He now reciprocates by giving the public a metropolitan
luncheonette and ice cream parlor at a considerable outlay of money. The adding of this each booth. The wall booths have individual
side lights harmonizing with the modernistic ceiling lights. Each luncheonette service will fill a long felt need in Schuylkill Haven and
is sure to be given the patronage of the community.
|The Call of December 11, 1931
OPEN PAINT AND PAPER STORE
Today, Friday and tomorrow, Saturday, will be the opening days for a new place of business in Schuylkill Haven. It is the Harry Feger
Jr. Paint and Wallpaper Store. It is at 27 East Main Street in the Moser Building. By reason of the fact that folks nowadays are doing
more of their own painting in and about the home and redressing and toning up furniture, doing their own paperhanging and
decorating in their home, this character of store throughout the country has become very popular. Mr. Feger has had eighteen years
of experience in decorating and painting homes and is therefore in a position to determine just what will appeal as well as what will
be proper and desirable for the home. Accordingly, he has placed in stock an unusually large line of paints, varnishes and stains that
can be purchased either in large or small can sizes. Wallpaper can also be chosen from samples and stock and obtained in any
quantity. Mr. Feger Jr. will not accept any painting or paper hanging jobs, his desire being merely to supply the requisites for work of
this character. In charge of this store will be a well known Schuylkill Haven resident, namely Clayton Bubeck. Mr. Bubeck has had
many years of experience in painting and will therefore, be enabled to make helpful suggestions and to give advice on painting
problems. Mr. Feger, who now resides in Port Carbon, expects to move his family to Schuylkill Haven in the near future.
|The Call of December 25, 1931
NEW MILL TO BEGIN EARLY IN YEAR
The Alberta Underwear Factory in Schuylkill Haven will begin operations between January 1st and January 15th of 1932. This will be a
branch of the Miller Factory of Port Carbon. It was intended to begin operations in the Schuylkill Haven branch on Hess Street a
month ago but delay in the arrival of machinery made this impossible. Mr. Harry Welker who will be the superintendent of the new
mill, has been on the job for the past several weeks, directing the placing of the machinery and getting the plant ready for operation.
Thus far between 125 and 150 persons have made application for employment. The applicants have not only been from Schuylkill
Haven but from the district and towns for miles about Schuylkill Haven. Mr. Welker will require about twenty five employees when
the mill is first put into operation and the number will be increased from time to time.
|The Call of January 15, 1932
LOCAL MILL WORKING DAY AND NIGHT SHIFT
Dame Fashion in milady's underthings is responsible at this time for at least one of the Schuylkill Haven underwear mills working to
full capacity, on a full schedule of fifty four hours per week for the female employees and a full twenty four hour day shift for some of
the male employees, from Sunday midnight to Saturday at midnight. Others of the Schuylkill haven underwear mills, it is likely, will
also be kept quite busy for some time by reason of heavy demand for their product. All this is quite heartening and encouraging
news for the year ahead and it is hoped indicates a return of the unusual era of prosperity and good business that had been enjoyed
by all of Schuylkill Haven's industries.
The one particular plant that has now in its employ every employee for which any possible space can be found in the plant is the
Hoffman Knitting Mill, operated by Julius Kayser and Company. This company, with its main plant in Brooklyn, also owns and operates
large mills in seven or eight other towns and cities, as well as operating a plant in Canada, one in Australia and one in Switzerland.
The new garment which is meeting with such popular approval by the women folks is a two piece ladies shaped vest and tights and is
called Kayserettes. It is manufactured by the local plant in cotton and also in pure silk. This plant has been rushed since October
and orders are in hand sufficient to keep it steadily employed until April or May. One hundred and seventy five persons are given
employment the full schedule of hours for the week. The knitting machines are operated continuously from Sunday at midnight until
Saturday at midnight.
An unusual feature in connection with applications received by H. A. Goas, Superintendent of the Schuylkill Haven plant, is that nine
out of every ten are married women. It is understood several of the other Schuylkill Haven mills are about to begin work shortly on
some new styles of underwear for women which it is hoped will meet with equal approval and provide heavy orders for full capacity
plants for some time to come.
|Below are a series of articles about business in Schuylkill Haven during
the Great Depression. The details reveal the ingenuity, the drive and the struggles of the time.
|At left are postcards Stoyer
sent out in 1940 and 1941
Next to the pictures are the
car's features and price.
At right, top, is a raffle ticket
for the Grange Fair with a
car from Stoyer's as the
prize. Below that are
advertising pieces from the
dealership over the years.
Clicking on image enhances detail.
|At left is a fan given away
by the Schuylkill Haven
Candy Kitchen, mentioned
above and at right are can
openers from Feger's
Paint Store mentioned
Clicking images enhances detail.
|At one time banks
issued their own
currency. Here are
two fine examples
issued by the First
National Bank of
Schuylkill Haven. At
left is a $10 note from
1902 and at right a $20
note from 1882.
|The Call of March 21, 1930
PREPARING FOR "TALKIES" HERE
Schuylkill Haven is soon to have talking motion pictures. They are to be of the very best type and character and will add greatly to
this class of entertainment. During the week the Refowich Theatre has been closed for the purpose of making the installation of two
new Simplex machines from the Radio Corporation of America, for producing Vitaphone and Photophone pictures. Messrs. Refowich
are going to a heavy expense for the installation of this latest feature in motion pictures. Not alone are the machines expensive but
in order to successfully operate, a number of expensive alterations have been made necessary in the theatre.
In speaking with the men in charge of the placing of the new mechanism, it was learned that the Refowich Theatre is most ideally
suited both in size and arrangement of stage and balcony and height of ceiling for excellent results from the talking pictures. It is
expected that the best of results will be obtainable and that the general public will be most delightfully impressed with the
entertainment which it will now be possible to offer at unusually low prices. It is expected that the installation will have been
completed by the middle of next week in order to permit the holding of a grand reopening of the theatre by the latter part of next
week. Due announcement of the reopening, together with the program, and details of the new sound producing mechanism will
appear in next week's issue of The Call.
|The Call of March 28, 1930
"TALKIES" TO MAKE DEBUT HERE SATURDAY
Saturday, the Refowich Theatre, of Schuylkill Haven, will offer to the general public of Schuylkill Haven and surrounding towns, its
first sound pictures or "talkies". The early part of the week, the installation of first class sound reproducing picture mechanism was
completed and the necessary changes made in the projecting mechanism to enable the showing of the very best of pictures. The
first test of the mechanism proved entirely satisfactory in every way and the management was indeed highly elated over the first
showing and tests. It is felt that the general public too, will be at first surprised and then greatly pleased with the results that have
been obtained in this theatre in the matter of sound production of movies with the synchronization of action with sound. At first
there was some uncertainty as to whether it would be possible to procure first class results in the sound reproduction in all parts of
the theatre. The mechanism installed is of such type that no trouble of any kind was experienced in this regard. With the placing of
this sound producing mechanism, it will be possible for the Refowich Theatre to offer to its patrons the very highest class of talking
pictures at prices considerably lower than what is charged elsewhere.
|The Call of January 22, 1932
PRIZES AT SCHUMACHER STORE REOPENING
Next Thursday evening the reopening of the H. Schumacher and Brother store on Columbia street will take place. This reopening is
being held because of the fact that so very many changes have been made at this place of business that it is only proper that special
and official public consideration be given. Probably the most noteworthy change is that of a thirty foot addition which has been
added to the store room, making the total floor space seventy by thirty feet. The entire interior has been done over in white enamel.
Fixtures, counters, shelving, etc., are all white, thereby providing a most unusual, inviting and clean effect. The store on the outside
is being given a repainting, green and white being the color combination. The large display windows have been somewhat
enlarged and new ground ceiling glass provided. They now have a paneled background while heretofore they were open. New
shelving, new counters and new equipment has been provided. The floor has been covered with a composition floor covering. A
new heating plant has been installed. A large skylight will provide considerable natural light and twenty four white bowl electric
fixtures will, at night, provide almost daylight illumination.
One of the very important and attractive new features added to this store is a twelve foot two temperature electric refrigerator case
of steel, porcelain and glass. In this case will be displayed meats, cheese, fruit, vegetables and more. There are two distinctive
compartments in this particular case. One is styled the frosted meat side, where the temperature will always be maintained at 33 to
36 degrees. The temperature, however, in both compartments, can be changed at will or will automatically change to meet all
climactic conditions. Both cases are of the display type with electric light illumination and the front being of four thicknesses of
glass. The cases stand thirteen inches in height. They were made by the Fleetwood Corporation of Fleetwood. The electric
refrigeration was installed by the Ryan Sales Company of Mahanoy City and was designed by Harold Leisawitz, refrigeration engineer,
who, by the way, is a son of Levi Leisawitz, a former resident of Schuylkill Haven.
The reopening of the store, next Thursday evening, will be marked with very special ceremonies. There will be a short street parade
in the evening headed by the Legion Bugle Corps. There will be a hundred or more prizes. The list of prize winners will be
announced in this publication next week so that it will not be necessary for one to remain in the store until the drawing takes place to
be eligible for the door prize. Refreshments will be served and there will be many samples of different foodstuffs given away free.
For entertainment there will be a vocal quartet present from York, who will broadcast from a regular broadcasting studio into
amplifiers so that everyone may hear distinctly. Grocerymen from all parts of eastern Pennsylvania will be in attendance.
|The Call of July 15, 1932
RABBIT BREEDING FOR MARKETING BEGUN IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
A new and interesting business has come to Schuylkill Haven. It is that of breeding rabbits for marketing purposes. Mr. Edward
Geary of Columbia Street has forty eight pens or hutches and twelve breeders, while Mr. William Nye of the same street has the same
number of breeders. A visit to the rabbitry of William Nye of Columbia Street proves quite interesting and enjoyable. One can get a
close up view as well as touch the very finest of rabbits and watch their antics without any discomfort whatsoever. The rabbitry is
housed in a two story building, twelve by thirty feet. Mr. Nye has twelve breeders, two bucks and ten does. They are New Zealand
whites, registered and pedigreed. The rabbits breed every three months and there are from eight to fourteen rabbits to a litter. It is
always necessary to take a number from the litter as the mother can only give the proper attention to but six to eight. By removing
several from the litter the development of the others is speeded up considerably.
The purpose of breeding rabbits is to sell them. Mr. Nye will dispose of the young rabbits when they reach five pounds in weight, to
the Blue Mountain rabbitry at Bethel. Here the rabbits are killed and dressed in a large packing department and shipped to either the
Hotel Lincoln, reading or the Hamburg Sanitarium, Hamburg. This particular rabbitry is under contract to furnish between four and
five thousand rabbits per week to these two concerns. One of the first questions that arises when it is announced this number of
rabbits are killed each week is that of, "What is done with them?" They are eaten of course and in most cases too, eaten for chicken.
This is explained in this way, white meat of chicken is preferred by most folks, especially for sandwiches and salads. There is only a
small or limited amount of white meat on a chicken, but with a rabbit, all its flesh or meat is white, has a most savory taste and thus
rabbits take the place of chickens.
In the last several months or since Mr. Nye started this rabbitry, 102 rabbits were born in it. Of this number only 67 are being raised,
the balance having been killed for the reason above stated. The rabbits now weigh in the neighborhood of four and one half
pounds. They will not be shipped to market until they reach a weight of five pounds. For food, pellets of compressed and complete
food is given. The pellets look like large sized pills which physicians frequently hand out to humans. They contain fourteen different
ingredients. The particular rabbits used for breeding purposes are all year round eating rabbits and breed every three months. The
breeders cost between thirty and fifty dollars. They are snow white. On the underside of the ears can be plainly seen the
registration number stamped thereon. The rabbits are given quantities of food twice a day. The daylight hours are called the
sleeping time for this particular rabbit, particularly so from ten in the morning until about six or seven in the evening. During the
night however, the rabbits are very active, romping about and having a fine time in their respective pens or hutches. There are
thirty six hutches in the rabbitry at present. Additional hutches are being added right along and Mr. Nye hopes to have at least one
hundred and ten by the end of the year. The hutches are of good size. They need not be very high but are of good size in width and
length. They are of the sanitary, self cleaning type. The floor of the hutch is hardware cloth or wire netting of special quality.
Underneath this flooring is a sloped metal floor or pan, thereby making the hutch readily accessible for cleaning purposes.
|The Call of May 5, 1933
CAPACITY OF ICE PLANT INCREASED
Recently the Manbeck Ice Plant at Schuylkill Haven underwent improvements and installation of new equipment which has resulted in
an additional daily capacity of ten tons of ice. The changes were made in the condensing system, the change being made from an
atmospheric type condenser to a shell and tooth system. To the average reader this may mean nothing. An explanation, however, is
to the effect that with the atmospheric type condensing system, same is operated by having water drop on the outside stands. With
the new system, water is distributed through spirals in tubes in a boiler like compartment. This water drops through the inside of the
tubes, giving about ninety percent efficiency on cooling ammonia gases. The roof of the ice plant was changed in pitch to enable the
erection of a spray pond on top of the building for the purpose of precooling the water and enabling its being used over and over
again. By the new system, pressure on the machines is reduced with the resultant power and water consumption and providing
about ten tons additional refrigeration, because the ammonia is cooled to a lower temperature and this in turn means lowering the
brine temperature more readily and easier thus providing for quicker freezing of the water in the ice cans.
The new installation was completed at a cost of close to nine thousand dollars. In line with President Roosevelt's much heralded
"New Deal" for the country, along various lines, the Manbeck Ice Company of Schuylkill Haven is cooperating in providing an entirely
new deal in providing ice distribution service to consumers. At the present time, the company is erecting a large gas, oil and ice
station on the southern end of the state highway in Hamburg. Twenty four hour ice service will be given. The station will be
completely refrigerated with a temperature at all times of ten to twenty degrees above zero. It will have a capacity of one hundred
three hundred pound blocks of ice. Cash and carry service in the way of ice will be possible from this station. In addition, ice
service to residents of hamburg and vicinity will be provided by a local dealer. This particular station will be known as the Coolerator
Service Station. In addition to the Hamburg Ice Station, Mr. Manbeck is also providing for similar cash and carry ice service stations
at Strausstown, New Ringgold, Suedberg and at the Mirror Swimming Pool in Summit Station. These stations will all be provided with
a large supply of ice from the local plant and customers can with little convenience, purchase any quantity of ice they desire or need
at the time. It is something entirely new in ice service for this section of the state.
|The Call of June 23, 1933
BUILDING HOME ON HIGHEST POINT IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Good progress is being made by Contractors Meck and Dewald in the building of the colonial house for Melvin Bamford on
Fairmount, at a point, the highest in town. The building is under roof and the Bamfords expect to eat their Thanksgiving Day dinner in
their new home. Of a colonial type, the home will have twelve rooms and four bathrooms. It is two and one half stories in height and
has been designed by the firm of Muehlenberg, Yerkes and Muehlenberg of Reading. The general contractors are Meck and
Dewald. The bricks used are of the Glen Gery kiln and of a three toned kind. The bricks have been laid in irregular rows, giving an
unusual effect. The painting will be done by Leroy Edling, the electrical work by William Morris, and the plumbing and heating by
Howard Fritz of Reading. A Losch automatic heating plant will be placed with a vapor heating system. A thousand gallon water tank
has been placed in the ground near the home, thus assuring a good supply of water as well as a fresh and cool supply at all times.
The home, as stated above, is being built on the very highest point in Schuylkill Haven. A splendid view of the surrounding territory
is possible, including the very near and distant mountain scenery on all sides. The towns of Adamsdale, Cressona and Orwigsburg
can also be seen from this point and the valleys to the southeast and southwest and the towering blue mountains in the distance
provide a most gorgeous panoramic view.
|The Call of July 7, 1933
HAS MODEL PASTEURIZING PLANT
It is quite a treat as well as interesting to visit the dairy of Wilson Minnick on the Hill Farm which overlooks Schuylkill Haven. One
finds it very clean and equipped with the very latest of milk pasteurizing equipment. First of all, Mr. Minnick has the only dairy in this
locality owning cows and operating a pasteurizing plant. The stock consists of twenty three Jersey, Holstein and Guernsey cows.
The amount of milk obtained daily is about 250 quarts. Automatic milking machines have been in use in this dairy for a number of
years. The pasteurizing plant, installed in May, has a capacity of one hundred gallons of milk. After the milk is obtained, it is cooled
by pouring it over a series of coils in which there is running water. The milk is then placed in the refrigerator overnight and in the
morning the pasteurizing process begins by having the milk heated to 150 to 180 degrees. It is then cooled gradually, placed in
bottles and ready for the consumers. Since the installation of the pasteurizing plant, the business or number of customers of the Hill
Farm Dairy has considerably increased, indicating that the general public is beginning to realize the importance of using milk that
carries a guarantee of being free of all impurities.
|The Call of July 14, 1933
TOWN NOW HAS TWELVE BEER SALOONS
Schuylkill Haven now has an even dozen licensed places where the legalized beer can be purchased. There are five more places
licensed at this time in Schuylkill Haven than operated for the past several years and sold near beer. Three of them are termed beer
gardens and two hotels or saloons. On the beer garden list we find the Menas Beer Garden on West Main Street, conducted in
connection with a pool room, where James Mellon formerly operated a saloon and restaurant. Then there is the William Hyde Beer
Garden at the corner of Dock and Broadway, formerly a grocery store operated by Mr. Hyde. And then we find another groceryman
embarked in the beer business, namely John Freeman, who after selling sugar, soap, butter and a full line of groceries and operating
a small sized department store for twenty six continuous years at the corner of Centre and Garfield Avenues, has had his place of
business changed around and is now operating a beer garden.
The two additional saloons over those in operation for the past several years are the Columbia House, now operated by W. G. Yost
and the saloon on West Main Street, now operated by Robert Riffert. William Sharpe now and has been for some time operating the
old Rudolph Saloon on West Main Street. Gabe Luongo is back on the job again on Saint John Street with beer and lunch. During the
past week, the interior of this property has been changed considerably in order to comply with the space provisions required by law.
Joe Matonis is continuing the operation of the Hotel Central on Main Street. Joe Dallago and Frank Yenosky are doing business at
their same stands in the West Ward. Benjamin Luckenbill is operating in the same location on Dock Street as for the past several
years while Francis Brinich is operating the saloon conducted by Earl Witman, now deceased.
|The Call of August 11, 1933
MEN AT CASKET FACTORY WENT ON STRIKE THURSDAY
Thursday morning, employees of the Schuylkill Haven Casket Factory went on strike and up until Friday morning at nine o'clock, had
not returned to work and were uncertain as to the outcome of the situation. A representative of the men stated to The Call man that
for a week or more the question of rate of wage per hour had been under discussion and in controversy. Men, individually and in
small groups, discussed the matter with the superintendent, F. D. Starr. Thursday morning, all of the men went to the office and
demanded a definite statement as to intentions. This being given and being contrary to the wishes of the men, the strike was called.
A statement made by the representatives of the employees, was to the effect that while the casket factory had signed the NRA, and
hours have been reduced from fifty to forty hours per week, as per the blanket code of the NRA, nevertheless the men were told they
would be paid for forty hours at the same rate as on the fifty hour basis. This the men claim is entirely contrary to the agreement
signed with the president. Mr. F. D. Starr, Superintendent of the Casket Factory, was requested to make a statement Thursday and
again on Friday morning. "The men simply walked out on us. We do not have any statement to make. We did not throw anybody out of
work." Mr. Starr further added the directors had not authorized him to make any statement. The casket factory, for some time, has
been enjoying a healthy growth with orders being received from all sections. At the present time there are twenty nine persons
employed at the factory, most of them skilled mechanics, eight on the machine floor, seven in the cabinet room, three in the paint
shop, five in miscellaneous departments and six women on linings and trimmings.
|The Call of January 2, 1892
STITZER'S NEW HOTEL AND CAFÉ
One of the most attractive improvements of the past year in our neighboring borough of Schuylkill Haven was the erection by that
old, tried, and well known constable and tax collector, William F. Stitzer, of a handsome three story hotel and restaurant on the main
street opposite the Reading depot. From a couple of old time story and a half frame houses in this prominent locality, Mr. Stitzer has
built up a double building which is imposing in exterior proportions and is fitted up within a style that denotes not only comfort but
luxuriousness which strangers and hotel patrons delight to indulge in when from home. It is within these new home precincts that
the captain today celebrated his fifty seventh birthday surrounded by an interesting family and his friends. A few weeks since he
opened a temperance restaurant and hotel from which he had been dispensing the finest oysters we have met with this season, in
every style and everything else in the eating line. The rooms in the new hostelry are large, airy, convenient and accessible by both
elevators and stairs. Captain Stitzer has applied for a hotel license and as his new house is as the law requires and the owner so
well known for his uprightness as a citizen and his official connection with the court and finances of the county for more then a
quarter of a century there will be but little question as to its granting. The house is furnished throughout in the finest style,
thoroughly heated and lighted by gas and electricity. In short it is one of the coziest hotels in this section of its kind.
|The two ads below appeared in the 1895-1896 Boyd's Directory for Schuylkill County.
|Below are some ads as they appeared in the Call newspaper in 1892
|The August 13, 1892 Call newspaper printed the following information on local dentists, Peter
and Samuel Detweiler. The ad above is for their practice.
He was born in Kutztown, Pa, July 23rd, 1833. He is the son of Charles
and Catherine Detweiler, and spent his boyhood years in his native
borough and attended the public schools of that town. At the age of
fifteen he learned the carpenter's trade and followed it from the age of
sixteen to twenty one. He thereafter established in this business in our
town, locating here in October 1856. He has followed the same calling
ever since, with but a year's interruption in 1873, when he preached the
Gospel at Shamokin, having been previously ordained by the United
Brethren Conference. He was twice married, the first time to Miss
Rebecca Bowen, who at her death left him with a few children. His
present wife and mother of his younger children was Miss Lucetta
Horne. Dr. Detweiler has served for several terms in our Borough
Council as well as in our School Board and has always favored progress.
He is a son of Peter and Rebecca Detweiler and was born
in our town on September 22nd, 1861. He was educated
in our town schools, being one of the first class that
graduated from our High School in 1879. Like his father,
he learned the carpenter's trade and followed it for two
years, working for Sterner and Brother. After a short
absence from town he returned and at once began
preparations for his present calling by studying at the
Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery at Philadelphia,
from which he graduated in February 1885. He has ever
since been associated with his father in the practice of a
successful business. He was married on October 27th,
1887 to Miss Gussie Saylor of town and is the happy
father of two children.
|DR. PETER C. DETWEILER
|SAMUEL B. DETWEILER D.D.S.
|Below are examples of advertising pieces given by some of the merchants in the ads shown above. On the left is a china plate from
I. B. Heim, in the center is a biking cap, ruler and pencil holder from Michel's and at right is a wooden hanger from Charles Keller.
Clicking on the images will enhance the view of each item.
|SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BUSINESSMEN IN 1894
|Various businessmen from Schuylkill Haven were featured in the July 7, 1894 issue of the "Journal of Commerce"
published in Philadelphia. The individual narratives give insight into the businesses of the day.
|J. F. Bast - Manufacturer of Knit Goods on Berne Street. The manufacture of knit goods is a most important industry here and one of
the most extensive concerns is that of this gentleman, whose factory occupies a two story main building, thirty by forty feet in size,
with a two story annex of the same dimensions, fitted up with modern facilities, including electric lights, steam power and a complete
equipment of the latest improved knitting frames, etc. for successfully conducting the fine and medium grades of ladies and
children's cotton, worsted and wool vests and undergarments. From fifty to sixty operatives are employed when running full force
and the factory has a capacity for the production of 325 dozen finished garments per day. This important enterprise was native of
Berks, but has been a resident of Schuylkill since he was eleven years of age. The steady demand for is products taxes his capacity
to the utmost and he is now enlarging the plant and increasing his facilities.
|Robert Sterner - Contractor and Builder, Union Square near Margaretta Street. Building interests here are most ably represented by
this gentleman. The business was established 27 years ago by J. H. and R. Sterner, and the present proprietor assumed sole control
a little over seven years since, having conducted the same with increasing success. The premises utilized comprise a two story
shop, 24 by 24 feet in dimensions, equipped with all appliances and during the busy season, a number of assistants are employed.
Mr. Sterner contracts for the erection of buildings and does job and repair carpenter work. This gentleman is straightforward and
reliable in all his dealings, a native of Schuylkill County and has executed many important building contracts here and is well
|George L. Burton - Dealer in Coal and Wood, Main Street and Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. This stand is popularly regarded as
a leading depot for the supply of anthracite and bituminous coal, kindling wood and foundation stone, brick, sand, cement, etc. The
business was established about four years ago and has attracted an influential patronage. The yard has a large storage capacity and
every requisite including a siding from the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad is at hand. Mr. Burton makes a specialty of the
Reading Company's hard and free burning white ash coal, and is prepared to fill orders promptly at rates uniformly low. All coal is
carefully screened and free from dirt and slate, and prompt service and honest weight is guaranteed. Three wagons are kept in
service and he also contracts for hauling of all kind at short notice in the most careful manner. Mr. Burton, who is a native of
Schuylkill County, is a gentleman of enterprise and sound business principles, highly esteemed.
|Pancoast T. Hoy - Dealer in General Merchandise, Main Street. This representative mercantile house was established by the present
proprietor in 1884, and his honorable business methods and liberal policy have gained for him the substantial; patronage of an
appreciative public. He occupies the first floor and basement, merchandise, including foreign and domestic dry goods, dress fabrics,
trimmings, notions, ladies and gentle and fancy groceries, provisions and food products, china, crockery and glassware, tin, wood,
and willow ware, lamps and lamp goods. Mr. Hoy, who is a native of Orwigsburg and has been for many years engaged in commercial
pursuits, has recently purchased the store previously occupied by the late W. D. Kline on the corner of Main and Saint John Streets,
which he will shortly proceed to remodel and improve, putting in a new brick front, thirty feet in width and making other important
improvements. He will take possession of this property August 1, but will not occupy it for business purposes until April 1, 1895.,
when he will open with one of the largest and finest stocks in this section. Mr. Hoy commenced his commercial career in this
building nineteen years ago as a clerk in the employ of his uncle, Mr. W. D. Kline.
|H. Berger and Son - Manufacturers of Hosiery, Dock Street. This concern was established four years ago and in 1893 removed to its
present quarters, where a well arranged two story structure, forty by sixty feet in dimensions, is utilized for manufacturing purposes.
The works are thoroughly equipped and an average force of seventy operatives is employed in the manufacture of various products.
The factory has a capacity for turning out 200 dozen hosiery and undergarments per day, the demand for which is steadily increasing.
Mr. Berger is a native of Berks County, but has resided in Schuylkill Haven since childhood. His son and partner, John D. Berger, is a
native and lifelong resident of this county and both members of the firm devote their attention to the general management of the
|C. A. Meck - Lumber Dealer, Columbia Street below Schuylkill Canal. This gentleman entered upon his business career forty years
ago. He was formerly engaged in mercantile pursuits, embarked in the lumber business twenty years ago, and almost thirteen years
since, gave his entire attention to this line. He has two large sawmills in Schuylkill County, well equipped, propelled by steam, and
turns out all kinds of lumber. He also has a large mill in Center County, which has twelve miles of railroad connecting it with the
Pennsylvania Railroad, and two engines are used for hauling. At this mill he turns out wheelwright timber, telegraph poles, railroad
ties, white pine, hemlock etc and in all employs a large force of men. His premises in Schuylkill Haven contain a large shed, where
favorable terms. He is also prepared to contract for the erection of all kinds of buildings, drawing up plans and specifications for the
same and furnishing estimates. Mr. Meck, a native of Schuylkill County is highly regarded.
|D. A. Krammes - Meat Market, Main Street, below Saint John Street. The premises occupied by this house comprise a sales room of
ample dimensions, equipped with all appliances, including a large refrigerator, holding a thousand pounds of ice. The stock
embraces choice beef, veal, mutton, lamb and pork, a part of which is killed and dressed by the proprietor, salt, smoked and cured
meats, sausage, bologna and scrapple manufactured in season and fresh butter and eggs. The stock is the best to be had and the
prices are reasonable, while competent assistants are employed and a team kept for the collection of orders and the delivery of
goods. This business was established by the present proprietor one year ago, but he has for the past four years followed this branch
of trade. He is a native of Schuylkill County, well known as a reliable dealer.
|Luke Fisher - Marble and Granite Works, Corner of Dock and Berger Streets. Established by the proprietor seven years ago, this
enterprise has occupied the present site since the fall of '93. The premises are of ample dimensions and are well equipped, while
attention is given to the manufacture of fine cemetery work in foreign and domestic marble and granite including monuments,
columns, tablets and headstones. The capabilities of the proprietor in this line are clearly evidenced by the artistically designed and
perfectly finished work shown in the numerous beautiful monuments to be seen in the various cemeteries in this vicinity, executed
either by his own hand or under his closest personal supervision. He also executes all kinds of builders work and railings and work
in this line. Mr. Fisher is a native of Schuylkill County and stands high in public confidence.
|Star Knitting Mill - E. H. Baker, proprietor, Saint John Street. These mills were established two years ago by the present proprietor,
who occupies for manufacturing purposes a two story building 32 by 42 feet in dimensions equipped with improved machinery,
propelled by steam power, furnishing employment to from 15 to 25 operatives according to the exigencies of demand. A leading
specialty is made of fine and medium grades of ladies knit underwear and the works have a capacity for turning out from 100 to 200
dozens per day according to the number of hands employed. The trademark of this mill is recognized in commercial circles as a
guarantee of excellence and its products are distributed to all sections of the Union through Philadelphia and New York jobbers. Mr.
Baker, who is practically conversant with the business, is a native of Berks County, but has been a resident of Schuylkill Haven for
the past twenty years.
|Z. T. Hendricks - Steam Heating and Machine Works, Main Street. This gentleman established here in 1870 and conducts the leading
house in his line. He is prepared to execute steam and hot water heating for hotels, boilers and engines and handles pumps, wood
and iron tanks, pulleys, belting, iron and brass goods, and in fact all fixtures for steam and water. Sanitary plumbing is also executed
in all its branches. A prominent specialty of the house is all kinds of electrical work, such as wiring for lights, fans, call bells, burglar
alarms, telephones, etc. and he is prepared to fill contracts with promptness. Estimates are furnished for all classes of work. The
premises are equipped with every convenience and a force of skilled assistants employed. A native of Schuylkill County, this
gentleman during his business career has won the esteem of trade circles through honorable methods.
|David Commings - General Merchandise, Main and Dock Streets. The present proprietor succeeded to this business nineteen years
ago. The premises utilized comprise a sales room, fifteen by fifty feet in dimensions, well fitted up and containing an admirably
selected stock of dry goods, trimmings white goods, as well as teas, coffees, spices, sugars, table delicacies, canned and bottled
goods,dried and evaporated fruits, culinary requisites and laundry supplies, butter, eggs, cheese, lard, smoked, dried and cured
meats. His stock is first class in every respect and the prices low. Mr. Commings, who is a native of Schuylkill County, is thoroughly
conversant with this business and highly esteemed by all.
|T. D. Brownmiller - Marble and Granite Works, Corner of Dock Street and Broadway. No house in the Schuylkill Valley is better able to
meet the demands of patrons in its line then this one, which was established eight years ago by the present proprietor. The
premises are of ample dimensions and are well equipped. Both building and cemetery work are executed, but the specialty is in the
latter branch, which includes monuments, columns, tablets, headstones, etc. and the artistic design and perfect finish of the work
show that the gentleman is not excelled in the art of marble cutting and designing. He has devoted many years to the business and
enjoys an enviable reputation, many of the finest monuments in the cemeteries of this section having come from his shop. All work
receives prompt attention and estimates are furnished upon application, while the prices are low. The house is also prepared to
offer inducements in the way of railings, enclosures and other cemetery supplies. Mr. Brownmiller is a native of Lebanon County,
and since taking up his residence here has won the confidence of the community.
|Sausser Brothers - Hardware, Stoves, Tinware, etc. Main Street. This firm established here six years ago and occupies a prominent
position in this line of trade. The premises occupied comprise two floors and a basement of a building 25 by 100 feet in dimensions,
containing a large stock shelf, builders and heavy hardware, stoves, heaters, ranges, oil and gasoline stoves, tin, enameled and
sheet iron ware, and kitchen furnishing goods in variety. They are prepared to furnish estimates and contract for hot air heating,
range setting, roofing, spouting and guttering, and sheet metal work of every description. William and Jacob Sausser, the personnel
of the firm, are natives of Berks County, thoroughly identified with all that concerns the welfare of their adopted county and enjoy the
esteem of the community.
|Samuel H. Butz - Groceries and Provisions, Dock and Centre Streets. This store was established by the present proprietor a year and
a half ago. The premises occupied comprise a sales room 16 by 24 feet in dimensions, conveniently arranged and the stock
embraces teas, coffees, spices, canned and bottled goods, vegetables, fruits and green truck in season as well as a choice line of
confectionery and notions, stationery, etc. guaranteed to be of superior quality and sold at low prices. Competent assistants are
employed. The proprietor, who is a native of Lehigh County, is conversant with the trade and one of Schuylkill Haven's honorable
|Charles Keller - Merchant Clothier and Tailor, Main Street. This leading concern was established by the present proprietor fifteen
years ago as a ready made clothing house, the merchant tailoring feature being added six years since. The premises occupied
comprise a two story building, 18 by 34 feet in dimensions, used as a clothing stock embraces a fine line of suitings, of both European
and domestic manufacture, of fashionable pattern and design. This gentleman's son, Robert M. Keller, is a practical tailor and expert
cutter, a graduate of John J. Mitchell School of Cutting of New York City, and in this department six assistants are employed. The
stock of ready made clothing comprises fashionable cuts in materials in dress and business suits, for men, youth and boys. Here is
also a varied assortment of hats, caps and gentleman's furnishing goods, hosiery, underwear and gloves, trunks, valises and
umbrellas. Mr. Keller is a native of Berks County, and his son of Schuylkill County and both are esteemed in the community.
|J. H. Sterner - Contractor and Builder and Dealer in Lumber, Corner of Union and Saint Peter Streets. This gentleman embarked in
business in 1868 as the head of the firm J. H. and R. Sterner, which partnership was dissolved seven years ago. His facilities are
such that he can promptly execute the most extensive building contracts and a number of the finest residences and business blocks
in Schuylkill Haven and neighboring places have been erected and remodeled by him. He also carries a large stock of rough and
dressed lumber and mill work including siding, flooring, doors, sashes, blinds, shutters, mouldings, brackets and casings. The
premises occupied comprise a lumber yard 56 by 110 feet in dimensions, fully provided with shedding for storage, and a two story
carpentry shop, 18 by 36 feet in dimensions. He also carries in stock a large quantity of hemlock lumber which he stores at the
railroad. A native of Schuylkill County, Mr. Sterner enjoys the highest esteem of the community.
|H. S. Deibert - Photographer, Number 4, Main Street. A representative exponent of this important art in Schuylkill
Haven is this gentleman, whose premises on the ground floor comprise a space 26 by 30 feet in dimensions, and equipped with
improved accessories and all conveniences. He uses the instantaneous process and is prepared to execute every description of
fine photographic portraiture, outdoor and interior work in the highest style of the art at popular prices. Orders are also received for
crayon work, which is done by the best artists in that line. Mr. Deibert, who was born four miles from here, is thoroughly conversant
with the business, having established here thirty four years ago. His grandparents were among the pioneer settlers of Schuylkill
County, and his father before the advent of railroads hauled coal by the wagon load to Philadelphia.
|Robert Jones - Groceries and Provisions, Dock Street near Coal Street. This house was founded by the present proprietor twenty
four years ago. The premises occupied comprise a sales room of ample dimensions, well fitted up, and the stock embraces choice
teas, coffees, spices, canned and bottled goods, sugar, syrups, butter, eggs, lard, cheeses, flour and feed, fruits and vegetables as
well as salted and smoked meats, crockery and glassware, and a full line of dry goods and notions. The stock is of the best and sold
at low prices: while competent assistants are employed and goods delivered free. Mr. Jones has for nearly all his life been identified
with mercantile pursuits and is enabled to give his customers many advantages in goods and prices. He is a native of Schuylkill
County, well regarded.
|John D. Coldren - Jeweler, Main Street. This attractive establishment was founded in December last and has been accorded a large
patronage. The premises occupied comprise a sales room, 18 by 26 feet in dimensions, attractively fitted up and containing a large
stock of English, Swiss and American watches in gold and silver , plain and decorated casings, clocks, fine jewelry, silver plated
tableware suitable for wedding presents or holiday gifts. Mr. Coldren is also a specialist in optics, testing the eyes free and fitting
them with glasses, of which he carries a full assortment. Repairing of watches, clocks and jewelry is also executed. This gentleman
is a native of Schuylkill County and has been prominently identified with the jewelry business for six years.
|Mrs. George McWilliams - General Merchandise, corner of Dock Street and Broadway. This stand was founded by the husband of the
present proprietor in 1872 and has since been under her control for the last seven years. The premises utilized comprise a store of
two floors, each twenty by sixty feet in dimensions, attractively fitted up and containing a large stock of fashionable dress fabrics,
white goods, notions, linings, trimmings, tapestry and ingrain carpets, oilcloths, window shades, crockery and glassware and lamps,
all manner of groceries and mens, ladies and children's' footwear. The stock is first class and sold at reasonable prices, while
several assistants are employed, and a team used for delivery purposes. Mrs. McWilliams, who is a native of Schuylkill County, is a
reliable business woman, well regarded.
|H. Berger - General Merchandise, Dock Street. This business was started by its present proprietor in 1870 and was previously
conducted at Cressona. The premises occupied comprise a sales room, 22 by 58 feet in dimensions, gentleman's furnishing goods,
and underwear, tinware, crockery and glassware as well as teas, coffees, sugar, spices, bread stuffs, canned and bottled goods,
fruits and vegetables, butter, cheese eggs, lard, etc. Mr. Berger is also senior partner in the firm of H. Berger and Son Knitting Mill,
and is a thoroughly reliable and progressive businessman.
|Charles W. Sausser - Stoves and Tinware, Saint Peter Street. This gentleman is located two doors above the Schuylkill Hose House,
where he occupies premises twenty by thirty feet in dimensions, containing all tools and appliances. All kinds of stoves and ranges
including oil and gasoline stoves, tin enameled and sheet iron and hollow ware, and a general line of kitchen furnishing goods is in
stock. Contracts are taken for hot air heating, range setting, roofing and spouting, painting and repairing of tin roofs, and a leading
specialty is in the manufacture of galvanized gutters and conductors, and the repairing of all kinds of tinware, which is called for and
delivered free, a team being kept in the business. Mr. Sausser is a native of Schuylkill Haven and a young man of enterprise and
|George M. Ehly - Fine Bread and Cakes, Dock and Berger Streets. This well conducted bakery was established by the present
proprietor a year ago. The premises occupied contain a well supplied sales room and there is baked fresh daily all kinds of wheat,
rye, and graham bread, rolls, buns, biscuits, pretzels, plain and fancy cakes and pies, only the best flour and other ingredients
entering into their composition. Ice cream of all pure fruit flavors is also manufactured and sold to customers during the summer
months, while competent assistants are employed and a wagon kept busy serving a route throughout town and suburbs. Mr. Ehly
personally attends to all details of the business. He is a native of Schuylkill County and is well known for his honorable dealing.
|Charles Schumacher - Dealer in Groceries and Shoes, Columbia Street. This stand was established by the present proprietor a little
over five years ago. The premises occupied which are fifteen by fifty feet in dimensions, are conveniently fitted up and stocked with
a choice line of the best teas, coffees, sugars, spices, culinary and laundry supplies, pickles, bottled and canned goods, preserves,
butter, eggs, lard, fruits and tobacco. About two months ago, a line of fashionable footwear for men , women and children was
added. His stock is all noted for its purity and the prices are uniformly low. Competent assistance is employed and a team is kept for
delivery. Mr. Schumacher is a native of Schuylkill County, and previously conducted a barber shop here for ten years.
|D. A. Croll - Groceries and Provisions, 164 Dock Street. This leading house in its line was established two years ago by the present
proprietor. The sales room occupied is 16 by 25 feet in dimensions, attractively fitted up and the stock embraces choice teas,
coffees, spices, sugars, butter, eggs, lard, flour and feed, fruits and vegetables, salt, smoked and cured meats, confectionery,
tobaccos, and all kinds of shelf and farmers hardware, as well as house furnishing goods of every description, everything
guaranteed to be of superior quality and sold at low prices, while competent assistants are employed. Mr. Croll has long been
identified with the grocery trade, is a native of Schuylkill Haven and one of its prominent businessmen.
|Located in one of the most fertile parts of Schuylkill County, is Schuylkill Haven, a place of about 2,700 inhabitants. It is an active
town, possessing modern improvements and advantageously situated for manufacturing enterprises of almost any kind. From the
hill sections of the town a most beautiful view of the Schuylkill Valley is to be had and the environment is most healthful, while pure
mountain air and water are consumption, as well as poultry and dairy products are produced in the surrounding country, while fish
abound in the streams and game in the mountains. There is an excellent system of water works and a well equipped fire lighting.
The streets are in good repair and the sidewalks well kept, and a number of pretty residences with pretty lawns, present a handsome
appearance. The business concerns, the more important of which we mention, are well equipped and transact a large annual
business. Located in the immediate proximity of the anthracite coal region, the generating of steam power can be done at a small
cost and there is ample water power that might be utilized. Shipping facilities are afforded by the Philadelphia and Reading,
Pennsylvania, and Pottsville Division of the Lehigh Valley railroads, thus giving all the advantages of competing rates. The principal
manufacturing enterprises in operation here now, consist of a shoe factory and seven knitting mills, although every reasonable
encouragement will be extended by the people to deserving concerns in other lines that desire to locate here. Pottsville, the county
seat, is but six miles distant and taken altogether, this may be considered one of the best places of its class in the county.
|Perhaps the best known hotel in Schuylkill Haven history was the Hotel Grand located at the corner of Main and Saint John Streets.
Below is an article from the Pottsville Republican of February 26, 1898, noting the quality of the establishment.
|WHAT A MODEL HOTEL IS
Such as is the Grand Hotel at Schuylkill Haven
|A Luxurious Home for the Traveling Public- An Ornament to the Place and a Credit to the Owner - A Monument of Enterprise
|Pottsville Republican of February 26, 1898
Staid old Schuylkill Haven, as many are accustomed to think and speak of her, is not making much boast or bluster, but is keeping
pace with the growth and progress of her other sister towns. In fact she is setting the other boroughs, in this vicinity, an example
by the establishment of her many industries, which include a diversity of manufactories, all of which are successful; giving profit to
the owners and employment to the people of the town. The capitalists of Schuylkill Haven when they found by reason of the canal
being abandoned that her residents would be compelled to look elsewhere for a means of support, set about to circumvent this and
kept her people there by establishing factories by which now about a dozen or upwards give employment to hundreds of men,
women and children.
The church edifices and school buildings of that town are all models as are also many of her business places and residences. For
her first class hotels, Schuylkill Haven is noted and consequently many of the commercial men and those who travel for pleasure
seek that town and make one or the other of her public houses their temporary place of abode.
Its principal public house is the Hotel Grand, owned and run by the prince of landlords, Daniel D. Yoder. Ten years ago, Mr. Yoder
occupied the old Washington Hotel and finally purchased the stand. After but a few years under his proprietorship, Mr. Yoder found
the building too antiquated and too small to suit the tastes and capacity of his house, and he resolved to raze the front building to
the ground and erect upon its site a modern, commodious hotel. The owner set about immediately to procure plans and after due
care and deliberation, decided upon the plans and specifications, by Rudy and Richards, the Lebanon architects, and awarded the
contract for its erection to Jere Sterner, the well known builder and contractor of Schuylkill Haven.
The Grand Hotel stands forth as a monument to the enterprise and thrift of the owner and to the skill of the architects and builder. It
is a model of hotels and is an ornament to the town. Built of Philadelphia pressed brick, it is a substantial as well as a magnificent
building. Its windows are of the very finest French plate glass. Its exterior has been by no means been slighted nor was any minor
detail overlooked and the Grand Hotel is truly a thing of beauty.
But it is of the interior that this article will more fully speak of. For after all it is comfort and rest that the weary traveller seeks. This,
the hospitable landlord, D. D. Yoder, knows and to this end did he plan and build and it may be said without contradiction that there is
not anywhere a more cheerful and homelike hotel in this broad land with the many model hostelries. The two lower stories of the
main building are furnished in oak and the two upper stories in cypress. The floors, excepting the large public parlor on the first
floor, are of tile, and there are exactly 12,000 pieces of tile in the floor of the vestibule. The ceilings are high and of metal. The halls
are wide and airy and all the rooms cheerfully lighted and well ventilated. Its fifty four bed chambers are furnished with the most
modern and magnificent furniture and with cozy, comfortable beds. On each floor are water closets and bathrooms for the use of the
guests. Both gas and electricity are supplied for lighting and in every room and in all the halls are erected radiators, and every room
from basement to roof is comfortably heated by the steam plant of the hotel. The fourth story of the main building is occupied by
Page Lodge Number 270, F. and A. M. as a lodge room. The basement will be devoted to billiard and pool rooms and to bath and
sample rooms. The barroom and office furniture and fixtures are the handiwork of DeLong's factory at Topton. In this department
that urbane and genial gentleman, J. T. Griffiths, presides as clerk. A warm handshake from Clerk Griffiths makes you feel at home at
The same care and thoughtfulness wee exercised in the furnishing of the interior that were displayed upon the exterior of the
building. The exterior views of landscape, to be seen from many portions of the building, are magnificent, and as one of the guests
of the Grand recently said, "it is a scene to inspire the poetic muse". Not only were the comfort and health of the guests considered
by landlord Yoder in the construction of this model public home, but likewise their safety in the erection of fire escapes of easy
access should other means of egress be shut off. The building is also provided with Babcock Fire Extinguishers for prompt
application should occasion require it. Landlord Yoder does not miss an opportunity to keep up the excellent standard of this grand
hotel. His dining tables are always supplied with the very best the market affords which is prepared in the best style and manner of
the cuisine art, and served neatly and carefully by the most obliging and considerate waitresses. Here too, Mr. Yoder may be found
during meal hours studying even the whims and fancies of the most critical guest, so that nothing may be overlooked to disarm any
such from an opportunity to become cynical.
One of the most wonderful things in connection with all this luxury to be enjoyed at the Grand Hotel is the fact that the rates are no
higher than the ordinary commonplace hotel. The traveling public, quick witted to know a good thing, therefore travel from afar and
pass other towns that they may find food and shelter under Landlord Yoder's roof.
|Above left is a letterhead from the 1890's from the Washington Hotel which was razed to make room for the new
Hotel Grand. Above right is an envelope for mailing featuring advertising and a picture of the Hotel Grand from 1898.
|In 1898, the Industrial Review of Schuylkill Haven had this to say about the Hotel Grand....
HOTEL GRAND - Daniel D. Yoder, Proprietor
The cordial and cheery reception extended by Host Yoder, of the Hotel Grand, to all who favor him with a sojourn beneath his roof, is
one of the charms which combine to render the house popular with wayfarers from all parts of the country. The Hotel Grand is
without exception, the largest, most handsome and finest equipped building in Schuylkill Haven. It is a four story structure and
basement built of Philadelphia pressed brick, the windows being of the very finest French plate while the architectural design is
magnificent. The two lower stories of the building are finished in oak and the two upper stories in cypress. The floors excepting the
large public parlor on the first floor are of tile, and there are exactly 12,000 pieces of tile in the floor of the vestibule. The ceilings
are of metal. The hotel is conveniently located, comfortably arranged, elegantly furnished, warmed in cold weather with modern
steam apparatus, lighted by both gas and electricity, provided with toilet and bath rooms, hot and cold water throughout and contains
fifty four airy and cozy sleeping compartments.
The table is first class, lavishly supplied with the best and choicest food obtainable, prepared by an experienced chef, and politely
served by attentive and unobtrusive waitresses. In connection with the hotel, and by far the finest in the village, is the bar. The
fittings throughout are of oak, polished to the highest degree. Behind the counter in its elegantly and artistically arranged
framework, a large French plate mirror reflects the brilliancy of the glassware and lends a grand and imposing effect to the general
surroundings, which are of the most costly and appropriate description. Here the choicest and rarest of wines and liquors of
imported and domestic product are dispensed. Mr. Yoder handles the very best and purest brands of lager, ale and porter while his
whiskies are well and favorably known to the trade for their superior and extraordinary quality. From the start of his present
business, Mr. Yoder has succeeded in securing an enduring hold on public favor which has resulted in the development of a very
large and influential trade, owing to the fact that only the best brands of wet goods are carried and the wisdom of this policy is
evidenced by the very large business done. Mr. Yoder is too well and favorably known this throughout this entire section to need
any special comment. He is a courteous and pleasant gentleman and one who thoroughly understands his business and by honesty,
integrity and perseverance, has succeeded in placing himself among our representative business men.
|The successful completion of the paving of Main
Street in 1909 was cause for celebration as can be
seen by this announcement below of a banquet at the
Hotel Grand. At right is the article in the Pottsville
Republican noting the event.
|In 1910, the Municipal League held their banquet at the renowned Hotel Grand. At left is shown the front and rear covers of the
program with the officers of the league noted on the back. At right is the inside of the program with the menu and agenda. Below
that is the Pottsville Republican article noting the event.
|Pottsville Republican of December 10, 1909
BANQUETTED HIS FRIENDS
Contractor John A. Rauen, of Reading, who constructed
Schuylkill Haven's street pavement, tendered a banquet to the
members of town council and a few other friends at Hotel Grand
on Thursday evening. Covers were laid for thirty and when
Landlord Souder's efficient corps of waiters began to serve the
following were around the board: President J. C. Lautenbacher,
George A. Berger, Charles Bubeck, Robert Keller, Milton Meck,
James Umbenhower, Lawrence McKeone, Dr. G. H. Moore of
town council, Borough Solicitor J. A. Noecker, Borough
Engineer George W. Butz, Supervisor Charles A. Becker, Clerk
George E. Runkle, Water Supt W. H. Werner, William Courtney,
Claude Bittle, Charles Keller, W. J. Saylor, Floyd Minnig, I. L.
Lautenbacher, James Schucker, Charles Schucker, John Brown,
William Brobst, Carl Bitzer,Frank Starr, Earl Witman and James A.
Rauen and his wife and daughter. President Lautenbacher of
town council acted as toastmaster. Mr. Rauen welcomed his
guests in a neat little speech and after a few remarks by the
toastmaster, brief speeches were made by Solicitor Noecker,
Engineer Butz, Dr. Moore, Supt Werner and others
|Pottsville Republican of April 9, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MUNICIPAL LEAGUE BANQUETS
The second annual banquet of the Municipal League of Schuylkill Haven was held at Hotel Grand in that town and was attended by
about fifty of the members. The members met in the parlors of the hotel at 6:30 o'clock and marched in a body to the dining room.
During the serving of the banquet and at intervals during the speech making, Bensinger's orchestra rendered several renditions.
President of the League, acted as toastmaster. The following toasts were responded to: "Sanitation" by Frank Brown, "Schools" by
Professor E. P. Heckert, principal of the Schuylkill Haven High School, and "Commission Government in Municipal Government" by J.
|The Call of August 25, 1911
PURE ICE BEING MADE HERE
Schuylkill Haven’s infant industry, the ice plant, opened operations on Monday morning last, under the most auspicious
circumstances and with the brightest prospects of being more than able to dispose of every pound of ice that is manufactured.
When the pull was made on Monday morning, approximately forty five tons of pure sparkling ice was placed in the ice house
adjoining the plant. It only remained here for a short time as it was readily disposed of. A car containing twenty three tons was
loaded and shipped to Tower City while the remainder was purchased by residents living in close proximity and by ice men of the
town. It is a fact that the majority of the local ice dealers supply is near exhausted. They are reaching toward the bottom of their ice
houses and this ice is being supplied to the hotels and butchers, while the manufactured ice, clean and pure as human ingenuity can
make it, is being delivered to the house wife and consumer of small quantities.
The plant is being run under the name of the Baker Coal and Ice Company. On Wednesday afternoon a representative of the Call was
given the privilege of inspecting the plant and incidentally learned a few points on making ice. Providing the time should come when
Dame Fortune should smile upon him and he should desire to turn his attention from the field of journalism to that of ice making, The
pointer given by the owner of the ice plant, Mr. Harry Baker, will serve him to excellent advantage. Of course there are a few twists
and bends that must be eliminated before the plant is running in what is commonly known as “apple pie order.” This will be only a
matter of a few weeks at the most and in the meantime will not materially interfere with the output of the plant. To use the expression
of one of the employees, Mr. Stripe, who has been on the ground since the erection of the plant was started, “It is one of the most
modern of its capacity in the state of Pennsylvania”. Its capacity is about twenty five tons. One of the most important factors in
connection with the manufacturing of ice is the water supply. Adjoining the plant is a well more than two hundred feet in depth. A
suction pump draws the water from this well and deposits it in a large covered wooden tank. From this tank it is distributed to the
three hundred tanks. When frozen each of these tanks contains a cake of ice weighing more or less to 250 pounds. The water is first
filtered before entering the tanks and as it comes from the well, registers fifty degrees. Should the well for any reason fail to furnish
a sufficient supply of water, connection has been made with the borough water line.
Following the placing of the water in the tanks or receptacles, a small quarter inch pipe is placed in the center of the tanks. Through
this pipe air is pumped. This is known as agitating the water. This agitation continues until the water starts to freeze and has
attained a thickness of two or three inches around all four sides of the tank. The agitation has a tendency to cause all impurities to
rise to the top. The remaining unfrozen water is then taken out by means of a suction and other water forced in. It is this process
that causes what appears as a column of frost in the center of the ice. Mr. Baker calculated that it required about forty hours to
freeze a tank of water. These tanks are encased in a pit through which is driven a solution of ammonia and salt brine. It is this
solution which causes the freezing. At no time does the water in the tanks come in either direct or indirect contact with the solution
and hence the taste of the ammonia is eliminated. It is only in worn out plants where the taste of ammonia is noticed. After the ice is
solidly frozen, the tank is lifted out and placed on an incline chute. Here warm water is run over the tank until the cake inside
becomes loose and runs down the chute to the ice house, through a door that works mechanically and closes after each and every
cake has passed. This ice house is kept at a freezing temperature by means of pipes through which runs the solution. Ice several
inches thick was noticed on the outside of the pipes. At the present time there are two shifts of four men each employed. Mr. Baker
states that after the plant is running smoothly, two men on a shift can handle the plant to perfection and without the least bit of
difficulty. While The Call representative was at the plant, a car was placed on a siding to be loaded for the Merchants Ice Company of
Reading. Mr. Baker expects to be able to supply not only the wants of Schuylkill Haven and the immediate towns, but to be able to
ship the same to all sections of the state and outside if necessary.
Mr. Baker is charging a small price per ton for the ice at his plant. He believes that the ice dealers can purchase the manufactured
ice, haul it around the town and dispose of the same, making a neat profit, for less money then they can harvest it in the winter and
keep it stored until the spring or summer months. He further believes that no resident should be compelled to pay forty or fifty cents
a hundred for this summer necessity. Mr. Baker invites an inspection of the plant so far as cleanliness and sanitation is concerned.
He is ready any hour of there day or night to supply ice in any quantity from a five cent piece to that of a wagon load. The town can
well feel proud of its infant industry and should encourage the proprietor by demanding of their ice men, ice that is not exposed to
the weather during freezing process, but ice that is pure and clean. Tuesday afternoon a cake of ice containing a cantaloupe and
several peaches was placed on exhibition at the First National Bank. It drew large crowds and caused favorable comment and at
places was clear enough to read a newspaper through it.
|Here are two newspaper
ads from The Call
advertising the roller
skating rink in Schuylkill
Haven. It was located
where Boyer's Market is
today and was built and
operated by renowned
Schuylkill Haven builder,
Paul Naffin. The ad on the
left is from January 19,
1912 touting a race
between skaters and
bicyclists. The ad on the
right from May 31, 1912
teases about a special
|The Call of February 19, 1915
OPEN JEWELRY STORE HERE
On or about April 1, Schuylkill Haven will have a real jewelry store. During the
week arrangements were made by a practical and experienced jeweler to
open a store in the town and in the course of several weeks the stock will
commence to arrive here. The store will be opened and conducted by Mr. S.
M. Rupley who at present conducts a large jewelry and optical store in
Monaca Pennsylvania. The lower portion of the S. L. Pflueger store has been
rented and will be occupied by Mr. Rupley. Mr. Rupley has had several years
practical experience in the jewelry business and intends to give this town an
up to date and first class store. He has already rented a house and will move
his family and household goods here as soon as possible. While in town the
past week, Mr. Rupley and his father S. G. Rupley, of Mercersburg, made
many friends. They have been acquainted for years with several prominent
families now residing in Schuylkill Haven.
|The news article at left announces a
new jewelry store in town. Below is a
sign from that long gone business.
|The Call of October 19, 1917
NEW HOSPITAL OPENED HERE
A visit to the Dr. G. H. Moore Private Hospital on Main Street, which has recently been opened, will prove interesting and surprising
indeed. The hospital located on the third floor of the Moore residence contains in all eleven rooms. All of them at this time have not
been quite completely furnished as the mechanics still have some of their work to finish. Entrance is gained either through the
doctor’s office entrance or around the side of the house and over the second story porch. By the use of the latter entrance, the
Moore family need not be disturbed or interfered with. A sun parlor will be constructed on the second floor for the use of the
On the third floor there is a cheerful comfortable and roomy living or reading room. Here also is a dumb waiter from the kitchen on
the first floor. A large south side sun room permits a fine view of the rolling hills of Long Run Valley and the Schuylkill Mountain.
Then there is an emergency room of good size and a chapel for the use of persons who wish to be alone for a period. On the walls
are three beautiful pictures, “Returning from Jerusalem”, Suffer the Little Children”, and “The Last Supper”. Then comes a large
sized bedroom with which to connect a signal system from all the other departments of the hospital. It contains a novel idea of a
three in one built in chiffonier, wardrobe and dressing table. From this room is obtained a view of Main Street, the P and R railroad to
the Mine Hill crossing, the mountains and the hills. Then comes a laboratory with equipment for examining blood, disease germs, etc,
microscopes, electric sterilizers and numerous other appliances necessary for a hospital. A stationary hot and cold water stand is
also found here together with wall closets for the storing of additional equipment, chemicals and appliances.
The bathroom is next door containing the usual bathroom features with three large medicine chests. Here is also a large gas heating
boiler to be used in summer time when there is no fire in the living quarters. The gas is lighted and in a short time hot water is
furnished for the bathroom, the sterilizing room and the operating room. The eighth room is a bedroom containing two beds, where
“The Call” man found two young patients asleep, who underwent operations for the removal of adenoids the day previous. The next
room is another bedroom with two single beds, dresser, etc. This room faces on Main Street and plenty of light is obtainable. The
room is large and finished in white with a special hardwood floor. It will be very pleasant. In the sterilizing room is found a large
metal stand whereon is a sterilizing tank for dressings, a hot water tank, a cold water tank and an instrument sterilizer. Here also is a
wash stand for the use of the surgeons or nurses in order that it will not be necessary to touch the usual spigots to turn on the
water; the water pressure is operated by foot pedals at the floor. One presses one of the pedals and the water flows from the pipe.
Communicating with the operating room is a large closet. The instruments and bandages, etc are placed in the closet from the
sterilizing room. They can be procured from the other side of the closet in the operating room.
The operating room is a large well lighted room facing on Main and High Streets. Here is the usual operating table, an operating chair
for nose work. McKenzie light for special eye work, electric appliances for suction making tonsil operations almost bloodless, and
various other operating room equipment. Most of the rooms are in white with sanitary mineral flooring. The operating room,
sterilizing room and the bathroom are in white enamel. Direct and indirect lighting system is in use. The entire building will be
heated with steam heat. As high as eight to ten patients can be accommodated at one and the same time. The institution will be
known as the G. H. Moore Private Hospital and will be used exclusively for eye, ear, nose and throat work.
|The Call of August 26, 1921
OPERA HOUSE TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 12
The remodeling and refurnishment of the Opera House on Saint Peter Street is being rushed with every bit of speed possible. It is
planned to have the formal reopening of this theater either on September 10th or 12th. Motion pictures will be the program and a
nightly schedule will be in order. Vaudeville performances will be given occasionally and the theater will be open for local
theatricals and various events. Mr. White the owner promises to give the community high class pictures at a reasonable admission
and to bring to town occasional high class vaudeville acts. The exterior walls of the theater have been stuccoed and the front wall
and woodwork will be painted gray and trimmed in white. The walls and ceiling of the auditorium have been painted dark cream. The
woodwork and trimmings have been painted brown and trimmed in dark cream. The walls are to be stenciled and further decorated.
A new system of lighting and new electric fixtures are being installed by electrician William Morris. The floor beneath the balcony
has been pitched toward the stage. A Wurlitzer electric organ with orchestral effects has been purchased. A new mirror screen will
be put in position and all new stage properties and scenery will be procured. Tuesday Mr. White was in Philadelphia and placed an
order for a new boiler for the heating plant. New apparatus and the system will be changed. The Schaffner-Maberry firm recently
completed the plumbing conveniences. New seats have been ordered and if they do not arrive in time for the opening date the
seats formerly in use will be placed. Judging from the present appearance of the auditorium, it when finished will be unusually
pretty and comfortable. The ceilings and walls in the hallway have been repainted and the woodwork all revarnished. At this time
Mr. White has not decided what use he will make of the third and first floors. He is considering alterations to the third floor so that it
could be used for Lodge rooms or as apartments. The first floor will be arranged for living quarters.
|The Call of February 19, 1926
TOWN UNDERWEAR MILL GOES OUT OF BUSINESS
One of the first of Schuylkill Haven’s industries is to be discontinued. In fact operations have been recently discontinued and some
of the machinery already has been disposed of. The plant to be discontinued is that of the Spring Garden Knitting Mills, operated by
Berger Brothers. The bleachery, a very large unit of this plant, will however be continued as heretofore. The other large brick
buildings will be used for storage purposes. The reason given for the retirement of this well known firm from the cotton underwear
manufacturing business is that the market for this class of goods is heavily overloaded and that the demand for this product grows
less every season. The firm is one of the oldest of the local industrial concerns. It was established on March 4, 1889 in a small frame
building on the site now occupied by the Harry Butz and Mrs. Sallie Butz properties on Dock Street. The building had first been used
as a warehouse. The manufacture of hosiery was first begun. It was operated by Mr. Harrison Berger, father of the present owners
of the plant, Daniel Berger and Elwin Deibert. A year later Daniel Berger sold his interest to his nephew, John D. Berger, the present
senior member of the firm of Berger Brothers. The elder Berger a year later purchased the interest of Elwin Deibert and the firm
name was changed to H. Berger and Son and the name of the mill, Spring Garden Knitting Mill, retained.
In 1893, the Seifert Grist Mill on Dock Street was purchased from Mrs. George McWilliams and converted into a mill and the
manufacture of ladies cotton underwear was begun. In the year 1902, a large additional building was erected which housed the
machinery for the bleachery. In 1905 another new two story brick building was built and the mill proper transferred to it. In 1907,
Harrison Berger sold his interest in the firm to his two sons, Harry and Thomas, and the firm name was changed to Berger Brothers.
The Berger firm up until recently employed during the busy season as high as one hundred persons. When hosiery was the product
of the mill as high as 144 persons were employed. Many of the employees of this industry have already procured employment in
other local industries.
Miss Ella Kipp, of Cressona, holds the distinction of being in the employ of the Berger firm for the greatest period of time, namely
thirty seven years. Miss Lizzie Shadel has been employed for a period of thirty one years. The Berger firm from the date of
beginning the manufacture of underwear continued this line, always manufacturing ladies cotton underwear. Goods were shipped to
all parts of the United States, England and Australia.
|The Call of August 5, 1927
TO OPEN NEW BATHING POOL
For some months operations have been underway a short distance above the Columbia Heights Lake, formerly Bittle's Pond, under
the direction of Dr. G. H. Moore. They have now so far progressed that there has been evolved a concrete swimming pool of no
mean size which is to be thrown open to the public shortly. It is 125 feet by 140 feet. In depth it will be from one to nine feet. It will
be within ready and easy access from Columbia Street and promises to become one of the most popular outdoor swimming pools in
this section. One of the special features of this pool will be that it will contain filtered chlorinated water. For this purpose a large
filtering tank has been completed and will be filled with eight different sizes of stone pebbles and sand. The pool will be drained
daily and for this purpose a five and one half horsepower electric motor was installed this week in a pump house near the pool by
electrician Dewey Graeff. A system of pipes has been placed which will make it possible to drain the pool in a short time.
Around the pool is being built a six foot rustic boardwalk upon concrete supports. A large slide is to be built at a later date. There
has been erected a large bath house at the west end of the pool with separate compartments for men and women and each provided
with lockers and will be provided with showers. As a means of safety a steel rope will be placed about the pool at its deepest point.
The water which will be used in the pool will be that of several good sized fresh springs that are in the vicinity. This water will also
be filtered and chlorinated. Dr. Moore intends to provide every convenience to bathers and to offer to the general public this
healthful recreation under every first class and clean condition. Operations will also be continued tending the development of the
vicinity of the pool into an inviting park. There will be a caretaker in charge of the pool at all times and also an instructor in swimming
will be present. The pool will be thrown open to the general public shortly.
|The opening of a long forgotten swimming pool in town is announced....
|The Call of September 1, 1933
GUS MENAS CLOSES PLACE OF BUSINESS
During the week, the pool room and cigar store of Gus Menas was discontinued by the former owner. The license to operate a
saloon in connection with this place of business had been held by Sonny McCord. Mr. McCord will continue to operate as a saloon.
The closing of the business of Menas was the result of a series of happenings that followed rapidly upon one another, beginning last
week. It appears a Mrs. Grace Jacobs was taken ill in the Menas place last Thursday evening. She was given a room upstairs for the
night and in the morning could not be awakened. Mrs. Jacobs was a waitress at The Maples, opposite the Half Way House on the
Orwigsburg Pike. Instructions were received from The Maples at 1:30 Friday afternoon, that a doctor should be called to administer
to her. Dr. Mengel was called at 4:30 that afternoon and ordered her immediate removal to the hospital. She was taken to the
hospital and dies at 4:30 Saturday afternoon. Monday morning a government official arrived in town and questioned Menas
regarding his citizenship in the United States. It was learned he had only taken out first papers. In the meantime, some of the
equipment in the Menas place of business was removed by the owners. Menas had been mixed up with the local authorities on
thirteen different charges since 1926, three of which have been maintenance of gambling devices.
|The Call of November 10, 1933
NEW BASKETBALL HERE
Added interest on the part of the general public has been aroused in the construction of a gas filling station and garage by Elmer
Ketner on Columbia Street by reason of the fact that the building will contain a hall suitable for basketball purposes, for dances and
private or public similar events. The hall referred to will be on the second floor of the building and will be sixty by sixty feet. This will
provide ample space for the basketball cage and considerable space on both sides for bleacher seats. It is figured that seats to
accommodate from seven to eight hundred persons will be possible. The entire space will be free of upright steel girders, thus
making possible a hall ideally suited for many purposes. The building will be a two story structure. There will be a showroom on the
Columbia Street side, about thirty five by sixty feet. The service station space will be about sixty feet square. On the second floor
front will be a seven room apartment as well as the large hall above referred to. The building will be of brick and tile. The brick will
be of Clearfield manufacture and of a golden buff. The architecture is not to be elaborate but of a most neat and very attractive
design. Mr. Ketner will continue to operate the service station at the present location just across the street from the new plant. In
the new service station and garage he will be associated with his cousin, John D. Ketner. The Chrysler agency will be retained by Mr.
Ketner. Fourteen men are being given employment at this time at the building operations now underway. The contractor is Mr.
|The Call of January 26, 1934
BASKETBALL HALL SOON READY
Schuylkill Haven's honest to goodness basketball hall will be ready for occupancy in the next four to six weeks, depending to a great
extent upon weather conditions. This will be welcome news to basketball fans. It had been hoped to have the hall ready for the
beginning of the second half period of the South Anthracite League schedule. This however, will be impossible. With the opening of
the basketball hall, the first in Schuylkill Haven since the Naffin Skating Rink had been used for this purpose, additional teams are
already being formed in town. Other social events planned for the next several months are being arranged with the new hall in mind.
The hall itself will be most properly and modernly appointed and finished in attractive form. There will be two dressing rooms with
showers, two toilets and the floor will be of concrete with marble chip finish. Seats will be of the removable kind with the seating
capacity for basketball events up to at least eight hundred. The roof on the building was completed by contractor George Moyer last
week and the interior work for the entire building is now going forward very rapidly. This building was started on November 2nd and
on the average, Mr. Ketner has employed about twenty five men. The building is of neat design. It is two stories of brick, tile,
concrete and steel construction. Its size is sixty two by one hundred feet, the first figure being the Columbia Street dimension. The
new building has improved appearances in that particular section of the town one hundred percent.
On the Columbia Street side, Mr. Ketner will have an auto showroom. On the Saint Charles Street side there will be a service station
and storage room. The building on all sides and on both floors is well lighted, there being extra large sections of windows, each
section having fifteen panes. The building is to be heated with a Losch Automatic Furnace. The Unit heating and ventilating system
is to be used. A. R. Saylor is the contractor for the heating. Harold Ney will be the contractor for the electrical work. Sam Bernard
has the contract for the plumbing.
|The Call of February 9, 1934
NEW HALL FOR BASKETBALL READY FOR SATURDAY EVENING'S GAME
This week, men have been working day and night on order to have Schuylkill Haven's basketball hall and cage in readiness for the
opening game this Saturday evening. The new hall is located at the corner of Columbia and Saint Charles Streets and is part of a
three story brick and steel building, constructed by Elmer and John Ketner for the housing of an automobile display room,
apartments and filling station. The hall is located on the second floor of the building and the entrance to the basketball hall is on
Columbia street. One finds here a four foot wide stairway of terraza composition upon a steel frame. On entering the hall proper one
is impressed with the large amount of natural light. This is obtained with the eight sections of windows, four being on the east side
of the building or on Charles Street and four on the west side of the building. In each one of the sections there are forty five window
glasses, for a total of 180 panes on each side. The roof is of the monitor type construction, being twenty feet high in the center and
above the playing floor and the space from the floor to the roof above the bleacher seats being twelve feet. The floor, not only for
basketball, will be found to be a splendid one and to meet every requirement. Its construction is that of a four inch foundation upon
which have been built three inch sleepers and on top of this is a yellow pine sub base with a topping of hardwood maple. The
baskets will be on the north and south end of the hall with nine rows of seats on the east and west sides of the space, with a capacity
of about eight hundred. Heat is furnished by a Losch Automatic furnace through a combined heating and ventilation system. With
this system there are no radiators but warm air is blown into the building from several different ventilating machines located at
different parts of the hall and close to the ceiling. They are operated with electric motors with the cold air being drawn in from the
rear. The lighting system will be of the very best. Above the bleachers will be located ten one hundred watt globes and above the
playing floor will be located three three hundred watt globes and four two hundred watt globes enclosed in steel reflectors. The
shower rooms and rest rooms will be located on the north end of the building. This portion of the hall will hardly be completed by
Saturday evening but will not interfere with the playing of the opening game as bathroom facilities for the players will be provided
|The Call of April 27, 1934
H. SCHUMACHER AND BROTHER OPEN NEW FOOD STORE
Last evening hundreds and hundreds of persons visited the new store of Harry Schumacher and Brother in the Moser Building on
Main Street. It was the formal opening of the store and was observed in as auspicious and pleasing a manner as could possibly be
arranged for. Everybody was afforded an excellent opportunity to examine this new store, its equipment and stock. Everybody was
made to feel at home and everybody was given a souvenir and prizes of a worthwhile and useful character were given to a hundred
or more persons. The new store, painted white on the exterior, is the second one to be operated by Mr. Schumacher in Schuylkill
Haven. He will continue to operate his first store on Columbia Street as heretofore. This particular Columbia Street store is one of
the largest most inviting and finest equipped stores in Schuylkill haven. His new store, just opened last evening on Main Street, is
also equipped in an up to date method in that customers have a full view of the foodstuffs on the shelves on both sides of the
storeroom. In the center front of the store is a large steel display case. It is a Dayton Mystic Sprayer, a case three feet in height with
numerous compartments for vegetables and green truck. Through an ingenious arrangement, a light spray of water will constantly
fall on the merchandise, thus keeping it crisp, fresh and sanitary at all times. While the case occupies a comparatively small amount
of floor space, it is so constructed that an unusually large amount of merchandise can be displayed. It is the first case of its kind to
be installed in any store in the county.
|The Call of May 18, 1934
E. S. KETNER AND COMPANY HAVE HANDSOME LARGE NEW GARAGE
One of the finest and most modern auto display rooms and most completely equipped service departments in this locality is that of E.
S. Ketner and Company on Columbia Street in Schuylkill Haven. Today, Friday and tomorrow, Saturday, the public is invited to attend
the grand opening. That all attending will be more than surprised an elated goes without saying. Located on the ground floor of the
large fireproof two story building, the main entrance to the display room is on Columbia Street. The display room has a thirteen foot
ceiling and one is at once impressed with the entire front, with the exception of a few feet, is entirely in glass. On Columbia Street
there are two nineteen foot display windows in three sections with the glass set in narrow steel frames. On the Saint Charles Street
side, there is one nineteen foot section and one ten foot section. The windows are eight feet high and above all of them is additional
window lighting by means of three foot English obscure glass. Illumination at night is provided by six suspended electroliers of a
neat design. The gas pumps, outside the building, are close to the building line with a sloped curb which permits the driving of an
auto onto the ten foot wide pavement with ease. Shrubbery will be planted along a space provided close to the building line and add
to the effectiveness of the Gothic design of architecture of the building.
On entering one is also impressed with the floor, it being of terraza composition or seventy eight percent marble. The square large
sized slabs of gray and dark maroon are laid in a herring bone pattern with brass dividers between. It required more than a month to
put this floor down. It surely is a beauty. The walls and ceiling are of California stucco finish in buff. The woodwork is finished in
walnut and the counters and desk match. Girders in the ceiling are of grained walnut. An inside telephone system is part of the
office equipment and will permit additional service to customers. Two neon signs on the display windows seem to be of just the
proper size and add to the brilliance and attractiveness to the scene at night.
From the display room, one enters the service department in the rear. This is quite large and the floor is concrete. The sides are of
pearl gray for more than one half the height and ivory for the other portion. The ceiling is also finished in ivory. The steel work and
window frames are finished in aluminum. This department like the display room is unusually well lighted with large windows on three
sides. Over one hundred lights light the area. There are only two upright girders in the service department, the second floor or
basketball hall being supported by means of a special system of girder construction. This then gives an unusual amount of floor
space free of upright supports. The service department will be equipped with all the latest kind of equipment for repair and
servicing of cars. Already there has been installed an air and hydraulic lift, latest greasing outfit and motor tuneup apparatus.
Another feature in servicing equipment is the individual work benches. One might term these work benches on the order of small
wagons containing several shelves with all tools and equipment. Instead of wasting much time going to the usual stationary work
bench and tool kit and returning to the car, the work bench is wheeled to the machine to be repaired and with the work bench
containing tools and equipment, repairs can be made in less time.
An air vent system provides heat and ventilation and this system is controlled by thermostats. The heating apparatus is a Losch coal
furnace of the largest size made by Mr. Losch. Coal is hoisted by means of a conveyor to the coal bin on the second floor and falls
into the top of the furnace as needed. An emergency automatic lighting system provides thirty six different lights for the stairway
and hall on the second floor.
The Ketner firm can certainly feel mighty proud of its new home, and the public, too, will be quick to appraise the same as most
inviting and modern in every way. The Ketner Building, it must surely be said, by reason of its having been built on the site of two
small frame dwellings which for years had not been kept in any too good repair, has enhanced Columbia Street and this particular
section of the South Ward one hundred percent.
|The Call of July 13, 1934
UNVEIL TRADEMARK STONE OF NEW COLDREN $100,000 MILL
Sharply at ten o'clock Thursday morning, the gong in the Coldren Knitting Mill sounded and the employees gathered to walk in a
procession over to the new mill building to participate in the unveiling ceremonies. The Bressler Band started the program with
some well rendered selections after which Mayor Scott took over the task of Master of Ceremonies. The Chief Burgess announced
the singing of America by those assembled with the result that the voices of the nearly one thousand people present was inspiring.
The Chief Burgess called upon the Reverend Mr. Jeffery, pastor of the First M. E. Church to lead in prayer. The prayer was followed
by the address by the Chief Burgess, in which he, among other things, expressed the community's pride in the new $100,000 mill
being erected, just what its progressive leadership meant to the town in its payrolls, the large group of citizens effected thereby. He
also referred to that large unseen nationwide Coldren organization and who enjoy a part in the monthly payroll of very nearly
$300,000. A very fitting and touching tribute was paid to Mr. D. D. Coldren, the owner, who founded the industry many, many years
ago and who is enjoying the rather unique distinction of, during his lifetime, building a mill which will long stand as an example of the
most efficient and modern mill probably in the entire state of Pennsylvania, if not in the entire East. Few men, Mr. Scott said, enjoy
the pleasure of founding an enterprise and then, after many years of operation, erecting a new building such as that in construction.
Mr. Scott voiced his personal appreciation in being given the task to preside at the unveiling service and complimented the
employees upon the fine new building they soon would labor in, a building in which no less than $10,000 will have been spent in
comforts, rest rooms and other conveniences for employees alone. Mr. Scott then introduced Miss Lizzie Werner, the oldest
employee in actual time of service, who pulled the cord that unveiled the stone which is a replica of Czar, the Russian wolfhound that
has become the Coldren trademark. An interesting feature of the ceremony was the presence of the living dog, Czar, who in life paid
a tribute to the carver of the stone, Mr. Wert. The likeness was so realistic that an audible murmur of surprised enjoyment was
decidedly evident. Mr. Scott then called upon Mr. Jensen who for the employees, voiced appreciation to Mr. Coldren for the fine and
thoughtful planning and construction of the new mill. He pledged that as in the past, so in the future there would be the same
degree of loyalty and satisfaction which has resulted in such pleasant and happy relationships between employer and employee. He
thanked Mr. Coldren for the many fine things that indicated his generous consideration of the comfort of every employee in the
installation of so much that only could be justified because of the pride and pleasure a real employer takes in the happiness and
working conditions of his employees. Mr. Jensen closed his remarks with a solemn pledge that the employees pray that there might
be evidenced one fault only with this new magnificent building to wit: that business might so grow that in a few years an addition
would be necessary. With the playing of the national anthem, the services were brought to a close. It was the largest gathering of its
kind ever spontaneously assembled in the town of Schuylkill Haven.
|The Call of August 14, 1934
BRICK PLANT STARTED HERE IN 1906 TO BE SOLD
One of Schuylkill Haven's industries, which for a number of years was a scene of great activity and employed a large number of men,
is now on the market for sale, either in part or parcel. It is that of the Schuylkill Pressed Brick Company. The plant has not been in
operation since March 17, 1932 but only on Thursday of last week did the board of directors definitely determine to offer the plant for
sale. From this Schuylkill Haven industry came the brick for the erection of many homes and buildings in Schuylkill Haven. Buildings
in nearby towns are also constructed of the Schuylkill Haven brick. At one and the same time, the local plant was busy making the
brick for the Capitol Theatre building, Necho Allen Hotel, Lefkowitz building, the Doutrich and Company building and the Troy Laundry
of Pottsville. The Schuylkill Haven High School and the Borough Electric Light Plant are built of this brick. All of the school houses in
Pottsville are built of this brick, including the recently constructed and beautiful high school building in Pottsville. The product of the
plant was sent to many towns and cities in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. The plant was the only one in the state still
making dry pressed brick.
The plant was put in operation in 1906. It occupies a plot of one hundred acres along the Schuylkill Haven - Orwigsburg Pike, a short
distance outside of Schuylkill Haven. Included in this one hundred acre tract is at least ninety acres of what is termed the finest of
shale for the manufacture of brick. The plant originally had several kilns but now there are only five. They are of the down draft
beehive type. When the plant was in full operation, fifty two men were given employment and the payroll of this company amounted
to thousands of dollars each and every month. Most of the men employed at the plant were from Schuylkill Haven and nearby
surrounding localities. From twenty eight to thirty four thousand bricks per day were baked during the plant's busiest season. While
the plant has not been operated since March of 1932, the machinery and all equipment has been kept intact and given careful
attention and therefore is in good condition. For the past two years a heavy stock of brick has been used to fill orders that have
been constantly coming into the plant. A stock of at least 60,000 brick is still available.
For the past eleven years, the plant has been under the superintendency of Mr. Warren Brown of Schuylkill Haven, who has been
with the company for fifteen years. The largest order of brick which the local plant furnished was the two million order for the
construction of the P. P. and L. plant at Pine Grove. The second largest order, something over a million, was for the Pottsville High
School building. Officers and directors for the Pressed Brick Company are: President G. G. Reichley of Saint Clair; Secretary S. H.
Daddow of Saint Clair; Treasurer G. H. Michel of Schuylkill Haven and directors F. B. Keller of Schuylkill Haven, W. J. Evans of Saint
Clair, Howard Glick of Frackville and J. P. Ryon of Pottsville.
|The Call of September 14, 1934
MACHINERY BEING PLACED IN NEW COLDREN MILL
Wednesday of this week the removal of machinery from the present plant of D. D. Coldren to the large and handsome recently
completed factory building on Columbia Street, was begun. This work will require some time. It is planned to have the mill in
operation in the new quarters within the next week or two. The new factory has a frontage of sixty feet on Columbia Street and on
Railroad Street has a depth of 258 feet. It occupies the site of the former Becker Planing Mill and its completed cost will be in the
neighborhood of $155,000. The basement will be equipped as a modern cafeteria for the employees. A suite of twelve offices on the
ground floor will surround a handsome showroom, forty by sixty feet, where the numerous models produced by the Coldren Mill will
be exhibited. The offices and showroom will have a fine rubber tile flooring. Fine tiled restrooms with lavatories for the men and
women employees are featured in the building which embodies the most modern features in factory construction. Tiled baths will
also be provided for the workers.
The building will be heated, air conditioned and cooled. The heating system is operated with a Coxe traveling automatic grate. The
boilers will be 125 horsepower. A Frigidaire cooling system will furnish iced drinking water at all times. The steel construction of the
building has been protected throughout by aluminum paint. An interesting feature of the building's exterior is a life sized
reproduction in stone of Mr. Coldren's pet dog, Czar, a beautiful Russian wolfhound, which has been placed in the center of the
building over the entrance. A huge truckload of choice shrubbery has been planted around the new building. Fifteen thousand
invitations for the opening will be sent out to representatives of the Coldren organization and the numerous personal friends and
business associates of the family. It is expected that five thousand representatives of the Coldren Mill will attend and elaborate
plans are under way to make the affair one of the largest and finest things of its kind ever seen in Schuylkill County.
|The Call of January 25, 1935
OLD LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET TO COME DOWN
Within the course of the next several weeks, the appearance to the Main Street and central business section of Schuylkill Haven will
undergo a considerable number of changes. Not only will the front of the Bittle and Confehr building be changed but directly across
the street, Joseph Matonis, proprietor of Hotel Central, will make very marked changes to the property adjoining the hotel building.
On the site of the two small buildings, now occupied by E. A. Schaeffer as a shoe repair shop and A. J. Moore as a fruit store, will be
erected a brick structure which when completed, will be occupied by the American Stores Company, which store now occupies the
property of Parris Lazos. Work on the razing of the buildings was in part begun during the week by the contractor, Harry Becker. A
week's notice has been given to the tenants. Mr. Moore will move his fruit store into the Burket property, on the corner of Main and
Haven Streets and will be open for business in the new location on Wednesday of next week. Mr. Schaeffer, when interviewed,
Wednesday, had not as yet determined where he could open the shoe repairing shop. He had several places in mind but had not
determined on any one in particular.
The building occupied by the Moore Fruit Store is perhaps one of the oldest buildings on the Main Street and with the exception of
some paint and some minor changes made from time to time, and the removal of the wooden awning, is today in almost the identical
size and form as when built many years ago. For more than a half century, fifty four years to be exact, this building was occupied by a
hardware store. It was first rented from Mrs. Bryant by J. F. Thompson, who embarked in the hardware business. In a few years time
it was purchased by Mr. Thompson and when he retired from business, was purchased by Sausser Brothers, who conducted a
hardware store in it for many years.
|The Call of February 1, 1935
135 YEAR OLD BUILDING TORN DOWN
During the week the two small one story frame buildings adjoining Hotel Central were razed. On their site will be built a modern brick
structure that will be occupied by the American Stores. The razing of one of the two buildings, that occupied by Moore Grocery, for a
number of years, and in the earlier days by Sausser Hardware Store, also the Thompson Hardware Store, eliminates from the building
line of the business section, perhaps one of the oldest and only remaining small buildings of the town's business of many years ago.
ON the side of the building after some of the boards had been removed, could be seen evidences of the fact that the building had
been used to display large advertising posters. One or two theatrical attractions and advertisements of national products could be
deciphered. Some very old account books were also brought to light. Many names of former residents, who long ago have passed
on, were found to have been patrons of the store. One item listed the sale of a range for forty dollars. There are various conflicting
reports as to the age of the building but without doubt, it is conceded to have been one of the oldest of its type in Schuylkill Haven.
There is one report of a local man's father who came to Schuylkill Haven in 1850, remarking that the building had evidently been
standing fifty years before he came to Schuylkill Haven. This would make the building 135 years old. It was heavily constructed of
timbers that were mitered together with wooden pegs rather than spikes or nails. Age, however, had greatly reduced its strength
and many of the timbers had rotted completely where they had been joined together. The strength of the building had been very
materially reduced and that it did not tumble down in parts before being razed was mere good fortune. It was long a fire trap. Old
timers report the building being occupied in days gone by, at one time, by a flour mill conducted by Benjamin Ketner and later by
Schuylkill Haven's first casket factory, Emanuel Pflueger and William Achenbach, skilled cabinet makers, putting together caskets on
special order. Later the building was occupied by a Mr. Thompson as a hardware store and after him by the Sausser Brothers
hardware store for many years. On the site of this building, the contractor Harry Becker, will build a one story thirty by eighty foot
brick veneer building. Thursday the steam shovel of Harry F. Loy was on the job, excavating for the foundation work.
|The Call of June 21, 1935
BUILT 108 HOUSES HERE IN TWENTY ONE YEARS
We believe there are few building contractors in small towns who have equalled or can come anywhere near the record of Contractor
Paul R. Naffin, for the number of homes built within a specified period. The Schuylkill Haven general public well knows that this one
individual in the past number of years has been responsible for the erection of an unusually large number of homes in the town.
Hardly anyone, except Mr. Naffin himself, had any idea of the actual number he constructed. It can be said for this contractor, that
most all of the homes he built were of and along modern lines and types. He has been responsible for the development of at least a
half dozen different sections of the town, having first purchased the ground, graded streets, put down curbs and pavements, and
then built houses thereon, either on contract or for himself and later disposed of them when completed.
Mr. Naffin, in addition to the building of homes, has done considerable construction work on other buildings such as stores, garages
and public buildings but confining his work to the actual building of homes, we find the total number since 1914, or twenty one years
ago, has been 108. Of this number, twenty three houses were built on contract or to specifications determined by the owner before
hand. Here is a list of streets and number of homes built on each by Mr. Naffin:
West Main Street - 17, Saint Charles Street - 5, Hoover Street - 10, Penn Street - 8, Schumacher Avenue - 8, Willow Lake - 1, Stanton
Street - 10, Hess Street - 29, Margaretta Street - 4, Naffin Avenue - 7, and one each on Wilson Street, Saint Peter Street, Union Street,
Avenue C, East Main Street, Garfield Avenue, Centre Avenue, Haven Street and Columbia Heights.
|The Call of November 1, 1935
COAL STOKER BEING MADE IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Among the variety of products being manufactured in Schuylkill Haven, such as underwear, burial caskets, and shoes, has been
added an item equally as useful and important, namely, an automatic furnace stoker. It is called the Air-O-Matic Rice Coal Stoker and
is manufactured by the Valentine Machine Works of Liberty Street in Schuylkill Haven. The Air-O-Matic stoker is not a new product
entirely, for Mr. Valentine has been manufacturing these stokers for the past three years and already has a large number of them in
use and service and what is more, they are proving quite satisfactory. The price for the stoker installed is one of the lowest on the
market today. It has a minimum number of working parts, can be and is made to fit any size of boiler. It is very quiet in operation and
entirely dust proof. In this stoker, Mr. Valentine has eliminated the usual worm gears that cause endless trouble in a number of
similar devices. The Air-O-Matic is an ingenious device which provides for the feeding of the coal to the fire by air feeders. The
stoker requires but an eighth horsepower motor to operate, therefore this cost of operation is cut to the very minimum.
In addition to the manufacture of the stoker, an automatic clock is provided which automatically regulates the stoker, and the burning
flame, and therefore cuts down the cost to at least one third of the cost of a continuously running stoker, by means of both coal and
electricity being saved. The manufacture right in Schuylkill Haven of a coal stoker, the device which has proved its worth many times
over, provides for the people of this section an unusual opportunity of procuring, in a direct manner, from the manufacturer, these
stokers and in doing so, effecting a saving of the agent's or middleman's commission or profit. Mr. Valentine has in operation a
number of his stokers in Schuylkill Haven and adjoining towns and is placing additional stokers right along. Owners of these stokers
are enthused over the results and willingly permit inspection of the same by interested persons in their homes. At the plant of Mr.
Valentine on Liberty Street can also be seen one of these stokers in operation.
|The Call of January 24, 1936
FELIX DEPARTMENT STORE TO DISCONTINUE BUSINESS
One of the oldest retail business firms in Schuylkill Haven will, in a short time, close its doors. It will be the Felix Department Store
on Saint John Street. A mammoth liquidating sale is now in progress. On March 1st, Mr. H. D. Felix will begin the duties of Executive
Vice President and Trust Officer of the First National Bank and Trust Company of Schuylkill Haven. He has been a director of this
banking institution for the past ten years and for the past three years has devoted part time each day to the duties of Vice President.
Last week he was made Trust Officer of the institution. The Felix Department Store in its sixty years in Schuylkill Haven established
for itself an enviable reputation throughout the county for honest and square dealing and merchandise of a quality always better than
could be found in most stores. At this date, nothing definite could be stated as to whether the store room will be occupied and for
Sixty years ago, or back in 1876, Mr. Albert W. Felix moved from Minersville, where he had conducted a grocery business for ten
years. He opened his store in Schuylkill Haven in the Eli Mengle property, now the Bolton store, on Parkway. He sold groceries and
oilcloth. Next he moved into the William Huntzinger property next door to the Edwin Becker property on West Main Street. From that
location, as the business increased and more space was require, he moved into the storeroom at the corner of saint John and Union
Streets. Later he moved back into the Huntzinger property for a short time and then moved into the heart of the business section,
the Moser property on East Main Street. The day after excavations had been started for the building of a storeroom on Saint John
Street, operations on the Schuylkill Canal ceased. His friends and fellow businessmen foresaw for him failure and urged that he
discontinue the building of a new store. Undaunted, he continued and when the building was completed, moved into it. Mr. A. W.
Felix passed away in 1910 but the business was continued by his wife until her death in 1923, when it was continued to the present
time by the son, H. D. Felix and his two sisters, Misses Mattie and Sue Felix. Twenty four years ago the line of groceries and carpets
was discontinued and in their place was added ready to wear merchandise. For a great many years, the store has been known as the
Felix Department Store and has enjoyed a very generous share of the patronage of this community and surrounding districts.
|The Call of May 1, 1936
MANY INDUSTRIES LOST TO SCHUYLKILL HAVEN IN THE LAST 25 YEARS
The news of the intention of the Kayser Knitting Mill of Schuylkill Haven to move to Allentown within the next
several weeks, arouses interest as to just how many industries have been lost to Schuylkill Haven in the past
twenty five years. In the list herewith given is included industries that have moved elsewhere or have
S. Thomas Knitting Mills Nipple and Nut Works Daniel Sharadin Knitting Mills
Berger Brothers Knitting Mills Reidlers Knitting Mill Russel Reider and Brother
J. E. Stanton Knitting Mill A. H. Kline Knitting Mill J. C. Lautenbacher Knitting Mill
Schwenk and Company Knitting Mill Davis and Lawrence Paper Box Factory W. F. Doherty Paper Box Factory
Baker Brothers Knitting Mill Philadelphia and Reading Car Shops Schuylkill Haven Rolling Mill
Stocking Factory on Leonard Street Losch Automatic Furnace Company Fox and Brown Shirt Factory
Schuylkill Haven Brick Plant Guarantee Laundry Company Becker Planing Mill
Turner Concrete Block Company Huling Burial Casket Company
|The Call of May 1, 1936
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TO LOSE VALUABLE INDUSTRY
Very unpleasant news for the people of Schuylkill Haven is announced by the Call this week. It is that of the Kayser Knitting Mill
transferring its Schuylkill Haven unit to Allentown. Under present plans and arrangements, the local unit will be operated in
Allentown by July 1st. Most of the orders and work now on hand at the Schuylkill Haven plant will be completed before closing down.
About one hundred and sixty employees will be effected by the moving of the Kayser plant. All but about ten to twelve of these
employees are women. The greater majority of the employees are Schuylkill Haven residents. There are a number of Cressona and
Auburn persons included in the list of employees, as well as several from rural sections.
The present average payroll of these employees is about $2300. This amount was considerably higher until several months ago,
when in February the knitting department of the local mill was transferred to the large plant of the Kayser Company in Allentown. This
change affected fourteen persons, all men, five of whom are now employed in Allentown. For the last twenty two years, or since
1914, this mill was operated continuously on a fifty two week basis. Two weeks each year were taken off for inventory and during this
time period, the employees were expected to take their vacation and be ready to give continuous employment during the balance of
the year. It was one of the most steadily operated plants in this section.
Efforts are to be made by the Chamber of Commerce to induce the Kayser Company to change their plans and continue operations in
Schuylkill Haven. Just what success will mark their efforts remains to be seen but from the fact that the high officials of the Kayser
Company are enroute to Europe and will not return for several weeks, it is uncertain as to what success may be expected by a
conference, which has been arranged with junior executives. While it is not believed the firm can operate the Schuylkill Haven unit
in Allentown as cheaply as it does in Schuylkill Haven, nevertheless, it is understood the primary idea of the firm is to have the
manufacture of their products concentrated. This can be readily done in the Allentown plant for the addition recently built to it is a
little bit more than twice the size of the Schuylkill Haven building. The original Allentown plant is almost as large as the Schuylkill
Haven plant. In the Schuylkill Haven plant, cotton and silk underwear and sleeping garments for ladies, also ladies' cotton
sportswear, were manufactured. The Kayser Company operates three plants in Pennsylvania, namely in Allentown, Bangor and
Schuylkill Haven. They have several plants in New York City and one each in Canada and Australia.
This company has been operating the local plant on a one hundred percent ownership basis since 1921. For four years before that
date, they operated on part ownership with the R. J. Hoffman Estate. From the year 1912, the firm took the entire production of the R.
J. Hoffman Mill. Mr. Hoffman began operations at the present location in 1909 and in 1920 began the building of a large addition. This
addition was occupied in February of 1921. The present superintendent of the Schuylkill Haven plant, Mr. H. A. Goas has served in
this capacity since 1913. It is understood he will have a similar position at the Allentown plant. His daughter Miss Margaret, who has
served as forelady of the Schuylkill Haven mill for a number of years, may also accept a similar position in Allentown. This means, of
course, that the family will move to Allentown.
Whether or not opportunity will be given of the employees of the Schuylkill Haven mill to accept employment at Allentown is not
known. The three story brick building on Margaretta Street, owned and occupied by the Kayser Company in Schuylkill Haven, has
been advertised for sale for the past month or more. It might be interesting to note that it was through the foresight and interest of
the employees of this industry that the Community Christmas Tree feature was instituted in Schuylkill haven. From prize money won
by the employees in several parades, was contributed the fund to purchase the first Community Christmas tree and to provide for the
Christmas Tree service. This was back seventeen years ago. The employees of this industry, too, have always been loyal in every
way to the community, contributing most liberally whenever any special drive or campaign for funds was under way and also being
the first to participate in community events of any kind.
|The Call of February 5, 1937
BARBER SHOP AT NEW LOCATION
Beginning Friday morning of last week, the Merlin Fisher Barber Shop, formerly located on West Main Street, was opened for
business on the Parkway. Mr. Fisher purchased the Bolton property and gave it a complete rebuilding and refinishing. A large plate
glass window in the front of the shop provides an unusually fine amount of illumination. The interior of the shop is finished in white.
Three large mirrors have been used to good effect. A fine pattern of inlaid linoleum of the shades of terra cotta, dark grey and
mahogany, add to the appearance of the shop. While the new quarters are not quite as long as the former shop, it is somewhat wider
and the floor space is therefore about the same as the former location where Mr. Fisher did business at the West Main Street
address for a little more than twenty one years, having opened in October of 1915. Thus far all of his customers have not been
inconvenienced in any way and have easily found the new address. The entire property has undergone considerable changes, Mr.
Fisher having had almost every type of work done or has it underway, including replastering, painting, new floors, new woodwork,
rewiring, new plumbing, new heating plant. The family is now domiciled at the new address.
|The Call of February 26, 1937
FEGER PAINT STORE BEING IMPROVED
Workmen are now engaged in enhancing and considerably changing the appearance of the
Harry Feger Paint and Wallpaper Store on West Main Street. When completed, the result will
be most inviting and very pretty. Nothing like it will be provided in any store in the state. The
entire interior is being changed. A pottery shelf will first greet the customer. There will be
two wallpaper display racks, each with twenty patterns of paper. There will be three attractive
paint shelves on the opposite side of the store room. Above all, the shelving along the two
sides will be a cornish with flood lights shedding light upon the store. In the rear of the store
room will be a replica of a portion of a colonial house with the ten inch weatherboards with two
colonial windows and the French doorway. There will be flower boxes in the windows and the
effect promises to be very pretty. The walls of the store room will be finished in the new
shade of blue with hand painted flowers in grey and rose. The fixtures will be in grey as will
be the cornish. Blue and rose stripes will add effect to the cornish. The floor will be finished
in grey. All of the fixtures in the store will be brand new. It is expected the same will be ready
by March 5th and 6th when the general public will be invited to inspect the same and note the
very, very inviting and comfy appearance, provided by the more modern trend in interior store
|The Call of October 15, 1937
NEW MOTOR COMPANY FOR SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Schuylkill Haven is to have a new motor company, garage and filling station. It is to be located on the site of an old stand, namely, the
corner of Columbia and Saint Charles Street. The new firm will be known as Haven Motors Incorporated. The formal opening of both
the garage, auto display room and filling station will be Monday of the coming week. To this end, the property, leased from the
owners by John Ketner, Kenneth Santee and Joseph Zimmerman, is undergoing marked changes. The garage itself, on its interior,
has been repainted and equipped with new mechanical devices of various kinds to facilitate servicing and repairing of automobiles.
The shop manager will be John Ketner, a capable auto mechanic. The display room, fronting on Columbia Street, is being given a
brightening. This showroom of unusually large size is concede to be one of the finest in the county. The autos which this firm will
handle are the Plymouth and Desoto and 1938 models of both cars will be on display Monday. Kenneth Santee, for the past three and
a half years manager of the J. M. Gipe Schuylkill Haven Garage will be the sales manager. Included in the new equipment which will
be placed in the servicing department, will be new motor and electrical analyzing systems. Joseph Zimmerman, one of the members
of the firm, has been employed in the lubricating department of the R. R. Sterner Garage at Pottsville. Two kinds of gasoline will be
sold with the pumps being in service over an eighteen hour period. Charles Delbert has been engaged as clerk for the new firm.
The Haven Motors will also operate the Hall on the second floor. Some changes will be made to the same and it will be available for
renting for dances, festivals, parties and all social events.
|The Call of September 16, 1938
NEW MILL NOW IN OPERATION HERE
Schuylkill Haven's newest industry got underway on Monday of this week. It is the Alpha Knitting Mills, brought to Schuylkill Haven
from Pottsville through efforts of the Schuylkill Haven Chamber of Commerce. It is located in the Hoffman Knitting Mill property,
which property was purchased by this company from the Julius Kayser Company of New York City. The number of persons now being
given employment in this new industry is seventy. The departments being operated are the knitting, cutting and part of the sewing
department. The knitting department is being operated night and day at present. Additional machinery is being set up daily and as
the new machines are placed, operators are started on the same day the end of this week or the early part of next week, it is
anticipated at least one hundred persons will be employed. The product manufactured is women's winter underwear. The trade
name is "Snuggies". The superintendent in charge of local operations is Cornelius Wasatonic. The Alpha Mills have orders to keep
them running at top speed and full schedule for months in advance. The product is shipped direct to retail stores in all parts of the
|The Call of December 23, 1938
A & P OPENED SELF SERVICE STORE HERE TODAY
The first self service A & P store in Schuylkill County opened at 133 West Main Street in Schuylkill Haven this morning at 9:00 under
the management of Nelson Faust of Columbia Street in Schuylkill Haven, former manager of the grocery department of the North
Centre Street A & P in Pottsville. A feature of this store is the provision that has been made for automobile parking. More than one
hundred cars can be parked on the plot of ground adjoining the east side of the building. The parking is free to customers. The
store is located five hundred yards below the railroad and only a few doors below the Parkway.
The store personnel will include twenty full time employees and twenty part time employees, assuring customers of speedy and
efficient service. Manager Faust has been associated with the A & P Company for the last ten years. He has been a resident of
Schuylkill Haven for a number of years. Francis Lesher, also of Schuylkill Haven, will be manager of the meat department. He has
been an employee of the company for more than five years. For the convenience of customers and to speed up the number of
persons waited upon, many gliders, of the basket type will be available for use. Customers can use the gliders in traveling through
the store to make their selections. There will be four checkers at the front door to assist buyers. The arrangement of the interior of
the building is similar to that of other markets operated by the company
|The Call of February 17, 1939
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TO HAVE A NEW FIVE AND TEN CENT STORE
Schuylkill Haven is soon to have a new five and dime department store. It will be located on East Main Street, in the building recently
vacated by the Atlantic and Pacific Company. Renovating and rebuilding operations will be started at once. A new and ultra modern
front is to be placed in the building. The ceiling is to be renewed and many interior changes made to the storeroom. The new store
will be operated and owned by the firm of Messner and Hess, which firm operates a similar store in Minersville. The deal for the
lease for this storeroom was consummated through Realtor Gordon Reed during the week. It might be interesting to know that not
ten minutes after the deal had been consummated, a firm operating a large number of large grocery stores, made tempting offers for
the lease of the building. The following day another food store concern also made inquiries concerning the rental for the purpose of
opening a large produce store.
|The Call of March 10, 1939
NEW DEPARTMENT STORE BEING RUSHED
A corps of mechanics are at work changing the interior of the building on East Main Street, formerly occupied by the A & P store, and
which will, within the next several weeks, be occupied by Messner and Hess as a five and dime department store. The general
remodeling is being done by Contractor Paul Naffin. The electrical work will be done by Bair and Shuey. The plumbing and heating
changes are being made by Floyd Mattern. The floor will be covered with linoleum purchased from Robert Yoder. The store front will
be placed by Hen Johnson.
A new ceiling of masonite in panels will be placed. The wooden store fixtures, consisting of many counters and wall shelves are
being put together and erected. The stands are of the fabricated type and were sent here in that condition for erection by local
carpenters. The most marked change in the building will be the store front. This will be of the latest type. It will be of porcelain slabs
placed upon fabricated steel. The sides of the store front and around the display windows will be in black with a yellow edging,
fusing into the black. Across the top of the front will be a strip of yellow inlaid with chromium insets. The name or letters will be of
red porcelain field with gold leaf background. The doors will be painted aluminum and finished with silver paint. The date of the
opening has not been announced as of yet.
|The Call of March 24, 1939
DEATH CALLS PIONEER MERCHANT
Sixty years of continuous retail merchandising in Schuylkill Haven was brought to a close Friday morning, shortly after five o'clock,
when death claimed P. T. Hoy. Mr. Hoy had been confined to bed but for ten days. He had, however, been in ill health for the past
two and one half years and during that time had not been active in the duties and work connected with the store that bore his and
the names of his sons. Mr. Hoy was one of Schuylkill Haven's oldest residents and one of the oldest active merchants in town. His
funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock from the D. M. Bittle Funeral Home with interment in the Union Cemetery.
The deceased was eighty three years of age last July 27th. He was born in South Manheim Township, and was the son of Thomas and
Sara (Faust) Hoy. His boyhood days were spent in and near to Orwigsburg and then when he was twenty years of age, he came to
Schuylkill Haven and obtained employment as clerk in the general store of William C. Kline on the corner of Main and Saint John
Streets. Within a few years, he decided to embark in business in his own name and purchased the Huntzinger store on West Main
Street. In the year 1895, he built the property at the corner of Main and Saint John Streets, and opened one of the largest general
stores in this section. He continued active in the operation of the business until his sons were taken into the partnership, when he
relinquished some of his activities but continued to maintain more than interest in the business. It was not until his health failed
completely that he did not spend the greater part of the day in the store, greeting friends in his usual pleasant and affable manner.
Mr. Hoy always took great interest in his community and the welfare of its people. He headed many civic progress improvements and,
if not at their head, always was a staunch supporter of them. He served for a number of years as a member of the Board of Health.
He was instrumental in numerous matters that made for the improvement of the town and was always considered the most zealous
and energetic, as well as one of the most prominent businessmen in this entire section.
Mr. Hoy was a member of the Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church. For many years he was the secretary of the Sunday School. He
continued his attendance at the church services until the failure of his health. His wife preceded him in death in September of 1925
and in February of 1926, a daughter, Helen, passed away. He is survived by two sons and one daughter: Lewis H. and Rudy F Hoy, of
Schuylkill Haven and S. Christine, wife of Thomas C. Cockill of Chester. These grandchildren also survive: C. Harriet Hoy, Lewis L.
Hoy, of Schuylkill Haven and Thomas Cockill Jr. of Chester. The deceased was one of the oldest members of the local lodge of Odd
Fellows, having been connected with the order since 1882.
|The Call of April 7, 1939
NEW FIVE AND TEN CENT STORE WILL OPEN SOON
Contrary to reports circulated, the new five and dime store of Messner and Hess on East Main Street in Schuylkill Haven will not be
opened on Saturday. The date of the opening has not been definitely decided. It may be the end of next week and perhaps later.
There is such a tremendous stock of such a large number of items to be placed at the most strategic points in the store, that the time
required is considerable. The store equipment is all completed and work was started this week in unpacking and putting out
merchandise. There will be many surprises in store for everyone when this store opens to the public. Due announcement will be
made of the opening days.
|The Call of April 14, 1939
NEW DEPARTMENT STORE TO OPEN NEXT WEEK
Next Saturday, Schuylkill Haven's latest department store will open for business. This will be the second new store to open for
business in Schuylkill Haven within two weeks. This is exclusive of the American Store, which had long been in Schuylkill Haven but
which last week opened in quarters more than twice as large as formerly. It is also exclusive of the Feger Paint and Wallpaper Store
which last week had its formal opening in larger quarters at the same address. The new store of Messner and Hess is of unusually
large size. It has a width of thirty five feet and a depth of one hundred and twenty five feet. It will be filled with a choice stock of
quality merchandise of a great variety. There will be at least twenty thousand different color and size articles. This stock will be
arranged and displayed on seven different box counters of four sections each; also on counters and shelving along the full length of
the store room on both sides.
There will be many different departments. Those of special large size will be the Candy Department, toilet Article Department,
Departments for Notions Hardware and Paint, Tinware and Aluminum and the Hosiery Department. Other large sized departments will
be Stationery, Woodware, Toys, Ribbon, Lace, Art Goods, Jewelry, Glassware and Crockery, Handkerchiefs, Towels, Electric Supplies,
Kitchen Utensils, Garden Tools and Seed Department.
The firm of Messner and Hess conduct similar large stores in Minersville and Girardville. The storeroom has been beautifully done
over. The ceiling is of masonite. There are thirty seven ceiling electric bowl lights. The counters and shelving are finished in cherry
with black base. Mirrors and palms atop the wall shelving lend an attractive tone to the storeroom. An unusual feature is the floor
being covered with a heavy linoleum of a design that matches well with the other color scheme of the store. The store front is
attractive in yellow and black porcelain inlaid with chromium. The windows are of a most modern type, one being on each side of the
|The Call of April 21, 1939
MANY PERSONS VISIT NEW STORE ON INSPECTION DAY
Thursday was a big day for the Schuylkill Haven public. This
because it was the day for inspection of the new Messner and
Hess Department Store on East Main Street. From noon until
late in the evening, people just simply crowded the new store.
They were amazed at the size, the splendid appointments,
quality and modern stock and equipment. It was noticed that
so many people were more than showing a passing interest.
Careful examination of many lines of goods was made. It would
be hard to say just which department attracted the most
attention and notice from the visitors. Roses as souvenirs
were given from six in the evening. The high school band
entertained with concert music in front of the store for a long
period. The storeroom was glorified with gorgeous spring and
hot house flowers presented by firms and individuals as a
means of congratulating the firm on the opening of this new
store. The presentations were in the form of massive
baskets. The manager of the Schuylkill Haven store will be Mr.
Harvey, who hails from Bloomsburg. He will make his
residence in Schuylkill Haven as soon as he can find an
unoccupied apartment or house. All of the girl clerks to be
employed will be from Schuylkill Haven. The official opening of
the store took place this morning at nine o'clock. There were
additional presentations of congratulatory baskets of flowers.
|The Call of October 6, 1939
BUECHLEY FIRM ERECTING LARGE WAREHOUSE AND OFFICE
Building operations are well underway near the cutoff on Broadway, Schuylkill Haven, by the Buechley firm. By the first of the year, it
is expected the two story warehouse and office now being erected on this site will be ready for occupancy. The concrete foundation
walls are about completed. The building is being erected on the west side of what formerly was the cutoff for the Schuylkill Canal.
The new building will be forty by eighty feet and will be of frame construction. The front part will be occupied as an office and display
room. The appointments throughout will be of the very finest and most up to date where will be displayed all the newest and proven
accessories for builders and contractors. The local plant of the local firm occupies four and one half acres. Over a million feet of
lumber of various kinds are on hand at all times. In addition to this, there is an enormous quantity of builders hardware, building
accessories and building material. The Schuylkill Haven manager is Mr. Oscar Hill, better known as "Mox" Hill. The Buechley firm has
been located in Schuylkill Haven for thirty one years. Mr. Hill has been the local manager for a full thirty year period.
|The Call of December 1, 1939
NEW INDUSTRY EMPLOYS THIRTY MEN
Schuylkill Haven recently acquired an industry without solicitation or effort, that already is giving employment to at least thirty men.
The prospects are that fifty men will be given employment when the industry is operated at full capacity. The new plant is a coal
breaker. It is located near the old canal locks at the south end of the Parkway. It occupies almost the same site as did a breaker and
washery of Charles Manbeck some years ago. The industry is operated by the Pine Ridge Mining Company, which company operates
and owns several similar breakers at other points in the district. Coal is brought to the breaker in trucks and taken by truck up a
runway to a hopper twenty feet high. It is dumped into the same and drops into a breaker or series of cogs and screens underneath.
From this point it is screened and the large sizes of coal taken on an endless conveyor to the breaker building nearby. The breaker
building is sixty feet in height, seventy seven feet in length and thirty six feet wide. The coal taken into the breaker building is
carried on the conveyor through a series of screens and drops into the proper sized pocket. After being sized, it is ready for the
market. Shipping will be done by truck and by rail. A spur track of the Reading Company is now being completed into the plant.
Operations were begun during last week. The breaker has a capacity of five hundred tons of coal per day. Schuylkill Haven, as a site
for this industry, was chosen because of its close proximity to several points in the county, from whence the coal to be broken and
sized is received by truck. Building operations are not yet completed and indications point to additional buildings and an office
building, being constructed in the near future. Electrical power for the operation of the industry is obtained from the Schuylkill
Haven Electric Light Department, the amount of motors in use being one hundred and twenty horsepower. This is the first coal
breaker of large size to be located in or near Schuylkill Haven.
|The Call of November 15, 1940
LEWIS MOVES TO NEW STORE
Frank S. Lewis, local newsdealer, on Friday moved his storeroom to the Gipe building recently purchased and remodeled, on the
opposite side of Main Street. The storeroom which was vacant when Mr. Lewis made the purchase, was formerly occupied by the J.
M. Gipe five and ten cent store. The entire three floors were renovated, with apartments being made on the second and third floor.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis will occupy the second floor. The storeroom, twenty by fifty five feet, has been modernized and equipped with
attractive shelving tables, card racks and stands. A long room has been constructed with wall table son the side for newsboys and
an office in the rear. Large display windows with good lighting add to the attractiveness of the new place of business. Mr. Lewis has
increased the amount of stock carried and will add a number of new lines in addition to his regular newspaper, magazine, stationery
and greeting card business. The change in location to a larger storeroom was necessitated by the steadily increasing amount of
business done by Mr. Lewis since coming to Schuylkill Haven fourteen years ago. Mrs. William Calsam of Margaretta Street, expects
to open a hat store in the building formerly occupied by the newsstand.
|The Call of March 7, 1941
WAGE INCREASE DENIED, WORKERS BARRICADE ROAD TO BREAKER
Twenty two striking miners at the Pine Ridge Mining Company breaker, located at the end of Parkway, erected a barricade on roads
leading to the breaker and are stopping all trucks from entering the premises. This action was taken after a demand for an increase
in wages had been refused by the company, the men laid off and an attempt made to operate the breaker with new men. The affair
was peaceful until Thursday afternoon, when an altercation occurred between Charles Andershonis, one of the foremen, and the
striking employees. It is claimed that the foreman sought to tear down American flags erected at the barricade and was set upon by
The trouble began last week, when the miners, who reportedly had been working from ten to fifteen hours for wages ranging from
$3.50 to $4.00 per day, asked for fifty cents an hour for an eight hour day and with time and a half for overtime work. They notified the
company that they would strike if the demands were not met by March 1. The company attempted to operate the breaker with outside
help on that date, and the old employees set up the barricade on Tuesday to prevent coal from being taken to or from the breaker.
The owner, Steve Kotch of Frackville, also operates two other breakers, at Oak Ridge near Lorberry and at Millersville, near Fountain
Springs. Attempts at conciliation have met with no success, the strikers claiming that the operator will not meet with them. Clarence
Ney, the spokesman for the employees, announced this morning that the men will now demand the union wages and hours of the
United Mine Workers. A detective of the Pine Ridge Mining Company talked with the men this morning and it is thought a conference
soon will be arranged between the two factions, and an agreement reached.
|The Call of December 5, 1941
ZULICK MILL IS OPERATING IN NEW QUARTERS
Zulick's Underwear Mill, formerly Moyer and Zulick, began operation this week in their new quarters at the rear of 128 Centre
Avenue. The factory which had been located in the small building across from Moyer's garage on Lincoln Avenue was moved to the
newly constructed frame building Thanksgiving Day and the thirty girls employed by Mr. George Zulick lost only one day through the
change in location. The new factory offers ideal working conditions. It is a two story building with plenty of natural light coming
through the numerous windows on all sides. The girls work at the thirty machines on the second floor. Contractors are still working
on the first floor which is expected to be finished this week. This floor will be used as a retail sales room where the products of the
mill will be sold direct to the consumers. The merchandise now manufactured includes ladies' rayon underwear, panties, slips,
gowns and pajamas and ladies' and boys camerline jackets. Sales are made by Mr. Zulick direct to the retail dealer and to individuals
coming to the sales room. The partnership of Moyer and Zulick was dissolved June 27 upon the death of R. F. Moyer, after the two
men had operated for sixteen years. Now with increased sales and greater production necessary, a larger factory became necessary
and Mr. Zulick constructed the building at the rear of the Zulick apartments. The new building can accommodate almost double the
number of machines now in operation. With the demand for his products steadily increasing, Mr. Zulick states that new machines and
operators will be added very shortly.
|The Call of December 5, 1941
EMPLOYEES OF W. Y. MILLER SHOE COMPANY PLEDGE $5000 TO FINANCE REOPENING
The citizens of Schuylkill Haven in their public spirited endeavor to save the W. Y. Miller Shoe Company have already pledged $7300
of the $35,000 necessary to put the factory again in operation and return the 138 employees to their jobs. The action of the
community in trying to save one of its biggest industries has stirred the interest of millions of people in the eastern part of the United
States. Large city newspapers have sent men in to cover the meetings of the Citizen's Committee and have given the story
prominent display in their news columns. Their millions of readers are now waiting to see if this town of 6500 people will be able to
raise the large amount necessary to reorganize the closed factory. If the amount is raised, the factory will become a community
operation. The plan is to issue preferred stock which carries with it a voice in the management and operation of the shoe company.
The preferred stock will be paid off from the profits.
A pledge of $5,000 by the employees at a meeting in town hall last evening gave added impetus to the solicitation. More than one
hundred employees, friends and interested persons attended the meeting. Solicitation will begin in earnest tomorrow, following an
important meeting of the solicitors tonight at &:30 in town hall. All solicitors already working and any other persons interested are
asked to be present. These solicitors will canvass the town in an effort to raise the additional $27,000 by the deadline, Thursday,
December 11. On Thursday the hearing of the W. Y. Miller Shoe Company will be held in Philadelphia before Judge Guy T. Bard. At
the first hearing on Monday, ex-judge Roy P. Hicks, attorney for the closed factory, explained the attitude of the townspeople and
their plan to raise the amount necessary to resume operations under a reorganization plan and he received an extension of time for
the hearing until December 11. At that time the entire $35,000 will have to be pledged.
According to authentic financial reports on the status of the company, it had been operating at a profit for the last six months, but a
large indebtedness created an overhead which depleted the profit. Three creditors presented their claims and forced the Millers
into involuntary bankruptcy. Under Chapter 10 of the Chandler Act, a business is permitted to continue operation under a
reorganization plan. In the event this plan can not be put into operation, the company will have to go through the bankruptcy
proceedings. If the citizens are successful in raising the $35,000, the factory will begin work immediately to fill orders on hand
totalling $125,000. When reorganized, the factory will do the greater part of their dealings directly with the retail dealers, retaining
only a few of their most reliable jobbers. Prior to closing two weeks ago, the factory was producing a thousand pairs of shoes a day.
The maximum daily output is estimated at twelve hundred pairs.
The first meeting of the Citizen's Committee was called by Bert Maberry, Gordon D. Reed and George Gray for Wednesday evening,
November 26. At this time about twenty businessmen of the community were present. Because a true account of the financial
condition was not available beyond the bare statement of liabilities over assets and the fact that $35,000 was needed, the group had
nothing to go on but rumors. It was decided that before any plans were made, a conference should be held with the Miller brothers
and their attorneys. At this meeting the company was satisfied that the shoe company could again operate on a paying basis if the
amount of $35,000 was raised. A second meeting was called for Tuesday evening and in addition to the businessmen, a number of
employees were present. Officers elected at this time were: Bert Maberry, President; Gordon reed, secretary; and George Gray,
treasurer. When Harry Runkle, one of the foremen, and Lewis Schweigert, one of the oldest employees, expressed the belief that the
workers would gladly do their part in raising the necessary 435,000, it was decided to call a meeting of the employees for Thursday
night. This was done and the workers turned out almost one hundred percent to voice their endorsement of the plan by pledging
more than $5,000. The W. Y. Miller Shoe Company was founded in September of 1905 by W. Y. Miller, Preston Miller and Herman Miller
as a partnership. The founders began the manufacture of children's shoes in a building on the southwest corner of Liberty and Saint
Peter Streets. As the business expanded, more floor space was added. In October of 1913, the brick building on Liberty Street was
erected. After several years it was found necessary to have more working space and another addition was built in 1918. The next
addition was a two story brick wing added in the summer of 1921. In 1932, the brothers decided to incorporate the business and it
became known as the W. Y. Miller Shoe Company, Incorporated. In addition to the three brothers, the two sons of Preston Miller, Bob
and Wilmer also have an interest.
|The Call of December 12, 1941
MILLER'S SHOE COMPANY GRANTED 20 DAY EXTENSION
Through the untiring efforts of the local committee endeavoring to retain the W. Y. Miller Shoe Company here, District Judge Guy
Bard has extended the time of final action until December 30, which gives the local people two more weeks in their effort to raise the
necessary $35,000 to save the industry for Schuylkill Haven. The committee has worked feverishly and has been ably assisted by
eight of the employees of the closed factory. The response has been fair and while there is a yeoman's job to be done, the outlook is
not too gloomy. To date, $15,700 has been subscribed. Subscriptions have been received from former residents of Schuylkill Haven
who have indicated by act as well as word that they are anxious to do their part in this effort to aid their former neighbors and
friends. One in particular is puzzling the committee who boasted of the fact that they knew everyone who ever lived here. The
subscription is for $100 and was sent by a person who is an absolute stranger to every one of the committee. The sender expressed
a desire to help in this most worthy cause and the committee is of the opinion that the publicity given the matter in the metropolitan
newspapers is the reason for this subscription by a nonresident. It is not too late, as a matter of fact the time is now at hand for you
to do your part, if you have not already done so. The thermometers in front of the Gordon reed office are continually rising in spite of
the drop in the actual temperature. They must rise to the $35,000 mark. It can be done. It will be done. Welcome the solicitor when
he comes to you and give all you possibly can.
|The Call of December 5, 1941
LET'S BREAK THE THERMOMETER !
Two large thermometers placed on the light standard in front of the Gordon D. Reed office will record the increasing amount of the
money pledged to the W. Y. Miller Shoe Company fund. The thermometers, made by Fred Reichert, are white with a blue background
and a red "mercury" tube. The degrees are marked in $5,000 units with smaller division between each marker. At the top of the
thermometer tube is the goal of $35,000. The reading on the top asks the local citizenry to help keep 138 persons working and to
keep the industry in operation. Anyone desiring to pledge toward the fund may do so at the Reed office or Gray's clothing store.
|The Call of December 19, 1941
NEW INTEREST SHOWN IN DRIVE TO SAVE FACTORY
The war events of last week slowed down the action of the town in its attempt to raise the $35,000 for the Miller Shoe factory, but now
that the surprise is past, interest is again turned to the local problem and solicitors are working feverishly to raise the amount. At the
present time over $16,000 has been pledged. Particularly noticeable in the past week has been the support given to the drive by
former residents of Schuylkill Haven, who have come to learn of the plight of one of the main industries of their home town. Being
away from the community, they look at Schuylkill Haven as a unit, not as individuals, and see what the continued operation of the
Miller Shoe Company will mean to everyone in town. Their support is given to build up Schuylkill Haven rather than to see it slip
backwards. Many are the stories heard from local businessmen abut salesmen from distant cities who have read of the gallant fight
being waged here and the inquiries about the progress being made in the drive for $35,000. This week, a request was received by
Gordon D. Reed from the Life magazine for aid in securing information and pictures for a feature story to be printed in that magazine.
In speaking of the communication, Reed remarked, "This publicity is all well and good but what we need is more aid in the way of
Only eleven days remain to raise the $35,000. The extension granted the Miller Shoe Company will expire December 30 and at that
time the decision will be made whether or not 138 employees, most of them men, will be returned to their jobs or be forced to look
elsewhere for work. The Citizen's Committee, Bert Maberry chairman, appeals to the people to extend their utmost aid to this cause
which effects the lives of everyone in Schuylkill Haven.
|The Call of January 2, 1942
TWO RECEIVERS APPOINTED FOR MILLER FACTORY
District Judge Guy Bard handed down on Tuesday, December 30, an order to adjudicate bankruptcy in the matter of the Miller Shoe
Company and appointed Harold Hubler, Auburn and Ralph M. Bashore of Tremont as receivers. This action followed the petition of a
month ago by the operators of the Miller shoe factory to reorganize after an involuntary bankruptcy action had been handed down
against them. The effort to raise the necessary $35,000 by popular subscription locally fell short by $12,000 but it must be said in
behalf of those who so energetically worked for the cause that their efforts were nonetheless appreciated not only by those parties
interested directly in the factory but also by the citizens of the community who watched with keen interest the progress made in the
drive. The monies which have been placed on deposit in the drive will be returned to the subscribers within a few days. A meeting
for the creditors for the examination of the bankrupt firm will be called in a short time by Attorney Maynard Stapleton, Referee in
Bankruptcy, to whom the action of the court has been referred.
The interest shown in the drive pointed out very pointedly the fact that many former residents of the borough still have a keen
interest in the progress of Schuylkill Haven. Not a few pledges for aid were received by former residents and this was indeed
appreciated as was every single subscription received from residents here. A ray of light is shone in the fact there is a possibility of
the factory being purchased by a group of interested men who will reopen it as a shoe factor or some other industry to absorb the
greater part of the labor represented. Work has already begun to bring this about and, of course, the future of the building and its
occupancy will depend upon the purchaser at the final bankruptcy sale.
|The Call of January 16, 1942
OLD TIME FIREPLACES FOUND WHILE REMODELING HOTEL
In the process of remodeling the old Columbia Hotel which is now going on, the workmen have discovered several interesting old
relics of bygone days which are causing a great deal of interest by those who have sen them. Mr. E. C. Graver, former owner of the
hotel and a member of the family which has operated the landmark for more than fifty years, is assisting in the remodeling, and it was
he who discovered two unique fireplaces, one in each of the two front bedrooms. Built into the chimney, the fireplaces are simply a
grate of iron embedded into the brick chimney. The grate looks much like a small cradle about ten inches long. It was in these grates
that the people of about a century ago placed a wood fire to heat the individual room.
Mr. Graver as a boy remembers how, on market day, the Berks County farmers from the Strausstown, Rehrersburg district came over
the Blue Mountain early in the morning, stopping at the Columbia Hotel about five in the morning for breakfast, to feed the horses
and to get warm before going about their day's marketing. In the evening the same group would stop for supper before the long trek
over the mountain to home. Many of the residents of Schuylkill Haven will remember the time when this hotel, which is more than
one hundred years old, was the stopping off place for travelers.
The hotel is being completely remodeled for the accommodation of tourists and guests. The large dining room has been completely
done over with attractive etchings adorning the walls. The bar room has been panelled with beautiful wood and the entire place,
including the rooms which will be let out to tourists, has been done over. The hotel will be under the management of Mr. J. S. Long.
Visitors are invited to inspect the old fireplaces which have attracted many. Not a few antique dealers have offered attractive sums
for the purchase of the fireplaces but Mr. Graver and Mr. Long have decided that they will remain in their original place embedded
securely into the building structure.
|The Call of January 23, 1942
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN WELCOMES NEW RESTAURANT
Local Labor and Materials Used in Erection of "Parkway"
Native Oak Used To Build New Modern Restaurant
Schuylkill Haven can be justly proud to welcome its newest business establishment, the Parkway Restaurant. Meeting a very definite
need, this modern restaurant will be patronized by many of the townspeople as well as transients who will find the same Strause and
Beck quality prevailing as is to be found in all the other of their fast growing chain of restaurants and service stations.
An inspection of the new Parkway Restaurant will reveal that Strause and Beck have spared no expense in procuring the very best of
everything in the building of this modern establishment. It is equipped with the very latest of everything from the front door to the
large spacious banquet hall to the rear of the building. The forward part will be the restaurant proper, equipped with comfortable
booths and tables to accommodate a large clientele. The entire building is finished with native oak specially prepared at the mills of
Mr. Strause and the structural wood was also prepared and secured from these mills. Excavation was begun last August by H. Loy,
who soon had the foundation in readiness. Harvey Dewald and son were secured as general contractors and soon the structure took
form. Designed after the most modern buildings, the Parkway Restaurant presents a most formidable appearance in its splendid
location at the head of Parkway. The electrical work has been expertly completed by Bair and Shuey. The front and all the glass work
is the handiwork of the Empire Paint and Glass Company of Pottsville. Painting of the interior and exterior was handled by Clarence
Dewald of Schuylkill Haven. The heating plant, one of the very latest as well as the plumbing, has been completed by the Losch
Boiler Sales Company of Schuylkill Haven. R. T. Reed placed on the building a substantial roof which will last for many years to come.
The flooring was expertly done by the Enterprise Furniture Factory of Reading. Many of the fixtures for the restaurant were
furnished by the Pottsville Showcase Company.
The banquet hall will be the scene of many civic and service club meetings and it will be available to organizations who wish the best
of everything served in an environment of refinement and cleanliness. No liquor will be sold in keeping with an established policy of
Strause and Beck. In the front restaurant which will be always open to the public, the famous Strause and Beck Bar B Que will be
featured as well as popular platters at reasonable prices. The Parkway Restaurant will be managed by Fred Kramer, who has wide
experience in this field of endeavor. Coming to Schuylkill Haven with a background as steward on the famed United States liners as
well as on the United Fruit Lines, he has a full knowledge of the needs of the patrons who will visit the Parkway. His experience as a
steward on large liners will be an invaluable help to individuals as well as large groups who may plan banquets at the Parkway.
Schuylkill Haven is proud again to say welcome to Strause and Beck, and although the men are no strangers to us, in fact we feel that
they are a part of the community life of our borough, we are happy to officially welcome them to our business family.
|The Call of April 17, 1942
MILLER FACTORY MAY BE SOLD
At a meeting held before Referee in Bankruptcy Maynard Stapleton at the county courthouse, the trustees of the Miller Shoe Factory
presented a petition for private sale of the factory. The petition, however, was opposed by the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company, the
First National Bank of Schuylkill Haven and the Miners National Bank of Pottsville, mortgagees. After a lengthy hearing in which many
legal aspects were presented, the decision of the referee was to dismiss the petition. As a result of this decision the shoe factory
may be placed on the auction block in public sale. All money which had been subscribed in the public spirited effort by citizens of
Schuylkill Haven has been returned to the subscribers.
|The Call of December 10, 1943
QUICK FREEZE PLANT PLANNED FOR TOWN
Schuylkill Haven will have a "Quick Freeze" locker plant in the near future if plans now being furthered materialize. Harry
Schumacher, one of Schuylkill Haven's oldest merchants, has plans for a 255 locker plant to be installed in his present store on
Columbia Street. The "Quick Freeze" lockers is a fast growing industry. There are at present 4721 plants in the United States and 400
in Canada. The lockers are especially popular in the middle west. Before priority rights are given, the government demands that
sixty percent of the lockers must be rented to separate and distinct families and the amount of rent placed in escrow in a local bank.
The rent begins when the plant starts operation. Announcements of lockers for rent will appear in later issues of this paper.
|The Call of June 8, 1945
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TRUST COMPANY OBSERVES 35TH ANNIVERSARY
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company observed its 35th anniversary as a banking institution on Wednesday. On May 19, 1910, a charter
was obtained for an institution to be known as the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company and which open for business June 6, 1910. The
first Board of Directors was composed of twenty three members. The property at 6 East Main Street was purchased and remodeled
and while renovations were being made, business was transacted in a room at the Grand Hotel building. On February 23, 1911, the
institution moved into the quarters it has occupied ever since. The business prospered from the start and by 1937 the banking
quarters were too small. At this time renovations were again made and resulted in greater convenience to customers and a more
attractive atmosphere in which to transact business. The deposits on June 6, 1910 were $76,307. The growth of the institution since
that time can be seen in the increase in deposits to $3,257,484 on June 2, 1945. For a limited time the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company
will have on display genuine and counterfeit United States currency and which can be seen by the public during the regular banking
hours. In honor of the anniversary which was made possible by cooperation and teamwork of the officers, directors and employees,
they were entertained at dinner on Wednesday evening by Walter F. Meck, president.
Those present were: Walter F. Meck, Harry A. Reber, Casper Roeder, Guy H. Diefenderfer, Ivan W. Reed, Vincent J. Dalton, Melvin W.
Bamford, Roy A. Scott Jr., G. I. Bensinger, Harry G. Fegley, directors; C. H. Williams, Harry L. Burkert, Robert L. Painter, Ralph M.
Kauffman, Willis M. Kauterman, Marguerite, M. Godshall, Mildred F. Koch, Rose E. Jones, Sarah L. Bensinger, Ada M. Heim, J. H.
Berger, employees; and E. W. McSparren, vice president and treasurer of the Federal Land Bank, Baltimore; Samuel T. Deibert and J.
|These five ads were extracted from the Call newspaper in December of 1945. The three above hold special meaning to me.
Reppert's Store was the corner grocery store in my neighborhood and I had shoes repaired at Ed Orwigs. I shoveled snow at both
businesses in the 1970s for a few years. My father would wake me when he went to work and I would shovel before going to school
and collect my pay on the way home. They were both nice gentlemen. Geary's Shoe Store in the center was owned by my late wife's
family and like many Schuylkill Haven residents, I had shoes from there. Below is an ad from Greenawalt's on Parkway and an ad for
real estate from Gordon D. Reed. Click on the Reed ad to see the bargain prices for homes.
|The Call of October 12, 1945
DISCUSSION WAGED ON COAL OPERATION
The problem of coal reclaiming operations erecting barriers in the Schuylkill River was again thrashed out in council when the local
governing body met on Monday night at Town Hall. Councilman Joseph McGlinchey, who claims that his property as well as that of
his neighbors is being damaged, brought the matter to the attention of council. The provisions of the permit granted to the McKinley
Hoover operation by the state were read. The operators were given permission to erect a twelve inch plank barrier in time of low
water to dam up the water so that they could float their coal dredge. It was claimed that the plank barrier had been washed away and
another barrier, made of large stones, is now in place and is above the prescribed height. Solicitor Hicks explained that the matter
was one for individual property owner complaint to Harrisburg instead of a community action. It was decided, however, that the
solicitor write to the proper authorities at Harrisburg notifying them that the provisions of the permit were not being carried out.
|The Call of April 5, 1946
STORE WILL OPEN HERE SATURDAY
A new modern hardware and sporting goods store will be added to the list of Schuylkill Haven businesses when the Haven Hardware
Company opens on Saturday in the former Felix building on Saint John Street. The building was purchased several months ago by
Amos Strause and Harvey Dewald and work was begun immediately to convert it to the use of the new enterprise. Shelves and
fixtures were installed and a large variety of hardware items, many of them unobtainable during the war years and up to the present
time were secured and will be offered for sale. Modern Fluorescent lighting was installed and the entire interior and frame parts of
the exterior were painted. The store is now modern in all respects.
Owners of the new enterprise are Amos Strause and Harvey Dewald and Herman Dewald. With twenty six years of hardware
experience, Herman Dewald will be manager of the store. He was associated previously with the George Bright and Company of
Pottsville and W. C. Hack and Sons of Shamokin. Earl Reed, who will be the assistant manager, was formerly with the William K. Loos
establishment of town and at one time had charge of the hardware division of the Sears and Roebuck store in Pottsville.
For the opening the new store will give away four door prizes at a drawing Saturday night. Each person visiting the store on the
opening day will be registered and will have his name in the drawing without needing to be present to win. The prizes will be a
pressure cooker, electric heating pad, cookie jar and a flashlight. The store is now stocked with a complete line of hardware items,
paints, fencing, poultry equipment, fertilizer, electric fences and floor coverings. Other items have been ordered and will be placed
on sale as soon as they arrive. The store will be dealers for Jamesway barn equipment, Pratt and Lambert paints, Wilson sporting
goods, Pennsylvania overhead doors, Chambers gas ranges, Barrett roofing and shingles and Royal vacuum cleaners.
|The Call of April 5, 1946
LOOS STORE ERECTING LARGE WAREHOUSE
The William K. Loos Establishment of town, dealers in feed, grain and other farm needs and machinery, has begun construction of a
large warehouse between the Reading Railroad siding and Coldren's Mill on East Columbia Street. The building, constructed of
building blocks, will be thirty feet wide and 130 feet in length. A thirty foot section will be used as a display room for farm machinery.
Howard J. Loos, who took over the business in September 1942, shortly after the death of his father, William K. Loos, announces that
the building will enable them to store their feed and grain close to the railroad without the extra handling and trucking that had been
necessary in the past. The savings in the handling cost will enable the Loos Establishment to provide farmers with quality
merchandise at a lower price. The present warehouse on Long Run will be used mainly for the repair and setting up of new
machinery. Mr. Loos recently returned from the armed services after serving eighteen months, most of which was in action in the
final stages of the war in Europe. Since his return, he has remodeled and modernized the Loos store on Main Street and made plans
for the warehouse that is now being constructed. Within the next few weeks he expects to begin a weekly delivery route system
throughout this area to give better service to the farming trade. Starting this week, the first in a series of cartoon advertisements for
the William K. Loos Establishment appears in The Call.
|The Call of August 30, 1946
'GOOD OLD DAYS' RECALLED BY STORY OF THEATRE OPENING
Many a housewife and head of the family (in some cases one and the same person) after a visit to the store for purchases at inflation
prices has said, "Oh, for the good old days when you really got something for your money." Well, a story was brought to The Call
office that deals with the good old days. It's an account of the old Euclid Theatre which opened the Saturday before Christmas in
1912. The writeup appeared in the July issue of "The Exhibitor," a copy of which was given to the editor by Charles B. Poorman Jr. of
Haven Street, who as a dealer in photographic supplies, receives the trade magazine. The story read in part:
"Recently there came to these editorial offices of the original account book of D. M. Wagner and William L. Woodin, who on Saturday
before Christmas in 1912, opened the Euclid Theatre in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. The first week's receipts were as follows:
Monday, December 23, $21.85; Tuesday, December 24, $18.20; Wednesday, December 25, $18.60 at the matinée and $32.45 in th
evening; Thursday, December 26, $21.10; Friday, December 27, $9.50 and Saturday, December 28, $5.35 at the matinée and $39.30 in
the evening for a grand total of $166.35 for the first full week. The preopening expenses amounted to a total of $577.58. Wagner
charged the theatre $25 a month for rent and Woodin drew $25 a week as manager.
Among the expenses listed were: The Call, advertising, $4.84; Mills and Klein, distributing folders for opening week, fifty cents; two
boxes of soap powder, ten cents; one tin pail, ten cents; two pairs pliers, twenty cents; two screw drivers, fifteen cents; bottle of ink,
pen and book for ticket seller account, fifteen cents; moving piano to theatre, $2.00 and music rolls from Erles, $18.54. The opening
show consisted of the days super colossal "Custer's Last Fight," and a couple of one reelers, "Why Jones Reformed" and "Plucky
Girl". On that precedent shattering night, 6,280 nickels were pushed under the Euclid Theatre wicket, a record which stood for only
twenty four days. The film rental on this show totaled $12.50.
In those days the projectionist cranked the machine with his right hand and with his left, adjusted the carbons, cranked the Victrola
and changed the records which were used to attract customers by means of the horn sticking out on the street. Another job of the
projectionist in those days was to lean out the booth door at the close of each show (they ran only fifteen minutes) and call to the
audience, "Don't crowd down the aisles, next show in a few minutes." n It was also not unusual to call out the booth door to the
audience and explain that the film had broken or some other trouble had occurred in the booth and ask the audience to be patient
when he fixed it."
|The Call of November 8, 1946
ELMER UNGER BUYS BUSINESS PROPERTY
The modern grocery store of Harry K. Schumacher located at 128 Columbia Street and apartments adjoining were sold the past week
to Elmer F. Unger of Parkway. On the first floor the store room is occupied by Wolf's Grocery and the adjoining property has three
modern apartments. Mr. Unger intends to install the latest grocery store equipment and lighting fixtures and in the rear of the store
he intends to install freezing lockers for the storing of meats and vegetables. The Wolf Grocery store which now occupies the store
room will move to the Dietrich property several doors away where business will be continued. The sale was made by realtor Gordon
|The Call of November 8, 1946
IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO SAINT JOHN STREET BUSINESS PLACES
A bright green neon sign at the Haven Hardware Company store on Saint John Street gives the street a brighter business
appearance. The sign, advertising Bendix radios with the name of the store beneath was erected yesterday. While the war was in
progress with the Felix building vacant, Saint John Street lost much of its business appearance. Within the last several months,
much has been done to make it a business section. The Felix store was purchased by the Haven Hardware Company and extensive
improvements made before it was open for business. The manager, Herman Dewald, and store staff are working nights getting the
store ready for the Christmas season. The Call building which was purchased by Gordon D. Reed, is being painted and improved.
The store and offices of The Call were renovated and enlarged. Additional display racks have been added. The every day greeting
card line has been enlarged and now includes several of the high quality lines. The Christmas cards and stationery displayed this
year will be the largest and most beautiful ever displayed by the Call. Business places along Saint John Street now include: The Call,
Gabe's, Schwartz's, the state liquor store and Haven Hardware.
|The Call of November 15, 1946
GIRLS HANDLE 11,000 CALLS DAILY, AN INCREASE OF 2,000 OVER TWO YEARS AGO
In this age of rush, rush, rush when everything must be done at breakneck speed, we too often take for granted or give too little
consideration of one of the leading conveniences in our present day business and social world, the telephone. Probably the fastest
working girl in Schuylkill Haven, and the one who takes the most abuse from inconsiderate customers for not being a super girl and
making two hands do the work of eight, is the telephone operator. At the local exchange in the Schuylkill Haven Trust building,
operators at five switchboards are now handling an average of 11,000 calls a day, an increase of 2,000 over two years ago. The local
exchange realizes that the service at times is not as speedy as it should be but the fault lies not with the girl operating the plugs but
with the lack of adequate equipment to handle the large number of calls.
Most of these 11,000 calls are made from nine in the morning until eight at night with two periods, nine to ten in the morning and four
to seven in the afternoon, being the peak loads. If 10,000 calls are handled in the eleven busy hours, that means that each of five
girls takes 2,000 calls. She makes 182 connections an hour or three every minute. At that rate she is taking a new number every
twenty seconds. At the peak periods she is making even faster time. Recently 140 new lines were added to the local telephone
network but no new equipment has been added to the exchange and it will be the end of 1947 until additional switchboards can be
Responding with a pleasant, "Number, please," when you lift the receiver to make a call is one of fifteen operators employed by the
Bell Telephone Company at its local exchange. Miss Olivan Kemble is operator in charge with Miss Betty Lohman as evening
operator in charge and Elizabeth Rhoads as senior operator. The efficient girls wearing the speaking tube and making connections
with the plugs are: Anna Jane Bast, Ida Mae Batdorf, Fern Coover, Ruth Edling, Geraldine Kantner, Jean Kremer, Charlotte Miller,
Raydelle Naus, Betty Sieck, Margaret Wensel, Rhoda Wingle and Lois Roeder. Each girl works two shifts of three and one half and
four hours with several hours off between two shifts. While at the board each girl works two hours and then she has a fifteen minute
rest period. The exchange room has a section specially arranged for the rest period with an easy chair, reading lamp and a large
assortment of magazines and other reading material on a table along side of the chair. The fifteen girls work in shifts of five at a time
from 7:00 a. m. until 11:00 p. m. From 11:00 p. m. through the early hours of the morning, only one girl is on duty.
When asked what their chief complaint is against the telephone users, the girls quickly responded that they burn up when calls come
in so fast they don't know which way to turn and then someone flashes and impatiently says, "Okay sister, if you're finished reading
your story, I'd like to have my number," or "Sorry to wake you up."
Figure it out yourself that the operator takes a new number every twenty seconds. That means she says, "Number, please," waits
until you look up the number you just forgot and then makes your connection. By that time another call is waiting for her. To one who
has watched the girls working, it seems like a continual "Number, please," "Just a moment, please," "I'll give you information," "Thank
you." The girls, handicapped by a lack of equipment, are doing a splendid job in giving rapid service. Miss Kemble stated that local
telephones will be changed to dial phones in 1952 when Pottsville and nearby towns will all convert to the dial system. To make the
change over a dial phone will be placed in the home of every telephone subscriber along side the regular phone. The new exchange
equipment will be set up and at a specified time, the user of the telephone will change to the dial phone and the exchange will switch
over to the new equipment. The old phones will then be removed and the operators will lay aside their head phones.
|The Call of May 9, 1947
SHOE STORE 60 YEARS OLD - Henry J. Dohner Opened Shop Here;Occupied Present Building 54 Years
In 1881 Henry J. Dohner arrived in Schuylkill Haven from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Mr. Dohner was a cobbler by trade and had his own
business in Lebanon before his arrival here. Upon arriving he worked for Bill Gensemer in the rear of where the Haven Hardware is
now located. This cobbler's shop was in the rear of a saddle shop operated by Sam Beal. H. J. Dohner decided to go into business
for himself and in 1887 purchased the shoe shop owned and operated by Harry Sausser, located on what is now Railroad Street. At
this time no street existed. The shop had two large show windows with a door in the middle. Suspended from the outside of the
shop was a large boot, the symbol of the cobbler. This boot is still in the possession of the Dohner family.
The lease to the shop located at the entrance of Railroad Street was closed in 1892 by the Reading Company in order to build a new
freight house next door to his old shop in April of 1893. This is the present location of the business and has been for the past fifty
four years. An advertising circular printed by The Call around that time listed the prices on their shoes as follows: Hand Made
Shoes, Men's S. Kip Creedmore, $1.00 per pair, Men's Calf Tip or plain Bals or Congress, $1.25, Men's Cordovan tip or plain Bals or
Congress, $1.90, Ladies' Dongala Button Shoe, $1.00, Ladies' Dongala Patent tip or plain button shoe, $2.00. These shoes were made
by the Dohner family. The original circular advertising these prices is in the possession of Bob Dohner, the present manager of the
shop. Up until 1893, all shoes sold in the Dohner establishment were made by hand by the Dohner family. During this year they
started to stock manufactured shoes but they still retained their custom made department.
During the year 1912, the business was passed on to Henry J. Dohner's two sons, John and Harry, who operated the shop handling
both commercially manufactured shoes and their own hand made variety. This continued until 1916 when mass production of shoes
was perfected to the extent that custom made shoes could not compete in price with the ones so produced. The Dohner's
discontinued their custom made department during this year and from that time on have stocked only those supplied to them by
manufacturers. In January of 1946 the business was passed on to the third generation and is now managed by Robert Dohner.
Before World War Two, the Dohner store carried an inventory large enough to supply every person in Schuylkill Haven with three
pairs of shoes. Due to the wartime conditions and reconversion, the large variety and selection is necessarily limited. The Ball Band
Rubber Footwear Company of Mishawaka, Indiana has been in this business for fifty years. H. J. Dohner Sons is the seventh oldest
national account with this organization having been a dealer for these products for the past forty six years. The repair department is
capably handled by Andrew Miazza, better known just as Andy. Shortly before the last war, the Dohner shoe repair shop was
completely equipped with new machinery, making the shop at that the time the most modernly equipped shop in this area. The
display and fitting room of the store was remodeled in July of 1946 and presents a cheerful atmosphere with its chrome trimmed red
leather seats and a general manager always ready to show you another pair of shoes.
The manager, Robert Dohner was born in 1917 and attended the Schuylkill Haven high school and graduated with the class of 1935.
After graduating from school he started working at the shop, both in the store and in the repair department. This gave him a
thorough knowledge of the business and fitted him to become an efficient manager. He is a veteran of World war two, having served
two years and nine months with the U. S. Army. He served in the 8th Armored Division, a part of the 9th U. S. Army in the ETO. After
being discharged from the service he took over as manager of the H. J. Dohner Sons. Robert Dohner is a member of the consistory
of the Saint John's Evangelical and Reformed Church, a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the
International Order of Odd Fellows, the Loyal Order of the Moose, the Schuylkill Hose Company and the local Lion's Club. This April
marked the sixtieth year of continuous business, fifty four of them being conducted in the present building and the remaining six
having been next door. This is one of the oldest businesses in town and is to be congratulated on sixty years of successful business.
|The Call of October 31, 1947
DEWALD BROTHERS PROPRIETORS OF PARKWAY RESTAURANT
The Dewald brothers, Clyde L. and Verlin B. "Pete", proprietors of the Parkway Restaurant, are two of Schuylkill Haven's youngest
businessmen. On Saturday they will begin their third year at the Parkway. They purchased the modern restaurant and banquet hall
from Strause and Beck on November 1, 1945 and for two years have been battling successfully with food shortages, lack of help and
skyrocketing food prices. Clyde, the younger of the two brothers, is usually found cigar in mouth, talking to salesmen, making
arrangements for banquets, directing the waitresses, or joining with customers in solving the problems of the world. His favorite
spot is behind the cash register. Verlin, who had been giving only part of his time to the restaurant business until a few months ago,
is now devoting full time to the efficient operation of the kitchen.
The two brothers are sons of Mrs. Kate Dewald, who provides the Pennsylvania Dutch cooking for their restaurant. Their father
Lewis is deceased. They were born on a farm in South Manheim Township, Verlin on July 16, 1904 and Clyde on December 16, 1920.
The family moved to Orwigsburg in 1921 and in 1930 came to Schuylkill Haven to take over the Grand Hotel, which, before it burned to
the ground, was located where the post office now stands. Verlin married Miss Ada Staller of Brommerstown and returned to the
family farm in South Manheim Township. They had one son, Russell Edward, who is thirteen years old. Mrs. Dewald died and several
years later Pete married Miss Edna Staller of North Manheim Township. They are living temporarily at 30 Center Avenue until they can
occupy the Ethel Maid apartments which are being made in the building formerly occupied by the burial dress manufacturers. After
attending public schools, Pete worked as a painter and paperhanger for seventeen years and then entered the employ of the
Economy Supply Corporation at Pottsville as a paint salesman. He continued to work with this company for five years before deciding
to devote his full time to the restaurant business.
Clyde Dewald graduated from Schuylkill Haven high school and took vocational training under the N. Y. A. In 1940 he enlisted in the
Army Air Corps and after a year and a half of training in the United States, was sent overseas to the European theater of war. He was
engineer and crew chief of the "Dutchess", a B-17 that made numerous raids over enemy territory and always managed to come
back. On its final bombing mission, it was badly shot up and after safely crossing the English Channel, crashed when it tried to land
in England. The crash put Clyde in the hospital with a shattered jaw and serious injuries about the head and body. When he received
his discharge in July of 1945, he held the rank of master sergeant. His wife is the former Miss Mary Beck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Beck of Hillside. They have one son, Lewis Harry, aged fourteen months and live at 400 Dock Street.
|At left is a picture of
owner, Robert Dohner
in 1947. At right is a
shoe cleaning kit from
from my personal
|The Call of December 5, 1947
PARRIS LAZOS, SUCCESSFUL CANDY MANUFACTURER
A regular Horatio Alger story - the rise from poor immigrant to successful businessman - is the account of the life of Parris Lazos,
proprietor of the Candy Kitchen at 15 East Main Street. Born in Metylene, Greece, an island in the Aegean Sea, Parris was one of five
children of Alvin and Helene Lazos. His father was a stone mason. At that time the Lazos homeland was under the domination of the
Turks, and as at the present time, the people were experiencing trying times. Conditions did not seem to improve as the years
passed. A cousin of the family who had come to America and was living in reading, wrote to the eighteen year old Parris about this
country. Vividly recalled in one of the letters is the statement that America was the land of plenty and of great opportunity, but the
dollars could not be picked up on the streets.
Alone at the age of eighteen, Parris made the trip to the United states in 1910. He came immediately to reading to the home of his
cousin, who secured work for him in the Berkshire Knitting Mills. He continued to work in the Berkshire Mills until 1919. While living
in reading, he journeyed on weekends to Phoenixville where he visited friends who were engaged in the candy making business. He
assisted them and became interested in the art of candy making. In 1919, he married Miss Mary Albright of Reading and several
months later decided to come to Schuylkill Haven and make a start for himself in the candy business. The location of his candy and
ice cream store was at 39 east main Street in the building now occupied by the J. M. Gipe Hardware store. With candy recipes
supplied by his friends in Phoenixville and the little experience he gained while working with them on weekends, Parris began
making his own candy. Many a batch of candy was spoiled before he acquired the skill of producing good candy. Schuylkill Haven
liked the candy and ice cream manufactured by the young businessman who had come as a youth from Greece. Parris prospered and
on August 15, 1925, he moved into the present location at 15 East Main Street, a newly built three story building. The modern store
has a large soda fountain bar, large candy display cases and booths for customers in the rear of the store room. Directly behind the
store room is the candy kitchen where the candy is manufactured. At the present time the Lazos family is busy making candy for
Christmas. During the war years, production was curtailed by a shortage of sugar. This year sugar is available but there is an acute
shortage of chocolate. The Candy Kitchen, however, will carry a full line of chocolates, chocolate covered nuts, candy canes,
baskets and pretzels and other Christmas candy novelties.
Mr. and Mrs. Lazos have four children, two boys and two girls. Georgianna, age twenty seven, is living at home with her parents and
assists in the store. She is a registered nurse, having graduated from Saint Luke's Medical Center in Philadelphia. Paul, twenty six,
shortly after graduating from high school, enlisted in the navy in 1940 and served until 1946. He was a first class petty officer and
was an aviation mechanic instructor at Jacksonville, Florida and spent one year active duty in the Pacific. He now lives in
Philadelphia. Franklin, twenty four, a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy, enlisted in the service and served with the 7th
Infantry in France and Germany. While in France, he married Miss Janine Mermet, who came to this country and is living with him in
an apartment above the Lazos Candy Kitchen. They have one child. Franklin is employed by the Grand Union Tea Company.
Henrietta, twenty three, after graduating from the local high school, entered training at Women's Homeopathic Hospital in
Philadelphia. She will graduate next June.
In 1921, Mr. Lazos became a naturalized citizen of the United States and in the years since then has eagerly assisted his adopted
country in every possible way. He has been a member of the local Rotary Club for twenty years and held membership in the old
Chamber of Commerce and has again joined the organization when it was revived several weeks ago. During the past war, the
people of Greece again felt privation. Mr. Lazos sent and continues to send boxes of clothing and food to the members of his family
still living in Metylene. His mother and one of his sisters died during the war. His father died in 1927. Still living are a brother and
sister Metylene and a sister, Mrs. Theano Yatron of Reading.
When a drive was made during the war for clothing for Greek relief, Mr. Lazos was one of the leaders in gathering clothing for his
needy fellow men. Mr. Lazos is a member of the Greek Orthodox church. His wife and children however are members of Christ
Lutheran church. Since leaving his native land thirty seven years ago, Mr. Lazos has not returned, but his most ardent desire is to go
back to Metylene for a visit to see his sister and brother and his old friends and neighbors of long ago. Mr. and Mrs. Lazos will go
when world conditions become more settled,
|The Call of December 12, 1947
LEWIS DRIESBACH CAR DEALERSHIP
Lewis C. Driesbach likes to stand along side the pride of his newly remodeled display room on Dock Street, the ultra modern 1948
Hudson. Although he has explained its outstanding features to an estimated thousand motorists since the unveiling last Sunday
morning, he is just as enthusiastic in explaining the new car as he was the day he first saw it. The car sets in the center of the soft
colored well lighted display room which has been remodeled during the past few weeks. Fluorescent lighting, arranged in a large
square in the middle of the ceiling effectively displays the new automobile without casting any shadows.
Mr. Driesbach considers the new model, plus the new showroom the high point in his long automotive career. Although only thirty
eight years old, Mr. Driesbach has been associated with the automobile business for twenty five years, starting with the Roy Hawkins
garage on Wilson Street in 1922. His experience covers most of the automotive field. The Hawkins garage first handled Chevrolet
and Dodge, then Buick and Dodge and later Nash cars while Mr. Driesbach was in their employ. In 1928 he went to work at Freed's
Firestone store in Pottsville and a year later joined the staff of the Hertz Drive Yourself Company as shop foreman. He worked there
until 1931 and then attended the Raybestos brake school in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Finishing the course, he became the brake
specialist at the Zweibel Superservice in Pottsville. The next year he returned to Schuylkill Haven to work for John Ebling, who had
the Durant sales and service. He also served as service manager for the Henry Hummel garage, handling Pontiacs at that time. In
1935, joining with Jack Douglas, Mr. Driesbach opened a garage on Haven Street and secured the agency for Hudson and
Terraplane. After one year the partnership was dissolved and the business became solely a Driesbach enterprise.
The move to the present location on Dock Street was made in 1940 when the Hudson garage was moved to the former Ebling
building. The building was purchased by Mr. Driesbach two years ago. In the present location, the garage besides featuring Hudson
sales and service, also offers complete service and general repairs on all makes of cars. Having installed heavy duty frame
straightening equipment, the Driesbach garage specializes in frame and wheel alignment on passenger cars, trucks and buses.
Mr. Driesbach is the only son of Mrs. Clymer Driesbach. His father died a year ago and a brother, Harold, was killed in a sleigh riding
accident in 1936. Mrs. Lewis C. Driesbach is the former Vera M. Berger, daughter of Milton M. Berger. They have three daughters;
Doris, nineteen and who assists in the office, Shirley, sixteen and Beverly, eleven. They live at 79 South Berne Street. Mr. Driesbach
is a member of the church council and treasurer of saint Paul's Lutheran Church on Summer Hill. He serves as a member of the
board of directors of the Lion's Club and is a member of the Lion's community ambulance service. He is associated with a number of
automotive associations including the Pennsylvania Automotive Association, the National Automobile Dealers association and the
Hudson TriCounty Service Club. On the social side, he is associated with the Pottsville Moose, the Pottsville Eagles and the Reading
|A sampling of ads from "The Call"
newspaper in 1947.
|The Call of January 30, 1948
ATKINS COMPANY STORE NEARS COMPLETION
A preview of Schuylkill Haven's newest store was
given on Thursday when the canvas was removed
from the exterior of the former Kaufman building to
reveal the gleaming modern red and white front of
the Atkins Stores Company five and ten cent store.
Mr. B. D. Atkins who comes from North Carolina where
he at one time managed thirty seven McCrory stores
is directing the work on the new store. The new
business is located on the site of an old landmark
known in the past as Kaufman's Cafe with a reputation
throughout this section for good food. The property
was sold to Parris Lazos who rented it for ten years to
the American Stores Company. It was purchased in
1944 by Gordon D. Reed who razed the old structure
and constructed a steel and concrete block building.
The structure is 26 by 130 feet with an apartment on
the second story in the front. Mr. Atkins expects to
open his store on March 1st.
|The Call of February 27, 1948
BEAUTIFUL NEW ATKINS STORE IN GRAND OPENING
The opening of the beautiful new Atkins store at 12 East Main Street today gives the Main Street business section a new look. The
glistening white and red front, the brilliantly lighted and gaily decorated display windows, all modern to the smallest detail and the
modern lunch counter, display counter and shelves and fluorescent lighting on the interior make this store perhaps the most
beautiful store in the county. The Atkins store, with its modern, beautiful appearance, is a welcome addition to the stores of town and
is a big advance in the progress Schuylkill Haven is making in becoming more and more a shopping center for the southern part of
B. D. Atkins, president of the Atkins Stores Company, joined with Gordon D. Reed, owner of the building, in planning the new
structure. No expense was spared by Mr. Reed in erecting the building and in finishing it with the most modern materials and
equipment. The new structure was erected on the site of the old Kaufman building, later purchased by Parris Lazos and then by
Gordon D. Reed. The old frame building was razed and the basement dug out before the concreting for the foundation was laid. The
26 by 130 foot store room, topped by an apartment, 20 by 60, is constructed of building block and steel. Construction work was begun
last July by Gordon D. Reed's crew of men, supplemented by various contractors for specialized work.
The gleaming red and white exterior was designed and installed by the Empire Glass Company of Pottsville. The modern entrance,
recessed between the two brightly lighted display windows, consists of two large glass doors with panels on each side. The glass
doors and panels alone cost $1,200. Something new in snow removal systems was installed by Mr. Reed in the laying of the concrete
pavement. Lines of pipe were laid in the concrete and connected to the Losch boiler in the basement. The building is vapor heated
with two large blower units. A special attachment on the boiler converts the vapor to steam before it is sent through the pipes
beneath the pavement. The paving innovation received its first test with the heavy snowfall on Saturday night. The pavement in
front of the Atkins store was clear of snow.
Mahogany store fixtures with the light colored ceiling and walls of the store room and two long rows of fluorescent fixtures running
the length of the building give the store a beautiful interior appearance. The neatly arranged display counters, the beautiful soda
fountain and lunch bar place the Atkins store on a par with the leading five and ten stores in the county. Hotpoint appliances,
installed by M. Luther Fidler, are used throughout the store and in the modern apartment. Fluorescent lighting has been used
throughout the entire store. Elevated offices were built at the back of the store above rest rooms for the personnel.
The new store is the second to be opened by the recently formed Atkins Store Company, a corporation with an authorized capital
stock of $100,000. J. H. Gearhart, secretary and treasurer of the organization, who formerly managed the company's other store in
Frackville, is manager of the new local store. When the apartment above the main store room is completed, Mr. and Mrs. Gearhart
will move to Schuylkill Haven. Featuring children's, men's and women's apparel, the new store also is stocked with an abundance of
regular five cent to one dollar staple items. Mr. Atkins and Mr. Gearhart extend a cordial invitation to everyone to come in and look
around the new store. Souvenirs, as long as they last, will be given to each customer.
|The Call of May 14, 1948
GRAND OPENING OF FAREL Y. BECKER GARAGE
Jack Breslin, district manager for Dodge Corporation, congratulated Farel Y. Becker upon the grand opening of his newly remodeled
garage on Centre Avenue. Lester Knarr, assistant to Mr. Becker, was also on hand. The well lighted display room showing a custom
Dodge model in a setting of flowers made an attractive appearance on opening night on Wednesday. The entire garage was opened
for inspection by the public and in spite of the rain, a large crowd of people was on hand from four thirty in the afternoon until closing
time. They saw the new custom sedan, a Dodge station wagon, Plymouth and half a dozen Dodge trucks. As of July 1, Farel Y. Becker
garage will have by direct appointment sales and service for Dodge, Plymouth and Dodge job rated trucks and will be receiving units
on the same scale as other dealers in the area. His territory will include Schuylkill Haven, Cressona, Friedensburg, Summit Station,
Orwigsburg, McKeansburg, New Ringgold, Deer Lake, Auburn and Port Clinton to the Berks County line. Others on the staff include:
Amos Phillips, foreman of the fully equipped shop; Miss Mildred Bubeck, secretary; Warren Kramer, car salesman; Nick Barbetta, in
charge of front wheel alignment and a full force of mechanics. For the convenience of patrons, a large parking space is located
behind the Sinclair service station.
|The Call of July 2, 1948
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN ENJOYING GREATEST HOME BUILDING BOOM IN NEARLY 200 YEARS
With more than twenty homes in the course of construction and twelve or fifteen more planned to be started shortly, Schuylkill Haven
now is engrossed in perhaps the greatest building activity since its founding almost two hundred years ago. Home building in
Schuylkill Haven will exceed $250,000 according to an estimate based upon a survey conducted by the building committee of the
Chamber of Commerce, Gordon D. Reed, chairman. This figure is for new home construction only. In addition there is much activity
in remodeling, repairing, renovating and expanding of homes, business places and industries. The total figure for all types of
building activity will run close to the half million dollar mark.
Most of the home building activity is centered in the community's largest residential area, the Fairmount section. On Avenue C
above Second Street toward the Bamford home but on the opposite side of the street, three houses are being built. The one story
home of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Bonadio has been completed except for landscaping and few small details and Mr. and Mrs. Bonadio are
now living in their new home. The large dwelling for Mrs. Bertha Frantz is under roof and has the brick veneering completed and the
contractor is working on the interior. Directly below this home is one started for J. Harry Naus, which will also be a brick veneer
On Avenue E, five homes are underway. Daniel Krause and Luther Troutman are building at the southern corners on Avenue E and
Second Street. Krause is building a story and a half brick veneer home and Troutman plans to put up a one story brick veneer
building. Farther down Avenue E, three homes are in the course of construction. The Michael Colitz English type home is nearly
completed, while the home of Joseph Eubanks, a Dutch Colonial style, and the home of Joseph Hubitsky, a two and a half story brick
veneer dwelling, are still in their early stages of construction. On Haven Street, contractor Fred C. Reichert has nearly finished the
first of three homes that will be built on the east side of the "Shavey" Hill. Mr. Reichert also owns the land to the rear of these lots,
fronting on the extension of Grant Street and he expects to build houses on this site in the near future. Joseph Fitzpatrick of
Cressona is having a two story frame home built on the south side of Paxson Avenue between Haven Street and Rotary Field. The
building is completed except for the finishing touches to the interior.
In the west end of town two homes are going up on Orchard Avenue in the Hill Farm Addition. These homes, both story and a half,
are being built for Francis Cimino and Ira Krammes. On Columbia Street, on the west side of the bridge, a modernistic home is being
erected by Earl Geary, who is doing the work himself, assisted by his father. On Liberty Street, a brick veneer home is being built for
Mr. and Mrs. William Hess along side the recently constructed home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Manbeck. Located on Moorenoll street
in the Columbia Heights section, the modern one story home of Leo Kuchinsky was completed within the past year. Mr. Kuchinsky is
still working on the landscaping. Excavation has been made on Stanton Street for the adjoining homes of Henry Hummel and his son,
Edward. The two homes will be brick veneer, story and a half, and will be alike except the plans will be reversed. Individual initiative
is strikingly evident in the Willow Lake section where four homes are being built entirely or in large measure by the future occupants
of the homes. On Garfield Avenue, Arlin Wildermuth is building a story and a half dwelling with building block which will be covered
with cement. Beyond Willow Lake towards Orwigsburg, William Linder, assisted by his father, is building a story and a half frame
home. On the hill above Willow Lake, John Weiss, aided by his sons, is constructing his own frame home covered with brick
insulated siding. Across the street from the Weiss home is the dwelling of Matt Praden, who is doing all the work on his small frame
home. This too is covered with red brick insulated siding.
|The Call of July 2, 1948
HILL FARM ADDITION TO BE
BEAUTIFUL RESIDENTIAL SITE
The Hill Farm Addition to Schuylkill Haven is developing into one of the community's more
desirable building locations. Located on the hillside overlooking Schuylkill Haven, the Hill
Farm Addition is a residential section with the advantage of a good view and a quiet, restful
atmosphere. The Hill Farm section extends in both Schuylkill Haven and Cressona. It will have
three streets running parallel with Schuylkill Street and another street which has not been
named. Saylor Street which runs between the new Hill Farm Dairy bar and the Schwartz home,
will continue at a right angle to Schuylkill Street across the Hill Farm Addition to Haven Manor.
Eleven lots have been sold in this large development. The first, sold to Ed Kunkle in 1946, is
ob Orchard Avenue. More recently the following persons have purchased lots: Francis
Cimino, Ira Krammes, Donald Snyder of Pottsville, Lester Knarr, Phaon Kramer of Pottsville and
Verlin Dewald all located in the Schuylkill Haven part of the addition and to Fred Yoder,
George Moyer, John Tarris and Andrew Bazar in the Cressona section. Mr. Kunkle built a home
on his ground. Mr. Cimino and Mr. Krammes are building their homes now and Mr. Snyder of
Pottsville has his plot staked off and plans to build this fall. Lots are being offered for sale to
the public. Persons interested should contact William H. Schwartz at the Hill Farm.
|This ad appeared in The Call
advertising lots in the Hill Farm
|The Call of July 16, 1948
COMPLETELY REMODELED A & P OFFICIALLY OPENED THURSDAY
The official opening of the completely remodeled A & P Supermarket at its location on West Main Street was held Thursday morning at
ten o'clock when borough leaders joined with A & P officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ribbon on the door leading to the
glistening, enlarged and remodeled interior was cut by Chief Burgess Harner. Paul J. Feeser, president, represented the Chamber of
Commerce and congratulated Manager Nelson A. Faust and the company officials upon their beautifully renovated market. The
opening of this remodeled supermarket marked another milestone in the steady progress that the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea
Company has made through the years.
The food center is a complete change to the ultramodern in every one of the many departments to be found in the store. The
company has spent an estimated $40,000 in the vast improvements to its store at 133 West Main Street and Milton Folk, who recently
purchased the building has made improvements to the physical structure itself. The parking area at the rear has been greatly
enlarged and the front parking area has been covered with amesite. The store has a selling area of 65 by 120 feet and storage space
of 65 by 50 feet and features eight enlarged departments including groceries, produce, frosted foods, dairy and coffee, fish, meats
and poultry, Italian products, Kosher products and candy. All new aisle display racks have been installed to run the length of the
store from the meats and dairy departments at the rear to the checking out aisles in the front.
New white tile checking out counters and registers, with another one being added, were installed to speed up the checking
operation. The produce displays were greatly enlarged and new dairy and coffee fixtures added to the store. A new ceiling, painted
white, with modern fluorescent fixtures makes the market brightly lighted. A new tile floor was laid on the top of the old concrete
floor. Manager Nelson A. Faust summed up the improvements by saying, "The comfort of the shopper has been uppermost in the
minds of the A & P food store organization. This completely remodeled supermarket gives them the best that could be obtained." All
help at the supermarket as at all A & P establishments is on a five day week with insurance, vacation with pay, sick leave, promotions
on merit and other advantages are offered to every employee of this concern.
|The Call of April 14, 1950
OLD HOMES RAZED TO MAKE WAY FOR SELF-SERVICE MARKET
Two of the town's oldest dwellings were razed on Dock Street to make way for a large, modern self service supermarket to be
occupied by Moyer's Market, now located at the corner of Dock and Coal Streets. The site of the new structure will be the homes that
were occupied by Mrs. John Cake Sr. and Mrs. Eva Braun in the middle of the block of Dock Street between Coal and Berger Streets.
These two old dwellings along with another building which was kept intact, were purchased by George W. Moyer three years ago
from Mrs. William Kline and daughter, Miss Elsie Kline. Work was begun last week in tearing down the two oldest buildings and they
have been leveled to the basement walls. The third building, to the south of the razed structures, will be remodeled and occupied by
Mr. and Mrs. Moyer and their family. They will sell their home on Columbia Heights.
The buildings were among the early homes built near the dock of the old Schuylkill Canal. The middle building was known as
McCaffrey's hotel and was a well known stopping place for boatmen on the canal. It is claimed that several members of the Mollie
Maguires, a notorious band of lawless miners, that terrorized the coal region in the middle of the last century, were captured in this
hotel. McCaffrey himself was noted for having a trained goose that marched with him in parades.
|The Call of August 4, 1950
BROWN-e GIFT SHOP TO OPEN FRIDAY
A new store, modern in every respect, will be added to the Main Street business district with the opening of the Brown-e Gift Shop
next Friday. The gift shop will be operated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brown, Leonard Street, with Mrs. Brown conducting the business
of the store. Mr. Brown will continue as an employee at the Haven Hardware Incorporated store on Saint John Street. Located in the
former Dechert property at 114 East Main Street, recently purchased and remodeled by Harvey E. Dewald, the store occupies the
lower half of the ground floor. Modern glass front with large display windows makes an attractive appearance and the store is
another step in the gradual expansion of the Schuylkill Haven business district. Mr. and Mrs. Brown will carry a varied line of
costume jewelry, glassware, china, hand made ceramics, Pennsylvania Dutch novelties and linens. On the opening day door prizes
will be awarded. A cordial invitation is extended by the Browns to their many friends and the public in general to visit the store.
|The Call of September 22, 1950
INCREASE IN BUSINESS PRESENTS NEW PROBLEM FOR KLAHR DRY CLEANERS
The installation of a large dry cleaning unit capable of handling six times the amount of clothing as the unit previously in use was
thought by the Klahr Cleaners to be the answer to their problem of keeping up with their requirements. The new unit, a Vic synthetic
dry cleaning machine, was installed early in July but the steady increase in business continues to keep far head of the capabilities of
the machine. Milford Klahr, owner of the Klahr Dry Cleaners, is now faced with the need for adding another machine but does not
have the required amount of space in his present building on South Berne Street.
Since starting in business March 5, 1947, the establishment has used a small unit capable of handling only about five pounds of
clothing or five pairs of mens trousers. The new unit, which uses a synthetic cleaning agent rather than the petroleum base cleaner,
can handle thirty pairs of trousers or about thirty pounds of clothing at one time and take it through the complete operation of
cleaning in about forty minutes. The cleaning agent used is not inflammable and is claimed to be able to penetrate better and get the
maximum amount of soil from the clothing. Clothes placed in the machine go through a cleaning process for eight minutes, then for
five minutes the machine extracts the fluid from the clothing. The next step is an important part of the process of this particular
machine. In a reclaiming cycle, the moisture from the clothing that has mixed with the gas is separated and the gas cleaned for
reuse. The elimination of moisture, which is present in clothing particularly on humid days, does away with the possibility of
shrinkage during the cleaning process. The final step in the cleaning is the aerating or deodorizing of garments in which the odor of
the cleaning fluid is completely dispelled. After the clothing leaves the machine, it is checked for spots that may have not been
removed in the machine and then it is pressed. Pants and coats are pressed on a modern presser which was recently purchased.
Shirts and dresses are pressed by hand.
The plant on South Berne Street is manned by Saul and Richard Klahr, sons of the owner and Joseph Knarr. Another son, Gerald
Klahr, drives the pickup and delivery truck and Mrs. Adele Llewellyn tends the store on Saint John Street. Pickup and delivery
service is maintained every day in town and on Tuesday and Friday in Cressona. In addition to the dry cleaning and pressing, the
establishment also does repairing and dyeing.
|The Call of September 29, 1950
KAUFMAN'S STORE TO DISCONTINUE BUSINESS AFTER FORTY YEARS OF SERVICE
Kaufman's Store at 7 West Main Street will close its doors the end of the week after serving the public for more than forty years. This
store room will be rented to a local concern as an office the first of the month. The late Burt Kaufman started his business as a
newspaper agency, before his marriage to the former Katie Meck in 1907, in the building now occupied by Mrs. Hazel Stevenson on
Saint John Street. On December 15, 1908 they purchased the building at 7 West Main Street and on January 4, 1909, they began to
conduct their business in the hallway next to the store room, which was then occupied by the post office. Charles Huy was the
postmaster and was later succeeded by Fred Reed. At that time there were two newspaper agencies, the one operated by the
Kaufmans and one operated by E. Bright Pflueger. In 1927 both agencies sold out to Frank Lewis. The Kaufmans then devoted their
entire time selling cigars, magazines, candy, pipes, ice cream, etc. At one time they sold Wertly's ice cream made in Hamburg and
later they sold Aristocrat and at the present time, Hershey's. Mr. Kaufman died on January 1, 1947 and his widow, assisted by the
daughter Mary, who is now the wife of Warner Reigle, continued to operate the business. However, Mrs. Kaufman wishes to retire
from business and devote her entire time to her home.
|These four ads appeared in The Call in this time frame offering readers a choice on meals or Saturday entertainment
|The Call of March 25, 1893
THE STRIKE - Lasters Make Trouble in a Shoe Factory
The firm of Berger, Brown and Company, shoe manufacturers, have had experience with their five lasters during the past two weeks
which resulted in their going on strike. About two weeks since the employees in the lasting department came to the manager of the
factory, Frank Brown and demanded a raise in their wages. He agreed to give them the raise provided that they would sign a
contract that for any inferior work that would be discovered after going through a partial process of manufacture would be allowed to
be finished and charged to the party or employee at whose hands the work was done at wholesale prices. The object of this was not
to take advantage of the employees but was to be an incentive to good workmanship and faithful service by him and as a protection
to the firm. They all agreed to and signed the contract. Matters moved on without much friction until last Saturday when the hands
received their pay. One of the lasters had charged against him four pairs of shoes and another had one pair. They were supposed to
take the shoes and the price of them was to be deducted from their regular wages. On Monday morning one of the lasters quit his
job. The others called at the office of the manager at eight o'clock and presented a shoe which had been given and charged to one
of their members and claimed that it was not inferior work. Mr. Brown claimed that he was the man that passed judgement in the
matter and did so, pointing out the defects. Then they upheld that he was infringing on the rights of them as employees by charging
a certain one of their number with shoes that were of inferior workmanship. Not having received the satisfaction they expected, they
returned to their department and held a consultation. The manager approached them and asked them what they expected to do in
regard to the matter. Shortly after, they left the factory unceremoniously and thus forfeited their positions. This caused a stagnation
in the business for a few days but the places have been filled by competent hands and everything is moving along as heretofore.
|The Call of August 26, 1899
ROLLING MILL CHANGES HANDS
Will Resume Operations in the Course of a Week or so. We are Also to Have a Nut and Bolt Works.
The Schuylkill Haven Iron Works were on Monday sold to Colonel Thomas H. Rickert of Pottsville, representing a syndicate, for
$21,000. The syndicate is composed of Dr. Filbert and a number of other wealthy Philadelphians, with Colonel Rickert, ex-Senator
Charles F. King and some other monied Pottsvillians, whose names are withheld. Colonel Rickert and Walter F. Rahn, the latter the
secretary and treasurer of the Schuylkill Haven Works, went to Philadelphia on Tuesday, where the deed was transferred to the
syndicate and Mr. Rahn was paid the purchase money. The rolling mill of the Schuylkill Haven Iron Company was erected in 1870 by
the Direct Iron Company to change ore into iron, but two years later was changed to a rolling mill proper.
The product of this plant was merchant iron bar, truck bolts, railroad and horseshoe bars. Two trains of rollers for turning out
merchant iron and two heating furnaces which have been used for a number of years are still intact and they will be put into shape
immediately. The mills had a capacity of about fifty tons a month but in the course of the next few months this will be doubled. The
plant was purchased and incorporated in 1881 by William Weissinger, George R. Kaercher and Frank R. Rahn and worked
continuously until May of 1898 when work was suspended owing to the dullness of the trade.
It is the purpose of the syndicate to place the mill in operation at the earliest possible moment, within a week or ten days, using the
present machinery. The building will in the meantime be enlarged to twice its present size and the output doubled. Two large
puddling furnaces and a blast furnace will be put in and several other improvements will be made. About forty hands will be given
employment in the beginning. A large plot of ground adjacent to the works, and which was part of the property, was purchased by
Walter R. Rahn. It is learned that the gentleman will shortly erect a large plant for the manufacture of nuts and bolts. Plans are
already being arranged for the building.
|The Call of September 2, 1899
ORGANIZING THE ROLLING MILL
A meeting of the stockholders of the Schuylkill Haven Iron Works was held on Tuesday at Philadelphia for the purpose of organization
and also to discuss plans for the operation of the works. The election of officers resulted as follows: President, Colonel T. H. Rickert
of Pottsville; Vice President, Kennedy Crossan of Philadelphia; Treasurer, Honorable C. F. King of Pottsville; Secretary, Clarence
Crossan of Philadelphia. The directors are T. H. Rickert, W. C. Martin of Philadelphia, C. F. King, Kennedy Crossan and C. C. Kauffman
of Columbia. It is expected that the works will be in condition to begin operations on Monday or Tuesday of next week giving
employment to about thirty hands. In a week or so this number will be increased to forty or forty five. There may be a delay in
starting if the supplies do not arrive promptly. It is the intention of the new owners to improve the mill by adding modern machinery
and enlarging it as soon as possible.
|The Call of October 6, 1950
THRONGS JAM NEW MOYER SUPER MARKET AT GRAND OPENING THURSDAY NIGHT
Large crowds of people jammed the new Moyer Super Market on Dock Street at its grand opening last night and extended hearty
congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. George Moyer, owners of the glistening, modern store, upon the great forward step
they have taken. The new store is a big contrast to the smaller corner market operated by the Moyers before moving to the new
location a half block away on the other side of the street. The well lighted and perfectly arranged market is one of the most modern
to be found in this entire area. It has a gleaming interior with display cabinets and shelves lining the two sides and running down the
center aisle. The refrigerated cabinets for the meats extends across the entire width of the store at the rear and above it on the
glistening white wall is the large display sign, "Moyer's Quality Meats."
The store is brightly lighted throughout by the new slim line fluorescent fixtures on the ceiling. The attractive front is finished in
green carrara glass and features large plate glass windows extending at a slight angle from the left side to the doorway at the right
so that the doorway is recessed beneath the second story overhang and affords protection to patrons during inclement weather.
Large baskets of flowers sent by friends and business associates were placed on the higher shelves and convenient cabinets
throughout the store. Patrons serve themselves with the most modern push carts through the wide aisles in the store.
For their grand opening, Mr. and Mrs. Moyer gave a large number of door prizes to the people who visited the store on its opening
night. The prizes included large hams, picnic hams, dishes, glasses, glass sets and twenty four baskets of groceries. The list of
winning numbers is posted in the store and those not having claimed their door prizes may come in today and tomorrow to receive
Mr. and Mrs. Moyer's new store is another step in the ladder to success that is so well known in this country. Starting at the age of
thirteen, he worked for Sam and Amy Lear after they purchased the business of William Ball at 31 East Main Street, the site of the
present Gordon D. Reed Agency office. Harry Yost, who formerly managed the Mark Detweiler butcher shop on Main Street,
purchased and operated it and Moyer continued to work for him until 1932. At that time he went with his father, Harry Moyer, who
took over the meat market at 344 Dock Street. In 1940 the elder Mr. Moyer died and the son continued to operate the store for his
mother. Following her death in 1943, Moyer purchased the business and operated it at the corner of Coal and Dock Streets until this
week when he moved to the modern quarters in the properties on Dock Street which he purchased. Mrs. Moyer, the former Miss Ada
Rhen, is now associated with her husband in the business.
The Moyers and their children, Barbara, thirteen and Nedra, ten, moved from their home on Columbia Heights to the home adjacent to
the store. The property on Moorenoll Street was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Howell Aregood who will move there after renovations have
|The Call of April 13, 1951
TRUST COMPANY OPENS PARKING LOT AND WALK UP WINDOW
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company announces the opening of its new customer's parking lot and outdoor walk up window for the
convenience of its patrons. The extra service window and the large parking lot are located at the rear of the building with access
direct from Wilson Street. Banking customers may now drive onto the lot with their automobiles, walk up to the window located on
the rear wall of the building and transact their business without actually entering the bank. A roof over the window gives protection
from bad weather. An electric communications system permits the customer to talk to the teller without raising his voice. The
speaking unit is located near the window and enables the patron and teller to carry on a normal conversation even though the teller
is standing behind a bullet proof one inch thick glass.
A specially designed system of small doors prevents direct contact between the persons outside and inside. In order to open the
outer door the inside door must be closed. The customer places his bank book and deposit in the compartment and the teller then
must close the outside door before he can open the inside panel which enables him to handle the deposit. During the past year an
addition was built at the rear of the bank building. This new section contains the bookkeeping department and this new outdoor walk
up window service. The teller inside has all the regular equipment for the transaction of business as is found in the main section of
In recent years, parking in the Main Street area during the rush banking hours presented a problem. The large parking lot at the rear
of the bank will now permit the bank customers to drive within a few steps of where they will walk up to a teller's window. Any
banking transactions except new accounts, loan applications, or transactions requiring long discussion may be handled at this
window. The special teller's window will be open during all regular banking hours. During banking hours, the parking lot will be
reserved for the use of the bank's patrons. The teller's window from which the customer can be served without entering the bank is
a new banking feature that is becoming popular with banks in the larger and newer cities in the United States. The introduction of
this type of service by the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company marks the first time it has been put into practice in this area.
|The Call of June 1, 1951
LOCAL CABS INSTALL RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
The Haven Cab Company this week began using its new radio communication system to facilitate service to its taxi customers. The
$2,000 Raytheon installation includes a receiver and transmitter in two cabs and the main control panel with sending and receiving
units at the Boussum home on West Liberty Street. At the home, a sending antenna has been erected, but the cabs having only a
short aerial rising about fifteen inches above the car roof.
The communication system permits the dispatcher to contact the cabs within a twelve mile radius and send them on another call
without having the cab come back to the office to check to see where it is to go next. An example of how fast the system operates
was demonstrated this week when a cab user near Seven Stars called in to report that she had left a key on the back seat of the cab.
Mrs. Luther Boussum, wife of the cab company owner, immediately contacted the cab which happened to be completing a call on
Garfield Avenue. By the time the person who had lost the key went to her front porch to wait for the cab it was pulling up at her home
and delivering the lost key. Mr. Boussum, in explaining the conveniences of the new system stated that the cab phones will be
available for emergency use. That is, if there is an accident or an emergency of any nature at a place where a phone is not available
and a cab happens to be in the vicinity, the cab can be hailed and the radio phone used to contact the central control who can then
place a regular phone call to the police, doctor, ambulance or firemen.
The surprising part of the system is the small amount of space required for the receiving and transmitting units in the cabs. It is all
contained in a box about the size of a small tool kit in the trunk of the cab. The size of the main control board is modest while the
mechanism is located in small units at the rear of the desk.
|Miners Journal of June 6, 1868
NEW IRON FURNACE
All the preliminary arrangements having been made, and the company having been organized, work has been commenced in
Schuylkill Haven on the buildings required for the Griffith Direct Iron Producing Furnace. The site selected by the company is one of
the most eligible for a work of this kind in the county, bounded on the east as it is by the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad and on
the west by the Schuylkill Canal. The necessary excavations for the foundations for the buildings are being made and the stone
masons are cutting and preparing stone. The castings are all made, the lumber ordered and the work on the machinery is being
pushed forward as rapidly as possible. We understand that this company starts out under very auspicious circumstances. Twenty
five percent of the capital subscribed has been paid in, and under the management of its able and energetic President T. C. Zulick,
esquire, there is every prospect of the early and satisfactory completion of the furnace. This project promises to result differently
from the contemplated steel works at the same point a year since.
It will probably be of the interest of the reader to state that by the new and simple process, the invention of Mr. Griffith, which will be
used at this furnace, rolled iron of any kind, rails, rods, bars and sheets are produced from the ore with only one heating. The
apparatus consists essentially of a series of vertical retorts with movable bottoms communicating with a puddling chamber. The
retorts are charged with the broken ore and charcoal, and the molten iron, after reduction, is drawn off into a puddling chamber
where the surplus carbon is burned out and the metal is piled into balls for the rollers. The fuel used in the operation is anthracite
coal, through which a blast of steam is driven; the vapor of water is decomposed by the heat, the hydrogen, released, gives out an
intense heat and the liberated oxygen powerfully supports the combustion.
The works at Schuylkill Haven, we learn, will be in operation within two months and will under the superintendence of Mr. Griffith, the
patentee of the direction process. The Board of Management consists of T. C. Zulick, Joseph Patterson, Thomas Wren, Charles
Wiltrout and Charles Meck.
|A button hook from P. T. Hoy's store.
|Above is Hoffman Knitting Mill,
located on Margaretta Street,
today the home of Alpha Mills.
|The Call of June 29, 1951
GREENAWALT'S CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
Mr. and Mrs. Salem Greenawalt are celebrating their twenty fifth anniversary as merchants in Schuylkill Haven. To observe the
occasion they are holding a special 25th anniversary celebration at the store Friday and Saturday by offering a long list of anniversary
specials and presenting a gift to each lady customer visiting the store today and Saturday. The store will be open from 8:00 a. m. until
9:00 p. m. on these two days.
Mr. and Mrs. Greenawalt started in business June 26, 1926 at the present location at 19 Parkway. The building was formerly a bake
shop and an insurance office for William Roan. In the twenty five years they have been in business, the Greenawalts have enlarged
the store three times. As the store business expanded it became necessary to take in the space used by the insurance office and
the partition was removed so that the entire front part of the dwelling could be used. Other expansions were toward the rear of the
building. The Greenawalts now have the enlarged store room and two apartments in the rear of the building, an apartment above, a
garage at the rear of the property and an apartment above the garage.
The store, started primarily as a grocery and notions store was later expanded to include ready to wear clothing and other dry good
items for men, women and children. A feature of their store has been delivery service, begun when the store was first opened and
continued to the present time. Along with the expansion of the store has been improvements such as the installation of fluorescent
lighting, new wall dress cabinets and remodeled windows as well as frequent painting of both the interior and exterior of the building.
Mr. Greenawalt is a native of McKeansburg. Mrs. Greenawalt, the former Miss Elsie Updegrove of Muir, taught school in
McKeansburg for two years after graduating from Kutztown State Normal School and met Mr. Greenawalt. They were married twenty
eight years ago. The Greenawalts are receiving the congratulations of their many friends and customers in Schuylkill Haven and the
surrounding territory they serve.
|The Call of February 29, 1952
PAUL KELLER OPENS MODERN SERVICENTER ON CENTER AVENUE
The newly constructed Keller's Esso Servicenter, located on Center Avenue where the new Pottsville boulevard enters the borough
at the northern limits, opened for business yesterday. The glistening white structure, trimmed in red, has a wide approach and
driveways that are easily accessible for cars traveling in either direction. Featuring the ultimate in modern service station designing,
the servicenter has a large serve yourself showroom, a large service area that will accommodate two cars for lubrication, oil change
or washing. On the left side of the building are the rest rooms, finished in ceramic tile with the most modern of accessories. An
office is located at the rear.
The new servicenter will be operated by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keller. Mr. Keller has worked in service stations since 1927. From 1939 to
1946 he operated the Keller Servicenter in Cressona. In 1942 he started in business as a fuel oil distributor and in 1946 gave up the
service station business to devote full time to the fuel oil and oil burner business. Winfield Moyer of Schuylkill Haven and Joseph
Hummel of Friedensburg are employed at the service station. Fred Bittle, local high school athlete, will work part time. Although the
new service station has opened for business, the grand opening celebration has been postponed to a later date.
|The Call of May 9, 1952
BURKERT'S MODERN CONFECTIONERY STORE
This week Burkert's Confectionery opened in the newly built store room on Main Street directly opposite Dock Street. Fred Burkert,
who operates the store, moved from his temporary quarters in the Feger and Feger store to the new location on Monday but is
having his grand opening today and Saturday. The new store gives him larger display space for the full line of Ehly's baked goods
which he handles as well as for the peanut roaster, soda fountain, booths, tobacco and candy counters and magazine racks. The
change of location comes shortly after the twenty fifth anniversary of the date Burkert started in business. He opened for business
in 1926 at 109 East Main Street where the Keller Sweet Shop is now located and remained there for five years. He then moved to 103
East Main Street where he conducted his business until a month ago. The new store was built by Realtor Gordon D. Reed at the front
of the former Berger property which he recently purchased. It has an attractive Ohio sandstone front with large plate glass windows.
The interior is brightly lighted with fluorescent lights. Additional equipment provides an attractive, modern store.
|The Call of September 5, 1952
HIRAM FISHER BUYS DAIRY FROM JOSEPH KAUFMAN
Kaufman's Dairy, operated for over thirty years by its founder, Joseph Kaufman Sr., was purchased by Hiram L. Fisher Jr., and the first
deliveries by the new owner were made on Monday. The new owner, who has been in the milk delivery business for 22 years, 21 of
which was with the Rothermel Dairy, has already started on an improvement and expansion program. Farmers who supply the milk for
the dairy have been contacted and asked to supply the milk with a greater butter fat content. Fisher intends to install some new
equipment for pasteurizing milk and is increasing the line of dairy products to include, in addition to milk and cream, chocolate milk,
buttermilk, butter both salted and unsalted, cottage cheese and Orange Ade.
Two trucks will deliver milk to customers in Schuylkill Haven and immediate vicinity. The one will be manned by Fisher himself and the
other by Joseph Kaufman Jr., son of the retiring owner. The new dairy owner is the well known member of the Schuylkill Haven
school board, a post he has held for ten years. A son of Hiram Fisher Sr. of East Main Street, he is a graduate of the Schuylkill Haven
class of 1927. In high school he was an all around athlete, playing three years of football, basketball and baseball. In his senior year
he was captain of the gridiron team. After graduation he attended Schuylkill College.
At the present time he is a member of the Lions' Club, the Liberty Fire Company, the North and East Ward Social Clubs and the home
associations of both the Cressona and Schuylkill Haven American Legion Posts. He is married to the former Miss Marion Repp of
Schuylkill Haven R. D. They live at 229 Paxson Avenue with their two sons, John and Thomas. The oldest son Kenneth is in the Air
Force stationed in California.
|The Call of September 19, 1952
FAREL Y. BECKER HAS FRANCHISE FOR STUDEBAKER
Farel Y. Becker, local television and appliance dealer, has secured the franchise for Studebaker cars and trucks and after
remodeling his building at Haven and Hess Streets, has the new cars now on display. Becker returns to the automotive field as a
new car and truck dealer after being away from it since selling the Dodge and Plymouth agency which he conducted on Center
Avenue for seven years to W. Randolph Martin. He retained the used cars but had disposed of most of them. He entered the
television and appliance field and now with the taking on of the Studebaker agency announces, "I am not going out of the television
and appliance business. In fact, we'll be in it bigger and better than ever." The appliance end will continue to be in charge of Lloyd
Hubler. The new agency will feature the two winners of the 1952 Mobil Gas Company run in which the Studebaker Champion under
the direction of the American Automobile Association won over all competition, averaging 27.8 miles per gallon. The new Studebaker
V8 Commander averaged 25.5 miles per gallon to lead in its class. The agency will also handle a full line of trucks, known for
economy and durability. When changing the building to more satisfactorily accommodate the new cars, Becker equipped a modern
shop with the latest type equipment to service all makes of cars.
|The Call of February 6, 1953
LECHNER SELLS MEAT MARKET TO DIRECT KEYSTOKER SALES
Lechner's Meat Market on Monday changed ownership when the business was sold by Charles a. Lechner to Mr. and Mrs. Gus
Kriston of Greenwood Hill of Pottsville. Mr. Kriston worked in the store all last week to become acquainted with its operation and on
Monday took over the management. Prior to purchasing the Lechner store, Mr. Kriston had engaged in the plumbing and roofing
business in Pottsville. He served for three years with the Army in the South Pacific during World War Two and upon being discharged
returned to the plumbing and roofing business. Some time ago he injured himself in a fall off a roof and was ordered by his doctor to
seek other kind of work.
Lechner's Meat Market was established thirty years ago by A. B. Lechner, who operated it until his death in 1945. Charles Lechner,
his son, studied electrical engineering at Keystone Institute at Reading for a year but then returned to assist his father in the
business. He conducted an electric appliance store in th evenings in the Lautenbacher property across the street but later
discontinued this business to join his father full time in the meat and grocery business. Upon the death of Mrs. A. B. Lechner in 1947,
Charles Lechner took over the business and has operated it until this week.
Lechner immediately stepped into a position as sales manager for the Keystone Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of the
Keystoker. He will spend a week in the factory learning the construction of the units and then will direct the sales program of 67
agencies throughout the state and establish new dealers to handle the Keystoker. The Keystoker Manufacturing Company was
founded by Ted Bair and Clarence Shuey, well known electricians and appliance dealers. In the three years they have been engaged
in manufacturing stokers their sales have continued to expand and the company is developing into a nice sized industry.
The new sales manager is married to the former Gertrude Cassel, a former commercial teacher in the local high school whose home
was in Hummelstown. They have two children, Suzanne and Thomas, who are a junior and freshman respectively at State College.
|The Call of October 23, 1953
A great transformation is taking place in the Hill Farm area. The Hill Farm, long a landmark in Schuylkill Haven, is suddenly becoming
Sunnyside Terrace. The name Sunnyside Terrace was applied to the site shortly after the land on the north side of the highway was
purchased by Walter F. Mullen for development purposes. Although a large sign denoted it as Sunnyside Terrace, it still was looked
upon as the Hill Farm. Even the fire which totally destroyed the barn but left the silos standing did not bring about a change in
concept. Last week the transformation began. The silos came down, the debris from the fire was removed and bulldozers were
brought in to begin the work of transforming the site into a real estate development.
The heavy ground moving equipment has changed the appearance of the hillside. Streets are being laid out and utility lines will be
installed. Realtor Mullen with the Peter Lee Development Company expects to have the street finished by the end of November and
shortly thereafter begin erection of the first ten homes in Sunnyside Terrace. The real estate development is another forward
advance being made by Schuylkill Haven, the most progressive in the county.
|The Call of February 11, 1954
READING RESTAURANT REOPENS FOR BUSINESS
Believing that Schuylkill Haven with its fine churches, schools and civic organizations lacked a good restaurant to make it a
completely outstanding community, a young Greek immigrant decided to do something to remedy the situation. He worked for seven
months and saved enough money to start him on the project of converting the Reading Restaurant from, as he described it, a
"Greasy Greek" to a spotlessly clean, attractive restaurant. The Reading Restaurant on Saturday night had its grand opening as a
greatly improved eating and dining place.
It is now under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Zachariades. Mrs. Zachariades, the former Callie Vranas, is the daughter of
the former owner, Gus Vranas, who seven months ago moved to Atlantic City. Danny, as he asks his customers to call him, came to
this country a year ago after marrying Miss Vranas, who had gone to Greece for a visit. At that time he spoke no English, but could
talk fluently in Greek, Turkish and German. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey but lived in Salonika, Greece. He served six years in the
Greek Army. Since coming to this country he rapidly learned the English language and definitely feels that he now belongs in this, his
adopted country. As evidence, he erected a musical decoration above the archway between the counter bar and the dining area
which carries the notes of "America, My Country Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty."
The change of the old Reading Restaurant began three months ago. The old booths were removed, partitions torn away and the
kitchen moved to the very rear of the building. Now the Reading Restaurant presents an amazing new appearance on the interior.
Stainless steel equipment was installed behind the counter. The dining room has ten new tables with modern chairs, the walls are
knotty pine wallboard with a shiny varnish finish. Ceilings are of attractive tile block. New linoleum is on the floor.
The kitchen walls and ceiling are finished with aluminum paneling for ease in keeping it spotlessly clean. A large window enables
patrons to see into the kitchen. Stainless steel is used for kitchen equipment. In charge of the kitchen is Mrs. Nola Zerbe. Danny's
main idea in changing the Reading Restaurant which up to this time remained the same as it was for thirty five years without any
major changes being made is to give the town a good restaurant. He will feature low cost meals for working people during the week,
special Sunday dinners and as a house specialty will feature T-bone steaks.
|The Call of April 21, 1955
PRIZES AND GIFTS GALORE TO MARK OPENING OF NEW ACME SUPER MARKET WEDNESDAY
The grand opening of the new Acme Super Market off Center Avenue next Wednesday morning brings to Schuylkill Haven the largest
market in the entire county. In keeping with the giant size of the store, the grand opening will be on a colossal plane. Formal
opening ceremonies will consist of the cutting of the ribbon at the entrance by Richard Davis Jr.,borough manager of the borough of
Schuylkill Haven in the presence of officials of Acme Stores. The opening event will be marked with special prices throughout the
modern self service market and valuable door prizes to be awarded on the first four days the store is open. The main prize will be a
$100 bond. Second prize is a $50 bond and the third prize will be a $25 bond. In addition twenty five baskets of food will be given
free to patrons on the grand opening days.
FUN AND GIFTS FOR KIDDIES Kiddies will find special entertainment on the parking lot. A merry go round and a Kraft mechanical
horse will provide free rides for youngsters. A candy apple maker will provide this special treat and with all this will be free balloons,
buttons and lollipops. Mother and dad will find their free samples distributed throughout the spacious store.
SPECIAL STORE HOURS Special store hours for the grand opening are as follows: Wednesday, 9:00 a. m. until 9:00 p. m., Thursday and
Friday, 8:30 a. m. until 9:00 p. m., Saturday from 8:00 a. m. until 9:00 p. m. Ample parking space will be found on the grounds
surrounding the store. A paved area, marked off for maximum parking but allowing sufficiently wide driving lanes will accommodate
118 automobiles. The unpaved field adjoining the parking lot will accommodate again as many cars. Access to the store is from two
directions. From Center Avenue, cars can enter by turning between the Keller Esso Servicenter and the railroad arch. Cars driven
through the center of town can reach the store by driving through Willow Street. A bridge spans the creek and the paved road leads
directly to the parking area adjoining the store. The immense structure measures 200 by 65 feet. Of the 200 feet length, 126 feet is
used for the super market proper. The remaining space is devoted to freezer and general storage space, a large area for the
numerous compressors, receiving room for green groceries, a disposal room, furnace room and rest rooms for the employees.
MAGIC CARPET DOORS Magic carpet doors will open when the customer steps on the carpet leading into or out of the supermarket.
Inside the patron will see the most modern store in the area containing more than three thousand different items of merchandise.
Along one wall is the largest produce operation in the county, a glistening white refrigerated unit extending for sixty five feet. The
large dairy and bakery departments are along the other wall, both equipped with the most modern of merchandising display
equipment. Four long center steel shelf units display the regular grocery items. The self service meat department is located at the
rear of the store. The cellophane wrapped meats will be displayed in the refrigerated units in front of the glass enclosed meat
cutting and packing department. Although the meat department is self service, customers wishing special service can get it by
pushing a bell button conveniently located at each end of the counter. A separate section is devoted to frozen meats and another
section to luncheon meat cuts.
LATEST CHECKING BOOTHS Six of the latest type checking booths are equipped with electrically controlled conveyor belts. They are
designed so that the checker is two orders ahead of the boys who are putting the orders in containers for the customers to take from
the store. For the four days of the grand opening, the new Acme Market will employ sixty people. Normally, the store will employ
about forty persons.
MICHAEL NAYDOCK MANAGER Michael Naydock, who had worked at the Pottsville Acme Market, will be store manager of the new
Schuylkill Haven Market. Robert Becker, who is presently manager of the Acme Store on Main Street, will be assistant store manager.
William Eckroat is superintendent and Clarence Sharp, general superintendent of Acme stores in this district. Richard Maguire will
be head produce clerk.
LOCAL CONTRACTORS, SUPPLIES The modern Acme Market was erected by Ken Heiser, local contractor for Paul A. Keller and Keller
in turn leased the building and grounds to the Acme Stores. Manager Naydock estimated that the store with its modern equipment,
refrigeration, etc., approaches the million dollar mark. Construction of the building was completed twelve days ahead of schedule.
The new structure has a combination heating and air conditioning system. In the winter the building will be heated by large Losch
coal burning unit installed by the Losch Boiler Sales Company of town. The heating-air conditioning unit and duct work was installed
by the Power Engineering Company of Wilkes Barre. Lester Rhen, local electrical contractor, did all the electrical wiring for the new
building. Joseph W. Nagle did the amesite work for the large parking lot. Hepler Brothers of Cressona had the lathing and plastering
subcontract. Ebinger Iron Works supplied the steel girders and beams. Scott Millwork furnished most of the building material and
the roof trusses. Hahner Brothers of Pottsville put the roof on the structure and the Empire Paint and Glass Company of Pottsville
installed all the glass and porcelain.
|The Call of June 23, 1955
BIG THREE DAY GRAND OPENING FOR CLELAND'S NEW STORE
A gigantic three day grand opening will celebrate the moving of Cleland's Home Furnishings to its larger, modern store in the
adjoining building. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week will be open house for the public to come in and inspect the new
quarters and the grand display of distinctive home furnishings. Special store hours have been set aside for the opening
celebration. On the three big days, Cleland's will open at 10:00 a. m. and close at 9:00 p. m. An array of more than fifty major prizes,
ranging in value to $100 each, will be awarded to persons attending the grand opening on any of the three big days. The winners
selected Wednesday night need not be present to win. Announcement of the prize winners will be made in Thursday newspapers.
The new, spacious display room is the completely renovated building occupied by the Acme Market before it moved to the new super
market off Center Avenue. Remodeling of the building began as soon as the Acme moved. Rear partitions were removed. The
salesroom now utilizes the entire 150 by 30 room. A short stairway and doorway were constructed at the end of the building to
connect with the 100 foot long building that had been erected last year as a display room and warehouse. The walls and ceilings
were attractively painted and with the new fluorescent fixtures shows off the home furnishings to their best advantage. A glistening
blue enamel front makes an attractive and inviting appearance.
The original store beneath the Central Hotel has been converted to an infants department. The Rio Theatre building will continue to
be used as a warehouse. Part of the Singer warehouse across Wilson Street will also be used for storage. Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Cleland started their furniture store two and a half years ago. Their growth since that time has been almost phenomenal. Starting in
the small store room beneath the Central Hotel and using the garage at their home for storage, they soon had to look for additional
warehouse and display space. All available warehouse space was rented. During the Christmas season, vacant store rooms were
occupied for toys and other special seasonal items.
Last year, Cleland's built a large one story structure to the rear of the Acme building. Cramped for display facilities, they immediately
considered taking over the Acme when plans were first started for the new Acme Super Market. The expanded quarters now enable
Cleland's to display the major furniture lines that are to be found in leading furniture stores throughout the nation. Among the well
known home furnishing names to be found in the Cleland store are Heywood-Wakefield bedroom and dining room furniture, Taylor
living room pieces, Spartan, Kuehne, Rockland and American dinettes, Sealy and Serta mattresses and Rembrandt lamps. Among the
new lines added is Samsonite luggage.
Walter Cleland and Mrs. Cleland, the former Olga Matonis, are assisted in their business by Mrs. Earl Goas in sales, William Goetz in
sales and delivery and Richard Sterner and John Rhoades in delivery. They extend a cordial invitation to the public to come in and
view the new store and its display of beautiful and outstanding home furnishings.
|The following four articles appeared in The Call under the heading of "Know Your Industries", a series describing the
|The Call of May 22, 1953
ZULICK MILL STARTED OPERATION 28 YEARS AGO IN SMALL WAY MAKING UNDERWEAR
Zulick's Mill, located at the rear of 128 Center Avenue, had its very humble beginning in a small building on Lincoln Street across from
the former Harvey B. Moyer garage. Rudy Moyer and his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Zulick, started the mill 29
years ago making silk underwear. At that time there were approximately twenty employees and twenty five machines. Mrs. Zulick
designed and made all the patterns. Following the death of Mr. Moyer, the Zulicks continued with the business and in November of
1940 moved to the present location behind their home. After the move, the manufacturing of all types of knitted outer wear was
begun. Articles such as cardigans, creepers, blouses, pol shirts, beach wear and sweaters for ladies, girls, boys and infants are
made and sent to wholesale houses in New York from where they are distributed throughout the country.
As the production of the factory has been increasing there are now approximately 80 employees and 95 machines. All of the
machines have been replaced within the past five years and are of the most modern types. The two story mill is 38 by 84 while a
receiving building at the rear, where the materials are brought is 40 by 40.
Both Maida and George Zulick are still very active in the running of their business. S. H. Hainley is the superintendent and manager
and Julia Dolan is the floor lady. Miss Doris Reed takes care of the office work. Mervin Yost is the machinist and Roy Schumacher
the shipping clerk. The shipping is done by the Arrow and Speedway carriers. The goods are shipped in the evening and are at the
wholesale house by the following morning. Approximately 2500 dozen articles are finished at the mill in one week. During the rush
season, work is also done for the Argo Knitting Mill.
Work is steady at the mill and very little time is lost during the year by lack of work. The employees are given vacation with pay and
participate in hospitalization and life insurance plans. A very important and recognizable figure at the factory is the Zulick's little dog
"Cindy" who spends much of its tie supervising the activity. Besides the factory, Mr. and Mrs. Zulick are justly very proud of their
beautiful flowers and fruit trees which are planted on one and a half acres behind their receiving building. There are all kinds of
flowers and thirty fruit trees planted in the area and make a very colorful scene. Roy Schumacher takes care of the planting which
was formerly done by the late Edward "Ducky" Weiser.
|The Call of May 29, 1953
BASHORE KNITTING MILL BEGAN OPERATIONS 30 YEARS AGO
The history of the Bashore Knitting Mill, located on South Garfield Avenue, is the well known American success story, a humble
beginning, hard work, steady growth and finally a large industry. Thirty years ago in 1923, Willis A. Bashore started as a manufacturer
in a small building measuring only 16 by 24 feet located on Haven Street next to the Emerich Bakery shop. The room had two sewing
and four knitting machines. The first shipment of yarn came to the Pennsylvania station and was hauled by the young manufacturer in
a wheel barrow to his newly established industry. Yarn is still purchased from this first supplier.
The budding manufacturing concern made ladies vests with cotton lace trim. It was a cotton knit garment. Production and demand
increased and in two years time larger quarters were needed. The plant was moved to South Garfield Avenue, the site f the present
building. A cow stable was purchased from John Butz and rebuilt to provide factory space. This small building proved to be
inadequate and in the next 22 years, eight additions were made as the business expanded. The last addition, made in 1947, was a
large brick building measuring 88 by 37 feet three stories high. From the small 384 square foot room where the industry had its start,
it grew to the present 28,000 square foot structure.
Form manufacturing ladies vests, Bashore Knitting Mills went to producing ladies union suits, a childrens line of bloomers, panties,
waist suits and vests, a mens line of knitted underwear and t-shirts and ladies sleeping garments and pajamas. In 1929 the factory
was manufacturing 250 different styles of products. During World war Two, the factory worked round the clock on three shifts for
knitters and full time for the sewing department making olive drab undershirts for the Army.
The Bashore Knitting Mills has been a proving ground for machinery manufacturers. Individual motors on sewing machines were
first tried by the Singer Sewing Machine Company at the local industry and when it was proved successful, the factory began a
gradual changeover from pulleys on a main shaft to the individual motor driven machines. The most recent innovation was the
installation of the first press conveyor. A conveyor belt carries the goods to the steam presses where they are processed.
The enlarged factory now has sixty regular knitting machines and two Britton flat knit machines. Employment is given to 145 persons
whose employee benefits include hospitalization insurance. Today, Bashore Knitting Mills concentrates on only five products made
exclusively for one outlet, one of the largest chains in the country with stores in all the leading cities across the nation. The factory
makes mens mercerized athletic shirts, shorts, t-shirts and Snuggles. The Snuggles were first manufactured in 1926 and were among
the first to appear on the market. Production today is steady and has a favorable future outlook as attested by the "Girls Wanted"
sign hanging alongside the office door.
|The Call of June 12, 1953
UNION KNITTING MILL FOUNDED IN 1892 IS OLDEST INDUSTRY STILL IN EXISTENCE
An old slaughter house located just off Union Street at the railroad tracks to the rear of the Coldren home on Saint John Street was
the starting place for three of Schuylkill Haven's industries. The first enterprise to occupy the building continues today as Schuylkill
Haven's oldest existing industry, the Union Knitting Mills. Others to get their start in the same building were the Meck Knitting Mill
and D. D. Coldren. In 1892 the firm of Bowen and Reed began in the manufacturing business. Jacob D. Reed, a cobbler for eighteen
years, heard that John Bowen, who lived on the Adamsdale Road, was seeking a partner to join in starting an underwear mill. The two
men met at a church lawn festival on Saint John Street. Jacob Reed approached John Bowen, said he heard he was looking for a
partner, and wondered whether he would consider him for a partner. Bowen agreed. Reed borrowed his share of the money to start
the industry. The men converted the old slaughter house into a factory and began manufacturing ladies knitted vests.
By 1899 they had outgrown the small building and decided to build a larger structure. They selected the present site of the Union
Knitting Mill on William Street on the west side of the railroad tracks and erected a frame two story 40 by 60 foot factory. In the next
few years the business grew rapidly. Within a year it became necessary to add a 20 by 40 foot one story section on the west side.
The next year a second floor was added to this new section and a bleachery was built at the rear of the building. In 1908 a two story
brick knitting room was added to the rear on the west end. Expansion continued in 1915 when a one story 30 by 80 foot addition was
made to the bleachery. Seven years later the original frame bleachery was torn down and a new brick building erected. The final
addition was made in 1936 when another brick building was constructed to join the mill and bleachery and to extend a second floor
over half of the bleachery.
Present floor space is now 22,000 square feet. Several years ago the basement was excavated, concrete floors laid and the stone
foundation walls cemented to give an additional 5,200 square feet of storage space. Changes in management personnel occurred
down through the years but the Reed name continued. Early in the twentieth century, Moses Leininger of Orwigsburg, came into the
business as a partner. In 1907 Reed and Leininger purchased the interest of John Bowen and began trading as the Union Knitting
Mills. Moses Leininger died in 1914. The Leiningers were represented by the older son, Edgar, until 1917, when Mr. Reed bought out
the Leininger interests. He continued the business alone until 1921 when he and his two sons, Ivan and Willis, incorporated the
business. Ivan, the older son, had begun working in the factory in 1911. Willis went to work for his father in 1916.
In October, only three months after taking his sons into the business, Jacob Reed contracted double pneumonia and died at the age
of 64. The two sons took over the management of the Union Knitting Mills and have continued to operate it up to the present time.
Ivan is president and Willis is treasurer. Miss Ellen Canfield of Cressona is secretary. The third generation of the Reed family is
represented in the factory, Stanley and Clair Reed, sons of Ivan Red, are employed in the business. The two sons of Willis Reed,
Richard and David, are students in college.
The industry has continued for 61 years as an underwear manufacturing concern. From the original ladies vests, the factory has
expanded its line. Now the mill makes ladies vests, union suits and bloomers; mens athletic shirts, briefs and two button shoulder
union suits; misses vests and panties; boys athletic shirts, shorts and ankle drawers; infants shirts and childrens knit pajamas. David
Smarr, with offices in the Empire State Building, New York City, is sales representative for the Union Knitting Mills. The brand names;
Reed's Play, Age, UKM Underwear and Reed's Nu-way are found in the leading stores of the nation from the east to the west coast.
The peak of production was reached during World War Two when 145 persons were employed in making khaki athletic shorts for the
army and white t-shirts for the navy. At the present time Union Knitting Mills gives employment to 75 people, many of them long time
employees. Five have been working with the Reeds for fifty years or more. They are Fannie A. Schwenk, Alma M. Naus, T. Raymond
Nye, E. Gertrude Hummel and Jacob C. Naus. Although the oldest factory in town, the Union Knitting Mill has kept pace with modern
improvements throughout all its departments. It presents a clean and pleasant place for working and producing underwear products.
|The Call of July 3, 1952
REIDER SHOE FACTORY STILL THRIVING
The popular Big and Little Sister shoes, sold to college and high school students and their younger sisters by the leading stores in
New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and other large cities in the east and midwest have their origin in Schuylkill Haven. This well
known trade name is registered by the Reider Shoe Company and the high grade shoes are manufactured at the large Reider factory
on West Main Street. Stores selling Big and Little Sister shoes are Macy's, Best and Company, Lord and Taylor of New York City,
Strawbridge and Clothier of Philadelphia, Marshall Field and Carson, Pierre and Scott of Chicago and L. S. Ayres of Indianapolis.
These popular shoes had their origin back in the depression years. Falling prices and curtailed sales caused most shoe factories to
go into the production of cheaper shoes. The Reider Shoe Company which up to this time had been manufacturing a medium grade
shoe, decided in the face of the collapsing prices to step up to a higher priced, better grade shoe. Concentrating on quality, they
gradually built up a demand for their product in the nation's biggest stores. They weathered the depression years and have
continued to grow and prosper up to the present time.
The Reider Shoe Company had its beginning in 1915. Two years previous to that time, a group of nine factory workers started the
Reading Shoe Company in what was formerly the Sharadin furniture store, across from the A & P store on lower Main Street. The
venture did not succeed and the business was sold at sheriff's sale. The four Reider brothers, B. Frank, Russell, George and
Edward, bought the small factory and began making baby hand turn shoes. At that time all shoes were hand turn; that is they were
made inside out and then turned to put the sole on. At the time the four brothers entered the shoe manufacturing business, their
father, B. Frank Reider Sr. was superintendent of the Walkin Shoe Company on Parkway. The infant industry started with five
employees turning out 36 pairs a day. The business grew but in 1917, three of the four brothers entered the armed service and
participated in World war One. The remaining brother, B. Frank Reider, took over their interests and operated the factory until they
returned in 1919. Only two of the brothers, George and Russell, returned to the shoe manufacturing business and again became
members of the firm.
Business increased following World War One. The brothers decided to get additional floor space by making their building three
stories instead of two. To do this they borrowed jacks from the car shops and secured railroad ties from the Reading Company and
raised the building so that another floor could be added in the basement. The Reiders worked at night after the factory closed for
the day. When the structure was raised to the desired height, contractor Paul Naffin put in brick walls and made a basement work
area. Even with this additional floor space,the factory still required more working area within a short time. In 1922 a new factory was
started at the site of the present building. The factory moved into the new quarters in February 1923. Here production was
increased to four hundred pairs a day. A change in manufacturing was introduced at this time. The Reider Shoe Company started to
make medium grade of Goodyear Welt shoes. The manufacturing of baby shoes was dropped and work began on making misses and
growing girls sizes. In 1924 B. Frank Reider bought out the interests of George and Russell Reider, who started a new industry, the
Haven Shoe Company in the building now occupied by the Alberta Knitting Mill on Hess Street. William C. Kline entered the firm and
became superintendent of the factory. He continued in this capacity until his death in 1941.
The industry continued the manufacture of medium grade shoes until the depression year of 1932 when prices dropped so drastically
that it was impossible to follow and continue on a profitable basis. While most shoe factories turned in desperation to cutting costs
and reducing the quality of the shoe in order to meet lower prices, the Reider Shoe Company decided to move in the other direction.
The factory was converted into a high grade manufacturing plant. New lasts and patterns were installed.
The third generation of Reiders entered the shoe manufacturing business in 1931 when Robert Reider, son of B. Frank Reider Jr.,
came into the factory, starting at the bottom to learn the business. He eventually became foreman of the fitting room and shortly
after the death of Mr. Kline, took over the management of the factory. Two other sons of B. Frank Jr. became a part of the firm in
1945 following their return from the armed services in World war Two. Thomas, who was a Navy pilot, entered the factory as
production manager. Richard, who was in Army Intelligence, returned to take charge of sales in the midwest. With the three sons
and father together in 1945, the Reider Shoe Company was reorganized. Robert became president, Thomas secretary and assistant
treasurer and B. Frank Reider, treasurer. Richard, who now lives at Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, directs the sales for the
midwest for the Reider Shoe Company and is a salesman for the Walkin Shoe Company. The fourth generation of Reiders is now
working at shoe manufacturing. Allen, son of Robert Reider is working at the factory.
Following the reorganization, the industry started on a sales program for one specific type of shoe; a flat heel, sport type shoe for the
miss and growing girl. These shoes are the saddle oxford, loafers and school type shoes, registered under the trade name of Big
and Little Sister Shoes. The design of the shoe made for the older girl is duplicated in the smaller sizes. The larger stores have
found these shoes to be popular in families with girls of different ages where they buy identical shoes. Since the building was first
erected in 1923, three additions have been made. At the present time there are 110 workers employed, some of whom have been
with the firm since it was first organized in 1915. The employees participate in a profit sharing plan with shares being distributed at
the annual Christmas party. Other benefits enjoyed are vacation and holiday pay and Blue Cross. Production now is between 650 and
700 pairs a day.
|The Call of November 3, 1955
CHANGE BITTLE NAME TO BAST AND DETWILER
The name of the D. M. Bittle Funeral Home on East Main Street has been changed to the Bast and Detwiler Funeral Home. The
business has been conducted for the past ten years by Harold Bast and C. C. Detwiler, since they purchased it from D. M. Bittle at the
end of 1945. The change being brought about now is merely a change of name. The organization and conduct of the business will
continue as it has for the past ten years. Both Bast and Detwiler are licensed morticians. bast has been associated with the
business for thirty one years. He began working for Mr. Bittle when the combined furniture store and undertaking establishment was
known as Bittle Brothers.
The funeral home has had several name changes since its founding by D. M. Wagner. When D. M. and Oliver Bittle purchased it from
Mr. Wagner, the furniture store and undertaking business was known as Bittle Brothers. When Clinton Confehr purchased Oliver
Bittle's share, the name was changed to Bittle and Confehr. In 1935 when D. M. Bittle became the sole owner, the furniture store was
discontinued and the large structure remodeled to make it one of the finest funeral homes in the area. The name then became the
D. M. Bittle Funeral Home. When the business was purchased by Bast and Detwiler, the name was retained. Plans were made early
this year to change the name and the listing in the telephone directory this year carried the new name of Bast and Detwiler Funeral
Detwiler, a native of Souderton, first became associated with the funeral home here eighteen years ago. After graduating from
Eckels College, he served his apprenticeship at the D. M. Bittle Funeral Home. Except for the period of four and a half years when he
served in the air force during World war Two, he has been with the funeral home. He is married to the former Lucille Maberry. They
have three children, Eddie, Tommie and Deborah. Bast is married to the former Helen Confehr. Both Bast and Detwiler live in the
large funeral home building. Bast occupies the apartment on the second floor while Detwiler occupies the third floor apartment.
|The Call of November 17, 1955
CRESSONA WAR VET BUYS BUTZ JEWELRY BUSINESS
The Harry S. Butz jewelry store on Dock Street was sold this week to Samuel R. Kurtz of Cressona. Mr. Kurtz took over the business
on Tuesday. The jewelry store and jewelry and watch repair business was started by Mr. Butz in the fall of 1928. He served with the
armed forces in World war One and was wounded in France. After the war he took advantage of government training for disabled
veterans and took on the job training in jewelry manufacturing with a firm in Reading. After completing the course he worked for the
firm. In 1928 he decided to start in business for himself. He and Mrs. Butz, the former Mamie Wagner, have operated the business
ever since. They were assisted for about three years by their son Bright Butz after he returned from serving in the armed forces in
World War Two. The son was called back into service and is now stationed at Westover Air Base in Massachusetts. Another son,
Gerald W. Butz, lives in Philadelphia.
The new owner, like his predecessor, is a disabled veteran. He lost both legs in World War Two. He studied watchmaking and
jewelry at the Bowman Technical School in Lancaster. He came to Cressona in November 1952 to work at his trade in his newly built
home, constructed to government specifications to enable him to move about in a wheelchair. He soon left the wheelchair to move
around on crutches and then mastered the task of walking with artificial legs without the use of any support. He now drives and
walks with ease.
Kurtz is married to the former Miss Minie Gauker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gauker of Cressona. They have one son, Sammy, age
eight. The father in the short period of time he has been in Cressona has become active in community affairs. He is treasurer of the
Cressona Lions Club, the historian of the American Legion, is a member of the Cressona Memorial park Association and is an active
member of Bethany Church, Cressona Booster Association, Boy Scout Committee and the Beckville and Friedensburg gun clubs.
In taking over the new business, he expressed the desire to continue to give the good service and turn out the fine workmanship
that had been given by Mr. Butz in his many years in business.
|The Call of March 22, 1956
FIRE GOES OUT AFTER SIXTY THREE YEARS
A fire that has been burning continuously for sixty three years was permitted to burn itself out on Saturday as Ehly's Bakery came to
an the end of its sixty four year existence. Bakers Charles Ehly and George Foose baked the last bread, cakes and cookies on the
late Friday night and early Saturday morning shift and then permitted the coal fired furnaces to burn out. The one fire had been
burning since the time Mr. and Mrs. M. George Ehly moved their one year old business from the starting place on Parkway to the
present Dock Street address in 1893. The fire in the second oven had been burning continuously since it was built and put in
operation forty five years ago. At the close of business at six o'clock Saturday evening, a large banner reading "Closed" was placed
in the glass doorway, a smaller sign, "retiring from business," placed in the left display window and "For Sale" signs placed in each of
the two windows. It was a sad day for Mrs. George (Miriam) Dunlop, daughter of the founders of the business, who has lived almost
all of her sixty five years at the bakery, and for Charles Ehly, 67,her brother, who has worked there as a baker continuously since 1911.
The age of the last owners, illness of Mrs. Dunlop, who also worked for the business, retirement of William Luckenbill, veteran wagon
and truck driver, plus competition from big bakery businesses brought the closing of Schuylkill Haven's last bakery. The business
has been up for sale within the last year, but with no buyers, the bakery was closed.
Within the last decade, three other local bakeries went out of existence. Michel's, which at one time baked as high as 3,000 loaves of
bread a day and had a stable of eighteen horses for delivery, discontinued that part of the business as sales of baked goods
declined with the increased competition from large baking firms. Emerich's Bakery on Dock Street closed its doors shortly after the
death of Mr. Emerich. The Hellenthal Bakery, conducted for a short time, was also forced to close.
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Ehly started in the bakery business, specializing in making pretzels, in 1892 in a building at the rear of the
present Greenawalt's store on Parkway. Mr. Ehly, who was born and reared in Schuylkill Haven, had previously worked as a boatman
on the old Schuylkill Canal. He learned the baker trade at the John Ehman bakery which was then at the location of the present
Sweet Shop. He worked for three years as a baker at the almshouse before going in business for himself.
In the summer of 1893, Mr. Ehly moved his bakery to the present location at 300 Dock Street. The original bakery is still a part of the
Ehly property. About 49 years ago the home and store room were built in the front and four years later the new oven, warehouse and
garage were built at the rear. Up to the time of World War One, the main item manufactured was pretzels. In 1919 the making of
pretzels was discontinued and bread, cakes, cookies and pies became the leading baked goods. At one time the Ehly's had three
wagons and later trucks on the road delivering their products and enjoyed a thriving business at the store and at other retail
outlets. In recent years, Burkert's store with its big display window opposite the entrance of Dock Street onto Main has been a
leading outlet for the baked goods.
Many grown men and women, with the announcement of the closing of the bakery, will look back upon the days when they as school
children stopped in at the bakery to purchase cookies or cakes or perhaps some of the candy that was carried as a supplemental
line. Others will remember the delicious birthday cakes that came from Ehly's. Above all will be the recollection of the spotlessly
clean Ehly's store. Others, in the present age may be more elaborately appointed with special showcases, modern lighting, etc., but
none can ever surpass the little baked goods store located between the North ward school building and Christ Lutheran Church in
cleanliness nor in the pleasantness of its clerks, Mrs. Dunlop and in the last ten years Miss Dorothy Jury. The founder of the
business died twenty years ago and his widow nine years ago.
|The Call of June 7, 1956
PIONEER GAS STATION GOES
The decision of the R. R. Sterner Company to discontinue gasoline and oil service the end of this week marks the end of one of
Schuylkill Haven's oldest gas stations. The sale of gas and oil to the steadily growing number of automobiles was started on June 1,
1923, when the Sterner's moved to their present Center Avenue location from Parkway where they had started in the tire and
vulcanizing business. At that time a twenty foot highway ran past the building and down the side to an underpass, across the plot
now occupied by the Acme store and through another underpass to the old road to Pottsville. The newer highway was constructed in
1930. Gas and oil service, lubrication, car washing and automobile mechanical service were discontinued to provide additional
space for the rapidly growing tire business, retreading service and appliance sales.
As far as is known, only one older gas station exists in Schuylkill Haven. Earl Williams who recently sold his business property to L. C.
Driesbach, conducted the service station and garage on West Main Street since 1921. The business was started earlier by Jim
Schuckers who first conducted a livery stable and then with the advent of the automobile changed it to a mechanical business to
service the horseless carriage.
|The Call of June 14, 1956
YOUTH CENTER CORPORATION PLANS TO PUT INDOOR SWIMMING POOL IN OLD LIGHT PLANT
Amos M. Strause, president of the Youth Center Corporation, outlined the possible use to which the no longer used borough light
plant could be put for youth activities, at a meeting of the organization last evening at the community ambulance building.
Encouraged by the cooperation assured by the borough council at its meeting Monday night when he appeared before the body to
ask permission to convert the structure to a youth center, the members of the Youth Center Corporation decided to hire an architect
to draw up preliminary plans for the building. President Strause felt that removal of the reinforced foundation in the generator pits,
although expensive, would not be too great a handicap to overcome. He proposed that an indoor swimming pool be installed where
the pits are now located and the remainder of the first floor be developed as quarters for the Boy and Girl Scouts of town.
By placing beams across the building, the forty foot high interior could have a second floor. Ideas of the Youth Center officers and
directors plus suggestions of the architect will be discussed prior to the drawing up of sketches of what can be done with the
building. Strause explained the position taken by borough council. The council will be willing to lease the building to the nonprofit
youth group for one dollar a year. The ownership of the structure will remain with the borough. Before the lease is executed,
council desires the youth organization to make a study of the cost and to present its plan for the building for the satisfaction of the
councilmen. The borough will advertise for sale the present equipment in the building. Bids will probably be opened in August. It
may be September before the structure will be available for conversion. In the meantime, plans will be made so that work can begin
shortly after the light plant interior is cleared. Attending the meeting were: Amos Strause, Mrs. Harold Coryell, Mrs. Harold
Geschwindt, Mrs. Kenneth Croneberger, Sam Tracey, Fred V. Knecht and Roy Schumacher.
|The Call of August 9, 1956
FIRST PLANS SUBMITTED FOR CONVERTING LIGHT PLANT INTO COMMUNITY CENTER
Preliminary plans for converting the former electric light plant into a Youth Center were submitted to the members of the Youth
Center organization at a special meeting Tuesday night at the Community Ambulance building. The main feature of the plans is an
indoor swimming pool on the first floor, utilizing present pits that had been used for power generating machinery. The plan as
submitted by Phillip Knoblauch, architect of Pottsville, had a pool 37 by 48 feet located at the rear of the large structure. Members of
the youth group were of the opinion that the pool should be considerably longer and should be located in the long front part of the
building. In addition to the pool, the first floor plan has locker rooms for men and women, a machinery room for the heating plant and
equipment required for the swimming pool, a large reading and social room, a game room and a supervisor's office. For the second
floor, the plan had a meeting room, a dance floor 36 by 42 feet, another meeting room and men's and women's lockers and toilets.
The preliminary sketch had no construction above the pool.
Members who had inspected the light plant building reported that it is considerably larger than it appears from the outside. Across
the front it measures approximately 140 feet for a depth of about 38 feet. The boiler area to the rear is approximately 68 feet square.
The height of the building in the front is about 30 feet, while the rear is about 50 feet high. The present building has two large
entrances in the front on Haven Street and two rear entrances. In order to get a better idea for the possibilities, President Amos
Strause will arrange for the group to inspect the building on Saturday at 2:00 in the afternoon.
The former light plant is not yet available for conversion into a youth center. The borough first will have to dispose of the equipment
in the structure. Borough council has given assurance, however, that the building may be used for a Youth Center upon a lease
basis for a minimum amount if the council is satisfied that the plans submitted for the building will be for the good of the community.
Bids for the machinery will be opened at the regular council meeting Monday night at Town Hall. In previous proposals for the sale of
the machinery and equipment, all bids were rejected because they were considered too low. Although efforts have been made to
sell the boilers and generating equipment for continued use, the only bids received for from scrap dealers.
In the meantime Gordon D. Reed was authorized to contact the architect to come to come to a definite understanding about the
obligation of the youth group in connection with the drawing up of plans at various stages. Planning for the conversion of the
building will be continued while the borough works toward removing the machinery from the old light plant.
Amos M. Strause was reelected president of the Youth Center Corporation. Other officers elected were Mrs. Ethel Coryell, vice
president; Mrs. Kenneth Croneberger, corresponding secretary and Mrs. Irvin Blankenhorn, recording secretary. Mrs. Earl C. Unger
has another year to serve as treasurer. Attending the meeting were Amos M. Strause, Gordon D. Reed, Walter Coker, Roy W.
Schumacher, Fred V. Knecht, Ken Heiser, Earl Stoyer, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Blankenhorn, Mrs. Kenneth Croneberger, Mrs. Robert
Sausser, Mrs. Ethel M. Coryell, Mrs. Reynold Schwartz, Mrs. Earl Unger, Sam F. Tracey, Clyde Dewald, Clarence K. Shuey and Attorney
James D. Williamson.
|The Call of August 16, 1956
SALE OF STORE ENDS 35 YEARS IN BUSINESS FOR GEORGE GRAY
The sale of Gray's Men's and boys' store to Paul Elberti and Thomas Asenavage of Minersville brings to a close thirty five years of
being in the clothing business for George H. Gray. The Gray name will disappear from a store front and in its place will be the Men's
Store, the same business name as used by the new owners at their Minersville store.
Gray started in the clothing business at the age of 21 when he and his brother John, then 23, were put in charge of the clothing store
that had been purchased by their father and Samuel Dewald four years before. Dr. James C. Gray and Samuel Dewald purchased the
old Underwood store at a bankrupt sale in 1917. The name was changed to Berger and Company. Four years later, the Gray brothers
joined Dewald in the store and the name was changed to Gray's. In 1937, John Gray sold his interest to his brother. In that same year
the store was modernized with new fixtures and an attractive store front. George Gray continued to conduct the store at this
location until March of 1952 when he closed out the business and moved to 103 East Main Street. A new store, Boussum's, was
opened at the old location at 10 West Main Street after extensive remodeling was done.
Gray operated the smaller store at 103 East Main Street until August 3, when the business was purchased by Elberti and Asenavage.
During his business career, Gray has taken an active interest in community affairs. He served as president of the Civic Club when
that club was instrumental in securing garbage collection for the borough. He also served as president of the Schuylkill Haven Lions
Club. In Boy Scout activities, he was vice chairman of the county and co-chairman of the camp committee for eight years. He has
served as trustee of the Good Samaritan Hospital for seven years and for the past two years he has been local unit chairman of the
Salvation Army. For 16 years he served as a member of the visitation committee for the county judges. Gray has no definite plans for
the immediate future. During the winter months, he and Mrs. Gray expect to vacation in Florida.
|The Call of December 27, 1956
MICHEL'S TO CLOSE ITS DOORS AT YEARS END
Michel's, a famous Schuylkill haven business for almost 67 years, will accompany the old year 1956 as it bows out of the picture on
December 31. The doors of the widely known bakery, ice cream, wholesale candy, and gift shop will mark the end of a business that
started in a small way with pretzels and candies, reached its peak as a bakery and ice cream establishment in the late twenties and
early thirties, and declined gradually following World War Two. Strong competition in the bakery and ice cream fields, plus deaths
and illness in the Michel family contributed to the demise of the once booming business. Since the sudden and unexpected death of
Dan Michel in August of 1955, his widow, Mrs. Mary Michel, has endeavored to conduct the business. Efforts were made within the
past year to sell the establishment and will continue while the store is closed.
Michel's was established by George Michel 67 years ago as a bakery and confectionery store. Then a young man of 24, the founder is
still living and recently observed his 91st birthday. Mr. Michel took his brother Joseph into the business and later Charles also took
part. The founder sold his interest to his two brothers. A third brother, Fred, was about to enter the business when he was killed.
When Joseph retired from the business, Charles and Gus Michel, another brother took over. Gus died six months later of the flu in
1918 and his widow, who later remarried, Mrs. Anna Michel Brenneman, retained an interest in the business. In 1945, following the
deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Michel within a short period of each other, Dan and Ray Michel bought the property and business at
public sale. They continued to operate Michel's until March of 1956 when Dan bought out his brother. Six months later, Dan died
Michel's gained county wide fame through its bakery and ice cream products. The bakery expanded from pretzels to bread and cakes
and pies and all other bakery products. During its peak in the late 1920s the bakery had both a day and night shift. With growing
competition from the large bakeries, the business gradually dropped off until toward the end there was only one baker, John
Kauterman. When the bakery finally closed in 1950, he was short only six months of having worked there for fifty years.
The manufacture of ice cream began shortly after the turn of the twentieth century. An advertising booklet printed in the early
thirties proclaimed that "thoroughly good ice cream can be made with cream alone. Not a single drop of milk finds its way into
Michel's." The ice cream found phenomenal acceptance by the public. People came from all parts of the county to eat Michel's ice
cream. It was distributed on a wholesale business to all parts of the county. Michel's had a fleet of fifteen trucks on the road and had
four men making ice cream. They were Harold Rudolph, Karl Michel, Charles Sterner and Morgan Reber. This part of the business
also began to feel the effect of keen competition and in 1947 Karl Michel was the only one employed in making this product. In
February of this year, Michel's stopped making ice cream and purchased Rothermel's products for sale in the store.
Wholesale candy distribution also was an important line. This was continued until the death of Dan Michel. The once diversified
business at the end had dwindled down to an ice cream fountain and coffee and light lunch business. The last five employees of
Michel's are Grace Mengel, who has worked there for 35 years, Mrs. Elsie Heebner, Mrs. Charles Borden, Mrs. Maude Zerbe and Mrs.
|The Call of January 31, 1957
NEW MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING NOW IN USE
The Schuylkill Haven Medical Arts building located at the corner of Main Street and Avenue C, will begin serving the public this
weekend. Five doctors will have offices in the new building. Dr. Theodore B. Tihansky, general practitioner in Schuylkill Haven for
the past eleven years, will practice general medicine and surgery. Dr. Herbert C. Rubright, who recently moved to town from
Frackville, will practice general medicine. Dr. Emanuel M. Diamond, a prominent dentist in Pottsville, will practice dentistry. Dr.
Joseph E. Conrad, a former general practitioner in town, who has been studying x-ray at Reading Hospital for the past three years,
will be the radiologist. Dr. Joseph Leskin, who is in charge of pathology at Good Samaritan Hospital and resides in Shenandoah, will
be the pathologist at the new building. A modern pharmacy located on the left front side of the building, is operated by John P.
Hinkle of Ashland. Open house will be held in the near future, when the public will be invited to inspect the new medical center.
|The Call of February 14, 1957
NEW STRAMARA RESTAURANT IN BANK BUILDING
Although still giving the imposing bank appearance on the outside, the former Schuylkill Haven Trust Company building now has a
completely different interior look. On Monday, Stramara's Restaurant opened for business in the former bank building. The building
was purchased by Frank Stramara of Haven Street and as soon as the bank moved to its new location last fall, remodeling operations
began to convert the building to restaurant purposes. The removal of the bank vault and old bank fixtures provided spacious dining
room, while the rooms to the rear of the building were converted into a modern kitchen, gleaming with white porcelain and stainless
steel. The dining room was decorated with wood paneling and light green painting. Modern lighting and a new tile floor transformed
the room into a pleasant, modern dining room.
The popular Stramara Sub Shop across from the high school on Haven Street has been closed. Subs, hamburgers and steak
sandwiches as well as a complete line of other sandwiches are being prepared and sold at the new location in a special counter
service area to the rear of the dining room. For the convenience of customers, this part can be reached either from the main
entrance in the front or from the side entrance close to the large paved parking area at the rear of the building. The new restaurant
will be open every day and evening. Breakfast, luncheons, dinners and snacks will be served. The dinner menu will cover the full
line of popular foods. Mr. Stramara plans a grand opening several weeks in the future after he and his staff "get the feel of the new
|The Call of March 7, 1957
NEW MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING WILL BE OPEN FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION ON SATURDAY
Schuylkill Haven's new Medical Arts building will be open for public inspection all day Saturday from 9:00 a. m. until 6:00 p. m. The
modern two level structure is located at the corner of Avenue C and Main Street. On its grounds is parking space for thirty
automobiles on an amesited area. The adjoining street s afford parking for many more automobiles.
Dr. T. B. Tihansky, who is mainly responsible for conceiving the idea for a medical center and following it through to completion,
explains the purpose of the building: The Medical Arts Building of Schuylkill Haven Inc. is intended as a central medical office
building with facilities to provide for the increasing needs and convenience of the people in this immediate area. It will endeavor to
make available to the community special medical services and consultation that are not presently obtainable in this region. The idea
of such a medical building originated about five years ago among the members then comprising the Schuylkill Haven Medical
Association. Many citizens were questioned about such an enterprise and in every instance the idea was received with enthusiasm
and encouraged. Medical and surgical techniques have advanced greatly in the past fifteen years. Besides this, an increasingly
health conscious public has impressed on many physicians the necessity for efficient office space and the extras that are presently
necessary to insure adequate medical care."
After two years of planning, the Medical Arts Corporation sought bids for the erection of the building. Schneider and Davis of
Pottsville was awarded the general contract. The modern, two level building is constructed of concrete, brick, steel and tile. For all
practical purposes it is fireproof. For the utmost in convenience and comfort, the entire building is completely air conditioned with a
constant flow of fresh air. The building is divided into eight zones, each controlled separately for heating with forced warm air in the
winter and for cooling in the summer time. The medical center has six suites of professional offices, including an x-ray and clinical
laboratory and a modern pharmacy. Four of the suites are located on the upper level.
Drs. T. B. Tihansky and Herbert C. Rubright have general practice offices on the left side and Dr. E. M. Diamond has the dental suite in
the right rear corner of the building. The fourth suite at the front of the building on the right is presently unoccupied. Dr. Joe E.
Conrad as radiologist has the x-ray suite on the lower level. Dr. Joseph L. Leskin conducts the clinical laboratory on the lower level.
The Hinkle Pharmacy, owned by John P. Hinkle, occupies the entire left side of the lower level except for the space used for the
heating and air conditioning equipment.
Each suite consists of three rooms, a consultation office and two treatment rooms. Between the two treatment rooms is a large
closet for equipment and supplies which is accessible from either room. Each suite has a private lavatory and toilet room and each
has a private entrance to the office. A semi private waiting room is located in the center of the upper level. There are four separate
rooms, separated by fiberglass partitions but all opening into the main corridor. All interior walls in the building are of the highest
grade glazed tile. Three colors, blue gray, green and buff, provide three different color schemes throughout the building.
Dr. Conrad's suite consists of office, reception room, x-ray room, dark room and two dressing rooms. Dr. Leskin has one large room
outfitted with complete laboratory equipment, so that a full laboratory examination service can be given. Both Dr. Conrad and Dr.
Leskin are completely trained in their specialized fields. The brilliantly lighted pharmacy on the left features a modern prescription
counter as well as modern displays of the wide variety of medicines and products to be found in an up to date pharmacy.
The 54 by 54 foot building is faced with variegated brick in a buff blend. Aluminum has been used freely throughout the building. The
marquees and stair railings are aluminum. The awning type windows, likewise, are of aluminum. The stairs are steel with terrazza
steps. Floors throughout the building are vinyl tile set on concrete. The ceilings are acoustic tile. The Medical Arts Building is built
on a lot 110 by 100 feet. Amesite parking area on three sides will accommodate thirty cars.
|The Call of November 28, 1913
TO EMPLOY FIVE HUNDRED MEN
In the very near future five hundred men can find employment in Schuylkill Haven. This will be caused by the changes,
improvements and extensions that will be made to the plant of the Schuylkill Haven Iron and Steel Company. A number of changes
and improvements are now under way, about fifty men being employed on the new work. In the course of several weeks an
additional mill will be erected together with a number of smaller buildings. Within the past week a large piece of ground was
purchased by Mr. H. H. Light, owner of the Iron and Steel Company, from Messrs. Phillips and Michel. It is the plot of ground
adjoining the present site of the mill. At first it was proposed to extend the mill buildings toward William Street but it was later found
advisable to extend them toward Canal Street and this piece of ground was accordingly purchased. The present land holdings now
include the plot occupied by the present mill and the ground bounded by William and Canal Streets.
A new nine and twelve inch finishing mill will shortly be erected on the newly acquired property. It will be necessary to raze the
Straub house which now occupies a corner of the site. The new mill will be 200 feet by at least 400 feet in size and will be
constructed of corrugated iron. The old or original puddle furnace will be dismantled and an eighteen inch mill fitted up in its place.
This with the present ten inch mill will make four separate mills, namely, a 9, 10, 12 inch finishing mill and an 18 inch muck mill.
Seven additional puddling furnaces will be placed. This number in addition to the present furnaces in use will make a total of ten. A
large heating furnace will also be added to the ten inch mill. A large warehouse, 100 by 150 feet, new machine shop, new office
building and a number of smaller buildings will also be erected very shortly. A large new shears capable of cutting a six inch square
piece of iron is now being placed. Work in the ten inch mill will be resuming Monday and a day and night shift will be put on
immediately. About two hundred men will be employed. It is expected the new mill will be completed and will be in operation by
February 1st when an additional three hundred men will be required. When all improvements and additions are completed, the
Schuylkill Haven Iron and Steel Company plant will be the most complete and up to date of any of its kind in the state.
The only condition which is effecting and handicapping this company in its work is the scarcity of houses in Schuylkill Haven.
Sufficient mechanical and experienced iron workers can be secured to operate the plant but it is impossible to secure homes or
boarding places for these men and they refuse to come to Schuylkill Haven. A number of employees unable to secure quarters here
have rented a two story house on the mill property, fitted it up and are "batching" it. There are fifteen in this party, all the owner, Mr.
H. H. Light, praises. In an interview with The Call man, the owner, Mr. H. H. Light, he deeply deplored the scarcity of houses in this
town, stating that the men he would like to employ and secure, the large majority being experienced men, hesitate coming on from
the fact that they desire to bring their families here and permanently locate.
|The Call of January 23, 1914
A PLEA FOR PATRONAGE
It is quite surprising and at the same time regrettable fact that the Schuylkill Haven public is so extremely hesitant upon tendering its
support to the local theatre, the Losch Opera House. In view of the fact that many persons have time and time again, for a period of
years, deplored the fact that the town was without a suitable place where several hours could be spent in enjoying a theatrical
entertainment, the slim patronage of the local theatre seems somewhat strange. Just why Schuylkill Haven people insist on
patronizing out of town theatricals when the same class of entertainments are given right in the town is beyond understanding,
nevertheless it has always been thus. Local enterprises are always sacrificed for those out of town yet the out of town enterprises in
no way benefit this town. The owners of the Losch Opera House have spared no expense in fitting up a cozy theatre here. The
theatrical offerings on a par and above those of the surrounding towns are given, yet the response from the town folk is far from
being what it should be. Everything possible has been done to awaken enthusiasm and increase patronage but without any great
success. It would be no surprise if the management of the Losch Opera House became thoroughly disgusted with the manner in
which the public is showing its appreciation of the efforts made to give first class entertainment and discontinue the weekly
attractions. While the stage does not find favor among a great many of the townsfolk, still there are sufficient number of theatre
going folks here to make it possible to support a local theatre and as a local enterprise there is no reason why it should not have the
patronage of the townsfolk.
|The Call of April 3, 1914
LOCAL FIRM CHANGES HANDS
Tuesday evening of this week negotiations were concluded whereby Messrs. Oscar and David Bittle became the owners of the
furniture store and undertaking establishment of D. M. Wagner of town. The new firm will be known as Bittle Brothers. A cordial
welcome to the family of the town's business houses and businessmen is extended to the members of the new firm.
In purchasing and acquiring the ownership of the furniture store of D. M. Wagner, one of the oldest and best established business
houses in Schuylkill Haven changed hands. This store was established over fifty years ago by Eli Ziegenfus, deceased. In 1902 the
business was purchased and continued by D. M. Wagner up to the present date. The new firm, Bittle Brothers, are both well known
and esteemed young men.
The senior partner, Oscar Bittle, has been with D. M. Wagner for the past two years. Prior to coming to Schuylkill Haven he was
employed by the Webber Brothers furniture dealers and undertakers of Pottsville for seven years. For ten years prior to his
employment by Webber Brothers he was in the employ of several of the county's largest furniture stores. He is a practical
businessman thoroughly acquainted with the furniture business. As an undertaker and embalmer his skill is unrivaled. His quiet and
gentlemanly manner of conducting funerals has won for him an enviable reputation in this particular business.
The junior member of the firm, Mr. David Bittle of Cressona, we hardly think needs an introduction to the great number of our
readers. His presence in our town for the past seven years as a clerk at the clothing store of Doutrich and Company and with E. G.
Underwood, has made for him a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Prior to his being employed in this town, he conducted a
green grocery business in Cressona for several years. His pleasant disposition and courteous manner in serving hundreds and
hundreds of customers has won for him the best regard of persons in this town and the surrounding towns and will be a great asset
to the new firm of which he is a part. Mr. Bittle has also had considerable experience in undertaking and embalming.
|Miners Journal of February 8, 1845
BANK AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Our friends at Schuylkill Haven appear to be in earnest about applying for a bank at that place and we see no good reason why they
should not have one. It is notorious that our region is deficient in the amount of banking capital required by the present large and
increasing business and we have always entertained the opinion that a well regulated banking system, particularly in new and
improving sections of the country like ours, tends greatly to develop its resources and advance the best interest of the community.
But on the other hand, if they should become mere speculative machines, used only to promote private interests, they generally
prove to be a great curse.
|Miners Journal of February 8, 1845
At an adjourned bank meeting, held February 1, 1845, at the public house of Frederick Haas in the Borough of Schuylkill Haven, the
following proceedings were had. On motion, Charles Huntzinger, Esquire, was called to the chair and Dr. J. G. Koehler, Mark Mellon
and John Marlin, Esquire, were appointed secretaries. The meting was then addressed by A. W. Leyburn, Robert Bass, Esquire and
Colonel Edward Huntzinger. The committee appointed at the previous meeting reported a petition for signatures to be presented to
the present legislature, which was adopted by the meeting. On motion, Colonel E. Huntzinger and Mark Mellon, Esquire, were
appointed a committee to select different persons in different townships of the county to procure signatures to said petition and
make report of their progress on Saturday evening, February 8, at seven o'clock at the public house of Frederick Haas, to which time
and place this meeting stands adjourned. On motion it was resolved: That the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the officers
thereof and published in all the papers of Schuylkill County, favorable to the cause.
|Miners Journal of February 22, 1845
ADJOURNED BANK MEETING
Agreeably to public notice a large and respectable meeting of the citizens of Schuylkill Haven and adjoining neighborhood was held
at the public house of Frederick Haas in the Borough of Schuylkill Haven, on Saturday, the 8th of February at seven o'clock in the
evening. The following proceedings were had: On motion, Philip Boyer, esquire, was called to the chair and George Kauffman and
William Sterner were appointed secretaries. The committee appointed to procure signatures to the petitions to be presented to the
present legislature to incorporate a bank to be called the Farmers Bank of Schuylkill County, to be located in the Borough of
Schuylkill Haven, made returns of their petitions numerously signed, after which the following committee: Colonel Edward
Huntzinger, S. H. Shannon, William Kramer, A. W. Leyburn and George Kauffman, Esquires, was appointed by the committee to take
charge of said petitions and proceed to Harrisburg to have them presented and do all in their power to procure an act of corporation
for said bank. The meting then passed the following resolution: Resolved that the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the
officers and published in all papers of Schuylkill haven, friendly to the cause. The meeting then on motion, adjourned.
|Miners Journal of August 30, 1845
An adjourned meeting of the following named commissioners: Colonel Edward Huntzinger, A. W. Leyburn, George Kauffman, James B.
Levan, R. Bass, John D. Deibert, Dennis Dougherty, William Kramer, Mark Mellon and John W. Shoemaker, convened at the public
house pf Samuel Beard in the borough of Schuylkill Haven on Saturday evening, the 23rd at half past seven o'clock p. m., when on
motion it was resolved that R. Bass preside as president of the meeting and James B. Levan and Mark Mellon act as secretaries
thereof. Then on motion, it was: Resolved that the book to receive subscription to the stock of the Farmers Bank of Schuylkill County
be opened at the public house of Samuel Beard in the borough of Schuylkill Haven on Saturday, the sixth day of September next, at
10:00 a. m. and remain open until 3:00 p. m. of said day, and if the balance of the stock of said bank, remaining unsold, be not
disposed of on that day, that the said book will be opened for the purpose aforesaid on Monday, the eighth day of September next at
the public house of Colonel C. M. Straub in the borough of Minersville at 10:00 a. m. and be kept open until 3:00 p. m. of said day and
that James B. Levan, Edward Huntzinger and Dennis Dougherty are appointed to open said book at Schuylkill Haven at the time and
for the purpose aforesaid and that R. Bass, Mark Mellon and John D. Deibert are appointed to open the books at Minersville at the
time and for the purpose aforesaid.
On the motion, it was then: Resolved, that the commissioners now absent, appointed by the Act of Assembly, to incorporate the bank
aforesaid, are hereby respectfully invited to attend at all or either of the places above mentioned, to assist at the time and for the
purpose aforesaid. Resolved that the proceedings of this meeting, be signed by the officers thereof and published in the Miners
Journal and Pottsville Emporium and that this meeting stands adjourned to meet again, at the same place on Monday evening, the
eighth day of September at 7:30 o'clock p. m.
|The Call of April 11, 1957
MODERN $40,000 SWIMMING POOL TO OPEN AT WILLOW LAKE THIS YEAR
At long last, Schuylkill Haven and southern Schuylkill County will have that modern swimming pool that has been dreamed and talked
about for years. It will not be a community project but a private enterprise. Work is now underway on the construction, or
reconstruction, of the Willow Lake swimming pool., that will in the words of Tom Smith, owner, "be one of the best in the state."
The proposed new swimming pool, to cost $40,000, will have 20,000 square feet of water area and will accommodate from 1200 to 1500
bathers at one time. A special feature of the new pool will be a twenty five meter wide front dining tank, 82.5 feet long. This is
regulation size for racing. This part of the pool will enable the management to stage diving and swimming meets and special
entertainment during the summer season. This diving tank will be illuminated by 4,000 watt underwater lights. The pool will be
concrete finished in white.
Sparkling blue water, filtered every eight hours, will be renewed in the pool by the most modern diatamacous filtering system. The
468,000 gallons of water in the pool will be pumped through the filtering system by 24 hour a day operating pumps. To provide the
power necessary to operate the pumps, the borough electric department ran a new three phase line from Center Avenue and
installed three new transformers. The filtering plant is the only one of its kind in the immediate area. Similar installations have been
made at the swimming pools at the West Shore Country Club and the Central YMCA in the Harrisburg area and the new pool in Lititz.
In addition to the modern, clean pool, Smith said the plans call for a bigger sunbathing area. He hopes to have the project completed
for a grand opening on May 30th or shortly thereafter.
Willow Lake was purchased in 1949 by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith of Minersville. Smith formerly published the Minersville Free Press
but several years ago discontinued the newspaper publication to devote his time with his brother in the commercial printing
business and in operating the skating, swimming and amusements at Willow Lake. Each year improvements have been made to the
property. Next year, Smith expects to remodel the bath houses and further beautify the grounds to make the area a still more
attractive recreation area.
|The Call of October 24, 1957
ENLARGED 5c-$1 STORE SHOWS FAITH IN HAVEN
Tomorrow morning Atkin's new enlarged variety department store, 12 East Main Street, will have its grand opening. It will also mark
ten years of progress as this is the store's tenth anniversary. The new store is the result of careful, long term planning, to bring to
this community one of the region's newest and most modern stores. Some of the latest designs in new fixtures, new lighting, bright
colors throughout and new tile floor plus air conditioning will make your shopping pleasant and comfortable. The new long lunch
department has more stools added and several new pieces of equipment to speed the service and to continue to maintain the high
quality of food at reasonable prices.
APPRECIATION OF PATRONAGE B. D. Atkins, president and founder of the Atkins Stores company says, "This beautiful merchandise
mart is truly an appreciation of the patronage we have enjoyed for the last ten years and our sincere faith in Schuylkill Haven's future,
both as a good business town and an ideal place to live." The Atkins group of eight stores, with headquarters in Frackville for buying
and personnel, also has outlets in Tremont, Kulpmont, Girardville, Williamstown, Tower City and Ashland. The Atkins stores feature
national brands, "Guaranteed to give customer satisfaction both by Atkins stores company and the manufacturer."
NATIONALLY ADVERTISED LINES Following are some of the fine nationally advertised lines that are featured; men's, boy's and girl's
Wrangler overalls, Health Knit men's underwear, Fruit of the Loom men's ladies' and children;s hose, Buster Brown hose and
childrens garments, Dr. Spencer's baby garments, Stardust bras, panties and slips, White Lie bras, Nazareth infant's wear items and
Cannon sheets, towels and wash cloths. Also a complete line of GE light bulbs. Employees who assisted in the tremendous moving
and counter layout of the new store are, Frackville: Ruth Hornberger, Faye Pizykopski and Shirley Klimko; Girardville, Jean Leskins;
Frackville office, George Mauderlink, Harold Travis, Mable Hinkle and assistant manager Robert Webb.
HAVEN STORE EMPLOYEES The Schuylkill Haven employees are: Samuel Morgan, manager; Emma Jane Frantz, assistant manager and
assistant merchandise manager of Frackville office; Betty Wabby, manager of luncheonette; Patsy James, cashier. Salesgirls are
Mary James, Ethel Berger, Tillie Loy, Dotty Kaplan, Patsy Wingle, Rose Dunheimer, Shirley Wildermuth, Carole Kutz, Kay Geschwindt
and John Neidlinger, stockman.
CREDIT TO PERSONNEL Brady Atkins also remarked, "We are proud of our progress in the past ten years and give most of the credit
to the high type of personnel we have been able to maintain in our store and in bringing to the public nationally advertised lines of
quality merchandise at standard prices. We are glad to be a part of this fine community and neighbors to our many merchant friends."
|The Call of April 14, 1900
GREETING (The Call Changes Hands)
With this issue, the ownership and management of The Call passes into new hands. Limited space prevents us from outlining at
length the various changes and improvements contemplated and already being inaugurated not only in the tone and makeup of The
Call but in the entire printing and publishing business connected therewith. Suffice it to say that the business, so well established by
our predecessor, will be given new life under its new management and that nothing will be left undone to make The Call one of the
leading newspapers in Schuylkill County and a factor of great importance in the further development of the borough of Schuylkill
Haven. The first issue of the paper under its new management is by no means even a fair sample of what it is proposed to make it in
the near future, owing principally to the time and labor expended during the present week in installing a large additional printing
equipment, including a complete outfit of new machinery, type, etc., of the latest design. With lifelong experience in the newspaper
publishing and job printing business and a thoruogh knowledge of the requirements of a successful journal, the new management
hopes for and respectfully solicits the patronage of the public.
THE CALL PUBLISHING COMPANY H. J. VON NIEDA, EDITOR J. W. VON NIEDA, MANAGER
In severing my connection with The Call office, I do so with regret. My long connection with it and many business relations with the
citizens of this community have fastened ties of friendship and respect. For the liberal patronage I feel very thankful and as my
successors are practical printers and social businessmen, I confidently bespeak for them the kind treatment and patronage due
publishers of a town paper, which will be shortly rejuvenated and made a valuable medium for advertisers and prospectus of the
progress of our commercial and borough interests. Give them your undivided support with your job printing and advertising and you
will be doing a progressive citizen's privilege and help to further the interests of the community. By the terms of the transfer, all
advertising and job printing bills due to April 7th are to be paid to the retiring owner and all subscriptions unpaid to said date are to
be collected by the new firm.
MOST RESPECTFULLY, GEORGE F. DENGLER RETIRING PUBLISHER
|The Call of November 2, 1900
A GROWING NEW INDUSTRY
Schuylkill Haven boasts of another new industry that bids fair to become an important adjunct to the borough's numerous enterprises.
About a year ago, Mr. Wellington Hartman, proprietor of the Gem Pharmacy, commenced the manufacture of three specialties in his
line - Wild Cherry Phosphate, Peptonized Lemon Juice and Old Virginia Bitters. These preparations, manufactured and sold on a
small scale at first, have steadily become so popular that they are now in constant demand by dealers and the public in many sections
of the state, having been successfully introduced in Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northamptoin, Monroe, Northumberland,
Mifflin, Snyder, Schuylkill and other counties. The goods are all prepared at Mr. Hartman's Main Street drug store. The Peptonized
Lemon Juice is for all purposes for which lemons are used. The Wild Cherry Phosphate is a tonic for kidney and stomach troubles
and the Old Virginia Bitters is claimed to be the greatest tonic, appetizer and man restorer on earth. The constantly increasing
demand for these popular preparations will compel Mr. Hartman to greatly increase his manufacturing facilities in the near future.
|The Call of June 14, 1901
BUSY BUILDING GASOLINE ENGINES
There is a growing demand for the Losch gasoline engine, of which Mr. J. S. Losch of this place, is the patentee and maker. Orders
are standing for a number of these engines and they are being completed as fast as possible. These include a variety of sizes and all
thus far in use give the best satisfaction. Several weeks ago Mr. Losch delivered a specially constructed ten horse power engine on
a truck to the firm of Freeman and Patchet at Moyer's Station. The engine was guaranteed to make a run of ten hours with ten gallons
of gasoline, which is a better guarantee than gasoline engine builders usually offer, but the few weeks' trial of the engine developed
the fact that although it was run from six o'clock in the morning until 7:30 at night, the consumption of gasoline was only five gallons.
Mr. Losch, and the owners as well, are highly pleased with this performance. The modern, expensive machinery received some time
ago by Mr. Losch has been put in position in his plant, which is now a finely and thoroughly equipped workshop.
|The Call of September 20, 1901
ANOTHER NEW INDUSTRY FOR SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Another new industry, a paper box factory, will soon be in operation in this place. The industry will be located in the two story, fifty by
fifty foot building owned by Dr. P. C. Detweiler, adjoining the knitting mill of Schumacher, Keller and Company on West Columbia
Street. The projectors or owners of the factory are G. P. W. Saul and W. F. Zang ,of Harrisburg, both men of many years experience in
the manufacture of all kinds of paper boxes, those for shoes and underwear being a specialty. The factory is being equipped with
the latest improved machinery, some of which has only appeared on the market during the past year. A twelve horsepower boiler and
eight horsepower engine have already been placed in position to furnish the power. Both floors of the building will be occupied. On
the first floor, the cutting will be done, while on the second floor, the pasting and finishing will be executed. When in full running
order, the new industry will give employment to at least 30 or 35 hands. Operations at the new factory, the firm expects, will be
started on Monday with twelve or fifteen hands. Both members of the firm have families and will reside here. Mr. Zang moved his
family and household effects to a dwelling on Fairview Street on Wednesday, while Mr. Saul expects his family here on Monday,
intending to move on upper Main Street.
|The Call of November 29, 1901
LANDLORD YODER'S NEW HALL
Landlord Yoder, of the Hotel Grand, has just completed his fine new Keystone Hall building on Saint John Street, to the rear of the
hotel, and the building is now open to the inspection of the public. The spacious basement of the building will be used as a carriage
and wagon storage room in connection with Mr. Yoder's steadily increasing livery business. The main floor is divided into two fine
store rooms, each 18 by 60 feet in size, with a specially constructed floor of rift flooring. The hall will be rented for balls, parties,
dances, fairs and festivals. The hall was opened Wednesday evening by Professor Drexel's Dancing Class. The professor has leased
the hall for every Wednesday afternoon and evening this winter. The building is lighted throughout by electricity and a huge furnace
will be installed in the cellar which will heat the entire building. The hall is a handsome addition to our town and is a monument to Mr.
Yoder's energy and enterprise.
|The Call of July 31, 1958
GATEWAY BOWLING LANE OPEN SATURDAY WITH FREE BOWLING, PRIZES
The gateway Bowling Lanes on the Schuylkill Haven Pottsville highway will; have a grand opening on Saturday afternoon at 2:30.
Bowlers of the area will be introduced to the twenty lane ultramodern bowling alleys by two days of free bowling. John Dee of the
corporation behind the Gateway Lanes stated that no restrictions will be placed upon the free bowling except when the alleys are
filled and bowlers are waiting. Then free bowling will be limited to one or two games.
Not only free bowling but also free refreshments will be given at the grand opening. In addition, those attending will register and will
have an opportunity to win a bowling ball, bowling shoes and bag and wrist watches. These awards will be made Sunday night. The
grand opening was advanced two weeks. Originally the opening date was set for August 15. Because another bowling alley was not
ready for installation of the automatic pin spotters, the local lanes were given the opportunity to obtain the devices ahead of the
original schedule. Men installing the hardwood alleys began working day and night to complete their work and thus made possible
the advanced opening date.
The completely air conditioned building contains the best alleys and the most modern bowling equipment, including twenty AMF
automatic pin spotters. The lanes are arranged so that ten are at each end of the long building. In the center is the business
counter and food and drink dispensers. Also featured on the lanes are the latest under lane ball returns. Seats for the bowlers are
modern fiberglass contour benches. Behind the bowlers are seats for spectators. One of the big drawbacks in bowling alleys in
recent years has been lack of parking space. Taking this important point into account, the Gateway Lanes built along the main
highway with plenty of space for parking as well as easy accessibility. The management invites all bowlers in the area to come to the
Gateway Lanes on the two opening days, Saturday and Sunday and try the alleys free of charge.
|The Call of May 1, 1958
MODERN LARGER BONNIE JEAN ADDS BEAUTY TO MAIN STREET
Schuylkill Haven's Main Street section took on a vastly improved look this morning when the completely remodeled, enlarged and
modernized Bonnie Jean shop reopened for a three day grand opening celebration. From the glistening granite enamel trim around
the large display windows and modern glass entrance, the attractive display models, fixtures, new lighting and a greatly enlarged
offering of famous brand name merchandise, to the far walls of the building, the Bonnie Jean is modern beauty with color.
The entire first floor, unbroken by partitions, has been devoted to the store. The entrance was changed so that two display windows,
one small and one large are on each side of the recessed glass door. Merchandise is displayed to its best advantage from racks
along the wall, from aisle display counters and from shelves and glass enclosed displays.
The renovation program was extended to the entire property including the garage at the rear. The two floors above the shop have
been converted into three apartments. Work on these is almost completed with only the wall papering and paint to be done. The
extensive remodeling project is the greatest to be taken by the seventeen year old business. Mr. and Mrs. William J. Calsam opened
the Bonnie Jean shop, named after Mrs. Calsam, in the George Michel building in the storeroom vacated by Frank S. Lewis, who
moved his business across the street to the former Gipe building.
From the original line of Van Raalte merchandise and a small selection of hats and sweaters, the business has expanded until it now
includes most clothing and accessory items for women, girls and children. As more store space was needed, the Calsams gradually
took over the downstairs dining room, kitchen and pantry. When the building was put up for sale following the deaths of Mr. Michel
and his sister last year, the Calsams purchased it and immediately made plans for enlarging the store and remodeling the
apartments. The work was started two months ago with Harvey E. Dewald as the general contractor.
In the 17 years the store has been in existence, Mrs. Calsam has had most of the management responsibility. During the war years,
Mr. Calsam returned to Philadelphia where he acted as a manufacturer's representative. He returned to Schuylkill Haven when
increasing business in the store required additional attention. More recently he became interested in the TV cable system and was
the prime organizer of the local group that started the system in Schuylkill Haven. He served as manager of the system until it was
sold to the Pottsville Trans-Video. Shortly afterwards he became manager of a new cable system being installed in Oneonta and later
several of the neighboring communities in New York State.
The regular clerks at Bonnie Jean have been Misses Betty Glaser and Nancy Heffner. Greeting customers and well wishers at the
new store, in addition to Mrs. Calsam and the clerks, are her daughter Mrs. Robert MacMinn and Mrs. Jonah Reese. For the grand
opening one thousand orchids direct from Hawaii are being given to those who come to the store.
|The Call of July 23, 1959
FIRST NATIONAL BANK BUYS QUINTER, REED BUILDINGS
Schuylkill Haven's Main Street business section is scheduled for another drastic change in which the last vestiges f business places
of a past generation, the overhead awnings extending to the curb, will disappear. The board of directors of the First national Bank
and Trust Company on Monday completed negotiations for the purchase of the adjoining two properties owned by Quinter's and
Gordon D. Reed. The present occupants will be given six months to vacate the premises and after that time the two large three story
brick structures will be torn down. The newly acquired property will give the bank an additional 45 feet on West Main Street and a
depth of over 100 feet extending to the paved parking area at the rear of the bank and the properties to the river edge.
Tentative plans call for the addition of walk up and drive in windows on the west side of the bank as well as a night depository
available to drive in or walk up patrons. The area not required for a driveway to the outside windows and depository will be
converted into a large paved parking lot for bank patrons. The First National Bank and Trust Company presently has two parking lots,
one behind the bank and the other on the west side of the railroad tracks. The amount paid for the two properties was not released.
BOTH BUILDINGS VERY OLD The property immediately adjacent to the bank has been occupied by Quinter's Variety Store since 1904.
The Reed property was the former E. T. Eiler building, where Mr. Eiler first operated a barber shop and then later conducted a music
store. Mr. Eiler was a well known musician throughout the area. He was the leader of the Schuylkill Haven Cornet Band for many
years and played in the Third Brigade Band in Pottsville. Upon his death, the property went to Ada Fessler. The store room was
vacant for several years until Gordon D. Reed purchased the property. The store room was converted into quarters for the Schuylkill
Haven Free Public Library and the apartments on th second and third floor and rear of the store room were remodeled. Reed will
assist the present tenants, including the library, to find another location.
QUINTER'S BEGAN IN 1893 The sale of the Quinter property will bring to a close the town's oldest business. Milton W. Quinter, father
of the present owners, Ivan and William Quinter, started a tinware and hardware supplies store in 1893 in the building now occupied
by Abe's Workingmen's Store. A year later he moved to the present location and in 1904 purchased the building. An annex was built
at the rear of the original brick structure to enlarge the store and add a porch. A short time later the porch was enclosed and
became part of the store. William Quinter joined his father in the business and in 1910 Ivan, who had been following the baker trade,
also became affiliated with the store. Upon the death of their father, and a short time later their mother, Ivan and William acquired
sole ownership of the business.
The three properties in a row, including the Kaufman property next to the library, all have the overhead stationary awnings, the last
on Main Street. When the two properties purchased by the bank are torn down, Mrs. Kaufman will also remove the protective awning
at her property.
|The Call of July 30, 1959
FOND MEMORIES OF QUINTER'S STORE AND EILER'S
And so it finally happened. It was bound to sooner or later, guess the present time could be considered as being "later" though a
decade from now would have thrown it into the "sooner" category. Anyway, the memory of my childhood experiences can no longer
be associated with the actual setting of those experiences. Progress has a unique way of obliterating the past. Only a week ago
while parked in front of Quinter's Variety Store, I remarked that so long as that row of overhead awnings remain in existence my
childhood could be definitely linked with places and things of the present. Now these too shall pass away,but I shall have memories.
It was one summer afternoon that I started for Bowman's Dry Goods Store to purchase some small doily to embroider plus floss and
hooks. A big deal in my way of thinking but had to tarry until a runaway horse and light wagon were intercepted. The wagon came to
rest in front of the First National Bank. My pony, Lady Betty, never did run away though she definitely did have an aversion to
manholes in the street and skirted them every time. It's been quite a spell since I plaited a pony's tail, nearest I've come to it is a
pony tail on my granddaughter.
Quinter's Variety Store introduced me to many little "musts" in my early years, whether it was selecting a berry set for my mother's
Christmas present or a ten cent tablet, the decision and selection required no little time. The latter was always selected for its cover
rather than the type of paper. But the little isin glass fish, which when held in the palm of one's hand could wriggle in all sorts of
shapes due to the warmth, were most intriguing. As I recall they came in a variety of colors. The floral subjects were my favorite.
How delighted I was when they came off right and equally disappointed when only half the transfer "took." Probably my eagerness
interfered with perfection.
Moving next door to the Eiler property, my memory is very clear when I think of the times I didn't know my assignment as well as I
might have. Mr. Eiler was my first violin teacher, having taught me the A B C's (That's correct as I was not of school age). After
studying with him not long enough, he probably thought my efforts should be stimulated by something other than routine scales so
he reached inside his inside coat pocket, produced a sheet of paper and proceeded to write a piece of music for me. The finished
composition was none other than "Sun of My Soul."
In your article you wrote of Miss Ada Fessler. I shall never forget her stiffly starched little white apron which was a permanent
feature of her basic equipment. She truly was a patient soul for when the new release of Victrola records came in every month I was
right there to listen and purchase. It can be said that any salesperson serving me, as of now, is also a patient soul. Bless them!
Guess I just can't help it. Each month my quota would be a Red Seal record plus another. Well there is a tie up between my youth and
adult years. I'm still buying records but not from Miss Ada. When the trolley cars ceased to run, somehow we survived. Undoubtedly
we shall do the same when the Quinter and Eiler buildings are razed. But this time it will be different. Rhoda Thomas Pritchard
|The Call of June 16, 1960
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TRUST COMPANY CELEBRATES 50TH YEAR
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company is currently observing its fiftieth anniversary. A lot of changes in the physical makeup of the
bank, its methods of operations and conveniences to its patrons, have been experienced during this time. The bank began
functioning on June 6, 1910 in a parlor of the Hotel Grand at the intersection of Main and Saint John Streets. Later the Clarkson
Saylor property at 6 East Main Street was purchased and this became the permanent location of the bank until October 20, 1956 when
the present bank building was opened to the public. The original property at 6 East Main Street had been modernized and renovated
a number of times but increasing business and the trend of the times soon proved the building to be inadequate.
In June of 1955, bank officials purchased the Bryant property at the corner of Main and Saint Peter Streets and an ultramodern bank
building, in every sense of the word, was authorized to be constructed by Fleming-Raugh Incorporated of Flourtown. Aluminum,
glass and brick are the main ingredients of the construction material. Entrance doors which are operated automatically, a spacious
lobby and a drive in window were some of the latest additions to the new building. Last December other changes were made,
noticeably a second drive in window, an enlarged drive in area and a macadamized parking lot to the rear of the bank.
Present officers of the bank are: Ivan W. Reed, president; Vincent J. Dalton, vice president; Arlo J. Bensinger, executive vice
president and trust officer; J. R. Miller, secretary and treasurer; Jane C. Deibert, assistant treasurer and secretary; Stuart G. Furman,
assistant trust officer. Directors include: Ivan W. Reed, Melvin W. Bamford, Vincent J. Dalton, Roy A. Scott, G. I. Bensinger, Harry G.
Fegley, Robert D. Houck, A. J. Bensinger, Joseph H. Eubanks, Raymond R. Sterner and Thomas F. Reider.
|The Call of October 13, 1960
PEPSI COLA ERECTS LARGE WAREHOUSE ON CHARLES STREET
A large warehouse measuring 75 by 100 feet was constructed for the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Reading at the corner of Charles
and Penn Streets. The distributing headquarters which has been established for this area in 1945 in the former Michel property on
West Main Street now owned by Gordon D. Reed were moved recently to the new warehouse. With a clear ceiling height of 18 feet,
the warehouse is convenient for storage of soft drinks and with large overhead garage doors on each end of the building, the large
beverage distributing trucks can drive in one end, be loaded and drive out the other end.
The beverages are stored on pallets and motorized lifting trucks stack the pallets to great heights. In addition to Pepsi Cola, the
company also distributes a complete line of Cloverdale soft drinks and recently has added coffee and hot chocolate dispensing
machines. Individual cups of coffee are brewed from regular coffee each time a coin is inserted. After Pepsi Cola moved to its new
location, Realtor Gordon D. Reed remodeled the West Main Street structure, converting it into a store room as well as warehouse.
Cliff Lockard moved his TV and appliance business from across the street to this larger place and is having his grand opening soon.
|The Call of September 4, 1903
Elwood T. Eiler, who for years has been the town's leading barber, on Wednesday sold his shop, good will and fixtures to John L.
Boussum. Mr. Eiler will shortly open a first class music store and will carry an up to date stock of pianos, organs and other musical
instruments, Edison phonographs and Victor Talking machines and records, sheet music and musician's supplies. Mr. Eiler says he
can beat city prices on exactly the same goods.
Some time next week, Mr. Boussum will remove the barber shop from Mr. Eiler's old stand to the H. I. Moser storeroom opposite the
post office where he will be pleased to attend to the wants of all of Mr. Eiler's old customers and trusts to be favored with the
patronage of a host of new ones. Mr. Boussum worked for seven years under Mr. Eiler and was well liked by the latter's patrons. He
has recently been employed in one of the very best shops in Reading. He announces that the shop will be run in the most approved
uptodate style, a clean towel for every customer and the best of everything in the way of Bay Rum, colognes, etc.
Harry Eiler, who was his brother's assistant, has purchased the McCaffrey barber shop on Dock Street in Spring Garden and on
Monday took full charge of the establishment. Harry is a good barber, attends strictly to business and his many friends will wish him a
full measure of success.
|The Call of July 15, 1904
SQUIRE GOAS IMPROVEMENTS
Squire C. H. Goas, our efficient Justice of the Peace, real estate agent and harness maker has recently been enlarging his
establish-ment on Saint John Street to give more room for the rapid increase in all branches of his business. While there is so little
criminal court business in this town that a justice is hardly needed, the Squire does a goodly share of all the other business that
requires the attention of a justice and his real estate business is making considerable inroads on his time. In the harness business,
the Squire is compelled by the demands made upon him to carry a large and varied stock and his goods are of such excellent quality
and prices are so reasonable that it is small wonder that his trade is large. The squire excels in repair work and always has his hands
|The Call of July 29, 1904
MCWILLIAMS BROTHERS MILL
The McWilliams brothers expect to start their new underwear mill within two weeks, the orders already on hand being sufficient to
keep them running until Christmas, and the prospects being that the entire output for the mill for the year will be sold within the next
month. The McWilliams mill is located on Haven Street, is 36 by 60 feet in dimensions and two stories high, with a large engine and
boiler house annex. The mill is equipped with a fifty horsepower and a forty horsepower engine, is heated by steam and lighted by
electricity. At present there are six knitting machines and two sleevers, together with a half dozen finishing machines. The firm
several months ago turned out a line of samples, the excellence of which has already secured for them a nice lot of orders. The mill
is what is known as a light weight mill, in as much as only light or summer weight goods will be made. The size of the mill and the
capacity of the engine and boiler is such that the present capacity of the mill can be quadrupled.
|The Call of September 2, 1904
THE NEW STORE
The new clothing and gents furnishings store will open in the Yoder Building on Saturday of next week with a full line of everything in
the way of mens' wear except shoes. Everything else that man wears will be found in this uptodate establishment and our people
who have been accustomed to go to Pottsville or Reading for this class of goods are invited to inspect the new store's stock.
A carload of furniture has arrived for the equipment of the establishment and early in the week the stock, embracing all the latest
styles and novelties, all brand new and fresh from the manufacturers will arrive and will be placed on the counters ready for the
opening. Messrs. I H. Doutrich of Orwigsburg and F. B. Keller of town are the proprietors of the new establishment and will conduct
the business under the name of Doutrich and Company. Both are gentlemen of sterling integrity and their names are a guarantee of
|The Call of September 9, 1904
OPENING TOMORROW - Doutrich and Company's New Store is Ready for the Public's Inspection
The handsome new clothing and gents furnishings store of Doutrich and Company in the new Yoder Building will be thrown open for
the public's inspection tomorrow. The store is equipped with the very latest showcases, hat cases, shelving, counters and tables of
golden oak and contains a wealth of goods the like of which has never been before seen in this town. The store room is brand new,
roomy and has plenty of light and the stock is just fresh from the manufacturers.
In the clothing line are shown the very latest and correct fall and winter styles in a variety of fabrics that can not fail to please both
the taste and the purse of the purchaser. Hats and caps are shown in the latest styles and the display of gents furnishings is
uptodate in every particular. It will be the aim of Doutrich and Company to give Schuylkill Haven a regular big city store and as the
firm is successfully operating three other stores and is therefore a large buyer this can and will be done and our shoppers will
benefit thereby. Doutrich and Company extends a most cordial invitation to all to visit their store tomorrow. In honor of the opening,
Eiler's Orchestra has been engaged to give a concert from 7:00 until 9:30 o'clock Saturday evening.
|The Call of October 28, 1904
YODER BUILDING OPENING
D. D. Yoder has issued invitations for a public inspection of the handsome new store and office building which bears his name, and
which has just been completed. The formal opening of the building will take place tomorrow evening and the public is invited to
inspect the structure between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 in the evening. At 8:00 o'clock an address will be delivered in the main
lodge room by George W. Gise, Esquire. The ladies are especially invited to inspect Schuylkill Haven's first modern office building.
The building is three stories in height with a front of iron and buff mottled brick. Two fine store rooms occupy the first floor, there are
six handsome offices on the second floor and on the third floor is a fine lodge room with six ante rooms, so that six different lodges
can be accommodated. Modern toilet rooms and lavatories are conveniently located and the building is heated throughout by steam
and lighted by electricity. The building is one that a much larger town other than Schuylkill Haven might well be proud of and it
reflects much credit upon Mr. Yoder's enterprise.
|The Call of September 8, 1905
A FINE NEW FACTORY
Davis and Lawrence, the paper box manufacturers, are now at home in their new factory on Haven Street and are filling orders from
their numerous customers with their usual promptness and dispatch. Their new factory is forty by eighty feet in size and is a model of
convenience. All of the machinery is operated from one line shaft and a short countershaft and a fine ten horsepower engine and a
twenty horsepower boiler furnish the power. The mill is heated by steam and lighted by electricity. A fine large stable with box stalls,
ample space for the big delivery wagon and the heavy wagon and large hay mow furnish splendid accommodations for the firm's team.
Messrs. Davis and Lawrence have made many friends during their three years business career here and are to be congratulated
upon their success.
|The Call of June 30, 1960
CANDY KITCHEN CLOSES AFTER 41 YEARS ON MAIN STREET
With mixed feelings of relief and regret, Parris Lazos has closed the doors of the Candy Kitchen and brought to an end almost 41
years of long hours and hard work demanded by his candy, ice cream and luncheon business. The business landmark, located in the
heart of the Schuylkill Haven business district, is now being converted into a store for Jim's Sport Shop. Parris' son in law, Paul Fritz,
has already removed the once majestic fountain bar, the large plate glass mirrors and the booths and is preparing the walls for
painting and the entire large room for renovations prior to occupancy by the new type of business.
Jim Brobst, proprietor of the sporting goods store which is presently located in the Marne Bubeck building a block farther up Main
Street, will move to the larger quarters and add a more complete line of sporting equipment as soon as renovations have been
completed, probably in late July. Closing the Candy Kitchen comes as a relief to Parris Lazos. The drive and ambition he possessed
when first coming to town in 1919 have decreased with the passing of 41 years. The work day from early morning to anywhere
between eleven and twelve at night was becoming a real strain. In the candy making seasons, work would continue after closing
until the early morning hours. Mrs. Lazos, who has worked with him down through the years, recently underwent a hernia operation
and since that time her activities and work have been curtailed. Now, with the closing of the store, both Mr.a nd Mrs. Lazos look
forward to spending more enjoyable and leisure hours on their farm beyond Friedensburg.
But with the ending of the store business started 41 years ago, Parris remarked, "I'll miss it. You can't put that much of your life into
something and then suddenly stop without feeling something inside." He will miss the personal contact he has with the three
generations of Schuylkill Haven people who came in to enjoy his ice cream or to buy his chocolates and the special Christmas and
Easter candies. Even the one Coke a night teenage crowd, nerve racking as they could be at times, will be missed by the genial
candy and ice cream maker.
CONTINUES TO MAKE CANDY The closing of the Candy Kitchen, however, will not mean complete retirement from business for Mr.
and Mrs. Lazos. They will retain the candy factory located on River Street at the rear of the Candy Kitchen property. In the two
seasons of the year for which their candy became famous, they will manufacture their chocolate covered candies and Easter
specialties and will welcome the continued patronage of the many people they have served in the past. A native of Greece, Parris
came to this country in 1910 and resided in Reading for nine years. In this period he worked at the Berkshire Mills. When he decided
to go into business for himself, he selected the candy making business even though he had no previous experience.
BUILT PRESENT PROPERTY He opened his candy store at 35 East Main Street, the location of the present Stineman's Music Store in
1919. Six years later, he purchased the Deibert Estate property, tore it down and had the present large two story structure
constructed by Paul Naffin. In addition to the Candy Kitchen, the new structure provided for a smaller store alongside and four
apartments upstairs. At this time he added light lunches to his established candy and ice cream business.
Assisted through the years by his wife, the former Mary Albright of Reading, Parris continued to operate the business from 1919 until
the present, except for two brief periods in the last ten years. From 1950 to 1956, the business was run by Howard Sampson and then
from 1956 to 1957, a son, Frank Lazos, operated the Candy Kitchen. Mr. and Mrs. Lazos returned to active management and operation
of the business in 1957. They have two sons and two daughters. Georgiana is married to Paul Fritz of Adamsdale. Henrietta is the
wife of Bernard Kerstein of Pennsauken, New Jersey. Paul, married to the former Christine Saul is living in Virginia. Frank, married
to the former Genine Mourmet of France is living in Philadelphia. There are fifteen grandchildren.
|The Call of January 16, 1925
TELEPHONE COMPANY TO MOVE INTO NEW QUARTERS
Within the next several weeks or months the Bell Telephone Exchange located on Saint Peter Street will be moved into the Schuylkill
Haven Trust Company building. The entire front part of the second floor of this building will be used. This portion of the building was
until recently occupied by the United Telephone Company as an exchange and the Manufacturer's Association as an office and
meeting room. The exchange of the United Telephone Comp-any has been moved to the rear of the building into the room vacated
some time ago by the Prudential Insurance Company. The Manufacturer's Association moved their furniture into the room occupied
by the Schuylkill Building and Loan Association. With the Bell telephone Company moving into new and considerably larger than at
present, it is understood a new and much larger switchboard and other equipment necessary to the successful operation of an
exchange will be installed.
|The Call of July 13, 1906
THE BRICK WORKS
A deed for the Imboden property near Schuylkill Haven to the Schuylkill Pressed Brick Company was placed on record Monday. The
company has had tests made as to the quantity of material on its property and finds it practically inexhaustible. The quality is said by
experts to be superior to any material for high grade bricks to be found in the east. Situated as it is, with a good market for wagon
delivery at Schuylkill Haven and Orwigsburg, right at the gateway of the anthracite coal region, on a direct line to the Lehigh Valley
region and to New York, with good freight facilities in every direction, and with cheap fuel, there is every reason to prophesy a very
profitable business for the company.
The company's intention is to make high grade pressed bricks of a red and mottled shades and has promises of large markets, not
only locally, but in the large cities of Boston, New York, Brooklyn, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and many other
localities. The material on the company's property is practically inexhaustible and the industry, which will be located near Schuylkill
Haven, will be a desirable addition to the many and varied industries of this thriving town. In addition to making high grade pressed
bricks, this material will also make the best of vitrified street paving bricks, terra cotta sewer pipe, hollow, fire proof building material,
conduits for wires, roofing tile, etc., so that the company owns a first class asset to start with.
Unlike most other manufacturing concerns, the company will own its free raw material, which is not subject to fluctuations in price,
but is a constant quantity, always to be depended upon. Some of the best people in the county are interested in this new company
and it gives every promise of being a high class operation.
|The Call of April 27, 1906
What is destined to become one of the handsomest sections of Schuylkill Haven and one of the most desirous residence places in
town is the Stanton and Saul Trust in the North Ward lying between the Pennsylvania Railroad and Centre Turnpike. A reference to
the advertisement in another column will show the plan of the tract and the sizes of the lots. The tract is all high ground with
splendid natural drainage and the price of lots is so low that they are bound to be snapped up in a hurry by persons seeking home
Messrs. Stanton and Saul this week started work on the grading of the streets, the laying of four inch water mains and the placing of
three fire plugs. So large a water main will insure an ample volume of water in case of fire while at all times there will be water in
plenty and to spare for household purposes. Quite a number of fine lots have been sold but there are yet some choice locations and
the early purchaser will get the pick of these. Building operations have begun on the tract this spring by A. F. Alspach who is putting
up a nice home and by owners of the plot who are erecting a double block of houses which will contain all the modern conveniences,
hot and cold water, range, bath, water closet, furnaces in cellars and electric light. It is more than likely the other lot buyers will build
before the close of the year.
|The Call of December 2, 1904
BANK'S NEW BUILDING - Business Now Being Transacted In The Handsome New Structure
The First National Bank on Thursday opened for business in its handsome new building at the corner of Saint John and Main Streets.
Wednesday the public was invited to inspect the banking room and the greater part of the population availed themselves of the
privilege. The structure is of the Colonial style of architecture, two stories in height built of buff brick and buff terra cotta trimmings
to match. It is a banking house and residence combined, the banking room opening onto Main Street and the residence fronting on
Saint John Street.
The banking room has a high vaulted ceiling, is lighted by large windows and is finished in quartered golden oak, the counters and
desks being of that material with polished brass gratings and beveled French plate glass panels. The depositors' desks of which
there are three are of French plate glass. The banking room is tiled with marble and wainscoated with the finest quality marble. A
room is provided for ladies who have business with the bank and a closed telephone booth is of easy access to the bank officials
and the public. Just to the rear of the banking room is the private office of the cashier and back of that is the directors' room, both
handsomely furnished in keeping with the banking room.
The most important part of the bank's equipment is the fine large fire and burglar proof vault. The vault stands on solid masonry, has
walls of masonry three feet thick and is lined throughout with a triple lining of drill proof steel. The massive door is fitted with an
automatic locking device controlled by a triple time lock. The mechanism of the lock being set in motion and the door closed, the
bolts are automatically thrown and the vault is locked and the door can only be opened when the time lock automatically throws the
bolts. The entire locking mechanism being on the inside of the door there is no possible way for a burglar to effect an entrance. To
make assurance doubly sure the interior of the vault is supplied with a burglar proof money chest locked by a time lock. A feature of
the big vault is a compartment devoted to safe deposit boxes which the bank will rent out to patrons at a nominal cost.
The residence section of the building comprises a reception hall with open stairway lighted by a skylight; a handsome dining room
with built in buffet, a large pantry and a kitchen on the first floor. In the basement are laundry and storage rooms and a coal cellar.
The upper floor contains a fine parlor, sitting room, library, three bedrooms, bathroom and a servants room with ample closets. The
residence is finished throughout in chestnut. The building is heated throughout by steam, both the direct and indirect systems being
used and is lighted by both gas and electricity. The property cost close to $25,000. William McAuley of Philadelphia was the architect
and I. H. Becker of town was the general contractor. W. J. Saylor Jr. did the plumbing and he and Mark Campbell of Orwigsburg put in
the steam heating apparatus. Israel Kline did the painting, Barr Brothers the plastering and Luke Fisher the paving. The big vault
was furnished by the York Safe and Lock Company.
The officers of the bank are C. C. Leader of Shamokin, president; S. E. Mengle of Schuylkill Haven, vice president; F. B. Keller of
Schuylkill Haven, cashier; J. A. Noecker of Schuylkill Haven, solicitor. The directors are I. B. Heim, Simon E. Mengel, Frank Brown, J.
F. Bast, A. H. Kline of Schuylkill Haven; J. S. Brown of Friedensburg; D. D. Yoder of Reading; J. A. Sprenger of Cressona and C. C.
Leader of Shamokin. The bank was organized in 1899. It has capital of $50,000 and a surplus of more than $25,000. It has paid
dividends the past three years.
|The Call of November 10, 1960
FIRST NATIONAL BANK BUYS KAUFMAN BUILDING, FIFTH PROPERTY FOR MODERNIZATION
The First National Bank and Trust Company has completed transactions for the purchase of the last remaining property between the
bank and the Reading Railroad tracks when it acquired the store and apartment building of Mrs. K. Alma Kaufman for $24,000. This is
the fifth property to be purchased to complete the block acquisition. Early last year the bank purchased the immediately adjoining
Quinter Variety Store and the Gordon D. Reed property housing the Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library and apartments. In March
the property of Steve Georgavic of Pottsville, in which the Reading Restaurant and Angelo's were located, was purchased. Less than
a month later this property was destroyed by fire. The smaller Palsgrove building, also damaged in the fire, was then purchased.
All the tenants of the apartments have vacated these properties except Mrs. Kaufman, her daughter, Mrs. Warren Riegle, and sister,
Miss Meck. They will move within the next two weeks to the new one story home recently purchased from Realtor Gordon D. Reed
who built it at the corner of Saint John and Market Streets. All the store rooms have been vacated except those occupied by the
Free Public Library and the Citizen's Building and Loan Association. The building and loan association expects to move December 1
to th new quarters being completed on Saint Peter Street at the rear of the office and apartment building recently purchased by
Robert Reider from George Gray. The library, given notice to vacate, will hold a special meeting Wednesday to consider the
purchase of the plot of ground at the corner of Saint John and Union Streets, where a new library may be erected.
When the library moves, work will begin immediately on tearing down the five old buildings. Although no definite plans have been
made, the First National Bank will eventually have a larger, more modern banking institution with drive up windows and a large
parking area for bank patrons. "We are looking ahead, not five years, but 25 and 50 years into the future," said Essenial Moyer,
executive vice president and trust officer, "in planning our expansion and modernization project."
The last of the five buildings to be purchased was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Burt Kaufman in 1915 from Carrie Loeb of Pottsville. Prior
to this time, the local post office was located in this building. The post office was moved across the street to the Hotel Grand
property and the Kaufmans opened a stationery store and news stand. The newspaper distribution business was later purchased by
Frank S. Lewis and a confectionery line was added by the Kaufmans. The store was discontinued upon the death of Mr. Kaufman
thirteen years ago.
|The Call of October 19, 1961
HAVEN BOUNCE-O-RAMA PLANS GRAND OPENING SATURDAY
Schuylkill County's first Bounce-O-Rama will have its grand opening in Schuylkill Haven on Saturday when the Haven Bounce-O-Rama
opens its doors to enthusiasts of this form of gym exercise. Located on the second floor of the Haven Motors Building at the corner
of Columbia and Charles Streets, the new indoor sport center will feature eight Gaddis rebound tumblers erected on a raised
platform and enclosed with a protective railing. The six by twelve foot tumblers have nylon web beds with springs and frame
completely covered by Styrafoam pads. The walk between the eight units is completely padded with a layer of carpet over the pad.
The mats are so arranged in the one time basketball court that there will be a small area suitable for juke box dancing as well as other
amusements. One section of the large hall has been converted to a snack bar.
Charles Ketner, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ketner, will be the manager of the Haven Bounce-O-Rama. A tumbling and bouncing
enthusiast, he will give instructions to newcomers to the sport. He is planning to have outstanding trampoline artists give
exhibitions there in the near future. A matinee for youngsters will start off the grand opening on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. A
special rate of forty cents a half hour will be given to the boys and girls attending. Gifts of balloons and candy will be distributed to
all who visit the Bounce-O-Rama. The evening part of the grand opening will begin at six o'clock.
A transistor radio and ten free passes will be awarded as door prizes at the end of the evening. Free Coca Cola will be served to all
who come to inspect this new indoor sport center. The Haven Bounce-O-Rama will be open on weekdays from 4:00 p. m. with
reduced rates before 6:00 p. m. Saturday and Sunday opening time will be 1:00 p. m. and again with reduced rates before 6:00 p. m.
There is no admission charge, only the fee for use of the nylon bouncing mats.
|The Call of November 30, 1961
THE SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TRUST COMPANY OPENS BRANCH OFFICE ON WEST MAIN STREET
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company marked another forward step with the opening of its new branch office at the convenient
location at the junction of West Main, Columbia and James Streets. The former assembly of God building was readily adapted to the
needs of the branch office. The 40 by 60 foot auditorium was divided by installing a partition. The front part provides a spacious
lobby with seven teller stations. The rear of the building provides a new bookkeeping room, a consultation office, and a vault. The
entire bookkeeping operation for the bank will be moved to the new building. The location of the building between West Main and
James Streets and fronting on Columbia Street made it ideal for the installation of two drive in windows. Because cars are now built
lower than they were when the town's first drive in facilities were provided in the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company's new building at
Main and saint Peter Streets, these windows are lower and have the drawer opening on the end.
The window on the east side of the new office is for traffic turning off Columbia Street, entering from the front, while the window on
the west side is for cars entering from West Main Street at the rear. A macadamed parking area at the rear and side of the building
will accommodate 28 cars. The basement of the structure is being converted to a large storage area and lounge rooms for male and
female employees. The interior of the new bank was repainted in dusty rose and white and vinyl tile flooring and modern fluorescent
lighting installed. A new heating plant was installed. Windows in the basement were replaced with glass block and small jalousie
panes in the center. The exterior of the building is painted white.
Newly elected president Arlo J. Bensinger, in explaining the changes made in the former church building, said, "The location of the
new building for banking purposes could not have been improved upon if we had sat down with the original builders and asked them
to build it for our future use."
|The Call of February 17, 1911
TRUST COMPANY BUILDING COMPLETED - New Building to be Open For Business Thursday February 23rd
A Handsome Piece of Architecture and a Credit to the Town, Public Inspection day February 22nd
With the formal opening for the transaction of business Thursday, February 23rd, of the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company, in their
handsome new three story building on Main Street, the fact marks the successful completion of one of the most remarkable and
stupendous undertakings that has been attempted by citizens of this town for many years, that is, the organization of a second
banking institution for the town, and the erection and completion of its own home, one of the most handsome banking structures in
this section of the state, all within a period of a few years. Although a description of the exterior and interior of this massive structure
can be given, a careful personal inspection must be made to fully appreciate the many excellent qualities and features of the building
and for this purpose, the directors of the bank have set apart Washington's Birthday as a day of public inspection.
The Trust Company building is 32 by 57 feet, three stories high. The front is of Pennsylvania white marble, built in effective style. The
cost of the building as it stands was $26,000. The original cost of the property and lot was $10,000 while the remodeling and the
erection of the present structure cost an additional $16,000. The work of reconstruction was begun April 13th and completed
February 8th, 1911.
The first floor is divided into a banking room, treasurer's room, vestibule, ladies' room, directors' room, cloak room, toilet, three
booths and a public space. The floor of the public space, vestibule and booths is covered with mosaic tiling. The entire first floor is
of fireproof material and of hard wood maple, filled and shellacked. The ceiling and walls are of hard white finish. Scroll work on the
ceiling gives a pleasing and pretty effect. The fixtures are of quartered oak, as are the doors and windows. The fixtures surrounding
the banking room are of quartered oak, the wickets are supplied with solid bronzed grills, the deal plates are of a greenish flat
marble, the woodwork is of quartered oak, while the glass is etched and blown. The base of the counter work and around the three
sides of the vault is of green Easton marble. The second floor is divided into six good sized rooms which will be used as office
rooms and a toilet room in the rear. Three of these rooms have already been rented to be used as offices, and options have been
placed on two other rooms. The walls and ceilings are papered with paper of a pretty design. The woodwork and fixtures are grained.
The third floor is divided into one large room, suitable for a lodge room, and three small rooms, suitable for ante rooms. The walls
and ceilings are of hard white finish, the woodwork is finished in natural color. The basement or cellar is cemented and contains a
storage vault and the steam plant.
The building is lighted with electricity and gas and heated with steam. A heavy and very substantial fire escape leading from the third
floor to the ground is attached at the rear of the building. The steel lined, burglar and fire proof vault or safe is an admirable feature
of the interior of the building. It is 11 by 19 feet, extending from first floor to basement. It is divided into two compartments, one
compartment for the money chests and lockers for the use of the Trust Company and the other side is fitted with 76 safe deposit
boxes, 21/2 by 5 inches and 30 inches deep, and 24 larger boxes which will be rented to customers. Each safe deposit box is locked
with a special key. Customers at any time during banking hours can have access to their safety deposit boxes, but only after the
large compartment has been unlocked by the Trust Company cashier or officer. The vault in the basement will be used to store the
company's books and papers. The vault has a vestibule entrance, outer doors of ten inch metal, hung on crone hinge and with
pressure system locking bolts and two 72 hour triple movement and combination locks. Its construction makes it proof against the
elements and man. The walls are constructed of 13 inch specially mixed concrete, in which are embedded sixty pound railroad rails
and a lattice work of heavy steel. The exterior is covered with one and a half inches of solid metal in three layers alternating as
follows: half inch heath steel, half inch Brooklyn chrome steel and half inch open hearth steel. The safe cost $6,000 which is in
addition to the cost of the building itself given above.
Irvin Becker, of town, was the general contractor, and the completed building stands as a high compliment to his ability as a
successful contractor. Subcontractors were as follows: marble and stone, George L. Schreader of Pottsville; concrete, John Hill of
town; electric fixtures, Thomas Meck of town; plumbing and gas, William J. Saylor; plasterers, Barr Brothers of town and B. I. O'Neil of
Allentown; tiling, Willard Scheyer Company of Montgomery County; vault, Mossler safe Company of New York City, banking room
fixtures, Hummel and Son of Baltimore; painting, W. L. Kline of town; steam heating plant, Mark Campbell of Orwigsburg and slag
roofing, Fred Hoeffel of Pottsville.
The officers and directors of the Trust Company, and to whom must be given the praise for the handsome building which now
enhances the appearance of our Main Street, with its pure white marble front, and which will ever stand as a monument to their
aggressiveness are: President John D. Berger; Vice President Dr. Daniel Dechert; Second Vice President Rowland; Secretary H. C.
Wilson; Solicitor J. L. Stauffer; Directors George W. Saul, Walter Meck, W. J. Saylor, H. V. Keever, Reubens Peale, Evan L. Thomas, J.
D. Reed, H. J. Dohner, Harry A. Reber, W. H. Luckenbill, D. M. Wagner, Wellington Hartman, George A. Berger, Joseph O'Donnell, P. W.
Fegley, George Weissinger, F. S. Snayberger and William H. Wagner.
|The Call of June 10, 1910
TRUST COMPANY BANK OPEN
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company opened for business on Monday in the store room of Hotel Grand, which has been turned into a
very nice banking room. There is ample accommodation for everyone desiring to transact business with the institution and a big fire
and burglar proof safe guarantees the safety of all valuables deposited therein and a watchman on duty from the time the bank closes
at night until it opens in the morning is an assurance that the safe will not be tampered with. The opening days deposits reached the
gratifying figure of $66,312 and the amount of deposits and the number of depositors shows steady increase as the Trust Company
nears the close of its first week in business. The company pays interest of three percent on savings accounts. It loans money on
judgements and mortgages and is empowered to act as executor, trustee or guardian.
The Trust Company's new building is well underway and the contractor expects to hand it over to the company by the first of
September. It will be three stories in height with an imposing marble front and will contain an immense fire and burglar proof vault of
the most approved design fitted with safe deposit boxes for rental to the company's patrons. The company's officers are all Schuylkill
Haven men and its directors and stockholders are all from this town or its surroundings and it starts out with every prospect of
success. At Monday night's meeting of directors, Captain Charles Brown of town was elected watchman and immediately went on duty.
|The Call of April 29, 1910
A HANDSOME STORE
Notwithstanding the inclement weather last week one of the most successful events in the history of the town was the opening of
the handsomely rebuilt and enlarged Felix's Bee Hive on Saint John Street on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the
throng of buyers that crowded the store on these days is evidence that the people of Schuylkill Haven will patronize their home
merchants if the merchants will take the trouble to get what the people want and then advertise so that the people may know the
articles they desire are to be had right here at home.
The Felixes long ago recognized these two requisites to successful business and as a result of their foresight the enlargement and
improvement to their store was made necessary by the steadily increasing throng of regular patrons. The entire old front of the
store has been replaced by one that is thoroughly modern in every particular. The show windows have been enlarged so that large
displays can be given in them, in fact it takes nowadays almost as great a quantity of goods to fill a pair of modern show windows as
formerly sufficed to stock a store.
To the store room has been built an addition about forty feet in length, giving a depth of 100 feet to the entire store. In the ceiling of
this addition is a huge skylight that gives the most perfect illumination of the interior. The entire grocery department together with
the carpet, oil cloth and window shade department has been moved into this section of the store and the private office is also
located there. The entire front end of the store is now given up to dry goods, notions, fancy goods, lace curtains, portieres and the
thousand and one articles of ladies wear. The enlargement of the store has made possible the increasing of the stock so that it is
now double its former size.
At night the store and the big windows are brilliantly illuminated by electric light, the tungsten lamp being used and there being a
large number of individual lights placed at advantageous points instead of the old style way of placing the lamps in clusters or using
arc lights. Last Wednesday, the opening day, every visitor to the store, whether a customer or sightseer, was [resented with an
American Beauty rose as a souvenir.
|The Call of March 22, 1962
WAYNE HAINLEY ELECTED TRUST COMPANY SECRETARY-TREASURER
Wayne H. Hainley, 16 Wilson Street, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company by the board of directors
on Monday to replace Jack Miller, who resigned. When he begins his new duties on April 1, Hainley will be returning to banking after
a lapse of a year and a half during which time he purchased and took over the management of Jim's Sport Shop. Prior to taking over
the sporting goods business, he was employed for two years and ten months as an examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank in
Philadelphia. Because this type of work required considerable traveling and being away from home, he decided to enter the
business field and settle down in his home town.
A graduate of the Schuylkill Haven High School in 1953, he attended Lafayette College and was graduated in 1957 with a B. S. degree
in business administration. He now holds a first lieutenant commission in the Army Reserve and is working for a captaincy. He is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Hainley and is married to the former Patricia Runyon of Merion Golf Hills, Havertown, who was
graduated from Penn State in 1959 with an A. B. degree in art. They are members of the First United Church of Christ.
|The Call of March 22, 1962
SELF SERVICE DRY CLEANING, LAUNDRY TO OPEN HERE
An ultra modern business, the first of its kind in this area, will come to Schuylkill Haven and be located on the site of the old Parkway
Restaurant on West Main Street. Operating as Fabri-Care Incorporated, the business will be, in the words of the owners, Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Feeser of Schuylkill Haven RD1, "a one stop supermarket concept of cleaning." Combined in a modern 60 by 50 foot
building will be a self service laundry and a self service dry cleaning. The one half will contain the latest in washers and dryers. In
addition to the coin operated machines, there will be a comfortable lounge area where users of the equipment may relax while their
laundry is being washed and dried. The other half of the building will be devoted to new self service dry cleaning. Here for two
dollars the customer may have up to ten pounds of dry cleaning done. The equipment will clean all kinds of fabrics for general types
of cleaning. Facilities will be incorporated in the building for offering professional services such as spot removal and pressing.
The building will be constructed of building block and glass. The front will be faced with white slump brick and porcelain enamel. It
will be set back farther from the street than was the restaurant which was destroyed by fire about twelve years ago. A large parking
area for customers will be in front.
|The Call of April 5, 1962
MODERNIZED BENSINGER PHARMACY WILL HAVE GRAND OPENING FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Bensinger's Pharmacy, which changed almost overnight from the old, traditional style drug store to a modern, up to th elast minute
pharmacy, will have its grand opening on Friday and Saturday. Completely remodeled, the store at 104 East Main Street bears no
resemblance to its former appearance. The glistening, modern front is shielded from the afternoon sun by an electrically operated
roll down aluminum awning, the first of its kind in the area. The entrance is a wide aluminum and plate glass doorway. The attractive
display shelves are against a background of light oak paneling. The new ceiling enables the lighting to brilliantly illuminate the entire
interior. The modern prescription department is located across the rear of the pharmacy.
The original drug store dates back to the last century. Its best known Proprietor was G. I. Bensinger, who purchased the business in
1902 and conducted it for sixty years until his retirement last November. The new owner is William T. Schlappich, nephew of Mrs.
Bensinger, who died last October. Mr. Schlappich took over the ownership and management of the store on November 1 when Mr.
The new owner is a native of Pine Grove. He was graduated from Pine Grove High School in 1920 and the Philadelphia College of
Pharmacy and Science in 1925. He conducted a pharmacy at 3901 North Ninth Street in Philadelphia from 1926 until 1946. Returning
to this area he was employed at Cable's Pharmacy for tow years, at Bambrick's for five and at Bensinger's for the past eight years.
Mr. Schlappich is married to the former Lulu Heim. They live at 201 Paxson Avenue. Mr. Schlappich is a member of Grace E. C.
Church where he is president of the official board. He is a member of Mozart Lodge 436, Harmony R. A. Chapter 5 and Mary
Commandery Knight's Templar 36, all of Philadelphia. In addition to Mr. Schlappich, the pharmacy will have two other registered
pharmacists, David F. Schimpf of Avenue D and John T. Fenton, brother of Dr. Ivor D. Fenton of Mahanoy City. Assisting as a part time
clerk is Linda Shollenberger, a senior at Schuylkill Haven High School.
|The Call of May 24, 1962
HINKLE'S PHARMACY TO HAVE TWO DAY GRAND OPENING
The beautiful new Hinkle's Pharmacy located at 12 West Main Street, will have its grand opening Friday and Saturday. The pharmacy,
started five years ago in the Medical Arts Building at Avenue C and Main Street, moved to the former Boussum store room last month
and is now staging a grand opening celebration. Three door prizes will be awarded Saturday evening. First prize is a ladies' hair
dryer, second prize an electric tooth brush and third prize a man's electric shaver. Individual gifts will be given to all who attend the
grand opening, with the women receiving a flower.
The new quarters in addition to providing a convenient down town location, provide space for the addition of many new lines,
including greeting cards, convalescent aids such as crutches, wheel chairs and hospital beds and permits enlargement of the
cosmetic section and the prescription department. The entire store room is 15 feet wide and 100 feet deep. The first 60 feet is used
for departmentalized self service display shelves and the remaining 40 feet is devoted to the prescription department and storage.
The pharmacy is owned and operated by John Hinkle whose home is at the corner of Main Street and Avenue C. A native of Ashland,
he is a graduate of Ashland High School and the Temple University School of Pharmacy. After graduation, he was employed as a
medical representative for Merck, Sharp and Dohme and worked in retail pharmacy. He is associated with all local and national
pharmaceutical associations. Assisting him in the pharmacy are Mrs. Hinkle and Mrs. Virginia Eifert.
|The Call of November 1, 1962
MUSIC HAVEN OPENS NEWLY REMODELED, ENLARGED STORE
The grand opening of the newly remodeled and enlarged Music Haven this weekend, marks another step forward in the steady
progress made by that television, appliance and music business over the last fifteen years. The previously spread out Music Haven,
occupying three different locations, has been consolidated into one large, beautiful store at 111 East Main Street, where a more
complete line of TV and other electrical appliances can be displayed to their best advantage. Four major lines, RCA Victor, Philco,
Admiral and Zenith are included in the products on display. The grand opening in the form of an open house began on Tuesday and
continues for the remainder of the week. Free gifts for adults and free lollipops for the youngsters are being distributed.
Originally started as a music store, Music Haven ventured into the field of television and later stereo. In a second store, Music
Haven first demonstrated to the public color television on cable and antenna in April of 1954. The store also pioneered a transistor
television working from batteries which was first introduced in Acapulco, Mexico.
Marne Bubeck, owner of the store, through the years has won many awards, bonuses and trips all over the world from the four
companies whose products he sells. These trips where he met outstanding dealers from all over the world included Europe, South
America, Caribbean countries, as well as the United States. Bubeck, a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, obtained his
bachelor's degree in music from Penn State, a master's degree from Temple University and all accreditation for a doctorate degree
from several universities. He has worked as a psychologist for the federal and state governments as well as business and industry.
As a musician he has played with many professional bands and orchestras, He has been a teacher in music, psychology and a water
A staff of trained servicemen provide service after the sale at Music Haven. Several of these men have taught television at
vocational schools and trained many other servicemen in the region. Music Haven will display 125 to 150 television, stereo units,
including color units, plus complete appliance lines, record departments, musical instruments and accessories. Bubeck, in
commenting on the enlarged and consolidated store said, "The major hope in opening the new store is that we can better serve the
community in sales and service over the future years.
|The Call of May 2, 1963
START CONSTRUCTION NEW LIQUOR STORE
Construction is underway for the new building which will be occupied by the State Liquor Store, directly across from its present
location on Saint John Street. The new thirty by sixty foot cinder block and brick structure is being erected by Contractor Ken Heiser
for the Schuylkill Haven Realty Corporation which purchased the P. T. Hoy Estate property on Main and Saint John Streets.
The frame buildings which had been used as garages were torn down shortly after the purchase was made. Excavation for the new
building was made last week and early this week block was laid. Rain stopped work on Tuesday but construction was resumed
yesterday. One half of the front of the building will be solid brick. The other half will have the modern entrance and windows.
When this project is completed, the small building occupied by Abe's Workingmen's Store on the ground floor and an apartment on
the second will be renovated. Remodeling of the large corner property will be the final stage of the Realty Corporation's project.
|The Call of August 22, 1963
SIDEWALK BARGAINS DRAW HUGE CROWD
Once again the sidewalks of Schuylkill Haven overflowed with people as hundreds of local
residents as well as out of town people flocked to town to take advantage of the many bargains
being offered at the Sidewalk Sale held Saturday. Participating merchants were more
enthusiastic than ever in their remarks about the success of the sale. The general consensus of
both the merchants and the buying public was that each year the Sidewalk sale gets better. The
grab bags sold at the S. M. Kurtz Jewelry Store always contain something sure to delight the
customer. One of the main prize winners in the grab bags this year was a customer from
Maryland. Terry Jo Scott of Elkton, Maryland found the bag she purchased contained a
birthstone ring. Mae Sterner, 229 Haven Street, received a ladies Bulova watch in her grab bag
and the bag purchased by Richard Reber of 27 Parkway contained a man's Timex watch.
|The Call of March 11, 1965
NEW DONUT SHOP OPENS SATURDAY
The Plain n' Fancy Donut Shop, at 18 West Union Street, will have its grand opening Saturday from 7:00 a. m. until 8:00 p. m. To
celebrate the event free coffee and donuts will be served to all who attend. The shop will be operated by Jim McKeone of Reading.
McKeone was born in Schuylkill Haven, the son of Leonard and Margaret Reber McKeone. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Guy
Reber of Main Street. Thirty five different kinds of donuts will be sold at the new shop. This will include cake and cruller dough type
donuts, sugar coated, cinnamon and coconut topped, plain or frosted plus numerous other variations. The donuts will be baked
fresh daily. Starting March 15 the donuts will also be available at a stand in the H. L. Green store in Pottsville. McKeone is married to
the former Dolores Petrie of Reading. The couple has one son, Jim, aged four. In the near future the McKeones expect to move to
|The Call of June 20, 1913
W. J. DOWNS TO LEAVE OUR TOWN
W. J. Downs, the popular Main Street druggist, Wednesday of this week disposed of his drug store and stock to W. Earl Stine of
Williamsport. Mr. Stine took charge Thursday morning. Mr. Downs will remain at the store for the balance of the week or until Mr.
Stine has become acquainted. Mr. Stine, as stated above, hails from that live and hustling city, Williamsport. For the past fourteen
years he was a clerk in Blackburn's Drug Store, the largest in that city. Mr. Stine has a thorough knowledge of drugs and his years of
experience makes him thoroughly capable of catering to the public. Mr. Stine will keep the best, purest and freshest drugs and a
complete stock of the numerous side lines which are carried in all first class drug stores. Mr. Stine will retain in his employ the
smiling and accommodating clerk, Mr. Horace Feger. Mr. Stine will take up his residence with his family in the home now occupied by
Mr. Downs and family and which will be vacated shortly.
The above business change was a complete surprise to the many friends and acquaintances of Mr. Downs, who for the best part of
the last nine years was located in our midst. In this time his pleasant disposition and kind manner made and retained the friendship
of every resident in this and the surrounding towns. Mr. Downs was also one of this town's real, live and progressive businessmen.
He was ever ready to further any movement which made for the benefit of this burg or its people, and the enviable position he
occupied in this respect, thus made vacant, will be difficult to fill. His work will be sorely missed not only by his fellow businessmen
and close associates but the public in general. Mr. Downs with his family will move to Philadelphia where he no doubt will locate.
While the public is loathe to bid adieu to both Mr. Downs and Mrs. Downs, The Call wishes, in behalf of the town, to extend a most
hearty welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Stine and hopes they may find Schuylkill Haven a pleasant and desirable place of residence.
|The Call of October 2, 1908
SHOE FACTORY TO EXPAND
The G. H. Gerber Shoe Company is making preparations to enlarge their factory to a large extent in the near future. With the addition
of a line of childrens' misses and women's welt shoes to their product, their business has increased to such an extent that the
factory must be positively enlarged. New machines will then installed and the output per day be increased to 2200 pairs per day. To
their nine representatives covering almost every portion of the country, another has been added several days ago and in all
probability the force will be increased in the near future. This increase and improvement was made possible only by the securing of
the plot of ground adjoining the present building, otherwise, they would have been handicapped for space to erect an addition and
the output could not have been increased.
|The Call of December 17, 1909
BOWLING ALLEY TO OPEN
The Becker and Schumacher bowling alley on South Main Street opened to the public on Saturday evening and Chief Burgess
Hartman rolled the first ball. There was a large crowd present all evening. With the bowling alley, a big skating rink and two moving
picture theatres, there is no dearth of entertainment in this burg. The Main Street of Schuylkill Haven since being paved presents
such a delightful scene that every loyal citizen takes a pride in pointing to it as a much up to date improvement. So satisfactory is the
work and appearance that the citizens of saint John Street have the signatures of the required number of property owners desiring
and petitioning the borough council to pave that street from Main to Union Street just as soon as the weather permits in the spring.
This petition will be presented at next meeting of council and it is hoped the good work of progress may go on.
|The Call of October 11, 1911
A THEATRE TO BE BUILT HERE - D. M. WAGNER TO TURN HIS BUILDING INTO PLAYHOUSE
Schuylkill Haven theatre going folks will in the near future have a theatre of their own. One which will vie very favorably with those
in cities many times the size of this town. The announcement is hailed with delight by the residents of the town in general as it will fill
a long desired want. The theatre will be one in which the largest and best of performances can be given and also be fitted so it can
be used for a moving picture theatre when not occupied by theatrical troupes. First class vaudeville, best of one night stand
companies and moving picture shows will soon be given to the local public at a Schuylkill Haven theatre.
D. M. Wagner, the local furniture dealer, who for the past year or more has been in the process of disposing of his stock and turning
the building into a theatre under consideration. He has about decided on this procedure and a mammoth sale will be held in the near
future and as soon as the stock is disposed of, work will at once be commenced on turning the present building into a theatre. The
building will first be extended in length an additional hundred feet to the alley. This alley will provide excellent access to the rear of
the theatre for transfer of baggage and theatrical properties. Many interior changes will be made and it is impossible at this time to
enumerate all of them. The floors in the building will all be changed and the partitions will all be torn out. A large balcony will be built
in and everything fitted so as to accommodate the largest of shows and audiences. The stage will be an exceptionally large one,
fitted with the latest devices for handling scenery and so built to accommodate shows carrying large companies and spectacular
effects. The third floor of the building will probably be remodeled so as to be suited for lodge meeting purposes. Several of the
lodges have already made inquiry to rent this room.
|The Call of March 31, 1911
SOIL PIPE MILL FOUNDATIONS BEING BUILT - WORK WELL UNDERWAY
Building to be One Story Brick 80 x 160 And Will be Ready For Machinery Within Five Weeks
Work on the construction and erection of the Schuylkill Haven Foundry Company building, situated along the P & R Railroad, a short
distance south of town, on a tract formerly known as the Baker farm, is being pushed very rapidly. Contractor Conneen of
Philadelphia has a large force of men at work digging the foundations. The large timbers for the frame work are expected most any
day. Large quantities of brick and stone are on the ground. The railroad siding from the Baker siding to the Foundry Company plant
is expected to be finished this week, the railroad company now having men at work on the same. The contractor who will dig the
artesian well, at this writing has not arrived, but is expected this week. Some of the heavy machinery for this purpose is already on
the ground. The building will be a one story brick building, dimensions 80 by 160 feet and will be completed and ready for the
installation of the heavy machinery within five weeks from the present date.
The foundry will be equipped with special machinery for the manufacture of the soil pipe, a complete machine shop with drills,
presses and several traveling cranes, a large oven for the smelting of pig iron, a fifty horsepower engine and an eighty horsepower
boiler. Immediately upon the completion of the building the machinery will be placed. When completed Mr. Heming will assume the
managership and will begin the making of patterns for the manufacture of the soil pipe and other job work that has already been
secured. From fifteen to twenty men will be engaged at the outstart, of this number several experienced and practical men have
already been engaged. At the end of the first year there will be employed at this foundry between 75 and 100 men. All of the stock of
the company has been disposed of with the exception of a few shares, for which there are a number of prospective buyers.
|The Call of May 12, 1911
THEATRE ALMOST COMPLETED
The moving picture theatre of Perry and Bowen on Main Street, below the P & R Railroad, is being rapidly pushed to completion and
from the present indications, will be open to the public by Decoration Day. The theatre is 100 feet in length by about thirty in width. It
is of frame construction with an elevated floor. The entrance from the street brings one into the front of the theatre and the further
to the rear he goes the higher the elevation of the floor and more desirable the seats. The seats have been ordered and are
expected to arrive most any day. The seating capacity will be over three hundred. The moving picture booth, wherein the machine
is kept, will be of fireproof construction. Several exits from the sides of the theatre will enable the management to empty the house
quickly. All the latest and best subjects in the moving picture work are shown and patrons of this house are always assured a
pleasant evening's entertainment.
|The Call of March 17, 1911
NO FREE SHAVES - Monthly Shaving Contracts Abolished
The monthly contracts for shaving with the local barbers are now a thing of the past and there will be no more free shaves or an
extra haircut as heretofore on the contract plan. This was decided by the local barbers who at a recent meeting decided to abolish
the contract work and charge straight prices to all. The price of hair cutting has also been increased, that is, cutting hair of children
will not be done for less money than that of an adult. For the trim of the hair the same price will be charged as for a complete
haircut. The prices decided upon are as follows: shave, ten cents; shampoo, fifteen cents; tonic, ten and fifteen cents; honing,
twenty five cents; hair cutting, fifteen cents, children included.
They also decided to close shop at 12:00 noon every Thursday and have a half holiday. The schedule of prices given above will be
strictly followed and any of the barbers violating the same will be fined for each and every offense. The barbers included are John
Hess, Fred Mengle, Adam G. Barr, H. D. Roeder, J. J. Deibert and Harry Eiler.
|The Call of September 12, 1902
THE PAPER BOX BUSINESS - Saul and Zang Put in New Machinery Almost Doubling Their Plant's Capacity
One of the most prosperous of the town's industries is the manufacture of paper boxes and this branch of trade appears to be
steadily growing, the manufacturers finding no lack of orders either at home or abroad. The firm of Saul and Zang, which established
in town in the paper box manufacturing business not quite a year ago, has been compelled from time to time to enlarge their plant
and during the past few weeks has installed seven new machines, almost doubling the capacity of their large plant.
Saul and Zang occupy a factory building fifty by fifty feet in size and two stories in height, located on Penn Street near Market. A six
horsepower steam engine supplies the power to run the machinery of the factory and a sixteen horsepower boiler supplies steam
for the engine and heating purposes. On the lower floor of the factory the stock which is to be made up into boxes is stored. Here
are located the engine and boiler, the big lever cutter which cuts a hundred big sheets of strawboard with the ease that the grocer
slices off a pound of cheese; the slitter which cuts up sheets of cardboard that are too large for the cutter; the scoring machine that
marks out the shape of the boxes; the corner cutter that cuts out the pieces that permit the folding of the boxes into shapes and the
bending machine which bends the pasted edges of the boxes into shape, doing the work of four hands and doing it better.
On the second floor, the finishing of the boxes is done. There are two big ending machines which put the ends on the boxes under a
pressure of a ton to the square foot; two corner staying machines, which put on the heavy paper and canvas stays the make of the
box lids retain their shape; six covering machines that put on the pretty colored and gilt paper that ornaments the sides of the boxes
and lids and two topping machines that put the paper on the tops of the lids. Then too there is an unique little machine that prints
labels on the lids and the ends of the boxes.
The capacity of Messrs. Saul and Zang's plant is now 10,000 shoe boxes per day or 5,000 knit goods boxes in the same period. In one
day's work more than a ton of cardboard is turned into boxes and about 250 pounds of glazed colored paper is used to cover the
boxes. The firm therefore finds it to advantage to purchase cardboard by the carload lot and paper by the ton. To enable the firm to
work this big factory to its fullest capacity, thirty five hands are employed and the monthly distribution of wages places quite a snug
sum of money in circulation. Just at the present time the firm is cramped for floor space, the finished boxes occupying considerable
room and expect to soon have an addition put to the factory building. At the present time one team, with an immense wagon
especially built for the purpose, is kept busy hauling the product of the factory to the firm's many customers and another team will
soon be put on the road.
The firm is composed of Messrs. George P. W. Saul and William F. Zang, who established their factory here the latter part of last year
and at once took up their residence in our town, having become two of our most substantial citizens. Messrs. Saul and Zang deserve
the success they are meeting with and The Call but voices the sentiment of the community when it wishes them a continuance of it.
|The Call of March 22, 1912
A NEW THEATRE IS ASSURED - D. M. Wagner is Having the Specifications Drawn Now - Will Run Vaudeville and Movies
Some time ago there appeared in these columns an article in reference to the opening of a moving picture theatre and vaudeville
house by D. M. Wagner, at present engaged in the furniture business. Many people thought it was a "pipe" on our part. We are not
in the habit of running "pipes" or putting our dreams into print. It was a true statement and further proof of it is given below. This
week, Muhlenberg Brothers of Reading, architects of note, went over the entire building now occupied by D. M. Wagner, got Mr.
Wagner's ideas of what he wanted, offered suggestions, took measurements, etc., and left to prepare the general plans and
specifications for one of the swellest moving picture theatres and vaudeville houses in this section. The plans will be finished within
ten days and as soon as they are received and accepted bids for the immediate construction of a theatre will be asked for.
It is proposed to so remodel the present building as to make the length of the theatre 125 feet. This will include several of the
smaller buildings now erected on the rear of the main building. The width will be the full width of the present building, 32 feet. The
first door will be lowered and pitched toward the alley in the rear, thereby making the entrance to the stage sufficiently low enough
to allow the handling of baggage and stage properties to and from the dray teams with ease. Many alterations to the present building
will be necessary and as they have not all been decided upon by the owner, we cannot give them. In order to embark in the show
business, Mr. Wagner will positively dispose of his extensive stock of furniture, carpets, etc., at a mammoth sale which he will
conduct beginning April 1.
|The Call of June 18, 1915
TRUST COMPANY TO FURNISH TOWN CORRECT TIME - Large Chime Clock Placed on Main Street Building This Week
With the placing of the large clock on the building of the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company a great convenience has been given to the
public and the appearance of our Main Street considerably enhanced. This is in line with the policy of this institution on giving to the
public the very best and latest service possible. The Trust Company is to be congratulated on giving to the Schuylkill Haven public
something which it has long been desirous f having. Since its being placed on the building persons from all parts of town have been
drawn to Main Street to view it and listen to the beautiful tones of its chimes.
The clock is a McClintock-Loomis chime clock. The diameter of the face of the clock is three feet. The case is eight and one half feet
high and four and one half feet wide and is placed on the front of the building in such a manner that the same can be seen for
several squares in either direction and the hour of the day or night easily ascertained. It is constructed of brass and steel and
bronzed in a dark green shade. The clock is operated by a Seth Thomas regulator or wall clock in the interior of the building. This in
turn is operated by a system of fifty two dry cell batteries. The exterior clock is illuminated by electric power from the local plant.
No one will have any excuse for having any time but the correct time as the new clock will be set to standard time secured from
Washington. The new clock is fitted with a set of beautiful chimes, which at the quarter, half and three quarter and on the hour, ring
out in various musical combinations. On the quarter hour the chimes are sounded four times, on the half hour eight times, on the
three quarter hour twelve times and on the hour sixteen times after which the hour of the day is struck.
|The Call of November 12, 1915
TO OPEN PHOTO GALLERY
After being closed for some time and the people of this town and section expressing their hope and desire that someone would open
a photograph gallery here, the old Wood's Gallery on Saint John Street has been opened for business. J. W. Easterline has taken
advantage of the opportunity in this town and has embarked in the business. Mr. Easterline is not new in the business or a man who
is liable to "fly by night." He is a resident of Reading. For thirty years he was in the photograph business in Scranton. For the past
few years however he has not followed up his vocation. Thursday the gallery, after being thoroughly cleaned and renovated, was
opened for business. Mr. Easterline invites the public to visit his gallery and learn what can be done by an experienced
|The Call of December 15, 1916
MAY HAVE COAL MANUFACTURING PLANT HERE
A firm for the utilizing of all the finer grades of coal, especially the grades that are taken from the river, is about to be organized in
Schuylkill Haven. Wednesday afternoon, W. F. Oswald, a former resident of Schuylkill haven, visited The Call office and explained the
process. It is the intention of the new firm to take the finer grades of coal, crush them to a powder and then press them into what will
be known as briquets. These briquets will be coated with a non water absorbing composition of 100 percent carbon. The process for
the manufacture of the briquets is a secret that will be known only by the members of the firm. Mr. Oswald stated that the briquets
can be manufactured and sold for less cost than freshly mined anthracite coal. The results are guaranteed to surpass that of coal.
At present the briquets are being manufactured in the city of Harrisburg, where the supply in the city alone is far from being equal to
the demand. Mr. Oswald stated that it is his intention to organize the firm in this section and to have the same composed of
Hamburg, Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville capitalists. All four available sites have been located within easy range of two railroads.
When the plant is completed, a double shift of five men will be put to work and the plant will have a capacity of nearly 50 tons per day.
|The Call of July 14, 1916
WILL INCREASE CAPACITY OF ROLLING MILL
Work was started this week on what will eventually end in the erection of a large addition to the Schuylkill Haven Rolling Mill. This
information was obtained by The Call when it was observed that several teams were at work leveling the ground on the south side of
the mill. From the information obtained, it is the intention of the management to construct at least ten new furnaces and to erect new
rollers in order that iron and steel can be turned out, suitable for the manufacturing of railroad bolts and spikes. It is more than likely
that these bolts and spikes will be manufactured right at the mill and shipped from here. This will mean considerable for the town of
Schuylkill Haven. From the same source it was ascertained that every effort will be put forth to double the capacity of the Schuylkill
Haven Rolling Mill. This information was obtained on Tuesday last and it was stated that Mr. Light had gone to Virginia to secure the
necessary help and to bring it back with him. Inquiry was made in the plant Wednesday and the information received was to the
effect that Mr. Light was out of town and not likely to return until Thursday night or Friday. This would seem to substantiate the
report given to The Call representative. Fifty additional men will be given employment and if conditions warrant the same, both day
and night shifts will be put to work. Part of the lot adjoining the mill has been procured for the erection of the new furnaces and
addition. At present a force of men are extending the railroad track or siding toward William Street, that cars loaded with dirt can be
run there and unloaded, thus bringing the foundation on a level with the present building.
|The Call of September 22, 1916
MAY IMPORT COLORED HELP
The question of female help in the underwear mills and hosiery plants of Schuylkill Haven and in fact the entire state was discussed
at length by the members of the Pennsylvania Underwear Manufacturers at their regular meeting held at the Blue Mountain Game
and Fish Association. With a sense of seriousness, the matter of importing colored female help from the south was discussed. For
sometime past the mills have been handicapped for female help. Several of the members voiced the opinion that the colored help is
willing to learn. Should they be imported, special quarters would have to be provided for them and this several members thought
would be an easy matter. Those who attended from Schuylkill Haven were: Messrs. Henry Berger, Harry Berger, Harry Reber and
|The Call of September 5, 1919
LOCAL INDUSTRY CHANGED HANDS
This week a deal was completed whereby the paper box factories of Saul and Zang, located at Schuylkill Haven and Hazleton, were
taken over by the Lebanon Paper Box Company of Lebanon. The transaction was consummated Wednesday and the new firm took
charge on Thursday morning of both plants. The local plant is the largest of the two and will be in charge of Mr. Roy Batz of Lebanon.
The former superintendent of this plant, Mr. Thomas Wagner, will continue in this capacity under the new ownership.
The Lebanon Paper Box Company has a plant at Lebanon with a capacity of 150,000 paper boxes per day. The Schuylkill Haven plant
has a capacity of 50,000 per day. It is the intention of the new firm to greatly increase the output of both the Schuylkill Haven and
Hazleton factories. In order to accomplish this, additional machinery will be installed here shortly and this increased production will
of course only be possible by the employment of additional employees. The Hazleton plant will remain in charge of Mr. Alex Saul.
The Saul and Zang factory here has been in operation for about 18 years. About four persons were first employed. This plant under
the supervision and control of Mr. George Saul has grown to such proportions that now 120 persons are employed and the plant, a
two story brick building, has 40,000 square feet of floor space. The plant throughout is equipped with the most modern paper box
making machinery. Mr. George Saul made no definite announcement of his plans for the future.
|The Call of July 30, 1964
TOWN'S TALLEST STRUCTURE GIVES WAY TO PROGRESS
An old Schuylkill haven landmark, the P. T. Hoy & Sons Company at the corner of Main and saint John Streets, is being removed.
Once the most majestic structure in town, the large red brick building, having fulfilled a need generations ago, has given way to
progress. The main part of the imposing structure was erected in 1894 and occupied in 1895. The three story brick section along
Saint John Street is said to date back to pre Civil War days.
In January of 1963 the Hoy Estate property was purchased for $27,000 by the Haven Realty Company, a group of local businessmen.
The property included the imposing structure on the corner, the adjoining small building last occupied by Abe's Workingman's Store
and the frame barn and garages on Wilson Street. The new owners immediately tore down the frame barn and garages and on the
site erected a building block and brick building which is now occupied by the State Liquor Store.
In April of 1963, the Hoy store went out of business, and in May Abe's Workingman's Store moved to another location on Main Street.
Since that time the building was vacant and took on a more dilapidated appearance as plate glass windows cracked and other
windows were broken. Demolition of the large brick building began on Monday when Feeser Construction Company moved in with a
crew of men. Windows and doors were first removed and then work began on removing the roof. Plans are to remove the upper
brick structure brick by brick until the remaining walls are below the level of the electric and telephone lines on the nearby utility
poles. At this point a bulldozer will be used to push down the remaining walls.
Pancoast T. Hoy started in the general store business in 1884 when he purchased the Huntzinger store located below the railroad
tracks in the building now occupied by Seigfried's Bar. Ten years later he purchased the store at the corner of Saint John and Main
Streets from the Kline sisters. This two story frame structure was torn down and the large structure erected. It contained three
floors and a large unfinished attic. An outstanding characteristic was the round windowed turret at the corner extending to a pointed
peak high above the other buildings on Main Street. In 1910 the business became incorporated and became known as P. T. Hoy and
Sons Company. The character provided for multiple stores because consideration was being given to opening a store in Orwigsburg
and another in Pottsville. The local store had seven regular clerks and during the spring five or six girls worked part time in the
flower and plant division. P. T. Hoy was president of the newly formed corporation, Lewis Hoy was manager and Rudy Hoy secretary.
The store at this time was primarily a dry goods store. In those days, according to Rudy Hoy, who managed the store since 1922, the
only canned goods were sardines and salmon. People raised their own vegetables and jarred them for winter use.
A large volume of the business was done on a solicitation and delivery basis. In 1917 when Rudy Hoy went into the armed service and
there were no male drivers available, the dry goods business was discontinued. In 1922 when Lewis Hoy became associated with the
automobile business, Rudy Hoy became manager of the store and conducted until it was closed in 1963. Competition from the chain
stores kept whittling away at the former Hoy customers and with the death of the elder Mr. Hoy in 1939, Mrs. Hoy and a sister, the
business and property became involved in a complicated estate arrangement. Expenditures for modernization became impossible
and the business retained its dated atmosphere until its closing.
In 1912 the adjoining Saylor property on Main Street was purchased. At that time ready made dresses were coming on the market and
the Hoys were considering changing over to a department store, using the Saylor property for the dress goods. Instead, however,
the building was rented to Barr's Restaurant. A large lodge hall on the third floor was used by the Grand Army of the Republic during
its heyday and later by the Patriotic Sons of America. A last remnant of its one time elegance at the time demolition began was a
tattered and torn picture of Admiral Dewey upon one wall.
|The Call of June 16, 1966
HOMER ZIMMERMAN CUTTING HAIR FOR 50 YEARS - Started Back When It was "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits"
Eighteen hours a day cutting hair and giving shaves, often starting at 7:00 a. m. and not closing up until 1:00 a. m. the next morning
was nothing unusual for Homer Zimmerman who began his barbering career fifty years ago on June 19, 1916. While still in high
school Zimmerman began cutting hair during his spare time. After graduation from high school in May of 1916, he opened his own
shop June 19 at his home at 101 Coal Street. In November of the same year he moved his business to 334 Dock Street where he
barbered five years before moving to his present location at 342 Dock Street.
When Zimmerman first entered the tonsorial business a shave and a haircut could be had for the bargain price of a quarter, the
haircut fifteen cents and the shave ten cents. Each man had his own shaving cup handsomely inscribed with his name and some
fancy design. These cups stood on display on the shelf in the shop. By degrees the prices of haircuts advanced from .15 to .25, .35,
.50, .65, .75, .85 and $1 to today's prices of $1.25 and $1.50. In reminiscing about the days gone by Zimmerman tells how it was the
custom of the men of Spring Garden (the North Ward area) to go shopping with their wives in the downtown business section of
Schuylkill Haven every Saturday night. On their way home they would stop in at the barber shop for a haircut and a shave to look
their best for church Sunday morning.
In 1928 Zimmerman remodeled his shop and made it the most up to date in the area. He ran a two chair shop and taught several boys
the trade including Robert Clem and Floyd Gerber. He also employed Milford Laubach and Harvey Alspach. In 1933 many women
were getting their first haircuts and were also braving their first permanent waves. Zimmerman pursued a hairdressing course and
was one of the first in town to make available this new type of service for women. The first waves were given with a machine and
women were forced to remain almost motionless for several hours while the extreme heat of the machine put the curl in their hair.
For fifteen years Zimmerman operated the beauty shop in addition to his barber shop. Mrs. Olga Frantz Bruzofsky worked for him in
the beauty shop. In 1940 he discontinued the beauty shop work and his daughter, Jeannette, now Mrs. Edward Hummel, took a
beautician's course and entered into the business. When Zimmerman opened his beauty shop he was issued license Number 264.
During 1965 there were 60,030 licensed beauty operators and 17,090 beauty salons in Pennsylvania.
Zimmerman is married to the former Iva Maberry. In addition to their daughter, Mrs. Edward Hummel, they have another daughter,
Mary, wife of Benjamin Lewis of Wilmington, Delaware. Does Zimmerman have plans of retiring? Indeed not! "It has been a pleasure
serving the public of our community," he said, "and I will continue to do so as long as I can."
|The Call of July 10, 1969
FRED BURKERT RETIRES AFTER 43 YEARS
Fred K. Burkert has retired after 43 years as owner of Burkert's store. He reflects over these years and tells what a thrill he got from
seeing young children grow up, get married and have children of their own. He knew them all. Burkert was born December 29, 1897
in Schuylkill Haven. It was 29 years later when he first opened a store in August 1926 where Music Haven is now located. In 1931 he
moved to another location, 103 East Main Street, now occupied by the Men's Shop. Burkert remained there for twenty years before
moving to his final store, 206 east Main Street in May of 1951. In each location he has served the town with baked goods, candy, ice
cream and magazines. Each was named Burkert's.
Fred and his brothers, Warren and Isaac, are veterans of the First World War belonging to Company C of the 103rd Engineers
Division. Another brother, Harry, was also a veteran of this war. In February 1921 Fred and his wife, Ethel, were married. They have
two children, Jane and Fred and three grandchildren. Burkert became interested in tending store around the age of eight or ten
years when he worked in a butcher shop. This is where he gained experience waiting on the public. From there he started his own
business. Brother Warren was a part time worker at all of the locations.
Burkert is very active in the community. He was a past commander of the American Legion and is now at present adjutant of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a life member of both organizations and also was a charter member of the Lions Club. He is retired
from his business now after 43 years of service. No longer will customers see him standing behind the counter listening to a Phillies
baseball game. Mr. Burkert chuckles, "I get kidded about the Phillies but I stick with them."
|The Call of April 19, 1918
WILL OPEN UP TO DATE SHOE STORE
Another business place will soon be added to this town's number. It will be a shoe store and it will be conducted by Mr. James
Mellon. This week carpenters began making changes at the present property of Mr. Mellon on Main Street for the necessary
alterations for the shoe store. It is proposed to use the space now occupied by the hallway leading to the ladies' dining room, the
ladies' dining room and the Mellon private sitting room for the shoe store. This will give a store room size of about twenty by forty.
Mr. Mellon intends to conduct a thoroughly up to date shoe store and for this purpose will handle ladies', men's misses and
children's shoes. The store will be opened for business just as soon as the necessary fixtures arrive and are placed. This will quite
likely be within the course of a week. Later on Mr. Mellon intends adding a shoe repairing department to the store. Goodyear shoe
repairing apparatus of several different kinds will be placed so that shoes can be repaired while customers wait on them.