|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: APRIL 30
|FOUR NEW FEATURE ARTICLES FROM 1947
Interesting, detailed articles on H. J. Dohner Sons shoe store,
Parkway Restaurant run by the Dewald Brothers, Parris
Lazos of the Candy Kitchen and Lewis Driesbach car
Photos of ads from the era also included.
|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
|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
|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.
|Following are two articles regarding the sale of Washington Hall, the premier hotel in town at the time.
|A new bank is planned and established in Schuylkill Haven......
|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
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 surrounding commonwealths.
|The building at 104 East Main Street has been home to a pharmacy since 1891.
Below is the first of varying information about the tenants of that building.
|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 suc-
cessful 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 direc-
tions. 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 con-
nected 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 Pennsylvania Avenue.
|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 following two articles herald the big news of a new auto garage in Schuylkill Haven....
|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 a A
side track or siding to the Manbeck Washery is being placed by the Reading Company. In order to provide a 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 Joerd Kaufman.
|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 Street.
|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 ownership.
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
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 operations.
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, upper right is from January 1963 and below 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
and lastly below is a button hook.
|T. Hoy items. At left
is an old washing
"Hoy's Special" with
a patent date of
June 20, 1899. It was
manufactured by the
T. Hoy items. At left
A. G. Christman Co.
is an old washing of
Reading. At right is a
flour sifter from is a
flour sifter from the
counter of the store.
It is marked General
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 on
Review of Schuylkill Haven in 1898.
stones of P.
T. Hoy on the
left, his wife
Cora on the
on the family
plot in Union
|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 business.
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
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.
|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.
|Two views of Messner and Hess include the photo above
with the front windows apparently decorated for the
Christmas season. The color photo at right shows the store
located between Cleland's Furniture store on the left and
Atkin's Five and Ten on the right.
|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
cahs register is one of the most useful and necessary
adjuncts to the transaction of a modern retail
|These two articles from 1910 show
P. T. Hoy and Sons to be in the forefront
of modernizing their business with what was
state of the art improvements at the time.
|The photo below is from the fifth annual banquet of the Schuylkill Haven / Cressona Barbers Association.
From left the barbers are: Guy Lehman, Ernie Rizzuto, Homer Zimmerman, Monroe Miller, Dutch Coover,
Merlin Fisher and John Cake
|BUSINESS IMAGES OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN FROM THE
|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 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
apartment building today. At right is an unissued stock certificate for the business.
|These two images are from a pamphlet promoting Schuylkill Haven in the first half of the last
century. At left is Hoffman Knitting Mill, located on Margaretta Street, today the home of Alpha
Mills. At right is 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 talking about.
|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 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
|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
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. Below 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 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
|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 ot 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 business.
|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 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
|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 business men.
|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 gentlemens 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
|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
|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
|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 business ability.
|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
|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
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 once.
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
|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. A. Noecker.
|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.
|Below are two newspaper ads from The Call advertising the roller skating rink in Schuylkill Haven. It was located
where the current 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 attraction.
|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 patients later.
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
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. George Moyer.
|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 nearby.
|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 now.
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
|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 on e 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
|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 what purpose.
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
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 room decorations.
|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 United States.
|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 8/1
|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 center entrance.
|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
|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 men.
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 notmet 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
|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 thier 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 financial pledges."
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
|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
|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. L. Stauffer.
|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 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 D. Reed.
|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 installed.
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 mnonths 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
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 Orioles.
|A sampling of ads from
"The Call" newspaper in