|This page will feature businesses from the past located in
Schuylkill Haven. Businesses and their stories will be
added regularly. Where possible, pictures will be provided
along with advertising memorabilia from each business.
|LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 6
|New articles just added including:
Schuylkill Haven's third bankk opens in 1923 and
development begins in "Columbia Heights" in 1924.
A thorough accounting of the business climate in Schuylkill
Haven and a detailed description of the new Refowich
Theatre, both in 1924, are also featured.
|This listing appeared in the Pottsville Republican on May 19, 1888 offering a roster of businesses paying mercantile taxes in
Schuylkill Haven. Below the chart are examples of advertising pieces from some of those businesses.
|Pottsville Republican of October 6, 1887
It was with feelings of regret that we read the announcement in that paper this morning of the suspension of the Schuylkill Haven "Enterprise", a newspaper venture in which
our esteemed young friend, George F. Dengler embarked about two years ago. Mr. Dengler and his partner, Mr. Boyer, have labored in season and out of season during this
lapse of time to give our neighboring borough a credible representative weekly local paper and they succeeded well in their part, but the business community failed in doing
their share, hence the failure. The plant will remain in Schuylkill Haven and the job printing business continued. We sincerely hope the people of that handsome little borough
will wake up to a realization of their loss and the publication of the "Enterprise" will soon be resumed.
|The demise of Schuylkill Haven's only newspaper of the day...and then a new venture...
|Pottsville Republican of June 9, 1888
PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY RENOVATED
The photograph gallery of Harry S. Deibert has been renovated and placed in order so as to compare with any in the county. All modern
instruments and appliances are used so as to be at the front of his art. It is a picture of neatness being on the ground floor, with a large
lawn in back of it which is arranged in a miniature park with trees, flowers, rustic benches and lattice work where he makes a specialty
of taking groups and those who desire pictures of a romantic nature. The lightning flash photograph is a new addition whereby he can
take pictures at night. A visit to his gallery is a study in this beautiful art.
|Pottsville Republican of November 20, 1885
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S POPULAR HOTEL
Two attempts have been made to sell the Washington Hall property here, but it has again been adjourned by the trustee for causes to the public unknown. Attorney Gerber
represents the trustee and Attorney Weidman, the heirs of the estate of the late Philip Koons. The present landlord of the property is Colonel Charles D. Gold, who came to this
place from Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, and made this hotel what it now is, one of the best and most reliable hotel stands in this section of the state and whoever succeeds him
will find a fine trade and with equal ability the same can be held. Colonel Gold leaves this place for Phoenixville in April next, where he has secured a permanent stand and
judging from his success here, where he made a first class stand out of one that had been almost abandoned and gone to wreck. He will surely succeed anywhere. Our
Phoenixville neighbors will find in Colonel Gold a good citizen, a man devoted to the cause of education and one who can give satisfaction to any reasonable sojourner,
traveler or local customer. Schuylkill Haven will only feel their loss when he is once away.
|Pottsville Republican of January 2, 1886
SALE OF WASHINGTON HALL
The old and well known hotel, "The Washington Hall", at Schuylkill Haven, was put up for the fourth time at public sale this week and was finally struck off to Mr. Henry
Zimmerman of that place, at the low figure of six thousand dollars. The property has been in the hands of the Koons family for more than twenty five years. It is the best located
and most commodious hotel building in our neighboring borough and with proper repairs and a good landlord will do a large business.
|Pottsville Republican of September 25, 1886
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BANK
On the subject of a new bank in that town, the Schuylkill Haven Enterprise of this morning says: the Enterprise has been persistent in its efforts to awaken an interest among
our businessmen and citizens of the need and convenience of a bank located in our midst. The suggestions as to the wants of our town in this particular, were widely copied by
exchanges and today we point with pride to the fact that a movement has been inaugurated towards the establishment of a banking institution. A preliminary meeting of the
businessmen was held at the Washington Hotel, at which five of the Directors of the Bank of America, Philadelphia, were present. They were Louis E. Pfeifer, President, R. W.
Cline, Cashier, J. B. Wiswell, C. L. Work and J. J. McFarlane, Directors. They fully explained the branch bank system which is made a special feature of this well managed and
prosperous bank. Those present were favorably impressed and at once resolved themselves into a meeting, electing Dr. H. N. Coxe as Chairman and George F. Dengler as
Secretary. It was then suggested that the chairman appoint a committee of nine, whose business shall consist of gathering subscriptions for stock, select a banking building
and suggest the names of suitable officers for the branch bank. The following committee were announced: C. A. Meck, Chairman, Charles Wiltrout, F. J. Simon, William D. Kline,
Robert Jones, George E Hoffman, H. Berger and Dr. D. Dechert. The next meeting is called for Tuesday, October 5th, when all persons interested in banking facilities in our
town, whether it be that you desire stock or merely deposit accommodations, are asked to be present and hear more of the system of the proposed branch bank.
|Pottsville Republican of October 16,1886
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S BANK
The prospect for starting a bank at Schuylkill Haven has taken on quite a boom the past week. A meeting of the citizens was called for Tuesday evening last and a large number
were present and ready for business. A committee consisting of Messrs. Charles A. Meck, Robert Jones, F. J. Simon and Charles Wiltrout was appointed to receive
subscriptions for stock and to report Tuesday next at Metamora Hall at 8:00 p. m. when the foundation of the institution will be determined upon.
|Pottsville Republican of December 9, 1889
A NEW DAILY PAPER
The "Schuylkill Haven Gazette" makes the following announcement, "Commencing with Monday next we will begin the publication of an afternoon edition which will be
circulated in Schuylkill Haven, Cressona, Orwigsburg and throughout the whole lower section of Schuylkill County. The increasing popularity of our town demands it and the
accommodation of advertisers must be taken into consideration. The daily issue will be a five column folio and will contain a summary of all telegraphic matters, reported for
this paper by the Associated Press and also all local events of interest. The management of the Gazette have made all necessary arrangements to give its readers a good spicy
|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
opening of "Cafe
The ad at left
appeared on the
front page of "The
after the grand
|The Call of May 8, 1903
IT WAS A PUT UP JOB - The Street Fight Precipitated by a Gang of Toughs
The unfortunate street fight on Main Street on Tuesday night of last week has been he subject of a thorough investigation upon the part of Douglass Kaufman, the proprietor of
Kaufman's Café. Mr. Kaufman was holding his opening, and his restaurant was crowded with patrons, most of them personal friends, many of whom had come from a distance to
aid in the making the affair a success. The Schuylkill Haven Drum Corps,engaged for the occasion, were playing in front of the café, when suddenly there was an attack upon
the assembled crowd in the street, which was ended in a few moments by prompt and decisive action upon the part of those standing by. Mr. Kaufman was busy in his cellar
getting out supplies and knew nothing of the disturbance until it was over and at no time was there any disturbance in the café. Mr. Kaufman is reliably informed that a crowd of
young fellows came down from Pottsville with the avowed purpose of creating a row. They were not intoxicated but were bent upon mischief and kept up their tactics until the
disturbance resulted. No one deplores the affair more than Mr. Kaufman, although he realizes he is not open to censure in the matter as it was something for which he is not
responsible and could not control. Mr. Kaufman's sole idea in locating here has been to give this town the benefit of a restaurant that is first class in all of its appointments and
where an appetizing meal may be had at any hour and he believes the community will support him in the maintaining of such a model establishment.
|The Call of May 27, 1904
DRUG STORE CHANGES HANDS
Wellington Hartman last week sold the Gem Pharmacy to G. I. Bensinger, who has been his clerk for a number of years. Mr. Bensinger graduated with honors from the
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1886 and has been practicing his profession ever since. He is one of the most popular young men in the town and his success is assured.
Mr. Hartman has for some time been manufacturing specialties for the drug and liquor trades and has recently established a wholesale liquor house and he retires from the
retail drug business in order to more fully devote his time to the manufacture and sale of his specialties, which have already won a statewide reputation and by merit alone are
pushing their way into all the surrounding commonwealths.
|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 up to date gent's furnishing store but has set a standard for successful
businessmen in our town. Ten years ago, this burg was, so far as its businessmen were concerned, at a standstill. Shortly after the arrival of Mr.
Underwood in the town, his up to date business ideas and public spiritedness began to make itself felt in many directions. Other businessmen began to
see their opportunities which they were leaving slip by for making this a livelier and busier town. They began to pursue different tactics and to the credit
of this one man, it must be said the town took on a new life. In the ten years he has been in Schuylkill Haven he and his work has been an incentive for
bigger and better things which have done much to advance the town. The steady and vigorous growth of the clothing store with which for two years he
was connected as manager, and for six and one half years as a member of the firm Doutrich and Company, and for the last year and a half as proprietor, is
due to the splendid service, sound business judgement and honest and straight forward business methods employed. This store, as it stands today in
appearance and the ready response of the people, the large increase in volume of business, fully attest that Mr. Underwood has proven himself a most
thorough and efficient businessman. A man capable of knowing just what the people need and should have and a man who has not hesitated in beginning at the very first
stage, i. e. creating the desire to be clothed in stylish and well fitting and up to the minute clothes and then supplying the demand. The store has become the most popular
among the men and boys of this town ans the surrounding community.
Mr. Underwood came to Schuylkill Haven from Gettysburg where he was employed in the store of Weaver and Son. As manager for Doutrich and Company the store had a depth
of seventy five feet. This later was increased by forty feet. After a few years the merchant tailoring feature was added to the line of gents clothing and furnishings. Later
almost two complete floors were occupied instead of one. Only last year the store was further enlarged for the accommodation of a Ladies Department of coats, suits and furs.
It is in celebration of the ten years Mr. Underwood has been in business in Schuylkill Haven that he has arranged for an anniversary. Mr. Underwood fully is cognizant of the
fact that it is to the public to whom is due the greater portion of credit for his success, as it was by their patronage that the present business has prospered and grown to such
an extent. In view of this fact he extends a cordial invitation to everyone to attend the anniversary ceremonies which will be held tonight, Friday, September 11th.
|At left is a bottle of "Old Virginia
Bitters" supplied by Wellington
Hartman of Schuylkill Haven.
This rare bottle commands a
premium price. At right is an ad
from the Call newspaper for one
of his concoctions.
The insatiable demand for houses and the
prospects of Schuylkill Haven's prosperity for
some time to come have created somewhat of a
real estate boom and the new addition to the
town opened by Messrs. Saul and Stanton
appears to be the favored location. Within the
past week three of the finest building sites have
been sold and the purchasers expect to build in
the spring. This is one of the most desirable
locations in the town, being high and dry, with
pure air and a splendid natural drainage and is
within easy reach of the Pennsylvania Railroad
and the trolley, while it is only a five minutes
walk from the center of town.
|Schuylkill Haven was considered a prosperous town in the county and area one hundred years ago and the real estate business
flourished. The article at the left from the Call of November 3, 1905 made a regular appearance in the paper along with the plot plan
at right as seen in the August 4, 1905 edition. The plot plan shows available lots on what is now Centre Avenue, Stanton Street and
|Owning an automobile in 1912 was considered quite different then it is today. Below is an article listing all auto
owners in Schuylkill Haven. This type of listing appeared at various times throughout the year.
The Call of July 19, 1912
LIST OF LOCAL AUTO OWNERS
The following is a list of automobile owners in Schuylkill Haven and the name of the car. There are forty nine
automobiles, six of this number are trucks. Last year there were twenty eight machines in town or an increase in
one year of twenty one machines. It is quite likely before the season is over this number will be increased to a
still larger number as there are quite a few persons who expect to purchase a machine this year. The Ford and
Cadillac machines seem to be the favorites with the local drivers, there being an equal number of each make in
the town, eleven Cadillacs and eleven Fords.
H. R. Heim Cutting Joseph Michel Cadillac
Samuel Rowland Cadillac Frank Heim Inter-State
Carl Bitzer Buick George H. Michel National
O. O. Bast Ford Charles Michel Cadillac
Howard Stager Maxwell George A. Berger Cadillac
George Saul Cadillac W. Hartman Ford
Jacob Reed Cadillac Mrs. Charles Sheaf Buick
Dr. L. D. Heim Overland Charles Faust Cadillac
D. D. Coldren Ford Dr. J. A. Lessig Ford
Dr. A. H. Detweiler Ford F. B. Keller Inter-State
John Ebling Ford Rev. E. H. Smoll Buick
Edward Borda Maxwell T. J. Davis Ford
Daniel Greenwald Ford Thomas Berger Cadillac
John Berger Cadillac William Kramer Cadillac
Blaine Sharadin Maxwell William Stitzer Ford
Irwin Becker Ford Herbert Baker Buick
William Killian Studebaker Daniel Kramer Rambler
Frank Runkle Buick Saul and Zang Modern Truck
George Long Buick Sam Sausser Rambler
Walter Meck Everett W. H. Moyer Overland
Harry Dohner Flanders John Dohner Ford
Jacob Berger E. M. F. Mrs. D. Dechert Buick
J. Harry Filbert Cadillac P. T. Hoy and Sons Chase Truck
Michel Brothers 1 Mack truck, 2 Modern Trucks
|The Call of August 6, 1920
TEARING DOWN ONE OF TOWN'S OLDEST FACTORY BUILDINGS
During the week, the frame rear portion of the Hoffman Knitting Mill was being torn down by the contractor preparatory to the construction of a brick addition to this plant. The
frame portion to be demolished is probably one of the town's oldest factory buildings, having been built and used by Francis Warner as a shoe factory. It has for years been
used as a factory building, both as a shoe factory and underwear mill by different firms. The excavating adjoining the present Hoffman Mill continues, a sufficient depth not
having been reached yet. On this site will be constructed a three story brick factory building. The present mill will have another brick story placed on it. When completed, the
Hoffman Mill will be entirely of brick of a size 110 feet in depth and 50 feet frontage, three stories in height and a basement. For some time three buildings have been used by
Mr. Hoffman for his knitting mill, namely the Margaretta Street mill, the mill across the street, formerly the candy factory and the building formerly occupied by A. H. Kline as a
factory. It is proposed to have all the operations conducted in the new building when completed.
|The Call of December 12, 1919
TOWN HAS LARGEST GARAGE IN COUNTY
The automobile garage on West Main Street of Berger and son is about completed and ready for occupancy by ninety autos. This is the number of machines that can be
accommodated in this building. Already some thirty machines have had reservations made for them by their owners. The garage as was stated in these columns some time ago
is the largest one floor garage in Schuylkill County. It is 68 feet wide with a depth of 148 feet. The placing of iron girders made it possible to erect the building without the use
of supports or posts at different parts of the floor. This affords an unobstructed floor space of unusual size and will greatly facilitate the handling of cars and make it possible
for auto owners to take out and put back again their car with greater ease. The garage is fireproof in its entirety. In addition to the same being a garage, the owners will carry a
complete line of auto tires and all kinds of accessories. A gasoline and air tank will also be installed. It is planned to have a formal opening of the garage in the very near
future at which time a band is to be present to furnish music for those who may wish to dance. A demonstration will also be given of the Overland and Cole Eight autos which
this firm is agent for.
|The Call of March 5, 1920
TO HAVE COMPLETELY EQUIPPED MACHINE SHOP
In addition to the George A. Berger and Son building on West Main Street being one of the roomiest garages in the county, it will also be a modern and first class equipped
machine shop, where it will be possible to procure prompt auto repairs of the cost complicated nature and all kinds of general repairs. The motors, lathes and other machinery
has arrived and will be set up the coming week. There will be several machinists employed. One of the machinists will begin work the coming week. He is George Blew,
formerly foreman of the Serfas Motor Car Company of Pottsville. There are some sixty five automobiles stored in this garage at present. There remains but a small part of the
floor space to be concreted. Work on this will begin the coming week.
|The Call of July 11, 1919
SECOND BATHING BEACH OPENED
Schuylkill Haven now has two bathing beaches, in addition to the "Dock" and several other swimming places. The second bathing beach to be officially opened was that at
Bittle's Dam which took place on Monday evening. The Bressler Band was present and rendered a concert the early part of the evening. Many bathers were present and
enjoyed the cooling off and quite a large number of onlookers were also on the job. Mr. Spotts, the owner of the beach has had the dam cleaned out and the dam breast raised
so that a good depth of cool fresh spring water is obtainable. A large bath house has been erected and ten dozen bathing suits purchased so that all persons wishing to bathe
can be accommodated.
|The Call of July 16, 1920
GIRL CAME NEAR DROWNING
Mildred, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Meck, narrowly escaped drowning at Killian's on Wednesday evening. She with her brother Charles were enjoying themselves
when suddenly she went under. Charles promptly called for help. There were no adult persons in the vicinity and Miss Mary Lessig, daughter of Dr. J. A. and Mrs. Lessig, who
was nearby and had been enjoying the bathing came to the rescue. Nothing but a bubble on the water's surface could be seen. She dove at the point where the bubbles were
noticed and struck the body. Upon coming to the surface she quickly made known her finding. By this time there was considerable commotion and excitement. Mr. Harry
Sterner of Centre Avenue, who happened to be walking along the dam, as soon as he learned of the facts, threw off his hat and fully dressed dove in under and brought the girl
to the surface. As soon as the air was reached the child sort of regained consciousness and with a little effort was soon out of danger although her face was very blue when
rescued and it was feared her rescuer came too late. She was taken to the home of her parents on Saint Peter Street in an automobile and put to bed. Outside from suffering
from shock she appears none the worse for her narrow escape from drowning.
|The Call of September 16, 1927
NEW BUILDING ON OLD LANDMARK
One of the oldest buildings in Schuylkill Haven is soon to be razed and on its site will be erected two pretty and very modern dwelling houses. The building that will be razed is
the Voute-Filbert-Keller-Call Building. It is known by any one of these names by reason of it having at one time been owned by the first three and for twenty five or more years,
and up until several years ago occupied by The Call. The building will be razed by Contractor Canfield. Work of demolition was begun in a small way this week. The steam
shovel will be put on the job shortly and although strongly constructed and in the good old manner of building, it is expected it will be down in a very short time. With the
building will also be removed a number of trees, one in particular, a horse chestnut tree, on the premises is over a hundred years of age.
Messrs. F. B. Keller and H. E. Snayberger will have built upon the site a very modern double two and one half story dwelling house. It will be of the Foxcraft stone. This is the
same stone as the Strunck Memorial Hall is built. The building will be several feet above the grade of the street and will face on Dock. At each side of the building will be a
large porch, one to face on Main Street and the other toward Spring Garden. There will be one main entrance to the building which will be off of Dock Street. There will also be
driveways. The style of architecture will be on the Colonial style. The contract for the construction of this building was recently let to Burton E. Cooper of Port Carbon. The
architect is Harry Maurer of Reading. When the new building is completed it will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Keller and Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Snayberger. Its completion will
probably mark the beginning of building alterations and operations on a large scale at the First National Bank of which Mr. Keller is president. The space used as living
quarters now occupied by Mr. Keller in the bank building is to be used for the banking space and the new banking building is to be of the most modern in style and design.
|The Call of August 1, 1919
BATHING BEACH TO BE ENLARGED
There are big things booked for Schuylkill Haven in the way of a bathing beach and amusement park by next summer. The same will be the outcome of the extension of Willow
Lake on Garfield Avenue which has already become a most popular resort, not only for local persons but for many people from other towns. The proprietor, Joseph Killian, has
decided to enlarge the present bathing beach and provide the public with a regular New Jersey seashore resort. The only thing that will be lacking is the salt water. The dams
are to be increased in size and work on this will be commenced early in September. The entire length of the dams will be 585 feet. The width at the lower breast or widest point
will be 240 feet and at the upper end 130 feet. It will be made twelve and one half feet in depth at and near the dam breast. Although making the beach large in size to
accommodate many persons and deeper to please some of the more daring ones, Mr. Killian is cognizant of the youngsters pleasure as well, and for their special pleasure is
going to provide and set apart a space of 140 feet by 52 feet which will be concreted and will be from two and a half to three and a half feet in depth. A stem shovel will be used
for the purpose of deepening the dam.
Not only is the bathing feature to be given attention but the pleasure and recreation features outside of bathing are to be provided for. These in the form of a park. Below the
dam breast there is to be made a park 500 feet in length and 150 to 250 feet in width. On this space will be planted shade trees in large numbers. A pavilion to be used for
dances and band concerts is to be erected. A pavilion or building that will house a merry go round and other indoor amusements is to be erected. Several slides and swings
for the children will also be built as well as other outdoor park amusements. Tables and benches will be placed for the convenience of picnic parties and private persons
wishing to take their meals in the park. All these things are provided for in the plans and blueprints that have been drawn up for the improvement of this place and the work is
to be commenced early in September. Marlin Scott of Pottsville, who for years was one of the managers at the Tumbling Run resort is affiliated with Mr. Killian in this latter
feature. Building plots have also been laid out at the dam, there being twenty two on the north side of the dam and twelve on the south side. Eight of these lots have already
been sold and the owners intend on erecting bungalows thereon. Several will begin erection of the buildings this year.
|The articles below all relate to the swimming pool at Willow Lake, originally owned by the Killian family.
|This truck and two teams of horses
were used by Joseph Killian who
operated the ice business at Killian's
Dam in the Willow Lake area of town.
He also operated the swimming pool
that was located there.
|The Call of October 7, 1927
PUTTING IN SIDE TRACK TO WASHERY
A side track or siding to the Manbeck Washery is being placed by the Reading Company. In order to provide the siding slag and cinder is being taken from the Rolling Mill
property. This in turn will make this piece of land more necessary fill to the washery which is very near the end of Canal Street or Parkway, a fill of four feet consisting of
desirable as building lots. The placing of the side track to the washery will make it possible to load the coal for shipment at the washery instead of trucking it to the coal chute
near the Union Knitting Mill. It will in turn also eliminate the condition at this point sometime complained of by pedestrians, namely, that of the pavement over which the trucks
passed of being covered with mud.
|The Call of June 14, 1929
D. M. BITTLE'S MORGUE FINEST IN THIS LOCALITY
The morgue and embalming parlors of Undertaker D. M. Bittle of Schuylkill Haven are without a doubt the most modern and up to date in this section of Pennsylvania. One
usually thinks or possibly speaks of a morgue as a place only to be visited by the undertaker and the dead and the mention of the word results in chills creeping up and down
one's back. However, modern methods used in caring for and preparing the dead for burial have relieved this phase of the work of its so called horrors. A visit to the morgue
of Mr. Bittle can be made without the slightest fear of being unnerved. This because he has provided a large space for modern equipment and furnishings and everything
possible is done in order that the lifeless body can be tenderly cared for in a most sanitary and clean manner. One finds the morgue is a large room resembling the operating
room of a modern hospital. It is enameled in white, is well lighted and all the equipment is of white porcelain. One finds a large white porcelain operating table, white
instrument cabinets, wash stands with hot and cold water available and shelves and closets wherein are arranged in an orderly way, carefully labeled bottles containing the
necessary fluids for the work at hand.
Adjoining the operating room, one finds the slumber room to which room the body is taken after being embalmed. It is placed on a day bed. There are chairs and a table in the
room and it is to this room relatives of the deceased can come and silently commune with the spirit of their loved ones. Another room is fitted up as a display room and here
are on display quite a number of caskets of different designs and types. Here also may be found samples of the garment or clothing obtainable for the dead. The selection of
all the necessities for the burial may be chosen with ease under these conditions. The general public can feel that in the event of an accident, etc., which sometimes
necessitates the removal of a body to the undertaking establishment before removal to the home, it is being cared for and prepared in a clean operating room and under the
most desirable all around conditions.
|These three ads below were featured in the Call during 1928 and 1929.
|When First Lieutenant Joseph S. Kaufman was about to be discharged from the Army in 1919, he read an article stating milk should be sterilized via pasteurization for the safety
of the consumer. After discussing this with his fellow Schuylkill Haven resident and Army buddy, Charles (Bags) Graeff, they decided to become partners in the milk
pasteurization business. In 1920, Kaufman and Graeff started in a basement in a home on Naffin Avenue in Schuylkill Haven. Most dairy farmers in the area sold their raw milk
to local residents and they tried talking Kaufman out of his new venture. They were unsuccessful and in 1921, Kaufman hired prolific Schuylkill Haven builder and entrepreneur
Paul Naffin, to build a milk processing plant on Naffin Avenue.
At the height of the business, an eight hundred quart pasteurization vat was filled three times a day, and four times the next, so that 2,800 quarts per day were delivered to local
customers. The price of a quart at that time was ten cents. The raw milk was supplied to Kaufman by forty farmers throughout Schuylkill and Berks Counties. An early employee
of the dairy was Paul Boger, who began there at the age of eleven. He would arise at three o'clock in the morning and work until school began. In 1928, he became a full time
employee and remained at the dairy for twenty four years. At that time the milk from Berks County arrived by train and it was known the trainmen would get to the milk and skim
the cream off the top of the forty quart containers.
Kaufman bought out his partner in 1921 and operated the dairy with his father, Daniel. The process would begin at three o'clock in the morning. He and employee Chock Fey
would deliver it to their customers. Bob Frey and Harry Kerschner were also long time deliverymen for the operation. When Kaufman's son Joseph got out of the service in
1946, he started to work at the dairy as a milk processor. Joe took a course at Penn State University and became a licensed milk tester, testing the butter fat content of the
milk. Milk was delivered every day including Sundays. In 1947, Kaufman purchased a machine to homogenize milk which keeps the cream distributed throughout the container.
Customers were given the choice between homogenized or nonhomogenized which was bottled in what was known in cream top bottles, which allowed the cream to collect at
the top. Surplus milk was run through a separator machine, separating the cream from the milk. The cream was containerized and sold to Yuengling Dairy for ice cream and the
remaining milk, skim milk due to the absence of cream, was drained into the creek behind the dairy. The creek would turn white with hundreds of gallons of the considered
worthless skim milk running into it. Kaufman's Dairy was sold in 1951 to Hiram Fisher, who worked for Rothermel's Dairy. He in turn went out of business in 1959. The dairy was
demolished in 1970, a home now occupying the lot.
This article is composed of information by the dairy founder's son Joseph and grandson Joerd. The accompanying pictures were kindly provided by Joerd 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. Also pictured in the center is dairy founder, Joseph S. Kaufman
and at right is an advertising fan featuring the dairy.
|This photo at left shows the
Kaufman Dairy float being readied
for a Schuylkill Haven Fourth of
July parade. At right employees of
the dairy from left to right: Chock
Fey, Daniel K. Kaufman, Daniel K.
Kaufman Jr. and owner Joseph S.
|At left are two embossed Kaufman Dairy bottles. The next image shows two pyroglaze bottles with the old 227 phone number. Next 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. At far right are
two more pyroglazed bottles.
|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 operation only.
It is said that P. T. Hoy was the first business in the area to offer Shredded Wheat and Quick Mother's Oats during the advent of those staples. It was reported that
confectionery pioneer, Milton Hershey, was an occasional visitor of the Hoy business as he began 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, in the center is from January 1963 and at right is April 1966.
|Here are some items related to the P. T. Hoy General Store. Clockwise from
upper left: coupon book and money saving punch card, Deer Note stationery
designed for his store, ruler, medicine bottle and receipt pad.
|. At left is an old
called "Hoy's Special"
with a patent date of
June 20, 1899. It was
by the A. G. Christman
Co. of Reading. At
right is a flour sifter
from the counter of
the store. It is marked
Schuylkill Haven, PA.
|On the left is
Pancoast T. Hoy
and on the right
is his wife, Cora
|This picture is of the
interior of the P. T. Hoy
store in the Business
Review of Schuylkill Haven
|The grave stones of P. T. Hoy on the left, his wife Cora
on the right and their son Rudy, below, on the family
plot in Union Cemetery.
|MESSNER AND HESS
|Anyone growing up in Schuylkill Haven in the 1950s through the 1970s would certainly remember the Messner and Hess five and ten cent store on Main Street. I spoke to the
last owner of the establishment, Harry Naffin. He related the following information about the 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 catalog.
With the advent of large chain stores and malls, Naffin was forced to close the store after Easter in 1982. I had the privilege of occasionally visiting Harry at his home in Pine
Grove where we enjoyed discussing the past of Schuylkill Haven. Harry has provided information used on this web site including pictures. Widowed after losing his wife Kit,
Harry remained busy doing various woodwork projects including making beautifully fashioned wooden bowls. He passed away in 2009.
|At left, Harry Naffin, owner of Messner and Hess on Main Street, peddles his wares at the first
sidewalk sale in Schuylkill Haven in the early 1960s. In center is the store with the font
windows decorated for Christmas and at right is the store between Cleland's furniture and
Atkin's Five and Ten
|The Call of November 18, 1910
To the P. T. Hoy and Sons
Company belongs the honor of
putting into service the first
motor truck in Schuylkill Haven.
The truck has a capacity of a ton
and a half, is of twenty
horsepower, air cooled gasoline
three cylinder motor and was
manufactured by the Chase
Motor Truck Company of
Syracuse New York. The car
was purchased through the
Commercial Motor Car Company
of Pottsville, of which Thomas J.
Charlton is the manager. Other
merchants will doubtless install
motor delivery wagons within
the coming year.
|The Call of July 15, 1910
P. T. Hoy and Sons Company last week put in operation at their big
store a mammoth cash register that can do almost everything in the
business line except talk and collect bad debts. The machine
automatically registers the amount of every purchase no matter how
small or large and it delivers a check with a memorandum of the
transaction stamped thereon showing settlement, charge account,
cash sale, etc. The entire day’s business, both cash and credit,
together with amounts paid out goes through the machine and when
the store closes in the evening a record sheet is taken from the
machine showing every transaction and by which clerk or members of
the firm the transaction was made. The cash register is one of the
most useful and necessary adjuncts to the transaction of a modern
|The photo at right is from
the fifth annual banquet
of the Schuylkill Haven /
Association. From left
the barbers are: Guy
Lehman, Ernie Rizzuto,
Monroe Miller, Dutch
Coover, Merlin Fisher
and John Cake
|BUSINESS IMAGES OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN FROM THE PAST
|The Schuylkill Haven Paper Box
Manufacturing Plant was
located on Penn Street below
Parkway. The building remains
today, used by a door and
|The Union Knitting Mill was
located on Williams Street
below the railroad tracks. It
was destroyed by fire a few
|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 right is an
certificate for the
|This image is from a pamphlet promoting
Schuylkill Haven in the first half of the last
century. It shows Meck Knitting Mill on West
Main Street looking much the same today.
|The Call of March 21, 1930
AUTO COMPANY PRESIDENT VISITS SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Earl Stoyer was host last week to the head of a prominent automobile concern in the person of Joseph Graham, president of the Graham-Paige Corporation, of Detroit,
Michigan. Mr. Stoyer has won honor medals, service medals, and most anything he tried for, which was offered as an inducement by the corporation and though in competition
with cities of great population, he has succeeded in winning the prize. Mr. Graham started out in a Graham sedan from his home in Detroit some time ago and since that time
has covered ten thousand miles, first going to the Pacific Coast, thence south, primarily to visit Florida, and came north enroute to still further northern points, before returning
to his home. Being a mechanical engineer of note, he was particularly interested in the machinery Mr. Stoyer has installed in his Schuylkill Haven works and highly
complimented him on the same, likewise expressing gratification at the beautiful display parlors at Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven. He also complimented Mr. Stoyer on the
extraordinary good looking condition of his used car department, saying he never saw a better prepared line of cars than those now on the big bargain list. They look like new
cars and are fitted out splendidly. Mr. Graham was accompanied by Guy A. Willey of Philadelphia, the distributor for the Graham-Paige in this territory, and both were loud in
their praise of the Stoyer establishments in this territory, and left feeling he can now understand how Mr. Stoyer manages to capture the prizes in a limited territory such as he
is located in. It is service to the last degree. He was delighted with the conditions of business as he found it in our section of the country and as he traveled all over the
country, knows what he is 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 assembling.
|The Call of October 2, 1931
CANDY KITCHEN REMODELS - NEW SERVICE ADDED
The opening of the newly equipped luncheon parlor of the Schuylkill Haven Candy Kitchen will be held on Saturday of this week. Workmen have been busy the past several
weeks transforming the interior of this confectionery into a modern wonderland. An artistic open work archway of walnut and white glass composition, separates the store from
the serving parlor. Beyond the archway, you will see a beautiful candy display case which backs up the entire aisle of booths. In all, there are twenty individual or private
booths as follows: six double ones on both the east and west sides of the room which will accommodate four persons each and eight single booths to accommodate two
persons each, in the center of the room.
The booths are constructed of walnut and the table tops are of vitrolite. Beautifully designed panel mirrors grace booth has a unique hat and cloak rack. Bernheim and Sons
Incorporated of Philadelphia installed the new fixtures. A new luncheonette service, in connection with the regular fountain service was opened on Wednesday and is in
personal charge of Mrs. Joe Reber. The luncheon display of a large baked ham, salads, sandwiches, soup and pies is most inviting. Fried oysters will be served as an extra
special on Saturday evening. A new Frigidaire cooler has been added for the convenience of the culinary department. Proprietor Parris Lazos is to be congratulated upon his
new improvements. Eleven years ago he opened his first business establishment in Schuylkill Haven, in the The booths are constructed of walnut and the table tops are of
vitrolite. Beautifully designed panel mirrors grace store room now occupied by the Sausser firm. His efforts have been successful. He now reciprocates by giving the public a
metropolitan luncheonette and ice cream parlor at a considerable outlay of money. The adding of this each booth. The wall booths have individual side lights harmonizing with
the modernistic ceiling lights. Each luncheonette service will fill a long felt need in Schuylkill Haven and is sure to be given the patronage of the community.
|The Call of December 11, 1931
OPEN PAINT AND PAPER STORE
Today, Friday and tomorrow, Saturday, will be the opening days for a new place of business in Schuylkill Haven. It is the Harry Feger Jr. Paint and Wallpaper Store. It is at 27
East Main Street in the Moser Building. By reason of the fact that folks nowadays are doing more of their own painting in and about the home and redressing and toning up
furniture, doing their own paperhanging and decorating in their home, this character of store throughout the country has become very popular. Mr. Feger has had eighteen
years of experience in decorating and painting homes and is therefore in a position to determine just what will appeal as well as what will be proper and desirable for the
home. Accordingly, he has placed in stock an unusually large line of paints, varnishes and stains that can be purchased either in large or small can sizes. Wallpaper can also
be chosen from samples and stock and obtained in any quantity. Mr. Feger Jr. will not accept any painting or paper hanging jobs, his desire being merely to supply the
requisites for work of this character. In charge of this store will be a well known Schuylkill Haven resident, namely Clayton Bubeck. Mr. Bubeck has had many years of
experience in painting and will therefore, be enabled to make helpful suggestions and to give advice on painting problems. Mr. Feger, who now resides in Port Carbon,
expects to move his family to Schuylkill Haven in the near future.
|The Call of December 25, 1931
NEW MILL TO BEGIN EARLY IN YEAR
The Alberta Underwear Factory in Schuylkill Haven will begin operations between January 1st and January 15th of 1932. This will be a branch of the Miller Factory of Port
Carbon. It was intended to begin operations in the Schuylkill Haven branch on Hess Street a month ago but delay in the arrival of machinery made this impossible. Mr. Harry
Welker who will be the superintendent of the new mill, has been on the job for the past several weeks, directing the placing of the machinery and getting the plant ready for
operation. Thus far between 125 and 150 persons have made application for employment. The applicants have not only been from Schuylkill Haven but from the district and
towns for miles about Schuylkill Haven. Mr. Welker will require about twenty five employees when the mill is first put into operation and the number will be increased from time
|The Call of January 15, 1932
LOCAL MILL WORKING DAY AND NIGHT SHIFT
Dame Fashion in milady's underthings is responsible at this time for at least one of the Schuylkill Haven underwear mills working to full capacity, on a full schedule of fifty four
hours per week for the female employees and a full twenty four hour day shift for some of the male employees, from Sunday midnight to Saturday at midnight. Others of the
Schuylkill haven underwear mills, it is likely, will also be kept quite busy for some time by reason of heavy demand for their product. All this is quite heartening and
encouraging news for the year ahead and it is hoped indicates a return of the unusual era of prosperity and good business that had been enjoyed by all of Schuylkill Haven's
The one particular plant that has now in its employ every employee for which any possible space can be found in the plant is the Hoffman Knitting Mill, operated by Julius
Kayser and Company. This company, with its main plant in Brooklyn, also owns and operates large mills in seven or eight other towns and cities, as well as operating a plant in
Canada, one in Australia and one in Switzerland. The new garment which is meeting with such popular approval by the women folks is a two piece ladies shaped vest and tights
and is called Kayserettes. It is manufactured by the local plant in cotton and also in pure silk. This plant has been rushed since October and orders are in hand sufficient to
keep it steadily employed until April or May. One hundred and seventy five persons are given employment the full schedule of hours for the week. The knitting machines are
operated continuously from Sunday at midnight until Saturday at midnight.
An unusual feature in connection with applications received by H. A. Goas, Superintendent of the Schuylkill Haven plant, is that nine out of every ten are married women. It is
understood several of the other Schuylkill Haven mills are about to begin work shortly on some new styles of underwear for women which it is hoped will meet with equal
approval and provide heavy orders for full capacity plants for some time to come.
|Below are a series of articles about business in Schuylkill Haven during
the Great Depression. The details reveal the ingenuity, the drive and the struggles of the time.
|At left are postcards Stoyer
sent out in 1940 and 1941
Next to the pictures are the
car's features and price.
At right, top, is a raffle ticket
for the Grange Fair with a
car from Stoyer's as the
prize. Below that are
advertising pieces from the
dealership over the years.
Clicking on image enhances detail.
|At left is a fan given away
by the Schuylkill Haven
Candy Kitchen, mentioned
above and at right are can
openers from Feger's
Paint Store mentioned
Clicking images enhances detail.
|At one time banks
issued their own
currency. Here are
two fine examples
issued by the First
National Bank of
Schuylkill Haven. At
left is a $10 note from
1902 and at right a $20
note from 1882.
|The Call of March 21, 1930
PREPARING FOR "TALKIES" HERE
Schuylkill Haven is soon to have talking motion pictures. They are to be of the very best type and character and will add greatly to this class of entertainment. During the week
the Refowich Theatre has been closed for the purpose of making the installation of two new Simplex machines from the Radio Corporation of America, for producing Vitaphone
and Photophone pictures. Messrs. Refowich are going to a heavy expense for the installation of this latest feature in motion pictures. Not alone are the machines expensive
but in order to successfully operate, a number of expensive alterations have been made necessary in the theatre.
In speaking with the men in charge of the placing of the new mechanism, it was learned that the Refowich Theatre is most ideally suited both in size and arrangement of stage
and balcony and height of ceiling for excellent results from the talking pictures. It is expected that the best of results will be obtainable and that the general public will be most
delightfully impressed with the entertainment which it will now be possible to offer at unusually low prices. It is expected that the installation will have been completed by the
middle of next week in order to permit the holding of a grand reopening of the theatre by the latter part of next week. Due announcement of the reopening, together with the
program, and details of the new sound producing mechanism will appear in next week's issue of The Call.
|The Call of March 28, 1930
"TALKIES" TO MAKE DEBUT HERE SATURDAY
Saturday, the Refowich Theatre, of Schuylkill Haven, will offer to the general public of Schuylkill Haven and surrounding towns, its first sound pictures or "talkies". The early
part of the week, the installation of first class sound reproducing picture mechanism was completed and the necessary changes made in the projecting mechanism to enable
the showing of the very best of pictures. The first test of the mechanism proved entirely satisfactory in every way and the management was indeed highly elated over the first
showing and tests. It is felt that the general public too, will be at first surprised and then greatly pleased with the results that have been obtained in this theatre in the matter of
sound production of movies with the synchronization of action with sound. At first there was some uncertainty as to whether it would be possible to procure first class results
in the sound reproduction in all parts of the theatre. The mechanism installed is of such type that no trouble of any kind was experienced in this regard. With the placing of this
sound producing mechanism, it will be possible for the Refowich Theatre to offer to its patrons the very highest class of talking pictures at prices considerably lower than what
is charged elsewhere.
|The Call of January 22, 1932
PRIZES AT SCHUMACHER STORE REOPENING
Next Thursday evening the reopening of the H. Schumacher and Brother store on Columbia street will take place. This reopening is being held because of the fact that so very
many changes have been made at this place of business that it is only proper that special and official public consideration be given. Probably the most noteworthy change is
that of a thirty foot addition which has been added to the store room, making the total floor space seventy by thirty feet. The entire interior has been done over in white
enamel. Fixtures, counters, shelving, etc., are all white, thereby providing a most unusual, inviting and clean effect. The store on the outside is being given a repainting,
green and white being the color combination. The large display windows have been somewhat
enlarged and new ground ceiling glass provided. They now have a paneled background while heretofore they were open. New shelving, new counters and new equipment has
been provided. The floor has been covered with a composition floor covering. A new heating plant has been installed. A large skylight will provide considerable natural light
and twenty four white bowl electric fixtures will, at night, provide almost daylight illumination.
One of the very important and attractive new features added to this store is a twelve foot two temperature electric refrigerator case of steel, porcelain and glass. In this case
will be displayed meats, cheese, fruit, vegetables and more. There are two distinctive compartments in this particular case. One is styled the frosted meat side, where the
temperature will always be maintained at 33 to 36 degrees. The temperature, however, in both compartments, can be changed at will or will automatically change to meet all
climactic conditions. Both cases are of the display type with electric light illumination and the front being of four thicknesses of glass. The cases stand thirteen inches in
height. They were made by the Fleetwood Corporation of Fleetwood. The electric refrigeration was installed by the Ryan Sales Company of Mahanoy City and was designed by
Harold Leisawitz, refrigeration engineer, who, by the way, is a son of Levi Leisawitz, a former resident of Schuylkill Haven.
The reopening of the store, next Thursday evening, will be marked with very special ceremonies. There will be a short street parade in the evening headed by the Legion
Bugle Corps. There will be a hundred or more prizes. The list of prize winners will be announced in this publication next week so that it will not be necessary for one to remain
in the store until the drawing takes place to be eligible for the door prize. Refreshments will be served and there will be many samples of different foodstuffs given away free.
For entertainment there will be a vocal quartet present from York, who will broadcast from a regular broadcasting studio into amplifiers so that everyone may hear distinctly.
Grocerymen from all parts of eastern Pennsylvania will be in attendance.
|The Call of July 15, 1932
RABBIT BREEDING FOR MARKETING BEGUN IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
A new and interesting business has come to Schuylkill Haven. It is that of breeding rabbits for marketing purposes. Mr. Edward Geary of Columbia Street has forty eight pens
or hutches and twelve breeders, while Mr. William Nye of the same street has the same number of breeders. A visit to the rabbitry of William Nye of Columbia Street proves
quite interesting and enjoyable. One can get a close up view as well as touch the very finest of rabbits and watch their antics without any discomfort whatsoever. The rabbitry
is housed in a two story building, twelve by thirty feet. Mr. Nye has twelve breeders, two bucks and ten does. They are New Zealand whites, registered and pedigreed. The
rabbits breed every three months and there are from eight to fourteen rabbits to a litter. It is always necessary to take a number from the litter as the mother can only give the
proper attention to but six to eight. By removing several from the litter the development of the others is speeded up considerably.
The purpose of breeding rabbits is to sell them. Mr. Nye will dispose of the young rabbits when they reach five pounds in weight, to the Blue Mountain rabbitry at Bethel. Here
the rabbits are killed and dressed in a large packing department and shipped to either the Hotel Lincoln, reading or the Hamburg Sanitarium, Hamburg. This particular rabbitry
is under contract to furnish between four and five thousand rabbits per week to these two concerns. One of the first questions that arises when it is announced this number of
rabbits are killed each week is that of, "What is done with them?" They are eaten of course and in most cases too, eaten for chicken. This is explained in this way, white meat of
chicken is preferred by most folks, especially for sandwiches and salads. There is only a small or limited amount of white meat on a chicken, but with a rabbit, all its flesh or
meat is white, has a most savory taste and thus rabbits take the place of chickens.
In the last several months or since Mr. Nye started this rabbitry, 102 rabbits were born in it. Of this number only 67 are being raised, the balance having been killed for the
reason above stated. The rabbits now weigh in the neighborhood of four and one half pounds. They will not be shipped to market until they reach a weight of five pounds. For
food, pellets of compressed and complete food is given. The pellets look like large sized pills which physicians frequently hand out to humans. They contain fourteen different
ingredients. The particular rabbits used for breeding purposes are all year round eating rabbits and breed every three months. The breeders cost between thirty and fifty
dollars. They are snow white. On the underside of the ears can be plainly seen the registration number stamped thereon. The rabbits are given quantities of food twice a day.
The daylight hours are called the sleeping time for this particular rabbit, particularly so from ten in the morning until about six or seven in the evening. During the night
however, the rabbits are very active, romping about and having a fine time in their respective pens or hutches. There are thirty six hutches in the rabbitry at present.
Additional hutches are being added right along and Mr. Nye hopes to have at least one hundred and ten by the end of the year. The hutches are of good size. They need not be
very high but are of good size in width and length. They are of the sanitary, self cleaning type. The floor of the hutch is hardware cloth or wire netting of special quality.
Underneath this flooring is a sloped metal floor or pan, thereby making the hutch readily accessible for cleaning purposes.
|The Call of May 5, 1933
CAPACITY OF ICE PLANT INCREASED
Recently the Manbeck Ice Plant at Schuylkill Haven underwent improvements and installation of new equipment which has resulted in an additional daily capacity of ten tons of
ice. The changes were made in the condensing system, the change being made from an atmospheric type condenser to a shell and tooth system. To the average reader this
may mean nothing. An explanation, however, is to the effect that with the atmospheric type condensing system, same is operated by having water drop on the outside stands.
With the new system, water is distributed through spirals in tubes in a boiler like compartment. This water drops through the inside of the tubes, giving about ninety percent
efficiency on cooling ammonia gases. The roof of the ice plant was changed in pitch to enable the erection of a spray pond on top of the building for the purpose of precooling
the water and enabling its being used over and over again. By the new system, pressure on the machines is reduced with the resultant power and water consumption and
providing about ten tons additional refrigeration, because the ammonia is cooled to a lower temperature and this in turn means lowering the brine temperature more readily
and easier thus providing for quicker freezing of the water in the ice cans.
The new installation was completed at a cost of close to nine thousand dollars. In line with President Roosevelt's much heralded "New Deal" for the country, along various
lines, the Manbeck Ice Company of Schuylkill Haven is cooperating in providing an entirely new deal in providing ice distribution service to consumers. At the present time, the
company is erecting a large gas, oil and ice station on the southern end of the state highway in Hamburg. Twenty four hour ice service will be given. The station will be
completely refrigerated with a temperature at all times of ten to twenty degrees above zero. It will have a capacity of one hundred three hundred pound blocks of ice. Cash
and carry service in the way of ice will be possible from this station. In addition, ice service to residents of hamburg and vicinity will be provided by a local dealer. This
particular station will be known as the Coolerator Service Station. In addition to the Hamburg Ice Station, Mr. Manbeck is also providing for similar cash and carry ice service
stations at Strausstown, New Ringgold, Suedberg and at the Mirror Swimming Pool in Summit Station. These stations will all be provided with a large supply of ice from the local
plant and customers can with little convenience, purchase any quantity of ice they desire or need at the time. It is something entirely new in ice service for this section of the
|The Call of June 23, 1933
BUILDING HOME ON HIGHEST POINT IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Good progress is being made by Contractors Meck and Dewald in the building of the colonial house for Melvin Bamford on Fairmount, at a point, the highest in town. The
building is under roof and the Bamfords expect to eat their Thanksgiving Day dinner in their new home. Of a colonial type, the home will have twelve rooms and four
bathrooms. It is two and one half stories in height and has been designed by the firm of Muehlenberg, Yerkes and Muehlenberg of Reading. The general contractors are Meck
and Dewald. The bricks used are of the Glen Gery kiln and of a three toned kind. The bricks have been laid in irregular rows, giving an unusual effect. The painting will be
done by Leroy Edling, the electrical work by William Morris, and the plumbing and heating by Howard Fritz of Reading. A Losch automatic heating plant will be placed with a
vapor heating system. A thousand gallon water tank has been placed in the ground near the home, thus assuring a good supply of water as well as a fresh and cool supply at all
times. The home, as stated above, is being built on the very highest point in Schuylkill Haven. A splendid view of the surrounding territory is possible, including the very near
and distant mountain scenery on all sides. The towns of Adamsdale, Cressona and Orwigsburg can also be seen from this point and the valleys to the southeast and southwest
and the towering blue mountains in the distance provide a most gorgeous panoramic view.
|The Call of July 7, 1933
HAS MODEL PASTEURIZING PLANT
It is quite a treat as well as interesting to visit the dairy of Wilson Minnick on the Hill Farm which overlooks Schuylkill Haven. One finds it very clean and equipped with the very
latest of milk pasteurizing equipment. First of all, Mr. Minnick has the only dairy in this locality owning cows and operating a pasteurizing plant. The stock consists of twenty
three Jersey, Holstein and Guernsey cows. The amount of milk obtained daily is about 250 quarts. Automatic milking machines have been in use in this dairy for a number of
years. The pasteurizing plant, installed in May, has a capacity of one hundred gallons of milk. After the milk is obtained, it is cooled by pouring it over a series of coils in which
there is running water. The milk is then placed in the refrigerator overnight and in the morning the pasteurizing process begins by having the milk heated to 150 to 180
degrees. It is then cooled gradually, placed in bottles and ready for the consumers. Since the installation of the pasteurizing plant, the business or number of customers of the
Hill Farm Dairy has considerably increased, indicating that the general public is beginning to realize the importance of using milk that carries a guarantee of being free of all
|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
|The Call of August 11, 1933
MEN AT CASKET FACTORY WENT ON STRIKE THURSDAY
Thursday morning, employees of the Schuylkill Haven Casket Factory went on strike and up until Friday morning at nine o'clock, had not returned to work and were uncertain as
to the outcome of the situation. A representative of the men stated to The Call man that for a week or more the question of rate of wage per hour had been under discussion
and in controversy. Men, individually and in small groups, discussed the matter with the superintendent, F. D. Starr. Thursday morning, all of the men went to the office and
demanded a definite statement as to intentions. This being given and being contrary to the wishes of the men, the strike was called. A statement made by the representatives
of the employees, was to the effect that while the casket factory had signed the NRA, and hours have been reduced from fifty to forty hours per week, as per the blanket code of
the NRA, nevertheless the men were told they would be paid for forty hours at the same rate as on the fifty hour basis. This the men claim is entirely contrary to the agreement
signed with the president. Mr. F. D. Starr, Superintendent of the Casket Factory, was requested to make a statement Thursday and again on Friday morning. "The men simply
walked out on us. We do not have any statement to make. We did not throw anybody out of work." Mr. Starr further added the directors had not authorized him to make any
statement. The casket factory, for some time, has been enjoying a healthy growth with orders being received from all sections. At the present time there are twenty nine
persons employed at the factory, most of them skilled mechanics, eight on the machine floor, seven in the cabinet room, three in the paint shop, five in miscellaneous
departments and six women on linings and trimmings.
|The Call of January 2, 1892
STITZER'S NEW HOTEL AND CAFÉ
One of the most attractive improvements of the past year in our neighboring borough of Schuylkill Haven was the erection by that old, tried, and well known constable and tax
collector, William F. Stitzer, of a handsome three story hotel and restaurant on the main street opposite the Reading depot. From a couple of old time story and a half frame
houses in this prominent locality, Mr. Stitzer has built up a double building which is imposing in exterior proportions and is fitted up within a style that denotes not only comfort
but luxuriousness which strangers and hotel patrons delight to indulge in when from home. It is within these new home precincts that the captain today celebrated his fifty
seventh birthday surrounded by an interesting family and his friends. A few weeks since he opened a temperance restaurant and hotel from which he had been dispensing the
finest oysters we have met with this season, in every style and everything else in the eating line. The rooms in the new hostelry are large, airy, convenient and accessible by
both elevators and stairs. Captain Stitzer has applied for a hotel license and as his new house is as the law requires and the owner so well known for his uprightness as a
citizen and his official connection with the court and finances of the county for more then a quarter of a century there will be but little question as to its granting. The house is
furnished throughout in the finest style, thoroughly heated and lighted by gas and electricity. In short it is one of the coziest hotels in this section of its kind.
|The two ads below appeared in the 1895-1896 Boyd's Directory for Schuylkill County.
|Below are some ads as they appeared in the Call newspaper in 1892
|The August 13, 1892 Call newspaper printed the following information on local dentists, Peter
and Samuel Detweiler. The ad above is for their practice.
He was born in Kutztown, Pa, July 23rd, 1833. He is the son of Charles and Catherine
Detweiler, and spent his boyhood years in his native borough and attended the public
schools of that town. At the age of fifteen he learned the carpenter's trade and followed it
from the age of sixteen to twenty one. He thereafter established in this business in our
town, locating here in October 1856. He has followed the same calling ever since, with but
a year's interruption in 1873, when he preached the Gospel at Shamokin, having been
previously ordained by the United Brethren Conference. He was twice married, the first
time to Miss Rebecca Bowen, who at her death left him with a few children. His present
wife and mother of his younger children was Miss Lucetta Horne. Dr. Detweiler has served
for several terms in our Borough Council as well as in our School Board and has always
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
|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 regarded generally.
|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
|Star Knitting Mill - E. H. Baker, proprietor, Saint John Street. These mills were established two years ago by the present proprietor, who occupies for manufacturing purposes a
two story building 32 by 42 feet in dimensions equipped with improved machinery, propelled by steam power, furnishing employment to from 15 to 25 operatives according to
the exigencies of demand. A leading specialty is made of fine and medium grades of ladies knit underwear and the works have a capacity for turning out from 100 to 200 dozens
per day according to the number of hands employed. The trademark of this mill is recognized in commercial circles as a guarantee of excellence and its products are
distributed to all sections of the Union through Philadelphia and New York jobbers. Mr. Baker, who is practically conversant with the business, is a native of Berks County, but
has been a resident of Schuylkill Haven for the past twenty years.
|Z. T. Hendricks - Steam Heating and Machine Works, Main Street. This gentleman established here in 1870 and conducts the leading house in his line. He is prepared to
execute steam and hot water heating for hotels, boilers and engines and handles pumps, wood and iron tanks, pulleys, belting, iron and brass goods, and in fact all fixtures for
steam and water. Sanitary plumbing is also executed in all its branches. A prominent specialty of the house is all kinds of electrical work, such as wiring for lights, fans, call
bells, burglar alarms, telephones, etc. and he is prepared to fill contracts with promptness. Estimates are furnished for all classes of work. The premises are equipped with
every convenience and a force of skilled assistants employed. A native of Schuylkill County, this gentleman during his business career has won the esteem of trade circles
through honorable methods.
|David Commings - General Merchandise, Main and Dock Streets. The present proprietor succeeded to this business nineteen years ago. The premises utilized comprise a
sales room, fifteen by fifty feet in dimensions, well fitted up and containing an admirably selected stock of dry goods, trimmings white goods, as well as teas, coffees, spices,
sugars, table delicacies, canned and bottled goods,dried and evaporated fruits, culinary requisites and laundry supplies, butter, eggs, cheese, lard, smoked, dried and cured
meats. His stock is first class in every respect and the prices low. Mr. Commings, who is a native of Schuylkill County, is thoroughly conversant with this business and highly
esteemed by all.
|T. D. Brownmiller - Marble and Granite Works, Corner of Dock Street and Broadway. No house in the Schuylkill Valley is better able to meet the demands of patrons in its line
then this one, which was established eight years ago by the present proprietor. The premises are of ample dimensions and are well equipped. Both building and cemetery
work are executed, but the specialty is in the latter branch, which includes monuments, columns, tablets, headstones, etc. and the artistic design and perfect finish of the work
show that the gentleman is not excelled in the art of marble cutting and designing. He has devoted many years to the business and enjoys an enviable reputation, many of the
finest monuments in the cemeteries of this section having come from his shop. All work receives prompt attention and estimates are furnished upon application, while the
prices are low. The house is also prepared to offer inducements in the way of railings, enclosures and other cemetery supplies. Mr. Brownmiller is a native of Lebanon County,
and since taking up his residence here has won the confidence of the community.
|Sausser Brothers - Hardware, Stoves, Tinware, etc. Main Street. This firm established here six years ago and occupies a prominent position in this line of trade. The premises
occupied comprise two floors and a basement of a building 25 by 100 feet in dimensions, containing a large stock shelf, builders and heavy hardware, stoves, heaters, ranges,
oil and gasoline stoves, tin, enameled and sheet iron ware, and kitchen furnishing goods in variety. They are prepared to furnish estimates and contract for hot air heating,
range setting, roofing, spouting and guttering, and sheet metal work of every description. William and Jacob Sausser, the personnel of the firm, are natives of Berks County,
thoroughly identified with all that concerns the welfare of their adopted county and enjoy the esteem of the community.
|Samuel H. Butz - Groceries and Provisions, Dock and Centre Streets. This store was established by the present proprietor a year and a half ago. The premises occupied
comprise a sales room 16 by 24 feet in dimensions, conveniently arranged and the stock embraces teas, coffees, spices, canned and bottled goods, vegetables, fruits and
green truck in season as well as a choice line of confectionery and notions, stationery, etc. guaranteed to be of superior quality and sold at low prices. Competent assistants
are employed. The proprietor, who is a native of Lehigh County, is conversant with the trade and one of Schuylkill Haven's honorable 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 gentleman's furnishing goods,
hosiery, underwear and gloves, trunks, valises and umbrellas. Mr. Keller is a native of Berks County, and his son of Schuylkill County and both are esteemed in the community.
|J. H. Sterner - Contractor and Builder and Dealer in Lumber, Corner of Union and Saint Peter Streets. This gentleman embarked in business in 1868 as the head of the firm J. H.
and R. Sterner, which partnership was dissolved seven years ago. His facilities are such that he can promptly execute the most extensive building contracts and a number of
the finest residences and business blocks in Schuylkill Haven and neighboring places have been erected and remodeled by him. He also carries a large stock of rough and
dressed lumber and mill work including siding, flooring, doors, sashes, blinds, shutters, mouldings, brackets and casings. The premises occupied comprise a lumber yard 56 by
110 feet in dimensions, fully provided with shedding for storage, and a two story carpentry shop, 18 by 36 feet in dimensions. He also carries in stock a large quantity of
hemlock lumber which he stores at the railroad. A native of Schuylkill County, Mr. Sterner enjoys the highest esteem of the community.
|H. S. Deibert - Photographer, Number 4, Main Street. A representative exponent of this important art in Schuylkill
Haven is this gentleman, whose premises on the ground floor comprise a space 26 by 30 feet in dimensions, and equipped with improved accessories and all conveniences.
He uses the instantaneous process and is prepared to execute every description of fine photographic portraiture, outdoor and interior work in the highest style of the art at
popular prices. Orders are also received for crayon work, which is done by the best artists in that line. Mr. Deibert, who was born four miles from here, is thoroughly
conversant with the business, having established here thirty four years ago. His grandparents were among the pioneer settlers of Schuylkill County, and his father before the
advent of railroads hauled coal by the wagon load to Philadelphia.
|Robert Jones - Groceries and Provisions, Dock Street near Coal Street. This house was founded by the present proprietor twenty four years ago. The premises occupied
comprise a sales room of ample dimensions, well fitted up, and the stock embraces choice teas, coffees, spices, canned and bottled goods, sugar, syrups, butter, eggs, lard,
cheeses, flour and feed, fruits and vegetables as well as salted and smoked meats, crockery and glassware, and a full line of dry goods and notions. The stock is of the best
and sold at low prices: while competent assistants are employed and goods delivered free. Mr. Jones has for nearly all his life been identified with mercantile pursuits and is
enabled to give his customers many advantages in goods and prices. He is a native of Schuylkill County, well regarded.
|John D. Coldren - Jeweler, Main Street. This attractive establishment was founded in December last and has been accorded a large patronage. The premises occupied
comprise a sales room, 18 by 26 feet in dimensions, attractively fitted up and containing a large stock of English, Swiss and American watches in gold and silver , plain and
decorated casings, clocks, fine jewelry, silver plated tableware suitable for wedding presents or holiday gifts. Mr. Coldren is also a specialist in optics, testing the eyes free
and fitting them with glasses, of which he carries a full assortment. Repairing of watches, clocks and jewelry is also executed. This gentleman is a native of Schuylkill County
and has been prominently identified with the jewelry business for six years.
|Mrs. George McWilliams - General Merchandise, corner of Dock Street and Broadway. This stand was founded by the husband of the present proprietor in 1872 and has since
been under her control for the last seven years. The premises utilized comprise a store of two floors, each twenty by sixty feet in dimensions, attractively fitted up and
containing a large stock of fashionable dress fabrics, white goods, notions, linings, trimmings, tapestry and ingrain carpets, oilcloths, window shades, crockery and glassware
and lamps, all manner of groceries and mens, ladies and children's' footwear. The stock is first class and sold at reasonable prices, while several assistants are employed, and
a team used for delivery purposes. Mrs. McWilliams, who is a native of Schuylkill County, is a reliable business woman, well regarded.
|H. Berger - General Merchandise, Dock Street. This business was started by its present proprietor in 1870 and was previously conducted at Cressona. The premises occupied
comprise a sales room, 22 by 58 feet in dimensions, gentleman's furnishing goods, and underwear, tinware, crockery and glassware as well as teas, coffees, sugar, spices,
bread stuffs, canned and bottled goods, fruits and vegetables, butter, cheese eggs, lard, etc. Mr. Berger is also senior partner in the firm of H. Berger and Son Knitting Mill,
and is a thoroughly reliable and progressive businessman.
|Charles W. Sausser - Stoves and Tinware, Saint Peter Street. This gentleman is located two doors above the Schuylkill Hose House, where he occupies premises twenty by
thirty feet in dimensions, containing all tools and appliances. All kinds of stoves and ranges including oil and gasoline stoves, tin enameled and sheet iron and hollow ware,
and a general line of kitchen furnishing goods is in stock. Contracts are taken for hot air heating, range setting, roofing and spouting, painting and repairing of tin roofs, and a
leading specialty is in the manufacture of galvanized gutters and conductors, and the repairing of all kinds of tinware, which is called for and delivered free, a team being kept
in the business. Mr. Sausser is a native of Schuylkill Haven and a young man of enterprise and 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 Enterprise
|Pottsville Republican of February 26, 1898
Staid old Schuylkill Haven, as many are accustomed to think and speak of her, is not making much boast or bluster, but is keeping pace with the growth and progress of her
other sister towns. In fact she is setting the other boroughs, in this vicinity, an example by the establishment of her many industries, which include a diversity of
manufactories, all of which are successful; giving profit to the owners and employment to the people of the town. The capitalists of Schuylkill Haven when they found by reason
of the canal being abandoned that her residents would be compelled to look elsewhere for a means of support, set about to circumvent this and kept her people there by
establishing factories by which now about a dozen or upwards give employment to hundreds of men, women and children.
The church edifices and school buildings of that town are all models as are also many of her business places and residences. For her first class hotels, Schuylkill Haven is
noted and consequently many of the commercial men and those who travel for pleasure seek that town and make one or the other of her public houses their temporary place of
Its principal public house is the Hotel Grand, owned and run by the prince of landlords, Daniel D. Yoder. Ten years ago, Mr. Yoder occupied the old Washington Hotel and finally
purchased the stand. After but a few years under his proprietorship, Mr. Yoder found the building too antiquated and too small to suit the tastes and capacity of his house, and
he resolved to raze the front building to the ground and erect upon its site a modern, commodious hotel. The owner set about immediately to procure plans and after due care
and deliberation, decided upon the plans and specifications, by Rudy and Richards, the Lebanon architects, and awarded the contract for its erection to Jere Sterner, the well
known builder and contractor of Schuylkill Haven.
The Grand Hotel stands forth as a monument to the enterprise and thrift of the owner and to the skill of the architects and builder. It is a model of hotels and is an ornament to
the town. Built of Philadelphia pressed brick, it is a substantial as well as a magnificent building. Its windows are of the very finest French plate glass. Its exterior has been by
no means been slighted nor was any minor detail overlooked and the Grand Hotel is truly a thing of beauty.
But it is of the interior that this article will more fully speak of. For after all it is comfort and rest that the weary traveller seeks. This, the hospitable landlord, D. D. Yoder, knows
and to this end did he plan and build and it may be said without contradiction that there is not anywhere a more cheerful and homelike hotel in this broad land with the many
model hostelries. The two lower stories of the main building are furnished in oak and the two upper stories in cypress. The floors, excepting the large public parlor on the first
floor, are of tile, and there are exactly 12,000 pieces of tile in the floor of the vestibule. The ceilings are high and of metal. The halls are wide and airy and all the rooms
cheerfully lighted and well ventilated. Its fifty four bed chambers are furnished with the most modern and magnificent furniture and with cozy, comfortable beds. On each floor
are water closets and bathrooms for the use of the guests. Both gas and electricity are supplied for lighting and in every room and in all the halls are erected radiators, and
every room from basement to roof is comfortably heated by the steam plant of the hotel. The fourth story of the main building is occupied by Page Lodge Number 270, F. and A.
M. as a lodge room. The basement will be devoted to billiard and pool rooms and to bath and sample rooms. The barroom and office furniture and fixtures are the handiwork of
DeLong's factory at Topton. In this department that urbane and genial gentleman, J. T. Griffiths, presides as clerk. A warm handshake from Clerk Griffiths makes you feel at
home at 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 roof.
|Above left is a letterhead from the 1890's from the Washington Hotel which was razed to make room for the new
Hotel Grand. Above right is an envelope for mailing featuring advertising and a picture of the Hotel Grand from 1898.
|In 1898, the Industrial Review of Schuylkill Haven had this to say about the Hotel Grand....
HOTEL GRAND - Daniel D. Yoder, Proprietor
The cordial and cheery reception extended by Host Yoder, of the Hotel Grand, to all who favor him with a sojourn beneath his roof, is one of the charms which combine to
render the house popular with wayfarers from all parts of the country. The Hotel Grand is without exception, the largest, most handsome and finest equipped building in
Schuylkill Haven. It is a four story structure and basement built of Philadelphia pressed brick, the windows being of the very finest French plate while the architectural design
is magnificent. The two lower stories of the building are finished in oak and the two upper stories in cypress. The floors excepting the large public parlor on the first floor are
of tile, and there are exactly 12,000 pieces of tile in the floor of the vestibule. The ceilings are of metal. The hotel is conveniently located, comfortably arranged, elegantly
furnished, warmed in cold weather with modern steam apparatus, lighted by both gas and electricity, provided with toilet and bath rooms, hot and cold water throughout and
contains fifty four airy and cozy sleeping compartments.
The table is first class, lavishly supplied with the best and choicest food obtainable, prepared by an experienced chef, and politely served by attentive and unobtrusive
waitresses. In connection with the hotel, and by far the finest in the village, is the bar. The fittings throughout are of oak, polished to the highest degree. Behind the counter
in its elegantly and artistically arranged framework, a large French plate mirror reflects the brilliancy of the glassware and lends a grand and imposing effect to the general
surroundings, which are of the most costly and appropriate description. Here the choicest and rarest of wines and liquors of imported and domestic product are dispensed.
Mr. Yoder handles the very best and purest brands of lager, ale and porter while his whiskies are well and favorably known to the trade for their superior and extraordinary
quality. From the start of his present business, Mr. Yoder has succeeded in securing an enduring hold on public favor which has resulted in the development of a very large
and influential trade, owing to the fact that only the best brands of wet goods are carried and the wisdom of this policy is evidenced by the very large business done. Mr. Yoder
is too well and favorably known this throughout this entire section to need any special comment. He is a courteous and pleasant gentleman and one who thoroughly
understands his business and by honesty, integrity and perseverance, has succeeded in placing himself among our representative business men.
|The successful completion of the paving of Main
Street in 1909 was cause for celebration as can be
seen by this announcement below of a banquet at the
Hotel Grand. At right is the article in the Pottsville
Republican noting the event.
|In 1910, the Municipal League held their banquet at the renowned Hotel Grand. At left is shown the front and rear covers of the
program with the officers of the league noted on the back. At right is the inside of the program with the menu and agenda. Below
that is the Pottsville Republican article noting the event.
|Pottsville Republican of December 10, 1909
BANQUETTED HIS FRIENDS
Contractor John A. Rauen, of Reading, who constructed
Schuylkill Haven's street pavement, tendered a banquet to the
members of town council and a few other friends at Hotel Grand
on Thursday evening. Covers were laid for thirty and when
Landlord Souder's efficient corps of waiters began to serve the
following were around the board: President J. C. Lautenbacher,
George A. Berger, Charles Bubeck, Robert Keller, Milton Meck,
James Umbenhower, Lawrence McKeone, Dr. G. H. Moore of
town council, Borough Solicitor J. A. Noecker, Borough
Engineer George W. Butz, Supervisor Charles A. Becker, Clerk
George E. Runkle, Water Supt W. H. Werner, William Courtney,
Claude Bittle, Charles Keller, W. J. Saylor, Floyd Minnig, I. L.
Lautenbacher, James Schucker, Charles Schucker, John Brown,
William Brobst, Carl Bitzer,Frank Starr, Earl Witman and James A.
Rauen and his wife and daughter. President Lautenbacher of
town council acted as toastmaster. Mr. Rauen welcomed his
guests in a neat little speech and after a few remarks by the
toastmaster, brief speeches were made by Solicitor Noecker,
Engineer Butz, Dr. Moore, Supt Werner and others
|Pottsville Republican of April 9, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MUNICIPAL LEAGUE BANQUETS
The second annual banquet of the Municipal League of Schuylkill Haven was held at Hotel Grand in that town and was attended by about fifty of the members. The members met
in the parlors of the hotel at 6:30 o'clock and marched in a body to the dining room. During the serving of the banquet and at intervals during the speech making, Bensinger's
orchestra rendered several renditions. President of the League, acted as toastmaster. The following toasts were responded to: "Sanitation" by Frank Brown, "Schools" by
Professor E. P. Heckert, principal of the Schuylkill Haven High School, and "Commission Government in Municipal Government" by J. 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.
|Here are two newspaper
ads from The Call
advertising the roller
skating rink in Schuylkill
Haven. It was located
where Boyer's Market is
today and was built and
operated by renowned
Schuylkill Haven builder,
Paul Naffin. The ad on the
left is from January 19,
1912 touting a race
between skaters and
bicyclists. The ad on the
right from May 31, 1912
teases about a special
|The Call of February 19, 1915
OPEN JEWELRY STORE HERE
On or about April 1, Schuylkill Haven will have a real jewelry store. During the week arrangements
were made by a practical and experienced jeweler to open a store in the town and in the course of
several weeks the stock will commence to arrive here. The store will be opened and conducted by
Mr. S. M. Rupley who at present conducts a large jewelry and optical store in Monaca Pennsylvania.
The lower portion of the S. L. Pflueger store has been rented and will be occupied by Mr. Rupley.
Mr. Rupley has had several years practical experience in the jewelry business and intends to give
this town an up to date and first class store. He has already rented a house and will move his family
and household goods here as soon as possible. While in town the past week, Mr. Rupley and his
father S. G. Rupley, of Mercersburg, made many friends. They have been acquainted for years with
several prominent families now residing in Schuylkill Haven.
|The news article at left
announces a new
jewelry store in town. At
right 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
The operating room is a large well lighted room facing on Main and High Streets. Here is the usual operating table, an operating chair for nose work. McKenzie light for special
eye work, electric appliances for suction making tonsil operations almost bloodless, and various other operating room equipment. Most of the rooms are in white with sanitary
mineral flooring. The operating room, sterilizing room and the bathroom are in white enamel. Direct and indirect lighting system is in use. The entire building will be heated
with steam heat. As high as eight to ten patients can be accommodated at one and the same time. The institution will be known as the G. H. Moore Private Hospital and will be
used exclusively for eye, ear, nose and throat work.
|The Call of August 26, 1921
OPERA HOUSE TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 12
The remodeling and refurnishment of the Opera House on Saint Peter Street is being rushed with every bit of speed possible. It is planned to have the formal reopening of this
theater either on September 10th or 12th. Motion pictures will be the program and a nightly schedule will be in order. Vaudeville performances will be given occasionally and
the theater will be open for local theatricals and various events. Mr. White the owner promises to give the community high class pictures at a reasonable admission and to
bring to town occasional high class vaudeville acts. The exterior walls of the theater have been stuccoed and the front wall and woodwork will be painted gray and trimmed in
white. The walls and ceiling of the auditorium have been painted dark cream. The woodwork and trimmings have been painted brown and trimmed in dark cream. The walls are
to be stenciled and further decorated. A new system of lighting and new electric fixtures are being installed by electrician William Morris. The floor beneath the balcony has
been pitched toward the stage. A Wurlitzer electric organ with orchestral effects has been purchased. A new mirror screen will be put in position and all new stage properties
and scenery will be procured. Tuesday Mr. White was in Philadelphia and placed an order for a new boiler for the heating plant. New apparatus and the system will be
changed. The Schaffner-Maberry firm recently completed the plumbing conveniences. New seats have been ordered and if they do not arrive in time for the opening date the
seats formerly in use will be placed. Judging from the present appearance of the auditorium, it when finished will be unusually pretty and comfortable. The ceilings and walls in
the hallway have been repainted and the woodwork all revarnished. At this time Mr. White has not decided what use he will make of the third and first floors. He is considering
alterations to the third floor so that it could be used for Lodge rooms or as apartments. The first floor will be arranged for living quarters.
|The Call of February 19, 1926
TOWN UNDERWEAR MILL GOES OUT OF BUSINESS
One of the first of Schuylkill Haven’s industries is to be discontinued. In fact operations have been recently discontinued and some of the machinery already has been
disposed of. The plant to be discontinued is that of the Spring Garden Knitting Mills, operated by Berger Brothers. The bleachery, a very large unit of this plant, will however
be continued as heretofore. The other large brick buildings will be used for storage purposes. The reason given for the retirement of this well known firm from the cotton
underwear manufacturing business is that the market for this class of goods is heavily overloaded and that the demand for this product grows less every season. The firm is
one of the oldest of the local industrial concerns. It was established on March 4, 1889 in a small frame building on the site now occupied by the Harry Butz and Mrs. Sallie Butz
properties on Dock Street. The building had first been used as a warehouse. The manufacture of hosiery was first begun. It was operated by Mr. Harrison Berger, father of the
present owners of the plant, Daniel Berger and Elwin Deibert. A year later Daniel Berger sold his interest to his nephew, John D. Berger, the present senior member of the firm
of Berger Brothers. The elder Berger a year later purchased the interest of Elwin Deibert and the firm name was changed to H. Berger and Son and the name of the mill, Spring
Garden Knitting Mill, retained.
In 1893, the Seifert Grist Mill on Dock Street was purchased from Mrs. George McWilliams and converted into a mill and the manufacture of ladies cotton underwear was begun.
In the year 1902, a large additional building was erected which housed the machinery for the bleachery. In 1905 another new two story brick building was built and the mill
proper transferred to it. In 1907, Harrison Berger sold his interest in the firm to his two sons, Harry and Thomas, and the firm name was changed to Berger Brothers. The
Berger firm up until recently employed during the busy season as high as one hundred persons. When hosiery was the product of the mill as high as 144 persons were
employed. Many of the employees of this industry have already procured employment in other local industries.
Miss Ella Kipp, of Cressona, holds the distinction of being in the employ of the Berger firm for the greatest period of time, namely thirty seven years. Miss Lizzie Shadel has
been employed for a period of thirty one years. The Berger firm from the date of beginning the manufacture of underwear continued this line, always manufacturing ladies
cotton underwear. Goods were shipped to all parts of the United States, England and Australia.
|The Call of August 5, 1927
TO OPEN NEW BATHING POOL
For some months operations have been underway a short distance above the Columbia Heights Lake, formerly Bittle's Pond, under the direction of Dr. G. H. Moore. They have
now so far progressed that there has been evolved a concrete swimming pool of no mean size which is to be thrown open to the public shortly. It is 125 feet by 140 feet. In
depth it will be from one to nine feet. It will be within ready and easy access from Columbia Street and promises to become one of the most popular outdoor swimming pools in
this section. One of the special features of this pool will be that it will contain filtered chlorinated water. For this purpose a large filtering tank has been completed and will be
filled with eight different sizes of stone pebbles and sand. The pool will be drained daily and for this purpose a five and one half horsepower electric motor was installed this
week in a pump house near the pool by electrician Dewey Graeff. A system of pipes has been placed which will make it possible to drain the pool in a short time.
Around the pool is being built a six foot rustic boardwalk upon concrete supports. A large slide is to be built at a later date. There has been erected a large bath house at the
west end of the pool with separate compartments for men and women and each provided with lockers and will be provided with showers. As a means of safety a steel rope will
be placed about the pool at its deepest point. The water which will be used in the pool will be that of several good sized fresh springs that are in the vicinity. This water will
also be filtered and chlorinated. Dr. Moore intends to provide every convenience to bathers and to offer to the general public this healthful recreation under every first class
and clean condition. Operations will also be continued tending the development of the vicinity of the pool into an inviting park. There will be a caretaker in charge of the pool
at all times and also an instructor in swimming will be present. The pool will be thrown open to the general public shortly.
|The 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
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
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
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
The plant was put in operation in 1906. It occupies a plot of one hundred acres along the Schuylkill Haven - Orwigsburg Pike, a short distance outside of Schuylkill Haven.
Included in this one hundred acre tract is at least ninety acres of what is termed the finest of shale for the manufacture of brick. The plant originally had several kilns but now
there are only five. They are of the down draft beehive type. When the plant was in full operation, fifty two men were given employment and the payroll of this company
amounted to thousands of dollars each and every month. Most of the men employed at the plant were from Schuylkill Haven and nearby surrounding localities. From twenty
eight to thirty four thousand bricks per day were baked during the plant's busiest season. While the plant has not been operated since March of 1932, the machinery and all
equipment has been kept intact and given careful attention and therefore is in good condition. For the past two years a heavy stock of brick has been used to fill orders that
have been constantly coming into the plant. A stock of at least 60,000 brick is still available.
For the past eleven years, the plant has been under the superintendency of Mr. Warren Brown of Schuylkill Haven, who has been with the company for fifteen years. The
largest order of brick which the local plant furnished was the two million order for the construction of the P. P. and L. plant at Pine Grove. The second largest order, something
over a million, was for the Pottsville High School building. Officers and directors for the Pressed Brick Company are: President G. G. Reichley of Saint Clair; Secretary S. H.
Daddow of Saint Clair; Treasurer G. H. Michel of Schuylkill Haven and directors F. B. Keller of Schuylkill Haven, W. J. Evans of Saint Clair, Howard Glick of Frackville and J. P.
Ryon of Pottsville.
|The Call of September 14, 1934
MACHINERY BEING PLACED IN NEW COLDREN MILL
Wednesday of this week the removal of machinery from the present plant of D. D. Coldren to the large and handsome recently completed factory building on Columbia Street,
was begun. This work will require some time. It is planned to have the mill in operation in the new quarters within the next week or two. The new factory has a frontage of sixty
feet on Columbia Street and on Railroad Street has a depth of 258 feet. It occupies the site of the former Becker Planing Mill and its completed cost will be in the neighborhood
of $155,000. The basement will be equipped as a modern cafeteria for the employees. A suite of twelve offices on the ground floor will surround a handsome showroom, forty
by sixty feet, where the numerous models produced by the Coldren Mill will be exhibited. The offices and showroom will have a fine rubber tile flooring. Fine tiled restrooms
with lavatories for the men and women employees are featured in the building which embodies the most modern features in factory construction. Tiled baths will also be
provided for the workers.
The building will be heated, air conditioned and cooled. The heating system is operated with a Coxe traveling automatic grate. The boilers will be 125 horsepower. A Frigidaire
cooling system will furnish iced drinking water at all times. The steel construction of the building has been protected throughout by aluminum paint. An interesting feature of
the building's exterior is a life sized reproduction in stone of Mr. Coldren's pet dog, Czar, a beautiful Russian wolfhound, which has been placed in the center of the building
over the entrance. A huge truckload of choice shrubbery has been planted around the new building. Fifteen thousand invitations for the opening will be sent out to
representatives of the Coldren organization and the numerous personal friends and business associates of the family. It is expected that five thousand representatives of the
Coldren Mill will attend and elaborate plans are under way to make the affair one of the largest and finest things of its kind ever seen in Schuylkill County.
|The Call of January 25, 1935
OLD LANDMARK ON MAIN STREET TO COME DOWN
Within the course of the next several weeks, the appearance to the Main Street and central business section of Schuylkill Haven will undergo a considerable number of
changes. Not only will the front of the Bittle and Confehr building be changed but directly across the street, Joseph Matonis, proprietor of Hotel Central, will make very marked
changes to the property adjoining the hotel building. On the site of the two small buildings, now occupied by E. A. Schaeffer as a shoe repair shop and A. J. Moore as a fruit
store, will be erected a brick structure which when completed, will be occupied by the American Stores Company, which store now occupies the property of Parris Lazos. Work
on the razing of the buildings was in part begun during the week by the contractor, Harry Becker. A week's notice has been given to the tenants. Mr. Moore will move his fruit
store into the Burket property, on the corner of Main and Haven Streets and will be open for business in the new location on Wednesday of next week. Mr. Schaeffer, when
interviewed, Wednesday, had not as yet determined where he could open the shoe repairing shop. He had several places in mind but had not determined on any one in
The building occupied by the Moore Fruit Store is perhaps one of the oldest buildings on the Main Street and with the exception of some paint and some minor changes made
from time to time, and the removal of the wooden awning, is today in almost the identical size and form as when built many years ago. For more than a half century, fifty four
years to be exact, this building was occupied by a hardware store. It was first rented from Mrs. Bryant by J. F. Thompson, who embarked in the hardware business. In a few
years time it was purchased by Mr. Thompson and when he retired from business, was purchased by Sausser Brothers, who conducted a hardware store in it for many years.
|The Call of February 1, 1935
135 YEAR OLD BUILDING TORN DOWN
During the week the two small one story frame buildings adjoining Hotel Central were razed. On their site will be built a modern brick structure that will be occupied by the
American Stores. The razing of one of the two buildings, that occupied by Moore Grocery, for a number of years, and in the earlier days by Sausser Hardware Store, also the
Thompson Hardware Store, eliminates from the building line of the business section, perhaps one of the oldest and only remaining small buildings of the town's business of
many years ago. On the side of the building after some of the boards had been removed, could be seen evidences of the fact that the building had been used to display large
advertising posters. One or two theatrical attractions and advertisements of national products could be deciphered. Some very old account books were also brought to light.
Many names of former residents, who long ago have passed on, were found to have been patrons of the store. One item listed the sale of a range for forty dollars. There are
various conflicting reports as to the age of the building but without doubt, it is conceded to have been one of the oldest of its type in Schuylkill Haven. There is one report of a
local man's father who came to Schuylkill Haven in 1850, remarking that the building had evidently been standing fifty years before he came to Schuylkill Haven. This would
make the building 135 years old. It was heavily constructed of timbers that were mitered together with wooden pegs rather than spikes or nails. Age, however, had greatly
reduced its strength and many of the timbers had rotted completely where they had been joined together. The strength of the building had been very materially reduced and
that it did not tumble down in parts before being razed was mere good fortune. It was long a fire trap. Old timers report the building being occupied in days gone by, at one
time, by a flour mill conducted by Benjamin Ketner and later by Schuylkill Haven's first casket factory, Emanuel Pflueger and William Achenbach, skilled cabinet makers, putting
together caskets on special order. Later the building was occupied by a Mr. Thompson as a hardware store and after him by the Sausser Brothers hardware store for many
years. On the site of this building, the contractor Harry Becker, will build a one story thirty by eighty foot brick veneer building. Thursday the steam shovel of Harry F. Loy was
on the job, excavating for the foundation work.
|The Call of June 21, 1935
BUILT 108 HOUSES HERE IN TWENTY ONE YEARS
We believe there are few building contractors in small towns who have equalled or can come anywhere near the record of Contractor Paul R. Naffin, for the number of homes
built within a specified period. The Schuylkill Haven general public well knows that this one individual in the past number of years has been responsible for the erection of an
unusually large number of homes in the town. Hardly anyone, except Mr. Naffin himself, had any idea of the actual number he constructed. It can be said for this contractor,
that most all of the homes he built were of and along modern lines and types. He has been responsible for the development of at least a half dozen different sections of the
town, having first purchased the ground, graded streets, put down curbs and pavements, and then built houses thereon, either on contract or for himself and later disposed of
them when completed.
Mr. Naffin, in addition to the building of homes, has done considerable construction work on other buildings such as stores, garages and public buildings but confining his work
to the actual building of homes, we find the total number since 1914, or twenty one years ago, has been 108. Of this number, twenty three houses were built on contract or to
specifications determined by the owner before hand. Here is a list of streets and number of homes built on each by Mr. Naffin:
West Main Street - 17, Saint Charles Street - 5, Hoover Street - 10, Penn Street - 8, Schumacher Avenue - 8, Willow Lake - 1, Stanton Street - 10, Hess Street - 29, Margaretta
Street - 4, Naffin Avenue - 7, and one each on Wilson Street, Saint Peter Street, Union Street, Avenue C, East Main Street, Garfield Avenue, Centre Avenue, Haven Street and
|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
|The Call of May 1, 1936
MANY INDUSTRIES LOST TO SCHUYLKILL HAVEN IN THE LAST 25 YEARS
The news of the intention of the Kayser Knitting Mill of Schuylkill Haven to move to Allentown within the next
several weeks, arouses interest as to just how many industries have been lost to Schuylkill Haven in the past
twenty five years. In the list herewith given is included industries that have moved elsewhere or have
S. Thomas Knitting Mills Nipple and Nut Works Daniel Sharadin Knitting Mills
Berger Brothers Knitting Mills Reidlers Knitting Mill Russel Reider and Brother
J. E. Stanton Knitting Mill A. H. Kline Knitting Mill J. C. Lautenbacher Knitting Mill
Schwenk and Company Knitting Mill Davis and Lawrence Paper Box Factory W. F. Doherty Paper Box Factory
Baker Brothers Knitting Mill Philadelphia and Reading Car Shops Schuylkill Haven Rolling Mill
Stocking Factory on Leonard Street Losch Automatic Furnace Company Fox and Brown Shirt Factory
Schuylkill Haven Brick Plant Guarantee Laundry Company Becker Planing Mill
Turner Concrete Block Company Huling Burial Casket Company
|The Call of May 1, 1936
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TO LOSE VALUABLE INDUSTRY
Very unpleasant news for the people of Schuylkill Haven is announced by the Call this week. It is that of the Kayser Knitting Mill transferring its Schuylkill Haven unit to
Allentown. Under present plans and arrangements, the local unit will be operated in Allentown by July 1st. Most of the orders and work now on hand at the Schuylkill Haven
plant will be completed before closing down. About one hundred and sixty employees will be effected by the moving of the Kayser plant. All but about ten to twelve of these
employees are women. The greater majority of the employees are Schuylkill Haven residents. There are a number of Cressona and Auburn persons included in the list of
employees, as well as several from rural sections.
The present average payroll of these employees is about $2300. This amount was considerably higher until several months ago, when in February the knitting department of
the local mill was transferred to the large plant of the Kayser Company in Allentown. This change affected fourteen persons, all men, five of whom are now employed in
Allentown. For the last twenty two years, or since 1914, this mill was operated continuously on a fifty two week basis. Two weeks each year were taken off for inventory and
during this time period, the employees were expected to take their vacation and be ready to give continuous employment during the balance of the year. It was one of the most
steadily operated plants in this section.
Efforts are to be made by the Chamber of Commerce to induce the Kayser Company to change their plans and continue operations in Schuylkill Haven. Just what success will
mark their efforts remains to be seen but from the fact that the high officials of the Kayser Company are enroute to Europe and will not return for several weeks, it is uncertain
as to what success may be expected by a conference, which has been arranged with junior executives. While it is not believed the firm can operate the Schuylkill Haven unit in
Allentown as cheaply as it does in Schuylkill Haven, nevertheless, it is understood the primary idea of the firm is to have the manufacture of their products concentrated. This
can be readily done in the Allentown plant for the addition recently built to it is a little bit more than twice the size of the Schuylkill Haven building. The original Allentown plant
is almost as large as the Schuylkill Haven plant. In the Schuylkill Haven plant, cotton and silk underwear and sleeping garments for ladies, also ladies' cotton sportswear, were
manufactured. The Kayser Company operates three plants in Pennsylvania, namely in Allentown, Bangor and Schuylkill Haven. They have several plants in New York City and
one each in Canada and Australia.
This company has been operating the local plant on a one hundred percent ownership basis since 1921. For four years before that date, they operated on part ownership with
the R. J. Hoffman Estate. From the year 1912, the firm took the entire production of the R. J. Hoffman Mill. Mr. Hoffman began operations at the present location in 1909 and in
1920 began the building of a large addition. This addition was occupied in February of 1921. The present superintendent of the Schuylkill Haven plant, Mr. H. A. Goas has
served in this capacity since 1913. It is understood he will have a similar position at the Allentown plant. His daughter Miss Margaret, who has served as forelady of the
Schuylkill Haven mill for a number of years, may also accept a similar position in Allentown. This means, of course, that the family will move to Allentown.
Whether or not opportunity will be given of the employees of the Schuylkill Haven mill to accept employment at Allentown is not known. The three story brick building on
Margaretta Street, owned and occupied by the Kayser Company in Schuylkill Haven, has been advertised for sale for the past month or more. It might be interesting to note that
it was through the foresight and interest of the employees of this industry that the Community Christmas Tree feature was instituted in Schuylkill haven. From prize money won
by the employees in several parades, was contributed the fund to purchase the first Community Christmas tree and to provide for the Christmas Tree service. This was back
seventeen years ago. The employees of this industry, too, have always been loyal in every way to the community, contributing most liberally whenever any special drive or
campaign for funds was under way and also being the first to participate in community events of any kind.
|The Call of February 5, 1937
BARBER SHOP AT NEW LOCATION
Beginning Friday morning of last week, the Merlin Fisher Barber Shop, formerly located on West Main Street, was opened for business on the Parkway. Mr. Fisher purchased
the Bolton property and gave it a complete rebuilding and refinishing. A large plate glass window in the front of the shop provides an unusually fine amount of illumination.
The interior of the shop is finished in white. Three large mirrors have been used to good effect. A fine pattern of inlaid linoleum of the shades of terra cotta, dark grey and
mahogany, add to the appearance of the shop. While the new quarters are not quite as long as the former shop, it is somewhat wider and the floor space is therefore about the
same as the former location where Mr. Fisher did business at the West Main Street address for a little more than twenty one years, having opened in October of 1915. Thus far
all of his customers have not been inconvenienced in any way and have easily found the new address. The entire property has undergone considerable changes, Mr. Fisher
having had almost every type of work done or has it underway, including replastering, painting, new floors, new woodwork, rewiring, new plumbing, new heating plant. The
family is now domiciled at the new address.
|The Call of February 26, 1937
FEGER PAINT STORE BEING IMPROVED
Workmen are now engaged in enhancing and considerably
changing the appearance of the Harry Feger Paint and
Wallpaper Store on West Main Street. When completed,
the result will be most inviting and very pretty. Nothing
like it will be provided in any store in the state. The entire
interior is being changed. A pottery shelf will first greet
the customer. There will be two wallpaper display racks,
each with twenty patterns of paper. There will be three
attractive paint shelves on the opposite side of the store
room. Above all, the shelving along the two sides will be a
cornish with flood lights shedding light upon the store. In
the rear of the store room will be a replica of a portion of a
colonial house with the ten inch weatherboards with two
colonial windows and the French doorway. There will be
flower boxes in the windows and the effect promises to be
very pretty. The walls of the store room will be finished in
the new shade of blue with hand painted flowers in grey
and rose. The fixtures will be in grey as will be the
cornish. Blue and rose stripes will add effect to the
cornish. The floor will be finished in grey. All of the
fixtures in the store will be brand new. It is expected the
same will be ready by March 5th and 6th when the general
public will be invited to inspect the same and note the
very, very inviting and comfy appearance, provided by the
more modern trend in interior store 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
|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.
|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 newsstand.
|The Call of March 7, 1941
WAGE INCREASE DENIED, WORKERS BARRICADE ROAD TO BREAKER
Twenty two striking miners at the Pine Ridge Mining Company breaker, located at the end of Parkway, erected a barricade on roads leading to the breaker and are stopping all
trucks from entering the premises. This action was taken after a demand for an increase in wages had been refused by the company, the men laid off and an attempt made to
operate the breaker with new men. The affair was peaceful until Thursday afternoon, when an altercation occurred between Charles Andershonis, one of the foremen, and the
striking employees. It is claimed that the foreman sought to tear down American flags erected at the barricade and was set upon by the 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 not met by March 1. The company
attempted to operate the breaker with outside help on that date, and the old employees set up the barricade on Tuesday to prevent coal from being taken to or from the
The owner, Steve Kotch of Frackville, also operates two other breakers, at Oak Ridge near Lorberry and at Millersville, near Fountain Springs. Attempts at conciliation have met
with no success, the strikers claiming that the operator will not meet with them. Clarence Ney, the spokesman for the employees, announced this morning that the men will now
demand the union wages and hours of the United Mine Workers. A detective of the Pine Ridge Mining Company talked with the men this morning and it is thought a conference
soon will be arranged between the two factions, and an agreement reached.
|The Call of December 5, 1941
ZULICK MILL IS OPERATING IN NEW QUARTERS
Zulick's Underwear Mill, formerly Moyer and Zulick, began operation this week in their new quarters at the rear of 128 Centre Avenue. The factory which had been located in the
small building across from Moyer's garage on Lincoln Avenue was moved to the newly constructed frame building Thanksgiving Day and the thirty girls employed by Mr. George
Zulick lost only one day through the change in location. The new factory offers ideal working conditions. It is a two story building with plenty of natural light coming through the
numerous windows on all sides. The girls work at the thirty machines on the second floor. Contractors are still working on the first floor which is expected to be finished this
week. This floor will be used as a retail sales room where the products of the mill will be sold direct to the consumers. The merchandise now manufactured includes ladies'
rayon underwear, panties, slips, gowns and pajamas and ladies' and boys camerline jackets. Sales are made by Mr. Zulick direct to the retail dealer and to individuals coming to
the sales room. The partnership of Moyer and Zulick was dissolved June 27 upon the death of R. F. Moyer, after the two men had operated for sixteen years. Now with
increased sales and greater production necessary, a larger factory became necessary and Mr. Zulick constructed the building at the rear of the Zulick apartments. The new
building can accommodate almost double the number of machines now in operation. With the demand for his products steadily increasing, Mr. Zulick states that new machines
and operators will be added very shortly.
|The Call of December 5, 1941
EMPLOYEES OF W. Y. MILLER SHOE COMPANY PLEDGE $5000 TO FINANCE REOPENING
The citizens of Schuylkill Haven in their public spirited endeavor to save the W. Y. Miller Shoe Company have already pledged $7300 of the $35,000 necessary to put the factory
again in operation and return the 138 employees to their jobs. The action of the community in trying to save one of its biggest industries has stirred the interest of millions of
people in the eastern part of the United States. Large city newspapers have sent men in to cover the meetings of the Citizen's Committee and have given the story prominent
display in their news columns. Their millions of readers are now waiting to see if this town of 6500 people will be able to raise the large amount necessary to reorganize the
closed factory. If the amount is raised, the factory will become a community operation. The plan is to issue preferred stock which carries with it a voice in the management and
operation of the shoe company. The preferred stock will be paid off from the profits.
A pledge of $5,000 by the employees at a meeting in town hall last evening gave added impetus to the solicitation. More than one hundred employees, friends and interested
persons attended the meeting. Solicitation will begin in earnest tomorrow, following an important meeting of the solicitors tonight at &:30 in town hall. All solicitors already
working and any other persons interested are asked to be present. These solicitors will canvass the town in an effort to raise the additional $27,000 by the deadline, Thursday,
December 11. On Thursday the hearing of the W. Y. Miller Shoe Company will be held in Philadelphia before Judge Guy T. Bard. At the first hearing on Monday, ex-judge Roy P.
Hicks, attorney for the closed factory, explained the attitude of the townspeople and their plan to raise the amount necessary to resume operations under a reorganization plan
and he received an extension of time for the hearing until December 11. At that time the entire $35,000 will have to be pledged.
According to authentic financial reports on the status of the company, it had been operating at a profit for the last six months, but a large indebtedness created an overhead
which depleted the profit. Three creditors presented their claims and forced the Millers into involuntary bankruptcy. Under Chapter 10 of the Chandler Act, a business is
permitted to continue operation under a reorganization plan. In the event this plan can not be put into operation, the company will have to go through the bankruptcy
proceedings. If the citizens are successful in raising the $35,000, the factory will begin work immediately to fill orders on hand totalling $125,000. When reorganized, the factory
will do the greater part of their dealings directly with the retail dealers, retaining only a few of their most reliable jobbers. Prior to closing two weeks ago, the factory was
producing a thousand pairs of shoes a day. The maximum daily output is estimated at twelve hundred pairs.
The first meeting of the Citizen's Committee was called by Bert Maberry, Gordon D. Reed and George Gray for Wednesday evening, November 26. At this time about twenty
businessmen of the community were present. Because a true account of the financial condition was not available beyond the bare statement of liabilities over assets and the
fact that $35,000 was needed, the group had nothing to go on but rumors. It was decided that before any plans were made, a conference should be held with the Miller brothers
and their attorneys. At this meeting the company was satisfied that the shoe company could again operate on a paying basis if the amount of $35,000 was raised. A second
meeting was called for Tuesday evening and in addition to the businessmen, a number of employees were present. Officers elected at this time were: Bert Maberry, President;
Gordon reed, secretary; and George Gray, treasurer. When Harry Runkle, one of the foremen, and Lewis Schweigert, one of the oldest employees, expressed the belief that the
workers would gladly do their part in raising the necessary 435,000, it was decided to call a meeting of the employees for Thursday night. This was done and the workers turned
out almost one hundred percent to voice their endorsement of the plan by pledging more than $5,000. The W. Y. Miller Shoe Company was founded in September of 1905 by W.
Y. Miller, Preston Miller and Herman Miller as a partnership. The founders began the manufacture of children's shoes in a building on the southwest corner of Liberty and Saint
Peter Streets. As the business expanded, more floor space was added. In October of 1913, the brick building on Liberty Street was erected. After several years it was found
necessary to have more working space and another addition was built in 1918. The next addition was a two story brick wing added in the summer of 1921. In 1932, the brothers
decided to incorporate the business and it became known as the W. Y. Miller Shoe Company, Incorporated. In addition to the three brothers, the two sons of Preston Miller,
Bob and Wilmer also have an interest.
|The Call of December 12, 1941
MILLER'S SHOE COMPANY GRANTED 20 DAY EXTENSION
Through the untiring efforts of the local committee endeavoring to retain the W. Y. Miller Shoe Company here, District Judge Guy Bard has extended the time of final action until
December 30, which gives the local people two more weeks in their effort to raise the necessary $35,000 to save the industry for Schuylkill Haven. The committee has worked
feverishly and has been ably assisted by eight of the employees of the closed factory. The response has been fair and while there is a yeoman's job to be done, the outlook is
not too gloomy. To date, $15,700 has been subscribed. Subscriptions have been received from former residents of Schuylkill Haven who have indicated by act as well as word
that they are anxious to do their part in this effort to aid their former neighbors and friends. One in particular is puzzling the committee who boasted of the fact that they knew
everyone who ever lived here. The subscription is for $100 and was sent by a person who is an absolute stranger to every one of the committee. The sender expressed a
desire to help in this most worthy cause and the committee is of the opinion that the publicity given the matter in the metropolitan newspapers is the reason for this
subscription by a nonresident. It is not too late, as a matter of fact the time is now at hand for you to do your part, if you have not already done so. The thermometers in front of
the Gordon reed office are continually rising in spite of the drop in the actual temperature. They must rise to the $35,000 mark. It can be done. It will be done. Welcome the
solicitor when he comes to you and give all you possibly can.
|The Call of December 5, 1941
LET'S BREAK THE THERMOMETER !
Two large thermometers placed on the light standard in front of the Gordon D. Reed office will record the increasing amount of the money pledged to the W. Y. Miller Shoe
Company fund. The thermometers, made by Fred Reichert, are white with a blue background and a red "mercury" tube. The degrees are marked in $5,000 units with smaller
division between each marker. At the top of the thermometer tube is the goal of $35,000. The reading on the top asks the local citizenry to help keep 138 persons working and
to keep the industry in operation. Anyone desiring to pledge toward the fund may do so at the Reed office or Gray's clothing store.
|The Call of December 19, 1941
NEW INTEREST SHOWN IN DRIVE TO SAVE FACTORY
The war events of last week slowed down the action of the town in its attempt to raise the $35,000 for the Miller Shoe factory, but now that the surprise is past, interest is again
turned to the local problem and solicitors are working feverishly to raise the amount. At the present time over $16,000 has been pledged. Particularly noticeable in the past
week has been the support given to the drive by former residents of Schuylkill Haven, who have come to learn of the plight of one of the main industries of their home town.
Being away from the community, they look at Schuylkill Haven as a unit, not as individuals, and see what the continued operation of the Miller Shoe Company will mean to
everyone in town. Their support is given to build up Schuylkill Haven rather than to see it slip backwards. Many are the stories heard from local businessmen abut salesmen
from distant cities who have read of the gallant fight being waged here and the inquiries about the progress being made in the drive for $35,000. This week, a request was
received by Gordon D. Reed from the Life magazine for aid in securing information and pictures for a feature story to be printed in that magazine. In speaking of the
communication, Reed remarked, "This publicity is all well and good but what we need is more aid in the way of 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 Haven.
|The Call of January 2, 1942
TWO RECEIVERS APPOINTED FOR MILLER FACTORY
District Judge Guy Bard handed down on Tuesday, December 30, an order to adjudicate bankruptcy in the matter of the Miller Shoe Company and appointed Harold Hubler,
Auburn and Ralph M. Bashore of Tremont as receivers. This action followed the petition of a month ago by the operators of the Miller shoe factory to reorganize after an
involuntary bankruptcy action had been handed down against them. The effort to raise the necessary $35,000 by popular subscription locally fell short by $12,000 but it must be
said in behalf of those who so energetically worked for the cause that their efforts were nonetheless appreciated not only by those parties interested directly in the factory but
also by the citizens of the community who watched with keen interest the progress made in the drive. The monies which have been placed on deposit in the drive will be
returned to the subscribers within a few days. A meeting for the creditors for the examination of the bankrupt firm will be called in a short time by Attorney Maynard Stapleton,
Referee in Bankruptcy, to whom the action of the court has been referred.
The interest shown in the drive pointed out very pointedly the fact that many former residents of the borough still have a keen interest in the progress of Schuylkill Haven. Not
a few pledges for aid were received by former residents and this was indeed appreciated as was every single subscription received from residents here. A ray of light is shone
in the fact there is a possibility of the factory being purchased by a group of interested men who will reopen it as a shoe factor or some other industry to absorb the greater part
of the labor represented. Work has already begun to bring this about and, of course, the future of the building and its occupancy will depend upon the purchaser at the final
|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 modrn
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 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.
|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. Next 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
|The Call of April 5, 1946
STORE WILL OPEN HERE SATURDAY
A new modern hardware and sporting goods store will be added to the list of Schuylkill Haven businesses when the Haven Hardware Company opens on Saturday in the former
Felix building on Saint John Street. The building was purchased several months ago by Amos Strause and Harvey Dewald and work was begun immediately to convert it to the
use of the new enterprise. Shelves and fixtures were installed and a large variety of hardware items, many of them unobtainable during the war years and up to the present
time were secured and will be offered for sale. Modern Fluorescent lighting was installed and the entire interior and frame parts of the exterior were painted. The store is now
modern in all respects.
Owners of the new enterprise are Amos Strause and Harvey Dewald and Herman Dewald. With twenty six years of hardware experience, Herman Dewald will be manager of the
store. He was associated previously with the George Bright and Company of Pottsville and W. C. Hack and Sons of Shamokin. Earl Reed, who will be the assistant manager, was
formerly with the William K. Loos establishment of town and at one time had charge of the hardware division of the Sears and Roebuck store in Pottsville.
For the opening the new store will give away four door prizes at a drawing Saturday night. Each person visiting the store on the opening day will be registered and will have his
name in the drawing without needing to be present to win. The prizes will be a pressure cooker, electric heating pad, cookie jar and a flashlight. The store is now stocked with
a complete line of hardware items, paints, fencing, poultry equipment, fertilizer, electric fences and floor coverings. Other items have been ordered and will be placed on sale
as soon as they arrive. The store will be dealers for Jamesway barn equipment, Pratt and Lambert paints, Wilson sporting goods, Pennsylvania overhead doors, Chambers gas
ranges, Barrett roofing and shingles and Royal vacuum cleaners.
|The Call of April 5, 1946
LOOS STORE ERECTING LARGE WAREHOUSE
The William K. Loos Establishment of town, dealers in feed, grain and other farm needs and machinery, has begun construction of a large warehouse between the Reading
Railroad siding and Coldren's Mill on East Columbia Street. The building, constructed of building blocks, will be thirty feet wide and 130 feet in length. A thirty foot section will
be used as a display room for farm machinery. Howard J. Loos, who took over the business in September 1942, shortly after the death of his father, William K. Loos, announces
that the building will enable them to store their feed and grain close to the railroad without the extra handling and trucking that had been necessary in the past. The savings in
the handling cost will enable the Loos Establishment to provide farmers with quality merchandise at a lower price. The present warehouse on Long Run will be used mainly for
the repair and setting up of new machinery. Mr. Loos recently returned from the armed services after serving eighteen months, most of which was in action in the final stages
of the war in Europe. Since his return, he has remodeled and modernized the Loos store on Main Street and made plans for the warehouse that is now being constructed.
Within the next few weeks he expects to begin a weekly delivery route system throughout this area to give better service to the farming trade. Starting this week, the first in a
series of cartoon advertisements for the William K. Loos Establishment appears in The Call.
|The Call of August 30, 1946
'GOOD OLD DAYS' RECALLED BY STORY OF THEATRE OPENING
Many a housewife and head of the family (in some cases one and the same person) after a visit to the store for purchases at inflation prices has said, "Oh, for the good old days
when you really got something for your money." Well, a story was brought to The Call office that deals with the good old days. It's an account of the old Euclid Theatre which
opened the Saturday before Christmas in 1912. The writeup appeared in the July issue of "The Exhibitor," a copy of which was given to the editor by Charles B. Poorman Jr. of
Haven Street, who as a dealer in photographic supplies, receives the trade magazine. The story read in part:
"Recently there came to these editorial offices of the original account book of D. M. Wagner and William L. Woodin, who on Saturday before Christmas in 1912, opened the
Euclid Theatre in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. The first week's receipts were as follows: Monday, December 23, $21.85; Tuesday, December 24, $18.20; Wednesday,
December 25, $18.60 at the matinée and $32.45 in th evening; Thursday, December 26, $21.10; Friday, December 27, $9.50 and Saturday, December 28, $5.35 at the matinée and
$39.30 in the evening for a grand total of $166.35 for the first full week. The preopening expenses amounted to a total of $577.58. Wagner charged the theatre $25 a month for
rent and Woodin drew $25 a week as manager.
Among the expenses listed were: The Call, advertising, $4.84; Mills and Klein, distributing folders for opening week, fifty cents; two boxes of soap powder, ten cents; one tin
pail, ten cents; two pairs pliers, twenty cents; two screw drivers, fifteen cents; bottle of ink, pen and book for ticket seller account, fifteen cents; moving piano to theatre, $2.00
and music rolls from Erles, $18.54. The opening show consisted of the days super colossal "Custer's Last Fight," and a couple of one reelers, "Why Jones Reformed" and
"Plucky Girl". On that precedent shattering night, 6,280 nickels were pushed under the Euclid Theatre wicket, a record which stood for only twenty four days. The film rental on
this show totaled $12.50.
In those days the projectionist cranked the machine with his right hand and with his left, adjusted the carbons, cranked the Victrola and changed the records which were used
to attract customers by means of the horn sticking out on the street. Another job of the projectionist in those days was to lean out the booth door at the close of each show
(they ran only fifteen minutes) and call to the audience, "Don't crowd down the aisles, next show in a few minutes." n It was also not unusual to call out the booth door to the
audience and explain that the film had broken or some other trouble had occurred in the booth and ask the audience to be patient when he fixed it."
|The Call of November 8, 1946
ELMER UNGER BUYS BUSINESS PROPERTY
The modern grocery store of Harry K. Schumacher located at 128 Columbia Street and apartments adjoining were sold the past week to Elmer F. Unger of Parkway. On the first
floor the store room is occupied by Wolf's Grocery and the adjoining property has three modern apartments. Mr. Unger intends to install the latest grocery store equipment and
lighting fixtures and in the rear of the store he intends to install freezing lockers for the storing of meats and vegetables. The Wolf Grocery store which now occupies the store
room will move to the Dietrich property several doors away where business will be continued. The sale was made by realtor Gordon 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
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
|The Call of October 31, 1947
DEWALD BROTHERS PROPRIETORS OF PARKWAY RESTAURANT
The Dewald brothers, Clyde L. and Verlin B. "Pete", proprietors of the Parkway Restaurant, are two of Schuylkill Haven's youngest businessmen. On Saturday they will begin
their third year at the Parkway. They purchased the modern restaurant and banquet hall from Strause and Beck on November 1, 1945 and for two years have been battling
successfully with food shortages, lack of help and skyrocketing food prices. Clyde, the younger of the two brothers, is usually found cigar in mouth, talking to salesmen, making
arrangements for banquets, directing the waitresses, or joining with customers in solving the problems of the world. His favorite spot is behind the cash register. Verlin, who
had been giving only part of his time to the restaurant business until a few months ago, is now devoting full time to the efficient operation of the kitchen.
The two brothers are sons of Mrs. Kate Dewald, who provides the Pennsylvania Dutch cooking for their restaurant. Their father Lewis is deceased. They were born on a farm in
South Manheim Township, Verlin on July 16, 1904 and Clyde on December 16, 1920. The family moved to Orwigsburg in 1921 and in 1930 came to Schuylkill Haven to take over
the Grand Hotel, which, before it burned to the ground, was located where the post office now stands. Verlin married Miss Ada Staller of Brommerstown and returned to the
family farm in South Manheim Township. They had one son, Russell Edward, who is thirteen years old. Mrs. Dewald died and several years later Pete married Miss Edna Staller
of North Manheim Township. They are living temporarily at 30 Center Avenue until they can occupy the Ethel Maid apartments which are being made in the building formerly
occupied by the burial dress manufacturers. After attending public schools, Pete worked as a painter and paperhanger for seventeen years and then entered the employ of the
Economy Supply Corporation at Pottsville as a paint salesman. He continued to work with this company for five years before deciding to devote his full time to the restaurant
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.
|Top right is a
picture of third
Dohner in 1947.
is a shoe
kit from the
|The Call of December 5, 1947
PARRIS LAZOS, SUCCESSFUL CANDY MANUFACTURER
A regular Horatio Alger story - the rise from poor immigrant to successful businessman - is the account of the life of Parris Lazos, proprietor of the Candy Kitchen at 15 East Main
Street. Born in Metylene, Greece, an island in the Aegean Sea, Parris was one of five children of Alvin and Helene Lazos. His father was a stone mason. At that time the Lazos
homeland was under the domination of the Turks, and as at the present time, the people were experiencing trying times. Conditions did not seem to improve as the years
passed. A cousin of the family who had come to America and was living in reading, wrote to the eighteen year old Parris about this country. Vividly recalled in one of the letters
is the statement that America was the land of plenty and of great opportunity, but the dollars could not be picked up on the streets.
Alone at the age of eighteen, Parris made the trip to the United states in 1910. He came immediately to reading to the home of his cousin, who secured work for him in the
Berkshire Knitting Mills. He continued to work in the Berkshire Mills until 1919. While living in reading, he journeyed on weekends to Phoenixville where he visited friends
who were engaged in the candy making business. He assisted them and became interested in the art of candy making. In 1919, he married Miss Mary Albright of Reading and
several months later decided to come to Schuylkill Haven and make a start for himself in the candy business. The location of his candy and ice cream store was at 39 east main
Street in the building now occupied by the J. M. Gipe Hardware store. With candy recipes supplied by his friends in Phoenixville and the little experience he gained while
working with them on weekends, Parris began making his own candy. Many a batch of candy was spoiled before he acquired the skill of producing good candy. Schuylkill
Haven liked the candy and ice cream manufactured by the young businessman who had come as a youth from Greece. Parris prospered and on August 15, 1925, he moved into
the present location at 15 East Main Street, a newly built three story building. The modern store has a large soda fountain bar, large candy display cases and booths for
customers in the rear of the store room. Directly behind the store room is the candy kitchen where the candy is manufactured. At the present time the Lazos family is busy
making candy for Christmas. During the war years, production was curtailed by a shortage of sugar. This year sugar is available but there is an acute shortage of chocolate.
The Candy Kitchen, however, will carry a full line of chocolates, chocolate covered nuts, candy canes, baskets and pretzels and other Christmas candy novelties.
Mr. and Mrs. Lazos have four children, two boys and two girls. Georgianna, age twenty seven, is living at home with her parents and assists in the store. She is a registered
nurse, having graduated from Saint Luke's Medical Center in Philadelphia. Paul, twenty six, shortly after graduating from high school, enlisted in the navy in 1940 and served
until 1946. He was a first class petty officer and was an aviation mechanic instructor at Jacksonville, Florida and spent one year active duty in the Pacific. He now lives in
Philadelphia. Franklin, twenty four, a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy, enlisted in the service and served with the 7th Infantry in France and Germany. While in
France, he married Miss Janine Mermet, who came to this country and is living with him in an apartment above the Lazos Candy Kitchen. They have one child. Franklin is
employed by the Grand Union Tea Company. Henrietta, twenty three, after graduating from the local high school, entered training at Women's Homeopathic Hospital in
Philadelphia. She will graduate next June.
In 1921, Mr. Lazos became a naturalized citizen of the United States and in the years since then has eagerly assisted his adopted country in every possible way. He has been a
member of the local Rotary Club for twenty years and held membership in the old Chamber of Commerce and has again joined the organization when it was revived several
weeks ago. During the past war, the people of Greece again felt privation. Mr. Lazos sent and continues to send boxes of clothing and food to the members of his family still
living in Metylene. His mother and one of his sisters died during the war. His father died in 1927. Still living are a brother and sister Metylene and a sister, Mrs. Theano Yatron
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 1947.
|The Call of January 30, 1948
ATKINS COMPANY STORE NEARS COMPLETION
A preview of Schuylkill Haven's newest store was
given on Thursday when the canvas was removed
from the exterior of the former Kaufman building to
reveal the gleaming modern red and white front of
the Atkins Stores Company five and ten cent store.
Mr. B. D. Atkins who comes from North Carolina where
he at one time managed thirty seven McCrory stores
is directing the work on the new store. The new
business is located on the site of an old landmark
known in the past as Kaufman's Cafe with a reputation
throughout this section for good food. The property
was sold to Parris Lazos who rented it for ten years to
the American Stores Company. It was purchased in
1944 by Gordon D. Reed who razed the old structure
and constructed a steel and concrete block building.
The structure is 26 by 130 feet with an apartment on
the second story in the front. Mr. Atkins expects to
open his store on March 1st.
|The Call of February 27, 1948
BEAUTIFUL NEW ATKINS STORE IN GRAND OPENING
The opening of the beautiful new Atkins store at 12 East Main Street today gives the Main Street business section a new look. The glistening white and red front, the brilliantly
lighted and gaily decorated display windows, all modern to the smallest detail and the modern lunch counter, display counter and shelves and fluorescent lighting on the
interior make this store perhaps the most beautiful store in the county. The Atkins store, with its modern, beautiful appearance, is a welcome addition to the stores of town and
is a big advance in the progress Schuylkill Haven is making in becoming more and more a shopping center for the southern part of Schuylkill County.
B. D. Atkins, president of the Atkins Stores Company, joined with Gordon D. Reed, owner of the building, in planning the new structure. No expense was spared by Mr. Reed in
erecting the building and in finishing it with the most modern materials and equipment. The new structure was erected on the site of the old Kaufman building, later purchased
by Parris Lazos and then by Gordon D. Reed. The old frame building was razed and the basement dug out before the concreting for the foundation was laid. The 26 by 130 foot
store room, topped by an apartment, 20 by 60, is constructed of building block and steel. Construction work was begun last July by Gordon D. Reed's crew of men,
supplemented by various contractors for specialized work.
The gleaming red and white exterior was designed and installed by the Empire Glass Company of Pottsville. The modern entrance, recessed between the two brightly lighted
display windows, consists of two large glass doors with panels on each side. The glass doors and panels alone cost $1,200. Something new in snow removal systems was
installed by Mr. Reed in the laying of the concrete pavement. Lines of pipe were laid in the concrete and connected to the Losch boiler in the basement. The building is vapor
heated with two large blower units. A special attachment on the boiler converts the vapor to steam before it is sent through the pipes beneath the pavement. The paving
innovation received its first test with the heavy snowfall on Saturday night. The pavement in front of the Atkins store was clear of snow.
Mahogany store fixtures with the light colored ceiling and walls of the store room and two long rows of fluorescent fixtures running the length of the building give the store a
beautiful interior appearance. The neatly arranged display counters, the beautiful soda fountain and lunch bar place the Atkins store on a par with the leading five and ten
stores in the county. Hotpoint appliances, installed by M. Luther Fidler, are used throughout the store and in the modern apartment. Fluorescent lighting has been used
throughout the entire store. Elevated offices were built at the back of the store above rest rooms for the personnel.
The new store is the second to be opened by the recently formed Atkins Store Company, a corporation with an authorized capital stock of $100,000. J. H. Gearhart, secretary
and treasurer of the organization, who formerly managed the company's other store in Frackville, is manager of the new local store. When the apartment above the main store
room is completed, Mr. and Mrs. Gearhart will move to Schuylkill Haven. Featuring children's, men's and women's apparel, the new store also is stocked with an abundance of
regular five cent to one dollar staple items. Mr. Atkins and Mr. Gearhart extend a cordial invitation to everyone to come in and look around the new store. Souvenirs, as long
as they last, will be given to each customer.
|The Call of May 14, 1948
GRAND OPENING OF FAREL Y. BECKER GARAGE
Jack Breslin, district manager for Dodge Corporation, congratulated Farel Y. Becker upon the grand opening of his newly remodeled garage on Centre Avenue. Lester Knarr,
assistant to Mr. Becker, was also on hand. The well lighted display room showing a custom Dodge model in a setting of flowers made an attractive appearance on opening night
on Wednesday. The entire garage was opened for inspection by the public and in spite of the rain, a large crowd of people was on hand from four thirty in the afternoon until
closing time. They saw the new custom sedan, a Dodge station wagon, Plymouth and half a dozen Dodge trucks. As of July 1, Farel Y. Becker garage will have by direct
appointment sales and service for Dodge, Plymouth and Dodge job rated trucks and will be receiving units on the same scale as other dealers in the area. His territory will
include Schuylkill Haven, Cressona, Friedensburg, Summit Station, Orwigsburg, McKeansburg, New Ringgold, Deer Lake, Auburn and Port Clinton to the Berks County line.
Others on the staff include: Amos Phillips, foreman of the fully equipped shop; Miss Mildred Bubeck, secretary; Warren Kramer, car salesman; Nick Barbetta, in charge of front
wheel alignment and a full force of mechanics. For the convenience of patrons, a large parking space is located behind the Sinclair service station.
|The Call of July 2, 1948
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN ENJOYING GREATEST HOME BUILDING BOOM IN NEARLY 200 YEARS
With more than twenty homes in the course of construction and twelve or fifteen more planned to be started shortly, Schuylkill Haven now is engrossed in perhaps the greatest
building activity since its founding almost two hundred years ago. Home building in Schuylkill Haven will exceed $250,000 according to an estimate based upon a survey
conducted by the building committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Gordon D. Reed, chairman. This figure is for new home construction only. In addition there is much activity
in remodeling, repairing, renovating and expanding of homes, business places and industries. The total figure for all types of building activity will run close to the half million
Most of the home building activity is centered in the community's largest residential area, the Fairmount section. On Avenue C above Second Street toward the Bamford home
but on the opposite side of the street, three houses are being built. The one story home of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Bonadio has been completed except for landscaping and few
small details and Mr. and Mrs. Bonadio are now living in their new home. The large dwelling for Mrs. Bertha Frantz is under roof and has the brick veneering completed and the
contractor is working on the interior. Directly below this home is one started for J. Harry Naus, which will also be a brick veneer dwelling.
On Avenue E, five homes are underway. Daniel Krause and Luther Troutman are building at the southern corners on Avenue E and Second Street. Krause is building a story
and a half brick veneer home and Troutman plans to put up a one story brick veneer building. Farther down Avenue E, three homes are in the course of construction. The
Michael Colitz English type home is nearly completed, while the home of Joseph Eubanks, a Dutch Colonial style, and the home of Joseph Hubitsky, a two and a half story brick
veneer dwelling, are still in their early stages of construction. On Haven Street, contractor Fred C. Reichert has nearly finished the first of three homes that will be built on the
east side of the "Shavey" Hill. Mr. Reichert also owns the land to the rear of these lots, fronting on the extension of Grant Street and he expects to build houses on this site in
the near future. Joseph Fitzpatrick of Cressona is having a two story frame home built on the south side of Paxson Avenue between Haven Street and Rotary Field. The
building is completed except for the finishing touches to the interior.
In the west end of town two homes are going up on Orchard Avenue in the Hill Farm Addition. These homes, both story and a half, are being built for Francis Cimino and Ira
Krammes. On Columbia Street, on the west side of the bridge, a modernistic home is being erected by Earl Geary, who is doing the work himself, assisted by his father. On
Liberty Street, a brick veneer home is being built for Mr. and Mrs. William Hess along side the recently constructed home of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Manbeck. Located on
Moorenoll street in the Columbia Heights section, the modern one story home of Leo Kuchinsky was completed within the past year. Mr. Kuchinsky is still working on the
landscaping. Excavation has been made on Stanton Street for the adjoining homes of Henry Hummel and his son, Edward. The two homes will be brick veneer, story and a half,
and will be alike except the plans will be reversed. Individual initiative is strikingly evident in the Willow Lake section where four homes are being built entirely or in large
measure by the future occupants of the homes. On Garfield Avenue, Arlin Wildermuth is building a story and a half dwelling with building block which will be covered with
cement. Beyond Willow Lake towards Orwigsburg, William Linder, assisted by his father, is building a story and a half frame home. On the hill above Willow Lake, John Weiss,
aided by his sons, is constructing his own frame home covered with brick insulated siding. Across the street from the Weiss home is the dwelling of Matt Praden, who is doing
all the work on his small frame home. This too is covered with red brick insulated siding.
|The Call of July 2, 1948
HILL FARM ADDITION TO BE BEAUTIFUL RESIDENTIAL SITE
The Hill Farm Addition to Schuylkill Haven is developing into one of the community's more desirable building locations. Located on
the hillside overlooking Schuylkill Haven, the Hill Farm Addition is a residential section with the advantage of a good view and a
quiet, restful atmosphere. The Hill Farm section extends in both Schuylkill Haven and Cressona. It will have three streets running
parallel with Schuylkill Street and another street which has not been named. Saylor Street which runs between the new Hill Farm
Dairy bar and the Schwartz home, will continue at a right angle to Schuylkill Street across the Hill Farm Addition to Haven Manor.
Eleven lots have been sold in this large development. The first, sold to Ed Kunkle in 1946, is ob Orchard Avenue. More recently
the following persons have purchased lots: Francis Cimino, Ira Krammes, Donald Snyder of Pottsville, Lester Knarr, Phaon Kramer
of Pottsville and Verlin Dewald all located in the Schuylkill Haven part of the addition and to Fred Yoder, George Moyer, John Tarris
and Andrew Bazar in the Cressona section. Mr. Kunkle built a home on his ground. Mr. Cimino and Mr. Krammes are building their
homes now and Mr. Snyder of Pottsville has his plot staked off and plans to build this fall. Lots are being offered for sale to the
public. Persons interested should contact William H. Schwartz at the Hill Farm.
|The Call of July 16, 1948
COMPLETELY REMODELED A & P OFFICIALLY OPENED THURSDAY
The official opening of the completely remodeled A & P Supermarket at its location on West Main Street was held Thursday morning at ten o'clock when borough leaders joined
with A & P officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ribbon on the door leading to the glistening, enlarged and remodeled interior was cut by Chief Burgess Harner. Paul J.
Feeser, president, represented the Chamber of Commerce and congratulated Manager Nelson A. Faust and the company officials upon their beautifully renovated market. The
opening of this remodeled supermarket marked another milestone in the steady progress that the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company has made through the years.
The food center is a complete change to the ultramodern in every one of the many departments to be found in the store. The company has spent an estimated $40,000 in the
vast improvements to its store at 133 West Main Street and Milton Folk, who recently purchased the building has made improvements to the physical structure itself. The
parking area at the rear has been greatly enlarged and the front parking area has been covered with amesite. The store has a selling area of 65 by 120 feet and storage space
of 65 by 50 feet and features eight enlarged departments including groceries, produce, frosted foods, dairy and coffee, fish, meats and poultry, Italian products, Kosher
products and candy. All new aisle display racks have been installed to run the length of the store from the meats and dairy departments at the rear to the checking out aisles in
New white tile checking out counters and registers, with another one being added, were installed to speed up the checking operation. The produce displays were greatly
enlarged and new dairy and coffee fixtures added to the store. A new ceiling, painted white, with modern fluorescent fixtures makes the market brightly lighted. A new tile floor
was laid on the top of the old concrete floor. Manager Nelson A. Faust summed up the improvements by saying, "The comfort of the shopper has been uppermost in the minds
of the A & P food store organization. This completely remodeled supermarket gives them the best that could be obtained." All help at the supermarket as at all A & P
establishments is on a five day week with insurance, vacation with pay, sick leave, promotions on merit and other advantages are offered to every employee of this concern.
|The Call of April 14, 1950
OLD HOMES RAZED TO MAKE WAY FOR SELF-SERVICE MARKET
Two of the town's oldest dwellings were razed on Dock Street to make way for a large, modern self service supermarket to be occupied by Moyer's Market, now located at the
corner of Dock and Coal Streets. The site of the new structure will be the homes that were occupied by Mrs. John Cake Sr. and Mrs. Eva Braun in the middle of the block of
Dock Street between Coal and Berger Streets. These two old dwellings along with another building which was kept intact, were purchased by George W. Moyer three years ago
from Mrs. William Kline and daughter, Miss Elsie Kline. Work was begun last week in tearing down the two oldest buildings and they have been leveled to the basement walls.
The third building, to the south of the razed structures, will be remodeled and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Moyer and their family. They will sell their home on Columbia Heights.
The buildings were among the early homes built near the dock of the old Schuylkill Canal. The middle building was known as McCaffrey's hotel and was a well known stopping
place for boatmen on the canal. It is claimed that several members of the Mollie Maguires, a notorious band of lawless miners, that terrorized the coal region in the middle of
the last century, were captured in this hotel. McCaffrey himself was noted for having a trained goose that marched with him in parades.
|The Call of August 4, 1950
BROWN-e GIFT SHOP TO OPEN FRIDAY
A new store, modern in every respect, will be added to the Main Street business district with the opening of the Brown-e Gift Shop next Friday. The gift shop will be operated
by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brown, Leonard Street, with Mrs. Brown conducting the business of the store. Mr. Brown will continue as an employee at the Haven Hardware
Incorporated store on Saint John Street. Located in the former Dechert property at 114 East Main Street, recently purchased and remodeled by Harvey E. Dewald, the store
occupies the lower half of the ground floor. Modern glass front with large display windows makes an attractive appearance and the store is another step in the gradual
expansion of the Schuylkill Haven business district. Mr. and Mrs. Brown will carry a varied line of costume jewelry, glassware, china, hand made ceramics, Pennsylvania Dutch
novelties and linens. On the opening day door prizes will be awarded. A cordial invitation is extended by the Browns to their many friends and the public in general to visit the
|The Call of September 22, 1950
INCREASE IN BUSINESS PRESENTS NEW PROBLEM FOR KLAHR DRY CLEANERS
The installation of a large dry cleaning unit capable of handling six times the amount of clothing as the unit previously in use was thought by the Klahr Cleaners to be the
answer to their problem of keeping up with their requirements. The new unit, a Vic synthetic dry cleaning machine, was installed early in July but the steady increase in
business continues to keep far head of the capabilities of the machine. Milford Klahr, owner of the Klahr Dry Cleaners, is now faced with the need for adding another machine
but does not have the required amount of space in his present building on South Berne Street.
Since starting in business March 5, 1947, the establishment has used a small unit capable of handling only about five pounds of clothing or five pairs of mens trousers. The
new unit, which uses a synthetic cleaning agent rather than the petroleum base cleaner, can handle thirty pairs of trousers or about thirty pounds of clothing at one time and
take it through the complete operation of cleaning in about forty minutes. The cleaning agent used is not inflammable and is claimed to be able to penetrate better and get the
maximum amount of soil from the clothing. Clothes placed in the machine go through a cleaning process for eight minutes, then for five minutes the machine extracts the fluid
from the clothing. The next step is an important part of the process of this particular machine. In a reclaiming cycle, the moisture from the clothing that has mixed with the gas
is separated and the gas cleaned for reuse. The elimination of moisture, which is present in clothing particularly on humid days, does away with the possibility of shrinkage
during the cleaning process. The final step in the cleaning is the aerating or deodorizing of garments in which the odor of the cleaning fluid is completely dispelled. After the
clothing leaves the machine, it is checked for spots that may have not been removed in the machine and then it is pressed. Pants and coats are pressed on a modern presser
which was recently purchased. Shirts and dresses are pressed by hand.
The plant on South Berne Street is manned by Saul and Richard Klahr, sons of the owner and Joseph Knarr. Another son, Gerald Klahr, drives the pickup and delivery truck and
Mrs. Adele Llewellyn tends the store on Saint John Street. Pickup and delivery service is maintained every day in town and on Tuesday and Friday in Cressona. In addition to
the dry cleaning and pressing, the establishment also does repairing and dyeing.
|The Call of September 29, 1950
KAUFMAN'S STORE TO DISCONTINUE BUSINESS AFTER FORTY YEARS OF SERVICE
Kaufman's Store at 7 West Main Street will close its doors the end of the week after serving the public for more than forty years. This store room will be rented to a local
concern as an office the first of the month. The late Burt Kaufman started his business as a newspaper agency, before his marriage to the former Katie Meck in 1907, in the
building now occupied by Mrs. Hazel Stevenson on Saint John Street. On December 15, 1908 they purchased the building at 7 West Main Street and on January 4, 1909, they
began to conduct their business in the hallway next to the store room, which was then occupied by the post office. Charles Huy was the postmaster and was later succeeded by
Fred Reed. At that time there were two newspaper agencies, the one operated by the Kaufmans and one operated by E. Bright Pflueger. In 1927 both agencies sold out to
Frank Lewis. The Kaufmans then devoted their entire time selling cigars, magazines, candy, pipes, ice cream, etc. At one time they sold Wertly's ice cream made in Hamburg
and later they sold Aristocrat and at the present time, Hershey's. Mr. Kaufman died on January 1, 1947 and his widow, assisted by the daughter Mary, who is now the wife of
Warner Reigle, continued to operate the business. However, Mrs. Kaufman wishes to retire from business and devote her entire time to her home.
|These four ads appeared in The Call in this time frame offering readers a choice on meals or Saturday entertainment
|The Call of March 25, 1893
THE STRIKE - Lasters Make Trouble in a Shoe Factory
The firm of Berger, Brown and Company, shoe manufacturers, have had experience with their five lasters during the past two weeks which resulted in their going on strike.
About two weeks since the employees in the lasting department came to the manager of the factory, Frank Brown and demanded a raise in their wages. He agreed to give them
the raise provided that they would sign a contract that for any inferior work that would be discovered after going through a partial process of manufacture would be allowed to
be finished and charged to the party or employee at whose hands the work was done at wholesale prices. The object of this was not to take advantage of the employees but
was to be an incentive to good workmanship and faithful service by him and as a protection to the firm. They all agreed to and signed the contract. Matters moved on without
much friction until last Saturday when the hands received their pay. One of the lasters had charged against him four pairs of shoes and another had one pair. They were
supposed to take the shoes and the price of them was to be deducted from their regular wages. On Monday morning one of the lasters quit his job. The others called at the
office of the manager at eight o'clock and presented a shoe which had been given and charged to one of their members and claimed that it was not inferior work. Mr. Brown
claimed that he was the man that passed judgement in the matter and did so, pointing out the defects. Then they upheld that he was infringing on the rights of them as
employees by charging a certain one of their number with shoes that were of inferior workmanship. Not having received the satisfaction they expected, they returned to their
department and held a consultation. The manager approached them and asked them what they expected to do in regard to the matter. Shortly after, they left the factory
unceremoniously and thus forfeited their positions. This caused a stagnation in the business for a few days but the places have been filled by competent hands and everything
is moving along as heretofore.
|The Call of August 26, 1899
ROLLING MILL CHANGES HANDS
Will Resume Operations in the Course of a Week or so. We are Also to Have a Nut and Bolt Works.
The Schuylkill Haven Iron Works were on Monday sold to Colonel Thomas H. Rickert of Pottsville, representing a syndicate, for $21,000. The syndicate is composed of Dr. Filbert
and a number of other wealthy Philadelphians, with Colonel Rickert, ex-Senator Charles F. King and some other monied Pottsvillians, whose names are withheld. Colonel
Rickert and Walter F. Rahn, the latter the secretary and treasurer of the Schuylkill Haven Works, went to Philadelphia on Tuesday, where the deed was transferred to the
syndicate and Mr. Rahn was paid the purchase money. The rolling mill of the Schuylkill Haven Iron Company was erected in 1870 by the Direct Iron Company to change ore into
iron, but two years later was changed to a rolling mill proper.
The product of this plant was merchant iron bar, truck bolts, railroad and horseshoe bars. Two trains of rollers for turning out merchant iron and two heating furnaces which
have been used for a number of years are still intact and they will be put into shape immediately. The mills had a capacity of about fifty tons a month but in the course of the
next few months this will be doubled. The plant was purchased and incorporated in 1881 by William Weissinger, George R. Kaercher and Frank R. Rahn and worked
continuously until May of 1898 when work was suspended owing to the dullness of the trade.
It is the purpose of the syndicate to place the mill in operation at the earliest possible moment, within a week or ten days, using the present machinery. The building will in the
meantime be enlarged to twice its present size and the output doubled. Two large puddling furnaces and a blast furnace will be put in and several other improvements will be
made. About forty hands will be given employment in the beginning. A large plot of ground adjacent to the works, and which was part of the property, was purchased by Walter
R. Rahn. It is learned that the gentleman will shortly erect a large plant for the manufacture of nuts and bolts. Plans are already being arranged for the building.
|The Call of September 2, 1899
ORGANIZING THE ROLLING MILL
A meeting of the stockholders of the Schuylkill Haven Iron Works was held on Tuesday at Philadelphia for the purpose of organization and also to discuss plans for the
operation of the works. The election of officers resulted as follows: President, Colonel T. H. Rickert of Pottsville; Vice President, Kennedy Crossan of Philadelphia; Treasurer,
Honorable C. F. King of Pottsville; Secretary, Clarence Crossan of Philadelphia. The directors are T. H. Rickert, W. C. Martin of Philadelphia, C. F. King, Kennedy Crossan and C.
C. Kauffman of Columbia. It is expected that the works will be in condition to begin operations on Monday or Tuesday of next week giving employment to about thirty hands. In
a week or so this number will be increased to forty or forty five. There may be a delay in starting if the supplies do not arrive promptly. It is the intention of the new owners to
improve the mill by adding modern machinery and enlarging it as soon as possible.
|The Call of October 6, 1950
THRONGS JAM NEW MOYER SUPER MARKET AT GRAND OPENING THURSDAY NIGHT
Large crowds of people jammed the new Moyer Super Market on Dock Street at its grand opening last night and extended hearty congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and
Mrs. George Moyer, owners of the glistening, modern store, upon the great forward step they have taken. The new store is a big contrast to the smaller corner market
operated by the Moyers before moving to the new location a half block away on the other side of the street. The well lighted and perfectly arranged market is one of the most
modern to be found in this entire area. It has a gleaming interior with display cabinets and shelves lining the two sides and running down the center aisle. The refrigerated
cabinets for the meats extends across the entire width of the store at the rear and above it on the glistening white wall is the large display sign, "Moyer's Quality Meats."
The store is brightly lighted throughout by the new slim line fluorescent fixtures on the ceiling. The attractive front is finished in green carrara glass and features large plate
glass windows extending at a slight angle from the left side to the doorway at the right so that the doorway is recessed beneath the second story overhang and affords
protection to patrons during inclement weather. Large baskets of flowers sent by friends and business associates were placed on the higher shelves and convenient cabinets
throughout the store. Patrons serve themselves with the most modern push carts through the wide aisles in the store.
For their grand opening, Mr. and Mrs. Moyer gave a large number of door prizes to the people who visited the store on its opening night. The prizes included large hams,
picnic hams, dishes, glasses, glass sets and twenty four baskets of groceries. The list of winning numbers is posted in the store and those not having claimed their door prizes
may come in today and tomorrow to receive their prizes.
Mr. and Mrs. Moyer's new store is another step in the ladder to success that is so well known in this country. Starting at the age of thirteen, he worked for Sam and Amy Lear
after they purchased the business of William Ball at 31 East Main Street, the site of the present Gordon D. Reed Agency office. Harry Yost, who formerly managed the Mark
Detweiler butcher shop on Main Street, purchased and operated it and Moyer continued to work for him until 1932. At that time he went with his father, Harry Moyer, who took
over the meat market at 344 Dock Street. In 1940 the elder Mr. Moyer died and the son continued to operate the store for his mother. Following her death in 1943, Moyer
purchased the business and operated it at the corner of Coal and Dock Streets until this week when he moved to the modern quarters in the properties on Dock Street which
he purchased. Mrs. Moyer, the former Miss Ada Rhen, is now associated with her husband in the business.
The Moyers and their children, Barbara, thirteen and Nedra, ten, moved from their home on Columbia Heights to the home adjacent to the store. The property on Moorenoll
Street was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Howell Aregood who will move there after renovations have been made.
|The Call of April 13, 1951
TRUST COMPANY OPENS PARKING LOT AND WALK UP WINDOW
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company announces the opening of its new customer's parking lot and outdoor walk up window for the convenience of its patrons. The extra
service window and the large parking lot are located at the rear of the building with access direct from Wilson Street. Banking customers may now drive onto the lot with their
automobiles, walk up to the window located on the rear wall of the building and transact their business without actually entering the bank. A roof over the window gives
protection from bad weather. An electric communications system permits the customer to talk to the teller without raising his voice. The speaking unit is located near the
window and enables the patron and teller to carry on a normal conversation even though the teller is standing behind a bullet proof one inch thick glass.
A specially designed system of small doors prevents direct contact between the persons outside and inside. In order to open the outer door the inside door must be closed.
The customer places his bank book and deposit in the compartment and the teller then must close the outside door before he can open the inside panel which enables him to
handle the deposit. During the past year an addition was built at the rear of the bank building. This new section contains the bookkeeping department and this new outdoor
walk up window service. The teller inside has all the regular equipment for the transaction of business as is found in the main section of the bank.
In recent years, parking in the Main Street area during the rush banking hours presented a problem. The large parking lot at the rear of the bank will now permit the bank
customers to drive within a few steps of where they will walk up to a teller's window. Any banking transactions except new accounts, loan applications, or transactions
requiring long discussion may be handled at this window. The special teller's window will be open during all regular banking hours. During banking hours, the parking lot will
be reserved for the use of the bank's patrons. The teller's window from which the customer can be served without entering the bank is a new banking feature that is becoming
popular with banks in the larger and newer cities in the United States. The introduction of this type of service by the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company marks the first time it has
been put into practice in this area.
|The Call of June 1, 1951
LOCAL CABS INSTALL RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
The Haven Cab Company this week began using its new radio communication system to facilitate service to its taxi customers. The $2,000 Raytheon installation includes a
receiver and transmitter in two cabs and the main control panel with sending and receiving units at the Boussum home on West Liberty Street. At the home, a sending antenna
has been erected, but the cabs having only a short aerial rising about fifteen inches above the car roof.
The communication system permits the dispatcher to contact the cabs within a twelve mile radius and send them on another call without having the cab come back to the office
to check to see where it is to go next. An example of how fast the system operates was demonstrated this week when a cab user near Seven Stars called in to report that she
had left a key on the back seat of the cab. Mrs. Luther Boussum, wife of the cab company owner, immediately contacted the cab which happened to be completing a call on
Garfield Avenue. By the time the person who had lost the key went to her front porch to wait for the cab it was pulling up at her home and delivering the lost key. Mr. Boussum,
in explaining the conveniences of the new system stated that the cab phones will be available for emergency use. That is, if there is an accident or an emergency of any nature
at a place where a phone is not available and a cab happens to be in the vicinity, the cab can be hailed and the radio phone used to contact the central control who can then
place a regular phone call to the police, doctor, ambulance or firemen.
The surprising part of the system is the small amount of space required for the receiving and transmitting units in the cabs. It is all contained in a box about the size of a small
tool kit in the trunk of the cab. The size of the main control board is modest while the mechanism is located in small units at the rear of the desk.
|Miners Journal of June 6, 1868
NEW IRON FURNACE
All the preliminary arrangements having been made, and the company having been organized, work has been commenced in Schuylkill Haven on the buildings required for the
Griffith Direct Iron Producing Furnace. The site selected by the company is one of the most eligible for a work of this kind in the county, bounded on the east as it is by the
Philadelphia and Reading Railroad and on the west by the Schuylkill Canal. The necessary excavations for the foundations for the buildings are being made and the stone
masons are cutting and preparing stone. The castings are all made, the lumber ordered and the work on the machinery is being pushed forward as rapidly as possible. We
understand that this company starts out under very auspicious circumstances. Twenty five percent of the capital subscribed has been paid in, and under the management of its
able and energetic President T. C. Zulick, esquire, there is every prospect of the early and satisfactory completion of the furnace. This project promises to result differently
from the contemplated steel works at the same point a year since.
It will probably be of the interest of the reader to state that by the new and simple process, the invention of Mr. Griffith, which will be used at this furnace, rolled iron of any
kind, rails, rods, bars and sheets are produced from the ore with only one heating. The apparatus consists essentially of a series of vertical retorts with movable bottoms
communicating with a puddling chamber. The retorts are charged with the broken ore and charcoal, and the molten iron, after reduction, is drawn off into a puddling chamber
where the surplus carbon is burned out and the metal is piled into balls for the rollers. The fuel used in the operation is anthracite coal, through which a blast of steam is
driven; the vapor of water is decomposed by the heat, the hydrogen, released, gives out an intense heat and the liberated oxygen powerfully supports the combustion.
The works at Schuylkill Haven, we learn, will be in operation within two months and will under the superintendence of Mr. Griffith, the patentee of the direction process. The
Board of Management consists of T. C. Zulick, Joseph Patterson, Thomas Wren, Charles Wiltrout and Charles Meck.
|A button hook from P. T. Hoy's store.
|At right is Hoffman Knitting Mill,
located on Margaretta Street,
today the home of Alpha Mills.
|The Call of June 29, 1951
GREENAWALT'S CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
Mr. and Mrs. Salem Greenawalt are celebrating their twenty fifth anniversary as merchants in Schuylkill Haven. To observe the occasion they are holding a special 25th
anniversary celebration at the store Friday and Saturday by offering a long list of anniversary specials and presenting a gift to each lady customer visiting the store today and
Saturday. The store will be open from 8:00 a. m. until 9:00 p. m. on these two days.
Mr. and Mrs. Greenawalt started in business June 26, 1926 at the present location at 19 Parkway. The building was formerly a bake shop and an insurance office for William
Roan. In the twenty five years they have been in business, the Greenawalts have enlarged the store three times. As the store business expanded it became necessary to take
in the space used by the insurance office and the partition was removed so that the entire front part of the dwelling could be used. Other expansions were toward the rear of
the building. The Greenawalts now have the enlarged store room and two apartments in the rear of the building, an apartment above, a garage at the rear of the property and
an apartment above the garage. The store, started primarily as a grocery and notions store was later expanded to include ready to wear clothing and other dry good items for
men, women and children. A feature of their store has been delivery service, begun when the store was first opened and continued to the present time. Along with the
expansion of the store has been improvements such as the installation of fluorescent lighting, new wall dress cabinets and remodeled windows as well as frequent painting of
both the interior and exterior of the building.
Mr. Greenawalt is a native of McKeansburg. Mrs. Greenawalt, the former Miss Elsie Updegrove of Muir, taught school in McKeansburg for two years after graduating from
Kutztown State Normal School and met Mr. Greenawalt. They were married twenty eight years ago. The Greenawalts are receiving the congratulations of their many friends and
customers in Schuylkill Haven and the surrounding territory they serve.
|The Call of February 29, 1952
PAUL KELLER OPENS MODERN SERVICENTER ON CENTER AVENUE
The newly constructed Keller's Esso Servicenter, located on Center Avenue where the new Pottsville boulevard enters the borough at the northern limits, opened for business
yesterday. The glistening white structure, trimmed in red, has a wide approach and driveways that are easily accessible for cars traveling in either direction. Featuring the
ultimate in modern service station designing, the servicenter has a large serve yourself showroom, a large service area that will accommodate two cars for lubrication, oil
change or washing. On the left side of the building are the rest rooms, finished in ceramic tile with the most modern of accessories. An office is located at the rear.
The new servicenter will be operated by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Keller. Mr. Keller has worked in service stations since 1927. From 1939 to 1946 he operated the Keller Servicenter
in Cressona. In 1942 he started in business as a fuel oil distributor and in 1946 gave up the service station business to devote full time to the fuel oil and oil burner business.
Winfield Moyer of Schuylkill Haven and Joseph Hummel of Friedensburg are employed at the service station. Fred Bittle, local high school athlete, will work part time. Although
the new service station has opened for business, the grand opening celebration has been postponed to a later date.
|The Call of May 9, 1952
BURKERT'S MODERN CONFECTIONERY STORE
This week Burkert's Confectionery opened in the newly built store room on Main Street directly opposite Dock Street. Fred Burkert, who operates the store, moved from his
temporary quarters in the Feger and Feger store to the new location on Monday but is having his grand opening today and Saturday. The new store gives him larger display
space for the full line of Ehly's baked goods which he handles as well as for the peanut roaster, soda fountain, booths, tobacco and candy counters and magazine racks. The
change of location comes shortly after the twenty fifth anniversary of the date Burkert started in business. He opened for business in 1926 at 109 East Main Street where the
Keller Sweet Shop is now located and remained there for five years. He then moved to 103 East Main Street where he conducted his business until a month ago. The new store
was built by Realtor Gordon D. Reed at the front of the former Berger property which he recently purchased. It has an attractive Ohio sandstone front with large plate glass
windows. The interior is brightly lighted with fluorescent lights. Additional equipment provides an attractive, modern store.
|The Call of September 5, 1952
HIRAM FISHER BUYS DAIRY FROM JOSEPH KAUFMAN
Kaufman's Dairy, operated for over thirty years by its founder, Joseph Kaufman Sr., was purchased by Hiram L. Fisher Jr., and the first deliveries by the new owner were made
on Monday. The new owner, who has been in the milk delivery business for 22 years, 21 of which was with the Rothermel Dairy, has already started on an improvement and
expansion program. Farmers who supply the milk for the dairy have been contacted and asked to supply the milk with a greater butter fat content. Fisher intends to install
some new equipment for pasteurizing milk and is increasing the line of dairy products to include, in addition to milk and cream, chocolate milk, buttermilk, butter both salted and
unsalted, cottage cheese and Orange Ade.
Two trucks will deliver milk to customers in Schuylkill Haven and immediate vicinity. The one will be manned by Fisher himself and the
other by Joseph Kaufman Jr., son of the retiring owner. The new dairy owner is the well known member of the Schuylkill Haven school board, a post he has held for ten years.
A son of Hiram Fisher Sr. of East Main Street, he is a graduate of the Schuylkill Haven class of 1927. In high school he was an all around athlete, playing three years of football,
basketball and baseball. In his senior year he was captain of the gridiron team. After graduation he attended Schuylkill College.
At the present time he is a member of the Lions' Club, the Liberty Fire Company, the North and East Ward Social Clubs and the home associations of both the Cressona and
Schuylkill Haven American Legion Posts. He is married to the former Miss Marion Repp of Schuylkill Haven R. D. They live at 229 Paxson Avenue with their two sons, John and
Thomas. The oldest son Kenneth is in the Air Force stationed in California.
|The Call of September 19, 1952
FAREL Y. BECKER HAS FRANCHISE FOR STUDEBAKER
Farel Y. Becker, local television and appliance dealer, has secured the franchise for Studebaker cars and trucks and after remodeling his building at Haven and Hess Streets,
has the new cars now on display. Becker returns to the automotive field as a new car and truck dealer after being away from it since selling the Dodge and Plymouth agency
which he conducted on Center Avenue for seven years to W. Randolph Martin. He retained the used cars but had disposed of most of them. He entered the television and
appliance field and now with the taking on of the Studebaker agency announces, "I am not going out of the television and appliance business. In fact, we'll be in it bigger and
better than ever." The appliance end will continue to be in charge of Lloyd Hubler. The new agency will feature the two winners of the 1952 Mobil Gas Company run in which
the Studebaker Champion under the direction of the American Automobile Association won over all competition, averaging 27.8 miles per gallon. The new Studebaker V8
Commander averaged 25.5 miles per gallon to lead in its class. The agency will also handle a full line of trucks, known for economy and durability. When changing the building
to more satisfactorily accommodate the new cars, Becker equipped a modern shop with the latest type equipment to service all makes of cars.
|The Call of February 6, 1953
LECHNER SELLS MEAT MARKET TO DIRECT KEYSTOKER SALES
Lechner's Meat Market on Monday changed ownership when the business was sold by Charles a. Lechner to Mr. and Mrs. Gus Kriston of Greenwood Hill of Pottsville. Mr.
Kriston worked in the store all last week to become acquainted with its operation and on Monday took over the management. Prior to purchasing the Lechner store, Mr. Kriston
had engaged in the plumbing and roofing business in Pottsville. He served for three years with the Army in the South Pacific during World War Two and upon being discharged
returned to the plumbing and roofing business. Some time ago he injured himself in a fall off a roof and was ordered by his doctor to seek other kind of work.
Lechner's Meat Market was established thirty years ago by A. B. Lechner, who operated it until his death in 1945. Charles Lechner, his son, studied electrical engineering at
Keystone Institute at Reading for a year but then returned to assist his father in the business. He conducted an electric appliance store in th evenings in the Lautenbacher
property across the street but later discontinued this business to join his father full time in the meat and grocery business. Upon the death of Mrs. A. B. Lechner in 1947,
Charles Lechner took over the business and has operated it until this week.
Lechner immediately stepped into a position as sales manager for the Keystone Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of the Keystoker. He will spend a week in the factory
learning the construction of the units and then will direct the sales program of 67 agencies throughout the state and establish new dealers to handle the Keystoker. The
Keystoker Manufacturing Company was founded by Ted Bair and Clarence Shuey, well known electricians and appliance dealers. In the three years they have been engaged in
manufacturing stokers their sales have continued to expand and the company is developing into a nice sized industry.
The new sales manager is married to the former Gertrude Cassel, a former commercial teacher in the local high school whose home was in Hummelstown. They have two
children, Suzanne and Thomas, who are a junior and freshman respectively at State College.
|The Call of October 23, 1953
A great transformation is taking place in the Hill Farm area. The Hill Farm, long a landmark in Schuylkill Haven, is suddenly becoming Sunnyside Terrace. The name Sunnyside
Terrace was applied to the site shortly after the land on the north side of the highway was purchased by Walter F. Mullen for development purposes. Although a large sign
denoted it as Sunnyside Terrace, it still was looked upon as the Hill Farm. Even the fire which totally destroyed the barn but left the silos standing did not bring about a change
in concept. Last week the transformation began. The silos came down, the debris from the fire was removed and bulldozers were brought in to begin the work of transforming
the site into a real estate development. The heavy ground moving equipment has changed the appearance of the hillside. Streets are being laid out and utility lines will be
installed. Realtor Mullen with the Peter Lee Development Company expects to have the street finished by the end of November and shortly thereafter begin erection of the
first ten homes in Sunnyside Terrace. The real estate development is another forward advance being made by Schuylkill Haven, the most progressive in the county.
|The Call of February 11, 1954
READING RESTAURANT REOPENS FOR BUSINESS
Believing that Schuylkill Haven with its fine churches, schools and civic organizations lacked a good restaurant to make it a completely outstanding community, a young Greek
immigrant decided to do something to remedy the situation. He worked for seven months and saved enough money to start him on the project of converting the Reading
Restaurant from, as he described it, a "Greasy Greek" to a spotlessly clean, attractive restaurant. The Reading Restaurant on Saturday night had its grand opening as a greatly
improved eating and dining place.
It is now under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Zachariades. Mrs. Zachariades, the former Callie Vranas, is the daughter of the former owner, Gus Vranas, who seven
months ago moved to Atlantic City. Danny, as he asks his customers to call him, came to this country a year ago after marrying Miss Vranas, who had gone to Greece for a visit.
At that time he spoke no English, but could talk fluently in Greek, Turkish and German. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey but lived in Salonika, Greece. He served six years in the
Greek Army. Since coming to this country he rapidly learned the English language and definitely feels that he now belongs in this, his adopted country. As evidence, he
erected a musical decoration above the archway between the counter bar and the dining area which carries the notes of "America, My Country Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of
The change of the old Reading Restaurant began three months ago. The old booths were removed, partitions torn away and the kitchen moved to the very rear of the building.
Now the Reading Restaurant presents an amazing new appearance on the interior. Stainless steel equipment was installed behind the counter. The dining room has ten new
tables with modern chairs, the walls are knotty pine wallboard with a shiny varnish finish. Ceilings are of attractive tile block. New linoleum is on the floor.
The kitchen walls and ceiling are finished with aluminum paneling for ease in keeping it spotlessly clean. A large window enables patrons to see into the kitchen. Stainless
steel is used for kitchen equipment. In charge of the kitchen is Mrs. Nola Zerbe. Danny's main idea in changing the Reading Restaurant which up to this time remained the
same as it was for thirty five years without any major changes being made is to give the town a good restaurant. He will feature low cost meals for working people during the
week, special Sunday dinners and as a house specialty will feature T-bone steaks.
|The Call of April 21, 1955
PRIZES AND GIFTS GALORE TO MARK OPENING OF NEW ACME SUPER MARKET WEDNESDAY
The grand opening of the new Acme Super Market off Center Avenue next Wednesday morning brings to Schuylkill Haven the largest market in the entire county. In keeping
with the giant size of the store, the grand opening will be on a colossal plane. Formal opening ceremonies will consist of the cutting of the ribbon at the entrance by Richard
Davis Jr.,borough manager of the borough of Schuylkill Haven in the presence of officials of Acme Stores. The opening event will be marked with special prices throughout the
modern self service market and valuable door prizes to be awarded on the first four days the store is open. The main prize will be a $100 bond. Second prize is a $50 bond and
the third prize will be a $25 bond. In addition twenty five baskets of food will be given free to patrons on the grand opening days.
FUN AND GIFTS FOR KIDDIES Kiddies will find special entertainment on the parking lot. A merry go round and a Kraft mechanical horse will provide free rides for youngsters. A
candy apple maker will provide this special treat and with all this will be free balloons, buttons and lollipops. Mother and dad will find their free samples distributed throughout
the spacious store.
SPECIAL STORE HOURS Special store hours for the grand opening are as follows: Wednesday, 9:00 a. m. until 9:00 p. m., Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a. m. until 9:00 p. m., Saturday
from 8:00 a. m. until 9:00 p. m. Ample parking space will be found on the grounds surrounding the store. A paved area, marked off for maximum parking but allowing sufficiently
wide driving lanes will accommodate 118 automobiles. The unpaved field adjoining the parking lot will accommodate again as many cars. Access to the store is from two
directions. From Center Avenue, cars can enter by turning between the Keller Esso Servicenter and the railroad arch. Cars driven through the center of town can reach the
store by driving through Willow Street. A bridge spans the creek and the paved road leads directly to the parking area adjoining the store. The immense structure measures
200 by 65 feet. Of the 200 feet length, 126 feet is used for the super market proper. The remaining space is devoted to freezer and general storage space, a large area for the
numerous compressors, receiving room for green groceries, a disposal room, furnace room and rest rooms for the employees.
MAGIC CARPET DOORS Magic carpet doors will open when the customer steps on the carpet leading into or out of the supermarket. Inside the patron will see the most modern
store in the area containing more than three thousand different items of merchandise. Along one wall is the largest produce operation in the county, a glistening white
refrigerated unit extending for sixty five feet. The large dairy and bakery departments are along the other wall, both equipped with the most modern of merchandising display
equipment. Four long center steel shelf units display the regular grocery items. The self service meat department is located at the rear of the store. The cellophane wrapped
meats will be displayed in the refrigerated units in front of the glass enclosed meat cutting and packing department. Although the meat department is self service, customers
wishing special service can get it by pushing a bell button conveniently located at each end of the counter. A separate section is devoted to frozen meats and another section
to luncheon meat cuts.
LATEST CHECKING BOOTHS Six of the latest type checking booths are equipped with electrically controlled conveyor belts. They are designed so that the checker is two
orders ahead of the boys who are putting the orders in containers for the customers to take from the store. For the four days of the grand opening, the new Acme Market will
employ sixty people. Normally, the store will employ about forty persons.
MICHAEL NAYDOCK MANAGER Michael Naydock, who had worked at the Pottsville Acme Market, will be store manager of the new Schuylkill Haven Market. Robert Becker, who
is presently manager of the Acme Store on Main Street, will be assistant store manager.
William Eckroat is superintendent and Clarence Sharp, general superintendent of Acme stores in this district. Richard Maguire will be head produce clerk.
LOCAL CONTRACTORS, SUPPLIES The modern Acme Market was erected by Ken Heiser, local contractor for Paul A. Keller and Keller in turn leased the building and grounds to
the Acme Stores. Manager Naydock estimated that the store with its modern equipment, refrigeration, etc., approaches the million dollar mark. Construction of the building was
completed twelve days ahead of schedule.
The new structure has a combination heating and air conditioning system. In the winter the building will be heated by large Losch coal burning unit installed by the Losch
Boiler Sales Company of town. The heating-air conditioning unit and duct work was installed by the Power Engineering Company of Wilkes Barre. Lester Rhen, local electrical
contractor, did all the electrical wiring for the new building. Joseph W. Nagle did the amesite work for the large parking lot. Hepler Brothers of Cressona had the lathing and
plasteringsubcontract. Ebinger Iron Works supplied the steel girders and beams. Scott Millwork furnished most of the building material and the roof trusses. Hahner Brothers
of Pottsville put the roof on the structure and the Empire Paint and Glass Company of Pottsville installed all the glass and porcelain.
|The Call of June 23, 1955
BIG THREE DAY GRAND OPENING FOR CLELAND'S NEW STORE
A gigantic three day grand opening will celebrate the moving of Cleland's Home Furnishings to its larger, modern store in the adjoining building. Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday of next week will be open house for the public to come in and inspect the new quarters and the grand display of distinctive home furnishings. Special store hours
have been set aside for the opening celebration. On the three big days, Cleland's will open at 10:00 a. m. and close at 9:00 p. m. An array of more than fifty major prizes, ranging
in value to $100 each, will be awarded to persons attending the grand opening on any of the three big days. The winners selected Wednesday night need not be present to
win. Announcement of the prize winners will be made in Thursday newspapers.
The new, spacious display room is the completely renovated building occupied by the Acme Market before it moved to the new super market off Center Avenue. Remodeling of
the building began as soon as the Acme moved. Rear partitions were removed. The salesroom now utilizes the entire 150 by 30 room. A short stairway and doorway were
constructed at the end of the building to connect with the 100 foot long building that had been erected last year as a display room and warehouse. The walls and ceilings were
attractively painted and with the new fluorescent fixtures shows off the home furnishings to their best advantage. A glistening blue enamel front makes an attractive and
The original store beneath the Central Hotel has been converted to an infants department. The Rio Theatre building will continue to be used as a warehouse. Part of the Singer
warehouse across Wilson Street will also be used for storage. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cleland started their furniture store two and a half years ago. Their growth since that time
has been almost phenomenal. Starting in the small store room beneath the Central Hotel and using the garage at their home for storage, they soon had to look for additional
warehouse and display space. All available warehouse space was rented. During the Christmas season, vacant store rooms were occupied for toys and other special seasonal
Last year, Cleland's built a large one story structure to the rear of the Acme building. Cramped for display facilities, they immediately considered taking over the Acme when
plans were first started for the new Acme Super Market. The expanded quarters now enable Cleland's to display the major furniture lines that are to be found in leading
furniture stores throughout the nation. Among the well known home furnishing names to be found in the Cleland store are Heywood-Wakefield bedroom and dining room
furniture, Taylor living room pieces, Spartan, Kuehne, Rockland and American dinettes, Sealy and Serta mattresses and Rembrandt lamps. Among the new lines added is
Walter Cleland and Mrs. Cleland, the former Olga Matonis, are assisted in their business by Mrs. Earl Goas in sales, William Goetz in sales and delivery and Richard Sterner and
John Rhoades in delivery. They extend a cordial invitation to the public to come in and view the new store and its display of beautiful and outstanding home furnishings.
|The following four articles appeared in The Call under the heading of "Know Your Industries", a series describing the town's manufacturers.
|The Call of May 22, 1953
ZULICK MILL STARTED OPERATION 28 YEARS AGO IN SMALL WAY MAKING UNDERWEAR
Zulick's Mill, located at the rear of 128 Center Avenue, had its very humble beginning in a small building on Lincoln Street across from the former Harvey B. Moyer garage. Rudy
Moyer and his son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Zulick, started the mill 29 years ago making silk underwear. At that time there were approximately twenty
employees and twenty five machines. Mrs. Zulick designed and made all the patterns. Following the death of Mr. Moyer, the Zulicks continued with the business and in
November of 1940 moved to the present location behind their home. After the move, the manufacturing of all types of knitted outer wear was begun. Articles such as
cardigans, creepers, blouses, pol shirts, beach wear and sweaters for ladies, girls, boys and infants are made and sent to wholesale houses in New York from where they are
distributed throughout the country.
As the production of the factory has been increasing there are now approximately 80 employees and 95 machines. All of the machines have been replaced within the past five
years and are of the most modern types. The two story mill is 38 by 84 while a receiving building at the rear, where the materials are brought is 40 by 40.
Both Maida and George Zulick are still very active in the running of their business. S. H. Hainley is the superintendent and manager and Julia Dolan is the floor lady. Miss Doris
Reed takes care of the office work. Mervin Yost is the machinist and Roy Schumacher the shipping clerk. The shipping is done by the Arrow and Speedway carriers. The goods
are shipped in the evening and are at the wholesale house by the following morning. Approximately 2500 dozen articles are finished at the mill in one week. During the rush
season, work is also done for the Argo Knitting Mill.
Work is steady at the mill and very little time is lost during the year by lack of work. The employees are given vacation with pay and participate in hospitalization and life
insurance plans. A very important and recognizable figure at the factory is the Zulick's little dog
"Cindy" who spends much of its tie supervising the activity. Besides the factory, Mr. and Mrs. Zulick are justly very proud of their beautiful flowers and fruit trees which are
planted on one and a half acres behind their receiving building. There are all kinds of flowers and thirty fruit trees planted in the area and make a very colorful scene. Roy
Schumacher takes care of the planting which was formerly done by the late Edward "Ducky" Weiser.
|The Call of May 29, 1953
BASHORE KNITTING MILL BEGAN OPERATIONS 30 YEARS AGO
The history of the Bashore Knitting Mill, located on South Garfield Avenue, is the well known American success story, a humble beginning, hard work, steady growth and finally
a large industry. Thirty years ago in 1923, Willis A. Bashore started as a manufacturer in a small building measuring only 16 by 24 feet located on Haven Street next to the
Emerich Bakery shop. The room had two sewing and four knitting machines. The first shipment of yarn came to the Pennsylvania station and was hauled by the young
manufacturer in a wheel barrow to his newly established industry. Yarn is still purchased from this first supplier.
The budding manufacturing concern made ladies vests with cotton lace trim. It was a cotton knit garment. Production and demand increased and in two years time larger
quarters were needed. The plant was moved to South Garfield Avenue, the site f the present building. A cow stable was purchased from John Butz and rebuilt to provide
factory space. This small building proved to be inadequate and in the next 22 years, eight additions were made as the business expanded. The last addition, made in 1947, was
a large brick building measuring 88 by 37 feet three stories high. From the small 384 square foot room where the industry had its start, it grew to the present 28,000 square foot
Form manufacturing ladies vests, Bashore Knitting Mills went to producing ladies union suits, a childrens line of bloomers, panties, waist suits and vests, a mens line of knitted
underwear and t-shirts and ladies sleeping garments and pajamas. In 1929 the factory was manufacturing 250 different styles of products. During World war Two, the factory
worked round the clock on three shifts for knitters and full time for the sewing department making olive drab undershirts for the Army.
The Bashore Knitting Mills has been a proving ground for machinery manufacturers. Individual motors on sewing machines were first tried by the Singer Sewing Machine
Company at the local industry and when it was proved successful, the factory began a gradual changeover from pulleys on a main shaft to the individual motor driven
machines. The most recent innovation was the installation of the first press conveyor. A conveyor belt carries the goods to the steam presses where they are processed.
The enlarged factory now has sixty regular knitting machines and two Britton flat knit machines. Employment is given to 145 persons whose employee benefits include
hospitalization insurance. Today, Bashore Knitting Mills concentrates on only five products made exclusively for one outlet, one of the largest chains in the country with stores
in all the leading cities across the nation. The factory makes mens mercerized athletic shirts, shorts, t-shirts and Snuggles. The Snuggles were first manufactured in 1926 and
were among the first to appear on the market. Production today is steady and has a favorable future outlook as attested by the "Girls Wanted" sign hanging alongside the office
|The Call of June 12, 1953
UNION KNITTING MILL FOUNDED IN 1892 IS OLDEST INDUSTRY STILL IN EXISTENCE
An old slaughter house located just off Union Street at the railroad tracks to the rear of the Coldren home on Saint John Street was the starting place for three of Schuylkill
Haven's industries. The first enterprise to occupy the building continues today as Schuylkill Haven's oldest existing industry, the Union Knitting Mills. Others to get their start
in the same building were the Meck Knitting Mill and D. D. Coldren. In 1892 the firm of Bowen and Reed began in the manufacturing business. Jacob D. Reed, a cobbler for
eighteen years, heard that John Bowen, who lived on the Adamsdale Road, was seeking a partner to join in starting an underwear mill. The two men met at a church lawn
festival on Saint John Street. Jacob Reed approached John Bowen, said he heard he was looking for a partner, and wondered whether he would consider him for a partner.
Bowen agreed. Reed borrowed his share of the money to start the industry. The men converted the old slaughter house into a factory and began manufacturing ladies knitted
By 1899 they had outgrown the small building and decided to build a larger structure. They selected the present site of the Union Knitting Mill on William Street on the west
side of the railroad tracks and erected a frame two story 40 by 60 foot factory. In the next few years the business grew rapidly. Within a year it became necessary to add a 20 by
40 foot one story section on the west side. The next year a second floor was added to this new section and a bleachery was built at the rear of the building. In 1908 a two story
brick knitting room was added to the rear on the west end. Expansion continued in 1915 when a one story 30 by 80 foot addition was made to the bleachery. Seven years later
the original frame bleachery was torn down and a new brick building erected. The final addition was made in 1936 when another brick building was constructed to join the mill
and bleachery and to extend a second floor over half of the bleachery.
Present floor space is now 22,000 square feet. Several years ago the basement was excavated, concrete floors laid and the stone foundation walls cemented to give an
additional 5,200 square feet of storage space. Changes in management personnel occurred down through the years but the Reed name continued. Early in the twentieth
century, Moses Leininger of Orwigsburg, came into the business as a partner. In 1907 Reed and Leininger purchased the interest of John Bowen and began trading as the
Union Knitting Mills. Moses Leininger died in 1914. The Leiningers were represented by the older son, Edgar, until 1917, when Mr. Reed bought out the Leininger interests. He
continued the business alone until 1921 when he and his two sons, Ivan and Willis, incorporated the business. Ivan, the older son, had begun working in the factory in 1911.
Willis went to work for his father in 1916.
In October, only three months after taking his sons into the business, Jacob Reed contracted double pneumonia and died at the age of 64. The two sons took over the
management of the Union Knitting Mills and have continued to operate it up to the present time. Ivan is president and Willis is treasurer. Miss Ellen Canfield of Cressona is
secretary. The third generation of the Reed family is represented in the factory, Stanley and Clair Reed, sons of Ivan Red, are employed in the business. The two sons of Willis
Reed, Richard and David, are students in college.
The industry has continued for 61 years as an underwear manufacturing concern. From the original ladies vests, the factory has expanded its line. Now the mill makes ladies
vests, union suits and bloomers; mens athletic shirts, briefs and two button shoulder union suits; misses vests and panties; boys athletic shirts, shorts and ankle drawers;
infants shirts and childrens knit pajamas. David Smarr, with offices in the Empire State Building, New York City, is sales representative for the Union Knitting Mills. The brand
names; Reed's Play, Age, UKM Underwear and Reed's Nu-way are found in the leading stores of the nation from the east to the west coast.
The peak of production was reached during World War Two when 145 persons were employed in making khaki athletic shorts for the army and white t-shirts for the navy. At the
present time Union Knitting Mills gives employment to 75 people, many of them long time employees. Five have been working with the Reeds for fifty years or more. They are
Fannie A. Schwenk, Alma M. Naus, T. Raymond Nye, E. Gertrude Hummel and Jacob C. Naus. Although the oldest factory in town, the Union Knitting Mill has kept pace with
modern improvements throughout all its departments. It presents a clean and pleasant place for working and producing underwear products.
|The Call of July 3, 1952
REIDER SHOE FACTORY STILL THRIVING
The popular Big and Little Sister shoes, sold to college and high school students and their younger sisters by the leading stores in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and
other large cities in the east and midwest have their origin in Schuylkill Haven. This well known trade name is registered by the Reider Shoe Company and the high grade
shoes are manufactured at the large Reider factory on West Main Street. Stores selling Big and Little Sister shoes are Macy's, Best and Company, Lord and Taylor of New York
City, Strawbridge and Clothier of Philadelphia, Marshall Field and Carson, Pierre and Scott of Chicago and L. S. Ayres of Indianapolis.
These popular shoes had their origin back in the depression years. Falling prices and curtailed sales caused most shoe factories to go into the production of cheaper shoes.
The Reider Shoe Company which up to this time had been manufacturing a medium grade shoe, decided in the face of the collapsing prices to step up to a higher priced, better
grade shoe. Concentrating on quality, they gradually built up a demand for their product in the nation's biggest stores. They weathered the depression years and have
continued to grow and prosper up to the present time.
The Reider Shoe Company had its beginning in 1915. Two years previous to that time, a group of nine factory workers started the Reading Shoe Company in what was formerly
the Sharadin furniture store, across from the A & P store on lower Main Street. The venture did not succeed and the business was sold at sheriff's sale. The four Reider
brothers, B. Frank, Russell, George and Edward, bought the small factory and began making baby hand turn shoes. At that time all shoes were hand turn; that is they were made
inside out and then turned to put the sole on. At the time the four brothers entered the shoe manufacturing business, their father, B. Frank Reider Sr. was superintendent of
the Walkin Shoe Company on Parkway. The infant industry started with five employees turning out 36 pairs a day. The business grew but in 1917, three of the four brothers
entered the armed service and participated in World war One. The remaining brother, B. Frank Reider, took over their interests and operated the factory until they returned in
1919. Only two of the brothers, George and Russell, returned to the shoe manufacturing business and again became members of the firm.
Business increased following World War One. The brothers decided to get additional floor space by making their building three stories instead of two. To do this they
borrowed jacks from the car shops and secured railroad ties from the Reading Company and raised the building so that another floor could be added in the basement. The
Reiders worked at night after the factory closed for the day. When the structure was raised to the desired height, contractor Paul Naffin put in brick walls and made a basement
work area. Even with this additional floor space,the factory still required more working area within a short time. In 1922 a new factory was started at the site of the present
building. The factory moved into the new quarters in February 1923. Here production was increased to four hundred pairs a day. A change in manufacturing was introduced at
this time. The Reider Shoe Company started to make medium grade of Goodyear Welt shoes. The manufacturing of baby shoes was dropped and work began on making misses
and growing girls sizes. In 1924 B. Frank Reider bought out the interests of George and Russell Reider, who started a new industry, the Haven Shoe Company in the building
now occupied by the Alberta Knitting Mill on Hess Street. William C. Kline entered the firm and became superintendent of the factory. He continued in this capacity until his
death in 1941.
The industry continued the manufacture of medium grade shoes until the depression year of 1932 when prices dropped so drastically that it was impossible to follow and
continue on a profitable basis. While most shoe factories turned in desperation to cutting costs and reducing the quality of the shoe in order to meet lower prices, the Reider
Shoe Company decided to move in the other direction. The factory was converted into a high grade manufacturing plant. New lasts and patterns were installed.
The third generation of Reiders entered the shoe manufacturing business in 1931 when Robert Reider, son of B. Frank Reider Jr., came into the factory, starting at the bottom
to learn the business. He eventually became foreman of the fitting room and shortly after the death of Mr. Kline, took over the management of the factory. Two other sons of B.
Frank Jr. became a part of the firm in 1945 following their return from the armed services in World war Two. Thomas, who was a Navy pilot, entered the factory as production
manager. Richard, who was in Army Intelligence, returned to take charge of sales in the midwest. With the three sons and father together in 1945, the Reider Shoe Company
was reorganized. Robert became president, Thomas secretary and assistant treasurer and B. Frank Reider, treasurer. Richard, who now lives at Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb of
Chicago, directs the sales for the midwest for the Reider Shoe Company and is a salesman for the Walkin Shoe Company. The fourth generation of Reiders is now working at
shoe manufacturing. Allen, son of Robert Reider is working at the factory.
Following the reorganization, the industry started on a sales program for one specific type of shoe; a flat heel, sport type shoe for the miss and growing girl. These shoes are
the saddle oxford, loafers and school type shoes, registered under the trade name of Big and Little Sister Shoes. The design of the shoe made for the older girl is duplicated in
the smaller sizes. The larger stores have found these shoes to be popular in families with girls of different ages where they buy identical shoes. Since the building was first
erected in 1923, three additions have been made. At the present time there are 110 workers employed, some of whom have been with the firm since it was first organized in
1915. The employees participate in a profit sharing plan with shares being distributed at the annual Christmas party. Other benefits enjoyed are vacation and holiday pay and
Blue Cross. Production now is between 650 and 700 pairs a day.
|The Call of November 3, 1955
CHANGE BITTLE NAME TO BAST AND DETWILER
The name of the D. M. Bittle Funeral Home on East Main Street has been changed to the Bast and Detwiler Funeral Home. The business has been conducted for the past ten
years by Harold Bast and C. C. Detwiler, since they purchased it from D. M. Bittle at the end of 1945. The change being brought about now is merely a change of name. The
organization and conduct of the business will continue as it has for the past ten years. Both Bast and Detwiler are licensed morticians. Bast has been associated with the
business for thirty one years. He began working for Mr. Bittle when the combined furniture store and undertaking establishment was known as Bittle Brothers.
The funeral home has had several name changes since its founding by D. M. Wagner. When D. M. and Oliver Bittle purchased it from Mr. Wagner, the furniture store and
undertaking business was known as Bittle Brothers. When Clinton Confehr purchased Oliver Bittle's share, the name was changed to Bittle and Confehr. In 1935 when D. M.
Bittle became the sole owner, the furniture store was discontinued and the large structure remodeled to make it one of the finest funeral homes in the area. The name then
became the D. M. Bittle Funeral Home. When the business was purchased by Bast and Detwiler, the name was retained. Plans were made early this year to change the name
and the listing in the telephone directory this year carried the new name of Bast and Detwiler Funeral Home.
Detwiler, a native of Souderton, first became associated with the funeral home here eighteen years ago. After graduating from Eckels College, he served his apprenticeship at
the D. M. Bittle Funeral Home. Except for the period of four and a half years when he served in the air force during World war Two, he has been with the funeral home. He is
married to the former Lucille Maberry. They have three children, Eddie, Tommie and Deborah. Bast is married to the former Helen Confehr. Both Bast and Detwiler live in the
large funeral home building. Bast occupies the apartment on the second floor while Detwiler occupies the third floor apartment.
|The Call of November 17, 1955
CRESSONA WAR VET BUYS BUTZ JEWELRY BUSINESS
The Harry S. Butz jewelry store on Dock Street was sold this week to Samuel R. Kurtz of Cressona. Mr. Kurtz took over the business on Tuesday. The jewelry store and jewelry
and watch repair business was started by Mr. Butz in the fall of 1928. He served with the armed forces in World war One and was wounded in France. After the war he took
advantage of government training for disabled veterans and took on the job training in jewelry manufacturing with a firm in Reading. After completing the course he worked for
the firm. In 1928 he decided to start in business for himself. He and Mrs. Butz, the former Mamie Wagner, have operated the business ever since. They were assisted for
about three years by their son Bright Butz after he returned from serving in the armed forces in World War Two. The son was called back into service and is now stationed at
Westover Air Base in Massachusetts. Another son, Gerald W. Butz, lives in Philadelphia.
The new owner, like his predecessor, is a disabled veteran. He lost both legs in World War Two. He studied watchmaking and jewelry at the Bowman Technical School in
Lancaster. He came to Cressona in November 1952 to work at his trade in his newly built home, constructed to government specifications to enable him to move about in a
wheelchair. He soon left the wheelchair to move around on crutches and then mastered the task of walking with artificial legs without the use of any support. He now drives
and walks with ease.
Kurtz is married to the former Miss Minie Gauker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gauker of Cressona. They have one son, Sammy, age eight. The father in the short period of
time he has been in Cressona has become active in community affairs. He is treasurer of the Cressona Lions Club, the historian of the American Legion, is a member of the
Cressona Memorial park Association and is an active member of Bethany Church, Cressona Booster Association, Boy Scout Committee and the Beckville and Friedensburg gun
clubs. In taking over the new business, he expressed the desire to continue to give the good service and turn out the fine workmanship that had been given by Mr. Butz in his
many years in business.
|The Call of March 22, 1956
FIRE GOES OUT AFTER SIXTY THREE YEARS
A fire that has been burning continuously for sixty three years was permitted to burn itself out on Saturday as Ehly's Bakery came to an the end of its sixty four year existence.
Bakers Charles Ehly and George Foose baked the last bread, cakes and cookies on the late Friday night and early Saturday morning shift and then permitted the coal fired
furnaces to burn out. The one fire had been burning since the time Mr. and Mrs. M. George Ehly moved their one year old business from the starting place on Parkway to the
present Dock Street address in 1893. The fire in the second oven had been burning continuously since it was built and put in operation forty five years ago. At the close of
business at six o'clock Saturday evening, a large banner reading "Closed" was placed in the glass doorway, a smaller sign, "retiring from business," placed in the left display
window and "For Sale" signs placed in each of the two windows. It was a sad day for Mrs. George (Miriam) Dunlop, daughter of the founders of the business, who has lived
almost all of her sixty five years at the bakery, and for Charles Ehly, 67,her brother, who has worked there as a baker continuously since 1911.
The age of the last owners, illness of Mrs. Dunlop, who also worked for the business, retirement of William Luckenbill, veteran wagon and truck driver, plus competition from
big bakery businesses brought the closing of Schuylkill Haven's last bakery. The business has been up for sale within the last year, but with no buyers, the bakery was closed.
Within the last decade, three other local bakeries went out of existence. Michel's, which at one time baked as high as 3,000 loaves of bread a day and had a stable of eighteen
horses for delivery, discontinued that part of the business as sales of baked goods declined with the increased competition from large baking firms. Emerich's Bakery on Dock
Street closed its doors shortly after the death of Mr. Emerich. The Hellenthal Bakery, conducted for a short time, was also forced to close.
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Ehly started in the bakery business, specializing in making pretzels, in 1892 in a building at the rear of the present Greenawalt's store on Parkway. Mr.
Ehly, who was born and reared in Schuylkill Haven, had previously worked as a boatman on the old Schuylkill Canal. He learned the baker trade at the John Ehman bakery which
was then at the location of the present Sweet Shop. He worked for three years as a baker at the almshouse before going in business for himself.
In the summer of 1893, Mr. Ehly moved his bakery to the present location at 300 Dock Street. The original bakery is still a part of the Ehly property. About 49 years ago the home
and store room were built in the front and four years later the new oven, warehouse and garage were built at the rear. Up to the time of World War One, the main item
manufactured was pretzels. In 1919 the making of pretzels was discontinued and bread, cakes, cookies and pies became the leading baked goods. At one time the Ehly's had
three wagons and later trucks on the road delivering their products and enjoyed a thriving business at the store and at other retail outlets. In recent years, Burkert's store with
its big display window opposite the entrance of Dock Street onto Main has been a leading outlet for the baked goods.
Many grown men and women, with the announcement of the closing of the bakery, will look back upon the days when they as school children stopped in at the bakery to
purchase cookies or cakes or perhaps some of the candy that was carried as a supplemental line. Others will remember the delicious birthday cakes that came from Ehly's.
Above all will be the recollection of the spotlessly clean Ehly's store. Others, in the present age may be more elaborately appointed with special showcases, modern lighting,
etc., but none can ever surpass the little baked goods store located between the North ward school building and Christ Lutheran Church in cleanliness nor in the pleasantness
of its clerks, Mrs. Dunlop and in the last ten years Miss Dorothy Jury. The founder of the business died twenty years ago and his widow nine years ago.
|The Call of June 7, 1956
PIONEER GAS STATION GOES
The decision of the R. R. Sterner Company to discontinue gasoline and oil service the end of this week marks the end of one of Schuylkill Haven's oldest gas stations. The sale
of gas and oil to the steadily growing number of automobiles was started on June 1, 1923, when the Sterner's moved to their present Center Avenue location from Parkway
where they had started in the tire and vulcanizing business. At that time a twenty foot highway ran past the building and down the side to an underpass, across the plot now
occupied by the Acme store and through another underpass to the old road to Pottsville. The newer highway was constructed in 1930. Gas and oil service, lubrication, car
washing and automobile mechanical service were discontinued to provide additional space for the rapidly growing tire business, retreading service and appliance sales.
As far as is known, only one older gas station exists in Schuylkill Haven. Earl Williams who recently sold his business property to L. C. Driesbach, conducted the service station
and garage on West Main Street since 1921. The business was started earlier by Jim Schuckers who first conducted a livery stable and then with the advent of the automobile
changed it to a mechanical business to service the horseless carriage.
|The Call of June 14, 1956
YOUTH CENTER CORPORATION PLANS TO PUT INDOOR SWIMMING POOL IN OLD LIGHT PLANT
Amos M. Strause, president of the Youth Center Corporation, outlined the possible use to which the no longer used borough light plant could be put for youth activities, at a
meeting of the organization last evening at the community ambulance building. Encouraged by the cooperation assured by the borough council at its meeting Monday night
when he appeared before the body to ask permission to convert the structure to a youth center, the members of the Youth Center Corporation decided to hire an architect to
draw up preliminary plans for the building. President Strause felt that removal of the reinforced foundation in the generator pits, although expensive, would not be too great a
handicap to overcome. He proposed that an indoor swimming pool be installed where the pits are now located and the remainder of the first floor be developed as quarters for
the Boy and Girl Scouts of town.
By placing beams across the building, the forty foot high interior could have a second floor. Ideas of the Youth Center officers and directors plus suggestions of the architect
will be discussed prior to the drawing up of sketches of what can be done with the building. Strause explained the position taken by borough council. The council will be
willing to lease the building to the nonprofit youth group for one dollar a year. The ownership of the structure will remain with the borough. Before the lease is executed,
council desires the youth organization to make a study of the cost and to present its plan for the building for the satisfaction of the councilmen. The borough will advertise for
sale the present equipment in the building. Bids will probably be opened in August. It
may be September before the structure will be available for conversion. In the meantime, plans will be made so that work can begin shortly after the light plant interior is
cleared. Attending the meeting were: Amos Strause, Mrs. Harold Coryell, Mrs. Harold Geschwindt, Mrs. Kenneth Croneberger, Sam Tracey, Fred V. Knecht and Roy Schumacher.
|The Call of August 9, 1956
FIRST PLANS SUBMITTED FOR CONVERTING LIGHT PLANT INTO COMMUNITY CENTER
Preliminary plans for converting the former electric light plant into a Youth Center were submitted to the members of the Youth Center organization at a special meeting
Tuesday night at the Community Ambulance building. The main feature of the plans is an indoor swimming pool on the first floor, utilizing present pits that had been used for
power generating machinery. The plan as submitted by Phillip Knoblauch, architect of Pottsville, had a pool 37 by 48 feet located at the rear of the large structure. Members of
the youth group were of the opinion that the pool should be considerably longer and should be located in the long front part of the building. In addition to the pool, the first
floor plan has locker rooms for men and women, a machinery room for the heating plant and equipment required for the swimming pool, a large reading and social room, a game
room and a supervisor's office. For the second floor, the plan had a meeting room, a dance floor 36 by 42 feet, another meeting room and men's and women's lockers and
toilets. The preliminary sketch had no construction above the pool.
Members who had inspected the light plant building reported that it is considerably larger than it appears from the outside. Across the front it measures approximately 140 feet
for a depth of about 38 feet. The boiler area to the rear is approximately 68 feet square. The height of the building in the front is about 30 feet, while the rear is about 50 feet
high. The present building has two large entrances in the front on Haven Street and two rear entrances. In order to get a better idea for the possibilities, President Amos
Strause will arrange for the group to inspect the building on Saturday at 2:00 in the afternoon.
The former light plant is not yet available for conversion into a youth center. The borough first will have to dispose of the equipment in the structure. Borough council has
given assurance, however, that the building may be used for a Youth Center upon a lease basis for a minimum amount if the council is satisfied that the plans submitted for the
building will be for the good of the community. Bids for the machinery will be opened at the regular council meeting Monday night at Town Hall. In previous proposals for the
sale of the machinery and equipment, all bids were rejected because they were considered too low. Although efforts have been made to sell the boilers and generating
equipment for continued use, the only bids received for from scrap dealers.
In the meantime Gordon D. Reed was authorized to contact the architect to come to come to a definite understanding about the obligation of the youth group in connection with
the drawing up of plans at various stages. Planning for the conversion of the building will be continued while the borough works toward removing the machinery from the old
light plant. Amos M. Strause was reelected president of the Youth Center Corporation. Other officers elected were Mrs. Ethel Coryell, vice president; Mrs. Kenneth
Croneberger, corresponding secretary and Mrs. Irvin Blankenhorn, recording secretary. Mrs. Earl C. Unger has another year to serve as treasurer. Attending the meeting were
Amos M. Strause, Gordon D. Reed, Walter Coker, Roy W. Schumacher, Fred V. Knecht, Ken Heiser, Earl Stoyer, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Blankenhorn, Mrs. Kenneth Croneberger, Mrs.
Robert Sausser, Mrs. Ethel M. Coryell, Mrs. Reynold Schwartz, Mrs. Earl Unger, Sam F. Tracey, Clyde Dewald, Clarence K. Shuey and Attorney James D. Williamson.
|The Call of August 16, 1956
SALE OF STORE ENDS 35 YEARS IN BUSINESS FOR GEORGE GRAY
The sale of Gray's Men's and boys' store to Paul Elberti and Thomas Asenavage of Minersville brings to a close thirty five years of being in the clothing business for George H.
Gray. The Gray name will disappear from a store front and in its place will be the Men's Store, the same business name as used by the new owners at their Minersville store.
Gray started in the clothing business at the age of 21 when he and his brother John, then 23, were put in charge of the clothing store that had been purchased by their father
and Samuel Dewald four years before. Dr. James C. Gray and Samuel Dewald purchased the old Underwood store at a bankrupt sale in 1917. The name was changed to Berger
and Company. Four years later, the Gray brothers joined Dewald in the store and the name was changed to Gray's. In 1937, John Gray sold his interest to his brother. In that
same year the store was modernized with new fixtures and an attractive store front. George Gray continued to conduct the store at this location until March of 1952 when he
closed out the business and moved to 103 East Main Street. A new store, Boussum's, was opened at the old location at 10 West Main Street after extensive remodeling was
Gray operated the smaller store at 103 East Main Street until August 3, when the business was purchased by Elberti and Asenavage. During his business career, Gray has taken
an active interest in community affairs. He served as president of the Civic Club when that club was instrumental in securing garbage collection for the borough. He also
served as president of the Schuylkill Haven Lions Club. In Boy Scout activities, he was vice chairman of the county and co-chairman of the camp committee for eight years. He
has served as trustee of the Good Samaritan Hospital for seven years and for the past two years he has been local unit chairman of the Salvation Army. For 16 years he served
as a member of the visitation committee for the county judges. Gray has no definite plans for the immediate future. During the winter months, he and Mrs. Gray expect to
vacation in Florida.
|The Call of December 27, 1956
MICHEL'S TO CLOSE ITS DOORS AT YEARS END
Michel's, a famous Schuylkill haven business for almost 67 years, will accompany the old year 1956 as it bows out of the picture on December 31. The doors of the widely known
bakery, ice cream, wholesale candy, and gift shop will mark the end of a business that started in a small way with pretzels and candies, reached its peak as a bakery and ice
cream establishment in the late twenties and early thirties, and declined gradually following World War Two. Strong competition in the bakery and ice cream fields, plus deaths
and illness in the Michel family contributed to the demise of the once booming business. Since the sudden and unexpected death of Dan Michel in August of 1955, his widow,
Mrs. Mary Michel, has endeavored to conduct the business. Efforts were made within the past year to sell the establishment and will continue while the store is closed.
Michel's was established by George Michel 67 years ago as a bakery and confectionery store. Then a young man of 24, the founder is still living and recently observed his 91st
birthday. Mr. Michel took his brother Joseph into the business and later Charles also took part. The founder sold his interest to his two brothers. A third brother, Fred, was
about to enter the business when he was killed. When Joseph retired from the business, Charles and Gus Michel, another brother took over. Gus died six months later of the
flu in 1918 and his widow, who later remarried, Mrs. Anna Michel Brenneman, retained an interest in the business. In 1945, following the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Michel
within a short period of each other, Dan and Ray Michel bought the property and business at public sale. They continued to operate Michel's until March of 1956 when Dan
bought out his brother. Six months later, Dan died suddenly.
Michel's gained county wide fame through its bakery and ice cream products. The bakery expanded from pretzels to bread and cakes and pies and all other bakery products.
During its peak in the late 1920s the bakery had both a day and night shift. With growing competition from the large bakeries, the business gradually dropped off until toward
the end there was only one baker, John Kauterman. When the bakery finally closed in 1950, he was short only six months of having worked there for fifty years.
The manufacture of ice cream began shortly after the turn of the twentieth century. An advertising booklet printed in the early thirties proclaimed that "thoroughly good ice
cream can be made with cream alone. Not a single drop of milk finds its way into Michel's." The ice cream found phenomenal acceptance by the public. People came from all
parts of the county to eat Michel's ice cream. It was distributed on a wholesale business to all parts of the county. Michel's had a fleet of fifteen trucks on the road and had four
men making ice cream. They were Harold Rudolph, Karl Michel, Charles Sterner and Morgan Reber. This part of the business also began to feel the effect of keen competition
and in 1947 Karl Michel was the only one employed in making this product. In February of this year, Michel's stopped making ice cream and purchased Rothermel's products for
sale in the store.
Wholesale candy distribution also was an important line. This was continued until the death of Dan Michel. The once diversified business at the end had dwindled down to an
ice cream fountain and coffee and light lunch business. The last five employees of Michel's are Grace Mengel, who has worked there for 35 years, Mrs. Elsie Heebner, Mrs.
Charles Borden, Mrs. Maude Zerbe and Mrs. Mabel Keller.
|The Call of January 31, 1957
NEW MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING NOW IN USE
The Schuylkill Haven Medical Arts building located at the corner of Main Street and Avenue C, will begin serving the public this weekend. Five doctors will have offices in the
new building. Dr. Theodore B. Tihansky, general practitioner in Schuylkill Haven for the past eleven years, will practice general medicine and surgery. Dr. Herbert C. Rubright,
who recently moved to town from Frackville, will practice general medicine. Dr. Emanuel M. Diamond, a prominent dentist in Pottsville, will practice dentistry. Dr. Joseph E.
Conrad, a former general practitioner in town, who has been studying x-ray at Reading Hospital for the past three years, will be the radiologist. Dr. Joseph Leskin, who is in
charge of pathology at Good Samaritan Hospital and resides in Shenandoah, will be the pathologist at the new building. A modern pharmacy located on the left front side of the
building, is operated by John P. Hinkle of Ashland. Open house will be held in the near future, when the public will be invited to inspect the new medical center.
|The Call of February 14, 1957
NEW STRAMARA RESTAURANT IN BANK BUILDING
Although still giving the imposing bank appearance on the outside, the former Schuylkill Haven Trust Company building now has a completely different interior look. On
Monday, Stramara's Restaurant opened for business in the former bank building. The building was purchased by Frank Stramara of Haven Street and as soon as the bank
moved to its new location last fall, remodeling operations began to convert the building to restaurant purposes. The removal of the bank vault and old bank fixtures provided
spacious dining room, while the rooms to the rear of the building were converted into a modern kitchen, gleaming with white porcelain and stainless steel. The dining room
was decorated with wood paneling and light green painting. Modern lighting and a new tile floor transformed the room into a pleasant, modern dining room.
The popular Stramara Sub Shop across from the high school on Haven Street has been closed. Subs, hamburgers and steak sandwiches as well as a complete line of other
sandwiches are being prepared and sold at the new location in a special counter service area to the rear of the dining room. For the convenience of customers, this part can
be reached either from the main entrance in the front or from the side entrance close to the large paved parking area at the rear of the building. The new restaurant will be
open every day and evening. Breakfast, luncheons, dinners and snacks will be served. The dinner menu will cover the full line of popular foods. Mr. Stramara plans a grand
opening several weeks in the future after he and his staff "get the feel of the new location."
|The Call of March 7, 1957
NEW MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING WILL BE OPEN FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION ON SATURDAY
Schuylkill Haven's new Medical Arts building will be open for public inspection all day Saturday from 9:00 a. m. until 6:00 p. m. The modern two level structure is located at the
corner of Avenue C and Main Street. On its grounds is parking space for thirty automobiles on an amesited area. The adjoining street s afford parking for many more
Dr. T. B. Tihansky, who is mainly responsible for conceiving the idea for a medical center and following it through to completion, explains the purpose of the building: The
Medical Arts Building of Schuylkill Haven Inc. is intended as a central medical office building with facilities to provide for the increasing needs and convenience of the people
in this immediate area. It will endeavor to make available to the community special medical services and consultation that are not presently obtainable in this region. The idea
of such a medical building originated about five years ago among the members then comprising the Schuylkill Haven Medical Association. Many citizens were questioned about
such an enterprise and in every instance the idea was received with enthusiasm and encouraged. Medical and surgical techniques have advanced greatly in the past fifteen
years. Besides this, an increasingly health conscious public has impressed on many physicians the necessity for efficient office space and the extras that are presently
necessary to insure adequate medical care."
After two years of planning, the Medical Arts Corporation sought bids for the erection of the building. Schneider and Davis of Pottsville was awarded the general contract. The
modern, two level building is constructed of concrete, brick, steel and tile. For all practical purposes it is fireproof. For the utmost in convenience and comfort, the entire
building is completely air conditioned with a constant flow of fresh air. The building is divided into eight zones, each controlled separately for heating with forced warm air in
the winter and for cooling in the summer time. The medical center has six suites of professional offices, including an x-ray and clinical laboratory and a modern pharmacy. Four
of the suites are located on the upper level.
Drs. T. B. Tihansky and Herbert C. Rubright have general practice offices on the left side and Dr. E. M. Diamond has the dental suite in the right rear corner of the building. The
fourth suite at the front of the building on the right is presently unoccupied. Dr. Joe E. Conrad as radiologist has the x-ray suite on the lower level. Dr. Joseph L. Leskin
conducts the clinical laboratory on the lower level. The Hinkle Pharmacy, owned by John P. Hinkle, occupies the entire left side of the lower level except for the space used for
the heating and air conditioning equipment.
Each suite consists of three rooms, a consultation office and two treatment rooms. Between the two treatment rooms is a large closet for equipment and supplies which is
accessible from either room. Each suite has a private lavatory and toilet room and each has a private entrance to the office. A semi private waiting room is located in the
center of the upper level. There are four separate rooms, separated by fiberglass partitions but all opening into the main corridor. All interior walls in the building are of the
highest grade glazed tile. Three colors, blue gray, green and buff, provide three different color schemes throughout the building.
Dr. Conrad's suite consists of office, reception room, x-ray room, dark room and two dressing rooms. Dr. Leskin has one large room outfitted with complete laboratory
equipment, so that a full laboratory examination service can be given. Both Dr. Conrad and Dr. Leskin are completely trained in their specialized fields. The brilliantly lighted
pharmacy on the left features a modern prescription counter as well as modern displays of the wide variety of medicines and products to be found in an up to date pharmacy.
The 54 by 54 foot building is faced with variegated brick in a buff blend. Aluminum has been used freely throughout the building. The marquees and stair railings are
aluminum. The awning type windows, likewise, are of aluminum. The stairs are steel with terrazza steps. Floors throughout the building are vinyl tile set on concrete. The
ceilings are acoustic tile. The Medical Arts Building is built on a lot 110 by 100 feet. Amesite parking area on three sides will accommodate thirty cars.
|The Call of November 28, 1913
TO EMPLOY FIVE HUNDRED MEN
In the very near future five hundred men can find employment in Schuylkill Haven. This will be caused by the changes, improvements and extensions that will be made to the
plant of the Schuylkill Haven Iron and Steel Company. A number of changes and improvements are now under way, about fifty men being employed on the new work. In the
course of several weeks an additional mill will be erected together with a number of smaller buildings. Within the past week a large piece of ground was purchased by Mr. H. H.
Light, owner of the Iron and Steel Company, from Messrs. Phillips and Michel. It is the plot of ground adjoining the present site of the mill. At first it was proposed to extend the
mill buildings toward William Street but it was later found advisable to extend them toward Canal Street and this piece of ground was accordingly purchased. The present land
holdings now include the plot occupied by the present mill and the ground bounded by William and Canal Streets.
A new nine and twelve inch finishing mill will shortly be erected on the newly acquired property. It will be necessary to raze the Straub house which now occupies a corner of
the site. The new mill will be 200 feet by at least 400 feet in size and will be constructed of corrugated iron. The old or original puddle furnace will be dismantled and an
eighteen inch mill fitted up in its place. This with the present ten inch mill will make four separate mills, namely, a 9, 10, 12 inch finishing mill and an 18 inch muck mill.
Seven additional puddling furnaces will be placed. This number in addition to the present furnaces in use will make a total of ten. A large heating furnace will also be added to
the ten inch mill. A large warehouse, 100 by 150 feet, new machine shop, new office building and a number of smaller buildings will also be erected very shortly. A large new
shears capable of cutting a six inch square piece of iron is now being placed. Work in the ten inch mill will be resuming Monday and a day and night shift will be put on
immediately. About two hundred men will be employed. It is expected the new mill will be completed and will be in operation by February 1st when an additional three hundred
men will be required. When all improvements and additions are completed, the Schuylkill Haven Iron and Steel Company plant will be the most complete and up to date of any of
its kind in the state.
The only condition which is effecting and handicapping this company in its work is the scarcity of houses in Schuylkill Haven. Sufficient mechanical and experienced iron
workers can be secured to operate the plant but it is impossible to secure homes or boarding places for these men and they refuse to come to Schuylkill Haven. A number of
employees unable to secure quarters here have rented a two story house on the mill property, fitted it up and are "batching" it. There are fifteen in this party, all the owner, Mr.
H. H. Light, praises. In an interview with The Call man, the owner, Mr. H. H. Light, he deeply deplored the scarcity of houses in this town, stating that the men he would like to
employ and secure, the large majority being experienced men, hesitate coming on from the fact that they desire to bring their families here and permanently locate.
|The Call of January 23, 1914
A PLEA FOR PATRONAGE
It is quite surprising and at the same time regrettable fact that the Schuylkill Haven public is so extremely hesitant upon tendering its support to the local theatre, the Losch
Opera House. In view of the fact that many persons have time and time again, for a period of years, deplored the fact that the town was without a suitable place where several
hours could be spent in enjoying a theatrical entertainment, the slim patronage of the local theatre seems somewhat strange. Just why Schuylkill Haven people insist on
patronizing out of town theatricals when the same class of entertainments are given right in the town is beyond understanding, nevertheless it has always been thus. Local
enterprises are always sacrificed for those out of town yet the out of town enterprises in no way benefit this town. The owners of the Losch Opera House have spared no
expense in fitting up a cozy theatre here. The theatrical offerings on a par and above those of the surrounding towns are given, yet the response from the town folk is far from
being what it should be. Everything possible has been done to awaken enthusiasm and increase patronage but without any great success. It would be no surprise if the
management of the Losch Opera House became thoroughly disgusted with the manner in which the public is showing its appreciation of the efforts made to give first class
entertainment and discontinue the weekly attractions. While the stage does not find favor among a great many of the townsfolk, still there are sufficient number of theatre
going folks here to make it possible to support a local theatre and as a local enterprise there is no reason why it should not have the patronage of the townsfolk.
|The Call of April 3, 1914
LOCAL FIRM CHANGES HANDS
Tuesday evening of this week negotiations were concluded whereby Messrs. Oscar and David Bittle became the owners of the furniture store and undertaking establishment of
D. M. Wagner of town. The new firm will be known as Bittle Brothers. A cordial welcome to the family of the town's business houses and businessmen is extended to the
members of the new firm. In purchasing and acquiring the ownership of the furniture store of D. M. Wagner, one of the oldest and best established business houses in
Schuylkill Haven changed hands. This store was established over fifty years ago by Eli Ziegenfus, deceased. In 1902 the business was purchased and continued by D. M.
Wagner up to the present date. The new firm, Bittle Brothers, are both well known and esteemed young men.
The senior partner, Oscar Bittle, has been with D. M. Wagner for the past two years. Prior to coming to Schuylkill Haven he was employed by the Webber Brothers furniture
dealers and undertakers of Pottsville for seven years. For ten years prior to his employment by Webber Brothers he was in the employ of several of the county's largest
furniture stores. He is a practical businessman thoroughly acquainted with the furniture business. As an undertaker and embalmer his skill is unrivaled. His quiet and
gentlemanly manner of conducting funerals has won for him an enviable reputation in this particular business.
The junior member of the firm, Mr. David Bittle of Cressona, we hardly think needs an introduction to the great number of our readers. His presence in our town for the past
seven years as a clerk at the clothing store of Doutrich and Company and with E. G. Underwood, has made for him a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Prior to his being
employed in this town, he conducted a green grocery business in Cressona for several years. His pleasant disposition and courteous manner in serving hundreds and
hundreds of customers has won for him the best regard of persons in this town and the surrounding towns and will be a great asset to the new firm of which he is a part. Mr.
Bittle has also had considerable experience in undertaking and embalming.
|Miners Journal of February 8, 1845
BANK AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Our friends at Schuylkill Haven appear to be in earnest about applying for a bank at that place and we see no good reason why they should not have one. It is notorious that our
region is deficient in the amount of banking capital required by the present large and increasing business and we have always entertained the opinion that a well regulated
banking system, particularly in new and improving sections of the country like ours, tends greatly to develop its resources and advance the best interest of the community. But
on the other hand, if they should become mere speculative machines, used only to promote private interests, they generally prove to be a great curse.
|Miners Journal of February 8, 1845
At an adjourned bank meeting, held February 1, 1845, at the public house of Frederick Haas in the Borough of Schuylkill Haven, the following proceedings were had. On motion,
Charles Huntzinger, Esquire, was called to the chair and Dr. J. G. Koehler, Mark Mellon and John Marlin, Esquire, were appointed secretaries. The meting was then addressed
by A. W. Leyburn, Robert Bass, Esquire and Colonel Edward Huntzinger. The committee appointed at the previous meeting reported a petition for signatures to be presented to
the present legislature, which was adopted by the meeting. On motion, Colonel E. Huntzinger and Mark Mellon, Esquire, were appointed a committee to select different
persons in different townships of the county to procure signatures to said petition and make report of their progress on Saturday evening, February 8, at seven o'clock at the
public house of Frederick Haas, to which time and place this meeting stands adjourned. On motion it was resolved: That the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the
officers thereof and published in all the papers of Schuylkill County, favorable to the cause.
|Miners Journal of February 22, 1845
ADJOURNED BANK MEETING
Agreeably to public notice a large and respectable meeting of the citizens of Schuylkill Haven and adjoining neighborhood was held at the public house of Frederick Haas in the
Borough of Schuylkill Haven, on Saturday, the 8th of February at seven o'clock in the evening. The following proceedings were had: On motion, Philip Boyer, esquire, was
called to the chair and George Kauffman and William Sterner were appointed secretaries. The committee appointed to procure signatures to the petitions to be presented to
the present legislature to incorporate a bank to be called the Farmers Bank of Schuylkill County, to be located in the Borough of Schuylkill Haven, made returns of their
petitions numerously signed, after which the following committee: Colonel Edward Huntzinger, S. H. Shannon, William Kramer, A. W. Leyburn and George Kauffman, Esquires,
was appointed by the committee to take charge of said petitions and proceed to Harrisburg to have them presented and do all in their power to procure an act of corporation
for said bank. The meting then passed the following resolution: Resolved that the proceedings of this meeting be signed by the officers and published in all papers of
Schuylkill haven, friendly to the cause. The meeting then on motion, adjourned.
|Miners Journal of August 30, 1845
An adjourned meeting of the following named commissioners: Colonel Edward Huntzinger, A. W. Leyburn, George Kauffman, James B. Levan, R. Bass, John D. Deibert, Dennis
Dougherty, William Kramer, Mark Mellon and John W. Shoemaker, convened at the public house pf Samuel Beard in the borough of Schuylkill Haven on Saturday evening, the
23rd at half past seven o'clock p. m., when on motion it was resolved that R. Bass preside as president of the meeting and James B. Levan and Mark Mellon act as secretaries
thereof. Then on motion, it was: Resolved that the book to receive subscription to the stock of the Farmers Bank of Schuylkill County be opened at the public house of Samuel
Beard in the borough of Schuylkill Haven on Saturday, the sixth day of September next, at 10:00 a. m. and remain open until 3:00 p. m. of said day, and if the balance of the stock
of said bank, remaining unsold, be not disposed of on that day, that the said book will be opened for the purpose aforesaid on Monday, the eighth day of September next at the
public house of Colonel C. M. Straub in the borough of Minersville at 10:00 a. m. and be kept open until 3:00 p. m. of said day and that James B. Levan, Edward Huntzinger and
Dennis Dougherty are appointed to open said book at Schuylkill Haven at the time and for the purpose aforesaid and that R. Bass, Mark Mellon and John D. Deibert are
appointed to open the books at Minersville at the time and for the purpose aforesaid.
On the motion, it was then: Resolved, that the commissioners now absent, appointed by the Act of Assembly, to incorporate the bank aforesaid, are hereby respectfully invited
to attend at all or either of the places above mentioned, to assist at the time and for the purpose aforesaid. Resolved that the proceedings of this meeting, be signed by the
officers thereof and published in the Miners Journal and Pottsville Emporium and that this meeting stands adjourned to meet again, at the same place on Monday evening, the
eighth day of September at 7:30 o'clock p. m.
|The Call of April 11, 1957
MODERN $40,000 SWIMMING POOL TO OPEN AT WILLOW LAKE THIS YEAR
At long last, Schuylkill Haven and southern Schuylkill County will have that modern swimming pool that has been dreamed and talked about for years. It will not be a community
project but a private enterprise. Work is now underway on the construction, or reconstruction, of the Willow Lake swimming pool., that will in the words of Tom Smith, owner,
"be one of the best in the state."
The proposed new swimming pool, to cost $40,000, will have 20,000 square feet of water area and will accommodate from 1200 to 1500 bathers at one time. A special feature of
the new pool will be a twenty five meter wide front dining tank, 82.5 feet long. This is regulation size for racing. This part of the pool will enable the management to stage
diving and swimming meets and special entertainment during the summer season. This diving tank will be illuminated by 4,000 watt underwater lights. The pool will be concrete
finished in white.
Sparkling blue water, filtered every eight hours, will be renewed in the pool by the most modern diatamacous filtering system. The 468,000 gallons of water in the pool will be
pumped through the filtering system by 24 hour a day operating pumps. To provide the power necessary to operate the pumps, the borough electric department ran a new
three phase line from Center Avenue and installed three new transformers. The filtering plant is the only one of its kind in the immediate area. Similar installations have been
made at the swimming pools at the West Shore Country Club and the Central YMCA in the Harrisburg area and the new pool in Lititz.
In addition to the modern, clean pool, Smith said the plans call for a bigger sunbathing area. He hopes to have the project completed for a grand opening on May 30th or shortly
Willow Lake was purchased in 1949 by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Smith of Minersville. Smith formerly published the Minersville Free Press but several years ago discontinued the
newspaper publication to devote his time with his brother in the commercial printing business and in operating the skating, swimming and amusements at Willow Lake. Each
year improvements have been made to the property. Next year, Smith expects to remodel the bath houses and further beautify the grounds to make the area a still more
attractive recreation area.
|The Call of October 24, 1957
ENLARGED 5c-$1 STORE SHOWS FAITH IN HAVEN
Tomorrow morning Atkin's new enlarged variety department store, 12 East Main Street, will have its grand opening. It will also mark ten years of progress as this is the store's
tenth anniversary. The new store is the result of careful, long term planning, to bring to this community one of the region's newest and most modern stores. Some of the latest
designs in new fixtures, new lighting, bright colors throughout and new tile floor plus air conditioning will make your shopping pleasant and comfortable. The new long lunch
department has more stools added and several new pieces of equipment to speed the service and to continue to maintain the high quality of food at reasonable prices.
APPRECIATION OF PATRONAGE B. D. Atkins, president and founder of the Atkins Stores company says, "This beautiful merchandise mart is truly an appreciation of the
patronage we have enjoyed for the last ten years and our sincere faith in Schuylkill Haven's future, both as a good business town and an ideal place to live." The Atkins group
of eight stores, with headquarters in Frackville for buying and personnel, also has outlets in Tremont, Kulpmont, Girardville, Williamstown, Tower City and Ashland. The Atkins
stores feature national brands, "Guaranteed to give customer satisfaction both by Atkins stores company and the manufacturer."
NATIONALLY ADVERTISED LINES Following are some of the fine nationally advertised lines that are featured; men's, boy's and girl's Wrangler overalls, Health Knit men's
underwear, Fruit of the Loom men's ladies' and children;s hose, Buster Brown hose and childrens garments, Dr. Spencer's baby garments, Stardust bras, panties and slips,
White Lie bras, Nazareth infant's wear items and Cannon sheets, towels and wash cloths. Also a complete line of GE light bulbs. Employees who assisted in the tremendous
moving and counter layout of the new store are, Frackville: Ruth Hornberger, Faye Pizykopski and Shirley Klimko; Girardville, Jean Leskins; Frackville office, George
Mauderlink, Harold Travis, Mable Hinkle and assistant manager Robert Webb.
HAVEN STORE EMPLOYEES The Schuylkill Haven employees are: Samuel Morgan, manager; Emma Jane Frantz, assistant manager and assistant merchandise manager of
Frackville office; Betty Wabby, manager of luncheonette; Patsy James, cashier. Salesgirls are Mary James, Ethel Berger, Tillie Loy, Dotty Kaplan, Patsy Wingle, Rose Dunheimer,
Shirley Wildermuth, Carole Kutz, Kay Geschwindt and John Neidlinger, stockman.
CREDIT TO PERSONNEL Brady Atkins also remarked, "We are proud of our progress in the past ten years and give most of the credit to the high type of personnel we have
been able to maintain in our store and in bringing to the public nationally advertised lines of quality merchandise at standard prices. We are glad to be a part of this fine
community and neighbors to our many merchant friends."
|The Call of April 14, 1900
GREETING (The Call Changes Hands)
With this issue, the ownership and management of The Call passes into new hands. Limited space prevents us from outlining at length the various changes and improvements
contemplated and already being inaugurated not only in the tone and makeup of The Call but in the entire printing and publishing business connected therewith. Suffice it to
say that the business, so well established by our predecessor, will be given new life under its new management and that nothing will be left undone to make The Call one of the
leading newspapers in Schuylkill County and a factor of great importance in the further development of the borough of Schuylkill Haven. The first issue of the paper under its
new management is by no means even a fair sample of what it is proposed to make it in the near future, owing principally to the time and labor expended during the present
week in installing a large additional printing equipment, including a complete outfit of new machinery, type, etc., of the latest design. With lifelong experience in the newspaper
publishing and job printing business and a thoruogh knowledge of the requirements of a successful journal, the new management hopes for and respectfully solicits the
patronage of the public.
THE CALL PUBLISHING COMPANY H. J. VON NIEDA, EDITOR J. W. VON NIEDA, MANAGER
In severing my connection with The Call office, I do so with regret. My long connection with it and many business relations with the citizens of this community have fastened
ties of friendship and respect. For the liberal patronage I feel very thankful and as my successors are practical printers and social businessmen, I confidently bespeak for them
the kind treatment and patronage due publishers of a town paper, which will be shortly rejuvenated and made a valuable medium for advertisers and prospectus of the
progress of our commercial and borough interests. Give them your undivided support with your job printing and advertising and you will be doing a progressive citizen's
privilege and help to further the interests of the community. By the terms of the transfer, all advertising and job printing bills due to April 7th are to be paid to the retiring
owner and all subscriptions unpaid to said date are to be collected by the new firm.
MOST RESPECTFULLY, GEORGE F. DENGLER RETIRING PUBLISHER
|The Call of November 2, 1900
A GROWING NEW INDUSTRY
Schuylkill Haven boasts of another new industry that bids fair to become an important adjunct to the borough's numerous enterprises. About a year ago, Mr. Wellington
Hartman, proprietor of the Gem Pharmacy, commenced the manufacture of three specialties in his line - Wild Cherry Phosphate, Peptonized Lemon Juice and Old Virginia
Bitters. These preparations, manufactured and sold on a small scale at first, have steadily become so popular that they are now in constant demand by dealers and the public in
many sections of the state, having been successfully introduced in Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northamptoin, Monroe, Northumberland, Mifflin, Snyder, Schuylkill and
other counties. The goods are all prepared at Mr. Hartman's Main Street drug store. The Peptonized Lemon Juice is for all purposes for which lemons are used. The Wild
Cherry Phosphate is a tonic for kidney and stomach troubles and the Old Virginia Bitters is claimed to be the greatest tonic, appetizer and man restorer on earth. The constantly
increasing demand for these popular preparations will compel Mr. Hartman to greatly increase his manufacturing facilities in the near future.
|The Call of June 14, 1901
BUSY BUILDING GASOLINE ENGINES
There is a growing demand for the Losch gasoline engine, of which Mr. J. S. Losch of this place, is the patentee and maker. Orders are standing for a number of these engines
and they are being completed as fast as possible. These include a variety of sizes and all thus far in use give the best satisfaction. Several weeks ago Mr. Losch delivered a
specially constructed ten horse power engine on a truck to the firm of Freeman and Patchet at Moyer's Station. The engine was guaranteed to make a run of ten hours with ten
gallons of gasoline, which is a better guarantee than gasoline engine builders usually offer, but the few weeks' trial of the engine developed the fact that although it was run
from six o'clock in the morning until 7:30 at night, the consumption of gasoline was only five gallons. Mr. Losch, and the owners as well, are highly pleased with this
performance. The modern, expensive machinery received some time ago by Mr. Losch has been put in position in his plant, which is now a finely and thoroughly equipped
|The Call of September 20, 1901
ANOTHER NEW INDUSTRY FOR SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Another new industry, a paper box factory, will soon be in operation in this place. The industry will be located in the two story, fifty by fifty foot building owned by Dr. P. C.
Detweiler, adjoining the knitting mill of Schumacher, Keller and Company on West Columbia Street. The projectors or owners of the factory are G. P. W. Saul and W. F. Zang ,of
Harrisburg, both men of many years experience in the manufacture of all kinds of paper boxes, those for shoes and underwear being a specialty. The factory is being equipped
with the latest improved machinery, some of which has only appeared on the market during the past year. A twelve horsepower boiler and eight horsepower engine have
already been placed in position to furnish the power. Both floors of the building will be occupied. On the first floor, the cutting will be done, while on the second floor, the
pasting and finishing will be executed. When in full running order, the new industry will give employment to at least 30 or 35 hands. Operations at the new factory, the firm
expects, will be started on Monday with twelve or fifteen hands. Both members of the firm have families and will reside here. Mr. Zang moved his family and household effects
to a dwelling on Fairview Street on Wednesday, while Mr. Saul expects his family here on Monday, intending to move on upper Main Street.
|The Call of November 29, 1901
LANDLORD YODER'S NEW HALL
Landlord Yoder, of the Hotel Grand, has just completed his fine new Keystone Hall building on Saint John Street, to the rear of the hotel, and the building is now open to the
inspection of the public. The spacious basement of the building will be used as a carriage and wagon storage room in connection with Mr. Yoder's steadily increasing livery
business. The main floor is divided into two fine store rooms, each 18 by 60 feet in size, with a specially constructed floor of rift flooring. The hall will be rented for balls,
parties, dances, fairs and festivals. The hall was opened Wednesday evening by Professor Drexel's Dancing Class. The professor has leased the hall for every Wednesday
afternoon and evening this winter. The building is lighted throughout by electricity and a huge furnace will be installed in the cellar which will heat the entire building. The hall
is a handsome addition to our town and is a monument to Mr. Yoder's energy and enterprise.
|The Call of July 31, 1958
GATEWAY BOWLING LANE OPEN SATURDAY WITH FREE BOWLING, PRIZES
The gateway Bowling Lanes on the Schuylkill Haven Pottsville highway will; have a grand opening on Saturday afternoon at 2:30. Bowlers of the area will be introduced to the
twenty lane ultramodern bowling alleys by two days of free bowling. John Dee of the corporation behind the Gateway Lanes stated that no restrictions will be placed upon the
free bowling except when the alleys are filled and bowlers are waiting. Then free bowling will be limited to one or two games.
Not only free bowling but also free refreshments will be given at the grand opening. In addition, those attending will register and will have an opportunity to win a bowling ball,
bowling shoes and bag and wrist watches. These awards will be made Sunday night. The grand opening was advanced two weeks. Originally the opening date was set for
August 15. Because another bowling alley was not ready for installation of the automatic pin spotters, the local lanes were given the opportunity to obtain the devices ahead of
the original schedule. Men installing the hardwood alleys began working day and night to complete their work and thus made possible the advanced opening date.
The completely air conditioned building contains the best alleys and the most modern bowling equipment, including twenty AMF automatic pin spotters. The lanes are arranged
so that ten are at each end of the long building. In the center is the business counter and food and drink dispensers. Also featured on the lanes are the latest under lane ball
returns. Seats for the bowlers are modern fiberglass contour benches. Behind the bowlers are seats for spectators. One of the big drawbacks in bowling alleys in recent
years has been lack of parking space. Taking this important point into account, the Gateway Lanes built along the main highway with plenty of space for parking as well as easy
accessibility. The management invites all bowlers in the area to come to the Gateway Lanes on the two opening days, Saturday and Sunday and try the alleys free of charge.
|The Call of May 1, 1958
MODERN LARGER BONNIE JEAN ADDS BEAUTY TO MAIN STREET
Schuylkill Haven's Main Street section took on a vastly improved look this morning when the completely remodeled, enlarged and modernized Bonnie Jean shop reopened for a
three day grand opening celebration. From the glistening granite enamel trim around the large display windows and modern glass entrance, the attractive display models,
fixtures, new lighting and a greatly enlarged offering of famous brand name merchandise, to the far walls of the building, the Bonnie Jean is modern beauty with color.
The entire first floor, unbroken by partitions, has been devoted to the store. The entrance was changed so that two display windows, one small and one large are on each side
of the recessed glass door. Merchandise is displayed to its best advantage from racks along the wall, from aisle display counters and from shelves and glass enclosed
The renovation program was extended to the entire property including the garage at the rear. The two floors above the shop have been converted into three apartments.
Work on these is almost completed with only the wall papering and paint to be done. The extensive remodeling project is the greatest to be taken by the seventeen year old
business. Mr. and Mrs. William J. Calsam opened the Bonnie Jean shop, named after Mrs. Calsam, in the George Michel building in the storeroom vacated by Frank S. Lewis,
who moved his business across the street to the former Gipe building.
From the original line of Van Raalte merchandise and a small selection of hats and sweaters, the business has expanded until it now includes most clothing and accessory items
for women, girls and children. As more store space was needed, the Calsams gradually took over the downstairs dining room, kitchen and pantry. When the building was put
up for sale following the deaths of Mr. Michel and his sister last year, the Calsams purchased it and immediately made plans for enlarging the store and remodeling the
apartments. The work was started two months ago with Harvey E. Dewald as the general contractor.
In the 17 years the store has been in existence, Mrs. Calsam has had most of the management responsibility. During the war years, Mr. Calsam returned to Philadelphia where
he acted as a manufacturer's representative. He returned to Schuylkill Haven when increasing business in the store required additional attention. More recently he became
interested in the TV cable system and was the prime organizer of the local group that started the system in Schuylkill Haven. He served as manager of the system until it was
sold to the Pottsville Trans-Video. Shortly afterwards he became manager of a new cable system being installed in Oneonta and later several of the neighboring communities in
New York State.
The regular clerks at Bonnie Jean have been Misses Betty Glaser and Nancy Heffner. Greeting customers and well wishers at the new store, in addition to Mrs. Calsam and the
clerks, are her daughter Mrs. Robert MacMinn and Mrs. Jonah Reese. For the grand opening one thousand orchids direct from Hawaii are being given to those who come to
|The Call of July 23, 1959
FIRST NATIONAL BANK BUYS QUINTER, REED BUILDINGS
Schuylkill Haven's Main Street business section is scheduled for another drastic change in which the last vestiges of business places of a past generation, the overhead
awnings extending to the curb, will disappear. The board of directors of the First national Bank and Trust Company on Monday completed negotiations for the purchase of the
adjoining two properties owned by Quinter's and Gordon D. Reed. The present occupants will be given six months to vacate the premises and after that time the two large
three story brick structures will be torn down. The newly acquired property will give the bank an additional 45 feet on West Main Street and a depth of over 100 feet extending
to the paved parking area at the rear of the bank and the properties to the river edge.
Tentative plans call for the addition of walk up and drive in windows on the west side of the bank as well as a night depository available to drive in or walk up patrons. The area
not required for a driveway to the outside windows and depository will be converted into a large paved parking lot for bank patrons. The First National Bank and Trust Company
presently has two parking lots, one behind the bank and the other on the west side of the railroad tracks. The amount paid for the two properties was not released.
BOTH BUILDINGS VERY OLD The property immediately adjacent to the bank has been occupied by Quinter's Variety Store since 1904. The Reed property was the former E. T.
Eiler building, where Mr. Eiler first operated a barber shop and then later conducted a music store. Mr. Eiler was a well known musician throughout the area. He was the leader
of the Schuylkill Haven Cornet Band for many years and played in the Third Brigade Band in Pottsville. Upon his death, the property went to Ada Fessler. The store room was
vacant for several years until Gordon D. Reed purchased the property. The store room was converted into quarters for the Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library and the
apartments on th second and third floor and rear of the store room were remodeled. Reed will assist the present tenants, including the library, to find another location.
QUINTER'S BEGAN IN 1893 The sale of the Quinter property will bring to a close the town's oldest business. Milton W. Quinter, father of the present owners, Ivan and William
Quinter, started a tinware and hardware supplies store in 1893 in the building now occupied by Abe's Workingmen's Store. A year later he moved to the present location and in
1904 purchased the building. An annex was built at the rear of the original brick structure to enlarge the store and add a porch. A short time later the porch was enclosed and
became part of the store. William Quinter joined his father in the business and in 1910 Ivan, who had been following the baker trade, also became affiliated with the store.
Upon the death of their father, and a short time later their mother, Ivan and William acquired sole ownership of the business.
The three properties in a row, including the Kaufman property next to the library, all have the overhead stationary awnings, the last on Main Street. When the two properties
purchased by the bank are torn down, Mrs. Kaufman will also remove the protective awning at her property.
|The Call of July 30, 1959
FOND MEMORIES OF QUINTER'S STORE AND EILER'S
And so it finally happened. It was bound to sooner or later, guess the present time could be considered as being "later" though a decade from now would have thrown it into
the "sooner" category. Anyway, the memory of my childhood experiences can no longer be associated with the actual setting of those experiences. Progress has a unique way
of obliterating the past. Only a week ago while parked in front of Quinter's Variety Store, I remarked that so long as that row of overhead awnings remain in existence my
childhood could be definitely linked with places and things of the present. Now these too shall pass away,but I shall have memories.
It was one summer afternoon that I started for Bowman's Dry Goods Store to purchase some small doily to embroider plus floss and hooks. A big deal in my way of thinking but
had to tarry until a runaway horse and light wagon were intercepted. The wagon came to rest in front of the First National Bank. My pony, Lady Betty, never did run away though
she definitely did have an aversion to manholes in the street and skirted them every time. It's been quite a spell since I plaited a pony's tail, nearest I've come to it is a pony tail
on my granddaughter.
Quinter's Variety Store introduced me to many little "musts" in my early years, whether it was selecting a berry set for my mother's Christmas present or a ten cent tablet, the
decision and selection required no little time. The latter was always selected for its cover rather than the type of paper. But the little isin glass fish, which when held in the
palm of one's hand could wriggle in all sorts of shapes due to the warmth, were most intriguing. As I recall they came in a variety of colors. The floral subjects were my
favorite. How delighted I was when they came off right and equally disappointed when only half the transfer "took." Probably my eagerness interfered with perfection.
Moving next door to the Eiler property, my memory is very clear when I think of the times I didn't know my assignment as well as I might have. Mr. Eiler was my first violin
teacher, having taught me the A B C's (That's correct as I was not of school age). After studying with him not long enough, he probably thought my efforts should be stimulated
by something other than routine scales so he reached inside his inside coat pocket, produced a sheet of paper and proceeded to write a piece of music for me. The finished
composition was none other than "Sun of My Soul."
In your article you wrote of Miss Ada Fessler. I shall never forget her stiffly starched little white apron which was a permanent feature of her basic equipment. She truly was a
patient soul for when the new release of Victrola records came in every month I was right there to listen and purchase. It can be said that any salesperson serving me, as of
now, is also a patient soul. Bless them! Guess I just can't help it. Each month my quota would be a Red Seal record plus another. Well there is a tie up between my youth and
adult years. I'm still buying records but not from Miss Ada. When the trolley cars ceased to run, somehow we survived. Undoubtedly we shall do the same when the Quinter
and Eiler buildings are razed. But this time it will be different. Rhoda Thomas Pritchard
|The Call of June 16, 1960
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TRUST COMPANY CELEBRATES 50TH YEAR
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company is currently observing its fiftieth anniversary. A lot of changes in the physical makeup of the bank, its methods of operations and
conveniences to its patrons, have been experienced during this time. The bank began functioning on June 6, 1910 in a parlor of the Hotel Grand at the intersection of Main and
Saint John Streets. Later the Clarkson Saylor property at 6 East Main Street was purchased and this became the permanent location of the bank until October 20, 1956 when the
present bank building was opened to the public. The original property at 6 East Main Street had been modernized and renovated a number of times but increasing business
and the trend of the times soon proved the building to be inadequate.
In June of 1955, bank officials purchased the Bryant property at the corner of Main and Saint Peter Streets and an ultramodern bank building, in every sense of the word, was
authorized to be constructed by Fleming-Raugh Incorporated of Flourtown. Aluminum, glass and brick are the main ingredients of the construction material. Entrance doors
which are operated automatically, a spacious lobby and a drive in window were some of the latest additions to the new building. Last December other changes were made,
noticeably a second drive in window, an enlarged drive in area and a macadamized parking lot to the rear of the bank.
Present officers of the bank are: Ivan W. Reed, president; Vincent J. Dalton, vice president; Arlo J. Bensinger, executive vice president and trust officer; J. R. Miller, secretary
and treasurer; Jane C. Deibert, assistant treasurer and secretary; Stuart G. Furman, assistant trust officer. Directors include: Ivan W. Reed, Melvin W. Bamford, Vincent J.
Dalton, Roy A. Scott, G. I. Bensinger, Harry G. Fegley, Robert D. Houck, A. J. Bensinger, Joseph H. Eubanks, Raymond R. Sterner and Thomas F. Reider.
|The Call of October 13, 1960
PEPSI COLA ERECTS LARGE WAREHOUSE ON CHARLES STREET
A large warehouse measuring 75 by 100 feet was constructed for the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Reading at the corner of Charles and Penn Streets. The distributing
headquarters which has been established for this area in 1945 in the former Michel property on West Main Street now owned by Gordon D. Reed were moved recently to the
new warehouse. With a clear ceiling height of 18 feet, the warehouse is convenient for storage of soft drinks and with large overhead garage doors on each end of the
building, the large beverage distributing trucks can drive in one end, be loaded and drive out the other end.
The beverages are stored on pallets and motorized lifting trucks stack the pallets to great heights. In addition to Pepsi Cola, the company also distributes a complete line of
Cloverdale soft drinks and recently has added coffee and hot chocolate dispensing machines. Individual cups of coffee are brewed from regular coffee each time a coin is
inserted. After Pepsi Cola moved to its new location, Realtor Gordon D. Reed remodeled the West Main Street structure, converting it into a store room as well as warehouse.
Cliff Lockard moved his TV and appliance business from across the street to this larger place and is having his grand opening soon.
|The Call of September 4, 1903
Elwood T. Eiler, who for years has been the town's leading barber, on Wednesday sold his shop, good will and fixtures to John L. Boussum. Mr. Eiler will shortly open a first
class music store and will carry an up to date stock of pianos, organs and other musical instruments, Edison phonographs and Victor Talking machines and records, sheet music
and musician's supplies. Mr. Eiler says he can beat city prices on exactly the same goods. Some time next week, Mr. Boussum will remove the barber shop from Mr. Eiler's old
stand to the H. I. Moser storeroom opposite the post office where he will be pleased to attend to the wants of all of Mr. Eiler's old customers and trusts to be favored with the
patronage of a host of new ones. Mr. Boussum worked for seven years under Mr. Eiler and was well liked by the latter's patrons. He has recently been employed in one of the
very best shops in Reading. He announces that the shop will be run in the most approved uptodate style, a clean towel for every customer and the best of everything in the
way of Bay Rum, colognes, etc. Harry Eiler, who was his brother's assistant, has purchased the McCaffrey barber shop on Dock Street in Spring Garden and on Monday took full
charge of the establishment. Harry is a good barber, attends strictly to business and his many friends will wish him a full measure of success.
|The Call of July 15, 1904
SQUIRE GOAS IMPROVEMENTS
Squire C. H. Goas, our efficient Justice of the Peace, real estate agent and harness maker has recently been enlarging his establishment on Saint John Street to give more
room for the rapid increase in all branches of his business. While there is so little criminal court business in this town that a justice is hardly needed, the Squire does a goodly
share of all the other business that requires the attention of a justice and his real estate business is making considerable inroads on his time. In the harness business, the
Squire is compelled by the demands made upon him to carry a large and varied stock and his goods are of such excellent quality and prices are so reasonable that it is small
wonder that his trade is large. The squire excels in repair work and always has his hands full.
|The Call of July 29, 1904
MCWILLIAMS BROTHERS MILL
The McWilliams brothers expect to start their new underwear mill within two weeks, the orders already on hand being sufficient to keep them running until Christmas, and the
prospects being that the entire output for the mill for the year will be sold within the next month. The McWilliams mill is located on Haven Street, is 36 by 60 feet in dimensions
and two stories high, with a large engine and boiler house annex. The mill is equipped with a fifty horsepower and a forty horsepower engine, is heated by steam and lighted by
electricity. At present there are six knitting machines and two sleevers, together with a half dozen finishing machines. The firm several months ago turned out a line of
samples, the excellence of which has already secured for them a nice lot of orders. The mill is what is known as a light weight mill, in as much as only light or summer weight
goods will be made. The size of the mill and the capacity of the engine and boiler is such that the present capacity of the mill can be quadrupled.
|The Call of September 2, 1904
THE NEW STORE
The new clothing and gents furnishings store will open in the Yoder Building on Saturday of next week with a full line of everything in the way of mens' wear except shoes.
Everything else that man wears will be found in this uptodate establishment and our people who have been accustomed to go to Pottsville or Reading for this class of goods
are invited to inspect the new store's stock. A carload of furniture has arrived for the equipment of the establishment and early in the week the stock, embracing all the latest
styles and novelties, all brand new and fresh from the manufacturers will arrive and will be placed on the counters ready for the opening. Messrs. I H. Doutrich of Orwigsburg
and F. B. Keller of town are the proprietors of the new establishment and will conduct the business under the name of Doutrich and Company. Both are gentlemen of sterling
integrity and their names are a guarantee of their goods.
|The Call of September 9, 1904
OPENING TOMORROW - Doutrich and Company's New Store is Ready for the Public's Inspection
The handsome new clothing and gents furnishings store of Doutrich and Company in the new Yoder Building will be thrown open for the public's inspection tomorrow. The
store is equipped with the very latest showcases, hat cases, shelving, counters and tables of golden oak and contains a wealth of goods the like of which has never been
before seen in this town. The store room is brand new, roomy and has plenty of light and the stock is just fresh from the manufacturers.
In the clothing line are shown the very latest and correct fall and winter styles in a variety of fabrics that can not fail to please both the taste and the purse of the purchaser.
Hats and caps are shown in the latest styles and the display of gents furnishings is uptodate in every particular. It will be the aim of Doutrich and Company to give Schuylkill
Haven a regular big city store and as the firm is successfully operating three other stores and is therefore a large buyer this can and will be done and our shoppers will benefit
thereby. Doutrich and Company extends a most cordial invitation to all to visit their store tomorrow. In honor of the opening, Eiler's Orchestra has been engaged to give a
concert from 7:00 until 9:30 o'clock Saturday evening.
|The Call of October 28, 1904
YODER BUILDING OPENING
D. D. Yoder has issued invitations for a public inspection of the handsome new store and office building which bears his name, and which has just been completed. The formal
opening of the building will take place tomorrow evening and the public is invited to inspect the structure between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 in the evening. At 8:00 o'clock an
address will be delivered in the main lodge room by George W. Gise, Esquire. The ladies are especially invited to inspect Schuylkill Haven's first modern office building.
The building is three stories in height with a front of iron and buff mottled brick. Two fine store rooms occupy the first floor, there are
six handsome offices on the second floor and on the third floor is a fine lodge room with six ante rooms, so that six different lodges can be accommodated. Modern toilet
rooms and lavatories are conveniently located and the building is heated throughout by steam and lighted by electricity. The building is one that a much larger town other than
Schuylkill Haven might well be proud of and it reflects much credit upon Mr. Yoder's enterprise.
|The Call of September 8, 1905
A FINE NEW FACTORY
Davis and Lawrence, the paper box manufacturers, are now at home in their new factory on Haven Street and are filling orders from their numerous customers with their usual
promptness and dispatch. Their new factory is forty by eighty feet in size and is a model of convenience. All of the machinery is operated from one line shaft and a short
countershaft and a fine ten horsepower engine and a twenty horsepower boiler furnish the power. The mill is heated by steam and lighted by electricity. A fine large stable with
box stalls, ample space for the big delivery wagon and the heavy wagon and large hay mow furnish splendid accommodations for the firm's team.
Messrs. Davis and Lawrence have made many friends during their three years business career here and are to be congratulated upon their success.
|The Call of June 30, 1960
CANDY KITCHEN CLOSES AFTER 41 YEARS ON MAIN STREET
With mixed feelings of relief and regret, Parris Lazos has closed the doors of the Candy Kitchen and brought to an end almost 41 years of long hours and hard work demanded
by his candy, ice cream and luncheon business. The business landmark, located in the heart of the Schuylkill Haven business district, is now being converted into a store for
Jim's Sport Shop. Parris' son in law, Paul Fritz, has already removed the once majestic fountain bar, the large plate glass mirrors and the booths and is preparing the walls for
painting and the entire large room for renovations prior to occupancy by the new type of business.
Jim Brobst, proprietor of the sporting goods store which is presently located in the Marne Bubeck building a block farther up Main Street, will move to the larger quarters and
add a more complete line of sporting equipment as soon as renovations have been completed, probably in late July. Closing the Candy Kitchen comes as a relief to Parris
Lazos. The drive and ambition he possessed when first coming to town in 1919 have decreased with the passing of 41 years. The work day from early morning to anywhere
between eleven and twelve at night was becoming a real strain. In the candy making seasons, work would continue after closing until the early morning hours. Mrs. Lazos, who
has worked with him down through the years, recently underwent a hernia operation and since that time her activities and work have been curtailed. Now, with the closing of
the store, both Mr.a nd Mrs. Lazos look forward to spending more enjoyable and leisure hours on their farm beyond Friedensburg.
But with the ending of the store business started 41 years ago, Parris remarked, "I'll miss it. You can't put that much of your life into something and then suddenly stop without
feeling something inside." He will miss the personal contact he has with the three generations of Schuylkill Haven people who came in to enjoy his ice cream or to buy his
chocolates and the special Christmas and Easter candies. Even the one Coke a night teenage crowd, nerve racking as they could be at times, will be missed by the genial
candy and ice cream maker.
CONTINUES TO MAKE CANDY The closing of the Candy Kitchen, however, will not mean complete retirement from business for Mr. and Mrs. Lazos. They will retain the candy
factory located on River Street at the rear of the Candy Kitchen property. In the two seasons of the year for which their candy became famous, they will manufacture their
chocolate covered candies and Easter specialties and will welcome the continued patronage of the many people they have served in the past. A native of Greece, Parris came
to this country in 1910 and resided in Reading for nine years. In this period he worked at the Berkshire Mills. When he decided to go into business for himself, he selected the
candy making business even though he had no previous experience.
BUILT PRESENT PROPERTY He opened his candy store at 35 East Main Street, the location of the present Stineman's Music Store in 1919. Six years later, he purchased the
Deibert Estate property, tore it down and had the present large two story structure constructed by Paul Naffin. In addition to the Candy Kitchen, the new structure provided for
a smaller store alongside and four apartments upstairs. At this time he added light lunches to his established candy and ice cream business.
Assisted through the years by his wife, the former Mary Albright of Reading, Parris continued to operate the business from 1919 until the present, except for two brief periods in
the last ten years. From 1950 to 1956, the business was run by Howard Sampson and then from 1956 to 1957, a son, Frank Lazos, operated the Candy Kitchen. Mr. and Mrs.
Lazos returned to active management and operation of the business in 1957. They have two sons and two daughters. Georgiana is married to Paul Fritz of Adamsdale.
Henrietta is the wife of Bernard Kerstein of Pennsauken, New Jersey. Paul, married to the former Christine Saul is living in Virginia. Frank, married to the former Genine
Mourmet of France is living in Philadelphia. There are fifteen grandchildren.
|The Call of January 16, 1925
TELEPHONE COMPANY TO MOVE INTO NEW QUARTERS
Within the next several weeks or months the Bell Telephone Exchange located on Saint Peter Street will be moved into the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company building. The entire
front part of the second floor of this building will be used. This portion of the building was until recently occupied by the United Telephone Company as an exchange and the
Manufacturer's Association as an office and meeting room. The exchange of the United Telephone Comp-any has been moved to the rear of the building into the room vacated
some time ago by the Prudential Insurance Company. The Manufacturer's Association moved their furniture into the room occupied by the Schuylkill Building and Loan
Association. With the Bell telephone Company moving into new and considerably larger than at present, it is understood a new and much larger switchboard and other
equipment necessary to the successful operation of an exchange will be installed.
|The Call of July 13, 1906
THE BRICK WORKS
A deed for the Imboden property near Schuylkill Haven to the Schuylkill Pressed Brick Company was placed on record Monday. The company has had tests made as to the
quantity of material on its property and finds it practically inexhaustible. The quality is said by experts to be superior to any material for high grade bricks to be found in the
east. Situated as it is, with a good market for wagon delivery at Schuylkill Haven and Orwigsburg, right at the gateway of the anthracite coal region, on a direct line to the Lehigh
Valley region and to New York, with good freight facilities in every direction, and with cheap fuel, there is every reason to prophesy a very profitable business for the company.
The company's intention is to make high grade pressed bricks of a red and mottled shades and has promises of large markets, not only locally, but in the large cities of Boston,
New York, Brooklyn, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and many other localities. The material on the company's property is practically inexhaustible and the industry,
which will be located near Schuylkill Haven, will be a desirable addition to the many and varied industries of this thriving town. In addition to making high grade pressed bricks,
this material will also make the best of vitrified street paving bricks, terra cotta sewer pipe, hollow, fire proof building material, conduits for wires, roofing tile, etc., so that the
company owns a first class asset to start with. Unlike most other manufacturing concerns, the company will own its free raw material, which is not subject to fluctuations in
price, but is a constant quantity, always to be depended upon. Some of the best people in the county are interested in this new company and it gives every promise of being a
high class operation.
|The Call of April 27, 1906
What is destined to become one of the handsomest sections of Schuylkill Haven and one of the most desirous residence places in town is the Stanton and Saul Trust in the
North Ward lying between the Pennsylvania Railroad and Centre Turnpike. A reference to the advertisement in another column will show the plan of the tract and the sizes of
the lots. The tract is all high ground with splendid natural drainage and the price of lots is so low that they are bound to be snapped up in a hurry by persons seeking home
sites. Messrs. Stanton and Saul this week started work on the grading of the streets, the laying of four inch water mains and the placing of three fire plugs. So large a water
main will insure an ample volume of water in case of fire while at all times there will be water in plenty and to spare for household purposes. Quite a number of fine lots have
been sold but there are yet some choice locations and the early purchaser will get the pick of these. Building operations have begun on the tract this spring by A. F. Alspach
who is putting up a nice home and by owners of the plot who are erecting a double block of houses which will contain all the modern conveniences, hot and cold water, range,
bath, water closet, furnaces in cellars and electric light. It is more than likely the other lot buyers will build before the close of the year.
|The Call of December 2, 1904
BANK'S NEW BUILDING - Business Now Being Transacted In The Handsome New Structure
The First National Bank on Thursday opened for business in its handsome new building at the corner of Saint John and Main Streets. Wednesday the public was invited to
inspect the banking room and the greater part of the population availed themselves of the privilege. The structure is of the Colonial style of architecture, two stories in height
built of buff brick and buff terra cotta trimmings to match. It is a banking house and residence combined, the banking room opening onto Main Street and the residence
fronting on Saint John Street.
The banking room has a high vaulted ceiling, is lighted by large windows and is finished in quartered golden oak, the counters and desks being of that material with polished
brass gratings and beveled French plate glass panels. The depositors' desks of which there are three are of French plate glass. The banking room is tiled with marble and
wainscoated with the finest quality marble. A room is provided for ladies who have business with the bank and a closed telephone booth is of easy access to the bank officials
and the public. Just to the rear of the banking room is the private office of the cashier and back of that is the directors' room, both handsomely furnished in keeping with the
The most important part of the bank's equipment is the fine large fire and burglar proof vault. The vault stands on solid masonry, has walls of masonry three feet thick and is
lined throughout with a triple lining of drill proof steel. The massive door is fitted with an automatic locking device controlled by a triple time lock. The mechanism of the lock
being set in motion and the door closed, the bolts are automatically thrown and the vault is locked and the door can only be opened when the time lock automatically throws the
bolts. The entire locking mechanism being on the inside of the door there is no possible way for a burglar to effect an entrance. To make assurance doubly sure the interior of
the vault is supplied with a burglar proof money chest locked by a time lock. A feature of the big vault is a compartment devoted to safe deposit boxes which the bank will rent
out to patrons at a nominal cost.
The residence section of the building comprises a reception hall with open stairway lighted by a skylight; a handsome dining room with built in buffet, a large pantry and a
kitchen on the first floor. In the basement are laundry and storage rooms and a coal cellar. The upper floor contains a fine parlor, sitting room, library, three bedrooms,
bathroom and a servants room with ample closets. The residence is finished throughout in chestnut. The building is heated throughout by steam, both the direct and indirect
systems being used and is lighted by both gas and electricity. The property cost close to $25,000. William McAuley of Philadelphia was the architect and I. H. Becker of town was
the general contractor. W. J. Saylor Jr. did the plumbing and he and Mark Campbell of Orwigsburg put in the steam heating apparatus. Israel Kline did the painting, Barr
Brothers the plastering and Luke Fisher the paving. The big vault was furnished by the York Safe and Lock Company.
The officers of the bank are C. C. Leader of Shamokin, president; S. E. Mengle of Schuylkill Haven, vice president; F. B. Keller of Schuylkill Haven, cashier; J. A. Noecker of
Schuylkill Haven, solicitor. The directors are I. B. Heim, Simon E. Mengel, Frank Brown, J. F. Bast, A. H. Kline of Schuylkill Haven; J. S. Brown of Friedensburg; D. D. Yoder of
Reading; J. A. Sprenger of Cressona and C. C. Leader of Shamokin. The bank was organized in 1899. It has capital of $50,000 and a surplus of more than $25,000. It has paid
dividends the past three years.
|The Call of November 10, 1960
FIRST NATIONAL BANK BUYS KAUFMAN BUILDING, FIFTH PROPERTY FOR MODERNIZATION
The First National Bank and Trust Company has completed transactions for the purchase of the last remaining property between the bank and the Reading Railroad tracks when
it acquired the store and apartment building of Mrs. K. Alma Kaufman for $24,000. This is the fifth property to be purchased to complete the block acquisition. Early last year the
bank purchased the immediately adjoining Quinter Variety Store and the Gordon D. Reed property housing the Schuylkill Haven Free Public Library and apartments. In March
the property of Steve Georgavic of Pottsville, in which the Reading Restaurant and Angelo's were located, was purchased. Less than a month later this property was destroyed
by fire. The smaller Palsgrove building, also damaged in the fire, was then purchased.
All the tenants of the apartments have vacated these properties except Mrs. Kaufman, her daughter, Mrs. Warren Riegle, and sister, Miss Meck. They will move within the next
two weeks to the new one story home recently purchased from Realtor Gordon D. Reed who built it at the corner of Saint John and Market Streets. All the store rooms have
been vacated except those occupied by the Free Public Library and the Citizen's Building and Loan Association. The building and loan association expects to move December 1
to th new quarters being completed on Saint Peter Street at the rear of the office and apartment building recently purchased by Robert Reider from George Gray. The library,
given notice to vacate, will hold a special meeting Wednesday to consider the purchase of the plot of ground at the corner of Saint John and Union Streets, where a new library
may be erected.
When the library moves, work will begin immediately on tearing down the five old buildings. Although no definite plans have been made, the First National Bank will eventually
have a larger, more modern banking institution with drive up windows and a large parking area for bank patrons. "We are looking ahead, not five years, but 25 and 50 years into
the future," said Essenial Moyer, executive vice president and trust officer, "in planning our expansion and modernization project."
The last of the five buildings to be purchased was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Burt Kaufman in 1915 from Carrie Loeb of Pottsville. Prior
to this time, the local post office was located in this building. The post office was moved across the street to the Hotel Grand property and the Kaufmans opened a stationery
store and news stand. The newspaper distribution business was later purchased by Frank S. Lewis and a confectionery line was added by the Kaufmans. The store was
discontinued upon the death of Mr. Kaufman thirteen years ago.
|The Call of October 19, 1961
HAVEN BOUNCE-O-RAMA PLANS GRAND OPENING SATURDAY
Schuylkill County's first Bounce-O-Rama will have its grand opening in Schuylkill Haven on Saturday when the Haven Bounce-O-Rama opens its doors to enthusiasts of this form
of gym exercise. Located on the second floor of the Haven Motors Building at the corner of Columbia and Charles Streets, the new indoor sport center will feature eight Gaddis
rebound tumblers erected on a raised platform and enclosed with a protective railing. The six by twelve foot tumblers have nylon web beds with springs and frame completely
covered by Styrafoam pads. The walk between the eight units is completely padded with a layer of carpet over the pad. The mats are so arranged in the one time basketball
court that there will be a small area suitable for juke box dancing as well as other amusements. One section of the large hall has been converted to a snack bar.
Charles Ketner, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ketner, will be the manager of the Haven Bounce-O-Rama. A tumbling and bouncing enthusiast, he will give instructions to
newcomers to the sport. He is planning to have outstanding trampoline artists give exhibitions there in the near future. A matinee for youngsters will start off the grand
opening on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. A special rate of forty cents a half hour will be given to the boys and girls attending. Gifts of balloons and candy will be
distributed to all who visit the Bounce-O-Rama. The evening part of the grand opening will begin at six o'clock.
A transistor radio and ten free passes will be awarded as door prizes at the end of the evening. Free Coca Cola will be served to all who come to inspect this new indoor sport
center. The Haven Bounce-O-Rama will be open on weekdays from 4:00 p. m. with reduced rates before 6:00 p. m. Saturday and Sunday opening time will be 1:00 p. m. and again
with reduced rates before 6:00 p. m. There is no admission charge, only the fee for use of the nylon bouncing mats.
|The Call of November 30, 1961
THE SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TRUST COMPANY OPENS BRANCH OFFICE ON WEST MAIN STREET
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company marked another forward step with the opening of its new branch office at the convenient location at the junction of West Main, Columbia
and James Streets. The former assembly of God building was readily adapted to the needs of the branch office. The 40 by 60 foot auditorium was divided by installing a
partition. The front part provides a spacious lobby with seven teller stations. The rear of the building provides a new bookkeeping room, a consultation office, and a vault. The
entire bookkeeping operation for the bank will be moved to the new building. The location of the building between West Main and James Streets and fronting on Columbia
Street made it ideal for the installation of two drive in windows. Because cars are now built lower than they were when the town's first drive in facilities were provided in the
Schuylkill Haven Trust Company's new building at
Main and saint Peter Streets, these windows are lower and have the drawer opening on the end.
The window on the east side of the new office is for traffic turning off Columbia Street, entering from the front, while the window on the west side is for cars entering from West
Main Street at the rear. A macadamed parking area at the rear and side of the building
will accommodate 28 cars. The basement of the structure is being converted to a large storage area and lounge rooms for male and female employees. The interior of the new
bank was repainted in dusty rose and white and vinyl tile flooring and modern fluorescent lighting installed. A new heating plant was installed. Windows in the basement were
replaced with glass block and small jalousie panes in the center. The exterior of the building is painted white.
Newly elected president Arlo J. Bensinger, in explaining the changes made in the former church building, said, "The location of the new building for banking purposes could
not have been improved upon if we had sat down with the original builders and asked them to build it for our future use."
|The Call of February 17, 1911
TRUST COMPANY BUILDING COMPLETED - New Building to be Open For Business Thursday February 23rd
A Handsome Piece of Architecture and a Credit to the Town, Public Inspection day February 22nd
With the formal opening for the transaction of business Thursday, February 23rd, of the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company, in their handsome new three story building on Main
Street, the fact marks the successful completion of one of the most remarkable and stupendous undertakings that has been attempted by citizens of this town for many years,
that is, the organization of a second banking institution for the town, and the erection and completion of its own home, one of the most handsome banking structures in this
section of the state, all within a period of a few years. Although a description of the exterior and interior of this massive structure
can be given, a careful personal inspection must be made to fully appreciate the many excellent qualities and features of the building and for this purpose, the directors of the
bank have set apart Washington's Birthday as a day of public inspection.
The Trust Company building is 32 by 57 feet, three stories high. The front is of Pennsylvania white marble, built in effective style. The cost of the building as it stands was
$26,000. The original cost of the property and lot was $10,000 while the remodeling and the erection of the present structure cost an additional $16,000. The work of
reconstruction was begun April 13th and completed February 8th, 1911.
The first floor is divided into a banking room, treasurer's room, vestibule, ladies' room, directors' room, cloak room, toilet, three booths and a public space. The floor of the
public space, vestibule and booths is covered with mosaic tiling. The entire first floor is of fireproof material and of hard wood maple, filled and shellacked. The ceiling and
walls are of hard white finish. Scroll work on the ceiling gives a pleasing and pretty effect. The fixtures are of quartered oak, as are the doors and windows. The fixtures
surrounding the banking room are of quartered oak, the wickets are supplied with solid bronzed grills, the deal plates are of a greenish flat marble, the woodwork is of
quartered oak, while the glass is etched and blown. The base of the counter work and around the three sides of the vault is of green Easton marble. The second floor is
divided into six good sized rooms which will be used as office rooms and a toilet room in the rear. Three of these rooms have already been rented to be used as offices, and
options have been placed on two other rooms. The walls and ceilings are papered with paper of a pretty design. The woodwork and fixtures are grained.
The third floor is divided into one large room, suitable for a lodge room, and three small rooms, suitable for ante rooms. The walls and ceilings are of hard white finish, the
woodwork is finished in natural color. The basement or cellar is cemented and contains a storage vault and the steam plant.
The building is lighted with electricity and gas and heated with steam. A heavy and very substantial fire escape leading from the third floor to the ground is attached at the rear
of the building. The steel lined, burglar and fire proof vault or safe is an admirable feature of the interior of the building. It is 11 by 19 feet, extending from first floor to
basement. It is divided into two compartments, one compartment for the money chests and lockers for the use of the Trust Company and the other side is fitted with 76 safe
deposit boxes, 21/2 by 5 inches and 30 inches deep, and 24 larger boxes which will be rented to customers. Each safe deposit box is locked with a special key. Customers at
any time during banking hours can have access to their safety deposit boxes, but only after the large compartment has been unlocked by the Trust Company cashier or officer.
The vault in the basement will be used to store the company's books and papers. The vault has a vestibule entrance, outer doors of ten inch metal, hung on crone hinge and
with pressure system locking bolts and two 72 hour triple movement and combination locks. Its construction makes it proof against the elements and man. The walls are
constructed of 13 inch specially mixed concrete, in which are embedded sixty pound railroad rails and a lattice work of heavy steel. The exterior is covered with one and a half
inches of solid metal in three layers alternating as follows: half inch heath steel, half inch Brooklyn chrome steel and half inch open hearth steel. The safe cost $6,000 which is
in addition to the cost of the building itself given above.
Irvin Becker, of town, was the general contractor, and the completed building stands as a high compliment to his ability as a successful contractor. Subcontractors were as
follows: marble and stone, George L. Schreader of Pottsville; concrete, John Hill of town; electric fixtures, Thomas Meck of town; plumbing and gas, William J. Saylor; plasterers,
Barr Brothers of town and B. I. O'Neil of Allentown; tiling, Willard Scheyer Company of Montgomery County; vault, Mossler safe Company of New York City, banking room fixtures,
Hummel and Son of Baltimore; painting, W. L. Kline of town; steam heating plant, Mark Campbell of Orwigsburg and slag roofing, Fred Hoeffel of Pottsville.
The officers and directors of the Trust Company, and to whom must be given the praise for the handsome building which now enhances the appearance of our Main Street, with
its pure white marble front, and which will ever stand as a monument to their aggressiveness are: President John D. Berger; Vice President Dr. Daniel Dechert; Second Vice
President Rowland; Secretary H. C. Wilson; Solicitor J. L. Stauffer; Directors George W. Saul, Walter Meck, W. J. Saylor, H. V. Keever, Reubens Peale, Evan L. Thomas, J. D. Reed,
H. J. Dohner, Harry A. Reber, W. H. Luckenbill, D. M. Wagner, Wellington Hartman, George A. Berger, Joseph O'Donnell, P. W. Fegley, George Weissinger, F. S. Snayberger and
William H. Wagner.
|The Call of June 10, 1910
TRUST COMPANY BANK OPEN
The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company opened for business on Monday in the store room of Hotel Grand, which has been turned into a very nice banking room. There is ample
accommodation for everyone desiring to transact business with the institution and a big fire and burglar proof safe guarantees the safety of all valuables deposited therein and
a watchman on duty from the time the bank closes at night until it opens in the morning is an assurance that the safe will not be tampered with. The opening days deposits
reached the gratifying figure of $66,312 and the amount of deposits and the number of depositors shows steady increase as the Trust Company nears the close of its first week
in business. The company pays interest of three percent on savings accounts. It loans money on judgements and mortgages and is empowered to act as executor, trustee or
guardian. The Trust Company's new building is well underway and the contractor expects to hand it over to the company by the first of September. It will be three stories in
height with an imposing marble front and will contain an immense fire and burglar proof vault of the most approved design fitted with safe deposit boxes for rental to the
company's patrons. The company's officers are all Schuylkill Haven men and its directors and stockholders are all from this town or its surroundings and it starts out with every
prospect of success. At Monday night's meeting of directors, Captain Charles Brown of town was elected watchman and immediately went on duty.
|The Call of April 29, 1910
A HANDSOME STORE
Notwithstanding the inclement weather last week one of the most successful events in the history of the town was the opening of the handsomely rebuilt and enlarged Felix's
Bee Hive on Saint John Street on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the throng of buyers that crowded the store on these days is evidence that the people of
Schuylkill Haven will patronize their home merchants if the merchants will take the trouble to get what the people want and then advertise so that the people may know the
articles they desire are to be had right here at home.
The Felixes long ago recognized these two requisites to successful business and as a result of their foresight the enlargement and improvement to their store was made
necessary by the steadily increasing throng of regular patrons. The entire old front of the store has been replaced by one that is thoroughly modern in every particular. The
show windows have been enlarged so that large displays can be given in them, in fact it takes nowadays almost as great a quantity of goods to fill a pair of modern show
windows as formerly sufficed to stock a store.
To the store room has been built an addition about forty feet in length, giving a depth of 100 feet to the entire store. In the ceiling of this addition is a huge skylight that gives
the most perfect illumination of the interior. The entire grocery department together with the carpet, oil cloth and window shade department has been moved into this section
of the store and the private office is also located there. The entire front end of the store is now given up to dry goods, notions, fancy goods, lace curtains, portieres and the
thousand and one articles of ladies wear. The enlargement of the store has made possible the increasing of the stock so that it is now double its former size.
At night the store and the big windows are brilliantly illuminated by electric light, the tungsten lamp being used and there being a large number of individual lights placed at
advantageous points instead of the old style way of placing the lamps in clusters or using arc lights. Last Wednesday, the opening day, every visitor to the store, whether a
customer or sightseer, was [resented with an American Beauty rose as a souvenir.
|The Call of March 22, 1962
WAYNE HAINLEY ELECTED TRUST COMPANY SECRETARY-TREASURER
Wayne H. Hainley, 16 Wilson Street, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company by the board of directors on Monday to replace Jack Miller, who
resigned. When he begins his new duties on April 1, Hainley will be returning to banking after a lapse of a year and a half during which time he purchased and took over the
management of Jim's Sport Shop. Prior to taking over the sporting goods business, he was employed for two years and ten months as an examiner with the Federal Reserve
Bank in Philadelphia. Because this type of work required considerable traveling and being away from home, he decided to enter the business field and settle down in his home
town. A graduate of the Schuylkill Haven High School in 1953, he attended Lafayette College and was graduated in 1957 with a B. S. degree in business administration. He now
holds a first lieutenant commission in the Army Reserve and is working for a captaincy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Hainley and is married to the former Patricia
Runyon of Merion Golf Hills, Havertown, who was graduated from Penn State in 1959 with an A. B. degree in art. They are members of the First United Church of Christ.
|The Call of March 22, 1962
SELF SERVICE DRY CLEANING, LAUNDRY TO OPEN HERE
An ultra modern business, the first of its kind in this area, will come to Schuylkill Haven and be located on the site of the old Parkway Restaurant on West Main Street. Operating
as Fabri-Care Incorporated, the business will be, in the words of the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Feeser of Schuylkill Haven RD1, "a one stop supermarket concept of
cleaning." Combined in a modern 60 by 50 foot building will be a self service laundry and a self service dry cleaning. The one half will contain the latest in washers and dryers.
In addition to the coin operated machines, there will be a comfortable lounge area where users of the equipment may relax while their laundry is being washed and dried. The
other half of the building will be devoted to new self service dry cleaning. Here for two dollars the customer may have up to ten pounds of dry cleaning done. The equipment
will clean all kinds of fabrics for general types of cleaning. Facilities will be incorporated in the building for offering professional services such as spot removal and pressing.
The building will be constructed of building block and glass. The front will be faced with white slump brick and porcelain enamel. It will be set back farther from the street than
was the restaurant which was destroyed by fire about twelve years ago. A large parking area for customers will be in front.
|The Call of April 5, 1962
MODERNIZED BENSINGER PHARMACY WILL HAVE GRAND OPENING FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
Bensinger's Pharmacy, which changed almost overnight from the old, traditional style drug store to a modern, up to th elast minute pharmacy, will have its grand opening on
Friday and Saturday. Completely remodeled, the store at 104 East Main Street bears no resemblance to its former appearance. The glistening, modern front is shielded from
the afternoon sun by an electrically operated roll down aluminum awning, the first of its kind in the area. The entrance is a wide aluminum and plate glass doorway. The
attractive display shelves are against a background of light oak paneling. The new ceiling enables the lighting to brilliantly illuminate the entire
interior. The modern prescription department is located across the rear of the pharmacy.
The original drug store dates back to the last century. Its best known Proprietor was G. I. Bensinger, who purchased the business in 1902 and conducted it for sixty years until
his retirement last November. The new owner is William T. Schlappich, nephew of Mrs. Bensinger, who died last October. Mr. Schlappich took over the ownership and
management of the store on November 1 when Mr. Bensinger retired.
The new owner is a native of Pine Grove. He was graduated from Pine Grove High School in 1920 and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1925. He conducted
a pharmacy at 3901 North Ninth Street in Philadelphia from 1926 until 1946. Returning to this area he was employed at Cable's Pharmacy for tow years, at Bambrick's for five and
at Bensinger's for the past eight years.
Mr. Schlappich is married to the former Lulu Heim. They live at 201 Paxson Avenue. Mr. Schlappich is a member of Grace E. C. Church where he is president of the official
board. He is a member of Mozart Lodge 436, Harmony R. A. Chapter 5 and Mary Commandery Knight's Templar 36, all of Philadelphia. In addition to Mr. Schlappich, the pharmacy
will have two other registered pharmacists, David F. Schimpf of Avenue D and John T. Fenton, brother of Dr. Ivor D. Fenton of Mahanoy City. Assisting as a part time clerk is
Linda Shollenberger, a senior at Schuylkill Haven High School.
|The Call of May 24, 1962
HINKLE'S PHARMACY TO HAVE TWO DAY GRAND OPENING
The beautiful new Hinkle's Pharmacy located at 12 West Main Street, will have its grand opening Friday and Saturday. The pharmacy, started five years ago in the Medical Arts
Building at Avenue C and Main Street, moved to the former Boussum store room last month and is now staging a grand opening celebration. Three door prizes will be awarded
Saturday evening. First prize is a ladies' hair dryer, second prize an electric tooth brush and third prize a man's electric shaver. Individual gifts will be given to all who attend
the grand opening, with the women receiving a flower.
The new quarters in addition to providing a convenient down town location, provide space for the addition of many new lines, including greeting cards, convalescent aids such
as crutches, wheel chairs and hospital beds and permits enlargement of the cosmetic section and the prescription department. The entire store room is 15 feet wide and 100
feet deep. The first 60 feet is used for departmentalized self service display shelves and the remaining 40 feet is devoted to the prescription department and storage.
The pharmacy is owned and operated by John Hinkle whose home is at the corner of Main Street and Avenue C. A native of Ashland, he is a graduate of Ashland High School
and the Temple University School of Pharmacy. After graduation, he was employed as a medical representative for Merck, Sharp and Dohme and worked in retail pharmacy. He
is associated with all local and national pharmaceutical associations. Assisting him in the pharmacy are Mrs. Hinkle and Mrs. Virginia Eifert.
|The Call of November 1, 1962
MUSIC HAVEN OPENS NEWLY REMODELED, ENLARGED STORE
The grand opening of the newly remodeled and enlarged Music Haven this weekend, marks another step forward in the steady progress made by that television, appliance and
music business over the last fifteen years. The previously spread out Music Haven, occupying three different locations, has been consolidated into one large, beautiful store
at 111 East Main Street, where a more complete line of TV and other electrical appliances can be displayed to their best advantage. Four major lines, RCA Victor, Philco, Admiral
and Zenith are included in the products on display. The grand opening in the form of an open house began on Tuesday and continues for the remainder of the week. Free gifts
for adults and free lollipops for the youngsters are being distributed.
Originally started as a music store, Music Haven ventured into the field of television and later stereo. In a second store, Music Haven first demonstrated to the public color
television on cable and antenna in April of 1954. The store also pioneered a transistor television working from batteries which was first introduced in Acapulco, Mexico.
Marne Bubeck, owner of the store, through the years has won many awards, bonuses and trips all over the world from the four companies whose products he sells. These trips
where he met outstanding dealers from all over the world included Europe, South America, Caribbean countries, as well as the United States. Bubeck, a graduate of Schuylkill
Haven High School, obtained his bachelor's degree in music from Penn State, a master's degree from Temple University and all accreditation for a doctorate degree from
several universities. He has worked as a psychologist for the federal and state governments as well as business and industry. As a musician he has played with many
professional bands and orchestras, He has been a teacher in music, psychology and a water safety instructor.
A staff of trained servicemen provide service after the sale at Music Haven. Several of these men have taught television at vocational schools and trained many other
servicemen in the region. Music Haven will display 125 to 150 television, stereo units, including color units, plus complete appliance lines, record departments, musical
instruments and accessories. Bubeck, in commenting on the enlarged and consolidated store said, "The major hope in opening the new store is that we can better serve the
community in sales and service over the future years.
|The Call of May 2, 1963
START CONSTRUCTION NEW LIQUOR STORE
Construction is underway for the new building which will be occupied by the State Liquor Store, directly across from its present location on Saint John Street. The new thirty by
sixty foot cinder block and brick structure is being erected by Contractor Ken Heiser for the Schuylkill Haven Realty Corporation which purchased the P. T. Hoy Estate property
on Main and Saint John Streets.
The frame buildings which had been used as garages were torn down shortly after the purchase was made. Excavation for the new building was made last week and early this
week block was laid. Rain stopped work on Tuesday but construction was resumed yesterday. One half of the front of the building will be solid brick. The other half will have
the modern entrance and windows. When this project is completed, the small building occupied by Abe's Workingmen's Store on the ground floor and an apartment on the
second will be renovated. Remodeling of the large corner property will be the final stage of the Realty Corporation's project.
|The Call of August 22, 1963
SIDEWALK BARGAINS DRAW HUGE CROWD
Once again the sidewalks of Schuylkill Haven overflowed with people as hundreds of local residents as well as out of town people flocked to
town to take advantage of the many bargains being offered at the Sidewalk Sale held Saturday. Participating merchants were more
enthusiastic than ever in their remarks about the success of the sale. The general consensus of both the merchants and the buying public
was that each year the Sidewalk sale gets better. The grab bags sold at the S. M. Kurtz Jewelry Store always contain something sure to
delight the customer. One of the main prize winners in the grab bags this year was a customer from Maryland. Terry Jo Scott of Elkton,
Maryland found the bag she purchased contained a birthstone ring. Mae Sterner, 229 Haven Street, received a ladies Bulova watch in her
grab bag and the bag purchased by Richard Reber of 27 Parkway contained a man's Timex watch.
|The Call of March 11, 1965
NEW DONUT SHOP OPENS SATURDAY
The Plain n' Fancy Donut Shop, at 18 West Union Street, will have its grand opening Saturday from 7:00 a. m. until 8:00 p. m. To celebrate the event free coffee and donuts will be
served to all who attend. The shop will be operated by Jim McKeone of Reading. McKeone was born in Schuylkill Haven, the son of Leonard and Margaret Reber McKeone. He
is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Reber of Main Street. Thirty five different kinds of donuts will be sold at the new shop. This will include cake and cruller dough type
donuts, sugar coated, cinnamon and coconut topped, plain or frosted plus numerous other variations. The donuts will be baked fresh daily. Starting March 15 the donuts will
also be available at a stand in the H. L. Green store in Pottsville. McKeone is married to the former Dolores Petrie of Reading. The couple has one son, Jim, aged four. In the
near future the McKeones expect to move to Schuylkill Haven.
|The Call of June 20, 1913
W. J. DOWNS TO LEAVE OUR TOWN
W. J. Downs, the popular Main Street druggist, Wednesday of this week disposed of his drug store and stock to W. Earl Stine of Williamsport. Mr. Stine took charge Thursday
morning. Mr. Downs will remain at the store for the balance of the week or until Mr. Stine has become acquainted. Mr. Stine, as stated above, hails from that live and hustling
city, Williamsport. For the past fourteen years he was a clerk in Blackburn's Drug Store, the largest in that city. Mr. Stine has a thorough knowledge of drugs and his years of
experience makes him thoroughly capable of catering to the public. Mr. Stine will keep the best, purest and freshest drugs and a complete stock of the numerous side lines
which are carried in all first class drug stores. Mr. Stine will retain in his employ the smiling and accommodating clerk, Mr. Horace Feger. Mr. Stine will take up his residence
with his family in the home now occupied by Mr. Downs and family and which will be vacated shortly. The above business change was a complete surprise to the many friends
and acquaintances of Mr. Downs, who for the best part of the last nine years was located in our midst. In this time his pleasant disposition and kind manner made and retained
the friendship of every resident in this and the surrounding towns. Mr. Downs was also one of this town's real, live and progressive businessmen. He was ever ready to
further any movement which made for the benefit of this burg or its people, and the enviable position he occupied in this respect, thus made vacant, will be difficult to fill. His
work will be sorely missed not only by his fellow businessmen and close associates but the public in general. Mr. Downs with his family will move to Philadelphia where he no
doubt will locate. While the public is loathe to bid adieu to both Mr. Downs and Mrs. Downs, The Call wishes, in behalf of the town, to extend a most hearty welcome to Mr. and
Mrs. Stine and hopes they may find Schuylkill Haven a pleasant and desirable place of residence.
|The Call of October 2, 1908
SHOE FACTORY TO EXPAND
The G. H. Gerber Shoe Company is making preparations to enlarge their factory to a large extent in the near future. With the addition of a line of childrens' misses and women's
welt shoes to their product, their business has increased to such an extent that the factory must be positively enlarged. New machines will then installed and the output per
day be increased to 2200 pairs per day. To their nine representatives covering almost every portion of the country, another has been added several days ago and in all
probability the force will be increased in the near future. This increase and improvement was made possible only by the securing of the plot of ground adjoining the present
building, otherwise, they would have been handicapped for space to erect an addition and the output could not have been increased.
|The Call of December 17, 1909
BOWLING ALLEY TO OPEN
The Becker and Schumacher bowling alley on South Main Street opened to the public on Saturday evening and Chief Burgess Hartman rolled the first ball. There was a large
crowd present all evening. With the bowling alley, a big skating rink and two moving picture theatres, there is no dearth of entertainment in this burg. The Main Street of
Schuylkill Haven since being paved presents such a delightful scene that every loyal citizen takes a pride in pointing to it as a much up to date improvement. So satisfactory is
the work and appearance that the citizens of saint John Street have the signatures of the required number of property owners desiring and petitioning the borough council to
pave that street from Main to Union Street just as soon as the weather permits in the spring. This petition will be presented at next meeting of council and it is hoped the good
work of progress may go on.
|The Call of October 11, 1911
A THEATRE TO BE BUILT HERE - D. M. WAGNER TO TURN HIS BUILDING INTO PLAYHOUSE
Schuylkill Haven theatre going folks will in the near future have a theatre of their own. One which will vie very favorably with those in cities many times the size of this town.
The announcement is hailed with delight by the residents of the town in general as it will fill a long desired want. The theatre will be one in which the largest and best of
performances can be given and also be fitted so it can be used for a moving picture theatre when not occupied by theatrical troupes. First class vaudeville, best of one night
stand companies and moving picture shows will soon be given to the local public at a Schuylkill Haven theatre.
D. M. Wagner, the local furniture dealer, who for the past year or more has been in the process of disposing of his stock and turning the building into a theatre under
consideration. He has about decided on this procedure and a mammoth sale will be held in the near future and as soon as the stock is disposed of, work will at once be
commenced on turning the present building into a theatre. The building will first be extended in length an additional hundred feet to the alley. This alley will provide excellent
access to the rear of the theatre for transfer of baggage and theatrical properties. Many interior changes will be made and it is impossible at this time to enumerate all of them.
The floors in the building will all be changed and the partitions will all be torn out. A large balcony will be built in and everything fitted so as to accommodate the largest of
shows and audiences. The stage will be an exceptionally large one, fitted with the latest devices for handling scenery and so built to accommodate shows carrying large
companies and spectacular effects. The third floor of the building will probably be remodeled so as to be suited for lodge meeting purposes. Several of the lodges have
already made inquiry to rent this room.
|The Call of March 31, 1911
SOIL PIPE MILL FOUNDATIONS BEING BUILT - WORK WELL UNDERWAY
Building to be One Story Brick 80 x 160 And Will be Ready For Machinery Within Five Weeks
Work on the construction and erection of the Schuylkill Haven Foundry Company building, situated along the P & R Railroad, a short distance south of town, on a tract formerly
known as the Baker farm, is being pushed very rapidly. Contractor Conneen of Philadelphia has a large force of men at work digging the foundations. The large timbers for the
frame work are expected most any day. Large quantities of brick and stone are on the ground. The railroad siding from the Baker siding to the Foundry Company plant is
expected to be finished this week, the railroad company now having men at work on the same. The contractor who will dig the artesian well, at this writing has not arrived, but
is expected this week. Some of the heavy machinery for this purpose is already on the ground. The building will be a one story brick building, dimensions 80 by 160 feet and
will be completed and ready for the installation of the heavy machinery within five weeks from the present date.
The foundry will be equipped with special machinery for the manufacture of the soil pipe, a complete machine shop with drills, presses and several traveling cranes, a large
oven for the smelting of pig iron, a fifty horsepower engine and an eighty horsepower boiler. Immediately upon the completion of the building the machinery will be placed.
When completed Mr. Heming will assume the managership and will begin the making of patterns for the manufacture of the soil pipe and other job work that has already been
secured. From fifteen to twenty men will be engaged at the outstart, of this number several experienced and practical men have already been engaged. At the end of the first
year there will be employed at this foundry between 75 and 100 men. All of the stock of the company has been disposed of with the exception of a few shares, for which there
are a number of prospective buyers.
|The Call of May 12, 1911
THEATRE ALMOST COMPLETED
The moving picture theatre of Perry and Bowen on Main Street, below the P & R Railroad, is being rapidly pushed to completion and from the present indications, will be open to
the public by Decoration Day. The theatre is 100 feet in length by about thirty in width. It is of frame construction with an elevated floor. The entrance from the street brings
one into the front of the theatre and the further to the rear he goes the higher the elevation of the floor and more desirable the seats. The seats have been ordered and are
expected to arrive most any day. The seating capacity will be over three hundred. The moving picture booth, wherein the machine is kept, will be of fireproof construction.
Several exits from the sides of the theatre will enable the management to empty the house quickly. All the latest and best subjects in the moving picture work are shown and
patrons of this house are always assured a pleasant evening's entertainment.
|The Call of March 17, 1911
NO FREE SHAVES - Monthly Shaving Contracts Abolished
The monthly contracts for shaving with the local barbers are now a thing of the past and there will be no more free shaves or an extra haircut as heretofore on the contract
plan. This was decided by the local barbers who at a recent meeting decided to abolish the contract work and charge straight prices to all. The price of hair cutting has also
been increased, that is, cutting hair of children will not be done for less money than that of an adult. For the trim of the hair the same price will be charged as for a complete
haircut. The prices decided upon are as follows: shave, ten cents; shampoo, fifteen cents; tonic, ten and fifteen cents; honing, twenty five cents; hair cutting, fifteen cents,
children included. They also decided to close shop at 12:00 noon every Thursday and have a half holiday. The schedule of prices given above will be strictly followed and any
of the barbers violating the same will be fined for each and every offense. The barbers included are John Hess, Fred Mengle, Adam G. Barr, H. D. Roeder, J. J. Deibert and
|The Call of September 12, 1902
THE PAPER BOX BUSINESS - Saul and Zang Put in New Machinery Almost Doubling Their Plant's Capacity
One of the most prosperous of the town's industries is the manufacture of paper boxes and this branch of trade appears to be steadily growing, the manufacturers finding no
lack of orders either at home or abroad. The firm of Saul and Zang, which established in town in the paper box manufacturing business not quite a year ago, has been
compelled from time to time to enlarge their plant and during the past few weeks has installed seven new machines, almost doubling the capacity of their large plant.
Saul and Zang occupy a factory building fifty by fifty feet in size and two stories in height, located on Penn Street near Market. A six horsepower steam engine supplies the
power to run the machinery of the factory and a sixteen horsepower boiler supplies steam for the engine and heating purposes. On the lower floor of the factory the stock
which is to be made up into boxes is stored. Here are located the engine and boiler, the big lever cutter which cuts a hundred big sheets of strawboard with the ease that the
grocer slices off a pound of cheese; the slitter which cuts up sheets of cardboard that are too large for the cutter; the scoring machine that marks out the shape of the boxes;
the corner cutter that cuts out the pieces that permit the folding of the boxes into shapes and the bending machine which bends the pasted edges of the boxes into shape,
doing the work of four hands and doing it better.
On the second floor, the finishing of the boxes is done. There are two big ending machines which put the ends on the boxes under a pressure of a ton to the square foot; two
corner staying machines, which put on the heavy paper and canvas stays the make of the box lids retain their shape; six covering machines that put on the pretty colored and
gilt paper that ornaments the sides of the boxes and lids and two topping machines that put the paper on the tops of the lids. Then too there is an unique little machine that
prints labels on the lids and the ends of the boxes.
The capacity of Messrs. Saul and Zang's plant is now 10,000 shoe boxes per day or 5,000 knit goods boxes in the same period. In one day's work more than a ton of cardboard is
turned into boxes and about 250 pounds of glazed colored paper is used to cover the boxes. The firm therefore finds it to advantage to purchase cardboard by the carload lot
and paper by the ton. To enable the firm to work this big factory to its fullest capacity, thirty five hands are employed and the monthly distribution of wages places quite a snug
sum of money in circulation. Just at the present time the firm is cramped for floor space, the finished boxes occupying considerable room and expect to soon have an addition
put to the factory building. At the present time one team, with an immense wagon especially built for the purpose, is kept busy hauling the product of the factory to the firm's
many customers and another team will soon be put on the road.
The firm is composed of Messrs. George P. W. Saul and William F. Zang, who established their factory here the latter part of last year and at once took up their residence in our
town, having become two of our most substantial citizens. Messrs. Saul and Zang deserve the success they are meeting with and The Call but voices the sentiment of the
community when it wishes them a continuance of it.
|The Call of March 22, 1912
A NEW THEATRE IS ASSURED - D. M. Wagner is Having the Specifications Drawn Now - Will Run Vaudeville and Movies
Some time ago there appeared in these columns an article in reference to the opening of a moving picture theatre and vaudeville house by D. M. Wagner, at present engaged
in the furniture business. Many people thought it was a "pipe" on our part. We are not in the habit of running "pipes" or putting our dreams into print. It was a true statement
and further proof of it is given below. This week, Muhlenberg Brothers of Reading, architects of note, went over the entire building now occupied by D. M. Wagner, got Mr.
Wagner's ideas of what he wanted, offered suggestions, took measurements, etc., and left to prepare the general plans and specifications for one of the swellest moving
picture theatres and vaudeville houses in this section. The plans will be finished within ten days and as soon as they are received and accepted bids for the immediate
construction of a theatre will be asked for. It is proposed to so remodel the present building as to make the length of the theatre 125 feet. This will include several of the
smaller buildings now erected on the rear of the main building. The width will be the full width of the present building, 32 feet. The first door will be lowered and pitched
toward the alley in the rear, thereby making the entrance to the stage sufficiently low enough to allow the handling of baggage and stage properties to and from the dray teams
with ease. Many alterations to the present building will be necessary and as they have not all been decided upon by the owner, we cannot give them. In order to embark in the
show business, Mr. Wagner will positively dispose of his extensive stock of furniture, carpets, etc., at a mammoth sale which he will conduct beginning April 1.
|The Call of June 18, 1915
TRUST COMPANY TO FURNISH TOWN CORRECT TIME - Large Chime Clock Placed on Main Street Building This Week
With the placing of the large clock on the building of the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company a great convenience has been given to the public and the appearance of our Main
Street considerably enhanced. This is in line with the policy of this institution on giving to the public the very best and latest service possible. The Trust Company is to be
congratulated on giving to the Schuylkill Haven public something which it has long been desirous of having. Since its being placed on the building persons from all parts of
town have been drawn to Main Street to view it and listen to the beautiful tones of its chimes.
The clock is a McClintock-Loomis chime clock. The diameter of the face of the clock is three feet. The case is eight and one half feet high and four and one half feet wide and is
placed on the front of the building in such a manner that the same can be seen for several squares in either direction and the hour of the day or night easily ascertained. It is
constructed of brass and steel and bronzed in a dark green shade. The clock is operated by a Seth Thomas regulator or wall clock in the interior of the building. This in turn is
operated by a system of fifty two dry cell batteries. The exterior clock is illuminated by electric power from the local plant.
No one will have any excuse for having any time but the correct time as the new clock will be set to standard time secured from Washington. The new clock is fitted with a set
of beautiful chimes, which at the quarter, half and three quarter and on the hour, ring out in various musical combinations. On the quarter hour the chimes are sounded four
times, on the half hour eight times, on the three quarter hour twelve times and on the hour sixteen times after which the hour of the day is struck.
|The Call of November 12, 1915
TO OPEN PHOTO GALLERY
After being closed for some time and the people of this town and section expressing their hope and desire that someone would open a photograph gallery here, the old Wood's
Gallery on Saint John Street has been opened for business. J. W. Easterline has taken advantage of the opportunity in this town and has embarked in the business. Mr.
Easterline is not new in the business or a man who is liable to "fly by night." He is a resident of Reading. For thirty years he was in the photograph business in Scranton. For
the past few years however he has not followed up his vocation. Thursday the gallery, after being thoroughly cleaned and renovated, was opened for business. Mr. Easterline
invites the public to visit his gallery and learn what can be done by an experienced photographer.
|The Call of December 15, 1916
MAY HAVE COAL MANUFACTURING PLANT HERE
A firm for the utilizing of all the finer grades of coal, especially the grades that are taken from the river, is about to be organized in Schuylkill Haven. Wednesday afternoon, W.
F. Oswald, a former resident of Schuylkill haven, visited The Call office and explained the process. It is the intention of the new firm to take the finer grades of coal, crush them
to a powder and then press them into what will be known as briquets. These briquets will be coated with a non water absorbing composition of 100 percent carbon. The
process for the manufacture of the briquets is a secret that will be known only by the members of the firm. Mr. Oswald stated that the briquets can be manufactured and sold
for less cost than freshly mined anthracite coal. The results are guaranteed to surpass that of coal.
At present the briquets are being manufactured in the city of Harrisburg, where the supply in the city alone is far from being equal to the demand. Mr. Oswald stated that it is
his intention to organize the firm in this section and to have the same composed of Hamburg, Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville capitalists. All four available sites have been
located within easy range of two railroads. When the plant is completed, a double shift of five men will be put to work and the plant will have a capacity of nearly 50 tons per day.
|The Call of July 14, 1916
WILL INCREASE CAPACITY OF ROLLING MILL
Work was started this week on what will eventually end in the erection of a large addition to the Schuylkill Haven Rolling Mill. This information was obtained by The Call when it
was observed that several teams were at work leveling the ground on the south side of the mill. From the information obtained, it is the intention of the management to
construct at least ten new furnaces and to erect new rollers in order that iron and steel can be turned out, suitable for the manufacturing of railroad bolts and spikes. It is more
than likely that these bolts and spikes will be manufactured right at the mill and shipped from here. This will mean considerable for the town of Schuylkill Haven. From the same
source it was ascertained that every effort will be put forth to double the capacity of the Schuylkill Haven Rolling Mill. This information was obtained on Tuesday last and it was
stated that Mr. Light had gone to Virginia to secure the necessary help and to bring it back with him. Inquiry was made in the plant Wednesday and the information received was
to the effect that Mr. Light was out of town and not likely to return until Thursday night or Friday. This would seem to substantiate the report given to The Call representative.
Fifty additional men will be given employment and if conditions warrant the same, both day and night shifts will be put to work. Part of the lot adjoining the mill has been
procured for the erection of the new furnaces and addition. At present a force of men are extending the railroad track or siding toward William Street, that cars loaded with dirt
can be run there and unloaded, thus bringing the foundation on a level with the present building.
|The Call of September 22, 1916
MAY IMPORT COLORED HELP
The question of female help in the underwear mills and hosiery plants of Schuylkill Haven and in fact the entire state was discussed at length by the members of the
Pennsylvania Underwear Manufacturers at their regular meeting held at the Blue Mountain Game and Fish Association. With a sense of seriousness, the matter of importing
colored female help from the south was discussed. For sometime past the mills have been handicapped for female help. Several of the members voiced the opinion that the
colored help is willing to learn. Should they be imported, special quarters would have to be provided for them and this several members thought would be an easy matter.
Those who attended from Schuylkill Haven were: Messrs. Henry Berger, Harry Berger, Harry Reber and Walter Meck.
|The Call of September 5, 1919
LOCAL INDUSTRY CHANGED HANDS
This week a deal was completed whereby the paper box factories of Saul and Zang, located at Schuylkill Haven and Hazleton, were taken over by the Lebanon Paper Box
Company of Lebanon. The transaction was consummated Wednesday and the new firm took charge on Thursday morning of both plants. The local plant is the largest of the two
and will be in charge of Mr. Roy Batz of Lebanon. The former superintendent of this plant, Mr. Thomas Wagner, will continue in this capacity under the new ownership.
The Lebanon Paper Box Company has a plant at Lebanon with a capacity of 150,000 paper boxes per day. The Schuylkill Haven plant has a capacity of 50,000 per day. It is the
intention of the new firm to greatly increase the output of both the Schuylkill Haven and Hazleton factories. In order to accomplish this, additional machinery will be installed
here shortly and this increased production will of course only be possible by the employment of additional employees. The Hazleton plant will remain in charge of Mr. Alex Saul.
The Saul and Zang factory here has been in operation for about 18 years. About four persons were first employed. This plant under the supervision and control of Mr. George
Saul has grown to such proportions that now 120 persons are employed and the plant, a two story brick building, has 40,000 square feet of floor space. The plant throughout is
equipped with the most modern paper box making machinery. Mr. George Saul made no definite announcement of his plans for the future.
|The Call of July 30, 1964
TOWN'S TALLEST STRUCTURE GIVES WAY TO PROGRESS
An old Schuylkill haven landmark, the P. T. Hoy & Sons Company at the corner of Main and Saint John Streets, is being removed. Once the most majestic structure in town, the
large red brick building, having fulfilled a need generations ago, has given way to progress. The main part of the imposing structure was erected in 1894 and occupied in 1895.
The three story brick section along Saint John Street is said to date back to pre Civil War days.
In January of 1963 the Hoy Estate property was purchased for $27,000 by the Haven Realty Company, a group of local businessmen. The property included the imposing
structure on the corner, the adjoining small building last occupied by Abe's Workingman's Store and the frame barn and garages on Wilson Street. The new owners immediately
tore down the frame barn and garages and on the site erected a building block and brick building which is now occupied by the State Liquor Store.
In April of 1963, the Hoy store went out of business, and in May Abe's Workingman's Store moved to another location on Main Street. Since that time the building was vacant
and took on a more dilapidated appearance as plate glass windows cracked and other windows were broken. Demolition of the large brick building began on Monday when
Feeser Construction Company moved in with a crew of men. Windows and doors were first removed and then work began on removing the roof. Plans are to remove the
upper brick structure brick by brick until the remaining walls are below the level of the electric and telephone lines on the nearby utility poles. At this point a bulldozer will be
used to push down the remaining walls.
Pancoast T. Hoy started in the general store business in 1884 when he purchased the Huntzinger store located below the railroad tracks in the building now occupied by
Seigfried's Bar. Ten years later he purchased the store at the corner of Saint John and Main Streets from the Kline sisters. This two story frame structure was torn down and
the large structure erected. It contained three floors and a large unfinished attic. An outstanding characteristic was the round windowed turret at the corner extending to a
pointed peak high above the other buildings on Main Street. In 1910 the business became incorporated and became known as P. T. Hoy and Sons Company. The character
provided for multiple stores because consideration was being given to opening a store in Orwigsburg and another in Pottsville. The local store had seven regular clerks and
during the spring five or six girls worked part time in the flower and plant division. P. T. Hoy was president of the newly formed corporation, Lewis Hoy was manager and Rudy
The store at this time was primarily a dry goods store. In those days, according to Rudy Hoy, who managed the store since 1922, the only canned goods were sardines and
salmon. People raised their own vegetables and jarred them for winter use.
A large volume of the business was done on a solicitation and delivery basis. In 1917 when Rudy Hoy went into the armed service and
there were no male drivers available, the dry goods business was discontinued. In 1922 when Lewis Hoy became associated with the automobile business, Rudy Hoy became
manager of the store and conducted until it was closed in 1963. Competition from the chain stores kept whittling away at the former Hoy customers and with the death of the
elder Mr. Hoy in 1939, Mrs. Hoy and a sister, the business and property became involved in a complicated estate arrangement. Expenditures for modernization became
impossible and the business retained its dated atmosphere until its closing.
In 1912 the adjoining Saylor property on Main Street was purchased. At that time ready made dresses were coming on the market and the Hoys were considering changing over
to a department store, using the Saylor property for the dress goods. Instead, however, the building was rented to Barr's Restaurant. A large lodge hall on the third floor was
used by the Grand Army of the Republic during its heyday and later by the Patriotic Sons of America. A last remnant of its one time elegance at the time demolition began was a
tattered and torn picture of Admiral Dewey upon one wall.
|The Call of June 16, 1966
HOMER ZIMMERMAN CUTTING HAIR FOR 50 YEARS - Started Back When It was "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits"
Eighteen hours a day cutting hair and giving shaves, often starting at 7:00 a. m. and not closing up until 1:00 a. m. the next morning was nothing unusual for Homer Zimmerman
who began his barbering career fifty years ago on June 19, 1916. While still in high school Zimmerman began cutting hair during his spare time. After graduation from high
school in May of 1916, he opened his own shop June 19 at his home at 101 Coal Street. In November of the same year he moved his business to 334 Dock Street where he
barbered five years before moving to his present location at 342 Dock Street.
When Zimmerman first entered the tonsorial business a shave and a haircut could be had for the bargain price of a quarter, the haircut fifteen cents and the shave ten cents.
Each man had his own shaving cup handsomely inscribed with his name and some fancy design. These cups stood on display on the shelf in the shop. By degrees the prices
of haircuts advanced from .15 to .25, .35, .50, .65, .75, .85 and $1 to today's prices of $1.25 and $1.50. In reminiscing about the days gone by Zimmerman tells how it was the
custom of the men of Spring Garden (the North Ward area) to go shopping with their wives in the downtown business section of Schuylkill Haven every Saturday night. On their
way home they would stop in at the barber shop for a haircut and a shave to look their best for church Sunday morning.
In 1928 Zimmerman remodeled his shop and made it the most up to date in the area. He ran a two chair shop and taught several boys the trade including Robert Clem and Floyd
Gerber. He also employed Milford Laubach and Harvey Alspach. In 1933 many women were getting their first haircuts and were also braving their first permanent waves.
Zimmerman pursued a hairdressing course and was one of the first in town to make available this new type of service for women. The first waves were given with a machine
and women were forced to remain almost motionless for several hours while the extreme heat of the machine put the curl in their hair.
For fifteen years Zimmerman operated the beauty shop in addition to his barber shop. Mrs. Olga Frantz Bruzofsky worked for him in the beauty shop. In 1940 he discontinued
the beauty shop work and his daughter, Jeannette, now Mrs. Edward Hummel, took a beautician's course and entered into the business. When Zimmerman opened his beauty
shop he was issued license Number 264. During 1965 there were 60,030 licensed beauty operators and 17,090 beauty salons in Pennsylvania.
Zimmerman is married to the former Iva Maberry. In addition to their daughter, Mrs. Edward Hummel, they have another daughter, Mary, wife of Benjamin Lewis of Wilmington,
Delaware. Does Zimmerman have plans of retiring? Indeed not! "It has been a pleasure serving the public of our community," he said, "and I will continue to do so as long as I
|The Call of July 10, 1969
FRED BURKERT RETIRES AFTER 43 YEARS
Fred K. Burkert has retired after 43 years as owner of Burkert's store. He reflects over these years and tells what a thrill he got from seeing young children grow up, get
married and have children of their own. He knew them all. Burkert was born December 29, 1897 in Schuylkill Haven. It was 29 years later when he first opened a store in August
1926 where Music Haven is now located. In 1931 he moved to another location, 103 East Main Street, now occupied by the Men's Shop. Burkert remained there for twenty years
before moving to his final store, 206 east Main Street in May of 1951. In each location he has served the town with baked goods, candy, ice cream and magazines. Each was
Fred and his brothers, Warren and Isaac, are veterans of the First World War belonging to Company C of the 103rd Engineers Division. Another brother, Harry, was also a
veteran of this war. In February 1921 Fred and his wife, Ethel, were married. They have two children, Jane and Fred and three grandchildren. Burkert became interested in
tending store around the age of eight or ten years when he worked in a butcher shop. This is where he gained experience waiting on the public. From there he started his own
business. Brother Warren was a part time worker at all of the locations.
Burkert is very active in the community. He was a past commander of the American Legion and is now at present adjutant of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a life member
of both organizations and also was a charter member of the Lions Club. He is retired from his business now after 43 years of service. No longer will customers see him
standing behind the counter listening to a Phillies baseball game. Mr. Burkert chuckles, "I get kidded about the Phillies but I stick with them."
|The Call of April 19, 1918
WILL OPEN UP TO DATE SHOE STORE
Another business place will soon be added to this town's number. It will be a shoe store and it will be conducted by Mr. James Mellon. This week carpenters began making
changes at the present property of Mr. Mellon on Main Street for the necessary alterations for the shoe store. It is proposed to use the space now occupied by the hallway
leading to the ladies' dining room, the ladies' dining room and the Mellon private sitting room for the shoe store. This will give a store room size of about twenty by forty.
Mr. Mellon intends to conduct a thoroughly up to date shoe store and for this purpose will handle ladies', men's misses and children's shoes. The store will be opened for
business just as soon as the necessary fixtures arrive and are placed. This will quite likely be within the course of a week. Later on Mr. Mellon intends adding a shoe repairing
department to the store. Goodyear shoe repairing apparatus of several different kinds will be placed so that shoes can be repaired while customers wait on them.
|The Call of August 6, 1915
TEARING DOWN ONE OF TOWN'S OLDEST FACTORY BUILDINGS
During the week the rear frame 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 August 15, 1919
MICHEL STORE TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 1-15TH
The new ice cream parlor and confectionery store of Charles Michel will be open for business the forepart of the coming month. The exact date for the opening has not been
definitely fixed as this cannot be done until later. It will be sometime between September 1st and 15th. From the present plans, this ice cream parlor will be an exceptionally
beautiful one in appearance. The parlor and confectionery store will be 22 feet in width and 86 feet in depth. A space 22 by 48 feet will be for the ice cream parlor. A metal
ceiling, finished in gold and white with mirrored sides in the ice cream parlor, and with mahogany finished furniture and marble top tables will make a pretty appearance. The
indirect electric lighting system will be used. The floor of the entire space will be tiled. All new candy display and wall cases will be placed. A handsome and large Italian
marble soda fountain will add to the appearance of the store. Palms and potted plants will lend a pleasing effect to the ice cream parlor.
|The Call of November 14, 1919
ENLARGING THE BUTCHER SHOP
William Ball the Main Street butcher this week had I. H. Becker and his corps of carpenters enlarging his butcher shop and making other improvements that when completed
will result in his having a very pleasing and large market. The space formerly occupied as an office and sitting room has been thrown into the shop proper. A new floor will be
placed in that portion of the store. The present refrigerator will be given several coats of white enamel as will also the entire interior. Additional appliances, also a white
enameled refrigerator/display counter will be installed. When all is completed the shop will be very inviting, sanitary and commodious.
|The Call of August 29, 1919
TO HAVE ANOTHER UNDERWEAR FACTORY HERE
To the already eleven underwear mills in this town will be added another very shortly making the total number an even number. The firm that will make the latest addition to our
manufacturers is the firm of Daniel Sharadin and Brother, being composed of Daniel Sharadin and Blaine Sharadin, sons of the late Daniel Sharadin, one of the pioneer
underwear manufacturers of the town. The mill is to be of brick construction, two stories in height and of 36 by 50 feet in dimensions. Paul Naffin, local contractor, has the
contract and intends to begin excavating immediately following Labor Day. The new mill will give employment to another thirty five to fifty employees. The new mill will be
located to the rear of West Main Street on the plot known and used as a tennis court for some time.
|The Call of October 10, 1919
MICHEL OPENING SATURDAY EVENING
The new Michel ice cream parlor and confectionery store will be opened to the public on the coming Saturday evening. Thursday and Friday the clerks were busy moving the
stock into the new store room and arranging it on the display cases. The new store certainly presents a handsome appearance. The wood work is finished in mahogany with a
metal ceiling, walls of very light tan, the indirect electric lighting system and with tiled floor, large candy cases and counters, not to mention a handsome soda fountain with a
twenty foot marble bar at which eleven persons can be accommodated, the room certainly looks inviting. Then too there is a handsome large wall display case which contains
the packaged goods. The ice cream parlor is 25 by 35 feet in size. In it will be placed about two dozen tables so that a very large number of persons can be accommodated at
one time. A raised platform at the rear of the store will be equipped with an office. Mirrors around the sides of the ice cream parlor space add a pleasing effect. Mr. Michel
plans on making the opening an auspicious one. The general public is invited to come and pay a visit on Saturday. In the evening the formal opening will take place.
Bensinger's orchestra with Mr. Lutz as the singer has been engaged to entertain. Souvenirs will be given.
|The Call of September 12, 1919
GARAGE TO BE FINISHED IN TWO MONTHS
Building operations at the George Berger garage on West Main Street are being rushed with every possible bit of speed. It is expected the bricklayers will complete their work
this week. This garage when completed will be one of the largest, most convenient and best lighted in this section. It will have an interior measurement of 138 by 65 feet or a
total space of 8970 square feet. It will contain an unusually large number of windows, namely twenty eight twin windows and three large double windows, one of which will be
used to display autos and the others for the display of auto accessories. In this building will be used the largest steel trusses or girders used in any Schuylkill Haven building
up to this time. They will be 67 feet in length and weigh approximately two tons each. There will be eleven of them used and by their use all posts and supports will be
eliminated. The garage, it is expected, will be ready for occupancy within two months' time. Paul Naffin is the contractor on the job.
|The Call of April 21, 1920
WILL DISCONTINUE MILK ROUTE
One of the oldest and best known milk routes in Schuylkill Haven will be discontinued this week, namely the Bowen Dairy. For thirty two years this business has been
conducted in the Bowen name. Mr. John Bowen originally purchased the route and good will of J. F. Bast, deceased, who conducted it for about twelve years, prior to his
embarking in the manufacturing business. Mr. John Bowen conducted it for nine years and then sold it to his brother Morris Bowen, who conducted it for fifteen years. It was
then handed over to Lester Bowen, son of Morris Bowen, who has conducted it for eight years. On account of the scarcity of farm help and the high wages demanded, also the
unusually high cost of feed, Mr. Lester Bowen finds it would be better to discontinue the business. He has already disposed of some of his cattle. He will devote all his time
and attention to general farming.
|The Call of May 30, 1919
WILL ERECT TWENTY NEW HOUSES
For some time the scarcity of houses in Schuylkill Haven has seriously interfered not only with its growth but with commercial and industrial activities as well. This hindrance in
a measure is soon to be removed as at least one person in the town has enough nerve to enter into the proposition of erecting building homes on a large scale that will rent at
a nominal sum and which will relieve the situation somewhat. During the week negotiations were completed by Paul Naffin, contractor and owner of the Roller Rink, whereby he
acquired twenty building lots in Edgewood, the vacant building site along the P & R Railroad below William Street.
Mr. Naffin will erect on these lots twenty houses, most of them to be of the bungalow and cottage style. They will be double and single homes. Some will be of the stucco and
shingle construction and the others, the majority, of the concrete brick construction. Mr. Naffin recently purchased a concrete brick making machine which will turn out bricks
in sufficient quantity in a short time for the building of these homes. The houses will be erected on the left hand side of Schumacher Avenue. Building operations will
commence in two weeks.
|The Call of May 2, 1919
READING MAN TO MAKE HOMEMADE CANDY HERE
Thursday afternoon Paris Lazos of Reading, who it is understood owns and operates confectionery and ice cream parlors at Shenandfoah, Shamokin and Ashland, leased the
vacant store room and upper floors of the Keller property on Main Street, formerly occupied by J. M. Gipe. The period of the lease is for three years. Mr. Lazos will open a
confectionery store, ice cream and soda parlor. He will manufacture his own candy and ice cream. In other words the principal line will be homemade candies and ice cream.
The new owner will make, it is understood, some very extensive improvements to the store room. It will be repapered and painted, Mirrors will be placed on both sides of the
room, an elaborate soda fountain is to be placed. The fore part of the room is to be occupied by a candy store and the rear as the ice cream parlor. The exterior of the building
is also to be changed. Mr. Lazos will move his family here and occupy the second and third floors of the building. He expects to open the new store about July 1st.
|The Call of January 24, 1919
RUMORED CHANGES IN OUR BUSINESS CENTER
There are prospects of there being some very material changes in the business center of Schuylkill Haven within the next several months. Beginning at the corner of Main and
Saint John Street, it is rumored that the Saylor property will shortly be disposed of and the purchaser open a green grocery. Then too, there are rumors of the purchase of the
Coxe property and improvements made in it but no change in the store room which will be contained as a drug store. Then up the street at the Jacob Sausser and Sons store,
big interior and exterior changes and improvements are expected here in order that this firm will be enabled to add new lines of goods and to carry a large stock of their
regular hardware goods. Then too, an increase in the store room of Harry Cooper of Main Street, by the building of an addition to the first floor thereby largely increasing the
floor space, is very likely. At the Euclid Theatre building marked changes are anticipated very shortly. It is understood the first floor of this building which has been used as a
theatre will be so changed that it can be used as a store room and it is intimated that the firm of Bittle Brothers will occupy this floor, in addition to the present second and third
floors that they now occupy. Rumors have also been rife that the present vacant store room of Charles Keller on Main Street will be occupied by a laundry. Another Main Street
property it is understood will be turned into a doctor's office. Just how many of the rumors as above enumerated will materialize remains to be seen.
|The Call of June 6, 1919
WILL HAVE LARGE ICE CREAM PARLOR
This week the first timbers for the Michel Building were laid on the recently completed concrete foundation at the rear of the store room now occupied by W. E. Stine. This work
will be rushed and it is expected will be completed in record time. As soon as the front of the store room is vacated it will undergo considerable improvements. The store room
will be the full width, 22 feet, and extend in depth 95 feet. Of this 95 feet about ten will be used for the wholesale department. The balance of the room, 84 by 22 feet, will be for
the confectionery store, soda fountain and ice cream parlor. An order has been placed for a beautiful and large soda fountain and it is proposed to devote a very extensive
space to the ice cream parlor proper. A part of the store room floor will be tiled. The bake house will be built on the rear of the store room and will be two stories high. W. A.
Bashore and Sons are the contractors on the job.
|The Call of July 19, 1918
MAY HAVE ICE CREAM FACTORY HERE SOON
It is altogether likely that Schuylkill Haven will be able to number among here industries an ice cream factory. This will be possible if the negotiations that have been under
consideration by Harry Baker for some time with the manufacturers of the machinery for manufacturing ice cream are consummated. Mr. Baker proposes installing an ice cream
mixer at his ice plant that will have a capacity of four hundred gallons. An order for this mixer has actually been placed and the only drawback to the ordering of the other
necessary machinery is account on the restrictions issued in the use of sugar, etc. Mr. Baker states, however, that the ice cream plant will be a reality and an actuality for this
|The Call of September 13, 1918
MAY DISPOSE OF CIGAR FACTORY AND STORE
It is possible that in the near future one of the town's oldest business establishments will discontinue business. It is the Palsgrove factory and cigar store. The owners are at
present considering an offer made them recently by an out of town party by which the building would be used for a restaurant and quick lunch room. Several other persons are
also desirous of obtaining this store room as it is ideal for a number of purposes and it is probable that Messrs. Palsgrove will dispose of their stock and retire from business.
|The Reading Times of November 12, 1873
ROLLING MILL BEGINS OPERATIONS
The Schuylkill haven Rolling Mill and Spike Factory, which has just been completed, went into operation on Monday. For the present, the mill will make only spikes and
merchant bar iron. It starts today with about seventy tons of orders in advance, and the proprietors look for an immediate receipt of large orders, it being the expectation to
run the mill at the capacity of about fifty tons per week, giving employment at once to sixteen men and twenty boys.
|The Call of January 16, 1920
MAIN STREET BUSINESS CHANGES
As per the announcement per these columns a month ago, one of the saloons of this place is now being equipped for a grocery, coffee and tea store. It is the saloon
conducted for twelve years by Samuel Buehler. Removal of bar and bar fixtures was begun Tuesday of this week. The entire interior will be renovated. A modern front with two
large display windows will be built. The store is to be occupied and ready for business on February 1st by the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. This firm conducts a
chain of stores throughout the county. The Schuylkill Haven store will be one of five hundred new stores to be opened by this firm. Nearby stores of this syndicate are located
in Pottsville, Minersville, Orwigsburg, Saint Clair and Tamaqua. With the retirement of Mr. Buehler from the saloon business passes a proprietor who has always had the
reputation of conducting one of the most orderly and "cleanest" saloons in town. For nine years he conducted a saloon in Spring Garden and for the last twelve years to the
present location on Main Street.
|The Call of January 30, 1920
ONE SALOON TO DISCONTINUE
Inquiry from the proprietors direct of the nine saloons in Schuylkill Haven by The Call representative on Thursday elicits the information that all but one will continue their
places of business. Licenses for the sale of the near beer dope now offered have in most instances already been lifted. Those who have not lifted the same reported
expecting to do so either today or Saturday. Saturday will be the last day for the old licenses. In each case new licenses have been issued on the monthly basis only, that is, a
renewal being required each month. The only saloon keeper who will not lift his application is Frank Stripe of the Spring Garden Hotel. Mr. Stripe will, however, continue to
conduct the hotel, furnishing board and lodging to all who may desire the same. The purpose of the local saloon men in taking out new licenses, as stated by them, is simply to
give the matter a trial. If they cannot make any profit on the sale of the present beverages permitted, all have unhesitatingly declared they will refuse to renew the monthly
|The Call of July 16, 1920
NEW BOARDING HOUSE TO BE OPENED SOON
The new boarding house for Schuylkill Haven, namely the Columbia House, formerly the Krammes Hotel, will have an official and formal opening on Wednesday, July 21st. At this
time, the new proprietor, Mr. Ralph E. Bast, a well known young man of town and an ex serviceman, will greet his friends. The building has undergone some changes and is
being equipped from top floor to first floor to accommodate boarders either for the day or week or month. Good old fashioned country meals will be served and it is planned to
make things as convenient and comfortable as possible for the patrons.
In addition to this building being used as a boarding house, the room formerly occupied as a bar room will be used as a confectionery and candy store. Refreshments such as
sandwiches, coffee and the like will be served. The first floor room formerly used as a parlor will be converted into an ice cream parlor. Mr. Bast will handle the Yuengling ice
cream. It is understood one of the local bands will be engaged to give a concert on the opening night and the public is invited to attend.
|The Call of November 12, 1920
EXPECT TO BE IN NEW STORE BY DECEMBER 1
It is the expectation of Bittle Brothers to be located in their new store room on the first floor instead of the second floor of their building on Main Street by December 1st. To
this end every effort is directed. Contractor Becker is rushing the work with all speed possible. Already the alterations are well advanced. By the end of the week the inclined
floor will have been replaced with a level one. The first floor front will then be torn out. The steel beams will be placed next week if they are on hand by that time. Two large
display windows will grace the front of the building. The entrance to the store will be between the two windows. The scenery that was in the Euclid Theatre has been
purchased by Reverend D. S. Conahan for use by the Saint Ambrose Dramatic Society.
|The Call of December 10, 1920
BANK TO INSTALL BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM
In line with its efforts to provide the best service and protection to its depositors and patrons, the First National Bank of Schuylkill Haven, is about to complete negotiations for
the installation of an electric burglar alarm system. The system is of the latest and most perfect and effective. It will provide for the electrification of the large steel vault in the
banking room and by this means any attempt to tamper with the locks on the vault, to burn or melt any portion of the vault or to cut any wires on the outside, will immediately set
off a large electric gong. The system is so sensitive that the mere touch of the vault by a pin will set the electric gong ringing. The First National will be the first institution in
this part of Schuylkill County to install this system of burglar protection.
|The Call of October 7, 1921
BIG OPENING OF COOPER STORE
The reconstructed Cooper Clothing Store will be formally thrown open to public inspection this evening, Friday. Everyone is invited to attend the opening festivities. There will
be entertainment for everyone and opportunity given to inspect the storeroom which is probably the largest or next to the largest storeroom in the town. Its dimensions are 30
feet in width and 120 feet in depth. This large storeroom was obtained by the building of a 90 foot brick addition in the rear. The ceiling and walls are finished in white enamel.
The store fixtures are of ivory and gold and the electric fixtures are of the daylight system. Three large skylights provide an unusual amount of light in the room and in the
On one side of the store will be found the stock of ladies' apparel and on the opposite side men's apparel. New plate glass display cases, new counters and garment cases
have been placed along the two sides of the room and in the center. There are two entrances to the store, one for the ladies and one for the gents. Both are off of the
entranceway which is 16 feet in depth and covered with tiling of a dark red hue. There are three large display windows 16 feet in depth and one side case. The entire building
has been painted and a new concrete pavement put down in front of the store. Persons who have visited this store now that all building operations have been completed, are
surprised at the immensity and the excellent arrangements of all the appointments.
|The Call of September 2, 1921
OPERA HOUSE TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 12
The remodeling and refurnishing 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
theatre either on Saturday or Monday, 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 theatre 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 theatre have been stuccoed and the front wall and wood work will be painted gray and trimmed in white. The walls and ceiling of the auditorium have
been painted dark cream. The wood work 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 of the hallways 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 September 23, 1921
TO FORM HOUSEBUILDING CORPORATION
At last another effort is to be made to supply one of the great needs for the town, namely houses. It has been more than two years since this matter was discussed among the
citizens in general or an effort made to take up house building on a large scale. One of our prominent citizens, quite recently on his own initiative began to stir up sentiment on
the house building question with the result that he has interested several other persons. It is now desired to interest more persons, as many as possible, in the organization of
a House-Building Corporation, or a Building Company or any title it may seem fit to give it. The object is to build houses in this town.
The aim for the building of one hundred houses has been set. It is said that fully twice this number could be disposed of as people from other towns would be glad to move into
Schuylkill Haven as they can procure labor here.
All persons who think Schuylkill Haven ought to have more houses and all persons who have any suggestions to make as to how it is possible to procure the same, are asked to
attend a meeting in the Manufacturers' Room on this coming Monday evening at eight o'clock. This meeting is not one fostered by local individual manufacturers or the
Manufacturers' Association. Individual persons have interested themselves and wish to have it known that the meeting by reason of its being of a public nature is open to all
persons. The idea is to form some sort of a plan whereby the house shortage can be relieved.
|The Call of December 22, 1922
MOVING INTO NEW FACTORY ADDITION
Recently the fitting room of the W. Y. Miller shoe factory on Liberty Street was moved into the new addition of the building. The coming week it is expected to be able to
complete the moving of the machinery in the making room or second floor into the new addition, also the stock room may be occupied. The new addition is 40 by 120 feet, three
floors and built of brick and concrete. The new addition with the other large part of the mill gives a total of about 25,000 square feet of floor space. The building was to have
been entirely completed by August 15th but the contractor's delays on various items made this impossible and there are still several appointments to be completed.
The new addition to this factory was made necessary by reason of the departments being cramped for space. This addition will also make it possible to considerably increase
the output of this industry. This will be accomplished by early spring. The Miller shoe factory is owned and operated by three brothers, W. Y., Preston and Herman Miller, all
well known local men and well experienced in the shoe business. They began the shoe manufacturing business in 1905 in a small shop at the rear of their father's home on
Liberty Street. "Soft Soles" or shoes for babies were manufactured at that time. Continued increase of business made an increased factory necessary and on several previous
occasions the factory has been enlarged.
|The Call of August 10, 1923
WANT LOCAL CANDY MAKER'S RECIPE IN AUSTRALIA
Dilman C. Gilham, proprietor of the local Fairmount Apiaries, and manufacturer of several kinds of honey confectionery, recently received an interesting letter from a bee
keeper in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. Request is made for Mr. Gilham's recipe for his Hon-E-Nut Candy and Hon-E-Nut Butter. The letter states the writer noticed an
article in the American Bee Journal for January concerning Mr. Gilham's product. He states he would like very much to have the recipes and adds that there would be no
danger of competition against him as far as that side of the world is concerned. A postal money order for six shillings, which would be about $1.30 in American money, is
enclosed with the letter. The envelope in which the letter was mailed is quite interesting. It is about the regulation size 6 3/4 envelope, white in appearance and printed all
over the face, with the exception of a space for the address, with the advertisement of the sender who is in the bee business, namely the Simpson Apiaries. The type is of
American make and is of English text. The postage stamp used on it is of four pence value. Mr. Gilham states he will be glad to comply with this request and has already mailed
complete information about his confectionery products.
|The Call of April 20, 1923
TO ENLARGE CASKET FACTORY
The Schuylkill Haven Casket Company plant is to be considerably enlarged by the building of a 50 by 150 foot fire proof three story addition. Plans and specifications are now
being prepared. The addition to this section will increase the present capacity of the plant from twenty caskets per day to fifty caskets. At present forty men are employed.
When the addition is completed fully one hundred men will be given employment. Recently five dry kilns with a capacity of 50,000 square feet of lumber were completed. As it
required eight days for the lumber to be properly seasoned for the building of caskets, these kilns considerably increased the capacity of the plant but not sufficient to take
care of the heavy volume of business this firm enjoys. Caskets are shipped to all parts of the United States by the local industry. The present size of the plant is 80 by 160 feet.
The superintendent of the plant is Mr. George W. Saul and it has been through his careful management that this industry has been developed. The directors of the company
are Messrs. Saul,, George Michel, George Berger, Joseph Michel, George Paxson, John Ebling, Samuel Strause, O. A. Bittle.
|Philadelphia Times of October 3, 1899
COAL OPERATORS SUED - Property Owners In Schuylkill County Object To Culm In The River
An equity suit was begun in court today for seventy five different residents and property owners living at Schuylkill Haven, Landingville, North Manheim Township and Auburn
against sixteen coal operators who conduct washeries along streams which empty into the Schuylkill River. The properties of the plaintiffs all border on the Schuylkill River and
they claim they have suffered damages by reason of culm and coal dirt being washed upon their lands, the refuse coming from the washeries of the defendants. The plaintiffs
pray the court to restrain the defendants from further depositing culm in the streams and also pray the court to ascertain the damages each has sustained and to assess the
amount against each of the defendants in proportion to his or its contribution to the injury sustained. A preliminary injunction was granted.
|Lebanon Daily News of June 23, 1913
FURNACES TO RESUME AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The furnaces at the Schuylkill Haven rolling mills were scheduled to be started today. A number of skilled hands from Lebanon and some of the former workmen from town
were on hand at that time. A large force of men were at work for the past week getting the plant ready. Another mill will be constructed and a nut and bolt works added. It is
expected that the plant will be run full handed. H. H. Light, of Lebanon, the new owner will personally operate the plant and a rapid growth is expected. From two hundred to
three hundred men will be employed. The reopening means a new era of prosperity for Schuylkill Haven.
|The Reading Times of July 14, 1913
READING LOSES SHOE FACTORY
Schuylkill Haven is to have a new shoe factory in the very near future. The plant is at present located in Reading and is greatly handicapped on account of lack of floor space.
Local capital has been invested in the firm and the entire stock and machinery will be removed to Schuylkill Haven. The plant will employ forty hands at first and will be
enlarged as the business warrants. The Scharadin building on Main Street, formerly a furniture and undertaking establishment has been purchased for the shoe factory. The
work of dismantling the plant now in Reading and of preparing the large building here will be started at once.
|The Call of January 12, 1923
1,000 TON ADDITION TO ICE PLANT
The new purchasers of the local ice plant, Messrs. Charles and Thomas Manbeck, a week ago took the ownership of this industry and the coal washeries formerly owned and
operated by Harry Baker. It is their intention to add an addition to the ice plant early in spring to enable them to store at least an additional one thousand tons of ice. The aim of
the Manbecks is to manufacture Clear Ice and for this purpose additional equipment and machinery, all ready ordered, will be installed. The retail ice business in Schuylkill
haven during the year will be conducted by Messrs. Jake and Conrad Ney, who have already purchased an auto truck and three teams. In Cressona the retail ice business will
be handled by Frank Schaeffer. The coal washery is being rebuilt and repaired and new machinery of the latest coal washery type will be placed. The firm name of the new
concern will be Manbeck Brothers Coal and Ice Company. They will wholesale and retail both coal and ice.
|The Call of January 26, 1923
WILL OCCUPY NEW FACTORY
This week the planned move of the machinery of the Reider Shoe factory from its present location on West Main
Street to the recently completed three story brick, steel and concrete building on the same street a short
distance from the old factory. The new building is of the latest improved factory design so that an unusual
amount of light is obtainable in all parts of the building. It is 124 feet by 40 feet and therefore gives floor space
to the amount of 14,000 square feet. In addition to many large windows, the interior is finished in white and gray
enamel thus adding to the light rays in the building. The machinery units have in some cases been doubled and
in others tripled and the output will be increased from a capacity of 400 pairs per day to 2,000 pairs per day. The
force of employees will be increased from 55 to 200 as soon as the additional help can be procured. The new
building is a model in convenience and modern features. It was begun in April of 1922. I. H. Becker was the
general contractor. Ray Saylor installed the plumbing conveniences and Thomas Meck the electrical fixtures.
All machinery will be operated by electricity, the motors being installed on the group system.
|The Call of November 28, 1924
"THE CALL" NOW IN NEW HOME
This is the first article written in the new Call office and building on Saint John Street. Even the typewriter itself seems to be stiff and unruly from not being used for several
days and to the shakeup incident due to the moving. Our fingers too are pretty stiff and might sore and the wrong keys seem to have a perfect delight in getting into the
spelling of the words. Nevertheless we must go on. The Call is now located in a recently completed building at numbers 12 and 14 Saint John Street. This new building permits
us greater freedom and space in printing and publishing and we hope to be all the better able to serve our subscribers and the general public, our patrons for the past
fourteen years. It was just fourteen years ago on December 1, 1910 that The Call was issued under new ownership. This issue then is sort of an anniversary issue although no
effort has been made to put out an issue commensurate with the special event.
A new building to house The Call has not come about through an unusual accumulation of profits from the printing and publishing business. New quarters were a necessity, not
only because of our being cramped for space in the old location but because our former quarters had been disposed of by the owner and this owner will in the near future, we
understand raze the entire structure. On its site may, we hope, arise a commodious, modern and beautiful hotel which will be a credit and fill a great need for the community.
Almost every dollar put into the construction of The Call building had to be borrowed. We mention this particular and personal fact to dissuade the minds of the general public
of the opinion that enormous profits are ours from this particular line of business; also to correct the impression that prices will be advanced to cover the expense thus
Moving day or days for a print shop, whether large or small is not accomplished as readily as moving of household goods. Our presses linotype had to be torn down and rebuilt.
For this purpose an expert linotype machinist from New York City, Mr. Condon by name and Mr. Mitchel Jepson from Philadelphia, an expert on printing presses had to be
secured. We began moving some of the paper stock and odds and ends into the building last Friday and Saturday. Thursday evening Ed Shollenberger with his crew of movers
transported the office equipment. By Friday noon the office was in readiness to do business and the first business we did was to pay out money for several bills of freight and
express. The linotype machine was the first machine in the new quarters. It had been torn down to its very foundation, nevertheless by Saturday afternoon, Mr. Condon, with
the assistance of our linotype operator, had the several hundred parts all assembled and shortly after two o'clock power was turned into it. Monday morning it was in operation
on regular copy for The Call. The cylinder press gave us the greatest amount of concern and caused the greatest amount of back strain for the eleven men on the job.
However, by Monday afternoon, after working Friday, Saturday, Saturday evening Sunday and Sunday evening too, it was ready for power. Tuesday, adjustments were made and
the ponderous machine was then ready for the forms of this issue.
The small jobbers were set up and given power Tuesday. The type, type stands and the other equipment was placed in the meantime and by Tuesday evening we all heaved a
sigh of relief for the completion of a rather monstrous undertaking. The Call will occupy the entire first floor and portion of the basement of the new building. The second and
third floors are being fitted out for apartments which we hope will be ready shortly. Not until they are entirely completed will it be possible to make any definite arrangements
|The Reider Shoe Factory on West Main Street
completed in 1923 is now an apartment building.
|The Reading Times of July 31, 1915
CLOCK FACTORY MAY LOCATE IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Boston Firm Considering Plot
If a satisfactory deal can be made with some of the land companies in Schuylkill Haven this place will be the site of a large branch clock factory. J. M. Watkins of Boston
Massachusetts, who is a controlling partner in one of the big clock factories in Connecticut, was in town a few days ago surveying conditions and he also looked over the
situation at Mahanoy City and Ashland but says that he prefers Schuylkill Haven, owing to the superior train service this place has over the both towns north of the mountain.
He looked over several plots of ground here, Fairmount, an open plot in the northern part of the town, and the site of the old Dunlap factory, which burned down a few weeks
ago. The latter is well adapted to this sort of work, as the shipping department could be easily fitted up on that site and railroad facilities would be good on that plot.
|The Call of December 2, 1921
BOROUGH IS NOW MAKING GAS
As per previous announcement made in these columns the machinery at the gas plant in the West Ward was tested and put in operation the forepart of the week. Tuesday the
manufacture of gas was begun and the borough of Schuylkill haven entered another industrial field, the manufacture of gas. It is now one of the only towns, regardless of size,
in the entire state of Pennsylvania that owns, controls and operates its own gas, water and electric plants. The gas plant has undergone many changes and improvements, all
of which were necessary to manufacture gas with any degree of success or in an efficient manner. Some few additional changes may be necessary and different mechanical
parts, etc., before the plant is in the first class operation the superintendent desires it to be.
Between twelve and fourteen thousand cubic feet of gas are consumed daily in Schuylkill Haven and to supply this demand gas must be made every other day almost as the gas
holder or retaining tank holds but 20,000 cubic feet. Everybody in the town knows the borough has its own electric light plant, knows where it's located, but not all know how
electricity is generated. The manufacture of gas is not of common knowledge. A visit to the electric light plant will be enlightening as the generation of the current can be
seen. This enlightenment is not possible in the manufacture of gas as it is all done inside of large tubes, boilers, etc. The formula or procedure necessary to be followed does
therefore prove interesting.
|The Call of October 5, 1923
MAY BUILD TEN STORY HOTEL IN THIS TOWN
A ten story hotel for Schuylkill Haven. My, wouldn't that be fine. It is not impossible nor is it improbable. It is learned from good authority that the erection of a large most
modern and a fireproof building of this character is being considered and has been under consideration for the past two months. A building of this size and character would go
a great way toward booming the town and supplying a long felt want. In speaking with the persons interested it is learned that an ideal location for a structure of this kind would
be the corner of Main and Dock Streets, formerly the Filbert property. Embryo plans would provide the most modern and up to date hotel, with bath and every convenience in
all rooms, a large dining hall, probably a roof garden and all appointments with which the hotel of more recent construction are provided. Upon the ground floor would be large
and spacious rooms fronting on both Main and Dock Streets. This could be used as store rooms and there is every likelihood they could be readily leased. Everyone who has
heard of the idea or plan heartily endorses it and have given the promoters every assurance that it would be a splendid and successful venture. More definite information may
be available later.
|The Call of December 14, 1923
PLENTY OF ICE NEXT SUMMER
Manbeck Brothers will be in position to furnish an elegant sufficiency of ice to this community and the entire section by the summer of 1924. This by reason of the fact that the
present 25 ton capacity plant will be increased to a 75 ton capacity plant. Contracts for installation on ponderous machinery were signed the forepart of the week. Two electric
driven compressors of 15 and 35 ton capacity respectively will be installed and are to be driven by a 50 hp and 100 hp electric motor.
A new feature of the plant will be a three can ice puller to be operated by an electric crane and automatic dump and filler. Six hundred additional filling cans will be placed. Into
these cans is placed water and by being placed in an ammonia solution cause the water to be frozen into large cakes of ice. In order to take care of the additional machinery, a
new 25 by 55 foot brick addition to the plant will be built. Work on the construction of this addition was begun Wednesday. The increased capacity ice plant is in line with the
promises made by this firm to their customers during the summer that they would be in position to supply all and of the best ice desired by the summer of 1924.
|The Call of December 14, 1923
NEW BANK TO OPEN SATURDAY
The State Bank of Schuylkill Haven will be formally opened Saturday with ceremonies fitting the occasion. The public is cordially invited to visit the institution in the building at
the corner of Main and Saint John Streets, inspect it and get acquainted. This will be the third banking institution for this town. It is capitalized at $50,000 with a surplus of
$25,000. The officers and directors are as follows: President J. M. Gipe; First Vice President George A. Berger; Second Vice President A. M. High; Secretary Howard Stager;
Cashier Walter A. Jones; Solicitor George M. Paxson; Directors: George Wolfe of Pottsville, Joe Roeder of Summit Station, John Ebling, G. H. Moore, John Reichert, G. M.
Paxson, Howard Stager, A. M. High and George A. Berger.
The institution will open with very bright prospects and begin business in a banking room equipped in all its appointments in a most modern, inviting and pleasing way. The
contractor, I. H. Becker, with the subcontractors, have transformed the former Hotel Grand lobby and grill into a roomy and delightful banking room. The ceiling has been
finished in white enamel, the walls will be a buff shade. The floor will be covered with cork linoleum. There will be two entrances to the institution, one on Main Street and one
on Saint John Street. Pretty lighting fixtures of the indirect lighting type have been placed. The banking fixtures and the banking furniture are of quartered oak. The vault is a
large one of concrete reinforced with 100 pound steel rails. It is fire, water and burglar proof. The five ton eight inch steel door was placed by the York Safe and Lock
Company. Special attention has been given in the construction and arrangement of every detail in connection with the bank.
Cashier elect Jones, who was assistant cashier at the Lansford bank and cashier of the Liberty Bank at Girardville, will be assisted by the directors in welcoming the public.
Other bankers employed include: Mr. Alexander, William Feich, Mr. Michel and C. M. Stickler. Souvenirs in the form of carnations to the ladies and cigars to the men folks will
be given Saturday. The general contractor was I. H. Becker, the painter was I. W. Emerich, the electrician E. Lester Beck and the plumber Ray Saylor.
|The Call of December 21, 1923
OVER $40,000 DEPOSITED FIRST DAY
The third bank for Schuylkill Haven, the State Bank, opened auspiciously Saturday. Many people visited the institution and were shown about and made acquainted with the
directors. The deposits for the first day overran the $40,000 mark. The President of the institution, J. M. Gipe, was the first depositor. Charles Snyder was the first to open a
Christmas savings Account. As an evidence of the number of persons who visited the institution during the day and in the evening, we may say that over a thousand carnations
were given to the ladies and eight hundred cigars to the men folks. The school kiddies were given several hundred school companions. Misses Paxson and Kline welcomed
the ladies and presented the carnations and Directors Reichert and Berger received the gentlemen and handed out the cigars. The institution was open until ten o'clock
Saturday evening. Elmer Moyer, son of William F. Moyer of Schuylkill haven, was chosen as a clerk and assumed his duties Monday morning. Saturday the banking officials of
other institutions as listed in these columns last week were present and assisted in greeting the public.
|The Call of August 19, 1907
BOUGHT HOTEL AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The Eagle Hotel on Main Street, which was run by George Paule until his recent death, was sold by the executors of the estate at public sale Saturday afternoon. Mr. Lynch of
Forestville, Pennsylvania, purchased it for $14,325. Mr. Lynch has a saloon at Forestville and is doing a good business there but he desired to locate in a larger town and this
being an extremely good opening, he of course took advantage of it. Mr. Lynch has a number of warm friends here and will shortly move his family and effects to town and take
charge of his newly acquired property in the course of a few weeks. Sherman Reed, the well known auctioneer, had the sale in charge. The Eagle Hotel is and always was a
good stand and it is more than likely that it will continue to be such under Mr. Lynch's care.
|Lebanon Evening Report of June 14, 1913
BUYS OUT IRON PLANT AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Harry Light To Put Mills In Operation There
H. H. Light, of Lebanon, one of the leading iron manufacturers of this locality, has purchased the big iron plant of the Schuylkill Haven Iron and Steel Company at Schuylkill
Haven and will put it into operation in a few weeks, as soon as preliminary work to be done at the plant, which has been idle for some time, has been completed. The plant was
owned by a Philadelphia concern, capitalized at $100,000. The company failed and the plant has been idle for about fifteen months. There are two mills turning out bar iron and
the capacity of the plant will be doubled by the erection of two or more mills. When the improvements are completed and all the mills are running, the plant will employ 350
men. This deal is a big thing for Schuylkill Haven, the plant having been the town's principal industry. It will give employment to a number of people who have always earned
large wages. Mr. Light will personally operate the plant and a rapid growth is predicted for the plant, no man in this section having a larger acquaintance and more experience
in the rolling mill field than he has had. His plants here have always been operated full handed and have always had plenty of business.
|Harrisburg Daily Independent of April 3, 1916
FORGOTTEN DYES A BONANZA
A boy in Schuylkill Haven has stumbled on forgotten colors that are now a treasure because of the war. Melvin Bamford, a Schuylkill Haven boy, yesterday accidentally
discovered a large quantity of German dyes in a warehouse owned by his uncle, Samuel Rowland, on Haven Street. The warehouse was once used as a bleach and dye plant
and the dyes were placed there fifteen years ago, when they were cheap, and forgotten. Now they are worth 1000 percent more than when they were bought.
|Reading Times of February 7, 1918
Mr. Gipe will move his present variety store from the present location to the new quarters as soon as extensive changes are made to the newly acquired property. The change
of location will also mean a change in the line of business for Mr. Gipe He will continue the .05, .10 and .25 cent business but only as an especial line of business, the main store
will be house furnishing goods. The store will be conducted on the scale of a large department store. The new store room will be 84 feet in depth, 24 feet in width at the front
and 28 feet in width at the rear.
|Reading Times of March 19, 1918
DAUBERT HEADS COMPANY TO DREDGE RIVER FOR COAL
Jacob Daubert, of the Brooklyn baseball team, whose home is in this county, has become the head of a company which will dredge the Schuylkill River near Schuylkill Haven for
the coal which has been washed down from the mines for more than half a century. Hundreds of thousands of tons of coal already have been recovered in this manner but
much still remains to be taken out. Associated with Daubert will be John Boyer, of Schuylkill Haven, and John Auchenbach of Pottsville. The coal recovered from the river
makes an excellent fuel for steam purposes and is in big demand all over the country.
|Mount Carmel Item of October 30, 1925
WASHERIES REAP HARVEST
Schuylkill Haven coal washeries are reaping a harvest from the coal suspension. The Aulenbach washeries are shipping eight cars daily, the Manbeck Brothers are shipping an
average of four cars and the other smaller washeries are shipping a corresponding amount of river coal. A large number of men are employed and work is being rushed so that
the owners may get full advantage of this unusual demand for their coal.
|Harrisburg Evening News of February 13, 1941
PIONEER KNITTING MILL OPERATOR WILL RETIRE
After more than fifty years in the manufacturing business, D. D. Coldren, proprietor of the Coldren Knitting Mill of Schuylkill Haven, who claims the distinction of having
introduced knitted dresses in this country, announced his retirement yesterday. At one time he owned a hosiery mill in Harrisburg and shortly after he began the manufacture
of knitted women's wear in 1922, the firm had offices in every principal city in the United States and Alaska and a sales force of more than 3,000.
|Miners Journal of April 30, 1908
FAIRMOUNT ADDITION HAS BOOKLETS
The owners of Fairmount, the new addition in Schuylkill Haven, have had printed a large quantity of small booklets, which contains a very interesting historical sketch and
industrial notes of town. Also, photos of various industries, residences, fire companies and views of the town. A thorough idea of the town and the building lots which have
been laid out at Fairmount, which number is six hundred, can be gained by an examination of the booklet. Quite a large number of building sites have already been sold and
each day the number increases. This section of the town in a few years will be the most desirable one. Schuylkill Haven will certainly be well advertised throughout the land by
the medium of this little booklet,
|Miners Journal of June 16, 1908
LAUTENBACHER CANDY FACTORY
The J. C. Lautenbacher candy factory is already employing twenty hands, which in itself is a cause of rejoicing during the present somewhat stagnation of all kinds of trade. The
plant consists of four distinct buildings and is equipped to turn out two thousand pounds of the finest grade chocolate creams, bon bons, etc., daily. The fifth building is to be
added shortly. The best argument for the success of this new plant is the fact that Mr. Lautenbacher is the pioneer of the underwear trade in this county, having established
the first mill in 1886 and today his plant ranks first in the manufacturing of this class of goods. The demand for the product of the candy factory is already greater than its
production which means a still increase and greater employment of hands.
|Miners Journal of June 17, 1908
TELEPHONE SUBSCRIBERS BEING ADDED
The businessmen and prominent citizens of town are in high spirits over the fact that they will soon be connected with the outer world by the telephone company for the past
several weeks has had its representatives here canvassing for subscribers and up to the present time they have secured fifty eight. The company has three offers of rooms
for rental to be used as an exchange and it is probable that the storeroom on Main Street, formerly occupied by A. R. Saylor will be chosen. Citizens of this place who have
occasion to telephone frequently have gotten tired of being continually put off by the song "the line is busy," and further unsatisfactory service and are determined not to be
fooled with any longer. The work of the new telephone company by putting in the phones, fitting up the exchange, etc., will be rushed with all possible haste.
|The Call of April 18, 1924
INCREASING BLEACHERY CAPACITY
The capacity of the Bast bleachery is being considerably increased by the installation of a large dye and tint vat of two thousand pound daily capacity. The end of the bleachery
has been torn out to accommodate the new vat. This will be used for dyeing and tinting the goods. Heretofore it was only possible to bleach the goods entering into the
manufacture of underwear. The Rowland bleachery recently had a dye and tint vat of one thousand pound daily capacity installed and another vat of two thousand pounds daily
capacity is now being placed. Both are for the same purpose as that of the Bast dye and tint vats. It is understood that a considerable less quantity of water will be used by
these two bleacheries by reason of the fact that the demand has greatly increased for dyeing and tinting material for the manufacture of underwear instead of the bleached
goods and this process does not require as much water.
|The Call of June 6, 1924
MAMMOTH ICE PLANT NOW IN SERVICE
One of the biggest ice manufacturing plants in eastern Pennsylvania is now in operation in Schuylkill Haven. It is the Manbeck Brothers plant. The recent additions to the plant
have increased its capacity to such an extent that it has obtained the particular honor of being the largest. The new electric unit to the former steam unit was put in operation
on Memorial day. This unit consists of mammoth electric machinery in the form of electric driven ice compressors. One is a thirty five ton capacity and the other a fifteen ton
capacity. These compressors are driven by electric motors of the largest in the town, namely a 100 hp motor and a 60 hp motor. The daily capacity of these two electric units
will provide a full fifty tons of ice daily. This quantity added to the twenty five ton capacity of the steam unit previously in operation gives the Manbeck plant a daily capacity of
seventy five tons of ice per day.
In order to provide for the new machinery and the large freezing tank containing 300 cans, it was necessary to build quite a large brick addition to the plant. Two freezing tanks
are used with a capacity of 600 cans. A new deep water well was also sunk and this well provides a stream of 140 gallons of water per minute. The storage capacity of the plant
is over 600 tons. The plant is being operated day and night and almost the entire daily output of the plant has already been contracted for by individual consumers in Schuylkill
Haven, Auburn, Cressona, Orwigsburg, Pine Grove and Pottsville. Many persons often express the desire that they might just see how ice is made. We venture the statement
that there is not much to see and furthermore, it would require almost a full twenty four hours to see the complete making of a cake of artificial ice. Then too, many folks have
an idea that artificial ice contains ammonia. This is incorrect. Around the freezing tanks, each containing three hundred cans, is a network of inch and a half pipe in coils very
close to one another. Salt water covers this network of pipe coils and surrounds the ice cans. Into the ice cans is placed natural pure water.
The large steam and electric compressors above referred to are used to pump ammonia through the network of coils making the salt water and maintaining it at a temperature
of ten degrees above zero. The natural water then freezes in the large cans but it requires a full twenty four hours to completely freeze a cake of ice in each can. The large
cakes are then removed from the large cans by playing boiling hot water on the outside of them. The Manbeck plant is operated to its full capacity both day and night, and in
addition to being the largest plant, it is said to be the most modern and well equipped.
|The Call of July 25, 1924
REFOWICH THEATRE TO BE VERY PRETTY
A few moments visit to the Refowicz theatre this week proved the assertion made some time ago that this playhouse when completed will be one of the prettiest in this section.
Thousands and thousands of dollars have already been spent in beautifying the interior of the building and another considerable outlay will be used in its completion. Some
idea of the extensive improvements can be made from the statement that the auditorium has undergone a complete remodeling. The iron posts which supported the balcony
have been removed. This was possible by placing heavy steel girders from the side walls. The floor has been pitched. The walls have been finished in a pale pink. The ceiling
has been finished in very light pink with panels of very light tan. French doors have been placed at the entrance to the auditorium and at the entrance to the balcony. The
front of the balcony has been finished in stucco style. The arch of the stage has been finished in cream. New seats will be placed. The electricians and steam fitters are now
engaged in putting the lighting and heating facilities in place.
The hallways have been increased in size by a change in the stairways. The space offstage will be considerably greater than heretofore as it is planned to have dressing rooms
underneath the stage rather than off at the side. A complete set of scenery, drops, main curtain and an asbestos curtain will be placed. It surely can be said that persons who
visited this theatre heretofore will hardly believe their own eyes when once opportunity is given to visit it after it is thrown open to the public.
|The Call of September 7, 1923
NEW BANK BOTTOM OF GRAND HOTEL
Schuylkill Haven's third bank, to be called the State Bank of Schuylkill Haven, is expected to open its doors to the public on or about November 1st. It will be located at the
corner of Main and Saint John Streets, the Hotel grand property having been purchased of Mr. Clayton Bubeck, the latter part of last week. The consideration is said to have
been $55,000. Improvements and the remodeling of this building will be begun on Monday, September 10th, and the work will be rushed with all speed possible in order to
have the banking room completed by the desired opening day of November 1st. The barroom and lobby on the first floor will be converted into a banking room. The balance of
the hotel property will remain at present and will be conducted as a hotel but without a barroom. This will make some changes necessary on the Saint John Street side of the
The stock for this new banking institution is being sold quite rapidly. There has been an unexpected demand for stock from outside sources but the directors are not anxious
to dispose of it desiring to retain it for persons in Schuylkill Haven and this vicinity who might wish to purchase. The charter for the institution was granted several weeks ago.
The officers selected and the Board of Directors are as follows: President J. M. Gipe; First Vice President G. A. Berger; Second Vice President A. M. High; Secretary H. W. Stager;
Counselor G. M. Paxson; Directors G. H. Moore, John Reichert, John Ebling Samuel Bast, H. W. Stager, A. M. High, G. A. Berger, J. M. Gipe of Schuylkill Haven, H. W. Wolfe of
Pottsville and William Rohrer of Orwigsburg. The bank will be capitalized at $50,000. The surplus is to be $25,000.
|The Call of February 1, 1924
BITTLE DAM TO GIVE WAY FOR BUILDING SITES
Schuylkill Haven will be the beauty spot of the county. For years and years the growth of Schuylkill Haven has been seriously handcuffed for two well known reasons. The
scarcity of water has given to our town an undesirable reputation far and wide. Then too desirable building sites have for years been very hard to find. The Call is pleased,
however, to announce to the people of our borough that one obstacle has been removed and from this time forth we can fling out the word on the highways, " Dwell Here and
Prosper." A deal of vast magnitude was consummated on Wednesday evening which will add more for Schuylkill Haven's future growth than anything that has happened within
a generation. In this transaction the farm of the late Marcus Bittle was conveyed by Rosa Bittle and her children to the Schuylkill Haven Realty Company. The farm comprises 43
acres, all of which is to be cut up into building lots. The plans of the company are to offer large building lots to prospective home builders at a reasonable price, also to make
Columbia Heights a little city of comfort and pleasure and the beauty spot of Schuylkill County.
That section of Schuylkill Haven which in the future will be known as "Columbia Heights" has always had an abundance of water. In addition the residents of this section will
enjoy all other conveniences such as electric light, gas and sewage. Cesspools will be unnecessary. The state highway will be built through the little city this summer. A five
minute walk will bring the residents to the train, trolley or the very heart of the town. The scenery in that section is so well grown and favorably too, that it needs no description.
As to the development of the plot the company has the following in mind. The dam is to be drained and the small dam will be arched making the entry to the tract perfectly dry.
Wide streets will be opened and shade trees planted. The thicker part of the woods, to the south, will be cleaned out and turned into a park. All pavements will be of cement
with curbs and gutters. All lots will be large dimensions so as to afford ample room for gardens and lawns, flower beds and shrubbery. Simply stated, Columbia Heights will be
the residential section of Schuylkill Haven. The aim of the company is to encourage and assist all home builders with the erecting of houses and bungalows in strict harmony
with the beauty of the surroundings and yet within reach of the ordinary wage earner. The Call rejoices in this great and worthy undertaking and we confidently predict that a
great building boom is on the way for our little city.
|The Call of August 22, 1924
SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL CONDITIONS
From an interview with local industrial captains, and a careful survey of the situation, there is every reason to believe that there will be work aplenty for everyone who wishes it
very soon. Probably the best explanation of the cause for idleness among the underwear mills was explained by one manufacturer to The Call representative in but one word -
"overproduction." It was stated prior to the World War the mills were enabled to supply the demand. During the war the demand for knit goods became greater. New
industries throughout the country were built and a majority of plants in operation before the war increased their production by the building of additions. Now that the war is
over demand is about the same as prior to it. The production however is far greater and as a result some mills must be closed down until a more equitable plane between
demand and production can be reached. Just when this condition will be obtained is uncertain. However we find the following:
The S. Thomas Knitting Mill is at present on a five day a week schedule on the manufacture of heavy weight cotton garments. Sufficient orders are in hand to keep the plant
working for some time and the demand for the goods of this concern is expected to become quite heavy.
The Crown Hosiery Mill was working full handed until about a week ago. It is now closed down. Orders are being received and operations will be begun shortly.
The Coldren Knitting Mill is working full handed. The product of this concern is cotton underwear and ladies' sport cotton and silk fabric dresses. This mill designed and has
patented a cotton and silk dress which is being sold direct to the wearer by agents in every state in the union. A splendid business has been built upon this article and the
prospects are that it will continue to grow as the article named increases in popularity. This mill expects to eliminate the manufacture of the cotton underwear entirely in a
short time. All sizes of dresses for women of the above fabric, in many different shades are made at this mill. The capacity is to be increased to 5,000 dresses per week.
Both the ice plant and the brick plant are working to full capacity night and day. The demand for the product of the first named is so great not only in this section but in other
towns that the entire capacity of the plant, which it will be remembered but was recently increased is required for every day consumption. The brick plant is supplying
contractors and builders throughout this entire section with brick and while not so large a quantity is being shipped in cars by freight, auto trucks can be noticed daily on the
state highways near and far to this town conveying brick for building operations in this section and in faraway towns.
The Hoffman Knitting Mill will resume operations full handed on Tuesday, September 2nd after a month's idleness, not due to a lack of orders but for the annual vacation given
the employees. Orders are on hand to keep the mill in operation full handed, 130 employees, for the entire season. This plant manufactures ladies' lightweight cotton vests
and union suits.
The Dewald Knitting Mill on Centre Avenue has been kept busy up until several weeks ago. They are now operating on a short schedule but expectations are that operation will
be resumed in the very near future which will require the services of a large number of employees every day of the week.
All the local shoe factories as well as the Lebanon Paper Box factory are working on a schedule, which while not up to full capacity, is such that the employees have little to
complain about. With the resumption of industries throughout the country, the business of the box plant will be greatly increased and this firm will be able to employ almost all
the persons who apply for work. As to the shoe factories, a heavier anticipated demand fop their product will send them all back to their machines with a full schedule for
The Bashore and Bernd Underwear Mill on Haven Street is working full handed and to capacity at this time. Orders are on hand to keep the plant at full operation. This firm
recently purchased a plot of ground from John Batz located to the rear of his property on Dock Street. Here will be put in operation their factory which will provide more than
double the floor space and therefore enable a much larger production.
The Reider Brothers Factory, one of the latest additions to our industrial world, began the manufacture of shoes the latter part of last week in their plant on Haven Street.
Samples are now being made up and when completed orders will be solicited from the trade. Stitch down misses' and boys' shoes will be manufactured. The capacity of this
plant will be 500 pairs a day which will require fifty or more employees.
The casket factory is working full handed and already find that their huge addition completed some months ago is getting somewhat too small to handle the demand for their
product. Salesmen covering a wide area are sending in heavy orders and tghe daily shipment of caskets from the local plant and of "dry goods" for use in caskets and for the
dead from their branch plant, The Philadelphia Funeral Supply House, is very heavy and is every day growing heavier. Prospects for continued operation, full handed and with
overtime, are very bright and another addition to the plant in the near future is now being considered by the stockholders.
Berger Brothers will shortly close down their plant temporarily. This mill has been operating right along, although not exactly full handed. Orders however are being received
and in a very short time it is expected capacity operation will be resumed.
The Bast Knitting Mill is again working full handed on heavy cotton goods as well as silk goods. A temporary layoff may be granted the employees to attend the fair. Orders are
on hand to keep going until next summer. This plant recently began the manufacture of silk goods in addition to the cotton goods and find a ready market for their new product.
The Union Knitting Mills during the summer has been operating on a half capacity schedule. The mill will be closed down Monday, August 25th for a two week vacation.
Prospects are that with the resumption on September 8th will mean capacity production for some time. This firm is now manufacturing artificial silk in addition to its line of light
The Daniel Scharadin and Brother Knitting Mill which has been working full handed all summer expect to close down for a week's vacation. Upon resumption steady work for
some time is assured the employees. The Meck and Company underwear mill closed for several months is expected to resume operations full handed very shortly. The Edward
Scharadin Knitting Mill which has not been ion operation since May will be operated again in the very near future.
|The Call of August 22, 1924
NEW THEATRE TO OPEN NEXT WEEK
Thursday, August 28th has been set for the opening for the Refowich Theatre in Schuylkill Haven. Since the last theatrical season, the Opera House on Saint Peter Street was
purchased by the Refowich Brothers of Pottsville and converted into one of the most modern and pretty theatres in this section. Pictures will be shown for a time and if the
demand warrants it vaudeville and first class one night shows will be put on. The Refowich firm promises the people of Schuylkill Haven, Cressona, Orwigsburg and the entire
lower section of Schuylkill County a program of high class entertainment and of merit for the winter season. G. L.. Figard, who has a wide experience in theatrical business, has
been engaged as the manager of the theatre.
In an inspection of the new theatre we find many changes have been made. By placing the dressing rooms underneath the stage there is provided off stage room great as that
of any theatre in this section. New drops, new border lights and new foot lights have been placed. A gold fiber 12 x 16 foot picture screen has been purchased and mounted
upon a movable frame. This for the purpose of removing it when the stage is to be used for purposes other than pictures. About the screen will be built up a platform and the
whole draped with 390 yards of old rose imported sateen. This will make a very pretty stage setting for the pictures.
A new floor has been placed on part of the stage. New supports have been put in under the stage so that acts of all kind can be put on without the fear of the stage floor
breaking down. Three new sets of scenery complete with drops, borders, etc., have been ordered. The steam heating apparatus in the cellar has been given thorough
overhauling and the entire system changed. An extra or additional thousand feet of radiation has been added to the building. The orchestra pit has been changed somewhat
and a new piano placed therein. The floor of the auditorium has been inclined. New individual hard wood theatre seats which will be found to be unusually comfortable
because of a back higher than the usual theatre seat and armrests longer than the usual type theatre chair. The seating capacity of the auditorium will be 458 and of the
balcony 200. There are three aisles in the auditorium and these will be covered with carpets. Cork mats, rubber mats and cocoa mats will be placed in different parts of the
The balcony seating arrangement has been changed very considerably making possible a better view of the stage. The iron posts underneath the balcony have all been
removed. This was possible by the placing of large iron girders. The weight of the balcony is supported by heavy steel beams that extend to the basement where they rest
upon concrete piers. This also strengthens the walls of the building. The auditorium is finished in old rose with the base of the side walls in imitation Tennessee marble. The
ceiling is done in cream with gold and old rose trimming. The front of the balcony has been finished in stucco with glass pebbles as a covering. French doors have been
placed at the auditorium entrance and at the theatre entrance.
There are six exits leading to fire escapes in addition to the main entrance and stage exit. A large electric chandelier is hung from the center of the ceiling. The side walls
have the candlestick electric lighting system and will look very pretty with their varied colored shades. Indirect lighting features the portion of the auditorium underneath the
balcony. A new Powers projection machine with Mazda lamps has been placed. The use of the Mazda lamps will eliminate the unsteady flickering noticeable as the result of
lighting with carbon lights.
A noticeable improvement is at the entrance to the auditorium. The landing of the hallway having been raised permits entrance to the auditorium on a level while heretofore
two steps were necessary. The stairways have been increased in width, the hallways repainted and the entrance made snappy looking by a snow white office placed in the
center. Plans of the Refowich firm call for putting the third floor of the building in condition for dances. An orchestra stage has already been placed. Another fore escape will
be added for the third floor. Drinking fountains will be placed on the third floor. A ladies' rest room has been placed on the first floor for the accommodation of the theatre
patrons. Rest rooms will be placed on the third floor. The first floor or basement will be remodeled so that it will be in shape for use for festivals, banquets, suppers, etc.