Pottsville Republican of June 21, 1895

SAVED FROM LYNCHING    Attempt To Injure A Little Girl   A Fiend With Evil In His Inhuman Heart
A Timely Discovery - The People of Schuylkill Haven Out In Righteous Indignation - A Father's Strong Arm and a Mother's Entreaties
Late last evening a medium sized, well dressed stranger tried to entice Mamie, the nine year old daughter of Jere Lautenbacher into the yard of the old Evangelical church on Saint
Peter Street.  Luckily the fellow's actions were noted and frustrated.  The news flew like wildfire and hundreds of angry people congregated.  The stranger was kicked and cuffed
and cries of "kill him", "lynch him", etc. were frequent.  No doubt this tragic result would have been accomplished were it not for the good sense and coolness of Mr. Lautenbacher
and the entreaties of his wife.  Mr. Lautenbacher is a very powerful man and determined that no further harm should be done the stranger.  His chivalric stand soon brought the
crowd to bay and as a compromise a committee escorted the villain to the borough limits.  He had been noticed about the P & R station during the day, jumping on and off trains and
ogling young girls and women.  The supposition is that he comes from Hamburg.  The child escaped injury beyond a slight scare and the aggrieved father is being congratulated on
all sides.  He is a manufacturer of ladies apparel and now that the flood of passion is over everybody is thankful for the firm and humane stand taken by himself and his good wife.
Pottsville Republican of January 8, 1920

Two Schuylkill Haven 17 year old boys, Daniel Harvey and Joseph Kantner, were convicted of assault and battery and aggravated assault and battery before Judge Berger
Wednesday morning.  The jury returned a sealed verdict at 10:15 o'clock having retired at 4:30 Tuesday evening after the closing speeches had been made by A. D. Knittle for
Kantner, C. W. Staudenmaier for Harvey and C. A. Whitehouse for the prosecutor and Frank Unger, father of the boy who was shot. Young Unger testified that he heard the shooting
and drove on horseback and was shot in the neck by the discharge of a shotgun.  He could not say which one of the boys shot him, owing to the trees and brush.  When shot, he
jumped from the horse and called for help but got none.  The boys testified the shooting was accidental, that they were gunning for rabbits and pheasants at the time.  Harvey was
found not guilty of an additional charge of assault and battery with intent to kill, and both boys were found not guilty in two cases, charged with playful and wanton pointing of
firearms, the costs going on the county.
Attorney Knittle made a motion in arrest of judgement and for a new trial in the case of Kantner, on the ground that the evidence showed that his client was moving away from the
scene at the time of the shooting, with his gun at a trail arms, the muzzle pointed backward, and that when his gun was discharged it was the result of his tripping in the wood.  
Harvey testified that his gun was discharged also accidentally, although the prosecution intimated that he was defending Kantner at the time that he shot or feared that Unger
wanted to attack his buddy.  Young Kantner had been in the United States service as a soldier, although so young.  Mr. Staudenmaier made a plea for mercy for Harvey, saying that
he is the support of his mother, and that no malice had been shown.  Court imposed a sentence of a ten dollar fine and fifteen months.  It was said that the act of probation will be
appealed to later.
Pottsville Republican of January 11, 1895                                                

St. Peter's Church, Schuylkill Haven, Broken Open, Robbed and Damaged
The Saint Peter's Evangelical Church at Schuylkill Haven was entered by burglars some time during the week, who carried away a number of articles, broke the organ and several
window panes, cut the bell rope, broke doors and otherwise maliciously damaged the property.  They effected an entrance by breaking open a second story window, which they
must have reached by the use of a ladder.  They then forced open several inside doors, all of which had been securely locked.  There is abundant evidence to show that the
burglars were acquainted in the church, and were not by any means strangers to the saint Peter's property.  They, however, before leaving their shameful work, tacked up in the
vestibule the following notice: "Please do not accuse the old Saint Peter's congregation for this, as it was done positively by outside people.  Yours, UNKNOWN."  The church
officials offer a handsome reward for any information that will lead to the apprehension and conviction of the guilty parties.
Pottsville Republican of October 21, 1911

Andrew Schwilk, night watchman at the Reading station in Schuylkill Haven, was at an early hour this morning shot through the right leg by two car robbers whom he surprised at
work attempting to enter a car loaded with merchandise consigned to Schuylkill Haven, Cressona and merchants throughout the west end of the county.  The shooting took place at
four o'clock, Mr. Schwilk hearing a noise at the freight station, which is located across the tracks from the main station in the town, decided to investigate.  Going across he
mounted the platform of the freight station and finding the doors all locked, turned his attention to the freight cars which had just been received from points down the line.  He
discovered that the seal on one car had been broken open but the latch not moved.  Another seal was attached to the door and the watchman started to walk to the passenger
station.  He had only gone a short distance when he heard the sound of running feet.  Drawing his revolver, he opened fire.  The robbers were quick to return the shots.  One shot
fired by the men passed very close to his head while the other entered the fleshy part of his right leg in the front and came out the back, passing entirely through the limb,
embedding itself in one of the sills nearby.  Calling at the top of his voice, Mr. Schwilk attracted the attention of the night crossing watchman, about one hundred feet away.  He
came running to his assistance as did also the crew caller who was on his way to "J" station some distance from the scene of the shooting.  The circumstances were soon made
known and while the crossing watchman ran for Dr. Charles Lenker, the call boy went after H. W. Stager, the assistant agent.  Both arrived about the same time.  When the doctor
arrived, the wound was bleeding freely and the trouser leg of the injured man was saturated with blood.  The wound was immediately dressed and Mr. Schwilk was made as
comfortable as possible.  Although the accident occurred about four o'clock, the watchman insisted on remaining on duty until the day relief came at six o'clock.  The telegraph
wires were kept warm and reports were made to Superintendent Keffer at Reading while Constable John Butz of Schuylkill Haven and the State Police were notified.
On account of the darkness at that hour and the rainy weather, it was impossible to get a good description of the two men.  Sufficient description was however obtained to enable
the officers to start an investigation and it would occasion no surprise if arrests were made within the next twenty four hours.  After being relieved, Mr. Schwilk insisted on walking
to his home several squares away from the scene of the shooting, but this the doctor refused to allow.  The last reports received from the bedside of the injured man were to the
effect that he was resting comfortably and unless complications arise he would be attending to his duties within the next three or four weeks.  Mr. Schwilk is one of the most
efficient employees that the Reading Company has in this vicinity.  For many years he has been a watchman at the station in that town and not once has a freight car or the station
been robbed or even entered.  Several months ago he surprised two men trying to force an entrance into the store of Doutrich and Company and fired several shots at them but
they escaped.  Mr. Schwilk is a cripple, now wearing an artificial leg and much sympathy was expressed for him this morning.
Pottsville Republican of March 30, 1888

The clothing store of Charles Keller on Main Street, two squares from the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad depot was broken into last night and $200 worth of clothing taken.  A
few articles were found in an adjoining alley.  The shutter of a side window was pried open.  Entrance was effected at the same place by thieves some time ago.
Pottsville Republican of November 1, 1910

George Douglass, of Friedensburg, is in a serious condition at his home as a result of being held up and beaten and then robbed by two highwaymen near the Long Run school
house.  He was on his way home from Schuylkill Haven late Saturday night and as he reached the school house he was stopped by two strangers, struck over the head with a club
and robbed of $40.  He was unconscious on the road until three o'clock Sunday morning when he dragged himself to a nearby farmhouse where he was given treatment and then
removed to his home Sunday.  He is a blacksmith by occupation and 35 years of age.
HELD UP NEAR ADAMSDALE - William Farley, of Adamsdale, while on his way home from Landingville Saturday night was held up by two highwaymen and after being beaten into
insensibility, was robbed of a small amount of money.  He was then left lying helpless along the roadside.  He is employed in one of the Schuylkill Haven factories.  His injuries, while
painful, are not of a serious character.

Pottsville Republican of November 2, 1910

The two highwaymen who robbed George Douglass, of Friedensburg, and William Farley, of Landingville, on Saturday night were arrested by Constable John Butz of Schuylkill
Haven and are now in the county jail.  When the matter was reported to Constable Butz, he started some detective work and by carefully watching his suspects, discovered clues
that warranted the arrest of Charles Shadler and a party by the name of Davis, both of Schuylkill Haven.  Davis was apprehended yesterday afternoon by Butz and brought to the
Pottsville lockup where he was confined over night.  This morning Shadler was placed under arrest and lodged in the Schuylkill Haven lockup and was arraigned before Squire C. A.
Moyer of that town today, and after considerable sweating, broke down and acknowledged both offenses.  He stated that both he and Davis went to Landingville early Saturday
evening and there held up Farley.  Shadler stated that Davis hit the man over the head and that both relieved him of his money.  Farley was rendered unconscious by the blow and
was left lying along the roadside in a helpless condition.
So well pleased were the two highwaymen that they took the trolley car to Schuylkill Haven and then walked out the Long Run road.  Opposite the school house, they stopped to
divide their plunder when they heard George Douglass coming along on his wheel.  They immediately decided to tackle him.  Davis, according to Shadler's story, was again the man
that wielded the club.  Douglass was hit twice on the head and like Farley, was rendered unconscious.  The two boys then went through their victims pocket, taking $40 and a gold
watch.  According to the story of Shadler, Davis has the watch and the greater part of the money.  This afternoon, Constable Butz brought Shadler up to jail and then took Davis
down for a hearing.  Following the latter hearing, Davis was committed to jail.  Davis formerly resided in Pottsville and moved to Schuylkill Haven several months ago.  Neither one
of the boys are over eighteen years of age and it is reported that both have been in trouble on different occasions before.  A great deal of credit is due Constable Butz in making
the arrests and thus probably saving others from a similar fate.
After Constable Butz had brought Shadler to Pottsville, he took him before the district attorney.  Here Shadler stated Davis had informed him that he, Davis, had figured in some
holdups in Pottsville.  This recalls to mind the several holdups that appeared in these columns during the past two months.  Police Chief Davis was under the impression that Davis
was the man he wanted but was unable to locate him.  This afternoon Constable Butz stated that the reason he placed the two under arrest was because of their suspicious actions
and the information he had obtained from different people in Schuylkill Haven.  Davis is known to the local police as a character and has been in trouble before.  It is understood
that Chief Davis will also prefer charges against Davis.  The prisoner has never been known to own a watch.  According to information obtained, Davis has one or two watches at
local repair shops undergoing repairs.  These it is thought he took from his victims.  A search of the shops will be made and the evidence obtained used against the prisoner.
Pottsville Republican of February 3, 1896

Dr. Dechert and Widow Beckley the Latest Victims
Sneak thieves of the most despicable sort have for some time past infested our neighboring borough.  But the meanest of them all visited the residence of the widow of the late
Chaplain Beckley, a few nights since.  The lady had ordered a load of stove coal during the afternoon and sometime during the night these heartless fellows carried away the
greater part of the load.  Diligent search has been made but as yet no clue has been discovered likely to lead to the discovery of the guilty parties.
County Treasurer Dechert was on the following night made the victim of the sneak thieves.  The story goes that the doctor had a pair of old hens in his yard which had long since
outlived their usefulness and were being cared for in their declining years for the good they had done in the heyday of life. On the day previous the robbery he purchased another
pair of chickens of the last spring order, intending to have them served in the form of waffle accompaniment on the following Sunday.  But he was doomed to disappointment.  When
the executioner, hatchet in hand, malice in his eye, and steel in his heart went forth to execute, lo the spring chickens were nowhere to be found, they had been stolen during the
night.  He was tempted to kill the old hens in revenge.  But then he thought once more of the good they had done and went to find another farmer having chickens of more "tender'
Pottsville Republican of August 8, 1922

The Schuylkill Haven borough officials were surprised when the First National bank of the town notified them that a note for $1500 which they were supposed to have given was
due.  Upon investigation it was found that a note was supposed to have been given in payment for a gas tractor from the Dodge Company of Wilkes barre and the name of the
borough president, treasurer and secretary's were signed.  It is plainly a forgery and the note has been sent back to Wilkes Barre for investigation.  The borough had been
considering the purchase of the tractor and the agent had been in Schuylkill Haven but had decided not to purchase same.  They would however, have given a check in payment
and not a note.  It is likely legal action will follow the investigation.                   
Pottsville Republican of November 12, 1921

A bold holdup occurred at Schuylkill Haven on Saturday evening, when Miss Marion Bitzer, who conducts the Bitzer grocery store in that town, was forced at the point of a revolver
to give over what money was in the cash register to a youthful holdup man.  The bandit, who it is thought had several companions dashed out after he got the money and made his
escape and thus far has been able to elude the state police, who are working on the case.
The story of the State Police is that on Saturday evening about 5:15 o'clock Marion Bitzer was out of the storeroom when she heard someone come in.  She came back into the store
and asked the fellow who confronted her what he wanted.  "I want all your money" was the reply she got and in an instant a revolver was flashed in her face.  Outside she saw a
fellow who was apparently the exterior guard.  Fearing that she would be shot, she moved aside, while the holdup man came towards the cash register and took about $25, the
amount in the drawer.  Fortunately, earlier in the day Miss Bitzer had disposed of a large sum of the money she had in the drawer and the bandits got little for their troubles.
The fellow ran out of the store and people further down the street claim that they saw two running together, while another came along shortly afterwards, indicating there were two
or three in the party.  The Bitzer store where the holdup took place is located on Saint John Street and is a lonely spot at night time.  Marion Bitzer has been operating the store
ever since the death of her brother Carl Bitzer, who conducted it for many years.  The holdup artists had their game well planned, for they came in at a time when things were quiet
and took Miss Bitzer by surprise.              
Pottsville Republican of June 2, 1921

Robbers entered the home of George D. Naus of Liberty Street, ransacking the entire downstairs and stealing a purse containing a substantial sum of money.  They used paper
tapirs and dropping some of the fire, nearly burned the place down with probable loss of life.  In the morning the family found a big hole burned in the dining room carpet, the fire
having burned out.  Last night an attempt was made to enter the Burkheiser home on Union Street.  Mr. Burkheiser fired several shots after a fleeing man whom he had heard trying
to open a shutter.  Ray T. Reed, the tinsmith, shot after several men who were trying to enter his workshop and scared them away.  There has been nearly a dozen of these affairs in
the town during the past several weeks.                            
Pottsville Republican of September 4, 1914

On Thursday afternoon complaint was made by several foreign born residents of Schuylkill Haven, residing on what is known as Goat Hill, that they were receiving black mail letters
from Philadelphia and other places making requests for money from them.  Constable Butz was approached about the matter and he put the matter in the hands of the State Police.  
They went to the barracks Thursday evening and told the officers their story and the state police have hopes of getting hold of the guilty parties.  Investigation will be made
thoroughly by the police here, whom it is thought will work in conjunction with the police in the other cities mentioned.  For some time the people mentioned have been receiving
black mail letters but have paid no attention to them.  The number of letters began to increase and each time the demand grew stronger and at last they decided to put the police on
the case.
Pottsville Republican of December 10, 1896

Some time after midnight last night, burglars broke the large plate glass window at the hardware store of O'Donnell and Long situated on Main Street in Schuylkill Haven.  They did
not enter the building but took from the window several rifles, guns and revolvers valued at one hundred dollars.  The robbery was committed almost under the full glare of the
electric light and is considered the most daring ever perpetrated in the town.  There is no clue.
Pottsville Republican of January 29, 1915

A shooting occurred at the roller rink at Schuylkill Haven on Wednesday evening when a young man from Pottsville, while enjoying the pleasures of roller skating, fell and
discharged a revolver which he was carrying in his pocket.  The bullet went into his left arm.  The young man was not known as he and several companions made a quick getaway.
Pottsville Republican of January 19, 1923

The pool room and cigar store of Fred Merlino in Schuylkill Haven was robbed of about $250 worth of cigars, tobacco, cigarettes, supplies of that nature, a ring of value and
numerous other things some time Friday.  The case was reported to the Pennsylvania Investigation Bureau and Detective L. L. Binkley was detailed to the case.  He is working at the
case but has not been able to land the thief or thieves.  Entrance was gained by forcing a door or window.  This was the second robbery in that section, a home being recently
entered and some small jewelry taken.  
The Call of October 8, 1892

Michael Halton, the night operator at Spring Garden Junction, received a call from a stranger the other evening who asked whether there would be any more trains to Orwigsburg
that night.  When told there would not, he began to make himself at home for an all night stay in the little office that measures about six by six feet.  This Mr. Halton objected to,
being a very large man himself, the accommodations of the office were already scant.  However a scuffle ensued in which Mr. Halton brought his artificial limb to bear upon the
stranger with terrific effect and succeeded in ejecting the intruder, who when upon the outside threw a large cinder through the window at his conqueror.  Mr. Halton, thinking that
his guest needed further attention stepped out upon the platform to look after him.  No sooner was he upon the outside than the intruder proved himself to be a regular John L. in
the manly art.  The knight of the tick tick, having a reputation as a local boxer, was sent to grass.  The Lehigh Valley Railroad Company expects to make it warm for the vagabond.
The Call of November 18, 1893

Robbers made a marauding expedition through town last Monday night.  Bryant's, Losch's and Dengler's residences were broken into and raided.  At the Bryant residence they
ransacked the conservatory but all the booty secured was about $1.50 in cash.  At Losch's they took the Major's gold watch that had been presented to him by the House of
Assembly at Harrisburg in 1887 at which time he was clerk of that body.  Here they also took Miss Amy's gold watch and a valuable ring.  They entered the Dengler residence and
were rummaging around when they were discovered by George Bast, who lives next door, who frightened them off.  The same night Staler's hen coop in the South Ward was
entered and a dozen or more chickens stolen.  It looks as if there was an organized band of robbers about this section.  These depredations on private property are very frequent
and they seem to be parties who understand their business.
The Call of January 13, 1894

Another bold and successful robbery took place last Monday night.  A. W. Felix was the victim of the marauder's depredations.  The thieves gained an ingress through a door in the
rear of his large store room.  They took one of the panels out of the door and removed the bar and entered the building.  It appears they used matches to furnish them with light.  
The goods stolen were carpets, shawls, corsets, fine dress goods, fancy table covers and many other things.  Mr. Felix
values the goods stolen at several hundred dollars.  Members of the family were awake all night on account of sickness but they were in the front part of the house and could not
hear anything unusual that might be transacted in the rear.  Mr. Felix had occasion to go downstairs and go out in the yard when he discovered the gate leading to the street open.  
He returned to the house and procured a lantern and made further investigation and found the store room door standing open.  He, with other members of his family, entered the
store room and found considerable disorder.  They were then brought into the full realization that they had been robbed.  There is no clue as to who the parties were.  The
presumption is that they are parties who do not live far away and who have some knowledge of the place.                                                
The Call of January 20, 1894

A stranger came to town on Wednesday afternoon who greatly annoyed some of our people.  He would enter a business place and walk through the place and to all questions would
answer, "Number one".  Between eleven and twelve o'clock that night, he would go to Eiler's barber shop and shake the door knob.  He kept this up for some time when he seemed
to grow tired and began pulling the door bell.  He succeeded in getting the proprietor out after giving a number of rings.  Down he came in a rage and by the time he was through
telling Mr. Stranger what he might expect if he repeated the act, he (the stranger), made up his mind to leave and not return again.  Where were our Special Police all this time?  
Such characters should be taken in charge without any ceremony and locked up.
The Call of March 27, 1908

Some time the other night, a Black Hand notice was posted in front of the residence of Mr. J. Wiederhold, on High Street, Schuylkill Haven.  The notice bore the usual skull and
cross bones and read as follows, "You were sent a notice some time ago but you did not heed it.  This is the second and last.  So go to ___, ___ you.  Beware of the Black Hand!"  On
the bottom was a hand roughly drawn in black.  The notice is believed by the public to be the work of practical jokers, but it may have a serious effect.  Mr. Wiederhold is seventy
years of age and is taking the thing very seriously.  He is very much agitated and all efforts to comfort and reassure him are unavailing.  He is a widower and for the past fourteen
years has made his home with his daughter in Schuylkill Haven.  He is a blacksmith by trade but in his younger days was a sailor.  
The Call of July 6, 1923

The Rice Brothers Circus came to town last Friday and in its wake left unpleasant memories and some bruised heads and body lacerations.  This because of a real battle royal that
occurred on the baseball ground where the circus was held forth.  The trouble started when a three card game man is said to have tried to pull some crooked stuff on a local
player.  The man beat it into the tent with the local man's twenty dollars.  Bystanders were aroused and in a moments time quite a crowd had surrounded the side show tent into
which the card game man had disappeared.
A number of men chased the man about and the crowd and circus employees mixed things up a bit in a regular riot.  Women, children and men too, were against their will, mixed in
the fighting and bellering mass of humanity.  Circus employees used an elephant hook, some heavy clubs and one Negro brandished a gun and was a pretty dangerous actor.  It
required several blows of the billy of one of the special cops to quiet this fellow.  The crowd finally got hold of the card man and gave him a bad beating and relieved him of about
three hundred dollars.  Participants in this particular scramble did not hesitate to show several five, tens and some fifty dollar bills for their part in the scrap.
Mr. Cyril White had a warrant sworn out for the arrest of the card man.  The warrant was served by Officer Butz and the man taken before Squire Moyer.  Here he was fined forty
dollars and costs.  The man later offered a reward of one hundred dollars for the return of a highly prized Elk's Tooth which was lost in the crowd and mix up.  A young man by the
name of Irwin Schaefer received a deep cut over the head from the hands of the Negro during the scrap on the ball ground.  Homer Bast, a non-combatant, received a deep cut
across the eye.  Merritt Batdorf was struck on the back of the head and received a deep wound.  Earl Messer was struck on the neck with a club and had a stiff neck for several
days.  Quite a number of other persons received cuts and lacerations.  
Along about eleven o'clock, the State Police were called to serve a warrant on a colored man who struck Irwin Schaefer over the head with some kind of a heavy instrument,
presumably an iron stake or elephant hook.  The police searched the circus grounds and at the circus train but could not find him.  Along about three o'clock, George Yoder and
Ralph Runkle took it upon themselves to make another search for the Negro.  They did not find him however, Runkle received an ugly smash with a club and Yoder a deep cut on
the head.  The State Police were again called.  Some circus men were arrested and taken to Pottsville.  The pulling out of the railroad yards of the circus train brought to an end an
eventful and painful night for a number of persons.
The Call of November 16, 1923

Thieves visited the store of W. H. Wagner  Centre Avenue Wednesday evening and made away with six sweaters, six boxes of socks, pair of heavy working shoes, eight pair of
youth's rubbers, cigars, cigarettes and chewing gum.  Not content with the theft of the above named articles, evidence showed that the thieves participated in a luncheon of
bologna, tasty cake, etc. before leaving the store.  Entrance to the store was gained by forcing the front door.  A door that was locked leading to the basement was unlocked and
exit made through the rear cellar door from the basement.  The matter was placed in the hands of Officer Butz together with what clues the thieves left behind them.  It is believed
possible that arrests may be expected within the week.  This is the second time within a comparatively short time that Mr. Wagner's store was robbed.
The Call of March 28, 1913

Tuesday evening about nine o'clock an attempt was made to assault Mrs. Harry Schrope, of Allentown, who is visiting her sister Mrs. Francis Bolton on Liberty Street.  Mrs. Schrope
while in the yard was suddenly seized by her assailant and had a rag stuffed into her mouth to stifle her cries for help.  She was about to be taken to another portion of the yard
when her assailant was scared off and made his escape.  It appears Mrs. Schrope, whose maiden name was Nauss and a former Schuylkill Haven lady, has since her marriage and
during her residence in Allentown received numerous letters threatening her life.  An attempt some time ago was made to chloroform her and her children during the absence of
her husband.  The attack of Tuesday evening is thought to have been the work of the same parties guilty of previous dastardly attempts.  Suspicion points strongly to several
parties and a rigid investigation of the entire matter is made both by the local police and the Allentown authorities.
When Mrs. Schrope was attacked Tuesday evening she was able to give but one scream or call for help before she was gagged.  Her cry was heard by members of the family but
when they reached her side the man had made good his escape.  Mrs. Schrope was unconscious when picked up and remained in that condition for almost an hour despite the
efforts of Dr. Detweiler to revive her.  Burgess Hartman and Officer Butz promptly made a search of the premises.  Foot prints were found in the mud and at one place the ground
showed marks of where the man had slipped and fell.  Although search of the neighborhood was made it failed to bring any favorable results.  The attack caused considerable
excitement in the immediate neighborhood and a searching party scoured that portion of the town until midnight but their search proved fruitless.  The entire town has been
aroused over the outrageous attack.
The Call of March 25, 1927

The burning of a cross on Main Street Thursday morning about 12:30 o'clock cost one person $17.00 and the others of the gang the annoyance of being routed from their beds at
3:30 to 4:00 in the morning to be served with warrants.  It appears the affair was all the result of an intended joke that was to be pulled on someone in the West Ward.  The original
intention was to burn the cross in the back yard or near the house of the particular person, then to arouse him from his sleep with the idea that the burning of the cross would give
the party a good scare.  The cross was prepared at the pool room of Gus Menas but when the gang realized that they had a walk of some distance before them they decided to burn
it at once.  It was stuck in the sewer grating at Hotel Grand and a match applied.  The cross burned quickly but created some little excitement and considerable nuisance with the
men yelling and carrying on.
Warrants were sworn out before Squire Kline and the officers visited the homes of the fellows in the gang between 3:30 and 4:30 Thursday morning.  The hearing was scheduled for
seven o'clock Thursday morning.  All were on hand at Squire Kline's.  The charges were common nuisance.  Phillip Sterner admitted setting a match to the cross and assumed
responsibility.  He was fined ten dollars and cost which amounted to seventeen dollars.  The others were left off but were rather peeved because they had been routed from their
slumbers so early to be served with warrants and also because they were required to lose several hours of the working day.  Those placed under arrest were: Vincent Corcoran,
Phillip Sterner, Ralph Bowman, James Fetter, Ben Hartnett and Lord.
The Call of February 19, 1915

Quite a sensational surprise was sprung here Wednesday morning when Officer Butz, of town, and Detective Hiram Davies, of Pottsville, swooped down upon several local business
men and seized several slot or nickel machines.  Three places of business were visited by the officers in the cleanup tour, but somehow or other the owners got next to the move
and quickly got their machines under cover.  For some time complaint has been made to the local authorities about the gross violation of the law by owners of these nickel
machines, but it was not until parents of a number of school children brought the matter to the attention of the authorities and demanded that something be done to prevent the
children from visiting these places and playing the machines.  One of the stores raided in particular is known to have been a mecca for quite a number of pupils of the higher
grades of our school during recess hours.  Persons became suspicious of the reason for the daily visits of the boys to this store, investigation followed and this led to the raid of
Wednesday morning.
The stores visited were those of Frank Scott, Main Street; Floyd Maberry, Columbia Street and George Ney of Berne Street.  Five machines were secured.  The matter will be
reported to the Court and disposition of the machines ordered by that body.  While there were only five machines secured it is known there are or were at least two or three times
this number in town at the time of the investigation was made, but they were under cover and could not be found.  However since the cleanup, quite a few of the machines have
been shipped out of town and other of the dealers or owners are making strenuous efforts to dispose of them without allowing the authorities to get knowledge of their presence.  
A warning is issued that al owners having machines in their possession and attempting to use same will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law in addition to having the
machines confiscated.  A strict watch is to be kept on a number of places that were known to have housed these machines.
The Call of April 8, 1927

A bold and dastardly attempt at robbery was that which took place Sunday evening last between ten and ten thirty at the home of Miss Mary Caffrey on the West Ward.  Two members
of the family, Nicholas and Edward Caffrey, were held up at the point of a revolver and their pocket books demanded.  They did not meet the demands and the house was ransacked
from top to bottom but nothing taken.  That the burglar made his escape was due solely to the fact that Edward Caffrey has been in ill health for quite some time and his brother
Nicholas had but returned from the Jefferson Hospital on Saturday and was confined to bed.
The discovery of the man was made while both were preparing to retire for the night.  They heard a noise in an adjoining room of bureau drawers being pulled out.  Edward Caffrey
went into the room and as he did so was ordered to throw up his hands and turn over his pocket book.  He began to argue with the fellow and told him he did not have any money.  
In the mean time Nicholas, who has been confined to bed since his return from the hospital, worked himself out of bed and made an attempt to get downstairs to the telephone.  The
fellow detecting this pushed Edward Caffrey aside and caught his brother on the stair steps tripping him and causing him to plunge down four or five steps to the lower floor.  
Neither of the men were physically able to attempt to tussle with the man and were compelled to stand aside.  While he covered them with his revolver, he began a search of the
sideboard.  The house was in darkness except for a flash light the burglar used.  He then compelled them to return to the second floor and warned them he would shoot if they
attempted to come down.  The fellow then left by a window.
A short time thereafter, the men reached the phone and notified their sister, Miss Mary, night operator at the exchange.  She then procured a supply operator and notified Officer
Deibert at his home.  Officers Deibert and Bubeck found the home in disorder with bureau drawers pulled out and contents scattered about the rooms.  It was found that the fellow
gained entrance through an upstairs window, having crawled to the porch roof and pried open a window.  The fellow had evidently concealed himself while the members of the
family were on the first floor and had almost complete his search when discovered.  The man presented a regular bandit appearance, having a white handkerchief tied over his face
and a light cap pulled down over his eyes.  He wore a light suit.  Certain clues were left which may result in the fellow being brought to justice by the police shortly.
The Call of September 16, 1927

Mrs. Gussie Martz, aged 48, was shot and almost instantly killed by her brother, Harry Dress, at the Dress home on Pennsylvania Avenue about 7:30 o'clock this morning.  Dress used
a .22 caliber rifle and the bullet entered the sister's neck at the front of the throat.  Screaming, she ran onto the porch and yard and fell over dead.  Her body lay in the yard for a
time until neighboring women picked her up and took her into her home.  Dr. T. C. Rutter was summoned and found death had already visited her.  Dress was placed under arrest by
Officers Deibert and Bubeck who found him in hiding on the attic of the Dress home.  The charge of murder was preferred by Burgess Scott and the hearing held before Squire
Kline.  He was taken to Pottsville and placed in the county jail.
The unfortunate affair is the outcome of a misunderstanding had between the two and in giving the cause of his deed, Dress stated his sister was interfering with him and with his
mother and that she had been abusing him.  Dress stated he fired the shot while standing in a room or two away from the victim.  He is a good shot and trapper and has done a great
deal of trapping in his time.  He stated he intended shooting her in the back.  Evidently she happened to turn about when the shot was fired.  The woman must have bled profusely
as the kitchen of the home was badly spattered with the lifeless blood as was also the porch onto which she ran.
Dress is said to be of unsound mind and for some time has not been able to do any work.  His family had been urged on frequent occasions to permit his being placed under the
care of protective institutions.  They did not like to consent to do so.  At one time he was an employee at the box factory, prior to its operation by the present firm.  In the squire's
office, Dress stated he had sinned against God in his early life and God would never take him back into His fold.  The man presented a pitiable sight this morning as with head
bowed and hands clasped together, he shuffled rather then walked ahead of Officers Deibert and Bubeck, across the street from the office of Squire Kline to the waiting machine
which took him to Pottsville.  The mother and two brothers survive.  No definite arrangements had been made for the funeral at the time of going to press.
The Call of December 20, 1929

As a result of the discovery of a large whiskey still in operation adjoining the property of the Meitzler Auto Fender Works, on Centre Avenue, Schuylkill Haven, Monday afternoon by
Police Chief Frank Deibert, two men who were found on the premises will be given a hearing before U. S. Commissioner Reese and probably before the Federal Courts.  A very
complete and unusually large still, together with materials, have been destroyed or confiscated.  For quite some time the particular place, it is understood, has been under
suspicion as it was known there was a free transporting of liquor from place to place within the town.  The source however, was not readily located because of the fact that the
building wherein the still was operated, was hidden completely from view by buildings on the west side and by the Lehigh Valley railroad bank on the east side.
Ownership of the still has not yet been satisfactorily proven.  Mr. Meitzler, when seen by the Call man, stated he had leased the building to outside parties and he was not aware of
what purpose they intended making of it at the time.  Later developments however, along this line are expected.  Prohibition officers were communicated with after the discovery
and upon their arrival in town at 11:30 o’clock, Monday evening, they were taken to the scene.  They ordered trucks from the Young warehouse. The still was dismantled and the
contents dumped and strewn about the premises.  The equipment was taken to Pottsville, where it was stored in the Federal warehouse.  The still was one of 150 gallon size and
contained mash.  There were two sets of large coils, a fifty gallon condenser, twenty two new five gallon containers, 65 gallons of alcohol and forty 52 gallon barrels of mash.  There
was also discovered in the building equipment with which to build another still, or to increase the one still to double its size.  There was also a 500 gallon wooden vat and an upright
boiler taken.  In addition, sugar, rye, chop, charcoal, corks, and miscellaneous equipment and supplies were confiscated or destroyed by the prohibition officers.
The two men found by Officer Deibert operating the still, Ben Rubin and Philip Capoline were taken before Commissioner Reese at Tamaqua and given a hearing Tuesday morning
on three charges: manufacturing, transporting and possession of intoxicating liquor.  They were held under $4000 bail, furnished by a Saint Clair man, for a further hearing at the
office of the Commissioner on December 24th.  The discovery of the still was made by Officer Deibert, who noticed an auto driving slowly up Garfield Avenue and stopping to unload
the large tin containers.  Investigating, he discovered the building and the still in operation.  Placing the two men under arrest, he called for the Burgess and other officers who
gave assistance in preventing the evidence from being destroyed on the premises and getting in touch with the Prohibition officers.
The Call of September 26, 1919

Joseph Cummings, giving his address as Slatington, who was a resident of this town for several months, and for the past week an employee of the Lebanon Paper Box Company at
this place, confesses to burning of a fifty dollar Liberty Bond which he stole from the pocket of Washington Maberry of Haven Street, the fore part of the week.  Mr. Maberry, an
employee of the same firm, had made his last payment on his bond purchased for him as for others by the firm.  He had been given the bond and placed the same in his pocket of
his coat hanging near the place of his work.  When ready to go for supper he discovered his loss.  Suspicion was directed against Cummings.  Officer Butz was appraised of the fact
and called in the State Police.  Search was made of Cumming’s room at the Stripe Hotel, but nothing could be found to incriminate him.  Thursday noon after dinner he asked if there
was fire in the cook stove at the hotel.  He was seen to place a paper in the stove.  When the officers returned to the hotel to make further search of his room, this fact was
conveyed to them.  This seemed to supply the clue against Cummings.  He was questioned at work on Thursday afternoon about his action and placed under arrest.  At the hearing
before Squire Kline, Thursday evening, he confessed his having destroyed the bond in the stove.  In default of $300 bail he was committed to jail to await hearing in court.  Officer
Butz was assisted by State Trooper M. E. Tipton in rounding up the thief.  While the capture of Cummings does not give Mr. Maberry his bond, it is believed by use of the squire’s
record of the confession of the destruction of the bond, a duplicate bond can be procured for him.        
The Call of May 19, 1916

Clever detective work on the part of Reuben and Newton Hoffman, was responsible for the apprehension Wednesday night of three youth and the procuring of the name of the
fourth, who for some time past have been committing petty thievery about the town.  In all probability warrants will be sworn out for the arrest of the quartet.  The Hoffman brothers
were at work in their shops on Wilson Street.  Having completed their work, the brothers suddenly made their appearance.  As they did so the three boys took to their heels while
the fourth mounted a bicycle and escaped.  Fearing that they intended to rob the Hoffman shop, one of the brothers remained in hiding while the other started out on a search.  
Five minutes later the second brother discovered the boys near the home of E. Bright Pflueger.  
Calling on his brother, the two surrounded the quartet while they were engaged in dismantling a bicycle they had stolen from the home of Dr. George Moore and which belonged to
the doctor’s son.  The front wheel had already been removed and the fork taken from the socket.  Closing in on the boys, the Hoffman brothers succeeded in capturing three of the
gang.  Compelling the boys to shoulder both bicycles they directed them to their shop.  Here their names and addresses were taken together with the name of the boy that
escaped.  They were then allowed to go with the understanding that they report Thursday noon.  Thursday noon the three reported to the shop and there were compelled to place
the parts of the bicycle together.  The boys had brought along all the necessary tools and these it is believed they had stolen.  Their work not being completed, they were instructed
to report Thursday evening and then take the stolen bicycle to the Moore home.  The other bicycle will be held by the Hoffman brothers in the hope that if it was stolen, the owner
will call there for it.  
In view of the fact that the boys were in the locality of the Buchanan home, where on Monday night a number of rabbits were stolen, leads one to believe that besides stealing the
bicycle, they stole also the rabbits.  If the reports received from a number of sources are correct, these boys should be arrested and committed to some institution.  If they are
allowed to continue with their petty thievery, in a year or two to come they will even tackle larger propositions and this in turn may lead to crime of a more serious nature.  The
Hoffman brothers are deserving of a great deal of praise for their ability as detectives and the course they pursued.  The names of the four boys are all known to the editor of the
Call, but due to the prominence of the parents, they will be withheld for the time being.  Shortly before the Call went to press this afternoon, the boys caught by the Hoffman
brothers, confessed to stealing both bicycles, the Moore machine and the other one belonging to a party named Reider.  They also confessed to the stealing of the three rabbits
from the Buchanan home.  Two of the rabbits were found at the home of one of the boys in Spring Garden.  The other one is supposed to be in the possession of another member of
the gang residing near Union and High Streets.  All of the stolen property will be returned if the Hoffman brothers are able to locate the owners.
The Call of September 3, 1920

An unknown thief visited the home of William Webber on Berne Street Friday evening last between eight and nine fifteen o’clock and made away with about $210 in cash.  Entrance
was gained through a second story window.  This was reached from the porch roof. The window was locked with a patent fastener but the thief adroitly manipulated the lock and was
enabled to open it without noise.  That the thief must have had some inkling that Mr. Webber had some money in the house was demonstrated in more then one way. That he had
more nerve then the usual thief is evidenced in the fact that he was aware that Mrs. Webber was on the first floor attending to household duties.  Once inside the house he went to
each one of the upstairs rooms.  First he pulled down the shades so that neighbors might not notice the flash of his flashlight.  He then tore up the carpet in each room, pulled out
the bureau and washstand drawers in each room and slit open two large mattresses.  For his trouble he secured $180 from the mattresses and $30 from the bureau drawers.  Of this
later amount about $15 was the savings of the Webber children which had been tied up in bags.  The coin was taken from the bags after the thief got out of the house and he left
them at the back end of the lot.  Thrift stamps to the amount of $100 were closely examined but found to be registered and not taken along.  Liberty Bonds were also ignored.  Upon
Mr. Webber’s arrival home and upon going upstairs he discovered the furnishings in a very badly mixed state and upon calling his wife found her unaware of the existing condition.  
The state police were called in and made a careful investigation.  Strong suspicion rests upon a Berne Street resident and many expressions of the belief of his guilt have been
made by different persons.
The Call of April 22, 1921

Daniel Haggerty, of Pottsville, recently of town, arrested by Officer Butz on Wednesday evening, on the charge of indecent exposure and about to be placed in the lockup at the
Town Hall made good his escape from the officer.  Mr. Butz had some difficulty in unlocking the door at the front entrance to the hall, which said lock by the way, always has a
tendency to stick whenever one is in a hurry or at inopportune times.  Haggerty noted the delay and turned and was off.  Mr. Butz followed and shouted to two young fellows to give
chase.  This they did and followed him up the alley along the Weist property.  They had the fellow but he reached in his hip pocket as if to draw a revolver and he was left make his
escape.  Haggerty had been arrested on the same charge the night previously by the state police but succeeded in getting away.  The description of the fellow given the cops was a
man with a black derby hat.  Just a few hours previous to his arrest he purchased a cap and this fact provided the loophole for his escape.  Haggerty is said to be the fellow who
played the role of cloak woman in town some months ago.  The warrant for his arrest was worn out by Squire Kline.  It is said the fellow has been following women for some time and
makes indecent exposure of his person and insulting remarks.  It is more then likely he will be placed under arrest before the end of the week.
The Call of  May 27, 1921

Robbers made their appearance in Schuylkill Haven the latter part of last week and according to reports obtained money and valuables sufficient to compensate them for their time
and trouble.  Thursday evening, prior to 10:30, they visited the home of John Berger on Saint Peter Street, ransacked the rooms and made away with money and jewelry to the extent
of about $100.  Burned matches found on the floor of one of the rooms showed that tis was the method used to get about.  They however later discovered a flashlight and this was
evidently used to find their way through the house.  It was also made away with.  The more valuable articles of jewelry belonging to the different members of the family as well as
certain sums of money that had been about the house were not discovered.  Entrance was made through the pantry window.  The getaway was made through the kitchen door which
was simply unlocked and closed again.  The discovery was made upon the return of the family about 10:30.
Out at the home of Jacob Luckenbill, Centre Avenue, unknown persons stole from the bureau drawer in an upstairs room a sum of $190 in bills.  This theft is believed to have been
committed between seven and nine Friday morning.  Mrs. Luckenbill made the discovery upon going upstairs and noting that a number of garments and wearing apparel were upon
the bed.  Upon examination she discovered they had been taken from the bureau drawer.  The loss of the money was soon discovered.  Mrs. Luckenbill was in and about the house
during the entire morning and it is presumed the thieves were persons well acquainted with the home and the whereabouts of the occupants.  At the home of Roy Koch, residing
near Liberty and Saint Peter Streets, forty dollars in money was stolen.  It was taken from two different places in the home.  Absolutely no clue of the thieves was left.
The Call of July 8, 1921

The resignation of John Butz as police officer was a surprise to many town folks.  Mr. Butz feels that his health and age will not permit him to continue in this capacity any longer as
the demands and requirements for police service seem to be growing greater right along and the duties of the office more arduous.  Mr. Butz has given the town many years of
faithful service and has oft times proven his ability as a police officer to have been worthy of greater remuneration then has been accorded him.  Upon the special request of
council he will continue in office until that body can procure a successor.  Mr. Butz first served as a ward constable in 1881 and his election to this office came as the result of his
having captured a horse thief at the hotel, corner of Centre Avenue and Dock Street, then conducted by Henry Wessner.  During the building of the Pennsylvania Railroad through
town services of a constable were much in demand and many arrests followed his assuming this office.  He served as constable under a number of Chief Burgesses and was later
made a policeman at the salary of $25.00 per year.  Previous to this however, there was no pay connected with the office.  During the administration of Burgess Paule he made the
arrest of five or six tramps on Main Street who had grossly insulted a servant employed by Charles Wiltrout.  They had also held up and robbed several persons in the evening in
front of the Harney residence on Dock Street.  They were arrested and sentenced.  After this arrest, council appointed him Chief of Police.
While W. Hartman, ex-Chief Burgess, was steward at the Almshouse, Mr. Butz was called upon to capture a gang of tramps at Cape Horn, who were charged with murdering one of
their companions in a drunken brawl on the Fourth of July.  Mr. Butz went to the scene and placed under arrest the gang of sixteen.  He brought them to town and kept them in a
cell at the county institution and stood guard overnight and then herded them to the county jail.  During the strike of 1902, Mr. Butz had warrants for the arrest of forty two strikers
at Thomaston, Cherryville, North Pine Grove and Pine Grove.  He placed all of them under arrest.  This was the largest number of persons arrested on one charge during his career.  
He never had occasion to arrest a Schuylkill Haven resident for murder.  Arrests however, were made for many other offenses and he was frequently called upon to make arrests in
many towns other than Schuylkill Haven.  Mr. Butz has frequently been commended by the County Courts and the various District Attorneys for his excellent work in rounding up
offenders against the law.
The Call of May 20, 1899

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY - Dastardly Attempt at Housebreaking and Murder, Frustrated by the Wakefulness of Father Muldowney
Thursday night in the quiet slumbers of the midnight hour, the parish home of Reverend J. P. Muldowney was surrounded by thieving rascals, who attempted to pry open the
kitchen door and windows.  Father Muldowney was aroused by the unusual noise and going to the window, opened it and shouted out, “who’s there?”  Quick as spoken, three shots
were fired past the window but by the wise precaution of Father Muldowney keeping away from the window, the shots whizzed by doing no harm.  He at once secured his revolver
and returned the shots and afterwards came down, going around the house to find the robbers had flown.  People on Haven Street in the rear heard the three men running past
that way.  Father Muldowney is accustomed to have night callers for members of his flock who are dying or very sick and need his spiritual guidance; hence his wakefulness and
ever willing desire to answer calls at any hour of the night.  He is a brave man and a sure shot, and it is wise that the would be robbers and murderers skipped out of sight.  This is
the second attempt to devastate the parish home and must be by persons not aware of the hot welcome that awaits them.  The windows and doors are all under the control of the
electric wires running to a noisy burglar alarm, so that entrance is almost impossible.  
The Call of February 24, 1900

Albert F. Runkle, who was for a number of years yard master at Mine Hill crossing and who it will be remembered, left town suddenly about four months ago, was arrested at Buffalo
last Friday evening.  The whereabouts of Mr. Runkle have been known since the sixth of December.  When he left town he went direct to Buffalo where he was engaged in
attending switches on the L. V. R. R.  He remained there until about two weeks ago, when he accepted a position as night clerk at the largest hotel in Buffalo.  After being at Buffalo
about two weeks he was joined by a woman from Pottsville, whom he was living with when arrested.  He was arrested by one of the detectives of Buffalo while at work in the hotel in
the evening.  The charge against him is non support and not adultery as has been elsewhere stated.  Mrs. Runkle was accompanied by her aunt, Mrs. Kate Jacobs, and Daniel Fister,
a P and R detective.  They left here February 14th and went direct to Buffalo, where they found Runkle and wife number two living together.  He was arrested and is now in jail in
Buffalo under $300 bail.  The saddest circumstance connected with this affair is that Runkle left behind a faithful and industrious wife.  She was formerly Miss Kate Shultz of Auburn
and has been a resident of our town for a number of years.
The Call of December 24, 1926

The milk thieves, who for the past several weeks, have been making life inconvenient for residents in Spring Garden, were taken into custody this morning, Wednesday about 5:30
o’clock by Officers Deibert and Bubeck.  The thieves turned out to be brothers (names withheld by website) two young boys of town.  The arrest was made after both Officers
Deibert and Bubeck had seen them lift milk bottles from a number of homes.  The officers were in citizens clothing and therefore not so readily noticeable.  First the boys picked two
bottles of milk from the porch of the Bear home on Centre Avenue.  Then they took a bottle from the porch next door.  Then they went down Coal Street where they took a bottle
from the front porch of one of the Cottler houses.  The boys then had four bottles; each stuck two of them in their pockets and went around the alley and into the Rainbow Hose
House by the rear entrance.  Deibert and Bubeck entered and the boys had already hidden the bottles of milk.  Confronted with the evidence they confessed their guilt.  At the
hearing before Squire Kline they admitted the milk thefts of several months, also having stolen rubber boots of the firemen from the hose house.  In default of $500 bail each, they
were taken to the Pottsville jail.
The Call of December 3, 1926

Officer Deibert this week, upon complaint of several residents placed under arrest two vagrants for soliciting alms and being under the influence of drink.  One claimed Port Clinton
as his residence and the other claimed Pottsville.  They were using the time worn scheme of presenting a card, “beautifully worded about helping those in need and how much the
donor would be blessed if alms were given”.  This went well for a time until some folks refused to give.  They were then more then blessed.  It was then that a complaint was put in.  
Officer Deibert placed both under arrest.  They were given a hearing before Squire Kline and given ten days each in jail.  This should serve as a notice to the people of Schuylkill
Haven who are so frequently annoyed by solicitors of alms of this character and who do not hesitate to curse and insult if their request is not complied with.  When the men folks
are around they generally can give these fellows a pretty good trouncing.  In the event that the men folks are not around, it is suggested that Officer Deibert or Burgess Scott be
called as soon as possible.  If a description is given, arrests can be made without the necessity of persons complaining or lodging information against the annoyers, appearing as
witnesses or prosecutors.  The local officers are intent on cleaning up a great amount of this unworthy begging and vagrancy but they will need assistance. All they ask that
complaints be reported to them immediately.  
The Call of December 25, 1925

At the meeting of the Civic Club a matter of importance to the community was discussed at random.  It is that of the series of robberies that have been committed here and the
unabated night prowling and marauding that is prevalent and which has not only caused great annoyance, but in some sections great uneasiness and fear is felt.  There were
numerous instances reported by the different members of families being awakened upon hearing unknown prowlers walking on roofs or of forcing entrances to homes.  
Automobiles left in the open air garages in front of homes have been not only tampered with but damaged to such an extent that they can not be operated the next day.  Quite a
number of shots have been fired at dark forms making hasty retreats and the conditions have become rather alarming.  It was reported that appeal to authorities has brought not
even satisfaction as the police officers do not feel they should stand watch or guard an entire night through for the small salary they are being paid.  Individuals do not feel it their
duty to pay large sums to private detectives for the same duty.  There was a suggestion made that a Vigilance Committee be formed from the different organizations of the town and
a determined effort made to stop the marauding and the depredations that are being perpetrated right along.  Another suggestion was made that Town Council should immediately
employ if only for a temporary period, one or two special night watchmen.  By reason of the Town Council not scheduled for a meeting until the first Monday in January, it was
suggested that the President of the Town Council be appealed to at once to call an immediate meeting of the council for this purpose.
The Call of June 29, 1917

A little detective work on the part of Constable John Butz on Saturday last, resulted in the apprehension of the persons who last Wednesday night, forced an entrance into the East
Ward High School building.  The arrest was made on Monday morning by Constable Butz.  On a warrant issued by Squire C. A. Moyer, the following persons were taken into custody:
Clarence Zechman, sometimes known as Clarence Fetter, aged fourteen years, Stanley Mease, aged thirteen years, Paul Mease, aged eleven years and Claude Williams, aged nine
years.  Zechman or Fetter was the first person placed under arrest.  At the squires office he denied all knowledge of the robbery with the exception of being outside the school yard
and receiving some of the stolen loot.  When the other three youthful thieves were brought in and examined, they readily told that Zechman was the ring leader and that it was he
who planned the robbery.  These three were positive Zechman got them to stay away from home on last Wednesday night and remain on a porch until one o’clock in the morning.  It
was then that Zechman led the way to the school building and was the first to enter.  After pulling the two younger boys into the room, the work of ransacking was started.  Zechman
claimed he only received ten cents of the money procured, while the other three boys claimed that he took all the money, less then half a dollar.  
After packing their loot up, they left the building and went to a shed where it was divided.  Some of the loot was taken home by the boys and some hidden under the steps of the
Reading freight station.  It was top be disposed of later on.  When it was all gathered at the office of Squire Moyer, the office had the general appearance of a metropolitan
stationery store.  There were nearly eight dozen lead pencils, several dozen large tablets, several gross of pens, a large magnifying glass and a score or more of other school
supplies.  Zechman and the older Mease boy were taken before Probation Officer B. S. Simonds at Pottsville, while the two younger boys were allowed to go free, it being claimed
that they were simply tools in the hands of the older boys.  Just what disposition of the case will be made has not been decided upon.  
The Call of July 26, 1912

LOCAL POLICE MAKE RAID – Descended Upon a Disorderly House in the South Ward – Town Girl Was Found Upstairs
A portion of Columbia Street, which because of questionable carrying on there, caused the name of Schuylkill Haven’s Red Light District to be applied to it, was given a cleaning out
by the local authorities Monday evening in a well planned and effective raid.  Complaint had recently been made to the Burgess concerning the matter of a disorderly or bawdy
house being conducted by a Mrs. Weaver.  The complaints were further made Monday that a young girl from town was being harbored at this house.  In fact, the father of the girl
made the complaint to the Burgess that he was led to believe his daughter was being harbored there.  With this information, the Burgess with Officer Butz, visited the house in
question as the shades of night were drawing nigh Monday, and demanded admittance to the house.  Admittance was at first refused, but finally after a little parlaying admittance
was given.  The Burgess then stated the complaints and laid down the law to the woman.  She denied all charges but this did not satisfy the Burgess.  He ordered Officer Butz, in
company with another young man, to search the house.  This was done and the girl and two young men of town were found in the upstairs rooms.  The girl was found in one of the
bedrooms, while the young men had taken refuge in the attic.  The names of both the girl and the men are withheld from publication upon request.  The girl however, was loaded on
the police truck and taken to her home.  The men were given to understand that they would be summoned as witnesses when the case came to trial.  Mrs. Weaver was charged with
conducting a bawdy house and in default of bail was sent to jail by Squire Moyer Monday evening.  Bail was furnished the next day.  The case, unless hushed up, will be heard at the
coming term of Criminal Court.
The Call of August 11, 1911

Wellington Hartman, Chief Burgess of Schuylkill Haven, was given a hearing before Squire Moyer this afternoon, the charge being assault which was preferred by Charles
Schumacher, a merchant of this town.  The matter was of a trivial nature and the case was dismissed.  From the testimony given it was gleaned that Schumacher had a rain pipe
extending over the pavement at his store and every time it rained this pipe which had a large hole in it caused water to drop in a copious manner on pedestrians.  In line with his
duties as Burgess of the town, Mr. Hartman ordered the pipe removed a number of times and as his requests were not heeded he went to the place and personally superintended
the removal of the pipe.  Later Schumacher went to the office of the Burgess and it is alleged berated the official to such an extent that a trifling blow was struck by Mr. Hartman,
said blow it is claimed having landed on the mouth of Schumacher.  The suit for assault then followed.
The Call of December 10, 1926

Raymond Kerschner of Schuylkill Haven, within three nights had his entire stock of racing homing pigeons stolen from their roost in the Faust Stable.  Forty were nabbed last
Thursday evening and thirty on Saturday evening.  The local authorities were put on the job and by Wednesday afternoon had sufficient evidence to bring about the arrest of a
young boy by the name of Jeannette residing on Centre Avenue and three other companions.  At this writing prosecution and the arrests have not been made, due to the fact that
they were not about when the officers called.  All of the pigeons however, with the exception of a few, which it is believed have been sold, were recovered.  The entire stock of
pigeons bore registered bands.  These were all clipped off and before Mr. Kerschner can again enter the stock in any of the races it will be necessary to have them all
reregistered.  After quite a chase about town and the outskirts, Jeanette was finally rounded up.  He was given a hearing before Squire Roan Thursday evening and admitted the
theft.  Jeanette was sixteen years of age.  Another boy implicated in the theft was a Kramer lad but nine years of age.  Jeanette is also alleged to have stolen a sled from in front of
the store of J. M. Gipe and given it to two other boys.  He also stole some money from his dad.  He was locked up in the town hall on Thursday evening and Friday morning turned
over to Probation Officer Simonds, to be sent away to some reform school.  He had already been confined in Glen Mills Reform School for Boys.  The charges against the boy were
brought by Mr. Kerschner, whose loss is between $60 and $75.  
The Call of September 25, 1925

Quite a bit of excitement was occasioned in Spring Garden Tuesday evening by an assault upon two boys by a young man of Haven Street.  That the man was not more roughly
handled by the excited crowd, which was in quite a rage, was due to the presence of cooler heads in the crowd.  It appears as if one W. F. Caselo, residing on Haven Street, while
alighting from a trolley on Dock Street, heard someone call out uncomplimentary remarks about his condition.  Two boys, Earl Unger of Paxson Avenue and Paul Bubeck of Dock
Street, standing nearby were grabbed by the fellow.  Unger was choked by Caselo with one hand while he held his other hand over his mouth to deaden his screams.  The boy
fought hard and screamed at the top of his voice.  This attracted the attention of some women folks in the neighborhood.  They ran out and caused Caselo to stop choking the boy.  
He, however, insisted on dragging him along.  Others who responded to the alarm would have quite likely caused him injury had it not been for others who interfered.  Officer
Brown was summoned and placed him under arrest.  The charge of assault and battery was brought before Squire Kline and he was remanded to county prison for the next term of
criminal court. The Unger boy was not only badly scared, but had it not been for his strenuous efforts to free himself or give alarm, might have suffered injury at the hands of Caselo
Young Bubeck was enabled to break away from the fellow’s grasp. Fully two hundred or more persons gathered round and about the squire’s office while the hearing was on.
The Call of April 24, 1925

A cruel and unmistakable case of infanticide, or murder of an infant, was discovered Saturday last shortly after the noon hour by a number of boys at the coal washery near the
Columbia Street bridge.  Investigation showed the package to contain the dead body of an infant baby boy, which had lived a short time after birth but had actually bled to death by
reason of the umbilical tube having been cut but not tied.  The package was discovered in a coal hopper or iron receptacle used to convey the coal dirt from one part of the coal
washery to another.  The coal washery has not been operated for some time.  A crowd of children and adults was on the scene as the news traveled rapidly throughout the whole
town.  Deputy Coroner Heim was summoned and ordered the body removed to the morgue at the county institution.  The same has since been buried in the county cemetery.  The
body was wrapped in a copy of the North American of Philadelphia, issue of March 26.  Around this meager wrapping was a black petticoat.  It is believed the foul deed was
committed early Saturday morning or late Friday night.  The condition of the body and the blood stains proved conclusively that the child had lived after birth and that death was
either caused deliberately or through ignorance in failing to provide for its care immediately following birth.  The state police were summoned and it is understood are quite actively
engaged in investigating. The ground round and about the point where the discovery was made had been tramped over and over by the crowd which congregated, otherwise the
footprints leading to the coal washery could easily have been traced in the sand and coal dirt.  Little hope is entertained that the guilty parties will be apprehended.
The Call of January 16, 1925

A robber or robbers Saturday evening between 7:30 and 10:00 forced entrance to the home of Fred Reed on Williams Street and after ransacking the house made off with a diamond
ring valued at $800, the property of Mrs. Reed, and a sum of money.  The robber or robbers were quite particular in choosing their booty and evidently were bent on lifting a large
sum of money thought to have been in the house by reason of rent money being due and payable Saturday.  The cash taken was picked from an arm bag belonging to Mrs. Reed that
was lying on a table in the front room.  The diamond ring was selected from amongst other jewelry from a jewel case in an upper room.  The burglars were evidently acquainted with
the premises for they made preparation for a quick getaway if disturbed.  They closed a door leading from the living room to the hallway.  This would have enabled them to come
down the hallway and out the front entrance.  It was due to the fact that this particular door is never closed that first attracted the attention of Mrs. Reed when she returned home.  
A casual glance around the room resulted in the discovery that the home had been ransacked.  Burned matches were found on the floor at different places.
The Call of January 21, 1910

A disgraceful brawl occurred during the late hours of Saturday and early Sunday morning on the corner of Main and Saint John Streets and was later renewed at the P and R station.  
A crowd of young men from Pottsville boarded the last trolley and William Sheaf, of town, who was with them, in attempting to get in the car, fell in the snow.  The Pottsville boys
jeered.  Sheaf said some bad words, the Pottsvillians jumped off the car and a general mix up ensued with Sheaf and Ray Hoffman, who had come to his aid, as the center of
attraction.  In the meantime the car had pulled out and the bunch went over to the P and R station to wait for the Buffalo, and the disturbance was again taken up.  Complaint was
made to Burgess Hartman, who swore out warrants for the arrest of the participants in the scrap.  The two Schuylkill Havenites were given a hearing before Squire C. A. Moyer on
Monday afternoon and Sheaf was fined four dollars and sentenced to pay four dollars costs.  Hoffman got a two dollar fine and four dollars cost.  The Pottsvillians had not been
apprehended at the time of the hearing.  The Pottsville boys, Earl Gordon, Edward Curley, Wallace Hall and Bert Eisenhower were arraigned before Squire Moyer on Wednesday
evening.  All plead guilty and each paid the fine and costs amounting to $4.50.  
Burgess Hartman is determined to break up unlawful disturbances of all kinds and will prosecute every offender.  It seems strange to the borough officials and the general public
that the P and R Company has not one or more police officers located in this town.  To begin with, the local passenger station is a junction point.  The company has considerable
property here.  It has large car shops in town, a coal storage yard at the lower end of town, it employs in the neighborhood of a thousand men, in the shops, storage yard and on the
railroad.  With all this property to look after and the interests of this regiment of employees to safeguard it seems very strange that the company has no police protection here.  The
local authorities have made a number of arrests on railroad property and have been as vigilant to protect the company’s interests as the borough’s, but with the rapid growth of the
town, development of various industries, increased railroad traffic and travel, it would seem to be in the company’s own interest to locate an officer or two here.
The Call of May 20, 1927

Clarence Ney of town was sentenced Monday morning by Judge Koch, in the case of Mr. and Mrs. B. Frank Reider Sr. versus Clarence Ney, as the result of an automobile accident
which occurred in October 1925, at the corner of Main and Dock Streets.  It was the culmination of a bitterly contested case in the courts for more then a year.  The prosecutors, Mr.
and Mrs. Reider were represented by Attorney Vincent J. Dalton and the defendant by Attorney John F. Whalen and Attorney George Ellis.  In behalf of the defendant a petition
numerously signed asking for leniency was presented as was also a petition signed by ten of the jurors in the case.  Judge Koch in imposing sentence stated upon first impulse he
thought of sending defendant to jail, as the case was a most serious one, where two aged people were involved, in which one had both legs broken and the other one leg broken.  
He also stated he thought the jury was right in convicting him.  In response to questions asked by the judge, Mr. Ney stated he was twenty years of age, married and had one child,
and that the machine he was driving belonged to his wife.  The judge further asked him if at any time he had paid anything to the Reider people, due to the heavy expense that they
had been put to and he replied that he had not.  In consideration of his age and the petitions for leniency, Judge Koch sentenced him to pay the costs and placed him on parole for
a period of three years, during which time he is to report periodically to the Probation Officer, Mr. Simmons and at the same time make an effort to pay the Reiders for some of the
expense they were put to by reason of the accident.                                     
The Call of July 29, 1927

As the result of a misunderstanding over a trivial matter Thursday evening last, while Dempsey and Sharkey were preparing to enter the ring in the heavyweight elimination
championship bout in Yankee Stadium, two local residents, Albert Bowen of Liberty Street and John Sands of Saint John Street, engaged in a fistic contest.  One result of the event
was a broken nose and two black eyes for Bowen, also the complete destruction of  his truck and vegetable garden caused by the contestants requiring the entire space to stage
the event.  Another result was a lawsuit heard by Squire Kline on Monday evening in which Sands was charged with assault and battery.  Mr. Bowen was represented by Attorney
Dalton and Mr. Sands by Attorney Paxson.  Settlement was effected and the charge withdrawn upon payment to Bowen by Sands of one hundred dollars and the costs in the case.
The Call of October 21, 1927

For several weeks the homing pigeon breeders of town have been annoyed by having someone get into their pens and stealing some of their most valuable birds.  Suspicion
pointed to several parties in town, so on Monday afternoon a search warrant was sworn out before Squire Roan, and the pens of Charles Reber, Morgan Reber, Sidney Lebengood
and Earl Strause were searched by Chief of Police Deibert and Officer Bubeck and several of the stolen birds found.  The birds were stolen from the pens of Hugh Coxe, David
Buchanan, Oliver Kempel and George Lehmerman.  Coxe got his birds all back but one.  Buchanan all but three and Kempel got about fifteen birds back but could not tell how many
he was short.  Lehmerman got his two birds back.  The bands were all cut off the stolen birds legs, making the birds practically worthless for selling purposes.  All birds not claimed
by parties present were tossed in the air and left to find their way home, so some pigeon fanciers who have missed birds can look for them to come in one of these days.  
The four boys and their parents were taken before Squire Roan on Monday evening and after again admitting they were guilty of stealing the birds, all parties were agreed to give
the boys another chance, so the case was settled by the parents paying the damages and costs which amounted to $36.00.  This and some of the other cases of stolen stock that
have occurred in town should be a lesson to the boys that people who raise fancy stock will not tolerate having same disturbed.  Parents of boys should make sure that when their
boys bring good looking pigeons home, that they were obtained honestly.  They should know that if the birds are obtained honestly, that they don’t have to destroy the value of the
birds by removing the register bands.
The Call of June 16, 1916

In a case in that it was alleged that there was too much mother in law was aired before Squire Moyer on Monday night last, when Mrs. William Boyer, of upper Main Street had her
husband arrested on the charge of assault and battery and surety.  The defendant alleged that her mother in law came to the house yesterday and immediately a quarrel started
when the mother in law said that the mother was not bringing her children up properly.  This the mother resented with the result that the mother had her face badly scratched and
the other woman was slapped in the face.  It was then that the husband took a hand, and the wife claims, punched her bodily out of the house, the wife taking refuge in the home of
a neighbor.  It was then that the warrant was sworn out and the husband committed to the county prison.  The mother in law is from Tamaqua while the Boyer family formerly resided
in Tamaqua, later Cressona, and then moved to Schuylkill Haven.
The Call of October 6, 1916

Standing but a few feet away behind a tree on the Schuylkill Mountain in broad daylight, Arthur Romberger, residing on Union Street, witnessed Francis Bolton of Liberty Street,
criminally assault his thirteen year old daughter, Gladys.  Just why Romberger, who is a married man, did not attempt to stop the father from the assault and save the daughter from
being ruined for life has not been explained.  Before a suit was ever contemplated against the father, Romberger appeared before Squire C. A. Moyer and stated that he wanted to
make an affidavit before someone else did.  The squire informed him that affidavits are usually made after a suit is instituted and not before.  However, Romberger insisted and
then stated under oath how he witnessed the father take his daughter to the rear of the Paxson bungalow on the Schuylkill Mountain, where there were no bushes and
comparatively few trees and commit the criminal assault.
Not satisfied with making the affidavit, Romberger imparted his knowledge to Constable Butz, who by his oath must report such occurrences, in turn reported to the District
Attorney.  Probation Officer Dr. Mary Kingsbury was called on the case and advised the suit against the father.  Armed with a warrant issued by Alderman Freiler of Pottsville,
Constable Butz went to Bridgeport, where he took the father into custody who was working on a freight train.  At the hearing Wednesday morning, Bolton, who is the father of eight
other children, was committed to the county jail without bail.  His case will be tried at the next term of criminal court.  The offense is punishable by imprisonment of not more then
fifteen years.
As he occupied a cell at police headquarters in Pottsville preceding the hearing, Bolton was seen by the Call representative.  He stated that Saturday and Sunday he had been
drinking and that the first knowledge he had of committing the crime was when the warrant was read to him by Constable Butz.  The girl is not a nervous wreck as had been
reported.  Bolton bears a good reputation about town and his friends cannot account for his actions.  He works on the same crew as the father in law of Romberger and many
persons who were acquainted with the facts in the case believe that there is something yet to be told.  These same people are loud in their criticism of Romberger for not trying to
prevent the crime.
The Call of June 22, 1917

During the storm of Wednesday night, when very few people were out, robbers entered the present high school building and before they left had completely ransacked the rooms
taught by Miss Lulu Confehr, Miss Alma Mill, Miss Marion Raudenbush and Professor Ralph Wildermuth.  It is presumed entrance was gained by prying open a window in the yard.  
After entrance was once gained it was a simple matter to force the locks inside and thus have free access to the entire building.  Owing to the storm, the robbers were not molested
and their work was not discovered until yesterday morning when the school was opened for the regular daily session.  Wednesday the scholars were requested to contribute their
mite to the Red Cross Society.  Some misunderstood the request to bring the mite on Friday and brought it along with them on Wednesday afternoon handing the money over to the
teachers.  In all probability it was this money that tempted the thieves.  According to reports, they did not receive more than a dollar for their trouble.  Not contented with the taking
of the money, they procured and took along a quantity of pencils, pens and stationery.  The drawers of the teacher’s desks were pulled open and the contents carefully examined.  
The desks of some of the scholars were likewise paid a visit and papers and books of every description were scattered in all directions.  The rooms appeared as though a cyclone
had passed through them.  Superintendent Hoover reported the robbery to the authorities but as it was almost impossible to obtain a clue,the apprehension of the thieves is
The Call of June 7, 1918

Residents of Canal Street, in the vicinity of the South Ward school building, were alarmed and thrown into a state of excitement Wednesday evening when it was learned that a Mrs.
Smith, residing at "The Pottery" was attempting to drown herself and her little child in six inches of water in the old ice dam nearby.  Several of the men folks waded through the
mud and scum to the woman and compelled her to come out of the dam.  The woman insisted that her affinity, Charles Shadler, had drowned himself in the waters of the dam but a
short time before.  Officer Butz was summoned and he arrested the woman for common nuisance and in order to prevent her from doing herself further bodily harm placed her and
her little child in the town hall overnight.  In the morning a hearing was held before Squire C. A. Moyer and the charge proven against the woman and several of the Shadler
relatives.  All paid a one dollar fine and costs.  Charles Shadler, with whom it is alleged the Mrs. Smith, whose husband was some time ago was ordered by the Court to contribute to
the support of the child, resides, could not be found though Officer Butz and two State Police searched high and low for him Thursday morning.
The Call of January 5,1917

Inmates from the Almshouse again paid their respects to Spring Garden on New Year's Day.  Although their actions were not as disgraceful as those on Christmas day, their
presence was not acceptable or pleasing.  It appears friends of the inmates fro other towns give them money and the inmates take the first opportunity to come to Spring Garden to
spend it for booze.  When they are "tanked" they make for the almshouse.  Many frequently miss connections and for hours roam about the Garden making it unpleasant for the
residents.  Last year about this time, Officer Butz brought the matter to the attention of the Court.  The Court issued notices to the saloon keepers and to the steward at the
institution regarding the conditions complained of.  For a time the practice was discontinued and there were few of the inmates that visited this section of the town.  It might be a
good thing for Officer Butz to again call the attention of the Court to the existing condition and especially mention the disgraceful actions on Christmas Day.
The Call of June 21, 1912

BROKE OFF DOGS TEETH - Union Street Resident Cruelly Maltreats Pet Dog - NEIGHBORS MAY CAUSE HIS ARREST
One of the most cruel and horrible acts ever perpetrated by a resident of this town was that of the breaking off of the teeth of a little pet dog of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dorn of Union
Street by Mr. Dorn himself.  The cruel proceeding took place last week following the little dog's jumping up at one of the children of the Dorn family while at play and it's paw
catching in the girl's dress, tore a slit in it.  This so angered Mr. Dorn that he grasped the dog and taking it outside the house, despite the frantic pleas of his wife and the sobbing of
and pitiful pleading of the children, held the dog firmly by the throat so that its cries could not be heard and the neighborhood thus alarmed, and with a pincers broke off every one
of the dog's teeth.  One of the neighbors, hearing somewhat of a commotion next door, came out to inquire the cause and received an answer from Mr. Dorn while he proceeded
with the work of breaking the dog's teeth that he was going "to break off the dog's teeth so that it could not tear any more clothing".  The dog, despite its undergoing such cruel and
uncalled treatment, is said to be romping about the neighborhood again.  Residents of Union Street are much enraged over Dorn's action and it is quite probable prosecution will be
brought within a day or two.
The Call of April 26, 1912

Monday morning while several well known gentlemen of town were about to board a south bound P and R train at the local station, one of them accidentally dropped a roll of bills
(money) upon the pavement.  A bystander noticing this, waited until the train had pulled out, when he slyly picked it up and beat it for an Orwigsburg car.  Two young men of town
noticing the action and hearing him remark, "Well this is a find", immediately notified Burgess Hartman.  The Burgess phoned to Adamsdale and notified Conductor banks to keep a
close watch on the man, describing him as per description given by the young men.  He also notified the Orwigsburg police to place under arrest the fellow upon his arrival in
Orwigsburg.  This was done.  Word was telegraphed along the line, inquiring which one of the gentlemen who boarded the train here, lost money.  When the train reached Reading
the loser of the money telegraphed the necessary information to the Burgess.  The thief being brought to the office of the Burgess, by one of the Orwigsburg force, turned over the
entire amount that had been lost.  Upon his plea and the fact that the local man did not care to figure in the case, the charges were dropped.  The thief is a traveling man and makes
frequent visits to this section.  All parties interested in the case requested their names not be mentioned.
The Call of April 21, 1911

Ghastly Murder Committed at County Home - One Insane Patient Beats in Head of Another Inmate With Wooden Leg of Stand Early Thursday Morning
Early Thursday morning considerable excitement was caused by the rumor being circulated that a dreadful tragedy had been enacted at the Almshouse just outside of town.  Rumor
had it that several of the insane patients had murdered the insane keeper and several assistants and afterwards made their escape and were probably about the town.  For a time
the wildest excitement prevailed until several citizens telephoned to the authorities at the Almshouse and learned the true facts.  Although a murder had been committed, it was
not as great a tragedy as rumor had it.
It appears that one of the insane patients, a Mr. Huntzleman, took a disliking to his cell mate, William Polomis, and in the early part of the evening had a disagreement.  While
Polomis lay upon his cot, Huntzleman, about 2:30 o'clock Thursday morning, wrenched a leg from a stand in the cell and with fatal blows struck his victim across the head, the large
nails by which the leg had been fastened to the stand, still being in the deadly weapon, penetrated the skull to the brain.  Huntzleman then went into the hallway, the cell door not
being fastened because the inmates of this cell had never been regarded as violent.  When he reached the heavy steel door which is at the head of the stairs leading to the floor
above, he began beating upon it in an endeavor to break it down.  The keepers responded promptly, when he turned and attacked them and it was with some difficulty that he was
taken back to his cell, which had now been turned into a murder chamber, and the body of Polomis was then discovered lying on a blood bespattered cot and his head and face a
horrible mass of flesh and blood.  Huntzleman was promptly manacled and placed in a separate cell where he is under close surveillance, awaiting the result or finding of the
investigation to be directed by the coroner's jury.
Polomis was about twenty two years of age, his home being in Mahanoy City.  Huntzleman was about forty five years of age.  He had been brought to the County Home three weeks
ago from the county prison, to which place he had been sentenced for being a common nuisance.  He was a former resident of Fishbach, but for the past few years has been
roaming about the country and only returned to his home recently.  He had the notion that he was the possessor of several valuable inventions which he desired to put on the
market, but could not raise sufficient finances to do so.
The Call of December 30, 1910

David Loyd, better known as "Kelly Loyd, residing on Centre Avenue, attempted to carve his son Jere and then his wife Mrs. D. Loyd with a good sized butcher knife last evening.
Jere did not take kindly to this kind of treatment nor did he care to be carved just yet and a swiftly moving chair caused Kelly to desist.  He then attempted to carry out his carving
stunt on his wife but was prevented from doing any damage by other members of the family.  Kelly was taken before Squire Moyer on the charge of surety and threatening the life of
members of his family.  He plead guilty and was given time to secure bail for good behavior and pay the costs or be sent to the "stone mansion" at Pottsville to serve a term, the
length of which will be decided upon by the Court.
The Call of July 26, 1901

On Tuesday morning about 1:30 o'clock Peter R. Raush, butcher, was disturbed from his slumbers by noises in the rear yard of his Main Street residence.  Getting out of bed from
his window he noticed a man crouching near the house.  Mr. Raush went in search of his revolver, at the same time arousing his next door neighbor, H. T. Moser.  While hunting for
his weapon, Mr. Raush upset and broke a pair of vases, which noise the prowler heard, for when Mr. Raush went to the window again the rascal was seen disappearing over the
fence.  Mr. Raush discharged his weapon at the man but the bullet went amiss.  Robbery was the evident intention of the rascal.  On Tuesday night a party entered the stable of Mrs.
C. W. Saylor on Main Street.  The interior including implements, harness, etc., were greatly disturbed but nothing is known to have been taken.
The Call of January 11, 1901

On Sunday night a dirty mean act was perpetrated on John Lindermuth, an aged and helpless citizen of this place, residing in a lonely hut along the Reading Railroad, below Bowen
and Reed's Knitting Mill.  Mr. Lindermuth's worldly possessions are quite limited, but among these were a number of chickens which he prized very highly and which he had kept in
reserve for a "rainy day".  On Monday morning he discovered his fowls were missing, some unscrupulous miscreant having stolen them during the night.  Both Mr. Lindermuth and
his daughter, with whom he lives, are very hard of hearing and the thieves could operate without fear of molestation from them.  The theft appears especially contemptible when
the meager circumstances and helpless condition of the victims is considered.
The Call of December 7, 1900

The Spring Garden House, John Ebling proprietor, was invaded by a daring gang of thieves about four o'clock on Tuesday morning.  Entrance to the hotel was effected at a parlor
window, the shutters of which were broken by the use of an axe. The burglars after breaking the lock on the bar room door leading from the parlor helped themselves to a large
quantity of liquor and cigars.  Twelve pennies in the cash drawer were also removed.  An appetite for more substantial food seized them and they repaired to the kitchen, where
they prepared and ate an excellent meal consisting of beefsteak, sausage, bread, coffee and a few other delicacies.  After they had completed their marauding they left the house
by a rear door, taking with them a pair of boots and an umbrella.  The gang was one of the most daring that ever operated here, as was shown by the robbery was committed and the
utter disregard of fear of interruption by the inmates of the house, which might have occurred from the noise that resulted by the breaking of the shutter and door lock. Mr. Ebling's
daughters, who sleep directly above the bar room, thought they heard some noise downstairs about four o'clock and so notified their father.  No attention was paid to it and the
robbery was only discovered when the family arose in the morning.
The Call of June 21, 1901

LANDED IN JAIL - Reverend Muldowney's Thrilling Experience With Two Desperate Characters at Saint Ambrose Parsonage
Great excitement prevailed for a time in town on Monday night, occasioned by a report given out that an attempt had been made to burglarize the parish residence of Reverend J.
P. Muldowney, pastor of Saint Ambrose Catholic Church.  Shortly after 10:30 o'clock, in answer to a ring of the bell, the housekeeper at the parsonage opened the front door to be
confronted by a desperate looking character, who wanted to see the pastor, Reverend J. P. Muldowney.  This was refused and he attempted to enter by force, pushing the lady
aside.  She was too quick for him however and slammed the door in his face.  Father Muldowney, hearing the noise came downstairs armed with a revolver.  When he opened the
door the rascal was standing on the pavement below and gave the pastor much impudence.  Reverend Muldowney attempted to fire his gun to righten the fellow, but the weapon
would not discharge.  The fellow left emitting the most violent language.
Shortly afterward the bell rang again, and Mr. Muldowney boldly opening the door found another rascal standing in the shadows of the doorway.  Placing the cold barrel of his
revolver against the ruffian's head, Reverend Muldowney commanded the fellow to leave the premises at once.  He hastily disappeared.  Mr. Muldowney went over to his
neighbors, the Harney family, and related his exciting experience.  Word was sent around and a posse of men and boys, armed with guns, pistols, clubs, etc., was organized and
search instituted for the villains.  They shortly returned with two men, one of whom was recognized as the party that made the second call at the parsonage.  The men were turned
over to Constable Butz, who had been notified of the occurrence, and taken by him before Squire Goas.  They gave heir names as George Kelly and William Flynn.  They pleaded
guilty to the charge of drunkenness and nuisance and were each sentenced to sixty days in the county jail.  The gang is known to have consisted of four, having been seen
together during the day.  They had imbibed freely and were in a bad mood.
The Call of November 8, 1901

TWO RUFFIANS AT LARGE   Little Bessie Zuber Has Exciting Experience With Two Desperate Colored Characters
Two strange colored men acted in a very suspicious and threatening manner last Friday evening toward Bessie, the eleven year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Zuber,
residing on Columbia Street.  The little had gone home after school, after getting the key to her house from her mother, who is employed at the Thomas Knitting Mill.  Her father was
also away from home at the time.  While alone in the house heavy raps came at the front door and peeping out through the window she saw two fierce looking colored men on the
porch.  She locked the rear door where she had entered and in great fear waited a long time before they went away.  Some time later while in an outhouse in the rear yard, she
heard subdued tones outside and peeping out saw the same two rascals that had appeared at the door some time before.  They waited a long time for her to come out but the little
girl was too scared to move or utter a sound.  Finally she heard retiring footsteps and opening the door ran out.  It proved a decoy move on the part of the men, only one having
made a move to go while the other stepped out from behind the building.  The first fellow also returned and she was between the two.  The ear gate had been left open and she
made a dash and escaped.  As she fled, one of the men threw a piece of iron after her which struck her on the hand, causing a slight cut, the marks of which she still bears.  After
arriving at the knitting mill she was unable to talk for a long time but finally related her story.  A search was made for the rascals but they had decamped.  The little girl is troubled
with a weak heart and the parents were extremely fearful that the terrible ordeal she underwent would be attended with serious results.  The fiendish designs of the black rascals
can only be imagined.  The men had been seen around town for several days prior to the occurrence but have not been heard of since.
The Call of July 31, 1903

A bold daylight robbery occurred the other afternoon at the home of Howard Bowen on Liberty Street.  Mr. Bowen, who recently married Miss Ida Heim, had left in the care of his
wife a sum of money with which he intended paying some of their house furnishing bills that evening.  While Mrs. Heim was out in the yard attending to some of her duties the thief
got in, secured the cash from a bureau drawer and made good his escape.  It is believed that the thief is the same one that twice robbed Barr’s Poolroom, the residence of E. H.
Baker and attempted to burglarize the home of Chief Burgess Paule.  Officers, who are working on the case, have a good clue and expect to soon bring the guilty party or parties to
The Call of January 13, 1905

A daring attempt at burglary was made on Monday night when unknown parties smashed in the glass in the front door of Palsgrove’s Cigar Factory and affected an entrance to the
establishment.  It is supposed the glass was smashed while a coal train was passing, thus drowning the noise.  There were indications that the thieves had started to ransack the
place but had evidently been scared away before they had the time to secure any booty as nothing was missing.  The Palsgroves were called out of their beds at two o’clock in the
morning with the information that the store had been broken into.
The Call of December 28, 1923

The height of vandalism was reached early Friday morning of this week in Schuylkill Haven when four young men dressed in light covered overcoats deliberately stole several
dozen of the colored globes from the community Christmas tree on the square.  Persons in the vicinity of the tree who saw them in the act and called to them to desist were insulted
and no attention paid to them.  They continued to climb up and down the tree and unscrewed the globes from the sockets and made away with them.  This is one of the most
dastardly tricks performed in this community for some time and everyone who has heard of the story is hoping that at least some organization or individual will make an effort to
apprehend the guilty persons, prosecute to the fullest extent of the law and then publish the trick with the names of the offenders included therein.
The Call of December 14, 1923

Sunday morning about four o’clock several young men from town, whose names were not learned by The Call, got into an argument at the Marathon Quick Lunch on West Main
Street.  For a time custards and pies were thrown and dishes and various other articles were wantonly destroyed.  Upon being chased from the premises, bricks were picked up and
thrown through the plate glass window and the door.  Considerable excitement prevailed and the entire neighborhood was aroused by the nuisance.  It is said arrests are to follow
on several different charges and the bill of expense may be pretty high.  The case was settled by the participants paying for all damage to the property
The Call of December 16, 1893

Jonathan Butz's business establishment in Spring Garden did not escape the recent depredations of robbers.  Thursday night a week ago they began the work of robbing his store.  
Mr. Butz was apprised of their visit through an electric alarm which communicates between his house and the store.  He arose and equipped himself to protect his property and
started for his store.  Presenting arms he cautiously moved on.  The robbers heard his approach and made good their escape.  Bang went Mr. Butz's gun and the shots no doubt
whistled about the ears of the flying thieves.  They returned the fire but without effect.  They left their booty behind, dropping some of it as they ran.  Mr. Butz no doubt values his
alarm very highly.
The Call of August 13, 1892

On a farm on the outskirts of town, a dusky damsel of about eighteen summers was until very recently employed as a domestic.  Either by fate or fortune this dark maiden met a
young teamster of Spring Garden, who fell desperately in love with her, and last week they fled to that great place known as Reading.  Here their supply of money gave out, so they
returned to this place on Sunday, she on a passenger train and he on a coal train.  This stealer of hearts sat at the P and R depot during the evening and kept up an awful flirtation
with our young chaps and several married men too.  Soon a large number were attracted by her charms and she was shown about town in great style.  She made many friends
among the male sex until Tuesday when Constable Pierce Miller deemed it his duty to arrest her as a common nuisance.  This guardian of the public welfare took her before Squire
Helms, before whom the case was heard.  A number of the young lady’s “friends” crowded about the office to see the sport.  She promptly pointed them out and now they will serve
as witnesses.  The offender was taken to jail.
The Call of September 28, 1900

Martini Romoscha appeared before Squire C. H. Goas of this place, on Monday evening and preferred charges of assault and battery against Steve Shaddock.  Both are Slavonians
and are residents of the settlement at the Storage Yard.  It appears that on Saturday Shaddock invited Romoscha to take a trip with him to Pottsville for the purpose of having a
good time, Shaddock agreeing to bear all the expenses.  The end of the trip saw both in an intoxicated condition.  Upon their arrival at their barracks Shaddock demanded money
from Romoscha for part payment of the night's expenses, which were larger than Shaddock had reckoned they would be.  Romoscha refused and Shaddock promptly proceeded to
balance the account by giving his friend a thumping, which Romoscha claims occurred.  There were no witnesses to the fray and the case had to be compromised, both parties
agreeing to pay their share of the costs.  Romoscha had been in this neighborhood for sixteen years but on Monday left for parts unknown.
The Call of October 19, 1900

Patrick Foley, residing in the Irish Flats, got himself into serious trouble by perpetrating a foolish act on Special Officer James Rooney of the West Ward.  Last Saturday shortly
before noon, Mr. Rooney was returning home after his usual trip with his huckster team and while passing a crowd of young men on the bridge crossing the branch of the Schuylkill
in the western part of town, a gun in the hands of young Foley was discharged.  After disposing of his team, Officer Rooney went back and remonstrated with the young men and as
a result was upset by Foley.  Mr. Rooney immediately had a warrant sworn out against his assailant.  The case was heard before Squire C. H. Goas on Tuesday morning and Foley was
placed under $200 bail to appear at court.
The Call of December 21, 1900

J. R. Wildermuth and William H. Staller, two young men of Auburn, were arrested here on Tuesday evening by Coal and Iron Policeman D. L. Jenkins, of Pottsville, on a charge of
having damaged some P and R Railroad property.  The accused young men had come to this place on that evening on the train which arrives here at 5:26 o'clock.  After alighting
here, the conductor who had experienced considerable trouble in collecting the young men's fares, discovered that a long piece of plush, about eighteen inches square, had been
cut out of one of the car seats and the young men, who were under the influence of liquor and were the only occupants of the car were suspected of having committed the
mischief.  The authorities were notified and the arrests followed.  They are held under $300 bail to appear at the January term of court.
The Call of December 29, 1905

As a result of a stabbing affray at Hotel Central on Christmas Day, William Ney of town is in jail awaiting results of his victim's injuries, and Harry Gilbert of Cressona is hovering
between life and death with three physicians watching an ugly cut in the calf of his right leg made by Ney's knife.  The facts as nearly as can be ascertained are that Ney and some
friends entered the hotel and asked for drinks.  They were refused.  Proprietor Walleisa telling them they already had enough.  Ney entered into a wordy war with the proprietor and
the bystanders sided with the landlord and finally threw Ney out, Gilbert being among those who aided to eject him.  Ney smashed a window and got in again and Gilbert tried to
eject him when Ney drew the knife and made two vicious lunges at Gilbert, the second inflicting a deep wound in the calf of the leg.
Gilbert immediately hobbled over to Dr. Moore's office but Dr. Moore was not in and the injured man started for Dr. Lenker's office but was so week from loss of blood that he fell
upon the porch of Charles Keller's store whence he was removed to a bed at Hotel Central and Drs. Heim and Lessig were summoned.  Later, Dr. G. O. O. Santee of Cressona was
sent over by the relatives of Gilbert.  In the meantime Ney rushed to the hotel porch, flourishing the bloody knife and defying arrest.  Constable warren Brown, by a little strategy,
succeeded in disarming Ney and placing the bracelets upon him.  Constable Brown took Ney before Squire Moyer who sent him to jail.  Gilbert is very weak from loss of blood but he
shows encouraging signs of improvement and the physicians hope to pull him through.
The Call of July 12, 1907

F. B. Aldrich, general manager of the Schuylkill Haven Gas and Water Company and C. H. Kline, cashier at the Union Safe Deposit Bank of Pottsville, two of our most prominent
citizens were arrested on Fourth of July night by Chief Burgess Baker for shooting off sky rockets.  At the meeting of council Monday night of last week a resolution was passed
directing that notices be printed, distributed and posted to the effect that, "Under the provisions of the Ordinance of 1869, all persons are hereby warned that the firing of sky
rockets or such fireworks as explode in the air and thereby endanger property from fire, is prohibited.  Parties violating the law will be prosecuted."  The arrests were made under
this resolution and Messrs. Aldrich and Kline were given a hearing before Squire Moyer, who imposed a fine of four dollars each.  It is understood that Messrs. Aldrich and Kline will
appeal the case to court, having respectively engaged attorneys George M. Roads and C. E. Berger to represent them.  The fireworks display was given in accordance with an
advertised announcement made at last year's picnic of Saint Matthew's Lutheran Sunday school.
The Call of July 11, 1913

Chicken thieves are busy about town.  Within the last week two places in particular have come to our notice where the thieves made off with a number of fowls, namely Samuel
Schoener of Saint John Street and Adam Neuin of Canal Street.  Owners of chickens learning of the above thefts have laid in stock of bullets, salt, lead and powder.  Muskets, guns,
rifles and revolvers have been cleaned and oiled.  One owner of chickens is said to have gotten into a condition a small sized cannon in order to be prepared for these chicken
thieves.It is altogether probable the parties discovered in the act of approaching someone else's chickens for their own use in this manner will receive a rather exciting welcome.    
The Call of August 8, 1913

Tuesday, a fellow giving his name as Charles Tallman, was arrested by Warren Brown, acting Chief Burgess in the absence of W. Hartman, for being a nuisance, disorderly conduct
and being drunk.  He was placed in the borough pen and at the time was thought he had the D. T.s.  Later in the day, however, it developed that he was of unsound mind.  He was
questioned and gave out information that led the authorities to believe he had escaped from an insane asylum.  An investigation followed and it was found that the day before he
had been released from the Danville asylum as a cured patient.  He was taken to the county insane asylum.  All day Monday the fellow was about town selling lead pencils and giving
varied stories of his experiences and a sorrowful tale of woe.  From his ravings while confined in the borough lockup, it is believed money troubles caused his downfall.
The Call of August 29, 1913

A dastardly act of assault and battery and the first one in which P and R car shop strikers have been connected with, was that occurring Monday evening.  William H. Mengle, a well
known young man of our town, while walking along Dock Street at the Christ Lutheran parsonage, was set upon and badly beaten up by John Sutter, Arthur Sterner and Edward
Luckens, all of town and all strikers. It appears words were exchanged between the parties as to Mengle "scabbing" it.  Mengle told his taunters what they could do.  One word led
to another with the result that Mengle was badly pummeled and left lying on the pavement unable to summon assistance.  Edward Wessner, who happened along, was attracted to
the scene by the moaning of Mengle.  Wessner rendered all assistance possible.  His wounds were dressed and Mengle continued on his way.  Charges of assault and battery were
brought before Squire Moyer.  The hearing was held Tuesday evening.  Sutter, Sterner and Luckens have been held for their appearance at the coming term of Criminal Court when
the case will be tried unless the plaintiff agrees to settle the matter out of court.
The Call of September 5, 1913

Charles Cemin, a foreigner residing in the West Ward and for the past fifteen years has been a resident of this town, was arrested Friday evening for carrying concealed weapons
upon oath of Charles Mengle.  The story of the affair was given to the Call man as follows:
Cemin quit work at the P and R car shops some time ago with the strikers but later returned to work.  Friday evening when he was in town he was taunted by several of the strikers
but said nothing.  He left Café Mellon but forgot his kettle and several packages.  He returned for them but when he reached the railroad bridge quite a crowd of strikers were
gathered and began to stone him.  He returned to his home and procured a revolver.  This fact was learned and the arrest was made.  A peculiar feature of the affair is that the suit
was brought before Squire Collins of Palo Alto.  He was charged with surety carrying concealed weapons.  Collins on the surety charge fined him $8.00.  On the other charge the
case was held up but it was intimated it would be returned to court.  Investigation proves that the case has not been returned to court.  It has also been learned that P and R Officer
Duffy is working on the case in the interests of his company, a new phase of the case will no doubt be developed within several days.
The Call of March 18, 1904

On the night of February 27, one Harry Wheeler, a discharged P and R employee from Cressona, was attacked at the corner of Main and Dock Streets by John Heidenwag, who is a
son of Mrs. E. J. Coho of Cressona and who claimed that Wheeler had been boarding at his mother's house and was about to jump his board bill.  Quite a disturbance was raised on
the street until Wheeler agreed to go down to Squire Goas' office.  There Heidenwag entered suit against Wheeler for skipping his board bill and Wheeler paid the amount and the
costs, the total being nearly $27.00.  Wheeler then brought suit against Heidenwag and his brother Daniel for assault and battery and they entered bail for court and later brought a
cross suit against Wheeler for assault and battery and had him locked up.  At the trial of the cases last week the jury in the first suit, acquitted Daniel Heidenwag but convicted John
and he was fined $10 and the costs.  The cross suit was tried by the same jury which acquitted Wheeler and put the costs of the prosecutor.
The Call of March 31, 1911

Officer Butz, Special Officer for the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is working upon a most dastardly act committed last Saturday in the vicinity of the Walkin Shoe
Factory, when a knife was thrown at a passing dog.  The knife struck the dog on the side and stuck there while the animal went yelping about.  A passerby pulled the knife from its
side and reported the act to the authorities.  The guilty party or parties will be prosecuted in the course of several days, sufficient evidence having been secured to determine who
the party was.
The Call of March 31, 1911

A number of young boys, their ages ranging from seven to ten years, from Smoketown, were given a hearing before Burgess Hartman the other evening, charged with destruction
of borough property.  It appears the boys took it upon themselves to smash up furniture etc., contained in the old pest house; this they did and had a merry time doing it.  The
municipal authorities got wise and Officer Butz was put on their track, with the result as above.  On account of their age and promise to be good in the future, their names are
withheld from publication.  The bunch was given a lecture by the Burgess and a fine of five dollars imposed.
The Call of June 2, 1911

FORGED CHECKS – Local Dealers Given Bad Paper For Goods Checks Given by Daniel Kroecker on Trust Co. at Pottsville in Payment of  
Articles Prove Worthless
Daniel Kroecker, alias Henderson , was given a hearing before Squire C. A. Moyer last evening, charged with forgery and false pretense to obtain money and goods.  The charges
were brought by W. J. Downs and E. G. Underwood of town and J. N. Hodgson of Pottsville .  It appears that Kroecker purchased a number of articles at each of the stores owned by
the above prosecutors in the case and when the time came for payment, upon pulling out his pocket book, he had insufficient change to pay for the article.  To each of the three
businessmen he gave a check on the Schuylkill Trust Company of Pottsville , drawn in favor of John B. Moyer, whom he stated was a contractor of Pottsville , endorsed by himself,
George B. Henderson.  The discovery was made when the checks were returned to Mr. Downs and Mr. Underwood by the Trust Company marked no funds.  Investigation proved the
checks were a complete forgery and Officer Butz was at once put on the case.
Among the articles purchased of Druggist Downs was a syringe, which was found at the home of Kroecker who resides on Centre Avenue .  He admitted when questioned by Officer
Butz, that he had purchased the article of Downs and had given him a check for the same.  There was sufficient evidence and the charge was at once lodged against him.  At the
hearing he denied the accusations and could not explain how he came in possession of the articles.  Mr. Downs swore it was the man who gave him the check and that it was he
who purchased the syringe.  On this evidence he was committed.  Mr. Underwood was not sure it was the man who purchased articles and gave him a similar check at the store of
Doutrich and Company.  All transactions were made Monday of this week.  In each case the merchant, after deducting the amount of the purchases, handed over good solid coin.  A
similar charge will be lodged against Kroecker at Pottsville by Mr. Hodgson.  Kroecker was arrested several months ago for nonpayment of a board bill by George Dietrich of town.  
Kroecker’s wife is seriously ill and the shock of her husband’s deeds is feared may result seriously.  The charges will be brought before the Grand Jury of the Criminal Court, which
convenes June 19th, and if a true bill is found will probably be tried at this term.  The sentence for each forgery is one to five years.
The Call of July 21, 1911

An interesting and amusing case was heard before Squire Moyer the other evening and proved the fact of how quickly children by their tactics can get their parents and neighbors
into a general mix up which sometimes causes continued hatred and ill feeling.  It appears that a young daughter of Benjamin Luckenbill of Dock Street , got into an altercation with
Master Miles Ney.  Miles must have gotten the worst end of the verbal argument and commenced pelting peanuts at the girl.  The girl goes home and gives a somewhat different
story of the proceedings, stating that stones instead of peanuts were used by the youngster.  Quite a difference of weapons!  Mr. Luckenbill seeks young Ney and gives him a
shaking up.  He is interfered with by his mother in law, who mixes it with Luckenbill.  The result is that a charge of assault and battery is brought and the entire affair is aired before
the Squire, a fine paid by one of the participants and all concerned leave for their homes much the wiser for the occurrence.
The Call of October 13, 1911

Monday evening Burgess Hartman was notified by employees at the electric light plant that two comparatively well dressed strange lads were noticed sleeping in the boiler room of
the local plant.  Officer Butz was put on the job and brought them to the office of the Burgess, where after careful questioning by that official, it was learned they hailed from
Allentown and were apparently runaways.  Mr. Hartman at once got into telephone communication with the Police Department of Allentown and was informed the lads had run away
and that he should detain them until the Chief of Police arrived.  They were placed in the borough pen over night.
Tuesday afternoon, C. D. Rhodes, Chief of Police of Allentown, arrived in an automobile and took the lads home.  Their names were John Elliott aged about nineteen and William
Caine aged fourteen.  The formers parents are living but the latter boy’s father is dead, he being one of three children.  They left Allentown Sunday, beat it to Wilkes Barre on a
freight train, from there to Mauch Chunk, to Tamaqua and Pottsville via trolley.  Their conversation proved them to be a bad pair.  They appeared to enjoy the notoriety they were
given and would receive through the newspapers and did not seem a bit disturbed when they were informed they would either be sent to the House of Refuge or given thirty days
in the Allentown prison.
The Call of April 19, 1912

Herman Huling, of Berne Street , was on Tuesday afternoon committed to jail for hearing at the next term of court, for carrying concealed deadly weapons and pointing a revolver.  
The charge was preferred before squire C. A. Moyer by James Phillips of Berne Street , it being alleged that Huling pointed a revolver at his wife, Mrs. Phillips and made other
threats during a family squabble Tuesday afternoon.  Previous to the above charges being made, a charge of making a disturbance was filed against Huling by two State Troopers,
who on account of both the Chief Burgess and the Chief of Police being out of town, were summoned to quell a disturbance in which he was supposed to be the central figure.  
Huling paid his fine and costs without protest and later the other charge was dropped.
The Call of June 28, 1912

Warren Tucker, of New York City , a gentleman of leisure, who for the past several weeks was a guest at the Meck homestead on Prospect Hill, between the hours of one and three
entered the garage at the Meck and Keever Planing Mill and stole the automobile owned by Mr. Thomas Meck’s daughter, Mrs. Hunt of Philadelphia.  The police in the towns round
about have been notified and it is expected Tucker will be caught before nightfall.
The Call of September 27, 1912

John Freehafer, of the corner of Main and Dock Streets, was committed to jail Saturday afternoon upon the charge of threatening to kill his family.  The hearing was held before
Squire C. A. Moyer, when it was brought out that Freehafer had on a number of occasions tried to do up his wife and children and the wife lived in fear of her life for the past
several months. The last attack upon his wife was made several days ago when he got out of bed during the night, armed himself with a razor and attempted to carve up his family.  
His son tussled with him and took the razor from him.  The evidence presented also showed that he attempted in a number of ways to work ruin upon his family.  Several times he
flourished a revolver, once he was caught pouring oil on the stove at night, another time he threw a lighted lamp at his wife.  Repeatedly he would curse his wife and family until he
actually had to stop for breath.  At the squire’s office, Freehafer gave a rambling version of his side of the case and continued until he could not speak anymore.  It is believed
Freehafer is suffering with a temporary siege of insanity.  He was committed to the stone mansion to await court trial.
The Call of December 6, 1912

This week Burgess Hartman and Officer Butz escorted a number of boys who were caught in the act of pulling off mischievous stunts about town, to their parents.  The parents were
informed of what they had done and were also told that the next time they were caught creating a similar disturbance they would be arrested and fined.  Most of the parents were
grateful for the interest shown and as an impressive lesson gave the boys a good warming.  Within the past week there have been practically two gangs of boys operating in the
town.  One gang is composed of boys between the ages of 18 and 21 and the other gang from 12 to 14.  They have been guilty of ringing door bells, removing signs, spanning ropes
and wires and doing all sorts of Halloween pranks and tricks to the discomfort of citizens and to the damage of property.  Recently a stone about the size of a good sized potato was
hurled through the office window of James Schucker missing the head of an occupant of the office by the narrowest margin.  Burgess Hartman and Officer Butz are determined and
will use drastic steps to stop this kind of nuisance.
The Call of February 6, 1914

After being on his trail for several weeks, Officer John Butz finally landed William Wenrich of Jefferson near Auburn and placed him behind the bars in the county prison.  Wenrich
has been guilty of putting all kinds of tricks across on the people of this vicinity, short change, collecting money for goods that he never delivered, horse stealing, entering into
contracts that he never intended to fulfill and swindling in almost every shape and form.  
Some time ago baker George Ehly was duped for five dollars by Wenrich on the plea that he was the son of Frank Reber and had left for market without his change and asked that
Mr. Ehly loan him change in order to do business.  A phone message was also sent to Mr. Ehly concerning the matter, presumably by Wenrich.
At Hotel Grand he met a local painter.  He represented himself as a prosperous farmer, inquired the rates for painting, etc., and made a contract with the local painter, Morris Kline,
to have his house painted.  He then asked for a loan of several dollars because he was short and on the strength of the contract the request was granted.  That was the last of
Wenrich.  Many other tricks pulled on local residents could be given.  Wenrich was given a hearing before squire W. C. Kline and was held under $500 bail and on default of the
same was placed in the county pen to await trial at the next session of criminal court.
The Call of March 20, 1914

Charles Wiederhold, aged fifty three years of Reading, died in the lobby of Hotel Grand Saturday night about nine o'clock.  Wiederhold was taken from the trolley in an intoxicated
condition.  While being taken from the car it was noticed that he appeared to be almost lifeless. Physicians were summoned but found upon their arrival that the man was dead.  He
was taken to the undertaking establishment of D. M. Wagner and afterwards to the home of relatives in Pottsville.  Wiederhold had been in Pottsville Saturday evening visiting
relatives and was on his was on his way to visit relatives in Schuylkill Haven.  Deceased was born and raised in Pottsville, but for the past fourteen years he was a resident of
Reading.  He was a cooper in his younger days but recently acted as a solicitor for the Philadelphia Record.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the home of John Coller, a
brother in law of town.  Services were conducted by reverend Leinbach of the First Reformed Church.  The bearers were George, Albert and William Wiederhold, brothers, Ralph
and Elmer Wiederhold and Harry Coller, nephews.  Interment was made in the Union Cemetery.  
Coroner Moore conducted an inquest into the death of Mr. Wiederhold Monday evening.  The jury found that death was due to alcoholism.  The jury in its verdict censured saloon
keepers for furnishing liquor to habitual drunkards.  The jury was composed of Morris Saylor, Jere Huling, Charles Shappell, Frank Heim, Joseph Mulholland and F. W.  Schwartz.
The Call of July 31, 1914

Officer Butz on Sunday arrested a German beggar who was making the rounds of the homes in Spring Garden.  When refused alms he became angry and threatened to strike the
women who answered his knock.  At several homes he used very abusive language.  Officer Butz was notified and placed him under arrest.  He was confined in the borough pen
over Sunday and on Monday taken to the stone bastille in Pottsville.
The Call of July 31, 1914

The fore part of the week, two families residing near the Lehigh Railroad arch, neighbors in fact, decided to air one anothers shortcomings for the benefit of the entire
neighborhood.  In doing so they became real boisterous and for a time threatened to do one another up.  Neighbors fearing they had better hush up the affair before someone got
hurt called upon Officer Butz.  He arrested both parties and brought a charge of common nuisance against them.  The hearing was held before Squire W. C. Kline.  They were
compelled to pay the borough fine and costs of the suit.
The Call of July 24, 1914

Considerable excitement was caused Saturday evening about 11:30 o'clock in the business section of the town.  The primary cause was the bringing to the town of one named Oscar
Grant who in the early part of the evening swiped $280 from his employer at Hillside near Pottsville.  Grant was in the employ of Harry Reed, a dairyman at Hillside and well known
here, for about five weeks.  Saturday evening, Reed went to Pottsville about seven o'clock.  On his return he detected the absence of Grant, but most important the absence of a
roll of bills, $280 in all which had been placed in a drawer upstairs.  Grant was suspected and the authorities notified and a description of Grant given.
Grant came to Schuylkill Haven and was "sporting" on his wad.  He made several purchases at the clothing store of E. G. Underwood among them being a straw hat.  David Bittle
sold him the goods and when Dave saw the wad of bills, began questioning him.  Grant stated he had to get to Philadelphia that night but when told there were no trains he stated
he would engage an automobile.  He was sent to Frank Kipp.  The price asked by Mr. Kipp for autoing to Philadelphia was most too high for Grant and he decided to go to
Orwigsburg instead and they accordingly set off for that town.  
About half an hour after leaving town Bittle got talking to Officer Butz who had been notified to be on the lookout for Grant.  The description tallied with Bittle's customer in the early
part of the evening.  Grant's employer soon arrived in town and identified the straw hat left at Underwoods as that of Grant.  It was but a short time until Officer Butz had the State
Police on his trail.  They autoed to Orwigsburg and arrested Grant at the Arcadian Hotel.  When Grant was brought back to town fully two hundred people were in waiting for him.  
After maneuvering around the town with Grant for about fifteen minutes he was finally taken to Pottsville and placed in the station house.  He was given a hearing before Alderman
Freiler Sunday morning.  He pleaded guilty and was committed to jail to await a hearing at the September term of court.  Of the $280 stolen about $248 was recovered.
The Call of August 21, 1914

John Fineralli, a foreigner, was prepared and attempted to do a carving stunt on another young man, Harry Seitz by name, Tuesday morning.  Seitz however made his escape after
he saw the size of the knife Fineralli drew from his pocket.  It was a regular butcher or bread knife, measuring about thirteen inches in length.  The blade was eight and a half inches
long.  Both parties to the affair had been scraping on previous occasions.  This time it is believed the foreigner was prepared to make his work count, although he declared to the
district attorney, he was given the knife to take along to his work at the rolling mill to have it sharpened.  Fineralli was arrested by Officer Butz.  Squire Moyer sent him to jail to await
hearing at criminal court.  His friends secured $500 bail and he was released until the hearing.  Fineralli brought suit against Seitz for assault and battery but settled the case upon
the payment of the costs by Seitz and one days wages to Fineralli.
The Call of September 18, 1914

In an argument over family affairs between Mrs. Will Reber and Mrs. Gordon Reed of Dock Street, Mrs. Reber emphasized her point of view with a baseball bat over the head of Mrs.
Reed.  The blow rendered Mrs. Reed unconscious for a time.  A deep scalp wound was inflicted.  Dr. L. D. Heim is the attending physician.  Suit was brought against Mrs. Reber by
Mrs. Reed for assault and battery. The hearing was held before Squire Kline Thursday morning.  Mrs. Reber pleaded guilty to the charge.  She was held under $500 bail, the same
not being forthcoming, she was committed to jail.  It is expected bail will be furnished very shortly when she will be released.  The case unless settled will be on the next docket at
the next term of the criminal court.  
The Call of July 2, 1915

Sunday evening or early Monday morning burglars forced an entrance to the barber shop of Adam Barr on Dock Street and made away with articles of value.  Entrance was forced to
the shop at the rear, the robbers working in the yard of Christ Reichert to do so.  A large quantity of tobacco, cigars and cigarettes were taken.  Practically the entire stock of
tobacco excepting one particular brand was stolen.  That the robbers were hard up and intent on obtaining as much loot as possible is evident from the fact that a wooden table
containing a drawer, which was locked, and which could not be broken open, was carried several squares from the shop.  Here it was forced open and the contents, shaving checks
and a number of miscellaneous articles, strewn about the street.  This is the second time this particular barber shop was visited by robbers.  On May 31st an attempt was made to
gain an entrance to the shop but the robbers must have been scared away. Practically no clue on either occasion was obtained but there are several parties under suspicion by the
owner of the barber shop and Officer Butz.
The Call of October 1, 1915

Monday several bold thieves swiped four fine Plymouth Rock chickens from the yard of Lewis Weast on Centre Avenue.  As soon as the loss was discovered the neighbors were
made aware of the fact.  One neighbor stated she noticed several tramps roasting chickens in the woods nearby.  Local police were notified but hesitated in giving chase or
investigating on account of not having jurisdiction outside of the borough limits.  The state police were notified but in the meantime the thieves got wind of something doing and
made good their escape.  Residents of this section of the town report frequent raids being made on their hen coops without anyone being brought to justice for the depredations.
The Call of February 11, 1916

An attempted robbery of the George McCormick home on Haven Street was averted early Thursday morning by the continued barking of a dog.  One of the members of the family
was awakened by the carrying on of the dog and becoming suspicious the other members of the family were awakened.  Noticing a reflection of either a torch or lantern, Mr.
McCormick opened the window and in doing so scared the night prowlers away.  Mr. McCormick keeps a number of tools under the porch and it is believed the prowlers were
either going to steal the tools or use them to force an entrance into the home.  A number of suspicious looking characters and tramps have been prowling about town for the past
week or more.  The enforcement of the borough ordinance on this subject would rid the town and cause it to be free for some time of these characters.
The Call of July 14, 1916

Tuesday afternoon during the absence of Mrs. Samuel Trout on Liberty Street, some unknown person or persons entered the house and succeeded in getting away with nearly $10
in money, several shirts and some wearing apparel.  Entrance was effected by forcing a window.  Mrs. Trout had just finished washing and ironing for her sister who resides on
Canal Street and had taken the clothing home.  She claims she was gone less then a half hour and upon her return discovered the loss.  A search was made and the pocketbook
minus the contents found in a nearby alley.  There is no clue to the identity of the guilty one.  This is the second time that the house has been robbed, the first time being on or
about June 17th, when preserves, coal and eatables were taken.
The Call of August 11, 1916

An unsuccessful attempt was made late Monday night to force an entrance into the home of Ray Becker on Margaretta Street.  Mrs. Becker heard the robbers at work on a rear
window and her screams of murder and help not only aroused the entire neighborhood but scared the intruders away.  An investigation was made and the cellar window was found
open.  It is believed that the robbers entered the cellar and tried to gain entrance but found the cellar door leading to the house locked.  They then retraced their steps and
attempted to force a window.  The cries of Mrs. Becker brought Mr. Roy Eiler to the scene but no trace of the parties could be found.  Mr. Eiler believes it is the same person or
persons who several weeks ago stole a quantity of groceries from his premises.  It was also reported that an attempt to enter the Reichert home on Haven Street had been made.
The Call of August 25, 1916

Constable John Butz brought suit against Mary Wentzel and Harry Kramer of upper Main Street, on Monday last, charging them with cruelty to children.  The hearing was held before
Squire C. A. Moyer.  For sometime past a representative of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, of Philadelphia, has been carefully watching the couple.  The woman
is the mother of the children while Kramer is the star boarder.  At the hearing it was alleged that the couple keep the children out of the house until midnight and that intoxicating
drink was brought into the house on a Sunday when other men would congregate and carouse.  Following the hearing, Kramer was committed to the county prison while the woman
was allowed to go on her own recognizance to appear at the September term of criminal court.  It is understood that some startling testimony will be presented at court.
The Call of September 22, 1916

Lured, it is alleged from her home in Schuylkill Haven, on  a promise from the man she loved would marry her immediately, a local fourteen year old girl was found by the Reading
police in a lodging house in Reading.  The young man in the case is employed as a bellhop in one of the Reading hotels and as a result of the discovery of the girl, may be arrested
on a serious charge, namely, enticing minors from home for immoral purposes.  The girl in question stated that she was induced to come to Reading with the understanding that the
man, who is considerably older than herself, would take her to Elkton, Maryland and there marry her.  After the wedding it was understood that the couple were to go to Detroit,
where the groom had prospects of employment in an automobile factory.  The girl stated that the love tales poured into her ears were believed and willingly she consented to do as
the man consented.
She landed in reading with very little money and before many hours had passed, found herself obliged to live in a room in a Cherry Street house with the bellhop.  The girl according
to information received by The Call from Reading, was well dressed and looks considerably older than fourteen years of age.  Detective H. S. Davies of Pottsville, was put on the
case and succeeded in locating the girl, bringing her back to Schuylkill Haven on Wednesday.  Detective Davies informed The Call that the girl had run away about two weeks ago
and that he had brought her back.  This is her second escapade.  He refused to give her name, claiming that efforts will be made to reform her.  From another source it was
ascertained that the girl's parents reside in Spring Garden.
The Call of September 22, 1916

A band of gypsies that passed through Schuylkill Haven late last Friday afternoon, stopped just long enough at the store of George Butz, to steal a celery dish and one or two other
small articles. Constable John Butz first arrested the leaders of the gang on a warrant issued by Squire Kline, in which a party by the name of Deibert, of Orwigsburg, accused them
of stealing ten dollars.  The band were caught near Seven Stars and not only came across with the ten dollars but five dollars additional for costs.  When they reached Pottsville
they were again arrested by Constable Butz on the charge of stealing the dishes.  They settled by paying three dollars.  State Health Inspector J. B. Rogers of Pottsville, ordered
them to continue and not stop again in this locality.  Constable Butz examined one of the wagons and found sixteen chickens, four dogs, five children and two men.
The Call of October 6, 1916

The cafe of William Stitzer on lower Main Street was entered by robbers and a quantity of cigars and whiskey, valued at nearly one hundred dollars taken.  The robbers entered the
back yard and found their way to the rear door.  Here by means of a glass cutter and a knife they removed a piece of glass from the pane and reaching in through the hole, unlocked
the door.  They worked undisturbed, although people were asleep directly above them.  After procuring their loot they found their way to Spring Garden and to the ice house of
Rudy Moyer along the trolley road, where the loot was buried.  It was discovered here by the owner of the ice house and returned to the owner.  Constable Butz spent several
nights and days watching for the robbers to return for their loot but they failed to put in an appearance.  The work is supposed to be that of tramps.
The Call of October 20, 1916

Several boys broke into the candy factory of Maberry and Gaston on Margaretta Street Wednesday evening, and after ransacking the entire place, left with what they thought was a
prize package of candy.  Several pounds of the goods were taken along but when they came to share it and eat it, they found it was candy that had been made in this mill about five
years ago.  The proprietors of the mill had been summoned to the scene and arrived fifteen minutes after the miscreants left.  The door was broken and  forced and is useless.  
Another door other than the one used for entrance was forced and broken open in order to make their exit.  The identity of the boys was learned and their names are not published
by request of the parents.  Needless to say the parents gave the boys a good lecture and possibly something in addition to remember the occurrence by.
The Call of November 24, 1916

Edwin Reilly of Palo Alto, C. A. McGinley and a party named Whalen of Mount Carbon were each held under $300 bail on Wednesday evening, on the charge of assault and battery on
four members of the Bressler band.  The assault was committed on the morning of November 15, while the band members, Messrs. Alvin Warner, Theodore Fessler, Wesley Fisher
and John Long, were returning home following an engagement of the band at Hamburg.  The hearing was held before Alderman Freiler at Pottsville.  Each of the four men identified
Reilley and Whalen while McGinley was identified by one of the witnesses as being in the crowd.  The four members told how they were attacked and called every vile name that the
defendants could possibly think of and how the gang threatened to throw them over the bridge at Connor's Crossing into the waters of the Schuylkill River.  Fifteen warrants had
been issued but only the above three defendants were identified.  In all probability the case will be settled before reaching court.
The Call of June 18, 1909

As a result of an assault about midnight Saturday upon a couple of Italians, Chief Burgess Hartman arrested Jacob Breininger, Charles Schweigert, Hayden Dornsife and Guy Heiser
of Cressona and James Renninger and Homer Kline of Schuylkill Haven, who were given a hearing before Squire C. A. Moyer on Monday night.  All plead guilty to the charge of
disorderly conduct and each was fined five dollars and charged with $3.15 in costs.  After this hearing, Supetro, the Italian who was beaten in the scrimmage, swore out warrants for
John Schrader and Jacob Breininger charging them with assault and battery.  His information alleges that he and a companion alighted from a trolley car at the corner of Main and
Saint John Streets at 11:30 Saturday night.  His companion stumbled and the crowd hooted and jeered.  They went to Ball's butcher shop and got some meat and while going down
Main Street on their way home were set upon by the crowd.  His butty got off with a few bruises but he ran and the crowd followed through Stitzer's saloon and across the street to
Schumacher's grocery, where the crowd knocked him down and jumped on him.  His face is badly disfigured and his body is covered with bruises.  During the proceedings at the
squires office, fully two hundred people gathered in front of the building but the sidewalks were kept clear and strict order was maintained by a squad of four State Police.  During
the hearing a well known young man denounced the State Police in very uncomplimentary terms, winding up his remarks with, "To ____ with the State Police."  A big trooper who
heard the remark compelled him to apologize or suffer arrest.  After the hearing a couple of belligerents got into Earl Witman's Hotel Grand bar room and started to clean out the
place, when a couple of State Police appeared on the scene and the disorder stopped immediately.  Messrs. Schrader and Breininger appeared before Squire Moyer on Tuesday
night and the Squire dismissed the case because of the failure of the prosecutor to appear.  Both Schrader and Breininger declare that they did not participate in the assault upon
Supetro.  Four of the State Police were again on hand on Tuesday night but their services were not needed.
The Call of  February 23, 1917

Two Schuylkill Haven boys and a Pottsville boy, on Saturday last, became partly intoxicated on booze that had been stolen from the home of the parents of the Pottsville boy.  The
two Schuylkill Haven boys were Messers. Burns and Ney and the Pottsville boys name was Streigel.  Just where the trio drank the booze could not be ascertained.  However, after
enjoying themselves, until the booze was all, they started for their respective homes.  It is alleged that the Ney boy was paralyzed and that the services of a physician was necessary
before he was restored to consciousness.  The matter was reported to Constable John Butz who went to the respective homes and demanded to know where the booze was
procured.  Monday afternoon, Probation Officer B. S. Simmonds, of Pottsville, visited Schuylkill Haven and after obtaining certain statements returned home.  Neither one of the
boys are over seventeen years old.
The Call of March 23, 1917

Samuel E. Conrad, residing near the corner of Fairview and Union Streets of town, was placed under arrest and held under $300 bail on the charge of stealing water from the mains
of the Schuylkill Haven Gas and Water Company.  The hearing was held on Wednesday before Alderman Martin of Pottsville.  Superintendent McKnight preferred the charge.  It was
stated that during the month of August, 1912, Conrad had his home connected with a meter.  Three months later he ordered the meter out, claiming that he was going to supply both
his own home and tenants with water.  During the past several months the tenants informed the water company officials that their pressure was low and frequently they could not
get water.  On at least two different occasions, superintendent McKnight made tests in the homes of the tenants and was positive of his charge.  After considerable argument and a
threat to report Conrad to the company employing him, the water company officials were permitted to go into Conrad's cellar.  Here they discovered that after the meter had been
taken out, a connection had been made.  Superintendent McKnight stated that Conrad had been using the water continuously since 1912 and up to the present time without paying
for the same.  The offense carries with it a heavy fine and imprisonment.
The Call of March 30, 1917

A bold and unsuccessful attempt was made on Saturday night last to steal one of the valuable horses of James Rooney, Jr., the well known coal merchant of the West Ward.  During
the past several weeks the owner, who values the horse at $300, was visited by several parties who endeavored to purchase the animal but the present owner refused to part with
it.  Saturday night about 9:30 o'clock, a neighbor boy by the name of Carr, observed a man with a flashlight affecting an entrance to the stable.  Believing that all was not right, the
youth went to the Rooney home and rapping hard on the front door, told the occupants of the house of his suspicions.  No time was lost in getting to the stable.  As the stable was
being approached, the fellow with a large flashlight in his hands, ran from the stable and mounting the fence, disappeared in the dark.  An investigation was made and it was found
that the fellow in his anxiety to get the horse away, had cut the halter strap and had dropped a bridle in the stall.  Only a slight description was obtained of the man and it is just
probable that he may be arrested.
This is one of the first attempts at horse stealing in Schuylkill County in recent years and should be a warning to owners to carefully keep their stables locked.  Had the man
succeeded in getting the horse out of the stable, it would have been an easy matter for him to guide the animal down an alley and then to Dock Street and away.  The owner of the
horse was in Pottsville at the time and would not have discovered the loss until the next morning when he visited the stable.  In the meantime the fellow could have been miles
away or have carefully hidden the horse until such time as he was assured of a safe getaway.
The Call of April 6, 1917

An unsuccessful attempt to get away with nearly one hundred dollars was made on Wednesday evening about five o'clock.  A young man giving his name as John A. Roberts and his
home as Philadelphia, entered the hotel of Warren Brown during the absence of the proprietor.  On some pretext or another, he had Mrs. Brown leave the room for a moment and
during the brief period mounted the bar and opening the cash register, extracted the amount.  He was noticed leaving by Mrs. Brown, who immediately summoned her husband.  
After procuring the cash, Roberts bolted for the door and jumped on a passing trolley car that was bound for town.  Mr. Brown gave pursuit and several minutes later came up with
his man near the Call office.  Roberts was compelled to go along out Spring Garden where he was handed over to Constable John Butz.  When Roberts failed to deliver the money
on demand of the constable, he was searched and every penny was found on his person.  He then acknowledged his guilt and begged Mr. Brown not to prosecute.  Given the
assurance that Roberts would leave town, Mr. Brown decided not to institute criminal proceedings.
The Call of April 6, 1917

Residents of Haven Street near the Pennsylvania freight station are up in arms over the actions of a young admirer of a Haven Street girl.  This young man who possesses an auto
comes to this section several times each week.  Instead of parking his machine directly in front of the home of his love, the machine is placed in the front of another family's home.  
No later then Wednesday night last this was done and it was after three o'clock Thursday morning before the machine was taken away.  The majority of the Haven Street people keep
respectful hours and furthermore do not care to have their slumbers disturbed at this hour.  The next time the offense is repeated, the number of the machine will be taken and the
name of the owner made public.
The Call of May 25, 1917

David B. Earhart, of Orwigsburg, is in the county prison charged before Squire C. A. Moyer of town, with breaking and entering the tool house at the Bowen washery on the outskirts
of town and near the home of Ruben Peale.  The charge of supposed arson has also been lodged against Earhart.  The arrest in the case was made by state trooper Arthur Parker,
following the destruction of the Bowen tool house by fire.  It is alleged that all circumstances point to Earhart as being the guilty man, it being claimed that he had in his possession
at Orwigsburg, a saw belonging to Bowen.  Earhart was at one time employed by Bowen but was discharged.  Bowen places his loss at nearly $400, a quantity of oil and tools being
consumed by the flames.
The Call of July 13, 1917

Alleged to be under the influence of drink, a party by the name of Edward O'Brien, known as Charlie Chaplin, being denied admittance to the home of Thomas McKeone on Canal
Street, forced his way into the house Sunday evening at 10:30 through a window, and once inside started to make things lively by hurling bottles and anything that he could lay his
hands on.  Leo McKeone was the principal victim of the assault, receiving a deep gash in the head.  A Miss Bertha Wagner of Pottsville, a visitor at the home, was also assaulted.  
The State Police were sent for and arrived here about 1:30 o'clock Monday morning.  With a warrant issued by Squire C. A. Moyer, O'Brien was arrested.  He was placed in the
borough lockup until noon Monday when he was given a hearing and was committed to the county prison, in default of bail, charged with aggravated assault and battery.
The Call of July 13, 1917

Mrs. Mary Kantner, of Number 32 William Street, waived a hearing before Alderman Freiler of Pottsville and entered bail in the sum of $2,000 for her appearance at the September
term of criminal court.  Mrs. Kantner was arrested by C. A. Davies of the State Police force, on a charge of malpractice, it being alleged that Mrs. Kantner performed an illegal
operation upon Mrs. Alice Strouse, aged thirty seven of Auburn.  The latter died at her home in Auburn on the twenty seventh day of June last.  A coroner's jury found that Mrs.
Strouse came to her death by reason of an abortion performed upon her by Mrs. Kantner of Schuylkill Haven, to whom she was taken by a man unknown to the coroner's jury.  The
penalty in case of conviction for abortion is a fine not to exceed $500 and seven years at separate and solitary confinement at hard labor.  It is alleged that the man in the case is a
local resident.
The Call of August 31, 1917

Another piece of clever detective work was that of Constable John Butz when acting on a clue of the very faintest kind.  He had a warrant issued for the arrest of Mike Capperella,
known as "Mike the Rat" of Norristown. The charge was larceny.  About three weeks ago Mike visited the home of Samuel Ney on Dock Street and as he was known to the family, he
was allowed to remain about the house.  Sometime after his arrival Mrs. Ney had occasion to leave the house a few minutes and when she returned, Mike had left.  Nothing was
thought of his disappearance until sometime later when Mrs. Ney discovered the loss of two gold and diamond rings.
Suspicion pointed to Mike as being the guilty one.  A warrant issued by Squire Kline was sent to Norristown and Mike was arrested.  He was brought back to Schuylkill Haven and
here confessed to the theft.  With him also came from Norristown, the two rings stolen ,he not having had the opportunity to pawn them.  Following a hearing before Squire Kline, he
was unable to obtain bail and was committed to the county prison on the charge of larceny.  His case will probably be called at the coming term of criminal court.
The Call of March 15, 1918

Charles Shadler of town was placed under arrest by the State Police on a warrant issued by Squire Thomas, charging surety and making threats.  The warrant was sworn out by Mrs.
Kate Yost who alleged that Shadler called her vile names and threatened to cut her throat with a razor.  One of the witnesses against Shadler was his mother.  Unable to procure
bail, Shadler was committed to the county prison.  He is under probation at the present time and may be compelled to serve the unexpired time of about fifteen months, if the
present charge is pressed.
The Call of May 26, 1916

Harold "Red" Wildermuth, Earl "Jack" Schaffner, Raymond "Skinny" Reed and Claire "Chick" Reber, all youths fourteen years of age, at a hearing before Squire Moyer on Monday
morning, confessed to a number of petty robberies that have been committed in town during the past several months.  The boys are the same ones referred to in the issue of last
week's Call.  On a warrant issued by Squire Moyer and served by Constable John Butz, the four boys and a fifth who was allowed to go, were arrested charged with stealing three
Belgian hares from the premises of David Buchanan on the night of May 15th.  To this charge the boys plead guilty.  Although they were not charged with any other offense, they
confessed to four or five other robberies.  Wildermuth, Reber and Schaffner confessed to the stealing of the rabbits.  Wildermuth stated that he went into the yard and procured the
rabbits, afterwards handing them over to the others.  The same three also confessed to stealing the Reider bicycle while Schaffner, Reed and Reber confessed to taking the bicycle
from the premises of Dr. George Moore.
When asked by Constable Butz what other thefts they had committed, they confessed to having stolen quantities of milk from Michael Shadle, candy from Michel Brothers and within
the course of the past several months, to having visited orchards, etc.  Efforts were made to connect the gang with a number of other thefts that had been committed, but the boys
denied all knowledge of the crime.  Following the hearing they were committed to the county prison.  The arrest of the boys was not accomplished without a great deal of effort.  
They were seen near the railroad and drew suspicion by neighbors.  Constable Butz followed and later caught them as they were coming down the railroad tracks towards Connor's
Crossing.  Reed gave the officer a merry chase before he was apprehended.  Before being placed on the car on their way to prison, the boys confessed to stealing a coat of Alden
Maberry, a railroader, ransacking the pockets and destroying some of the papers found therein.  The coat and some of the papers were later returned to the owner.
The loot secured by the boys was usually taken to a hut in Reber's yard.  Here it was disposed of among the gang.  All of the boys confessed to smoking either a pipe or cigarettes.  
They denied the fact that they had been reading cheap literature or had received their idea of robbing from seeing moving pictures.  When asked if any of the gang carried
concealed weapons, the boys stated that the only weapon they had in their possession was a flobert rifle.  The majority of the robberies were committed after 9:30 o'clock at night.  
After being taken to Pottsville by Constable Butz, the boys were locked up until the constable came to Schuylkill Haven and returned to Pottsville with the squire's return to court.  
The boys were then ordered before Judge Bechtel.  Here they were told that they must continue to go to school every day of the present term and report to his honor on Monday
morning next.  At this time Probation Officer Simonds will receive their case.  He will make known to the court the number of robberies committed by the boys and their attendance
at school.  With probably one or two exceptions the boys will be returned to their homes with orders to report each week to the probation officer while the other two may be sent to
some institution.  All will be required to pay the costs of the suit and return the stolen property.
The Call of May 3, 1918

Charged with breaking the quarantine that had been placed on his home on Canal Street, E. Schwalm was arrested by Constable John Butz and given a hearing before Squire C. A.
Moyer.  Roy Schwalm, a son, was the victim of the disease.  It is said that Health Officer Butz discovered the boy handing hand bills around and mingling with people going to a
moving picture show, all this the second day after being quarantined.  The father claimed that he was poor and asked to be sent to jail.  However the case was settled.  The very
lowest fine under the law is ten dollars and the costs amounting to fifteen dollars.  Under the law of May 14, 1909, a person breaking quarantine can be fined from ten to one
hundred dollars or be committed to the county prison for one day of each dollar fine not paid.  It is reported that other arrests are likely to be made next week for violations of
quarantine laws.               
The Call of June 7, 1918

Residents of Columbia Street were given a genuine burglar scare on Friday evening last when neighbors discovered what they believed was a man prowling in the cellar of the
Bast homestead.  The cellar door had been left unlocked and when the intruder stumbled over something, he was heard by Mrs. Bast who was alone in the house.  Neighbors were
called from their bed and although an investigation was made, no trace of the burglar was discovered.  It is presumed that it was some person who was well acquainted with the
premises and aware of the fact that Mr. Bast was away at work as a railroader.
The Call of July 26, 1918

Anthony Manel and Edward Kopko, both residing on the company farm at the storage yard, were placed under arrest Monday morning by Constable John Butz, assisted by one of the
State Police, on a charge of aggravated assault and battery and surety.  The charge was preferred by William Krammes of Berne Street.  According to the testimony presented at the
hearing before Squire C. A. Moyer, Krammes and his son and daughter went for berries.  They were crossing a field from which rye had been recently cut when Manel came running
up and in a fit of anger struck Krammes across the back with the fork.  The two children ran one direction while Krammes ran another before Manel, who is a foreigner, had time to
run the sharp points of the fork into Krammes.  Krammes swore that he ran into the Red Pond in water up to his armpits to escape being struck.  Unable to furnish bail in the sum of
$500, Manel was taken to the county prison.  Kopko was allowed to go.  Krammes since the assault has been under the care of a physician and has been spitting blood.  Manel was
arrested once before on the charge of keeping a dog and not being a naturalized citizen.
The Call of September 13, 1918

The eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Deibler of Liberty Street was assaulted Sunday afternoon by some unknown person about eighteen years of age.  The child was sent on
an errand to town and intended going up Saint Peter Street.  At the corner of William and Saint Peter Streets, the girl was accosted by the man and asked to walk along with him, that
he was going to town and that he knew a shorter route.  The fellow took the youngster's hand and walked over the hill and took the child in the bushes.  Later three girls, Esther
Roeder, Catharine Deck and Laura Matz happened by the scene, in the field near High and Market Streets.  The man jumped out from the bushes and ran away and the little girl
called to the other girls to come to her assistance.  They found the child lying on the ground.  The youngster not realizing the purpose of the man explained to the other girls just
what happened.  These girls quickly notified persons in the neighborhood and also the parents.  Examination disclosed the fact that the man had luckily failed in his purpose.  The
fiend told the girl to come out to town Sunday evening and he would give her a quarter.  The child was sent down town on Sunday evening and several men kept a close watch on
her but no trace of the man could be found.  His identity appears to be a complete mystery.  Persons in the vicinity of Saint John Street remember seeing a young fellow about
sixteen to eighteen years of age wearing a grey suit and cap walking about Sunday afternoon but did not know him.  Had the person been found who attempted the rash act on the
child it would have gone badly with him and if perchance the fellow is discovered at a later date, he may find it difficult to make a safe getaway.
The Call of June 6, 1919

The State Police together with Officer Butz swooped down on the Miss Emma Harvey home in the South Ward in the section known as the "Pottery" on Saturday evening between
nine and ten o'clock.  Officer Butz had complaints from neighbors and several town councilmen that the woman was keeping a bawdy house and harboring men and that a general
nuisance was carried on continually.  Only one person, a foreigner of Minersville, together with the Harvey woman were found in the place.  Both were brought before Squire Moyer
on Saturday evening and a large crowd quickly gathered about the squire's office.  The only charge brought against the woman was that of a nuisance and she was fined one dollar
and costs and warned about the charges that had been preferred of her keeping a house of ill fame.
The Call of June 20, 1919

Two Main Street business places were entered and robbed this week.  While the articles in amount did not total a great deal, the very fact that the circumstances connected with
both robberies leads one to believe they were the work of young persons, there is no telling what these thieves will attempt next.  Wednesday morning about two o'clock, the pool
room of Ralph Kessler of Main Street was entered and change to the amount of five dollars was taken from the cash register which luckily was not locked otherwise this would have
been broken.  Although there is an excellent stock of cigarettes, tobacco and cigars in the place, not any of this stock was taken.  Choicy indeed were these thieves as only the
change in larger denominations was taken.  There was over a dollar in change in the cash register.  This was sorted out and left undisturbed as was a bag containing several dollars
in change left standing.  Entrance to the place was gained by forcing the rear window.  Thursday morning between one and three o'clock a rear shutter at the J. M. Sausser and Son
store was forced and thieves entered. The money drawer was forced open and several dollars in cash taken.  Two flashlights were also taken.  Two revolvers valued at fifteen
dollars that were lying aside of the flashlights were not taken.  The thieves had their nerve with them as this store front is not shaded at night and pedestrians can easily detect
anyone inside of it, especially if a light were used.  The third robbery of the week is one reported at Harry Bittle's store on Dock Street.
The Call of August 16, 1918

An attempt to rob the shoe parlor of James Mellon of Main Street was frustrated, shortly after midnight Sunday.  The Mellon family were about to retire when one of the members of
the household had occasion to go on the upper back porch.  To her astonishment she discovered a man coming up the steps leading to the rear windows of the parlor.  Mr. Mellon
was summoned and with a shotgun started a search for the man.  All yards were searched when his trail was discovered.  It lead as far as the Michel stables where it ended close to
the water of the canal. It is believed the fellow waded the canal to the ballground and then disappeared.  Mr. Mellon is prepared for the next visit and will accord the visitor a warm
The Call of July 4, 1919

The third attempt to break into the bottling works of the Schuylkill Haven Soft Drink Company located to the rear of Main Street was frustrated on Tuesday evening by neighbors who
heard the noise.  Mr. Hummel, residing nearby, immediately notified Mr. Samuel Buehler the proprietor.  The act took place about 9:45 o'clock.  Mr. Buehler and several neighbors
gave chase to the man and caught him in the alley near the Lutheran church.  It turned out to be one William Barnhardt of Centre Avenue, who at times it is said is not responsible
for his actions.  This fact was explained at the Squire's office on Wednesday afternoon and Mr. Buehler then refused to prosecute.
The Call of July 11, 1919

A chicken thief that has been visiting chicken pens in the vicinity of Centre and Garfield Avenues was caught in the act early Monday morning on the premises of Norman Lessig.  
Nine of B. F. Gehrig's brood had met their fate at the hands of the thief and six of Mr. Lessig's chicks lost their lives.  No clue was left nor could a clue be discovered as to the
identity of the thief.  Neighbors made various predictions as to who the thief was but it remained for Mr. Lessig to make the capture.  This was done with a muskrat trap and while
caught in the trap his life was brought to a sudden end with a good stout hickory stick.  Whether or not his ghost will return again for nine days between nine a. m. and nine p. m.
remains to be seen.  The thief was a big, fat, bold, black and striped Hunnish looking cat.
The Call of July 18, 1919

An affair resulting in an arrest, which will result in a law suit and then probably another law suit and more arrests, occurred in the West Ward last Friday afternoon.  It is alleged that
one Patrick O'Brien, giving his residence as Pottsville, attempted immoral practice on a young son of Daniel Morgan of the West Ward.  It is alleged O'Brien gave the little boy three
cents to have him come into the willows where he, O'Brien, was spending the afternoon.  The elder Morgan learned of the act and went for O'Brien.  He is said to have beat him up.  
O'Brien then boarded a coal train and Morgan went after him again and either pushed or shoved him from the train.  In falling O'Brien received severe injuries to his leg and back.  
Morgan brought suit and O'Brien was taken before Squire Moyer.  Here his injuries were found to be rather serious and upon the advice of a local physician O'Brien was taken to
the Pottsville Hospital.  When he is able to be about he will be brought to Schuylkill Haven to answer the charge of "indecent immorality" brought by Morgan.  It is said O'Brien will
bring counter charges of assault and battery against Morgan .  It is also intimated that the State Police are working on the case to learn where O'Brien secured the beer and whiskey
during the afternoon and it is likely some interesting developments connecting local saloon keepers may result and arrest follow.
The Call of July 18, 1919

A gang of holdup men have been operating in the vicinity of Connor's crossing for the past ten days, or rather nights.  A number of reports have been made by persons who have
been held up and relieved of money and jewelry and others who have been chased.  It is said the men wear overalls and leave the scene in an auto.  It is understood that the State
Police in connection with Officer Butz have picked up clues sufficient to lay their hands on the entire gang and are only awaiting a bit more evidence before arrests are made.
The Call of July 18, 1919

Unknown persons sometime Wednesday evening or Thursday morning entered the store of Miss Marion Bitzer of Saint John Street, rifled the safe and made off with two hundred
dollars in notes.  Entrance was gained through the rear and despite the presence of the family no sound was heard and the robbery was not discovered until Miss Bitzer went to the
safe Thursday morning.  It was her intention to bank it.  It was then that the discovery was made.  From the location of the safe, the fact that Liberty bonds and other valuable papers
were left untouched, and from the manner and method used in gaining an entrance to the store it is believed to have been the work of persons familiar with the premises.  No trace
of the thieves had been obtainable at this writing.
The Call of September 5, 1919

Charles Rabuck of Centre Avenue was placed under arrest on Sunday morning about four o'clock, charged with pointing of firearms and threatening to kill.  The hearing was held
before Squire William Kline and at 4:30 the State Police and Officer Butz set out with their man in an auto for the jail.  Rabuck obtained bail in the sum of $500 on Sunday noon and
was released.  His case may come before the court for trial at the coming session of criminal court.  In connection with Rabuck's arrest there was an air of sensationalism that
aroused and attracted the neighbors.  Alleged threats on the life of his eldest daughter and his wife brought neighbors to the Rabuck home shortly after midnight.  These neighbors
were ordered out of the house at the point of a revolver.  Officer Butz, who was sent for, was also ordered out of the house at the point of a revolver.  The State Police were sent
for and after waiting almost two hours for them, they finally arrived.  After some parleying in which the "Staties" used drawn revolvers, kicked in the front door and smashed a
window pane, Rabuck finally agreed to talk the matter over.  This was done in one of the upstairs bedrooms and near a window where the crowd below could see both parties.  By
reason of the fact that one of the Rabuck children came all the way down town to one of the hotels after midnight and between sobs asked that the State Police be sent for that his
father had killed his mother, quite a number of persons hurried to Centre Avenue and remained until 4:30 a. m.  Rabuck is employed by Mellet and Nichter at their brewery.
The Call of December 19, 1919

Roy Merkle of Garfield Avenue was placed under arrest by the State Police the latter part of last week, charged with entering the home of Walter Moyer and stealing money.  Merkle
admitted the theft and was committed on default of $500 bail to await a hearing.  It is understood efforts are to be made to have the young fellow sent to a house of correction.  It is
understood Merkle entered the Moyer home early in the morning when Mr. Moyer was at the barn and the other members of the family were still upstairs.  He is alleged to have
helped himself to change from the bag of coin used in making change for milk sales, on several occasions.  He is known to have frequently displayed quantities of money about the
The Call of January 30, 1920

A warrant has been issued by Health Officer Butz for the arrest of Mrs. Harry Koenig, of Bethlehem, for breaking the quarantine at the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Lindermuth of
Market Street.  It is expected she will be brought to town and be required to face the charge in front of Squire Kline in the course of several days.  The penalty or fine for the
offense as fixed by state law is not to exceed $100.  In addition to breaking the quarantine, Mrs. Koenig made away with her three year old son Bobbie, who had been reared and
cared for by her mother since birth.  The affair took place Thursday evening.  Despite the warning of her mother, Mrs. Koenig took the child from the home, stating she was only
going down town for a while.  The grandmother of the child, fearing her intention was to take him out of town, sent her younger son with the two.  To prove that she did not intend
taking the child away with her she allowed him to don his boots and clothing worn during the day.  About 7:30 o'clock Mrs. Koenig handed a letter to her brother and sent him home
with it and boarded the 7:38 P. and R. express.  The contents of the letter proved the grandmother's previous misgivings about the affair.  The P. and R. Company Police were
communicated with and told to hold the two at Reading.  When the train pulled into the outer station one of them hunted up the couple and stooping over to the little lad, asked
what his name was.  Quick as a flash he replied, "Bobby Koenig."  The mother was then taken into custody and Mrs. Lindermuth communicated with and informed the officers could
not hold the woman longer then until ten o'clock.  Before a warrant could be sworn out and telegraphed to Reading, the P. and R. officers left slip their quarry, she boarded a taxi
and drove to Easton.  This information was given out when the warrant was about to be telegraphed.  The woman was during the week located in Bethlehem and relatives went to
that city Wednesday to endeavor to bring home the little fellow.
The Call of February 6, 1920

Master "Bobby" Koenig is back home again with his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Lindermuth and appears to be none the worse for his adventure and kidnapping by his mother.  He says
he enjoyed the car ride but didn't like the people and eats he got in Bethlehem.  He was brought home the fore part of the week by his aunt, Mrs. Gerber, just as soon as the
quarantine under which he and his mother had been placed by the Bethlehem authorities was lifted.  As to whether or not the mother of the child will be prosecuted by the local
Board of Health for breaking the quarantine is doubtful.  There will be quite an expense connected with the same in the way of carfare to Bethlehem for the officer and his prisoner.  
If the woman refuses to pay this expense and would prefer a jail sentence, the local health board would be required to foot the bill.
The following two stories relate a parental kidnapping and the return of the boy.....
The Call of February 13, 1920

Thieves, believed to be of a gang of Spring Garden men, were at work since our last issue and visited the butcher shop of Harry Lomneth and the shoe repairing shop of Harry
Schrader.  At the former place they made away with 150 pounds of pressed ham, three strings of sausage and several rings of bologna.  This was Tuesday evening.  At the Schrader
repair shop they made away with several sides of leather, two pairs of ladies shoes and two pairs of gum boots.  This was on Friday evening last.  At the Lomneth shop the lock on
the smoke house was broken open, but the contents not disturbed.  In the butcher shop proper the lock on the big refrigerator was broken open.  At the Schrader shop a shutter
was torn off and the window pane broken.  Officer Butz is working on the case and feels confident  he can lay hands on the entire ring of thieves very handily and may do so before
the week is ended.  Thefts of various kinds have been occurring in this section right along and it is believed all has been the work of the same crowd.
The Call of February 27, 1920

Robbers at the home of John Palsgrove of Saint John Street on Wednesday morning about two o'clock made away with two of Mr. Palsgrove's overcoats and a pair of glasses.  Mrs.
Palsgrove had been about upstairs and heard a noise downstairs.  Going into the hallway she saw the reflection as a match was struck.  She returned to the room and wakened her
husband and told him she believed robbers were in the house.  In waking, Mr. Palsgrove instead of realizing at once what his wife told him, he spoke a few words.  This is believed
to have been heard by the robbers downstairs and they made away.  Entrance was made by cutting a piece of glass from the window to unloose the window latch.  The window was
then raised and not content with this the door near to the window was then unlocked so the thieves could walk right in.
The Call of March 5, 1920

Burglars, who visited at the home of Harry Glouckler last Wednesday evening took a liking to Mr. Glouckler's working clothes and made off with them.  They gained entrance
through the cellar window.  They took his working coat and vest, the overcoat he uses to go to work, also a rain coat.  Not content with this they made off with several jars of Mrs.
Glouckler's best preserves.  The fellows were quite foxy in that they first searched the coat and took from the pockets a number of papers and one or two letters which might have
led to their being trapped.  The papers were put in the coal bin.  Not until morning when ready to go to work was the theft discovered.  Evidently the same gang that operated at the
Palsgrove home visited the Glouckler home.
The Call of May 14, 1920

For some time residents on Railroad Street near the P. and R. freight station have noticed a "Peeping Tom" standing or crouching on the concrete wall at the rear of the freight
station each evening between the hours of ten and ten thirty.  His presence there was thought to have been for the purpose of obtaining a view of the occupants of the several
houses as they prepared to retire.  Two of the men folks after having been informed of his presence, one evening this week, left their homes and surprised and cornered this
fellow.  At the hands of a neat and trim looking .38 caliber revolver he was ordered to march into the light.  Here his identity was made known.  He hails from Schuylkill Haven.  Upon
his promise to give up this practice he was left off with a warning not to be caught in the vicinity after dark again.
The Call of July 21, 1916

The gang of thieves that have been operating in the farming districts for the past several weeks, apparently fearing neither man nor gun, paid a visit to the county almshouse.  
Here, during the night, they forced their way into the smokehouse and working undisturbed, successfully packed a quantity of meat and got away.  The theft was discovered the
following morning when the butcher went to cut the meat for use at the institution.  The theft was reported to Steward Edward Stein and through him to the proper authorities.  The
matter was kept from the public in the hope that some clue would be obtained that would lead to the arrest of the guilty ones.  The same night that the almshouse was visited, the
thieves paid a visit to the Hartman farm, tenanted by a party named Freeman, on the state road between here and Orwigsburg.  Forcing their way into the kitchen, they worked to the
third floor.  In a room adjoining the sleeping apartments of the Freemans was stored nearly one hundred dollars worth of smoked meats from last fall.  Every pound of this meat was
taken downstairs and away without the family hearing a sound.  Going into an adjoining room on the ground floor, the thieves discovered a dozen or more loaves of bread, a
quantity of pies and cakes, the baking of the week.  This was also appropriated by the thieves and taken along.  The only thing left was a few crumbs to remind the good housewife
that she had really done the baking for the family.  It is reported that they visited several other farmhouses in this section but were scared away.  Landlord Rudolph of the Halfway
House believes the work was that of the same ones who but a few nights previous visited his place and the home of a man named Stetler, adjoining.  Following the first two
robberies an investigation was made and in the orchard at the Halfway House was found a flashlight, several empty bottles, one of which it is supposed to contain chloroform.  
Others of the bottles had contained beer stolen from Rudolph.     
The Call of June 25, 1920

For the second or third time within a comparatively short time an alleged bawdy or disorderly house in the South Ward in the Pottery Row, known as Emma Harvey's Place was raided
by the State Police, Monday and Tuesday evenings.  Monday evening the troopers called and took the proprietress, Emma Harvey, to the Pottsville jail.  Tuesday evening they made
another call and took another inmate, a woman by the name of "Rosie" to the stone mansion on Court House hill.  Just what evidence has been procured by the troopers against
this place and what charges will be brought is being awaited with interest.  It is understood the place has been under surveillance for some time and quite a number of persons who
have visited it have been listed and may be subpoenaed as witnesses.
The Call of September 24, 1920

The discovery of a large touring car on the side of the Schuylkill Mountain Tuesday morning, about eighty feet from the road and on this side of the new road to the "Chutes", was
sufficient to cause quite an excitement for a time.  Wild rumors were immediately put in circulation concerning the number of dead found near and underneath the car, etc., etc.  
Many persons hurried to the scene, viewed the wreck and expressed their opinion of the cause or causes and effect or effects.  During the day it was learned from the State Police
that the car, a large Lexington touring, was the property of a Philadelphia party and had been stolen and they were on the look out for it.  The car was pulled to the road by the
wrecking crew of the Berger Garage.  It was taken to this garage and awaited the arrival of the police and owner.  That the car was deliberately run down the side of the mountain
was shown by a number of bits of evidence.  It was noted that the rails of the fence had been pried off by means of a large screwdriver.  The car was evidently being driven down
the mountain and the gasoline supply gave out as there was not a drop of gas in the tank and no signs of a leak or any gas spilled about.  The headlights of the car were still burning
when the discovery was made early in the morning by car shop men from the district nearby on their way t o work.  A remarkable thing about the accident is that although the car
struck several trees and was wedged in against two of them the glass in the windshield was not broken.  The front axle was bent, the frame of the car bent, the hood broken and
also the cowl.  The left front mud guard was also in bad shape.  The car was stripped of curtains, all tools and extra tires.
The Call of October 8, 1920

A woman supposed to be melancholy or demented caused a stir here Wednesday evening on High Street.  Her actions while not unruly were such as to arouse suspicion as to her
condition.  Officer Butz was called and found the woman surrounded by a group of noisy kids and a larger number of gaping and curious women.  Admittance to the county
institutions were refused and the only thing left for Officer Butz was to place her in one of the cells of the town hall.  The woman gave her name as McDevitt and her residence as
Cressona and Schuylkill Haven.  Thursday morning she was released and appeared more rational.  She stated she had a sister in Reading and intended going to see her.  She stated
she had sufficient money to purchase food and pay her transportation.  The night previous, officers in Pottsville found her wandering about and detained her at police headquarters
until Wednesday morning and then released her.
The Call of February 11, 1921

For the past several days we have been hearing all kinds of stories about
unknown persons peculiarly garbed and therefore being termed cloak women,
having made their appearance about town.  The first notice came from Spring
Garden where it is understood some ladies were followed to their homes.  Seen
on Haven Street, he was followed by some men folks but suddenly made his
disappearance.  He, as it is generally thought, is a man dressed up in woman's
clothing, wore a red tam-o-shanter.  A few evenings later some young girls were
chased in Spring Garden and then he is supposed to have worn aviator's or
autoist's goggles and a long shawl.  Then we have heard from Market Street and
Prospect Hill where we are told there were two put in an appearance.  Whether
the imagination is running wild or whether there are several persons "spooking"
about can not be substantiated.  It is reasonable to believe however, that if such
is the case, someone may be given a good beating if caught.
The Call of February 18, 1921

As was expected the person sneaking about town in semi-masquerade costume for the past
week frightening persons, was finally tripped up and given a good beating with a fence railing
Sunday evening.  The person to whom credit is due for his good work is "Tony" Rossi, the
sexton at the Saint Ambrose Church.  Saturday evening "Tony" gave chase to the fellow whom
he found prowling around the alley to the rear of the church yard.  He did not succeed in
landing him but noted he wore a mask and a sort of dark cloak.  Taking a chance on the
possibility of the fellow happening by the premises again, Tony stationed himself in a secluded
and shadowed spot in the alley running along the church property.  Along about eleven o'clock
Sunday evening, Mr. Cloak Woman came by.  His captor took him in hand so suddenly that he
did not have a chance to take to his heels.  He begged for mercy and stated he was
masquerading in order to shadow his wife.  Tony had little mercy on him and wailed him quite
generously.  From the fact that Mr. Rossi is not well acquainted with local people he could not
tell or give a clear description of who the person was.  It is likely however that this will put an
end to the cloak woman scare.
These stories printed in consecutive weeks offer a strange story of a "cloak woman".....
The Call of February 18, 1921

Thieves last Saturday evening forced an entrance into the cellar of the home of Mrs. Peter Stanton and made away with a quantity of wine and eatables.  In order that an alarm could
not be immediately given, the telephone wires are said to have been cut.  The state police were called in on the case and made an examination of a number of cellars in the
neighborhood but could find no trace of the goods.  A number of West Warders on Wednesday and Thursday morning were noticed to be in an intoxicated condition and it is thought
they had some connection with the stolen two kegs of wine.  Arrests are expected.
The Call of May 6, 1921

For the first time in years of service as a police officer, John Butz, on Saturday was given a badly colored eye as a result of a severe bruise on the left side of his head above the
eye.  It was inflicted by one Mrs. Mease of Berne Street.  Officer Butz had called at the home to serve a truancy notice on the woman on account of her son not attending school.  In
leaving the premises and with his back turned on the house, Mrs. Mease is alleged to have picked up a piece of board and struck the officer a smart blow.  The physician who has
been dressing the wound stated during the week that the bone was bruised.  The injury is more severe than it was at first thought to have been.  A previous attempt to beat the
officer with a broom on this same occasion was frustrated by him.  A charge of assault and battery and interference with an officer was brought against the woman.  At the hearing
Monday afternoon she was held under $800 bail for appearance at court.  Bail was furnished.  As the case is a commonwealth case the interests of Mr. Butz will be looked after by
the District Attorney.  It is understood efforts this week were made to settle the case but it is not expected Mr. Butz the prosecutor will agree to this.  The case was presented to the
Grand Jury Wednesday of this week and a true bill returned against Mrs. Mease.  The case will come up for trial at the June term of court.
The Call of June 3, 1921

During the week robbers visited several places in town and while they could not obtain much loot or money, their actions were of the more dangerous kind and have resulted in
most folks feeling uneasy about leaving the home unprotected.  In two instances newspapers were lighted and burned in order to furnish illumination for a search for valuables.  
This was followed at the Nauss home on Saint John Street and at Tinsmith Reed's shop.  At the Nauss home the top of a hardwood table was ruined in this manner and it was the
smoke from the paper that awakened the household and probably prevented a fire.  Some articles of value and a small sum of money was taken from the Nauss home.  The robbers
simply walked in the front door which was unlocked.
At the Reed shop no articles of value were taken but tools, material, etc. scattered about promiscuously.  Entrance was gained through one of the four windows facing the church
property.  An odd thing about the entrance is that tracks on the ground were traced directly to the one of these four windows that was not fastened on the inside.  An effort the fore
part of the week was made to gain entrance to the Bowen home on Liberty Street by prying at the shutter.  They were however scared off.  
It is believed the robberies are the work of several Negro's seen loitering about town.  They have accosted a number of persons at night and asked various kinds of questions in
rather commanding tones and have become rather flippant and abusive.  It is understood a number of young fellows from town have armed themselves and are going to lie in wait
for further offenses of this kind and regardless of how slight they may be, someone is liable to be messed up.  Several days ago a Negro threw some kind of acid or powder in the
face of a boy by the name of Ney, residing on a farm south of town, when he refused to answer some questions as to where he could procure food.  The boys face was painfully
The Call of June 17, 1921

Following a hearing at the office of Squire Moyer, Thursday morning, Roy Merkle of Main Street, was remanded to jail to await a hearing at the next term of criminal court.  The
charge preferred was being an accessory to the robbery committed at the store of H. Oswald last week.  Merkle was taken in charge the fore part of the week by Officer Butz and the
state cops.  He at once admitted being an accessory, stating that he merely stood guard outside the Oswald store while three fellows whom he did not know entered the place.  
Merkle was taken in charge by the state cops for several days but still maintained he did not know who the other fellows were.  Further developments in the local robbery cases are
The Call of June 24, 1921

Additional arrests were made Saturday evening by State Police in connection with the petty robberies in the town lately.  Hamilton Brown and Eddie Moyer of Main Street were
caught in the net.  Roy Merkle who had last week been arrested as an accessory to the robberies, identified the boys.  Bail was furnished in the sum of $1500 for young Brown, but
this amount was not forthcoming for young Moyer and he spent the week in jail.  It was expected Merkle would be brought before the court this week for trial and it is more than
likely he may be remanded to a Home for Boys as he was but some time ago on probation for a similar offense.  The facts against Brown and Moyer were presented to the Grand Jury
this week and true bills returned in each case.  The case of Brown because of his age will be heard before the Juvenile Court.  The case against Moyer was placed on the trial list
for today.
The Call of July 1, 1921

Charges of robbery against Hamilton Brown and Edward Moyer were on Saturday dismissed when it was proven that Roy Merkle, who implicated them in the robbery, was an
imbecile and his testimony or evidence would not be admitted.  Dr. Bowers first testified to Merkle's condition as being that of an imbecile and altogether incapable of giving true
evidence.  Merkle was later examined by a committee appointed by court consisting of Doctors Heim, Detweiler and Bowers.  As a result of their findings the boy was taken from the
county jail to the Insane Institution at this place.  His tonsils were found to be diseased and they will be removed.  He will later be taken to the institution at Spring City and there
confined for an indefinite period.  There is little hope for much improvement of his condition.
The Call of July 1, 1921

The story is told on a number of Saint John Street male residents who stood patiently waiting in front of a Saint John Street home one morning recently between the hours of one
and two o'clock, for supposed burglars to come out of the house and be captured.  When they did not put in an appearance and as the night air began to chill through thin pajamas,
one of the bolder of the crowd ventured up to the front door and rang the bell.  The man of the house came downstairs, opened the front door and inquired what was wanted.  He
was told his neighbors there assembled: two with revolvers, one with a musket of the Rebellion and another with a drawn sword, were waiting to capture the burglars in his home.  
The explanation was then made and all returned to their beds and interrupted slumber.  The neighborhood, when they learned of the affair, while they could not help but appreciate
the joke, were glad to know that a real well organized body of night police is available for such purposes in that neighborhood.  The explanation is simple.  One of the residents
noticed the flashing of a flashlight in the particular home.  This, under ordinary circumstances, would be proof sufficient that robbers were about.  Instead of robbers however, it
happened to be the man of the house who was using the flashlight to pack up his duds preparatory to taking a short pleasure trip and intended leaving on the Buffalo.  His home not
being wired for electric lights and the gas fixtures being out of service, the flashlight was called into play.  Better luck next time fellows.
The Call of April 14, 1922

Early Sunday morning thieves broke into the Boyer garage on Centre Avenue and made away with the new Dodge car of Walter Holzer.  One of the rear windows of the garage was
broken to permit access.  The doors were then opened from the inside.  The theft was not discovered until Sunday evening when Mr. Holzer called for his car and it was not on
hand.  The garage men noticed its absence during the day but felt that Mr. Holzer had taken it out.  State police were immediately notified and came to town and looked things over.  
The machine was brought back to Schuylkill Haven during the week by one of the local special police, George Reichert and Squire Kline.  The recovery of the machine came through
an chain of odd and perchance circumstances.  As the story was given the Call man, it appears one of the operators of the Reading Bell Telephone exchange attending a funeral
Monday noticed the car abandoned and standing crosswise in an alley in Reading.  The operator upon returning to work recited the news to Miss Cleary, Chief Operator for the Bell
Company at this place, who was filling her position during her absence.  In the evening Miss Cleary read of the local machine having been stolen and told a few friends about what
she had learned in Reading.  In some way or other Officer Reichert got wind of the news and with Squire Kline made some inquiries.  The Reading operator was then communicated
with and it was learned that the operator's best friend, who also has a car and keeps it in a certain garage, told her an abandoned machine had been brought to this garage in
Reading.  The garage man was then communicated with, the license number and other details were checked up and Messrs. Reichert, Kline Hawkins and Holzer set out for Reading.  
The car was brought back to town undamaged with the exception of having a door torn off.  The car had been driven 130 miles and was very muddy and dirty.  No trace of the
thieves could be picked up.
The Call of May 19, 1922

Pete Bojack, aged about fourteen years, picked the lock or in some way or other loosed the locking mechanism on an auto of Ed Sterner which was standing near the Unique
Theatre Saturday evening.  The boy got the car started and kept it underway until the Columbia Street bridge was reached.  Here it stalled.  Another machine happened along, the
boy asked for assistance and claimed that the machine was that of his brother.  The autoist noticed the machine was still locked, came into town and inquired.  The loss of the
machine had been discovered by this time and Bojack was soon rounded up.  Upon the arrival of the State Police who were called, Mr. Sterner refused to prosecute and the boy
was released upon his promise to keep straight.
The Call of May 26, 1922

Friends of Pete Bojack, who several times transgressed against the law and got himself into all kinds of trouble, interested themselves sufficiently in his case to have him sent to a
reform school.  The boy seemed to have a failing for getting into trouble.  Friday evening he is supposed to have broken into the garage at the Baker Ice plant and endeavored to
make away with the touring car.  It was gotten halfway out the garage door and then stopped.  All the tools in the machine were scattered about showing that efforts had been made
to get the car started.  The ledger in the office of the plant was mutilated.  The duplex billing machine was tampered with and yards and yards of paper unwound and strewn about.  
Sometime ago the young fellow was discovered just in time making away with a clock taken from an auto in one of the local garages.  The authorities have from time to time been
annoyed by the boy's carryings on.  His being sent to a reform school will not only be a benefit to the community but principally to the boy himself.
The Call of September 22, 1922

A big time on ten dollars was suddenly cut short for young Bojack of Caldwell Street Wednesday morning when he was required to return the money.  The boy was in the Post Office
when he overheard a customer purchasing goods to the amount of ten dollars.  He evidently noticed the ten dollar bill changing hands.  When Miss Reed, the Assistant
Postmistress, went to the rear of the office he raised the window and crawled through it a sufficient distance to reach the bill which was lying on the ledge or desk.  The first
merchant with whom he wished to make a purchase could not change the ten.  The boy then went to the bank and had it cashed stating a certain person sent him in for change.  
About ten minutes thereafter $9.50 was taken from his pockets in the Post Office while he was deliberately and defiantly denying the theft before his accuser.  This is the lad that
gets into trouble so often.  He had been away to a House of Correction for a time.  A week ago one of the Railroad Police nabbed him for the dangerous practice of stealing a ride on
the "Flyer".  For the boy's own good it would be well if someone would endeavor to place him in a school where "the devil" that seems to be in him could be starved out or
drastically driven out of him.
These three articles are all about the one man crime spree of Peter  Bojack.  Read further for his return in 1923.
The Call of September 29, 1922

Robbers paid Spring Garden a visit during the week and while no one suffered any great loss, the boldness off the thieves has served to put the residents on Uneasy Street.  
Saturday evening unknown persons visited the home of Milton Yost on Dock Street, next to the P. R. R. arch.  Entrance was gained by forcing a kitchen window.  Eats must evidently
have been their objective as they ate up a quantity of vegetable soup left over from the Saturday meals, also potatoes that had been prepared for the Sunday breakfast, and made
off with a large layer cake and a large loaf of homemade bread.  Even the plate on which the cake had been was taken along.  Plates, knives and forks, crumbs, burned matches,
etc., found on the kitchen floor indicated the thieves sat on the floor and indulged in their repast, proving that they certainly had plenty of nerve as the Yost family was in the house
at the time.  
Sunday evening an attempt was made to force entrance to the W. H. Wagner store.  A rear door to the basement was being attacked when they were evidently scared off by
neighbors.  The tactics followed to gain entrance to the store are interesting.  Twenty one three quarter inch holes were bored in a circle.  The hole made when finished was about
six inches in diameter and was evidently for the purpose of slipping back the lock on the inside.  This could not be done and another nine holes had been bored at a point higher up
on the door with the evident same purpose in view.  The thieves were no doubt disturbed before they had a hole large enough to insert an arm.  The door contains nine six by nine
window glasses any or all of which could be removed without trouble, indicating that the thieves were novices at the game.
The Call of December 8, 1922

Friday morning at 1:15 a. m. the Durant Sedan of John Ebling was stolen from his garage by three Reading youths.  The time is definitely fixed because some neighbors saw the
machine leave the garage but thought the owner of some car was in it.  The machine was pushed down Dock Street to the corner of Willow and Dock Street.  Here the engine was
started.  The thieves then drove up Willow Street to Garfield Avenue to Centre Avenue and headed to Reading.  Saturday morning the car was gained by police near New Jerusalem,
between Allentown and Reading, after a chase of almost fifty miles from the outskirts of Reading.  Possibly the car would not have been captured then had not the gasoline supply
given out.  Brought back to Reading, the boys confessed having stolen a Chandler Coupe at Reading and drove to Tuckerton Thursday evening and after abandoning this car came
back to Reading where they a Ford Runabout in which car they drove to Pottsville.  How the boys came to Schuylkill Haven is a mystery.  They got here nevertheless and breaking a
window in the garage gained entrance.  The heavy doors were then swung open and the car of the owner pushed out.  The garage doors were then locked again.
The names of the boys are Kenneth Baer, Lewis Marabella, Edward Riggs, all sixteen years of age.  They were released from the Boys Home on Schuylkill Avenue in reading on
Thursday.  A few hours after their freedom they began their auto thefts.  It is the third time the first named boy has given the police trouble.  His last offense, to which he is said to
have confessed was that of stealing no less than twenty Overland automobiles during the past summer.  He was saved from a jail sentence on that occasion only by the intervention
of several active church members who entered a plea for leniency.  The boys drove the Ebling sedan to Atlantic City Friday morning and spent several hours there.  It is badly
scratched and will require a new coat of paint and varnish.  One of the rear shock absorbers was broken and about eight articles in the machine missing.  The lock and chain that
was on the spare tire was broken and thrown away when one of the other tires went flat on them.
The Call of March 30, 1923

It is possible that young Peter Bojack may be sent to a reformatory school in an effort to have him mend his behavior.  Last week he was placed under arrest by Officer Butz for
stealing candy from the auto trucks of Michel Brothers while in the garage on West Main Street.  Despite the fact that he was busily engaged in eating candy at his home and had his
mouth stuffed full of sweets, he emphatically declared to Officer Butz that he did not have any candy.  Officer Butz however finally induced him to bring several boxes of
confectionery to light and had him accompany him to the office of Squire Moyer.  He was bound over to Probation Officer Simonds.  In Pottsville however he made his escape from
Officer Butz and had several of the city cops and citizens chasing him down west Norwegian Street to Center Street, across Center to East Norwegian and on for several squares.  
He was finally captured after having brought a crowd of persons to the scene.  Officer Simonds committed him to the detention ward of the jail where he will remain until provisions
can be made to have him sent to a reform school.
A new series of articles has just been
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trouble on Quarley Point, an unhappy teen
bride and several other minor scraps.
The Call of March 2, 1923

A number of owners of dogs were arrested by E. O. Peifer of the Bureau of Animal Industry, field agent for the enforcement of the dog license law, during the week.  The Call on
January 5th contained a warning or notice to all dog owners to obtain licenses and tags for their dogs not later than January 5th.  The article also gave warning that Mr. Peifer would
return to town and make arrests within a short time.  Monday he put in an appearance and in several hours time had sworn out warrants for the arrest of fifteen persons.  A fine of
five dollars is imposed on each person.  In addition they will be required to get a license for the dog or have it shot.  The dog law of 1921 provides for a fine of from five to one
hundred dollars for failing to comply with any of the provisions or an imprisonment of thirty days.  Officer Peifer announced his intention to pay another visit to Schuylkill Haven in
the near future and other owners of dogs who have not procured licenses will be arrested and maybe fined a larger sum then five dollars.  Owners who were arrested in the fore
part of the week were: Harry Moyer, Harry Dewald, Lewis Einhorn, J. A. Harner, John Bomberger, Lyman Kramer, Harry Reed, Frank Schaffer, John Seigfried, Douglas Kaufman,
Claude Matz, Harry Baker, Charles Kantner, Milton Reber and James Ney.
The Call of May 25, 1923

Thieves early Friday morning forced an entrance into the pool room of Fred Merlino on Saint John Street.  They appeared well acquainted with the place and selected with care the
articles they wanted.  Cigars and confectionery, a revolver, three watches, a ring, a knife, watch chains were taken and also $25 from a cash drawer.  State police were called and a
finger print expert summoned.  The latter however was unable to get any good idea of the finger imprints from the fact that prior to his arrival one of the clerks had operated the
cash register.  The cellar door through which entrance was forced was too rough to hold marks.  Mr. Merlino states strong suspicion points against several persons.  The state
police may make an arrest most any day.
The Call of June 15, 1923

A ukelele and a whiskey bottle figured prominently in a fight at Willow Lake Wednesday evening and as a result several persons were badly cut up, are nursing bruises and several
Pottsville lads will be in for a law suit.  The rumpus started when the Pottsville boys got fresh and resented efforts to quell them and escort them from the park.. They used a
whiskey bottle and for a time there was a regular young riot on the dance floor.  Bert Ney received a very deep gash above the eye from a whiskey bottle and other cuts on his face
and lip from being struck with the ukelele.  Alfred Yost, Joe Killian, William Killian and several other participants were nursing bruises Thursday morning.  Mr. Killian, Thursday
morning, entered suit before Squire Kline against young Gilmore, Shorty Gunder and Albert Union, all of Pottsville on the charge of assault and battery and creating a nuisance.  The
trio was the cause of the disturbance.  The dance that was in progress at the time and which was largely attended was held up for a half hour or more by reason of the disturbance.
The Call of August 24, 1923

Four arrests were made by traffic cop, George Reichert, who was stationed on Centre Avenue.  The license numbers were taken.  All were arrested for reckless driving.  The
additional charge of driving without a license will be brought against two.  Warrants or notices will be issued and the hearings will be held before Squire Kline.  In making one of the
arrests Sunday evening, that of Dr. J. J. Bellas of Lansford, Pa., quite a little trouble was experienced by the officer.  Reichert noticed him driving in a reckless manner.  When told of
the offense he is alleged to have made threats.  Upon being asked for his license he could not produce it.  Reichert then demanded that he discontinue the operation of the car.  
Instead of stopping he started the machine.  Reichert jumped on the running board and when he failed to stop the car, the officer turned off the gas.  He was then placed under
arrest.  In order to subdue the fellow it was necessary for the officer to use his bill.  Brought before Burgess Lautenbacher and the affair explained, the officer and the bystanders
were amazed and disgusted to hear the Chief advise the dropping of the charge.  Reichert however decided to himself bring the charges as above named.  Thursday noon an
officer from Tamaqua served a warrant in which he was charged by Dr. Bellas with assault and battery.  Reichert entered $400 bail before Squire Kline for appearance at court.
The Call of August 31, 1923

As the result of a ten day sojourn in Schuylkill Haven of two state police in citizen's clothing, and but recently attached to the troop of this section, three saloonmen were placed
under arrest, namely Benjamin Luckenbill, Douglas Kaufman and J. G. Matonis.  Luckenbill waived a hearing before Alderman Davies in Pottsville on the charge of having whiskey in
his possession.  Kaufman will also have his case heard in court.  This is his third arrest for violation of the Volstead Act.  The charge against him is for having whiskey in his place
and selling it.  In the Berks County Court he recently paid a heavy fine for transporting liquor, having been arrested near Hamburg.  A similar charge in Schuylkill County some time
ago was dropped because of lack of evidence.  Matonis was arrested on the charge of having whiskey.  This is his second arrest for violation of the Volstead Act.  His case will be
heard in court.  
Several other charges grew out of the Matonis arrest, one being the arrest of his son Joseph, for alleged destruction of a pitcher standing on the bar and thought to have
contained whiskey.  He was arrested for disorderly conduct.  Joseph Matonis in turn preferred charges of assault and battery against State Trooper Herbert Gaslin.  The hearing was
held before Squire Moyer Tuesday afternoon.  At the hearing Matonis maintained Gaslin slapped his face while searching for whiskey behind the bar of his fathers hotel.  Squire
Moyer heard several witnesses and held the trooper under $400 bail for appearance at court.  Tuesday evening about eight o'clock state troopers swooped down on the Hotel
Central.  Joseph Matonis, a man by the name of Blankenhorn and Joseph Matonis were taken to the police barracks.  The latter two got themselves into trouble by arguing with the
troopers and calling them names.
The Call of October 19, 1923

Gus Menas, proprietor of the Pool Room on West Main Street, was surprised Wednesday afternoon when three state troopers visited his place of business and began carrying out
his nickel or gambling machines and other paraphernalia such as punch boards.  A hearing was had before Squire Moyer in which he was charged by one of the troopers, Joseph
Rovinske, with setting up and maintaining gambling devices.  There were two witnesses, both evidently state troopers, who stated they were enabled to play on the machines.  The
auto of the state trooper outside the squire's office contained a load of evidence in the form of several slot machines, punch boards containing clocks, pocketbooks, packages of
candy, etc., etc.  Menas entered bail in the sum of $500 for appearance at court.
The Call of November 2, 1923

Some little excitement was caused shortly after midnight Sunday on West Main Street by the report that a young man by the name of Monroe Mease had threatened to do some
shooting.  Mease was placed under arrest by officer Brown and placed in the Town Hall.  In the morning, Gus Menas, the proprietor of the pool room, appeared against him.  The
charge of threatening to shoot was brought.  Some witnesses were heard.  He was fined three dollars.  It appears some misunderstanding arose between the parties interested.  
Mease went home and procured some kind of a special made short shotgun.  Crouching back of the building at one time the newsstand at the P. & R. station, he is supposed to
have aimed across the street at the Menas place of business.  Somehow or other the gun wouldn't work and in the mean time the alarm was given and chase given to Mease.  Some
twenty six shells were found on his person.
Pottsville Journal of March 21, 1924

It's a long, long story of nickel machines being confiscated and returned again by our local authorities, nevertheless, in the first place, it proves that our Chief of Police has been
active in his efforts to do some housecleaning about town.  The story as told to us runs something like this.  Tuesday evening one of the customers at the Merlino place on Saint
John Street was accused of trying to beat a nickel machine with a plugged or lead quarter.  The proprietor caught him in the act and is alleged to have struck the man over the back
with a cue stick.  Rough house begins and Officer Brown who was in attendance at the dance is called.  Brown puts the quiet on the rumpus and has Merlino turn over a gun to him
which he had in his possession.  Brown then decided to clean house.  A messenger is dispatched for the Chief Burgess.  The messenger returns with the answer that he is
indisposed.  Brown himself then goes after the Burgess and routs him from his slumbers and has him accompany him to Merlino's place.  When they arrive there is no sign of the
machines.  Brown goes into the cellar and after rooting around finds them underneath a wood pile.  The machines are taken to the town hall and locked in one of the cells.  Next day,
the owner of the machines, a man by the name of Bossler, interviews Officer Brown and tells him that he, the owner of the machines interviewed the solicitor and was told that
Brown could not take the machines without an order of the court.  Brown then turns over the keys to the cell in the town hall.  Owner takes machines.  Brown later finds out that the
solicitor gave no such instructions whatsoever.  Without the evidence it is doubtful whether prosecution can be brought.  Someday we'll print a news story with a bit more pep to it
and probably with a more satisfactory ending.
The Call of January 23, 1925

The little gray horse of Sam Schaeffer was shot and badly injured at a point between the left shoulder and elbow sometime during Friday night or Saturday morning.  The horse was
found suffering when the stable on Union Street was opened on Saturday morning.  Another horse in the stable was untied in his stall and it was thought that the horse had been
kicked by it.  A veterinarian was summoned and surprised the owner by telling him the cause of the injury.  The bullet which entered and which up to this time could not be located
was .32 caliber.  No holes could be found in the stable to indicate that the shot came from the outside.  Mr. Schaeffer is at a loss to account why anyone should deliberately try to
injure and probably cause the death of one of his horses.  The animal by the way was but recently purchased and is considered the best of his several horses.
The Call of June 5, 1925

Robbers early Wednesday morning broke into the Earl Stoyer Garage and stole nine tires from machines in storage or from those being held for repairs.  The robbers were rather
choicy in their selection.  Eight of the tires taken were extras.  One tire was in use and the car was jacked up and the tire removed.  Aside from the loss of the tires, Mr. Stoyer has
been put to great inconvenience in procuring the extra rims, as most of them are of different sizes and not easily procured.  Entrance to the building was gained through the large
glass and steel frame window at the far western end of the building facing the Bittle Dam.  The glass in one of the small panes was first broken.  It was then possible to reach the
chain attached to the lock operating the large section of the window which opens inward.  This section was unlocked and more ample space to crawl through was provided.  No clue
to the robbers was found.
The Call of July 3, 1925

Edward Wessner of Schuylkill Haven and William Goodchild of Philadelphia who deserted the U. S. Army and stole three automobiles were taken to the Frankford Arsenal in
Philadelphia by Officer Brown, where sentence for their desertion will be meted out.  They stole the Ford truck of Howard Kimmel late Sunday evening from in front of his residence
and drove it in the direction of Orwigsburg.  Mr. Kimmel with a party of friends followed in another machine and caught them a short distance below the Almshouse.  They were
brought back to town and taken to the office of Squire Kline.  Mr. Kimmel withdrew the charge.  The boys went to the garage of Herman Bashore of Haven Street.  Here they took Mr.
Bashore's Essex touring car.  In Orwigsburg they met with bad luck as they struck the curb around the park plot and one of the wheels was broken and the car deserted.  They came
to town in a Ford Coupe that was stolen near Fort Dix.
The Call of January 5, 1926

Bold thieves walked into the home of H. E. Oswald on East Main Street last Wednesday evening and made off with seventy dollars in cash and several checks.  The robbery, it is
believed, was that of persons well acquainted with the movements of Mr. and Mrs. Oswald as the front door of the residence had been left unlocked for just a few minutes.  This
was done because of the fact that Mr. Oswald had left the home to be gone for but for a short while and had forgotten a key.  The wife also desired to leave the house before Mr.
Oswald returned and therefore left the front door unlocked.  When the first named returned he made the discovery.  No definite clues to the thieves were obtained.
The Call of February 26, 1926

During the services in the First M. E. Church Sunday evening a thief stole about $8.50 from the pocketbooks of members of the choir from a room adjoining the auditorium.  The
man's shadow, in a stooped position, was noticed by two of the ushers, Charles Williams and Robert Coldren, on the glass partition which separates the auditorium from the Sunday
School room.  This was during the prayer by the pastor.  Both men went into the Sunday School room and confronted the man.  Not wishing to create a scene during the church
services, one of the ushers went for help but upon his return the man had merely hurried out after mumbling answers to several questions.  Once outside he was joined by a
confederate as was revealed by tracks in the snow and made good his escape.  Both ushers claim they can pick out the thief when they see him.  They are positive they have often
seen him in Schuylkill Haven.  He is tall and was well dressed.  From the purse of Mrs. George Knell the sum of five dollars was taken and from the purse of Miss Dorothy Bowen,
about $3.50 was taken.
The Call of March 12, 1926

Thieves made another Sunday night visit to Schuylkill Haven and this time came very near getting caught.  They made away with fifteen dollars from the harry Cooper residence.  Of
this amount ten dollars was taken from a bureau drawer of the Cooper apartments on the second floor and five dollars from the cash register on the second floor.  The robbery took
place about 6:45 o'clock.  Just as Mr. Cooper opened the front door after returning from an auto trip, he heard a window in the rear of the second floor being closed.  It was by this
method that the robber made his escape.  The fellow jumped to the roof of another building and then to the garden of D. Kaufman.  Here he narrowly escaped bowling over Mrs.
Kaufman who was coming from their residence on Wilson Street to the Kaufman Café on Main Street.  Mrs. Kaufman is quite sure she can identify the thief.  The fellow however
made good his escape.  The case is in the hands of a detective agency.                                                                        
The Call of April 23, 1926

Sunday evening, a thief shabbily dressed and possessing an unusual amount of boldness, visited the home of a prominent resident of our town.  The husband happened to be at
the church.  The wife and child were at home and in an upstairs room.  Hearing someone stirring on the first floor, the wife investigated.  In the living room she found the man
without mask and as brazen as possible making a search of the premises.  Without any hesitancy the thief told the lady of the house he wanted money and would not leave until he
got sufficient to go to Reading.  He was told the woman had no money and that she was just recuperating from an attack of illness.  She several times pleaded with him to leave but
just as defiantly the fellow insisted on remaining.  Proving the extent of his nerve, he stated he would sit down and listen to the radio, while she went in search of money.  Matching
his statement with his words he sat down and began to manipulate the radio and soon had a station on the air.  The wife, fearful to leave the room lest he would make some attempt
to steal some articles or other, was overcome by the nerve displayed by the man and his insistence on having money.  She could make no outcry and really was frightened.  She
went to the kitchen and upon returning found the man gone.  Local authorities are investigating.
The Call of May 28, 1926

A thief made away with thirty dollars and a wristwatch, the property of Paul Mangle on Wednesday night. The money was taken from the pocketbook that was in the pocket of a pair of
trousers in the bedroom.  The watch was taken from the bureau drawer.  The robbery occurred about nine o'clock in the evening but the discovery was not made until Thursday
morning.  An odd occurrence in connection with this burglary is the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Mengle and other neighbors were attracted by unusual noises about nine o'clock.  
Investigating they noticed someone making a hurried escape from the roofs of the Mengle and Dunkle apartments on West Main Street.  Careful investigation showed the thief had
attempted to force an entrance into the Dunkle apartments from the second floor.  Instead of bursting open the screen cover on the screen door, the thief cut out the lock on the
door.  He then attempted to force or pry open the door and badly damaged the door.  Mr. Dunkle's return evidently scared off the intruder.  The thief had visited the Mengle
apartment first and when the noise of his running over the roofs attracted their attention and they were informed that a thief had attempted to force an entrance to the Dunkle
apartment they did not think to make an examination of their home.  They joined in the effort to pick up clues on the thief.  The thief in his escape dropped a tool that  had been used
to pry open the door.  Burgess Scott and Officer Deibert were notified of the robbery but not until several hours after it had been perpetrated.  They are working on the case and
had a midnight session at the town hall with several suspects but without any results.
The Call of May 28, 1926

The thief who this week took thirty dollars from the apartment of Paul Mengle, was taken into custody Thursday evening about 6:45 o'clock in front of the Eber Store on Center
Street in Pottsville.  The arrest was made by Burgess Scott who has been hard at work running down numerous clues of the several thefts that have been committed here recently.  
The fellow is a former Schuylkill Haven boy, Robert Batdorf, who for some time has been rooming at the American Restaurant in Pottsville.  Batdorf when taken resented the arrest.  
He was taken to the police headquarters in Pottsville.  Later he was questioned.  After being questioned for half an hour by Burgess Scott, assisted by Harvey Smith of the
Merryfield-Smith Agency, he admitted the Mengle theft.  He admitted the purchase of the chisel which was used to force an entry to the Mengle apartment.  He had on his wrist the
wristwatch of Paul Mengle. He had in the lining of his coat the sum of $82.00.  
While seated in the police headquarters to be questioned, he discarded a pocketbook that had been stolen in a previous theft, by slipping it down behind the couch on which he
was seated.  Commitment papers were procured and he was placed in the county jail overnight.  A hearing was scheduled for Friday morning before Squire Kline when the thievery
charge will be formally brought against him.  From information in their possession, Officer Deibert and Burgess Scott hope to connect Batdorf with other local robberies.  The
Pottsville police are of the opinion he is their man wanted for innumerable thefts in Pottsville.  A search of Batdorf's room revealed an array of articles sufficient to open a small
sized store.  There was clothing, hats, jewelry, neckties galore, a large gift box, several pocket knives, watches, a ring box and a ring with the name of a Pottsville jeweler who has
been robbed several times.  It is believed Batdorf may be connected with the robbery of a large residence in Pottsville months ago.  He had considerable jewelry on his person.  A
pocket knife found in his possession also tallied with the one taken from the Sam Bast home.
The Call of May 21, 1926

Robberies of two private homes on Saint John Street within the past several weeks that have come to our notice, give every evidence of the thieves having been acquainted and
watchful of the movements of the occupants of the homes.  No clues have been available and the owners must be satisfied to let the matter rest.  However suspicion has been cast
upon certain persons and there may be an arrest one of these days.  Friday evening a week ago between eight and nine o'clock, while members of the Sam Bast family were at
church, a thief entered the home by the front door which had been unlocked.  The thief evidently knew that all members of the household were away otherwise he would not have
entered, as an electric light had been left burning in the dining room.  The thief disturbed nothing excepting at the side board where an envelope containing thirty dollars was
taken.  The thief while working or searching took the precaution to pull down the shades at the rear of the home.  Instead of leaving via the front door a side door was unlocked.  
The door was left open by the thief and this led to the discovery of the theft upon the return of the Bast family.  A particular circumstance in connection with this robbery that seems
to prove the thieves were acquainted with the Bast household and their movements generally is the fact that their pet dog which has proven to be a splendid watch dog and a
terror to strangers, the forepart of the week was taken ill.  Examination by a veterinary surgeon showed the dog had evidently been given dope or poison of some kind.  The dog
was in the house at the time but was too weak and sick to take any notice of anyone.  
Monday evening of this week thieves entered the Carl Saylor home on Saint John Street and made away with about fifty five dollars.  Entrance was effected through the front door
which had been left unlocked.  The members of the family had been absent for but a short time.  Twenty dollars was taken from the sideboard in the dining room.  It was slipped form
a purse belonging to one of the members of the family.  Nothing else was disturbed on the first floor.  On the second floor of the home however, a systematic search was made of
almost every bureau drawer.  They were given a thorough ransacking but instead of leaving the contents strewn about, everything was put back again and in several instances the
drawers locked as they had been.  $32.50 was taken from one of the bureau drawers but out of three different containers, proving that the search had been a very careful one.  The
sum of one dollar was also stolen from a small bank that the son of Mr. Robert Painter had standing in the corner of the sideboard.  No clue to the thieves could be picked up.  When
the theft was reported neighbors stated they had heard persons walking out the back yard about nine o'clock and that when lights had been switched on they heard someone jump
onto the pavement.  
The Call of June 4, 1926

Robert Batdorf, a former resident of town, who last week was taken to the county jail, charged with numerous robberies in town and in Pottsville, is being held for other robberies
committed in town during the past two years.  During a search made of his room in Pottsville, several gold and silver coins, the property of Mrs. Charles Michel, were found.  One of
the gold dollars was a souvenir of the San Francisco fair of 1915.  Another gold dollar had a hole cut into it, which was worn on a chain by Mrs. Michel.  During the Michel fire in 1925
when the confectionery store and their home was destroyed, $75 in gold was stolen.
In July of 1924, the home of Mrs. Anna Michel of Haven Street was robbed of $80 n cash and two diamond stickpins and a gold ring set with a ruby.  Mrs. Michel identified the stick
pins as that of her property and they were returned to her.  These were part of the plunder that was secured by detectives in Batdorf's room at a Pottsville hotel.  On Thursday
Batdorf also confessed to the robbery committed at the home of Fred B. Reed on William Street on January 15th of this year.  At this time he took a diamond ring valued at $800 with
fifteen dollars in cash, a jeweled cigarette holder and a pack of cigarettes.  Being hard pressed for cash at the time he admitted the selling of the diamond ring for $45 to a
businessman of a nearby town.  He also confessed trying to break into the home of Herman Miller on Canal Street a little more than a week ago on a Sunday evening.
The Call of September 3, 1926

The Lincoln House on Liberty Street was one of fourteen road houses raided by a detail of fifty or more state police assisted by officers from different towns in the county, at five
o'clock Monday morning.  Fourteen houses in all were raided and one hundred prisoners taken to Pottsville.  Of this number, forty five represented girl inmates ranging in ages
from seventeen to twenty five years of age.  They will all be held for trial at court as being inmates of bawdy houses.  The owners were held under bail for appearance at court on
the charge of operating bawdy houses.  At the Lincoln House, Schuylkill Haven, Teddy Auet, his bartender, Paul Howard and two girls, Peggie Moore and Violet Martin were taken
into custody.  The raids were the result of weeks of planning and collection of evidence against all of the places.
The Call of October 15, 1926

The news of the death of Mr. John Butz was received here Sunday with great surprise.  This because it had not been generally known he was ill and because he had been about
town a little more than a week previous to Sunday.  His death occurred at the home of his son in law, Harry Helms in Wissahickon, Philadelphia early Sunday morning.  Mr. Butz had
accompanied his daughter to the city on Sunday October 3rd.  He had complained of feeling badly and a physician was attending him, early in the week and at that time, as a result of
the examination by the physician, the seriousness of his condition was for the first time made known.  He grew rapidly worse and by the end of the week had grown very
dangerously ill.  Deceased was seventy four years of age.  He was born in Schuylkill Haven and spent his entire life here.  His wife preceded him in death about a year ago.  Mr. Butz
was a member of the Saint John's Reformed Church and he had been a regular attendant.  
Mr. Butz served his community long and faithfully as a public official.  Until this spring, for a period of twenty five years, from the time of the smallpox epidemic in this borough, he
served as Health Officer.  For a number of years he was the truant officer of the school district.  As a ward constable and as police officer of the borough he served for a term of
forty or forty five years.  He resigned several years ago as police officer of the borough when the growing demands for his services became too great for his declining years.  
During his term as a police official, his authority was always held in high regard not only in the community but throughout the county.  He was enabled to maintain peace and good
order and frequently ferreted out crimes and brought to justice the guilty persons when other higher salaried authorities had failed.  
To survive he leaves two daughters and three sons: Blanche, wife of Harry Helms of Philadelphia and Miss Maud of Philadelphia; Edward Butz of Philadelphia, Howard of Pottsville
and Grover of Chicago.  Two sisters and one brother also survive: Mrs. Kern of Orwigsburg and Mrs. Elvina Zimmerman of New York who is now in her eighty third year and James
Butz of Reading.
The Call of October 30, 1925

A charge of reckless driving was brought against Clarence Ney of Schuylkill Haven for having run down and injured Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reider several weeks ago.  The hearing was
brought before Squire Kline.  There were a number of witnesses who gave testimony.  Ney waved a hearing for appearance at court.  The hearing was held on Tuesday evening.  
Friday evening a hearing was held before Squire Kline on the charge of assault and battery against the same autoist on the same charge brought by the children of the Senior
Reiders.  This hearing occupied fully two and one half hours during which time much testimony and evidence was introduced.  Ney was held in $300 bail for appearance in court.  Mr.
and Mrs. Reider who are patients at the Fountain Springs Hospital are improving somewhat.  Mrs. Reider sustained a broken leg while Mr. Reider  sustained a broken knee cap and
a broken leg.  Surgeons do not expect that Mr. Reider will ever have the use of his leg again as it will be stiff at the knee.
The Call of November 6, 1925

Thieves last Friday evening forced an entrance to the home of B. F. Luckenbill, proprietor of the Deer Hotel on Dock Street and made away with $105 taken from a bureau drawer in
the bedroom in which Mr. and Mrs. Luckenbill were sleeping.  Mr. Luckenbill was awakened by the noise made by the thief and could barely distinguish the fellow searching through
the bureau drawer.  He gave an alarm and the fellow made a hasty retreat going onto Dock Street and down Coal Street where he lost sight of him.  Saturday evening one of the
local folks on William Street, while sweeping up leaves from her property found an empty pocket book which proved to be the stolen property of Mrs. Luckenbill.  Entrance was
forced by prying open a window on the first floor with the use of a bar taken from a nearby building.  Several doors were then unlocked and another window opened in order to
permit escape.  All indications point to the fact that the robbery was the work of someone well acquainted with the Luckenbill property.                        
The Call of December 11, 1925

Three men forced their way into the Fred Horning home on East Main Street early Tuesday morning and had it not been for the discovery of their presence might have made away
with booty.  Entrance was gained by forcing a lock on a kitchen window.  Entrance thus gained the bolt and key lock on the kitchen door were unlocked to admit the balance of the
trio.  Their whisperings awakened Mr. Edward Horning who procuring a revolver came downstairs.  His approach was heard and the thieves dashed out through the front yard.  
Neighbors returning home about midnight had occasion to bring coal from the coal house at the end of the yard and to take the wash off the wash line.  Both the man and the woman
of the house next door were thus engaged.  They noticed a man standing at the window of the Horning kitchen but thought it was one of the family and made no investigation.  
When the thieves first took flight they proved their boldness by only running as far as the adjoining property.  Here they merely stood back of the large trees on the pavement.  As
soon as they were discovered however they made a wild dash across the almshouse field followed by bullets from the Horning revolver.
The Call of December 18, 1925

While attending church Sunday evening, the home of Dr. J. A. Lessig of Dock Street was entered and a diamond ring belonging to Mrs. Lessig and prized very highly, together with
cash belonging to Miss Mary Blee was stolen.  The discovery was made upon the return of the family.  All indications point to the
robbery being done by persons acquainted with the movements of the family and by persons thoroughly acquainted with the Lessig yard and home.  A large ladder which had been
used the week previous for the repair of a roof and which was lying in the yard was used to gain entrance to a window on the second floor which could be reached by no other
means excepting a ladder.  Entrance gained, the upper rooms were ransacked with the evident hope of obtaining money.  A large box containing wearing apparel was chosen and
the garments taken out one by one until the money was found.  This theft is the third or fourth to occur within a period of several weeks and is believed to have been the work of
the same gang that has forced entrance and made attempts at thieving several other homes.  
The Call of February 18, 1927

Charging her husband with assault and battery, Mrs. Marian Cappella of Haven Street, appeared before Squire Roan during the week.  In the charge as assault and battery the
specific charge of the husband having kicked the wife in the stomach was made.  The assault and battery case was finally settled or the charges withdrawn but the wife immediately
entered another charge against the husband, that of nonsupport.  The charge will have to be heard before the court.
The Call of August 12, 1927

A man by the name of Imschweiler of Pottsville was placed under arrest and locked up over last Friday night.  Saturday he was given a hearing before Squire Kline on the charge of
disorderly conduct.  His fine was that of ten dollars and costs of the suit.  The arrest is one of several that are to be made in connection with a free for all fight that took place at
Willow Lake last Friday evening in which considerable damage was done to property at the Lake and along Garfield Avenue.  Warrants are out for a half dozen persons.  The suit
above names was brought by Mr. Bauscher of Hamburg who conducts the dances at this resort.
The Call of September 9, 1927

What is believed to have been a bold attempt to burn the new dance floor or pavilion at Willow Lake was discovered Sunday evening by Mr. Frank Lenker who happened by at the
time.  He discovered a lad starting a small fire underneath one corner of the building.  Chips and wood had been gathered to produce a good fire and the same had gotten well
underway.  The lad made a getaway.  Further investigation showed that at a number of points underneath the floor there was evidence of burned matches.  This new structure is
just about finished.  It will be an enclosed floor and will be used for roller skating and dancing.  It fronts on Garfield Avenue.
The Call of November 11, 1927

A traveling huckster on election night found that people in this town do not favor or welcome being disturbed about ten o'clock in the evening to be asked the question, "Do you
want to buy any bananas."  There was no question about it, the fellow did not meet the requirements of the song, "Yes we have no bananas."  He had a truck load of them and had,
as he said, hauled them here from the wharf in Philadelphia.  He procured some boys from Schoentown near Saint Clair about four o'clock Tuesday afternoon and then started out
on a selling tour.  He had the boys go about ringing doorbells and pounding on the doors in order to dispose of the fruit.  Several reports were sent to the police department and
burgess and the fellow was rounded up.  It cost him ten dollars and costs.
The Call of November 11, 1927

Adam D. Smith, formerly of Cressona, arrested and held here for desertion from the U. S.
Army, made his escape from the police cells in the town hall sometime Wednesday between
noon and one o'clock.  The escape was made possible by the lock on the cell door having
been pried off or forced open.  That the prisoner was assisted in his escape from outside
sources is proven beyond any doubt.  It would have been practically impossible for an
occupant of the cell to reach the locks on the doors unless by his using a long iron bar and
there were no iron bars or tools in the cell or within reach.  This is the second escape
Smith has made from the clutches of the law within a short time.  It will be remembered
some months ago he escaped from Burgess Huntzinger of Cressona while on the train at
Port Clinton and enroute to Philadelphia where he was taken to be turned over to the
government officers.  Smith was picked up by the Highway Patrol in this section on Monday
evening on account of being intoxicated.  His identity was soon established and he was
being held to await instructions from the Army authorities in Washington.  Wednesday
morning Superintendent Mellon of the Water Department, out of kindness, granted the
prisoner's wishes and drove up beyond Cressona and brought the sister of Smith and her
husband to see him.  This was Wednesday morning and after interviewing Smith they left
about 11:30.  One of the employees at the town hall returning at one o'clock found the
prisoner had gone.                
The Call of November 18, 1927

Adam Smith, a former Cressona resident, who last week escaped from a cell in the
town hall at Schuylkill Haven, was retaken by the local authorities on Saturday
afternoon, brought to town and taken to the Frankford Arsenal where he was turned
over to the military authorities.  Smith is wanted for deserting from the ranks of the U.
S. Army.  Last week he had been picked up in this vicinity and placed in the town hall
to await orders from the military authorities.  He made his escape Wednesday about
noon.  Saturday, Burgess Scott and Officer Bubeck received information about 3:30
o'clock that he was seen in the vicinity of the Zerbe farm near Pine Grove on Saturday
morning.  The officers went to the Zerbe farm and were told he had left for Lebanon.  
The officers then began a careful search of the entire valley to Pine Grove.  In going
through Cherryville the trail was picked up.  It was necessary however to check very
carefully as Smith evidently suspected authorities would be put on his trail.  In order
to confuse anyone who followed, Smith at different places would backtrack and cross
and recross over the same route.  Saturday evening after it had become dark, he was
seen sitting at the supper table of the Nagle farmhouse.  He was at once placed under
arrest.  Both Officer Bubeck and Burgess Scott accompanied Smith to Philadelphia
Saturday evening, leaving here on the 7:38 train.
A local Army deserter escapes from our jail but is recaptured the next week and sent to Philadelphia.
The Call of December 30, 1927

Thieves broke the lock and hasp on the poultry house of the Hospital for Mental Diseases on Wednesday night of last week and made away with six turkeys and ten chickens.  There
is suspicion upon certain persons and arrests may be made shortly.  It might be well to call attention to the fact that the recent legislature saw fit to pass a special bill covering
trespassing on grounds of state institutions naming in particular hospitals for insane or any institution for feeble minded, etc.
The act specifically states, "Whoever willfully trespasses upon the land or premises belonging to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and appurtenant to any State Institution or
whoever after notice from an officer of any state institution to leave said land, refuses to do so, shall upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding before any magistrate or
justice, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than fifty dollars and in default of payment of such fine and costs shall be imprisoned in the county jail one day for each dollar of fine
and costs unpaid.
The Call of January 13, 1928

Two young lads from town, intent on giving their lady friends a joy ride on Saturday evening, succeeded in not only doing this but also giving them unexpected thrills and came very
near going to jail in the bargain.  The boys have also brought deep embarrassment to their parents.  The names are withheld for the sake of the parents only.  At any rate, Saturday
evening about nine o'clock, the Paige Sedan of Harry Cooper was taken from the garage.  The lock on the garage door was filed off.  The driver of the car happened to be
acquainted with the fact that only a week or so before the ignition switch on the Cooper car had to be changed because the key and lock were broken.  Going west on Columbia
Street the joy riders turned left at Long Run and headed toward Summit Station.  Near the Boy Scout camp at a sharp curve, they came to grief.  The car crashed into the
embankment, the spokes of one of the front wheels were twisted out of shape, the windshield was broken, tires were torn and other damage done and it was with considerable
difficulty that the car was brought back to town.  
The boys instead of bringing it directly into town, came down the Schuylkill Mountain Road and at what is known as the gravel hole or at a point near South Berne Street, where for
years the mountainside has been dug away, the car was abandoned.  The car was turned around and headed up the mountain. The police were notified by Mr. Cooper of the theft of
his car and in a short while the officers were also notified about the abandoned car.  The officers got busy and in a short while had all the evidence.  This was given to Mr. Cooper
and the boys were called into his store and finally confessed their deed.   Mr. Cooper will not prosecute as an amiable adjustment was reached between he and the parents of the
boys for the damage caused to the auto.
The Call of January 13, 1928

Four Pottsville boys, raging in age from twelve to sixteen, were nabbed by the local officers during the week when Baker Emerich reported the thefts of pies, cakes, cinnamon buns
and pretzels from one of his delivery trucks.  The officers happened to pick up the four boys walking along one of the streets.  They appeared to act somewhat sheepish and were
noticed carrying a bag.  When the bag was examined by the officers it was found to contain an almost endless assortment of brass pistons, connecting rods, brass tubing and other
brass auto accessories or machine parts.  They confessed to taking the pastry from the Emerich truck and also confessed to stealing the auto parts and supplies form the Earl
Williams Garage.  They were placed in the town hall and parents notified.  A friend of the family from Pottsville came to the Town Hall and after giving them a severe and plain talking
to stated he would be responsible for them.  As neither Emerich or Williams desired to prosecute, the matter was closed in the above matter.
The Call of July 20, 1928

For the theft of $53.45 from the unlocked safe in the Reidler Knitting Mill on Centre Avenue, Jay Clark of Schuylkill Haven, an employee, was arrested by the local authorities and
after pleading guilty sentenced to jail, in default of $500 bail, to await the sentence of court.  The theft was not discovered until Monday morning when the office was opened for the
week.  Clark, after being confronted with evidence admitted having stolen five dollars from the safe Saturday about 1:30 p. m. and returning about 11:00 p. m. Saturday evening and
taking the balance.  Included in the amount was $31.45 in a pay envelope.  Entrance to the office after the building had been entered from the rear was effected by crawling through
a small window used as a pay window.  In connection with this arrest, Clark implicated two others in the theft of a typewriter from this same plant some months ago.  He named
Edward Wessner and Robert Mauger.  Warrants were sworn out for both but Wessner is in the West and Mauger was placed under arrest and confronted by his accuser at the
hearing before Squire Kline.  He denied the charges but on account of the local authorities having in their possession a cap which fits the description of a cap belonging to Maurer,
he was held in jail for further hearing.
The Call of September 7, 1928

Thieves attempting to force an entrance to Abe's Workingman's Store on Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, early Wednesday morning were caught in the act by Officer Frank Deibert.  At
a hearing before Squire Kline Wednesday, they were committed to jail in default of bail for appearance at the next session of court.  Three were placed under arrest although but
two were actually caught by Deibert on the premises.  The two implicated another or third man and warrants were sworn for the trio, all employees or attachés of the carnival at the
County Fair.  They gave their names as James Clark of Dayton Ohio, Edward Wagner, no address, and Frank Pardeello of New York City.  The charge on which they were arrested was
breaking with intent to enter and commit larceny.
When discovered the men were in the act of cutting a piece in the plate glass window in the door of the store.  They had been at work for sometime and because the doorway in
somewhat in a shadow, felt safe in trying different methods in forcing an entrance.  They had first tried to gain an entrance from the rear.  Being unsuccessful in this they attempted
to force an entrance by removing the screws from the main entrance lock.  They then attempted to cut a section of glass from the window of the door so that they could reach the
dead latch on the door.  All the while they were at work, Officer Deibert kept his eye on them from a point nearby and it was while they were about to give up efforts to dislodge the
piece of glass from the door which they had several times cut over with a glass cutter and to cut a piece of glass from the display window facing on Main Street, that Officer Deibert
placed them under arrest.  The arrest was made about 2:25 a. m.  
When taken to the town hall they implicated the third member of the group whom they said had been stationed on Main Street to "watch the cop."  Being rather sore because this
third member did not keep such a good watch on the cop, they squealed and implicated him.  He denied however, any part in the attempted robbery, but later admitted having given
them money to purchase a glass cutter.  With the glass cutter they also purchased a screw driver and pliers Tuesday afternoon in Pottsville.  At the hearing they told about having
walked up and down Main Street Tuesday looking things over.  Their attention was attracted particularly to this store because of the fine "gats" displayed in this window together
with a number of other things. They immediately determined to rob the place.
The Call of January 4, 1929

Fritz Kreager, who gave his address as New York, was sent to jail to await hearing at the next term of court, on the charge of breaking and entering with attempt at larceny, at the
home of Reverend E. S. Noll of Schuylkill Haven.  The hearing was held before Squire Kline on Wednesday morning.  Kreager resides with his uncle, who resides on the Reed farm
near Summit Station.  He gave as his reason for the offense his need for money and dislike to appeal to his uncle for funds.  
The boldness of the attempt at burglarizing was quite unusual because of the fact that the Noll home was illuminated on the second floor and because of the hour, it being between
9:30 and 10:00 in the evening. Kreager, coming down Main Street, accosted Mrs. Joe Reber, caretaker at the Reformed Church, and inquired where the Reverend resided.  She told
him and watching him, she noticed he walked directly across to the pastor's residence and opened the front door and entered.  She then noticed the lights on the first floor being
turned on in different rooms.  She notified members of the Legion at the home adjoining.  The officers were also summoned.  The Legion boys went to the rear of the home where
they could see the fellow walking about, pulling open drawers and searching about.  Officer Deibert then entered the home and placed him under arrest.  Reverend and his wife
were summoned and the Reverend was quite surprised to find his home occupied by officers of the law and a burglar.  He had been in his study and heard the front door open.  He
was under the impression it was some member of the family and had called but received no reply.  Kreager stated he rang the bell but the Reverend heard no sound of a bell.
The Call of April 12, 1929

Strange as it may seem, there are a number of people in Schuylkill Haven having different names and of different heritage, who have one and the same relative of a half dozen or
more names, now lodged in the county jail.  All this because he had too many relatives who were willing to pass over to him money after believing his hard luck story.  The capture
and arrest by Schuylkill Haven police of one George Shollenberger, near Connor's late Tuesday afternoon ended, temporarily at least, the game of the long forgotten and perhaps
never known relative being in need of funds.  The capture also definitely proves the fact that a number of people in this section have been victims of a fairly good game of
deception within the past four years and with it they now know the loans made to him will never be returned to them.  
The man was given a hearing before Squire Kline Wednesday morning. On one charge of obtaining money he was held under $500 bail for appearance at court.  Not being able to
furnish bail he was taken to jail.  On both charges he plead guilty.  There were present however, at th hearing a dozen or more witnesses and victims who were ready to identify the
man and give their story.  Only two witnesses were heard.  The charges were brought by Burgess Scott.  Tuesday afternoon one giving his name as George Shollenberger happened
along on Berger Street and inquired where a widow woman resided.  He was told the location and given other information concerning her.  In passing on this street he happened to
pass by and speak to Frank Mengle of Cressona, who with his wife were visiting at the home of Mrs. M. F. Loy, the latter's sister.  Mr. Mengle recognized the fellow as the same one
whom he and his wife some time ago had given fifteen dollars to, because he said he was one of his relatives.  Mr. Mengle notified his wife and both set out to find him.  Mr. Mengle
came upon one James Lash of Schuylkill Haven, and inquired whether he had seen anything of the man, describing him carefully.  Mr. Lash hadn't seen any sign of him but he
became somewhat interested when Mr. Mengle told him he had been victimized out of fifteen dollars.  Mr. Lash had also given a man some time ago an equal amount.
Making inquiries in the neighborhood they learned the man had gone into the home of Mrs. Moyer, a widow lady on Berger Street.  Mr. Lash could not wait until he came out so he
went in after him.  As soon as he saw him, Jim made a grab for him and a tussle followed.  Mrs. Mengle then came upon the scene and she too recognized him as the fellow who had
received the money from the Mengles.  Mr. Lash and his "relative" who gave his name as Hoover to Lash when he tricked him engaged in a tussle on the outside of the building.  
Neighbors quickly gathered.  Mr. Stank came to the aid of Mr. Lash.  Women went to the telephones and called the police.  The fellow broke loose from Lash and made his escape
over the Landing.  The police with several of the men, also the women, took up the chase.  Several times they lost track of him but again found him as he made his way to Connor's.  
The fellow waded into the river and crossed to the other side.  The men followed.  He was finally captured in the brush near Connor's along the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He was taken
to the town hall for the night.  
Wednesday morning the Squire's office was well filled with witnesses to identify the man.  It is believed there are others from Schuylkill Haven and this section who have been
victims of the same man.  Mr. Washington Bittle recognized him as the man to whom he gave six dollars about 3:30 p. m. Tuesday.  He said he came to his house and when Mr. Bittle
did not recognize him, the fellow said, "Well I kept you guessing."  He then introduced himself as being a son of William Bittle in Manayunk and that his home was in Benton, New
Jersey.  He stated his wife had quinsy, that he had lost his wallet containing his ticket and that he was put off the train at Frackville and walked to Schuylkill Haven.  James Lash
testified that some months ago he gave the man fifteen dollars.  He said his name was Hoover and that he was a cousin of Jim's.  Mr. Lash happened to have a relative by the name
of Hoover.  He had a hard luck story and Mr. Lash turned over to him the money.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mengle of Cressona some time ago were victims of the fellow turning fifteen dollars over to him.  Morris Moyer in August of 1926 gave him fifteen dollars.  Mrs.
Jacob Klahr in November of 1927 gave him ten dollars and Mrs. John Miller of Berne Street several years ago gave him fifteen dollars.  Howard Oswald several years ago gave him
four dollars.  John Brown and Adam Brown gave him some money a few years ago.  Mrs. Semmet and Mrs. Buehler of Berne Street were also victims recently.  The fellow called 333
Franklin Street in Reading as his address.  He said he had a wife and child and was in this game for several years.  He was taught how to go about learning the details of missing
relatives by a friend of his.  He said he was a war veteran, served overseas and enlisted in Pottsville.  Upon his person was found a parole paper from the Carlisle prison.  
Questioned, he admitted he had been sentenced to serve ten months on eight similar charges in Carlisle and that he still owes costs in three cases.  Shollenberger is about five
foot six inches tall, blue eyes, brown hair, thirty nine years of age, 109  pounds and wore a brown suit and cap when arrested.  Upon his person were found many different
timetables, names of local residents and addresses, unused railroad tickets and a miscellaneous  collection of papers.  Asked what his family would do without him now, he said he
didn't know.  His motherinlaw took care of the family when he was under arrest before.  He would go back to Reading every evening.
The fellow to a certain extent excited pity because of his appearance, it being almost unmistakably that of a man with tuberculosis.  Asked regarding his physical condition, the man
stated he had been severely gassed while overseas and has not been able to do any hard work ever since.  He stated the government for some reason or other had cut his pension
and that the only way in which he could support the family was in working the "relative" scheme.  These homes were visited by Shollenberger on Tuesday but he was unsuccessful
in obtaining any relief in a financial way: Michael Conley, George Reichert, Ralph Ziegenfus, Fred Horning and Mrs. Jones of Grant Street.    
The Call of April 26, 1929

The diamond ring valued at $250, the property of Mrs. Frank McGuggart who resides near the Yenosky Hotel on Jacques Street, Schuylkill Haven, was saved for the owner by the
Schuylkill Haven police, Friday afternoon last.   McGuggart upon discovering the fact that the ring was missing from the sideboard where she had place it, promptly notified the
police department.  She charged one W. C. Tomalis, recently of Reading and now of Orwigsburg, with the theft of the ring.  She stated Tomalis was a collector for a collecting agency
and was in her home and while she was absent from the room the ring made its disappearance.  Tomalis strongly denied the charges when apprehended by the Schuylkill Haven
police but while he denied the charge, a search was made of his auto and the ring was found reposing in one of the pockets of the door of the machine underneath some cotton
waste rags.  He was given a hearing before Squire Kline and held for a hearing at court.                                                  
The Call of May 10, 1929

George Shollenberger, who on frequent occasions was a forgotten relative for many people in Schuylkill Haven and vicinity, was this week sentenced to a term of not less than one
and a half years and not more than three in the county jail by Judge Koch.  Shollenberger pleaded guilty to the charge as preferred by
the Schuylkill Haven police.  His capture was brought about several weeks ago when several persons who had been "fleeced" by him previously, learned of his presence in their
neighborhood.  It will be remembered Shollenberger posed as a long lost or forgotten relative in need of funds to get back home to a sick wife etc.  He obtained various sums of
money from a dozen or more persons in this locality.  In each case he had obtained data and details of a family nature which impressed his intended victims to such an extent that
they believed his story and handed over money to him.                                  
The Call of June 28, 1929

Present indications are that two Schuylkill Haven men will be involved in a court case concerning the shooting of a coon dog said to be valued at between $150 and $200.  A hearing
was held before Alderman Shimer of Pottsville Wednesday, at which time Peter Shadler of Saint John Street was charged with the shooting of the dog belonging to Daniel Harvey,
also of Saint John Street.  It is alleged the dog was in the yard of Shadler and ran out the front gate and upon the street.  Mr. Shadler denies he shot the dog.  The animal was taken
to Dr. Fridirici where almost a hundred small shot were taken from his body.  The animal is getting along fairly good but is a little stiff in certain parts of his body.
The Call of July 19, 1929

Revenue Agent E. S. Ward, Saturday evening raided the West Ward Hotel in Schuylkill Haven and placed under arrest the proprietor, Frank Yenosky, on the charge of selling and
possessing intoxicating beverages.  A hearing will be heard before Commissioner Streigel.  The agents secured three pints of alcohol, two pints of red whiskey, one gallon of red
whiskey and one quart of wine in the raid.  It is understood the place was first visited on June 21st when the agents made a purchase and the raid Saturday evening followed as a
The Call of August 2, 1929

Elmer Moyer of Garfield Avenue in Schuylkill Haven was released on $2,000 bail last Friday on the charge of embezzlement of $1,810 discovered by the bank examiners at the State
Bank of Schuylkill Haven, where Moyer for the past several years was employed as a clerk.  The charge was brought before a Pottsville alderman and when the announcement was
made, caused quite a stir in Schuylkill Haven as the young man was well known and considered of excellent habits.  His father, his brothers and sisters have been deeply grieved
over the affair.  Moyer admitted his guilt when confronted with the evidence and made a clean breast of his acts.  He had made it a practice to retain sums of money from the
Savings Accounts he had charge of.  With the money thus misappropriated he invested in stocks in order to increase his earning power.  The stocks purchased were all of the best
type and character.
The discovery is said to have been made when one of the depositors of the bank asked for the withdrawal of the money in the savings account in order to pay the expense of
repairs to their home.  Moyer withdrew the money and took it to the depositor's home.  The depositor then discovered the total was less then the depositor's records showed.  
Inquiry at the bank led to an investigation and the discovery of the shortages which led to the embezzlement charges being preferred.  Bail was promptly furnished for his release
for a hearing before court on the charge.  Moyer is bonded in the sum of $10,000 so that the banking institution will not be called on to cover the shortages.  Miss Catherine
Schneider of Union Street is temporarily filling the position occupied by Moyer.
The Call of August 9, 1929

Sunday evening, Francis Stump aged forty six, a well known farmer of the Beaver Valley was found dead along the state highway by John Crossley of Schuylkill Haven, at a point
halfway between the Guldin home and the Long Run School House.  The man had been seen walking toward Schuylkill Haven about 10:30 o'clock Sunday evening by Reverend and
Mrs. Messner of Schuylkill Haven, who were returning to their home.  John Crossley noticed the man's form along the side of the road about 10:45 o'clock and stopping his machine
and walking back found the man dead.  It is believed the man was struck by an auto driven by a hit and run driver.  Members of the Guldin family sitting on their porch noticed a
machine passing about the above named hour, the lights of which suddenly flickered and then were extinguished and the machine passed them in darkness.
Examination showed that death was evidently instantaneous as his neck was broken and he suffered two gashes on the head and a bruise on the left hip.  The man was walking
toward Schuylkill Haven and had not been home since Sunday morning.  An officer of the highway patrol and Deputy Coroner Robert Lenker were summoned and after an
examination, the body was released to Undertaker Bittle.  Up to this time no definite clues have been found sufficient to lead to the arrest of the driver of the machine.
The deceased man was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stump.  He was unmarried and resided with his parents.  He is survived by these three brothers: Charles and Lincoln at
home and Oscar of Black Horse.  The funeral was held Thursday morning from the late home with services in the Frieden's Church in Roedersville.  D. M. Bittle was funeral director.
The Call of August 16, 1929

As the result of evidence given at the Coroner's inquest on Monday evening, clues were furnished which enabled the State Highway Patrol to place under arrest Lewis Kerschner,
residing near Friedensburg, as the autoist who struck Francis Stump of Beaver Valley on the evening of August 4th.  When confronted with the evidence, Kerschner admitted his
guilt and made a signed and sworn statement.  The young man is twenty one years of age and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Kerschner who reside in the valley above the
Burnham Service station beyond Friedensburg.   
At the Coroner's inquest license numbers were given of the car whose owner was noticed fixing his lights on Columbia Street and the machine at the scene of the accident later.  
They were checked and one found to be that of Kerschner.  Kerschner was arrested Tuesday evening at Reading by a member of the Highway Patrol and arraigned before Squire
Albright of Orwigsburg on the charge of involuntary manslaughter, failing to stop and render assistance and turning off lights to avoid arrest.  Bail was furnished in the sum of $2,500
for appearance or hearing at the September term of court.  In the confession which Kerschner made, he states he is employed in Reading.  Sunday, August 4th, he with his lady
friend, his parents and brother motored to the Dupont Gardens.  After returning to his home he went to Pine Grove where he had supper at the home of his girlfriend and spent the
evening there.  
Kerschner then started out to drive to Reading where he is employed.  He states he saw a man walking along the highway and that as he neared him the man staggered directly in
front of the machine and was struck by the right fender.  Kerschner then continued on to Columbia Street where he stopped to straighten out his lights.  He then returned to the
scene of the accident and mingled in the crowd that had assembled.  At the hearing he was recognized by Officer Bubeck and the patrolman as having been in the crowd Sunday
evening.  Kerschner then stated he returned to Reading and continued at his work throughout the week.  Sunday he returned home and for the first time learned of the death of Mr.
Stump.  When asked whether he did not worry during the past week about having struck a man and leaving him lying in the road, he stated that it did worry him.
The Call of February 24, 1928

One evening a week or two ago, Mr. Harry Sterner, returning to his home on Dock Street, noticed the cellar doors opening on the porch were wide open.  This he thought was rather
unusual.  Getting into his house he awakened his sister and inquired whether she had left the doors open.  He was told no.  He then prepared to investigate and entered the cellar
from the inside of the house.  Two men were heard to run up the outside steps and out through the front yard.  Nothing however was disturbed in the cellar.  Several weeks ago a
man was discovered standing at the back door but he made good his escape before anyone could get close to him.          
The Call of March 9, 1928

Residents of Saint John Street and Edgewood have been complaining on account of an unpleasant annoyance by unknown persons.  The practice is to peep into unshaded windows
at night or to peer into the home through the small space between window ledge and bottom of drawn blinds.  The practice of standing on rear porches or crouching in front yards
has also caused just a bit of uneasiness among a number of people.  It is believed there are two different men working at this game.  The description of each has been given to the
police and they may be trapped and end the uneasy feeling of many women folks when night draws nigh.
The Call of March 23, 1928

Paul Donetti of Centre Avenue was brought before Squire Kline by Officer Deibert and there confessed to the charge of theft of money from milk bottles placed on porches on
Centre Avenue homes.  Complaints from the milkman and neighbors alike led to complaints being made to the officers.  The parents asked to give him another chance to make good
and it was granted upon definite promise from the boy.  The lad's brother is now in the State Reformatory as the result of prosecution for charges exactly the same as the present
ones, namely theft of milk money.                        
The Call of March 23, 1928

Harry Dress of Pennsylvania Avenue, who on September 16th of last year, shot and killed his sister, Mrs. Gussie Martz, was this week taken to the Fairview State Prison for Criminal
Insane.  This action followed the decision of the commission appointed to inquire into his sanity.  The commission was composed of Dr. G. W. Bowers of Schuylkill Haven and Dr. J. G.
Kramer of Pottsville.  They made their report to the court the forepart of the month and the removal of Dress to the above named institution was made upon the direction of the
court.  Dress was taken to jail a few hours after he had shot his sister and has been confined therein since that date.  This confinement has had its ill effect upon his health that
previous thereto had not been the best.                                Read the story above in 1927 of the original crime.                                                                
The Call of April 13, 1928

Shortly after midnight Saturday evening, Hotel Central on East Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, operated by Joseph Matonis, was raided by local officers and two couples were placed
under arrest.  Warrants had been taken out by two men, one of Cressona and one from Schuylkill Haven, for the search for the wife of each.  Both women were found in the hotel.  
One of the women, a local woman, mother of seven children, was found in company with a local man.  The other woman of Cressona was found in company of a local young man.  A
hearing was had before Squire Roan about two in the morning on Sunday.  The charges were preferred by the husbands and the charges were adultery and fornication.  One of the
women refused to accept bail and was taken to jail to await a hearing on Monday evening settlement could not be effected and the case will go to court.  The Cressona case for the
present is continued upon the advice of both attorneys.  The Cressona case for the present is continued upon the advice of both attorneys.  The husband in this case is
represented by Attorney Dalton while the wife is represented by Attorney Bashore.                                                
The Call of June 8, 1928

Upon complaints of neighbors, Burgess Scott had Officers Deibert and Bubeck on Friday evening last about ten o'clock raided the home of Clarence Zechman in the Holmhurst and
placed under arrest Zechman and a number of young fellows who were gambling.  A hearing was held before Squire Roan about eleven o'clock.  Zechman was charged with setting
up and maintaining a gambling device.  He was fined $14.00 and costs or a total of $17.80.  Each of the others were charged with being inmates and engaged in the game of
gambling.  They were each fined three dollars and costs.  Those taken in the raid in addition to Zechman were Charles Willard, Harold Deibler, Harold Rudolph, Albert Confehr and
William Smith.                                
The Call of August 17, 1928

Saturday afternoon prohibition officers visited the Oscar Bressler saloon on West Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, and after taking several samples of beer and testing same, ordered
a quantity destroyed.  A bottle of whiskey was taken from a patron in the place at the time.  During the raid at the Bressler saloon, word leaked out to the other saloon keepers about
the affair and for several hours Saturday afternoon they were closed up.  Bressler will be requested to appear before the federal authorities on the charge of having in his
possession beer above the legal content.                                
The Call of October 19, 1928

Two boys, twelve and eleven years of age, a Weaver boy of Garfield Avenue and a Schaeffer boy of Fairview Street, were placed under arrest this week by local authorities on the
charge of larceny.  The boys are said to be the ring leaders of a group of a dozen or more boys who have been stealing a variety of articles from the rooms in the high school
building.  The thefts have not occurred during the school hours but after the school sessions when the entire building remains unlocked during a period when high school students
are on the athletic field.  From the pockets of clothing of members of the football squad was taken a sum amounting to about twelve dollars while the clothing was in the lockers.  A
small sized box was required to hold the assortment of articles lifted from desks of teachers in the different schools.  It included such things as a watch taken from the desk of Mrs.
Charles Lechner, a knife, pencils, pen holders, rubber bands, paper fasteners, thumb tacks, key rings, etc.  The Weaver boy also admitted the theft of eleven Rhode Island Red
chicks from the chicken coop of Mr. Ney.  This was some time ago.  The boys have also been connected with the theft of a number of small chickens taken from the farm of Morris
Moyer which they fed to the pigs.  Either jail sentences or a term at some reformatory face both the Weaver and Schaeffer boy.
Pottsville Republican of July 11, 1885

An odd case comprised before Justice Helms some time ago is as follows: Luigio Nazalio, who is numbered thirty in a gang of workmen, appeared in town hatless and charged that
one Angelo Mickele Solonita snatched five dollars from him.  A warrant was issued and Constable Stitzer proceeded to execute it, securing the prisoner without any difficulty.  When
Luigio observed the Constable coming with the prisoner, he at once took to his heels and failed to appear.  Angelo then secured a warrant for assault and battery, Luigio having
struck him with a bottle, cutting a severe gash in his head which Dr. Lenker treated with difficulty.  The next day the constable captured Luigio and Angelo also appeared with quite a
number of Italians who were about evenly divided in sympathy for the parties named.  A hearing was had in each case and bail demanded but the parties who were accompanied by
an interpreter at once settled their difficulties, paid all costs, withdrew all complaints and started off rejoicing.        
Pottsville Republican of August 1, 1885

Special Correspondent from  the Pottsville Republican:
Last night our town witnessed a demonstration which deserves the descriptive powers of an adept reporter to portray.  It was gotten up regardless of expense or time and
exclusively of the residents of the North ward.  It appears they claim a resident who figured in court some nine years ago, when he was divorced from his first wife and at the same
time was married to another in jail or immediately after being released.  He lived peaceably with the second wife until within a year, When he was enamored by another woman with
whom he spent a great deal of his time and money, being tired of wife number two.  He applied to court to have his second marriage set aside, which the court in true Christian
principal refused.  Failing to have the support of the law, he took it in his own hands and wife number two left in haste, her wearing apparel following out after her.  She found
refuge in an adjoining hotel and mistress number three was duly installed in the home of this "muchly married" man.  On Wednesday evening a crowd of some fifty residents of the
North Ward gathered at his house and serenaded him with drums, tin pans, etc.  It was renewed on Thursday evening with additional instruments after getting the sanction of all the
neighbors to continue.  Last evening after great preparation all day, they formed a parade headed by the Captain, mounted, masked and fixed up regardless, followed by men with
partners in women's clothing, all masked, carrying torches and banners with all sorts of pictures on them.  It eclipsed the great comical Fourth of July parade at Cressona some four
years ago and the streets and pavements were one mass of people for squares, as they passed by.  The paraders and serenaders have the undivided sympathy and support of all
the citizens of our borough in their determination to drive from our midst a monster who can desert a loving and Christian wife with several children and take up with another
woman, who in turn is deserted for a mistress.  After the parade, Samuel Adams appeared before Squire Helms and sued out a warrant for the arrest of some fifty residents of the
North ward for creating a nuisance in front of his house on Thursday evening.  It was thought that no Squire would give him a warrant but if he did not get one here, he'd go to
Pottsville so Squire Helms accommodated him.  At the hearing there was only one witness called and the Squire bound over to court under $200 bail all the defendants.  There was
no trouble to get bail for the boys, any number of citizens were ready to enter their names as bondsmen.  The defendants demanded bail for the complaintant Adams but the Squire
saw fit to bind him over in his own recognizance.
The Call of July 3, 1915

Mr. Augustus Luckenbill, while returning from Pottsville Monday evening on the Mount Carmel Auto-Jitney Bus was drugged and robbed of his two weeks pay amounting to $28.55.  
There were but four passengers on the bus leaving Pottsville about eleven o"clock.  At Connor's Crossing, one of the passengers, a Mr. Minnich of Cressona alighted.  After
leaving Connor's there were but three passengers, Mr. Luckenbill, a woman and a man who sat in a far corner of the bus.  When the bus neared Schuylkill Haven, the woman came
over to the seat occupied by Mr. Luckenbill and made a number of suspicious maneuvers and before Mr. Luckenbill realized the intentions of the woman, he felt himself under the
influence of a strong drug and rapidly losing control of his senses.  He signaled to the driver of the machine to stop and leave him alight.  The driver did so and Mr. Luckenbill got
off the bus at the corner of Centre and Dock Streets.  He was so overcome by the drug that he did not know where he was and began walking out Centre Avenue and out the
highway towards the County Institution.  When near these buildings he realized his mistake and retraced his steps and returned home.  When he reached in his pocket for his
pocket book to turn over his salary to his wife he discovered his loss. This was about 12:30 o'clock Tuesday morning.  He at this time made known his predicament to a number of
persons about town but nothing was done to assist him.  If at that time the guilty parties were still in Schuylkill Haven a possible arrest might have been made.  The persons to whom
he spoke about his loss made light of it and refused to phone to the state police.  Mr. Luckenbill states that the woman was attired in a very peculiar costume and when he was
questioned carefully as to the get up of this costume, remarked that he believed it was a costume similar to that worn by persons posing as Egyptian palmists and fortune tellers.  
Had Mr. Luckenbill reported his loss to the local authorities promptly it is possible he might have recovered it and some of the bold characters about town for the past few days
might have been given a short term in the county jail.  
Pottsville Republican of May 19, 1886

Israel Wensel brought a charge against Peter Massey, better known as Jumbo, a colored gentleman, for disturbing the peace and annoying him, Wensel.  Justice Helms heard the
parties with their evidence and after giving Pete some good advice discharged him.  The remark made to Jumbo by the Squire, while lecturing him, "That Wensel was old enough to
be his father".  This rather amused the spectators.
Pottsville Republican of July 21, 1886

Constable W. F. Stitzer passed through this place yesterday from Frackville enroute to Schuylkill Haven, having in charge Maria Jane Daubert, who has been charged before Justice
James K. Helms, on oath of her husband Franklin Daubert, with adultery.  On the road down, the constable also arrested Winfield Hendricks, who is charged in this connection with
illicit intercourse.  The parties appeared before the justice and entered bail for their appearance at the next term of court.  The constable found Mrs. Daubert at the house of
Charles Kantner in Frackville and experienced no trouble in making the arrest.  The prosecutor claims that his family has been broken up, his children disgraced and says that he
always provided well for them.  We withhold further comment as the courts can best settle this unpleasant difficulty.
Pottsville Republican of October 11, 1886

Constable William Stitzer of Schuylkill Haven was sent after Bader who had the recent horse trade with Jacob Kline of Schuylkill Haven, and in which a suit at law for damages was
won by the latter.  Hence, Stitzer's engagement to collect from Bader, which he did at Kutztown last week, by the latter paying him $150 in cash but the costs were unsettled,
amounting to $104.15, which was arranged with the sheriff yesterday.  He paid several witnesses and had releases from others, but the whole matter was settled satisfactorily and
the man with the wire tailed horse was allowed to go.
Pottsville Republican of December 15, 1887

The cases of Emma Mack and Clara Houck were called in court at Reading yesterday.  These are the two young girls who came on a trip with two young men to Schuylkill Haven and
Pottsville where they were deserted and after going for several days without food, were captured by Constable Stitzer at Schuylkill Haven.  Judge Ermentrout read the girls a
lecture and said that he would not sentence them this time but would merely hold the charge over them as a surety of the peace, thus privileging the court to sentence them at any
time they are found misbehaving.  Friends then took the girls in charge.  The charge against William Hinnershitz, one of the boys who went away with them, was simply disposed of.  
Edward Althouse, the other accused, was absent, and his recognizance forfeited.
Pottsville Republican of August 2, 1889

This morning at nine o'clock while Miss Carrie, the fifteen year old daughter of George Roeder of Schuylkill Haven, was on her way home from the hosiery factory in that place, two
Italians intercepted her in the alley near the Lutheran Church and while one held her by the throat with one hand and stifled her cries with the other hand, the second Italian with a
sharp instrument, cut her beautiful golden hair that extended to her waist, off close to her head.  They then made good their escape and the poor girl, almost dead with fright, made
her way home but was an hour afterward before she could give an explanation of what befell her.  A search was immediately instituted and the fiends, if captured, may be tarred and
feathered.  They did not offer any other form of violence and must have been in waiting for the girl, who cannot describe them other than that one carried a green bag.  Constable
Samuel Horning of Landingville, arrived on the scene shortly after and said he met two men last evening while on his way home, who are probably those wanted.  They were headed
for Schuylkill Haven and had apparently been working on Colonel Rickert's section near Orwigsburg.  The constable started out after the men full of hope.  There are finger marks
on the girl's throat but otherwise she was uninjured.
Pottsville Republican of February 11, 1890

John Beckley, who under former administrations held the position of boss shoemaker at the Almshouse, has recently become an inmate of that institution, being unable to make a
living for himself and family on account of indulging too freely in the "flowing bowl".  It is also stated that his wife is addicted to the same habit and his children have been
transferred to the county house from whence they will be removed to a Catholic orphanage or other institution in Philadelphia.  The Beckley mansion on "the flats" in Schuylkill
Haven is the scene of lively times at night, the "growler" making innumerable visits to the nearby saloons and it is also stated that this is the cause of the father seeking a home
with Steward Brown.  
Pottsville Republican of January 2, 1907

A sneak thief relieved William. Kerschner of his pocket watch, gold cuff links and other valuables yesterday afternoon.  Mr. Kerschner runs the grocery store on Main Street just
below the P & R Railroad.  New Year's afternoon the entire family were out visiting.  In the evening when Mr. Kerschner went to dress he could not find his cuffs.  They later turned
up in the front vestibule with the links missing.  Other small articles of jewelry being missing, Mr. Kerschner looked for his wallet and was unable to find it.  There is no clue.
Pottsville Republican of November 1, 1907

After the parade at Schuylkill Haven last night a party of Italians, some employees of the car shops and some employees of the storage yards got fighting with people of other
nationalities and for about a half hour there was a running fight along the lower end of Main Street.  Beer bottles were thrown and the fight culminated at the railroad crossing at
Main Street, in the stabbing of an Italian, whose name is unknown, of Jerry Casey and John Casey.  Jerry Casey was stabbed in the back under the eleventh rib; the wound is three
quarters of an inch deep and one half inch wide.  John Casey was stabbed in the left arm.  Dr. G. H. Moore, who was summoned and dressed their injuries, doesn't consider the
injuries serious.  The Italian made his escape by jumping on a coal train.  Up to the present there have been no arrests.
The Pottsville Republican of August 5, 1908

For the third time within the past week, burglars paid a visit to Schuylkill Haven last night and got away without being detected or leaving any clue that will lead to their identity and
arrest.  The Rowland bleachery situated on the top of Prospect Hill, and Schuylkill Haven’s largest industry, was ransacked during the early hours of the evening by burglars, who
evidently were acquainted with the construction of the building as well as the actions of Superintendent Charles Quinter.  Mr. Rowland and his family are spending their vacation at
the Delaware Water Gap and the bleachery is in charge of the superintendent.  Last evening Mr. Quinter made a tour of the property before going to lodge.  He returned two hours
later to coal the furnace and upon entering the office heard stealthy footsteps below.  Crossing the street to his home, he procured a revolver and returned, arriving just in time to
hear the robbers scamper along the basement and climb out through the mill window.  The interior of the office was in a state of the greatest confusion.  The desk drawers were
ransacked and their contents scattered about.  Papers, envelopes and records were thrown upon the floor and a number of them destroyed.  The unlocked safe door was not
opened, probably the approach of Mr. Quinter interfering with the work of the men.  
The Pottsville Republican of January 5, 1909

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN OVERRUN BY TRAMPS     Thirty Two of Them Took Possession of the Town
Schuylkill Haven was overrun by tramps yesterday and before matters were settled the town had some exciting escapades, one of the number dropped into a grocery store
conducted by Carl Bitzer on Saint John Street, demanding money, stating he was a cripple.  Upon being refused he threatened to burn down the house and store.  His was more
than Mr. Bitzer's good nature could endure.  He jumped over the counter whereupon the lame tramp sprinted.  The tramp made the same demand s at other places along the same
street and in consequence he was arrested.  Another one of the same gang, minus an arm, begged from house to house.  Later it was found that the minus arm was hidden under
his coat.  Two of the gang was arrested last night, handcuffed and taken to jail by Chief Burgess and Constable Butz.  In all a total of thirty two tramps were in the town yesterday.  
Fifteen left on the night freight train, passing through Schuylkill Haven at 5:15 in the evening.  It seems the gang were working the different towns north of the mountain to such an
extent that they were driven out by the citizens.
The Pottsville Republican of August 7, 1909

The State Police were summoned to George Moyer's farm near Schuylkill Haven this morning to arrest trespassers on his premises.  They ordered the offending parties off with the
notice that they would be arrested if the offense was repeated.  Mr. Moyer's farm is the first one south of Schuylkill Haven.  The trolley line passes through it and through the field
runs a good sized stream which is filled with fish.  He has for some time been annoyed by men and boys who trespass on the property and refuse to get off when ordered to do so ,
abusing him when he orders them away.  They have been fishing with nets, killed his chickens and injured the other stock and have in many ways made themselves a nuisance.  
They committed beastly depredations about a well which supplies water for all purposes on the farm and he claims that it has become such a burden he could no longer bear it.
Pottsville Republican of January 19, 1910

Several days ago, Mrs. Montgomery of Schuylkill Haven, sent a letter to the Chief of Police in Reading asking him to be on the lookout for her daughter, Tharma Morlock, aged
eighteen years, who had disappeared from her home and who the mother expected had gone to Reading.  Detective Miller of Reading was put on th case and about five o'clock
yesterday afternoon located the girl at 51 Lemon Street, a house occupied by Negroes.  The girl, who is white and of prepossessing appearance, told police she had been at the
Lemon Street house since last Saturday.  She was locked up at police headquarters and her mother notified, who went to reading this morning and will bring the girl along home
with her this evening.                                                                                                           
Pottsville Republican of April 1, 1890

Sometime during Sunday night the cellar of D. D. Yoder, at the Washington Hall in Schuylkill Haven, was robbed of all the provisions it contained.  The thieves escaped with a goodly
amount of booty.  They were not heard and there is no clue as to their identity.  Schuylkill Haven has been sorely afflicted as of late by these petty thieves.  The authorities will do
their best to ferret them out.
Pottsville Republican of April 30, 1890

Chief Burgess George E. Bast offers a reward of ten dollars for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the villains who on the night of the nineteenth interfered
with private property and defaced the sidewalks with language that beggars repetition.  The gang of scoundrels must be run down if it requires special officers to it.
Pottsville Republican of May 7, 1890

On December 13, 1888, David Jennings, of the Coal and Iron Police, arrested three men at Schuylkill Haven for illegal car riding.  While putting the nippers on two of them, the third
pulled out a pistol and shot Jenkins in the back.  He was forced to drop his men and the trio escaped.  The man who shot him was Jim Lewis of Shenandoah.  Nothing had been
heard of him since until yesterday, when Jenkins received a letter stating that Lewis would be tried for murder in Brookville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.  He and four others
murdered an officer named William Smiles in Horatio of that county.  There were five of them; three made their escape after the shooting.  Pistols were found on Lewis and his chum
of a .48 caliber, but the ball that killed Smiles was a .32 caliber.  So there is a chance for his acquittal.  He is wanted, however, for the shooting of an officer in reading and if he is not
convicted there, Officer Jenkins will have a whack at him.  Truly the way of the transgressor is hard.
Pottsville Republican of September 2, 1891

Henry Leininger, son of the Poor Director, and Lewis Boyer got into an altercation in Schuylkill Haven last evening, the result of which was the slight cutting with a penknife of
Leininger by Boyer.  The latter was arrested but quickly furnished $500 bail and he could have as easily furnished five times as much as witnesses to the affair were confident that
he acted purely in self defense.
Pottsville Republican of December 3, 1891

ELLIS REED SENT TO JAIL - For Larceny and Forgery at the Cressona Ticket Office
Ellis Reed of Schuylkill Haven, aged eighteen years old, was arrested this morning by Officers David Jenkins and Jacob Deibert, charged with larceny and forgery on oath of Daniel
Christian, Captain of the Coal and Iron police force.  The hearing took place before Squire Batdorff.  Reed has been charged with entering the Cressona ticket office of the P. & R.
Railroad Company, in charge of William Gilbert, agent, and feloniously entering said office and extracting between twenty and twenty five dollars in silver and currency, one Pacific
Express money order, three U. S. Express money orders of various denominations and various relief and excess checks.  It was claimed by the officer that the name of Hannah
Weaver was forged on November 24th to the check in her favor and was cashed by Frank Brown of Orwigsburg.  After hearing the case, Squire Batdorff held the defendant Reed in
the sum of $800 bail for both charges in default of which he was committed to jail.
Pottsville Republican of May 6, 1892

The general store of Jonathan Butz of Spring Garden, Schuylkill Haven, was entered last night or early this morning and burglarized of goods to the amount of three hundred
dollars.  This is about the third time Mr. Butz's store has been broken into and it is about time that some arrests were made or something done to stop this wholesale robbery.  If a
few electric alarm bells were placed where they would do the most good, it might be a preventative.
Pottsville Republican of October 5, 1892

On the 16th of last month, Mrs. Sallie Walleiser of Schuylkill Haven, prosecuted Charles Renninger of the same place, charging him with malicious mischief, which consisted of the
defendant taking the plaintiff's son's hat from his head and destroying it.  The case was heard before Squire Joseph Johnson last evening, after which the defendant paid the costs
and gave the plaintiff sufficient funds to purchase a new hat for her son and all departed satisfied.  Constable Ziegler made the arrest.
Pottsville Republican of October 27, 1892

The gents furnishing store of D. D. Coldren, in the heart of Main Street in Schuylkill Haven, was raided upon last night.  The thief or thieves must have been posted, as Mr. Coldren
had electric bells on the lower sashes of his windows.  These were not disturbed but the upper sash or sashes were removed and over one hundred dollars worth of shoes stolen.  
Mr. Coldren's store is in Cornelius Moyer's building immediately opposite the Central Hotel.
The Call of August 7, 1908

Burglars Tuesday night went rummaging in Mr. Rowlands mill from end to end and ransacked the business office but were scared away before they had secured anything of value.  
Mr. Rowland was away on his summer vacation with his family and during his absence the bleachery is in charge of his superintendent Charles Quinter.  Mr. Quinter was in the mill
early in the evening, saw that everything was in proper shape and at 7:30 o'clock locked up the mill and went to lodge.  At 9:00 o'clock upon his return from lodge, he went into the
mill to see if the boiler was all right and to examine some goods that were bleaching.  Hearing some suspicious noises, he quietly went across the street to his home for his
revolver and returning, quickly made an investigation.  During his momentary absence, the thieves had decamped but Mr. Quinter found that they had entered through a window in
the office, had ransacked everything, pulled the drawers from the desk and scattered their contents on the floor.  The safe, which was unlocked, had not been opened, the thieves
having evidently been scared away before they got to it.  Their flight was traced through the mill, into the basement and out of a window into the yard of the Meck residence.  The
way entrance was gained and exit made and the time the burglary took place indicates that the perpetrators were well acquainted with their surroundings and this and other clues
are being followed up.  This is the third robbery in Schuylkill Haven within about ten days.
The Call of August 7, 1908

Justices Goas and Moyer were busy last week.  Squire Moyer led off with a case in which Harry Saylor, a son of Morris Saylor, brought suit against Charles Bitzer and Schuyler
Frehafer for calling names and otherwise molesting him while he was at the P. & R. station with some friends who were going to Mount Carmel.  The defendants plead guilty and
settled the case by paying a fine and costs.  They were immediately rearrested by P. & R. C. & I. officers Morgan and Wynn for misbehavior at the station and disturbing the peace
and were glad to be let off with a fine and the costs in this case also.  There has been so much rowdyism of late at the P. & R. station that officers have been detailed to suppress it.
Squire Goas also had a pair of cases.  The first was a suit by J. J. Smith against Mrs. Mary Sterner for assault and battery upon his daughter, Florence.  The parties reside in the West
ward.  The allegation was that Mrs. Sterner's children were in a scrap with Florence Smith and Mrs. Sterner joined the fray.  Mrs. Sterner entered bail for court.
John Barleycorn was the chief actor in the second case before Squire Goas.  Louisa Becker brought suit against her husband, John Becker, charging him with assault and battery.  
When the constable arrived at their home in Quarlie Point, Becker was throwing household goods into the street.  He entered bail in the sum of $300 for his appearance in court.
Pottsville Republican of August 4, 1893

Wednesday night Mrs. John D. Coldren awoke her husband and warned him that she heard some person walking on the roof of the house.  Mr. Coldren went outside and sure
enough he saw a man crouch down to escape observation.  He told him to come down and ran into the house for his revolver.  The thief, for no doubt he was endeavoring to secure
entrance to the house through the trap door, took him at his word and before Mr. Coldren returned with his shooting machine, slipped down the rear of the house and was off.  That
was a splendid mark for John to have practiced on and the town regrets he missed it.
Pottsville Republican of August 5, 1893

Daniel Sullivan today came up from the Almshouse to enter suit against Michael Fadden, night watchman, for assault and battery with intent to kill.  Sullivan had one of his eyes tied
up and looked as if he'd been badly used.  His eye was very much inflamed.  He told the "Republican" man that he has been living at the Almshouse ever since October, 1883.  He is
a veteran of the late war and a pensioner and has been paying the county five dollars a month for keeping him.  Yesterday he came up to town and got his quarterly pension.  He
took several drinks but said he arrived at the Almshouse sober and in time for supper.  He went to bed and while he was sleeping he was attacked by Watchman Fadden, who
grabbed him about the neck and choked him, while with the other hand he shoved in on his left eye ball until it cracked in the man's head.  There were three other men in the room
and they wanted to interfere but Fadden said something about getting even with Sullivan.  The old man told his story to the reporter.  He said he had never done anything against
Fadden and could not tell what reason he had for assaulting him.  The Almshouse was called up by telephone but all the information that could be received was that there had been
a "little scrap" down there last evening.
Pottsville Republican of August 7, 1893

Another version of the attack at the Almshouse on Daniel Sullivan on Friday night comes from that institution.  The night watchman, Michael Fadden, claims that Sullivan, who had
drawn his pension that day, got drunk before he came home and that he was very noisy.  The other inmates and the steward wanted to have Sullivan locked up but Fadden did not
want to do this.  He did not beat Sullivan but he did make him keep quiet.
Pottsville Republican of November 14, 1893

MAJOR LOSCH'S LOSS  -  Burglars Enter His House and Make a Big Haul - Other Houses Entered
Professional burglars were at work in Schuylkill Haven between midnight and daylight this morning and with the aid of the electric light management, which puts the town in total
darkness after twelve o'clock, they succeeded in entering the residences of Major Samuel A. Losch, Postmaster George F. Dengler and Willis Bryant.  These burglars made a big
haul at Major Losch's house, securing his handsome gold watch and chain, which was presented to him by the State Legislature in 1887, when he was chief clerk of the House of
Representatives, his daughter's watch and jewelry, some money that they took out of a jewel case belonging to Mrs. Losch and other valuables that were found around the house.  
At Mr. Dengler's the burglars were frightened away while at work in the dining room.  At Mr. Bryant's they pried open a desk and secured a sum of money.  The burglars escaped
without leaving a clue.  This morning Major Losch notified the Chief of Police of all towns in this vicinity and also Captain Linden, the Superintendent of Police in Philadelphia.
After twelve o'clock at night, Schuylkill Haven is left in darkness and without any watchmen.  If the electric light had been burning, the burglars could not have entered Major
Losch's house by way of the parlor.  It was about three o'clock when Mrs. Losch was awakened by the restlessness of their infant and she then got up and went to the little dressing
room adjoining to get Mr. Losch's watch to see the time.  Mrs. Losch found his vest hanging in its accustomed place but the watch and chain were gone.  She then awakened the
Major.  He arose and began to inspect the house. He found that the house breaker had passed through their bedroom into the dressing room, then into the children's room.  As he
went the burglar picked up everything he could find and carried it down into the dining room.  This room was in great disorder and the Major found that entrance had been gained
by way of the side window in the parlor.
He then aroused Mr. Dengler.  When that gentleman went downstairs he found that the burglars had taken out a pane of glass and removed one of the window sashes in the
conservatory and opened the door.  His dining room was in great disorder, all the drawers being pulled out and the things scattered about.  The burglars were evidently frightened
away by the noise made by Major Losch.  The watchmen of Schuylkill Haven and Spring Garden were aroused and then it was found that Mr. Bryant's house had been entered.  This
work was all done after midnight.  No clue could be found.  Major Losch feels the loss of his watch more than anything else.  It can be easily identified.  On one side it contained his
monogram and on the other the state coat of arms.  The Major had a considerable sum of money in his trousers pockets but as he had not hung them up, they were overlooked.
Pottsville Republican of November 29, 1893

AN AMATEUR BURGLAR - A Minister Catches a Thief - Schuylkill Haven Robberies Being Cleared Up
At last it looks as though the mystery that has surrounded the Schuylkill Haven robberies was going to be solved.  It will be remembered that Major Samuel A. Losch lost his elegant
gold watch and other valuables and the houses of a number of his neighbors were entered and hauls of more or less value were made.  Major Losch was in Philadelphia several
days ago and while there was introduced to a professional crook.  He told the crook of his loss and the latter gave it as his opinion that he had been robbed, not by professionals,
but by some person living in town.  The Major thought nothing more about this until yesterday, when it was learned that the parsonage of the United Brethren Church, nearly
opposite his house, had been entered the night before.  It appears that the pastor of the church was aroused from his sleep by a noise downstairs.  Thinking of burglars, the
gentleman hurried into some clothes and went downstairs very quietly.  He entered the room and there was the burglar sure enough.  But what was his surprise to find that the
burglar was a member of his own congregation.  For this reason he refused to divulge the name of the burglar, but the people have put their heads together and have settled on
the man as they think for sure.  He has been watched and last night was caught acting very mysteriously.  It is likely he will be arrested within a few days.
Pottsville Republican of May 26, 1899

AN OUTRAGEOUS ACT - Two Old Women Bound and Gagged in Their Home
At a lonely spot on the public road crossing the Schuylkill Mountain and about one mile south of Schuylkill Haven lives Mrs. Kennedy and her sister alone.  Both are elderly women.  
The former is reported to be rich in the world's goods.  This knowledge reached the ears of about a half dozen villains and early yesterday morning they forced their entrance into
the humble home of the two old women.  The inmates were awakened and began to make an outcry.  The men overpowered them and tied them hand and foot, but not before the
few remaining teeth of the assaulted were knocked out of their mouths.  Mrs. Kennedy was especially badly mistreated which was done to extort from her the hiding place of her
treasures.  A watchdog that was in the house was beset upon and badly crippled before it was conquered.  After thoroughly ransacking the home, the villains left.  As was her
custom, the daughter of Mrs. Kennedy, who lives at Schuylkill Haven, shortly before eight o'clock yesterday morning, visited the house and found the condition of affairs as above
described.  The daughter, after releasing the women, immediately reported the matter to the authorities at Schuylkill Haven.  The men were seen passing through one of the
meadows early in the morning in the direction of Pottsville.
Pottsville Republican of November 16, 1895

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BURGLARY - Dohner's Shoe Store Looted
At about two o'clock this morning the shoe store of J. H. Dohner, situated near the P. & R. depot, was  burglarized by three or four men who were seen by the watchman at the
railway crossing while in the act,  yet escaped undetected, so bold was the entry and exit made.  The burglars removed a panel from the front door, through which aperture one of
the number entered and instead of raising and lowering the lower and upper bolts on the double doors and springing them open, the inside carpenter pried the lock open when the
others entered.  They selected such goods as they desired and took their departure as coolly as if they had been regular customers, whistling and chatting during the whole
operation.  In fact the watchman described them as a "jolly set of fellows".  As near as can be estimated, Mr. Dohner thinks they took about sixty or seventy dollars worth of goods.  
They disturbed nothing in the show windows, as there was but one shoe of a kind there on exhibition, which leads to the belief that they were acquainted with the contents of the
store.  That they were strangers is also a theory obtained because the work was done so close to the watchbox of the railroad, where a man is constantly awake and on duty.  The
watchman explains that he thought nothing of the matter, as the younger Dohner comes home with his bicycle and companions at late hours and puts his wheel in the store and he
supposed this to be what was transpiring this morning at two o'clock.                                                                                                       
Pottsville Republican of August 10, 1873

Yesterday afternoon, two baseball clubs, the Mammoths of New Castle and the Pastimes of Minersville, accompanied by a number of friends and backers, went to a field near
Schuylkill Haven to play a game of baseball.  The game opened a little before two o'clock and was continued sometime after the rain commenced.  When the rain finally compelled
the game to cease, the Mammoths were ahead.  The whole party, including players and their friends, adjourned to Schuylkill Haven, where after a little while, a wrangle arose and
speedily assumed the proportions of a riot.  The people of the quiet town were very badly frightened and all the windows and doors from John Kaufman's to the depot were closed.  
The combatants to the number of nearly fifty, waded into each other with baseball bats and other missiles, and a number of damaged "mugs" resulted.  Joseph Evans of Minersville
was badly injured about the face by a man named Wilson.  No arrests were made.  If such disgraceful affairs are to grow out of baseball matches, the sooner the game dies the
better.                  It was noted the next day that, " In justice to the Pastime baseball club, it is only proper to say but one of the nine was in the riot at Schuylkill Haven."
Pottsville Republican of August 18, 1873

Saturday morning, about one o'clock, a man passing by the store of Robert Jones near the Navigation Docks of Schuylkill Haven, saw a light shining within.  Surprised at so unusual
an occurrence, he very properly and thoughtfully went to Mr. Jones and notified him of the circumstances.  Mr. Jones, knowing something was wrong, took his revolver and
proceeded to his store, where he found and captured two boatman's helpers, William Brady, better known as Toy and John McKinsley.  They were taken before Squire Ketner, who
committed them to jail.  Constable Stitzer brought them to Pottsville on Saturday morning and the walls of the fort encompass them about.
Pottsville Republican of December 11, 1894

He Writes a Note to Judge Weidman Denying His Insanity - He Scales the Fence at the Almshouse Hides at Frackville - Is Captured, and is Now in Prison
Ishmael Rogers, one week ago today, was transferred upon an order of court from the county prison to the insane department of the County Almshouse.  He hadn't been confined to
that institution twenty four hours before he made good his escape.  And though his friends allege that he is insane, which belief was also participated in by the prison physician and
other officials of that institution, nevertheless he evinced much reason in planning a very simple means of escape and this was by enlisting the aid of another inmate to stand
alongside the fence, whom Rogers used as a ladder and thus scaled the fence and he was off.  Following this a member of Judge Weidman's family found a note which had been
shoved underneath the door into the hallway.  This note among other things contained the information imparted by Rogers himself, the alleged writer of the note, that he was not
insane.  A bench warrant was issued Monday and Rogers was found concealed in his cellar at Frackville.  He was brought to prison.
Pottsville Republican of January 15, 1914

State troopers on Wednesday evening picked up Mrs. Mary Doe, aged forty years, and Mary Manus, aged fourteen years, at a house of a relative of the elder, named Falls in Palo
Alto.  They had escaped from the Almshouse about noon Wednesday and had been in hiding until found by the state police.  Neither of them are dangerous characters but both are
demented, the younger one being unable to do any reasoning whatsoever, while the elder one led the way to the home of her relatives.  The two made their escape on the pretense
of going over to the hospital to see the almshouse physician as they complained of being ill.  Being inmates of the infirmary, they were known as trustees and as they had often
been allowed to do this before, nothing was thought of it.  In a reasonable length of time a search was begun for them and at the hospital, Dr. Gillette stated that neither of them had
been there.  The almshouse team was started after them and word was received that they were in a house at Cape Horn.  When this house was visited they had already gone and
the residents of the house did not know which direction they had gone.  Both had but light shawls on their back and their walk from Schuylkill haven to Pottsville and then to Palo
Alto was anything but a pleasant one.  The state police were notified and several men were put on the job with the result that they traced them to the Falls home.  They were taken
to the barracks and on Thursday morning sent back on the almshouse team to their quarters.  According to information received they had sneaked along the fence when they said
they were going to the hospital and walked over the two mountains to get to Pottsville, not taking any chances on being caught on the road.
Miners Journal of March 17, 1866

Before daylight on Tuesday morning last, a room in Washington Hall in Schuylkill Haven, occupied by Mr. Martin Hummel, an agent of the Schuylkill Navigation Company, was entered
by some person unknown, while Mr. Hummel was sleeping.  The thief took from a valise and from Mr. Hummel's clothing, money and checks amounting to $6,500, which he had in his
possession to pay the workmen of the company at Schuylkill Haven and Port Carbon.  The checks, amounting to $2,000 and an empty pocketbook were subsequently recovered, the
thief throwing them away during his flight.  The impression is that the person who committed the robbery was acquainted with the fact that Mr. Hummel had a large amount of money
with him, that he followed him and perpetrated the robbery as stated.  This is rendered stronger from the fact that part of the money was sewn up in Mr. Hummel's clothing and that
it was cut out by the thief.  Mr. Hummel, who is a resident of Hamburg, is naturally much distressed at the occurrence and offers a reward of one thousand dollars for recovery of the
money, which is principally in "greenbacks" and for the arrest and conviction of the thief.  Several arrests have been made at Schuylkill Haven but we have not heard of any
concrete evidence against any of the parties arrested.
Miners Journal of April 14, 1866

It will be remembered that Mr. Martin Hummel, a paymaster of the Schuylkill Navigation Company, was recently robbed at Washington Hall in Schuylkill Haven of money and checks
amounting to $6,500, which were taken from his room at night while he was sleeping.  Since the robbery, no perpetrators of it or to the money has been obtained.  Mr. Hummel felt
deeply the loss of the money which was entrusted to him and the event so effected his mind that his health became impaired and he died on Saturday last in Schuylkill Haven.  He
died from an attack of brain fever.  It is a lamentable affair.
Miners Journal of June 30, 1866

On Thursday of last week, Commodore Hendricks, a boatman, and a member of the gang that has depredated to a considerable extent in Schuylkill Haven, was arrested in Pine Alley
in Philadelphia, by Officer Nutt of the Fourth Ward.  Hendricks was brought to Pottsville the same day and lodged in prison.  On Saturday he had a hearing before Squire Reed and
was fully committed for trial.  There are two charges against him: burglary at the premises of Mr. George Hoffman of Schuylkill Haven and stealing from $15 to $20 worth of meat from
a butcher wagon.  A severe example should be made of Hendricks and his companions, if convicted, in order that the depredations of the gang may be effectually stopped.
Miners Journal of September 10, 1875

The store of Albert Hiller at Schuylkill Haven was broken into on Wednesday night and at least two hundred dollars worth of goods carried away, principally jewelry and also about
sixteen dollars in cash money, which the thieves concluded they might as well take along.  This loss falls heavily upon Mr. Hiller, as the scoundrels made a clean sweep of his
jewelry.  His place of business is in the head of the town, and as it was circus night and many suspicious characters in town, merchants should have kept their eyes open.
Miners Journal of September 10, 1875

It appears that Claude Stevenson and Dennis Gocherin got into a dispute at Schuylkill Haven about the murderers of Jones (a Mollie Maguire case).  Both men were undoubtedly
intoxicated but be that as it may, Gocherin pitched into Stevenson and beat him most unmercifully.  Stevenson concluded that ten dollars would cover damages and so the matter
was amicably settled before Justice Helms.  Many such whiskey cases could be kept out of court if justices would labor for the interests of the county and always observe that when
men quarrel, who were previously on intimate terms, they always plead drunkenness.
Miners Journal of March 22, 1878

George Berger, the young man who presented himself at the Safe Deposit Bank some days ago with a couple of presumably forged checks, was arrested at Schuylkill Haven on
Wednesday evening and lodged in the county jail.  Berger presented a $20 check, said by him to be signed by Mrs. Deibert, and upon being told that there was no deposit to her
credit, pulled out William H. Rudy's check for $25.  Mr. William R. Rudy had a deposit at the bank but as the check was signed William H. Rudy, it wasn't cashed.  Berger departed and
was not heard from for some days.  He had been in the apple business with a partner in Schuylkill Haven and went off on a trip "above the mountain" to dispose of his stock.  He was
successful in getting rid of his stock and of the proceeds thereof also, and to retrieve his fortune went into the check business.  It did not pay.  He was committed to jail for "false
pretense".  The bank is not accountable for the prosecution.
Miners Journal of May 1, 1879

A BRACE OF REPROBATES - A Present From Schuylkill Haven - "George W. The Great" Holds Forth to the Jail Officials
The attention of pedestrians on Centre Street was attracted Wednesday afternoon to a covered wagon, from which yells and shrieks occasionally issued.  The wagon was driven at a
rapid rate up Centre Street and finally halted in front of the jail.  Then Constable Stitzer of Schuylkill Haven left the driver's seat and pulled from the wagon a rather dilapidated
specimen of the
genus homo.  His clothes were ragged and his face bloated.  His hands were handcuffed behind his back and he was as drunk as a lord.  In addition to all this he was
in the best of spirits and in a humor for giving his views ion anything and everything.  When the constable had stood him up on the pavement, the officer made another dive into the
wagon and brought forth a female, who made the air resound with her yells.  She was also handcuffed and very much inebriated.  She appeared to possess a peculiar bad temper,
for no sooner did the constable place her on her feet then she squatted to the ground and refused to move.  The hubbub attending these proceedings had collected a large crowd,
who were evidently amused with at least one character in the group.  
George W. Sheridan, as the commitment stated, stood upon the sidewalk, leaning against a lamppost and looking upon Helen Feary, as she occupied a seat in the middle of the
road. "Ellie," apostrophized George, "don't sit on the floor in that unbecoming position or you will positively disgrace me."  Helen retorted in language of the strongest description.  
"All right, Cinderella, remarked George, "if you desire but I am off to investigate the inside of this commanding looking structure."  He turned around, taking a view of the jail.  
George walked inside and inquiring for a place to lie down, was shown to the warden's office where he soon gathered a crowd around him.  The man was a character.  Drunken
tramp as he looked, he had evidently seen better days, and appeared to be possessed of some education.  In the meantime, Helen had been carried into jail, feet foremost, and as
she sat on a bench in the warden's room, she presented a very uninviting picture.  In her hand she carried a switch of hair of which George took notice remarking, "where did you
obtain the horse's tail Ellie or is it a cow's tail.  Heavens, what vanity."  When the general laugh had subsided, he continued, "I am George W. The Great and it's rather rough on me
to be carried to prison in the same conveyance as Ellie here made the journey in.  I fought at the Battle of Antietam and if you doubt my word, examine that cavity (baring his leg).  I
am one of the best men in the county, if you only knew it but of course you don't.  And so I have six days."  "Yes and on bread and water," remarked a keeper.  "What," ejaculated
George in tragic tones, "expect me to subsist on bread and water for six days.  Impossible.  Oh, this is too rough and George W. can't stand it, you know.  Throw in a little beef and I'll
promise to live."  "Well," said a keeper at this point, "come with me now."  "Well," responded George, "I suppose I must.  I assure you I don't want to go but I am too well acquainted
with your rules to refuse.  I'll do anything or say anything to preserve peace in the family."  While the operation of searching was being performed, he continued, "I am out of
revolvers at present, in fact never carry firearms as a general thing.  Although I shot an elephant on South Mountain the other evening."  Turning to the constable, who had
sometime before related how George had amused himself on the way to the jail by pulling Helen's hair, George said, "Constable, you are mistaken in supposing that I pulled Ellie's
hair.  She is nothing to me nor I to her and I tell you she yelled just out of pure cussedness.  She hollered several times, I'll admit but she probably could not help it.  It's her nature."  
George had been committed by Squire Helms of Schuylkill Haven as a common nuisance, while Helen Feary had been committed for being drunk and disorderly.  In the justice's
office she raised a storm by throwing a glass of water at the squire's face.  As the cell door was locked on George, he cried out in melodramatic tones, "Unbolt the barrier, I've lost a
Miners Journal of December 21, 1867

On Tuesday morning last as Mr. H. R. Edmonds was approaching a part of the road between this borough and Schuylkill Haven near the Seven Stars Hotel, he observed a large man
scuffling with a woman.  Mr. Edmonds called to the fellow and asked what he was doing.  The man turned and drawing a knife threatened Mr. Edmonds if he did not pass on.  Mr.
Edmonds, who was unarmed sought assistance to rescue the woman who was evidently the victim of an attempted outrage upon her person.  While doing so Mr. Roland Kline and
another person in a sleigh came in view of the man.  On perceiving them the man fled, leaving the woman almost wild from fear and excitement, lying on the ground.  She was
picked up by Mr. Kline, brought to Mount Carbon and left in a house at that place.
She stated that she was on her way to Cumbola and had been attacked by the ruffian whom she did not know.  Her belief was that his intention was to outrage her person.  She
fought him desperately, and his face when Mr. Edmonds saw him, was bleeding from the effect of a vigorous application of the woman's nails upon it.  The outrage was a bold one
and if caught the fellow should be severely punished.  We learn that the woman, who was somewhat injured by the violence of the ruffian, was subsequently removed to the
Almshouse, which institution she had just left when assaulted.
Miners Journal of November 14, 1868

Schuylkill Haven was greatly annoyed on Thursday morning last by numerous rumors of robberies.  A self constituted vigilance committee at once set to work to survey the extent of
damages.  It appears the coal office occupied jointly by Captain Helms and William Luckenbill was entered, and after several unsuccessful attempts to open desks, the robbers left,
carrying with them several old coats which they in the darkness probably judged to be new.  The clock and jewelry store of Major Joseph R. Weber was the next object of attack and
here the robbers succeeded in their labors and if they had continued one moment longer, the door would have opened for them, as it was only yet held with a small screw.  It is
presumed that the robbers were disturbed and compelled to abandon their labors.  It might be well to state that Major Weber will be prepared in the future for these scoundrels
with a rifle and hot shot which he will use with effect if an opportunity is afforded.  This may be considered one of the boldest attempts of robbery ever heard in that place.  "Old
Michael", the watchman has been completely outgeneraled and we may soon hear of robbers carrying him away in his box.  We would advise the citizens of Schuylkill Haven to
adopt the plan of their fellow townsman Mr. Daubert, who has been twice robbed since engaged in business in that good place.  That is to provide themselves with a good
bloodhound or other dog, and they can then feel secure from these notorious villains who so frequently rob and steal in that place.
Miners Journal of November 21, 1868

The boot and shoe store of Mr. John Shantz of Schuylkill Haven was robbed last Saturday night.  The villains carried everything with them, thus leaving Mr. Shantz nothing to
continue business with.  It is evident that there is an organized gang of robbers in said vicinity and we would advise the citizens to be on the alert and adopt the plan so
successfully executed on the canal near that place about a year ago, which had a tendency to put an end for the time to these unlawful depredations.
Miners Journal of April 3, 1869

On last Monday night an attempt was made to enter the dwelling of Mr. Charles W. Saylor of Schuylkill Haven.  The burglars were, however, unsuccessful in effecting an entrance.  
The same night the office of Captain J. K. Helms was entered, he being absent in Pottsville on said night.  The thieves carried with them two coats, one vest, and valuable papers,
among them a U. S. discharge belonging to Samuel C. Stouch of Company B, 48th P. V.  This is certainly a mean and villainous act as the papers cannot be of any use whatsoever to
anyone but the owner.  One of the coats was the captain's military one, which he prized very highly as he was attired in it when wounded on the battlefield at Petersburg.  It might be
well to state that this was certainly a bold act as the dwelling of Mr. Saylor and office of Captain Helms are adjoining the railroad company buildings, where men are stationed during
the night to protect the companies' buildings.
Miners Journal of April 15, 1881

John Scheetz was committed to jail on Friday for larceny.  He has had a shaky reputation for the past four or five years but escaped detection in his operations until Thursday night.  
He was suspected of stealing grain from the canal company's stables at Schuylkill Haven.  To place the matter beyond doubt, Morgan Simon and Samuel Hoffman laid in wait on
Thursday night and in due time Scheetz made his appearance and an onslaught on the grain.  He was caught in the act and bound with ropes made of hay.  In this shape he was kept
until yesterday morning when he was taken before Justice J. K. Helms, who committed him to jail in default of $1,000 bail.
Miners Journal of April 15, 1881

Charles Fix, according to recent developments, seems to have been appropriately christened.  He fell into the clutches of Squire Helms of Schuylkill Haven on Friday and was sent
to jail.  He is charged with larceny under the following circumstances.  A. P. Garrett keeps a saloon of which Fix is a frequenter.  He entered into an arrangement with the son of the
saloon keeper to make a good thing on pool checks.  Young Garrett was to place as many checks as he pleased in a certain place.  Fix removed them and then divided the profits
with his companion in the enterprise.  Charles Fix entered a complaint of assault and battery against Garrett before Squire Morgan reed on Monday.  At the hearing it was
developed that Garrett upon discovering the loss of his pool checks had handled Fix without gloves and that he had discovered the details of the conspiracy by tying his son by the
wrist and hoisting him up until the weight of his body rested upon his wrist and toes.  It was also testified that Fix had disposed of a large number of pool checks by giving them in
exchange for second hand clothes.  Mr. Garrett was placed under $100 bail on the charge of assault and battery.
Miners Journal of December 7, 1883

An attempt at burglary was made at Schuylkill Haven on Monday night on the premises of Franklin Hufer, a watchmaker, who lives in the part of town known as the "Dutch Flats."  A
lot of boxes and boards had been piled up beneath the window of the store room to assist the burglars in their operations.  These preliminaries awakened Mr. Hufer, who taking in
the situation, got a revolver and made for the window.  The robbers heard him and took to flight.  Hufer fired after them but did not bring any of them down.  He thinks one of them
must have been injured pretty badly as traces of blood were found upon the ground.  The party, however, managed to escape and have not been heard of since.
Miners Journal of December 26, 1884

BURGLARY AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - A Pottsville Boy Breaks Open a Freight Car and Shoots the Watchman
Yesterday morning, Joseph Schriner, a nineteen year old son of Joseph Schriner of this place, was brought from Schuylkill Haven in custody of Captain Stitzer and lodged in jail on
the charge of burglary.  About one o'clock yesterday morning the watchman at the Schuylkill Haven station, Edward Reebsamen, in making his usual rounds discovered that one of
the freight cars standing on the siding had been broken open.  He looked around for the burglars but could get no trace of them until stopping in at the watch box, as is his custom,
he found the object of his search in the persons of two strangers, who made an effort to dart out of the box as the watchman entered.  The latter was too quick for them and
confronting them with a revolver, marched them up to the depot.  While unlocking the door the thieves took advantage of his unguarded position and ran away.  Reebsamen made
chase and told them to halt or he would shoot.  As they did not obey he fired.  One of the men returned fire, the ball entering Mr. Reebsamen's right leg but not disabling him and in
spite of his wound he continued the chase and overtaking them, caught Schriner and commanded him to surrender.  Considering that Schriner was armed, a fact known to
Reebsamen, the act of the latter was a most courageous one and shows him to be the right man in the right place.  Schriner, cowed by the brave demand of the watchman,
surrendered but his companion made his escape.  Schriner had in his possession a seven shooter with two loads still in it, a large bunch of keys and in fact a regular amateur
burglars outfit.  He was locked up until morning when he had a hearing before Justice Pflueger who committed him to jail.  He has not a good reputation here and those who know
him say it is a wonder he has not gotten into trouble before now.
Miners Journal of January 11, 1851

A regular old fashioned Irish fight occurred on Sunday night last at the Seven Stars Hotel, a public house kept by Abraham Pott, about two miles below this place on the turnpike.  It
began with about twenty Irishmen who had been using the "creature" pretty freely.  Some persons interfered to settle the difficulty, when the row began in earnest.  The windows
were smashed and the furniture much broken.  The persons of the house and a few others resisted the attack.  Knives were drawn and pistols fired.  Drs. Royer and Koehler were
sent for after the affray and the wounds of some dressed.
Miners Journal of March 15, 1851

We learn from the "Map" that John Wisner, a resident of Schuylkill Haven, was brought, in a state of intoxication, before Esquire Weston of that place on Sunday last, charged with
an assault and battery upon the body of his wife, with intent to kill.  She being brought before the justice, testified that her husband had so beat her, with kicking, knocking, etc.,
that she was for some time in a state of insensibility.  That usually she could live with him very well, but that when intoxicated he was a perfect monster.  Several of the neighbors,
attracted by the noise, rushed in and found here in a senseless state, and him throwing the chairs and other furniture at her.  He declared to them that he would murder her and
that he had a right to.  Wisner was committed to the Almshouse, from which he escaped several weeks since.  "The Map" adds the opinion that he is insane, probably so, but we
should think from the circumstances, his is an insanity easily accounted for.  If rum were kept out of his way, he might become not only sane but sober too.  
Miners Journal of July 19, 1851

"The Map" gives the account of the treatment of a little orphan Negro boy, about thirteen years old, by Nathan H. Butz, of Schuylkill Haven, which for the credit of the county, we
hope is exaggerated.  The boy, according to the "Map's" statement, stole three dollars and an old watch from Mr. Butz with whom he was living, and ran away.  Mr. Butz pursued and
found him on Orwigsburg Landing on a canal boat on Sunday last.  He jumped off into the water as soon as he found himself discovered but was dragged out and struck in the face.  
His hands were then tied behind him and the cord passed around his neck and made fast to the stirrup of the saddle, when Mr. Butz mounted the horse and led the boy in that
manner back to town, a distance of four miles, sometimes trotting and even galloping his horse.  On complaint of some of the citizens at such inhuman treatment, Butz was arrested
and brought before Esquire DeLong, by whom he was bound over to court.  The boy was also committed in default of bail.  Why did not some of those citizens who had so much
sympathy for him offer the services of their purses on his behalf?
Miners Journal of September 6, 1851

The Schuylkill Haven "Map" gives the turnpike a bad name under this caption.  The cases spoken of are news to us.  We copy the article entire:  The turnpike between this place and
Pottsville seems to be infested with a band of daring men, whose object as yet can not be ascertained.  Monday night last a week, as Mr. J. T. Brechbill of this place, was riding to
Pottsville late in the evening, a man sprang from the road side, seized his horse by the bridle, and ordered him to stop.  Mr. Brechbill suddenly reined back his horse and spurred
past the intruder.  Sheriff Straub, we learn, was also stopped in a very similar  manner.  Last Saturday night, as four of our citizens were returning from the Whig Mass Meeting, in a
closed covered wagon, their horse's head was seized by two men.  Some of the four sprang from the wagon and tried the California Lynch Law, or in other words, knocked the
ruffians down and "kicked them for falling," when they were allowed to pass on without further intrusion.  Many more like occurrences may have happened but these are all that
have come to our notice.
Miners Journal of July 30, 1853

One day last week a party of Irishmen refused to pay their fare on demand in the Mine Hill cars when the conductor told them, that if they did not "fork over the dimes," he'd have
the whole party arrested on arriving in Schuylkill Haven.  They still persisted in their stubbornness, consequently they were served a complete drubbing with the fists of the
Schuylkill Haven Guards, in accordance with previous stipulations.  I have been credibly informed that the Guards succeeded in making lasting impressions upon the honorable
bodies.  This incident will probably last them to the end of their natural lives, as least so far as railroad fare may be concerned.
Miners Journal of January 7, 1854

Justice Weston held an inquest on the body of Richard Williams last Tuesday forenoon at the house of the deceased.  It appears that Williams was at Maroney's tavern last Sunday
night where he had some difficulty, of a religious or partisan nature, with a man by the name of Patrick Farrel.  A witness testified that Farrel used threatening language towards
Williams on the night in question. Williams succeeded in getting home about midnight, much bruised.  He said that Farrel knocked him down and that he was afterwards kicked and
jumped upon.  He died last Tuesday morning and accused Farrel of the deed.  The jury had a post mortem examination made, which revealed the results of violent internal
inflammation of the intestines.  There was also perforation of the intestines.  The abdomen was filled with a fetid fluid, evidently the contents of the intestines.  The deceased was a
Protestant.  He leaves a wife and child.  The verdict of the jury in accordance with the above named facts has resulted that Farrel has been arrested and committed.
Miners Journal of November 23, 1850

A shocking tragedy was enacted in that borough on Thursday last.  It occurred in open daylight about twelve o'clock.  A man named Peifer stabbed his wife with a knife in the left
breast, causing almost instant death.  He then placed her in bed with their two children and left the house.  The lifeless woman was afterward discovered by some of the neighbors
attracted by the crying of the children.  Peifer has not been heard of since.  Intoxication is said to have been the cause of the horrid deed.  The woman was young and generally
respected.  The case has produced much excitement among the citizens.
Miners Journal of December 1, 1850

We stated last week that Peifer, who recently murdered his wife at Schuylkill Haven, in the most deliberate and cold blooded manner, and who it is now believed, also drowned his
stepson last summer, was arrested in Oley Township, Berks County.  It turned out to be the wrong man.  The authorities at Schuylkill Haven have offered a reward of $100 and
Messrs. J. B. Levan and John Deibert, each $25, on their own account.  Peifer was an intemperate man and it is believed was intoxicated when the murder was committed.  If so, who
committed the murder.  Peifer, or the man who supplied him with grog.  According to the laws of Wisconsin, those who furnished him with rum would be compelled to support the
two children he left without protectors.  
Said Peifer is a foreign German, about thirty two years of age, of light complexion, light hair, lean in appearance and below the ordinary size, occasionally professes to be very
religious and desires to preach.  He has lost a tooth in his upper jaw, in which he places his pipe when smoking.  On his right foot the two largest toes are grown together to the
first joint and his wardrobe is rather an ordinary character.  He wore a checkered cap, light cloth coat, much worn and was torn on the shoulder.
Miners Journal of December 14, 1850

Peifer, the murderer, was found on the Blue Mountain about eight miles below Schuylkill Haven by Mr. Bossler, and after a hearing before Esquire Weston, was committed to
Orwigsburg.  The "Map" adds, "He made no resistance, in fact he could not, he was too drunk.  Mr. Bossler brought him before Edward Weston, Esquire and he was duly committed.  
Mr. Bossler testified that Peifer stated to him that he had committed the deed but that it was done accidentally.  He and his wife were trying to wrest from each other a spear he had
purchased as a defense against the Rangers and he letting go of his hold, the spear pierced her heart."  That story will not answer because the unfortunate woman received three
stabs with a knife which was found all bloody.
Miners Journal of March 22, 1851

The next case called was the Commonwealth versus Martin Peifer, indicted for the murder of his wife, Margaret Peifer.  On Saturday, March 15th, the following gentlemen were
empanelled in the case, after a contest of about four hours: John Provost, H. A. Aechternacht, George Frailey, Lewis Dreher, Joseph Albright, Blair, McClenachen, John F. Derby,
Joseph Zoll, Solomon Shindle, John Matz, William Christian and Jacob Rapp.  After they were sworn, the Court admonished them not to hold conversation with any person
concerning the case and dismissed them until Tuesday the 18th.  Attorneys for the Commonwealth are R. M. Palmer and J. Henry Adam.  For the defense are Benjamin Bartholomew,
George W. Matchin and Jonathan C. Neville.
At ten o'clock on the 18th, their names were called by the Clerk of the Court and the District Attorney, R. M. Palmer, opened the case in a clear and succinct manner, highly
creditable to himself, evidently having no disposition to take advantage of the position in which he was placed, to urge aught against the prisoner but that which he could prove.  
The manner in which the case had been prepared, proved conclusively that the interests of the Commonwealth will never suffer, whilst it remains in the hands of the present
District Attorney.  To give a clear understanding of the case, it will be necessary to transcribe some of the testimony.
The first person called was Dr. Lewis Royer, Coroner of the County.  "I am the Coroner of Schuylkill County.  Upon the 21st of December, I was called upon to hold an inquest upon
the body of Margaret Peifer.  When I came to the house, I found her lying in bed, covered with a feather bed and upon examination, I found here dead.  I then summoned a jury, held
an inquest and they rendered a verdict in the case.  When I first entered the room, it was in confusion, three or four hours having passed since the murder had occurred.  The table
was spread for dinner and some sausages were in a pan o the stove but not cooked, the fire having gone out.  Near the door, about three or four feet from the sill, there was a large
quantity of blood, it had run to the door sill and there coagulated but a small quantity of it had run over the sill and out of the door.  There was very little blood on the bedclothes or
in the bed, there was a knife lying on the table, upon the corner nearest the bed and over the knife, a handkerchief saturated with blood.  The knife was bloody and not quite dry but
had evidently been handled.  Cannot say whether there were finger marks upon the knife or not.  I found a frock hanging upon the wall, near the door, besprinkled with blood, the
part sprinkled with blood was about four feet from the floor.  I found an old pair of boots sprinkled with blood on the upper leather and the soles covered with blood, they were lying
under the table.  Hanging against the wall I found a spear and a club.  This is the spear.  There were no marks upon it when I first saw it.  It had been handled.  The room is about 18
by 20 feet long.  Upon uncovering the body, the hair was tangled, lyi9ng down over the face, neck and shoulders.  The frock and underclothes were torn down to her knees, the
petticoat torn to the seam, the breast was bare and she was lying on her back.  It was some time before I found the wound.  When I did find it, I fancied it was a flesh wound but upon
examination, I soon saw it was fatal.  Upon elevating her arm, I found the internal to correspond with the external wound and by pressing, I found the orifice sufficiently large to
admit the finger.  The external wound was near the third rib and three inches from the breast bone.  The internal wound was about one inch from the breast bone and upon close
examination, I found protruding from it, a small portion of the lungs and upon elevating the arm, a small quantity of blood was seen oozing from the wound, partially coagulated.  The
wound perforated the superior lobe of the left lung, thence through the pericardium into the right ventricle of the heart, the length of the incision being a little less than half an
inch.  It was a mortal wound and must have caused death almost instantly.  (A knife was here exhibited by the doctor.)  The knife I hold in my hand, I believe to be the instrument that
caused the wound, its size corresponds with it and its length is also about the same.  I think Mrs. Peifer was standing when the fatal blow was inflicted.  The wound was a little
downwards, inwards and backwards.  (A spear was here produced and Dr. Royer was asked if the wound could have been inflicted with it.)  Witness answered yes but thinks it would
almost be a matter of impossibility.  The children had been sent to the Almshouse before I came."
The Commonwealth examined about thirty witnesses and proved the following admission of the prisoner:
When Peifer was arrested, he stated that upon the morning of his wife's death, he was at Schuylkill haven and stopped at the hotel of Mr. Boyer and drank several times.  Upon his
return home, his little boy had a spear which he made to keep away bad men from his house.  After he had spoken to his wife, he told her to take the spear away from the child, she
told him she could not.  Prisoner then stooped down on one side of the child and Mrs. Peifer on the other and the prisoner pulled the spear out of the child's hand with a quick jerk
and the point being sharp, it ran into his wife's breast.  When he looked up, he saw her look pale and as she was sinking, he caught her in his arms and carried her around the room
for a short time and then laid her on the bed.  When he saw the blood pouring out of the wound, he was frightened and he ran upstairs, got a bottle of vinegar and washed her face
and side with it but she would not come to life.  Prisoner was then frightened and not knowing what to do, he ran away to Virginia. While there, he saw in the newspapers that a
reward was offered for his apprehension on account of the murder of his wife.  He then determined to come and give himself up to R. M. Palmer, to be tried, as he killed her by
accident and not design.  The defense relied upon insanity for an acquittal and from a close examination of twenty or thirty witnesses, they partially succeeded in establishing the
fact that Martin was not at all times perfectly sane.  At half past eight o'clock in the evening the defense closed and J. C. Neville asked the indulgence of the Court until morning.  
After a short consultation his request was granted and the Court adjourned.
The case occupied three days and the citizens in this portion of the county were very much excited during the trial, the Court House being crowded from the commencement to the
conclusion.  In the morning John C. Neville and Benjamin Bartholomew addressed the jury in behalf of the prisoner, in the afternoon, J. H. Adam for the Commonwealth.  The
argument for the Commonwealth closed at four o'clock and his Honor Judge Kidder then reviewed the law and the facts, taking up point after point, which had been made by the
defense, showing their fallacy and unsoundness.  It was a powerful charge, a little too strong perhaps against the prisoner but sound in law.  The jury then retired and at half past
seven o'clock returned into court with their verdict which was guilty in manner and form as he stood indicted.  After a short consultation, Martin Peifer was sentenced to be hung by
the neck until dead.  The sentence delivered by Judge Kidder was one of the most affecting we have ever heard and tears stood in many eyes which never before were seen in the
melting mood.
Miners Journal of March 22, 1851

SENTENCE OF MARTIN PEIFER  Remarks of the Honorable Judge Kidder, Delivered at Orwigsburg, Thursday March 20th
Martin Peifer: You have been convicted of the willful and deliberate murder of your wife, under circumstances so atrocious, as to have not a single palliating excuse.  The annals of
crime, so fruitful in the exhibition of human depravity, will fail to exhibit in deed, more black and unnatural than that of which you are found guilty.  The wife of your bosom was your
victim.  Her to whom you had plighted your faith and vowed before God to love and cherish.  She was the mother of your children, and one whom you were bound by every sanction
of duty to protect and defend.  The awful scene that transpired when you perpetrated the act is veiled from our sight.  No eye witnessed it but the All seeing eye of Omnipotence.  It
is true, your innocent children were present, one an infant and the other too young to realize the horrible scene enacted.  But sufficient has been enclosed to enable us, in
imagination, to view this awful tragedy.  You returned home about midday and your work was soon accomplished.  You found your victim, although suffering from disease, preparing
your dinner.  Without any known provocation, you seized her in your murderous grasp, a brief struggle ensued, when you drove the fatal weapon to her heart.  No supplication
could divert your cruel purpose, no pity moved you.  You made haste to send her soul, unprepared, into the immediate presence of Him who gave it.  Your next thought was to
escape and soon after we find you a distance of two miles, on your way to parts unknown.  The hurry of your flight left your means of your detection easy.  The cries of your children
and the blood trickling from your door attracted attention and you had hardly fled from the sight of your dwelling when the murder was discovered.  The pool of blood upon the
floor, the situation of the lifeless body, the bloody knife upon the table and your hasty flight, all pointed to you as the murderer.  
You eluded pursuit for nearly three weeks, when we again find you, making your way back to the scene of your crime.  Where you had been, we are unable to trace but from your
haggard appearance, your refuge could not have been in the habitation of man.  Your time was probably spent in the depths of solitude, where the eye of Omnipotence alone
looked down upon you, and harrowed up your guilty conscience to your inmost soul.  You returned, however, not as a penitent, confessing your crime but with an artful tale
invented for the occasion, the absurdity of which is self evident.  You admit you caused her death but attribute it to accident.  This, however, is contradicted by every fact and
circumstance in the case.
We have granted you every indulgence during your trial, which enlightened humanity and the due administration of justice would permit.  Able counsel were assigned you by the
court and a most impartial jury of your own selection, patiently heard the evidence and weighed every circumstance in your favor.  All that professional skill could suggest was
urged in your behalf and the zeal and ability of your counsel reflect upon them the highest honor.  Their efforts were dictated by that disinterested humanity which is a marked
characteristic of the profession, their labors in your cause were entirely gratuitous.  In their anxiety to save you they interposed the plea of insanity and you have had the benefit of
a full investigation of the state of your mind, as connected with legal and moral responsibility.  This has resulted in establishing a firm belief that you are not only sane but that you
willfully and deliberately took the life of your wife.  
Your crime, Martin Peifer, is a great one and your career is drawing rapidly to a close.  The blood of your unhappy wife, "crieth to Heaven from the ground."  No human aid can save
you from the penalty of violated law and we warn you to indulge no hopes of executive clemency.  Your case presents not a single feature for its exercise.  Rather look to that God
you have so often condemned and to the consolations of that religion you have so blasphemously reviled.  It now only remains for us to pass upon you the dead sentence of the
law, which is that you be taken hence to the jail of Schuylkill County and thence to the proper place of execution within the walls of yard of said jail, on such day as the governor of
this Commonwealth shall appoint, and that you be there hanged by the neck until you are dead and may God have mercy on your soul.
Miners Journal of March 29, 1851

It is said an attempt will be made to carry up to the Supreme Court the case of Martin Peifer, tried and convicted last week at Orwigsburg for the murder of his wife in Schuylkill
Haven.  The exception to the trial, upon which an application for a review of the proceedings is made, consists in the jury having been empanelled on Saturday but released till
Tuesday, when the case was begun.  This arrangement, on account of the press of business, was originally proposed by the court and acceded to by the counsel on both sides, with
the distinct understanding that it should be made a matter of record and that no exception should be taken to the trial on this account.  The plea of insanity, urged for the prisoner
by his counsel, was entirely refuted during the trial.  Previous to Judge Kidder's delivery of the sentence, being asked to make any remarks he might wish to communicate to the
court, Peifer replied at length, for nearly an hour, plainly and unequivocally admitting that he had killed his wife but charging the deed upon accident and not design.
Miners Journal of June 21, 1851

The case for Martin Peifer for the murder of his wife at Schuylkill Haven last winter, was tried this week at Orwigsburg.  It will be remembered that he was tried at a previous term
and convicted of murder in the first degree but on account of the jury being dismissed after it was empanelled, an application for a new trial was made on a writ of error to the
Supreme Court and was granted.
The Sheriff had much difficulty in selecting a jury.  The case had become generally known and almost everyone had previously committed himself as to the guilt of the prisoner.  The
trial commenced on Tuesday morning and terminated on Thursday night about twelve o'clock by the jury returning a verdict of "guilty in the second degree."  Sentence passed was
twelve years in the state prison.  It is but just to state that the defense was voluntarily undertaken by Jonathan C. Neville, Esquire, of this place.  His exertions were untiring and the
prisoner is mainly indebted for his life to the efforts of the voluntary counsel in his behalf.  Mr. Neville was also assisted by George W. Mattson, Esquire of Schuylkill Haven.
Miners Journal of July 15, 1848

The body of a woman was found in the canal at Schuylkill Haven on Saturday last, and upon examination it was believed that she had been murdered.  She was identified as the wife
of Thomas Corbet of Schuylkill Haven, and from the fact that they did not live with each other on the most amicable terms, and it was known he had struck her violently but a few
days previously, he was arrested on suspicion of having caused her death.  He was committed to the county jail to undergo a trial before the court.  Suspicion, however, has since
been directed to another, who has made good his escape, thus giving additional evidence of guilt.
Miners Journal of October 21, 1848

We are requested to state that certain persons in Schuylkill Haven, and elsewhere, are in the habit of supplying themselves with coal, without authority, from the wharves and
landings of the Canal and railroad.  They are not aware, for the most part, that they thus subject themselves to criminal prosecution, but because they have hitherto escaped this,
the crime is on the increase.  Several females lately have been arrested on this charge, and are now in the county prison, and it is generally believed that they were not sensible of
committing a crime when gathering their daily supplies.
Miners Journal of April 14, 1849

The quiet of Schuylkill Haven, in this county, was disturbed on Sunday last, by the villainous acts of some Philadelphia rowdies, who it seems, came to that place especially for
annoying its citizens.  They were thirty in number, and belong to the company of "Killers," whose acts of outrage in Philadelphia, have more than once been alluded to by the press
of that city.  On Sunday night, they commenced the work of depredation in Schuylkill Haven, by assaulting some houses with stones, breaking in the doors and otherwise doing
serious injury, and they went so far as to break into one house and drag there from a woman who was reposing in bed.  These high handed acts on the part of the ruffians brought
out the citizens, who did what they could to preserve and allay the riot.  A serious affair occurred just at this time, in which one of the citizens drew a pistol upon some of the
rowdies, when they retreated slightly, and shot into their midst, wounding several and filling one's face with shot, very much injuring him.  Some of the rioters have been arrested
and sent to jail at Orwigsburg, where they will remain until next Court.  This is one of the most high handed outrages that we have lately been called upon to record, and if those
Philadelphia rowdies who area disgrace to the age, come to Schuylkill County with the intention of violating her laws with impunity, they will find themselves in the wrong place.  
They deserve to be dealt with in the severest manner.  They deserve no mercy and we hope will not receive any.
Miners Journal of September 1, 1855

A negro, name unknown, in the employ of Captain Gibson, while at Schuylkill Haven on Tuesday, knocked down with a club and brutally beat a woman by the name of Esther Davis.  It
appears that the negro was about to fasten the boat to which he was on, which belonged to Gibson, at a place forbidden by the rules of the Company, and the lock tender, James
Davis, insisted on enforcing those rules, when the negro commenced abusing Davis in a shocking manner.  His wife then interfered, the negro striking her on the head with his fist
and knocking her down.  The captain of the boat, who was standing near, then cried to the negro, "Take a club and knock her brains out."  Upon this the black fiend snatched a
heavy stick of wood and wounded the prostrate woman on the head in a dreadful manner, before her husband could prevent it.  The negro was committed for trial at the coming
term of Court and Gibson given bail for his appearance.
Miners Journal of February 2, 1856

On Saturday evening last, a daring robbery was committed in Schuylkill Haven, on the person of Mr. Abraham Loeb, a resident of that place.  Mr. Loeb keeps a clothing store on
Centre Street near the railroad depot.  After closing his establishment about nine o'clock in the evening, he started for home.  When near his house on Union Street, he was
suddenly surrounded by about half a dozen suspicious looking fellows, and before he could be aware of their intentions, was struck to the ground with a heavy stick and robbed of
about $150.  After recovering from the effects of the blow, he discovered that the fellows had fled.  Several arrests have been made and the matter will be properly investigated.
Miners Journal of November 8, 1856

On Monday evening last, as Mr. Mark Sockert was proceeding down the turnpike between this borough and Schuylkill Haven, and when just above the Seven Stars tavern, he was
attacked by a gang of four men.  One seized him by the throat, another struck him on the head, while the others secured his hands and feet.  In this position they rifled his person of
a note for $46, payable to the order of J. M. Beatty, at the Miners Bank and some $1.68 in change.  After the perpetration of the act, Mr. Sockert procured the services of a police
officer at Schuylkill Haven, and succeeded in arresting two men, charged with being implicated in the robbery, named James Norton and John Rosser, alias Bill Buck.  They had a
hearing before Squire Long of Schuylkill Haven and were fully committed to prison.
Miners Journal of January 23, 1858

Last week two young men named Lucius Swartz and John Canter were arrested near Schuylkill Haven by Constable Bunkell, on a charge of making and passing counterfeit gold and
silver coins.  They were brought to this borough and finally taken to Philadelphia by United States Deputy Marshals Jenkins and Wynkoop.  At the first hearing which took place in
the United States Commissioner's office, before Commissioner C. F. Heazlitt on Tuesday, Constable Bunkell was examined as a witness and testified in making the arrest, and also of
searching the defendants, in whose possession,it is alleged,some $700 in counterfeit coin was found.The defendants were held on $3,000 bail each for a further hearing on Tuesday.
Pottsville Republican of March 27, 1913

The mystery of the attempt made to gag Mrs. Harry Schropp of Allentown, Tuesday night in the back yard of her sister's home at Schuylkill haven, grows deeper as the investigation
proceeds but Chief Burgess Hartman is convinced that an attempt was made to harm the woman and the matter will be probed to the bottom.  When the man seized Mrs. Schropp
and threw her to the ground, her scream was heard by her sister, Mrs. Francis Bolton, and her 15 year old son threw open the kitchen door and said, "mother, a man has aunty."  All
the seven children in the house flocked to the doorway and plainly saw the struggle in the yard, the flood of light through the kitchen doorway bringing into fairly clear view the two
in the yard, yet not clearly enough to insure recognition of the bold intruder.
Mrs. Bolton called to her oldest son to get the shotgun, which was loaded for the purpose of shooting at rats, and by the mother's direction he fired a shot through the open window
way, thus calling out the neighbors, who soon came to see what was the matter.
Constable Butz made a personal investigation at once and saw the marks of a struggle in the yard near the outhouse, and marks of footsteps leading from the scene of the struggle
to a wire fence, through which the "short, chunky man" described by Mrs. Schropp had made his way by holding two of the wires apart, stooping to get between them and slipping in
the soft earth on the other side of the fence and falling there, the marks being seen plainly by the aid of a lantern's rays within a short time after the attempt to gag had been made.  
Harry Schropp, the woman's husband, arrived from Allentown in answer to his wife's telegram, and brought with him a bundle of anonymous letters received by his wife in Allentown,
most of them mailed in that city, some from Reading and one from a Schuylkill County town.  The persistency and daring of these letters are remarkable and many of them contain
threats to kill and to harm in various ways.  The Allentown authorities investigated most of these letters and so did the U. S. Postal Officers, but neither could trace the author, so
that conviction would be assured.  The police made an extraordinary effort to get at the truth of the thing when Mrs. Schropp and her children were chloroformed in their home at
Allentown, also without result.
The first of the threatening letters was received two years ago and all the other letters are in a handwriting different from the first one.  It is said that Mrs. Schropp suspects that a
resident of the Haven is implicated in the sending of the letters and in the attack made upon her last Tuesday night.  At this writing the State Police had not been called upon to
investigate the matter.
Pottsville Republican of March 26, 1913

A desperate and dreadful outrage was perpetrated at Schuylkill Haven, Tuesday night, when Mrs. Harry Schropp of Allentown, was attacked by some unknown man in the back yard
of her father's home at which she is visiting and was saved from serious harm only by the alertness of neighbors, who had heard her scream at the time the villain first grabbed her
and before he was able to gag the helpless woman.  This is not the first time she has been attacked, for a year ago she and her children were chloroformed in their home at
Allentown and were rescued by neighbors, who missed seeing them about the house, and although a searching investigation was made, they were never able to detect the
assailant or assailants.
Recently, Mrs. Schropp had received several threatening, anonymous letters, and in terror she took her four children and fled to the home of her father, John Nauss, and her sister,
Mrs. Francis Bolton, Schuylkill Haven, thinking thus to elude her persecutors, but apparently he has followed her and attempted to carry out his foul scheme of harming the
defenseless woman in a manner that she would not suspect, for she had not left the house more than a few minutes when her screams were heard.  She had just left the outhouse,
on her return to the kitchen of her sister's home, when a man seized her and threw her to the ground and was in the act of gagging her with a handkerchief when a neighbor, who
had heard her screams, fired a shot from a revolver into the air and the villain fled away into the darkness.  Chief Burgess Hartman, Squire Moyer and Constable Butz began an
investigation which may lead to the detection of the desperado.  If he had been caught Tuesday night, while the indignation of the people was at its height, he might have been
dealt with severely by the populace.
The Boltons live in the eastern portion of the Haven on the road to Adamsdale and not far from the trolley road, in a populous part of town.  Just opposite, on the other side of the
road, is the saloon of Adam Kantner, and they saw no suspicious characters about.  The attack was made at nine o'clock and one story has it that when the Boltons heard Mrs.
Schropp scream, they raised the kitchen windows and fired the shot that scared away the bold intruder.  Mrs. Schropp, who is small in stature, after struggling with her assailant,
fainted and was unconscious for half an hour after the arrival of Dr. A. H. Detweiler, who had been summoned by her relatives, they at first fearing she was dead.  Her left shoulder
was severely wrenched in the struggle and fall.  Mrs. Schropp, who is about thirty years of age, describes her assailant as a short, stout, chunky man, wearing a suit of dark clothes
and a black slouch or soft hat.
Pottsville Republican of May 22, 1906

A terrible tragedy occurred at Saint Clair this afternoon when Newton Harvey, a young railroader from Schuylkill Haven, attempted to kill his sister in law, Mrs. Levi Howells, and then
shot himself through the brain.  Harvey is fatally injured and is dying but Mrs. Howells is not injured.  Harvey, who is but 20 years of age, and has a wife and child living in Schuylkill
Haven, has apparently been in love with his wife's sister, Mrs. Howells, for some time.  This afternoon while Mr. Howells was at work in the mines, Harvey called at the Howells'
residence on Third Street in Saint Clair.  The door was opened by Mrs. Howells and Harvey immediately began to tell her of his love and urged her to elope with him.  Being
indignantly refused, the infuriated man then pulled a revolver and shot at Mrs. Howells three times.  The woman, who was carrying a child, tripped over at the first shot and was
unharmed.  Harvey, thinking that he had killed her, immediately shot himself.  Harvey was employed on the P & R road and was on vacation.
Pottsville Republican of November 8, 1905

The body of a new born babe was this morning found floating on a shallow pond along the main road between here and Schuylkill Haven, about a half mile below the Seven Stars
Hotel.  It was a full term child, fully developed and had been murdered by some one familiar with cases of this kind.  Death was due to it being permitted to bleed to death.  With the
dead child in a carriage it was probably driven some distance before being dropped into the pond, but the crime so carefully covered may yet be revealed, as the coroner is
determined to bring the guilty parties to justice.  He asks the aid of all county physicians and other law respecting residents to assist him in this work and to report to him any
person who might have been responsible.
This morning, while one of the employees of the Scott farm near Seven Stars was about to go into the cornfield, he noticed an object floating on top of the water, and upon
investigation, saw that it was a new born babe, clothed only with a gauze band wrapped tightly about its abdomen.  He drove to Pottsville and notified Coroner Gillars, who at once
drove to Seven Stars and found the case as reported.  He waded through the shallow water and fished the body out.  It was then taken by him to the almshouse, but a short distance
away, and there Dr. Moore performed an autopsy.  He found that the child had been born alive and that its death had been evidently caused purposely by someone experienced in
this work.  It was not more than twelve hours old, weighing ten pounds, and being twenty inches in length.  The body was interred in the almshouse plot.  This is the eighth case of
this kind that has been reported during the past few years and the coroner is determined to spare no effort or expense to bring the guilty party to the bar of justice.  Anyone having
any suspicions in this matter may communicate without necessity of becoming concerned publicly in the affair, with the coroner, who will investigate thoroughly each case.
The Call of August 1, 1902

The gang of horse thieves, frequently referred to by The Call, are still operating successfully in Schuylkill County.  After committing many depredations north of the mountain and in
the Schuylkill valley they have now transferred the seat of their operations to the lower part of the county.  Monday night, two thefts were made by the gang in the neighborhood of
the Seven Stars.  The robberies were perpetrated about midnight.  They first visited the premises of Mrs. John Scott, some distance below the Seven Stars and stole from the
stable a valuable horse.  The animal is described as black in color, with a white star upon his forehead, heavy mane and tail and weight about 1,150 pounds.  The horse was
harnessed and the gang drove him up to the Seven Stars where they entered the stable yard of Daniel Reichert and stole his buggy.  The horse was quietly hitched to the buggy
and the thieves drove off leaving no clues as to their identity.  The robbery was not discovered until some time after it had been committed and by that time the thieves had
secured too good a start for their being speedily captured.
There is some bitterness in the affair for the Scotts, as Scott's son Walter W., who is employed as a motorman on the Schuylkill haven division of the Pottsville Union Traction
Company's trolley lines, when he went home Tuesday morning about 12:50 o'clock, saw two men drive past the Seven Stars in a buggy, but never dreamed that the horse which they
were driving was his property or that the buggy was stolen too.  The robbery was discovered after he got home.  Mr. Scott lost no time in notifying his neighbor and the Pottsville
police of the robbery.  The gang responsible for these robberies are very clever and during the past few weeks have gotten away with quite a number of horses.  There is need of a
vigilance committee to track the robbers down and bring them to justice.
The Call of June 23, 1900

A daring robbery was committed in the very heart of the borough early yesterday morning, when the glass in the display window of Miss E. C. Saylor's music store on Main Street,
was demolished and nearly all of the goods which had been in the window were stolen by a gang of thieves.  The electric street lamps were not burning and the Stygian darkness
served the robbers to advantage in carrying out their design.  The first sounds of the robbery were heard about two o'clock when Miss Saylor and Miss E. Kantner, who reside
together in the same building in which the store is located, were awakened by the noise of breaking glass.  The ladies jumped out of bed and went to the front part of the house and
stood at the window directly above the heads of the thieves.  Not a sound was heard or a thing seen, the robbers evidently having taken refuge in the recess of the doorway during
this time.  Mrs. Dr. Lenker, residing on the opposite side of the street, also heard the crash, and looked out of the window in the direction of the store but could not see anything on
account of the darkness.  About twenty minutes after the first crash a second one was heard.  Mrs. Lenker gave the cry of "robbers," and her two sons, Frank and Robert, ran
across the street to ascertain the cause of the disturbance and give assistance to the inmates if necessary.  The robbers had made good their escape and had taken with them a
fine, large guitar, a number of the best harmonicas, an accordion and a large quantity of other musical merchandise.  The robbery was not performed by novices, as was indicated by
the manner in which the glass was shredded by the use of a fine diamond cutter.
Pottsville Republican of September 5, 1913

Constable John Butz of Schuylkill Haven, who was in town yesterday, told of an accident in which he figured on Tuesday evening last that might have resulted seriously.  He stated
that a man named Prosser who is the owner of a thrashing machine had made an engagement to go to the company farm near Landingville storage yard.  The machine was to be
brought from the farm of Sherman Reed and taken to the company farm.  One part of the machine was to be taken over the Saylor Hill and the other by the way of Connor Crossing
and Schuylkill Haven.  The driver broke one of the wheels of the machine going by way of Schuylkill Haven.  Strausser refused to allow the machine to go any further and when he
went to the farm for the first part of the engine, he was driven from the farm.  A warrant was sworn out before Alderman C. A. Moyer.  Just as two State Police were ready to serve
the same the Constable returned from a trip down country.  Jumping into a wagon owned by Strausser, the two started for the company farm.  It was while passing down what is
known as the new road leading from the Schuylkill Mountain that the wagon, horse and occupants went over the side.  Both Constable Butz and Mr. Strausser were buried
underneath the wagon but escaped with slight bruises. Butz continued to the farm where he placed the lessee under arrest.  The case was settled by the lessee paying all the costs.
The Call of November 28, 1913

William Koons, aged 22 years, giving his residence as Yorkville, endeavored to shoot up the town Saturday night and got himself into all kinds of trouble with the local authorities.  
Armed with a revolver he invited a umber of bystanders to fight him.  A tussle followed but Koons escaped.  Officer Butz was informed of the matter and went in search of him.  
Koons pulled his gun on Officer Butz but was unable to scare the officer and in a short time found himself disarmed and manacled to that officer by a strong pair of knippers.  Koons
spent the night in the borough coupe.  He was given a hearing before Squire Moyer and sent to jail on the charge of carrying and pointing concealed weapons.  It is said Koons at
one time resided in Auburn.  The officers state he has been in the toils of the law on previous occasions and is a bad man.  He will be given a hearing at the January term of criminal
court.  The jail term for this offense is anywhere from three to six months to two years.
The Call of May 29, 1914

Miss Bessie Cross of Lebanon, charged with being a nuisance and for malicious conduct by Albert Mitchell of Schuylkill Haven, both colored, was committed to jail by Squire Moyer
on Wednesday.  She will be given a hearing at the next session of the criminal court.  Miss Cross visited the home of Mr. Mitchell in the South Ward and began rough house tactics.  
Mitchell was summoned from work by neighbors and caused her arrest.  The local police officers had considerable difficulty, because of her somewhat intoxicated condition, in
getting her on the trolley car.
The Call of June 12, 1914

The inmate of the county insane hospital here who escaped Friday of last week, was caught in the restaurant of Doug Kauffman.  The inmate applied for food at the restaurant.  Mr.
Kauffman, from the description given of the escaped inmate and from the fact that he was scantily attired and acted very peculiarly, at once became suspicious of the man.  He was
detained by being given food until the hospital authorities could be summoned, when they at once identified their man and took him back to the institution.
The Call of July 17, 1914

A hearing was held before Squire Moyer Monday evening of this week.  The case was that of Mrs. Weston and Mrs. Achenbach charged with dumping rubbish on the street.  
Burgess Lessig made the charge.  Mrs. Achenbach is supposed to have placed tree limbs on Union Street in the lower end of the flat.  In some way or
other these tree limbs got in front of the residence of Mrs. Weston.  Mrs. Weston returned the favor by placing them in front of the residence of Mrs. Achenbach.  The squabble
finally resulted in the street being littered with tree limbs.  The Burgess was notified and brought suit.  The borough costs and fines were imposed.
The Call of August 14, 1914

The sixteen year old daughter of Charles Burns of town who was home from a reformatory school on parole, was again sent back by order of the court this week.  It appears the girl
could not keep out of trouble, appropriating some of her father's money for her own use and otherwise misbehaving.  Officer Butz was informed and Monday morning that officer
together with Elmer Thrush, after a chase around several of our alleys, finally caught the girl.  She was taken to Pottsville and the court informed of her doings.  Officer Simonds was
ordered to take her to the Darlington School again.  The girl will be kept there until she shows some reform.
The Call of February 15, 1918

William Zerbey Jr., residing below the railroad tracks and to the rear of Main Street, was arrested by Constable John Butz on the charge of incorrigibility preferred by the father of
the boy.  The hearing was held before Squire C. A. Moyer.  Unable to obtain bail, the boy was committed to the county prison.  It was reported that when the defendant was eight
years of age he was placed in an institution in Kansas.  Late last year he and three other boys broke out of the institution and found their way home.  The family recently moved to
town from Mount Carmel.  The father is employed as a miner.
The Call of June 9, 1900

Some time ago mention was made in these columns about the stealing of flowers and plants in the Saint Ambrose Cemetery and a fair warning was given to all offenders as to what
would await them if caught in the act.  Now, on top of all this, and in open defiance of the law, we have been informed the same operations have been going on in Union Cemetery.  
Flowers put on the graves of departed friends have been stolen within two hours after being placed there.  The Board of Managers of the cemetery realized that something must be
done and at a recent meeting decided to offer a ten dollar reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of persons detected stealing flowers or otherwise
despoiling the cemetery.  This will positively be enforced regardless of whom the guilty party may be.
The Call of June 23, 1900

On Thursday morning about one o'clock, A. H. Brensinger, station agent for the Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley Railroads at this place, was awakened by the sound of someone
trying to effect an entrance at several windows at the station.  Mr. Brensinger surprised the marauders by suddenly turning on the electric lamps, which soon revealed the rascals,
three in number, in hasty flight across the lot opposite the station.  A few minutes afterward, night operator Norman Lessig, accompanied by Constable Butz, arrived upon the
scene.  It happened that one of the rascals appeared at Mr. Lessig's office and asked for a match and otherwise acted very strangely.  Mr. Lessig's suspicions were aroused and he
thought a robbery might be attempted at the freight station and for that reason summoned the constable.  They were walking up the tracks in the direction of the station when the
lights in the building appeared and events transpired as above recorded.  An examination at the freight station afterwards showed nothing had been molested there.
The Call of August 24, 1900

On Monday morning Paul Govale appeared before Squire Goas and preferred charges of "threatening to kill" against Stephen Chadoski.  Both are inhabitants of the foreign village
at the storage yards, which was the scene of the trouble.  Govale alleged that on Sunday evening Chadoski was using insulting language before his, Govale's, wife, and upon trying
to have a stop put to the same, Chadoski became angered and drew a gun.  The men compromised in the Squire's office
and shared the costs, after which they went on their way rejoicing.
The Call of October 12, 1900

The Schuylkill Telephone Company were busy during the week planting their poles in Spring Garden for their proposed line from Pottsville.  Some trouble was experienced with
some property holders and as a result a law suit is pending.  On Tuesday the company's workmen were digging holes in front of the premises of Simon C. Mengle on Coal Street and
Mrs. George Bausman on Dock Street but were interfered with by John Killian and Jere Mayberry, who were employed by Mr. Mengle to stand on the hole at his place.  Mrs.
Bausman's daughter, Miss Mary Bausman, did the same at their place.  The company was compelled to suspend operations and at the office of Squire C. H. Goas, brought charges
against Miss Bausman.  The case was compromised, each party paying part of the costs.  At the office of Squire J. H. Butz, warrants were issued for the arrest of Messrs. Killian and
Mayberry, who entered bail for $300 to appear at court.  While these proceedings were going on the poles were planted.  The affair caused no end of discussion among residents in
that portion of town, and more trouble of a similar nature will likely occur.
Miners Journal of October 23, 1875

While passing through the North Ward of Schuylkill Haven on Tuesday evening last, this editor noticed that someone had adorned the new lampposts with pumpkins hollowed out
and with profiles of faces cut on them.  Whether they are to be the regular lamps or whether somebody means to insinuate that they are symbolic of our Town Council, I cannot say.
Miners Journal of November 29, 1875

A party of men whose names we did not learn, committed a sickening outrage on a horse at Schuylkill haven one day recently.  It appears they were in a loaded wagon, to which
were harnessed a horse and a mule.  The horse, a fine animal said to be worth $150, for some reason refused to do his share of the work.  One of the party tied a rope to the poor
animal's tongue and on the continued refusal of the horse to pull, jerked the rope violently.  The effect of the jerk was to pull the poor creature's tongue out.  The barbarian who
committed the fiendish act threw the tongue into the gutter and then drove off.  It is a matter of surprise that this affair has been kept dark so long as it has and it should be
thoroughly exposed.  It is one of the most disgusting cases of brutality we ever heard of.  It is said that two of the party have been arrested but two are still at large.  Squire Helms
and Constable Stitzer have the matter in hand and should push it energetically.  The horse, we learn, belonged to a Mr. Considence of Port Carbon, who should see that the guilty
wretch is severely punished, whether he be a friend or not.
Miners Journal of September 10, 1875

About two weeks ago, Jacob Hinkle of Barry Township, had a black roan mare, saddle and bridle stolen out of his stable.  All efforts to recover his property proved in vain and his
feelings can easily be imagined.  On Wednesday while the circus exhibited at Schuylkill Haven, a young man named Moses Wolf, formerly employed by Mr. Hinkle, acknowledged to
another young man, named William Wert, that he played it on Hinkle, that he had taken the property and sold it for five dollars and a watch near Reading.  Wert at once telegraphed
to Hinkle, the latter with lightning haste reached Schuylkill haven and arrested Wolf and run him from the circus to the office of Squire Helms, where after a hearing, he was
committed to Fort Ward, and conveyed thereto by Constable Stitzer.  In connection with this case we would add that a large crowd gathered around the office of Squire Helms,
threatening vengeance on the officers of the law and Mr. Hinkle but it might as well be understood that they don't scare a bit and know how to deal with thieves of any kind when
once tracked down.  The horse was found at Reading and recovered.
The Call of April 1, 1927

Some excitement was caused Saturday afternoon by the finding of a dead infant babe in the channel of the creek which flows from Garfield Avenue, underneath the banks of the
Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Railroads and continues on through the property of W. C. Kline where it empties into the level.  The body, that of a girl about four months premature
birth, was found at a point in the stream at the Pennsylvania Railroad arch.  The discovery was made by William Sattizahn who was assisting Mr. Kline in removing some of the debris
from the channel of the stream.  The body was found unclothed, there not being even a stitch of clothing or wrapping of any kind.  The authorities were summoned and Deputy
Coroner Heim made an examination and pronounced that the babe had not been in the water for a longer period than from Friday evening.
It was thought that it was hardly possible that the body was placed at the point where it was found but rather thrown into the stream at some point along its course.  At this season of
the year there is a considerable current and the body could easily have washed down to the point where it was found.  Possibly if men had not been working in the vicinity on
Saturday afternoon the body would in time have been washed into the river and the discovery never made.  The body was taken to the morgue at the county institution and during
the week it was ordered interred by Coroner Heim.  The authorities are investigating the matter and may fix responsibility shortly.
The Call of September 2, 1927

The Klimas Hotel, corner of Centre Avenue and Garfield Avenue, was looted some time during Wednesday.  The discovery of the robbery was not made until Wednesday evening
when the proprietor who had been away during the day returned and opened it for business.  The local officers were called.  Officer Bubeck had during the day, noticed an auto
containing two men and  a woman parked at the hotel.  He had also noted that the place was closed.  He had the forethought to make note of the auto license number.  When the
theft was reported the license was looked up and it was found the owner resided in Llewellyn.  Mr. Harvey Smith of the Merryfield Smith Agency was called.  He with the local
officers and Deputy Sheriff Hasenauer went to Llewellyn where they placed under arrest men by the names of Bernatonis and O'Neil.  The girl's name was Britton.  The trio were
brought to Pottsville.  The girl upon being questioned confessed to the theft of clothing.  The confession was made Wednesday morning at three o'clock.  The officers then motored
to Lykens to the home of the mother of the girl where they found the loot.  A hearing was held before Squire Davies and the three were committed to jail to await a further hearing in
the courts.
The Call of September 30, 1927

In the case of the death of Mrs. Martz, the two brothers of Harry Dress were witnesses, also the daughter and son in law of the deceased woman.  The only eyewitness of the crime
was the grandchild of the woman, Robert Long, who was nine years of age.  The lad told his story with the audience tense and hanging on every word.  He told how he saw Harry
raise the rifle and how he, while standing at the back of his grandmother, nudged her to turn around.  As she did so the rifle
cracked and the bullet struck her in the neck.  The woman then ran to the porch and the blood was gushing from the wound.
Danny Dress, a brother of the man accused of the murder of his sister, stated that Harry and his sister had been "growling" with one another when they were preparing to retire
about eight or eight twenty o'clock the night before.  He also stated that his brother had not worked for the past two years and his brother and his sister had, on several times,
quarreled.  Elijah Long, who was summoned from work, related in some detail the cause of a word battle the brother and sister had before the family went to bed.  Something about
telling Harry he should light the light in the bathroom and Harry said to his sister that "You always want to start something" and then he told how his sister had whipped Mr. Long's
child during the day.  Mr. Long stated that she had the authority to do so if the children misbehaved.  After the shooting Mr. Long asked Harry, "What did you do this for?" and Harry
said, "I didn't want to do it."
Dr. Heim was placed on the stand and testified that the woman literally drowned in her own blood.  The bullet cut an artery and the blood gushed into her windpipe and strangled
her to death.  The bullet entered a little below the larynx and a little to the left.  The woman was dead when the coroner arrived.  Officer Deibert on the stand stated that when he
arrived at the house he asked where Harry was and they told him upstairs.  They went through the rooms and couldn't find him on the second floor.  He then went to the attic door
and saw the shadow of a man walking about the attic.  He called out and asked whether they could come up and Harry said, "Yes."  They found him sitting on the floor and biting at
his fingernails.  He asked him whether he had planned to shoot his sister and Harry had told him that he had not.  Asked why he did it, harry said, "If she would have kept her mouth
shut this would not have happened."Officer Bubeck, who was also at the house, asked the man why he shot his sister and harry said, "She was always nagging at me."  Asked
whether he had planned to shoot her, harry said he had not.  
Deputy District Attorney Martin Duffy representing the Commonwealth asked witnesses the questions in the case.  Notes were taken in shorthand by the court stenographer,
Decatur Moore.  Coroner Santee was also in attendance and took part in the questioning.  The same that heard the evidence in the case was composed of Messrs. A. M. High,
William Bittle, E. B. Hill, Harry Goas, Edward Borda, Herbert Sausser.
The Call of October 21, 1927

The first police officers in this section of the state to purchase tear gas to be used in connection with the overpowering of criminals when a necessity demands, is the Schuylkill
Haven Police Force.  The apparatus resembles a fountain pen and is brown in color.  The gas injector is harmless until a cartridge about the size of the kind used in an automatic
gun is inserted.  Sufficient gas is produced to fill an extra large building and is strong enough to overcome every occupant for a period of about one half hour.  When used at close
range to get a criminal barricaded in a barn or room, it operates silently and quickly and does not subject the officer using it to the danger of shots from the criminals.  The same
was purchased by Chief Burgess Scott for the local police officers.
The Call of November 30, 1928

Harry Kramer of Caldwell Street was badly cut about the face Sunday evening by Bright Sattizahn of the same street and as a result had to have Dr. Rutter put several stitches in his
cheek and lip.  Kramer was sitting in his home and in answer to a knock on the door said, "Come in."  Sattizahn entered and landed on Kramer for an alleged insult said to have been
made by Kramer about the wife.  Sattizahn is also alleged to have choked the woman occupant of Kramer's home and tore clothing from the daughter of the woman.  Kramer came
into town with blood streaming from his face and was taken to the physician above named by the police.  A charge of assault and battery was lodged with Squire Roan and a
preliminary hearing held on Monday evening.  Sattizahn entered bail for a further hearing or until the extent of Kramer's injuries can be better determined.  Kramer indicated that
the next time someone knocks on his door he will not be so quick to say, "Come in."
Miners Journal of January 24, 1876

EDITOR JOURNAL  I have been a reader of your valuable paper for seventeen years, but all this week we have been watching to hear something about the terrible massacre that
was committed on Wednesday morning at three o'clock.  Mr. James McCafferty, of this borough, invited some of his friends from Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven to a little blow out.  
The "Mulligan Guards," not being invited, thought they would spoil the fun.  At the above hour I heard the smashing of doors and shutters and directly the cries of "kill him, the son
of a 'b'."  In a few minutes everything was quiet and they came out.  When I saw them coming up the street I called my son and we got ready for them, for I thought for sure they
would break my place.  The captain of this gang is a desperate man.  He has been in the United States Navy several times in a few years and the few officers we have here don't
want to trouble him.  We should have a man like Marshal Heisler.  After they beat one of the invited party almost to death, they were not satisfied and waited on the bridge till
daylight, knowing he had to come home that way.  The calculation was to throw him over the bridge.  But fortunately the poor man did not come till after daylight.  We beg through
your paper for the Catholic priest to break up this gang, for he is an able man.  He can do more than the police.  Schuylkill Haven, January 20, 1876
The Call of June 28, 1901

On Monday evening Charles Fenstermacher of Long Run and William Deibler, of this place, engaged in a fist fight on the high embankment near the rolling mill with the result that
Fenstermacher came out on the short end of the bout.  Notwithstanding the fact that he had provoked the fight and was the aggressor throughout, as witnesses to the affair
testified, Fenstermacher appeared before Squire Albright at Cressona and had a charge of assault and battery brought against Deibler.  He was found guilty, much to the disgust of
the parties who attended the hearing and placed under a $100 bail to appear in court.
The Call of August 2, 1901

Michael Orkin, a demented inmate of the Almshouse, yesterday afternoon attracted considerable attention while sitting on the front porch of Dr. P. C. Detweiler's home waiting for a
trolley car.  He displayed an empty revolver and had a strange collection of articles such as a mouth organ, stones, nails, etc.  He boarded the 1:30 car for Pottsville, where it was
afterward learned he appropriated a pair of shoes in front of a store and was promptly locked up.  He also stole twenty dollars at the Almshouse and Steward Lamb will let him suffer
for his transgressions in the county jail.
The Call of September 20, 1901

A lively "brush" occurred on Monday night at the Spring Garden House, this place, between an almshouse employee and a Spring Garden resident.  The Spring Garden man made
some charges, which were immediately resented by the other principal and a clinch followed.  With much difficulty they were separated by friends.  The one contestant had his
whiskers so badly pulled that they were almost loosened at the roots, while the other fistic artist emerged from the conflict after suffering a severe choking.  There were loud and
lively talk of lawsuits for several minutes but an amicable adjustment of the differences was finally affected.
The Call of November 1, 1901

CARRIED TO EXTREMES - Some Disgusting Results of "Chalk Night" Observances - Authorities Should Act on the Matter
"Chalk night" was observed to its fullest extent in town on Monday night and the limit was far overstepped by some of our young folks in carrying on the fun.  Chalk marks were
observed everywhere the next morning, some of these being of a most shamefully indecent and disgusting character.  We feel sure there are few places where "chalk night" is
carried to the extreme as here and the borough authorities should take active measures to stop or at least have a limit put on the practice.  The same night a horse and brand new
carriage belonging to Samuel D. Deibert of Landingville was hitched to a post on Main near Dock street while Mr. Deibert transacted business about town.  During his absence some
persons maliciously put chalk marks all over the carriage.  Every chalk mark left a scratch on the highly polished finish of the vehicle, with the result that it is greatly damaged.  The
matter was reported to Burgess Mill, to whom Mr. Deibert said that he knows the perpetrators of the act and that unless proper reparation was shortly made for the loss suffered
the guilty parties would be brought before the law.
The Call of November 22, 1901

DIRECTORS INDICTED - Grand Jury Holds Two Officials for Trial for Misdemeanor
Investigation Unearthed Another Deal and the Grand Jury Recommended Further Bills of Indictment
The Schuylkill County Grand Jury on Saturday indicted two poor directors of the county for malfeasance in office.  In a recent trial in court, testimony was brought out to the effect
that Poor Directors Henry Becker, Democrat, and Edward Kester, Republican, were implicated in a deal involving almshouse appointments.  The Grand Jury before whom Court
directed the District Attorney to lay the matter brought in true bills against the poor directors.  Court fixed the bail at $1,000 in each case and the required bond was furnished.  Both
will be tried at the next term of Criminal Court.  The Grand Jury also announced that in the consideration of these cases it found evidence showing the existence of a former deal
between Edward Kester and John Horgan, Democrat, the other member of the Board of Poor Directors.  The Grand Jury recommended that the court instruct the District Attorney to
present further bills of indictment against Directors Kester and Horgan to a subsequent Grand Jury.
The Call of August 14, 1903

Edward Zettlemoyer, aged about twenty years, was sent to jail by Squire Moyer on two charges preferred by Howard M. Bowen and Irvin Bensinger, respectively.  Mr. Bowen's
allegation is that his house was entered n July 27th and $47 in cash, a new suit, a watch charm, a finger ring and a pocket knife were taken.  When captured last Friday evening by
Constable Butz, Zettlemoyer had on the suit of clothes, which tailor Goas identified at the hearing as the one he made for Bowen.  The allegation of Irvin Bensinger was that on the
night of April 16th last his room at Hotel Central was entered and $154 in cash, his wallet, three watches and several scarf pins were taken.  On the person of Zettlemoyer, when
arrested, were found the wallet and one of the scarf pins, which Bensinger identified as his property.  Zettlemoyer had three hearings before Squire Moyer.
The Call of November 17, 1905

Upon information of Coroner Gillars, Miss Esther Strouse of near Seven Stars was last Friday arrested and, after a hearing before Justice Shaw at Pottsville, was committed to jail to
await trial, upon the charge that she is the mother of the babe whose body was found in a pond near Seven Stars and that she caused the infant's death.  The imprisoning of the girl
was such a shock to her mother, Mrs. Lydia Strouse, that she became seriously ill with nervous prostration and is still in a serious condition.  In court on Monday George Dyson and
J. P. Monaghan were appointed to defend Miss Strouse.  On Tuesday, upon their application the case was continued until January term because of the weak and nervous condition
of the girl and the hysterical condition of her mother, who is an important witness.
The Call of August 5, 1904

Lee Van Derlinden, the collector and meter reader for the Schuylkill Haven Gas and water Company and several friends Monday evening ran a race to Adamsdale Park.  Young Van
Derlinden on the return was way ahead of the rest of the crowd and near the spring at Adamsdale, he was waylaid by a man who took him around the throat and searched his
pockets and then asked him for the keys to the gas office.  The man is a little above medium weight, a rather nice looking man with a heavy, black mustache and partly bald.  He is
also heavily built.  Van Derlinden is a good sized young man but he said he could not do anything in this fellow's grasp, he was such a powerful man.  Van Derlinden had nothing in
his pockets.  While the fellow was searching him he loosed his grip a little and Van Derlinden slipped away leaving the back of his shirt in the fellow's grasp.  The strange part of it is
that this man's description tallies with that of a man who has been seen a number of times at Schuylkill Haven and who has been in the gas office a number of times and each time
that he has been at the gas office, he has made inquiries as to who were the collectors and if they kept any money in the safe and whether the safe was locked with a combination
lock or not.  From these inquiries they were led to believe that he contemplated a robbery.  The man was always well dressed and the officials of the company, also young Van
Derlinden can easily identify him.  An officer is now on the look out for him.
The Call of January 30, 1920

There are quite a number of residents of Schuylkill Haven still looking for the soldier boy swindler who prior to Christmas time pulled a good one over on a number of housewives.  
As stated in these columns before, the fellow claimed that he was from Pottsville.  He said he was to receive a car of foodstuff from the government and that the articles could be
delivered in Schuylkill Haven on certain specific dates.  He offered different kinds of groceries at attractive prices.  Most people felt ashamed to turn down the fellow because he
wore a soldier's uniform and claimed to have been in the 28th Division and mentioned a number of other soldiers who were in the Division.  The requirement in obtaining the
groceries at special was that a portion of the bill had to be paid in advance.  A number of people refused to do this but most persons did so and they have been looking for both
their groceries and the fellow ever since.  Officer Butz and the State Police have also been looking for the fellow who is said to have pulled the same trick on Cressona, Hamburg
and Auburn people.
The Call of April 5, 1918

Thomas Feeney of Broadway was arrested on Tuesday by Constable John Butz for failure to send his children regularly to school.  He waived a hearing before Squire C. A. Moyer
and paid the fine and costs amounting to $4.10.  This was the first arrest made for truancy in Schuylkill Haven in several years.  The above amount contained a fine of one dollar, the
minimum fine under the school code.  Had the squire so desired, he could have imposed a fine of five dollars together with the costs.  From a reliable source, it was ascertained
that the School Board will cease to notify the parents in the future regarding the absence of their children from school but will immediately cause their arrest.  Failure to pay a fine
will result in the parent or guardian being sent to the county prison.
The Call of November 16, 1909

Schuylkill Haven's police department was kept on the jump on Saturday night and so hard pressed were the authorities that some matters had to be laid over until Monday.  It
speaks volumes for the efficient work of Chief Burgess Hartman and Chief of Police Butz that Schuylkill Haven is as orderly as it is.  Thirty years ago with a population less than half
what Schuylkill Haven now has there were twelve men on the police force and each one was paid ten dollars per year for his services and a fee of one dollar for each arrest.  On
Saturday night, Chief Burgess Hartman was compelled to swear in a special officer to make an arrest.  Chief Butz at the time was on his way to the jail with a prisoner.  It makes
visitors to town smile to be informed that an otherwise up to date town such as Schuylkill Haven has a police force of only one man.  While Chief Burgess Hartman and Chief Butz
are doing most effective work, they can not be everywhere at once and the very small size f the police force is an invitation to evildoers to work whatever mischief they please.  The
matter is well worthy of consideration upon the part of the Borough Council.
The Call of August 13, 1909

A farmer on the outskirts of town was compelled to appeal to the State Police on Saturday to put a stop to the ravages of a lot of hoodlums who have been making life miserable for
himself and his family all summer.  These miscreants have at various times chased their dogs at a fine young colt and nearly ruined the animal; had their dogs chase and kill his
chickens; polluted his well; dug up, roasted and ate his potatoes and committed various other depredations.  In addition to molesting the farmer these fellows have been guilty of
an infraction of the game laws in that they fished with nets in the stream that flows through the farmer's land and caught catfish in large numbers.  These people have been warned
and it is safe to say that with the prospect of arrest by the State Police before them the hoodlums will cease their depredations.
The Call of September 30, 1904

THE HINKLE CASE - Council at a Special Meeting Orders the Case for Trial
A special meeting of town council was held last Friday evening to take action on the Hinkle case.  During the last smallpox epidemic, Borough Health Officer Butz warned Fred
Hinkle that if he did not observe the quarantine regulation, he, Butz, would take Hinkle to the pest house.  Hinkle had been reported to the Health Officer as having visited houses
that were under quarantine.  When Health Officer Butz threatened to take Hinkle to the pest house it is alleged that Hinkle voluntarily accompanied the Health Officer to the pest
house where he remained several days, and showing no signs of the disease, was properly fumigated and discharged.  Hinkle later entered suit against the borough for $10,000
damages.  The Borough Council declined overtures to settle the case preferring to stand trial.  Last Friday's meeting was called to take action on the subject of a settlement.
On motion of Mr. Sharadin, the former motion that the case be taken into court was reconsidered.  Mr. Stanton asked Borough Solicitor Noecker for his opinion.  Mr. Noecker
reviewed the points of the case at length and stated that if it was his own case he would not settle.  On motion of Mr. Sharadin, the meeting adjourned.  The case went on trial
before Judge Marr on Monday.  After the plaintiff's side was heard, Borough Solicitor James A. Noecker moved for a compulsory nonsuit, arguing that where detention is made,
such as in the Hinkle case, a municipality cannot be held responsible for the acts of its officers where, they, in their discretion, act for the good and welfare of all.  Judge Marr
granted the nonsuit.
The Call of April 15, 1904

Twice convicted and imprisoned for collecting money under false pretenses, well dressed stranger, giving his name as G. Pratt, was arrested Saturday morning in Pottsville for
working the same scheme in Schuylkill Haven.  As in the other two cases, the Metropolitan Insurance Company will be the prosecutor as it was while representing himself as an
agent of that company that he was detected and afterwards arrested.  The prisoner is a well dressed man of about forty years of age, wearing a light mustache and is of a rather
pleasing address.  Saturday morning he called at the home of Mrs. John Shoemacher of town and after being told by Mrs. Shoemacher that she had a policy in the company, he
represented to her that by the payment of three monthly premiums in advance she would be entitled to a dividend of $28.00.  Mrs. Shoemacher paid the premium and, after the
stranger had gone, fearing something wrong, communicated with H. I. Moser, the local agent for the company.  Mr. Moser got upon the fellow's track and had him arrested on board
a trolley car enroute to Pottsville.
The Call of April 3, 1908

Officers of the law are looking for two suspicious characters who are believe to have attempted to murder Mrs. Lewis Bitzer, who resides on Berne Street in Schuylkill Haven, near
Hillside Farm.  On Saturday afternoon two rough looking men approached the house and asked if the dog was cross.  Mrs. Bittle assured them he would do no harm and the visitors
importuned her to buy some postcards, which she declined to do.  During the evening, just after dark, while Mrs. Bitzer was sitting in the kitchen by the open door, a revolver shot
rang out and a bullet passed through her hair, just grazing the scalp, and embedded itself in the woodwork on the opposite side of the room.  An alarm was at once given and Mr.
Bitzer, his son Carl, and neighbors started after the would be assassins but they had disappeared.  About eleven o'clock the same night a young man, who refused to disclose his
identity, who had been calling on friends in Spring Garden, was held up by a rough looking pair of characters under the Pennsy arch.  His description of the men tallies with that of
the fellows who were at the Bitzer homestead.  The young man's cries for help brought neighbors to the scene and the foot pads disappeared as quickly and as mysteriously as they
had done after the Bitzer shooting.  
The Call of April 3, 1908

The tramp nuisance is becoming a serious one and it is up to our officers of the law to put an end to it.  Several years ago the same trouble was experienced and Chief of Police
John Butz made an example of a number of offenders by arresting and jailing them and for a long time the tramp gave the town a wide berth.  The same trouble is again being
experienced and our citizens will be grateful to Officer Butz if he will again put in force the strenuous measures that formerly rid the town of the tramp nuisance.
While upon this subject it is not too much to ask the Poor Directors to keep at home the inmates who have heretofore been allowed to roam at large.  Quite a number of them visit
our town every day and their appearance and actions have been very unfavorably commented on to say the least.  If we mistake not, in obedience to a request from either the Board
of Health or the Municipal League, the Town Council some time ago passed a resolution requesting the Poor Directors to keep the inmates of the county home out of town and we
sincerely trust that they will comply with the request.
The Call of June 12, 1908

Burglars attempted to get into Doutrich and Company's big clothing and gents furnishing store at Schuylkill haven about one o'clock this morning by forcing open the rear door.  The
attempt was made while a coal train on the P & R road was going by in the hope that the train would drown the noise.  Andrew Schwilk, watchman at the P & R station, which is right
along side of Doutrich's store heard the racket and fired several shots at the burglars who quickly ran through Adam Moyer's livery stables to Saint John Street, where they had a
horse and wagon to carry off their plunder.  The burglars were two in number and they made good their escape.  The screening around one of the windows in the rear was badly
twisted, showing that they had attempted to get in by that way.  They evidently used a crowbar in their attempt to gain entrance to the store through the door and also a hammer for
it was the pounding that attracted the attention of the watchman as the train was going by.  
The Call of June 12, 1908

The promiscuous shooting in the borough with flobert rifles has become such a menace to the safety of the public that it is time to call a halt.  Several narrow escapes have been
recently reported and on Saturday evening a lady sitting on the front porch of her residence was subjected to a severe nervous shock by hearing the crack of a rifle shot and the
whizzing of the bullet within a few inches of her head.  This is the second close call this lady has had and other members of her family have had narrow escapes.  Within two weeks
time persons have been seen by the writer or reported to him, shooting at birds or cats in their back yards, shooting at marks in their yards and shooting across a public street in
the borough of Schuylkill Haven at a mark and this latter offense on a Sunday afternoon.  In each of the instances named there were children and grown persons in the immediate
neighborhood who might have been injured by stray shots and in several instances there were persons in direct line of fire who might have been fatally injured.  Several years ago
the State Legislature made it a misdemeanor punishable by a heavy fine and imprisonment to shoot with a flobert rifle in a city, borough or township or along public roads.  If a few
arrests were made under this law it would have the effect of putting a stop to this dangerous practice.  Our borough authorities are very lax in the enforcement of the laws but a few
determined citizens, with the good of the whole community at heart, can break up the flobert rifle shooting with a few arrests.  It is time that such a course will doubtless result in
the enmity of the person arrested and perhaps of some of his friends but the ill will of a few is nothing compared to the probable loss of a life or a serious injury or maiming of some
The Call of September 25, 1908

Ed Brown or "Second" as he is familiarly known, was jailed on Saturday night on complaint of Nora Kramer of Dutch Flat with whom he lived.  Brown has been indulging pretty freely
for some months past and on several occasions recently the booze got the better of him and then he wanted to carve somebody and especially Nora Kramer.  He made several
attempts last week and then she had him pinched.  Squire Moyer fixed bail at $300 but he could find no bondsman and he went to jail, the charge being surety of the peace and
attempting to kill.
The Call of February 11, 1910

Every day demonstrates more and more the necessity of a lock up and more than one policeman.  McKenna, who was arrested on Saturday night the 29th, was in such a condition
that it required two men besides myself to take him to the Justice's office.  There we had to keep him for more than an hour until Mr. Butz, who had gone to a neighboring town on
legal business returned, and until McKenna got so that he could be taken on the cars to Pottsville.  Had we a lock up this man could have been placed there until such a time as he
would have been fit to remove on the cars.  While Butz was taking him to Pottsville, and absent from town, a complaint came to me regarding a drunken woman who was making a
disgraceful scene in the South ward, but having no policeman and no place to lock her up, I let her go.  I believe had she been locked up until next morning, the borough would
have recovered a fine.  
Below the rolling mill on Sunday the 30th, three or four men were intoxicated, one of them almost helplessly drunk.  On account of no lockup they were let go.  On Sunday night, Mr.
Butz arrested a young man for whom I had obtained a warrant on complaint of Mr. Leininger for being a nuisance and exposing his person in front of Reed and Leininger's factory.  
Butz had to take him to the Pottsville lockup, bring him back to Schuylkill haven for a hearing Monday morning and then take him back to the Pottsville jail.  Often some of our young
boys and girls ought to be locked up at least overnight on account of immoral actions on the streets and alleys at unreasonable hours of the night.  This would at least open the
eyes of the parents to the fact that they are not looking after the welfare of their children.  I cannot understand how parents who themselves profess to be Christians and are
constantly praying for the welfare of sinners like myself who happen to be in the liquor business can shut their eyes to the fact that children of tender years are roaming the streets
and alleys up to 11, 12 and 1 o'clock at night.     As reported to Borough Council by Chief Burgess Wellington Hartman
The Call of July 26, 1918

A man giving his name as George Hanes and his age as 52 years, came to Schuylkill Haven Thursday and after trying his game at several places in Spring Garden, finally succeeded
in finding a victim.  Hanes went to a certain home and stated that the man of the house had ordered potatoes and eggs costing two dollars, which the wife should pay and the wagon
would be there in a couple minutes, as the driver was delivering goods in the square below.  After receiving the two dollars, the fellow immediately left.  A half hour later the fraud
was discovered when the man did not come along with the potatoes and eggs.  Constable John Butz and Postmaster John Ebling were notified and started out in search of the man.  
They found him at Connor's Crossing.  He was brought back to town and given a hearing before Squire W. C. Kline.  He was committed to the county prison in default of $300 bail on
the charge of false pretense and larceny.
The Call of January 28, 1916

Jack the Hugger who for the past few weeks has given many Pottsville women the cold chills at night and who has evaded police has changed his camping ground.
For the past few nights he has frightened and given chase to a number of women in Spring Garden.  In several cases it is said he succeeded in given several of the women rather
rough handling.  Officer Butz will no doubt do what the Pottsville high salaried police have failed to do, land the man and give him a taste of real hugging.
The Call of January 28, 1916

Captain Charles E. Brown of saint John Street, gatekeeper at the Almshouse, was brutally assaulted and beat up while on duty Tuesday afternoon by an inmate by the name of
Medlar.  An altercation over some papers arose between Mr. Brown and Medlar.  Medlar without warning struck and began to rain blows on Mr. Brown rendering him unconscious.  
Friends ran to his assistance and Medlar took to his heels and has not been seen nor heard from since.  Mr. Brown was removed to the county hospital where his injuries were
dressed.  Wednesday morning he was removed to his home.  He sustained a badly lacerated face and painful wounds on the nose and eyes.  He suffers much from shock and
Wednesday and Thursday bled internally.  He is 74 years of age and the assault, while it is not thought serious results will follow, will impair his health to a considerable extent.  
Medlar is a man weighing about 200 pounds, tall and has but one eye.  For the past several years he had been an inmate at the institution.  He comes from an aristocratic family in
Pottsville.  For years he was a member of the Schuylkill County Bar.
The Call of February 4, 1916

On Sunday evening while on her way to church, Miss Florence Ney, who resides just above the old stone quarry in Nose Dale, was given a fright by Jack the Hugger, when he
sprang from behind a pile of lumber near the home of Henry Mengle.  Miss Ney ran screaming into the Mengle home and at once Evan Steinbrunn and Mr. Mengle made a vigilant
search about the bushes and hill but Jack had made good his escape.  Miss Ney described the man as being tall, wearing a light overcoat and a black derby hat.  This is the second
appearance of this man of mystery in that vicinity and a number of the male residents have taken up a close watch for another appearance, which they feel sure will be the last
The Call of June 9, 1916

Albert Stager, the veteran telegraph operator, was the victim of an attempted highway robbery.  He was on his way to town from a walk to Bowen's grove when he was accosted by
three youths.  Two of the youths armed with stones and allegedly a revolver, ordered him to throw up his hands and hand over his valuables.  The youth used profanity in trying to
force their demands.  The third youth was the one who was to relieve Mr. Stager of whatever valuables he had.  Just as the boys started on their work, an auto made its appearance
and jumping the fence, they ran through the woods and down over the hill towards the school house and were soon lost to view.  Two of the three boys were recognized by Mr.
Stager as local residnts.
The Call of June 30, 1916

Acting on information to the effect that a youth was carrying a blackjack, Constable John Butz on Saturday evening arrested Francis Tracey, aged about eighteen years of
Philadelphia, as the boy was prowling about Schuylkill Haven.  Believing that all was not right, Constable Butz telephoned the State Police at Pottsville.  Later it developed that
Tracey was the alleged head of a gang of auto thieves.  Last Saturday morning they stole a machine in Philadelphia, and when within ten miles of reading, ran into a telephone pole,
wrecking the machine.  Tracey together with Allen Knight, William Boyle and Joseph Isaac, all under twenty one years, left the machine and walked to Reading.  Here they stole an
auto belonging to Addison Kosser and came to Pottsville.  They deserted the second machine on South Centre Street and about nine o'clock Saturday evening attempted to get
away with and auto belonging to John J. Withelder of Branchdale.  They had only gone a few squares when they were captured by members of the Pottsville and State Police force.  
They are now in the county jail under $600 bail each.  A charge of carrying concealed deadly weapons was preferred against Tracey by Constable Butz.
The Call of July 28, 1916

The hour was two o'clock in the morning and Mary was not at home.  Silently, softly the tread of footsteps could be gently heard on the brick pavement along Dock Street.  The
window from the second story opened and out popped the head of the husband, attired as he was in his nightie.  It was not the signal of peace but one of war.  It was only a matter
of seconds before the neighbors were disturbed from the travels through dreamland and harsh words flew thick and fast between husband and wife.  Mary was to blame.  She had
stayed out too late and as it was not lodge night she could not give a reasonable excuse.  The same occurrence has happened on previous occasions and the neighbors mean to
evoke the aid of the law the very next time it occurs.  Mary is quite contrary and refuses to abode by the commands of her lord and keeper.
The Call of September 1, 1916

John Kline of Cape Horn is a patient in the Pottsville Hospital with a bullet wound in his person while Oscar Kleckner of Schuylkill Haven is a prisoner in the county jail, charged with
inflicting the wound that, should complication set in, will cause the death of Kline.  According to reliable information, an affinity, a woman residing near Cape Horn, was the cause of
all the trouble.  It is alleged that the two men were intimate with this woman and that the one being of a jealous disposition, objected to having the other pay attention.  According to
the reports of the officers. Kleckner went to work as night watchman in the cut at Cape Horn early Wednesday evening.  Kline boarded the car leaving Schuylkill Haven at 7:30
o'clock and rode as far as Mount Carbon.  Here he left the car and went to a hotel.  After spending some time there he walked down the state road to the cut.  Going to the watch
box of Kleckner he started an argument and then followed the same up with an assault on Kleckner, in which Kline being the most powerful of the two men, easily knocked Kleckner
to the ground.  After grappling for some time and
finding that his life was endangered, Kleckner drew his revolver and fired.  The bullet entered the right side of Kline's body, just missing the stomach and lungs and embedding
itself near the ribs.  Bleeding profusely Kline fell to the ground.  Kleckner then stopped the auto of Dr. Miller of Pottsville and had his victim removed to the Pottsville Hospital.  In
the auto at the time were the wife and daughter of Dr. Miller.
Kleckner made no effort to run away and remained at his post awaiting the arrival of officers to place him under arrest.  This was only a question of a short time.  Due to the
condition of the wound inflicted, Kleckner was committed by Alderman Martin of Pottsville to the county prison without bail to await the outcome of the injury.  Should the injured
man show signs of recovery, it is probable that Kleckner will be released under bail.  Kleckner will claim self defense, which claim will be backed up by witnesses.  The Call was
informed shortly before going to press that Kline was resting comfortably and improving slowly, that the bullet had been probed but not recovered.  Although a powerful man. Kline
is crippled, having figured in an accident on the railroad in which both his hands were almost crushed to pulp.  He resides with his mother at Cape Horn and is related by marriage
to a number of residents of Spring Garden, being a nephew of at least one.  Kleckner, it is said, is originally from north of the mountain.  He is married to a Schuylkill Haven girl by
the name of Kantner and resides in one of the houses of Daniel Phillips on Berne Street.
The Call of September 15, 1916

The true love and devotion of a wife, notwithstanding the many abuses she was subjected to, was demonstrated Tuesday morning before Squire William Kline.  The party in question
was a man named Sheafer, residing on Centre Avenue near the arch.  He was accused of having struck and beat his wife and she in turn had him locked up.  At the hearing wifey
relented and withdrew the charge after the costs were paid. Constable Butz made the arrest and stated that certain residents in the vicinity of the Sheafer home are repeatedly
disturbing the peace by rushing growlers and that unless the noise and nuisance are stopped, he will bring charges.
The Call of September 15, 1916

On Sunday night last a gang of Pottsville rowdies were ordered to leave Schuylkill Haven by Chief Burgess Lessig.  About eight of the gang came down Main Street in lock step and
attempted to make all other pedestrians take to the gutter.  The crowd was broken up and ordered to leave.  This they refused to do with the result that one of the gang, a party by
the name of Francis Whalen was caught.  After being locked in a cell, he pleaded to be released.  After paying a small fine, the doors were opened to him.  The chief burgess is
determined to break up this kind of practice about the town and especially on a Sunday night.
The Call of September 22, 1916

Oscar Kleckner of town who several weeks ago was arrested on the charge of shooting John Kline of Cape Horn, and who was committed to the county prison to await the outcome
of the injuries inflicted upon Kline, was this week released from the county prison under $1,000 bail.  The bail was fixed by the court.  Instead of answering to the charge of murder,
Kleckner will, in all probability, be charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.  Kline is still a patient in the Pottsville Hospital but according to reports is getting along nicely.  
The bullet that sent him to the institution entered his person near the stomach, just passed the intestines and although probed for, no trace of it could be found.  Last week Kline
complained to the hospital authorities that something was hurting him on the back.  An examination was made and located just below the skin was the bullet.  It required less than a
few minutes to extract it.  Kline claims that he has suffered no pain since being in the institution and feels that he is able to leave but on the advice of the physicians has consented
to remain for a week or two longer.
The Call of October 6, 1916

An unsuccessful attempt was made early Tuesday morning to rob the Umbenhauer store on Columbia Street.  The members of the family of Floyd Maberry on one side and the family
of Frank Ream on the other side heard the robbers trying to force the rear door.  They arose and were about to open fire on the thieves when they took to their heels.  Several
suspicious characters were noticed about early in the evening and it is believed to have been their work.
The Call of July 7, 1911


Burglars some time during the week forced an entrance into the cellar of William Greenawald.  It is presumed that after forcing an entrance into the cellar they could not gain
entrance to the living rooms and had to content themselves with carrying off articles that were in the cellar.  This they did, swiping twenty five glasses of recently made jelly.  The
thieves worked very quietly and the discovery was not made until a few days ago.  That they were a bold bunch goes without saying, from the fact that the residence of Mr.
Greenawald is situated in the heart of town on Main Street and an arc light throws its rays about the house.
The Call of August 4, 1911


Squire Moyer has been kept busy the past week hearing minor lawsuits.  We quote a few.  Mr. Roy Koch of town, charged by his wife and one Mrs. Hwagg of Allentown, who is
visiting in town, with assault and battery.  It appears Sunday afternoon while Mrs. Koch and Mrs. Hwagg were walking down the P & R Railroad, when near the Red Bridge, Mr. Koch
attacked them, beating and knocking both down.  A passenger train happening along, the engineer seeing the affair, telegraphed from the next station to the operator at the local
station about the affair.  The head operator informed Mr. Hartman, who deputized several men from town to investigate.  When the investigators reached the scene there was no
one to be found.  The affair at the time caused quite a stir as the stories received here were considerably exaggerated.  Mr. Koch waived a hearing and entered bail for his
appearance at court.

Charles Schumacher brought suit against Mrs. P. J. Barr for stealing blackberries and trespassing.  It appears Mrs. Barr plucked a quart and pint of the delicious fruit from the
bushes located on Mr. Schumacher's property along the P & R road, being altogether unaware that the land was private property.  Mrs. Barr waived a hearing and entered bail for
appearance at court.  The affair has caused considerable comment and the outcome will be watched with much interest.
The Call of December 8, 1911


James Walsh was sent to jail by Squire C. A. Moyer Saturday for being a common nuisance.  Walsh, it is said, caused all kinds of excitement in Spring Garden Friday night prior to his
arrest.  He entered a number of private residences and asked for food.  At one place he was given food and when finished refused to leave the house.  Neighbors were called and
he was forced to leave.  He later entered the shoe store of William Kline and attempted to make a permanent shopping place there.  Officer Butz was notified and he gave him a
permanent stopping place in the borough lockup until taken to jail Saturday morning.  
J. F. Thompson brought suit against Mrs. Levi Sterner for securing goods under false pretenses.  The case was aired before Squire C. A. Moyer.  The charges could not be proven
and the case was dismissed.
Quite a rushing business was done at the borough lockup the latter part of last week and the forepart of this week.  Four characters were locked up for being drunk and creating a
nuisance.  Fines were imposed and ordered out of town.
The Call of December 15, 1911


Burgess Hartman and Policeman Butz certainly were on the job Saturday night preserving peace and breaking up several gangs of night hawks who persisted in disturbing the quiet
of the night.  Several saloons were given strict orders that after twelve o'clock there was to be no noise or boisterous conduct of any kind around their places of business.  The
orders were complied with and only in one instance were the authorities compelled to show their hand by ejecting from the premises one or two parties.  
Quite a disturbance or nuisance was being created about the "J" office about 12:30 Sunday morning.  The language used was not only boisterous but altogether foul and
disgraceful.  It could be distinctly heard on Main Street and the matter was promptly brought to the attention of the burgess.  The officers dispersed the crowd.  Several members
went inside the office and there continued their boisterous conduct.  Officer Butz then cleaned out the entire crowd.
The Call of November 24, 1916


Detective H. S. Davies, of Pottsville, Tuesday morning took into custody Anna Spangler, aged about seventeen years.  Nearly two months ago the girl was arrested while living with a
bell hop in a room at Reading and brought back to Schuylkill haven by the same detective.  At that time the parents of the girl resided on Centre Avenue near the arch.  Two or three
weeks ago the family moved to Delano.  The girl is alleged to have left home and came back to Schuylkill Haven.  During her brief sojourn here she has been living with a colored
family in the South Ward.  She was taken back to Delano.
The Call of January 6, 1922


Dennis Haggerty, formerly of town, was hailed before Squire Kline on a charge of indecent exposure, preferred by Miss Dorothy Kimmel residing at the Dives' bungalow.  The
offense took place in April of 1921 and a warrant was sworn out for Haggerty at that time.  The State Police have been on the lookout for the man for some time and recently ran
across him.  He was detained and Officer Butz sent for.  Squire Kline held him for $500 bail for appearance at court.  He was later released when the prosecutor withdrew the charge
and the costs were paid.
The Call of January 9, 1920

Mr. Bast said something should be done concerning the electric lights along the Schuylkill River.  This line is not on the arc lines but on the incandescent line.  It is therefore first
necessary for someone to go to a special switch at a pole and turn these lights on.  Mr. Bast stated this is seldom done and persons have complained to him ever since his election
about the matter.  Asked about whether the boys in that section did not break the globes frequently, Mr. Bast stated it was not the children but in most instances women and girls.  
That women and girls have been seen standing for a half hour or more, throwing stones at the electric bulbs in order to mash it in order to darken that section that they might the
better conceal their action with men folks.  Mr. Bast also stated another light or two was needed in the Schuylkill river bridge and that the same should be protected with protectors
so the bulbs could not be broken.  Mr. Bast plainly stated that the bridge is being made a regular bawdy house by women and young girls late at night.  That he has had complaints
come to him from a number of persons regarding this matter and recently while going home discovered the report to be correct.
The Call of November 28, 1919

At this writing the condition of Elwood Unger who was shot by two local boys last Thursday, was still considered quite serious.  About forty shot lodged in his neck, face and throat.  
Two are said to have punctured his windpipe and this fact added to his having been afflicted with a severe cold has made his case quite a critical one.  Two physicians are in
attendance, namely Dr. Detweiler and Dr. Gray.  The boys who did the shooting are Daniel Harvey and Joe Kantner.  Another boy by the name of Thomas Brown, who was with the
party hunting on the Unger premises is not implicated in the shooting.  A hearing was given the boys before Squire Freiler on Thursday morning.  The two first named were
committed to jail without bail to await the result of Unger's injuries.  It is stated Unger ordered the boys off the premises as they were shooting pigeons.  The boys claimed he drew a
revolver on them but at the hearing admitted it might just have been his finger.  Just why they deliberately shot at him was not explained.  Both boys took turns at firing at Unger,
Kantner missed him but Harvey's gun took effect.  The parents of the boys are very much distressed over the affair as is also Russel Kantner, brother of Joe, and a soldier boy who
is now enjoying a furlough.  He cannot understand why his brother would allow his temper to get the best of him and discharge his gun at anyone.
The Call of November 21, 1919

An interesting case argued before Squire C. A. Moyer on Saturday morning was that of S. J. Deibert vs. B. F. Reider, both of town.  Attorney J. A. Noecker of town represented the
former and attorney Roscoe Koch of Pottsville the latter.  The case was the outgrowth of Reider's refusal to vacate the property of Mr. Deibert on High Street, claiming that he had a
two year lease on the house.  Mr. Deibert's desire to have the Reider family vacate was based solely on having an opportunity to sell the property but the prospective buyer would
not complete the deal until the house was vacated.  The public has been interested in the negotiations for some time as a point of law it was expected would be established that
could be used as a precedent in numerous other local cases.  
Only one witness was heard in addition to the plaintiff and the defendant.  The whole case hinged on whether Reider had a two year lease on the property or only a one year lease.  
Mr. Deibert claimed it was a one year lease or longer if the property was not sold.  Mr. Reider claimed it was a two year lease.  Mr. Reider had no written agreement or lease, the
understanding or agreement a verbal one.  Squire Moyer reserved his decision until Monday, when he decided the plaintiff had a right to his property.
The Call of March 1, 1918

A certain resident or residents of Spring Garden have taken upon themselves the task of reducing "the high cost of living."  To accomplish this object they will go to any extreme
even to violating the law.  On Tuesday night of the present week, the person or persons entered the premises of Harry Shadel and succeeded in getting away with a seven month
old pig.  The theft was discovered on Wednesday morning.  Apparently the thieves did not intend to kill the porker immediately, but to raise it.  After placing the porker in a place of
safety, they visited the premises of Elvin Shadel, where they stole a quantity of lumber.  Strong suspicions rest upon certain individuals and unless the pig and lumber are returned
immediately, prosecution will be entered.
The Call of January 4, 1918

Inmates from the Almshouse again paid their respects to Spring Garden residents on New Year's day.  Although their actions were not as disgraceful as those of Christmas day, their
presence was not acceptable or pleasing.  It appears friends of the inmates from other towns give them money and the inmates take the first opportunity to take it to Spring Garden
to buy booze.  When they are "tanked" they make for the Almshouse.  Many frequently miss connections and for hours roam about the Garden making it unpleasant for the
residents.  Last year about this time Officer Butz brought the matter to the attention of the court.  The court issued notices to the saloon keepers and to the Steward at the
institution regarding the conditions complained of.  For a time the practice was discontinued and there were few of the inmates that visited this section of the town.  It might be a
good thing for Officer Butz to again call the attention of the court to the existing condition and especially mention the disgraceful actions on Christmas Day.
The Call of September 5, 1915

Charles Rabuck, of centre Avenue, was placed under arrest on Sunday morning about four o'clock, charged with pointing of firearms and threatening to kill.  The hearing was held
before Squire William Kline and at 4:30 the state police and Officer Butz set out with their man in an auto for the jail.  Rabuck obtained bail in the sum of $500 on Sunday noon and
was released.  His case may come before the court for trial at the coming session of criminal court.  In connection with Rabuck's arrest there was an air of sensationalism that
aroused and attracted the neighbors.  Alleged threats on the life of his eldest daughter and his wife brought neighbors to the Rab\uck home shortly after midnight.  These neighbors
were ordered out of the house at the point of a revolver.  Officer Butz, who was sent for, was also ordered out of the house at the point of a revolver.  The state police were sent for
and after waiting almost two hours for them, they finally arrived.  After some parleying in which the "staties" used drawn revolvers, kicked in the front door and smashed a window
pane, Rabuck finally agreed to talk the matter over.  This was done in one of the upstairs bedrooms and near a window where a crowd below could see both parties.
By reason of the fact that one of the Rabuck children came all the way down town to one of the hotels after midnight and between sobs asked that the state police be sent for that
his father had killed his mother, quite a number of persons hurried to Centre Avenue and remained until 4:30 a. m.  Rabuck is employed by Mellet and Nichter at their brewery.
The Call of July 19, 1918

Pottsville papers this week in bold letters announced that a Schuylkill Haven boy was arrested as a slacker.  The article referred to Charles Shadler, who seems to have a happy or
mischievous habit of continually getting into the clutches of the law.  Shadler was arrested on the charge of being a slacker but we are glad to publish the announcement that
Shadler is not a slacker, he having in his possession a registration card signed by the draft board in Reading.  Shadler is now awaiting his call to go into the army and it is possible he
may go to camp with the men who leave the coming Tuesday.  It will be remembered, Shadler skipped out of a local squire's office last week.  For several nights he had as his
bedroom an empty boiler at one of the washeries near to town.  Saturday afternoon, however, he was taken by Officer Butz and a state policeman.  He was placed in jail Saturday and
sent to reading Monday and taken before the Reading Draft Board with whom he registered while employed at that city.  Monday evening he returned to this section but instead of
coming direct to Schuylkill Haven he left the train at Landingville.  State police were awaiting him here to place him under arrest on the nuisance and assault charges preferred
against him last week.  The prosecutor in the case was willing to settle providing Shadler paid the costs and signed a pledge to refrain from drinking for a year.  Shadler agreed to
do this but being unable to procure bail immediately he was taken again to the county hostel on Tuesday evening.  Wednesday morning the costs were paid and bail furnished and
Shadler again released
The Call of May 2, 1919

Frank Orlando, residing near Auburn, employed as track walker for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, was arrested by Officer Butz and given a hearing before Squire Moyer
Tuesday afternoon on the charge of assault with intent to rape.  It was stated that Orlando attacked the daughter of Robert Reichert below the tunnel.  That he threw the girl to the
ground and tore her clothing and later offered her five dollars.  Orlando denied the charge stating that he ordered the girl off the tracks and when she refused he pushed her off.  In
default of bail Orlando was committed to jail for trial at the May term of court.  
The Call of March 28, 1913

Quite a number of residents of the upper portion of town, in the vicinity of Leonard Street, have been worked up to a high state of fear and excitement in the last week by the
prowling about several homes of an unknown character.  The party in question finds delight in sneaking about the rear of premises in that neighborhood at night, looking in at
windows.  Some time ago he was given a chase but escaped.  The women folks and children have become so worked up over the repeated occurrences that they are reluctant to
even venture on their back porches after dark.  Several months ago acts of a similar character were being pulled off in the same neighborhood and the guilty party narrowly
escaped being nipped by several bullets from a trusty revolver in the hands of one of the residents and for a time these stunts were discontinued.  Now that they have begun again
weapons are being looked after and it is quite probable if the party continues this peculiar action that we may have some interesting news to give to our readers.  It is said that the
guilty party is known and that the entire affaur resolves itself into the fact that a well known man of our town in meeting his affinity in the above neighborhood.
The Call of June 3, 1913

Considerable excitement was caused here when the Hungarian residing on the P & R Company farm near the shutes was arrested for forcibly detaining a gasoline engine belonging
to Milton Strausser of North Manheim.  Some time ago the Hungarian, whose correct name could not be learned, loaned the gasoline engine of the above named to do some
threshing.  Wednesday the Hungarian sent his team of mules to Strausser and desired the loan of his separator.  After some parlaying Strausser gave his consent and they started
home with the separator.  It is alleged the mules were driven at a good gait over the entire route and when they reached Schuylkill Haven the separator was already badly damaged
by the severe jolting.  At the Maberry blacksmith shop below the P & R railroad, Strausser's man, who accompanied the party as a bluff, had the team stopped to make repairs.  Word
had been sent to Mr. Strausser and he arrived shortly.  The matter was explained to him and he refused to allow the HUngarian to take the machine to his farm.  This so enraged him
that he stated he would keep the gasoline engine.
A warrant was sworn out and Officer Butz being out of town the state plice were called upon to serve it.  The state police did not arrive until Wednesday evening and at this time
Officer Butz was also in town.  Both representatives of the law started out for the company farm about 3:30 o'clock.  On the way an amusing incident occurred when the team in which
Strausser and Officer Butz were riding got to close to the edge of the road and tipped over a stone retaining wall and rolled down the bank.  Both occupants were buried beneath
the wagon and badly bruised.  Before the wagon could be righted and the horse getting to its feet a portion of the stone wall had to be torn down.  After several hours delay both
Strausser and Officer Butz proceeded on their way.  The Hungarian was served with the warrant.
Miners Journal of October 3, 1873

Saturday morning about eleven o'clock, the Schuylkill Haven turnpike, some distance this side of the Seven Stars Hotel, was the scene of a very bold outrage, which will go far
towards creating a feeling of public insecurity.  A young fellow, son of Abe Kantner the butcher, was driving up this way with his father's horse and wagon, when he was hailed at the
hill this side of Seven Stars by two men to him unknown.  They had caps on and wore them pretty well over their eyes.  They called upon young Kantner to stop and when he did not
comply with the demand fired two shots at him, sending one bullet through the side of the wagon and through the left lapel of the boy's coat.  The animal he was driving started off at
a rapid rate and soon placed him out of danger.  The last he saw of the men they were climbing the mountain to the left of the road as you go down.  Greatly excited the boy drove to
Pottsville and related the circumstances of the outrage.  Constable Karcher, who had just started out of Squire Reed's office to take a prisoner to jail, upon being informed of the
affair, turned his prisoner over to Mr. Walker ans started down the road.  Though he apprehended one or two persons on suspicions, his labor was thrown away, for the boy failed to
identify them.  Not only was the constable's labor thrown away but his efforts were unappreciated.  For he had to walk back to Pottsville and did not receive so much as a "thank you"
from the Kantners.
Miners Journal of April 6, 1877

Henry Deibler was called upon by the court to face the music.  He is a Schuylkill Haven man and stood convicted of a highway robbery of Walter Brown and larceny from Mrs.
Wessner.  Mr. James Ryon said he had been called upon that morning by a prominent citizen of Schuylkill haven, who had informed him that Deibler had a wife and six young
children and that the wife was
enciente.  He leaves them entirely unprovided for and they are supported by neighbors.  At the trials a large number of respectable citizens had
testified to Deibler's uniform good character.  He had never believed him guilty.  There had not at any time fallen from his lips a sentence that could be construed into an
acknowledgement of guilt.  The fact that he had been acquitted and then convicted showed the uncertainty of jury trials.  The fact that there was doubt of his guilt, his uniform good
character, and the condition of his family were circumstances which have an influence in mitigating the sentence.  Judge Walker said all of these things had been considered.  The
court might have pity for the man but as the organ of justice they must do their duty.  The defendant ought to have thought of his family.  The court was satisfied of the guilt of
Deibler, who was not convicted wholly on the evidence of his accomplice.  A petition had been presented on his behalf from a number of the good citizens of Schuylkill haven and
the court felt disposed to take it into consideration, yet they could not shut their eyes to the fact that the prisoner had been convicted of two grave offenses.  Deibler was then
sentenced for the robbery to pay a fine of six cents, costs, and undergo an imprisonment in the Schuylkill County jail of separate and solitary confinement for two years; and for the
larceny to pay a fine of six cents, costs, and to an imprisonment of ten days, sentence to take effect from expiration of the one just pronounced.
Miners Journal of June 13, 1879

A resident of Shenandoah, known there as William Steinhower, and who appears to be also known as Joseph Lee, was brought from Shenandoah to Schuylkill Haven Tuesday, in an
undertaker's wagon.  In Schuylkill Haven he was recognized as a man who had sold a horse to Mr. Saylor of Spring Garden.  It appears that Lee or Steinhower, was for a couple of
days in the employ of a citizen of Reading from whom he is alleged to have stolen the horse he afterwards sold to Saylor.  Having been accorded a hearing and the above state of
facts brought to the surface, the alleged horse thief was taken to Reading by Constable Stitzer, of Schuylkill Haven.
Miners Journal of April 30, 1874

In the case of the Commonwealth versus Albright, charged with the murder of John Eckert, formerly of Schuylkill haven, we find the following testimony reported:
William F. Stitzer, a constable of Schuylkill Haven, was called to prove the desperate character of Eckert.  Stitzer testified that he knew John Eckert from childhood; he lived at
Schuylkill haven; he was a very unruly man; his character for peace and quietness was not good; he always raised a fuss when he came to my house, and when I saw him coming I
locked the door.  John Pauli of Schuylkill haven testified that he knew Eckert for 12 or 13 years and his character for peace and quietness was not good.  Alphus Kreitz, a boatman of
Schuylkill Haven, testified that he knew Eckert six or eight years; his character in that place was bad; Eckert and I had a quarrel once; he was a good hearted, jovial fellow when he
was sober; he drank a good deal and when he was drunk he was wicked.  John C. Adams, baker, John Wasser, cooper, of Schuylkill Haven, Cyrus Dodge, formerly of Schuylkill haven,
testified as to the bad character of Eckert.
Reading Times of July 20, 1877

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY VILLAINY - What A Citizen Of Orwigsburg Is Said To Have Done
In yesterday's issue of the Philadelphia Times, the following special dispatch from Pottsville appeared:
A few weeks ago a well known citizen of Orwigsburg applied to the Schuylkill County Almshouse at Schuylkill Haven, for two servant girls.  From the row of young girls placed before
the man from Orwigsburg, he picked two of the best looking and started, as the officials supposed, for his home.  He boarded the down train at Schuylkill Haven, landing his two girls
in Philadelphia.  He took them to a house of ill fame, where he bargained with the landlord about what should be paid for his trouble and what should be paid the girls per week.  
After making all the necessary arrangements, he returned to Orwigsburg.  One of the girls obtained money enough to pay her passage home, returned to the almshouse and
informed one of the directors, who immediately went to the city, returning with the other girl, who had sent what money she had earned to her mother, who was nearly starving.  
What proceedings the board will enter against the Orwigsburg man have not yet been definitely settled.
Wilkes Barre Times of September 11, 1885

James Meehan, who in the late investigation of alleged immoralities at the Schuylkill County Almshouse, was inculpated as the betrayer of tow of the female insane paupers, was
arrested at Port Clinton today, and was taken to Schuylkill haven, where he had a hearing before Justice Butz.  The testimony of his alleged victims proved so incoherent and
irrational as not to justify the holding of Meehan for trial and he was discharged.
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Reading Times of July 4, 1890

BURGLARS SACK A TOWN - Schuylkill Haven The Scene Of Wholesale Robberies
When the citizens of Schuylkill Haven awoke this morning many of them found that they had been the victims of a gang of burglars and there was great excitement.  Notes were
compared and it was found that six men had been seen by the watchman at the reading shops, and had by him been prevented from breaking into the place.  J. H. Deibert's barber
shop had been broken open and every razor taken.  Charles Herbert's confectionery store was despoiled of many valuables and Mrs. M. C. Williams' dry good store had been visited
but here the thieves had been seen and frightened off without adding to their plunder.  The tailor shop of Charles Wiltrout was despoiled of cloth and suite of clothes valued at fully
$500. Some of the clothing, however, was picked up this morning along the Reading Railroad tracks.  Chief of Police Stitzer, with several assistants, made an early start in pursuit of
the robbers but up to a late hour had not run across them.
The Lebanon Daily News of January 15, 1891

As constables were about arresting Dr. J. Zerby of Schuylkill Haven, on the charge of larceny, Mrs. Zerby fought the officers to secure her husband's freedom.  After he had been
handcuffed she took an iron poker and broke the links of the cuffs attached to her husband's wrists.  Finally Mrs. Zerby was ejected form the justice's office and the doctor was
taken to the Pottsville jail.
Harrisburg Telegraph of November 25, 1901

Charged with throwing vitriol upon Mrs. J. P. Beck of Pottsville, William Dress, a prominent young businessman of Schuylkill Haven, was arrested and placed in jail.  The acid, which
struck Mrs. Beck in the face, seriously injured her hand and it is feared her sight will be affected.  It is said the acid was intended for Mrs. Beck's sister, but the thrower made a
Logan Utah Republican of November 14, 1903

Recently two girls engaged in a prize fight for the favor of a young man.  Two Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania mill girls, Millard Orlando of town and Laura Sarton of Cressona, aged
about fifteen, rivals for the hand of a handsome young man, fought just outside the town for a half hour.  The Cressona girl was finally put out with a black eye.  The police arrested
the girls but released them with a reprimand.
Harrisburg Telegraph of March 28, 1906

William Fair, of Schuylkill Haven is in jail here in Lebanon charged with nonsupport of his first wife and two children and by a strange combination of circumstances faces probable
additional charges of bigamy.  Upon suit by Mrs. Fair, Judge Ahrgood granted a divorce in May of 1903, placing the costs on the man and making the divorce absolute only on
payment of costs, a custom which prevails in this county.  Fair failed to appreciate the conditions and before securing the papers married a second time.  As the decree is not
effective the first wife caused his arrest for support.
The Call of May 19, 1910

John Becker, of town, appeared as the prosecutor in a case against William Deibler, charged with assault and battery.  It appears that Becker first swore out a warrant before Squire
Thomas.  Before was served, Deibler heard of the case, and going before Squire Thomas, paid a fine and costs, amounting to about five dollars.  Becker heard of the actions of
Deibler, and going before Squire Moyer, swore out another warrant.  The case was settled by Deibler paying the fine and costs to Squire Moyer, and then Deibler going before
Squire Thomas, where the first fine and costs were refunded.
Charged with disorderly conduct on the streets of the town and disturbing the peace of the community, Washington Bittle, was given a hearing on Saturday night last.  The case was
settled by the payment of the fine and costs.
On a warrant sworn out by Alderman McCool of Pottsville, and served by Constable John Butz, of town, Elmer Thrush, constable of the South ward, was placed under arrest on
Monday.  Thrush was charged with assault and battery, preferred by Horace Ketner, of town.  Going before Squire Moyer, Thrush entered bail in the sum of $200 for his appearance
at court.  It is alleged that Thrush attempted to push Ketner and a companion off the pavement and then went through Ketner's clothing.
"A haughty spirit goes before a fall," was demonstrated on Saturday before Squire Moyer.  A local resident after repeated warnings, continued to trespass on the property of the
Reading Railway Company.  When told to keep off by the officers, this resident remarked, "You will have to be a better man than me to make me."  A warrant was issued and served.  
It cost this resident just eight dollars to make his idle boast.
Mount Carmel Item of January 23, 1911

A jury in court today refused to allow Edward Moser, of Schuylkill Haven, damaged against Burgess Wellington Hartman, of Schuylkill Haven, who clubbed Moser and left him
bleeding in the street, according to the testimony of witnesses.  Hartman testified that the fracas was caused when Moser resisted him as he was trying to break up corner loafing.
Reading Times of August 17, 1914

Margaret Steffy and six children are being cared for at the Almshouse in Schuylkill Haven after having her husband, Daniel Steffy, arrested on a warrant issued by Squire Martin
charging him with assault and battery.  He waived a hearing before Squire Frederici, of Auburn, and entered the bail in the sum of $500 for court.  Mrs. Steffy gave a story to the
Squire that she is the mother of six children and several months ago the husband threatened to kill her and attempted to carry out his threat with a shotgun but missed.  On several
occasions, she says, he beat her, and the other day the climax was reached, when he told her to get back from market at a certain hour or he would repeat the dose.  The woman,
being unable to do so, left with the six children and went to the Almshouse for protection.
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Miners Journal of September 11, 1885

James Meehan, the man charged with the infamous outrages at the insane department of the county almshouse, was captured yesterday morning at Port Clinton by auditor Frank
Bertram, to whom had been given the warrant sworn out before Squire Butz of Schuylkill Haven.  Mr. Bertram did a clever piece of detective work in ferreting out his man but the
evidence against Meehan was not sufficient to hold him.  He was brought up to the justice's in the afternoon and the women who fastened the crime upon him before the committee
on lunacy were sent for.  The mental condition of the women was worse than usual, no doubt being aggravated by the excitement of the occasion.  Only one of them could be taken
before the justice.  Her statement was disconnected and contradictory, at one time charging Meehan with the crime, and the next moment fixing it upon somebody else.  Justice
Butz decided that he could not hold Meehan under the evidence and he was discharged.  Meehan came up to Pottsville last night.  This difficulty in the way of bringing to justice the
real perpetrator of the crime, was foreseen by the committee on lunacy; but the crime is none the less atrocious, nor those in charge of the department any the less culpable.
The Call of January 9. 1908

Medical experts figured as witnesses in the case in which Mary Lloyd, of Schuylkill Haven, charged George W. Moser with rape and adultery.  The plaintiff is a pretty girl and there
was considerable sympathy for her.  She testified that she was assaulted by Moser in her room at Schuylkill haven and some months afterward she gave birth to a baby boy.  The
defendant strenuously denied the charges and said that Mary had been keeping company with a beau, Edward Long of Cressona, and that he knew the two were together on the
night the assault took place.  It was brought out in the testimony that Moser furnished the girl with some tea.  This Moser admitted but he said he was given the tea by a friend and
that Miss Lloyd asked him for some, which he gave her.  Moser also testified that Miss Lloyd told him she was going to end her life, and when he asked her the reason for this, she
said, "Ed has fixed my feet."  Moser is a married man with five children and is 33 years of age.  The jury rendered a verdict of not guilty and, on motion of his counsel, J. A. Noecker,
Moser was discharged from custody.
Miners Journal of April 21, 1908

Burglars entered the grocery and dry goods store of Charles Kehoe of Dock Street early this morning by forcing open a rear shutter.  After picking out what they desired, which was
several dozen of men's shirts, stockings, crackers, underwear, etc., they emptied the bins of sugar, tore open packages of coffee and scattered such of the dry goods which did not
appeal to them about the store and then trampled upon them, ruining them entirely.  This is the third time this store has been robbed inside of several years and Mr. Kehoe feels the
loss quite severely.  A strange coincidence with the robbery of his store is the fact that Sunday evening he had a dream in which robbers were ransacking his store.  This pried on
his mind that further sleep was impossible and he arose early this morning and went over to the store, he residing on Berne Street, a considerable distance from the store, when to
his amazement he found his dream too true.  The police were promptly notified of the robbery and although no clue of the burglars could be found, drastic steps are being taken to
run down the perpetrators of the deed.
Miners Journal of June 20, 1908

Several burglars forced an entrance to the barber shop of Joseph Deibert of Dock Street, early this morning, and after ransacking and mixing things up in general, breaking a
number of combs, shaving cups, etc., decamped with a large quantity of soap and about four thousand cigars.  The robbery was not discovered until Mr. Deibert went to open his
shop for business.  No trace of the perpetrators of the deed could be found.  The large number of suspicious characters who are making this place their rendezvous recently and
the number of attempted robberies has put the citizens on guard, and it is altogether probable there will be some definite steps taken at the next council meeting to secure more
effective police service and rid the town of the undesirable characters.
The Call of October 18, 1912

Early Saturday morning robbers broke into the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward McCord on Berne Street, known as "Goat Hill," and after ransacking every nook and corner of the
first floor, departed, taking with them a number of valuables among them being a gold watch, a sum of money and some clothing.  A box of lunch which had been prepared by Mr. and
Mrs. McCord to take along on an excursion to Gettysburg, was also taken in charge of by the robbers.  Chief Burgess Hartman was notified of the robbery and promptly notified
Officer Butz and an investigation and search for the robbers was begun.  It is said when the morning freight reached the town several men jumped out of a box car and made their
way up the railroad tracks.  It is thought these men are the robbers and accordingly the P & R C & I officers and the state police were also put on the job.
The Call of November 22, 1912

The Chief Burgess has notified the landlords of Schuylkill Haven not to sell or give any intoxicating liquor john, better known as "Mason" Monahan and to Francis, better known as
"Perry" Wagner and to Charles Bitzer and Lewis Bittle, and the public in general is notified not to give them any drink.  Under an act of Legislature, persons not in the liquor
business giving strong drink to any confirmed drunkard are liable to a fine.  The Burgess intends to enforce this provision and will prosecute any person or persons giving these
two parties drink in the future.  The ban being placed on these two particular men is due to the fact that by reason of their being free indulgers in intoxicating liquors they have time
and time again fallen into the hands of the local authorities.  They have been fined, locked up both in the borough coop and county mansion, but they persist in contributing more
than their share to the local saloon men's profits and an effort will be made to have this discontinued.
Miners Journal of August 3, 1908

Robbers broke in to the large hardware store of Starr and Company some time after eleven o'clock Friday night and made off with six automatic revolvers, three being .32 calibre
and three .22 calibre, one Winchester automatic shotgun and one .22 calibre Winchester automatic rifle.  Entrance was gained by forcing a window in an adjoining warehouse of the
store.  The job was a clean one and from all appearances was the work of persons schooled in this art.  After entering the window they made their way through the warehouse and
into the store by the aid of matches, the burnt remains of which were strewn about.  Had one of these matches set fire to the oily floor or any of the combustible material either in
the store or in the storage room, a disastrous fire might have resulted.  The building is a large, three story one located on Main Street.  The store room occupies the first floor while
the family of F. D. Starr occupy the second and third floors.  That they were not detected in their work is due to the almost noiseless manner in which they carried on their job, and a
peculiar feature of it is that they picked out just what they wanted, not a thing outside the above articles was taken, although several other guns had been taken from the case,
which is at the end of the store facing Main Street, and placed in a convenient position, but evidently were forgotten or the robbers left in a hurry.  A complete kit of tools was found
when the robbery was discovered, which was in the morning when the store was opened.  Several clues were run down without success.
Miners Journal of August 8, 1908

This morning at 1:20 o'clock, robbers tried to force an entrance at the residence of Charles Keller by prying open one of the heavily bolted shutters.  The noise awakened Mr. and
Mrs. Keller who raised one of the upstairs windows quietly and upon looking down could see a man at work at the shutters but who promptly disappeared when Mrs. Keller asked
what he was doing.  Had a revolver been procured instead of the above method, a burglar might have been landed in jail or in the hospital.  The growing boldness of these robbers
and the rapid pace with which they follow one another is astounding.  This is the second attempt made to force an entrance at this residence inside of a week, the evident intention
being to get into the clothing store of Mr. Keller, which is n the fore part of the building.  The location is on the corner of Main and Saint Peter Streets and the rays of the arc light,
which hangs not more than thirty feet from the window at which the man working this morning, made it very easy for anyone passing either on Main or saint Peter Street to notice
anyone at this point.  The hardware men are having a good business on revolvers, guns and ammunition and it is safe to say that the first person caught in the act of burglarizing is
likely to be riddled with bullets.
Miners Journal of February 11, 1909

HOTEL PORTER CAUGHT AT A CASH REGISTER - A Job Well Planned But It Was Poorly Executed
William Porter, the recently acquired Negro porter at Hotel Grand, after acting in this capacity for a few days, threw up his job, in fact, circumstances forced him to pursue this course
on the spur of the moment.  Tuesday morning about two o'clock he was discovered at work on the cash register.  An alarm was instantly given but he escaped in a team, which, with
an accomplice, was on the outside of the hotel, all preparations having been made to make sure of their escape with considerable booty.  It appears that this accomplice aroused
the hostler at the stables of Adam Moyer about 1:30 o'clock and requested him to drive him to Soring Garden in his own team.  The hostler complied with his request but when the
Pennsylvania arch was reached, the unknown jumped out and instructed him to drive back to Hotel Grand and leave the team standing on the outside.  The hostler not giving the
matter further consideration, retired.  It is thought the unknown man then returned to the hotel by a roundabout way and waited on the man at work inside.  Just why he asked to be
driven out Spring Garden cannot be understood.  A large bundle which contained a number of valuable articles was forgotten by Mr. Colored Man in his hasty flight.  The discovery
prevented quite a loss as the cash register contained a snug sum.
Miners Journal of March 15, 1909

Now that Schuylkill Haven has a Chief Burgess who will enforce the borough ordinances, it is discovered that the ordinances are faulty and several are ridiculous.  For instance, the
ordinance for drunkenness, disorderly conduct, etc., the fine is but one dollar.  For the small sum of one dollar a man can have a glorious time in this borough, in fact paint the town
red, and if arrested all he is required to pay is a one dollar fine and costs.  Good government can not be secured when the fines for offenses of this kind are but one dollar.  This
fine should be at least five dollars.  A fine in this amount would go a great way in paying the salary of policemen who would devote all his time to the maintenance of order.  It is up to
Borough Council to aid the Chief Burgess in his work by adopting satisfactory ordinances.
Miners Journal of August 14, 1909

Homer Kline and Mabel Kantner of Schuylkill Haven were arrested by Constable Butz at that place on Thursday evening for street corner loafing.  After a hearing by Squire Moyer
they were sentenced to pay a fine and the costs.  The Kantner girl paid her share and was released but Kline did not plank down his portion so he was committed to prison.  This
arrest is but the beginning of a crusade against street corner loafing begun by Chief Burgess Hartman and the Schuylkill Haven police.
Miners Journal of September 30, 1909

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS - North Manheim Farmer Shot Two Valuable Dogs
For shooting and crippling two fine hunting dogs belonging to Frank Deibert, the well known baseball pitcher of Schuylkill Haven, yesterday, Adolph Linder, a farmer of North
Manheim Township, was arrested by Constable John Butz and given a hearing before Squire Moyer at Schuylkill Haven last evening.  According to the testimony given at the
hearing, Deibert had taken the dogs out for a run in the country to train them, when the dogs entered the premises of Linder and were shot by the latter with a gun.  Both dogs were
horribly wounded.  Deibert swore out a warrant for the arrest of Linder, charging him with cruelty to animals.  Linder entered bail for his appearance at court.
Pottsville Journal of December 4, 1909

FAMILIES AT WAR - Robert Sterner of Schuylkill Haven Held For Beating Smith Boys
Accused of beating two little bots, the sons of John Smith, of Schuylkill Haven, Robert Sterner, seventeen years old, of the same place was arrested by Constable Madara last
evening and given a hearing before Squire H. B. McCool of Pottsville.  The Smith and Sterner families live next door to each other in Schuylkill Haven but fail to observe the Biblical
injunction, "Love thy neighbor as thyself."  Both parties maintained an armed truce, until hostilities were opened, the Smiths allege, by the Sterner clan.  At the hearing the Smiths
were willing to withdraw the charges if their neighbors promised to cease harassing them in the future but the latter denied being the aggressive party, so a status quo could not be
arranged.  The witnesses said that Sterner had pummeled the two Smith boys, who are much smaller than himself, so he was held in $300 bail for court.
Pottsville Journal of January 21, 1911

BURGESS WINS IN DAMAGE SUIT - Case Against Wellington Hartman Decided For Defendant
The business of the civil court to try short causes practically ended this morning when the jury in the trespass suit of Edward C. Moser, of Reading, by his next best friend and
father, Elwood L. Moser, of the same city, against Chief Burgess Wellington Hartman of Schuylkill Haven brought in a verdict in favor of the latter, the defendant.  The plaintiff,
Moser, was taken into custody by the chief burgess upon an evening in May 1909, who with other young men and boys had congregated on the sidewalk on Main Street in Schuylkill
haven, for violating a borough ordinance.  The prisoner resisted arrest and Chief Burgess Hartman struck him with a policeman's mace upon the back of the head, inflicting a wound
which drew blood.  An action was subsequently brought in the civil court by Moser against Hartman to recover damages for the injury, humiliation and stress caused by the arrest
and blow inflicted.  The case came to trial on Thursday afternoon before Judge Shay in courtroom Number One and the case closed yesterday afternoon, the jury retiring about two
o'clock.  This morning a sealed verdict was brought in and it was in favor of Hartman, the defendant.
Pottsville Journal of April 1, 1912

Bruno Gonorella had Peter Mogello arrested for assault and battery.  Mogello hit Gonorella over the head with a water bucket and then choked him while both were working on the
gas line in Schuylkill Haven.  Constable Hogan made the arrest and brought Mogello before Alderman Freiler who committed him in default of $300 bail.
Pottsville Journal of May 20, 1912

charged with highway robbery, James, known as "Collie" O'Brien, of Schuylkill Haven, was arrested yesterday in Reading by Constable John Butz and was committed to prison today
by Justice Moyer.  According to the evidence brought out at the hearing, O'Brien followed Albert Rhoads from his Columbia Hotel in Schuylkill Haven on Saturday about noon.  When
they got to a lonely spot in the southern part of town, known as the willows, O'Brien is alleged to have knocked Rhoads down and robbed him of $40.  He fled and was caught in
Reading yesterday by Constable Butz.
Pottsville Journal of July 16, 1913

WOULD DOUSE WIFE - Quarrelled And Attempted To Throw Her In The River
Last evening a man and a woman, giving their home as Allentown, struck the town of Schuylkill haven and after peddling all day got loaded up as full as boiled owls.  They finally
found their way to the bank of the Schuylkill River on what is known as Irish Flat.  Here one word followed another and finally the man attempted to throw his wife overboard.  Chief
Burgess Hartman was notified and sent Constable Butz to the spot where he placed the two under arrest.  They were locked up and this morning after promising to leave the town
were allowed to go.  The last seen of them they were headed for Pottsville.
Pottsville Journal of April 29, 1914

George W. Mercer and his wife, giving their home as Harrisburg, were arrested in Schuylkill Haven shortly after midnight yesterday, on the charge of creating a disutrbance in a
boarding house.  They were given a hearing before Squire Moyer of Schuylkill Haven where they paid the fine and costs.  The wife left for Harrisburg but the husband was held in
the lockup at Schuylkill Haven to await the arrival of officers from Harrisburg with a warrant, charging Mercer with cheating and defrauding.
The Call of November 29, 1912

A number of mischievous boys from Spring Garden together with their parents, were ordered to appear before Burgess Hartman this week on complaint lodged by a number of
persons for mischievous conduct.  It appears the boys while on their way to and from school made a habit of throwing stones at unoccupied store rooms and houses and often
broke windows and created other damage.  The boys upon their promise to discontinue the practice were let go with a severe reprimand.  It has been learned that the young
America, not only from Spring Garden, but from other parts of the town while going to school and returning to their homes, have been guilty of acts of this kind.  Under the law a
public school pupil is in charge of the public school teacher from the time he or she leaves its home until it returns, and by reason of this fact, we understand, that the matter of the
mischievous conduct and the depredations that are committed from time to time by the public school scholars will be brought before the School Board for their attention at the next
regular meeting.
Reading Times of October 6, 1914

PUTS THREE BURLY ROBBERS TO ROUT - Pedestrian With Stout Club Defends Himself And The Money In His Shoe
Augustus Luckenbill, of Schuylkill Haven, was attacked by three highwaymen about two o'clock in the morning between Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven while returning from work.  He
received his pay and being unable to catch the last trolley home from Pottsville was compelled to walk.  One of the robbers struck him a vicious blow in the face and dazed him for a
moment but he quickly recovered from the effects of it and dealt the robber a regular sledge hammer blow with the club he was carrying.  The other two robbers becoming
frightened at the punishment the other fellow was receiving, disappeared in the darkness.  Luckenbill had his money concealed in his shoe.
Reading Times of May 10, 1915

Samuel Neiswenter paid the costs on the prosecution on the charge of peddling after pleading guilty to the charge.  Neiswenter went to a grocer in Schuylkill Haven and bought a
cake of common laundry soap for five cents.  The soap was then taken out, cut up into little squares, making two or three dozen cakes of soap out of the five cent one.  The soap
was then neatly wrapped in separate packages and he went through the town selling it at three cents a block as a soap to take out grease spots.  He met with considerable success
and made so bold as to enter the store where he purchased the original cake and there sold two of the little blocks for ten cents each.  The purchaser opened one cake and it
resembled common laundry soap, so the other cake was opened and the substitution was confirmed.  The arrest of Neiswenter followed.
Reading Times of May 25, 1916

On a warrant sworn out by Alderman McCool of Pottsville, and served by Constable John Butz of Schuylkill Haven, Elmer Thrush, constable of the South Ward of Schuylkill Haven,
was placed under arrest a few days ago.  Thrush was charged with assault and battery, preferred by Horace Ketner of that town.  Going before Squire Moyer, Thrush entered bail in
the sum of $200 for his appearance in court.  It is alleged that Thrush attempted to push Ketner and a companion off a pavement and then went through Ketner's clothing.
Reading Times of July 18, 1916

Mrs. Fatima Coury, of Worcester, Massachusetts, charged her husband, Naif Coury, owner of a Turkish dancing show appearing in a carnival in Schuylkill Haven, with deserting her
and eloping with Beckie Simon, a Turkish dancer.  Coury had agreed to pay his legal wife six dollars a week but a year ago stopped payments.  Mrs. Coury found a child in a
Providence hospital which she said was a daughter of Coury and the dancer.  She traced her husband for a year and found him here in Schuylkill Haven.  He was arrested by
Constable Butz on an adultery charge and sent to prison, but was released shortly after on $300 bail.  When Coury returned to the carnival in Schuylkill Haven, it is said, that he
found that his affinity had fled, taking with her $150 in cash belonging to him.
Reading Times of July 18, 1916

Coury was in Schuylkill Haven again Saturday night and the carnival grounds was the scene of terrific fighting which almost turned out to be a bloody riot.  Through the actions of
Coury, his boisterous and insulting manners and making himself obnoxious to everybody near the show, the large crowd of men on the grounds turned into a mob and they made a
rush for Coury, chasing him inside the tent.  Not being able to get at him, they started to tear down the tent where Coury was hiding.  Officer Butz was on the scene and got Coury
out of the tent and placed him in an automobile and took him before Squire Moyer on Main Street.  Coury was again placed in prison.  The carnival company has gone to Saint Clair to
show there this week.
Pottsville Journal of February 21, 1928

The police department in Schuylkill Haven was given information recently about a slick guy about five feet seven, aged about 35 years, who wore a light overcoat and cap.  This
fellow seemed to have a slick line and calls at the home and gives a long story about his being a relative in a distant city or state who lost his pocketbook or ticket back home.  He
engages in conversation and has the game down very slick so that he finally convinces the intended victim that he is such and such a relative, perhaps the one whom they have
never seen, but do know of his existence.  The victim turns over money to this fellow and he promises to return the cash as soon as he reaches home.  The cash never turns up as
the fellow never reaches his home but they find out later that they have been buncoed out of their hard earned cash.  Several parties here were gypped by giving him $15 and
another party gave him $30.  He also has the unadulterated gall to eat dinner in some homes and made inquiries about other people in the neighborhood.  He is pretty well booked
when he leaves for his next victim.  The police department was not notified in time about this fellow's operations here or the Jericho road would have been his.
Pottsville Journal of August 13, 1928

At Schuylkill Haven, the saloon of Oscar E. Bressler, 24 West Main Street, was raided.  A half barrel of beer, testing more than two percent alcoholic content, was seized as was also a
bottle of liquor at the bar, in the hands of a patron.  A charge of sale and possession was lodged.
The last of the places raided by Agent McGoldrick was a chicken coop or shed in the rear of Columbia Street in Schuylkill Haven.  The detective detected a strong odor of what
seemed to be whiskey being manufactured.  He scaled a fence and found two men, one of them Cuban with an unpronounceable name, deep in a stupor of intoxication.  He
confiscated ten gallons of rye wine, a rare beverage, made from ripe grain.  These men drank from mash that was allowed to ferment for six weeks.  The unrefined concoction
evolved from the rye, sugar and water, the agent said was strong enough to "lift the ears from a brass monkey."  The agent destroyed the mash and left warning that if there is
occasion to visit the place again on a similar errand, arrests will be made.
The Call of February 23, 1917

During the downpour of rain and sleet Monday night last, when few people ventured from their homes and those that remained indoors, retired early, chicken thieves visited
several places in Spring Garden and succeeded in getting away with a sufficient number of fowls to more than repay them for their efforts.  Probably the first place visited was the
hennery of Frank Bubeck, where seventeen choice fowls, each weighing not less than three pounds, were procured.  Apparently the thieves then found their way to the trolley road
and in passing the coops of Michael Shadle, decided to make a quiet investigation.  Here they procured a fine turkey gobbler and a turkey hen that were being kept for breeding
purposes.  The fact that no outcry of either the turkeys or the chickens were heard is accounted for by the odor of sulphur, noticed when the coops were opened on the morning.  
The robbers apparently burned the sulphur under the noses of the fowls, causing them to become unconscious when it was an easy matter to place them in a bag and escape.  As a
result of these robberies, extra locks are being placed on the coops and the owners lying awake with shotguns at their disposal.
The Call of February 9, 1917

While enroute from his work at the storage yard to his home on Paxson Avenue, at seven o'clock last evening, Howard Koenig was held up and robbed of $24 according to his own
statement.  The holdup occurred at a point near the Baker farm leading to Prospect Hill.  Koenig states that he was accosted by two men who asked him for a chew of tobacco.  He
replied that he did not have any and before he realized what was going on one of the men grabbed him around the throat while the other went through his pockets, taking the above
amount and allowing only two cents to remain.  Yesterday was pay day at the storage yard.  Koenig can only give a partial description of the two men.
The Call of January 26, 1917

Two of the youngest priosoners ever brought before Squire C. A. Moyer of town, were two Cressona boys who were placed under arrest on Tus=esday evening by Consatble Butz,
on the charge of stealing a money bag containing seven or more dollars from the cash drawer in the candy store of Peter Fritz.  The boys were resting in the store and wghen Frotz
went into an adjoining room, the boys grabbed the bag and made a hasty retreat.  They boarded a trolley car and went to Pottsvile, where they "blew" the greater part of the ill gotten
loot.  Their arrest followed on their return to Schuylkill Haven.  wednesday morning the two boys, both about twelve years of age, were taken before the district attorney in Pottsville
and then before the probation officer, where they were paroled.  SAssociation with older boys who have had exoereince with the law was blamed for the young boy's misbehavior.
The Call of June 29, 1917

Before Squire Thomas, two charges were preferred against Allen Koch, of town, on Tuesday morning.  The first charge was that of disorderly conduct, preferred by Mrs. Emma
Kehoe, and the second charge, that of surety and threatening to kill, preferred by Mrs. Frances Romano, a daughter of the first prosecutrix.  It is alleged that Koch created a
nuisance at the Kehoe home and when requested to cease, became abusive, threatened to kill and placed the occupants in fear of their lives.  Both cases were settled by the costs
being paid and the defendant promising to behave in the future.  Constable Shoener made the arrest.
The Call of June 15, 1917

Some miscreant or miscreants, on Monday night, entered the vegetable garden of Samuel Buehler, located to the rear of the Coxe property on Main Street and pulled up nearly a
hundred fine potato stalks.  Apparently the dirty work was for nothing more than revenge, as the stalks were not taken along, but were allowed to remain on the plot.  The person
jumped over the rear fence and after doing this dirty piece of work apparently got scared as he jumped over the rear wall, ran along the bank of the canal and then climbed the wall.  
Footprints like those of a young man were in evidence everywhere.  Only a week ago a visit was made to the garden plot of Frank Lenker, located near the ball park and this plot
ruined in the same manner as the Buehler plot, only in the Lenker case some of the stalks were taken along.  No expense should be spared in running down the perpetrators of
these deeds and sending them to jail.
The Call of July 13, 1917

Constable John Butz, late Tuesday afternoon, placed under arrest Homer Ribkee and John Witman, on warrants issued by Squire William Kline.  Witman, who is a married man with a
large family, was charged with burglarizing the home of Mrs. Mary Loy.  Jointly, Witman and Ribkee were charged with larceny, it being alleged that several weeks ago they stole a
number of chickens from Reverend W. Donat.  Witman confessed to the two charges but Ribkee stoutly denied any of the charges.  During the hearing, Ribkee made a break and
stated that he had wrung the necks of the chickens stolen from Reverend Donat.  In default of bail, both were committed to county prison for a hearing at the September term of
criminal court.  The Loy home was entered early Sunday morning last.  Entrance was gained by breaking a window of the cellar.  Here the robbers helped themselves to a number of
bottles of beer, ale and porter.  They had expected to make a greater haul as they had taken the precaution to remove several fence pailings before attempting the robbery.  Two
attempts were made before success crowned their efforts, the first being the cellar door which they were unable to open.  Constable John Butz believes that he now has the
ringleaders of a gang of robbers that have been committing numerous petty thefts in Spring Garden for the past several months, safely landed.  Other developments are looked for
and it would not be surprising if several more arrests were made.  Constable Butz was assisted in making the arrests by two members of the State Police.
The Call of July 27, 1917

Residents of Garfield Avenue were in  a stage of excitement on Sunday evening when it was reported that   a man had been observed entering the second story window of the
home of Mrs. Wentzel.  Constable John Butz was appraised of the fact and hurried top the Wentzel home.  Shortly before his arrival there he was met by Mrs. Wentzel who asked him
where he was going.  The constable replied, "To your home to look for a man."  Mrs. Wentzel accompanied Constable Butz back, exclaiming that there was positively no one in the
house.  After searching the cellar and downstairs, the constable started up the steps.  Mrs. Wentzel ran ahead of him and standing in front of a bedroom door, said there was
nothing in the room.  She was pushed aside and the door forced open.  There lying on the bed feigning sleep was Harry Krammer, an affinity.
Constable Butz shook Krammer and then stated that he wanted Krammer to go along.  Krammer immediately showed fight and struck at the constable.  In an instant Krammer was
struck over the head with a billy and knocked to the floor.  He was then handcuffed while Constable Butz then proceeded to read a warrant on him.  He was locked up at the Town
Hall Monday morning, when he paid his taxes and costs, and upon promising to leave town and remain away, was allowed to go.  Outside of the injury to his head, Krammer appeared
none the worse for the encounter with the constable.  
Both Krammer and Mrs. Wentzel figure in a law suit.  Some months ago, an agent for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children from Philadelphia, came to town and had the pair arrested.  
The case was taken to court.  Krammer was ordered to remain away from Mrs. Wentzel and not to lay his hands on the children.  Mrs. Wentzel was also given a lecture.  Had the
constable desired, he could have arrested Krammer for violating an order of the court, and likewise the woman.  It is seldom that Garfield Avenue furnishes as much excitement as it
did on Sunday evening and the residents of that section were certainly surprised.
The Call of July 27, 1917

Six youths of this locality were taken from beds early Wednesday morning by Constable John Butz and taken to the office of C. A. Moyer, to answer to the charge of stealing from
garden patches.  The prosecutrix was Mrs. Thomas Boussum of Cressona.  Early in spring, Mrs. Boussum leased a plot of ground and purchasing seed potatoes at three dollars a
bushel, planted the plot.  Several days ago she discovered the fact that a number of stalks from several rows had been pulled out and the potatoes carried away.  After securing the
evidence Mrs. Boussum swore out warrants for Peter and Nicholas Bojack, Clarence Koch, Francis Kehoe, Stanley Umbenhauer and Russel Reed.
At the hearing the boys all confessed to stealing the potatoes and taking them near the reservoir and had a potato roast.  It was the opinion of several at the hearing that
Umbenhauer was the ringleader of the gang, he being the eldest.  Constable Butz took the sextet before Probation Officer B. S. Simonds and he in turn took them before Judge
Bechtel.  The boys were given a severe lecture and the constable was ordered to keep an eye on them in the future.  Their next offense will mean being sent to some institution.
So quickly did Constable Butz work that the boys did not have time to get their breakfast.  Squire Moyer took compassion upon them and during their brief stay before him, fed them
pretzels with all the water they could drink.  Several other boys were also taken into custody but proved an alibi.  This is not the first time that Umbenhauer has been in trouble, as
several times both he and Reed were summoned before the school board for playing truant.  It is alleged that on one occasion, Umbenhauer had a revolver with him during school
session.  It is probable he may be sent away.
The Call of July 27, 1917

Six unnaturalized foreign born residents residing on the Schuylkill Mountain near Summit Station and at Landingville, were placed under arrest  on Tuesday by Deputy Game Warden
H. S. Steiff of Lebanon.  The six men were George Ambrus, Schuylkill Mountain; Martin Fistick, John Conadrack, Leo Selansky and John Andreas, near Summit and Pasquale Caranto
of Landingville.  Under an act of 1915, prohibiting unnaturalized foreign born residents from having dogs in their possession or on their premises, the six men were arrested on a
warrant issued by Squire C. A. Moyer.  Several of the defendants at first wanted to go to jail but soon changed their minds and paid the fine of $25.00 each and costs, the latter
amounting to between four and five dollars.  One or two of the defendants had their first naturalization papers but this did not prevent the fine and cost from being imposed.  After
the hearing several stated that they would procure their final papers as they must keep their dogs about their farms while others stated they would kill their dogs.  This should be a
warning to other unnaturalized foreigners to get rid of their dogs before suit is lodged against them.
The Call of July 27, 1917

Returning home on the Buffalo about three o'clock Monday morning, Edward Kear of Garfield Avenue, found the entire lower part of his home ransacked.  Going upstairs he
awakened his wife and apprised her of the fact.  Mrs. Kear had heard the thieves at work but thinking that it was her husband returning home from work, paid no attention to them.  
Four dollars and twenty cents in money was taken, together with several articles.  The loss will be less than $25.00.  A considerable sum of money had been taken upstairs by Mrs.
Kear when she retired and this fact saved the amount stolen from being larger.  Entrance was gained by forcing one of the windows.  The thieves left no clue as to their identity.
The Call of March 16, 1917

A demented man by the name of Clouser, who for the past several weeks has been a patient at the asylum, came to Spring Garden on Sunday afternoon and caused some little
trouble.  The man is a resident of Valley View and after landing in Spring Garden endeavored to get someone with an auto to take him to Donaldson, stating that he had plenty of
money at home.  After being locked up by Constable Butz, the man promised to go to the institution.  Later he was found at the Dietrich homestead on Centre Avenue and it was then
that the Almshouse authorities were notified and took the man back to the institution.
The Call of March 16, 1917

Christ Messersmith, a resident of Pottsville, was given a hearing before Squire Kline on the charge of assault and battery, preferred by John Reichert of Spring Garden.  At the
hearing it developed that Messersmith was struck by a snowball thrown by another party and then got revenge by first choking Reichert and after he was down, kicking him in the
head inflicting a severe wound.  Messersmith entered bail in the sum of three hundred dollars for his appearance at court.  Constable John Butz made the arrest.
The Call of March 16, 1917

A well known youth of town, who several times has been caught stealing from stores and churches, was apprehended this week stealing two boxes of candy and a sum of money
from a Main Street merchant.  After getting the candy from the store he threw it down the bank at the canal while the money was tied in a handkerchief and placed along with the
boxes.  It was the intention to later get the spoils and take them away.  Both the money and the candy were recovered but on account of the youth of the boy and his parents, no
prosecution was brought.
The Call of March 23, 1917

Residents of Spring Garden were thrown into a fever of great excitement on Thursday afternoon when a foreigner made an unsuccessful attempt to first assault Mrs. Joseph Barr of
Broadway, and when failing in this, attempted to enter her home.  Mrs. Barr was alone in the house at the time and noticing the strange actions of the man who is nearly six feet tall
and weighing close to 165 pounds, when he entered the stable and the chicken coop, she immediately bolted all doors.  No sooner was this done when the fellow started to force a
window.  With a broom as her only weapon, Mrs. Barr made a desperate stand and repeatedly drove the intruder away.  Finally the man pulled a large knife from his pocket and
started for the stable, intent upon killing the horse.  Her screams attracted the attention of Frank Deibert, "Choc" Shadler and others who were working on the dirt bank nearby.  
These men came to her rescue and although they took turns in knocking the fellow down, he refused to stay down.  Finally Constable Butz was called and the fellow was taken to the
town lockup.  Wednesday morning he was given a hearing before Squire William Kline.  Here he stated that his name was Joe Roscavage and that he was from Mahanoy City.  Unable
to furnish $300 bail, he was committed to the county jail.  It is believed that the man is demented, as he claimed that a relative of his owned the Barr home many years ago and that
the Barr family must move.
The Call of March 23, 1917

Some person or persons tried to bring down the high cost of living by taking nearly one dozen chickens from their perches in the coop of Reverend W. Donat, on Saturday night
last.  Just why the reverend gentleman, who is alone and with comparative little of this world's goods, should be made the object of these miserable scoundrels is unknown.  This is
the second time within a few weeks that thieves visited the coop of Reverend Donat.  Several clues have been secured and an arrest is likely at any time.
The Call of October 5, 1917

Victor Baxerville and son, residing near Connor's were arrested by Frank Fidler on Tuesday evening.  It was brought out that Baxerville trespassed on Fidler's property near
Connor's and took some pears and apples and during the summer also took blackberries.  Baxerville was given a minimum fine for trespassing of five dollars and costs and Squire
Moyer held the case open to give him an opportunity to secure the money to pay for the costs.  The charge of maliciousness was thrown out by the squire as it was brought on the
fact that Baxerville when he was a tenant of Fidler's broke several window panes and loosened several window strips.
Reading Times of October 23, 1917

The police are looking for two men who made an attempt to carry away in their automobile two girls, Kathryn Lukshidis of Mahanoy City, and Julia Yustinsky of Shenandoah, both
employed at the Almshouse.  The girls attended a moving picture show in this place and while returning to the hospital two men in an automobile drew up and offered to give them a
ride to the institution.  The girls got into the car and had gone but a short distance when the actions of the men alarmed them.
When opposite the Almshouse they asked that the car be stopped that they might alight but the men only laughed at them.  Breaking away from the grasp of one of the men the
Lukshidis girl leaped from the car.  She was badly bruised but managed to pick herself up and make for the institution to summon help.  The man who was driving the car then
opened up and hit up a speed of about thirty miles per hour.  Miss Yustinsky fought desperately to get free and finally forced open the door and jumped.  The car was going at a
terrific rate of speed and she was thrown headlong.  The men evidently stopped the car and going back found the girl lying unconscious and wrapped a heavy auto robe around
her.  It was in this condition that she was found.  An examination showed she had suffered concussion of the brain.  She is in a critical condition at the almshouse hospital.  The robe
in which the men wrapped the girl bears the initials, "J. J. C."
Pottsville Journal of December 31, 1913

Miss Annie Zerbey, who hails from New York City, this week paid the costs of a lawsuit before Squire Moyer rather than spend several weeks in jail and then be brought before the
court on a charge of assault and battery.  Her victim, William Roberts, who is well known about town, relented after the hearing and agreed to settle if Miss Zerbey paid the costs.  
The story in brief runs thusly:  William Roberts boards with a Mr. Zerbey in the South Ward.  Miss Annie Zerbey came home to spend the holidays with her mother, imbibed too freely
and got rather jubilant.  William Roberts, coming home about 11:15 Christmas Eve got into a mixup with the celebrant and was pretty badly beaten up with a poker and was also badly
scratched by the above named.  At the Squire's office, a hearing was held and all was finished as given above.
Pottsville Journal of February 23, 1916

Charged with embezzlement, Earl M. Troxel of Schuylkill Haven, a newspaper solicitor, is in the county jail awaiting his trial at the March term of criminal court.  Troxel was committed
in default of bail by Justice of the Peace C. A. Moyer of Schuylkill Haven, yesterday afternoon.  He pleaded not guilty, stating he was given the privilege of using some of the money
for advertising purposes and traveling expenses.  He is charged with embezzling $50.  The charge was brought by Floyd Minnich, one of the owners of The Call, a weekly newspaper
published at Schuylkill Haven.  Troxel was employed by them to solicit new subscriptions.  He solicited a number, keeping $50 of the money received.  He said that he used the
money for advertising purposes and traveling expenses, when arraigned before Justice Moyer.  Floyd Minnich, the prosecutor, denied Troxel's statement, saying he did not give
him the privilege of using the money.  Justice Moyer held Troxel and in default of bail was committed to the county jail.  Constable John Butz made the arrest.
Pottsville Journal of July 17, 1916

At 11:00 o'clock on Saturday night the dancing girls of the carnival at Schuylkill Haven came out of their tent to give an exhibition.  The crowd immediately became boisterous and
Nath Coury, the manager of the show began to remonstrate the crowd.  The mob became worse and Coury finally drew a knife.  Joseph Bashore swore out a warrant for the arrest of
Coury for making threats and Constable Butz came to arrest him.  The crowd, about a thousand in number, cried, "Lynch him" and Butz hurried the man to the Schuylkill Haven
garage and locked the door.  Then Chief Burgess Lessig and the Constable rushed the prisoner to an auto and were followed by another car.  Coury was taken from the officers and
was gotten back after being kicked and pummeled.  He was brought to Pottsville and paid the fine imposed.  He was released.  Immediately upon his release he had William Schieff
arrested for inciting to riot and the accused man was brought to Pottsville and arraigned before Alderman McCool, who had him committed to jail in default of $600 bail.  Officers
O'Brien and Blankenhorn were called down to Schuylkill Haven during the course of the riot.
The Call of June 8, 1917

Two Pottsville girls, Mabel Adams, 14, and Lydia Ignatavig, 16, who until a month ago were employed at the Walkin shoe factory came to grief on Wednesday noon when they were
served with a search warrant issued by Squire Thomas and placed in the hands of Constable John Butz.  The warrant was sworn to by Heber D. Felix.  For some time Mr. Felix has
been missing silk coats and different pieces of wearing apparel from his store.  Suspicion first rested on these girls as frequently they entered the store, would examine and price
goods and then leave without making a purchase.  A trap was laid for them and on May 8th from behind a glass showcase, Mr. Felix witnessed one of the girls concealing a coat on
her person.  Nothing was said at the time until a little later the girl was observed wearing this piece of apparel.  In the warrant sworn to by Mr. Felix, each and every piece of goods
was accurately described.  
Boarding an auto Mr. Felix and Constable Butz went to Pottsville.  Here they obtained the aid of one of the State Police to guard the house while the search was being made.  The
mother of the girl only too willingly led Constable Butz to the second floor where some of the stolen goods owned by the local merchant was found.  Large quantities of other goods
were found and it was evident that other stores had been visited.  The one girl was confronted with the evidence and broke down, confessing that she had, in company with her
companion, stolen from the three jewelry stores, two drug stores and seven department stores of Pottsville.  A visit was then made by Constable Butz and Mr. Felix to the home of
the other girl.  She denied all knowledge of any of the thefts but finally broke down and confessed also.  She stated that she had burned some of the stolen goods sos he would not
be detected.  It is understood that the girls stole from their employer and were immediately discharged when discovered.  The parents of both girls are among the most respected
residents of the county seat and fell their humiliation keenly.  The girls likewise see their wrongs and about the only punishment they will receive will be to report to the probation
officer regularly.  The amount of goods in their possession totaled nearly $250.  Credit for apprehension of the girls belongs solely to Mr. Felix and Constable Butz.
Pottsville Journal of March 27, 1920

Seeing her brother sitting in the saloon conducted by Martin J. Falger, at Schuylkill Haven, Miss Annie Bitzer became so incensed that she procured a baseball bat and smashed the
show window of the place.  The upshot of the affair , which had general sensation features, was that prosecution was brought against her by the businessman in question before
Alderman F. S. Freiler on a charge of malicious mischief.  Constable S. A. Hogan made the arrest late this afternoon.  Miss Bitzer entered bail in the sum of $300 for her appearance at
court.  The bond was filed with Justice of the Peace C. A. Moyer at Schuylkill Haven.
Pottsville Journal of June 6, 1921

Daniel Baldwin, of Monocacy, last night came to Pottsville after Elmer Elwood, sixteen years old, who is wanted on a serious charge.  The young manwas traced as far as Schuylkill
Haven, where it was beleived he had secured employment.  Robbery is the charge against him.  Elwood was a farm hand on the farm of Baldwin, who is well to do.  On May 3, he took
the job and held it until June 3, when he decamped.  He is alleged to have made a decidedly good haul, having secured $176 in bills, a straw dress suitcase, a ligt mixed suit, a blue
striped suit and other wearing apparel.  The state Police made a thorough investigation at Schuylkill haven and vicinity but could not find Elwood.  he is supposed to have gone to
Mount Carmel Daily News of July 28, 1925

Five women caught in a raid by state police at the Halfway House below Schuylkill Haven, today were sent to the House of the Good Shepherd by Alderman Hoepstine.  Six men
caught in the same raid were heavily fined and George Hughes and wife, proprietors, were held under bail for court.  At a former hotel near Pottsville last year, Mrs. Hughes broke a
leg when she jumped out of a window, being pursued by burglars.  Later this hotel burned and Mrs. Hughes again broke a leg while jumping to escape the fire.
Pottsville Journal of December 7, 1926

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN IS ANGERED BY BEGGARS - Some Bestow Curses On Those Who Refuse To Contribute To Funds For The Fakirs
Schuylkill Haven Chief of Police Frank Deibert and his efficient corps of officers is ridding the town of professional beggars and vagrants who are soliciting alms.  The chief recently
placed under arrest two vagrants who were working the town with a cleverly worded card about helping those in need and how much the donor would be blessed if alms were
given.  Some residents refused and were then insulted and the wrath of all the large and small devils was heaped upon their heads.  They were also very fortunate that some of the
husbands were not at home when these fellows were doing the devil act.  They were arraigned before a Justice of the Peace and committed to prison.
Pottsville Journal of July 1, 1927

SPOONERS DESTROY LIGHTS AND SWITCH - Schuylkill Haven Youths Determined To Keep Lonely Spot Safe And Dark
The corner of Wilson and Railroad Streets in Schuylkill Haven seems to be a sort of "lovers lane" where they hold hands.  This place was always dark and a good location for
spooning couples.  The Electric Light Department placed an electric light on a pole at this corner which is controlled by a small hand switch.  There was too much light there to suit
some parties and the light was always turned out.  The next vandal act was to turn off the small knobs on the switch and throw them away, so the light could not be turned on.  
Another kind of a switch was put up and then a raid was made on the globes which were broken.  The latter act was to deliberately tear the electric switch and wires loose from their
fastenings, making contact impossible.  Another scheme was tried by the Electric Light Department by repairing the damage and placing the switch inside a nearby home.  If the
police get their hands on these parties, it will be a stony lonesome for a while.
Pottsville Journal of August 6, 1927

Durward Imschweiler, of Pottsville, was released from jail this afternoon following a hearing on charges of disorderly conduct brought before Squire W. C. Kline at Schuylkill Haven,
growing out of a free for all fight at Killian's Park last night.  Imschweiler, together with James "Peanuts" McCormick, also of Pottsville, was arrested last night by Chief of Police
Frank Deibert, after a riot call had been issued by park authorities to Schuylkill Haven police and the state motor patrol.  Imschweiler was held in jail, it being his second offense on a
disorderly charge, while McCormick was released for a hearing Monday.  In the meanwhile names of others attending the dance were secured and summons issued to have them
appear at the hearing Monday.  Imschweiler was released this afternoon with a warning that a jail sentence would result if he were found near the park in the future.
Pottsville Journal of December 14, 1929

Miss Margaret B. Hoy, representing the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, entered suit against Ruth Smith of Liberty Street in Schuylkill Haven, on the charge of
criminal negligence of two children.  The hearing was held before Squire William Roan.  It appears the children are those of Laurie Fritz, and while the father was willing that the
children should be given into the custody of the Society, the defendant objected.  The Society was granted custody of the children by Squire Roan that they might be examined by
the Clinic for Children in Pottsville.  Following the examination, the eleven year old daughter was found to be tubercular and was taken to the Mount Alto Sanitarium.  The other child
was placed under the care of a physician for further observation.
The Call of May 15, 1925

On the double charge of disorderly conduct and a nuisance, Joseph Webber was committed to jail for thirty days on Friday evening by Squire Moyer, following his failure to pay a
$5.00 fine and the costs of $2.75.  The charges were brought by Burgess Shoener.  Monday morning the fine and costs were paid and Webber was discharged from the county jail.  
Another charge growing out of the Friday evening rampage of Webber, was that of assault and battery preferred by Edward Shollenberger.  Shollenberger was struck over the side
of the face with a beer bottle by Webber while standing near the Hotel Grand corner.  The charge was preferred before Squire Moyer.  Upon the payment of $10.00 and costs
Shollenberger settled the case.
The Call of March 31, 1916

Two young men of the South Ward were brought before Squire Moyer for mischief wrought with rifles on the farm of a local dairyman.  The boys used as targets live stock on said
farm.  When brought before the Squire they told the complete story and were left off upon their promise to do better and for their truthfulness in this case, with paying the cost, the
owner of the stock mot wishing to push the case to a greater extent than to teach a lesson and as a future warning.
Harrisburg Daily Independent of July 20, 1916

BURGLARS FAIL TWICE - Home Defenders Poor Marksmen And Thieves Escape
State Police are investigating a bold attempt at burglary at the residence of W. G. Brown at Schuylkill Haven on Tuesday night.  The burglars were detected and chased, a number of
shots being fired at them.  At an early hour yesterday morning, only two hours after the first attempt, another effort was made to break into the Brown home.  This time a broadside
was poured at the burglars but they again made their escape.
The Call of July 28, 1916

A little detective work on the part of Constable John Butz during the week resulted in the arrest of a party by the name of Charles Clarke.  The home of Clarke is in Lebanon but his
operations extended to Allentown and other towns and cities.  According to information, Clarke hired out as a clerk and then would swindle his employer or boarding house keeper
and leave for parts unknown.  Allentown detectives have been following Clarke since last January.  After his arrest here, Detective Stone came to Schuylkill Haven and took his
prisoner back.
Pottsville Journal of September 16, 1916

While one pretty gypsy maid was fondly stroking his hand as she was reading to him his fortune from the lines, another maiden picked the pocket of Irving Deibert of Orwigsburg
yesterday afternoon.  Fortunately the band was captured in Pottsville and they returned the money.  According to the story of Deibert, he was driving along the Schuylkill Haven pike
from Orwigsburg, when the band of gypsies stopped him, asking if he wished to have his fortune told.  He consented and one of the gypsy maids sat down along side of him and
commenced to tell his fortune.  The fair maiden told him of the large fortune that was coming and soon another girl sat down on the other side of Deibert.  It was here the trick was
turned and as one maiden told of the great wealth  that was coming to him and that some day he would be a Prince Charming, the other girl picked his pocket of ten dollars.  Deibert
discovered his loss and notified the authorities.  The gypsy band was chased to this city by Constable John Butz of Schuylkill Haven.  He arrested them on North Centre Street and
took them to City Hall.  The money was returned and the band was allowed to go their way.
Reading Times of October 5, 1916

About thirty residents of Schuylkill Haven, a number living on upper Main Street, Fairmount and Stanton Streets, helped themselves to potatoes which were being taken from the
fields of the county almshouse.  In some cases there were three and four  members of a family in the raid on the potato fields.  Constable Butz procured the names of the majority
and paid a special visit to each one's house.  What action will be taken by the poor directors against these people remains to be seen.  There will be some side stepping and coming
over with the long green to avoid a law suit.
Reading Times of March 8, 1917

An unsuccessful attempt was made recently to rob the E. C. Graver home on Main Street in Schuylkill Haven.  The attempt was made during the evening while Mrs. Graver, her
daughter and several other ladies were in the front part of the house.  The robber was first heard by the dog as he was trying to force the rear door of the house.  At first little
attention was paid to the actions of the dog, as it was believed that he had detected a cat in the yard. He continued to bark and finally Mrs. Graver decided to investigate.  She no
sooner opened the rear door than a man's foot was pushed inside in an effort to keep the door open.  Mrs. Graver threw her weight against the door and then called for the help of
those inside the house.  When they responded, the robber took to his heels and disappeared.  Mr. Graver was down town at the time and, upon his return, an investigation was
made.  The rear gate and stable door were found securely locked and it is supposed the man jumped the Greenawald fence and then into Saint Peter Street where he disappeared.
Reading Times of September 26, 1917

An unsuccessful attempt was made the other evening to enter the home of Frank Reider, of Paxson Avenue in Schuylkill Haven.  With the aid of a diamond cutter, the robbers had
cut a piece of glass from the cellar window just opposite the hatch.  The hole was large enough to admit a man's hand.  That the attempt was not a success was due to the fact that
Mrs. Charles May, who was compelled to arise to attend to a sick son, undoubtedly scared the robbers away.
Harrisburg Evening News of May 18, 1918

Three desperate insane criminals escaped at an early hour this morning from the County Lunatic Asylum at Schuylkill Haven.  Only the vigilance of the guards prevented the
wholesale escape of five hundred prisoners.  The men at large are William Kuchilis of Shenandoah, known as "The Bear," the most skilled burglar in the state, Robert Parry and
Steve Washone of Saint Clair.
The Call of January 11, 1924

Joseph Matonis, proprietor of the Central Hotel in Schuylkill Haven, was shot in the leg Tuesday morning when he responded to the cries for help from one of the lodgers.  A Miss
ray of Minersville and a Paul Navarro of Baltimore, Maryland, were quartered at the hotel overnight.  In an attempt on the part of the girl to leave her room early Wednesday morning,
Navarro threatened to shoot her.  Fearing for her life she called for help.  The proprietor responded and as he broke down the door the girl fled from the room followed by shots
from Navarro's revolver.  One of them struck Mr. Matonis in the knee.  He is a patient at the Warne Hospital.
Navarro then attempted to shoot himself.  His wounds were dressed by a local physician.  He was taken to the P & R station and there placed on board a train for Philadelphia.  
Wednesday afternoon about 4:30, Navarro was found dead in his room in the Globe Hotel in Baltimore, having succeeded in committing suicide.  Miss Ray in her statement tells of
her having become acquainted with the man while at the Springfield State Hospital in Maryland.  Upon her return to her home, letters from Navarro were received.  An appointment
was made for Monday afternoon.  The man arrived in a "doped" condition.  The woman in her statements said she took him to the hotel in an effort to relieve his condition.  That he
forced her to stay in the room at the point of a gun and then when she tried to leave Tuesday morning, the shooting occurred.
The Call of March 28, 1924

The report of the confiscating of slot machines last week and their surrender to the owner several days later, as chronicled in these columns last week, was incorrect to a certain
extent.  The machines were not surrendered by the Chief of Police but upon orders of the Chief Burgess.  Out of due justice to Mr. Brown this correction is gladly made.  The Call
was misinformed on this one particular point.  Mr. Brown states that the Chief Burgess in company with the owner of the machines called at his place of work and told him he was
acting under instructions of the solicitor and that he would have to give up the machines.  That the solicitor stated they could not hold the machines unless upon an order from the
court and that the machines were in his, the possession of the Chief Burgess, to do as he pleased.  Under these conditions the keys to the cell in the town hall were surrendered by
the police officer, with this statement, however, that the next set if machines that are confiscated will not be locked in the town hall and there will be no return of them in the future.
Out of justice to the borough solicitor, the statement is also hereby made that the advice given by him upon the solicitation of the burgess, to the burgess, must have been badly
misunderstood.  The solicitors advice was that in order to prosecute an order from the court would first have to be obtained.
As we understand it then, the machines in question could have been held for an indefinite period and prosecution could have been brought upon the request to the court to issue
an order for this procedure.  Officer Brown also desires us to correct the statement that no officer could be found at the time of a disturbance at a recent public dance.  Mr. Brown
was present at this dance and squashed the mix up.  He also has been at attendance at all public dances held here as is required of him by law.
The Call of April 18, 1924

State police, Saturday evening, sprung a surprise when they raided the Subway pool room conducted by George Geralls of Main Street and the pool room of Pete Menas on Saint
John Street.  Nine persons alleged to have been playing poker, or watching the game, were taken before Squire Kline.  Each was fined ten dollars and two dollars cost.  The
proprietors were held under $500 bail for appearance at court.  Geralls was charged with conducting a gambling house and having gambling devices on the premises.  Menas was
charged with conducting a gambling house.  An act of the last legislature makes these offenses punishable with a fine of $500 and imprisonment.  The state police as evidence took
several nickel machines and an armful of all kinds of punch boards before the squire.  After the hearing the cops confiscated the paraphernalia.  The raid caused considerable
excitement and while in progress quite a crowd gathered on the Main Street and many later followed to the Squire's office and were present at the hearing.
The Call of April 18, 1924

Thieves visited the home of A. A. Alleman who resides in the Bowen house a short distance south of town on Sunday evening and made away with valuables in the amount of three
hundred dollars or more.  The visit was made between eight and nine o'clock in the evening while the family was visiting in the neighborhood.  Jewelry belonging to Mrs. Alleman, a
new spring suit belonging to Mr. Alleman and other articles of clothing were stolen.  The thieves seemed quite particular in their selection of articles and worked with a confident air
of being undisturbed.  However, certain articles, the property of the thief, were left behind, and these together with other very important clues are likely to lead to an arrest shortly.
The Call of June 13, 1924

While the family was in attendance at church, thieves broke into the home of Mrs. Joe Reber of Canal Street and after ransacking the bedrooms of the women folks of the house,
made away with a sum of money.  Entrance was gained through a rear second story window from a shed at the rear of the house.  The blind was torn down and the screen taken out.  
Closets, beds and the drawers were all completely ransacked.  The thieves left via the kitchen door.  The discovery was made as soon as the family returned home.  Persons
acquainted with the Reber home and with the movements of the family are believed to have been the thieves.
The Call of August 8, 1924

Thieves again forced an entrance to the Howard Kimmel store on Center Avenue and made away with ten boxes of cigars, a quantity of cigarettes, a quantity of men's silk socks and
about twenty dollars in cash.  This is the third time this store was robbed, twice recently when it was conducted by W. H. Wagner.  The method used in each case was somewhat
similar which leads one to believe the robbery was preformed by the same crowd.  Some time Saturday night or Sunday an entrance was forced through a window of the basement of
the store used as a coal and oil storage room.  The door leading to the other portion of the cellar was securely locked which made it necessary for the thieves to cut a hole through
a wall of plaster sufficiently large to permit the passing of a man's body.  A door at the top of the steps however still blocked entrance to the store.  A large hole was then bored
through the door so that the bolt could be drawn.  However a bolt at the bottom of the door held, this was raised by jimmying underneath.  The work must have required several
hours time and undoubtedly was done by persons acquainted with the store.
Mount Carmel Item of March 10, 1925

"She loved me too much," said Daniel Kauffman of Schuylkill Haven to President Judge Bechtel in Schuylkill County court on Monday morning, when he was on trial for desertion and
non support.  But this excuse did not satisfy the judge and Kauffman was sentenced to pay his wife twenty five dollars per month.  "That's rather a peculiar reason to give for
deserting and failure to support your wife," said Judge Bechtel.  "It's only about two years ago that you promised to love, honor and obey," remarked Judge Bechtel, "and here you
are saying she loved you too much," added the court.  "She tormented me too," said Kauffman as another reason for not living with and supporting his wife.  The judge told him that
was no reason either and said, "Don't think you can marry a woman one day, divorce her the next and marry another the next."  "There is entirely too much of this going on and if the
divorce laws were amended so as to put a stop to it the country would be better off," said Judge Bechtel.  "There is entirely too much free love being practiced."  Tiring of the
argument, Judge Bechtel quickly disposed of the case in the following manner.  Turning to the young wife he said, "Will you take this man and live with him?"  "I will," said the wife.  
"Will you live with your wife," said Judge Bechtel to Kauffman.  "I will not," answered Kauffman.  "Pay her twenty five dollars per month," thundered the judge and called the next
Pottsville Journal of June 10, 1927

TWO SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MEN HELD FOR TRIAL - Defendants Are Arraigned As A Result Of Dry Raids Made By Agents In September 1926
F. A. Ferguson, prohibition enforcement agent, who conducted a raid of the Majestic Pool Room at Schuylkill haven on September 7, 1926, appeared this morning as the prosecutor
against Gus Miller, the proprietor, and Gus Menas, his bartender, before United States Commissioner George Striegel of Pottsville.  Charges of possessing and selling high power
beer and whiskey were preferred.  At the conclusion of the hearing each defendant was held under $500 bail for his appearance at the next sitting of the federal court in
Philadelphia.  N. S. Beckett, of the United States District Attorney's office, at Philadelphia, appeared on behalf of the government.  Vincent J. Dalton was counsel for the defense.  In
the raid, Agent Ferguson stated that he and his men secured a quantity of whiskey, wine and beer, the latter beverage being sold from half barrels.
Ferguson testified that he bought the liquor over the bar and saw the money tendered in payment for it placed in the cash register.  From his personal experience with alcoholic
intoxicants, he gave positive evidence that it was whiskey which he bought tasted and drank.  The wine, he said, registered over 38 percent alcohol content.  The bolometer tests of
the beer showed that it was 2.8 percent alcohol.  Attorney Dalton criticized the government in not having the chemist who made the tests present at the hearing and was sarcastic in
his reference to the trial of the case having been delayed nearly a year after the original raid.  There were ten samples taken in the seizures at the Schuylkill Haven pool room.  The
chemist, it was explained, was so rushed with his work, that he is two months behind.
The legal representative for the defense pointed out that Ferguson was shaky in his testimony as to the alcoholic content of the unit samples that he was asked to testify about
because in the absence of any of the samples at the hearing, his testimony was not positive as it had been given from memory.  Attorney Dalton asked for the discharge of both
defendants because he considered the government had not made out a prima facie case from the best evidence that was available.  The federal magistrate cleared his office and
then occupied fifteen minutes to weigh the evidence, carefully because he felt there was room for leniency in the case of Menas, but finally decided to hold both defendants.  
Attorney Dalton pleaded for a continuance of the case just before the two men he represented were held for federal court.  Attorney Beckett and Commissioner Striegel in disposing
of this case, thus wiped the docket of all pending cases which developed from raids made in 1926.
Pottsville Journal of November 18, 1927

FUGITIVE CHICKEN THIEF IS ARRESTED - Schuylkill Haven Burgess And Chief Of Police Capture Culprit In Washington
Chief Burgess Roy A. Scott and Chief of Police Frank Deibert, of Schuylkill Haven, last night, returned from Washington D. C. by automobile with George A. Bickleman, a fugitive who
fled from the vicinity of Schuylkill haven after committing many depredations among farms in the vicinity of Schuylkill haven last September.  Upon arraignment before Justice of the
Peace William H. Kline, at Schuylkill Haven, Bickleman was sent to the county jail on charges of larceny brought by a half dozen farmers who suffered the loss of turkeys and
chickens stolen during the period of last March through the summer until last September.
On premises occupied by Bickleman, at Indian Run Gap, Lebanon County, twenty eight turkeys were recovered, the property of Theodore Reber of Black Horse, and also many
chickens owned by farmers in that section of Schuylkill County.  When a Lebanon constable, a short time ago, placed Bickleman under arrest, he got away and remained a fugitive
until yesterday.  Efforts to locate Bickleman at Washington were unsuccessful until the Schuylkill Haven police officials went after him.  They were accompanied by two detectives
from the police bureau of the national capital.  The arrest was easily accomplished.  Bickleman is wanted by the Lebanon and Reading police on charges of theft and for other
depredations.  He and Charles Schmaltz, of 547 East Norwegian Street in Pottsville, were caught by a farmer at Leesport robbing his chicken coop.  The Pottsville man, who was shot
in the hip and the leg, is still a patient at a hospital in Reading.
The Call of January 4, 1929

A surprise was sprung by Officers Deibert and Bubeck of Schuylkill haven when they brought suit against Mrs. Mame Roberts of Cressona on the charge of circulating slanderous
reports about them.  At the hearing before Squire Roan on Monday evening, Mrs. Roberts denied the charge but witnesses were produced who under oath stated Mrs. Roberts had
made statements in the store of Gus Menas to the effect that Deibert and Bubeck were grafters and that they were accepting hush money from different business places in order to
permit the owners to sell strong drink.  One of the witnesses also added that the name of Squire Roan had been brought into the conversation and he too had been similarly
charged by Mrs. Roberts.  The statements were made in front of many persons in the cigar store of Menas.  There were a number of witnesses who testified to the statements made
by Mrs. Roberts.  When asked whether she had ever heard that either Officer Bubeck or Deibert had received any so called graft money, Mrs. Roberts said no.  The matter was
finally settled by the defendant admitting she made slanderous remarks, apologizing for same, and paying the costs amounting to $9.80.  The case, it is understood, grew out of a mix
up at the Menas place a week ago in which the husband or some relative of Mrs. Roberts took part and which resulted in a law suit.
The Call of June 7, 1929

Pete Bojack of Caldwell Street was given a hearing before Squire Kline on the charge of carrying concealed deadly weapons.  The charge was brought by Burgess Scott on
complaint of neighbors to the effect that Bojack was threatening people and was also threatening to commit suicide and to shoot his sister.  When placed under arrest by Officer
Deibert he had a weapon on his person and also attempted to grab the gun of Officer Deibert.  In default of $500 he was sent to jail to await further action of the court.
The Call of September 20, 1929

A case at this week's term of criminal court before Judge Koch, that occupied considerable time and during which there was quite an effusion of oratory and fireworks between
attorneys and witnesses, was that in which Fred Reichert of Schuylkill Haven was tried for the larceny of lumber from Rudy Moyer of Schuylkill Haven.  Attorneys Bashore and Paxson
represented Reichert while Attorney Duffy of the District Attorney's office represented Moyer.  The theft was alleged to have taken place in August 1928.  The case began
Wednesday morning and continued until 2:30 p. m. Thursday.  Some of the witnesses were Rudy Moyer, harry Seitz and Charles Hunter, the latter stating that he plainly saw Reichert
taking the said lumber from the Moyer premises.  The local authorities were also called to testify in the case.  The verdict of the jury had not been received at this writing.
* The following week it was reported in The Call that Reichert was acquitted of stealing $7.00 worth of lumber but ordered top pay one third of the court costs.
Pottsville Journal of December 20, 1929

GAMBLING BOARDS ARE CONFISCATED - Complete Cleanup Is Made In Schuylkill Haven By Efforts Of Local Official
Burgess Scott and his police force made the rounds of the town, visiting every store, pool room, barber shop and hotel to clean up punch boards.  In one place a gambling machine
found and the proprietor was made to pay a fine of $18.50.  Recently a child with five dollars was permitted to play it on a punch board, it was reported, and it was then that the
authorities resolved to clean out every punch board or other gambling device in the town.
Reading Times of February 18, 1890

Constable George Wagner was in Schuylkill Haven yesterday with a warrant for the arrest of Harry Boyer on the charge of larceny as bailee.  The accused furnished bail for his
appearance at court next month.  The complaintant is Gerhard Lueken, dealer in furniture, 21 North Sixth Street in the city.  The warrant was issued by Alderman Holl.
The Call of July 1, 1893

Some of the residents of the West Ward are troubled with a person who may be terned as a chicken thief.  This man not only aims for the fowls but he takes clothing and other useful
articles.  The molested parties have become indignant and are bent on catching the thief and we would advise him to keep clear of those places or he may be taken by surprise.
The Call of August 5, 1893

Thieves are among us.  Last week they broke in Mrs. D. H. Auchenbach's millinery establishment and ransacked the store and cellar.  They got away with a few hats, feathers and
other articles and a little cash and eatables.  They visited several other places but did not effect an entrance.  John Cordaman discovered some intruders about his premises on
Wednesday evening and drove them off.
The Call of December 23, 1893

Robbers were again at work this week.  Henry Raudenbush's hen coop was visited on Monday night and several fine fowl were taken.  On Tuesday night they visited the
Pennsylvania Railroad depot while station agent Frick was asleep and broke into the station.  Mr. Frick's coat and a little cash was all the booty they secured.  The same night they
attempted to gain entrance to the Saint Ambrose Catholic church but were scared off by the watchmen who were taking care of the fair goods.
Reading Times of September 30, 1914

One hundred bushels of oats were stolen recently from Michel Brothers stables in Schuylkill Haven.  There is almost a continuous burglarizing going on here nightly.  These petty
robberies are in the form of trimming fruit trees of the fruit, tomatoes off the stalks, pulling out rows of celery, stealing flowers, relieving grape vines of the grapes, taking coal,
corn, oats and potatoes, pumpkins and more.  These depredations have continued unabated for some time.
The Call of July 20, 1928

For the theft of $53.45 from the unlocked safe in the Reidler Knitting Mill on Center Avenue, Jay Clark, of Schuylkill Haven, an employee was arrested by the local authorities and
after pleading guilty, sentenced to jail in default of $500 bail to await sentence of the court.  The theft was not discovered until Monday morning when the office was opened for the
week.  Clark, after being confronted with evidence, admitted having stolen five dollars from the safe Saturday about 1:30 in the afternoon and returning about 11:00 Saturday
evening and taking the balance.  Included in the amount was $31.45 in a pay envelope.  Entrance to the office after tghe building had been entered from the rear, was effected by
crawling through a small window used as a pay window.  In connection with this arrest, Clark implicated two others in the theft of a typewriter from this same plant some months ago.  
He named Edward Wessner and Robert Mauger.  Warrants were sworn out for both but Wessner is in the West and Mauger was placed under arrest and confronted by his accuser at
the hearing before Squire Kline.  He denied the charges but on account of the local authorities having in their possession a cap which fits the description of a cap belonging to
Mauger, he was held in jail for a future hearing.
The Call of January 21, 1927

The half dozen or more advertising signs that grace and enhance the building at the corner of Main and Dock Streets were unceremoniously bespattered with red paint by unknown
persons sometime during Wednesday night or Thursday morning.  This however did not cause their removal.  The paint blotches were removed and the signs are still resplendent in
their bright hues and causing strangers to wonder why the advertisers themselves can conscientiously feel justified in advertising their business in a manner that so decidedly
detracts from the general appearance of their own community.
The Call of March 25, 1927

A party by the name of Edward Zerby of Pottsville, was fined $15.00 including costs by Squire Roan on the charge of disorderly conduct.  The hearing was held Monday after the man
had spent the night in the town hall.  The case was an outgrowth of an auto collision on Sunday evening on Columbia Street.  Zerby ran into a Cadillac machine parked on the street.  
The officers were called and the man was found to be under the influence of drink.  No one, however, had seen the man driving the car while in this condition and he could
therefore not be placed under arrest.  He became disorderly later however and it was then that he was placed under arrest.
The Call of April 1, 1927

Monday evening, March 28, between the hours of eight and nine, several young men from South Canal Street, while under the influence of liquor, terrorized the people living in the
section of town known as Edgewood, by using all kinds of foul language and chasing the young girls regardless of who they came in contact with, about the streets.  If they would
not have been interfered with, it is hard to tell what might have taken place.  If this conduct continues, there is an organization in town that will take up the case and the guilty
parties will be given an opportunity of leaving the town or suffer the full penalty of the law.      A Citizen
The Call of October 5, 1928

The Acme Furniture Company of Reading, was fined ten dollars by local authorities on Wednesday for selling goods without a license.  Under the law and ordinance this is
prohibited.  The goods were sold direct from a large truck.  The article was a blanket.  The hearing was held before Squire Kline.  The officers were given quite a time of it before the
party was rounded up.  Officer Deibert noticed the men selling on Berne Street.  When discovered there was a truck with four salesman.  When an officer went into a home to arrest
the fifth salesman, the truck with the four others drove rapidly towards Cressona.  For a time it could not be located.  The truck came through Schuylkill Haven and on Center
Avenue, one of the salesman was left off to meet the fellow the officer had taken in charge.  The arrangements were the two were to return to Reading via train.  The officers
immediately determined to give chase and engaged a taxi and notified the police at Hamburg to be on the watch.  The truck, however, was found outside Schuylkill Haven with but
only two salesmen, the third having been sent into town to tell the other two to make their way to the end of town and join them on the truck.  The entire crew was brought to Squire
Kline and given a hearing and warned not to put in an appearance in Schuylkill Haven again.
The Call of December 14, 1928

Miss Margaret B. Hoy, representing the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, entered suit against Ruth Smith of Liberty Street, Schuylkill Haven, on the charge of
criminal negligence of two children.  The hearing was held before Squire William Roan.  It appears the children are those of Laurie Fritz, and while the father was willing that the
children should be given into the custody of the Society, the defendant objected.  The Society was granted the custody of the children by Squire Roan that they might be examined
by the Clinic for Children in Pottsville.  Following the examination, the eleven year old daughter was found to be tubercular and was taken to the Mount Alto Sanitarium.  The other
child was placed under the care of a physician for further observation.
The Call of December 14, 1928

Nora M. Reber of the Schuylkill Mountain, brought suit against her husband, Harry Reber, on the charge of assault and battery.  It was alleged the husband had threatened to kill his
wife.  The wife desired to remove her belongings and goods from the home, but the husband threatened dire results to anyone who attempted to do so.  Reber was taken to the
town hall and placed under lock and key for a time sufficient to permit the removal of the effects of the wife from the home.  He was then released upon promise not to again annoy
the woman.  The hearing was held before Squire Roan.
The Call of March 8, 1918

A delicacy that would appeal largely to the average individual is a roast young pig filled with oysters.  Evidently there are residents of Soring Garden who have appetite for just such
eatables.  At least that is the conclusion arrived at by Spring Garden residents.  Last week, The Call published an article about the stealing of a young pig from the premises of Harry
Shadel.  Early Sunday morning last, apparently the same thieves, broke open a locked door on the premises of merchant Harry Sterner and succeeded in getting away with nearly
four hundred oysters.  Mr. Sterner stated that he had opened the oysters during the early part of Saturday evening.  They were intended for customers who were to call for them on
Sunday morning.  The oysters were placed in the cold shortly after one o'clock Sunday morning and when the owner went for them at seven o;clock, they were gone, bucket, oysters
and everything else.  Mr. Sterner heard the noise as the lock was being broken but thought it noise being made by intoxicated men on their way home.  As a result of the theft a
number of local residents did not enjoy oyster pie for their Sunday dinner.
The Call of March 22, 1918

For the past several weeks, some unknown persons have been in the habit of annoying the operator at the Bell Telephone Exchange and attempting to force an entrance.  The early
morning hours, between one and two, are chosen for the occurrences.  The Call representative accidentally learned on the matter Thursday from a company official who at the time
was making arrangements for a surprise for the offenders.  In view of the absence of night police here, the telephone company has taken the matter in its own way and will surely
deal severely with persons caught in the act.
The Call of April 26, 1918

Jackson Wortz, caretaker at the Unique Theatre, is lamenting the loss of a gold watch and chain and several pieces of jewelry.  An entrance was forced to the rear of the building
and a strong box, containing his few valuables, was rifled.  A small sum of money secreted nearby was overlooked.  Mr. Wortz could place no amount on his loss but claimed that the
watch was over fifty years old and an heirloom which he valued more than money.  His suspicions rest upon several well known youths.
The Call of April 26, 1918

A crowd of boys, residing in the vicinity of Berne Street, are finding great amusement in throwing stones and breaking window panes.  Some time Saturday or Sunday they broke
several in the Bast factory, the stones on the floor being evidence.  Manager Samuel Bast of the mill stated that this makes the fifteenth pane broken by stone throwing and he
intends to have placed under arrest, the first boy caught.  Not contented with this, the boys have nailed wire across rear gates and stable doors.
The Call of May 24, 1918

Stored in the Ebling garage and awaiting an owner is a Ford touring car that was found by Constable John Butz on the state road leading to Pottsville.  The discovery was made on
Wednesday morning.  The car has license number 106102 and is believed to have been stolen from Harrisburg.  According to information obtainable, two young men stole the car.  
They journeyed from Harrisburg to Pinegrove and then to Tremont and Minersville.  At Minersville they loaded on two girls about fifteen or sixteen years of age who were waiting for
a trolley car to Pottsville.  Instead of coming direct to Pottsville, they drove to Cressona and then started up the state road towards Pottsville.  Shortly after leaving the borough
limits, the gasoline gave out and one of the tires punctured.  It was then that the car was abandoned.  The quartet then walked to Pottsville where the two young men deserted the
girls.  Desiring to continue on their journey, they apparently same two men stole the new Ford touring car of Dr. G. H. Boone of Pottsville and left for parts unknown.  When The Call
went to press, the owner of the car at the Ebling garage had not been ascertained nor the car of Dr. Boone found.
The Call of June 14, 1918

"Pottery Row" still continues to furnish its bit of neighborly scrap and the last bit of that was Saturday last.  A Mrs. Smith, who figured in some escapade on Wednesday night last,
when it is alleged she was going to drown herself and baby, brought suit before Squire Thomas, charged a neighbor by the name of Klopp, with stealing a screen door that had been
thrown on the ash heap.  The arrest was made by the state police.  Squire Thomas settled the case by Klopp paying the cost amounting to over six dollars.
The Call of July 12, 1918

Unknown persons during the past three weeks have completely cleaned out the war garden of letter carrier William Bittle.  The garden is located in Fairmount.  The first time they
took all the radishes.  The second time they took all the beans.  On Friday night last, they pulled every turnip in the plot.  Not all of the turnips were taken along but a large number
were scattered about.  Mr. Bittle offers a reward of five dollars for information that will lead to the arrest of the guilty person or persons.  Conviction in a case of stealing from war
gardens is more severe than an ordinary case of larceny and carries a heavy fine and a jail term.
The Call of July 12, 1918

Mrs. Joseph Grief, who is probably better known as Mary Kobb, objected to her slumbers being disturbed by means of a tick tack on her front door and caused the arrest of Stella
Smith, Gussie Lloyd, William Leeser and Charles "Champ" Ney, on the charge of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.  The warrants were sworn out before Squire C. A.
Moyer on Tuesday morning and served by Constable John Butz.  At the hearing Mary presented a large brick and about thirty yards of tape such as is used by underwear mills, as
evidence of the noise made when the brick was pulled and then let go against the door.  Several witnesses were called by the prosecutor but neither one could identify any of the
defendants and the case was dismissed with the costs on the prosecutor.
The Call of July 12, 1918

Some unknown person during the past week shot at and badly wounded the pet dog of Mrs. Fred B. Reed of William Street.  The shots struck the dog on the ear and head, making a
bad wound.  These persons or person could be placed under arrest and charged with cruelty to animals.  Under the new law, a dog running at large, night or day, tagged or
untagged, can be killed and the owner compelled to bury it.  But shooting at a dog and not killing it is cruelty to animals.
The Call of August 2, 1918

Mary, not the one you read about in story books, but Mary Kline, was certainly contrary on Wednesday evening when Constable John Butz place her under arrest on the charge of
being a nuisance.  After a hearing before Squire Moyer, she was committed to the county prison in default of bail.  She was arrested in a house occupied by a man named Zerbe in
the alley near the Reading freight depot.  At the same time a man giving his name as John Smith was taken in to custody on a charge of larceny but later was allowed to go as no
evidence was produced against him.
The Call of August 23, 1918

Tuesday evening thieves entered the war garden of Daniel Greenawald near the borough limits and stole large quantities of beets, peppers, corn and beans.  They were in no
particular hurry to leave the plot and after gathering several bushels of beans, sat along the fence and shelled the same.  The hulls were discovered the next morning by Mr.
Greenawald.  He has offered a reward for the apprehension of the party or parties.
The Call of August 30, 1918

That there must have been something loose in the head of the thief that visited the stable of Mrs. Henry Sterner, in Spring Garden, Tuesday evening is evidenced by the articles he
selected for his own, namely a bushel of onions and a heavy overcoat, the latter the property of Mr. Reed.  The thief discarded a good raincoat and trousers, also the property of Mr.
Reed and never even disturbed a large number of valuable tools and other articles that were in the stable.
The Call of September 6, 1918

Cap Logan, who about two years ago received a trouncing for stealing a bottle of whiskey from a Soring Garden saloon, was placed under arrest by Constable John Butz on a charge
of vagrancy and forcing his way into homes.  Logan was quite nervy and walked about Spring Garden, visiting homes and walking right in without knocking or ringing.  He was held
for a criminal court hearing.
The Call of September 13, 1918

Eight youngsters who took a Philadelphia and Reading Railroad truck and placed it on the tracks near the "J" office, were rounded up by Company Officer Duffy.  They were ordered
to pay the costs before Squire C. A. Moyer and the squire gave each one a lecture on the dangerous prank they were indulging in.  The youngsters rounded up were Vincent
Corcoran, Mae Kehoe, Elkin Kehoe, Nicholas Bojak, Peter Bojak, Lawrence McKeon, Andrew Trumberelli and Joe Barr.
The Call of September 20, 1918

A bold attempt to steal the auto of I. H. Becker was made early Friday morning of last week.  One of the members of the Becker family was awakened about two o'clock in the morning
by noises emanating from the garage at the end of the lot.  Peering from the window she noticed four persons trying to force an entrance to the garage.  She promptly shouted to
them and they disappeared but not too soon for their identity to be mistaken.  Mr. Becker was promptly on the scene with his gun but the person beat it up Main Street towards the
railroad crossing.  Watchman Heim, hearing Mr. Becker, called to him, learned who the would be thieves were as they passed him at the gate.  Prosecutions may be brought later.  
The persons were between the ages of 16 and 18.
The Call of October 25, 1918

Irwin D. Reed, the genial and well known squire from near Summit Station, came to town, Tuesday wearing a pair of badly discolored eyes and bearing a number of marks about the
face as a result of an assault made on him by Arthur Romberger, of Berne Street.  It appears Reed was walking along the road near his farm a short distance from Summit Station.
Romberger came along on his motorcycle and the two got into an allegation over some matters.  They came to blows and it is alleged while Reed had Romberger down, the latter
grasped a stone and beat Reed in the face and eyes with it.  A hearing was held before Squire Moyer.  Romberger, in default of $500 bail was committed to jail for the next session.
The Call of November 15, 1918

Carl Whalen of Pottsville, a soldier in the service, struck Douglas Kaufman over the side of the face with a plate on Monday evening, inflicting two deep cuts that required several
stitches to close.  It appears Whalen asked for drinks and was refused by the proprietor.  He then asked for a glass of water and was given the same.  He then picked up a glass of
beer belonging to another man at the bar and emptying his own glass of water, poured the glass of beer into the empty glass.  Mr. Kaufman interfered and told him he was not going
to get any drink in his place, whereupon Kaufman was called several vile names and the next instant was struck as above mentioned.
The Call of February 14, 1919

The Berger family, residing on East Main Street, got itself into trouble on Sunday morning about two o'clock when neighbors, by reason of their carryings on, called for Officer Butz.  
Mr. Butz, in a short time, had things quieted down again.  On the charge of a nuisance and disorderly conduct, Berger was about to be sent to jail but the case was held in abeyance
upon his promise not to trouble the neighbors or local police by his actions again.
The Call of February 21, 1919

Some young boys said to be from the South Ward pulled over a new trick in connection with their breaking into the Umbenhauer store on Columbia Street.  The trick did not work out
so satisfactorily as might have been expected.  The boys, after appropriating some writing tablets, pencils and candy, wrote their names on a slip of paper and left it on the counter
of the store.  The owner of the store notified Officer Butz who visited the parents of the boys and collected the amount to cover the loss from each parent, in order to forestall
The Call of March 7, 1919