|SAVED FROM LYNCHING
|A Fiend With Evil in His Inhuman Heart
|From the front page of the Pottsville Republican of June 21, 1895
|ATTEMPT TO INJURE A LITTLE GIRL
|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
CAR ROBBERS SHOOT WATCHMAN
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
ROBBERY AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
BOLD HOLDUPS AND ROBBERY
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
BOY HIGHWAYMEN MAKE CONFESSION
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' years.
|Pottsville Republican of August 8, 1922
FORGE NOTES ON BOROUGH OFFICERS
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
BOLD HOLDUP AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
HOME IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN ROBBED
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
BLACK HAND MAIL AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
SHOOTING AT THE ROLLER RINK
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
ROBBERY AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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 IN TOWN
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
|The Call of January 13, 1894
ANOTHER BOLD AND DARING ROBBERY-FELIX'S STORE
ENTERED AND LARGE QUANTITIES OF GOODS STOLEN
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 ABOUT TOWN
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
BLACK HAND NOTICE FOUND
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
CIRCUS CAUSES NIGHT OF FIGHTING
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 ARE WITH US AGAIN
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
WOMAN ATTACKED AND GAGGED
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
|The Call of March 25, 1927
CROSS BURNING ON MAIN STREET COST $17.00
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
RAID MADE ON SLOT MACHINES
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
BOLD AND DIRTY ATTEMPT TO ROB
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
LOCAL MAN SHOT AND KILLED HIS SISTER
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
TOWN POLICE RAID BIG STILL AND CONFISCATE CONTENTS
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
THIEF BURNS LIBERTY BOND
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
YOUNG THIEVES APPREHENDED
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
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
THIEVES VISIT BERNE STREET HOME
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
LOCK STUCK, PRISONER BEAT IT
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 PAY SEVERAL HOMES A VISIT
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
OFFICER BUTZ ARRESTED MANY
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
|The Call of February 24, 1900
AL RUNKLE ARRESTED
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
MILK THIEVES CAUGHT THIS MORNING
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
VAGRANTS GET TEN DAYS IN JAIL
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
PROWLERS MAKE NIGHTS MISERABLE HERE
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
|The Call of June 29, 1917
LOCAL YOUTHFUL ROBBERS CAUGHT
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
BURGESS SUED FOR ASSAULT
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
STOLE SEVENTY HOMING PIGEONS
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
ATTEMPTED TO CHOKE TWO BOYS
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
CRUEL MURDER OF INFANT SON
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
ROBBERS TAKE CASH AND JEWELRY
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
AN EXPENSIVE SCRAP
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
LOCAL AUTOIST SENTENCED BY JUDGE KOCH
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
RECEIVED BROKEN NOSE IN NEIGHBORLY SCRAP
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 25, 1927
STOLEN PIGEONS ARE RECOVERED
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
SAYS TOO MUCH MOTHER IN LAW
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
WATCHES FATHER ATTACK CHILD
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
THIEVES BREAK INTO SCHOOL BUILDING
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 doubtful.
|The Call of June 7, 1918
TRIES DROWNING IN SIX INCHES OF WATER
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
DRUNKS AGAIN CAUSE NUISANCE
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
PICKED UP ROLL OF MONEY
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
KILLS CELL MATE - 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
ATTEMPTED TO CARVE HIS FAMILY
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
ROBBERS AT WORK
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
A LOW PIECE OF BUSINESS
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
|The Call of December 7, 1900
SPRING GARDEN HOUSE ENTERED BY THIEVES
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
|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
BOLD DAYLIGHT ROBBERY
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 justice.
|The Call of January 13, 1905
BURGLARS IN TOWN
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
LIGHTS STOLEN FROM CHRISTMAS TREE
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
CUSTARDS AND BRICK THROWN IN RUMPUS
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
FRIENDSHIP IS FICKLE
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
BAD ENDING TO A GOOD TIME
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
IN THE TOLLS
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
YOUNG AUBURN MEN ARRESTED HERE
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.
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|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
|The Call of July 12, 1907
FIRED SKY ROCKETS
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 ABOUT TOWN
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
LUNATIC AT LARGE HERE
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
ARRESTED FOR CARRYING A REVOLVER
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
SOAKED FOR THE COSTS
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
A DASTARDLY ACT
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
GIVEN A HEARING
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
BEFORE SQUIRE MOYER
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
RUNAWAY LADS CAUGHT HERE
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
COMMITTED TO JAIL
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 night fall.
|The Call of September 27, 1912
COMMITTED TO JAIL
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
ESCORTED BOYS TO PARENTS
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
LANDED AT LAST
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
JURY CENSURES SALOON MEN
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
ARRESTED GERMAN BEGGAR
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
ARRESTED FOR COMMON NUISANCE
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
CAPTURE OF THIEF CAUSES EXCITEMENT
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
FOREIGNER WANTS TO DO CARVING ACT
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
STRUCK ON HEAD WITH BASEBALL BAT
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
BURGLARS IN TOWN
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
STOLE CHICKENS IN DAYLIGHT
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
ROBBERS SCARED AWAY
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
HOME ROBBED IN DAYLIGHT
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 ATTEMPT TO ENTER HOME
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
WERE CRUEL TO CHILDREN
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
LOCAL GIRL LURED TO READING
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
GYPSIES STEAL FROM LOCAL MERCHANT
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
STITZER CAFE ROBBED
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
MISCREANTS BREAK INTO CANDY FACTORY
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
HELD FOR COURT FOR BEATING UP BAND MEMBERS
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
ASSAULT ON MAIN STREET
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
|The Call of February 23, 1917
BOYS DRUNK ON STOLEN BOOZE
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
|The Call of March 23, 1917
ARRESTED FOR STEALING WATER
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
|The Call of March 30, 1917
BOLD ATTEMPT AT HORSE STEALING
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
TRIED TO SKIP OUT WITH $100
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
ADMIRER REMAINS UNTIL A LATE HOUR
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
ORWIGSBURG MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON
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
BROKE INTO CANAL STREET HOME
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
LOCAL WOMAN SERIOUSLY CHARGED
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
STOLE DIAMOND RINGS - IN JAIL
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
THREATENED TO CUT TOWN WOMAN'S THROAT
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
BOYS CONFESS TO MANY THEFTS
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 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
ARRESTED FOR BREAKING QUARANTINE
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
BURGLAR SCARE ON COLUMBIA STREET
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
USED PITCHFORK TO CHASE BERRY PICKERS
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
EIGHT YEAR OLD GIRL ASSAULTED
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
STATE POLICE RAID ALLEGED BAWDY HOUSE HERE
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
THIEVES VISIT MAIN STREET STORES
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
BOLD ATTEMPT MADE TO ROB MELLON SHOE STORE
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 reception.
|The Call of July 4, 1919
ATTEMPT MADE TO ROB TEMPERANCE PLANT
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
|The Call of July 11, 1919
CHICKEN THIEF CAUGHT
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
|The Call of July 18, 1919
SERIOUSLY CHARGED IN NOW IN HOSPITAL
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
HOLDUP MEN OPERATING AT CONNORS
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 working 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
|The Call of July 18, 1919
$200 TAKEN FROM SAFE OF LOCAL STORE
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
ARRESTED SUNDAY MORNING
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
ARRESTED FOR THEFT
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 Garden.
|The Call of January 30, 1920
BROKE LOCAL QUARANTINE LAW
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
KIDNAPPED BOY HOME AGAIN
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 ACTIVE IN SPRING GARDEN - Shoes and Ham Stolen
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 BUSY ON SAINT JOHN STREET
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 TAKE LIKING TO WORKING CLOTHES
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
PEEPING TOM CAUGHT IN ACT
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
THIEVES VISIT COUNTY ALMSHOUSE
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
ALLEGED BAWDY HOUSE RAIDED
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
|The Call of September 24, 1920
STOLEN AUTO DOWN MOUNTAIN
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
|The Call of October 8, 1920
DEMENTED WOMAN CAUSES STIR
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
CLOAK WOMAN OR
WOMEN VISIT THE TOWN
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
|The Call of February 18, 1921
CLOAK WOMAN GIVEN A BEATING
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
|These stories printed in consecutive weeks offer a strange story of a "cloak woman".....
|The Call of February 18, 1921
THIEVES VISITED WEST WARD CELLAR
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
POLICE OFFICER GIVEN A COLORED EYE
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
ROBBERS ARE BUSY HERE
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 burned.
|The Call of June 17, 1921
HELPED IN LOCAL ROBBERIES
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 expected.
|The Call of June 24, 1921
ADDITIONAL ARRESTS OF ROBBERY CHARGES
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
ROBBERY CHARGES DISMISSED
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
|The Call of July 1, 1921
ALMOST CAUGHT SAINT JOHN STREET ROBBERS
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
STOLEN AUTO WAS RECOVERED
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
MADE AWAY WITH LOCKED AUTO
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
WAS SENT TO REFORMATORY
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
GOOD TIME ON TEN DOLLARS CUT SHORT
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
THIEVES EAT LUNCH IN HOME
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
POSTMASTER'S CAR STOLEN BY YOUTH
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
BOJACK MAY BE SENT TO REFORMATORY
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.
|Just added are the final stories in the
Martin Peifer case. This was the first
murder in Schuylkill Haven when he killed
his wife in 1850.
|The Call of March 2, 1923
DOG OWNERS ARRESTED THIS WEEK
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 VISIT FREDDIE'S POOL ROOM
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
UKELELE AND BOTTLES FIGURE IN FIGHT
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
|The Call of August 24, 1923
ARREST TRAFFIC COP FOR ASSAULT
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 on Reichert 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
SALOONMEN IN WRONG WITH LAW
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
ARRESTED FOR HAVING GAMBLING MACHINES
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
|The Call of November 2, 1923
FINED FOR THREATENING TO SHOOT
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
|The Call of March 21, 1924
GAMBLING MACHINES CONFISCATED AND RETURNED AGAIN
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
HORSE SHOT BY UNKNOWN PERSONS
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 STEAL TIRES FROM GARAGE
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
ARMY DESERTERS NABBED HERE
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 ROBBERS GET AWAY WITH CASH
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
THIEVES IN CHURCH SUNDAY EVENING
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 AGAIN BUSY HERE SUNDAY NIGHT
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
BOLD THIEF INSISTS ON RADIO CONCERT
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
THIEF STEALS THIRTY DOLLARS
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
ARREST MADE FOR LOCAL THEFTS
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
STEAL $80 FROM TWO SAINT JOHN STREET HOMES
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
LOCAL WOMEN IDENTIFY STOLEN PROPERTY
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
LOCAL HOTEL RAIDED WITH THIRTEEN OTHERS IN COUNTY
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
SUDDEN DEATH OF JOHN BUTZ
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
AUTOIST CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND BATTERY
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 TAKE $105 FROM BUREAU DRAWER
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
THIEVES ENTER EAST MAIN STREET HOME
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
THIEVES VISIT DR. LESSIG'S HOME
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
HUSBAND KICKED WIFE IN STOMACH
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
ARRESTED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT
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
ATTEMPT MADE TO FIRE NEW DANCE FLOOR
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
SELLING BANANAS AT TEN P. M. COSTS HUCKSTER $10.00
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
DESERTER ESCAPES FROM CELL
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
DESERTER IS TAKEN BY LOCAL OFFICERS
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
STOLE TURKEYS AND CHICKENS FROM COUNTY INSTITUTION
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
BOYS ABANDON STOLEN MACHINE
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
POLICE CATCH BRASS AND PIE THIEVES
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
JAILED FOR ROBBERY AT LOCAL MILL
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 WERE CAUGHT IN ACT BY POLICE CHIEF
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 Call of January 4, 1929
BURGLAR FOUND IN PASTOR'S HOME
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
"FORGOTTEN RELATIVE" TRIPPED AND IS JAILED
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
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN POLICE SAVE WOMAN'S DIAMOND RING
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
FORGOTTEN RELATIVE GETS JAIL SENTENCE
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
MAY GO TO COURT OVER COON DOG
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
ANOTHER SCHUYLKILL HAVEN HOTEL RAIDED
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 result.
|The Call of August 2, 1929
BANK CLERK HELD ON EMBEZZLEMENT
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 following stories relate the hit and run crime killing Francis Stump and the arrest of the perpetrator....
|The Call of August 9, 1929
FOUND DEAD ALONG THE STATE ROAD
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 the funeral director.
|The Call of August 16, 1929
ARRESTED AS HIT AND RUN DRIVER
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
THIEVES DISCOVERED IN CELLAR
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
SEVERAL PEEPING TOMS ABOUT TOWN
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
TOOK MONEY FROM MILK BOTTLES
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
MAN WHO KILLED SISTER DECLARED INSANE
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
OFFICERS RAID LOCAL HOTEL
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
LOCAL GAMBLING JOINT IS RAIDED
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
BRESSLER SALOON WAS RAIDED
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
STOLE CHICKS AND FED THEM TO PIGS
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
DRUGGED AND ROBBED OF PAY
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
DISTURBING THE PEACE
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
|Pottsville Republican of July 21, 1886
CHARGED WITH ADULTERY
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
BADER PAYS THE CASH
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
THOSE TWO NAUGHTY GIRLS
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
|Pottsville Republican of August 2, 1889
A BRUTAL OUTRAGE
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
|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
TWO STABBED IN STREET FIGHT
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
HAVEN BURGLARS STILL ACTIVE
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
TROUBLE WITH TRESPASSERS
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 that he could no longer bear it.
|Pottsville Republican of January 19, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN GIRL CAUGHT WITH NEGROES
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
ROBBED THE CELLAR
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
TO BE TRIED FOR MURDER
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
A CUTTING AFFRAY
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
ROBBERY AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
BEFORE THE SQUIRES
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
ASSAULTED BY THE NIGHT WATCHMAN
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
THE ALMSHOUSE SCRAP
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.
|Two successive articles give different versions of a scrap at the Almshouse
|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
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
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. 1
|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
RIOTING AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
|Pottsville Republican of August 18, 1873
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
|Pottsville Republican of December 11, 1894
A LUNATIC ESCAPES ! HE EVADES THE VIGILANCE OF THE INSANE KEEPER
ISHMAEL ROGERS WAS RECAPTURED
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
WOMEN RAN AWAY SCANTILY CLAD
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.
|The Call of January 10, 1930
BANK CLERK MUST SERVE TWO YEARS
Elmer Moyer of Schuylkill Haven was sentenced to serve not less than two years or more than seven years by Judge Hicks, Tuesday
afternoon on several charges growing out of his connection with the State Bank of Schuylkill Haven. Evidence against Mr. Moyer was
presented to a crowded courtroom by the state bank examiner. V. J. Dalton, Moyer's attorney, made a strong plea direct to the court
for leniency, reviewing the facts of Moyer, aged twenty four, being married and father of two children, son of parents always held in
high repute, of the character of the defendant, himself, of his eight five dollar per month salary, regarding his habits, etc.
Judge Hicks, before sentencing Moyer, reviewed the case and commented on the plea made by his attorney but stated that judges
are chosen to administer the law and that the law must be upheld. He took occasion to remark that so very frequently not until after a
crime is committed is thought given to its after effects upon and the sorrow brought upon the parents, relatives and loved ones. The
court took occasion to interrogate Moyer as to what he did with the money taken, as to whether he gambled, drove an auto etc.
Moyer replied he could not remember just what the money went for outside living expenses, excepting the sum of four hundred
dollars invested in stocks and which took a drop after he had purchased.
Moyer was sentenced on three charges: on the charge of forgery in the sum of one hundred dollars on a check of Sam Mature, he
was given the costs, a fine of one dollar and not more than one and one half years or less than six months. On the charge of
embezzlement of $621 he was sentenced to a fine of one dollar, the costs and to serve not more than two years or less than one year.
The two sentences to run concurrently. On the charge of making false entries in items approximating $690, he was sentenced to the
costs, a fine of one dollar and not less than one year or more than five years, this sentence to begin at the end of the other
sentences. He is also to return to the bank the amount of the sum involved, being $1321.50.
There was deep silence in the large courtroom as the words of the sentence fell from the judge's lips. Moyer, standing in front of the
bar, swayed slightly, but did not collapse. The grief stricken wife came to his side as he was about to be led from the courtroom by a
deputy sheriff. He began his sentence shortly thereafter. Number of Schuylkill Haven persons were called before the court to attest
to the character of the defendant.
|The Call of January 10, 1930
HELD FOR POSSESSING LIQUOR
As a result of the hearing before Commissioner Reese of Tamaqua on Saturday, A E. Meitzler of Schuylkill Haven, was held under
$3000 bail on the charges of possessing and maintaining the devices for the manufacturing of intoxicating beverages. He will be
given a hearing at a later date before the Federal Court. Meitzler denied all knowledge of what the building was being used for,
claiming and submitting in evidence a lease signed and executed before Squire Fred Reed on November 1st and witnessed by Elmer
Schaeffer, that the building was leased by him, Meitzler, to a party by the name of Plank, a resident of Atlantic City. He denied all
knowledge of the existence of a still in this building. Meitzler was represented by Attorney J. Rothstine
|The Call of January 10, 1930
BALLPLAYER WHO SKIPPED BAIL BOND BROUGHT BACK
Kenneth Simondinger of Philadelphia, charged with skipping his bail bond in an assault and battery case, was placed under arrest last
Saturday and brought back to Schuylkill Haven upon a capias issued by Judge Hicks, in favor of Harry Schumacher of Schuylkill Haven,
who went on Simondinger's bond. The assault by Simondinger occurred at a ballgame at Connor's, August 11, 1921, between the
Cressona Tigers and Cumbola, when during the fourth inning, Simondinger was hit in the ribs by a pitched ball. Words were
exchanged and after taking first base, he was enraged after being caught off the bag that he struck the first baseman Devlin upon the
jaw, breaking that member. S only a mere accident that Mr. Schumacher learned of the whereabouts of Simondinger after all efforts of
police and detectives had failed. It was through the reading of a newspaper account of an auto accident in which Simondinger had
figured, that his address in Philadelphia was learned. Schumacher, having obtained a capias from the court, it was turned over by the
sheriff to the local officers to bring him back to the county. This was done late Saturday evening.
|The Call of February 7, 1930
DISORDERLY CONDUCT COSTS $25
It cost a forty year old man of Schuylkill Haven just twenty five dollars fine and five dollars costs for disorderly conduct on charges
brought before Squire Kline, upon complaint of parents of a fifteen year old girl of Schuylkill Haven. Other and more serious charges
which would have sent the man's case to court were held up for the time being. Names are withheld from publication only because of
the possible embarrassment that would have to be borne by a daughter attending high school in another town. The police for the
past month and a half have had complaints from five different women, several being young girls, about the man indecently exposing
himself before them and making insulting remarks. In each case, however, the complaintants refused absolutely to appear as
witnesses against the man. At the hearing, when presented with these complaints by the authorities, he admitted his guilt. The
circumstances surrounding the case of the fifteen year old girl were to the effect that about seven o'clock in the evening the fellow
grabbed the girl by the arm and insisted that she take a walk with him. The girl broke away, but at Union Street was held up on
account of a passing coal train. On the other side of the railroad, she was again grabbed hold of, but broke away again. Later other
members of her family came up town with her and the girl identified the man.
|The Call of March 28, 1930
GOT SIX MONTHS FOR OPERATING STILL IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
On the charge of manufacturing and possessing intoxicating liquor, brought by authorities of Schuylkill Haven against A. E. Meitzler,
Philip Cappelino and Isadore Rubin, all were found not guilty excepting Cappelino. The case came before the Federal Court in
Philadelphia the fore part of the week. All three, when arraigned, pleaded not guilty and the hearing of evidence had been started.
After a sidebar conference, it was decided that Cappelino should enter a plea of guilty. That was done. It was then decided that each
one of the three be tried separately. The jury was then directed to bring in a verdict of not guilty against Meitzler on account of his
not having been on the premises at the time of the raid by local authorities. On Cappelino's plea of guilty, he was sentenced to serve
six months and pay a fine of one hundred dollars. On the case of Rubin, the jury which retired Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock,
brought in a verdict of not guilty. Little evidence was permitted to be presented by the local authorities. The case grew out of the
discovery of Police Chief Deibert, of a still in operation at the rear of the premises of the Meitzler garage early in December and the
raiding of the same by the local authorities assisted by Federal men.
|The Call of June 27, 1930
MOUNTAIN GAMING PLACE RAIDED
The building on top of the Schuylkill Mountain, outside the borough of Schuylkill Haven, which in years gone by was used as a
blacksmith shop, was raided early on Sunday morning by County Detective Buono, assisted by Schuylkill Haven authorities. As a
result, the proprietor, Benjamin Reber, was required to pay a fine and costs amounting to $19.60 on the charge of setting up and
maintaining gambling devices. The charges were preferred by County Detective Buono before Squire Kline.
The raid was the result of many complaints that have been lodged with the Schuylkill Haven authorities. These complaints have been
of various natures, some being concerning drunkenness of boys and men, and there being some coming down the mountain road,
complaints from mothers about their girls being insulted and threatened. A checkup and investigation convinced the authorities that
all was not as it should be on top of the mountain. Recently a young girl from Berne Street was found on the mountain almost nude,
her clothing having been stripped from by unknown young men who assaulted her. The officers at the Reber place found several
bottles which were said to have contained whiskey, several bottles of gin and two tubs of iced bottled beer. The gambling device
taken in the raid was destroyed by the local authorities, and the money therein, amounting to about thirty four dollars was turned over
to the Red Cross of Schuylkill Haven.
|The Call of June 27, 1930
DEMENTED MAN CONFINED HERE
Tuesday afternoon, Officer Deibert was called to Spring Garden, where he found one Joseph Linert, of Republica, Fayette County,
Pennsylvania, acting very strangely. He had made a purchase at one of the stores and refused to accept the change and threatened
to shoot the proprietor if he offered him the change. It was found the man was without a gun and after being taken to the town hall,
definite evidence was given as to his mind being unbalanced. He created quite a nuisance in the town hall. He was successful in
putting his fist through seven panes of glass from his cell. Late on Tuesday evening, the nuisance created was of the nature that he
had to be removed to the county prison. He had on his person a driver's card and auto license. His car was later found abandoned in
Tamaqua on June 15th. His relatives were communicated with through the police department and his wife and two other relatives
came on. They abandoned their idea of having him accompany them home after interviewing the man. As a result they had Officer
Bubeck accompany them to their home in their car, the party leaving on Thursday morning. The man will be confined to an institution
in his home county.
|The Call of October 10, 1930
ARRESTS WILL BE MADE FOR PRE-HALLOWEEN PRANKS
This is the month in which Halloween is celebrated. Few residents of Schuylkill Haven need to be told or advised of this fact. They
already know the Halloween season is here. This because of the unusual activity and deviltry shown by the younger folks. However,
from all accounts, the tricks of the youngsters are being played upon a scale that has already brought dozens and dozens of protests
from citizens and property owners. Stones are hurled at front doors, youngsters are thrown or pushed into hedges, garbage pails are
upset, automobiles "soaped" and "chalked", fences and sides of houses marked with crayons, etc. It would require quite a bit of
space to describe some of the depredations and carryings on that have already become popular and have been carried to extremes.
The police find it difficult to catch those guilty of the destructive and annoying practices. It is understood that the extra policemen of
the department are to be put into extra service immediately and there is going to be a grand surprise for someone.
A number of property owners, whose property has been damaged in some way or another, have declared they will prosecute to the
limit if they themselves or the police can lay hold of the guilty persons. The police have announced that, while they would ordinarily
hesitate to make arrests for the usual Halloween pranks round and about the Halloween period, the young folks have themselves
spoiled it by their unusual destructive and altogether too previous Halloween tricks. From this date on, arrests and prosecutions will
be made on the charge of creating a nuisance. This charge carries with it fines ranging up to twenty five dollars for each offense.
The Police department wishes the Call to set forth plainly the facts as above given. The Police Department also desires the
cooperation of parents in warning their children of what the consequences are going to be and to urge them to refrain from the
altogether too destructive Halloween stunts. This warning is issued to parents in good faith for it is the parent who usually is
required to pay the fines. Arrests will be made of all offenders and with all arrests will go a hearing before the squire and the
resultant fine. Citizens and police are agreed that drastic action must be immediately taken in order to prevent wholesale heavy
damage to private and public property alike.
|The Call of October 10, 1930
JEWELRY STORE ROBBERY A BOLD ONE
As details of the robbery of the J. L. Price Jewelry Company jewelry store, last Friday morning, are being made public, the robbery
proves itself to have been an unusually bold one. It occurred about four o'clock Friday morning. It is believed the same pair that
robbed this store, robbed a jewelry store in Mauch Chunk early in the week, using the same method of breaking the display window
glass, namely, a brick. Several Schuylkill Haven persons noticed the automobile, a complete description having been obtained,
standing on Saint peter Street, pointed toward Union. The rear of the car was over the crossing on Main Street. The engine had been
left racing and one of the thieves evidently remained in the car while the other broke the window and robbed it of its contents. Dr. L.
D. Heim is said to have noticed the car and occupants. Miss Carrie Bowman also noticed the car, being attracted by the noise of the
motor of the car. Agnew Fisher passed by on his way to work and noticed but one of the occupants of the car. That the thieves
headed toward Reading is evidenced by the fact that empty jewelry boxes bearing the firm name were found along the highway at
Pine Dale and also a number on top of the Red Church hill.
|The Call of October 10, 1930
THIEVES STEAL LOCAL AUTO
Thieves, last Friday evening, stole the Chevrolet coupe belonging to Ira Imboden of Centre Avenue, and abandoned it at Orwigsburg
for the auto truck of Butcher Wuchter and in turn abandoned this near the Sanitarium in Hamburg. The first notification the Schuylkill
Haven police had of the affair was when Charles Snayberger of Centre Avenue told them of his experience. It was to the effect that
upon hearing a noise at his garage, he investigated and was confronted by two men, one of whom held a revolver and ordered him
into the house. The officers, assisted by several of the Highway patrol, quickly went to the scene and surrounded the particular
square. The thieves, however, had gotten out of that particular section, crossed the street and broke into the garage of earl Hunter.
His car was locked so they could not move it. The Imboden garage, however, was unlocked as one of their cars had just been driven
out. Report is to the effect that Charles Borda also residing on Centre Avenue was surprised Saturday morning to find a road map
spread out on the seat of the car in his garage. Albert Lengle also found the doors of his garage open the next morning, instead of
being locked as usual. Up to this time, no trace of the thieves has been picked up.
|The Call of October 10, 1930
TOWN WOMAN HELD UP AND ROBBED
A bold holdup of Miss Bridget Gray was staged on Saturday evening about 11:30 at a point near the railroad bridge near Main Street.
The holdup men relieved Miss Gary of the change in her handbag with the exception of three cents, which they returned to her and
insultingly told her to put in the church collection next morning. Miss Gray was returning to her home on the West Ward when at a
point where a pathway along the railroad tracks joins with a pathway to the houses in that section, she was confronted by two men.
The shadow of boxcars nearby prevented her from getting a good description of the men, although there was bright moonlight. They
first asked Miss Gray for a match, then a cigarette and then the price for cigarettes. They were rather flippant in their remarks and
finally demanded her handbag and after examining its contents, removed a sum of money from a small purse. They were later joined
by two more men and the four surrounded her. They inquired where she lived and then told her to get going. As she turned to leave,
another two came toward her at the foot of the embankment. These two were intoxicated and they were assisted up the bank by the
other four. The police were not notified of the holdup until late Monday evening.
|The Call of November 14, 1930
HIS PAROLE CAME TO AN ABRUPT END
By his own actions, the three year parole of Paul Bensinger, twenty six, of Schuylkill Haven, came to an abrupt end this week.
Bensinger had served two years of a five year sentence for being implicated some time ago in the theft of wire. He had been on
parole for a year. He latter part of last week, the theft of the coin boxes or cans of the Salvation Army were reported from the Plaza
Restaurant, the Schuylkill haven candy Kitchen and Michel's Confectionery Store. Officer Bubeck, within a short time after the theft of
the box from the first named business place, found the can on the person of Bensinger. He confessed to the theft and also
confessed to taking the can from Michel's earlier in the evening and breaking it open on Wilson Street and extracting the coins, four
cents. That of the Plaza Restaurant contained twenty four cents. He denied having taken the can from the Candy Kitchen. Bensinger
was turned over to the Probation Officer with the result that he was again remanded to the county jail to serve the balance of his
term, three years.
|The Call of January 9, 1931
POLICE GET ARTICLES TAKEN FROM LOCAL MILL
By unusually clever and tactful work as well as a great amount of it, the Schuylkill Haven police located the loot taken from the Thomas
Knitting Mill on Wednesday, December 31st. It consisted of silk and cotton underwear and was located in a home in Pottsville. The
supposed thieves, sons of the family wherein the loot was found, have not been home since the robbery. Their whereabouts is said
to be unknown but the local police expect to take them in hand very soon. The two, after the theft, did not go to any great effort to
conceal the stolen goods. Most of the pieces of underwear could be identified by the Thomas Mill label on the same. Then too, the
two cardboard boxes in which the goods had been placed were those that at one time had been shipped to the Thomas Mill and bore
the name and address.
Entry to the mill was made by forcing one of the cellar windows and after once inside, the thieves worked with little concern of being
discovered. They gave the office a complete ransacking, opening desk drawers and scattering papers and supplies. In the stock
room and about the mill many boxes of underwear were opened and the garments left in them. This is believed due to the fact that
search was being made for certain sizes. However, as the Thomas Mill manufactures garments for women and boys, they procured
evidently very little that they desired. The thieves found a number of boxes of candy in the office, surplus packages from the gifts
Mr. Thomas gave to the employees. These boxes were given due attention and the wrappers about each piece of candy were
scattered about the mill. Their sweet tooth proved their undoing, for by reason of their discarding some of the confection near
Connor's Crossing, the police were enabled to pick up a clue which led to the recovery of the goods.
|The Call of March 6, 1931
MILL ROBBERS GET JAIL SENTENCE
Mike Welsky and Peter Kerezsi, both of Pottsville, were sentenced to jail by the court this week for the robbery of the Thomas Knitting
Mill in Schuylkill Haven. The former stood trial and was found guilty byte jury and was given thirteen months and a fine of one dollar
and costs of the stolen goods. Kerezsi pleaded guilty and drew a sentence of nine months to three years together with a fine of one
dollar and restoration of the value of the goods. The case was bitterly fought and was listened to by a courtroom packed to the
doors. Cyril Kilker, recently admitted to the Schuylkill County Bar, was appointed attorney to represent the defendants. In his
defense he was assisted by his father, Attorney M. A. Kilker and Attorney Cyrus Palmer. Attorney Gallagher represented the District
Attorney's office. The charge was brought by Burgess Scott of Schuylkill Haven.
The evidence produced and the witnesses furnished wove a clear cut case about both men. The case was given to the jury on
Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock and a verdict was arrived at several hours thereafter. Upon presentation to the court of the
verdict, a motion was made to have a new trail for Welsky. This plea was later withdrawn byte trio of legal lights, representing the
defendant. Judge Houck then pronounced sentence. In connection with this case, the District Attorney's office highly commended
the Schuylkill Haven police officers for the splendid manner in which the case had been prepared and handled throughout. It will be
remembered that the only clue to the robbery the officers had was the statement by a local resident of having seen someone walking
up the railroad with a bundle or box early on the morning of the robbery. With this small bit of information, the officers set out and
after scouring the railroad section they came upon small scraps of a post card and some candy on the highway near Connor. Piecing
the postcard together they noted the address to whom it was sent. But upon calling at the address in Pottsville, little information was
at first obtainable. Considerable additional work was necessary. Neither of the two men suspected could be located in Pottsville.
Some of the stolen goods were finally found at the home of one of the men and upon his return to Pottsville, he was picked up and
when confronted with the evidence, confessed. The second man was taken several weeks ago but stoutly denied all knowledge of
the theft although charged with it by his partner. It required several hours of sever grueling on February 16th before any kind of a
confession was obtainable.
|The Call of July 10, 1931
FIVE PAY FINES FOR TRESPASS
In a suit for trespass this week, brought by James Rooney, five men each paid ten dollars and costs after being found guilty by Squire
Kline before whom the case was heard, Wednesday of this week. Squire Kline's office had the appearance of a courtroom with many
witnesses and others in attendance. The case was one of trespass brought against Wilson Hollenbach, Alvin Messer, James Gallo,
Francis Ginter and Constable Michael McKeone. These men were employed by the Buechley Lumber Company to build a shed. The
shed, when completed, was carried onto a piece of land in the West Ward, the ownership of which is in dispute. Mr. Rooney claimed
he purchased the land from the Reading Company and held a deed for it. The Buechley firm also purchased land from the Reading
Company, situated in the West Ward and claimed ownership of the land. The prosecutor was represented by Attorney V. J. Dalton,
while Attorney Joseph Moyer represented the defendants who were employed by the Buechley firm. All the defendants furnished
bond pending an appeal being taken to court from the decision of the Squire.
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|The Call of August 14, 1931
WOMAN ATTACKED BY FRESH AGENT
During the week, a married woman residing on Main Street, Schuylkill Haven, was attacked in her house by a magazine solicitor who
forced his way into the home, when the woman answered the knock at the door. After presenting his story about obtaining a certain
number of magazines for a specified price, the man deliberately insulted the woman and followed up the insults by an attack. The man
was warded off but chased the woman through the home and terrified at his threatening attitude, told him to come back within a half
hour. The fellow was back within the half hour but the woman then had all doors and windows securely locked and entrance could not
be gained. Friday, there were four men working in Orwigsburg and one of their number, it was expected, would be placed under
arrest before the end of the day and brought to Schuylkill Haven for identification by the woman. It so happened that the Schuylkill
Haven police, at the time of the attack, were within a short distance of the house. They were not notified until several hours after the
attack for the woman had no phone and was fearful to leave her home until the husband returned.
|The Call of January 15, 1932
ROBBER TAKES CASH IN TWO HOMES
Two robberies have been reported during the week to the police of Schuylkill Haven and every evidence points to the one and same
thief operating at both houses. Two places were entered and ransacked from top to bottom but the only article taken was money. At
the William Bolton home on Union Street several dollars in change was picked up ands at the Miles Crossley home on Stanton Street,
$4.35 was taken. It is believed cash money is all that the thief is after, for at the Crossley home, three rings valued at $1,000, were
pushed aside in order to obtain the cash. Several coins of ancient coinage were not taken as the thief, perhaps, well knew that to
exchange them would result in his arrest.
The thief takes every precaution. Bolton property, all the shades on both the first and second floors were drawn. In order to
accomplish this, several plants had to be removed from the window sill. Drawers in the dining room and upstairs rooms were pulled
open and ransacked. The contents however were again returned and the drawers closed. However, some edges of articles were left
protruding and this fact and that of the blinds having been drawn led to the immediate discovery that the home had been visited,
promptly upon the return of the members of the Bolton family. Similar conditions were discovered at the Crossley home and in both
cases the families declare all doors had been securely locked. No evidence can be found of any windows being forced, therefore, it
is believed a skeleton or master key is being used.
In two other parts of town come reports of a prowler in the neighborhood. At one home was left evidence of numerous burned
matches on the porch. At another place, the thief happened to be disturbed and beat it across the back fence. At the Bolton home, a
neighbor noticed an auto stop and a man get out and walk up the street and later return and drive away. The general public is asked
to cooperate with the police in immediately notifying them of any strange characters loitering in the neighborhood and also to
immediately get in touch with the department in the event they find their home has been visited, ransacked or robbed.
|The Call of June 9, 1933
ALLEGED CRUEL CHILD TREATMENT
Pleading guilty to the charge of disorderly conduct, Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Reed of Penn Street, were Tuesday evening before
Squire Klahr, fined the sum of one dollar and costs. The charges of assault and battery upon their three year old daughter was
withdrawn. The case was the result of complaint having been made by neighbors and persons visiting in the neighborhood to the
Police Department. Burgess Scott preferred the charges. Miss McCaffery of the Child Welfare Association, of Pottsville, was present
at the hearing. A number of neighbors who promised to testify were also present at the hearing. Upon Mr. and Mrs. Reed pleading
guilty after the charge was read, no evidence was taken. The second charge was then withdrawn. Neighbors, on Sunday, called
Officer Deibert to investigate alleged cruel treatment to the three year old child. t was made that the child's hands were tied behind
her back and the child tied to a radiator. When Officer Deibert arrived he found the child was crying but was not tied. Deep marks on
the arms were in evidence, however, and supposedly were made by the rope or cord or whatever was used to tie the hands behind
the back. Misconduct on the part of the child was given by the mother as the reason for this method of chastisement. Miss
McCaffery, however, warned the parents that the organization she represents would take the matter in charge if there were any more
reports along this line.
|The Call of February 2, 1934
POLICE RAID PLACE FOR GAMBLING AND FIND SIXTEEN ON HAND
The Theodore Umbenhauer place of business on Columbia Street was raided on Sunday evening by the Schuylkill Haven police, on
the complaint of parents and other persons that gambling was being followed. On the charge of setting up and maintaining devices,
to which Umbenhauer pleaded guilty, he was fined $14.00 and costs. The charges were brought by Burgess Scott and were heard
before Squire Klahr about 12:30 o'clock, Monday morning. The most serious charge against Umbenhauer was in fact a double charge,
namely that of selling beer without a license and also of selling on Sunday, was presented by County Detective Ferns. At the hearing
before Squire Klahr, Umbenhauer was held under bail for appearance at court. At the hearing, a number of frequenters of the
Umbenhauer place testified they had purchased beer on Sunday. District Attorney Enterline announced during the week, that the
double charge of selling beer without a license and selling on Sunday, was the first of its kind to be preferred in Schuylkill County.
The raid took place about 9:30 o'clock and was the direct result of a number of complaints received by the Burgess from parents and
other persons regarding large sums of money that were lost in the gambling at the Umbenhauer place of business. The gambling
room is on the second floor of a small frame building on Columbia Street, between Charles and saint James Streets. The first floor
room is used as a store, connected with the first floor storeroom and communicating to the gambling room was an ingenious electric
signal system intended to warn of the appearance of officers. Police Chief Deibert and Officers Bubeck and Singer visited the place
and found fifteen men and boys and the proprietor in the second story room playing cards at a number of tables. In this same room
was found a bar and beer on tap. In another rear room on the second floor was found a half barrel of beer.
The entire party was taken to the town hall in the bus of Charles Faust. The name of each person was taken and all were ordered to
report for a hearing at Squire Klahr's at 12:30 o'clock on Monday morning. Officer Bashore was kept at the Umbenhauer place and
County Detectives were called and Detectives Buono and ferns soon put in an appearance and ordered all of the bar fixtures and
other equipment used in connection with the sale of beer taken to the town hall. In addition, two slot machines were lifted by the
local authorities and removed to the town hall.
|The Call of April 6, 1934
ARRESTED FOR SELLING WITHOUT LICENSE
Charles Geschwindt was placed under arrest, Sunday evening, by local officers for operating a speakeasy, saloon, or what not, on
Garfield avenue without a license. The raid was engineered by Officers Deibert, Singer and Bashore, and apparently was complete in
every detail for the amount of goods, wet and dry, was sufficient to require a large auto truck to move it to town hall. There were four
and one half barrels of wine, about two hundred gallons together with thirteen cases of home brew, brought into the town hall. One
of the barrels had the bung knocked out of it and on Monday morning, and for some time during the week, the entire building had the
odor of a combined brewery and saloon. Twenty six cases of empty bottles were also brought in and stored in the basement.
Charges were preferred by the District Attorney's office for selling intoxicating liquor on Sunday and for selling without a license.
Squire Kline held Geschwindt on bail for appearance in court. This is the second place raided in Schuylkill Haven within a short
period on the charges of operating and selling illegally. As the report of the state Liquor Board shows only five places in Schuylkill
Haven are operating with licenses, and as there are known to be other saloons or combination saloons or restaurants in operation
here, additional raids and arrests through the District Attorney's office and state authorities can be expected any day or night.
|The Call of April 13, 1934
CAUGHT PROWLER IN THEIR CELLAR
Early last Friday morning, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Mauer of Hickory and Coal Streets, Schuylkill Haven, were awakened about one o'clock by
an unusual noise in the cellar of their home. Upon hasty investigation, there was unmistakable evidence of a prowler in the cellar.
Armed with a revolver, Mrs. Maurer opened the cellar door and was about to go down into the same when her husband detained her.
A command was then given to the unknown marauder or marauders to come out or be shot. Without much hesitancy, a form came into
view and was covered. The local police were summoned and took charge of the matter. Friday, shortly before noon, before Squire
Kline, Paul Bensinger of East Liberty Street admitted being guilty to breaking and entering, but claimed he must have done so not
knowing what he was doing. To the police, he admitted being the person they have been looking for, for some time, on complaints of
prowling about in yards, on porches, etc. Sentence was suspended and the charges referred to court, as Bensinger was out on
parole following his conviction in connection with the wire thefts of some years ago, also the theft of Salvation Army boxes here, two
|The Call of June 8, 1934
FIENDISH ATTACK ON EIGHT YEAR OLD GIRL
On the charge of assault and battery, rape and sodomy, Fred Holzer of North Manheim Township, residing in the Schuylkill Mountain
valley, was committed to jail without bail by Squire Kline, Wednesday evening, following a hearing of the charges preferred by the
local authorities. The victim was an eight year old girl, also a resident of North Manheim Township. Holzer gave his age as fifty years
old and unmarried. The attack, one of the most brazen, fiendish and horrible in local police records, was perpetrated on Wednesday
afternoon about four o'clock. The child was returning from a store in Schuylkill Haven where she had gone on an errand for her
mother. Halfway up the Schuylkill mountain Road, and walking along unsuspecting the intent of Holzer, she noticed him seated on the
fence railing a short distance ahead of her. Just as she passed him, Holzer grabbed her by the arm and dragged her over the bank,
which is rather steep at that point. Marks on the girls neck indicate that he attempted to stifle her outcries by a brutal hand. The girl
must also have been struck viciously in the eye and across the face, for within an hour after the attack, the girl's right eye was
swollen almost even with her nose. Two large lumps were on her forehead. Her legs were badly scratched from the brush through
which she was dragged. The child's clothing was almost in tatters when she reached home. The parents of the girl were horrified
when she stumbled into the home and it was with some difficulty at first that a coherent story could be gained from the child's lips.
She suffered greatly from fright. The parents hurried the child to a local physician, who, upon examination found the child had been
fiendishly attacked and may have been internally injured. The physician gained the confidence of the child and obtained a number of
details of the horrible crime. The parents then took the child to the local authorities and a further story of the crime with more
harrowing details was learned. Officer Deibert was quickly sent to the man's home, where he promptly placed him under arrest
without much ceremony. Holzer denied all knowledge of the crime. He was brought to the squire's office where the girl readily
identified him as her attacker.
|The Call of July 20,1934
LOCAL MAN HELD FOR PASSING COUNTERFEIT MONEY
Ernest Ruzzoti of Schuylkill Haven, stepson of Gabul Luongo, Saint John Street, and Robert Romeo Mosca of New York City, recent
orchestra leader at Farm View outside of Cressona, were held under heavy bail Thursday for a hearing in Federal Court on the charge
of issuing counterfeit ten dollar bills. Bail in the sum of $7500 was fixed for Ruzzoti while the bail for Mosca was fixed at $2000,
Thursday afternoon at the hearing before U. S. Commissioner Reese in Tamaqua. The charges were preferred by Norwood Green, a
United States Secret Service employee out of the Philadelphia District. Suspicion on Ruzzoti was first directed against him when he
made an effort recently, to pass a ten dollar bill at White City Park. The cashier however, refused to accept the counterfeit bill. The
Secret Service Department was notified and an investigator was sent to Schuylkill Haven on Tuesday. Ruzzoti was visited by the
investigator, Burgess Scott and Officer Bubeck and said the ten dollar bill had been given him by his stepfather and was taken from
the cash register. He was taken to Pottsville, where an employee of a shoe shine shop identified him as being the man who passed a
counterfeit ten dollar bill on him. A clerk at the Walgreen Drug Store also identified him as being the man who passed a worthless ten
on him. Ruzzoti denied all charges. He was held in the Town Hall for further questioning.
Wednesday afternoon, on cross examination by Sergeant Reese of the State Police, he admitted the fact that he had received in a
letter which he found in the mail box, but that had not been sent through the mail, and which contained ten ten dollar bills. He did not
know where they came from. Admitted he passed three of them and that he destroyed the others. Information was also presented to
the effect that Ruzzoti was on a ten year parole from Jacksons Prison, Michigan on the charge of robbery. Mosca, upon cross
examination, stated he had only met Ruzzoti a week ago and had been with him on each occasion when he passed the counterfeit bills
but that he did not know the same were counterfeit. Ruzzoti was also identified by a Tamaqua man as having passed a counterfeit bill
on him. Due to reports concerning counterfeit bills being passed in various parts of the county, state Police are detaining him in
Tamaqua. Thursday afternoon, following the first hearing given Ruzzoti, another one was held at which time Nicholas Ballet of
Tamaqua preferred a charge of passing counterfeit ten dollar bill on him and Ruzzoti's bail was increased by $5000, making the total
bail $12, 500.
|The Call of August 7, 1934
HIGHWAY PATROL RECOVERS MANY STOLEN AUTOS
Sixty five stolen automobiles were, within the past week or ten days, recovered by State Highway patrolmen from this locality. A string
of automobile thieves, it is thought, has been broken up by the arrest of Samuel Stramara, proprietor of Sammy's Graveyard, outside
of Schuylkill Haven. Frank Stramara, operator of Sammy's Garage at Hometown, Arthur Meitzler of Schuylkill Haven and Frank Callelo
of Freeland. Evidence may be produced to connect this quartet with the theft of at least seventy five or more cars. All are being held
under bail for presentation of the evidence to the Court through the proper channels. During the week, a big section of the William's
Garage, Schuylkill Haven, was required to house the many autos that were removed by patrolmen. Many of the cars were practically
new ones while others were used but a short time.
The ring operated under an especially good scheme; in most instances through the purchase of a wrecked car of the same style and
year as the one stolen. Plates of the wrecked cars were then placed upon the stolen ones. Title having been obtained by the
purchase of the wrecked car, it was easy to give title to the stolen car. It is understood exorbitant prices were paid by the ring to
owners of wrecked cars, regardless of their condition. Machines were stolen from all parts of the county and nearby counties. The
discovery of the operations by this particular group came as the result of the arrest of Callelo of Freeland. The investigation thus
begun gave evidence of producing so much information concerning auto thefts that the state patrolmen from several sectors were
called in. Directed by Sergeant Graeff and Lieutenant Ehly, a large number of the troopers combed a wide area, Friday night last,
Saturday and Sunday, and by Monday had produced such a mass of evidence as well as recovered such a large number of stolen
cars, that the mere announcement of the facts has astounded the general public to a greater degree than any similar event of this
nature for some time. The outcome is awaited with great interest and there is much conjecture as to just how heavy a sentence can
be imposed by reason of the number of cases with which it is expected the men will be implicated in.
|The Call of October 5, 1934
WAS PLACED UNDER $10,000 BAIL
Sam Stramara, operator of Sammy's Auto Graveyard, near Schuylkill Haven, has been placed under $10,000 bail on several charges of
violation of State motor laws. The charges have been preferred by Sergeant Graeff of the Schuylkill Haven detail of the Highway
Patrol. The hearing was held before Squire W. C. Kline Monday evening. Stramara denied his guilt on each charge but evidence
presented by the patrolmen was sufficient to have the Squire hold him for hearing at court. The charges preferred were
the outgrowth of arrests made by the Highway Patrol several weeks ago, as a result of the operations of a ring of automobile thieves,
said to have been composed of Stramara, his brother and A. E. Meitzler. Between sixty five and seventy autos were recovered by the
police. Before Squire Kline on Monday evening, Stramara was charged with receiving stolen goods, removing serial and engine
numbers without a license, having in his possession autos with altered or removed serial numbers, passing certificate of title and
selling or offering for sale vehicles with engine numbers removed or altered.
|The Call of October 5, 1934
LOCAL MAN SENTENCED TO SERVE THREE TO SIX YEARS
On the charge of larceny of automobiles, A. E. Meitzler of Schuylkill Haven was, the fore part of the week, sentenced to serve three to
six years on his plea of guilty to the charge in the Lehigh County Courts at Allentown. The charges were preferred by the Highway
Patrol and are a part of the mixup that Meitzler and Sammy Stramara, also of Schuylkill Haven found themselves in as the result of
allegedly operating an auto stealing racket.
|The Call of November 2, 1934
JURY FINDS TRUE BILLS AGAINST STRAMARA
The November Grand Jury found true bills against Sammy Stramara of Sammy's Auto Graveyard, near Schuylkill Haven, the fore part of
the week. He was indicted on twenty seven counts involving five separate and distinct charges, namely: fourteen separate charges
of receiving stolen goods, seven charges of removing or transferring numbers on motor vehicles, two charges of passing title
certificates of stolen cars or motor vehicles, three charges of possessing motor vehicles with numbers altered, one charge of
offering numbers altered and one charge of offering numbers. Sammy set the high mark in Schuylkill County Courts thus far for
having had returned against him the largest number of counts by the Grand Jury. There are forty four additional charges to be
presented against him., either to the present Grand Jury or that of January. The charges are similar to those already presented
|The Call of January 4, 1935
ROBBERY WAS THWARTED HERE
The alertness of Police Chief Frank Deibert of Schuylkill Haven, probably frustrated a robbery of Price Jewelry Store or the Sausser
Hardware Store, both on Main Street in Schuylkill Haven early on Saturday morning. His picking up as suspicious characters at this
time also resulted in the robbery of a number of places in Pottsville being solved. Francis Hyland admitted six charges of robbery and
Charles O'Donnell admitted three attempted robbery charges and were held without bail by a Pottsville magistrate, after they were
turned over to the Pottsville police by the Schuylkill Haven police for further questioning. Pottsville police have for some time, been
making an effort to run down clues to a number of recent robberies in different parts of the city. Monday morning, shortly after two
o'clock, Officer Deibert noticed two young men standing on Main Street, one in front of the Price Jewelry Store and one in front of the
Sausser Hardware Store. On the arrival of the police chief, both began to walk away. They were stopped in front of the Moser
building. They stated they had come from the movies and were waiting for the last car for Pottsville. It was then a little after two in
the morning. Officer Deibert then took them to his home. On the way to the home of the officer, nearby, Mr. Deibert thought he heard
something drop or fall but could not see anything. Several hours thereafter, however, the officer discovered a large stone which, it
is believed one of them had been carrying and had intended to use to smash the window of either the jewelry or the hardware store.
When taken to the home of Officer Deibert, the boys gave their names as Charles O'Donnell and James Williams. Williams however,
later turned out to be Francis Hyland. The following day O'Donnell told the officers that Williams resided in Schuylkill haven and he
had only met him by chance. They went to the place where O'Donnell suggested they might find Williams but Williams could not be
found. O'Donnell was then locked up in the Town Hall and it was then that he told the officers that Williams was Francis Hyland of
Pottsville. The boys, after further questioning, signed a confession admitting the robberies of various Pottsville businesses. In the
confession it is also admitted they intended to rob the Price Jewelry store on Main Street in Schuylkill Haven but that they were held
up in this when Officer Deibert happened along in an automobile and alighted right where they were standing.
|The Call of January 4, 1935
HELD FOR THEFTS AT WILLOW LAKE
At a hearing recently held before Squire Kline, Lester Killian of Schuylkill Haven was committed to the county jail in default of $500
bail, to await action of the court on charges of breaking, entering and larceny, to which he pleaded guilty. The case was entered
against him through the activity of the local police and state police for thefts of various kinds at Willow Lake. During July and August,
the refreshment stand at this resort had been broken open nine times and various articles such as tobacco, confectionery, and
chewing gum were stolen. The loss was about twenty five dollars. The thefts were reported to the state police but no clue to the
robberies could be found. Later, the lock on the ice house at Willow Lake, of which James Mellon is proprietor was broken and two
half barrels of beer were stolen. Shortly thereafter, the Elliot cottage at Willow Lake was broken into and numerous items such as
light fixtures, dishes and pans were taken. The thefts were reported to the state police. Last Sunday,the local police and state police
visited the Killian home and took Killian to the Town Hall where he was questioned at length. He denied all knowledge of any of the
thefts. Police, however, procured many articles from the Killian home that had been stolen and confronted Killian with them. He
admitted the theft of articles from the Mellon property. On the Elliott bungalow theft, he implicated two others and on the theft of the
beer he included Paul Ney. Settlement was made before the squire in the theft of beer, upon the payment of $23.40. On the Elliott
breaking and entering charge, Mr. Elliott withdrew the charges and Killian was released.
|The Call of March 1, 1935
THIEVES ROB CASH REGISTER AT KETNER GARAGE
Between 1:30 and 8:00 o'clock in the morning on Sunday, the garage office of E. S. Ketner Company on Columbia Street, was broken
open and the contents of the cash register, consisting of $12.35 was stolen. Clues are being followed by the local authorities and
arrests are expected shortly. John Ketner, a partner with E. S. Ketner, and who resides in the apartment above the garage stated he
had put away his car about 1:30 and found everything in the office and garage in order. Sunday morning, however, when E. S. Ketner
arrived in the garage, he discovered the cash register had been taken into the repair department and pried open and contents
removed. Two persons were mixed up in the robbery from evidence and clues at hand. Police were not notified until an hour or more
after the discovery. Officer Deibert found footprints in the snow outside the building, in the garage, and footprints were traced in the
snow for several blocks from the garage but were then lost because persons were on their way to Sunday School. Several years ago,
the local authorities advised, through these columns, that the drawers of cash registers should be left open at night, this in order to
prevent damage being done to the cash register by thieves. This damage is sometimes heavier than the amount of money taken from
the register. Again the local authorities wish The Call to urge that firms and individuals permit the cash register drawer to remain
open at night, be there money in the register or not.
|The Call of March 1, 1935
LOCAL WOMAN JAILED FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT
For failure to distribute to the heirs, funds entrusted to her as administratrix, and appropriating the money for her own use, Mrs.
Howard Koenig of Becker Street, Schuylkill Haven, was the fore part of the week, sent to jail for contempt of court and for failing to
have carried out the orders of the Court. Judge Gangloff of the Orphan's Court, in ordering the woman placed in prison, stated he
regretted the action necessary but that the woman had abused the privileges and opportunities given to her over a period of six
months or more, to make restitution of the shortage shown in her account. Mrs. Koenig was the administratrix in the estate of her
brother and on January 8, 1934, the account was before the court for audit and showed a balance of $2,369.85. Judge Gangloff, on
January 15, 1934, confirmed the account and Mrs. Koenig was directed to pay the money to the estate of her mother, Susannah Steele,
of which William A. Steele was the administrator. Failure to make distribution as directed by the court, on June 21, 1934, pursuant to a
petition presented by the estate of Susannah Steele, deceased, ordered Mrs. Koenig to show cause why she had failed to make
distribution of the money in her possession and why she should not be held in contempt of court. The rule was made returnable July
2, 1934. Mrs. Koenig made no answer to the court. Again on September 10, 1934, William Steele, the brother of Mrs. Koenig,
presented another petition alleging these facts and praying for an attachment for contempt of court. As the result of this petition,
Mrs. Koenig admitted in court she had spent the entire fund with the exception of $1.93. Most of the money is said to have been used
by her personally. In the opinion as issued by Judge Gangloff, Mrs. Koenig practiced a fraud upon the court when she made affidavit
to and filed her final account of having a balance of $2,369.85, she had but an actual balance of $539.37 and but $359.23 on the day the
account was called for audit. The court's opinion also states that she did not claim she needed the money for necessities, although
that would not even be an excuse for her conduct, and it appears that her husband not only fully supported his family but he also
made installment payments right along out of his earnings, on an automobile. In short, the woman embezzled the money and does not
even offer extenuating circumstances in explanation of her action.
|The call of March 1, 1935
LOCAL THIEVES CONFESS GUILT
The two young men who early Sunday morning entered and broke open and robbed the cash register of $13.00 in the Elmer Ketner
Garage on Saint Charles Street, confessed their guilt during the week. In addition to confessing to the local robbery, twelve
robberies in all, throughout this section of the state were cleared up. The robberies were perpetrated at Hamburg, Millersville, Valley
View, Jonestown and Schuylkill Haven. The boys, David Zimmerman, twenty of Orwin and Melvin E. Carl, nineteen of Muir, were
caught the fore part of the week stealing gas by the siphoning method on the streets of Norristown. Brought to Schuylkill County,
State Police confronted them with evidence and they began to admit robberies at various places. Following the robbery at the Ketner
Garage, a piece of red handkerchief was found. While the boys were being questioned, one of the officers asked one of them for a
handkerchief. When the same was produced, part of it was missing. The missing part held by the local police fit exactly and it was
then that they confessed to the Schuylkill Haven robbery.
|The Call of April 10, 1936
ADMITTED STEALING KNIT GOODS FROM LOCAL MILL
Howard Gordon of Columbia Street, Schuylkill Haven, confessed on Thursday afternoon to the robbery of knit goods from the mill of
Edward Sharadin of Schuylkill Haven. He confessed having taken from the mill, over a period from May of 1935, the sum of two
thousand pounds of knit goods. He was arrested Wednesday evening and at a hearing before Squire Singer on Thursday confessed
to the theft. He was sent to jail for a hearing before the court. For a long period, shortage in the rolls of knit goods, some bleached
and some unbleached, was noted by Mr. Sharadin, owner of the mill. Efforts to apprehend the thief were unavailing but the shortage
continued. Gordon had been an employee of the mill and was , therefore, fully acquainted with it in every way. In his confession, he
admitted taking the rolls of knit goods, weighing from twenty five to forty pounds each from the mill at various hours of the night or
morning. He would place them in his automobile, keep them in his garage for a time and then take them to a junk dealer in Chester,
where the goods would be disposed of at various prices, which averaged about fifteen cents a pound. The cost to manufacture the
goods is on average fifty to sixty cents per pound. The loss , therefore, to Mr. Sharadin was approximately a thousand dollars.
Gordon also admitted having disposed of some of the goods to Pottsville garages at the rate of fifteen cents per pound. He was
placed under arrest on Wednesday evening at 11:30 o'clock by Officer Bubeck.
|The Call of June 26, 1936
JAILED FOR ASSAULT RESULTING IN FRACTURED SKULL
As a result of a fight at the Brinich Saloon, corner of Dock and Willow Streets, Monday evening of last week, Francis Brinich, the
proprietor, is in the county jail on the charge of assault and battery and the victim, Guy Frehafer, also of Schuylkill Haven, is a patient
in the Good Samaritan Hospital at Pottsville. Frehafer is suffering from the effects of a badly fractured skull. He had been
unconscious for several days. Thursday afternoon his condition was reported improved. He has regained consciousness but not any
great amount of encouragement is given to the outcome. It is understood the fracture is over three inches across the base of the
skull. Fluid taken from the spinal column contained blood which is an indication of a serious condition. The x-ray pictures show
plainly the fracture and it is believed a small piece of bone has been pushed into the brain cells.
Charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with intent to kill, were entered against Brinich and a hearing was given him
before Squire Allen Klahr. As a result, Brinich was held without bail for later developments in the condition of his victim and in the
event Frehafer dies, Brinich will be formally charged with murder. Quite a number of persons gathered at the squire's office as the
case was in progress. There were numerous sharp clashes between the witnesses, the attorney for the defendant and the Burgess,
this because the manner in which Attorney Knittle attempted to cross examine the witnesses. At the hearing Friday afternoon, six
witnesses were heard, who presented evidence concerning the affair. The defense, represented by Attorney Knittle of Pottsville,
presented no testimony. The first witness who gave testimony was the wife of Mr. Frehafer, who stated that her husband left home
about eight o'clock. He was brought home about 12:30 o'clock by Brinich and another man and appeared to be badly injured. Miss
Naomi Ney testified she heard the men arguing. She saw Brinich holding the other man down. His head was on the sewer grate. She
saw Mrs. Brinich come out and throw water over the man and saw them working over the man. She saw them carry the man into the
hotel. Mrs. Miles Ney testified that her bedroom is directly across from the hotel. She saw Brinich and Frehafer run from the hotel.
Frehafer threw up his hands and cried, "My God, I'll take it back." Brinich said, "Take this back". She saw Brinich hit him in the face
and knock him down. The head of the man was on grating covering the sewer. He held the man there for some time. Brinich took the
man by the hair and bumped his head several times on the sewer grating. Mrs. Brinich came out of the hotel and cried, "My God!
What did you do". Brinich said the man ran into a post and then fell into the street. Mrs. Brinich got some water and tried to revive
him. Another man came out of the hotel. Frehafer was carried into the saloon. Four machines stopped and occupants asked what
happened. Brinich told them the man ran into a pole.
Sylvester Hainley testified that about 11:30 he saw Frehafer lying in the street with his head over the sewer. He saw Brinich and his
wife trying to revive him. He saw them take him onto the porch and Brinich and another man helping Frehafer to leave. Mrs. Samuel
Ney's testimony was practically the same as that of the preceding witnesses. She said Frehafer was badly injured and could not help
himself. Dr. Lyons stated he was called but could not respond to the call. Dr. Heim called next day and examined the man and found
him in a drunken state. The next day, Dr. Lyons called and found Frehafer's condition very poor. He could give no explanation of
what had happened to him and he found his skull fractured. The next morning found him in great pain and willing to go to the
hospital. An x-ray showed a fracture of the skull in two places. These fractures could not have occurred by falling upon the grating.
From the nature of the bruises they must have been caused by being knocked on the head several times.
|The Call of November 13, 1936
CAUGHT ROBBING LOCAL MILL OF MACHINERY
But for the timely discovery of a neighbor, thieves last Friday evening, about 10:30 o'clock, would have made away with nineteen
sewing machines valued at $5290 from the Edward Sharadin Knitting Mill. Police placed under arrest three men, giving their names as
Michael Burke, Irving Smith and a Samuel Stine, all of New York City. At a hearing at Schuylkill Haven, they pleaded guilty, but later
changed their plea in court to not guilty. They have been remanded to the county jail to await trial by jury at the January term of
court. Up to this writing, bail had not been furnished but it was expected it would be, most any day, by friends of the trio from New
York City. The fourth man in the group, said to have been the directing head and employee for this particular job of the other three is
missing, having, according to the story told by the three men arrested by the police, made good his getaway. As the story goes, it was
a bold idea and came very nearly succeeding almost completely. Had it not been for the fact that Warren
Moyer, residing near the Sharadin Mill, made the discovery of bags lying near the mill and noticed one or two men prowling about,
nothing might never have been known about the robbery until the mill was opened for operation the next day. The police being
summoned, Officers Deibert and Bashore arrived on the scene and noticed one of the men and promptly placed him under arrest. It
was at first thought there was but one in the group but within a few minutes another man was picked up on Columbia Street and then
a third man, who had come in search of the others, was arrested. The three were taken to the Town Hall and there admitted their guilt
and gave several different stories of the affair.
They insisted they were employed by the fourth man, who they claim got away, to come to Pennsylvania, to haul some material to New
York. Two of the men are boxing trainers and one is a boxing promoter. Entrance to the mill was made by forcing a window on the
first floor with the use of a heavy screw driver. The machines were removed from the sewing machine tables on the second floor of
the building. From the fact that the machines were fastened to the tables with wood screws, all that was necessary was to give the
machine a vigorous bump or jar and they came loose easily. This made it possible then, for the men to work without light and without
making any noise to attract attention. The machines being loosened, were carried out a rear door and along side of the mill, on the
inner side of the lot, to the fence and dropped along the fence on the Union Street side. Machines were also piled up on the plot of
ground opposite the Sharadin Mill. Three bags were filled with machines and five machines, without covering, had been piled up and
were all ready to a waiting Chevrolet two door car that was parked near the home of Sylvester Eiler on Parkway, several blocks away
from the Sharadin Mill.
When the officers, Deibert and Bashore, arrived, the one man first arrested was found on Union Street, near the machines. He
offered no resistance and was unarmed. Officer Bubeck and Burgess Scott were also summoned and arrived just after the first man
had been arrested. Saturday the three were fingerprinted and photographed in the Town Hall, as it may be possible to connect them
with other thefts or crimes. Police in other towns and cities are being contacted in an effort to locate the fourth man. Several
conflicting stories were given as to the manner and method of robbery but all stories connect a fourth man with it. Checking some of
the stories by police shows that the man came to town about ten o'clock having stopped at the Eagle Wing Filling Station on the
Orwigsburg Pike near Bowen's Grove and left a wheel and tire at the station, saying they would be back for it in half an hour. It has
been learned that the men stopped at a garage in Allentown at seven o'clock, the same evening and had a new generator placed in
|The Call of January 15, 1937
THIEVES STRIP WASHERY OF MACHINERY HERE
Schuylkill Haven industries seem recently to have quite an attraction for thieves. Some months ago, sewing machines were taken
from a plant in the heart of town. Quite recently suspicious persons were noted at one of the town's shoe factories. Sunday evening,
machinery of various kinds used in the operation of one of the Manbeck washeries was being carted away by thieves in an auto, when
the auto broke down. Two brothers, Francis Barnes of Port Carbon and Charles Barnes of Schuylkill Haven, are being held as the
result of a hearing, for action of court, on the charges of robbery. They may later be held on several additional charges. Fortunately,
the machine which was being used, became mired along side of the highway leading from the lower Manbeck washery and then a tire
went flat. The machine, loaded with about fifteen hundred pounds of various kinds of machinery, stripped from one of the Manbeck
washeries, could not be moved. The men, however, reported their auto had been stolen and of course, Monday morning, it was
found abandoned along the river near the washery loaded with the washery machinery of a value of almost a thousand dollars.
|The Call of February 12, 1937
ILLEGAL LIQUOR SEIZED IN TOWN
The latter part of last week, agents from the state Liquor Control Board visited Schuylkill Haven and raided several places on the
charges of having illegal liquor in their possession. The agents had several weeks previously made a visit to Schuylkill Haven and
were accompanied by a member of the local police in plain clothes. It is understood a number of other places in Schuylkill Haven and
immediate vicinity where liquor and beer is sold illegally, are to be visited very shortly. The home of Arthur and Catherine Romberger
on South Berne Street produced two twenty gallon stills, a ten gallon can and small quantities of alleged illegal liquor. On the
premises of James Morrow of Jacques Street in the West Ward, Schuylkill Haven, small quantities of illegal illicit liquor were seized.
At the place of Reuben Hoffman on Wilson Street, Hoffman and one giving his name as David Brooks, were placed under arrest on the
charges of possession of liquor on the premises licensed only for the sale of beer. The name of David Brooks was found to be
fictitious and the address given as 207 East Main Street was a vacant lot.
|The Call of February 19, 1937
TWO LOCAL PLACES RAIDED THURSDAY
Four officers from the State Liquor Control Board were sent to Schuylkill Haven Thursday about the noon hour and, with Officer Frank
Deibert, raided two places on Garfield Avenue, where illegal liquor was confiscated. At the place of Charles Geschwindt, 737 Garfield
Avenue, thirty six bottles of home brew were taken, also eighteen empty cases and a twenty gallon stone jar containing liquid that was
in a state of fermentation. This is the second time the Charles Geschwindt place was raided. The second place visited by the officers
was the home of Herbert Geschwindt, 731 Garfield Avenue. Here six cases of home brew were taken. Both men were ordered to
appear before Alderman Kalbach of Pottsville for a hearing next Friday.
|The Call of July 9, 1937
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BOYS CAUGHT STEALING RADIATOR CAPS
Two Schuylkill Haven boys whose names the Call could not learn this morning, were given a hearing Thursday midnight, at the office
of Squire Moyer in Cressona, charged by the Cressona police with the theft of auto radiator caps. The radiator caps were taken from
cars at the Auction Sale at the Fairgrounds. The boys were committed to jail for a hearing before the court at the next session. It is
understood that bail would be provided for the boys during the day, which will give them their freedom.
It is believed the two arrested are a part of a group of boys and men who have for some time been stealing and carrying away almost
the entire automobile from the Fairgrounds, on the occasion of the weekly auction sales. Last evening, there was an entire row of a
dozen or more cars parked, from which the radiator caps had been stolen. Tires have, heretofore been stolen, gas taken from cars,
contents of unlocked machines rifled and things stolen. Batteries have even been removed from faraway parked cars. Fog lights
have been stolen from cars, as have also horns. It is said that hundreds and hundreds of automobiles have been molested in some
manner by the thieves for a period of a number of weeks. Last evening the boys were apprehended by the Chief of Police of
Cressona and several special officers he had sworn for duty.
|The Call of August 6, 1937
GETS THIRTY DAYS FOR ATTACK ON GIRL
Bernard Kripas of Palo Alto drew thirty days jail sentence on the charge of disorderly conduct in Schuylkill Haven , which really
consisted of an attempted attack on a Schuylkill Haven girl, Miss Mary Summers, daughter of Jacob Summers of Columbia Street in
Schuylkill Haven. Had it not been for her companion Alberta Strause of North Berne Street, who phoned for the police, bodily harm
may have been done the girl. The first intimation the local police knew of the affair was when a telephone call came from the Strause
girl about 8:30 o'clock and the message was that a man was attempting to drag off a girl in the vicinity of Wilson and Fairview Streets.
Officers Clayton Bashore and Charles Reinhart were sent to the scene on the borough police department motor patrol, the C. and A.
Taxi. After a minute's search in the vicinity, they noticed a man dragging a girl across the lawn of Earl Stoyer, residing at the corner of
Main and Fairview Streets. The man jumped down over the bank at the Stoyer property and ran across Main Street and onto the fields
nearby. He released the girl but continued to run across the field. The officers, in the darkness, lost sight of the man.
Both officers quickly returned to police headquarters and brought the girl and her companion with them. After getting their story of
having been suddenly attacked by the man, Officers Deibert and Bubeck set out to find the man. They drove out East Main Street,
crossed over to the highway and coming in on Centre Avenue, noticed the man seated on the wall of the Borda property in front of
the traffic light. Deibert grabbed the man and without any resistance, he accompanied the officers. The man did not hesitate to relate
quite a "lone" sufficient to provide the background for movies or fast selling novels. One of the reasons he assigned for his attack
on the girl was that he had been in attendance at two weddings Saturday afternoon and was pretty well liquored up. In default of bail,
Squire Singer, before whom the case was heard, sent him up for thirty days.
|The Call of May 13, 1938
LOCAL GAS STATION ROBBED FRIDAY MORNING
Thieves, early Friday morning, visited the Felty Gas Station on Columbia Street, and made off with a number of articles. The first item
was a two gallon can of oil, then a carton of cigarettes and then their auto was filled up with gas. Entrance was gained through one of
the windows of the gas station. They were rather shrewd in that they first forced from the outside of the window frames, the wooden
strip. This made it possible to pull the upper portion of the window out and unfasten the catch that held the top part and the lower
part together. Bold they were too. The several gas pumps at the station are operated with electric switches from the inside of the
station. Switches were thrown and this started the motor. It was then an easy matter to get gas from any of the several pumps. This
they did and then left the motor running. It was this fact that caused the discovery of the theft early in the morning, for one of the
members of the Felty family, residing nearby, upon awakening, heard the motor running. Prompt investigation was made and the
police notified. No clues were left as it appears that wherever anything was touched, it is smudged as if with muddy fingers.
|The Call of May 22, 1938
IN TOILS OF POLICE TWENTY FIVE MINUTES AFTER THEFT OF AUTO
Twenty five minutes after local police were notified about an auto theft in Schuylkill Haven, four Schuylkill Haven boys were in the
hands of Officer Bubeck. The auto was stolen from in front of the Stump Garage on South Garfield Avenue near Dock Street.
Discovery was made at 12:20 Thursday morning. Twenty five minutes later, Officer Bubeck had three of the four thieves. The officer
in one of the C. & A. taxies, headed up the pike. He used the old turnpike road. With him was one of Mr. Stump's sons. An
approaching auto, southward bound, attracted their attention by reason of the lights. Bubeck stopped the car. As soon as he did so,
one of the boys leaped out and jumped down over the embankment to the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks below. The other three, he
brought back to Schuylkill Haven. The identity of the fourth boy was soon learned and Officer Bubeck, visiting his home, roused him
from a deep slumber from his bed. Disposition of the case has not as yet been made. One of the boys is from a family of nine, with
the father unable to work because he is almost blind. Two of the boys are from another large family and are on the WPA. The fourth is
also on the WPA. It is likely, however, that all will be taken to court and placed on probation with a suspended sentence. One of the
boys, the driver, will no doubt be arrested for various violations of the auto laws, namely, driving without a license.
|The Call of November 18, 1938
EXHUME BODY OF WILLIAM HUEY FOR AUTOPSY
The body of William Huey of Schuylkill Haven was exhumed on Thursday evening of last week to satisfy rumors and reports that
perhaps he had died as the results of blows delivered in a fight. Huey was found dead Wednesday morning, October 5th, near
Garfield Avenue and Coal Street. The autopsy was performed on Thursday evening in the operating rooms of the D. M. Bittle Funeral
Home by Dr. W. A. Glenny of Pottsville, in the presence of Dr. Lenker, deputy coroner, showed that the diagnosis of Dr. Lenker, made
at the time he was called as deputy coroner, was correct. The exhuming of the body and autopsy was ordered by the District
Attorney's office. Late on Thursday afternoon of last week, word was telephoned to Undertaker D. M. Bittle that the body was to be
exhumed. Due to the lateness of the notice, the opening of the grave did not get started until five thirty and it was not until eight that
the seal on the outer casing in the grave was broken and the casket slowly raised to the surface of the earth, by the dim light of oil
lanterns at the scene. The autopsy required several hours time. It was not until after midnight that the same had been completed.
Friday, the body was again dressed, placed in the casket and interred in the Union Cemetery.
Ever since the man's death, reports had been gaining in number and the story connected with the finding of the body was growing in
details so that suspicion was being cast on others who were in the Republican Club Headquarters on Coal Street. Last week, local
police took the matter in hand. At least a half dozen witnesses were summoned and testimony taken. Five of them testified that they
saw Huey in an argument with another man but that no hard blows were struck. One of the witnesses testified he saw Huey receive
two blows, one on either shoulder and he dropped to the floor. This same witness had called Dr. Lenker at three o'clock in the
morning and told him he knew what caused Huey's death. He also called the County Detective at the same hour of the morning and
told him the same story. These telephone calls were placed, it is understood, following a hearing at the squire's office, on charges
growing out of a fight, in which the witness and the man charged with delivering the blows to Huey, were the principals.
The exhuming of the body of Mr. Huey was the first to occur in Schuylkill Haven since July 4, 1920, when the body of a lad buried in the
Union Cemetery was exhumed. This was not for the purpose of an autopsy but for the purpose of identification. The boy had been
killed on a wreck on the Reading Railroad in Schuylkill Haven on May 7, 1919, when a coal train left the rails near the Williams Street
crossing. The boy had been riding on the train. There was no means of identification. More than a year later, a man thought the boy
might possibly be his son. He had the body exhumed but it was not that of the missing son.
|The Call of January 19, 1940
DOG THIEVES PAY SCHUYLKILL HAVEN A VISIT
A new type of thief has been visiting in Schuylkill Haven lately. It is a dog thief or thieves. Three dogs have already been stolen and
attempts made to steal additional dogs. Owners awakened by the barking of their dogs, in several cases probably averted additional
thefts. Last Saturday evening, the valuable bird dog, an all white male pointer with lemon ears, belonging to Edwin Becker, was
stolen from his yard on West Main Street. A black and tan female, hound, belonging to Paul Bubeck, was stolen from his yard on Dock
Street two weeks ago. No trace of this dog has been found. A hunting dog belonging to Mr. Casey on Dock Street was stolen from a
locked building two weeks ago. Several days after the theft, the dog came back with a broken jaw.
Barking dogs on the premises of John Cake of Dock Street arouse Mr. Cake. He investigated and at the pen of the dogs found one
fur lined glove indicating that someone had been disturbed in attempting to make away with the dogs. Friday evening last, while the
Antler Hunting Club was enjoying a banquet at the Carpenter Hotel on Columbia Heights, the dogs of Mr. Carpenter set up quite a
commotion. Mr. Carpenter armed himself with a shotgun and, going outside the building, noticed shadows in the vicinity of the
kennel of the dogs. He let drive a few shots and the shadows disappeared. Dog owners, particularly those with hunting dogs, have
been arming themselves with shotguns and lying awake nights with the hope of getting a chance to try their marksmanship. The
matter is being investigated by the police but no clues have been picked up as of this date.
|The Call of January 19, 1940
WATCHMAN MURDERED NEAR CONNORS
Robert D. Evans of Pottsville, night watchman at the Walton Coal Breaker, a short distance above Connor's Crossing on the old
Schuylkill Haven-Pottsville Pike, was murdered sometime between two and seven o'clock on Thursday morning. Robbery evidently
was the motive, for the man's pockets and money bag in which were placed payments made by purchasers of coal, were rifled. The
discovery was made by William Gradwell of Cape Horn when he reported for work shortly before seven o'clock Thursday morning.
Examination of the body showed that the man had been struck twice over the head. The body was lying underneath a bench. The
man had been dead about six hours when the discovery was made. An autopsy was performed by Dr. Glenney of Pottsville at the D.
M. Bittle Funeral Home on Thursday morning beginning at eleven o'clock. The same was completed at 3:30 Thursday afternoon. Dr.
Henry Prescott of Cressona, Deputy Coroner, was present for a time. The cause of death was cerebral hemorrhage. The small
building occupied by Evans had been entered and robbed several weeks ago while Evans was loading a coal truck nearby. He is
survived by his widow and three children. He and his family came to Pottsville from Mount Carmel eighteen years ago.
|The Call of March 1, 1940
POLICE RAID DOCK STREET GAMBLING PLACE ON SUNDAY MORNING
The police of Schuylkill Haven, having obtained knowledge of gambling being carried on in the property of Nick Lascala on Dock
Street, Schuylkill Haven, raided the place on Sunday morning at one o'clock. In the second story of a building used as a garage, they
found a number of young boys engaged in playing cards and gambling. Money was found on the tables and other evidence of the
games having been in progress for some time. At a hearing before Squire Singer, the sentence was suspended on the boys after the
Burgess had given them a reprimand and pointed out the embarrassment to their parents that would follow their names being
returned to court through the record of the Squire's office. Lascala, the proprietor, was found guilty on two charges and fined. The
raid was made by officers Deibert, Bubeck and Reinhart.
|The Call of March 7, 1941
THREE YOUTHS HELD IN STORE ROBBERY
Three youths are being held in connection with the robbery of the Dusty Soda Shop, conducted by Ethel Rhoads at 328 Dock Street,
sometime between eleven o'clock Saturday evening and eleven o'clock Sunday morning. The boys, all parolees, are: Richard Jones,
18, of Schuylkill Haven R. D., John Walters, 20, and Creighton Reigle, 16, of Pottsville. Walters was committed to the county prison,
Reigle is in the house of detention and Jones in the custody of a probation officer. Local officers, who joined with Pottsville police in
working on the robbery, report that entrance was gained to the store through an outside cellar door. The reported loss was five
dollars from the cash register, three dollars from a cigarette box, three cartons of cigarettes, two boxes of chewing gum and a five
dollar camera. The youths were picked up by Pottsville police for loitering in a hallway. It was learned that one of them had been
selling cigarettes for ten cents a pack and inquiry was made of any robberies reported in the area. Chief of Police Deibert of
Schuylkill Haven reported the robbery in town and aided the Pottsville officers in getting the boys to admit their guilt.
|The Call of May 29, 1942
ROBBERS BREAK INTO TWO STORES
Chief of Police Frank Deibert is conducting a thorough investigation into the pair of robberies which took place early Wednesday
morning in the western section of town. Two business places were visited and money to the amount of fifty dollars was stolen by the
thief or thieves. The robberies were perpetrated on the properties of Herman W. Schaeffer at 200 North Berne Street, where entry
was made on the side porch after the screening was loosened and entry forced. Here the cash register was emptied with the
exception of nickels and pennies. The exact amount stolen was $24.37.
The store of Ray Flail at 549 Columbia Street was entered by forcing a key from the inside of the door and then picking the lock. Here
again the thieves rifled the cash register of five dollars but overlooked and envelope containing fifteen dollars which was on top of
the register and the thieves apparently thought it unimportant. Then they went into the room to the rear of the store and looted a
desk of twenty dollars which was placed under some papers. The exact time of the robbery was set at 4:28 in the morning by Mrs.
Mary Flail, who heard the noise made by the intruders but thought it was her aged father, James Guldin, who makes his home with
them and who habitually rises at night. Not until she heard the thief or thieves making a hurried getaway did she realize what was
happening. Chief Deibert immediately began his investigation upon being notified. This is the first instance of robbery since 1939
when the store of R. R. Sterner was robbed.
|The Call of June 4, 1943
SOLDIER HELD FOR AUTO THEFT
Private Thomas A. Harris, of Indiantown Gap, was committed to the county prison in default of $1,000 bail on charges of the larceny of
an automobile and reckless driving on Wednesday afternoon. The stolen automobile was owned by Harvey V. Ritter of 120 east Union
Street in Schuylkill Haven, which had been parked on a parking lot on Center Street in Pottsville. Officer Rehnert of the Pottsville
police noticed Private Harris driving recklessly on Centre Street and gave chase. Thomas struck and damaged a truck parked in front
of the Journal office. He failed to stop and at Centre and Mauch Chunk Streets struck another car. State police joined Officer
Rehnert in the chase. The car was abandoned by Thomas on South Centre Street and he was finally caught in the railroad yard.
|The Call of September 21, 1945
PARKWAY AND HAVEN MOTORS ROBBED
A small crime wave hit Schuylkill Haven in the last week. Early Saturday morning between one and six, the Parkway Restaurant was
broken into and robbed of about twenty dollars. Entrance was made through a window on the west side where a screen was open
and about twenty dollars taken. An attempt was made to break the cigarette machine but the robbers left before that was
accomplished. So far no clue has been found which might lead to the culprits. In a daring robbery between 7:30 and 11:20 Tuesday
evening, Haven Motors was entered and fifteen tires values at $280 were taken from the show room. A window on the east side was
pried open and entrance gained to the garage. The tires were taken from the large display room in the front of the building.
|The Call of May 3, 1946
BURGLAR ENTERED ACME STORE THROUGH SKYLIGHT, STOLE $119 FROM SAFE
The Acme Supermarket at 16 East Main Street was broken into early Thursday morning and $119.26 in change was taken from the safe.
The robbery was discovered by Miss Violet Weaklen of Pottsville, manager of the store, and Elmer Horning, head of the meat
department, who opened the store at 8:20 in the morning. Horning called in Chief of Police Frank Deibert who made an investigation.
Entrance to the store was made through a skylight. The burglar climbed a fire escape at the side of the store and climbed onto the
back porch of Mrs. Warren Hagner, who since the recent death of her husband has not been staying overnight at the apartment.
From the back porch a section of clothesline was taken. Going to the skylight, the burglar removed a small section of glass, tied the
line to a wooden post and began climbing down about eleven feet from the floor and into the store. The rope broke and he fell into a
metal pushcart loaded with mustard jars. The pushcart was crushed and seven jars of mustard smashed. No blood was found
anywhere in the store. The safe, located at the front of the store, only a few feet from the large plate glass windows, had its
combination smashed. The burglar chiseled off the outer combination ring and manipulated the tumblers to open the door. For all his
trouble he got only $119.26. Wednesday's receipts were deposited by the manager who left only the amount needed for change for
the next day. Nothing else was taken. The burglar left the store through a door at the loading platform at the rear. Chief of Police
Deibert found fingerprints on the skylight section that had been removed and called in a fingerprint expert of the state police who
photographed the prints.
|The Call of January 24, 1947
WIFE KILLED, SON HIT BY HATCHET BEFORE MENTALLY ILL MAN IS SUBDUED
Samuel Aulenbach Died Monday; Son Fred Will Not Be Held
Wielding a hatchet, mentally unbalanced Samuel P. Aulenbach ran amuck at his home on Liberty Street last Saturday morning and
murdered his wife, Helen, fifty nine, and attempted to kill his son Fred. In his struggle with his son, the crazed man was finally
knocked unconscious and died two days later. An autopsy on Monday night revealed that death was caused by pneumonia and a
cirrhosis condition. Mr. and Mrs. Aulenbach were alone in the kitchen, with son Fred, aged twenty nine, an engineer on the Buffalo
train, asleep in an upstairs bedroom, when the elder Mr. Aulenbach went berserk. He attacked his wife with the hatchet, striking her
about the head and body and inflicting injuries which later resulted in her death. Leaving her lying in a pool of blood, the elder
Aulenbach went upstairs to the room of his son. The young man heard his father enter the room and saw the hatchet in his hand but
was unable to get clear of the bed covers before he was struck across the face with the blunt end of the weapon. He got out of bed
and grappled with his father. They wrestled down the stairs to the bloody scene on the first floor. It was then the older man was
subdued by being knocked unconscious. Young Aulenbach then called Dr. Theodore Tihansky and the police.
According to the report of Chief of Police Frank Deibert, he responded to a call from Mrs. Tihansky who said there was a killing at 203
East Liberty Street, the home of the Aulenbachs. Entering the dining room he found Fred Aulenbach sitting on a chair very much
excited, holding a towel on the right side of his face. Mrs. Aulenbach was lying on her back in a pool of blood, her face resting on a
cushion, slightly to the left of the door leading to the living room. She was moaning and unconscious. Turning to Fred, he asked,
"Who did this?" The young man replied, "My father." Chief Deibert then asked where he was. The son replied, "In the kitchen." Mr.
Aulenbach was found lying on his right side with his head near the stove and unconscious.
Calls were placed for the D. M. Bittle ambulance and the Warne Hospital for an ambulance. Dr. Tihansky cared for the injured and Mrs.
Aulenbach was removed to the Good Samaritan Hospital and Mr. Aulenbach to the Warne Hospital in Pottsville. Fred was taken to the
Good Samaritan Hospital where he was treated for a large contusion of the right cheek, severe bruises of the big toe of the left foot
and bruises of the arm and body. After being treated he was discharged form the hospital. Chief of County Detectives Louis D. Buono
and detective Bruce Clayton and Corporal William Keuch of the state police investigated. No charges will be brought against the
Questioning Fred Aulenbach as to what happened, Deibert was told that he had come home from work about three in the morning. He
was reading the newspaper in the kitchen and his mother called to ask, "Is that you Fred?" He replied yes. After he finished reading
the paper he went to bed and didn't remember anything else until he heard his bedroom door open shortly before ten o'clock. He saw
his father coming into the room with a hatchet in his right hand. He jumped out of bed as his father struck him in the face and
grabbed hold of him. The two wrestled down the stairs to the dining room where he saw his mother lying on her back in a pool of
blood. It was then that he hit the crazed man with his fists several times. He knocked him unconscious in the kitchen. The murder
weapon was found in the front bedroom which was bloody, lying alongside the bed. Blood spots were found on the rug in the living
room, on the kitchen floor, oil cloth, table cloth and walls. Chief Deibert called County Detective L. E. Buono and arranged to meet him
at the Warne Hospital. Corporal Keuch of the state police went to the Good Samaritan Hospital and was met there by the other
investigators. Mrs. Aulenbach died Saturday at 5:30 in the evening at the Good Samaritan Hospital without regaining consciousness.
An autopsy was performed at the D. M. Bittle funeral home on Saturday evening by Dr. W. R. Glenney. She had been struck on the
head six times and once on the shoulder. Death was caused by a fractured skull.
Mrs. Aulenbach was a quiet and reserved woman, well liked in the neighborhood in which they lived for more than thirty years. She
was born in Schuylkill Haven, the daughter of Frank and Kate Moyer Hummel and lived here her entire lifetime. She was a member of
Saint John's Evangelical and Reformed Church. Surviving are six children: Margaret, wife of Howard Kimmel of Schuylkill Haven; Sara,
wife of Charles Zuber of Baltimore Maryland; Frank, Easton; Myer, Doylestown; John, Schuylkill Haven and Fred at home; nine
grandchildren; a brother, Myer Hummel of Schuylkill Haven and three sisters: Mrs. Bertha Murphy of Kirkville, New York; Mrs. Emily
Fetter of Philadelphia and Mrs. Mae Snyder of Pottsville. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at the convenience of the
family from the D. M. Bittle funeral home with the Reverend Dr. Russell C. Eroh, pastor of Saint John's Reformed Church officiating.
Burial was made in the Union Cemetery.
Mr. Aulenbach, sixty seven, died in the Warne Hospital on Monday at 1:20 in the morning. The primary cause of the death was lobar
pneumonia. He was admitted to the hospital in an unconscious condition and did not regain consciousness. His condition was too
critical to permit him to be moved for x-rays. Mr. Aulenbach had developed a mental condition in recent months and was under the
care of Dr. Tihansky but up to the time of the attack had not given any indication of becoming violent. He was affiliated with the
Jehovah Witnesses sect.
Born in Landingville, Mr. Aulenbach was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pierce Aulenbach. He was a carpenter by trade but for the past year
had not been working. He was a member of the Jehovah Witnesses and at one time was active in the group. He is survived by a
sister, Mrs. Frank Hoffman of Tamaqua and a brother. An inquest will be conducted by Deputy Coroner Dr. J. F. Matonis at Town Hall
|The Call of January 31, 1947
INQUEST VERDICT IS THAT MRS. AULENBACH DIED OF WOUNDS,
HUSBAND OF LOBAR PNEUMONIA
The coroner's inquest into the death of Samuel and Helen Aulenbach was held at Town Hall on Tuesday evening by Deputy Coroner
Joseph F. Matonis. The verdict returned was that Mrs. Aulenbach died January 18th of wounds inflicted by her husband who died two
days later at the Warne Hospital and that his death was the result of lobar pneumonia.
Dr. T. B. Tihansky was the first witness called. He stated that he was called to the home by the son, Fred, and saw Mrs. Aulenbach
lying in the dining room almost unconscious. She had head wounds and contusions. This was at 10:15 in the morning on January 18.
An ambulance was called immediately and she was sent to the Good Samaritan Hospital where she succumbed to her wounds the
same day at 5:30 in the evening. Several minutes later he found Mr. Aulenbach in the kitchen. He had head and face injuries and
body contusions. He was hospitalized at the Warne Hospital for intercranial injuries, heart failure and dehydration. He testified that
death was caused by cardiac failure and lobar pneumonia. Cross examination was conducted by District Attorney Whitehouse. Dr.
Tihansky said the first time he had seen Mr. Aulenbach was on January 13 and he diagnosed his condition as dementia senilis. He
considered him to be mentally unsound.
Chief of Police Frank Deibert was the second witness called. He first saw Mrs. Aulenbach at 10:05. He stated that Fred, the son, was
holding his head and evidently in pain from injuries. Mrs. Aulenbach was lying in a pool of blood. A hatchet was found on the floor
upstairs in the bedroom. There was blood on the kitchen floor and walls. The cross examination was conducted by Mr. Whitehouse.
Chief of Police Deibert told of the statements made to him by Fred Aulenbach to the effect that he had been sleeping and was
wakened by his father entering the bedroom with a hatchet. He could not avoid the full blow of the hatchet wielded by his father.
Grappling with the father, they wrestled down the stairs and then suddenly he saw his mother, he said. A further tussle with his father
resulted in the latter's falling to the floor.
Fred Aulenbach was the next witness called. He was informed by Dr. Matonis that he did not need to testify. Mr. Aulenbach waived
his rights and testified. He stated that his father seemed to be in good physical condition prior to the day of the assault but that his
mental health did not seem good for several months previous. The son stated that he had reached home about three in the morning
from work on the railroad. He spoke to his mother who called down to him, read the paper for a short time and then retired. He was
awakened by the sound of the door to his bedroom opening and saw his father holding a hatchet. The father struck a glancing blow
on the side of his face. The witness said he then grappled with his father, trying to hold him but no blows were struck because he
knew of his mental condition. They wrestled down the stairs and he saw his mother lying on the floor. With a break in his voice, he
told of his father's size and strength, told of his asking his father what he had done to the mother and f further wrestling on the first
floor of the home which resulted in the father's falling to the floor. No further blows were struck. The witness related he immediately
called Dr. Tihansky and Police Chief Deibert.
Dr. Tihansky was recalled to the stand. He testified to the injuries to the son which could have been made by a hatchet. He also
observed further injuries later in the day to a toe, finger and left arm. Deputy Coroner Matonis then gave the jury a report on the
autopsy findings with respect to Mrs. Aulenbach. There were evidences of severe blows to the head by a heavy instrument, severe
contusion to the head and scalp, and head fractures and severe cerebral hemorrhages. The post mortem examination of Mr.
Aulenbach indicated that death resulted primarily from lobar pneumonia and that there were contusions of the head and chest and a
fracture of the right cheek bone, together with evidence of hardening of the arteries. The members of the jury were Roy A. Scott,
Hugh H. Hoke, Francis Lecher, Warren Brown, Richard Pflueger and William J. Harner.
|The Call of May 2, 1947
STATE POLICE WILL BE STATIONED HERE
Announcement was made on Tuesday by Captain Edwin Griffith, commanding officer of the West Reading troop headquarters of
Commissioner C. M. Wilhelm's approval of location of a state police barracks at Schuylkill Haven. The new substation will be located
at the home of Mrs. Helen Howell, 29 west Main Street, a three story frame dwelling now occupied on the first floor by the Higgins
Company and on the other floors by roomers. The home is between the Parkway Restaurant and the Reading Railroad alongside the
taxi stand. Captain Griffith stated that between twelve to fifteen state policemen, depending on the number available, will be
quartered here within the next three or four weeks. A nearby parking lot will be available for the use of these troopers. Sixteen men
had been stationed at the substation when in Pottsville. After more than ten years, it was discontinued April 1 when the Amvets
moved into their quarters. These men were distributed to the other three substations at Frackville, Tamaqua and Pine Grove and to
the Hamburg, West Reading and Lebanon details. Decision to locate at Schuylkill Haven was reached after a committee of
investigations was unable to find a suitable location in Pottsville. The citizens of Schuylkill Haven who were instrumental in getting
the state police to locate here are to be commended for their efforts. The addition of this law enforcement group to town is another
step in the progressive advance being made in Schuylkill Haven.
|The Call of May 2, 1947
STOLEN COAL TRUCK UPSETS AT CUTOFF
Theodore reed, 27, of 752 Garfield Avenue, is in the county prison in default of $700 bail, after having been arrested by Squire Milford
D. Klahr on a charge of larceny of a Ford truck and a load of coal. According to the statement Reed made to the police, he had been
drinking and on his way home about 3:30 on Wednesday morning, he saw the new 1946 Ford truck loaded with coal and the keys being
in the truck, he took it and drove south on Route 122 and at the "Y" at the Orwigsburg cutoff, in attempting to get on the old highway
to Orwigsburg, the truck upset. He crawled out from under the wreckage and walked home in the dark and went to bed. The truck
was owned by John Spleen of Haven Street, who had parked it at the quarry on Garfield Avenue for the night, together with another
truck, ready for a trip in the morning. The entire load of coal, valued at $104, was lost. Damage to the truck was estimated at about
$200. The accident was investigated by Police Chief Frank Deibert of the Schuylkill Haven police force assisted by Private Francis D.
Gavaghan and Earl S. Klinger of the Hamburg State Police and Officer Percy Bubeck of the Schuylkill Haven police force.
|The Call of May 9, 1947
BODY OF INFANT GIRL IS FOUND IN SCHUYLKILL RIVER
The badly decomposed body of an infant girl was found floating face down in the water at the shore of the Schuylkill River behind
Miller's Pond, about one hundred yards below Manbeck's washery by three young men of town Tuesday afternoon. Alan Knarr,
Charles Brown and Paul Hornberger went to the river on Tuesday afternoon to try out a recently installed polychoke on the shotgun
owned by James Brobst, manager of Fink's Sport Center. On their return about 2:45 in the afternoon Alan found the baby girl lying
face down in the water. A phone call was made from the Casket Factory and Chief of Police Frank Deibert was summoned. Since the
body was found in North Manheim Township, outside the borough limits, Chief Deibert called County Detectives Louis D. Buono and
Bruce Clayton. The state police were also notified. Dr. Matonis, deputy coroner, was called. Because the body was so badly
decomposed, the cause of death could not be determined. Dr. Matonis stated the infant was about two days old but how long it had
been in the water was not known. Because of the high water the past two weeks, the child might have been thrown in the water quite
a distance above where it was found. The body was released to the D. M. Bittle funeral home. An investigation is being conducted by
the county detectives and state police. There were no clues to give them a lead. The infant wore no clothes and because of the state
of decomposition, nothing could be learned from viewing the body.
|The Call of August 13, 1948
HAROLD "RED" ROWE, SMALL TIME BOOKIE OF READING, SHOT THROUGH HEAD
The body of a man, later identified as Harold "Red" Rowe of Reading, was found early this morning with a bullet through the head
along side the road leading to the Esso plant at Connor's Crossing. Francis Kachura of 607 Ridge Avenue, Pottsville, discovered the
body at 3:40 a. m. while on his way to work. He is employed by the Reading Company as a railroader and was going from Connor's
Crossing toward the old car shops near where he would get on his train to go to Mine Hill. About seventy five yards from the main
highway at Connor's Crossing, he found the body lying face up in a pool of blood. It was lying along side of the dirt road, directly
behind the large highway billboards. Kachura went to the local state police barracks and notified them of his discovery. Sergeant
Keuch and Private William Hines went to the scene. They found the man dead from a single shot that had entered his head directly
above the left ear and emerged through the right temple. The murder weapon was not at the scene. The only clues apparent were
tire marks believed to have been made by the car that brought Rowe to the spot. The state police later made plaster of Paris casts of
the prints. County Detective Lewis D. Buono was notified and Dr. J. F. Matonis, deputy coroner, was called. Dr. Matonis stated that
from the condition of the body, the man had been dead not much more than an hour. As almost an hour had passed since the
discovery of the body, it is believed Kachura happened upon the scene shortly after the murder had been committed.
The victim was a heavy man, weighing 240 pounds and ranging five feet, ten and a half inches tall. Identification was not definitely
made until eleven o'clock this morning. It was made possible through a single identification card found on the body. It was a
membership card in the Moose organization at Reading. Sergeant Keuch immediately got in touch with the Reading state police and
gave them the description of the man and the name found on the card. The Reading police investigated and became reasonably
certain that the victim was Harold Rowe, 37, of 19 North Eighth Street. Richard Rowe, a brother of Reading, came to Schuylkill Haven
and identified the body at the Bittle funeral home as that of his brother.
Richard Rowe, when questioned by The Call about the occupation of his brother, very sketchily replied that he worked for Consumer
Credit and for Textile Machine Works. Through a reliable source in Reading, The Call learned that Red Rowe, the victim, was known
as a small time bookie who worked as doorman for a numbers writing place. The same source stated that the numbers gang in
Reading, hearing that the numbers writing was paying better in the Pottsville area, was attempting to muscle in on the racket. An
autopsy is being performed this afternoon by Dr. W. K. Glenney of Pottsville at the Bittle funeral home.
|Pottsville Republican of August 13, 1948
MAN SLAIN AT CONNOR'S CROSSING RACE HORSE BOOKIE
Body with Bullet Wound in Temple Found by Railroader Early Today-No Evidence of Struggle;Unaware That He Was To Be Killed
A Reading man, said to be a race horse bookie, whose body was found early Friday morning near Connor's Crossing along the road
that leads to the Standard Oil Company bulk plant - a bullet hole drilled through his skull - was described as the victim of a typical
gangster slaying by Schuylkill County detectives and Schuylkill Haven State Police seeking a clue to the identity of the assassins. The
victim was definitely identified as Harold Rowe, 37, of 19 North Eighth Street in reading, by a brother, Richard at the D. M. Bittle funeral
home in Schuylkill Haven seven hours after the body was discovered by Francis Kachura of 609 Ridge Avenue of this city, a Reading
Railroad employee enroute to work at 3:40 a. m. Chief of County detectives Louis Buono, discounting the possibility of a suicide or
holdup motive by virtue of evidence at the murder scene, theorized that Rowe was "taken for a ride and slain without a whimper."
The brother, Richard, told Buono and Sergeant William Keuch of the Schuylkill Haven state police that Rowe had been employed in
Reading at a race horse bookie room and previously worked as a collector of bad debts for a loan company. Investigation in Reading
revealed that Rowe, also a former textile worker, married and father of a seven year old son, had a minor police record of disorderly
conduct and trespassing charges and in 1932 spent fifteen days in Berks County prison on a trespassing count as a result of picketing
activities at a striking textile plant.
Buono and Keuch agreed on the discounting of any possibility of suicide. There was no evidence of any weapon at the scene and no
abandoned car in the vicinity for Rowe to reach the spot alone. Likewise they eliminated the possibility of attempted robbery on
finding forty five dollars untouched in the victim's trouser pocket. But piece by piece of the evidence available they outlined the
possible action of Rowe being taken on a gangster ride, forced out of the car at a darkened spot amidst low brush and trees and shot
with a revolver pointed at his left temple as he lit a cigarette. A fresh cigarette, the one end barely charred by fire was found by the
side of his mouth. The scene of the slaying was some 240 feet from the Cressona road that veers off the Connor's Crossing and just
six feet off the macadam road enroute to the gasoline storage depot just ahead. Auto tire tracks, of which plaster of Paris casts were
made, indicated clearly in the mud along the road that the slayers had backed the car around in a small clearing off the roadway,
narrowly missed bumping the edge of a corrugated steel fence around the oil plant and then halted the car at the point where the
body was found. Kachura, who normally parks his car near the Standard Oil plant each morning and then boards a Reading train for
his daily work at the Mine Hill yards, spotted the body with his car headlights, stopped quickly to examine the corpse, then dashed to
Schuylkill Haven to notify the state police. He told police the corpse was lying face up, his arms stretched out like a cross and his
head bloody. Dr. Joseph Matonis, deputy coroner of Schuylkill Haven, arriving on the scene an hour and ten minutes after the
discovery said that Kachura probably missed the actual shooting by mere minutes since Rowe's body was still warm, blood was
trickling from the wound and was not yet coagulated and the corpse was still limp with no rigor mortis evident at the time.
The bullet, apparently of small calibre revolver size, entered Rowe's left temple about three quarters of an inch above the ear,
pierced through his skull and emerged on the right side at a similar point above the ear. Dr. Matonis said from powder burn marks
evident on Rowe's temple, the death gun was pointed close to his head when the shot was fired. No trace of the fatal bullet had been
found by police and detectives until early this afternoon, although county detective William Dimmerling and State Policeman William
Hines scoured the area all morning. Buono said from the size of the wound, it was presumed to be either a .32 or .38 calibre bullet.
Arrangements were being completed this afternoon to secure a state police magnet to search the area in an attempt to retrieve the
bullet in the immediate area. Rowe was cleanly shaven and attired in a green sport shirt with long sleeves, brown slacks, tow tone
brown and white shoes. His body showed no signs of bruises and his clothing revealed no indications of a scuffle. Likewise the lack
of any marks on the ground of his body being dragged to the spot or any indications of blood dripping from the presumed death car,
convinced police and detectives that the shooting took place on the scene after Rowe left the automobile.
Brother Richard Rowe's testimony to police that the victim was a fighting man and would have tried to lick a dozen men if the need
arose and the freshly lit cigarette also led county authorities to believe that Rowe was unaware of his fate and that he unwittingly
might have thoroughly trusted his assassin companions. First indication of the dead man's identity came when Buono discovered a
Reading Moose Lodge Number 1472 paid up membership card with Rowe's name in the dead man's pocket. Information was
forwarded to Reading State Police who immediately launched an investigation there and turned up with the dead man's brother.
Deputy Coroner Matonis announced that Dr. W. R. Glenney of Pottsville, would perform a post mortem examination of the body this
afternoon. Until early this afternoon no other clues had been uncovered. Buono said no witnesses were known to have seen such a
car or heard the fatal shot, although careful check was being made especially among watchmen at plants and railroads in the area.
Reading police were checking on the possibility of a racket feud among the city's gamblers and bookies. There was no evidence to
indicate that Rowe was connected with any of the rackets in Pottsville. A native of Reading, Rowe is survived by his wife Catherine, a
seven year old son, Mickey, his father Arthur Rowe, brothers Arthur Jr. and Richard and a half brother. Richard who identified the
body was attempting to reach the dead man's wife, vacationing at the seashore and his father, on a cross country tour and last heard
from in Tennessee, to complete plans for burial.
|The Pottsville Republican of August 14, 1948
UNCOVER NO NEW CLUES IN RIDE SLAYING - Wife Too Upset to Give Any Help at Reading Barracks
Police questioning of the victim's widow and continuing exhaustive investigation by State Police and County Detectives here and in
reading have failed to reveal any new clues in the slaying of Harold Rowe, 37 year old Reading victim, believed "taken for a ride,"
whose body was found near Connor's Crossing Friday morning, State Police Sergeant William Keuch said at Schuylkill Haven this
morning. What light Mrs. Catherine M. Rowe, his widow, might shed on the crime was not actually revealed by police. She went to the
Reading barracks Friday after learning of the shooting but became too upset to give any details to reporters. She told how she and
her husband had gone to the seashore during the weekend, that he returned Monday and she on Tuesday. Mrs. Rowe said her
husband went out as usual Thursday night and that she wasn't worried when he did not return because he often stayed out late.
Reading police were making a thorough check of Rowe's companion - he was said to be employed at a race horse bookie room - and
attempting to learn with whom he was last seen on Thursday night. Latest trace of his whereabouts, according to Sergeant Keuch was
at seven in the evening when he apparently was enroute to his apartment. A thorough checkup of possible witnesses in the Connor's
Crossing area by State Police and County Detectives has failed to uncover a single person who either saw the car or heard the shot.
Nor has the spent bullet that pierced Rowe's left temple and emerged through the other side of his skull been located. State Police
swept the entire murder scene area with a magnet Friday without a trace of the slug.
An autopsy on Rowe's body by Dr. W. R. Glenney Friday afternoon merely substantiated that a high calibre bullet, probably .32 or .38
calibre, entered Rowe's head above the left ear, passed through and emerged on the right side about the same point. Sergeant
Keuch said the fact that Rowe's slayer or possibly a group of several men committed the deed on a comparatively unknown, remote
road wasn't necessarily an indication of the fact that they were familiar with the territory here. "When killers are looking for a lonely
road, they usually spot one," he commented. State Police and County Detectives continue to maintain that Rowe was taken for a ride
probably by a friend or friends whom he trusted and that the slaying probably was the result of a grievance.
|The Call of January 28, 1949
CLOTHESLINE THIEVES OPERATING AGAIN
The clothesline thieves are at it again. Numerous complaints are being received by the local police of thefts from back porches and
back yards. In the Broadway section of town, meats, eggs and other foodstuffs have been stolen from back porches. In the central
part of town between East Main and East Union Streets, clothes left hanging on wash lines at night have been taken. Chief Burgess
Harner and Chief of Police Frank Deibert warn housewives not to leave laundry hanging on wash lines after dark. The police force
will keep a closer watch on patrol at night time in an effort to catch the thieves.
|The Call of February 18, 1949
SAFE CRACKERS GET $2500 AT FAREL BECKER GARAGE
Safe crackers who broke into the garage of Farel Y. Becker on Centre Avenue early Monday morning and broke open a safe in the
showroom made off with approximately $2500 in cash. This was revealed by Chief of Police Frank Deibert as the amount in the safe as
reported by Mr. Becker. The intruders gained entrance by smashing a rear window of the garage. They ransacked the garage shop to
secure the tools they needed using a portable electric drill, tire irons, screw drivers and a six foot crowbar. Police Chief Deibert,
State Police Sergeant William Keuch and Detective Steve Homa, whose agency protects the Becker property, agreed that the
intruders either drilled through or forced off the combination knob, then after drilling and prying with the irons and crowbar, forced
open the door. The safe was turned on its side but its fall was carefully cushioned by magazines and calendars. It was badly battered
and fireproof concrete that lines the door was spilled around the showroom. The door hinges were still intact and connected to the
safe. The tools were left neatly in order by the safe when the job was finished. Warren Kramer of 149 Haven Street, a Becker
salesman, who was called out early to open the garage for the arrival of new cars at 7:40 a. m. on Monday, discovered the theft. Mr.
Becker was attending an automobile show at Atlantic City at the time of the robbery.
After entering the garage, the intruders jimmied a lock on the parts desk entrance, ransacked several cabinets containing only
supplies and then proceeded to go to work in the showroom which faces Centre Avenue. It was pointed out by Chief Deibert that
sufficient light for the job was provided by a street light directly in front of the Becker establishment. The valuables were evidently
carted to the rear of the shop for examination. A cigar box and a leather folder, both of which contained cash, were found on the floor
of the garage. Valuable records were left behind. Sergeant Keuch expressed fear that an organized gang of safe crackers is at work
in Schuylkill County as this was the second garage job in five days. The same pattern was followed here as at the Firestone store in
Pottsville last Thursday morning. Two similar safe robberies were performed in reading recently, which leads police officials to
believe that an organized gang is perpetuating thefts in this two county area.
|The Call of April 1, 1949
TWO YOUNG MEN GIVEN JAIL TERMS FOR OWLS ROBBERY
Leo Donatti, 25, and Louis Canfield, 24, yesterday were sentenced to serve not less than eleven months nor more than twenty two
months in the county prison for robbing the Owls nest in Schuylkill Haven on February 28. The arm of the law reached far to bring
about the conviction of the two young men. They were apprehended in Florida and were brought back to the county on Wednesday
night. On Thursday morning they pleaded guilty before Judge Curran and were sentenced immediately to the jail terms.
Some time between 10:30 p. m. on February 28 and 8:30 a. m. March 1, Donatti and Canfield broke open the Owl's cash register valued
at $1500 and stole $185. According to the story told to Chief of Police Frank Deibert by the two young men, they got a taxi to take them
to Pottsville but got off at the Elmer Johnson service station at Mount Carbon. They hitchhiked a ride by truck to Philadelphia where
they boarded a bus for Florida. Arriving in Miami they split up. Donatti went to Jacksonville and Canfield went to the section around
Fort Lauderdale. Donatti, unable to secure work, soon spent his part of the loot and even sold a sweater to procure money. He
walked into a police station in Jacksonville and confessed committing the robbery in Schuylkill Haven. The Jacksonville police
contacted Chief of Police Deibert to verify the story. Deibert requested them to hold Donatti until the other man was apprehended.
Finally, Canfield wrote home asking that some of his clothing be sent to him. The address was secured and arrangements were made
with Florida police to have him picked up. Canfield secured employment in Florida, working for the police.
Chief Deibert left last Thursday morning with County Detective William Dimmerling and John Purdy by automobile for Fort Lauderdale.
They picked up their prisoners and arrived back in Pottsville on Wednesday at ten o'clock in the evening. The prisoners readily
confessed and pleaded guilty the next day. Donatti, who boarded at Danny Ditzler's at 24 West Main Street, had previous minor
scrapes with the law. Canfield, who lived with his mother on Caldwell Street had been in trouble with the police on several
occasions. A checkup by local police after the robbery revealed that both young men had left town and suspicion immediately fell
|The Call of December 8, 1950
STROMBERG VERDICT IS MANSLAUGHTER
Schuylkill County's reputation for leniency with persons charged with killings was upheld this week when the jury hearing the
Stromberg case turned in the lightest possible verdict beyond outright acquittal, voluntary manslaughter, which carries a penalty of
from six to twelve years in prison. The jury of nine women and three men returned the verdict late Saturday night after deliberating
four hours and thirty four minutes. The Commonwealth had asked for a first degree verdict with the death penalty with its contention
that Sidney Stromberg acted with premeditation in the shooting to death of Harold "Red" Rowe, 37, of Reading behind a billboard at
Connor's Crossing on August 13, 1948. The defense, maintaining Stromberg was entirely innocent of the slaying asked for acquittal.
The jury had five possible verdicts to render, first degree murder with the death penalty, first degree murder with life imprisonment,
second degree murder with a ten to twenty year sentence, voluntary manslaughter and acquittal. The verdict was reached on the
seventh ballot. On the first, four jurors wanted to convict Stromberg of first degree murder and two wanted to acquit him. When the
verdict was announced, Attorney James J. Gallagher, recognized as the leading criminal lawyer in the county, moved for a new trial on
behalf of Stromberg. Judge Curran withheld imposing sentence. Attorney G. Harold Watkins, Republican County Chairman and
Attorney Gallagher were defense council for Stromberg. Deputy District Attorney David W. Bechtel represented the commonwealth.
|The Call of March 9, 1951
YOUTH SENTENCED TO COUNTY PRISON
Albert Reager, who pleaded guilty to six charges of larceny, was sentenced by Judge Curran to serve from eleven to twenty two
months in the county prison. The defendant was ordered to pay the costs, restore the stolen goods or their value of them and to
serve four consecutive sentences of two to four months on each of five counts. On the sixth count he was sentenced to serve from
one to two months in jail. A burglary charge in connection with one of the thefts was nol prossed. John Williams of Port Carbon who
was implicated in the thefts with Reager, pleaded guilty February 15 and is awaiting sentence.
Chief of Police Frank Deibert charged the two youths with the following crimes: theft of two pumps worth $1400 from the C. and T.
Construction company on Saint Charles Street, November 24, 1950; theft of a $300 home light generator from the premises of James
Yoder; theft of a $100 grease gun from the Berlanti Construction Company on November 9, 1950; theft of a truck battery and ten
gallons of gasoline from the J. Robert Bazley Construction Company at Mount Carbon in October, 1950; theft of a large wrench and fire
extinguisher from Harvey B. Moyer in North Manheim Township in October, 1950.
|The Call of March 30, 1951
MICHAEL WHALEN CONFESSES SETTING TWO BARN FIRES; SENTENCED TO 11-22 MONTHS
Michael Joseph Whalen, 23, of 323 South Garfield Avenue, is serving from eleven to twenty two months in jail as a result of pleading
guilty to charges of burning down two North Manheim township barns which he said was "to wake up people in Landingville to the
need of supporting their fire company." On February 24, he burned down the barn of Paul Fritz and a similar structure on the farm of
Lynn Moyer on March 12. In both cases, Whalen notified the Landingville Fire Company, of which he is a member, of the fires and was
the first on the scenes. He was taken into custody Monday by Corporal Thomas Brace, State Police fire marshal attached to the
Reading barracks and admitted the crime after being questioned for two hours.
Suspicion was thrown on Whalen after it was revealed that both fires were started about 3:45 in the morning and reported by him. He
started the fire at the Fritz barn with matches and at the Moyer barn with a cigarette and straw. He was on his way home from work at
Pottstown, where he is employed as a brakeman by the Pennsylvania Railroad, when he started the blazes. Prior to taking up his
residence in town two years ago, he resided in Landingville. At that time he was employed by a dairyman and he has been employed
by the railroad since last October. Mr. Whalen is married and is the father of a year old daughter. He was given a hearing on the two
charges of arson before Squire Ernest Singer on Monday evening and court action was taken on Tuesday.
|The Call of November 2, 1951
BURGLAR NEEDED HUNTING GOODS
A burglar or burglars who must have been badly in need of clothes and hunting equipment took $555.45 worth of loot from Abe's
Working Men's Store at 4 East Main Street, between 12:30 and 1:00 a. m. on Sunday. Chief of Police Frank Deibert said that the
burglary was discovered at 6:00 p. m. Sunday by the Henne family who reside on the second floor of the store. Admittance to the
store was gained by breaking a window in the rear of the store. Harry Gabrolovich of Pottsville is the owner of the establishment. It
was found that shotgun shells, long rifle shot, hunting coats, pants and shorts, dungarees, boots, work shoes and socks were stolen.
|The Call of December 28, 1951
RAINBOW HOSE COMPANY ROBBED ON CHRISTMAS
Officer Percy Bubeck is investigating the robbery of $150 from a closet in the Rainbow Hose Company between midnight and eight in
the morning on Christmas day. Chief of Police Frank Deibert said that the robbery was reported to him about 8:30 a. m. Tuesday by
Edward Brown, secretary of the fire company. The money, including $100 in wrapped cash, twenty one dollar bills and some change,
had been taken from a closet in the grille room of the company. An undetermined amount was also taken from the cash register. An
outer lock had been broken on the closet and a lock on a smaller closet inside was also broken to find the money. The cash register
tray was found lying beside the highway near the Schuylkill Airport but the fingerprints were smudged.
|The Call of December 28, 1951
CAUGHT BURGLARS OF ABE'S STORE
Daniel Young of Hotel Street in Pottsville, who was arrested along with seven other young men, has been charged with the
burglarizing of Abe's Workingman's store in Schuylkill Haven on October 28. Young and Richard Bainbridge, also of Hotel Street in
Pottsville, are charged with nine burglaries that began as early as July 12. Arrested on charges of receiving stolen goods were
George Acaley and William Beach of Llewellyn and Norman Barket of Pottsville. Three juveniles were included in the arrests, charged
with burglary, and two of them have been sent to Kis-Lyn Reformatory.
|The Call of May 9, 1952
TWO GAS STATIONS BURGLARIZED SATURDAY
About seventy dollars in cash, along with chewing gum, cigars and cigarettes were stolen when burglars broke into two gas stations
over the weekend. An attempt was also made to rob the A & P store. On Saturday evening the Parkway Service Station at Main Street
and Parkway was entered and twenty dollars in change, a carton of chewing gum and cigars were taken. Owner Bill Campbell
discovered the robbery Sunday morning when he opened the station. Entry had been made through a rear window. Some time during
Sunday night a rear door was broken into at the Frantz Service Station, centre Avenue, and fifty dollars in bills and twelve cartons of
cigarettes were taken. Herbert Frantz, owner, discovered the robbery Monday morning. During the weekend an attempt was also
made to rob the A & P store. A side door leading to the store room was forced but the burglars could not gain admission to the store.
Nothing was stolen.
|The Call of February 20, 1953
CRIME WAVE ENDS - FOUR SIXTEEN YEAR OLDS ADMIT LOCAL ROBBERIES
A two year crime wave in the Schuylkill Haven area came to an end this week with the arrest of four sixteen year old boys who
admitted a series of robberies and car thefts dating back to March 26, 1951. Three Schuylkill haven boys and one Pottsville youth
admitted the crimes and have been put into custody of their parents pending action of juvenile court authorities. An investigation
has been underway by state trooper Jonah Reese and Chief of Police Frank Deibert. The last attempt at burglary came Monday
evening when two of the youths tried to enter the local A & P store. Albert Evans, manager of the store received a call about 10:15
o'clock from someone in the area who heard a noise at the store. He notified the police who immediately went to the scene. When
officers Deibert and Honicker arrived, the boys ran and the one was caught when he fell at the American Legion hut. They had been
trying to enter the store from the east side where they broke a 25 by 28 inch window. On Tuesday State Trooper Reese was notified
and the other boys were taken into custody.
Trooper Reese stated that the series began when the youths broke into the Walter Tobash service station in Schuylkill Haven R. D. 1
on March 26, 1951, when they obtained fourteen cartons of cigarettes. Other robberies and burglaries they admitted included:
burglarizing of the Paul Keller service station on April 18, 1952 when they stole a camera valued at $40.00 and four flashlights. At the
Sinclair service station, Herbert Frantz, proprietor, on May 4, 1952 they stole $50.00, one hundred pennies and twelve cartons of
cigarettes. On May 14, 1952, they entered Campbell's Parkway service station, getting twenty dollars in change, a carton of gum,
candy and cigars. May 22, 1952, the Frank E. Mickey service station in the Schuylkill Haven R. D. in which they stole $2.90 in cash plus
two and a half cartons of cigarettes. On January 4, 1953 they again broke into the Campbell property and attempted to open a soft
drink machine but were unsuccessful. On the same day they stole about ten dollars from the Globe Cleaning Plant on Route 122, in
addition to a bottle of whiskey. January 14, 1953 they entered the Sinclair service station, William Schoener, proprietor, and stole fifty
pennies, a checkbook, a bank book, several checks and ten cigars. On the same date they robbed the Franklin Felty Oil Company
office at Connor's Crossing. They broke open a safe and stole a .38 caliber revolver which was discovered Wednesday in the woods
In addition to the robberies the four also admitted the theft of four automobiles. On November 30, 1952, they stole the car of Glenn
Greenawald, 301 Dock Street from in front of his home and it was recovered December 2 in the woods near Connor's Crossing.
December 10, they stole a vehicle owned by Leo Wingle of 333 Haven Street which was recovered December 13 at the foot of the
Schuylkill Mountain. The car of Robert Dallago of 122 Broadway, was taken on Christmas Day from Wilson Street where it was parked
and was found the next day, wrecked on the Pottsville Boulevard near the Pottsville Drive In Theatre. On January 3, 1953, they stole a
car owned by Fred Gauker of Cressona. It was found wrecked on January 6 near Gap Rocks on the Duncott- Heckschersville road.
They stole a Savage high power .30-.30 rifle which was later recovered by police.
|The Call of June 12, 1953
HOLZER ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON BOROUGH MANAGER
As the aftermath of an altercation at Town Hall on Tuesday morning, Walter Holzer, Stanton Street, was held under $500 bail for grand
jury action on three charges preferred by Borough Manager Richard Davis. The charges are assault and battery, aggravated assault
and battery and surety. The charges grew out of an alleged assault upon the borough manger in his office shortly before 8:30 a. m.
The trouble started after Davis informed Holzer, who at one time was superintendent of the light department, that his services were
no longer required. Davis claims Holzer said, "I'll get you," as he started to leave. Davis testified he asked, "What do you mean by
that?" whereupon Holzer reentered the office and grabbed hold of the borough manager. In the scuffle that followed both men
received cuts, Davis a lacerated finger and possibly aggravated a previous spinal injury, and Holzer a cut at the left temple and a
bruise beneath the left eye. The hearing was held Wednesday morning at the office of Alderman William A. Thompson in Pottsville.
Holzer secured the required $500 bail.
|Pottsville Republican of June 10, 1953
HAVEN MAN IN $500 BAIL ON BOROUGH MANAGER CHARGES
Richard Davis Jr., Schuylkill Haven Borough Manager, charged Walter "Westy" Holzer, also of Schuylkill Haven, with assault and
battery, aggravated assault and battery and surety of the peace at a hearing before Alderman William Thompson, Pottsville this
morning. Davis testified that Holzer attacked him in his office at Schuylkill Haven borough hall at 8:20 a. m. Tuesday, after Davis had
notified Holzer of his dismissal as a borough employee. Holzer, a former superintendent of the electrical department of the borough,
had been working as a lineman under Davis and according to Davis' testimony, had refused to climb poles because of his age. Davis
said he informed Holzer in March of this year that if he would not climb poles he was no longer needed by the borough and asked him
to sever his connections with the electrical department.
Davis said Holzer refused to quit. Knowing that the building of the temporary power substation was pending, Davis testified he did
not press for Holzer's dismissal. Last Thursday, Davis said, Holzer did not report for work and did not return to his duties until
Tuesday morning. Then according to Davis' testimony this is what happened:
Davis told Holzer that his services were no longer required by the borough and that he would receive his final paycheck in several
days. As Holzer turned to leave the office he said, "I'll see you", in an angry tone of voice. He then repeated the phrase in a louder
tone and turned back to Davis grabbing him by the shoulders and throwing him to the floor. During the tussle Holzer said, "I've got
you" and "You'll be taken care of." Davis lifted himself and Holzer from the floor and threw Holzer against the wall of the of office
where Holzer lay. The borough manager asked Holzer, "Do you have enough?", to which Holzer made no reply. Chief of Police
Deibert was notified and conducted an investigation. Davis said that he helped Holzer up and picked up Holzer's glasses which had
been broken in the scuffle. Attorney Donald Dolbin represented Holzer at the hearing. He asked for a dismissal of the charges but
Alderman Thompson ruled that in view of the evidence he would have to hold Holzer in $500 bail for court. After the hearing Davis
said he had requested Chief of Police Deibert to prosecute the case and that Deibert refused. Deibert's comment when asked about
this was, "That's right."
|The Call of April 14, 1954
DRAGNET OUT FOR KIDNAPPED SAFETY COP
The school safety policeman pictured in last week's issue of The Call as doing duty at the corner of Paxson Avenue and Dock Street
was kidnapped some time late Sunday night or early Monday morning. The search for the missing safety patrolman continued
relentlessly until word was received Wednesday morning from the Pottsville police that the missing standard was recovered in that
city. The stolen policeman was returned to Schuylkill Haven today and is expected to be back on duty when students return to school
Tuesday morning after the Easter vacation. In a story last week we stated that the traffic signs were given by the Coca Cola Company
to the school district. The glistening policemen were given to the borough.
|The Call of May 12, 1955
INVESTIGATING NIGHT SHOOTING OF PET DOG
Investigations are being conducted as a result of the shooting of a pet collie and shepherd dog owned by the Earl Dreher family of
116 Columbia Street. The dog was shot while in the back yard of the Dreher home on April 28. The Drehers heard the shot at about
11:45 p. m. but thought it was a car backfiring. When Mrs. Dreher found the dog lying on the side porch at 9:30 the next morning, he
was taken to Dr. Herring in Friedensburg who discovered the animal had been shot with a shotgun. State and local police were
notified. Neighbors saw a car pulling away from the rear of the Dreher home after hearing the shot. The dog was very friendly and
the reason for the shooting can not be determined.
|The Call of October 13, 1955
POLICE BREAK DOOR TO MAKE ARREST
George Buller of 110 Pennsylvania Avenue was arrested Monday evening after Schuylkill Haven police were forced to break down a
door to gain entrance to his home. Earlier in the evening Constable Saul Klahr had read a warrant for his arrest to Buller and had
been ordered out of the house. About 7:30 Klahr returned with officers Lorin Honicker and Earl Deatrich. When Buller refused to
open the door and submit to arrest, they removed a screen door and forced open a kitchen door. They took a hatchet from Buller and
handcuffed him. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Reber and charged with cruelty to animals. Buller posted bail for
court. Buller's arrest was on complaint of Clarence Dress of 126 Pennsylvania Avenue. Buller is alleged to have run over and injured
a dog owned by Dress on September 28.
|The Call of July 19, 1956
JERSEY MEN FINED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT
Seven young men from New Jersey were fined for disorderly conduct at a hearing before Justice of the Peace Jack Reber on Sunday
evening. Six of them each paid $21.50 in fines and costs and the seventh, who was charged $57.50 in fines and costs was confined in
the county jail overnight until the money was raised. The charges grew out of a disturbance at the VFW home on Columbia Street.
Officers William Goetz and Earl Dietrich report that the seven beat up two Philadelphia soldiers who are stationed at Indiantown Gap.
The soldiers were given medical treatment by Dr. Shantz. The young men involved were Anthony Clark, James Banta, Robert Foley
and Eugene Demarest of Jersey City; Thomas J. Mahon of Bayonne, New Jersey and Harry McCord and Charles Gurski of town, who
are working in New Jersey. Banta, who is reported to have provoked the altercation, was arrested at the higher fine. The soldiers
were John Lynch and Harry Kimmel, both of Philadelphia.
|The Call of August 9, 1956
ATTEMPTED TO MOLEST GIRL
Joseph R. Wagman of 1145 North George Street in York, was committed to the county jail on Saturday in default of bail for a hearing on
Monday on charges of assault and of surety of the peace following an alleged attack on a local girl. According to testimony presented
at a hearing before Justice of the Peace Jack Reber on Monday night, the girl was returning to her home on Parkway the previous
Monday at about 10:15 in the evening when she was accosted by a man in a car. He demanded she get in the car. When she walked
away he circled the block and again accosted her. Four times he drove around Parkway to accost her before she arrived at her home.
He was able to drive away without being apprehended but the father and brother of the girl obtained the license number. A state
police check revealed Wagman as the owner of the car. On Saturday, Officer Larue Mengle, the investigating officer and Constable
Saul Klahr went to York and took Wagman into custody. In default of bail he was locked up in the county jail to await a hearing on
Monday when Reber held him in $500 bail for surety of the peace. Bail was presented.
|The Call of February 10, 1958
STATE POLICE RAID BINGO GAME
Schuylkill Haven state troopers won the jackpot awards at bingo games Sunday at Willow Lake. They confiscated the various
mechanisms used in operation of the games, arrested the operators and seized merchandise at the establishment. Scheduled for
arraignment today on charges of setting up and maintaining gambling devices and conspiracy to commit an illegal act will be Mrs.
Theresa Senkus, 43, and George W. Bensinger, 60, of 117 Market Street, both in Mount Carbon. They will be given a hearing before
Justice of the Peace Edward Singer at Schuylkill Haven. Mrs. Senkus and Bensinger were arrested at the Willow Lake bingo game in
North Manheim Township about 5:30 p. m. Mrs. Senkus is the woman who reported a $1,500 armed holdup to police on January 17.
She said she and her son, Sonny, age seventeen, were ready to start their car when an armed man took a metal box containing the
money. The cash was to be used to operate a weekly bingo game at Port Carbon American Legion run by Mrs. Senkus and Bensinger.
The bandit had not been apprehended although police are continuing their investigation.
In the Schuylkill Haven raid the police confiscated an electrical sign board which showed the numbers called and a device which
selected the numbered balls for play. Corporal Jonah Reese conducted the Willow Lake raid aided by troopers William HInes, John
Mazak and Donald Ravina.
|The Call of October 31, 1957
BREAKS GLASS WINDOW TO STEAL RIFLE
An early morning burglar broke a hole through the plate glass display window at Jim's Sport Shop and stole a high powered rifle.
Nothing else was taken from the window. A hole about six inches in diameter was made by throwing a large stone through the plate
glass window about two feet above the lower window level. The crash was heard by Mrs. Marne Bubeck who was feeding her infant
child in the kitchen at the rear of the apartment above the store. She went to the front bay window and looked around but saw no one
or anything suspicious. It was at 4:00 a. m. The robbery wasn't discovered until 8:30 this morning when Jim Brobst, owner of the
store, and George Manbeck of town noticed the broken window. At first it was thought merely broken by an overzealous Halloweener
but when Jim saw two metal clips torn from the gun display board, he realized that one of the rifles had been taken.
The stolen rifle was a Remington Model 712A 30-06 with serial number 391663. The bolt action rifle sells for $95. It was the second
cheapest of the eleven rifles and guns valued at over $1,000 displayed in the window. An attempt was made to take one of the other
rifles but the thief couldn't pull it from the display board. Jonah Reese of the State Police investigated and took the disturbed rifle to
check it for fingerprints. None of the other items displayed - binoculars, scopes, flashlights, hunting clothes, cleaning equipment and
boots - was taken. A reward of fifty dollars is being offered by Jim's Sport Shop for information leading to the recovery of the stolen
rifle and the arrest of the person stealing it.
|The Call of February 2, 1958
YOUTH PAYS HEAVILY FOR DISTURBANCE
A New Ringgold youth, Leonard Grube, age eighteen, paid $47.70 in fines and costs for creating a disturbance at a dance at the
Schuylkill Haven high school. At the hearing before Justice of the Peace Jack Reber, Parkway, on Saturday morning, it was stated that
Grube and two other youths started the trouble by entering the school smoking cigars. Charles Borden, custodian with police powers,
told the boys that smoking wasn't allowed in the building. They disposed of the cigar. Some time later Borden smelled smoke in the
building and upon investigating found that the three were smoking again. This time one of the boys put up an argument. Borden
went for assistance. When he returned, the youths had left and he found a window in one of the back doors was smashed. An
investigation was made by local police officer Larue Mengle and the arrest of Grube followed.
Grube admitted breaking the window with his fist. Dr. Paul Christman preferred charges against Grube for disorderly conduct and
malicious mischief. On the malicious mischief charge, Grube was ordered to pay damages of $10.00 and costs of $16.00. On the
disorderly conduct charge, he was fined $10.00 and assessed costs of $11.70 making his total payment $47.70. As a further penalty the
superintendent of schools has barred Grube and his associates from attendance at Schuylkill Haven school affairs.
|The Call of August 7, 1958
YOUNG MEN WITH NO PLACE TO SLEEP CAUSE RUMORS
The mysterious appearance of two young men around town last week set off a wave of wild rumors that expanded as police were
summoned and sought to question them. The two were noticed several days and nights in the vicinity of the old Pennsy station.
When the police were summoned, they picked up the young men. The one gave his name as Howard Johnson. The other quickly
responded to a phoney last name but had trouble trying to think of a first name. When the police attempted to take them to Town Hall,
the younger of the two broke away and made his escape out Willow Street, down Garfield South Avenue and out through Feeser's.
The other one was taken to Town Hall and questioned. He first denied knowing the other youth. His wallet revealed his true identity
and he began giving more truthful answers. The young men, 27 and 18, were brothers by the name of Markavage. They had been
living at Pottsville RD. When their father died, the stepmother broke up the home and the brothers went out on their own. Out of
work, they were drawing compensation checks totaling $44.00 between them. They pooled their money and used it to purchase food.
They slept in the old station and one rainy night beneath the Pennsy Railroad bridge on upper East Main Street. In checking around,
the police discovered they had been eating at Atkins store and at Bill Gehrig's but at both places had been conducting themselves
properly. No complaints could be found against them. They said they had tried to run away from the police because in Pottsville they
had been picked up for loitering. The rumors grew from petty robberies to major burglaries and battles with the police. Actually it
was a routine police investigation.
|The Call of October 16, 1958
ATHLETICS, MINES, DETECTIVE WORK HELPED PREPARE HONICKER FOR CHIEF OF POLICE
The long arm of the law in Schuylkill Haven is definitely entitled to that title, particularly when reference is made to the Chief of Police,
Lorin Honicker. Standing six foot two and tipping the beam at 220 pounds, he is not only the chief, but also the biggest man on the
local police force. With a background of sports participation, previous work in rock tunnels in the mines and employment with a
detective agency, Chief of Police Lorin Honicker has had a life that hardened him physically and provided him with experience that
well qualifies him for the position he now holds. In addition to his work with the Heiser Detective Agency, he has added to his
knowledge of police work by attending four different schools conducted by the FBI.
Honicker is originally from Saint Clair. His father, Fred Honicker is dead, but his mother is living in Saint Clair. He was one of a family
of three boys. A brother, Robert, lives at Willow Grove and another brother, Frederick, is a Schuylkill Haven resident. He was
graduated in 1935 from Saint Clair High School where he played tackle on the football team and was a member of the track and
basketball teams. "After graduation, I loafed for two years, depression you know." But finally there was a job opportunity at the Saint
Clair Coal Company doing rock work in a tunnel. He took it and worked there for two years before going with the Heiser Detective
Agency. After three years of agency work, mine pay again looked good and he began working at Salem Hill. When that colliery shut
down, he started work at Indian Head and when that colliery also closed, went to Knickerbocker in Shenandoah in the rock tunnel.
While working at Salem Hill he lived in Pottsville. Fourteen years ago, he and his wife, the former Evelyn Joy of Pottsville, and their
three year old son, Lorin Jr., moved to Schuylkill Haven. Lorin Jr., now seventeen, is a senior in high school and like his dad is a
tackle on the football team. The family lives in an apartment at the West Main Street and Union Street intersection.
Honicker continued to drive back and forth to work in Shenandoah until September 5, 1952 when there was a vacancy on the local
police force. He had considered working as a part time policeman while continuing to work in the mines, but Chief of Police Frank
Deibert talked him into taking the full time job. Upon the retirement of Frank Deibert on March 16, 1955, Lorin Honicker was named
Chief of Police. Working under Chief Burgess Mark Bast, Chief Honicker and his police force of men and women with a new police car
and radio communication equipment give Schuylkill Haven an efficient and smooth working police force. Chief Honicker maintains his
membership in the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Saint Clair. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association
and the Fraternal Order of Police.
|The Call of January 1, 1959
AUBURN YOUTH PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING HAVEN AUTO
Clayton Minnich failed to heed the warning of Justice of the Peace Jack Reber a year ago when he was in the toils of the law on a
charge of larceny. Leniency was shown to the youth who was then 17, but Reber told him that if he appeared before him again, he
was going to get the full penalty of the law. Monday night, Minnich, now 18, made his appearance before Reber on a charge of
larceny of an automobile and made a repeat appearance on Tuesday night to answer a charge of malicious mischief. On the first he
was committed to jail to await the regular term of criminal court and on the second charge he was placed under $300 bail after
pleading guilty. The charges grew out of the theft of a 1948 Chevrolet automobile belonging to Ken "Butch" Reed of Schuylkill
Haven. The car was stolen Tuesday night of last week from West Main Street and was found Monday in the possession of Minnich by
Constable Joseph Hasenauer of Auburn.
The arrest for the stolen car came about when Hasenauer held Minnich for theft of tires and wheels from a car in Auburn. Minnich
was seen removing the wheels from the car and was later found to have the tires on the freshly painted Chevrolet when he could
produce no owner's card. Hasenauer questioned him and was told that the car had recently been purchased in Rehrersburg.
Checking with the dealer named, Hasenauer learned the car had not been purchased there. Further checking revealed it was the car
reported stolen from Reed, even though it had been stripped of much of its extra equipment and the brown color had been changed
to a two tone blue. Reed, not too well pleased with the paint job, says "it looks like they threw the paint on the car and then spread it
around with a broom." At the first hearing Minnich at first denied taking the car but later admitted taking it and implicated a juvenile
from Auburn. At the second hearing on malicious mischief charges preferred by Reed before Justice of the Peace Reber, the
juvenile appeared and satisfied officers and the prosecutors that he merely helped paint the car and had no part in its theft or
mutilation. Missing from the car were tools and plastering equipment used by Reed who is a carpenter employed by Gordon D. Reed.
|The Call of July 2, 1959
WILD CHASE THROUGH TOWN
John Robert Gradwell, 19, Pottsville RD3 and Frederick Satterwhite, 28, Pottsville RD3 were arrested by Officers Deatrich and Hale on
Monday evening on charges of disorderly conduct and motor violations. Chief of Police Honicker reported that the officers were
standing on the corner of Main and saint John Streets about ten o'clock Monday night, when a car approached the intersection and
did not halt at the stop sign. When the officers gave chase in the police car, the headlights of the car, driven by Gradwell, were
turned off and then turned off Main Street and up Dock Street at a terrific rate of speed and in a reckless manner. The police finally
caught up with them at the intersection of Berger and Dock Streets. When hailed by the policemen, the other two men became very
abusive and were given a hearing before Squire Elmer Koch. They were both committed to Schuylkill County prison for thirty days on
the disorderly conduct charge.
|The Call of August 20, 1959
SHOTS HALT YOUNG SPEEDSTER DRIVING 95 MILES AN HOUR
With sirens roaring and traveling at a speed of 95 miles an hour, Officers Goetz and Deatrich chased Wayne Schaeffer, 18, of
Cressona, nearly into Friedensburg Sunday morning at three o'clock. In order to bring Schaeffer to a halt, it was necessary for Officer
Deatrich to fire one shot in the air. The pursuit began on East Main Street when Schaeffer attempted to pass a car on the right hand
side of the Reading Company railroad tracks. Failing to do this, he passed the car about a block away on the same street by going
through a barricade where the street is being repaired. The officers, who were cruising in the police car at the time with Goetz at the
wheel, saw Schaeffer's actions and gave chase. Schaeffer went speeding out Columbia Street and passed through a red light at
Stoyer's Garage. Using the loud speaker on the police car, the officers ordered Schaeffer to halt. Failing to do this, they continued to
chase the Schaeffer car until about one half mile east of Friedensburg, they caught up and pulled along side Schaeffer's car and fired
one shot into the air. Officer Goetz said Schaeffer will be given a hearing on six counts: reckless driving, driving too fast for
conditions, passing on a railroad crossing, failing to stop at the command of a police officer, speeding and going through a red light.
|The Call of October 8, 1959
YOUTHS JAILED FOR STEALING, WRECKING CAR
James W. Burke, 212 west Main Street and Robert Sheriff, 238 North Berne Street, pleaded guilty to stealing an automobile at a
hearing last night before Justice of the Peace Ernest Singer last evening and were ordered sent to the county prison to await trial.
Bail will be set by the county courts. The two youths admitted stealing the 1949 Studebaker sedan owned by Mrs. Michael Chrin of 408
East Main Street shortly after midnight on Sunday. The car was parked near the East Ward Social Club. In it was Fuller Brush
merchandise valued at $108 which was to be delivered by Mr. Chrin on Monday. The boys drove around town, out toward the 40 and 8
and Minersville and Saint Clair. At Pottsville they stopped and bought fifteen cents worth of gasoline. They stopped at several
restaurants and diners, taking turns at driving the car. While traveling on the old road to Orwigsburg, Burke took a curve too fast and
the car overturned. In the crash, which demolished the car, Burke sustained a leg injury but Sheriff escaped without injury. A friend
happened along after the crash and took them home. Chief of Police Lorin Honicker and Officer William Goetz suspected the two
youths because they had noticed them hanging around the Chrin neighborhood. They went to the Burke home and suspecting that
the persons involved had suffered injury, found Burke with the injured leg. He confessed and implicated Sheriff.
|The Call of November 26, 1959
BURGLARS BREAK INTO VFW HOME TUESDAY NIGHT
The VFW post home on West Columbia Street was burglarized Monday night between 1:30 and 8:00 in the morning on Tuesday and
cash in the amount of $65 removed from a cigar box in the grille. Nothing else was removed or touched. The robbery was discovered
by Norman Rhen, steward, who lives in an apartment in the rear of the building on the second floor when he opened up about eight
o'clock Tuesday morning. He immediately notified the local police. Chief of Police Lorin Honicker and Patrolman Larue Mengle, who
investigated, said entrance was gained through a window on the side of the building, just off the street. The window was pried away
from the window frame. A cloak room was entered first. From there the culprits went to a rear room and crawled under a leatherette
curtain which separates this room from the barroom. Evidently force was used here for the curtain is completely ruined. Most of the
cash taken was in large silver denominations. A drawer on the cash register was broken opened and scattered small change left
there was not touched. The local police are continuing their investigation.
|The Call of December 3, 1959
BURGLARS ENTER EAST WARD CLUB
The third robbery of a club in this area in as many weeks occurred Saturday morning between 3:10 and 8:00 at the East Ward Social
Club at Green and Wilson Streets and $50 removed from a steel desk in the meeting room. Nothing else was removed. The burglary
was discovered by Guy Werner, steward, who was notified by a neighbor, Mrs. Guy Reber, that a rear window to the building was
smashed. Entrance to the building was made through this smashed window. The drawer containing the money was forced open and
an attempt was also made to break into the back end of the safe. The safe, however, has a steel casing on the outside and concrete
on the inside. Chief of Police Lorin Honicker and Trooper William Hines of the State Police are making an investigation.
|The Call of October 10, 1959
STEALING CAR PUTS ONE BEHIND BARS, OTHER ON PAROLE
Robert Sheriff, 18, of North Berne Street, who was arraigned in court on Monday on charges of stealing and wrecking a car, was given
a one to two year prison term by Judge Vincent J. Dalton, but was also given an immediate parole. James W. Burke, 19, of 212 West
Main Street, who was also arraigned with Sheriff, was refused his plea for a parole. The young men were charged with stealing the
car of Dorothy Chrin of East Main Street on October 5 and wrecking it. They were also charged with throwing from the vehicle,
cosmetics and toilet articles valued at $108.74. Prosecution was filed by Chief of Police Lorin E. Honicker. The 1949 model car was
damaged to the extent of $150 with an additional charge of $16 for towing service.
Burke's previous record indicated that he had served a year in White Hill Industrial School for a motor violation. He was ordered to
pay the costs of prosecution and also for one half of the damages to the car and for the loss of the cosmetics and toilet articles, in
addition to his sentence at the Schuylkill County prison. Sheriff's record showed that he had served thirty days on a road gang
imposed on a speeding charge in Georgia while he was a member of the armed forces. He was ordered to pay costs of prosecution,
one half restitution for the car and merchandise and to serve one to two years in the Schuylkill County prison, with immediate parole.
Judge Dalton warned the youth, "This is a chance for you. Do not violate your probation or you will be returned here and sent to jail.
|The Call of January 21, 1960
ADMITS MORE ROBBERIES
Joseph Dabashinsky, 25, of 132 Center Avenue, who was charged with robbing and unlawfully entering the American Legion Home in
Port Carbon last Wednesday, has been charged with other burglaries in Schuylkill Haven and Orwigsburg. Chief of Police Lorin
Honicker of town, reported that Dabashinsky confessed to entering the East Ward Social Club on November 28 and the VFW Club on
November 24. He made the confession while being questioned by Honicker and State Trooper Hines at the Schuylkill Haven State
Police barracks. Dabashinsky was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Ernest Singer on two counts of burglary and was lodged in
the county prison without bail to await court action. He also pleaded guilty to burglarizing the Friendship Hose Company in
Orwigsburg on December 24 and was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Charles Jacobs of Orwigsburg. The charge in this
instance was preferred by Chief of Police Howard (Sharkey) Rehrig. Dabashinsky was held without bail for court.
|The Call of February 4, 1960
THIEVES ENTER FOUR CHURCHES
A new low in the caliber of petty robberies plaguing the community for the past several months was reached over the weekend when
four churches were broken into. Fortunately for the churches, no serious damage was inflicted and the total money stolen from poor
boxes totaled less than a dollar. The intruders used an ice chopper to force open the lock of a door to the office of Saint Matthew's
Church on Dock Street. The office is located to the rear of the Sunday School section of the church. A filing cabinet was forced open
and the contents thoroughly searched, as were several shelves nearby, and then strewn on the floor. The burglars also entered the
church proper. Burned out matches and covers of book matches were discovered. Apparently they were careful not to start a fire.
SEXTON MAKES DISCOVERY Henry Otto, the church sexton, discovered the burglary at eight in the morning on Saturday when he
reported for work. He immediately summoned Pastor Butts and the police. Saint Ambrose church had three poor boxes burglarized
but no property damage. Entry was made through an unlocked front door. The janitor discovered the theft. Entry at Saint James
Episcopal Church was made through a coal bin in the cellar. Whoever broke in went upstairs and broke off the top of a door leading
into a kitchen and pulled a poor box off the wall at the main entrance to the church. At Messiah EUB Church on Main Street, entry was
also made through a cellar window. The window, frame and sash were completely smashed. A metal ventilator which goes from a rest
room in the cellar to the window that was smashed, stopped the intruders from entering the main part of the church. Here again,
burned matches were found. The discovery of the broken window was made by Officer Clifford Mengle Saturday night while on a
routine patrol. Nothing of value was removed and no money is ever kept in Messiah Church. Investigation of the robberies of the
churches on Dock Street is being handled by Officers William Goetz and Clifford Mengle. Mengle and Officer Earl Deatrich are
investigating the robbery at the Messiah Church.
|Miners Journal of March 17, 1866
ROBBERY OF AN AGENT OF THE SCHUYLKILL NAVIGATION COMPANY
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
|Miners Journal of April 14, 1866
DEATH OF MR. HUMMEL
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
ARREST OF ANOTHER ONE OF THE SCHUYLKILL HAVEN GANG OF ROBBERS
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
STORE ROBBERY AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
A TERRIBLE WHIPPING
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 penny."
|Miners Journal of December 21, 1867
GROSS OUTRAGE ON THE HIGHWAY
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
ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
ANOTHER ROBBERY IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
ROBBERY AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN THIEF
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
TROUBLES IN A SALOON
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
ATTEMPT AT BURGLARY
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, 1951
"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
ROBBERS AND RANGERS
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
REFUSED TO PAY
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
MURDER IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
ARRESTED AT LAST
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, 1951
PEIFER CASE GOES TO TRIAL
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
CASE OF PEIFER
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 prisoner's 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
COURT PROCEEDINGS OF MARTIN PEIFER
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.
|The following series of articles that begin on this page details the
story of Schuylkill Haven's first murder, when Martin Peifer killed his