|One hundred years ago, one of
these four views may have been
how you entered Schuylkill
Haven. Clockwise from the upper
left image is: the trolley entering
town from Pottsville to the north ,
Center Avenue how it would have
appeared entering the town in a
horse and wagon, the
Pennsylvania Railroad station on
Haven Street and the Reading
Railroad station on Main Street.
|Welcome to the Schuylkill Haven History Web Page. This web page was created on January 1,
2007 due to my life long interest in the history of our town. It is being presented with as much
accuracy as possible from the sources where the information is obtained. The site is a work in
progress with changes and additions occurring regularly. Enjoy your visit and feel free to send
your comments and suggestions. If you have pictures or information you would like to share,
contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard J. Nagle - Site Creator and Administrator
|Note: Click on each picture
here and on many throughout
the site and you will have a
larger view. Clicking on it
again to zoom in, may increase
clarity and expose greater
detail in the picture.
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|The website consists of twenty different pages at the present time, each offering information within a
distinct topic. Each page is in a different stage of progress and will be updated with new information and
images at varying paces. Navigation on the site is done simply by clicking on any blue bar.
|This website is dedicated to my wonderful wife,
Lynn M. Nagle, who will be forever missed.
March 27,1959 - September 17, 2006
|Thank you for your continued interest. On January 12,
the site logged it's 354,000th page view.
|SITE SEARCH ADDED !!!
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|LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 21
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
YEARS GONE BY: UPDATED FOR JANUARY 1918 WITH A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM THE CALL
GIVING A NICE FLAVOR OF THE TOWN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
BUSINESSES PAGE : NEW ARTICLES FROM 1940 INCLUDING: BUECHLEY'S EXPANDS, THE GULF STATION ON
CENTER AVENUE IS PLANNED, A NEW GROCERY STORE ON DOCK STREET, BONNIE JEAN SHOP LOOKS TO BEGIN
BUSINESS AND THE CENTRAL HOTEL GETS A NEW RESTAURANT
RAILROAD PAGE: JUST ADDED IS THE FIFTH INSTALLMENT OF THE HISTORY OF THE READING RAILROAD CAR
SHOPS IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AS WRITTEN BY ISAAC PAXSON, LONG TIME EMPLOYEE, IN THE NOVEMBER 1905
EDITIONS OF THE CALL
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES INCLUDING: A THREE YEAR OLD HAS AN EXCITING RIDE IN 1931, A NEAR TRAGEDY
IN COLUMBIA HEIGHTS IN 1939, 1940 SEES A STRONG WIND STORM DAMAGING TOWN AND AN UNUSUAL VISITOR AT ST.
MATTHEW'S CHURCH AND A POLIO SCARE GRIPS SCHUYLKILL HAVEN IN 1941
FIRES PAGE: NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING A GAS EXPLOSION ON DOCK STREET, THE BARN AT THE
HALFWAY HOUSE BURNS TO THE GROUND, STEAM CAUSES A FALSE ALARM IN 1915 AND A PAIR OF SMALL FIRES
OCCUR IN 1948
HISTORY PAGE: A SERIES OF STORIES FROM THE 1930s IN THE "MUNICIPAL" SECTION JUST ADDED INCLUDING:
REBUILDING THE ELECTRIC PLANT, PROBLEMS WITH THE ALMSHOUSE CREEK, CONSTRUCTION ON THE NEW POST
OFFICE BEGINS, A NEW WOMEN'S WARD AT THE ALMSHOUSE IS BUILT, COLUMBIA STREET BRIDGE IS REPAIRED AND
THE TOWN INSISTS SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MEN BE USED ON WPA PROJECTS IN THE BOROUGH
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE: NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING THE DEDICATION AND OCCUPATION OF THE NEW
EAST WARD BUILDING IN 1931, THE CORNERSTONE LAYING FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ADDITION IN 1939 AND THE FIFTIES
SEES THE AGRICULTURE STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL SELL TONS OF TOMATOES AND A DRIVE FOR NEW BAND
UNIFORMS IS HELD
PHOTO ALBUM: A STUNNING SET OF NEW RAILROAD PICTURES JUST ADDED FROM THE WORK OF BRUCE AND
ARCH KANTNER AS COMPILED IN TWO GREAT BOOKS BY GERARD BERNET
CRIME PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED FROM THE ROARING TWENTIES INCLUDING: PROHIBITION RAID GOES TO
FEDERAL COURT, FUGITIVE CHICKEN THIEF CAUGHT IN WASHINGTON D. C., TOWN OFFICERS ACCUSED OF GRAFT,
REPEAT OFFENDER IN TOWN STRIKES AGAIN AND A TOWN BUSINESSMAN GOES TO COURT ON THEFT CHARGES
TUMBLING RUN PAGE: NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING: THE RUN CLOSES IN 1912 WITH THE POSSIBILITY
OF NEVER REOPENING, A FIFTY MAN BRAWL TAKES PLACE THERE IN 1915, STATE TROOPERS SEEK FUGITIVES IN THE
VALLEY IN 1916 AND IN 1917, 500 BATHERS DEFY THE LAW AND SWIM IN TUMBLING RUN
CIVIL WAR PAGE: NEW OBITUARIES OF VETERANS LEWIS NOECKER, THOMAS LUCKENS, LIVINGSTON SAYLOR AND
ADAM LLOYD JUST ADDED TO THE PAGE
WORLD WAR TWO PAGE: JUST ADDED IS THE FOURTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE STORY OF GUSTAV
"FRED" ANCHORSTAR, SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MAN CAPTURED DURING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND WHO DIED AT
BERGA, A NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP. HIS TRAGIC TALE IS A MUST READ.
UNION CEMETERY PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING LIGHTNING DESTROYS THE TOOL SHED, A PLAN TO
BETTER CARE FOR GRAVES IS ESTABLISHED AND PLANS FOR THE MAUSOLEUM ARE SET. A NEW SET OF PICTURES OF
INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT HEADSTONES ALSO ADDED. BURIAL RECORDS UP TO 1996 ARE NOW ALSO AVAILABLE
SCHUYLKILL CANAL PAGE: NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING THE INTERESTING OBITUARY FOR LOCK
TENDER JOHN BOUSSUM, LOW WATER FROM DROUGHT IN 1841, A RIOT BY BOATMEN IN TOWN, A MOTHER AND CHILD
SAVED FROM DROWNING IN THE CANAL AND SHIPPING COAL ON THE CANAL GETS BUSIER
NOW OVER 1800 PHOTOS AND OVER 3300 ARTICLES THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
CHECK EACH PAGE FOR BEST RESULTS
See individual pages for specific update