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:             richardjnagle@schuylkillhavenhistory.com
Richard J. Nagle - Site Creator and Administrator
Schuylkill Haven History
Welcome to a view into the past....
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 August 16, the
site logged it's 341,000th page view.
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LAST UPDATED:  AUGUST 24
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
YEARS GONE BY:  UPDATED FOR AUGUST 1917 WITH A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM THE CALL
GIVING A NICE FLAVOR OF THE TOWN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
HISTORY PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES ADDED IN THE "MUNICIPAL" SECTION INCLUDING EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN COMES
TO TOWN IN 1916, BOY SCOUTS OFF TO CAMP, A WORKER TAKES A FALL WORKING ON THE NEW BROADWAY BRIDGE
AND THE ALMSHOUSE SEES IMPROVEMENTS IN 1930 AND SCHUYLKILL HAVEN WANTS A NEW ROAD IN NORTH MANHEIM
TOWNSHIP IN 1932
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
CRIME PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED FROM THE ROARING TWENTIES INCLUDING "SPOONERS" HAVE PROBLEM WITH
ELECTRIC LIGHTS, HALF WAY HOUSE RAIDED, A FIGHT AT KILLIAN'S PARK, PROBLEMS WITH BEGGARS AND MORE
BUSINESSES PAGE :  NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING AN 86 TON VAULT IS BUILT FOR THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK
IN TOWN IN 1928 AND BLOWN UP IN 1929, HAVEN MANOR BEGINS IN 1948, MESSNER AND HESS EXPANDS IN 1966 AND
SHOLLENBERGER TRUCKING SELLS TO ARROW IN 1972 AFTER 62 YEARS IN BUSINESS
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE: NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GETS ITS START IN 1907 AND
SEVERAL ARTICLES IN 1929 AND 1930 SURROUNDING ISSUES WITH THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
RAILROAD PAGE:  JUST ADDED IS THE FIRST 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
FIRES PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES ON FIRES  INCLUDING A 1917 FIRE DESTROYS A LONG RUN BARN WHEN HIT BY
LIGHTENING AND IN 1928 A DEIBERT'S VALLEY BARN IS DESTROYED WITH MANY LIVESTOCK AND THE ALMSHOUSE
CONSIDERS CONNECTING WITH SCHUYLKILL HAVEN'S FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES  FROM 1917 INCLUDING: A DAMAGING STORM STRIKES TOWN, TWO GIRLS JUMP
FROM SPEEDING AUTO TO ESCAPE DANGER, RIVER DIKE BEING DESTROYED, CEMETERY CHICKEN CHASER
CHASTISED, AN ANGRY GROCER BATTLES HIS TRUCK AND DAN PHILLIPS "RETIRES" HIS FAITHFUL HORSES
CIVIL WAR PAGE:  NEW OBITUARIES OF VETERANS LEWIS NOECKER, THOMAS LUCKENS, LIVINGSTON SAYLOR AND
ADAM LLOYD JUST ADDED TO THE PAGE
PHOTO ALBUM: NEW PICTURES JUST ADDED INCLUDING IMAGES OF THE TROLLEY NEAR ADAMSDALE AND A SET OF
PICTURES SHOWING THE REMOVAL OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD TRACKS IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
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
UPON REQUEST
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 1700 PHOTOS AND OVER 3000 ARTICLES THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
CHECK EACH PAGE FOR BEST RESULTS
See individual pages for specific update