|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: email@example.com
Richard J. Nagle - Site Creator and Administrator
|Note: Click on each picture
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the site and you will have a
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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 September 7,
the site logged it's 445,000th page view.
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|LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 16
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES FROM 1901 ADDED INCLUDING STORIES ABOUT A CAT, A FISH AND HORSES,
SMALLPOX IN TOWN, A MAN STRUCK BY "HOODOO," AND SERIOUS TROUBLE ON "CHALK NIGHT"
YEARS GONE BY: UPDATED FOR SEPTEMBER 1920 WITH A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM THE
CALL GIVING A NICE FLAVOR OF THE TOWN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO ALONG WITH SOME NICE PERIOD ADS
HISTORY PAGE: NEW STORIES IN THE "MUNICIPAL" SECTION JUST ADDED INCLUDING: CULM USED AT ELECTRIC
PLANT TO GENERATE POWER, THE YMCA OPENS TO LOCAL BOYS, TELEPHONE LINES BETWEEN TOWN AND POTTSVILLE
ALMOST COMPLETE AND THE ALMSHOUSE GETS A NEW WELL AND IS RECOMMENDED FOR FIRE ESCAPES, ALL IN 1901
AND IN 1920 A NEW FENCE IN BUILT ALONG DOCK STREET NEAR THE OLD CANAL
BUSINESSES PAGE : OVER A DOZEN NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED FROM 1901 AS SCHUYLKILL HAVEN GROWS IN THE
EARLY PART OF THE 20TH CENTURY
RAILROADS PAGE: NEW ARTICLES TO THE TROLLEYS SECTION ADDED: THE INFAMOUS 1911 CHRISTMAS WRECK
AND IN 1920, BLIZZARD CLOSES THE LINE, MOTORMAN GETS BURNED, "PAY AS YOU ENTER" CARS ORDERED AND
IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO CARS AND TRACKAGE
WORLD WAR TWO PAGE: JUST ADDED ARE A SERIES OF ARTICLES FROM THE CALL KNOWN AS "SHOTS FROM
CAMP" DETAILING THE ACTIVITIES OF MANY TOWN SOLDIERS AND SAILORS AND INCLUDING THEIR PHOTOS
THE GREAT WAR: ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDE: JONATHAN KRAMER OF LONG RUN SUCCUMBS TO PNEUMONIA
WHILE IN FRANCE AND A GROUP OF LETTERS FROM THE FRONT TELL FOLKS BACK HOME WHAT THE WAR IS LIKE
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING: SUPERINTENDENT HOOVER RESIGNS IN 1920, NEW
FURNITURE FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL IN 1939 AND LABOR DISPUTES WITH CONTRACTORS ARE AN ISSUE WITH THE
BOARD IN 1938 AND CAUSE A SCHOOL LOCKOUT IN 1939
CIVIL WAR PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING 1862 LETTER HOME FROM JERE HELMS, DRUMMER BOY
KILLED AT ANTIETAM, ROTARY CLUB HONORS LAST TWO WAR VETS AND AMERICAN LEGION ACCEPTS ALL GAR
MEMBERS AS HONORARY MEMBERS. FOUR NEW GRAVESTONE PHOTOS OF VETS IN THE SAINT AMBROSE CEMETERY
FIRES PAGE: A SERIES OF NEW ARTICLES INCLUDING: BOY SCOUTS CALLED OUT TO FIGHT 1920 BRUSH FIRE,
WILLOW LAKE HOME BURNS TO THE GROUND, FAIRMOUNT BRUSH FIRE AND A KITCHEN FIRE ALL IN 1939 AND IN 1942 A
SLIGHT FIRE AT THE ALMSHOUSE
CRIME PAGE: A NEW SERIES OF ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING: CRESSONA YOUTHS HAVE CRIME SPREE IN
TOWN, AN ATTACK AT THE ALMSHOUSE, BOYS STEAL CAR FOR JOY RIDE, TWO BOYS SENT "UP THE RIVER " AND
SEVERAL OTHER CRIMES OCCUR IN THE LATE THIRTIES
UNION CEMETERY PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING ENLARGEMENT OF THE JERUSALEM CEMETERY,
IMPROVEMENTS AT THE UNION CEMETERY AND THE UNION OBSERVES THE 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FOUNDING.
BURIAL RECORDS UP TO 1996 ARE NOW ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
PHOTO ALBUM: ANOTHER OUTSTANDING SET OF PHOTOS OF THE CAR SHOPS OF THE READING RAILROAD AT
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN JUST ADDED, RECENTLY APPEARING IN THE WELL DONE BOOK BY BENJAMIN BERNHART
TUMBLING RUN PAGE: JUST ADDED ARE A SET OF MAPS OF THE TUMBLING RUN RESORT DURING ITS PEAK WITH
A DETAILED LOOK AT THE LOCATIONS OF ALL THE BUILDINGS. ANOTHER GROUPING OF NEW IMAGES OF THE RESORT
HAS ALSO JUST BEEN ADDED.
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
OVER 2200 PHOTOS AND OVER 4000 ARTICLES THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
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