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 November 15,
the site logged it's 348,000th page view.
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LAST UPDATED:  NOVEMBER 21
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
YEARS GONE BY:  UPDATED FOR NOVEMBER 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 A SERIES OF STORIES FROM THE
1930s ON THE BUILDING OF THE NEW POST OFFICE, PROBLEMS WITH THE COLUMBIA STREET BRIDGE IN 1935 AND THE
WILLOW STREET ATHLETIC FIELD OPENS IN 1940
CRIME PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED FROM THE ROARING TWENTIES INCLUDING: CENTRAL HOTEL OWNER SHOT,
POOL ROOMS ARE RAIDED IN TOWN, CONFISCATED GAMBLING MACHINES CAUSE DISPUTE, SEVERAL BURGLARIES
PLAGUE THE TOWN AND A MAN APPEARS BEFORE COURT BECAUSE "HIS WIFE LOVES HIM TOO MUCH"
BUSINESSES PAGE :  NEW ARTICLES FROM DURING THE DEPRESSION ADDED INCLUDING: GEARY'S SHOE STORE
OPENS, BASHORE KNITTING MILL EXPANDS AND BUSINESSES MAKE CHANGES IN 1931 AND IN 1935 THE STATE OPENS A
LIQUOR STORE IN TOWN AND A MYSTERY BUSINESS PREPARES TO OPEN
RAILROAD PAGE:  JUST ADDED IS THE THIRD 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 JUST ADDED INCLUDING SCHUYLKILL HOSE COMPANY HONORS THEIR LADIES IN 1894,
SEVERAL SMALL FIRES OCCUR IN THE EARLY 1890s, A 1939 FIRE IS HARD TO LOCATE, IN 1948 LIBERTY FIRE COMPANY
BUILDS AN ADDITION FOR A NEW TRUCK AND A SLIGHT FIRE OCCURS ON CENTER AVENUE
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES INCLUDING: A PHONOGRAPH EXHIBITION IN 1893, FLOODING IN 1894, THE CALL
ADVOCATES A FEMALE HOUSE OF DETENTION IN 1917, BOXER JACK DEMPSEY VISITS TOWN IN 1931, AS DOES THE
IMPERIAL WIZARD OF THE KKK AND A HISTORICAL RELIC IS FOUND NEAR THE RIVER IN 1935
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE: NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING 1930 SEES THE INAUGURAL FOOTBALL GAME AT
ROTARY FIELD AND THE COMPLETION OF THE SOUTH WARD ADDITION, THE OLD WEATHER VANE FROM THE ORIGINAL
HIGH STREET SCHOOL IS RELOCATED AND IN 1935 A WPA PROJECT FENCES IN ROTARY FIELD
PHOTO ALBUM: NEW PICTURES JUST ADDED INCLUDING IMAGES OF THE READING RAILROAD IN LANDINGVILLE AND
THE SCHUYLKILL HAVEN JETS, A GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM FROM THE LATE 40's AND EARLY 50's
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
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 1800 PHOTOS AND OVER 3200 ARTICLES THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
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