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|Pottsville Republican of February 7, 1900
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MAN AN INVENTOR
A party of prominent Philadelphia capitalists and experts who are interested in a new gasoline engine being built at Schuylkill Haven,
arrived here on the eleven o'clock P and R express this morning. They were met at the station by P. D. Helms, of Pottsville, one of the
promoters, and J. S. Losch of Schuylkill Haven, the inventor of the new engine. The party was escorted to W. K. Boltz's knitting mill where
a fifteen horse power engine of the new patent was placed yesterday. The engine was closely inspected by the men who appeared to be
well pleased with its appearance and workings. After spending an hour at the factory discussing the merits of the engine the party had
dinner after which they went to Mr. Losch's shop at Schuylkill Haven where another engine was examined. Mr. Losch worked on his first
engine for five years before it was finally completed. This engine was constructed at his home between Auburn and Pine Grove. The
engine is claimed to be superior to any gasoline engine in the country. The chief advantage over other engines is that it makes an
impulse to every revolution while other engines make but one impulse to every two revolutions. The inventor claims a savings of about
fifty percent friction and fifty percent in starting. The engine can be run with the cheapest of oil while all other engines require gasoline.
There is no escape of gas whatever as it travels from the tank to the engine by gravity. In other engines a pump is used and considerable
gas escapes. A four horsepower engine is in use at Dougherty's Box Factory in Schuylkill Haven. A patent has been applied for and a
company will shortly be organized to construct and place the engines on the market.
|Pottsville Republican of July 19, 1919
AIRPLANE LANDS BEAVER VALLEY;ENGINE TROUBLE
An airplane flying westward had engine trouble while passing over the Beaver Valley, below Schuylkill Haven, Saturday morning and was
forced to land in a field near the farm owned by Allen Sterner of Pottsville. There were three men in the machine and they were some
time in making repairs, after which they hopped off and flew low over the valley in a westerly direction.
While going through the valley they were not more then a hundred feet from the ground and the residents of that section had a fine
opportunity to get a good view of it in operation. The damage was not serious and the pilot was able to bring the machine down easily,
making a perfect landing. The big field afforded an excellent flying field for the aviators and they did not seem to be much perturbed by
the unexpected descent.
This is the first of the many machines which fly over the county to land in the county and fortunately no one was injured. One of the
aviators of the western mail service was killed Saturday morning when his machine met with a mishap near Bellefonte, the first stopping
place of the long flight to Cleveland and Chicago.
* This event took place about one year after the first sighting of an airplane over Schuylkill Haven.
|Pottsville Republican of March 14, 1888
Joseph Bolt, the well known blacksmith, of Schuylkill Haven, has for some months past been working on a new patent safety railway gate
upon which he received a patent dated February 28, 1888. It is an ingenious device, preserving the utility of all former patent gates, but
is pronounced by prominent railway officials far superior to anything of the kind yet presented to their notice. It can be operated by the
wheels of the moving train at almost any distance; the speed in closing being regulated at will. Should a person or team be enclosed on
the track the arms are so arranged that they can be pushed outward with a slight pressure, but cannot be pushed over the railroad. Mr.
John F. Deibert has an interest in the new patent. Several offers of purchase have been made to them, but they will not sell, preferring to
reap the rich reward which certainly awaits them.
|Pottsville Republican of February 4, 1927
BLIND FOR YEARS, SEES
To be able to see quite clearly for several days, after being totally blind for a number of years, was the experience of Frank Shollenberger
of Garfield Avenue, Schuylkill Haven, and he is hoping that his sight may be permanently restored.
During the World War, Mr. Shollenberger, who now conducts a little store in Schuylkill Haven, was working in a chemical plant in New
Jersey, when an explosion occurred and he was deprived of the sight of both eyes. He went to Dr. Sweet, the eminent specialist, who has
since died, and was told that there was no help for him but that a film or seal of some sort had formed over the eye. Dr. Sweet warned him
not to allow any physician to operate and to be very careful not to touch his eyes in any way, for there was a possibility that this film might
suddenly burst if let alone and he might be able to see.
While working about his store last Monday, Mr. Shollenberger was astonished to find that he was able to see objects about the room. He
had a severe cold in his eyes for several days and its believed that this aided in breaking the film. He was able to see very clearly for two
days but then the swelling from the cold closed his eyes almost entirely and although he can still distinguish between light and darkness,
he is trying not to strain his sight in any way, hoping that when the cold disappears, he will be able to see once more. His family and
friends are all earnestly hoping that this may be the case.
|Pottsville Republican of November 30, 1904
NEW BANK IS THROWN OPEN
Schuylkill Haven's new bank at the corner of Main and Saint John Streets which was just completed at a cost of $23,000, was thrown open
for public inspection today, many hundreds of people availing themselves to the opportunity to see the handsome structure. The
building is a two story structure, built of light brick with stone trimmings to match. Th bank will occupy the forward portion of the first
floor of the building, while the rear of this floor and the entire second floor will be used as a dwelling by F. B. Keller, the cashier.
The bank's quarters are divided into several apartments, consisting of a director's room, a consulting room and the lobby for the use of
the general public. The bank has a tile floor and marble wainscoting, the fixtures being in dark oak and French glass. A combination
steam and hot air plant heats the building. A large burglar and fire proof safe with time lock, and equipped with numerous small vaults for
rental purposes, has been put in place. The writing shelves are of French plate glass with glass receptacles for the stationery. The
guard is of handsome bronze design. McCauley and Company of Philadelphia were the architects, the contractor being Irvin Becker, of
Schuylkill Haven. The bank is known as the First National Bank of Schuylkill Haven and was organized in 1889. It has up to this time
occupied the property of Henry Saylor. The new building is on the Wiltrout corner.
The officers are C. C. Leader of Shamokin, president; S. A. Mengle, Schuylkill Haven, vice president; F. B. Keller, Schuylkill Haven, cashier;
J. A. Noecker, Schuylkill Haven, solicitor. The bank has a capital of $50,000 and a surplus of more then $25,000. It has paid dividends the
past three years. Formal possession of the new building will be taken tomorrow.
|At one time, banks issued their own
currency. Above is a fine example
of a ten dollar note issued by the
bank noted in the article preceding
|Pottsville Republican of June 3, 1921
BOY WALKS FROM FLORIDA
Paul Neyer, the sixteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Neyer, of Schuylkill Haven, who disappeared last winter, leaving his shoes on
the bank of the Schuylkill River near the Schucker Garage, returned home last night. He is well dressed and in robust health. It was
noted that he came home just before school closed and it was his dislike for school that sent him on his travels. At the time he left, the
State Police everywhere were looking for him and the police in leading cities had a description of him. The boy says he has been in
Florida for several months and that he worked in a potato chip factory, receiving $35 a week. He hit the state road when he left Schuylkill
Haven, spent several days in Reading and walked every step of the way to Florida, except that he received frequent lifts in automobiles,
sometimes riding for many miles. He took odd jobs along the road and received enough money to live, often existing on fruit and berries
secured along the road. He never went near a railroad for several reasons. In Florida, he saved money but although he had a
considerable sum in his pockets he walked all the way home, except as stated when he received lifts in autos. He says he liked Florida,
but a desire for his home drew him back.
|Pottsville Republican of October 20, 1896
CONGRESSMAN BROSIUS! Delivered a Telling Speech Last Night - Schuylkill Haven Alive
The Watchfires Ablaze and Patriotism Runs High for McKinley and Hobart and the Whole Ticket - Flags, decorations and Cheers
Schuylkill Haven tendered a cordial reception last evening to Honorable Marriotte Brosius, Congressman from the "Old Guard", once so
ably represented by that illustrious friend of humanity, Thaddeus Stevens, and to whom the present Congressman is a worthy successor
in line. The meeting was arranged on short notice through the energy of Candidate Losch in conjunction with the newly organized
McKinley Hobart Club of that patriotic town with the official sanction of the Republican organization.
During yesterday there were many busy hands engaged in the work of preparation. First a large American flag was thrown across the
street from the Central Hotel to Metamora Hall in which the meeting was to be held. The hall was then handsomely decorated with flags,
bunting and evergreens. The stage was set with potted plants decorated with life size busts of McKinley and Hobart, and in the evening,
when illuminated by electricity, presented a picture of cheerfulness and almost indescribable beauty.
At half past seven o'clock, Dr. Lenker, of whom Mr. Brosius was a guest while in town, accompanied by the local committee, S. A. Losch, R.
H. Koch, esquire, the second speaker of the evening, G. C. Schrink, J. W. Whitehouse, Esquire (the latter two of whom accompanied the
Lancasterian from Reading) and a number of others from various parts of the county, filed up from the rear entrance to the stage where
they were greeted with a lively hand clapping. After being seated, Mr. Charles H. Cline, president of the Schuylkill Haven McKinley Hobart
Club, called for order.
The organization having been approved amid hear applause, Dr. Lenker announced the great pleasure it afforded him to introduce to a
Schuylkill Haven audience, composed of his neighbors, who never thought themselves too wise to receive instructions nor too perverse
to be willing to learn, Congressman Brosius of Lancaster.
After apologizing for wearing the cognomen of "Congressman", Mr. Brosius at once entered heartily into the discussion of the current
issues which confronted the people of this country today and in the course of his extended remarks of nearly two hours he skipped no
facts nor spared no figures which were convincing that the Republican party, the party of honesty and sound money, the party loyal to
American institutions, the party of patriotism and in favor of national integrity, was right in this great conflict as it had always been right on
every great question that has confronted our national honor or threatened the nation's existence. Our only regret is that we are unable
to present in stenographic report of the Lancasterian's speech in full. It was sound to the core and was received with unbounded
applause throughout. It will bear good fruit in due time.
At the conclusion of Mr. Brosius' remarks, R. H. Koch, esquire, was introduced and made one of the most eloquent concise speeches,
which was in turn followed by Honorable Samuel A. Losch, candidate for State Senator, who was heartily applauded. The meeting
adjourned with cheers and amid the utmost good feeling. It was one of the most orderly, enthusiastic and instructive meetings yet held in
|Pottsville Republican of July 9, 1925
GIRL SWALLOWS FIVE SAFETY PINS
While playing with a sewing basket at her home, Wednesday evening, Fern Renninger, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Renninger of Schuylkill Haven swallowed five safety pins which were removed from her stomach by an operation performed by Dr. H. C.
Wallace. Her condition Thursday was reported favorable and it is believed she will recover. The pins, one of a large size, one a medium
and the others of a small size were taken from the stomach a short distance from the intestinal passage and the fact that they were all
closed probably saved the little girl from a horrible death. It is believed to be the first case of its kind in this section and the pins when
found were all closely together showing that the child must have swallowed them at one time. It is a miracle that they did not lodge in the
throat which would no doubt have caused her death by strangulation.
Nine days later...
Pottsville Republican of July 18, 1925
Fern Renninger, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Renninger of Schuylkill Haven, who swallowed five safety pins several
weeks ago came home from the hospital Saturday and it is reported that her condition is satisfactory.
|Pottsville Republican of August 8, 1935
DRAG LAKE FOR MISSING BOY
Lester Ketner, twenty, son of Harry Ketner of Schuylkill Haven, is missing from the bungalow at Sweet arrow Lake, where he visited
friends. According to his friends, Ketner left the bungalow during a card game about eleven o'clock Wednesday evening and has not
been seen since. When he failed to return to the house they started a search for him and continued to look about the woods and vicinity
of the lake all night and Thursday morning, notified the youth's father of his absence.
He had a machine but this was left at the camp, and it is feared he may in some manner have fallen into the lake. He was fully clothed with
the exception of his coat, and his continued absence Thursday morning prompted his father to summon state and state highway police aid
and shortly after two o'clock the dragging of the lake was begun. A machine wrecked along the lake front last night gave rise to the rumor
that Ketner's machine had been wrecked and he probably drowned. It was not his machine.
His father said that he was a splendid swimmer and as he was in perfect health no reason can be advanced for his disappearance. He left
the bungalow complaining of an attack of indigestion. He had been employed as a driver for Ehly's bakery at Schuylkill Haven until a year
ago and recently was selling cars for Gipe. The youth's mother died when he was an infant and his grandmother, Mrs. John Ketner, of
Parkway, Schuylkill Haven reared him. Chief of Police Deibert, of Schuylkill Haven, accompanied the boy's father to the lake Thursday
Pottsville Republican of August 9, 1935
MISSING YOUTH RETURNS HOME; 'THUMBED' RIDE TO WASHINGTON
Lester Ketner, Schuylkill Haven, Surprised to Find Police and Highway Patrolmen Dragging Sweet Arrow Lake for Body
Lester Ketner, twenty, son of Harry Ketner of Schuylkill Haven, returned to his home late Thursday afternoon to find police dragging
Sweet Arrow Lake for his body. Ketner, who had been visiting friends at their bungalow at the lake, left the house during a card game
about eleven o'clock Wednesday evening. When he failed to return, a searching party was organized. An all night search of the woods
and lake shore failed to reveal a trace of him. On Thursday morning his friends, thoroughly alarmed, notified his father.
The father summoned the State Police and the Highway Patrolmen to aid in the search. Shortly after two o'clock the dragging of the lake
was begun. Late Thursday afternoon, while three power boats were still engaged in dragging the lake and the woods near the lake were
being scoured for him, police were notified Ketner was in Pine Grove. He returned to the bungalow a short time later. Ketner expressing
surprise at the furor his disappearance created, told police he left the house and walked to the highway after leaving the card game. He
"thumbed" a ride on a coal truck, intending only to go a short distance. He fell asleep in the truck, however, he said, and when he awoke
he was in Washington. Ketner said he spent all day Thursday hitchhiking back to Pine Grove.
|The Call of October 8, 1892
A GHOST IN SPRING GARDEN
Those of our readers who have never believed in an apparition, a spirit or ghost, may have the strength of their faith tried by visiting
certain parts of Spring Garden by night. This invisible wanderer of the night breaks forth with frightful wailings, indescribable with
hideousness. It has even been so close as to make its presence felt and then emit such an unearthly shriek dwindling away into more
pitiful moans as if the restless spirit were suffering untold agonies. Though heard every night of the week, this unseen messenger is
more peculiar to Sunday or the early hours of Monday. More then a dozen fishermen at the docks and workmen returning to their rest
have heard it. Some tell of how it has followed after wailing forth its pitiful sobs as though it had a warning to give and only ceasing its
pursuit when the pursued had tightly barred the door against it. Who, thus affrighted, goes to his fellow lodgers with palled face and
heaving breast, at which they start and wake, only to listen to the deathlike and spiritual wails of the ghost breaking the silence of the
night or the outside.
|The Call of November 13, 1913
HORSES PLUNGE INTO KITCHEN
An exciting runaway occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Spring Garden when the sorrel team of James M. Brown dashed into the home
of David Fenstermacher. The team, hitched to a dump wagon, was standing near the chutes at the Pennsylvania freight station, when a
noise of some kind caused them to take fright and they made a dash to get away. Driver Ketner being off the wagon, assisting in loading
same, could not reach the reins in time and the horses came down the steep grade at the Pennsylvania station at a terrific pace. The
wagon swinging from side to side broke off the posts of the guard rail as if they were mere strips of thin wood. When the team reached
the bottom of the incline, not being able to turn quick enough, they dashed into the kitchen of David Fenstermacher on the left hand side
of the road. The contact was so terrific that the tongue of the heavy wagon was driven clean through the side of the building for its full
length. The one horse was thrown neath the wagon while the other was pinned between the side of the building and the heavy wagon.
The one horse was badly injured and it is feared his leg is broken. The other horse escaped with a few bruises. It was fortunate there
was no one in the Fenstermacher kitchen at the time as the tongue of the wagon struck the stove pipe and knocked it down. Had the
tongue struck two and a half inches lower it would have bowled over the range and injured any person who might have been in the room.
Persons who were attracted by the noise of the runaway and arrived on the scene in time to see the team dashing down the incline state
it was the most thrilling and exciting scene they ever witnessed.
|The Call of November 26, 1926
CHICKENS IN KITCHEN AND DOGS IN THE CELLAR
some time, local authorities on Sunday evening, being summoned by residents, found somewhat surprising conditions existing in one of a
group of three frame dwellings on the side of the hill south of surprising conditions existing in one of a group of three frame dwellings on
the side of the hill south of peculiar odor, nevertheless the officers found the home in rather an unkempt condition and rather Market
Street. Mother was engaged in roasting wheat to be used in the making of coffee. This gave off a unsanitary. Health Officer Roan had
accompanied the officers and he issued orders to have the house cleaned up immediately. The men found a whole flock of chickens in
the kitchen sharing the hospitality and good fellowship of the children of the home. Several of the chickens had been nesting on an old
sofa in one of the rooms. Empty tin cans were strewn about in the cellar way and on one of the cellar steps a dog was found had made his
home. Down in the cellar were more chickens and another dog keeping house amid great disorder and dirt. The officers were actually
amazed that the family had permitted conditions to become so uncleanly and unsanitary. Another visit is to be made to the home to learn
whether the orders for cleaning up have been complied with. le
|The Call of March 30, 1928
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN IS TO HAVE AN AIRPORT
Schuylkill Haven will, according to information received, soon be numbered in the forefront with those communities having the latest
modern asset, namely an airport. It is to be opened within the next week and will be in one of the open fields near the brick plant. Little
change will be required in the contour of the land as it is almost perfectly level at this time. A hangar will be erected and operations on
the same will soon be begun and rushed with all speed possible. The owners of the airport will be John W. Noble and George E. Williams.
The first plane will be an Aaco Number 10 and this is expected to arrive Saturday of this week. At a recent test the plane took off in a
space of four hundred feet and rose to an altitude of one thousand feet. Sunday passengers will be carried and perhaps at a later date a
freight and passenger service established between Schuylkill Haven and other towns. Cross country flights will also be made. The firm
has placed an order for delivery of its second plane for May 1st. The owners were some time ago granted a charter by the state to
operate plans for passenger and freight service and were also given a certificate by the Public Service Commission and the firm is
classed as a public utility company.
|NEWS OF THE BRESSLER BAND
|The Call of July 6, 1928
The hundreds and hundreds of radio fans in Schuylkill Haven
and this section of the county will make special efforts this
coming Sunday afternoon to tune in on WMBS of Harrisburg to
listen to the special concert to be broadcast by the Bressler
Band of fifty pieces of Schuylkill Haven. This will be the first
time the Bressler Band has been on the air and it is
confidentially believed the band will make quite a hit.
Bandmaster Bressler has chosen a program of splendid
numbers of the classic and of the sacred character. The men
were put through a hard and long rehearsal last evening in
order to be as near perfect as possible. The experience will be
a novel one for them and as it is the first they will make every
effort to give of their best. Schuylkill Haven as a community will
reap a considerable amount of good publicity by having its
musical organization broadcast and is indebted to the
Reverend Beittel, who was very instrumental in obtaining a
period in the their time and efforts given so willingly and
without compensation, or even remuneration for the personal
expense that will be involved. While it may be true that WMBS
may be a difficult station for radio fans in this section to tune in
on, nevertheless the program will be listened to by an audience
of thousands of persons throughout the country.
The band will be on between four and five in the afternoon and
will broadcast the following program: March, Old Berks,
Althouse, Overture, Barber of Seville, Mill in the Forest,
Eilenberg, selection from Romeo and Juliet, Sextette from
Lucia, Donizetti, Ballet Music and Soldiers March from William
Tell, Rossini, and a grand selection of sacred songs.
|The Call of July 20, 1928
The military career of the Bressler band has come to an end as the last
rehearsal or drill was held the last Monday in June and by reason of
the period of enlistment having expired for the most of the men, the
instruments, equipment, and all uniforms have been turned in to the
state authorities. The band has been succeeded by a unit from
Allentown. The band served Uncle Sam for a period of three years and
as the 213th Regimental Band was conceded to be one of the best of
three regimental bands in the state. The two organizations considered
above the 213th Band for concert work were musical organizations
from Pittsburgh and from Philadelphia each composed entirely of
professional musicians. On the march and for drill the Bressler or
213th Regimental Band was considered far above either one of the
other two. The band as a military organization was composed of about
thirty five members of the regular Bressler Band, with the addition of
seven or ten additional members from either military units or not
members of the Bressler Band. Ten or fifteen enlistments of the
military band have not expired because they did not all enlist at one
and the same date. These men will be assigned to the Allentown unit.
It is understood at least another ten or more members of the Bressler
Band were ready and anxious to reenlist but the majority did not wish
to do so and as a result not any of the men reenlisted. The
reenlistments would have been for a period of one year. The men as a
military band were required to attend at least forty eight drills or
rehearsals of from one and a half to two hours duration during the
year. For this they received in remuneration from the government
$1.00 to $1.80 each, depending on their rank. During the year they
were also required to attend a two week camp at which time the rate of
pay was slightly higher.
TO BE ON RADIO
|BRESSLER BAND NO
LONGER A MILITARY BAND
|The Pottsville Republican of February 18, 1893
FROM “SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SHORTS”
A gray haired widower of this borough is apparently in love with another man’s wife on your East Norwegian Street leading to Port
Carbon. This married woman’s husband is engaged away from home, but on unexpectedly returning a short time ago he found his wife
with the widower both beastly drunk, so much so that the woman had broken her nose. The widower in the husband’s absence spends
days at the house, sends the woman for whiskey and then the fun commences which resulted in the aforementioned mishap. Names in
connection with the disgraceful proceeding will not now be designated, but since this villainy has remotely been referred to before, it
might be well to add that if it does not instantly cease, an old army musket barrel full of red pepper will be awaiting for the cranium of the
intruder. The strong arm of the law will also be resorted to and the cops placed on guard.
|The Call of May 28, 1926
WOMAN KILLED IN AUTO SMASH UP SATURDAY
Mrs. John Eichert, of Fairmount, a resident of Schuylkill Haven for less than two months, received injuries in an auto accident at the
corner of Union Street and Parkway, that caused her death several hours later. The accident happened Saturday afternoon about 1:45
o’clock when the Ford touring, driven by John Eichert and going west on Union Street collided with the Oldsmobile touring of Elmer
Ketner and driven by Charles, the seventeen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Christ Schumacher, which was going north on Parkway. The
two machines came together at a point somewhat north of the center of the intersection. Mrs. Eichert was thrown out of the auto and
struck her head upon the curbing surrounding the Parkway. Mrs. Eichert was picked up and taken to the office of Dr. L. D. Heim and later
to her home, by Charles Schumacher, in the Ketner machine. Her death occurred about 7:00 as the result of internal injuries and a
fractured skull. She had been unconscious, with the exception of brief periods, since the accident.
Both occupants of the Eichert car were thrown out but Mr. Eichert escaped injury. The Ketner car was occupied by the driver, Charles
Schumacher and Mrs. Elmer Ketner. They escaped injury. The Eichert car was badly damaged. The Ketner car had the fenders bended
and the lights broken. Deceased was fifty seven years, eight months and twelve days of age. She, with her husband, were residents of
Schuylkill Haven since March 29th of this year. They resided in Washington Township for many years where they followed farming.
Besides the husband, one son, William, of Friedensburg, survives. Two sisters, Mrs. Charles Burns of Schuylkill Haven and Mrs. Daniel
Confehr of Deturksville and one brother, Milton W. Moyer of Beaver Valley survive. Deceased was a member of the Hetzels Church. Her
funeral took place Wednesday morning at nine o’clock with short services at her late home and in the Hetzels Church by Reverend
Charles Brown. The bearers were Charles Luckens, A. A. Ruff, Milton Reber, Charles Lutz, Howard Roeder, Harry Reed. The funeral
director was William Zerbe. Zerbe.
|The Call of June 22, 1917
TOWN MAN NOW COUNTY JUDGE
Late Saturday evening, Governor Brumbaugh appointed Charles E. Berger of Schuylkill Haven as Judge of Schuylkill County to succeed
the late Charles N. Brumm, deceased. The Call bulletin board gave the public the first inkling of the appointment and the Call was the first
to inform the newly appointed judge of the fact. At noon Mr. Berger still persisted the news must be a mistake. Later in the day however,
advice from the capital city informed him of his appointment. As the news traveled about town early Sunday morning, on every side were
heard expressions of absolute satisfaction and predictions of most excellent results from his elevation to the bar bench. The commission
from the Governor arrived in Pottsville Monday morning at ten o’clock. Mr. Berger will take the oath of office Saturday, July 2nd. Of
course Charles E. Berger needs no introduction to the people of his hometown. For the past thirty years or more he has been most
active in the interest of the Republican Party. He has ably filled the positions of County Solicitor and District Attorney. He is looked upon
as being the most learned member of the Schuylkill County Bar. During his term as District Attorney, he fearlessly prosecuted all cases
that came before him and his prosecution of the ballot box fraud cases before Judge Brumm in 1909 resulted in cleaning up one of the
most despicable and most criminal practices in the county. He is a brilliant lawyer and his services were always in demand. He
established for himself an enviable reputation as the most shrewd and distinguished lawyer in this section of the state. Mr. Berger
accepts the appointment of judge at a great personal sacrifice. He did not wish to be appointed to his position and at no time sanctioned
the efforts being made on his behalf to secure the appointment for him. His extensive legal practice compensated him more generously
then will the judgeship salary. His sacrifice is all the more indicative of his honor. Mr. Berger immediately upon his appointment began to
adjust his private practice. After taking the oath of office July 2nd he will leave for Wildwood where he will spend several weeks
vacation. He will take up his labors as Judge of Schuylkill County on Monday July 23rd. The present appointment while only good until
January 1918 will not effect his career as a judge. At the election in November 1917, he will most surely be elected for a full and complete
ten year term.
|The Call of August 4, 1922
THE GOVERNOR PAID US A VISIT
For the first time in the history of the town, Schuylkill Haven was honored with an official visit of an acting Governor of the
Commonwealth. Wednesday Governor Sproul and his party, enroute to Port Carbon to officiate at the ceremonies incident to the opening
of the Pottsville-Port Carbon Pike, was welcomed, honored, delivered an address and shook hands with a number of our residents. The
Governor and his party were scheduled to arrive in town at 12:40 o’clock and as is the usual rule, arrivals of this kind are always later
rather than earlier then the scheduled hour. While the Schuylkill Haven motorists, some twenty five in number, were gathering on Main
Street preparatory to motoring to Friedensburg to greet the Governor and party, the Governor came to town.
He was welcomed by long loud blasts from the whistles of the local industries and the electric light plant. This was a significant salute
from the industries which have made this town famous as one of the largest industrial towns in the state. The Governor and party were
met by the Mayor and Editor of the Call. Mayor Lautenbacher in a few words extended the official welcome of the citizenry and town. The
Governor standing upon the Hotel grand steps responded. The several hundred persons gathered in the square remained remarkably
quiet during his address. The Governor took occasion to remark that the town had become well known and prominent in official circles
because of its industries and manufacturing achievements. He extended a wish for the future prosperity of the town and its residents.
He then shook hands with many of its citizens.
Following this short reception a number of local motorists headed the line of autos and escorted the party to the Country Club. Quite a
large number of residents complied with the committee’s request to decorate. The town certainly did look good and by the way, this fact
was personally conveyed to the Editor by one member of the Governor’s official party and one of the County Motor Club Committeemen.
Those persons who decorated can at least know that their efforts were noted and appreciated. A number of local motorists accompanied
the party to the Country Club and took dinner with the party. Others took in the ceremonies at the Country Club. There were few autoists
however in the parade in Pottsville to represent the several hundred autoists of Schuylkill Haven.
|The Call of October 15, 1898
DEATH OF SAMUEL SPINDLER
The sad news of the death of Samuel Spindler soon after his arrival at
Fort Monroe from Puerto Rico was unwelcome news to many of his
friends here. The shock was indeed felt since many thought he would
soon be at home and under the kind and tender care of his good
mother and family. A short time after his company F of the 4th
Regiment left Guayama, he was placed on board a relief ship, but the
surgeon fearing his condition not strong enough to stand the voyage,
he with others was taken off at Ponce, a distance of twenty five miles
from their start. Here he was placed in the hospital, hence the reason
of his whereabouts being in doubt so long. After gaining some
strength at this hospital, he was brought to Fortress Monroe but the
severe sea voyage caused a relapse and in his weak condition he
failed to rally from its effect. His death came before his relatives
could be informed in time to reach him. Arrangements were made for
the shipment of his body home. Sam, so familiar with the boys of town
was loved and liked by all. His kind, reserved disposition made for
him hosts of friends. His parents have the heartfelt sympathy and
condolence of the community.
|The Call of October 22, 1898
FUNERAL OF SAMUEL SPINDLER
His body laid to rest on Tuesday with Military Honors.
At great expense and after weeks of worry and suspense by his
relatives and friends, Samuel J. Spindler of Company F, 4th P. V.
I. was brought here from Fortress Monroe, where he had landed
from Puerto Rico and two days after landing died of typhoid
fever. His body was examined at Undertaker Ziegenfus’s
establishment by friends and relatives and identified. Tuesday
noon our streets were crowded with out of town people who
came to offer a last tribute to a fallen soldier for the cause of
humanity. The Fourth Regiment Drum Corps, which was rated
amongst all the regiments camped at Chickamauga in the early
part of the campaign as the crack Drum Corps of the Army, so
much so that General Wilson invited the leader, Sergeant
Dewald, to instruct other Corps in the service, was here in full
trip and number. The company, of which Sam was a member,
came commanded by Lieutenant Bishop, Captain Dyson being
compelled to meet other officers at Reading to arrange for the
trip to the Peace Jubilee at Philadelphia. The Schuylkill Hose
Company attended almost to a man, followed by many citizens.
The schools were dismissed also to do honor to the first of our
soldier boys who met death in this war with Spain. Corporal
Warren Brown had command of the pall bearers. The firing
squad of twelve were commanded by Corporal Mellon.
Reverend Smoll officiated at the house and church, preaching
both English and German.
|These two articles note the death and funeral of Samuel
Spindler, the first Schuylkill Haven casualty of the
Spanish American War
|INJURED IN A RUNAWAY
While a two horse truck wagon was being loaded with goods at J. F.
Bast’s Knitting Mill on Berne Street, Tuesday morning, the horses
suddenly started on a run down the alley, and making the turn down
West Columbia Street, ran at terrific speed out that thoroughfare.
Thomas F. Bast, son of the proprietor of the mill, jumped on the rear
of the wagon as the horses started and tried to check their mad
speed but without effect. While the wagon was descending the
steep grade below the mill, Mr. Bast took a leap to the ground and
while in the act of jumping several of the heavy cases, weighing
between 250 and 300 pounds fell from the wagon, striking and felling
him to the ground. The cases rolled over him, one of the heavy
boxes falling on his right hand and bruising and crushing a portion of
it in a painful manner. He also sustained painful bruises on his back,
chest and other portions of the body. Mr. Bast’s injuries were
dressed by Dr. G. H. Moore. The runaway team was caught at the
Long Run Hotel, both wagon and horses fortunately escaping without
Two horses, one belonging to Mrs. Raudenbush, the other to
Peter Rausch, of this place, hitched to a buggy, became
restless while standing in front of Earl Witman’s Hotel at
Adamsdale on Tuesday evening and ran off. At the
Pennsylvania Railroad bridge near Hoy’s, the animals tore
loose from the buggy, which was later found lying by the
roadside in a broken condition. The animals dashed into town
and came down Williams Street at a terrific pace. After running
the full length of Canal Street they turned up Main and wildly
dashed into the safety gates at the railroad crossing, which
were closed at the time on account of an approaching coal
train. Two of the wooden gates were broken into splinters and
the horses narrowly escaped being struck by the engine while
crossing the tracks. The animals were caught near the stables
and were uninjured. The driver, William Faust, returned home
|The Call of July 28, 1900 noted two runaway horse incidents in the same issue...
|The Call of October 20, 1911
LOCAL MAN AN INVENTOR - INVENTS WASHING MACHINE THAT WILL SAVE LABOR
TO BUILD SEVERAL MACHINES AT ONCE
Charles Ney, of Dock Street, has been granted, the right to manufacture a new kind of washing machine, the patent on the same being
pending. The machine promises to be a great improvement over all other kinds of washing machines both in results obtained and labor
saving. Mr. Ney is a man of considerable inventive genius. About nine months ago he began considering the improving or building of a
new machine. During his spare time pondered over and worked out the details and the right granted him last week is the result of his
work. Mr. Ney built for himself a model of the machine and took it to the Patent Office at Washington and after explaining the machine was
granted the right to manufacture if he chose and was given pretty good assurance that a patent would be granted shortly. He will begin
the building of a dozen machines at once. He already has orders for a number of machines and all housewives who see the first machine
he made, in operation, are delighted with it and ready to purchase one as soon as he can turn them out. At present he will manufacture
on a small scale and later will turn them out on a larger scale. The invention embodies a casing mounted so it will rock and is formed with
bulging ends, constituting compartment adapted to receive water as the casing is rocked so that an air cushion will be formed in the
bulging end of the casing toward which the same is rocked. The air in the bulging end of the casing is forced through the clothes by the
force of the water. Apertured baffle plates in the compartments prevent the clothes from passing from end to end in the machine. The
forcing of the air so compressed with the force of the water through the clothes thorough and very efficiently cleanses them. A desirable
feature of the machine is the fact that the slower it is rocked the better the results will be.
|The Call of February 13, 1925
RAIN AND THAW CAUSE HIGH WATER AND FLOOD
The rain of Tuesday and Wednesday together with the deep snow in this section caused small sized floods and high water in most every
part of town and in most every section of the southern end of the county. In Schuylkill Haven, many cellars were flooded. The Schuylkill
River raised rapidly Wednesday and late Wednesday afternoon was within seventeen inches of the high mark it reached during the
September flood. The swift moving churning current carried with it debris of all kinds together with chunks of ice that surely must have
caused damage at points south of town.
ROAD WASHED OUT As was to be expected the river again came through the washed out section of Broadway. A stream fully eighteen
inches deep washed through the cutoff, washed away the temporary roadway that had been constructed by the borough and has left the
larger portion of the West Ward completely cut off from communication. Some cellars in the West Ward were flooded. Men employed at
the car shops found it necessary to return home via the railroad to Main Street Wednesday evening by reason of the washout on
Broadway. The Spring Gardeners were required to walk around via Connor’s and the pike because of the high water at the Level and the
Dock which covered their shortcut foot bridge at this point.
WATER EXTINGUISHED FURNACE FIRES Willow Street property owners again suffered a considerable amount of damage by reason of the
overflowing of the creek which flows through the vacant lots to the old Level. The creek bed, it’s said, has been filled up with all kinds of
rubbish dumped into the stream at points near Centre Avenue and along Garfield Avenue. This debris causes a blockage with every high
water and a flood consequently follows. Cellars on Willow Street were flooded to a greater depth on Wednesday then during the high
water of September. Fires in some furnaces were extinguished by the water which became several feet deep in some of the cellars.
Property owners are up in arms over this condition and are going to make a determined effort to have steps taken to deepen the channel
of the creek to avoid theses frequent washouts.
SOUTH WARD FLOODED Down in the South Ward many homes along Columbia Street had unwelcome swimming pools in the cellars. The
river did not overflow its banks but as usual the water seeped through from the river. Water also backed up from “the Eck” to the rear of
some Columbia Street properties. Had the rain continued for not more then six hours it is believed this section would have been flooded
to as great an extent as last fall.
COFFER DAMS WASHED AWAY The coffer dams under construction for the new bridge which will be used as a temporary structure while
the railroad “Red Bridge” a short distance south of the town, is being repaired, were broken up by the ice and washed away early
Wednesday morning. All the lumber that had been placed on the site for use in the reconstruction work was washed away. The loss
suffered by the contractor will total $2000.
TROLLEYS ARE BLOCKED Water from the Schuylkill River backed along the road bed at a point near the Bowen School or “Watering
Trough” was covered with almost a foot and a half of water. The last car to pass over this section of the road was the car out of Schuylkill
Haven at 6:30 Wednesday evening. evening.
|The Call of October 22, 1926
AUTOISTS GO INTO COAL CELLAR
Roy Wike, of Cressona, with several other occupants of an Oldsmobile had a narrow escape from serious injury on Thursday evening last
when their auto went through the concrete block porch at the home of Herman Clauser on Berne Street. The machine mounted an eight
or ten inch curb and struck the concrete block of the porch with such force that they were tumbled down and the wooden steps of the
porch demolished. The impact was so great that the electric meter and wire connections in the home were disconnected. Not only did
the autoists have a narrow escape from injury, but five or six children standing on the pavement but a short distance above the point
where the accident happened, also had a close call. Wike is said to have been driving at a terrific rate of speed. He has been placed
under arrest for reckless driving and will be given a hearing before Squire Kline this evening. The local authorities arrested the same
driver on May 18th for reckless driving on the Parkway and it is likely that the revocation of his license will be asked for on this second
|The Call of November 25, 1927
FAMILY OF TEN EVICTED FROM HOME
The Witman family, heretofore residing in the Dallago house on Broadway, was on Wednesday morning evicted from the premises by a
Pottsville constable, and until Friday the furniture of the family was parked on the pavement in front of the property formerly owned by
Mrs. J. E. Stanton. The family consists of ten children, the youngest a small babe. Neighbors took care of some of the children
Wednesday evening and Thursday evening while others were compelled to use the gas house of the borough, it having been generously
offered by Superintendent Mellon. Efforts to procure a home or house were unavailing until Friday morning, when after Superintendent
Mellon had procured work for the head of the family with the contracting company putting in the new pipeline, owners of houses were
more reluctant to rent. Witman however, has been working almost steadily every day. Somehow or other mismanagement in the home
results in obligations not being met as they ought to be. It was in the interests of the children that the local Red Cross and other local
persons interested themselves, the matter being called to their attention Wednesday afternoon about five o’clock. The children could
not be gotten into the County Home and no one was willing to rent a home to them. to
|The Call of January 7, 1916
HORSES WENT THROUGH DISPLAY WINDOW
No little excitement was caused Monday morning and the business section of the town and the businessmen who were complaining about
the day being Blue Monday, found quite a change with the noise of splintering wood and breaking of glass. The cause of it all was that
the team of horses of milkman Guldin dashed into the display window of J. M. Gipe on Main Street. That the horse escaped with but a few
scratches seems quite miraculous. The wagon was damaged somewhat. The team standing on Saint Peter Street took fright when the
automobile of Jacob Reed came down over the steep embankment at the Meck residence. The auto in some way or manner started off
while the occupants were in a nearby residence. Coming to the edge of the embankment it made the steep descent and smashed into the
pavement near the Guldin team. The horses dashing wildly down Saint Peter Street were unable to make the turn at the corner at Main
and Saint Peter and naturally ran over the pavement and into the display window. The tongue of the wagon coming in contact with the
inside wooden partition of the window brought the team to a stop with the one horse almost entirely in the window.
|The Call of June 1, 1917
TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EXPLOSION
Two men were seriously injured and two others had narrow escapes from similar injury about nine o’clock Friday night in an explosion of
dynamite on the premises of Philip Drumheller, on East Railroad Street, town. The two seriously injured men are Edward Potts and
Norman Peiffley, both about forty years of age and married, residing in Orwigsburg and near Orwigsburg respectively. The two men who
escaped a similar fate by a hair’s breadth were Nelson Sterner and Philip Drumheller. Potts and Peiffley took the contract to dig a
cesspool on the Drumheller premises. They had made repeated blasts with dynamite during their work and each blast went off producing
the desired results. They had attained a depth of nearly twelve feet and were making their last charge in order that the work could be
completed and they could catch the last car for Orwigsburg. A charge of dynamite had been placed and the cap and fuse attached. All
four men who had been down in the hole came up and the fuse was then ignited. When it refused to go off, after a length of time, Potts
and Peiffley went down the hole, Drumheller was on the ladder near the top and Sterner on the surface. The two men were alleged to
have been using a pick when they struck the dynamite and caused the explosion.
Potts was the closest and received the full effects of the charge. Both of his eyes were blown out, the lower jaw partly blown away, the
flesh was torn from the bones while particles of stone and gravel lodged deeply in the flesh. He bled profusely. Peiffley had his face,
arms and portions of his body badly lacerated. No time was lost by Drumheller and Sterner in getting the men to the surface and into the
Drumheller home. A local physician was in the neighborhood at the time and hurried to the aid of the two men. Mrs. Ellen Weston and
Norman Hendricks were also in the Drumheller home at the time and assisted in dressing the injuries of the two men. While the injuries
were being dressed, both called repeatedly for water until finally it was denied them. Members of their family were summoned from
Orwigsburg and later they were removed to the Pottsville Hospital, four hours after the accident occurred. Immediate operations were
necessary upon both men. Potts is a brother of Mrs. Drumheller while Peiffley is reported to have had about twenty years experience
with explosives. The one man is the father of five children and the other a father of six. During the excitement Mrs. Drumheller fainted
several times and had to be given attention.
|The Call of May 18, 1917
ALMOST DROWNED IN DEEP CESSPOOL
Miss Emma Deibert, of Union Street, had a miraculous escape from drowning on Tuesday noon on the Sausser premises on High Street.
Miss Deibert was assisting Mrs. Sausser with some household duties and had occasion to go into the yard with some old newspapers.
Not being familiar with the yard she accidentally tread upon some rotten boards that covered a cesspool. In an instant she was through
the boards and into the cesspool which is nearly fifteen feet in depth. Her screams for help were heard by neighbors and the employees
of the R. J. Hoffman Knitting Mill. Messers. Harry Goas and Reuben and Newton Hoffman were among the first on the scene. By means of
a ladder, Mr. Goas went into the cesspool and placed a stout rope about the victim. The Hoffman brothers pulled on the rope and
assisted by Mr. Goas safely landed the unfortunate victim of the accident on terra firma. By this time she was almost in a semi-conscious
condition. Miss Delbert was wrapped in a blanket and removed to her home nearby. A physician was summoned and found that she was
not suffering with any serious injury. Miss Deibert is more then grateful to those who rescued her and assisted her in her
|The Call of October 26, 1917
HORSE ELECTROCUTED HERE WEDNESDAY MORNING
The horse owned and driven in the dairy team by Mrs. Benjamin Shappell met instant death by electrocution Wednesday morning about 8:
30 o’clock when it came in contact with a live electric wire on Dock Street in front of the store of Harry Sterner. Mrs. Shappell evidently
did not notice the end of the wire hanging from a telephone guy wire. The head of the horse came in contact with the same and was
instantly killed. Over 2300 volts passed through its body. Mrs. Shappell was greatly surprised and shocked when she noticed her horse
fall over and did not realize at once what had happened. Persons who came to her assistance unthinkingly grasped the horse and had
narrow escapes from being electrocuted. When the horse fell, the wire in some way or other got beneath its body. The wire was finally
worked from underneath by means of a rope. The wire was one of the lines of the borough electric light department and was torn during
the high wind storm of the early morning. One end dropped over a telephone guy wire and it was this end that came in contact with the
horse. The broken wire was discovered only about two minutes before the accident and word was being telephoned to the plant about
the broken wire when the accident occurred.
|The Call of January 11, 1918
WANTS $250 FOR HORSE
Solicitor Noecker reported not having as yet arrived at a settlement with Mrs. Shappell for the horse electrocuted on Dock Street some
time ago. It is known that Mrs. Shappell admitted the front part of the wagon was closed on account of the rain and that she did not see
the dangling wire and that she was out looking for the trolley and that there is no dispute as to what killed the horse. The only difference
of opinion is as to the value of the horse. Mrs. Shappell insists the horse is worth $250 and refuses to settle for anything less. Mr.
Noecker stated he consulted with different persons capable of judging horse values. One person said the horse was worth $150, another
$160, another $175, another $200 and another anywhere between $175 and $200. The horse was nine years old and could be used
anywhere. Councilmen expressed their opinion as to the value of the horse. Saul and Mill thought it wouldn't pay to go to the Court and
fight the issue, that with the costs of litigation the borough would have to pay more than $250. Moore thought that if the persons
consulted varied as to their estimates of the horses value from $150 to $200 and not any of them above $200, that if the borough would
offer her, Mrs. Shappell, $200 she should be satisfied with the amount. Mr. McKeon thought $200 would be a good price. Rooney said
horses were pretty high just now and that recently he had to pay $300 for one. The matter or discussion was finally ended by McKeon and
Saul making a motion to instruct Solicitor Noecker to settle the case for $200.
|The Call of May 10, 1918
TRUANT LIVING IN HUT NEAR RED BRIDGE
Somewhere near what is known as the Red Bridge on the outskirts of the borough limits is located a hut entirely surrounded by water and
in that hut is living a youth by the name of Harvey, about fourteen years old. On Monday night last, relatives of Harvey appeared before
the school board and stated that the boy had run away from home and was beyond their control. They further stated that they refused to
have the responsibility of his welfare resting upon them. Truant Officer John Butz started an investigation with the discovery of the boy
in the hut. Harvey makes trips to land but has a raft for this purpose. At night he ties the raft near the hut while he sleeps. A rowboat
would therefore be necessary to procure the boy. Just where he is obtaining his eatables is not known, but it is supposed that other
boys are assisting him. The matter has been taken up with the Probation Officer. Just as soon as word is received from the officer,
extraordinary efforts will be made to apprehend him and have him committed to some institution. The boy refuses to attend school.
|The Call of January 12, 1917
A HAUNTED HOUSE
Somewhere in this section there is a haunted house, at least that is what is being claimed. The house is occupied, but nightly the
peaceful slumber of the occupants have been disturbed by strange sounds. Not only this, but the chickens have refused to lay,
frequently the shutters on the windows refused to either remain closed or would refuse to open. Milk placed in the cellar would turn
sour within a very short time. Those are only a few of the many things that are blamed on the innocent hex. Everything possible was
done to locate and remove or destroy the cause of the unpleasantness of the household. The entire trouble was placed on the shoulders
of a resident who, it was believed, possessed the power to haunt and to hex. During the week the cause was discovered and
undoubtedly removed. A pigeon was discovered making its home in the garret of the house and with a well pointed shot from a gun that
had been loaded with only thirteen small shot, the pigeon was killed, one of the shot having penetrated its neck. The following day a
certain resident was noticed wearing a bandage about their neck. The supposed hex is not truly a resident of Spring Garden, but a person
who lives on the outskirts of the borough and who daily makes trips to all sections of the town. "Exit the hex for evermore."
|The Call of February 16, 1912
FAMILY ALMOST ASPHYXIATED
A triple tragedy was narrowly averted here the fore part of this week by the timely awakening of one of the trio who would undoubtedly
would have been asphyxiated in another hours time. The awakening of Mr. C. Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Reed, who reside in what is
known as the "Eck" or the southern portion of the Flat, Monday morning about 4:30 o'clock, who discovered his room and the entire home
full of deadly gases coming from the kitchen stove, probably save not only his own life but that of his aged parents also.
As was his custom, Mr. Reed arose early to prepare for work, being employed at one of the coal collieries north of the mountain. As soon
as he awoke he discovered the fumes and felt himself becoming overpowered with them. He fought off the dreadful feeling and crawled
to a window in his room. The cold fresh air soon revived him sufficiently to make his way to the bed chamber of his parents. Here he
raised a window also and attempted to wake them but they had already become stupefied. Hastily working his way downstairs and to the
nearest neighbors he gave the alarm. Being rather early, prompt response to his alarm was not possible. Neighbors however responded
and after working with the aged couple finally brought them to consciousness. Medical skill was summoned and from latest reports all
who figured in the occurrence have about overcome its effects. Mr. and Mrs. Reed, from information received by this office, are sixty and
sixty five years of age. Both are in ill health, the wife being an invalid, and in needy circumstances, their only support being that of their
son, who is forty years of age and is greatly handicapped in his efforts to make a livelihood by having but one leg, the lower portion of his
other limb having been cut off in an accident years ago.
|The Call of July 5, 1912
RUN OVER BY AUTOMOBILE
A distressing auto accident occurred here Thursday afternoon about five o'clock when the auto of Frank Runkle ran over a number of
people congregated on Main Street. The crowd at this point was very large, all waiting for the bicycle racers to finish. Mr. Runkle came
out Saint John Street and accidentally stalled the engine, he got out of the machine to crank it, but forgot to take the clutch out and when
the engine was started the car went off before he could jump in and plowed its way through the crowd, knocking down and running over a
number of persons before the machine could be stopped. That the list of injured is not more lengthy is due to the fact the machine is a
light one and went at a slow rate of speed.
The accident caused the ire of the crowd to raise and both Mr. Frank Runkle and his brother George, who was in the machine, were
roughly handled. Had not the Burgess and State Police arrived on the scene promptly and drove the crowd back they would no doubt
have been seriously injured. Mr. Robert Defen of reading was the most seriously injured, sustaining a badly sprained shoulder and was
taken to his home in Reading Friday morning. Mrs. J. Guy Zulick of Philadelphia was badly bruised about the face, arms and shoulders.
Miss Elizabeth Abbot of Pittsburgh sustained a slightly sprained ankle and bruises of the arms and body. Charles Werner of Pottsville had
body bruises. Elwood Thomas of town sustained a number of severe bruises and deep cuts about the arms head and body. A Mr. Fidler
of Cressona was also injured about the body. Quite a number of other persons had their clothes badly torn.
|The Call of September 15, 1911
TWO STRUCK BY AUTOMOBILES - Step in Front of Machines, Escape With Body Bruises-
ESCAPE OF YOUTH MIRACULOUS
Elmer, the seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Krammes of Berne Street (Schuylkill Mountain Road) had a narrow escape from
being killed Thursday evening about five o'clock. The lad returning from school stopped but a moment in front of the store of Charles
Bittle to allow a team to pass by and then attempted to cross the street. He stepped directly in the path of an automobile coming in the
opposite direction and before the machine could be stopped he was struck by it and dragged along the street for a short distance. He
sustained a number of body lacerations and had his clothing torn. His escape from serious injury is said to have been miraculous. The
machine was that of Edward Kline of Pottsville. The the machine. The parents release the autoist from all blame in the accident.
George Hunter of Dock Street, in attempting to cross Main Street on Thursday morning about nine o'clock was struck by the auto of
Samuel Rowland and dragged along the street for several feet. He was somewhat bruised and had his clothing torn. Eyewitnesses said
Mr. Rowland was driving slow at the time and it is thought Hunter became confused on account of many teams on the street at this point
and stepping out of the road of one team stepped into the path of the auto.
|The Call of August 16, 1901
HOSPITAL TORN DOWN - Pest House to Isolate Smallpox Patients Razed
Erected by Schuylkill Haven Board of Health on Private Property - Rebuilt on Site Donated by County
The Borough Board of Health on Monday commenced the erection of a hospital in order to isolate and properly treat the smallpox patients
in the borough. The site selected was just back of Boyer's woods on the grounds of the estate owned by the late Martin Bowen. A force
of eight carpenters were employed and the building was well underway by evening. During the night, a force of men at the direction of
the executors of the estate, it is said, took the building apart very carefully in sections and carried the lumber from the grounds and
deposited it within the borough limits. The members of the Board were apprised early in the morning of the razing of the building, but
they expressed no surprise, knowing the structure had been erected on private property. The property is advertised to be sold next
Tuesday and the location of the hospital on the premises might seriously have affected the sale. The officials of the Board of Health
immediately conferred with the county authorities at the Almshouse and were granted the use of a tract of land on the south side of the
road leading to Orwigsburg. It is located near the Pennsy cut and is about two hundred yards distant from the former location on the
Bowen estate. Work was started at once and the building was completed on Wednesday. It is twenty by twenty four feet in dimensions
with a six by ten foot kitchen annex.
|The Call of February 1, 1901
STRUCK IT RICH - Oscar Hershey's Valuable Claim in California - A Former Schuylkill Haven Boy's Luck as a Gold Miner
He Is Now Rated at $500,000 Wealth Pouring In
Oscar Hershey, a former Schuylkill Haven boy, has struck it rich, mining in California, and may be a millionaire within the next year.
Hershey was quite a hustler when a boy and graduated at the head of his class in the high school at Lebanon, where the family resided
some years after leaving here. He got the "gold fever" and when the first rumors began to be circulated about the new gold field in the
mountains of Northern California, Mr. Hershey started for the scene. Part of the way he traveled on snow shoes, carrying a small supply
of provisions with him. He staked a claim in the new El Dorado which is proving a veritable bonanza. It is yielding ore assaying $1000 to
the ton. Experts say it is one of the most valuable gold mines on the Pacific coast. Hershey has a partner and they are already rated as
worth $500,000 each, with a million for each in sight. The claim is located near Abrams in Trinity County in California. When a boy, Mr.
Hershey was a resident of this borough, his father then being pastor of the Evangelical Church on Dock Street.
|The Call of December 7, 1900
EXCITING RUNAWAY YESTERDAY
An exciting runaway occurred yesterday shortly before noon. A team belonging to Milton Deibert of Auburn, loaded with butter, eggs and
other produce was left standing in front of John Murphy's residence on Saint Peter Street, while Mr. Deibert delivered some goods at the
rear door of the Murphy home. The children were passing the place n their way home from school at the time and it was supposed that
the noises made by them frightened the animal which darted up the street and turned onto Union Street from thence to Margaretta
Street. While dashing down the alley between Market and Union Street the wagon top caught at Jere Sterner's lumber shed and was torn
from the wagon box. The animal continued his mad flight and in rounding the corner at Saint Peter Street, opposite Charles Meck's
residence, the wagon caught at a tree box. The wagon was totally demolished and the sudden jar threw the horse to the ground. Before
he could scramble to his feet he was seized and firmly held by two men who happened to be near. The eggs, butter and other articles
were found scattered along the road and were a total loss. There are reports of several school children having narrowly escaped being
run over by the runaway team. Mr. Deibert was given the use of another vehicle by Mr. Adam Moyer and made his journey home in that.
|The Call of December 20, 1901
STORM DAMAGE IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
In our town the storm caused damages that will amount to thousands of dollars. The Schuylkill River rose steadily and overflowed its
banks on Willow Avenue near Charles Street. A body of water as large as the river itself rushed madly through Charles Street and spread
over the entire lower portion of the town. The people had been warned earlier in the night and many of them took their carpets and
furniture out of the lower floors and some left their homes for more secure places. At the home of M. M. Meck on Columbia Street, the
water rose to the first floor. At the houses farther down it rose halfway to the second floor. The persons who remained at home had to
stay there until late Monday morning, as the water had not receded enough to allow them to depart. The water rushing through the
streets tore up pavements and fences, washing deep channels in the street, carried off coal sheds and other outbuildings. Much
livestock, chickens, etc., were drowned. The water broke through the bank above the baseball ground and flowed over it all night. The
grounds are covered with coal dirt and are ruined. The forty foot wall back of the home of Dr. Lenker was undermined by the swift current
and a general landslide ensued. At several other points there were landslides. The substantial foot bridge to the ball grounds and two
bridges across the dock were washed away. Water flowed across Berger Street and everybody in that part of the town had their cellars
full of water. Even the oldest residents say this was the highest and most destructive rise in the Schuylkill River for many years. Every
resident in the low lying portions of town suffered to a greater or less extent from the flood.
|The Call of January 3, 1902
BITTEN BY A DOG – William Paxson and William Moyer Jr. the Victims
Mr. Paxson Seriously Injured-Has Gone to New York to Undergo the Pasteur Treatment, Moyer Slightly Hurt
William Paxson, son of Isaac Paxson, who resides on the Paxson farm on the top of the Schuylkill Mountain is now at the Pasteur Institute
in New York City undergoing treatment for a dog bite. On Monday, as Mr. Paxson was on his way up the mountain road that leads from
Schuylkill Haven to his home, just as he reached the little settlement the other side of Bittle’s Dam, a dog came running along the road,
snapping and snarling as it ran. Mr. Paxson made an effort to get out of the way but the savage brute rushed at him and sank his fangs
deep in the calf of the left leg, inflicting a very painful injury. Mr. Paxson made his way home and later with his brother, George M.
Paxson, esquire, went to Pottsville where they consulted with Dr. Farquhar and other physicians who had charge of Pottsville’s
hydrophobia patients last summer. Upon the advice of these physicians, Mr. Paxson left on Tuesday morning, accompanied by his
brother, George, to undergo treatment at the Pasteur Institute. When Mr. Paxson left town his left leg had swollen considerably and the
wound was giving him considerable pain.
Just before Mr. Paxson had his exciting experience with the savage dog, William Moyer Jr., who lives with his father William Moyer, on his
farm on the other side of the Schuylkill Mountain, had a similar encounter with the dog. Young Moyer was half way up the mountain when
the animal suddenly rushed upon him from a bypath. Moyer jumped aside and as the dog bit him on his leg he seized it by the collar and
held it out at arm’s length, the beast meanwhile snapping and snarling in a vain endeavor to bite him. Moyer had nothing with which to
kill the dog but he made an effort to dash out its brains by throwing the animal forcibly against a rock. The brute was not even stunned by
the blow but as soon as it landed on its feet ran down the road before Moyer could make another attempt to kill it. Moyer considers that
he had a very lucky escape. The dog’s teeth did not penetrate his clothing and the skin on his leg is not broken. The dog’s bite was
severe enough to make his leg black and blue, as though bruised. The dog is believed to have bitten quite a number of digs along the
road. It is not positively known if the animal is mad. The dog is a hound and it is said has been running wild for some time. A number of
persons have been searching for the dog to shoot it, but at last report it had not been found.
|The Call of October 3, 1902
SHOCKING FATALITY – William Gehrig Found Dead in Theodore Naffin’s Cellar
The Men Had Spent the Evening Together and Had a Glass of Beer and Several Glasses of Wine
Considerable excitement was occasioned Sunday morning by the finding of the dead body of William Gehrig in the cellar of the home of
Theodore Naffin on Centre Avenue near Garfield and only a few doors away from Gehrig’s own home. Gehrig and Naffin were warm
friends and on Saturday evening had been together. On the way home they had a glass of beer together and when they arrived at Naffin’s
home he asked his companion in to try some new wine. Together they went into the cellar and had several glasses of wine. The wine
being new, and not having completed fermentation, quickly made both men drowsy and Gehrig fell to the floor in a stupor while Naffin
managed to crawl to bed. Early Sunday morning Mrs. Naffin went to the cellar to get food for breakfast, when she discovered the form of
Gehrig on the cellar floor. She went to awaken him and discovered he was cold in death. Although terribly frightened she managed to
give the alarm and her husband and several neighbors at once made an investigation and when satisfied that Gehrig was dead,
summoned Deputy Coroner Dr. Daniel Dechert.
Dr. Dechert empanelled the following jury: John Butz, John Mengel, Robert Shappel, Harry Sterner, Lewis Reed and Walter Moyer. They
viewed the body and the scene of Gehrig’s death. The remains were lying on the cold earthen floor of the cellar in the position of a man
in slumber. There was no trace of violence on the body nor indications of any kind of a struggle in the cellar. The jury subpoenaed a
number of witnesses and at 2:00 p. m. Sunday met at Dr. Dechert’s office and took testimony, afterward rendering a verdict of death from
exhaustion super induced by exposure. The remains were taken in charge by the Ziegenfus undertaking establishment and prepared for
burial. The unfortunate man was the son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Gehrig. He was a native of this town and a laborer by occupation. He
worked for some time for Joseph Meyers and William H. Mellon. For the past several months he has been working for Shickram, the
green grocer. He was about thirty six years of age, tall and athletic build, was very popular among his circle of friends and
acquaintances. A widow and six children, whose ages range from eight months to ten years, survive. The news of Gehrig’s death was
quite a shock to the community. The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of all.
|The Call of February 3, 1905
AN EXCITING RUNAWAY
Dr. John Lessig, the dentist, had quite an exciting runaway on Sunday afternoon. While driving up Dock street toward Centre Avenue and
in endeavoring to turn out to avoid another team a runner of his sleigh caught in the trolley tracks and the sleigh tipped sufficiently to
throw him out. The doctor pluckily held onto the lines and the frightened horse dragged him on to the pavement where the doctor took a
turn with the reins around a telegraph pole. With a sudden plunge the horse jerked the reins from the doctor’s grasp, severely
squeezing his hands and dashed out Dock Street and Centre Avenue. As the thoroughly frightened animal dashed past the doctor’s
home, a pet dog, recognizing the team, jumped into the sleigh and enjoyed a wild ride as far as the Halfway House where the horse was
captured. The horse escaped uninjured and the sleigh was not damaged.
|The Call of October 16, 1903
TERRIBLY SHOCKED – Telephone Lineman Otto Reese’s Narrow Escape From Electrocution
To the several hundred horror stricken spectators certain death appeared Otto Reese a United telephone lineman on last Friday
afternoon. Reese and Walter Daniels were putting a new phone in Mrs. Alice Seidel’s millinery store and were stringing a wire. It was
about five o’clock and Reese was just descending from a pole in front of Greenawald’s feed store when he came in contact with one of
the borough electric light wires Daniels attempted to rescue him but could not get in a position to do so without exposing himself to the
deadly current. A crowd soon formed in the street and gazed in horror at the awful plight of a fellow being whom all seemed powerless to
help. Finally Lineman Daniels rushed up to the Telephone Exchange where Miss Zulick, the operator, phoned to Ehly’s Bakery and Mr.
Ehly ran over to the power house and had the current cut off. To the crowd it was apparent that if the current was not shut off the man
would be electrocuted and when it was cut off it was feared he would fall to certain death on the street below. To the surprise of all,
when the current was shut off, Reese descended to the ground unaided and walked into Dr. Lenker’s office where he was given
treatment. Not withstanding his terrible experience Reese was at work again on Saturday and finished the installation of Mrs. Seidel’s
phone and the stringing of the wires. wires.
|The Call of June 30, 1894
HORSES IN THE CANAL
There was a lot of excitement in town last Sunday night. A horse and carriage in the canal was the cause of the excitement. The accident
was caused by the collision of two teams near Motzers on Canal Street. A single team containing Charles Berger and William Semmet, of
Cressona, was being driven toward the Reading depot. A double team containing Mr. and Mrs. Frank Eiler and Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Eiler,
was being driven in the same direction, and the driver attempted to pass the single team. The teams collided about two feet of black
mud. In a short time, several hundred people assembled at the scene of the accident. Landlord Yoder, who is the owner of the horse
that was stuck in the mud, appeared and with the assistance of a number of young men, he succeeded in liberating the dumb
|The Call of October 16, 1897
On Tuesday afternoon the team of E. B. Peale, containing his son, R. B. Peale and wife and Mrs. Dr. Carrier and son, were frightened at the
noise of escaping steam from an engine near the P and R depot and became unmanageable, dashing down the streets of the lower part of
town, badly wrecking the carriage and causing the occupants to narrowly escape serious injury. Near the covered bridge, Mrs. Carrier,
with her son in her arms, attempted to leap from the carriage, and was thrown to the ground. She was uninjured beyond a few bruises,
while the child received a severe gash on the forehead. His injuries were dressed by Dr. Dechert. This is the second time the team has
run away endangering the members of the Peale family.
|The Call of November 9, 1900
MISSING INSANE MAN FOUND DEAD
"Tony", the insane Italian who escaped from the Almshouse on Tuesday of last week, was found dead under a tree in the woods nearby on
Saturday morning by William Yost, of Dock Street, this place. Mr. Yost was out hunting for rabbits when he came across the body, which
apparently had been lying there for several days. His neck was broken and a broken limb of the tree under which the body was found
suggested that he had climbed the tree and then fallen down landing on his head. He was about twenty eight years of age and had been
brought to the institution from Honey Brook.
|The Call of October 12, 1900
RESCUED FROM DROWNING
While Augustus Luckenbill was walking near the docks in Spring Garden on Wednesday night he heard splashes in the water and through
the rapidly fading twilight he could discern the features of a man struggling in the water. A line was thrown to him and he was pulled
ashore. He was found to be a middle aged man, heavily built and refused to give his name, but stated he was a miner from Shenandoah,
had a family of five children and was out of work on account of the strike. He claimed poor eyesight and on account of this he fell into the
water while walking along the bank. No cries for assistance were heard and this helps to make the case a puzzle. In all probability the
man was despondent, brooding over his troubles, and attempted to "drown" his sorrow.
|The Call of April 18, 1902
EGGS-TRAORDINARY PRODUCER - A Spring Garden Hen that Smashes All Previous Records
There are eggs and eggs and the hens which produce them are sometimes blamed with doing some eggs-traordinary things such as
becoming non producers when egg prices soar skyward. But Reuben Luckinbill, a farmer near Spring Garden Junction, has the hen that
takes the record. She evidently determined to make up for lost time by producing two perfectly formed eggs at one time, one egg being
within the other.
Last Saturday, Mrs. Luckinbill picked out the largest egg in the basket and cooked it for her daughter's dinner, the latter being employed
in a factory in Schuylkill Haven. At the noon hour the young lady proceeded to partake of the egg. She carefully removed the shell from
about one half of the hen fruit and took a bite. Her teeth struck something hard. She investigated and found on the inside another
perfectly formed egg, slightly smaller than the average egg, but nevertheless perfectly formed and with a hard shell.
She took the egg home and Mr. Luckinbill is now searching for that one peculiar hen, for if she can be found she will be given the best in
the feed market, in the hope that she may keep up her determination to become a double producer. The egg is on exhibition at Klitsch's
Café, where Mr. Luckinbill's son in law, Edward Foulk, has it preserved in a jar of alcohol.
|The Call of July 5, 1901
SUPPOSED COAL DISCOVERED IN TOWN
Quite a little stir was created in town on Tuesday when announcement was made of the discovery of an article supposed to be coal while
digging a well on the lot of James Schaeffer on Centre Avenue, he report was not entirely unfounded. The substance dug out, however,
instead of being pure coal is of the nature of "croppings" usually unearthed before coal is reached. This material was first reached at a
depth of seventeen feet and continued, even improving as to quality, to the depth of twenty two feet when work on the well was
discontinued, an abundance of water having been reached. Persons who have visited the spot and who claim to know are of the opinion
that a good quality of coal would have been reached at an increased depth.
|The Call of April 1, 1899
A PLUCKY BOY
Two brothers, Oscar aged about thirteen years and Martin, about eleven, sons of Washington Maberry of Haven Street were getting
kindling wood at the P and R landing along the dock last Saturday. As they feet deep. The older brother, afraid to plunge in from the
bridge, ran in to the shore and left himself into the water gradually and swimming out, caught his brother just as he was sinking and took
him to a pier of the bridge, which they clung to until they were pulled out by John Burkett, who happened to come along. They are
suffering no ill effects from their icy bath.
|The Call of February 17, 1905
THE HORSE RAN AWAY
trolley tracks, the sleigh upset and Mr. Wortz and his son were thrown out. The horse took fright and dashed down Main Street at a mad
gallop as far as Hotel Grand where he collided with Harry McGeoy's grocery team. The shock threw Mr. McGeoy out of the sleigh, but he
escaped unhurt, as did also his team. The runaway horse was bruised and the sleigh was rather the worse for banging around on its side
on the icy street. Mr. Wortz and his son landed on a soft spot, on top of their buffalo robes and were unhurt.
|The Call of February 3, 1905
ANOTHER SLEIGH UPSETS
Mrs. Philip Moyer of South Manheim Township, was driving through town on Saturday morning with a load of produce. At the corner of
Main and Saint John Streets, owing to the great heaps of snow thrown to each side of the street off the trolley tracks and cleaned off of
pavements, she was obliged to drive on the tracks with the result that one of the runners caught in the track and the sleigh upset.
Among the contents of the vehicle were fifty dozen eggs, about half of which were smashed. The fact that they were packed in straw
saved the other half. This same corner has been the scene of several mishaps, among them the upsetting of a cutter containing a young
couple from Pottsville. The sleigh was badly wrecked and the horse took fright running out the Long Run Road almost to Friedensburg.
|The Call of December 16, 1904
YOUNG COASTER INJURED
The first serious coasting accident of the season happened on Saturday afternoon. Horatio, the seven year old son of W. H. Underwood,
manager of Doutrich and Company's store, while coasting down Saint John Street lost control of his sled. Coming at considerable speed
he dashed into the wagon of Warren Brown's grocery, which was being driven down Saint John Street. The boys head crashed into the
wagon wheel and he was rendered unconscious by the blow. He was carried into I. B. Heim's store by Frank Heim, who witnessed the
accident. Dr. Heim, who lives just across the street, was summoned and dressed the wound, after which the boy was removed to his
home on Saint John Street, where Dr. Heim sewed the wound up with four stitches. The little fellow is able to be out again and suffers no
ill results of his injury.
|The following three articles attest to the ingenuity of two Schuylkill Haven men who had three patented inventions in 1913
alone. Of note, one of them, Albert Geary, has special meaning as he is my late wife's great great grandfather.
|The Call of July 18, 1913
LOCAL MAN AN INVENTOR
J. C. Lautenbacher, one of our pioneer and most prominent manufacturers, has launched into the inventing business and has applied for
a patent on a device that is positively the invention of the age. It is a nonrefillable bottle. The patent officers at Washington and those of
his friends who have seen the device are all decided in their opinion that Mr. Lautenbacher has the desired ans much sought after
invention, a real nonrefillable bottle.
By reason of the fact that many manufacturers of high grade liquids, such as liquors, patent medicines, sauces, dressings, etc.,
continually are having their goods misrepresented by persons refilling the original bottles with inferior goods and passing them off as the
real concoction, this nonrefillable bottle, which will prevent occurrences of this kind, will be eagerly sought after and be a most valuable
device for them. Several large manufacturers have from time to time offered large sums of money to the person who could invent a
positive nonrefillable bottle. Bottles of this kind have from time to time been invented but all have proved a failure. The bottle invented
by Mr. Lautenbacher promises to fill the bill to the minutest detail.
The device is tube shaped and naturally fits in the neck of the bottle. It is in seven separate parts. When the device is once placed in the
neck of the bottle it can not be gotten out without breaking the bottle. By reason of its peculiar construction liquid can positively not be
forced into the bottle either by pressure or any position the bottle may be made to assume in the liquid. When the bottle is filled it is
emptied by the air getting in and forcing out the liquid, same as any other bottle, but when the liquid is once out none can be put into it
because as soon as the bottle is in a position where liquid could be put into it, the device in a sense locks itself.
In emptying the bottle with the nonrefillable attachment a better flow is obtained, regardless of the position it is held in, than a bottle
without the attachment. Many bottles held in certain positions will choke themselves and retard the flow of liquid. This nonrefillable
bottle will not do so. The invention is a very practical one and is admitted to be such by patent agents. It is a device that will fill the bill in
every particular. The purpose of this article is not to advertise the device as Mr. Lautenbacher does not intend manufacturing it himself,
but will dispose of it to any manufacturer who desires to make use of it, on the royalty system only. Mr. Lautenbacher has been hard at
work on the device for the past several months. He was ably assisted in perfecting the same by Albert Geary, a well known and very
capable machinist of our town.
|The Call of September 5, 1913
LOCAL MEN INVENTORS
Jere C. Lautenbacher and Albert Geary have recently perfected an invention which will no doubt meet with ready sale when placed on the
market. It is an appliance to prevent the skidding of automobiles. The device it is claimed will also enable automobiles to ascend and
descend the steepest grades in all kinds of weather and road conditions. The device is controlled by the driver's foot and can be applied
to any machine. Messrs. Geary and Lautenbacher have applied for a patent on this device and as soon as same is granted will place the
same on the market. This is the second invention of note and worth these gentlemen have perfected within several month's time, the
first invention being the nonrefillable bottle.
|The Call of December 5, 1913
INVENTED SHOCK ABSORBER
Mr. Jere C. Lautenbacher and Mr. Albert Geary have invented a most satisfactory automobile shock absorber. Models have been made of
the same and patent papers applied for. Autoists who have seen the novel device claim that it will mean added pleasure to automobiling.
It will prevent the jar and shock so prevalent in all autos. The absorber works on compressed air. It is a simple device. There is nothing
to wear out, will prolong the life of an auto several years by reducing the wear and tear by jarring. The absorber can be made in a number
of different sizes to suit the different size and power machines. Messrs. Lautenbacher and Geary have a number of other excellent
inventions which will be made public very shortly.
|The Call of May 2, 1913
MOVED BUILDING WITH AUTO
Wednesday morning pedestrians along South Main Street were treated to the novel sight of an automobile moving a house. The
automobile was none other than the famous and renowned car of Dr. A. H. Detweiler. Charles Faust was engaged in moving the frame
building of Charles Schumacher from its location near the railroad to a site next to the Perry and Bowen Theater. The doctor happened
along just as the work of moving was about to be commenced. He made the remark that he could pull the building and the bystanders
immediately took him up. Ropes were attached to the building through a pulley and to the machine. At this stage of the game it was seen
that some means had to be used to hold down the rear of the machine. Heavy Harry Moyer was at once on the job. The signal was given
and away goes both the auto and the house. Three times the same method was employed, the entire distance which the house was
moved was about one hundred yards. Quite a crowd collected during the performance. The building weighed about eight tons. The
doctor certainly has some car but he says if Dock Street is not soon paved and he is compelled to continue to drive his machine over it in
its present condition, it will soon be utterly ruined.
|The Call of January 19, 1912
TROLLEY HITS SLEIGHING PARTY
Considerable anxiety was felt here Tuesday afternoon about 4:30 o’clock by a number of parents when it was learned that a sleighing
party composed of school children had been struck by a trolley car near Adamsdale. It was at first thought in of the many sleighing parties
including, several of the public schools from town which left on this afternoon figured in the accident. The party struck was the second
section of a sleighing party of school children of the Glenworth schools taught by Miss Emerich of town. As the second sleigh reached
the crossing known as the Filbert crossing, near the Peale residence, the 4:30 car out of Schuylkill Haven came into sight and before the
driver of the sleigh could cross, the car struck the horses knocking them down. The jolt caused the children to be thrown out of the
sleigh into the snow. None were injured, excepting one girl, Vera Wagner aged twelve years, who in some manner was caught between
the car and the sleigh and was squeezed. The horses were somewhat bruised. The occupants of the damaged sleigh were brought to
Schuylkill Haven and left for their homes on the 6:40 P and R train. It appears that the driver of the team that was struck had his ears
covered with the laps of his cap and did not hear the whistle of the approaching car. As a high embankment hides the car from view until
it is within several feet of the crossing , no blame can be laid against either the driver of the team or the trolley company.
|The Call of April 5, 1912
An exciting runaway occurred Thursday morning about 10:30 o’clock when the double team of Charles Seager, a former resident of town,
now a farmer living at Summit Station, dashed madly down Main Street with harness trailing. In front of the Trust Company Building one of
the horses slipped on the trolley track and fell to the street, but was pulled along over the brick street by the other excited animal for a
distance of fully thirty feet before the other horse stopped. Bystanders took charge of the team. The horses became frightened while
their owner was delivering farm products on North Main Street . The tongue of the wagon broke in rounding the corner and the harness
was quickly torn. The wagon was but slightly damaged.
|The Call of August 2, 1912
THREE BOYS SKIP FOR THE WEST
The boys, namely Wildermuth, Hartranft and Sattizahn, whose ages are 16, 15, and 17 respectively, last Saturday decided they would set
out to see some of this great and broad land of ours. In order to be fully prepared for the trip, it is alleged they appropriated their parents
cash. Sattizahn securing $57 and Hartranft $8. In order to throw any person who might accidentally want to follow them up off their they
purchased tickets at the local station for Hamburg and left last Saturday afternoon on the 1:59 train. After their presence was missed from
their homes and when the parents learned that sums of money were missing, a search was begun. It was learned they left for Hamburg
but they were not located in that town. Police fliers were sent out and early in the week word was received from Pittsburgh that the trio
were caught in that city. The chief of police was at once notified to hold the boys until an officer could be sent for them. It is expected
the prodigal sons will be brought home very shortly, none the worse for their pleasure trip. It is thought they intended on making for the
west, there to seek their fortune and return home in time well heeled in cash.
|The Call of February 27, 1914
CAUGHT RUNAWAY TEAM
Charles Graeff, better known as "Baggy", proved himself quite a hero by his daring act of stopping a runaway horse Thursday about 12:30
o'clock on Prospect Hill. The horse was going at a good clip when Graeff made a leap for the bridle. He was dragged for some distance
but pluckily retained his grip on the bridle and finally brought the horse to a stop. The horse was owned by Mr. Walter Meck and family.
Mr. Walter Meck was driving on Dock Street when the sleigh caught in the trolley tracks, upset and the horse ran away.
|The Call of October 2, 1914
SHOT IN HEAD ACCIDENTALLY
Ralph Sattizahn, while acting as trapper Saturday morning for a number of shots at a shooting match near the Almshouse and along the
Pennsylvania Railroad tracks, narrowly escaped having his head blown off. He was in the act of setting the traps when the gun of Charles
Auchey was accidentally discharged. Immediately Sattizahn was heard to utter a cry and seen to drop to the ground. He was hurried to the
home of his brother Harry near by. Dr. A. H. Detweiler was summoned and after working about two and one half hours in removing about
twenty shots from his dead, pronounced him out of danger. He was removed to the home of his sister. The news spread about town that
Sattizahn had the top of his head blown off and had died from the effects. For a time The Call has been kept busy contradicting the report
and giving out the exact facts of the affair.
|The Call of September 8, 1916
AUTO CRASHES INTO HOUSE
An auto accident that came near resulting seriously, occurred Saturday evening about eight o'clock on Saint John Street when the Ford
machine of Edward Culbert of Pinegrove, dashed down the steep hill on Market Street and ran into the fence at the home of Harry Goas
on Saint John Street. The collision with the fence caused the front axles to be broken and thus brought it to a standstill. The auto had
been stopped at the top of the hill for a few seconds to allow Miss Marjorie Bressler to get inside. After the young lady had been seated,
Culbert was about to crank the machine when the brakes gave away and throwing Culbert to the side, started down the hill.
Miss Bressler, seeing the machine starting off without a driver had presence of mind to jump and thus escape injury. Culbert sustained a
number of bruises by being thrown. In its mad dash, this car narrowly fearing that the machine would catch fire and explode. The peculiar
incident connected with the accident is the fact that the car turned the corner and started out Saint John Street towards William Street
before mounting the curb and running into the fence. It was towed to the Losch garage for repairs.
|The Call of October 13, 1916
BLACK CAT KILLS 6 FOOT SNAKE
The season for fish and snake stories has about closed and the snake editor of The Call had pigeonholed the few remaining stories he
had until the arrival of next season. During the week he was stopped by crossing watchman Lewis Wildermuth and informed of the
The time was on Saturday evening last and the place of the Wildermuth homestead on Liberty Street. It will be recalled that it was
somewhat warm on last Saturday and this had a tendency to call forth from their winter quarters snakes of every size and description.
Now Mr. Wildermuth has a cat, its first name is Jere. Jere was at the upper part of the yard, sitting on the winter quarters, snakes of every
size and description. This snake was slightly over six feet in length. Now Mr. Wildermuth has a cat, its first name is Jere. Jere was at the
upper part of the yard, sitting on the back yard fence, conversing with one of the neighbor's cats, over the coming election and arguing in
the cat language, that Hughes would be the next president and that Boston would win the World Series. Suddenly the attention of Jere
was attracted to a moving object in the grass and jumping from the fence, Jere discovered it was a snake. Just how long the battle
between Jere and the snake continued could not be ascertained, as the neighbor's cat refused to give any information. However, when
Mrs. Wildermuth went up to attend to the chickens, Jere had bitten the snake into three parts. He head and about two feet of the body
were still moving around when Mrs. Wildermuth called for her husband and he with the aid of a hoe, sent the remainder of the snake to
snake heaven. Mr. Wildermuth refuses to take any amount of money for Jere and states he is not for sale.
|The Call of December 1, 1916
CONCUSSION OF BRAIN FROM ACCIDENT
Running from behind a trolley car going south directly in front of the auto of groceryman Howard Oswald, Hiram Fisher, aged six years,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Fisher, of Main Street, was knocked down. The accident occurred on Friday evening in front of the home of Dr.
L. D. Heim. Before the machine could be brought to a standstill it has passed over the body of the child. A stitch was necessary to close
the wound in the lower lid of one of the eyes, the upper lid of the other eye was cut, and a slight concussion of the brain resulted from
the fall to the brick street. Mr. Oswald stopped the car and picking the child up in his arms, took him into the office of Dr. Heim.
Bystanders claim that the accident was purely accidental and placed no blame on the driver of the car. It is surprising that this is probably
the first accident of its kind to occur in Schuylkill Haven, as frequently people alighting from a car, especially women, cross the street
from the rear without looking for a vehicle coming in the opposite direction.
|The Call of September 1, 1916
LOCAL GIRL ALMOST CAUSES FAMILY SEPARATION
A Schuylkill Haven young lady, who has not quite reached her majority, innocently came near causing the separation of a prominent
Pottsville family and it required the efforts of Mayor Mortimer and Chief of Police Hoepstine of Pottsville, to amicably adjust the
difference. There are two men in Pottsville by the same name, that is both the first and last names are the same, although they are no
relation to each other. The one is married and has a family and the other is single. This Schuylkill Haven girl has been corresponding
with the single man and written a number of very endearing letters. Unfortunately several of the letters arrived at the home of the
married man and were opened by his wife. Immediately wifey decided that hubby was not true and had an affinity in Schuylkill Haven.
Then followed the battle of words at home and the aid of the police. A copy of one of the letters was handed the officers with the girl's
My Dear Darling George,
This is Monday night and almost time for retiring. Although it was only a few hours ago that you were with me and held me in your lap, it
appears as if it was many years to me. Each time that I look out of the window I think I must see you coming and really, my dearest, it
seems a long time between Sunday evening and Wednesday evening. Don't you think that you could arrange your work so that you could
spend every evening of the week by my side? If only you could realize how I crave for your presence and fond embrace and the sweet
kisses that you alone can give. Were it possible for me to do so, I would climb to the highest peak of Mt. Vesuvius, and breaking a branch
from the loftiest tree, would dip the same in the crater and write on the skies, where all the world could see it. "George dearest, I love
you." George, the great love that I have hitherto expressed for you, increases daily. If you only would ask me to be your humble wife and
thus make me the happiest girl in this wide world, I would care for nothing else. I hear the clock at the Trust Company striking the hour of
eleven and must retire. I will look for your angel face on Wednesday evening at Hoy's corner. I will now close with millions of kisses and
fond embraces. Your ever loving friend.
|The Call of April 20, 1917
FIVE FOOT RATTLER ON SAINT JOHN STREET
The sun was just peeping from over the hills near the storage yard and its bright rays were making themselves felt, when two weary
railroaders, William Bolton and Irwin E. Mengle, were wending their way from the trolley car to their homes on Liberty Street, following a
trip made down the main line. When just opposite the home of attorney George M. Paxson, the two men discovered a snake, a real live
rattlesnake less then five feet in length. We can't say a great deal about Mengle, for he no sooner discovered this poisonous reptile
crawling in his direction then he took to his heels and the last heard of him from his neighbors, was to the effect that every door in the
house was locked and every window bolted and he was confined to his bed with exhaustion, due to over exertion in beating the fastest
time ever recorded in history for a sprinter. "Dottzer" detests snakes and he don't care who knows it.
Like a brave soldier, Bolton stood his ground and although he used every stone within a radius of several squares, he succeeded in
dispatching his snakeship, one of the stones fortunately hit the snake on the head. While the excitement was at its height, women
grabbed their children and ran indoors. Teamsters went in another direction and a number of family pets, cats, who had been
unavoidably detained at meetings during the night and were wandering home leisurely, hastened their gait. Now the snake is dead. It
was carried to the general store of I. B. Heim where it was viewed by the snake editor of the Call. The several rattles that it possessed
were cut off by some unknown person. Just where the snake came from is not known but it is believed to be one of a number that was
brought from Texas by a local soldier.
|The Call of June 29, 1917
INSANE MAN WALKS OUT WITH GRAND JURY
While the members of the Grand Jury were visiting the Insane Asylum last week and were leaving the institution, one of the patients
mingled with the jurymen and walked along outside the building with them. Once out in the open, the fellow took to his heels and
disappeared over the fields. The fellow was a foreigner and his home is in Saint Clair. At this writing he had not been apprehended.
Allowed some freedom about the institution, another patient, an American, escaped on Sunday last. He was apprehended on Wednesday
in Wilmington, Delaware. Just how he got that far is not known but it is believed he walked the greater part of the distance.
|The Call of March 15, 1918
EXCITING SUNDAY MORNING RUNAWAY
An exciting runaway took place here Sunday morning when a horse owned by a party named Emerick of Seven Stars, and attached to a
light carriage, dashed down Main Street. The carriage was occupied by a youth named Walter Scott, a neighbor of Emerick's. While the
horse was drinking from a trough at Seven Stars, it took fright and started on its mad dash. Going down Main Street, it collided with the
awning in front of Sausser Brothers store and pulled the posts loose. When near the Hotel Grand, the horse was caught. The youthful
driver who stuck to the carriage and with no means of stopping the horse, as the bridle had slipped from its head, was uninjured. The
carriage was but slightly damaged.
|The Call of March 22, 1918
FAMILY OVERCOME WITH COAL GAS
The members of the family of C. Reed of 3 North Berne Street, were almost asphyxiated early on Monday morning from sulphur fumes from
a furnace in the cellar. The fire had been dampened off for the night and the family retired about nine o'clock. About two o'clock, Mr.
Reed, who for the past two months has been ill, attempted to arise to procure some medicine. He stumbled against the wall and fell over.
At four o'clock, Mrs. Reed arose and after walking a few steps, she also fell over in a faint and remained in that condition for several
hours. A son, William, was unconscious when the daughter, Mrs. Katie Beaumont, arose and went to the room of her parents. It was then
she discovered their plight. Dr. H. T. Ryan was summoned and restored the other members of the family to consciousness. Only for the
fact that the daughter had her window open several inches, which prevented the room from being seriously effected and her timely
discovery of the parents, the accident might have resulted fatally.
|The Call of June 14, 1918
OIL TRUCK BREAKS COVERED BRIDGE
The driver of the oil truck engaged in oiling the state road leading to Friedensburg had a narrow escape Saturday afternoon from going
into the Schuylkill River. He was going through the covered bridge at Columbia Street and was about halfway through when he heard a
cracking. He gave his machine more power and fortunately landed safely on the other side. He then stopped and made an investigation.
It was discovered that nine stringers across the bridge were broken. The bridge was immediately closed to traffic and it was necessary
for all vehicles and autos to detour via Cressona. Supervisor Huy and a force of carpenters immediately got to work and by three o'clock
Sunday morning had the repairs completed. This Schuylkill River bridge is more then sixty eight years old. It was never built or intended
to withstand the strain of the heavy auto trucks that pass over it and the County Commissioners would do well to at once take steps to
provide a more substantial bridge at this point or be prepared to pay heavy damages for a mishap which is sure to sooner or later occur
here on account of the weakness of this bridge.
|The Call of April 18, 1919
SNAKE KNOCKED CHILD'S HAT OFF
Snakes within the past week or two are reported to have made their appearance in various parts of town in large numbers. From all
sections we learn of snakes of various kinds and all sizes being discovered is due to the mild winter we have had. Recently neighbors in
the vicinity of the Episcopal church killed twelve good sized snakes in one day. A pedestrian walking along Willow Street last week killed
five. Some boys playing in the swamp along this street, discovered several nests of them among some fallen trees and sills.
We have also learned of a snake that is alleged to have knocked a little boy's hat off. This happened the latter part of last week when
children by the name of Longo were playing near some logs and a pile of railroad sills in the willows near Caldwell Street. The boys, it is
stated, were seated on some logs when his snakeship suddenly made his appearance and with one leap knocked the youngster's hat
from his head. Whether or not the snake wished to play tag with the boys could not be determined as the boys immediately put up an SOS
call. Their screams were heard by shop men nearby and they hurried to the scene feeling sure the kids were being murdered. They
hunted about but could find no trace of the snake. In the evening the father set a match to the tall grass in the vicinity and soon
discovered Mr. Snake. After a battle it was finally killed and while it did not break any records as to length, being about three feet, it is
said to have had a most unusual large sized and vicious looking head.
|The Call of October 31, 1919
AEROPLANE ATTRACTS MANY PERSONS
The aeroplane that visited our town Friday, Saturday and Sunday certainly proved a stellar attraction as thousands and thousands of
children as well as adults were attracted to the landing field which was in the field near the brick plant. The owner of the machine was
Audrey Stewart and the pilot was Lieutenant Bishop of the British aerial force. A number of local people enjoyed the sensation of flying
over the town at one dollar per minute and all report enjoying the same very much. The biggest crowd of spectators was on hand
Sunday. Not only did the Schuylkill haven people walk out to the fields but it is said there were several hundreds of automobiles and
motorcycles coming from all sections that brought many more hundreds of persons to the scene. Only a few flights were made on Sunday
on account of the heavy atmosphere. Among those persons known to have taken flights were: Frank Deibert, Mrs. Reuben Hoffman,
Jacob Rudy, Earl Stoyer, Charles Oberley, Joseph Mulholland, William Schuckers and Miss Clementine Tobin of Pottsville. It is understood
the aeroplane will pay this section a return visit probably this Friday and Saturday, the machine having been taken to Allentown for
|The Call of February 20, 1920
GOVERNMENT AGENT GOES INSANE
An Italian giving his name as Dominick Pizzi, who for the past several weeks has been boarding at the Hotel Grand of town, was taken to
the County Insane Hospital Thursday, suffering from an acute attack of insanity. Pizzi's identity for some time has been a mystery to hotel
guests and businessmen in the vicinity of the hotel. Most of the people with whom he came in contact did not hesitate to remark that he
was "bugs". No one had any definite proof and as he didn't pull off anything especially unusual, always appeared in tidy dress, had plenty
of money, etc., etc., no one called the institution. Thursday he wandered into the court house and asked to see Judge Bechtel, as he
wanted a reward for capturing a German spy. Questioning upon the part of the officials soon decided his case and Superintendent
Bowers was given charge of the fellow. To enumerate all the peculiar things the fellow said and did about town would require a column.
The peculiar thing about the case is that he always had plenty of money, in fact, rolls of it, had in his possession special cards permitting
him to ride on the local trolley cars at special rates, special cards for railroad transportation on numerous lines and all kinds of
credentials. He always maintained he was a Government agent and knew his business thoroughly. Several weeks ago it is understood he
applied for citizenship papers in order that he might enlist in the army.
|The Call of March 12, 1920
RAIN AND SNOW CAUSES HIGH WATER
The rain on Friday with the large amount of snow on the ground caused damage in and about the town to some extent. Ice and snow
blocked gutters were responsible for the overflow of a number of gutters in different parts of town which caused more or less easily
repairable damage. The Schuylkill River by Friday afternoon reached an almost flood mark. It was a regular river, swiftly moving and
pretty deep and ice cold. The noise of the swirling stream as it reached the rocks at the curve in the West Ward near the gas house
caused a thunderous noise as does Niagara Falls. It could be distinctly heard in Spring Garden and along Dock Street to Main Street.
While the river did not overflow the embankment along lower Main Street, the result of its having reached such a high point resulted in
water in nearly every cellar of every house on both sides of Columbia Street from the river to Canal Street. Even cellars that cellars the
water reached the floor. In others it reached a depth of several feet.
At the Bittle store, by reason of the blocking of a sewer, the water backed over the pavement and to within two inches of overflowing into
the first floor of the store. At the Losch garage the water from the Bittle dam and the Columbia Street gutters flowed into the garage,
flooding the boiler and put the heating apparatus out of commission. At the Reider Shoe Factory the water backed into the basement
necessitating closing down that part of the mill and causing damage to some extent. At the Schumacher store pumps were kept going in
the cellar to keep the water from reaching the floor level. On Union Street a stranger would have thought the portion between Saint John
and Saint Peter and then Saint John to Main were small sized rivers instead of streets. Blocked sewers and gutters were responsible for
Out in Spring Garden the Nosedale Creek took a notion to flow in any direction excepting that prescribed by its banks. As a result the
nearby fields, Garfield Avenue and Willow Street were very badly flooded. Considerable damage is reported to have been done to a
number of cellars on Willow Street. The water backed in through the old lowlands in the flat and covered portions of the washery of John
Sirrocco. The Harry Baker washery at the foot of Canal Street near the Old Guard lock was sunk. The end was staved in by a large piece
of ice and as the water rapidly filled it, it went to the bottom. The Jacob Daubert washery located a short distance below the Baker
washery was also staved in and one end of the same went to the bottom. During the week workmen were busy raising the same.
|The Call of July 11, 1924
YOUTHS HAD NARROW ESCAPE FROM DROWNING
Earl Unger of Paxson Avenue and a little girl by the name of Strauss from Spring Garden, had a narrow escape from drowning in the Bittle
Dam, Wednesday afternoon. They were in the act of wading across the dam at a point where the ice machinery for the old ice plant had
been operated. They were unaware that there is a depression near the center of the dam. The water was about five feet deep at the
point on Wednesday afternoon due to the rain of Tuesday. Stanley Umbenhauer of Columbia Street, who was fooling but after their cry for
help noticed their heads disappear under the water. Wasting no time he pulled off his boots and waded to the middle of the dam. He
caught hold of both and dragged them to shore where after the usual methods they were out of danger but very badly frightened.
|The Call of May 1, 1925
ANNIVERSARY SIGN SMASHED TO BITS
The 175th Anniversary sign painted on the high board fence at the new building being erected by Paris Lazos on Main Street was
smashed to bits about 9:30 this morning. The ton and a half ice cream truck of Ice Cream Manufacturing, Wertley of Hamburg ran away
from in front of Frank Scott's store two squares away. The operators were in the Scott store at the time. The truck narrowly missed
several cars in the upper end of the square. It struck the iron posts of the awning at Squire Moyer's property and ripped the roof out of
position. The ice truck of Mr. Ney in front of the Michel residence was hit in the rear. It then mounted the pavement, crashed through the
fence and was only stopped when it came in contact with a large pile of concrete blocks and the iron girders. A Ney boy lying in the back
of the Ney truck narrowly escaped injury. Instead of jumping the boy remained in the truck and escaped. The Wertley truck was backed
from the pavement and able to continue over its day's route.
|The Call of January 30, 1925
RUNAWAY HORSE INJURES COASTER SUNDAY
Sunday afternoon a runaway horse and cutter sleigh injured a son of painter Fritz of West Main Street and caused quite a bit of
excitement as it dashed through the town. That more serious consequences did not result on its wild dash down the Schuylkill Mountain
road was due to the alertness of the numerous coasters on the lower portion of the road. The horse was that of farmer Mintz. It took
fright on the road on the top of the mountain and broke away and came down the mountain road. The accident to the youth happened in a
peculiar way. The boy was "spragging" his sled to avoid striking or running into a horse and sleigh which was in front of him. The boy did
not notice the runaway horse and sleigh approaching from the rear. The runaway horse turned to the side of the road to pass the horse
and sleigh ahead of him. In doing so the cutter struck the coaster and is said to have passed over his neck. The boy was cut and bruised
but not serious. The horse continued on up Columbia to Canal and to Main where it was caught near Hotel Grand. The cutter was
somewhat damaged and the horse was somewhat cut about the legs and hooves.
|The Call of July 31, 1925
LOST GIRLS HAD GONE SIGHTSEEING NEAR BY
Helen, ten year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Yost, and Olga, eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Matonis, both of Schuylkill
Haven went sightseeing Monday and for a time were thought to have been lost. They left Schuylkill Haven in the morning and were not
found until Monday evening. They returned to town on the 9:30 car. The girls are close chums. When they did not turn up for the noon
day meal at their home, the parents of each took for granted they were taking dinner at the home of the other, as was often the practice.
Not until neither child put in an appearance for the evening meal was anything thought of their absence. Investigation was then made.
Search was made over the town, the telephone was put to good use and the police at Pottsville notified. The girls were found at Garfield
Square, Pottsville and placed on the above named trolley and arrived in town about 9:30. They were met by their parents and quite a
number of persons who had gathered on Main Street and for an hour or two previous had been all wrought up with their disappearance.
The sightseers walked the entire distance from town to Pottsville along the trolley tracks. They spent the time in picking flowers, taking a
nap and at play. They arrived in Mount Carbon about four o'clock. Here they evidently solicited money and were given a dollar. They
hurried on to Pottsville, intent on shopping. They visited the five and ten where they purchased some dolls and drawing crayons. They
also purchased some food. The fact that they were unaccompanied and appeared to be lost excited the suspicion of persons residing on
Garfield Square. They got into communication with the city police and found the children were the two lost Schuylkill Haven girls.
|The Call of October 9, 1925
HUSBAND AND WIFE HAD LEGS BROKEN BY AUTO
Mr. and Mrs. B. Frank Reider Sr. of Main Street suffered severe injuries when struck by an automobile on Main Street Saturday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Reider were crossing main Street at a point above the Dock Street intersection from the north to the south side. Just as
they stepped into the street, the automobile to the street. Mrs. Reider was dragged along the brick street for a short distance. The
accident attracted a large crowd and the victims were assisted into Dr. Detweiler's office where an examination showed the extent of their
injuries. Sunday morning at 11:30 they were taken to the Fountain Springs Hospital. Mrs. Reider suffered a fractured leg above the knee
and a number of painful body bruises. Mr. Reider suffered a broken left leg below the knee. His right knee is completely shattered and
during the week he was told of the very sad news that it is hardly likely he will ever be enabled to use the knee again, but will be
compelled to use a crutch. Mr. Reider is one of the best known shoe men in eastern Pennsylvania. He has been engaged in the
manufacture of shoes for many years in different localities. Recently he with his sons began operation of the Haven Shoe Company.
|The Call of December 11, 1925
HAD PREMONITION OF HIS DEATH
Walter J. Fisher, one of Schuylkill Haven's well known residents was found dead in his bed Wednesday morning, having passed peacefully
away Tuesday evening. Mr. Fisher retired in apparent good health and the finding of his lifeless body upon his bed when he failed to
answer summons in the morning was a shock to his family. Death was due to high blood pressure with which he suffered for some time.
Deceased was a lifelong resident of Schuylkill Haven. He was forty years of age. For twenty years he conducted a green grocery
business on Main Street. He was a member of the P. O. S. of A. and of the Junior Order of American Mechanics, both of Schuylkill Haven.
His mother who is in her eightieth year has been confined to bed with illness for the past five weeks and the death of her son has greatly
aggravated her condition. Deceased is survived by the widow. The death of Mr. Fisher while very sudden was not unexpected as he
announced to his wife at the noon meal that it would be the last cooked meal he would eat with her. He had a premonition of impending
death for the past three months and as a result had made numerous arrangements in business and family affairs. The funeral will take
place Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the family residence on Main Street. D. M. Bittle is the funeral director in charge.
|The Call of January 14, 1927
PASTOR AND WIFE ALMOST ASPHYXIATED
Reverend F. S. Longsdorf and his wife had a narrow escape from serious consequences Wednesday house reading had not noticed the
presence of gas in the home until his attention was called to it about ten o'clock. Upon making an investigation in the cellar they found a
considerable amount of gas but could not find any leak. They gave the matter no serious consideration until when preparing to retire
both pastor and wife noticed they were becoming faint and weak. They made their way with difficulty out of the house and spent the night
at the home of a neighbor.
The Misses Auman, who live with their aged mother on the same street, almost directly across form the parsonage, also noticed the
presence of gas fumes but remained in their home. In the morning they were quite ill. The Gas Department was notified and during the
day the gas pipes were cut and the street opened along the main in an effort to discover the leak. About four o'clock in the afternoon
Thursday, one of the department employees, Ezra Heilweg, who was working in the ditch was overcome with gas. Superintendent Mellon
and his assistants worked over Mr. Heilweg for quite some time and at first it was feared the gas fumes had been fatal to him. He was
finally resuscitated and sent to his home after having had a physician administer to him.
One of two felines about one of the homes were found to have been smothered to death from the gas fumes. The leak is believed to be
in the main a short distance above the home of Reverend Longsdorf. Other residents along this street retired Thursday evening after
having taken all precautions in the way of keeping several windows open.
|The Call of February 4, 1927
AUTOIST HAS NARROW ESCAPE ON HILL
Painter Fred Reichert came very near figuring in a bad accident on the unprotected, dangerous and unused steep portion of Saint Peter
Street Saturday morning. Automobiling was particularly dangerous Saturday morning on any street with or without chains by reason of the
streets being converted into sheets of ice. Reichert came down Saint Peter Street from his home. When near the curve opposite the
Meck home the machine skidded and made for the steep hill. The machine crashed into a pole near the steps and was thus prevented
from rolling down over the steep incline. It would seem advisable for the borough to either close this part of the street or to post notices
of danger and warning. Most local autoists are aware of the danger that lurks at this point and also know that it is practically impassable.
Strangers however, at night may sometime miss the curve and plunge down the incline and the borough will surely be in for a suit of
|The Call of May 27, 1927
AUTOIST HITS BABY COACH BUT CHILD SLEEPS ON
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geary of Main Street had a narrow escape from injury on Friday evening when the child's coach was
struck by the auto driven by Paul Mease. The accident occurred at the corner of Parkway and Schumacher Avenue. The child was in the
baby coach in charge of the mother. An auto driven by Mr. Heffner was proceeding south on Parkway. At the corner of Parkway and
Columbia, Mease, also going south on Parkway, attempted to skirt around Heffner's machine. As a result the hub of one machine caught
the fender of the other and Heffner's machine was pushed up on the pavement striking the baby coach. The wheels of the coach were
broken but through prompt action of the mother, the child was not thrown out. It slept on as serenely as if nothing had occurred. Mease
has been placed under arrest on the charge of reckless driving. His hearing will take place Friday night.
|The Call of February 24, 1928
FINDS BAG OF MONEY ON BACK YARD
Shoe dealer Allen Klahr, while marking off spaces in his back yard the latter part of last week for the location of his onion and salad beds
made an unusual and fortunate find. On turning over an old piece of board he noticed several pennies. Picking them up he discovered a
few more and after he had picked these up he noticed more of them at the same spot. He began to pick these up and there were more
awaiting discovery. He continued and by just a little scraping picked up four hundred and ninety one pennies and two dimes. It is
believed a bag of the coin had been buried or lost by some persons unknown at this time. Nevertheless, Mr. Klahr claims ownership of
the money and rightly so.
|The Call of April 27, 1928
RAISED CHICKENS ON SECOND FLOOR OF HOME
Complaints from neighbors have recently been lodged with the Burgess, the Health Officer and the Fire Chief of Schuylkill Haven
concerning a number of homes and buildings in different parts of town. In some instances the complaint is on the fact that the building is
a fire trap and in other places the complaint is that it is not only a fire trap but a menace to health. The officers referred to have begun an
inspection and conditions when they are found to be as reported must be remedied or prosecution will be brought within ten days.
Two particular cases brought out within the past week were the following: At the Schlachter home the cellar was found to be full of tin
cans and rubbish of almost every conceivable kind. Outside the house was found an old mattress that was thrown from an upstairs
window when it became ignited by reason of one of the children smoking cigarettes in bed. A large amount of garbage was found
underneath the porch. The yard was filled with paper, rags and rubbish. The family was ordered to clean up immediately.
A Swartz home on Willow Street was found unsanitary in part and that the tenant was maintaining a fire hazard on the second floor. Here
the authorities found a partially open window through which the wind blew over an old oil stove that was burning in order to heat the
room. In the center of the room was found a brooder and around it straw. Then imagine the surprise of the officers when they
discovered about fifty or more little peeps. No one was about the home excepting two small children. The tenant was given twenty four
hours notice to remedy conditions. The local authorities will be glad to receive reports of conditions where health and public safety are
at stake. The authorities however do feel that complainants ought to first be sure of their contentions and not insist on investigations
because of neighborhood scraps or the like.
|The Call of June 15, 1928
HYDROPHOBIA SAID TO EXIST HERE
During the week one of the children of Charles Dewald was bitten by the family pet dog. The dog was immediately shot by one of the local
officers when the matter was reported. The child was given attention by a local physician. The matter was explained to a veterinarian
who stated that by the actions of the dog it must have been mad and he added that this would not be unusual because of the fact that in
examining another dog recently brought to him by a Schuylkill Haven owner, he discovered that the animal was afflicted with rabies.
Under these conditions the public is warned to use every precaution and give immediate attention in the event that anyone is bitten by a
dog. Up to this writing the State Department has dispatched but one Schuylkill Haven dog found at large on one of their recent
inspections of the town. Attention of the public is also called to the fact that all dogs must wear a muzzle when outside the premises of
the owner. This applies whether the dog is held on leash by the owner or not. There has been some confusion regarding this part of the
requirements. The department however, definitely announced the above requirements.
|The Call of April 26, 1929
LIKE THE TALE OF THE WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A SHOE
The ordering by the Reading Company of the vacating of a small one and a half story frame dwelling at a point near the old locks near the
extreme end of Parkway, Schuylkill Haven, brought to light surprising and somewhat deplorable conditions that existed for some time. A
remedy had frequently been sought and efforts made in various ways to improve conditions at this home by the authorities, but they were
powerless to act and court could not legally intervene it is said.
The families ordered to vacate were those of Ben Ney and C. Lawrence. There were eleven persons who made their home in a one and a
half story dwelling in which there were two rooms downstairs and one and about half a room upstairs. The occupants were: Mr. and Mrs.
Ben Ney and one child, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence and four children, also two Kissinger children whose mother is dead and whose father is
serving time in jail as being one of the wire thieves.
Immediately upon learning of the order to vacate the premises and the completion of arrangements to move elsewhere, the Schuylkill
Haven authorities as a distinct humanitarian measure, rounded up the three Lawrence children who are under sixteen years of age and
the two Kissinger children whose ages are nine and eleven years. They were taken to Pottsville and placed in the Detention House upon
orders of the court. The court on Thursday had the facts presented to it and ordered the children sent to homes where they can be
properly cared for. The disposition of the children as above was desired in the interest of the children themselves as they have not
attended school regularly, have not been required to do so by the parents, did not have proper clothing to do so, were ill fed and lacked
almost any kind of parental care and attention. The relationship existing between the Kissinger children and the others was that of their
deceased mother being a sister to Mrs. Ney and Mrs. Lawrence.
|The Call of May 3, 1929
FIVE CHILDREN SENT TO PHILADELPHIA HOME
As the result of a hearing before Judge Hicks this week at which time the complete details in connection with conditions of the Lawrence
and Kissinger families of Schuylkill Haven were given, five children who had been receiving no attention, have been provided with a
home where they can at least be given an education, proper food and sufficient clothing. The judge, after hearing of the sordid details,
sent them to one of the institutions for homeless children. The three children of the Lawrence family are 4, 10 and 15 years of age and the
two of the Kissinger family are 8 and 11 years of age. The case closed in this manner ends efforts of quite some time on the part of the
authorities of Schuylkill Haven in the interests of the children. The situation from a legal standpoint was a complicated one and although
it was known the proper care was not being taken of the children, the law could not step in and change it. The school authorities did not
care to act because of the home conditions making the children almost menaces to the health of other children when they did attend
school. Only after the adult members were ordered to move elsewhere was it possible to bring prosecution. The parents failed to put in
an appearance at the hearing and made no protest whatever as to the disposition of the children. Two of the children are motherless
with the father confined to jail. The case was an unusually sad and pathetic one. The general public would be glad to commend the police
authorities for their action if but half the conditions in the case were known.
|The Call of April 26, 1929
ALMSHOUSE INMATE KILLED BY AUTO
George Rice, a patient at the County Almshouse, was struck and fatally injured by an automobile on the state road a short distance outside
of the borough limits on Saturday evening about 7:30 o'clock. The patient was walking on the state road and was headed toward the
institution. He is said to have been walking to the right of the center of the road. A machine driven by John Gilham of Shamokin going
south happened along. Because of the rain the man was not noticed until too late. He was knocked down and suffered severe injuries.
He was taken to the county hospital where he died at ten o'clock. The man was returning Saturday evening. The driver of the car
immediately reported the accident to the Schuylkill Haven police and the Highway Patrol. He was released to await the further action
following the verdict of the coroner. According to a number of persons who were nearby, the autoist did not have the slightest chance to
avoid the man as he is said to have been walking along on the highway and crossed directly in front of the approaching machine. Mr.
Rice was a former resident of Gilberton. Saturday he had been visiting friends and relatives in Gilberton and was returning to the
institution where he was under treatment, when the accident occurred.
|The Call of August 30, 1929
MAD DOG HERE BITES A CHILD AND A MAN BEFORE BEING SHOT
A dog owned by Edward Costello of Pottsville, went on a rampage and for several hours created considerable excitement in Schuylkill
Haven on Tuesday. After biting a number of dogs and a child and a man the animal was shot by Officer Deibert near the new building of
the First National Bank. The wounds of those bitten were at once cauterized and the head of the animal was sent to the State Health
Department for an examination. As early as seven o'clock the dog was noticed on Center Avenue where he ran up to several dogs and bit
them and then scampered off. When he reached the center of town he snapped at a number of persons near the new bank building and
tore the clothing of several men. The seven year old Matthew boy was bitten while near his home on South Berne Street, the dog having
been chased down Main Street and over the railroad. Officer Deibert was notified and went in pursuit but coming down Main Street and
in a few minutes the chief had sent him through for an unlimited period of time in dog heaven.
Ralph Bowen, of Pottsville, a carpenter at work at the bank building, was bitten on the arm and had to have the wound cauterized.
Reports have been coming in daily of many dogs about town that were bitten and pedestrians snapped at. A report received late
Wednesday from the State Laboratory at Harrisburg was to the effect that the head of the animal was examined and a positive case of
rabies discovered. The local authorities have been notified of the seriousness of the situation and all dogs bitten will be placed under a
thirty day quarantine. Owners who learned of their canine being bitten unknown to the authorities are urged to take the proper
precautions. If treatment is neglected death is assured within a ninety day period. The Matthew child will be subject to a serum treatment
to prevent any serious results. Serum has been ordered by the local authorities from the State Department and Dr. L. D. Heim will
administer the same. The local authorities intend to shoot all dogs roaming about not accompanied by their owner in an effort to prevent
any spread of the condition. Immediate action will be taken, as with the opening of school next week, children would be endangered in
coming in contact with dogs that may have been bitten by the mad animal. a
|The Call of August 30, 1929
FILTHY CONDITIONS FOUND IN APARTMENT HOUSE
Conditions most unsanitary, filthy and dangerous to the public health were revealed the fore part of the week as existing in one of the
apartments of the Fred Reichert building on East Main Street. The discovery was made by Health Officer Roan on Monday afternoon, who
was asked to come to the building by one of the occupants to investigate a terrible odor. Upon entering the building the officer at once
detected an odor which almost sent him reeling. Upon investigation in an unoccupied apartment, he found the conditions beyond
description through the columns of a newspaper. Suffice to say that bathroom conveniences being out of order made little difference
with the last occupants of the apartment as they were made use of despite the fact. In addition the bathroom itself was literally turned
into a toilet. The owner of the building was summoned and was surprised to find things in this condition. He was ordered to clean up
immediately. The health officer and several members of the health board made an inspection late Monday evening and found conditions
much improved but with considerable evidence of the existence of the conditions set forth above.
|The Call of September 20, 1929
PELVIS BONE BROKEN IN AUTO ACCIDENT
William Umbenhauer of Schuylkill Haven suffered a broken pelvis bone and other bodily injuries in an auto accident on Sunday morning
about one o'clock a short distance below the Long Run Hotel. Umbenhauer was taken to the Pottsville Hospital on Tuesday morning for
an xray examination. Dr. Sterling Mengel is the physician attending. Others in the car were Lamar Boyer and Herbert Fehr of Schuylkill
Haven; Canton Boyer and Palmer Boyer of Cressona and a Mr. Bressler of Beckville. Lamar Boyer was the driver of the car. He had a
large portion of his thumb cut off. Palmer Boyer is believed to be injured internally and Herbert Fehr received a cut in the hand which
required five stitches to close. The machine was a complete wreck. The car was being driven toward Schuylkill Haven when the driver
was blinded by the lights of a machine going in the opposite direction. The car left the road, bounded over the culvert along side the
road, knocked down a telephone pole and turned over in the field some distance from where it left the road. It is said the occupants of
the machine were fortunate that they escaped with their lives.
|The Call of December 13, 1929
DOG QUARANTINE ON SCHUYLKILL HAVEN FOR 100 DAYS
Beginning today, Friday, a one hundred day dog quarantine has been placed upon all dogs in Schuylkill Haven. This because of the fact
that the second mad dog within less than three months made his appearance about town last Saturday afternoon. The dog is known to
have bitten several dogs in Schuylkill Haven and also bit a horse of farmer Barr of the Long Run valley. Getting over into the West Ward,
the dog bit the child of a Mr. Fisher in the face, inflicting a painful but not dangerous wound. Finally the dog was shot by Joe Dallago. The
authorities were appraised of what had occurred. The head of the dog was immediately dispatched by Mayor Scott and Officer Deibert to
the state authorities for examination. Here within a few hours time word had been received here that the dog had rabies in a very
The local authorities immediately upon being appraised of this condition got into touch with the Department of Agriculture and an
inspector was sent to Schuylkill Haven. After making inspection of conditions and examining the bitten horse of Mr. Barr, he ordered the
animal placed under quarantine, stating that the horse might be in apparent good condition for several weeks and sometime within a
three month period might suddenly become "mad" and bite other horses. As a means of protection the Barr horse was quarantined. This
means the animal must be kept in the stable for ninety days. One or two of the dogs in Schuylkill Haven known to have been bitten were
placed under very drastic quarantine by the representative of the state. The owners have been notified to keep a very careful watch on
them. Application was made to the Department of Agriculture for authority to place a quarantine on all dogs in Schuylkill Haven. The
order was issued Thursday and as a result a one hundred day dog quarantine in Schuylkill Haven went into effect today.
This quarantine means that all dogs, unless on leash or accompanied by their master, will be shot by the authorities regardless of whether
the dog bears a license tag or not. This of course means all dogs at large. When in the yard or on premises of the owner they will not be
interfered with. The quarantine is taken as a precautionary measure, principally to protect school children, as a mad dog does not always
give evidence before hand of being mad. A mad dog does not stop to fight but merely runs along and nips human or beast, right or left. It
is believed the dog that was shot on Saturday became mad as the result of being bitten by the mad dog shot here in October.
|The Call of December 20, 1929
FOUR MORE DOGS SHOT BY POLICE
The mad dog scare in Schuylkill Haven has assumed a more dangerous stage than was at first imagined it would take. Last week one dog
which was found to have had rabies, was shot by the local authorities after it was known to have bitten several other dogs, several
children and a horse. This week four more dogs were shot by the authorities. Although the dogs were found not to have had the rabies,
nevertheless the dogs were shot because in the case of three, they had bitten children and in the fourth case the animal showed
considerable fight. A collie dog was shot on top of the grade on High Street after it had bitten a boy at the school house. A dog that
showed fight was shot on the Parkway near West Main Street. Another dog was shot in the West Ward after it had bitten a child and one
was shot on Center Avenue after it had bitten a Walker child. As a result all owners of dogs are asked to cooperate with the authorities
and keep them within or on the owner's premises or have them on leash or accompany them when off premises. While the authorities do
not wish to go into the wholesale business of shooting dogs, some perhaps, valuable and all pets in a fashion of someone, nevertheless
it has been found absolutely necessary in order to handle this situation and to prevent regrettable after effects to dispatch dogs running
|Pottsville Republican of November 26, 1884
A FAMILY NEARLY SUFFOCATED
Yesterday morning when some friends called at the house of Jere G. Bast, Schuylkill Haven, the family were discovered to be still in bed
and failed to respond to the loudest knocking. The suspicion of the neighbors were aroused and an entrance to the house effected.
They were horrified to find that the whole family were prostrated and an investigation showed that they had been overcome by the
inhalation of coal gas from a stove. Had assistance been delayed a little longer, the whole family would have been suffocated. A
physician was sent for and Mrs. Bast and the children were restored but Mr. Bast was more seriously effected. He was very ill the entire
day but last evening it was thought he would come around all right. Mr. Bast is mail agent on the Pottsville and Philadelphia train. His
place was filled yesterday by Joseph E. Protheroe who will have to do double duty.
|Pottsville Republican of September 10, 1892
While excavating for a foundation for a dancing platform in the grove a mile east of Schuylkill Haven, on Saturday a body was unearthed
dressed in a Continental uniform. He had side arms and a flintlock musket, all in excellent preservation. The body was wrapped in a
blanket, lined with some material supposed to be a tar cloth. The news was at once carried to Schuylkill Haven and a party of citizens had
gone to the scene.
"The Call" weighed in by stating that no explanation than that it may have been the resurrection of the last sad rites paid to the Grant
Light Infantry by the Pottsville cadets on Monday, July 4th at that place.
|The Call of August 13, 1915
BONES CAUSE EXCITEMENT - The Digging up of a Part of Human Skeleton
While Harry Bowen, a resident of Saint peter Street, and at the end of William Street was cleaning up his yard he noticed what he thought
to be tree roots protruding from the ground and upon pulling the object from the earth found it to be the shin bone of a human skeleton.
Upon further digging he unearthed the thigh and hip bones perfectly intact. The finding of the bones for a time caused a great deal of
excitement along William Street and people at once feared that foul play had been dealt upon someone and the body buried at this place
as the story ran. It was when Moses Eveley, one of the town's old residents came upon the scene that light was thrown upon the finding
of the bones. Mr. Eveley well remembers when the ground, now partly occupied by the Bowen home, was a burial ground. This plot and
the burial plot on Dock Street at the Episcopal Church were the only cemeteries in town. He also remembers about seventy years ago, a
Negro was buried just inside and to the right of the gate of the cemetery which was the place of the finding of the bones and which he
thinks is the skeleton of the Negro. Mr. Bowen has saved the bones which have proven a great curiosity and viewed by many town
people. He intends digging for the remainder of the skeleton.
|The Call of November 18, 1921
$1400 FOUND IN WASTE BASKET
An envelope containing $1400 in crisp bank notes was found in the waste basket at the First National Bank, Wednesday morning by an
employee of the institution, Mrs. Wertman. Inquiry and investigation during Wednesday revealed the fact that the wife of a farmer
residing near Pine Dale had lost the money. The woman came into the bank Tuesday afternoon and after withdrawing a sum of money
from an account placed it with another sum of money previously withdrawn from a Pottsville bank. In some how or other she got several
envelopes and papers mixed and threw away the envelope containing the $1400 in notes. It was the woman's intention to withdraw money
from the Orwigsburg Bank also, but when she arrived at this institution it was closed for the day. The woman therefore, did not discover
her loss until she arrived home. The news of the discovery of this sum of money during Thursday got badly mixed up as it went about
town and there were various badly discolored stories put in circulation. It is understood Mrs. Wertman was given a reward of three
dollars by the owner of the money.
|The Call of September 2, 1927
TRIPLE AUTO ACCIDENT THURSDAY
West Columbia Street was the scene of an unusual and triple automobile accident late Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The
damage done to the machines figuring in the accident was eyewitnesses, to be miraculous. About 11:50, Frank Bush of Llewellyn struck
the auto of Henry Herring of Cressona, which was parked on the north side of West Columbia Street in front of the Heinbach home. Bush
was headed toward Pine Grove. He then swerved across the street and crashed into the automobile of John Kraft. The car then mounted
the curb, crossed the pavement and into a vacant lot.
While the wrecked cars were being prepared for removal by the Stoyer wrecker, Joseph A. Reith of Pottsville, came east on Columbia
Street from Pine Grove and crashed into the Kraft car and the wrecker, adding still more damage to the Kraft car and also damaging the
Stoyer wrecker. Mechanic Webber was caught in the crash and was unconscious for a time. Dr. Detweiler was summoned and dressed
his wounds. He was found to have sustained painful body bruises. The work of removing the Kraft car by the wrecker was proceeding
with a searchlight and the rear guarded by proper lights. The burgess having been summoned stood in the middle of the highway and was
waving a spotlight to warn the approaching machine. Despite these precautions the Reith machine crashed into the wrecker and the
Kraft car. The noise made by the first auto crash and the succeeding ones was sufficient to arouse the entire neighborhood and for a
time considerable excitement prevailed and despite the hour, attracted a number of persons.
|The Call of April 20, 1928
DIES OF INJURIES IN AUTO ACCIDENT
One Schuylkill Haven man, George Aacley, died from injuries sustained early Sunday morning in an automobile crash a short distance
below Schuylkill Haven. Another man, Guy Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Reed of Margaretta Street, is a patient in the Milliken
Hospital with injuries sustained in the crash, that are feared may result fatally.
The machine, a sedan owned by A. R. Saylor, was driven by his son Harold and was occupied by George Moyer of Philadelphia, Sylvester
Hainley, George Aacley and Reed of Schuylkill Haven. They were driving north on the state road. When they reached a point midway
between the McAdams farm and the Deibert farm, the machine swerved from the road and crashed into a pole. Autoists who happened
along summoned the highway patrolmen. It was at once seen that Aacley was seriously injured and he was hurried to the Pottsville
Hospital. Saylor and Reed had their injuries dressed by Dr. T. C. Rutter. The machine figuring in the accident was brought to the Gipe
garage where it has been viewed by hundreds of persons during the week. It is quite a total wreck, the one entire side being torn away
together with the top. The frame is bent, wheels, fenders, etc. broken and the car is practically beyond repair. Reed, who is twenty two,
had his ear almost torn from the side of his head and also sustained a deep gash in the forehead. His injuries were at first not considered
serious but Monday evening it was found necessary to take him to the hospital. It is believed his one lung may be punctured. His
condition Thursday afternoon was considered serious. The injuries to Saylor are not serious.
Monday morning Harold Saylor was given a hearing before Squire Kline on two charges brought by the State Highway Patrol, namely:
manslaughter and driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. On the first charge he was committed without
bail and on the second charge held on $500 bail for appearance at court. The court later set the amount of bail on the first charge. This
was furnished and he was not placed in jail.
Examination of Aacley's injuries showed that one leg was badly crushed and almost severed above the knee. A bone in the other leg was
broken and both arms were broken in two places. One of the arms was terribly crushed. He also sustained a deep gash on the scalp.
Death is said to have been caused by the tremendous loss of blood from the injuries mentioned. It was first reported that death followed
shortly after the accident. This was found to be incorrect, his demise occurring shortly after the noon hour.
The deceased was a resident of Llewellyn. He was a resident of Schuylkill Haven several years, having made his home with his sister,
Mrs. Jacob Daubert, of Liberty Street. He was forty four years of age. To survive he leaves his mother, Mrs. Louise Aacley of Llewellyn,
two brothers, Albert and Edward and two sisters, Mrs. William Crowell of Llewellyn and Mrs. Daubert of Schuylkill Haven. The funeral took
place Wednesday afternoon with services from the home of Mrs. Daubert. The services were conducted by Reverend Fetterolf of
Pottsville. D. M. Bittle was the funeral director. Interment was made in Lykens.
|Pottsville Republican of July 6, 1885
For the past few days, previous to "the day we celebrate", P. S. Kinsport exhibited in his drug store an immense fire cracker measuring
twenty inches long and ten inches in circumference. Many of his customers thought it was the biggest shooting cracker they ever saw. It
was announced that he was to set it off in front of his store, when neighbors warned him that it would shatter the windows and he would
have to pay damages. Promptly at four o'clock a crowd had gathered to see that big cracker put off. Mr. Kinsport brought it out and set it
in the street, when the crowd began to scatter, some going a square off and holding their ears shut while others looked on suspiciously.
The fuse was lit and Mr. Kinsport ran away, presently a small cracker stuck in the bundle of newspapers exploded and the show was over
with roars of laughter along Main Street for three squares.
|Pottsville Republican of August 8, 1885
DEATH OF A VETERAN OF 1812
Daniel Small of Schuylkill Haven died last evening in the eighty sixth year of his age. He was a drummer in the War of 1812 and was of the
well known family of Smalls of York County. A cousin of his, Samuel Small, died in York at about the same age a few weeks ago. Deceased
was employed for many years as coal clerk for the Reading Company at Mine Hill crossing near Schuylkill Haven and was placed on the
retired pension list of the comp-any some fifteen years ago and remained thereon until a couple of years ago when it became necessary
to suspend the list of pensions. Mr. Small was also on the government pension list for service in the War of 1812. He leaves a wife, a
daughter and two sons to survive him. A correspondent furnishes us the following additional facts: Daniel Small was born in York,
Pennsylvania on January 1, 1800. He served as a drummer boy in the War of 1812 and as Deputy Surveyor General under Governor
Porter's administration. He was also County Auditor at one time and served as President of the Schuylkill Haven School Board for a
number of years. His funeral will take place on Tuesday afternoon next at 1:30 o'clock with interment at Schuylkill Haven cemetery.
|Pottsville Republican of November 2, 1928
WOMAN HIT BY STRAY BULLET
A heavy steel corset stay probably saved Mrs. Grant Morgan of Fairmount, Schuylkill Haven, from serious injury on Thursday, when she
was struck by a stray bullet while out in the yard at her home. Owing to the opening of the hunting season, the residents of Fairmount
had to remain indoors on Thursday because of the bullets whizzing around. Mrs. Morgan had delayed feeding her chickens until the
afternoon because of the danger from bullets and while she was preparing to go into the chicken pen, a bullet struck her, badly lacerating
two of her fingers and then striking her in the side, lodging in the steel stay. Although she suffered considerably from shock, she was not
badly hurt. The injured fingers are responding to treatment and it is not thought that any complications will follow.
|Pottsville Republican of September 17, 1887
BASEBALL AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
A famous game of baseball was played at Schuylkill Haven yesterday. The respective nines were under principal rule to be observed was
that no man should have a glass of beer until he reached third base. It is unnecessary to say that not one member of the nines failed to
reach the beer and it is equally remarkable that not one reached the home base. The fight for the championship that followed the game is
not fully reported, but it is said the score was at least two or three runs.
|Pottsville Republican of September 27, 1889
COLONEL ZULICK DEAD
Colonel Thomas C. Zulick died at his residence in Schuylkill Haven this morning at one o'clock, aged sixty eight years. He had been
suffering from general debility for over a year and recently contracted pyaemia, or blood poisoning, from a wound inflicted while paring a
callous on his foot. Colonel Zulick was formerly collector for the Schuylkill canal at Schuylkill Haven and about 1870 when the canal was
leased to the P. & R. Company, he was made superintendent. Several years ago he retired from active life and has been living quietly at
his residence in Schuylkill Haven since. During the war he was one of the foremost in raising troops and caring for the families of the
absent soldiers, for which offices of kindnesses the old veterans still retain a kindly feeling for him and his memory. He was married
twice and his first wife was a sister of the late James Newell of Pottsville. His present wife, an estimable lady, formerly resided in
Norristown. He left no children.
|Pottsville Republican of October 2, 1889
COLONEL ZULICK'S CREMATION -
An Authentic Account of the Incineration by a "Republican" Representative
Without wishing to intrude upon the privacy of the grief of the sorrowing relatives nor belittle the solemnity of the occasion, the
"Republican" has garnered a few facts incident to the cremation of the body of the late Colonel T. C. Zulick. The remains were placed on
the 3:00 p. m. Pennsylvania train Monday, accompanied by a few male relatives, arriving at Chelton Avenue Station, Philadelphia, at dark,
whence carriages were taken for East Washington Lane, several miles distant on the outskirts of Germantown, reaching the Philadelphia
Cremation Society's works about seven o'clock. The body was at once taken into the preparing room and made ready for incineration by
removing the outer clothes but leaving on the underwear, after which the whole was encased in an alum sheet, and when all was ready
placed within the retort and allowed to remain there about nine hours till next morning, when the ashes were removed and all that was
left of the mortal remains of our late friend and fellow citizen placed in an urn for future preservation. Previous to leaving the house at
Schuylkill Haven, the full Episcopal Church service was read and in the language of one present "was the most solemn funeral service
I've ever seen or heard".
To give general information in regard to this method of disposing of bodies of the dead, the "Republican" can state that this aesthetic
method of the disposition of our dead is highly endorsed by the professors of our medical institutions and eminent physicians and clergy.
The Cremation Society is now in the third year of existence. The building erected on the grounds of the Chelton Hills Cemetery is the
finest of its kind in the United States and the only one which contains a chapel with a seating capacity for three hundred persons. It has
an extensive columbarium, with niches for the preservation of ashes of the dead and has the most approved apparatus for the
incineration of bodies. The retort in which the corpse was placed was heated to a temperature of twenty six hundred degrees Fahrenheit
and the confined heated air reduced the corpse to clean white ashes in about ninety minutes. This corrects a popular fallacy that the
corpse comes in direct contact with the flames. In order to have the ashes clear and white it is best to use a shroud made of any white
material. The charge for the incineration of one body is fifty dollars, but anyone can become a member of the society by purchasing a
ticket of cremation for thirty five dollars. Services of any denomination can be held in the chapel, from the floor of which the body sinks
unobserved to the crematory after the service. A receptacle for the ashes is furnished without extra charge.
|Francis Julius Lemoyne was a 19th century American medical doctor and philanthropist from Washington, Pennsylvania. He was
responsible for creating the first crematory in the United States. Fearing that decomposing bodies in local cemeteries were
contaminating the water supplies and making the citizens sick, Dr. Lemoyne set out to build the first crematory in the United States. The
crematory was finished in 1876 on his own land, perched atop a location known locally as Gallow's Hill. The first cremation took place on
December 6, 1876. In 1901, after 41 more cremations were performed (with Dr. LeMoyne being the third), the crematory was closed. It
seems that is where the body of Colonel Zulick was taken, making him one of the first persons in the country to be cremated. The
following two articles are interesting for their relationship to the history of cremation
|Pottsville Republican of May 11, 1889
CYCLONE AROUND SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The storm burst upon Schuylkill Haven at ten minutes past four last evening. Its approach was plainly visible from the hills. A huge
column of dust was seen moving east through Long Run Valley. Then the course changed slightly more towards the east. Much damage
was done to the covered wooden bridge connecting the canal landings with the canal bank and used for passing both men and mules to
their work, was blown into the dock. The iron bridge spanning the canal from Spring Garden to the Flat was also strained, the top being
four feet out of line. It is claimed that the weight of the gas pipes alone saved it. Every farm has sustained considerable damage such as
fallen trees, fences, and in some instances not two rails of the stake and sides or old worn fence pattern are in place.
|Pottsville Republican of June 10, 1889
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN HELPS JOHNSTOWN FLOOD VICTIMS
The good people of Schuylkill Haven have been at work the past week gathering and sending forward for the Johnstown sufferers
articles of clothing, blankets, quilts, and nonperishable food such as canned goods, hams and dry beef to the amount of nearly 6,000
pounds. They will send forward by express on Wednesday, five hundred loaves of fresh bread. People of Schuylkill Haven will please
deliver it at the Relief Room next to the Post Office by Tuesday evening. The cash contributions are coming in lively, a list of which we
will have published in the daily when we send it off.
|Pottsville Republican of October 19, 1891
CLAIMING ALMSHOUSE DEAD BODIES
The Anatomical Board of Philadelphia have made a demand upon the directors of the Poorhouse of Schuylkill County for all dead bodies of
pauper inmates not claimed by blood or marriage relations. The question is becoming an interesting one and at the same time critical to
decide, so the directors have submitted the question to their solicitor, W. F. Shepherd, asking for a decision. In the meantime two clerical
gentlemen of Schuylkill Haven have made a demand upon the directors for the bodies of members of their particular denominations who
may happen to die in that institution. They are Reverend Smoll and Reverend Father Muldowney. The bodies are claimed by the
Philadelphia Board under the act of 1883. The demand has caused quite a commotion among the paupers in consequence.
|Pottsville Republican of November 7, 1891
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN GENIUS
Joy For the Sick Room and Relief to the Family Physician
More than a year ago the Republican proclaimed its pleasure in the announcement that our old and well
known friend, Mr. A. A. Hesser of Schuylkill Haven, whose connection with the Reading Railroad Company in
various responsible official positions for so many years past, has made an invention which would bring joy to
every household and relief to every family physician. It is an old and trite saying that people never die so long
as they keep their feet warm and moist. So many neglect this precaution that the graveyards all over the land
are unduly daily increasing in population. Mr. Hesser, although not a physician, but a close student of human
nature and anatomy has given his attention to the work of inventing a method by which the bedridden invalid
may procure immunity from cold feet and consequent interrupted circulation of the blood. This is in the shape
of what is commonly known as a hot water bottle. Articles of this kind are not uncommon but the effort of the
inventors have seemingly been to preserve the bottle shape instead of attaining the real benefit to be derived
from the hot water application. Such however is not the case with Mr. Hesser's invention. It is constructed
more in a triangular shape and affords a perfect foot rest, as its name would suggest -"Upright Marion Water
Bottle". It may be applied to the side of the limbs or body and its upright position is proof against wetting the
bed or becoming displace, allowing the patient to hug it close or ease away at will. The bottle has received
the endorsement and commendation of eminent physicians headed by Dr. Agnew of Philadelphia, who says,
"its adaptability to every part of the body makes it especially desirable in the sick room." Our local physicians
all endorse it and have adopted it in their practice. Dr. Biddle of the State Miners Hospital can find use for no
others, while the demand already becomes general from one end of the land to the other. Indeed this demand
has grown so great that Mr. Hesser has been unable to supply it with the promptness which he would like to
do. It is in order now to establish a manufactory in Schuylkill Haven or Pottsville for their production. When the
superior excellence of the article becomes known there will not be a household in this or any other land that can afford to be without an
"Upright Marion Water Bottle".
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|Pottsville Republican of March 1, 1892
The pulpit of Saint Peter's Church in Schuylkill Haven is to be filled by Reverend A. S. Kresge. This appointment has been made by the
Bowman Conference and it is feared trouble will follow, should Reverend Kresge attempt to enter Saint Peter's as Reverend Snyder of
the Dubs Conference already has possession. The trustees are Jere F. Bast, Milton F. Pflueger, Daniel S. Deibert, J. P. Schwenk and
Elijah Emrich, all determined men and as Reverend Kresge is a man of great strength, a conflict is looked for.
|Pottsville Republican of March 2, 1892
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN THE SCENE OF A CHURCH FIGHT
Wednesday morning an unknown mad clad in blue overalls, a fur slouch cap drawn over his face, with a huge handkerchief around his
neck, armed with an axe, approached the parsonage of Saint Peter's Evangelical Church and at once battered in the door, entered and
closed himself in an upstairs room. Trustee Elijah Emrich at once made information to Justice Helms, who issued his precept directed to
Constable W. F. Stitzer. The constable at once proceeded to arrest the unknown man, which he succeeded in doing after some parleying.
To the astonishment of the justice and constable, the unknown man proved to be the Reverend F. D. Geary, late pastor of the Saint
Peter's Church, who had some months ago jumped from the Dubs to the Bowman faction. The reverend gentleman waived a hearing,
entered bail for his appearance at next term of court in the sum of $500 with Charles Wiltrout and J. A. Bowen becoming his bondsmen.
The new pastor of Saint Peter's is already in possession of this same parsonage and was yet retired when the door was battered in,
therefore it remains to be seen how this unpleasant church difficulty will terminate. Of course there are two sides to every question and
at the end the courts must determine. I have it direct from Mr. Bowen that the Reverend Geary was his guest last night and all the
disguises he had was by him, Bowen, furnished, including the axe, which is now in the possession of the trustees. I predicted a conflict
in my yesterday's letter but I believe it will soon blow over since the Bowmanites should see that they are not wanted in this strong and
influential church. Geary, although a man of ordinary stature, certainly showed grit and partially outflanked his old war horses.
|Pottsville Republican of March 25, 1892
RECOVERED HIS GOODS
Reverend F. D. Geary Received His Goods by the Intervention of the Sheriff
Deputy Sheriff Thomas O'Donnell went down to Schuylkill Haven yesterday afternoon, armed with a writ of replavin to serve on the
trustees of Saint Peter's Evangelical Church, at that place, to recover the household goods of Reverend F. D. Geary, the late pastor of
that church. When he arrived at the place it was guarded by constables, but when the sheriff made known his mission, the officers
retreated at first fire and Mr. O'Donnell took possession for the purpose of getting the furniture of the late preacher. Mr. Geary asked for
possession twice but was refused. The trustees are M. F. Pflueger, Elijah Emerich, J. F. Bast, Daniel Deibert, J. P. Schwenk, all siding or
adherents of Bishop Dubs. Mr. Geary had been living with his father in law in Reading during the time he was without his furniture. He is
now stationed at Norristown at the Cherry Street Evangelical Church and never, we are assured, wanted more than his furniture.
Honorable J. W. Ryon is the attorney for Mr. Geary and the matter may not end quite so easily as Mr. Geary says the matter rests in his
attorneys hands. More developments may be expected.
|The following three articles follow the saga of a church power struggle in Schuylkill Haven...
|Pottsville Republican of March 15, 1892
A NEW CADET COMPANY
The young men of Schuylkill Haven are organizing a military cadet corps. The organization is well under way and the names of about forty
young men are already enrolled. This organization is for the purpose of learning military tactics and a member of the National Guard has
already been secured to instruct them. Several of the prominent citizens of town have also been seized with a military spirit and are
assisting them to organize but all the citizens of the town should take hold of the matter and help the boys along in this useful and
interesting work. As soon as the full quota is reached a committee will be sent to Harrisburg to try to secure arms and accouterments at
the state arsenal. A business meeting of the corps will be held next Saturday evening.
|Pottsville Republican of November 25, 1892
A TELEGRAPHIC CONTEST
An Interesting Affair Among Lightning Manipulators at Schuylkill Haven
The telegraph contest and ball at Schuylkill Haven last evening under the auspices of the Telegraph Journal was a grand success.
Operators to the number of two hundred were present from Jersey City, Philadelphia, Mauch Chunk, Tamaqua, Reading, Pottsville, Palo
Alto and almost every place between Williamsport and Philadelphia. Invitations to the number of five hundred were issued and for some
time past all hopes were centered on this "Thanksgiving Day". Pottsville sent the largest number of people, which probably numbered
one hundred and fifty people. Philadelphia came next with thirty five and Reading followed with probably twenty five. The contest, which
was to promptly begin at 8:00 o'clock, was delayed about fifteen minutes, on account of the nonarrival of a number of operators from a
distance, who were unavoidably delayed. Hundreds of anxious waltzers were patiently waiting for the contest to begin, so it appeared to
those not belonging to the telegraph fraternity, a dead issue. The contest was to last a space of five minutes and the operator sending
the most words, good Morse, was to receive a gold medal, the second best, a silver medal.
The judges, Mr. C. M. Lewis of Pottsville, E. E. Helms of Pine Grove and E. A. Kirlin of Schuylkill Haven began. There were thirteen
contestants. After the contest was over, the judges announced their decision and in a short and appropriate address, A. A. Hesser of
Schuylkill Haven presented the medals. G. C. Williams of Reading, having sent the largest number of words was awarded the gold and
James Hoag of Mauch Chunk, the silver medal. Mr. Williams, about a year ago, was a successful candidate for a similar but more costly
badge at Tamaqua. The contest ended, the sweet strains of Professor McCauley's orchestra were echoed and immediately the large hall
was a scene of merry waltzing. Intermission was held several times. Before the ball closed, during which time the Brobst Brothers, both
operators, late of Cleveland Minstrels, entertained the assemblage with songs and dances.
There were two hundred operators present to witness the contest and many left on early trains as soon as the judges had decided.
Superintendent E. R. Adams of the Philadelphia and Reading Telegraph Company furnished the keys and entire outfit for the contest. The
Telegraph Journal, under whose auspices the contest was held, will net about one hundred dollars, which will be devoted to the
improvement of their plant at Schuylkill Haven. The Telegraph Journal is a paper recently gotten up by several operators and devoted
entirely to their information of the telegraph services. Its editor, E. E. Keiber, who took the responsibility of making the contest and ball a
success, was ably assisted by Mr. Brobst of Pottsville and J. E. Stanton of Schuylkill Haven. The matter sent was a sketch of the life of the
American inventor, Thomas A. Edison and was in typewritten copy. These contests are interesting and instructive for the past two years
at least, one annually has been held somewhere throughout the Schuylkill Valley. The first of note was held in centennial hall in Pottsville
some years ago, from which various towns have held successful tournaments.
|Pottsville Republican of February 11, 1893
RAGING SCHUYLKILL ! - The Lower Part of Schuylkill Haven Inundated - BOATS AND GUM BOOTS IN DEMAND
The inundation of that portion of the South ward below the Schuylkill Canal was complete yesterday, causing much damage, annoyance
and inconvenience. Not since the disastrous floods of 1850 did the water rise over South Main Street that extends along the Schuylkill
River. It was at least one foot deep over said street, while on Saint James Street, it was a running stream from two to three feet. Every
yard and garden south of Callowhill Street was filled, while every cellar had water up to the first floor. All the residences on the east and
west sides of Columbia Street, as far up as John C. Goas, could not be reached without the aid of small boats or gum boots. Charles
Graver, the proprietor of the Columbia House, next to the covered bridge, was denied access to his barn, and the residents of that
vicinity had no communication with those beyond Saint James Street. The scene on South William Street beggars description and the
premises of the Spindlers, Shoedlers and many others appeared as if on an island in the midst of a great lake. Hundreds of people
flocked to the scene during the day to witness the wonderful change which was all caused by an immense ice gorge immediately below
the Columbia bridge. At 7:00 o'clock in the evening the water fell and the residents retired with the assurances of no further immediate
|The Call of October 6, 1911
AUTO IN SMASHUP
Sunday evening about 7:30 o'clock, with the rain descending in torrents, a smashup between the Shief automobile and a buggy containing
Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Swartz and child, of Pottsville, occurred on Main Street in front of Hotel Central. It appears Swartz was drawing up
Main Street on the left side preparatory to turning into the alley at Hotel central to reach the Brown livery stable. The auto was coming up
the right hand side. Swartz turned sharp and before the car could be stopped it struck the buggy, breaking and throwing the box and top,
containing the occupants to the street splintering the running gear, bruising the horse and tearing the harness. The automobile was
somewhat damaged. The accident was considered by eyewitness, as one that had an unusually lucky ending, the escape of the occupants
of the carriage without serious injury, considered quite miraculous.
|Pottsville Republican of May 21, 1894
FLOODING DOWN THE VALLEY
At Schuylkill Haven the rushing waters and false reports from up the river of breaking dams and reservoirs, terrorized the people whose
homes along the flats and as far up as the Washington House on the Main Street were threatened with destruction. The North and West
Wards suffered heavily. Cellars were filled with water and the thick, muddy element swept through the lower stories, carrying ruination to
walls, carpets and furniture. The cruel alarm started by some heedless person capped the climax and the residents on the higher
grounds began to prepare to "take to the hills" as they had not forgotten one other occasion upon which the Tumbling Run dam opened
her breast and let a deluge of water down upon them with such direful results.
|Pottsville Republican of August 10, 1894
OPPOSED TO A WATER DAM - To Prevent an Occurrence of Another Freshet
About four weeks ago the lowlands of Schuylkill Haven were inundated by the heavy rains and several thousands of dollars of personal
property and real estate were destroyed. A small stream of water runs through the northern part of that borough and empties into the
Schuylkill River. The destruction of property was due largely to the bursting of a dam on this stream owned by William Killian. That
gentleman has made arrangements to erect another dam. Some of the residents are opposed to its erection. This morning Judge
Pershing in chambers granted a rule on Killian to show cause why a preliminary injunction should not be granted to restrain him from
building a dam on that stream.
The complaintant is William H. Bashore, who owns considerable real estate in what is known as the Bashore Addition to Schuylkill Haven.
He is also the owner of the Mellot farm. He avers in his complaint that the creek running through the ravine oft times in rainy seasons
overflows the banks; that the respondent is about to erect a dam which is to be poorly constructed of old railroad sills and earth, at a
point about three hundred yards above his residence, which will be a menace to his property and the life of members of his family of
children; that he is engaged in and has a large stock of lumber in his yard below the dam. He avers further that William Killian's farm is
mortgaged to its value and therefore no recovery could be made from him by law for damages sustained in the event of the recurrence of
such a freshet that occurred about four weeks ago, when he was one of the heaviest losers. He therefore asks for this rule which was
made returnable on Monday next.
|Pottsville Republican of December 7, 1894
FROM A WATERY GRAVE - Fortunate Rescue of a Cressona Boy Skater
Last evening, Jack Achenbach of Cressona, in company with other boys, was engaged at skating on the dam between Schuylkill Haven
and Cressona , when the boy broke through the ice and made a narrow escape from drowning. His companions immediately made an
alarm upon discovering that the boy was making a desperate but unsuccessful attempt to escape. Watchman Rausch of the Reading
railroad heard the startling cries, when he rushed to the scene and with the aid of the larger boys, succeeded after much difficulty, in
rescuing Achenbach just in time to save his life. To effect the rescue, the watchman and the boys dragged a large number of sleepers to
the dam and pushed them into the water. One of these was grasped by the boy which buoyed him up until a bridge was finally made, by
which he reached terra firma safely.
|Pottsville Republican of December 8, 1894
TYPHOID SPREADS - Case Reported to the Health Board in Schuylkill Haven
Fears are now entertained by the citizens of Schuylkill Haven that the typhoid fever has taken hold in that borough. One case was
reported to the Health Board the other evening by Dr. Gray of Cressona. The patient is a young woman named Reed who lives with her
parents along side the Schuylkill River in the lower part of Schuylkill Haven. The young woman was employed in one of the factories of
that town and had been complaining for some time. She, however, persisted in attending to her work until she became incapacitated by
the disease and finally called for treatment. The Health Board of Schuylkill Haven is making strenuous efforts to extirpate the germs of
disease and to that end has already inaugurated a system by which the board may learn the cause of the origin of this case. The citizens
of the borough are being advised to practice the greatest precaution and to obey all laws tending towards the strictest sanitary measures.
|Pottsville Republican of March 14, 1895
WORK OF A MAD DOG
He Creates a Reign of Terror in Schuylkill Haven - One Man Bitten
A small hound belonging to Shoemaker Honnes of Spring Garden, went mad night before last and has ever since been a terror to the
neighborhood for miles around. When Mr. Honnes found out the condition of the dog, he tied him up. Yesterday the dog got loose and
ran over to Cressona. Here he bit Samuel Reber in the hand. After biting Reber, the rabid beast went to Daniel Reichert's in Manheim
Township. He chased another dog into the kitchen, but was himself chased off by the women folk armed with brooms. Frothing at the
mouth the dog continued on his way of terror. At Nosedale he bit the dogs of Messrs. Wisner, Killian and Shappell. At Luckenbill's, a mile
further east, he bit several dogs. Then he returned to Nosedale and attacked the ten year old daughter of Contractor William Bashore,
who was on her way to school. The little girl tried to beat him off with an umbrella but was only saved from a horrible fate by the timely
arrival of her brother. The dog is still at large and there are large parties out hunting him with shotguns. Last evening the Schuylkill
Haven Town Council passed a resolution requiring all dogs to be muzzled or shot.
|Pottsville Republican of April 10, 1895
TOO MANY INSANE - More at The Almshouse Than the Law Allows - Trained Nurses
Poor Directors Dietrick, Day and Derr and Clerk John Gressang went over to Harrisburg yesterday to try to make some arrangements by
which the overcrowded condition of the county insane asylum can be remedied. Dr. Gray, the new almshouse physician, was in town
today and in conversation with a "Republican" representative stated that while the license of the institution calls for only seventy five
insane patients, there are at present one hundred and four in that department. They have been coming in very rapidly of late and the
authorities are puzzled as to how to dispose of them.
Many of them are very violent, especially among the men and quite a number are kept locked up all the time and some must have the
mufflers on most of the time. There is not so much violence in the female department. Among the men there are some who cannot be
trusted in the yard and the yard itself is a very insecure place. The fence is rotten and a violent man could tear down enough in a minute
to liberate all of his fellows, thus causing much trouble and perhaps, danger to life in the vicinity. If the Poor Directors succeed in getting
permission to transfer some of the patients, the most violent will be taken away. The necessity for trained nurses in the hospital is being
felt more and more every day and Dr. Gray has impressed their value on the minds of the Poor Directors. They seem to feel that there
should be trained nurses there but they have not taken any action as of yet.
|Alton Illinois Weekly Courier of March 5, 1853
SUICIDE IN THE PULPIT
Just as we are going to press we learned that Mr. Charles Fultz, a shoemaker, resident of Schuylkill Haven, in Schuylkill County,
committed suicide in a rather singular manner on Sunday evening last. It appears that for some time he had been an officer of the
German Lutheran Church of that place, and on the evening referred to, had convened and opened a prayer meeting in the building
belonging to that congregation. He went through the exercises in his accustomed manner and nothing unusual was noticed about his
appearance. Upon the congregation's retiring, he was seen to unbolt one of the window shutters, left the building with the others and
was discovered the next morning suspended lifeless above the altar! It is supposed he obtained ingress through the window referred to.
|Pottsville Republican of November 30, 1895
SERIOUS RUNAWAY - Several Almshouse Officials Reported Injured
A Pottsville businessman who came up from Schuylkill Haven at 2:30 this afternoon, said that a serious runaway had taken place near the
first archway above Schuylkill Haven, and that four almshouse officials sustained serious injuries. Among those known to be hurt are
Messrs. Gressang and Wachter, to what extent, however, could not be learned. The gentlemen further stated that pieces of a wrecked
carriage were strewn along the public highway, indicating that the runaway must have been a serious one. It is also known that Mr.
Gressang was under the care of the almshouse physician and that his wounds were being sewn up. Those who were questioned about
the accident were inclined to be reticent and would say nothing about it. The carriage was a complete wreck and the horses were also
badly injured. The occupants of the carriage were John F. Gressang, Peter Wachter, Wash Orme, Butcher Heffner and an almshouse
employee named Reese. All of whom were more or less injured. It is said that several of Heffner's ribs were broken, and that Reese's
head was badly cut.
|Williamsport Pennsylvania Daily Gazette and Bulletin of July 10, 1905
FOUND BODY IN WATER - Edwin E. Heim of Schuylkill Haven Drowned at Brighton Beach
Harry Clifford Cromwell, of New York City, while bathing at Brighton Beach today, discovered the body of a young man dressed in a
bathing suit, floating in the water. He brought the body to the beach where it was identified by Joseph D. McCormick of Schuylkill Haven,
Pennsylvania, as that of Edwin E. Heim, twenty three years old, also of Schuylkill Haven, a Princeton University student. Heim had
accompanied McCormick to Coney Island for a day's outing. He said that he last saw Heim when he left him standing on the beach in his
bathing suit, three hours before.
|Williamsport Pennsylvania Daily Gazette and Bulletin of July 11, 1906
SNAKE HYPNOTIZES HALF A DOZEN WOMEN
Monster Reptile Frightens Females, Three of Whom Swoon
Six women who sat together on the front porch of the home of Daniel Sharadin of Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, were completely
hypnotized by a monster copperhead snake, which emerged from under the porch and coiled itself in front of them. Charles Detweiler saw
the women sitting as if paralyzed with their eyes in the reptile. As he looked the snake uncoiled and started to glide toward one of the
women. Detweiler rushed into the yard and struck the snake with a club, killing it. Three of the women swooned after the danger was
|Washington Post of October 20, 1913
DIED AS SHE PROPHESIED - Fortune Teller Foresees Her Fate to the Very Month
Madame Anna Bunn of Schuylkill Haven, who predicted a year ago that she would die this month, has just died very suddenly, thus
fulfilling her prediction. Madame Bunn had wide fame as a fortune teller and was visited by people from all parts of the country. She was
a woman of peculiar ideas and at times would not undertake the telling of a fortune without first lighting her pipe or feeding her three
black cats. At other times she would not allow the telling of fortunes to interfere with her music, which she found necessary at times "to
drive away evil spirits".
|New Castle Pennsylvania News of July 9, 1921
ACTOR BOUGHT WIFE FOR $2500; HE NOW WANTS HER OR COIN
John Miller, actor, who paid $2500 for his wife, wants to get his money back from his father in law in Chicago where he believes his wife is
now living, he told his attorneys in Pottsville, Pennsylvania today. "I am satisfied Rosie will not stay with me and I might as well get my
money back, but if they do not repay the money, I shall certainly demand the girl," he said. Rose is eighteen and posed as a gypsy carnival
girl at a Schuylkill Haven carnival. Miller says it is nothing unusual among men in his calling to buy their wives. "I was married to Rosie
Mitchell five months," he declared. "Then her father met her in an automobile at Johnstown, Pennsylvania in June and since then I have
seen nothing of her."
|Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Herald of August 13, 1947
JUDGE CHANGES LUCKY STREAK
A bearded, soot covered man, who gave the name of John Smith and said he was "sort of from Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania," walked
with Lady Luck through a mile long railroad tunnel near Baltimore on Tuesday. Smith said he managed to sidestep five trains in the dimly
lighted cavern. He was straddling a third rail when he came out. A railroad policeman said contact with the rail would have killed him.
"Up to now you are the luckiest man I know," Magistrate Preston A. Paire told Smith when he appeared on a charge of trespassing. "But
your luck is about to change. You're fined twenty five dollars and costs."
|This page contains a variety of news stories on the
unusual, curious, newsworthy and interesting events
of the day in Schuylkill Haven.
|The Call of November 1, 1923
MISTAKEN FOR RABBIT, IS SHOT
Harry Balseltia, aged forty, of Schuylkill Haven is in a serious condition at his home with gunshot wounds of the stomach, chest and face,
inflicted when he was shot while out hunting, in mistake for a rabbit, by his brother in law, John Weber also of Schuylkill Haven, Thursday
morning. The men left home at an early hour Thursday morning to hunt rabbits and were near Black Horse when the accident occurred.
Weber had aimed at a rabbit and did not know that Balseltia was near but he came from behind a bush at that moment and received the
full charge of shot in his body. Taken to his home on Paxson Avenue, it is not yet known whether or not his injuries will prove fatal.
|The Call of February 21, 1930
LOCAL FAMILY IN NEED OF FOOD
Attention of The Call has been called to a number of children of E. F. Fisher of Quinn Street, Schuylkill Haven, being in much need of
food. Investigation shows that in addition to the parents there are two daughters and five sons. All the children excepting the one year
old girl and the five and two year old boys attend school. The father finds it difficult to procure work and he is said to be in poor health.
The mother states they have had and have little to eat at any time. Since Sunday, the daily menu for each of the three meals has been
nothing more than bread and coffee. For Thursday dinner the mother was preparing the last of the supply of coffee. Saturday last local
persons supplied food for their Saturday meal. The local authorities have frequently been appealed to by the younger children to try and
get them something to eat. Believing that Schuylkill Haven can well take care of its poor people without necessity of having the case in
question reported to the Schuylkill County Welfare Association, or any other county organization, and believing that Schuylkill Haven
people would prefer to do this rather than have the town held up to ridicule of not being able to take care of its unfortunate families, The
Call takes this manner of giving publicity to the case. In handling this particular case, the fact must first be realized that the children can
in no way be held responsible for conditions in the home. They are entitled at least to a chance in life and their health ought not be
jeopardized by insufficient or improper food.
Support has been given this particular family in the last several years by a number of local organizations, groups of persons and
individuals, however, improvement in conditions does not seem to have been brought about, the children are in need of food. The
mother states she will welcome prepared food or the foodstuffs. She will be glad to have excess quantities of food that may be prepared
by different families and will send the children to any address to procure the same. Persons desiring to assist this family can readily and
easily do so by calling 534, Miss Bottiglier, who will convey the message to the family above referred to.
|The Call of October 24, 1930
AUTOIST CRASHES INTO STORE FRONT
Mr. and Mrs. Elias Liner and family of Pottsville figured in an auto accident on Sunday afternoon about 5:15 o'clock on their return to
Pottsville from an auto trip. Their car, a LaSalle sedan, was being driven by their son, Bernard. In making a left turn from Dock Street to
Center Avenue, the machine crashed into the curb on their right and knocked down the sign bearing Route Number 120. In some
unaccountable manner, it headed diagonally across the street, knocking down the awning post and mounting the curb, crashed headlong
into the storeroom of Howard Kimmel. Both large plate glass windows were broken and the framework of the window badly damaged. Mr.
Kimmel estimates the damage to his property to be in the neighborhood of $200. None of the occupants in the machine were injured,
although badly frightened and shaken up. A very fortunate feature in connection with the accident was the fact that there were no cars
going east at the time or more serious results might have occurred.
|The Call of November 28, 1930
LOST BOY FOUND ASLEEP HERE
Harry Eckersley, eight year old child of Frackville, was saved from a probable death by freezing by being accidentally discovered about
nine o'clock in the alleyway between the homes of Sam Bast and the Holmhurst apartment. Robert Keller Jr., on returning home, found
the gate did not respond to his attempts to open it. Investigating he saw what he thought to be a large dog or bundle of some sort.
Striking a match he found the bundle to be that of the youth lying on the cement walk. Had the boy not been discovered, he quite likely
may have been frozen to death or contracted cold of such severity from the exposure that would have caused his death. Mr. Keller took
the boy into his home, gave him supper and then questioned him. He was then taken to the home of Police Chief Deibert, who got in
touch with a minister in Frackville and the news in turn reported to the parents of the child. It appears the boy became lost Tuesday
afternoon while shopping with his mother and another lady. He readily answered all questions and his identity was easily established. He
stated he waited in Pottsville until 7:30 for his mother and then determined to walk. He began to walk and evidently walked down the
highway to Schuylkill Haven, arriving here about nine o'clock. He said he then became sleepy and decided to go to sleep. He was sound
asleep when found. The father arrived shortly after being informed he had been found and took him to his home.
|The Call of March 7, 1930
TO PROTEST AGAINST DUMPING GROUNDS AT SEVEN STARS
A very important special meeting of the Health Board of Schuylkill Haven was held Thursday evening. At this meeting there was present a
representative of the State Health Department. He was here in the interests of the health of this community. There were three matters on
which he reported. The first was to the effect that the state was advised of some person or persons dumping garbage and rubbish on the
water line of the Schuylkill Haven Borough at Cape Horn. The state felt that the local water department should protest against this
condition and that the local Health Board should make formal protest to the water department on the condition. The above matter was
discussed in council some time ago and at the time, Superintendent Mellon stated the dumping was not anywhere near the water line.
Now comes the formal notice from the state to the effect that the dumping of garbage is on the water line. The Health Board will protest
to the Water Department of the borough at once.
Another matter of great importance was the propose dumping ground for Pottsville which is to be below Seven Stars at the old shooting
grounds. The state man was of the opinion that this would greatly menace not only the health of the community but be most objectionable
by reason of possible stench. The local Board will file formal protest with the State Department of Health and it is suggested that other
local organizations take similar action at once , for in the event that a dumping ground for Pottsville were started at that place, residence
in Schuylkill Haven would become most disagreeable, it is assumed.
The state inspector visited a number of property owners in Schuylkill Haven who have been draining into gutters. He advised them of the
importance and of the necessity of at once discontinuing this policy and also notified them that the State Department would back up the
local department in having this practice discontinued all over town at once, regardless of whether there were any borough sewers on the
same street or near to the premises.
|New stories just added including tales of
heroism by two Schuylkill Haven men in
Vietnam, a flood in 1969 and a health
concern on Pleasant Row.
|The Call of December 26, 1930
TOWN'S POOR FAMILIES TO BE TAKEN CARE OF
This year in Schuylkill Haven there will be quite a number of organizations, charitably inclined, that will endeavor to supply necessities for
less fortunate families so that they will have a little more Christmas cheer than they expect.In some cases it has been difficult to
determine or learn the names and addresses of families that are actually in need in the way of clothing, food or coal. Neighbors are aware
of the plight of these families but they fail to report facts to persons in position to help them. This is due too, to the fact there is no
special directing head of charity in Schuylkill Haven. In the absence of such a definite organization for such particular purpose, reports
should be made to the Schuylkill Haven Chapter of the Red Cross, Mrs. Ada Dechert, President. The Red Cross in turn will provide at any
time of the year whatever it can and at this time of the year will give information to any organization desiring to assist in spreading
Christmas cheer to the poor families. Last minute calls for Christmas assistance can be made at the office of this paper and in turn either
one of the following organizations, of whom we have notice of intention to distribute food, etc., this year will be appraised of the fact: the
Red Cross, the Girl Scouts, the Eastern Star, the Haven Club. Classes in several of the Sunday Schools will also assist.
|The Call of March 20, 1931
UNDERTAKER SENT TO HOME AS JOKE
About one of the meanest and lowest of character in jokes was pulled recently on undertaker Charles Wagner and the family of James
McKeone of North Margaretta Street. That it did not result seriously was due perhaps to the timely intervention of neighbors. But the
end is not yet, clues were recently discovered and prosecutions and perhaps a severe lacing for the perpetrators may result. Mr.
Wagner was aroused from his slumber about eleven o'clock and notified a death had occurred in the family of James McKeone at the
address given. Awakening his assistant, Mrs. Wagner, the undertaking ambulance was taken to the address. Fortunately, one of the
neighbors returning home at the time of the undertaker's arrival questioned Mr. Wagner and learned of his mission. The neighbor
realized Mr. McKeone had reported for work several hours earlier and that all members of the family had been about earlier in th
evening. Realizing that if Mrs. McKeone were to catch sight of the ambulance in front of her house, conclusions would be reached that
some member of the family had been killed and the shock might prove harmful. Accordingly a quiet investigation was made and all
proved well and the undertaker was sent home. The telephone call, however, was traced to its source, a Main Street restaurant, but the
proprietor could not recall who had used the phone at that particular hour. An attempted joke, but not quite so severe in detail, was
attempted several evenings later when E. E. Willard was summoned to Minersville to drive a relative to her house in Summit Station.
Somehow or other Mr. Willard detected the joke and did not motor to Minersville.
|The Call of March 20, 1931
ESCAPES INJURY WHEN CAR PLUNGES DOWN MOUNTAINSIDE
Gus Menas, proprietor of the pool room on West Main Street, escaped serious injury early Friday morning, when his automobile, a
roadster, crashed through the guardrail and went down the embankment on the Schuylkill Mountain Road. The car remained in an upright
position and came to a stop only when it became wedged between the trees at a point about sixty feet from the level of the road. The car
was being driven down the mountain road. The accident occurred about midway between the road to the coal chutes and the bottom of
the mountain road. Menas crawled up the side of the mountain through the snow in a dazed condition and made his way to the home of
friends nearby, where his injuries were dressed.
The Menas accident recalls to the minds of the oldtimers, a more serious accident occurring on this road about sixty years ago, when a
team containing a Mr. Albright, his wife and child plunged through the guardrail, plunged down the embankment and into the Schuylkill
River. The river bed at this particular point contained a deep hole and the three members of the family together with the horse were
drowned. The point where the accident occurred is about two hundred feet below the point of the Menas accident. Another accident
occurred some years later when Edward Boyer and his team went over the side of the road and down the embankment but were not
|The Call of June 5, 1931
AGED MAN RUN OVER BY AUTO
George Graver, aged seventy six, a well known resident of Schuylkill Haven, suffered injuries on Monday, May 25th, around one o'clock in
the afternoon, when struck by an automobile, which injuries, for a time, were feared might prove fatal. His condition was explained to The
Call man Thursday morning of this week, as being "somewhat improved but he was very low Wednesday". Mr. Graver was standing on the
pavement portion near a display window at the Gipe Garage on West Main Street only a few doors from his home. He was struck by an
Austin car driven by John Phillips of Schuylkill Haven, who was receiving his first lesson in the operation of a car from his instructor, John
Gipe, who was seated at his side. In some way or other the car struck Mr. Graver upon the knee and knocked him down. One of the
wheels of the car passed over his neck and side of the face. Fortunately, the car was one of the lightest in weight now on the market,
otherwise it is believed death would have resulted. Mr. Phillips had purchased the car but a day or two previous to the accident and was
being given his first lessons in its operation.
Contractor Edwin Becker, who was also standing nearby, escaped injury by jumping to the side. Mr. Graver evidently did not realize his
danger and could not move as quickly as Mr. Becker and therefore received the glancing blow. He suffered a hemorrhage before it was
possible to remove him to his home. For several days his condition was serious. By reason of the veins of the neck being ruptured and
the wound very painful, he was unable to partake of nourishment and very little medicine until late on Wednesday. In addition to the
injury to the neck and the side of the face, the lower part of the knee cap had been splintered and crushed. This will require a
considerable length of time to heal but it is not believed this injury will interfere with his walking. Mr. Graver had never been sick a day in
his life and his confinement is quite a hardship.
|The Call of June 10, 1932
INJURED WHEN AUTO CRASHED INTO WAGON
Joseph Ebling, one of the very few owners of horses in Schuylkill Haven, suffered injuries Friday, when his team of horses was run into
by an automobile near the new underpass. Mr. Ebling, seated on the seat of the wagon, was driving towards Schuylkill haven when
suddenly he heard a crash and found himself with his wagon being lifted high into the air. In falling, he sustained several cuts about the
forehead and many bruises about the body. The team of horses ran away and crashed into several automobiles on Centre Avenue. One
of them sustained deep cuts and sprains requiring the services of a veterinarian. The auto, that of Dick Hinkle, driven by his brother, was
badly damaged. Mr. Ebling, later in the day, was again on the job but the fore part of the week remained at home on his bed.
|The Call of January 6, 1933
TOWN MAN GETS PATENT ON VAULT
Welcome information comes from Clarence A. O'Brien, Washington D.
C. patent lawyer, with regard to Robert C. Gehrig Jr., who has been
granted United States Letter Patent upon a concrete burial vault. The
patent was issued December 27, 1932. While it is a gruesome subject
to dwell upon, nevertheless an efficient burial vault adds a little
solace to the bereavement. Folks are inclined to conjure up horrible
visions of the dead reposing in a terrestrial niche infested with a
multitude of creeping and crawling things. You can't change the idea
but the inventor alleviates the mental torture by the assurance of a
burial vault sealed against the elements. With prudent planning, the
vault is constructed with a hinged lid which eliminates bothersome
labor connected with interment. All around the edges of the lid is a
cleverly arranged groove to receive a waterproof seal that forms a
perfect bond between the lid and the box. The praiseworthy feature
of the invention is the peculiar construction that permits the seal to
embrace and anchor the hinges of the lid to form an absolute bond.
Mr. Gehrig expects to begin production on the vault immediately.
|The ad for the new vault as it appeared in The Call.
|The Call of January 5, 1934
SHOT IN HEAD WITH FLOBERT RIFLE
Elsworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Michel of Margaretta Street, owes his life probably, to the fact that at the moment he was looking
downward instead of upward. Tuesday afternoon, while at play, he was shot in the head by a flobert rifle shot. The ball pierced the
forehead in its center and very close to the point where less than a year ago he had undergone an operation for an infection. The
accident occurred about four o'clock in the afternoon. His mother rushed him to the Reading Hospital where xrays were taken
immediately. By seven o'clock the pellet or ball from the rifle had been removed. He was put to bed and kept there for the possibility of
developments from infection. He was brought home on Thursday.
The flobert rifle was a gift from Santa Claus. Tuesday afternoon, Elsworth took the rifle and went down to the home of his friend, Bobbie
Obenhouse on Main Street. They were playing with the same for a time. Little Miss Rose, sister of Bobbie Obenhouse, was standing by
and during the play, the rifle, cocked, was handed to the little girl. It was while in her hands that it discharged, with young Michel not
three feet away, looking toward the floor. Surgeons stated that had the pellet entered the forehead a fraction in either direction than
what it did, or had the boy been holding his head in a natural position, the wound might have proven fatal. It will be remembered Elsworth
spent several months in the Reading Hospital just about this time last year. His life for a time was almost despaired of. Constant attention
by his mother, who remained at the hospital, and with medical skill, he recovered and had, during the past several months, regained his
|The Call of September 7, 1934
DELIVERY TRUCK CRASHED INTO CEMETERY
Shortly before ten o'clock Monday morning, residents in the vicinity of Paxson Avenue and Margaretta Street, were given a scare as the
result of a meat delivery truck of Scholl's Meat Market of Orwigsburg, running away. The truck had been left standing on the brow of the
steep grade on Margaretta Street. A youngster, not more than three or four years of age, was in the machine. The car began to move,
evidently from the brakes loosening or shifting. In a moment's time, it was all over. The machine had sped wildly down the street and
miraculously escaped crashing into buildings and property along its route. Most fortunately there were no persons or machines passing
on Paxson Avenue. The truck crossed Paxson Avenue and went through the fence into the Episcopal Church Cemetery. The driver, in
backing the machine out of the cemetery, narrowly escaped backing into the machine of Commissioner James Schucker, who happened
along. The truck was driven up the steep hill and apparently was none the worse for the crash. It was again parked at most exactly the
same spot as it had been on the brow of the hill and the little fellow again left in charge of the same while the driver went into a nearby
home. Within a short time, however, the driver continued on towards Orwigsburg.
|The Call of January 4, 1935
COAL TRUCK RUNS AWAY, CRASHES INTO PORCH
Saturday noon, occurred in Schuylkill Haven, an accident which for plain good fortune or dumb luck, in that injury to persons or greater
damage to property did not result, has anything wiped off the slate for some years. The empty coal truck of Jesse Templin, standing in
front of the property of Fred Reichert on Market Street above saint Peter Street, started away in the absence of the driver. The brakes, it
is said, loosened causing the car to move. As the truck reached Saint peter Street, it bounded over and continued toward the very steep
incline of Market Street that ends on Saint John Street. As the car reached the crest of the steep hill, it gained considerable momentum.
Crashing into the trees on the property of Reverend John Reber, it clipped them off and also tore away the front steps leading to the
home. At the foot of the hill, it shot across saint John Street, missing the automobile of James Schucker, parked near his home, by the
fraction of inches. It mounted the curb and crashed into the front porch of Charles Schucker, knocking out several of the concrete
blocks from the porch pillar and breaking the railing and several of the floor boards. Outside of a broken axle, the truck was little
damaged. As there is usually a considerable amount of motor traffic on Saint John Street, and pedestrian travel as well, at the noon hour,
that a head on collision did not occur, or persons on the sidewalks injured, was considered remarkable in every way.
|The Call of March 8, 1935
LOCAL MAN BUILDS HIS OWN COFFIN
Occasionally, one hears of an individual making preparations for his funeral, selecting a casket, text, hymns, minister, undertaker and
bearers. Sometimes the very intimate details are planned and provided for. There are many persons who purchase their casket and
other items that are required for burial. However, it is very rare that an individual, looking toward his comfort and protection when cold in
death, builds for himself, his own coffin or casket. There are mighty few persons capable of doing this. Schuylkill Haven, however, has
one individual, skilled as a mechanic, who has been capable of doing so and has done this very thing. Mr. James Lash, one of the town's
well known residents, has recently completed his burial casket and to say that he has made a good looking job of it is putting it mildly.
While Jim, as he is better known, has no premonition of death at this time, he has built for himself this casket, as he says, merely to save
money. Mr. Lash resides to the rear of South Garfield Avenue, near the Harry F. Loy Builder Supply Yards. In his bedroom on the second
floor of the building, and right close to his bed, he has his casket. Aside from a constant reminder of death while in the room, one might
consider the fact that friends some night, merely for a joke, might visit the home and Mr. Lash might wake up in the morning and find
himself all bedecked with his burial casket.
The casket is six feet, two inches in length and eighteen inches deep. The Call man expressed the idea that this was entirely too deep
and much deeper than the average casket. Jim said that he couldn't change it now anymore and that anyway, he wanted lots of room. The
coffin is built of pine boards carefully planed and squared and covered with copper sheeting. The casket is octangular and is fastened
with large screws. The handles are made of iron and give the appearance of holding quite a weight. Around the edging of the lid is a
finished board, octangular in size, set in the center with moulding about it, all finished in copper. Around the edge of the casket proper is
also to be found a moulding that has been coppered. The finish is just several shades lighter than the copper and lends a proper
contrasting and finished effect. The inside of the lid and the inside of the casket is lined with cotton flannel and covered with tapestry, a
large portier or door curtain having been used for the purpose. A cushion of the same material has also been made and is found already
in the bottom of the casket. Jim laughingly stated to The Call man that he at least wanted to be comfortable. His suit of clothing,
underwear, shirt, necktie, shoes and socks have also been provided for.
And so that future generations might know of his exact burial place, Jim has made his own grave marker. In fact, Mr. Lash for the past two
years has been manufacturing an inexpensive and yet indestructible grave marker and has sold quite a few of them. The marker is made
of galvanized iron and aluminum thus making it rust proof. It is about twenty inches square. Around the edges is attached round
moulding, the whole making a very neat marker. Upon the marker can be attached with solder, brass letters for the name and the date of
birth and death. In the case of Mr. Lash, he has already attached his name and date of birth. He expects to manufacture the markers on a
large scale and can offer them at a most reasonable price.
|The Call of June 14, 1935
AUTO ALMOST GOES INTO HOME
Failing to make the curve at Columbia Street and Parkway, Wednesday evening around 11:45 o'clock, the auto of Charles D. Koch of
Schuylkill Haven R. D. and driven by Martin Donnati and occupied by Pete Merlino, struck the porch of the property of Edgar Palsgrove at
that point. The car mounted the pavement and crashed through the concrete block foundation walls of the porch, brought down the top
of it and stopped just a few inches from pushing its radiator into the front room of the Palsgrove home. The crash awakened neighbors in
the vicinity and soon there was quite a crowd of persons gathered. The autoists, however, when they found they could not back, pull or
push the machine from the wreckage, made off and left the car. The police were required to call Harvey Moyer, garageman, to the scene.
With the wrecker he raised the porch roof sufficiently to move the car. The car was then towed away not so very badly damaged bit
sufficiently so to make driving impossible.
Donnati and Merlino were found an hour and a half later walking up the pike. They were placed under arrest and several charges
including reckless driving will be preferred against them. The corner at which the accident occurred has been the scene of several
crashes, more or less of a serious nature, but all resulting in property damage. The corner is miserably protected with caution signs. The
borough authorities should by all means demand that a larger reflector be placed at the point and that the said reflector be kept in repair.
As this part of the highway has been taken over by the state, it is up to the State Highway Department to properly protect it.
|The Call of February 21, 1936
SOUND PICTURES NOW AT HOSPITAL FOR INSANE
Patients at the Hospital for the Insane at Schuylkill Haven will now be privileged to see and hear motion pictures. This through the
consideration and efforts of Dr. W. G. Bowers, Superintendent. The first showing of the sound pictures took place on Tuesday evening in
the large auditorium of the institution that
holds over four hundred persons. A complete and most modern RCA sound equipment and new fireproof
booth has been installed. Tuesday evening, the effect upon the patients of the sound pictures was watched with interest as it was the
first time many of them had opportunity to witness and hear motion pictures. The effect was nothing out of the ordinary excepting that all
of the patients appeared to have enjoyed the pictures very much and at the outset showed wonder and unusual surprise. Motion
pictures have been shown to the patients regularly at the Hospital for the Insane since the year 1918. No pictures, however, were shown
during the year 1935 during which time the new equipment was being placed. Pictures are projected from a Peerless Simplex machine
which is also quite new onto an eight by twelve foot asbestos roll screen. The cost of the new equipment was in the neighborhood of
$2400. Seven to eight reels of pictures will now be shown once a week. The operator is a licensed state operator, Mr. Foose of Schuylkill
|The Call of April 3, 1936
UNKNOWN MAN LEAPS INTO RIVER
Thursday afternoon about 5:30 o'clock a man, as yet unidentified, jumped over the guard rail along the river bank and landed at the edge
of the Schuylkill river on his stomach. He was uninjured and taken to the Town Hall. He spent most of the night asleep but this morning
up until eleven o'clock, he could not remember his name or whereabouts. The man came to the home of Officer Deibert on Saint Peter
Street and asked the question of where he was. He was told Schuylkill Haven. He then held his hands up to his head and said, " Help
me." Officer Deibert told him alright and turned around to get his coat from the home. The man walked about twenty five feet from the
porch of Officer Deibert's home to the guard rail of the river bank. Just as the officer came out of his home, he saw the man with his
hands raised and about to leap. He could not be stopped. The bank at this point slopes toward the river and the drop is about thirty feet.
The man evidently struck a part of the sloped bank in his leap and rolled to the river's edge. His one leg was in the river and the balance
of his body was on th bank.
A witness to the man's leap was Mr. Joseph Reber, who was standing in the alley several hundred yards above the point from where the
man jumped. He states he noticed the man standing along the fence waving his hands and putting them to his head. He noticed him
stepping over the fence and then assuming a position as about to make a dive. In a fraction of a second he had made the plunge. No
means of identification of any kind were found in his clothing. He speaks good English and answers various sorts of questions but can
not remember his name or where he came from. He is about thirty years of age and is fairly well dressed. He measures five feet and eight
inches. He had a slough hat, dark blue suit, oxfords and checkered necktie. He has black hair and dark eyes.
|The Call of June 26, 1936
TRUCK GOES OVER FORTY FOOT EMBANKMENT
The fore part of the week the truck of Lewis Noecker of Schuylkill Haven R. D. went over the high embankment along Haven Street at the
Harry F. Loy coal yards. The truck had been stopped at the office of Mr. Loy which point is fully forty feet above the level of Haven Street.
Without warning the truck began to go backwards. It struck the fence along the top of the embankment and broke off the posts and guard
rails and began its plunge down the embankment. The truck in its backward descent rolled over and landed four square on the wheels,
on Haven Street, after bounding over a five foot high wall along the base of the hill, without as much as doing damage to any of the flower
beds maintained by individual persons at this point. The ignition key was found on the hill, was inserted and turned and the engine
started. Except for a burst radiator and some other damage, the truck was in good condition. However, had the truck been occupied at
the time of the plunge, a more serious tale might have been written. Or in the event of an auto passing on Haven Street at the time,
greater damage would have resulted by reason of a collision.
|The Call of July 17, 1936
BUSINESSMAN HAD NARROW ESCAPE IN SWIMMING POOL
Had it not been for the prompt response to the calls for help emanating from the darkness of night, Thursday, Schuylkill Haven might have
been minus one of its prominent Main Street businessmen this morning. The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club was held at the summer
home of Abe Maberry in Long Run Thursday. The home is located in the woods. Autos park on the highway some distance from the
grove. A stream of water runs through the field that separates the two. Children this summer, built a small dam along the creek and used
it for wading purposes. The pathway from the house to the roadway is unilluminated and takes a winding and devious course through the
woods, across a wooden foot bridge and over the field to the highway. Now, in the darkness, if someone unacquainted with the pathway
slightly wanders from the same, it may be too bad.
Well that is just what happened to one Frank Lewis, newsdealer who after detouring around several obstructions and missing the
pathway entirely found himself suddenly going down, down, down. His feet began to get wet, and putting out his hands, they too, touched
something wet. Sinking further, he realized he had either walked into that dam or someone had put the dam in the pathway. And then that
noise of nature all its own, a noise that is feared by most every man and beast, that noise that sets one sense is tingling and puts him on
guard. Surely it was the noise of a rattlesnake! And then upon the stillness of the night rings out that call “hey Abe. Hello Abe.” And host
Abe, just about ready to crawl into his bed, hears the call of distress. Quickly he sends his relative, Floyd Mattern Jr., with a flashlight.
The plight of the unfortunate Rotarian is soon discovered. Ropes, chains, several planks and several rocks and a bar are procured and
finally Mr. Lewis is pried loose from the bottom of the dam, directed to make but one step and he is on shore, safe and sound. He is also
badly scared and fearful that his friends will learn of his narrow escape from a possible all night stay in a wading pool with no other
companions then bugs and birds of the night. He declares that for all future outdoor meetings of his Rotary Club, wherever held, he will
provide himself with a flashlight so that there will be no further horrible experiences such as that of Thursday evening.
|The Call of August 21, 1936
FISH IN LOCAL DAM POISONED
For the past week, a regrettable site each morning is that of scooping dead fish from the Stoyer dam, formerly better known as Bittle's
Dam. On one recent morning, one hundred and sixty dead fish a fair size were taken from the dam. On another morning, eighty, and, on
the following morning, sixty dead fish were found. On Monday morning of this week, twenty five were gathered, on Tuesday about thirty
five. At this rate, all the fish in the dam will soon be dead. Not only this, it will be a long while before the dam will be in condition to be
habitable for fish again. Just what is causing the fish to die is not known. It is believed, however, due to the fact that some farmer
residing in the Long Run Valley, and along the creek which flows into the Stoyer Dam, has been emptying the residue from his spraying
tanks into the creek. This would surely result in death to the fish in the creek and the dam. The person, it is understood, has been
advised or notified of this condition, but has not discontinued the practice. It is understood the Fish and Game Association will take
immediate steps to prevent any further contamination of the stream and dam. During the week, The Call was unable to get in personal
touch with Mr. Stoyer, owner of the dam, to learn what action he intends taking in the matter. He was out of town. It is believed when he
returns and alarms of the condition that his action will be prompt and affect them.
Mr. Stoyer has in the past several years put considerable money into enlarging and beautifying this dam. It's now resembles more of a
lake than a dam. Boating is enjoyed to a certain extent. Fishing has always been fairly good at this place. Swimming, too, for the
youngsters, is much enjoyed. This summer, Mr. Stoyer made special provision at one end of the dam for the youngsters, so that they
believe he bathe to their heart's content without danger. Many youngsters have taken advantage of the opportunity. Fishing has been
enjoyed by children and adults. It seems a crime that through carelessness or upon deliberate intent, something should be placed in the
waters that would kill fish life and possibly make it dangerous or unhealthful to bathe in the waters. It is understood a similar condition
existed some eight years ago when a considerable amount of fish were destroyed in a manner similar to that which it is believed is
destroying the fish at this time.
|The Call of October 1, 1937
CHILD SAVED FROM DROWNING
Saturday afternoon, Herman Clauser, who is employed in the office of the Earl Stoyer Garage, while walking around the back of his car,
near Stoyer's dam, noticed something in the water. Thinking it was a dog playing in the water, he went on. Something prompted him to
look again and as he did, he noticed that the object had disappeared and small bubbles were forming on top of the water. Jumping in, to
the place where he had last seen the object, he pulled out two and one half year old Peggy Ann Kramer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Kramer. Peggy Ann wandered away from her home and had been walking along the edge of the dam when she fell and was
struggling so unsuccessfully to keep from drowning, when noticed by Clauser.
|The Call of July 26, 1940
LOIS RUNKLE SAVES SIX YEAR OLD CHILD FROM DROWNING
Miss Lois Runkle, the twelve year old granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Neiman of Union Street, was swimming on Tuesday afternoon
at Willow Lake, when she saw a six year old girl who could not swim going down for the second time at the deep part of the lake. Lois
immediately dived into the water and got the little girl by the arm, who grabbed her body so tightly that it was only after a hard struggle to
keep from drowning herself, that she brought the girl to the surface. The little tot's sisters stood by and watched the scene, screaming
and crying. None of them could swim to help their sister. When the girl was brought to the surface, the sisters thanked Lois, but in the
excitement the name of the little girl was not learned, nor her residence.
|The Call of November 8, 1940
TWO INJURED WHEN CAR HITS FIRE PLUG
On Sunday evening at 11:45, the car driven by Clifford R. Nichols of 208 Saint John Street, Schuylkill Haven, smashed into a fire plug near
Main and Saint John Streets. Patrolman Clayton Bashore, after investigating the accident, stated that Nichols lost control of the machine
as he rounded a curve at the intersection and the car mounted the curb at Stine's Drug Store and hit the plug. Mr. Nichols was not
injured but the other two occupants of the car were taken to the Pottsville Hospital. They were John Reber, twenty of 412 East Main
Street and Miss Ann Martin, twenty one of Broadway, both of Schuylkill Haven. Reber was badly injured about the jaw, nose and face
while Miss Martin suffered lacerations of the face and a sprained foot. Both were removed to their homes where their condition is
reported as good. Damage to the car was estimated at approximately $400.
|The Call of November 28, 1940
SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
An automobile collision occurred on Sunday morning about nine o'clock at the corner of Main and Dock Streets. The sedan owned by Mrs.
John Bolton and driven by her daughter, Miss Dorothy Bolton, rounded the turn and in order to avoid a car stopping on Dock Street,
turned sharply and collided with the sedan of George Striegle which was parked on the opposite side and which was driven back and into
a tree. The left front and side of the Striegle car was damaged. The front of the Bolton car was badly damaged. The occupants of the
Bolton car were Miss Bolton, the driver, Mrs. Bolton and her son Harry and John Doll and his two sons of Schumacher Avenue. They were
all shaken up and bruised. The group were on their way to Sunday School. Officer Bubeck investigated.
|The Call of November 29, 1940
NO FRAUD, ERROR FOUND IN LOCAL BALLOT BOXES
For the first time in the history of Schuylkill Haven borough, petitions were presented to the Court of Schuylkill County asking that the
ballot boxes used in two wards be brought into court and the ballots recounted. They are the boxes from the East and South Wards and
were among thirteen brought to court in the Fourth Legislative District by the Democratic Party, whose petitions are said to have alleged
fraud and substantial error in computation and return of the votes.
Only slight discrepancy was found in the Schuylkill Haven ballot recount by the board appointed by the court. The change in the vote
from that reported by the local election board was due to markings on several ballots made by the local board when the vote was counted
on election evening. Ballots designating straight party votes are placed in piles of one hundred or twenty five to expedite the counting
of the votes. A notation is made on the top ballot of a counted pile for the board's information. It was these few ballots, upon which a
board member had written the number in the pile, that were thrown out by the recount board because of the marking son them.
Recount of all thirteen ballot boxes in the Fourth Legislative District, including those of Tower City borough and Porter Township, which
also were brought into court for the first time in the history of those two districts failed to disclose any evidence of fraud or gross error in
computation or report of the vote. The recount did not materially change the vote of any of the candidates of either major party.
Schuylkill Haven has always prided itself upon the honesty, fairness and ability of its election boards. They are men and women who can
not be influenced by any party or individual to make a fraudulent return of the votes cast. The official count in court only proves to all the
county what almost everyone in Schuylkill County believes, that the honesty and fairness of their election board members are above
question. The petition in the South Ward was signed by Thomas A. Umbenhauer, William L. Collins and William Schumacher. In the East
ward, Miss Dorothy McGovern, Margaret McGovern and John W. Freeman requested that the ballots be recounted.
|The Call of July 25, 1941
FOUR INJURED IN CENTRE AVENUE AUTO ACCIDENT
Three Pottsville men and one Schuylkill Haven man were injured in a two car crash which occurred on Centre Avenue, Schuylkill Haven on
Wednesday morning at 7:40 o'clock. Those injured were Edward Lord, 39, of 509 North Seventh Street, Pottsville, the most seriously
injured, suffered lacerations of the face and a deep laceration of the left arm. He is a patient in the Pottsville Hospital. Alex Zimmerman,
58, of 702 Laurel Street, Pottsville and Guy Warner, 30, of 731 Garfield Avenue, Schuylkill Haven were treated at the Pottsville Hospital for
lacerations and sent home. Edward J. Poppert, 44, of 1814 West Norwegian Street in Pottsville was treated at the Schuylkill County
Hospital for slight lacerations of the head and hands.
Lord and Zimmerman, together with Warner, whom they had picked up in Schuylkill Haven, were on their way to the Ira Hurst coal washery
at Landingville where they are employed. As they approached Mildred Street, a milk truck owned by the Bast Dairy stopped in the middle
of the street to make a left turn. Mr. Poppert, who was driving toward Pottsville from his summer home at Deer Lake made a left turn
around the truck, colliding head on with the Lord vehicle which was passing the truck on the right side of the highway. The three men
were removed to the Pottsville Hospital by Willis Deibert, of 8 Centre Avenue, in front of whose home the accident occurred. Mr. Poppert
was taken to the hospital by Dr. Heim. Both cars were considerably damaged. An investigation was made by Chief of Police Frank Deibert
of Schuylkill Haven.
|The Call of October 31, 1941
POLICE SEEK AID TO STOP SPREAD OF RABIES IN TOWN
With eleven dog owners under a one hundred day quarantine and a twelfth under arrest, Chief of Police Frank Deibert today issued an
appeal for citizens of Schuylkill Haven to help him wipe out any threat of rabies brought on by the mad dog that ran amuck here a few days
ago. The dog, a brindle bull owned by Harold O. Seltzer of 429 Naffin Avenue, was shot by the chief of police Sunday morning and an
examination of the head at Harrisburg definitely disclosed that it had rabies. Deibert made a special appeal for the identity of a young girl
whose dog is believed to have been bitten T the Schuylkill Haven-Saint Clair football game last Saturday. The girl was at the game with
her pet when the dog appeared and while spectators grabbed the pet and held it aloft it is feared that it was bitten before they reached
it. The mad dog was beaten off. The identity of the girl is asked so that her dog may be kept under observation and so she may be
protected should it develop rabies symptoms.
Before the mad dog was killed after running at large for an afternoon and a night, it had bitten Junior Crossley, 12, and William Crossley,
16, on the hands. They are being given treatment by a physician. It attacked and killed a valuable coon dog owned by Dewey Ditzler and
bit another dog in his kennel. It attacked a dog owned by Homer Ribkee of 315 Haven Street, which has subsequently been destroyed. It
also attacked and killed another dog, the owner of which is unknown. Chief of Police Deibert, State Dog Law Enforcement Officer Charles
T. Llewellyn of Saint Clair and State Motor Police are making an investigation in Schuylkill Haven to determine the number of dogs that
may have been bitten. Yesterday they placed eleven homes under quarantine and arrested another dog owner who refused to admit
them to her home and answer questions. She was given a hearing before a Schuylkill Haven squire Thursday night.
A stray dog on the streets was shot and killed. They appeal to residents of the town who know of any dogs that have been bitten to notify
Deibert. Dog owners are also asked to carefully examine their dogs for bites.
|The Call of December 19, 1941
THREE GIRLS HIT NEAR ALMSHOUSE
Three girl attendants at the county almshouse hospital were injured when struck by an auto while walking along the highway between the
almshouse and Schuylkill Haven on Saturday evening at 6:30 o'clock. One of the girls, Elizabeth Sudick of Glen Alden, is in serious
condition at the Good Samaritan Hospital with a fractured skull. She also received bad lacerations and brush burns of the body. The
other two victims were Eva Lolinsky, stepsister of Miss Sudick, of Glen Alden, who received lacerations of the scalp and brush burns of
the left arm and Eleanor Zeiler of Pottsville, who lost several teeth and received brush burns of the left hip. Both were taken to the
almshouse hospital. Pottsville Motor Police report that the automobile which struck the girls was driven by Jack O'Connell of Pottsville.
O'Connell says that he did not see the three girls because of the heavy rain until it was too late to stop. The girls were walking on the
highway because of the icy condition of the pavement leading toward the almshouse.
|The Call of December 14, 1945
RETURNED MARINE PAINFULLY INJURED, FOUND LYING ON ROAD
Martin Casey Jr., who returned to his home on the Buffalo train early Monday morning after thirty six months with the Marines in the South
Pacific, was found lying in the street near his home on Caldwell Street on Tuesday morning at 4:15 o'clock in a serious condition. Ed
Zimmerman of town, an engineer on the Reading Railroad, was returning from work when he found Casey lying unconscious on the
street. The local police were summoned and Casey was removed to the Good Samaritan Hospital by ambulance.
His injuries consist of extensive lacerations and abrasions about the head. His nose was almost torn off, an eyelid was cut and other cuts
were found above and below the other eye. The bone at the hip was badly scraped and an ankle is said to have a small bone in it broken.
After Casey regained consciousness at the hospital, he was unable to explain what or who had hit him. A trainman who had traveled the
road shortly after three o'clock said that the discharged marine was not on the road at that time, so he was hit some time between three
and 4:15 when he was found. The field jacket worn by Casey bore tire tracks across the back and was spotted with old car grease. His
shirt was smeared with grease too. These facts led Chief of Police Frank Deibert to believe that the young man had been hit with a car or
truck and dragged underneath the vehicle, causing cuts and abrasions to his face and the injuries to his hip and ankle.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Casey, Martin Jr. served with the Fourth Marine Division in the Pacific for thirty two months and then came
home on a sixty day furlough. He returned to the Phillipines and began training for a proposed landing in Japan. The war ended before
the plan was put into effect. He remained there for four months and then was returned to the states. He was given his discharge on
November 28 at Great Lakes and visited with a friend in Chicago before returning home early Monday morning.
|The Call of March 15, 1946
TWO MEN INJURED WHEN TRUCK STRIKES TREE ON CENTRE AVENUE
Salem Barket of 612 Fairview Street, Pottsville, and his helper Thomas Elia of 1206 Oak Street in Reading, but residing at the Fairview
Street address at Pottsville, were injured on Thursday at 12:50 when the 1941 Dodge eight ton truck, which was empty and driven by
Barket, struck a tree at 18 Centre Avenue in town and then continued on to 26 Centre Avenue and knocked off a light pole and continued
on and struck a tree at the same address. Both men were thrown out of the truck turned around facing Orwigsburg. Elia lay in the yard at
26 Centre Avenue and had both his shoes knocked off and Barket lay on the pavement and had one shoe knocked off. They were
removed to the office of Dr. Fegley who treated them for leg and hip bruises. Total damage was $850, $625 to the truck and $225 to the
|The Call of December 6, 1946
1892 BALLOT BOX FOUND IN ATTIC OF OLD BUILDING
While cleaning the attic of the Pflueger building, which is being remodeled into modern offices and two modern apartments, an old ballot
box was found. It was used for the last time Tuesday, February 3, 1892 at the local election in the East Ward. The box is not much larger
than a shoe box, is made of wood, neatly mitered at the ends with a sliding end. There is a small hole in the top with a wooden cover
which is sealed with the names of the election officers. At this election a vote was taken on the proposal to increase the public debt by
$4500 for the purpose of extending the arc electric light system and to purchase the incandescent light plant to enable this borough to
manufacture electricity for commercial purposes. The ballots are about three by four inches and all are stored in the box, strung on a
piece of thread for safekeeping. The election was held in the side room of Peter Bauer's Central Hotel. The election board sat around a
large table and ballots were received through a small opening cut in a board which was placed under the window sash. The box was s
with the late Squire M. F. Pflueger as was required by law for safe keeping. It is believed that all of the named election officers and
candidates for offices are deceased but they are remembered for their service to and their active lives in the community. The ballot box
and contents may be seen at the Pflueger Insurance and Real estate office at 11 East Main Street.
|The Call of October 31, 1947
PILOT, FORCED DOWN BY STORM, LANDS PLANE ON HIGHWAY
The pilot of a two seater Luscombe plane, forced to seek safety on the ground during the violent thunderstorm on Tuesday evening,
brought the craft down on the highway in front of the County Institution district without injury to himself or a passenger who was riding
with him. The plane came down on the highway in a perfect landing but in taxiing, the right wing struck a railroad crossing sign, causing
the plane to spin around and damage the landing gear and buckle the fuselage.
The pilot of the plane, Vernon Schaeffer, 34, and his passenger, Elwood Angstadt, 33, both of Pottstown, were flying from Williamsport to
Pottstown when they suddenly ran into the thunderstorm that struck here around six o'clock. Schaeffer was acquainted with the
Schuylkill airport and attempted to find it but in the darkness he could not sight the unlighted field. An unsuccessful attempt was made to
climb above the storm before Schaeffer decided to try landing on the three lane highway which was lighted at one point by the floodlights
at the garage of H. C. Flail. After circling several times until the highway was cleared of traffic, the pilot made a perfect landing toward
Schuylkill Haven on the glistening highway. Unfortunately he did not see the railroad crossing sign and the end of the right wing hit it,
causing the plane to swing from the road. Damage to the plane consisted of a dented wing, smashed landing gear, broken propeller tips
and bent fuselage. Damage was estimated at five hundred dollars.
A large crowd of motorists was attracted to the scene and created a traffic tie up until the Harvey B. Moyer wrecker pulled the plane from
the highway to the MYM garage a short distance away. The plane was dismantled preparatory to having it hauled to Pottstown. The pilot
of the plane is a salesman for the Luscombe Aviation Corporation of Morrisville and is an expert pilot with both an instructor's and
instrument flying rating. He was at one time an instructor at the Allentown airport.
|The Call of December 2, 1947
TWO PERSONS OVERCOME BY COAL GAS AT DOHNER HOME
Mrs. William Luckenbill was completely overcome and her brother, Robert Dohner was partly overcome Saturday evening at six o;clock
when a blocked chimney caused an explosion when the flue entering the chimney blew out and coal gas seeped through the entire
house. Mrs. Luckenbill, the former Betty Dohner, had relieved her brother Bob during the lunch period in Dohner's Shoe Store.
However, Bob took only twenty minutes for lunch and upon his return to the store, he saw his sister lying outside in the flower bed,
completely overcome. Not knowing the trouble, he carried her into the house. He then returned to the store and waited on Thomas Head
who wanted arctics. These were all kept in the cellar and Bob started for the cellar and he got to the top of the steps when he collapsed,
although still conscious. Realizing that gas fumes must be present, Mr. Head pulled him out of the store.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Fleagle and son and daughter, formerly of town and now living in Hamburg, were in the store at the time and had been
waited on by Mrs. Luckenbill. Knowing something about first aid being a telephone man, Mr. Fleagle went to the house to render aid to
Mrs. Luckenbill. Earl Jacoby and Walter Straub were leaving the Pepsi Cola warehouse and in passing by noticed something was wrong
and investigated. Their thought was whether anyone was home in the apartment upstairs and upon going up they found Mrs. Louise Ney
dizzy and brought her down from her third floor apartment.
According to Mr. Fleagle, Mrs. Luckenbill had been unconscious about eight minutes, as she had been gone ten minutes by the time he
went to the house to revive her. According to Bob, he had difficulty to keep the place heated and thought something was wrong. The
plant was examined three times during the week but nothing was found and since the chimney had been cleaned out this past April, no
one thought of checking the chimney. After the explosion it was found that the chimney was blocked twelve feet down to a thickness of
eighteen inches and upon this water was standing which had frozen. They are unable to understand why the chimney would be blocked,
but think that something probably was thrown in, in some manner or something was blown in it. Whatever it was, it was found to be heavy.
|The Call of June 2, 1950
FOUR ESCAPE AS CAR RUNS OFF MOUNTAIN
Four local people had a narrow escape from serious injury early Saturday morning when the car in which they were riding went over the
steep side of the Schuylkill mountain. Occupants of the car were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dallago, Mrs. Harry Dolan and Edgar Deibert. Mrs.
Dallago, driver of the car, in the heavy fog early Saturday morning, was following the guide posts on the outer side of the highway leading
to the summit of the mountain. At the place where the road branches off to the left, leading to the old Paxson home, the guard rails follow
the road that branches off. The car hit the steep embankment between the main highway and this road and was thrown over to the other
side of the road and down over the steep side of the mountain. The car turned completely over, landing on its top and sliding down the
mountain until it came to rest against a tree. Mr. Dallago crawled through a broken window and in the fog slowly made his way around the
car to see if it was in danger of continuing its journey down the mountain. When he saw it was safely lodged against the tree, the other
passengers, dazed but unhurt except for minor scratches, crawled through the window and made their way on hands and knees up the
steep embankment to the road.
|The Call of July 7, 1950
TRUCK COMES TO GRIEF IN SEWER
The coal truck of John Spleen, 222 Haven Street, sank to the axle in a refilled sewer excavation in the street running between Hess Street
and Naffin Avenue alongside the Alberta Knitting Mill on Thursday afternoon. The sewer line was laid there three weeks ago and backfill
made without tamping. The heavy rain on Wednesday night caused the lower dirt to settle but left the top intact. The weight of the truck
caused the ground to collapse under it and the sudden drop threw the weight of seven tons of chestnut coal against the one side of the
truck body, ripping it from the chassis and destroying it, while spilling the coal out on the street and into the sewer hole. Charles Troop,
superintendent of the construction work for the Berlanti Company, brought a bulldozer to the scene and helped push the truck from the
collapsed trench. Numerous cases of trucks and automobiles breaking through the trenches were reported on Thursday and Friday.
Streets in Fairmount and Union Street, open to traffic, had holes as deep as fifteen to eighteen inches. Early Friday morning these streets
were still in the same condition.
|The Call of August 4, 1950
CHILD ALMOST DROWNS IN SEWER DITCH
Through quick thinking and action, Judy Brown, nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Brown of 409 Naffin Avenue and Jimmy
Miller, nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Miller of Pennsylvania Avenue, Donald "Bobby" Martz, three year old son of Mr. and Mrs.
Serjin Martz of Dock Street, was saved from drowning recently. The children were playing on Lincoln Street near their home. Judy and
Jimmy saw Bobby fall into an open sewer ditch, which was filled with approximately four feet of water. As Bobby was coming up for the
second time, the children pulled him out, gave first aid to get the water out of his lungs and took him to his mother, who was unaware her
child had left the yard of his home.
|The Call of July 29, 1950
BOY IN SERIOUS CONDITION AS RESULT OF FALL
Vincent Wisner, ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wisner of Garfield Avenue, is a patient in the Good Samaritan Hospital, suffering
with a concussion of the brain and body and face bruises, which he received when he fell from a tree while hunting horse chestnuts on
Wednesday evening. He and several other playmates were hunting horse chestnuts in back of the Rainbow Hose Company hose house at
about six o'clock that evening. The boys put pieces of lumber against a large barn adjoining the hose house and climbed on the barn and
out onto a branch of a horse chestnut tree. The branch broke and Vincent fell about sixty feet, landing between a pile of wood and a large
slab of stone. The boys rushed to their homes to tell their parents and Mrs. Wisner, who had been looking for her son to come home for
supper, was notified that he had fallen and was unconscious. The boy was taken to the office of Dr. J. E. Conrad and was then removed to
the Good Samaritan Hospital. His condition had improved last evening when he became conscious for the first time. However, the crisis
is expected this evening, when his condition can be really determined.
|The Call of December 1, 1950
FURIOUS WIND, RAIN STORM BLOWS OFF ROOFS, UPROOTS TREES AND FLOODS CELLARS
The worst wind and rain storm in the memory of the oldest residents of the community struck here early Saturday morning and continued
in fury until late in the day, causing widespread damage to buildings ans their contents. The storm began brewing Friday night and by
early Saturday morning had reached "little hurricane" proportions. Trees were blown over in the eastern section of town and burned out
a transformer at the corner of Main and Haven Streets, cutting off power in that section of town about four in the morning. Although
heavy grounds were all over the electric system, it wasn't until about ten in the morning that the main cable leading from the plant burned
off. A tree falling over Jacques Street pulled down a pole and wires. The main cable was repaired but the lines throughout town were
checked and temporary repairs made where needed before the power was again turned on. Five trees and four poles fell throughout
town and broke lines. Most of the town had service resumed by about four o'clock in the afternoon and the entire community was again
receiving light and power by ten o'clock.
An estimated five and one half inches of rain fell during the destructive storm. Rising water in the creek at the light plant threatened to
flood the building. Two fire trucks were called and stood by for about three hours but sandbagging along the banks prevented the water
from flooding out the light plant. The rapidly rising Schuylkill River soon caused cellars to be flooded in the lower sections of town and
water began backing up and inundating the Penn Street section. About six o'clock in the evening, water was running into the homes and
the occupants were removed in rowboats. Many homes on Dock Street, lower Main Street, Columbia Street and the flat sections along
the river had flooded cellars and fire trucks were called upon to pump them out. Bittle's Dam at the Earl Stoyer garage rose rapidly and by
early afternoon was overflowing onto South Berne Street at the southeast corner. Water also began accumulating on the street at the
intersection of Columbia and Berne Streets and soon was above the height of the curb, threatening to enter the home on the northwest
corner and came within inches of entering the Earl Stoyer showroom. A fire company pumper was used to get the water out of the
basement. The VFW basement was also badly flooded. The most damage was caused by the high wind which ripped roofs from homes,
blew down trees, chimneys, television antennas and shrubbery and smashed in windows. With openings torn in buildings, the rain driven
by winds of a velocity estimated as high as seventy five miles per hour at times, caused great damage to interiors and furniture.
The homes of Melvin Renninger and William Dewitt on Dock Street had the entire roofs blown off and extensive damage was done to the
interiors and the house furnishings. All six rooms of the Renninger home were damaged. The show windows at the F. Y. Becker garage
were blown in. At the Schuylkill County Institutional District, a barn on the old Luckenbill farm was destroyed and a piece of lumber was
blown onto an automobile owned by Charles Brown, parked near the barn and damaged it. The Liberty Hose Company pumper was used
to remove water from the basement. The storm gradually subsided Saturday afternoon and evening. Rain changed to snow which fell to a
depth of about an inch on Sunday morning. Snow continued falling intermittently until Wednesday. The Cressona fire companies were
kept busy during the storm. Straw used to dry concrete on the new bridge at Connor's Crossing caught on fire and the Good Will Fire
Company was called.
|The Call of December 1, 1950
STORM CAUSED GAS VICTIMS
Near tragedy followed on the heels of the terrific wind and rain storm on Saturday and four victims of gas were fortunate in escaping with
their lives. The first indirect victim of the storm was Frank S. Lewis, local newsdealer, who went to his cellar to investigate water that was
coming in and was overcome by coal gas from the furnace. With him were several newsboys, but no one realized anything was wrong
until Frank staggered up the steps and nearly collapsed. He went outside to the entrance of his store and there collapsed. The
community ambulance was summoned and the resuscitator used. He was removed to the Pottsville Hospital where he remained until the
next day. He left on Tuesday for his deer hunting camp in the northern part of the state. It is believed that the high winds and heavy rains
loosened soot in the upper part of the chimney, causing it to drop down and block the flue with the result that the fumes came into the
basement and into the house. In the other case of persons overcome with gas, Francis Wenrich of East Main Street was overcome by gas
seeping into his home through a broken gas line. He was removed to the hospital but later returned to his home.
|The Call of December 8, 1950
HEAVY RAINS CAUSE FLOODS AND MUCH DAMAGE FOR SECOND TIME IN TEN DAYS
For the second time within ten days, heavy rains resulted in floods to sections located near the Schuylkill River or to streams feeding into
the river and flooded many cellars throughout the town. A heavy downpour Sunday night and all day Monday quickly brought waters to
the flood stage and flooded cellars which had been cleaned out only a week ago. On November 25, a terrific rain and wind storm caused
widespread damage throughout this section. Ten days later, Monday of this week, the rains returned in equal fury but this time without
the fifty to seventy five mile hour gale and again caused heavy damage. Many of the homes which had roofs torn off or partly damaged
were only temporarily repaired because of the shortage of roofing men available in this area. The steady downpour soon found its way
into the homes through openings in the roofs. Locally the greatest damage was caused by flood water backing up from the Schuylkill in
the Penn Street section. Here water rose to a height of three feet and flooded the homes located in that low area. Flooding of cellars
was almost to as great an extent as it was o the deluge of November 25. Again fire trucks were put to work pumping out cellars. Sump
pumps were quickly brought up where available but in many places they had to be taken out of the cellars because the water was raising
faster than it could be pumped out and would soon have covered the pumps. Bittle's Dam at the rear of the Earl Stoyer garage on
Columbia Street went over the bank and spilled over South Berne Street to make a wide stream running to the Schuylkill River. Damage
also occurred in other neighboring towns.
|The Call of March 23, 1951
CAR CRASHES INTO PARKED TRUCK, TWO MEN IN HOSPITAL
The drivers of two vehicles are hospitalized as a result of a collision on Centre Avenue last evening about 8:45 o'clock. Lewis Kramer,
217 Paxson Avenue and Edward F. Higgins of Pottsville were taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital in the community ambulance. Kramer
has a possible concussion of the brain, laceration of the forehead requiring two sutures, laceration of the nose and a bruised thumb.
Higgins has a severe laceration of the knee which required five sutures and a bruised chest. According to Officer Clayton Bashore who
was on duty at the First Reformed Church at the time of the accident, Kramer was coming from the direction of Orwigsburg and swung out
of the line of traffic to pass a string of cars. Higgins, driving a laundry truck was traveling east and had just pulled to the side of the
street to make a delivery when the truck was struck by Kramer's car. A third car, parked on Centre Avenue and owned by Alvin Reed was
slightly damaged. The front left part of Kramer's car struck the front fender of the Higgins truck, causing damage amounting to an
estimated $460 to Kramer's car and an estimated $350 to the truck. The left rear fender and hub cap of the Reed car were damaged.
|The Call of July 13, 1951
WOMAN, 75, HAS NARROW ESCAPE
Mrs. Elizabeth Uckele, 75, had a narrow escape from death yesterday morning shortly before noon when she fell down a steep, twenty foot
embankment into the mud of the Schuylkill River behind North Berne Street. She was pulled from the river by Alvin Heffner and Mervin
Ruth of the Heffner Motors and a driver of a truck at the Argo Mills. She suffered cuts and bruises about the head, face, arms and legs in
her fall down the steep embankment but fortunately sustained no more serious injuries.
Mrs. Uckele, who makes her home with her brother in law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nagle at 83 North Berne Street, had gone to the
edge of the alley behind the Nagle home to dispose of some rubbish. She evidently stepped too close to the river's bank for the bank
gave way beneath her and she tumbled down the twenty feet to the river. The water at the river's edge is less than a foot deep but culm
and mud are thick. Unable to get out of the mud and up the steep bank, she called for help. Across the river, Alvin Heffner of Heffner
Motors had heard her fall and saw her struggling in the Schuylkill's mud. He and Mervin Ruth, an employee at the garage, went
immediately to her aid. Because of the steep bank, Mrs. Uckele had to be pulled out by a rope tied around her. Dr. J. F. Matonis was
summoned. A quick examination revealed no broken bones and she was then cleaned of the mud and a more thorough examination given.
|The Call of October 27, 1950
TRUCK IN DITCH RESULTS IN TWO LEGAL HEARINGS
Last Friday night a large tractor trailer truck loaded with baked beans broke through a refilled sewer trench on parkway and set off a chain
of reactions that resulted in charges against the father of the driver on charges of disorderly conduct and charges of assault and battery
being made against two local police officers. The accident occurred on Friday about 10:00 p. m. when Robert Leininger of Minersville, a
former resident of Schuylkill Haven, in driving a cargo from the western part of the state of New York City, rode on the refilled trench and
it broke through, causing the truck to sink to the axles and list heavily to one side. A broken water main on Parkway had undermined the
trench and the heavy weight of the truck caused it to break through. With the assistance of Officer Roy Ebling, the driver put props
against the truck, bracing it against trees on Parkway to prevent the heavy load from doing further damage to the trailer body. The truck
remained in the trench until Sunday afternoon when the driver had it unloaded and lifted out of the ditch. Both the driver and Berlanti
Company disclaimed responsibility for the incident. The Berlanti Company and local police stated that a barrier and a sign, "Danger Street
Closed," were in position. Leininger claimed the construction company was liable and that he drove through because cars before him
had driven over this section of Parkway. When the truck came to rest, all the wheels on the left side were mired in the ditch.
After the truck was removed from the ditch, Officers Bashore and Bubeck asked the driver to produce the weigh slip for his load.
Leininger refused to produce it and the police prohibited him from driving away. The difficulty of Harry Leininger, father of the driver,
occurred shortly afterwards. According to the police, Leininger, driving his station wagon, approached from the lower end of Parkway at a
fast rate of speed and headed straight for the officers who were standing near the truck parked in the middle of the street on the north
side of the Union Street intersection. When he was almost upon the officers, they stated, he swerved out of the way, brushing Bubeck's
uniform. He stopped the car and the two officers went over to it to charge him with reckless driving. A scuffle ensued.
On Monday night the officers had Leininger arraigned before Squire Ernest Singer on a charge of disorderly conduct. Attorney Raymond
L. Brennan represented Leininger. Singer heard the testimony and announced that he would make a decision the following night.
Tuesday night he found Leininger guilty as charged and fined him $25.00 and costs. On Wednesday, Attorney Brennan brought charges
against the two officers on charges of assault and battery and aggravated assault and battery. Bubeck originally was charged with surety
of the peace and released under $500 bail on the two added charges. Bashore was released on $500 bail on the two charges. The case
was heard before Alderman John T. W. Faulls of Pottsville. According to Attorney Brennan, Bubeck and Bashore struck and injured
Leininger at the hearing and threatened his life during a discussion which arose Sunday evening when the son attempted to move his
vehicle and the Schuylkill Haven police attempted to stop him to weigh the truck. He stated that the truck had a reported sixteen tons of
canned goods within the legal limit for the vehicle. Attorney John S. Lewis, borough solicitor, represented the police during the hearing.
The police pleaded not guilty and the case will be referred to court. Attorney James Gallagher, counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police
will have charge of the defense.
|The Call of March 23, 1951
DAMAGE SUIT FILED AGAINST BOROUGH
A suit against the borough for $2928.65 was brought by Robert Leininger, formerly of town but now living in Minersville, for his claimed
loss after the wheels of his tractor trailer truck sank into a sewer trench on Parkway on October 21, 1950. Leininger claims he was
transporting merchandise from Pittsburgh to New York when the rear wheels and one of the front wheels of the vehicle sank four feet
below the surface of the street, causing the truck and its cargo to list and damage the truck. He claims the estimated cost of replacing
the trailer was $800, that the loss of replacing a fifth wheel destroyed was $63, the cost of temporary repairs was $135.65, the hire of
eleven men to extricate the truck was $220 and the hire of two trucks to aid in extrication was $50. He also claims a loss of $460 in income
because of interruption of business on a round trip between New York and Pittsburgh. The additional contention is made that he was
forced to spend $1200 for hire of a substitute truck while the damaged vehicle was in the garage three weeks undergoing temporary
repairs. He accuses the borough of negligence as follows: failing to maintain the street in a reasonably safe condition, permitting use of
the street to traffic when apparent it was unsafe for use, failing to exercise reasonable supervision over the street and repairing it,
permitting the borough Municipal Authority to dig up and excavate the street and refilling the excavation in a careless, unfinished and
|The Call of March 23, 1951
CAR CRASHES INTO PARKED TRUCK, TWO MEN IN HOSPITAL
The drivers of two vehicles are hospitalized as a result of a collision on Centre Avenue last evening about 8:45 o'clock. Lewis Kramer of
217 Paxson Avenue and Edward Higgins, 349 Sanderson Street in Pottsville, were taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital in the community
ambulance. Kramer had a possible concussion of the brain, laceration of the forehead requiring two sutures, laceration of the nose and a
bruised thumb. Higgins has a severe laceration of the knee which required five sutures and a bruised chest. According to Officer
Clayton Bashore, who was on duty at the First Reformed Church at the time of the accident, Kramer was coming from the direction of
Orwigsburg and swung out of the line of traffic to pass a string of cars. Higgins, driving a laundry truck was traveling east and had just
pulled to the side of the street to make a delivery when the truck was struck by Kramers car. A third car, parked on Centre Avenue and
owned by Alvin reed, was slightly damaged. The front left part of Kramers car struck the front fender of the Higgins truck, causing
damage amounting to an estimated $460 to Kramer's car and an estimated $350 to the truck. The left rear fender and hub cap of the Reed
car were damaged.
|The Call of August 10, 1951
AUTO ACCIDENTS CONTINUE, CAR PLUNGES INTO RIVER
Another spectacular automobile accident was added to the alarmingly increased number of auto crashes that have occurred in the last
few weeks, when a new Lincoln car plunged down over the bank into the Schuylkill River early Saturday morning. The car hit a block
divider in the new four lane highway near Earl Stoyer used car lot on the Pottsville highway and was thrown over into the guard rails and
over the bank into the river. John Suender, 19, of Mahantongo Street in Pottsville, was traveling south and had just passed a car driven
by Joseph Higgins Jr. of Deer Lake when his expensive car struck the divider. The car shot off to the right side of the highway and
clipped off seven guard rails before it plunged over the embankment. It rolled over several times and came to a stop in the river in about
a foot of water, with the car on its wheels facing north. Higgins and William Shugars Jr., a friend of the injured motorist who was driving
behind him, assisted the injured man to the highway where he was placed in a car and taken to the Pottsville Hospital. All day Saturday,
Sunday and Monday cats stopped along the scene of the accident and created a dangerous situation with people crossing the
thoroughfare while cars whizzed by on the highway.
|The Call of August 10, 1951
CARS COLLIDE AT PARKWAY INTERSECTION
An accident occurred at the intersection of Parkway and Columbia Street on Sunday afternoon at 1:15 o'clock involving the cars driven by
David Hoff of 3807 Duane Street in Detroit, Michigan and Oscar Freeman of 844 Burmont Road in Drexel Hill, Delaware County. The local
police said as Hoff was driving his car across Columbia Street, it struck the rear left wheel of the Studebaker car, causing it to turn around
twice. However, the car did not upset. Damage to both cars was about $100. Mr. and Mrs. Freeman and son George, former town
residents, came to Schuylkill Haven to attend the Moyer Reunion at the Summer Hill Church grove. Mrs. Freeman was in the car at the
time of the accident and they were on the way to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Freeman of Centre Avenue, where their
son was at the time. Later both families attended the reunion.
|The Call of October 4, 1946
TRUCK AND AUTO IN $300 COLLISION
A truck and an automobile were involved in a collision on Center Avenue on Sunday afternoon with a result of $300 damage to the
vehicles and an injured ankle suffered by one of the occupants of the car. The truck owned by Russell Polischeck of Port Carbon was
being driven east and attempted to turn into the alley leading to Zulick's Mill when it was struck by a car owned by Clarence P. Moyer of
Reading, traveling in the opposite direction. Mrs. Rose Moyer suffered an injury to her right ankle. She was given first aid treatment by
Dr. Heim. The Moyer car was damaged to the extent of $200 while the damage to the truck amounted to an estimated $100.
|The Call of October 5, 1951
SOLDIER REPORTED WOUNDED IN ACTION IN KOREA
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Schaeffer of 31 Fairview Street, received a telegram on Wednesday telling them their son, Sergeant Robert B.
Schaeffer, 23, was slightly wounded in the left arm while in action in Korea on September 11 and is now in a Korean hospital. They also
received a letter from him last week telling them he was wounded. He is a commander in heavy tanks with the 7th Army. He has been in
Korea a little more than a year and was expected home soon on the rotation system. Before going to Korea, he was stationed in Japan for
a year. Sergeant Schaeffer enlisted in the service January 30, 1949, received his basic training in North Carolina, then was sent to Camp
Stoneman, California and from there went to Japan. He attended the local schools and before entering the service was employed by
Orval Walter. Two brothers and a sister, Glenn, Bruce and Elaine all were in the service during World War Two and another brother,
Claude, enlisted in the Navy in May and is stationed at Bainbridge Maryland. Sergeant Schaeffer has seven brothers and eight sisters.
|The Call of June 20, 1952
RESCUE SQUAD GETS ANOTHER CALL FOR HELP
The Schuylkill Haven Rescue Squad, better known as the Rainbow Hose Company, responded to another call for assistance on Saturday
morning but this time their help was not needed. Walter Staller, who lives on the top floor of a building at the corner of East Columbia and
Parkway, gave the cause for excitement last Saturday when he had a narrow escape from death. He and a nephew, Glen Reichert, were
placing a television antenna on the roof of the building and had it laying down extended over the edge of the roof when it touched a live
wire. Mr. Staller was unable to let go of the antenna for several minutes and when he did he fell off the edge of the roof and landed on a
small ledge extending around the building. Mr. Reichert and Mr. Fenstermacher pulled him in through a second story window. In the
excitement someone turned in a fire alarm and the Rainbow Hose Company responded.
|The Call of November 28, 1952
HEAVILY LOADED COAL TRUCK ENDS JOURNEY ON PORCH
Attempting to avoid crashing into an automobile, the driver of a large tractor trailer loaded with coal mounted the pavement, demolished a
concrete wall and crashed into the porch at the home of Councilman Ralph E. Hartenstine at the corner of Center and Garfield Avenues.
The accident occurred shortly before three o'clock Saturday morning. Miraculously no one was injured. Donald F. Adams of Pottsville,
driver of the new Mack diesel tractor and trailer, and Gerald Haas, driver of the automobile, escaped injury. Mr. and Mrs. Hartenstine
were sleeping in a front room about fifteen feet from where the truck finally halted. Mr. and Mrs. James Firth, occupants of a second floor
apartment in the building, arrived home only a few minutes before the accident happened. A brother brought them home in his car,
letting them out on Garfield Avenue and then pulled away from the intersection only minutes before the crash.
Damage to the large tractor trailer is estimated at $7400. Damage to the Haas car, a 1950 Hudson, will be between $300 and $500. No
estimate has been made of the damage to the Hartenstine property. According to the report made to police, Adams was driving to New
Jersey with a full load of coal. Haas was driving the car in front of him and approaching the intersection pulled to the right before
attempting to make the turn off Center Avenue onto Garfield Avenue. Adams, not anticipating the turn, swung to go around the car and
when it swung in front of him, swerved to avoid hitting it broadside. The tractor struck the side of the car a glancing blow and ran up on
the Hartenstine property, narrowly missing a utility pole on which was a large transformer. It smashed a three foot high wall of concrete
about a foot thick and came to rest on the porch. One of Harvey B. Moyer's cranes was required to remove the huge tractor trailer.
|The Call of May 29, 1953
TWO VIOLENT STORMS CAUSE DAMAGE, LIGHTNING STRIKES HOME AND BUSINESS PLACE
Heavy thunderstorms late Friday night, early Saturday morning and Tuesday morning caused considerable damage in this area. Although
the first storm was heaviest with the greatest amount of thunder and lightning, damage was limited to flooding of basements and washing
out of gardens and streets. In the second violent storm Tuesday morning, lightning struck two places in town.
Damage estimated at between $1500 and $2000 was caused at the Haven Hardware Company on Saint John Street when water backed up
in the new sewer and came into the basement of the storeroom through floor drains. Grass seed, fertilizers and other garden supplies in
addition to electrical and other supplies were ruined by the water. The place was flooded during both heavy rains. Other business places
damaged by water in the basement through backing up sewers were the Crossley Jewelry Store and the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company.
One home on Dock Street and another on Penn Street also reported water damage during the heavy rains.
The home of Esther Frehafer on High Street was struck by lightning Tuesday morning. The bolt struck one of the high towers and
knocked a large hole in the peaked roof and emerged through the weatherboards farther down the tower. Miss Frehafer was at work at
the courthouse when the lightning struck about 10:00 a. m. and was summoned home by a neighbor, Mrs. Cora Zimmerman. There was no
fire. Lightning at the Schuylkill Haven Provision Company during the same storm gave proprietor, William V. Young, and his employees a
harrowing experience. The lightning followed wires into the building on Margaretta Street and knocked out a stove that was standing
between tow of the employees, Miss Ethel Hill and Win Moyer. A large ball of green fire traveled through the building between Mr. Young
and his son, Ronald, who were cutting meat. Another employee, Robert Yazujian, was in the large meat locker when the crash occurred
followed by the ball of fire and the extinguishing of the electric lights. No fire occurred and damage was limited to the burned out stove
and burned wires and switches in the building. The TV Cable Corporation suffered no direct damage to any of its main equipment but had
to spend a day renewing AC switches and replacing fuses along the line of cable installation. Strong winds brought down the television
antenna at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Allen A. Heller on Avenue B. The rain Tuesday boosted the total rainfall for the month to a reported
4.98 inches. Four inches is normal for the month.
|The Call of July 1, 1954
CAR UPSETS; STAR HALFBACK INJURED
Robert Drey, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Drey Sr., Liberty Street, was injured Saturday at two in the morning when his car upset about a
quarter mile south of Schuylkill haven on the Adamsdale Road at Miller's Pond. Drey, who was unconscious when removed to the
Pottsville Hospital in the Schuylkill Haven community ambulance, suffered from a possible fractured skull, body bruises and lacerations.
Xrays show that Bob's head injuries were not too serious and the star halfback of the 1953 Schuylkill Haven championship football team is
expected to be discharged from the hospital this week. Damage is estimated at $350.
|The Call of November 11, 1954
FOUR INJURED IN THREE CAR CRASH ON CENTER AVENUE
Four persons were injured as the result of a three car collision on Center Avenue Sunday at 6:05 p. m. The accident occurred in a line of
traffic about fifty feet south of the railroad underpass. A car driven by Edward Gannon of Philadelphia, coming from Pottsville to Schuylkill
Haven struck the line of stopped traffic, smashing the car of Florence Gaffney of Landingville, into the rear of a car driven by Earl S.
Rickard of Bartram Village, Philadelphia. Mrs. Nellie Rickard, a passenger in the Rickard vehicle, was taken to the Pottsville Hospital in
the community ambulance. She suffered a concussion, contusions on the right side of the forehead and an injury to the right knee.
Andrew Bonnonis of Connorton, a passenger in the Gannon vehicle, was taken to the Pottsville Hospital dispensary for treatment of head
injuries. James Gaffney, 74, father of Florence Gaffney, was taken to his home in Landingville and later removed to the Good Samaritan
Hospital. He suffered a back injury. Florence Gaffney suffered a leg injury but was not hospitalized.
As a result of the collision gasoline and antifreeze were spilled on the highway. A fire started in the Gaffney vehicle but was extinguished
by the rainbow Hose Company before it could spread. Damage was estimated at $600 to the Gannon car, $300 to the Gaffney vehicle and
$250 to the Rickard vehicle. The cars were towed away by Harvey B. Moyer. As a result of the impact of the crash, the Gannon and
Gaffney cars had to be towed away together. Chief of Police Frank Deibert and Officer Goetz investigated the accident. They were
assisted by State Police Phil Melley and Mike Tourick.
|The Call of February 10, 1955
SIX NARROWLY ESCAPE DEATH BY GAS FUMES
Fumes from broken gas mains in two sections of town this week seeped into three homes and only timely discovery prevented possible
tragedy. Fumes escaping from a broken gas main seeped into the Luckenbill and Otterbein residences on Dock Street Sunday morning.
The occupants were made ill but timely discovery prevented any serious results. Victims were Mr. and Mrs. Guy Luckenbill, George and
Benjamin Luckenbill of 412 Dock Street and Miss Grace Otterbein of 416 Dock Street. Guy Luckenbill and his father Benjamin, discovered
the fumes seeping into the cellar and notified the gas company. A repair crew traced the leak and repaired it temporarily Sunday
afternoon. The excavation was left open until Monday to allow the fume to completely evaporate.
Shortly before five o'clock yesterday morning, Mrs. Mae Moore of 126 Columbia Street awoke to find her home filled with gas fumes.
Although very ill, she awakened Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sampson who make their home with her. The borough authorities were notified and
repairs were made. Mrs. Moore was taken to the home of her son, Eugene, on Washington Street. Mr. and Mrs. Sampson went to the
home of the latter's sister, Mrs. Lester Ney on Berne Street.
|The Call of June 16, 1955
RUNAWAY WHEEL HITS PARKED CAR ON LOT
A used car parked on the Earl Stoyer lot on Columbia street fortunately was the only victim in a freak accident Wednesday morning shortly
after nine o'clock. The left front wheel of a passing Pepsi Cola truck broke loose from the truck and traveled about fifty feet on the
highway before striking the high curb at the parking lot. When it hit the curb, the wheel bounced about ten feet in the air and crashed
into the windshield and corner post of a 1954 blue Plymouth sedan. It bounced from the car and rolled slowly across the street again. A
motorist driving behind the truck and seeing the accident was able to bring her car to a stop as the tire rolled in front of it and came to
rest against the curb. Damage to the parked car was estimated at $200. The truck slid across the street on the brake drum for a short
distance before being brought to a halt.
|The Call of July 14, 1955
LIGHTNING SLIGHTLY DAMAGES FOUR FAIRMOUNT HOMES, HITS TV CABLE TOWER, BURNS SET
The almost rainless thunderstorm Sunday afternoon about one o'clock brought unusual damage through one powerful bolt of lightning.
The bolt bounced around the Avenue E and Second Street area, causing slight damage to four homes, the TV cable and telephone
service. At the home of Joseph Eubanks, the lightning in following the spouting entered the home on the point of the second floor where
the downspout is attached to the house. It blackened a small area around the fastener on the outside and on the inside wall of the
bedroom produced two burn marks and knocked pieces of plaster from the wall. Telephone service was knocked out.
Next door at the Charles Deibert home, all the electrical fuses were blown. When the fuses were renewed, a short circuit in a fixture near
a window set a curtain on fire. Mrs. Deibert, who was in the room at the time, quickly extinguished the fire. At the Knecht home next to
Deibert's, bark was knocked off one of the large trees and a wire burned on the television set. To the rear of the three affected homes,
the lightning entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ossman and knocked out an electric clock in the kitchen.
In the same freak storm, a bolt of lightning hit the tower of the Schuylkill Haven Trans-Video. It melted fuses and blew open the door to
the fuse box. It burned out several power units along the transmission cable. Repairs were hampered because the telephone also was
hit and put out of commission. Cable service was resumed in all parts of Schuylkill Haven except the Avenues in the Fairmount section by
3:30 p. m. It was found that the cable box on Second Street had been struck. Service was resumed in the area at 8:30 that evening.
At the home of the Reverend Mal Kerr on South Berne Street at the foot of the Schuylkill Mountain, the lightning burned out the
television set as well as the cable connection box. A heavier thundershower visited this area late Sunday night and rain fell heavily for a
short time. The amount of rainfall gave only slight relief to parched fields and gardens.
|The Call of February 23, 1956
RUNAWAY TRUCK HITS APARTMENT BUILDING
A panel delivery truck driven by Ralph Fertig, 209 Parkway, and owned by Elmer Unger, 128 Columbia Street, ran away when its brakes
failed to hold at 9:15 Saturday morning. Fertig had the truck parked at the corner of Margaretta and East Main Streets. He told Officer
Lorin Honicker he had set the hand brake before leaving the vehicle to make a delivery. The runaway truck went down East Main Street
to Dock Street, made a right turn and halted against the Dewald apartment building. Jamming of the vehicle between two trees saved the
building from damage. The truck traveled more than 125 feet and crossed one of the main intersections before coming to a halt. Damage
was estimated at about $125.
|The Call of March 8, 1956
DRIVER CLAIMS DIDN'T KNOW CAR HIT CHILD
What was thought to be a hit and run accident Friday night turned out to be a case where the driver involved claimed he did not know he
was responsible for the accident. Little Betty Jean Bessa, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Bessa of Norristown, was
knocked down by a car on Main Street near High Street Friday about 9:15 p. m. She is said to have darted out into the street from the
pavement in front of the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sol Reed, 119 East Main Street. She was knocked to the street and
suffered brush burns of the face aggravated by the cinders that were on the street.
She was taken to the office of Dr. Herman Zwerling and then to the Pottsville Hospital in the community ambulance driven by Ken Heiser.
She was returned home the next day when examination revealed no severe injuries or broken bones. The driver of the car involved,
Evan W. Arndt of Tamaqua RD, claims that he stopped his car beyond the scene of the accident after he heard someone scream. He
walked back and saw the little girl lying in front of an automobile and assumed the car in back of him was involved. He became concerned
when it was reported that it was a hit and run accident. When informed by police that it was his car involved, he explained the
circumstances and went to Norristown to see the parents of the little girl. Officers Lorin Honicker and Clyde Manbeck investigated the
|The Call of August 30, 1956
CYCLIST THROWN INTO PLATE GLASS WINDOW
Thirty five stitches were required to close a long cut on the shoulder and arm of Kenneth Umbenhauer, fifteen, that resulted when he was
thrown from his bicycle into the plate glass window at the F. S. Lewis store on East Main Street. The accident occurred last evening about
8:00 o'clock. Kenneth was riding down the pavement and applied the brakes at Lewis'. The brake locked and the youth was thrown from
his bicycle into the window. The plate glass shattered and a sharp edge cut into his arm, shoulder and shoulder blade. He was taken to
the home of Dr. John Shantz on Orchard Avenue who closed the wound with thirty five stitches. This morning Kenneth was taken to the
Pottsville Hospital where x-rays are being taken to determine whether the shoulder is broken. Kenneth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth
Umbenhauer of Broadway, is employed as a carrier by the Lewis agency. At the time of the accident, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis were not at the
store. A sister of the accident victim, Mary Alice Umbenhauer, was working in the store as a clerk.
|The Call of June 13, 1957
PIPE THROUGH BODY PINS ACCIDENT VICTIM IN CAR
Robert Buery of Duncott narrowly escaped death early Sunday morning when the car in which he was riding crashed into the pipe railing
on Saint John Street and a section of the pipe drove through the door of the car, penetrated his side and continued on through the back
of his seat. He remained pinned in this position until Dr. Herman Zwerling was summoned and supervising the job of sawing off the pipe
so that it could be removed from his body. The pipe entered his body on the left side of the abdomen, just inside the outer layer of skin.
It barely missed the stomach and caused no serious damage to any internal organs. Had it been an inch farther to the right, it undoubtedly
would have killed him. He was removed to the Pottsville Hospital in the Lion's community ambulance by Kenneth Heiser.
The accident occurred at 1:55 a. m. Sunday when the car driven by Dale Pisher, twenty two, of Lancaster skidded out of control on the old
trolley tracks and crashed into the guard rails on Saint John and Liberty Streets beyond the Williams Street intersection. Eugene Gibbes,
128 West Main Street, was also a passenger in the car but neither he nor the driver suffered any serious injury. Local police officers
Clyde Manbeck and Larue Mengle investigated.
|The Call of September 5, 1957
CAR CRASHES INTO HUMMEL DISPLAY ROOM
Extensive damage to the new Hummel Buick show room amounting to approximately $3,000 resulted early Sunday morning at 1:30, when a
McKeansburg motorist failed to make the curve on Center Avenue and crashed into the plate glass front. Arlin Kimmel, a McKeansburg
soldier home on leave, suffered only slight bruises in the crash while causing his car to be badly damaged at the front end. The car
struck a supporting pillar between one of the large plate glass display windows and the modern glass and aluminum entrance. Glass was
showered all over and caused damage amounting to $1,200 to the three cars in the display room. Flying glass ruined the paint, shattered
windshield and windows and damaged chrome strips and bumpers. The entire entrance was smashed, one large plate glass window
shattered and the flooring badly damaged by the glass. A temporary plywood front was constructed at the garage on Monday.
|The Call of May 12, 1949
BAND LEADER AND MUSICIAN DIES
Henry W. Bressler, 76 one of Schuylkill County's best known musicians, died on Saturday morning at 11:30 o'clock at his home at 110 east
Main Street. He had been in failing health for several years. Mr. Bressler was the son of the late Jonathan and Mary Luckenbill Bressler
and was born in Wayne Township but had been a resident of Schuylkill Haven for twenty five years. Starting at the age of eighteen he
taught school for thirty years. He attended Kutztown State Normal School. Mr. Bressler's musical career began when he became a
member of Brown's Band of Wayne Township at the age of twelve. Later he joined the Black Horse Band of Friedensburg and became its
leader. After moving to Schuylkill Haven he merged the Wayne Township and the Black Horse Bands and became the leader of the
organization which was known as Bressler's Band.
He was a member of the Third Brigade Band of Pottsville, the Shrine Band of Reading and was organizer and leader of the Tall cedars
Band. He was also the leader of the 213th Coast Artillery Band. For a number of years he taught the Lithuanian Band at Shenandoah. He
also taught the band and orchestra in the Schuylkill Haven high school for a number of years. Mr. Bressler was a faithful member of Saint
John's Evangelical and Reformed Church of town and for many years directed the Sunday School orchestra. Fraternally he was
associated with the Blue Lodge of Schuylkill Haven, the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, the I. O. O. F. and the Reading Consistory and was an
honorary member of the Musicians Union.
His survivors are his wife, the former Cora Warner and the following sons and daughters: Sallie, wife of Herbert Stump; Lillian, wife of
Percy Bubeck; Raymond, all of Schuylkill Haven and Oscar Bressler of Orwigsburg. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, seven great
grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Lucy Moyer of Summit Station. Funeral services were held from his late residence on Main Street on
Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock. The Reverend F. D. Eyster and the Reverend E. S. Noll conducted the services. Burial was made in
the Union Cemetery in Friedensburg. D. M. Bittle was the funeral director. Pallbearers were members of Page Lodge and the I. O. O. F.
|The Call of January 1, 1959
CROWD OF OVER 1000 ENJOYS SKATING AT STOYER'S POND
The ideal weather Sunday afternoon brought out more than a thousand skaters to Stoyer's Pond. The greater number of the large crowd
was composed of small children and teenagers, many of whom had received new skates for Christmas. The improvements made by Earl
Stoyer provide an ideal winter recreation spot for skaters in the area. During the past summer and fall the pond was drained, cleaned and
widened at its upper end. A concrete bank was constructed along the north bank and steps were installed so that skaters can go from
the macadam parking lot directly to the ice. The main channel of the stream feeding the pond was widened up to the borough limits.
The main skating area is now 240 feet in width and 550 feet long. The narrow channel extends an additional 880 feet, giving skaters a
straight skating distance of 1430 feet. Several thousand dollars was spent by Earl Stoyer to improve this excellent facility.
For the further enjoyment of the skaters, Mr. Stoyer purchased a record player and amplifying system and furnishes music through two
large speakers. The borough cooperated in the project by providing floodlights to illuminate the area for night skating. In order to keep
traffic moving smoothly on South Berne Street and to remove the danger of accidents, parking has been prohibited by police on that
street at the end of the pond but Mr. Stoyer permits parking of cars on his large paved lot adjoining the west side of the garage and on
the large employees parking lot on the east side of South Berne Street as well as along the south side of the pond.
|The Call of January 29, 1959
DIRT IN EYE, CAR ON PORCH
Damage to two cars and a porch, amounting to approximately $675 resulted Tuesday evening on Saint John Street, when a car driven by
Ronald Kimmel of Auburn RD struck the parked car of Roy Barnes, 33 Saint John Street and drove it up on the pavement and into the
porch at the home of Mae Worts. Kimmel, who was driving a car owned by his father, Roy Kimmel, reported to police officer Cliff Mengle,
that as he turned onto Saint John Street from Main, he opened a vent to let air in the car and when he did, a piece of dirt flew in his eye.
The distraction caused him to turn over toward the curb and into the car owned by Barnes. The impact skidded the parked car over the
ice at the curb and onto the pavement where it crashed into the corner post. The concrete block base and the wooden pole were pushed
in. Damage to the Barnes car is estimated at $500, to the Kimmel car $100 and to the Worts porch $75.
|The Call of September 3, 1959
WATER FLOWS THROUGH CLELAND'S, MANY CELLARS FLOODED BY 45 MINUTE DELUGE
Torrential rains last evening left thousands of dollars of damage in their wake as numerous homes and business places were flooded by
the sudden rush of water. The terrific rainfall came in three divisions. The first downpour hit about 4:30 in the afternoon and continued
steadily until 6:30 when it slacked off for a short time. About fifteen minutes later the rain came down in torrents and for forty five minutes
wave after wave of virtual cloudbursts descended. The at 8:00 the rains again came and continued somewhat lighter for several hours. It
was the second of the three rains that caused the flash flooding.
In Schuylkill Haven's business section, surface water rushing in from the alley at the rear entered the new Cleland Furniture Store
building and cascaded down over the balcony at the back to reach a depth of nine inches on the main display floor before the front doors
were opened to permit the water to run out the front. Water ran from the new building into the older structure and also flooded that
section. Principal damage was to the rugs and carpeting on the floor. On the upper side of Cleland's, the F. S. Lewis store had some
water in the basement but a sump pump kept in under control.
SEWER BACKS UP The King Stores Company, Crossley Jewelry Store and Stramara's restaurant had deep water and sewage in their
basements as water backed up from overloaded sewer mains. Across the Saint John Street intersection, the post office also had water in
the basement. Stoyer's Pond quickly overflowed its banks as the steady rainfall drained off the hills into it. The overflow at the eastern
end was unable to carry the water away as fast as it came into the pond and the water level rose three feet to send the water over the low
south end first and then to overflow the high bank on the Stoyer garage side.
WATER UP TO HEADLIGHTS Eugene Moore, who lives on Washington Street along the pond, reported that when he tried to reach his
home at about 8:00 p. m., the water at the South Berne and Washington Streets intersection was up to the headlights. Farther out the
street, manholes were bobbing up and down. Reaching his home he found the basement recreation room flooded with eight inches of
water and sewage from water backing up through a cellar drain.
FOUNTAINS IN BASEMENT The Ken Heiser home on Washington Street had water coming up like a fountain through two cellar drains. A
small pump was put into operation but couldn't take the water out as fast as it came in. Heiser immediately went to Hamburg where he
obtained a larger pump but by this time the water was six inches deep in their basement recreation room. The two pumps continued
working until two in the morning when the big one was discontinued. The new Jay Kerschner and Lewis Bashore homes also had their
basements flooded in the Columbia Heights section. Water rushed down from the Schuylkill Mountain through back yards and on the
streets to Stoyer's Pond. Columbia Street at the Berne Street intersection was flooded to a depth of one foot. Water rushing down from
Haven Manor through the new Stoyer development brought water and mud into the homes on Columbia Street. It was reported that the
Paul Donmoyer home on Columbia Street had water in the cellar that reached to the first floor joists. Other homes in that vicinity also had
deep waste water rushing into their basements. The new homes of Willard Harris, Bruce Hummel and Lee Wagner in the Stoyer
development were in the way of the onrushing water and had their cellars flooded. Oddly enough, the Raymond Staller home below the
Hummel home had very little water. The newly cut roadways were badly washed out.
COLUMBIA STREET Completely covered with water up to curb out to 439; homes of Homer Fritz, J. McGlinchey, P. Donmoyer, Lulu Bittle
and F. Shanoskie had 13 to 14 inches of water in cellar; McGlinchey's washer, electric water heater and electric mower ruined; Donmoyer's
water heater ruined. All the walks and cellars of these homes are completely ruined by mud. Wires leading into the home of Stanley
Luckenbill, 484 West Columbia Street, were struck with lightning. The only damage inflicted was to the wires and a few shingles knocked
IRISH FLAT SECTION Not too much damage. Some water in J. Yenosky cellar. A door at the home of Vincent Montag on Broadway was
struck by lightning and two trucks from the Rainbow Hose Company responded to the call. Damage was of no consequence.
DOCK STREET Luckenbill's Cafe had 18 to 20 inches of water in cellar. Rainbow Hose Company had two hoses on duty pumping out the
water. Charles Weiser home furnace ruined. Mrs. Mattie Phillips home had terrific amount of damage from water from underground creek.
CHARLES STREET Completely flooded but only damage was to cellar of Mrs. George Sage. Fire company called to pump out the water.
SOUTH BERNE STREET Completely inundated between four and five feet of water.
HILLCREST AVENUE The home of Frank Felsburg was badly inundated with water draining from surrounding lots. A retaining wall recently
built by Mr. Felsburg was completely washed away.
The creek running parallel to Garfield Avenue was badly swollen but didn't overflow its banks. Also swollen was the creek running
alongside the Pennsylvania Railroad bank to the rear of Naffin Avenue. Water draining off the hill beyond the football field created quite a
lake in that area. The cellar in the Clarence Sterner home at 8 Lincoln Street was completely flooded when the concrete flooring was
cracked open in several places by the water backing up from the drainage. A carpet sweeper and quite a number of the Sterner's
grandchildrens' toys were ruined.
|The Call of November 12, 1959
RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGED TO DRIVER IN DOCK STREET CRASH
As a result of reckless driving two persons suffered injuries and two automobiles damaged extensively when one of the automobiles
driven by Wade Schaeffer of Cressona hit a pole and then catapulted into another car. The accident occurred Friday night at 8:45. The
car driven by Schaeffer was going east on Main Street and passed another car as he made a left hand turn on Dock Street. His car hit a
telegraph pole on the right hand side of the street and then went over to the left hand side of the street and struck the curb. Then,
according to police, the Schaeffer car collided with a car operated by Paul Aulenbach, East Liberty Street, at the intersection of Dock and
River Streets. Mrs. Verna Aulenbach, who was a passenger in her husband's car, suffered from shock and was examined at the scene by
Dr. Joseph F. Matonis. She was taken to her home in another car.
S. Willis Moyer of Cressona, a passenger in the Schaeffer car, bumped his head against the windshield and was treated at the dispensary
of the Pottsville Hospital for a laceration above the right eye. Police said Moyer, one of three passengers in the car, wandered away from
the scene of the accident. Both cars were damaged so extensively they had to be towed from the scene. Schaeffer will be charged with
reckless driving and driving too fast for conditions depending on the outcome of the investigation being conducted by officers Earl
Deatrich and Clyde Manbeck, who were summoned to the accident.
|Miners Journal of July 20, 1877
A MYSTERY - THREE CHILDREN ABANDONED IN A DESERTED HUT
Last week a young man from Schuylkill Haven was in Pottsville and in the evening started to walk home on the turnpike. When about a
mile from Schuylkill Haven he heard a child's cries for water in an old abandoned stone house on the roadside. He went to the place and
found that there was a little girl inside and that all the doors and windows were nailed shut. He went on to Schuylkill Haven and called up
Captain J. K. Helms and with him went back in a carriage. They found that instead of one child there were two girls and a little boy. The
oldest, a three year old girl, said their name was Betz and that their mother lived "down at Schaeffer's." This was all that she could say.
They were sent to the poor house. In the meantime the mother who had so inhumanely abandoned her children is being locked up.
|Miners Journal of August 8, 1879
BURIED ALIVE - An Adventure in a Sand Bank - How Thomas Coyle Was Saved by a Sand Sieve
While working in a sand bank near Schuylkill Haven yesterday morning, Thomas Coyle was buried by the sudden caving in of the earth
above him. Michael Donavin was working nearby when the accident occurred, and when he saw the bank crumbling above his friend, he
shouted to warn him of his danger. Coyle retained his presence of mind and drew himself as close as possible to the base of the falling
bank. Had he attempted to escape by running, he would have been instantly killed by the tons upon tons of earth that fell. Immediately
after the accident, Donavin ran to a house about a quarter of a mile distant and got three men to go back and assist in getting Coyle's
body out, as they all expected to find him dead. The men worked nearly half an hour before they found Coyle, who was lying insensible in
a small chamber that had been formed by the dirt falling against the frame of a large hand sieve. He was taken out and soon regained
consciousness and beyond a few bruises, he was uninjured. Fortunately, the earth at the point he was buried, was not over three feet
deep and had the men known exactly where to have looked for him, he would have been rescued much sooner.
|Miners Journal of May 20, 1881
MARRIED IN PRISON
The officials at the county prison, with a small and select party of outsiders, witnessed the marriage, Wednesday, of Henry Knox to
Elizabeth Bartlet. The ceremony was performed in the warden's office. The contracting parties are from Schuylkill Haven. The marriage
was performed by O. J. Aregood, clerk of the courts. Knox has been in prison since the last term of criminal court. He said Wednesday
that he always was willing to marry the girl, but that her father objected. Miss Bartlet, it appears, has made up her mind to take the
inevitable move not many days since. She is a comely, young girl. He isn't so comely and doesn't look as if he has much go in him either.
One of the clerks in the commissioners office gave the bride away and was of a great deal of distance during the ceremony. He held the
young woman's hand until all was over, and encouraged her by intimating that if Mr. Knox doesn't come up to the rack, he wouldn't let her
go unprovided with a husband. The ceremony was performed in good shape.
|Miners Journal of August 5, 1881
WHO OWNS THE BABY?
About half past ten o'clock on Wednesday night, the gate keeper at the county almshouse in Schuylkill Haven, heard a knock at the gate.
He opened it and found a stranger, short in stature, wearing a beard and dressed in dark clothes, standing with a basket in his hand.
Presenting the basket to the gate keeper the stranger said, "Give this to the steward." He then jumped into a top buggy and drove off at
a swift pace. Almost before he was aware of it, the gate keeper was alone, holding in one hand a basket filled with something, he knew
not what. He did as directed and took it to the steward. The latter removed from it a yellow striped summer carriage rug with drab border.
The next article which came in view was a baby, a boy, apparently of very tender growth. The child was in good health, sound as a dollar
and smiled when removed from the basket. The latter was of the "chip" variety. It was three inches in depth, twelve inches in width and
eighteen inches long. The questions agitating the almshouse officials are who the stranger may be and to whom the baby belongs.
|Miners Journal of November 16, 1883
A FIGHT ABOUT TURKEYS
An award of fifty dollars was made by arbitrators on Saturday in the case of James Kirkpatrick and the son of the latter against Joshua
Staller. The parties live in the vicinity of Schuylkill Haven. The award was the result of a suit brought by the Kirkpatricks against Staller
for damages for false imprisonment. It appears that some little time ago, young Staller saw seven turkeys on James Kirkpatrick's farm
which Staller claimed as his fathers. They were hatched, he said, in his father's swamp. Kirkpatrick wouldn't allow the claim and said that
the turkeys were his and had been hatched by his hen in Heffner's meadow. Staller took legal advice and, at the suggestion of W. F.
Shepherd, Esquire, procured a search warrant from Squire Hill and had Kirkpatrick's premises searched for the turkeys that he already
knew were there. Young Kirkpatrick and the turkeys were carried to Pottsville. Hill discharged Kirkpatrick and handed the turkeys over to
Staller. The arbitration was held at the Pennsylvania Hall on Saturday. D. C. Henning, Esquire, represented the plaintiffs, while Mr.
Shepherd acted for Staller. The arbitrators were Joseph Haugawout, J. H. Seitzinger and Josiah Lineweaver, esquire. Argument between
counsel was so warm at times that a fire could have easily been dispensed with.
|The Call of August 27, 1892
A RETRIEVING CAT
Our Dug Kaufman is not only a clever baseball player but something of a Nimrod also. A few days ago he shouldered his flobert rifle and
started up Main Street in pursuit of sparrows followed by his Gordon setter? Oh, no, a full blooded Maltese cat. Herein, Dug enjoys a
distinction no other sportsman can boast of. This being something unusual in the sporting line, we watched the movements of both.
Soon Dug braced himself for a shot. Tabby crouched behind him, back humped, ears back and eyes distended and when Dug winged his
bird, tabby rushed forward and fetched like a full blooded bench show prize retriever. Long live Dug and Tabby.
|Miners Journal of May 29, 1869
HAIL STORM DAMAGES TOWN
The hail storm in the county on Sunday a week ago, at Schuylkill Haven in particular, would seem to have been very severe, from the
accounts which reach us from that place. Very few houses facing west or south in the town, escaped with less than a dozen window lights
broken,where the inmates were not fortunate enough to have their shutters closed and some of the hotel buildings had fifty to sixty lights
knocked in while Mr. Henry Saylor's hothouse on his farm southwest of the town will require fifteen hundred lights to replace all those
broken by the hail. The injury Mr. Saylor will sustain to his grain will amount to a thousand dollars. The actual measurement of some of
the larger hailstones was an inch and a quarter in diameter, and with such force did they descend that there are very few houses, facing
the direction from which the storm came, that will not bear witness of its effects until they receive an additional coat of paint.
|Miners Journal of December 3, 1875
A HORSE'S TONGUE TORN OUT - A SICKENING OUTRAGE
A party of men whose names we did not learn, committed a sickening outrage on a horse at Schuylkill Haven one day recently. It appears
they were in a loaded wagon, to which were harnessed a horse and a mule. The horse, a fine animal said to be worth $150, for some
reason refused to do his share of the work. One of the party tied a rope to the poor animal's tongue and on the continued refusal of the
horse to pull, jerked the rope violently. The effect of the jerk was to pull the poor creature's tongue out. The barbarian who committed
the fiendish act threw the tongue in the gutter and then drove off. It is a matter of surprise that this affair has been kept dark so long as it
has and it should be thoroughly exposed. It is one of the most disgusting cases of brutality we ever heard of. It is said that two of the
party have been arrested but two are still at large. Squire Helms and Constable Stitzer have the matter in hand and should push it
energetically. The horse we learn, belonged to a Mr. Considence of Port Carbon, who should see that the guilty wretch is severely
punished whether he be friend or not.
|Pottsville Republican of July 10, 1901
SMALLPOX BREAKS OUT AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Smallpox has made its appearance at Schuylkill Haven. Last evening Dr. Dechert was called upon to attend Horace, the son of C. George
Miller. An examination showed conclusively that the young man was suffering from the smallpox. Arrangements were at once made to
care for the sufferer and at the same time prevent the spread of the disease. The Board of Health of the town promptly took charge of the
case and in consultation with Dr. Dechert, made arrangements for attending the case.
Horace Miller of Schuylkill Haven, who is ill with smallpox has been engaged as a clerk for a New York firm which has some dealings in
second hand goods. About a week ago he was taken ill with what the doctors said was sunstroke. He was directed by the physicians to
keep quiet and he accordingly came home. When he arrived home, marks were noticed on him similar to prickly heat. The family thought
the case might be more serious or malignant than was expected and they accordingly isolated the young man. Yesterday the case was
diagnosed as smallpox but Dr. Dechert says it is a very light case and that the patient will probably be able to be about in five or six days.
C. George Miller, the father of the young man has not seen him for a week. Mr. Miller has been boarding at a Pottsville hotel for the past
ten days and there is therefore not the least possible danger that he will carry infection to anyone. As the manager of D P & S's store, he
also confines himself strictly to his office and has no duties requiring his presence in the store. The patrons of the establishment need
not have the least fear in entering the store.
The Miller residence at Schuylkill Haven stands considerably isolated form any other building. The smallpox patient is also in a different
part of the building from the rest of the family so every possible precaution has been taken. After an investigation by the President of the
Pottsville Board of Health, it has been decided that there can be no danger of the contagion spreading to Pottsville through Mr. Miller or
any member of his family.
|The Call of September 18, 1903
A TERRIBLE FALL - Arthur Garrett Walked Out of an Unguarded Fire Escape Door
He Was Hurled Twenty Feet to the Pavement Below and Sustained a Fractured Ankle and Internal Injuries
Arthur Garrett of Orwigsburg, who came over from the old county seat last Friday evening to see and hear the rendition of the operetta,
The Merry Milkmaids, met with a serious accident at the Schuylkill Haven Opera House, that will confine him to the house for some time.
The young man had a seat on the second floor of the theatre and after the performance, stepped out of the nearest exit and fell twenty
feet to the pavement below, sustaining a broken ankle and internal injuries. Dr. Steckel of Orwigsburg who was also in attendance at the
play took the unfortunate young man in charge and took him home. The door the young man fell through was cut to give exit to a fire
escape, but the fire escape has never been erected and the door, when opened for ventilation as it was last Friday evening, has no guard
of any kind to prevent persons walking or falling out. It is said Garrett will bring suit for damages against the owner of the opera house.
|Miners Journal of September 12, 1913
TRENCH CAVED IN, TWO MEN INJURED
Two men had narrow escapes from being smothered to death this morning at Schuylkill Haven when a bank caved in, completely covering
one man and partly covering another. A man named Kramer residing on Haven Street in that town, was the one who was covered
completely. It required fifteen minutes of the hardest and swiftest kind of work to uncover him. When his head was uncovered, Kramer
collapsed. He was bleeding freely from the nose and mouth and it was believed that he was injured internally. The other man, named
Riebsaamen, was fortunate in only being covered to the shoulders but was in such a position that he could not help himself. A physician
was called and upon examination, ordered Kramer taken to his home. Riebsaamen was able to continue at his work. The place where the
cave in occurred is opposite the Reading Railroad tracks on South Main Street. Supervisor Bitzer of that town, was digging a trench for
the purpose of laying a sewer as ordered by the town council of that place several weeks ago. The ground is practically all filled in and
was some years ago the old Schuylkill canal bed. The accident attracted a large number of people as it was first reported that several died.
|Miners Journal of September 7, 1861
EXTRAORDINARY GRAPE LEAF
We received this week from John H. Guertler and Daniel H. Stager of Schuylkill Haven, a curiosity in the shape of a gigantic leaf from the
twig of a grape grafted in April last, by Mr. Conrad Hammer, gardener. The leaf is four and a half feet in circumference, seventeen inches
in diameter and perfect in its proportions. Mr. H. may well challenge the county to produce a grape leaf of similar magnitude. We learn
that he had charge of several gardens in the beautiful Cressona Valley and is much esteemed as a horticulturist. The length of the twig
from which the leaf is taken is about fifteen feet, a remarkable growth indeed for a single season. In two years it will be in bearing order.
This fact should encourage grafting in this county, where the cullture of the grape can be rendered profitable.
|The Call of February 22, 1918
SNAKE RAPS AT FARMER'S KITCHEN DOOR
The first snake story of the season, although it is somewhat early for this kind of story, was brought to town on Monday afternoon of the
present week by Morris Bowen, who is the proprietor of a model farm on the outskirts of the borough limits. Mr. Bowen stated that during
the warm spell of last week about the noon hour, there was a rapping at the door leading into the kitchen. Several times the rap was
repeated until finally the door was opened by his son, Warren Bowen, better known as "Dutch" Bowen. There to the great amazement of
the family was a snake, less than four feet in length. The snakeship showed a disposition to enter the house and was allowed to come in
while the women folks took to the third floor. Mr. Bowen stated that the snake was given a cup of coffee and some meat and after
relishing the same, crawled under the stove and went to sleep. It was then captured and placed in a box with a wire netting over the
same. Mr. Bowen told the story in the office of Squire C. A. Moyer and was willing to swear to the same but the squire didn't have the time
to administer the oath. Mr. Bowen stated that he still has the snake and that it is a sure sign of an early spring. He places more faith in
the snake than he does in the groundhog.
|The Call of July 5, 1918
FRACTURED SKULL IN FALL FROM BICYCLE
Lyman Ketner, aged seventeen years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Addison Ketner of 23 Union Street, is a patient in the Pottsville Hospital as the
result of a fractured skull. Sunday afternoon the young man went to Brommerstown on his bicycle. As he was returning home and was
descending a steep incline having his feet on the coaster brake, the chain on the bicycle snapped. With lightning rapidity the bicycle
shot down the incline. Unable to guide the bicycle properly, the machine struck a rut and Ketner was pitched headlong from the wheel.
He was picked up in an unconscious condition and brought to his home here. Dr. Heim was called and administered to him until Monday
morning when he was removed to the Pottsville Hospital. Monday at noon he was operated upon by Dr. Warner. His condition is reported
very favorable and his speedy recovery is looked for. Young Ketner is employed at the rolling mills.
|The Call of August 18, 1960
LAST SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR VETERAN DIES
Harry K. Schumacher, 81, former merchant and tipstaff at the court house for twenty years, died Friday night at his home, 118 Columbia
Street, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Schumacher had been suffering from a heart ailment and had been hospitalized three times in the past
year. An enlisted veteran of the Spanish American War, he had served with the Army in Cuba and was a member of the Colonel Theodore
Hoffman Camp 32 of Pottsville. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4385 and an honorary member of the American
Legion, Robert E. Baker Post 38, both of town. He was a member of the F. and A. M. and the oldest past master of the organization; the
Cedars of Lebanon and one of the original and charter members of the Liberty Fire Company. He was a director of the Schuylkill haven
Building and Loan Association. Mr. Schumacher was very prominent in Democratic political circles and served as a ward committeeman
for many years. He was appointed tipstaff by Judge Vincent J. Dalton. Prior to this position, he conducted a grocery store at 128 Columbia
Street for many years. He retired from this field in 1945.
Born in Schuylkill Haven, he was the son of John and Margaret Staib Schumacher. His wife, the former Vida Schumacher died September
19, 1958. Surviving are a sister, Sadie, at home; a stepson John Kinsey and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held
Tuesday afternoon from the Bast and Detwiler Funeral Home with burial in Union Cemetery. Reverend Chester W. Hartman, pastor of
Messiah United Brethren Church officiated.
|The Call of September 15, 1960
FIVE YEAR OLD GIRL STRUCK BY AUTO
A little girl and her doll were struck by a car while crossing Dock Street yesterday afternoon. Nancy Miller, five year old daughter of Mrs.
Mabel Miller of Coal Street, had been sent to the Klahr store to purchase a birthday card. When she attempted to cross the street, she
noticed an approaching car but thought she could still get across the street before the car reached her. The force of the impact threw
Nancy and her doll from near the Sam Ney house on the east side of the street to the west side in front of Frank's Cafe. Nancy was taken
to the hospital by the driver of the car which hit her. She was found to have a fractured left leg and xrays have been taken to determine if
there were internal injuries.
|The Call of December 5, 1960
JANET GLASER HIT BY CAR, SMALL BONE BROKEN IN HIP
Janet Glaser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Glaser of 53 Stanton Street, was struck by an automobile while crossing the street in the
vicinity of Dock and Main Streets around 6:30 p. m. Monday. Janet was returning to work at Messner and Hess and did not see the
approaching car. The driver of the car, Lynwood Bartholomew of Orwigsburg, did not see Janet as she stepped from the curb and
attempted to cross. She was hit on the hip with the bumper of the car. Dr. Zwerling was called to the scene of the accident. Mr.
Bartholomew and Joe Evans took Janet to the Pottsville Hospital where it was found that she has a small bone broken in the hip.
|The Call of March 3, 1960
CAR SMASHES GAS PUMP AT STOYER'S
An accident at the Columbia and Berne Street intersection at 7:50 this morning involving a school bus and passenger car resulted in
extensive damage to a gasoline pump at the Earl Stoyer garage. Russell R. Leiby of Orwigsburg R. D., driving on South Berne Street,
made a turn to the gas pumps at Stoyer's as the school bus turned left from Columbia to South Berne Street. The impact of the collision
drove the Leiby car into the gas pump. The school bus was not damaged. Leiby's car was damaged about the rear fender. the bus was
driven by Herman Kerschner of 14 Parkway. It is owned by Harold Reber.
|Miners Journal of November 9, 1850
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
We learn from the "Map" that the menagerie men gave some of the Schuylkill Haven folks an extra show on the night of the exhibition.
One of the elephants, attracted by the scent of some vegetables in a neighboring cellar, left the place where he had been chained for the
night, and after going through the process of breaking open the doors, and finding that they could not be reached in this way, he
desperately commenced the removal of the house. The inmates on discovering the cause of their alarm, sent word to the keeper that
they had "seen the elephant" and politely requested his speedy removal. We paid our quarter but they didn't show us half that much.
|Miners Journal of May 3, 1851
The "Map" gives the following particulars of a serious accident that occurred on Sunday last at the Five Locks, a short distance above
Schuylkill Haven: "A gentleman and lady were passing when, owing to the carelessness or neglect of the person who had placed the
horse to the buggy, the horse became frightened and in endeavoring to run away, run over the bank. The buggy turned over four times
and was entirely smashed to pieces. The lady was seriously bruised, so much so that her farther proceeding towards the west was
unavoidably postponed. The gentleman and the horse received but little injury, but had the buggy made one more turn, they all would
have been precipitated into the lock. A serious accident but a fortunate escape."
|Miners Journal of December 13, 1851
The principal, in fact the only excitement that has moved our town this week, has been caused by the passing through of a mad dog. This
animal made its appearance on our streets and bit some fifty or more of our canine breed. The Town Council convened Tuesday evening
and passed an ordinance, requiring all dogs to be chained or muzzled, and authorized the High Constable to go from house to house and
give this notice, and if after that, any dog made its appearance on the street, to shoot it down, and by this means earn fifty cents. It was
mournful and amusing to see our citizens handing out their dogs to shoot them. Jimmy and Tip and Watch all shared the same fate. Some,
prized their pets too highly and have chained them, not a dog can be seen. It reminds us of the times of Moses and the bulrushes.
|Miners Journal of July 9, 1853
UNCLE SAM'S BIRTHDAY
Uncle Sam's birthday was celebrated by old and young. But if my eyes did not deceive me, the "rising generation" outnumbered the "old
uns" three to one. No less than about six hundred Sunday Scholars marched in procession through our streets to the various groves.
Some of the boys, whose tastes lay in another direction, amused themselves with cockfighting. Our Squires and Constables, excepting
the extra one (there being some doubts about the propriety of granting his commission) were suddenly seized with that comic looking
disease of the eyes, called squinting, so they looked in all directions for the greased lords, but the right one.
|Miners Journal of July 9, 1853
STREETS OF TOWN
That Act of Assembly, entitled "An Act for the better regulation of the streets of Schuylkill Haven," is on a fair way of being complied with,
at least so far as relates to our main street. Our Borough guardians (may their days, like those of Methuselah, number nine hundred and
sixty nine years), talk a great deal about removing a part of the hill along the "old Farmers' Bank," and raising said street down town. The
sidewalks, it appears do not come under the head of streets, consequently the matter of which there is an inexhaustible supply on rainy
days, rests at the doors of the owners. May they all live to become Town Councilmen is the heart felt prayer of every pedestrian that
|Miners Journal of April 29, 1854
VIOLENT STORM, PROPERTY DESTROYED
The thunderstorm of Wednesday last, was accompanied with high wind at Schuylkill Haven, causing considerable damage to property in
the neighborhood. About one fourth of the tin roof of the railroad bridge was lifted off, and falling on Deibert's stable and shed nearby,
crushed them in. The telegraph wires in the neighborhood were also thrown down. The roof of Messrs. Huntzinger's store was also
partly lifted off. Mr. Henry G. Robinson's house was struck by lightning. It was not discovered, though, until the next day when some
papers in the garret were observed to be burnt, and a hole in the roof nearby, evidently made by the lightning. It had escaped down the
outside of the building. The papers after being lighted had luckily gone out by themselves.
|Miners Journal of June 23, 1855
To Mr. John J. Paxson, farmer, below Schuylkill Haven, we are indebted for a quantity of remarkably fine strawberries. Some of them
measure three and a quarter inches in circumference and the rest are nearly the same size. They are without exception, the largest and
finest specimens of the delicious fruit we ever saw, and prove that Schuylkill County is not only capable of supplying abundant supplies
of "black diamonds" but if necessary can compete horticulturally with its more favored agricultural sisters of the state. Mr. Paxson, we
are pleased to state, is one of the most active members of the Schuylkill County Agricultural Society, and invariably obtains premiums at
his exhibitions for the products of his skill and industry. His "truck" which regularly reaches this market, is considered among the very
best sent here, and its always eagerly sought after. We congratulate Mr. Paxson upon his success in the strawberry line.
|Miners Journal of December 5, 1857
We yesterday examined one of the most ornamental pieces of penmanship probably ever executed in this county. It is a roll of the
Independent Greys of Philadelphia, five feet long by three wide. It was executed in Schuylkill Haven of this county by Mr. John H.
Guertler, a gentleman fifty five years of age, and one who has resided in this county upwards of thirty one years. It was finished only a day
or two since, and will be immediately forwarded to the Greys. Mr. Guertler merits special commendation for the originality of the design of
the roll. The execution is perfect. Mr. Guertler will shortly give lessons in penmanship in the eastern portion of the state. Where he has
heretofore taught, he has deservedly reaped both honor and profit. Mr. Guertler's forte is the execution of ornamental portions of
German text, in which certainly, he has no superior in the country.
|Miners Journal of January 22, 1853
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AFFAIRS
Yesterday some two or three hundred persons assembled to witness a prize fight (I do not think the prize was a large one or they would
have contended more strenuously for it), between a young man from Friedensburg and a young man from this place. The fighting parties
appeared on the ground at five o'clock, the time specified for the fight to take place, but upon meeting, much to the dissatisfaction of the
several hundred persons assembled to witness the transaction, they walked together and shook hands, the one remarking, "You did not
come here to fight, did you?" The other answered "I would rather not." And at the same time both came to the wise conclusion that it was
against the law to fight, thus avoiding some hard work and bruised faces, proving the fact that a wise conclusion is necessary to avoid
the disgraceful termination of a disgraceful procedure. It also proved that many men are good fighters until the approach of the enemy,
when they are better runners.
|Miners Journal of February 5, 1853
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AFFAIRS
Our town has been thrown into quite an unusual excitement for the last few days, owing to one of the most extraordinary suicides that
could have been committed. Charles Foltz, quite a respectable and well known citizen, laboring under temporary insanity, hung himself in
the basement of the Lutheran church. He had been at church in the afternoon and evening, and after the service in the evening, went to
prayer meeting in a neighbor's house. On his way home, between ten and eleven o'clock, he entered the church through the window,
closing the shutter after him and at that time committed the act, as one of the neighbors heard a noise about eleven o'clock. His wife,
aware of his condition, informed the neighbors of his absence, and search was made during the whole of the night, but he was not found
until next morning, when the sexton entered the church to make a fire. He had just recovered from a severe and protracted attack of
typhoid fever, scarcely able to do anything and very much debilitated both body and mind, which, together with pecuniary embarrassments
it is supposed by those who knew him best, induced him to commit the act.
I have not heard the report of the coroner's jury, whether they assigned it to temporary insanity or not. A few days ago his life was
miraculously saved by Mr. Frederick Keely, conductor on the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. He fell down between the bumpers of
the cars whilst they were in motion and from this perilous situation he was rescued by Mr. Keely, though not until his clothes and also his
skin, were torn from dragging on the ground. It is supposed, by some, that he intended at that time to commit suicide by throwing himself
under the wheels. This would induce us to believe that many persons who are supposed to be accidentally killed by the cars, place
themselves purposely upon the track, in order to be killed.
|Miners Journal of April 23, 1853
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BIBLE SOCIETY
On Wednesday evening, the 20th, a meeting of the citizens of Schuylkill Haven was held in the Saint James Church, for the purpose of
taking into due consideration the propriety of organizing a society for supplying the destitute with a copy of the Holy Scriptures. After
divine worship and reading from the Old and New Testaments with the 104th Psalm responsively rehearsed, Mr. J. Wilson was called to
the chair and Mr. Henry W. Bush appointed secretary. The Reverend D. Washburn of Pottsville then stated the object of the meeting and
proceeded to set forth, on the scope of patriotism, humanity and religion respectively, the manifold reasons which prompt the American
to do what he can towards bringing home to himself and follow men the enlightening and salutary influences of the Word of God. To give
time and opportunity for all feeling an interest in this behalf to cooperate at the suggestion of the president, permanent organization was
deferred and several persons were named for officers to draft a constitution for the society, to be presented for adoption at the next
meeting. Adjourned for that purpose and to receive contributions for membership on Wednesday evening, May 4th, at the Lutheran
|Miners Journal of November 20, 1858
COUNTERFEIT COIN DETECTOR
Mr. Henry G. Robinson of Schuylkill Haven, has invented and patented a very ingenious little instrument, adapted to the instant detection
of counterfeit gold dollars. Besides being exceedingly useful, it is of convenient size to carry in the pocket and will contain a limited
number of the little mint drops. One of the detectors can be seen at Bannan's store. They are manufactured at Schuylkill Haven, where
dealers will be supplied at a liberal discount, by addressing Mr. William H. Robinson.
|Miners Journal of June 28, 1862
A TROTTING MATCH
A trotting match came off at Schuylkill Haven on Monday last, notwithstanding the rain and bad condition of the course, between Patchin
Jr., owned by Captain C. Leader and Dolly, owned by Captain George Fertig. Mile heats, best two in three were held with stakes at $200
per side. Dolly won the first heat and Patchin Jr. won the second heat. The third heat was run alone by the horse, the owner of the mare
withdrawing her from the course. The judges declared the horse the winner of the race. One heat which was won by the mare was ruled
out because the judges wanted better trotting on the part of the mare and another was declared a dead heat. Between the rain and the
mud the spectators were about in the condition of the horses when the race was over, bespattered with mud. It might have been fun but
we didn't exactly see it.
|The Call of January 12, 1961
TANK TRUCK HANGS OVER MOUNTAIN
A large tank delivery truck owned by Franklin A. Felty narrowly escaped toppling down over the Schuylkill Mountain yesterday at four
o'clock. Only because it was empty and the weight was low, kept the large tank truck from crashing through the guard cables and toppling
over the steep embankment. The driver, Eldon Bernheisel of Schuylkill Haven R. D. 1, had just passed Gus Menas' and was starting down
the Schuylkill Haven side of the mountain when he drove to the right side of the road as a car approached. In doing so the truck crossed
over an ice ridge about six inches thick and the wheels on the right side sank into soft snow which had only recently been scraped level
with the ice. The truck was turned into the guard rails and began to slip over the side of the embankment before it was brought to a halt.
With the truck hanging precariously over the embankment, held only by the guard cables, Bernheisel jumped from the cab. Had the truck
been partially or entirely loaded, it would have tumbled over the cables and crashed several hundred feet down the steep mountainside.
The tank truck was pulled to the highway by Harvey B. Moyer's equipment and, having only slight damage, was put back into service this
morning. This was the second accident to befall Mr. Felty at the same location. On December 26 while driving down the Schuylkill
Mountain in his station wagon, the heavy ice and ruts caused the vehicle to upset. The occupants fortunately suffered only bruises.
|The Call of January 19, 1961
GIRLS SLIDE DOWN STEEP HILL INTO CAR, BOTH IN HOSPITAL
Two little girls were injured, one very seriously, in a sleigh riding accident that occurred last night around 8:15 p. m. on the steep Saint
Peter Street hill that leads to Union Street. Susan Goas, eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Goas of Market Street and Sally
Shoener, eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Shoener of 302 Saint Peter Street were using a piece of tin to slide down the
Saint Peter Street hill. Karen Goas, a sister of Susan, was standing at the bottom of the hill and tried to warn them when she saw a car
approaching. However, the girls could not stop in time and the approaching car, driven by Claude Schaeffer of 31 Fairview Street, could
not avoid hitting them.
Susan, who was sitting on the front of the tin, got the full impact of the blow and was the most seriously hurt. Dr. Tihansky was summoned
to the scene of the accident and called for the Community Ambulance. The girls were taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital. Sally was
found to have chest injuries, bruises, an injured tongue and three teeth missing. Susan, who was unconscious and did not respond to
treatment, was transferred to the Reading Hospital by the Community Ambulance around 11:00 p. m. She was put under the care of Dr.
Johnson at that hospital. This morning Susan is still unconscious and listed as in critical condition in the Reading Hospital. Sally is in fair
condition in the Good Samaritan Hospital. Both girls are students in the third grade at the East Ward building. Susan has three sisters
and Sally has four brothers and two sisters. Officer Clyde Manbeck investigated the accident.
|The Call of September 20, 1962
CAR CRASHES PENSYL FLOWER SHOP
The Pensyl Flower Shop showroom at West Main Street received considerable damage last evening around 8:15 p. m. when a car driven
by David C. Ney, 17, of 201 East Liberty Street, mounted the pavement in front of the store and crashed through the window into the shop.
Ney was driving a four door sedan on West Main Street during the rain when he apparently lost control of the car. The automobile
crashed through the large plate glass window, crashed in to the walk-in refrigerator and pushed it out of place about eight foot. Also
broken were many novelties and items on display for sale. The showroom will need a complete new side and the refrigerator was a total
loss. Ney's car had excessive damage to the bumper, hood, fender, grill and wheels. The driver received slight injuries. Damage was
estimated at well over $5,000. Officer Earl Deatrich investigated.
|The Call of March 13, 1962
CAR WRECKS PORCH ON CENTER AVENUE
The porch at the Williams home at 122 Center Avenue received extensive damages when a car driven by Leonid Rozenthal of Maplewood,
New Jersey, shot across the street backwards, mounted a curb and knocked down the pillar and rail on the porch. Rozenthal was
traveling west last Thursday afternoon on Center Avenue around 3:55 p. m. shortly before the time traffic becomes congested on this
street. Rozenthal, who told local police officers that he fell asleep, mounted the curb in front of the home occupied by the Glincosky
family and struck a cement wall in front of this property. From here he traveled backwards across the street and ran into the Williams'
home, barely missing an automobile parked in front of that property.
He was taken to the Medical Arts Building where he was treated for a bruised nose and mouth and injuries to the right hand and chest.
The car, owned by the Security Paint and Chemical Company of Newark, New Jersey, was badly damaged. Rozenthal was charged with
reckless driving by Patrolman Keith Murray and Patrolmen Earl Deatrich and William Goetz assisted in the investigation.
|The Call of August 1, 1963
WILLIAM CAKE, 9, VICTIM OF NEAR DROWNING YESTERDAY
William Cake, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cake of 331 Dock Street, was the victim of a near drowning accident yesterday afternoon at Willow
Lake. Mrs. Cleatus Montag of 719 Speacht Street in Pottsville, pulled the boy from the four and a half foot to five feet of water after she
noticed he was in difficulty. According to Mrs. Montag she saw Cake struggling in the water and going under. She said his lips were
getting blue and he had trouble breathing.
Cake was wearing a mask that leaked water. Mrs. Montag called her husband, who carried the boy to shore and laid him on a bench.
Arnold Killian of Willow Lake was the lifeguard on duty at the time. He said the boy was unconscious when he was placed on the bench
and was not breathing. Killian applied mouth to mouth resuscitation for five or six minutes before Cake breathed naturally. He was taken
to the Pottsville Hospital in the Schuylkill Haven Community Ambulance. Mrs. Cake reported that the boy is in good shape today. His
lungs were reported to be in good condition, after vomiting about a quart of water. He is expected to return home this evening.
|The Call of April 2, 1964
TWO SIX YEAR OLDS HIT IN SEPARATE ACCIDENTS
Frederick Petrie, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Petrie of Hickory Street, was seriously injured when struck by an auto on North
Berne Street on Tuesday afternoon. The child was enroute to Schaeffer's store on an errand for his mother when he ran from the west
curb directly in front of the car driven by Elizabeth Russell, sixteen of Saint James Street, who was traveling south on Berne Street. Dr.
Theodore Tihansky was called to the accident and ordered the child to be taken to the hospital in the Schuylkill Haven Lions Community
ambulance. Ricky received face and head injuries, a fractured right hand and a broken collar bone. He is reported at noon today to be
progressing nicely at Good Samaritan Hospital. A registered nurse is in attendance.
Alan Whalen, 134 Broadway, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Whalen, was injured Saturday afternoon when he ran into the
automobile operated by Harrison Long of Stanton Street, traveling north on Dock Street. The child and two of his older brothers were
returning home from an Easter egg hunt at the Willow Street playground when the accident occurred. The children were standing on the
curb across the street from the Koegel store when suddenly the youngster, clutching a bag of Easter eggs, darted into the street into the
Long vehicle. Alan was taken to the office of Dr. Cooper after which his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Gehrig of Coal Street, took
him to the Good Samaritan Hospital here he is being treated for bruises and lacerations of the head. His condition is listed as good.
|The Call of April 2, 1964
AUTO BRAKES FAIL, DAMAGE TOTALS $600
Over $600 in damages resulted from an accident Tuesday afternoon involving three cars when the brakes failed on the auto driven by
Mrs. Sadie Phillips, 128 Columbia Street, as her car entered the intersection of Margaretta and East Liberty Streets. It is reported Mrs.
Phillips was descending Margaretta Street towards East Liberty Street when the brakes failed. She made a right turn at the intersection
and collided with the left rear of the car owned by Imelda Pfeiffenberger of 901 Mahantongo Street of Pottsville. The Phillips car also
collided with the left front of the car owned by Barry Bair, 103 Avenue E in town, parked to the rear of the Pfeiffenberger car. Damages to
the Pfeiffenberger car amounting to $200, were to the left rear fender and door, bumper and tail light. The left front bumper, turn signal
and headlight rim of the Bair car were damaged amounting to about $150. The Phillips car received $250 damages. There were no injuries.
|The Call of December 19, 1957
WAVE OF AUTO CRASHES HITS TOWN
A wave of minor automobile mishaps struck Schuylkill Haven during the past week. On Friday night, Leonard Ketner, driving out Haven
Street from Dock Street, was blinded by the lights of an oncoming car traveling the middle of the street. He turned to avoid striking the
car and crashed into a parked car. Ketner sustained a broken nose, two black eyes and a broken right knee cap. He is a patient in the
Mary Jane Goas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Goas, 50 Dock Street, driving on Columbia Street Monday evening, crashed into a street
light standard when she momentarily looked down at the dashboard to check the heater. In the car with her was a group of girls returning
from a Sunday School Christmas party at the home of Mrs. Maynard Felty of Long Run. No one was injured but extensive damage was
done to the car. The metal light standard snapped off, swung like a pendulum on the electric current wire and came crashing down on the
roof of the car. The light at the top remained illuminated.
Yesterday afternoon, three cars were involved in a crash on Haven Street. When Mrs. Roy Stump, 334 Dock Street, attempted to make a
left hand turn into an alley, her car collided with one driven by Russell Cooke of Pottsville which was attempting to pass her. The Cooke
car glanced off the Stump car into the parked automobile owned by Carl Corby. No one was injured and only slight damage was done to
fenders, bumpers, grills and tail lights of the three cars.
Last evening at 8:10 o'clock, a hit and run driver sideswiped two cars parked on North Berne Street. The damaged parked cars are owned
by John Hinkle, 66 North Berne Street and George Triola of 78 North Berne Street. The driver continued up Berne Street at a high rate of
speed but then turned around and drove slowly past the damage he had caused. He continued on his way without stopping. His license
number was obtained and a check showed that it belongs to a Pottsville motorist. An arrest will be made.
Early this morning the car driven by Mrs. Dorothy Chrin of 408 East Main Street collided with the vehicle driven by John W. Cook of
Cressona as she drove through the alley near the East Ward Club. About $50 damage was done to the left front fender of the Cook car.
|The Call of January 30, 1958
BOYS ALMOST LOSE SIGHT
Putting into action that which was seen in a recent movie almost cost the eyesight of two local boys. Melvin Ulsh, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Melvin C. Ulsh of 118 High Street and Guy Krammes, 17, son of Mrs. Edith Krammes of 18 William Street, were burned about the face when
their homemade cannon exploded on Friday evening at 8:15. Melvin suffered severe powder burns about the face and arms and it was
feared that his eyesight would be badly affected. Guy also had facial burns, not quite as severe as Melvin's. Dr. N. Albert Fegley on
Sunday at the Pottsville Hospital, operated on the eyes of both boys to remove the burned tissue. Krammes was discharged from the
hospital on Monday with his vision still slightly blurred. Young Ulsh is still a patient at the hospital, unable to see clearly.
Having seen it done in a movie, the boys decided to try to make a cannon. Taking a piece of copper tubing about twelve inches long, they
closed one end and inserted gunpowder taken from a shotgun shell and pumpkin ball. On the first try, the cannon was fired successfully.
A heavier charge was tried the second time by adding a larger amount of powder. The charge, set off in the Krammes yard, exploded the
homemade cannon in their faces.
|The Call of March 6, 1958
REMOVE WALL, STEPS AT SAINT JOHN'S, RAZING OLD HOTEL FOR LARGER CLELAND STORE
Main Street was a beehive of activity this week with major demolition and construction work going on at three locations in the two block
area. Sidewalk superintendents were most numerous at Saint John's reformed Church where Harvey Moyer's crew was removing the
thick concrete wall and steps along the front pavement. Bulldozer, payloader, pneumatic drills and hammers, and a large crane were all
required to remove the wall and steps. Some of the sections removed weighed as high as forty tons. The men are working on the side
wall separating the original church property from the more recently acquired corner property. Present plans are to grade the properties
so that the two blend together. Instead of two separate walks leading to the church entrances, there will be one center walk eight feet
wide to the front of the church. The bulletin board will probably be placed near the corner of the newly acquired ground. The entire plot,
except for a small portion at the rear will be planted in grass and landscaped with evergreens and other shrubbery.
The second project attracting attention is the great improvement already made to the former Michel building, now owned and being
remodeled by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Calsam for their Bonnie Jean store and apartments. The old bay windows have been removed and
the three story structure is beginning to take on a modern look. Harvey E. Dewald is doing the work.
The third project is being attacked from the rear. Cleland's Furniture Store is having the old Central Hotel property torn down to make
way for a new addition to the store. Previously Walter Mintz had dismantled the small frame buildings to the rear of the main, brick three
story building. Originally, it was intended to retain the front structure and remodel it and build on an addition at the rear. It was
discovered that the walls were in poor condition and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cleland decided to tear the entire structure down and build an
entirely new one story building. Plans call for a structure 32 x 1809 feet. It will be separate from the present main store but the two
buildings will open into each other through a wide archway located about midway on the length. Cleland is endeavoring to use Alcoa
aluminum for his modern front. The contract for construction of the new building has not yet been let.
|The Call of July 12, 1958
HEAVY TRUCK RUNS AWAY, HITS GARAGE
The garbage collection truck of H. Lester Anderson, parked in the street leading to Haven Manor behind Columbia Street, suddenly rolled
down the grade on Tuesday at noon and crashed into the garage and apartment building at the rear of the Homer Fritz home on Columbia
Street. The heavy truck struck the garage doors and plowed into the garage. The upper part of the high collection truck struck the
apartment above the garage and drove the entire building forward. Mrs. Sallie Gilbert, who lives in the apartment, was in the building at
the time. She was taken to a physician by Mr. Anderson but it was found that she suffered no injuries except shock.
The adjoining garage owned by Paul Donmoyer also was pushed off its foundation about six inches. Inside the Fritz garage, the truck
knocked over the supporting columns and the floor of the apartment was resting on the roof of the badly damaged cab. Anderson had
parked the truck when he went home for lunch and says he had it in reverse, with the emergency brake on, and stones placed beneath
the wheels. Whether or not youngsters were playing around the truck and set it in motion has not yet been determined. No estimate has
been placed upon the damage to the truck and the other buildings. In order to fulfill his contract with the borough, Anderson is hiring a
truck to make his regular schedule of collections.
|The Call of April 8, 1965
SIX HURT IN FOUR CAR CHAIN REACTION
Six persons were injured and taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital in the Schuylkill Haven Lions Community Ambulance around 8:00 a. m.
today following an accident on Route 61 near the site of the Lehigh Valley Cooperative building which is now being erected. According to
Pennsylvania State Policeman Anthony Babkowski, a vehicle operated by Harry Dunkelberger, Schuylkill Haven RD, traveling north on
Route 61 was attempting to make a right turn onto the road between the Detroiter and the Lehigh Valley plants. A second car operated by
Charles Yakimo of Landingville, was halted at the rear of the Dunkelberger car and a third vehicle operated by Nelson Holley Jr. of
Seltzer, Pennsylvania was halted in back of the second car. A fourth vehicle, a pickup truck operated by Norman Hamm of Tamaqua RD3,
ran into the rear of the Holley vehicle causing a chain reaction.
The Holley automobile and the Hamm truck were demolished. Damages to the Dunkelberger car amounted to $100 and the Yakimo car had
over $500 in damages. Admitted to the hospital were Norman Hamm, Nelson Holley with possible internal injuries and passengers in the
Holley car, Thomas Mirosky, New Philadelphia back and elbow injuries; Robert Brennan, Pottsville, chest and back injuries; Chester
Shanoski, New Philadelphia, neck and head injuries and Thomas Grady, Cumbola, cuts on head and neck injuries.
|The Call of April 8, 1965
ACCIDENT HALTS TRAFFIC AT LIGHT
For over an hour Monday morning traffic was tied up on Center Avenue, the result of a three car accident involving a Hill farm Dairy milk
truck, a flat bed truck and an automobile. The accident occurred at 6:15 a. m. as Clayton A. Moyer Jr., 443 Terrace, Schuylkill Haven RD2,
driver for Hill Farm and headed west, pulled away from in front of a customer's home near the traffic light. Moyer's truck was struck in the
rear by the flatbed truck owned by Del-Penn Steel Company of Philadelphia and driven by John Niessner of Camden, New Jersey, also
traveling west. The milk truck was spun completely around and flipped over on top of an automobile operated by Arthur Klawitter of
Mount Carmel. Moyer crawled out from under the overturned milk truck as milk from the broken bottles and cartons began to flood the
street. There were no serious injuries although Moyer was treated for body bruises and injuries of the hand. The milk truck was
demolished. Extensive damage was done to the front of the Del-Penn truck and also to the automobile. Schuylkill Haven Police Officer
Edward Webber investigated assisted by Sterling Moyer.
|The Call of May 6, 1965
EISMANN IN TRACTION WITH NECK INJURIES
James Eismann, teacher in Schuylkill Haven Union School District, remains in critical condition at the Reading Hospital where he was
admitted with neck and back injuries following an automobile crash early Wednesday morning. The accident occurred shortly after 1:00 a.
m. at the cutoff from Route 61 leading to Schuylkill Haven to the east, the intersection with Route 443. It was reported that Eismann was
returning from army reserve training, in which he is an officer, in Allentown. He turned too late at the intersection and crashed into the
fence at the Charles T. Cody home. His small foreign car, a Fiat sedan, upset and was completely demolished. He was thrown from the
car, landing about ten feet away at the side of the road. He was taken to the Pottsville Hospital in the Schuylkill Haven Lions Community
Ambulance. About an hour later the ambulance drivers, Lee Freed and Jack Strauch, were again called to transport him to the Reading
Hospital. His injuries consist of possible fractured vertebra, deep cuts of the neck and one eye and possible internal injuries. He was
placed in traction in the intensive care division of the hospital. Eismann's home is at 2257 Kensington Street, Harrisburg but he stays at
the Cyril Schaeffer home at 436 Hess Street while in Schuylkill Haven. He teaches math and general science in the junior high school.
|The Call of August 19, 1965
MRS. HAROLD MESSER KILLS COILED SNAKE
Mrs. Harold Messer of 11 Eaton Street had a Friday the 13th experience she will remember for quite some time. While on her way to work
Friday afternoon, Mrs. Messer decided to stop and see her son and daughter in law, the Harold Messers, who live at 620 Garfield Avenue.
As she walked along a dirt path leading to the entrance of their apartment she heard a swishing noise at her feet and when she looked
down she saw a large snake. The snake quickly coiled into a circle the size of a dinner plate. Mrs. Messer's first concern was to kill the
snake since there were many children playing in the neighborhood. she found a large rock and threw it at the snake, poised ready to
strike. The rock hit the snake behind the neck, killing it. When measured the snake described as brown with silver diamonds on its back
was found to be three feet long.
|The Call of August 26, 1965
EXCITED DONKEYS SHAKE TRUCK; $500 DAMAGE
Excited donkeys was blamed as the cause of an accident on the Schuylkill Haven Little League field, when a runaway truck struck two
cars, ran over a motorcycle and ran down a bank. The incident occurred at 11:10 a. m. when Jerry Wyan DeBoer of 414 South Lynn Drive,
LeMars, Iowa parked a 1962 Ford truck loaded with donkeys for the donkey baseball game on top of the bank overlooking the field. The
donkeys who supposedly become overly excited when arriving at a baseball field, began milling around, shaking the truck which released
the brake and jumped the gear. The truck rolled down the bank, striking the parked cars of William Smith of 216 North Berne Street and
Dennis Cresina, 10 fairview Street and rolling over the Honda motorcycle of Fred Kremer, 510 Schuylkill Street.
Damage to the truck was a hole in the left door, about $50. The Smith car, a 1956 DeSoto, had damage to the right front door and rear
door, about $75. The Cresina car was damaged on the rear bumper and left rear fender, about $150. The motorcycle was completely
demolished, damage listed at $233. The donkeys were none the worse for wear.
|LAST UPDATED: APRIL 14
|Miners Journal of July 26, 1875
TERRIBLE ACCIDENT IN A HARVEST FIELD
Saturday morning, intelligence reached town of a terrible accident which happened to Mr. Daniel Reichert, hotel keeper, in East Schuylkill
Haven in a harvest field. Early in the morning he was engaged alone in a field near his tavern, driving a mowing machine drawn by mules.
In some way the animals became unmanageable, probably through being stung by bees or hornets, and Mr. Reichert fell from his seat, the
machine passing over him, breaking a leg and tearing the flesh from knee to thigh. When found, the unfortunate man was in a pitable
condition. He was attended to at once, receiving medical aid from Dr. Dechert.
|Miners Journal of August 13, 1875
THE GREEN EYED MONSTER
Yesterday there might have been observed on our streets a very wet and excited woman, seemingly anxiously looking for someone or
something. As afterwards came to light, she was looking for a certain individual to whom she was bound by the holy ties of matrimony.
She wanted to see him bad to present him with a piece of her mind. It seems she walked all the way from Schuylkill Haven to see him and
conduct the presentation. She was under the influence of the green eyed monster, jealousy. Somehow she got hold of some
correspondence, which showed that her husband had arranged a meeting with a Pottsville woman of no character. This naturally excited
her ire and she set out on a hunt for the sinner. We didn't hear what luck she had in her search but we'll notice today whether the man
has any hair left.
|The Call of August 31, 1900
GIRL'S EXCITING EXPERIENCE
Mary Schumacher, the nine year old daughter of Charles Schumacher, residing on Columbia Street, had an experience last Saturday
afternoon that she is not likely to forget. While walking near Schumacher, Keller and Company's knitting mill a roaming cow was attracted
by the red dress the little girl wore and made evident signs of attacking her. Mary ran to get out of harm's way but the animal followed
and at the knitting mill caught her on his horns and tossed her against the mill building. Willie, the fourteen year old brother, who was not
too far distant, heard his sister's screams and ran to the scene. Seeing at once his sister's perilous condition, he seized a large club and
bravely attacked the animal and succeeded in driving it away. The little girl suffered no injury other than a bad scare but her dress, the
cause of all the trouble, was ruined, being soiled and torn in many places.
|The Call of September 14, 1900
FOOT BALL TEAM ORGANIZED
A spirited and well attended meeting in the interest of local foot ball was held in the Schuylkill Hose house last evening. Schuylkill Haven
will not be behind other towns in the county and will be represented on the gridiron by a strong eleven. Harry Helms was elected
manager and Fred Bensinger captain of the team for the season 1900-1901. The team will be coached by Luther Becker, who played on
the Franklin and Marshall Academy and Lehigh freshman teams. Twelve candidates have thus far presented themselves, and with other
prospective strong material in sight, we will make some of the "big uns" hustle. A short signal practice will be held tonight in charge of
Coach Becker. All candidates for the team are asked to be on the ballgrounds tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock, when a game with the
Juniors will be played. A game with the Pottsville High School team is expected for next Saturday.
|The Call of December 30, 1900
HIS ABILITY TO SWIM PROBABLY SAVED HIS LIFE
Howard A. Von Neida, the fourteen year old son of J. W. Von Neida, manager of The Call, met with a very unpleasant experience on
Monday afternoon. Shortly after school was dismissed' the lad, in company with several other boys, was roving along the river in the
vicinity of the Saylor property, when a portion of the bank on which he was standing gave way and he was carried with it into the water,
which at that point was quite deep owing to recent rains. Fortunately, the lad could swim, and was thus able to reach the shore in safety.
He received no results other than a thorough and cold ducking.
|The Call of February 22, 1901
A SAGACIOUS DOG
An admirer of The Call has brought to this office several mutilated pages of a book entitled, "Wonders of the World," published in San
Francisco twenty nine years ago. This article on a Schuylkill Haven dog was included:
"The following remarkable evidence of intelligence was recently exhibited by a Newfoundland dog, who is owned by Simpson Walleisa of
Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. A son of Mr. Walleisa, a boy about fifteen years of age was taking his sister to Cressona, where she was
engaged in teaching school, and when within half a mile of the place, the sleigh struck an ash heap and both the occupants were thrown
out. The horse immediately started off on a run, followed by the dog. After running a quarter of a mile, the shafts became disengaged
from the sleigh and the horse was running through Cressona, when the dog headed him off by taking a bystreet and catching the horse, a
small animal, by the head, he actually threw him and held him down with his mouth, and by placing his forefeet on the neck, till the runaway
was taken charge of by some men who saw the occurrence. The same dog on one occasion, carried a dinner basket from Schuylkill
Haven to Cressona, a distance of a mile and a half. On another occasion, when the dog was but five months old, he jumped off a bridge
into the water and saved a boy from drowning."
|The Call of November 8, 1901
INSANE PATIENT ESCAPES, BUT IS SOON CAPTURED
While Mrs. Peter Wachter and Mrs. Patrick McGuire, night matrons of the Insane Department at the county home, this place, were at
supper shortly after dark on Monday, Honora Ansenbach, an insane patient, effected her escape. Through the exercise of marvelous
ingenuity in scaffold building and the performance of an expert climbing feat, she succeeded in scaling the fourteen foot fence enclosing
the yard. On the matrons' return from supper, the patient's absence was soon noticed and a search instituted. The first clue discovered
was the finding of her shoes in the orchard, which she presumably took off to better enable her to scale another fence nine feet high.
She was finally traced to Connor's Crossing by Keeper Peter Wachter, who safely and with little trouble brought her back to the institution.
Only about an hour elapsed from the time of her escape until she was again safely placed in charge of the matrons.
|The Call of October 18, 1901
BOROUGH SMALLPOX HOSPITAL CLOSED
The borough smallpox hospital closed at noon on Wednesday and the buildings and grounds that have been the object of much interest
and talk for almost nine weeks now present a lonely and deserted appearance. The camp was first occupied on August 16th and in all
fourteen cases of smallpox were treated, one of which proved fatal, due to hemorrhagic smallpox. There were four confluent cases of
smallpox, five of varioloid and the others dessicated cases. Out of the fourteen cases but five escaped complications such as
hemattenisis, anchylosis, abscess, heart and kidney trouble or affections of the eye. The last patient was discharged last Thursday,
leaving only the physician, nurse, orderly and maid in camp. Dr. Davis, the camp physician, severed his connection with the camp last
Saturday morning and the orderly and maid remained to assist the nurse, Miss Elinore Nungesser, in fumigating and closing the camp.
The buildings will be left standing for some time to come so that any emergency may be easily met at any time.
|The Call of September 13, 1901
HURT BY EXPLODING TORPEDO
Thomas and Frank Wildermuth, aged five and six years old, son and grandson of Frank Wildermuth, residing on Canal Street, met with an
accident last Friday afternoon that might have been attended with serious results. During the parents' temporary absence, the little boys
removed a torpedo, such as is used on the railroad from the mantle of the home and took it into the back yard to discharge it. They
placed it on a rock and dropping another stone on the torpedo, it exploded with a terrible report, the stone was shattered and fragments
struck the boys. Thomas had his foot badly cut and Frank is now having a deep gash in the thigh carefully nursed. Their escape from
more serious injury was remarkable. Dr. O. P. Piper rendered medical attention.
|The Call of August 2, 1901
LITTLE FOLKS WERE LOST
Last Sunday night between nine and ten o'clock, two little tots, a girl and a boy, aged about six and four years old, were found by Special
Officer Edward F. Miller near the Pennsylvania Railroad bridge near town, on the road leading to Orwigsburg. The little ones were crying
and amid their tears it was learned they were lost. They were brought to town and recognized as the children of Walter Boyer, residing in
Spring Garden at the corner of Centre and Garfield Avenues. The little folks had been in town early in the evening and on coming up
Main Street to return home, failed to notice Dock Street and turn there as they should but continued their walk up and out Main Street to
the spot where they were found probably an hour or two afterward.
|The Call of August 2, 1901
PAINTER'S SERIOUS FALL
Milton Butz, the well known painter residing on Dock Street, this place, sustained injuries by a fall at work at Pottsville on Monday
afternoon, that came near costing him his life. Mr. Butz was engaged in painting a house on West Market Street and while standing on a
scaffold was overcome by heat. He fell to the ground, a distance of only about seven feet, striking on his head. When picked up he was
unconscious and continued in that condition for a long time. In response to a telephone message, J. D. Berger drove to Pottsville and
brought the unfortunate man home in his team. Mr. Butz was rendered entirely helpless by the fall, being only able to make a slight
movement with his hands. An examination showed that his spine was paralyzed. For several days his recovery was a matter of grave
doubt but this morning Dr. D. D. Dechert, the attending physician, stated his condition was greatly improved and the chances for his
ultimate recovery were very bright.
Five minutes before Mr. Butz met with his accident, Scott Lamont, a tinsmith, fell from the roof of the same building at a distance of twenty
feet. He was only slightly injured and was able to walk home. When he fell, Mr. Butz went to his assistance, and finding him not badly
hurt, resumed his work on the scaffold, only to meet with a similar but more serious accident himself a little later.
|The Call of July 19, 1901
STEER WAS EVIDENTLY THIRSTY
On Tuesday afternoon, the ladies at the Eagle Hotel, George M. Paule, proprietor, were given a bad scare when a big horned steer
appeared on the rear porch and stuck his head in the kitchen door, where they were at work. The animal belonged to Peter Raush,
butcher, and entered Mr. Paule's premises from an open rear gate. To get on the high porch the beast had to climb a flight of steps,
which he did with apparent ease. More trouble was experienced in getting him down again. The day having been very warm, George is of
the opinion that the animal had acquired a great thirst and came around to have it appeased.
|Miners Journal of April 17, 1841
THE FAIR AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
Our fair friends at Schuylkill Haven have not only won golden opinions from all sorts of people for the manner in which they got up their
fair, but they have received very substantial proofs that their labors have not been in vain. The fair closed on Wednesday evening and
the sum of five hundred dollars is expected will be realized. The incidental expenses are little or nothing, as the ladies, sweet souls,
generously contributed the articles which were sold. They deserve all praise for the liberality and industry which they have displayed on
this occasion. Five hundred dollars is a snug sum to realize during these hard times and it is but fair to presume that the personal
attractions of the ladies, together with the elegance of their wares, have been the causes which produced so magical an effect on the
pockets of the purchasers.
|Miners Journal of September 3, 1841
THE CAMP MEETING AT SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The Camp Meeting at Schuylkill Haven this week, we learn has been well attended and been productive of much and abiding good. To the
imagination of a religious enthusiast, there is something about worship in the open air, far from the habitation of man, peculiarly primitive
and yet forcible. There, the fleeting pleasures and vanities of this life are more thoroughly divested of their gay and deceptive
trappings. There, the mind with many is more disposed to hold commune with pure and holy objects. There, the rustling of the leaves as
they are embraced by the sighing wind and the murmur of the rivulet is lost in the earnest tones of the preacher or in the choral strains of
thanksgiving and praise. We like the Methodists and we like their camp meetings. May they increase in numbers and may their sphere of
|The Call of February 14, 1902
STRANDED ACTORS - East Lynne Company Left Penniless in Our Town Last Week
Expected $150 Houses, Curtain Rose on Three Spectators One Night and Empty House the Next
The East Lynne Theatrical Company which was billed to appear at the local opera house on Friday and Saturday evenings of last week
went up against some very hard luck in this town and were left stranded here. The manager of the company had expected a $150 house
on Friday night but when it came time to ring up the curtain there were only three paid admissions in the house and he directed that their
money be refunded to the three disappointed ticket buyers. The troupe, unable to secure quarters here trolleyed to Pottsville and spent
Friday night there. On Saturday they tried to boom business but the curtain rose on an empty house and the troupe found themselves
stranded and without a cent.
The manager skipped the town and one of the ladies of the company who had enough money to pay her car fare went home. The other
members of the company, three women and five men, spent the time until Monday as best they could. Through the efforts of some of our
warm hearted citizens the women were cared for and provided with railway tickets to reach home. These citizens also organized a benefit
for the stranded troupe and on Monday night the company produced East Lynne to a fair sized audience in Metamora Hall. The proceeds
were sufficient to pay the company's bills and enable the men of the troupe to get to their homes, the women having been provided for.
One of the actors, Hendricks, was fortunate enough when things looked bluest, to secure the appointment as advance agent for the
Hogan's Alley Company and he left Schuylkill Haven with a lighter heart than the other members of the troupe, although all were glad to be
able to get back to their homes.
|The Call of February 21, 1902
SERIOUSLY INJURED BY COASTERS -W. P. Berkheiser an Aged Resident Run Into by Sled
As a result of the dangerous sport of coasting, W. P. Berkheiser, one of our oldest and most respected citizens, today lies on a bed of pain
and his injuries may have a fatal termination because of his advanced age. Last Friday evening shortly after dark, a heavily loaded sled
came down saint peter Street at a rapid rate of speed. The boys went merrily along until they reached a point directly in front of Mr.
Berkheiser's home. He was crossing the street unmindful of the near approach of the sled and was struck and knocked down. The
injured man was carried to his own home where he promptly received medical attention. He was rendered unconscious and was badly
bruised. Mr. Berkheiser is 82 years of age.
|The Call of May 2, 1902
ALMOST A FATALITY - Clayton and Alden Maberry Seriously Injured by a Fall
Were Assisting Mother to Move - Porch Railing Gave Way as They Were Hoisting Heavy Bureau
Although both are seriously injured, Clayton and Alden Maberry of town, on Wednesday had a narrow escape from death. Their mother,
Mrs. Catherine, widow of the late Joseph Maberry, has moved back from Philadelphia to the former home at Schuylkill Haven, her
household furniture having arrived Tuesday evening. This was being removed to the Zimmerman dwelling on Dock Street, Spring
Garden, which Mrs. Maberry will occupy. Her sons had placed straps around a large bureau and were in the act of hoisting it to the
second story porch when the banister gave way, precipitating the young men and bureau to the pavement, a distance of about fifteen feet.
As a result of their terrible fall, Alden's ankle was broken as were also several bones in his foot. Clayton's back was badly bruised by the
fall, his right wrist sprained and his face slightly cut. Both received a number of other bruises and were very badly shaken up. For a time
it was feared they had sustained internal injuries. They are rapidly recovering under the excellent care of Dr. Dechert.
Both of the injured men are unmarried. Clayton had resided with his mother in Philadelphia and had only arrived in town Tuesday evening.
He was removed to the home of his brother, Edward. Alden had resided here fro some time and boarded with his brother Charles, where
he is now being cared for. He is employed as a brakeman on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
|The Call of November 20, 1913
ABOUT INCREASE OF ADMISSION
There has been considerable discussion as to the increase of prices for basketball. Some few former patrons declare they will not pay
twenty five cents to see a game of basketball in this town, others declare the price has been raised simply to increase the profits for the
association and to make up for the small net receipts of the recent baseball season. In answer to both these statements, it can be said
that the twenty five cent admission will be paid by each patron during this season if he is desirous of witnessing first class basketball
games. If the association finds that the attendance falls off to too great an extent the admission will be reduced and at the same time the
quality of teams it is proposed to be play will be changed. It will be possible to play but high school teams and scrub games on a fifteen
cent basis. As to the association making money out of the game, careful inquiry will show that the members of the association have not
taken hold of either baseball or basketball with the idea of making money but simply to give the town both summer and winter athletics.
It has been stated in these columns heretofore that the cost of conducting basketball has considerably increased. This is due to the fact
that visiting teams demand higher guarantees than heretofore. Under these conditions there remained but one thing to do, that was to
ask a higher admission fee. Schuylkill Haven demands and must have the best in sports. This is true in baseball as well as basketball
attractions. In order to procure good teams, high prices must be paid them. Basketball teams on small guarantees can be secured but
their class of basketball surely would not interest r satisfy Schuylkill Haven rooters.
This town for years charged fifteen cents for basketball when other towns in the county charged a quarter. With the increased guarantees
and the extra fast teams which will be placed on the floor this year, fifteen cent basketball is entirely out of the question. Other towns, in
fact every other town in the county and the majority of towns in the state where good basketball games are given, demand and have
demanded twenty five cents right along. The admission is not raised to be in the same class as other towns but of necessity on account
of the increased expense of putting on this popular sport.
|The Call of May 22, 1914
SMASHED AUTO TO SAVE CHILDREN
Ray Reed, who recently received a 1914 Ford touring car, badly damaged the same last week in order to save running over a number of
children. As Mr. Reed came around the corner of the alley in the rear of his home he noticed a number of children rapidly approaching on
a self constructed horseless carriage. It was no more than the four wheels of a spring wagon nailed together with boards. There being
no way provided to guide the vehicle, it ran from side to side in the alley. The sudden approach on a wagon such as this and the alley
being very narrow, Mr. Reed in order to avoid running down the children turned the machine as close to the fence as possible and in
doing so smashed the front part of the car. The children and their vehicle escaped without injury.
The above should be a warning to these children and other children of the town who are in the habit of occupying the street and highway
of this borough with express wagons, velocipedes and other rudely, self constructed vehicles to confine themselves either to their yards
or private lots. In order to avoid accidents which are sure to occur sooner or later, parents should take more notice in knowing the
whereabouts of their youngsters.
|The Call of May 22, 1925
SUNDAY BASEBALL STOPPED BY POLICE
Sunday afternoon one of the local baseball teams took possession of the ball diamond in the West Ward and a contest with a visiting team
was being enjoyed by a number of spectators. Officer Brown, however, was notified and he promptly cleared the field. The teams
finished their contest at the Connor Ball Park. The officers state baseball games on this diamond on Sundays will not be tolerated. The
next repetition of an occurrence of this kind will mean the arrest of ball players and spectators.
|The Call of April 10, 1925
FELL DOWN ELEVATOR SHAFT
John Long of Union Street, aged 74 years, night watchman at the R. J. Hoffman Knitting Mill, in some manner as yet unexplained, fell down
the elevator shaft Friday morning last sometime between two and three o'clock. He is confined to bed and suffered considerable pain
during the week. It is believed he escaped internal injuries and it is not thought any bones were broken. His cries for help were heard by
all night operators at the knitting machines. Tracing them to the elevator shaft they were horrified to find his body at the bottom of the
shaft. How he came to get through the screens or guards at the entrance of the elevator or from what floor he fell, Mr. Long does not
seem to remember. It is not thought his injuries are of a serious nature.
|The Call of June 19, 1903
A SPLENDID CIRCUS - Welsh Brothers Big Show Witnessed By Two Immense Audiences
Welsh Brothers' Circus arrived in town early Sunday morning and its camping ground out on Haven Street was the mecca toward which all
who had leisure wended their way until midnight on Monday when the caravan folded its tents and headed for Mahanoy City. Welsh
Brothers' Circus is bigger and better than ever and the immense audiences that witnessed the afternoon and evening performances
were highly delighted. There are bigger shows but somehow Welsh Brothers seem to have the most intelligent and best trained troupes
of performing horses and dogs, the most graceful bareback riders, the most daring trapeze and aerial performers and the most comical
clowns. The troupe of Japanese acrobats was the best ever seen here, the clown band kept the audience convulsed with laughter and
the side show was fully up to the standard. That the show was appreciated was attested by the fact that at the evening performance,
every one of the five thousand seats in the big tent was occupied and a lot of spectators who were unable to secure seats had to stand.
|The Call of August 7, 1903
$10,000 DAMAGE SUIT - Fred Hinkle Brings Action Against the Borough of Schuylkill Haven
He Claims to Be Illegally and Forcibly Detained in the Smallpox Hospital From December 3 to 15, 1902
George F. Striegel, Esquire, on Wednesday afternoon entered suit in the Prothonotary's office in behalf of Fred Hinkle versus the
Borough of Schuylkill Haven. Hinkle, who is seventy years of age, seeks to recover $10,000 damages from the municipality for physical
and mental suffering endured by being illegally and forcibly detained in the pest house at Schuylkill Haven during the winter of 1902.
Hinkle alleges he was taken to the pest house December 3 of that year as a smallpox patient. He avers that he did not have smallpox
prior to that time, at that time nor since then. He was discharged on the 15th of the same month.
|Pottsville Republican of May 22, 1896
A DEAD BABY FOUND
Yesterday morning about seven o'clock, as Mr. Prior, the milkman, was coming to Pottsville to supply his customers, he saw on the
turnpike this side of the Seven Stars tavern, a pine box with a top nailed on. He got out of his wagon and picked it up, bringing it as far as
South Pottsville, where he opened it in the presence of a gentleman who is one of his customers. The contents of the box proved to be
the body of a stillborn child, which Mr. Prior was advised to hand over to the police authorities. Upon the advice of Squire Reed, Coroner
Quail was telegraphed to and the box with its contents entrusted to Mr. John F. Gressang. The coroner reached Pottsville on the noon
train and at once summoned a jury. Squire Morgan Reed gave testimony which has probably furnished the clue to the child's identity. He
says that about eight o'clock Saturday night a man named James Lavelle, of Schuylkill haven, came to his office to take advice. Lavelle
was in a very bad humor and stated that Father McDermott had refused to allow him to bury in the Catholic graveyard a stillborn child of
his wife's, although he owned a lot in the cemetery. He claimed that he had brought the child up for burial and notified the sexton to dig a
grave for it. The Squire told him to return to Pottsville this morning, to speak to the priest in a calm manner and he would probably obtain
permission to bury the child. If he was still refused permission, then to go and dig the grave himself on his own lot and bury the baby.
The Squire was corroborated by Fred S. Shelly, who heard part of Lavelle's statements. The coroner adjourned the hearing until 9:30
o'clock this morning when Lavelle will be present.
|The Call of December 30, 1965
CAR GOES OVER BANK, FOUR YOUTHS INJURED
Four teenage boys from the Schuylkill Haven area were injured and three of them were admitted to the Pottsville Hospital following a one
car accident yesterday about 1:15 a. m. on the Adamsdale-Schuylkill Haven Road near Miller's Pond. Kerry Bair, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs.
William Bair, Cressona, suffered scalp wounds, cuts of the head requiring numerous stitches, cuts on the face, loss of a front tooth and an
injury to the left leg. James Steele, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Steele, Deer Lake, had injuries to the head, scalp wounds, bruises and a
leg injury. James Fisher, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Fisher Jr., 900 North Warren Street in Orwigsburg sustained cuts of the eyes, ears
and head. Ray Hoover, 17, son of Mrs. Anna Hoppes, Friedensburg, driver of the car, suffered cuts of the forehead and injuries to the
knee but was not admitted to the hospital.
The boys are reported to have been coming from Ann's Sub Shop and going to Friedensburg to the Hoover home for Steele to get his car.
The boys, riding in a Corvair, state they were forced off the highway by a car approaching in the wrong lane. The Corvair went over an
embankment, hit a telegraph pole, knocking down the wires and setting them afire. When going over the bank, the car overturned and
the engine located in the rear of the car was thrown to the front over the top of the car. The vehicle was split in two, with the two
sections landing ten feet apart.
It is believed the Steele boy riding in the back, was thrown out of the vehicle. The Fisher boy was found lying unconscious under a piece
of the car's door. The boys went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Devine and Mrs. Jennie Bowen, where they were given emergency
first aid and their parents contacted. They were taken to the hospital by the Fisher boy's father.
|The Call of April 20, 1967
LEONARD MATZ INJURED BY MORTAR FIRE
Army Specialist Leonard W. Matz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Knarr of Schuylkill Haven RD2, suffered shrapnel injuries last week when his
company came under enemy mortar attack in Viet Nam. Matz, a member of the 196th Light Infantry brigade suffered metal fragment
wounds to the back, neck, foot and shoulder. The attack came while the 4,000 man brigade airlifted from its base at Tay Ninh, 55 miles
northwest of Saigon in War Zone C near the Cambodian border to action at Chi Lai on the coast in Quang Ngai Province, 350 miles
northeast of Saigon. The 1962 Blue Mountain High School graduate was treated at a naval support hospital and transferred to a hospital
in Japan for five weeks of further treatment. Matz has been in Viet Nam since August 15, 1966 after sailing from Boston July 15. He was
drafted into the Army on September 28, 1965 and would have finished his two year hitch and been home two months early at the end of
this July. Matz generally worked as a mechanic in the base camp for the 196th, but had been on road patrol and served as an assitant to
the medics on several occasions. He had the good fortune to see both Bob Hope and Nancy Sinatra during their holiday entertainment
|The Call of May 18, 1967
ANOTHER LANDMARK PASSES - 100 Year Old Barn Being Razed
Another old landmark in Schuylkill haven is being torn down to make room for a modern one story garage. The following story about the
building is told by Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Kamp, the present owners. The building, the former Harry Loy barn, is at least 100 years old and
is located on the property of Franklin and Esther (Koch) Kamp, Margaretta Street. The Kamps purchased the property from the Mary A.
Deibert Estate. The Deiberts had purchased it from Henry Fry and John Jacob Bohrman, executor and trustee of the will of Valentine Fry.
It is said that Fry was in the livery stable business and had mules used when the Schuylkill Canal wa sin operation. December 1, 1908,
Mary Deibert purchased the property and after her death the Deibert Estate had charge, the children being former Chief of Police W.
Frank Deibert, Lydia Fisher, Mary Neiman, Katie Meck and Tillie Loy.
HOUSED TEN HORSES Harry Loy, husband of Tillie Loy, leased the building from the estate and used it for housing his horses. Mrs. Kamp
can remember him having as many as ten horses in this building at one time. Loy had an office at the old Pennsylvania Railroad station.
Not too many years ago this building was destroyed by fire. At his office he had his coal yards and today you can still find remains of the
bins where the coal was dumped after being brought in by railroad cars. Coal was store din the bins until orders were received. The
horses and wagons kept in the Loy barn were used to deliver coal. Four of the last horses kept in the Loy building were named Dick,
Kate, Fred and Ellie. Dick was a very pleasant horse around children. Fred was the opposite. Around the kiddies he was very ugly and at
night he would get so cross he would kick and knock down pieces of wood from in front of his stall. The neighbors and the Browns who
were renting the home the Kamps now live in would often call Mrs. Kamp's father Milton Koch, or another one of Loy's workmen, and
complain about the noise the horse was making. Dick and Fred were used for hauling and plowing the field where the Argo bleachery is
LOY'S EMPLOYEES Men who worked for Loy included Clayton Witman, now working in Schuylkill Haven; Guy Moyer now a shovel operator
in construction; Carl Loy, Orwigsburg, a brother to Harry; William Brown, Schuylkill Haven now employed at Alcoa; Luther Hasenauer,
operated a store in Pottsville until his death several months ago; Stanley Bair, Schuylkill Haven businessman; Clarence Bair, "Tiny," now
employed by Stanley Bair and Milton Koch, deceased. John Patterson of Carlisle and Mark Gipe of town along with "Washer" Kelly and his
brother, Gogg, will remember the riding horses, Kate and Nellie. The medicine closet is still in the same place in the building as it was
years ago. This was used to keep a supply of medicine for the horses. In the front of the building is a ladder to the second floor which
was used to put hay in the feed bins. In the rear of the building are steps leading to the second floor. The stalls and the loading platform
are still intact.
AT CHRISTMAS The horse, "Kate," was used every Christmas by Milton Koch who would transport Santa Claus in the Christmas parade
which was led by a band. If there was snow they used a sled. If the roads were bare, they put wheels on. Koch would meet Santa at Town
Hall and then take him to the Pennsylvania National Bank (then the First National Bank) where Santa would greet the children and give a
short speech. After that they would go to the East Ward school where men from the Rotary Club would distribute oranges and bars of
candy. Santa was portrayed by Frank Lessig who lived on Columbia Street. Loy had the contract to dig out the home for Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Schwartz on Naffin Avenue. He used a big scoop pulled by the horses. Gradually Loy sold the horses and turned to using trucks in
his business. The last horses housed in the building in February of 1946 were those belonging to Hen Stoyer and George Seiler.
|The Call of May 28, 1968
JACK DREY WOUNDED IN VIET NAM ACTION
Jack Drey of Schuylkill Haven, who in January returned to Viet Nam for a second tour of duty, is hospitalized in Viet Nam with wounds of
both legs suffered in hostile action. Drey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Drey of 261 East Liberty Street, received a telegram from the War
Department Saturday morning informing them of their son's injuries which occurred Sunday May 19. The telegram states he suffered
fragment wounds to both legs during night defense when hit by fragments from hostile mortars.
A 1964 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Drey enlisted in 1965 and had previously served in Viet Nam for one year. He reenlisted
and spent the Christmas holidays with his parents before returning to Viet Nam in January. Since his return to action his parents had not
heard from him until Friday when they received their first letter. Drey wrote in his letter that there was more fighting this time then when
he was there before. He is serving with the 101st Airborne, 17th Cavalry. Drey is due to have rest leave in June and his six months tour
in Viet Nam is to terminate in July.
|The Call of June 20, 1968
VIET NAM CASUALTY RETURNS HOME
Jack Drey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Drey, 261 East Liberty Street in Schuylkill Haven, who on May 19 was wounded while on duty in Viet
Nam, arrived home Tuesday for a month's leave. Drey, who has been awarded the Purple Heart, suffered a fracture of the left knee and
back injuries when hit by fragments from hostile mortars. Two of his buddies were killed at the time. After being wounded, Drey was
hospitalized in Japan before being sent to Fort Dix where he will return after his leave at home. A 1964 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High
School, Drey enlisted in 1965 and had previously served in Viet Nam for one year. He reenlisted and spent the Christmas holidays with his
parents before returning to Viet Nam in January.
|The Call of July 13, 1906
Miss Sallie Batdorf, a prominent young lady who resides with her mother, Mrs. Ida Batdorf, in the South Ward, was terribly burned on
Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Batdorf is a dressmaker and the daughter was in the back yard burning scraps of paper and dress goods which
had accumulated. The wind carried some of the scraps off the fire and in attempting to gather these, Miss Batdorf accidentally switched
her skirts into the fire. Her dress of light summer material was a mass of flames in a moment and she ran screaming to the pump where
she tried to outen the flames with a bucket of water. Finding that she could not reach the back of her dress, she rolled in the grass trying
to smother the fire. Failing in this, she ran back to the house, where her mother who heard the screams, tore and cut the clothing from
her back and carried her tenderly to bed. Dr. Heim was hastily summoned. The flesh from her knees to her head was badly burned. At
last report Miss Batdorf was still living but was very weak and no hope was entertained for her recovery. The family is in such straits that
financial aid would be highly appreciated.
|The Call of March 16, 1906
STOPPED A RUNAWAY
During the height of the snowstorm on Thursday morning, one of Dr. Dechert's horses, that had been left unattended for a moment in
front of the doctor's office, took a notion to run away. He started up Main Street at a good gait. Just in front of the Call office, Mrs. A. H.
Kline was crossing the street directly in the horse's path. Taking her umbrella she rapidly opened and closed it in front of the
approaching animal and succeeded in so greatly checking his speed that Lee McWilliams, who happened by, was able to grasp the bridle
and bring him to a stop. Superintendent W. H. Mellon, who was also near at hand, drove the horse back to the doctor's office.
|The Call of October 2, 1903
FIRST FOOTBALL GAME Schuylkill Haven's Eleven Tied With Pottsville High School Team
The Schuylkill Haven Football Club played the first game of the season on the home grounds with the Pottsville High School Club on
Saturday afternoon last. Neither team was in its best form but they played a good game. Schuylkill Haven managed to score a touchdown
just before the close of the first half and to even matters up, Boone kicked a goal from the field for Pottsville. In the second half the line
bucking of Gangloff, Losch, Daddow and Stevenson and the end running of Weaver were the features of the game. The score was
Pottsville High School - 5 and Schuylkill Haven - 5.
Schuylkill Haven players were: Guertler, left end; Hill, left tackle; Schwilk, left guard; Waddell, center; Staller, right guard; Fetter and
Wildermuth, right tackles; Steinbrunn, right end; Moser, quarterback; Losch and R. Wildermuth, halfbacks and Gangloff, fullback.
|The Call of July 12, 1935
HEAVY RAIN CAUSES FLOOD DAMAGE ALL OVER TOWN
A fifteen hour steady and unusually heavy downpour of rain from Tuesday midnight until three o'clock Wednesday afternoon, caused one
of the worst midsummer floods in the history of Schuylkill Haven. Not only were street swashed out in all sections of town, vegetable and
flower gardens badly damaged and in numerous cases, completely destroyed, but the borough electric light plant, for the first time in its
history, was flooded and put completely out of commission from 9:00 a. m. until 6:00 p. m.
The rain of Tuesday morning, afternoon and evening up until midnight, had greatly swollen the small creeks running through the town, as
well as having caused the Schuylkill River to assume a high water level. However, an almost continuous rainfall and for long periods at a
time the heaviest downpour in years, almost reaching cloud burst stage, turning creeks into veritable small rivers and sent up the
Schuylkill River to within eight inches of its highest water mark of several years ago.
The worst damage was suffered by the borough, for its only recently completed resurfacing and repair of streets were badly torn up in
numerous places. Added to this is the damage caused to the electric light plant machinery and the loss of revenue for the day. Only with
and through the use of the three borough fire department pumpers was the electric light department enabled to resume operation about
six o'clock, Tuesday evening. And then only to the extent of providing power and street lighting. The plant is located on the banks of the
creek known as the Almshouse Creek. With no chance for the water in the creek to spread, by reason of a fifty foot embankment of solid
rock on its one side, a veritable wall of water burst into the boiler room about nine o'clock. The water in a few minutes time had flooded
the entire boiler room to a depth of four and one half feet and naturally had put out the fires in the boilers. This caused an immediate
shutdown. Instruments registered the fact that the power went off about 9:30 o'clock. The engine room of the plant, about four feet
higher than the level of the boiler room, was covered with a foot or more of water and the numerous pits and tunnels leading to the three
engines, as well as the pit underneath the switchboard, all were flooded. The 17 foot pit of the ash conveyor in the boiler room filled to
the level with water in a few minutes time. The water rushed in from the creek to the boiler room, swept on through the engine room and
right out into the street.
\Little time was lost in preparations being made to resume operations. as soon as the water in the creek had subsided, the fire trucks
were on hand and began pumping out the water. Later the electric generator, mounted on a truck, the property of Ebinger Iron Works,
was called into service to dry the coils in the old Corliss engine. Extra men were put to work wiping and drying instruments and other
machinery. Along about three o'clock, sufficient steam had been generated but the coils on the engine had not been sufficiently dried.
About three thirty steam was turned into the steam chest and the ponderous 25 foot diameter wheel of this old standby engine, a Corliss
engine, in service since 1916, and the standby engine that had been put into service in recent years on numerous occasions, began to
whirl but by reason of some short circuit as a result of the drenching, current could not be generated. The 750 kw engine was then called
on to perform but before this was possible, more water had to be pumped out of the pit underneath. Current was finally available at 6 p. m.
CELLARS FLOODED The Almshouse Creek caused further damage all along its course through town. The cellar of the Christ Lutheran
Church on Dock Street was flooded. The gas main on Dock Street was broken at a point where the creek flows underneath the street.
Continuing on past the Stump garage, it flooded Berger Street and South Garfield Avenue. On Berger Street the cellars of Messrs.
Winters and Koch were filled and on South Garfield Avenue, the cellars of these persons were filled with water: Clarence Sterner Jr., Mrs.
Greenawald, Raymond Loy, Mrs. Mary Loy, Charles Gehrig and William Gehrig. The Harry Loy garage and all other garages in the rear of
South Garfield Avenue were flooded as were also the J. J. Lash tinsmith shop and garage. On Coal Street, the cellars of John Hinkle and
William Brown and of other properties on the street were filled with water.
DOCK STREET CELLARS FLOODED Dock Street from the Pennsylvania arch to Coal Street looked like a small sized river. This by reason of
the culvert and pipes that under very ordinary conditions take care of water of a creek that crosses Centre Avenue halfway between Dock
Street and the First Reformed Church. The culvert laid underneath the Pennsylvania arch has on several occasions been complained
about by reason of its not being of sufficient size to take care of the water of this creek and the surface water from Pennsylvania Avenue
and Stanton Street. The stream washed along the east side of the arch nd into Dock Street and on down Dock Street to Coal and to the
old docks. Quite a number of cellars on Dock Street were flooded as were also lots of properties on both sides of the street. The yards at
the properties of Harrison Miller and Mrs. Teter and Rudy Moyer, above the Pennsylvania arch, were under several feet of water and
were badly washed out and covered with muck.
RIVER ACROSS CENTER AVENUE Another good sized river of water washed across Center Avenue at the Hummel Garage. The water was
two or more feet deep about 10:00 a. m. Only one way traffic was possible and this for several hours, only ventured by large trucks.
Touring cars were lined up for the entire Center Avenue length and towards Connor's for quite a distance, as the drivers did not wish to
take the chance of having their machines flooded and becoming stalled.
DAMAGE ON GARFIELD AVENUE The river across Center Avenue was caused by the Garfield Avenue Creek having been turned into a
raging stream. This creek was swollen to several times its rainy weather size by reason of having its source in and draining the farms and
hilly section in the township above Willow Lake. Every property owner along this creek had his or her back yard uprooted and badly
damaged. At a point halfway down the stream, it left its banks and completely washed out Eaton Street which runs parallel to Garfield
Avenue. Near the Lehigh Valley Company's high railroad embankment, the two streams had to force their way through but the one
opening. This caused the water to back up into a number of yards and flooded the basement cellars of Calvin Snyder, John Mengle, Mr.
Heffner and Mr. Spangler. Some of these cellars had 18 inches of water. The progress of the water in the creek was considerably blocked
by reason of lumber from foot bridges in many yards laid across the creek, that were washed away. Up at Willow Lake a large bridge was
washed out and part of the concrete foundations washed away. Opposite Willow Lake, the water from the mountain at the rear of the
properties of Albinus Luckenbill and William Corby swept down through the yard and down the front steps in a young river size. This
continued down the entire length of Garfield Avenue, washing a deep gully for it, the entire length.
HEAVY DAMAGE AT BASHORE'S The large truck patch, flower and vegetable garden at the Bashore property, a short distance below
Willow Lake, and just about on the border line of the borough, was completely ruined and the owner will suffer a heavy loss. Shrubbery
as well as concrete retaining walls at this place was washed away. A chicken house from the Ney property above Bashore's was washed
down and further blocked the stream. Mr. Bashore had a large variety of vegetable as well as green truck and had given much labor and
time on their cultivation. He had the garden laid out in fine style and it had been a very pretty spot and is now a complete wreck in ruins.
PAXSON AVENUE DAMAGE Water from Fairmount and the Almshouse fields rushed down Paxson Avenue and the alleys to the rear of the
properties on both sides of this street to Haven Street, when the sewers were unable to carry off the sudden flood waters. The yards of a
number of the property owners in this section were flooded to a depth of several feet, uprooted and badly damaged. Several cellars
were also flooded. Crossing over Haven Street, the stream continued toward Dock Street and at the corner of Dock Street and Paxson
Avenue, it was several feet deep. It washed a considerable portion of the bank away alongside the Schuylkill River and one way traffic
was in order for the entire morning. With the flooded Paxson Avenue near Dock Street, the water backed into the yards of Arthur Yost
and George Saul, and when these were filled, swept across the concrete wall and dropped into the yard of the Editor, which is about four
feet below the level of the above named yards. In a few minutes time the Editor's flower garden was flooded to a depth of four and one
half feet at certain points. About one o'clock the Liberty Fire Company pumper was procured and the water pumped out. It required until
close to four o'clock before the greater part of the yard had been pumped out. The entire length of the yard and full width was under
water and instead of having the appearance of a flower garden it resembled more a swimming pool, with the tops of the high shrubs
sticking out along the water's edge. Properties at or near the corner of Paxson Avenue and Margaretta Street were flooded to a depth of
several feet. At the garage of the Editor, the water was three feet deep and its force and swift current forced open the garage doors and
swept into the yard, as if to make sure that the entire premises would be completely covered and that flowers in the garden would not
have to be sprinkled from time to time and many of them never again.
BALL DIAMOND FLOODED The old ball diamond along the Schuylkill River was again completely covered, the water rushing into and on it
at a point nearly opposite the rear of the Town Hall. When this abandoned ball park was flooded, the waters backed up and flooded many
gardens and yards along Jacques Street in the West Ward. The street too was badly torn up.
RIVER EIGHT INCHES LOWER High water marks established along the banks of the Schuylkill River two years ago during the late summer
flood were not reached. The river was just about eight inches below the previous high water mark. However, by reason of the frequent
very heavy downpours of rain, the several creeks running through the town rose more rapidly than in the previous flood and therefore
did more damage than heretofore.
SWIM IN CHURCH YARD It is a most unusual sight to see youngsters swimming in a church yard, yet that is just what was witnessed on
Dock Street about ten o'clock. The church yard of the Episcopal Church was covered to a depth of three to four feet of water.
Youngsters from the neighborhood soon found this out and attired in bathing suits, for a time enjoyed wading around in this very cold
water. The water from the church yard forced its way into the basement of the church and did considerable damage to the furniture of the
Sunday school room as well as damaging a small organ and other church and Sunday school supplies and equipment.
PUMPERS KEPT BUSY The fire company pumpers were kept busy for the entire day, Tuesday, as well as for a time during the early
evening pumping water out of cellars of residences and store rooms.
SCOUT ROOM FLOODED The Boy Scout cabin or headquarters for the Boy Scouts in the Christ Lutheran Church was flooded to a depth of
four feet. The water was pumped out Tuesday evening by one of the fire trucks. The extent of the damage to the Scout cabin cannot as
yet be determined. The Christ Lutheran Church lot, together with the adjoining property occupied by Reverend E. H. Smoll, were under
several feet of water for several hours. This section usually feels the effect of high water by reason of the Almshouse Creek flowing
through these properties. Tuesday, however, the property was flooded to a greater depth and covered a larger area than at any previous
time. This was due to two causes: a greater rush of water and the fact that several large logs became blocked in the passageway beneath
Dock Street and with other refuse caused a blockade.
REFORMED CHURCH YARD COVERED The church property in front of the First Reformed Church was torn up by the force of the water
coming from several nearby creeks. For a time it was completely covered by water. Youngsters for a time enjoyed wading about in it.
SIXTY FOOT WATER DAM At the dip of the State Highway to Orwigsburg near the County Almshouse, the fields were covered with water to
a depth of three to twelve feet. The water covered an area of 60 to 75 feet deep and gave the appearance of a large dam in that section.
FAMILIES WERE MOVED OUT All cellars on Parkway connected with the sewers were flooded, the water backing up. The home of Mrs.
Deibler on Railroad Street was filled with water and damage of course resulted. As there is no creek or stream of any kind near this
property, the family and neighbors are still trying to determine just what caused the cellar of this home to fill up with water.
Down on the lower section of the South Ward, it was again necessary for a number of families to move out of their homes. The water as
usual backed east from the Schuylkill River or "Eck" section of the Flat. It backed up on Saint James Street as far as Columbia Street but
was not over this street. The entire area south of Market Street, from Saint James to Saint Charles, was under several feet of water. On
Saint James Street water was within one and a half inches of getting into the Columbia Machine and Fix It Shop. The place was
surrounded by two or more feet of water. Penn Street properties were surrounded and lots were covered with about two feet of water.
Two feet of water covered this entire section from Saint James to Saint Charles Street and all the growing vegetable gardens and truck
patches were completely ruined. This because they are now covered with several inches of muck and coal dirt. It will require several
years before these gardens can be expected to produce very much in the way of vegetables. These families on Penn Street were taken
out of their homes in autos about 9:00 a. m. when water was about a foot deep around their homes: Mrs. Koch, earl Drey, John Noecker,
Harry Neidlinger, Albert Confehr, Clarence Reed, Mary Coup, Charles Wildermuth, Isaac Ney and Joe Smith.
LOTS COVERED THREE FEET Properties south of Penn Street were covered with at least three feet of water and the gardens totally
ruined. Many of the property owners in this section of the town had been looking forward to harvesting worthwhile crops of various
kinds of vegetables. Their hopes have been blasted to a great degree as it is said the coal dirt muck that now covers the ground causes
the plants to die and rot. These families were also moved out of their homes about nine o'clock: Mrs. Weaver, Joe Bensinger, Alice
Wildermuth, Kate Yost, Charles Smith and Jack Harner.
WATER IN CELLARS The section of the South ward above Saint Charles and south of Penn Street was also under water. These properties
had water in their cellars but not to the depth of several years ago: Mr. Miller, Miles Moyer, Harry Ankerbrandt, John Kramer, Warren
Felty, Charles Roeder, Harvey Heinbach and Bud Becker.
DAMAGE ALONG CENTER AVENUE The Garfield Avenue creek worked heavy damage, not only along its course from the borough line to
Center Avenue, in washing out cribbing,m foot bridges, upsetting toilets, chicken pens and what not, but did considerable damage at the
point where it crosses under Center Avenue. Instead of crossing under Center Avenue a considerable body of water crossed over the
top. The Hummel Garage is built directly over the creek. The water in the creek is believed to have risen five feet in two hours time. The
creek emerges from the culvert underneath the Lehigh Railroad embankment just about fifteen feet from the rear of the Hummel Garage.
Fortunately this building is of brick and there are no rear doors. The water washed up against the building and then was turned to the
side where it washed out along the building, covered the adjoining lot of Robert Gehrig to a several foot depth, destroying the garden
and hedge. The water then crossed Center Avenue. At times it was two to three feet in depth.
The heavy planking in the Hummel Garage, put down on top of concrete, was forced loose by the force of the water. A heavy log coming
down the stream crashed through one of the windows and this left in a stream of water into the garage and covered the floor to a depth
of a foot or more. The water rushed out the front of the garage.
The stream seemed to have unusual, swift and powerful current. Some idea may be gained from the fact that concrete blocks at the rear
of the Hummel Garage were washed across the street and found at the rear of the lots on the other side of Center Avenue. The stream
crossing Center Avenue washed into the property of Joseph Maberry. The pavement was undermined to a depth of six feet for a space of
at least seven by ten feet. The concrete retaining wall on the Maberry side of the creek was soon washed out and the water flooded the
yard. In a short time it had undermined and swept away a concrete foundation wall supporting an enclosed porch. The brick wall on the
opposite side of the stream or along the Schuylkill Haven Body and Fender Works was washed away. Fortunately the wall of this plant is
of concrete and this prevented any great damage to the plant basement. The Maberry property occupied by Joseph Smith had about six
feet of water while other nearby properties, those of Harold Sheaffer and Floyd Mattern had six and four feet of water. Other nearby
cellars as well as the yards were flooded. The Brownmiller Body Works did not suffer any great damage although it adjoins the Hummel
Garage. Water to about a foot in depth backed into the plant. Several truck loads of lumber have been hauled away from near the
Hummel Garage, the same having been washed down from Garfield Avenue. The alley running parallel to center Avenue and along the
railroad bank was cut up as if a steam shovel had been working on it.
FLOOD NOTES The cellar of John Bubeck's store on Center Avenue was filled and a considerable amount of stock ruined. A number of
homes on Center Avenue in the vicinity of the Bubeck store had water in their cellars to several feet in depth as the result of the
overflowing of the creek which passed underneath Center Avenue. As the result from the water from North Berne Street rushing to
Columbia Street, that entire section was covered by water a foot or more in depth and came within an inch of flooding the display room of
the Earl Stoyer Garage. Had the water in the engine room of the electric light plant risen nine to twelve inches higher, the windings on
the turbine engines would have become water soaked and no doubt damaged beyond repair. This would have made it impossible to
operate either one of the turbine engines for several days or a week. The Corliss steam engine would then have had to be put into
operation. At some points along the Schuylkill River, between the railroad bridge and the Columbia Street bridge, the river was within
nine to fourteen inches of overflowing the banks. Had this occurred, the flood damage in the South Ward , particularly properties along
West Main Street, would have been exceptionally severe. Early Wednesday morning, the employees at the light plant had the plant
looking quite spic and span again. Except for damp spots in the concrete flooring, there was little evidence of the dirty and muddy water
that had been washed in and through the plant. Cellars in home son Columbia Street just naturally had water again but these cellars have
had water every time there is a heavy rainfall. This condition has existed since the heavy flood back in the eighties. Many cellars in
these homes are never without water, the same seems to back in from the river several blocks away.
|The Call of August 25, 1933
HEAVY RAINFALL CAUSES DAMAGING FLOOD IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The heaviest rainfall in many years, a part of the tropical hurricane that first struck the Virginia Capes and moved rapidly up the Atlantic
Coast, visited Schuylkill Haven and this section Tuesday and Wednesday, and did considerable public and private property damage. The
Schuylkill River is said to have been 14 inches higher than on September 29, nine years ago. It is also said that the bed of the river has ,
within the past several years, been washed out at some places at least four feet, so that this river overflowing its banks at one point, can
be said to have been at least five feet higher than for many years.
Wednesday evening at nine o'clock, telephone service here was disrupted when the cable which lies underground near Coal Street and
South Garfield Avenue went bad. It was not until late Thursday afternoon that this service was effective and this was accomplished by the
stringing of many overhead wires from one end of the cable to the other. Cablemen were still at work on this line on Friday afternoon.
The cable contained at least three hundred wires, accommodating 1250 subscribers, also the trunk lines to Pottsville and Reading.
At nine o'clock by the settling of the approach from Dock Street to the Broadway bridge, a water pipe was broken, so that the West Ward
was without water service. Early on Thursday morning a large gas pipe on Dock Street, which runs through the large stone culvert which
accommodates the creek, was broken and the town has been without gas service up to this time. The breaking of this pipe
inconvenienced many housewives and several cold meals were eaten and baths taken in cold water.
The Schuylkill River became a raging and swiftly moving body of water early Wednesday afternoon. In the evening and until Thursday
morning, its roar could be heard for some distance away. This was quite unusual for Schuylkill haven people to hear its only river, usually
a slow moving, sluggish body of water, aroused now and making a sound like the real Niagara Falls, heard several squares from the falls.
The river actually broke through its banks at but one point in town, but that one point was enough. It was along the ball park, about
opposite the Town Hall. The break occurred during the night and by 7:00 a. m. a fast moving good sized river was washing onto
Manbeck's ball ground and Island Park. Water to a depth of several feet rushed through a wide opening. Trees were uprooted, river
wash and dirt and muck were washed onto the ball field. Deep ruts were worn at some places and the entire field, not alone the diamond,
was covered with water to a depth of from one to six feet. It had the appearance of a large lake. Washing in on the Dock Street side, it
washed out on the opposite or railroad side. A great amount of water backed up into the "Flat" or the residential section of the West
Ward. The entire Island Park has been left with a thick covering of muck and mud. There will be no ballgame this Saturday and it is
doubtful if there will be any more games on this diamond this season. This by reason of the entire field being very badly damaged. Some
lumber from the field was washed away. One of the players dugouts or score keepers box was upturned by the swift current. The entire
field is covered with mud several inches thick. Trees and other debris have been washed on it and from appearances Friday morning, a
very considerable sum of money will be required to put it back anywhere near the fine condition it had been in. This applies to the entire
The cable bridge at the foot of Saint Peter Street became covered with water in its center, along about midnight and about four o'clock, it
was entirely covered and a portion was carried away by the constant battering it received from heavy timbers brought down the river.
Most of the flooring has been carried away. The concrete pier near the ball park seems to have been undermined as it stands on an
angle. The heavy cables are still fastened at both end piers but are twisted. The pier on the Saint Peter Street side has been split and
the front portion looks as if it would pull away from the main portion. All day long, autos were parked along Dock Street and the rear of
Main Street, many coming from a distance, with people watching the unusual and the most spectacular of all the flood sights in town,
namely the river tearing its way down the channel, the lake on the ball park, the bridge, the churning waters near the railroad bridge at
the foot of Saint John Street. It was a sight that will long be remembered and has not been equalled in many years.
Over in the West Ward water backing up from the ball park completely surrounded the homes of Mrs. Zimmerman, Mrs. Vera Sterner and
Mrs. Lizzie Fehr. In the Sterner home the water reached the third step leading to the second floor. The family was taken out at 5:00 a. m.
Water covered the first floor in the other two homes but had considerably receded by three o'clock, Wednesday afternoon, leaving a mud
covered floor. On Jacques Street the water came up as far as the Frank McKeone garage. This meant that the cellars of the homes of
Bridget Gray, who lives at the lower end, then Joe Morro, William McGlone, Fred Merlino were flooded. Water reached the first floor in
the home of Bridget Gray. Morro and McGlone had water in the first floor of their homes. Gardens were badly damaged. Contents of the
cellars were destroyed or badly damaged. Water reached the first floor of the home of Miss Rose Carlin near the railroad. As early as ten
o'clock Wednesday evening, water began oozing into the front of the house from the adjoining property. It covered the entire first floor
and the furniture was moved to the second floor. By three o'clock Thursday afternoon it had subsided sufficiently to replace the goods.
Along Broadway, water from the Schuylkill River, flowing at the rear of the properties, had soaked through the yard and was running out
the front gate or through the fence onto the street into the cellars of property owners.
By 2:00 a. m. Wednesday the water had probably reached its highest point in the West Ward, when it stood eighteen inches deep in the
garage of James Rooney. Cellars of Joe Dallago, Bob Dallago, James Rooney, James McCord, ed McCord, Joe McGlinchey, Elmer Sterner
and Patrick Carr on Broadway were flooded. Water came into the gas plant on this same street but was not of sufficient depth to interfere
with the operation of the machinery. A large and old willow tree to the rear of Broadway and along the very edge of the Schuylkill River,
several weeks ago was struck by lightning and split through. Wednesday afternoon at four o'clock, a large section having a diameter of
about 28 inches, fell over and the branches came through the roof of a summer kitchen and struck Mrs. George Sterner upon her head.
With her were Marion Walck and Evelyn Sterner but they were not injured.
Out in Spring Garden, South Garfield Avenue was covered with water to a depth of several feet. A portion of the street from Dock to
Garfield Avenue was also covered with several feet of water. The water flowed over the porch of Alvin Winter and Milton Koch on this
street and of course filled the cellars. The homes of Clarence Sterner, Harry Shirey, Frank Gipe, Jim Lash, Raymond E. Loy, Mrs. Mary R.
Loy and Charles and William Gehrig on South Garfield Avenue were surrounded by water which reached a three foot depth at some places.
Cellars were filled and little of their contents was saved because the water rose so rapidly, backing in from the Schuylkill River and the
creek which runs under Dock Street. The water covered this street early Wednesday evening. In the Gehrig properties, the entire first
floors were also inundated by the water. In the George Stump Garage there was several inches of water but in the adjoining building,
formerly portion of the Berger Mill, it did not reach the floor, the building being somewhat higher. In this building, the Reed Brothers had
stored a large quantity of yarns, merchandise and supplies. It was not damaged and was removed during Thursday.
At the Lewis Dress Garage on Dock Street, the water backed up and he had two and a half feet of water in the basement. Harry F. Loy
moved his trucks from his garage to the rear of South Garfield Avenue at midnight and shortly thereafter Raymond E. Loy vacated the car
from his garage. However water swept away a 35 gallon drum of roof paint, some ladders and window sash, the property of the first
mentioned. The water on this street rose four and a half feet in three quarters of an hour and then during the morning dropped and rose
again at intervals, until about two o'clock Thursday afternoon when it began to recede. Out on Willow Street water from the nearby creek
flooded the field and onto the street. The flower garden of Oliver Campbell was badly damaged and water filled the cellars of Mr.
Campbell and H. W. Wagner adjoining. The water tore up the street pretty badly at spots.
Down on West Main Street water backed into or soaked through into the basement of the Meck Knitting Mill where was stored
merchandise, yarns and material. It reached a depth of a foot or more between seven and eight o'clock. All the material was gotten out
without any great damage. Water from the river came through between the Gipe Garage and Meck property and overflowed the street. In
the Gipe Garage, there was six to eight inches of water in the mechanical department in the rear and about four to five inches in the
front. It began to come in here at ten o'clock Thursday morning. John Gipe, residing next door, had three feet of water in his cellar, as
had also Robert Painter and William Quinter, Across the street the cellars of the homes of Mr. Watson, Harry Berger and Mr. Bell
contained water to a depth of several feet. The water dropped about one o'clock. Cellars of Charles Williams, E. R. Greenawald, Roy
Snyder and Harry Smith on this same street, had considerable water and their gardens were practically ruined. George Graver's house on
this street did not have any water in the cellar but the garden was destroyed. At least half the width of West Main Street from the Gipe
Garage to saint Charles Street was covered with water. Paul Christman and Mr. Wetzel on West Main Street had a considerable amount of
water in their cellars. At the Reider Shoe Factory, the water came within two inches of the first floor. The elevator shaft pit had four feet
of water in it and in the boiler house the water was over the fire door. A crew of men, by bailing for several hours, kept the water from
getting onto the floor of this plant. At one period at this plant, the water raised at the rate of an inch per minute.
The garage of Ernest Huling, next door, had about two and a half inches of water which backed in from a drain pipe. This building is built
somewhat higher and a concrete wall protects it. Water was several inches deep around the building during the early morning. The water
rose to within about two feet of the water space underneath the Columbia Street bridge. Bittle's Dam was several times its size.
Wednesday evening the water had overflowed South Berne Street at one point along the side of the dam. The concrete breast recently
placed at this dam by Paul Feeser withstood the severe strain put on it. The water remained high in the dam all day because its overflow
was blocked by the river nearby being terribly swollen. Columbia Street was covered with one to two feet of water from Saint James to
within 100 feet of Saint Charles Street. Cellars of George Yoder, George Kramer, William Hammerly, Ed Zettlemoyer, Adam Tobias and Paul
Hinnershitz were filled with water. On the other side of this street the cellars of Messrs. Wiley, Umbenhauer, Geary, Ney, Hartranft, Reed,
Fahl and Fenstermacher were filled to the top with water. The water backed up through the rear of the lots.
From the rear of the lots on the south side of Columbia Street, between Saint James and saint Charles Streets, clean down to Penn Street,
the section was under water, it having backed in from "The Eck," early on Thursday morning. It was several feet deep in places. The
water began to back up shortly after midnight. From a point near the Ketner Garage on Saint Charles Street south the section was under
several feet of water. The Scott Box Factory was entirely surrounded with water and it came to within several inches of lapping into the
first floor. The homes of Bud Becker, Mr. Heinbach, Ralph Strause, Messrs. Felty, Kramer, Ankenbrandt, Moyer and Jacoby were
surrounded and water destroyed much goods in the cellars. These homes are on Penn Street on the east side of saint Charles Street.
On the west side of Saint Charles Street on Penn Street, a number of the families had to be taken out early in the morning as the water
came into the first floor. The Bensinger and reed families moved at midnight while Nightlinger, Drey, Mrs. Koch, Alvin Confehr, Jack
Harner, Mr. Weaver, Mrs. Mary Neiswender and Bill Silliman families were taken out with boats at 5:30 Thursday morning. John Noecker,
residing on this street, would not move out as he didn't think it was necessary.Down at the Manbeck washery, at the foot of Parkway, a
great part of the place was under several feet of water. This plant is along the river. About 45 cars of fine coal stored on the premises
was washed into and down the river.
|The Call of October 3, 1924
HEAVY DAMAGE HEREABOUTS FROM WORST FLOOD SINCE 1892
A continuous downpour of rain for almost thirty hours Monday and Tuesday caused the worst flood since 1889 and caused damage of an
inestimable amount, not only in this community but the surrounding farming districts, other nearby towns and the entire eastern section
of Pennsylvania. The last high water in Schuylkill Haven which did considerable damage was on February 28, 1902. Previous to that date
the flood of December 15, 1901 was very destructive. The day after the Johnstown flood on June 1, 1889 was the next previous date of
the high water in this town during which time great damage was wrought.
During the afternoon hours on Monday the Schuylkill River through this town was noticed to be steadily rising but not until Tuesday
morning did the situation become alarming. In a few short hours the river had overflowed its banks in the South ward, backed into the
lowlands in this ward, flooded the cellar of most every house on Columbia, west Main, Saint Charles, Saint James and Penn Streets.
In the North Ward the creek crossing Willow Street had overflowed by reason of the tremendous amount of water flowing down from
Garfield Avenue. Willow Street was a small sized river and the cellars of every home flooded and in some instances the water reached
the first floor. The Almshouse Creek flowing underneath Dock Street had become swollen to such an extent that Berger and Coal Streets
were covered with several feet of water. In the West Ward the river broke through the embankment near the Buechley Lumber Yard and
followed the old canal bed, sweeping away the filled in portion where once a wooden bridge had been. The result was every house along
the old canal bed and every house nearby was flooded. With a continuous downpour of rain, efforts to prevent destruction and property
damage were futile. The river reached its highest point shortly after the noon hour. When word had been passed of the damage
wrought, hundreds of persons found time to visit the scene of destruction.
BROADWAY WASHED OUT Probably the single biggest item of damage to the borough and the one that may prove the most expensive to
replace is the portion of Broadway which was washed away between 10:00 and 11:30 Tuesday. At this point years ago a wooden bridge
spanned the Schuylkill Canal. This bridge was some years ago removed and the canal filled up. The continuation of Broadway in this
manner left a space between it and the cribbing along the Schuylkill River. Water soaking through this cribbing into this space soon
caused a deep small sized lake by reason of the fact that a drain pipe underneath this section of the street became blocked. This caused
the water to back up the spur of railroad tracks through the Buechley Lumber Yard and over the driveway in this yard to Broadway. The
street soon gave way in the canal bed. As the river continued to raise more water was washed over and through the cribbing and in a
short time a stream of water fully ten feet deep was rushing into the West Ward. As a result most every house on Quinn Street and
Jacques Street were flooded. In the Carlin house there was four feet of water on the first floor. The Monahan, Morro and Gray homes
also were flooded badly in the lowlands adjoining. Every house in this section was surrounded. The water backed up Broadway toward
the railroad as far as the McCord home. A pig belonging to the Morro family, also some chickens were drowned. Contents of the cellars
of all these houses were destroyed or damaged as the water came in so quickly as to prevent removal of anything.
The water rushing through the canal came to within a foot and a half of the gas main leading to town. For a time it was feared this main
would be swept down the current as the heavy timbers floating down the stream repeatedly pounded against it. A smaller gas main and
the water main were under several feet of water. The water main was strained somewhat at the joints. In order to repair the damage to
this street quite a bit of filling will be required and if a bridge is built the expense will be still greater. It has been suggested that it might
be best to build a bridge rather than have stagnant pools of water lying in the canal bed at this point and keep the canal bed open from
the river at the Buechley Lumber Yard to a point near the "J" office where it at one time emptied into the river again. This would eliminate
the mosquito and disease breeding pools that have for many years existed at this point. By removal of timber at the Buechley yards to
other points in the yard, a considerable quantity was prevented from being washed away.
WILLOW STREET FLOODED The creek crossing underneath Willow street Tuesday morning overflowed into the fields and onto Willow
Street. When it became blocked at a point where the trolley tracks cross it on a small wooden bridge, a stream of water backed from
Willow Street to Garfield Avenue and most of the cellars of properties along Willow Street were flooded. There was six feet of water in
the cellar of Misses Kate and Lizzie Shadel, also in the cellar of Clayton M. Maberry and Harry Shadel. Cellars of Isaac Dewald and Jacob
Shadel on Garfield Avenue were flooded, also the cellar of the home of Isaac Huy on Willow Street. The water washed out recently laid
pavements and swept down Garfield Avenue to Coal Street. The creek at the borough line was swollen to such an extent that the
cribbing on the Bashore property was washed out. Most of the yards of properties all along Garfield Avenue were flooded by the water
from the creek. Cellars of Elmer Achenbach, Joe Otterbine and others along this street were flooded.
FAMILIES MOVED OUT The Gehrig family of Coal Street was compelled to move out as early as seven o'clock Tuesday morning by reason
of the water from the river at a point near the Berger Mill backing up and flooding the first floor of this home. At the Loy residence on this
street the water came to within a foot of washing into the first floor. The yards and entire section of this street, as well as Berger Street,
to within a short distance of Dock Street, was a veritable lake. The Yost cellar on Berger Street as well as the Moyer cellar was flooded.
The Misses Lucy and Hettie Moyer, aged occupants of the corner house had to be removed about 9:00 a. m. from their home.
Considerable damage was suffered by James Lash, tinsmith, from water getting into his shop and destroying tar and paints. There was
two feet of water in the shop. The water came within a few inches of entering the kitchens of the Milton Koch and Alin Winter houses on
Berger Street. The Winter family moved out during the day as did also the Koch family.
Added to the water backing from the river was the water from the Almshouse Creek which flows along the Berger Mill. In the old mill
property of Berger Brothers the water was 18 inches deep. It came to within four inches of seeping through the front entrance to the
Berger Mill proper and the front entrance to the Berger Bleachery. Some damage was suffered by this due to chemical salt stored in the
basement of the old mill property being destroyed. The Ford auto of Edward Tray parked in the open space near the Berger Mill came
very close to being washed away. The water came to within a few inches to the top of the seats. The machine was badly damaged.
Charles Seitzinger suffered the loss of eleven chickens that could not be rescued in time from the hen house on Berger Street. The
flooded condition in this section was the worst ever experienced according to residents of the street. In the flood of 23 years ago the
water was not as high as on this occasion.
BASEBALL DIAMOND FLOODED The baseball diamond, so far as a baseball diamond is concerned, is said to be ruined as it is covered with
a thick layer of coal dirt, water to a depth of three feet having covered sections of it. Despite the fact that the raging current in the
Schuylkill River washed over the small foot bridge across the river to the ball field, this bridge held firm. Some of the flooring however
was washed away. Large timbers being caught in the steel ropes supporting the bridge several times during the day caused a blockade
and it was thought the entire structure would surely be swept away.
BITTLE DAM OVERFLOWS The Bittle Dam from the greatly swollen creek which empties into it soon spread over the field at this point. In
the cellar of Claude Bittle along Columbia Street water reached a depth of 18 inches. Other cellars were also flooded and every yard was
covered with water a foot or more in depth.
FLAT FLOODED BADLY As early as six o'clock water began to back in from the river in the lower section of the Flat and in a short time the
entire section as far as the Lebanon Paper Box Company, Saint James, Saint Charles and Columbia Street as far as the Liberty hose house
had been flooded. Added to the water backing up from the river at the lower end of the Flat was the water rushing down Saint Charles
Street from West Main Street where it entered the Reider Shoe Factory at the rear door and came out the front entrance. Residents from
Penn Street had to be taken from their homes as early as nine o'clock, the water having reached the first floor in some of the homes in
this section. The water also reached the first floor of the house of Henry Kantner and Mr. Rhodes on Columbia Street near Saint James,
which are somewhat below the level of the street. Most every home on Columbia Street was flooded.
At 9:30 on Tuesday the water from the river threatened to enter the Reider Shoe Factory basement floor. Streams of water were washing
around both sides of the factory to West Main Street and thence down Saint Charles. By noon the water was so high that it washed in the
rear door of the factory from the boiler house where it was over the grates of the furnace and out the front door in a perfect stream.
The cellars of most of the homes on both sides of West Main Street in this section were flooded. Water backed in through a drain pipe at
the Huling garage and about noon there was several inches of water in the same. All cars had been removed. The foundation walls of
this garage recently built may be damaged as the river washed against them to a height of several feet. Early in the morning an unused
gasoline tank under the ground at one side of the garage was forced to the surface by action of the water.
BERGER GARAGE FLOODED The floor of the Berger Garage was covered with water by noon. The basement of the Meck and Company
plant was filled with water to a depth of ten inches and this was pumped out by the Schuylkill Hose Company steamer Tuesday evening.
All goods had been removed from the basement before hand. From three to four feet of water found its way into the cellars of homes on
West Main Street. West Main Street in front of the Williams garage, by reasons of the excavations preparatory to paving, was a veritable
pond. The water was two to three feet deep at some points. It was pumped almost dry Tuesday evening by the Schuylkill Hose Company
steamer. By 7:00 a. m. the water had backed up Saint Charles Street to the rear of George Turner's property on Columbia Street. Water
found its way into the first floor of the Lebanon Paper Box plant during the day.
NARROW ESCAPE FROM DROWNING Tuesday afternoon the Bast washery broke loose from its moorings and was washed down the
stream. Homer Bast who was on the washery at the time had a narrow escape from drowning. The cribbing along the Bast mill became
loosened by the action of the water and a coal chute on this cribbing fell while Mr. Bast was on the washery. As it struck the washery the
impact broke the ropes holding it fast.
HOLSTEIN WASHERY LOST One of the washeries of Holstein Brothers, a short distance below the Columbia Street bridge, was washed
away as were a number of small flat bottom boats. This firm lost a considerable amount of coal that had been stored nearby. The cellar of
the Charles Bittle store was badly flooded and a considerable damage suffered by him. The river rose during the afternoon to a point
about fifteen inches from the lower level of the bridge across the river at Columbia Street. During the day hundreds of persons viewed
the raging stream from the vantage point on the bridge.
RUMBLE OF NIAGARA FALLS Anyone who has visited Niagara Falls can probably recall the rumble made by the water and which can be
heard outside of Niagara. The noise made by the Schuylkill River all Monday evening and during Tuesday until late in the night resembled
much that of Niagara. At nine thirty the water was to within nine inches of lapping the small bridge to the baseball ground. At two o'clock
it was washing over this bridge at about two feet at the lowest sagging point.
MANY HEROIC WORKMEN Many persons are to be complimented for the heroic work they did in rescuing residents from flooded homes,
especially is this true in the Flat section where the water at some points was four to five feet deep and rescue of occupants of homes was
accomplished only with great danger. A considerable amount of sauerkraut and wine was reported to have been destroyed in the cellars
of homes in the North and West Wards. Ebling's Garage was kept quite busy accommodating the autos that cannot find space in the
garages on West Main Street, both on account of the high water of the forepart of the week and the closing of the streets in the South
ward for the paving of these streets.
|The Call of March 6, 1969
JAMES BRIGGMAN, HELICOPTER PILOT, CITED FOR VALOR
Chief Warrant Officer James Briggman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Briggman of 44 Avenue E, who returned to the United States in July of
1968 after a year's tour of duty in Viet Nam, has received several decorations for valor. A helicopter pilot, CWO Briggman is now a
helicopter instructor at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. CWO Briggman has been awarded an air medal and 31 oak leaf clusters
for flying combat missions in Viet Nam. In addition he received the Vietnamese cross of gallantry with bronze star, the bronze star medal
and the purple heart for wounds suffered when a rocket penetrated his airship during action near the A Shau Valley on April 21, 1968.
The bronze star medal for heroism was awarded to him for action January 2, 1968 while he was attached to the 9th Cavalry Regiment. The
citation says in part, "While under intense hostile fire, warrant Officer Briggman landed his aircraft near a downed helicopter.
Disregarding his own safety, Briggman then left his aircraft to assist the injured crew members. Repeatedly exposing himself to enemy
fire, he pulled the men to safety and administered first aid."
CWO Briggman is married to the former Diane Hyland of Pottsville. A 1963 graduate of Nativity BVM High School, he attended Villanova
College before he enlisted in the Army in June of 1966.
|The Call of June 5, 1969
RUSSELL SCHAEFFER CITED FOR HEROISM IN VIET NAM
Lance Corporal Russell H. Schaeffer, U. S. Marine Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Schaeffer, 136 Center Avenue, has been awarded
the bronze star medal for heroic action in Viet Nam where he was stationed from March of 1968 until April of this year. The citation reads
as follows: "For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as a
member of the duty maintenance crew, Marine Attack Squadron 211, Marine Aircraft Group 12, First marine Aircraft Wing. During the early
morning hours of March 21, 1969, the Chu Lai Airbase came under a heavy volume of hostile rocket fire. One round struck an aircraft fully
armed with rockets and 500 pound bombs, causing it to burst into flames which rapidly ignited nearby aircraft and an adjacent bomb
storage area. Reacting instantly, Lance Corporal Schaeffer raced to the location of the disaster and fearlessly commenced fighting the
fires. Despite the intense heat and the fragmentation of exploding munitions, he steadfastly remained in the hazardous area and calmly
manned a hose to spray the ordnance in an effort to cool it and prevent the blaze from spreading. Repeatedly knocked to the ground by
the concussion of detonating bombs and rockets, he resolutely continued his determined efforts to extinguish the fire and assist in
removing undamaged Skyhawks to positions of relative safety. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were
instrumental in preventing destruction of numerous valuable aircraft. Lance Corporal Schaeffer's courage, bold initiative and unfaltering
devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
The medal was presented to Schaeffer during a ceremony held at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina where he is
now stationed. A 1966 graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Schaeffer enlisted in August of 1966. He trained at Parris Island, South
Carolina after which he attended an electronics school at Memphis, Tennessee from where he was sent to Cherry Point, North Carolina
before leaving for Viet Nam.
|The Call of August 7, 1969
PARTS OF HAVEN UNDER WATER
The waters of the Schuylkill River that flooded parts of Schuylkill Haven early Saturday morning have receded but traces of their being
here still remain. Flooding, within a block area at the rear of South Garfield Avenue between Coal Street and the sewage water pump
located behind the L. C. Dreisbach garage on Berger Street occurred in Schuylkill Haven early Saturday morning. Six homes were in
danger of flooding. One family was totally evacuated from their home. The cause of this flooding came from two streams, one from the
Willow Lake area and the other originating in the mountains. The streams come to a fork behind the then evacuated home of Edward
Coller, then empty into the Schuylkill River. The river backed up and the streams overflowed their banks.
Mr. and Mrs. Coller realized the need to start moving out their furniture at midnight Friday. Neighbors came from all over to help the
Collers in their plight. Mrs. Coller said, "I still don't know who one nice man was that helped out." The Coller house has no basement.
However, the bathroom and furnace room are located two steps lower than the first floor and are closest to the streams. Mrs. Coller told
this reporter, "Other times it would rain we would stay up and watch the water for a while before it would be safe to go to bed." This night
they never did go to bed. The Collers have lived at their present house for 14 years and this is their first experience with flooding.
Over a foot of water flooded the bathroom and a little more washed out the furnace room. Both their washer and dryer were flooded but
they were able to get them running again. The water rose to the second step in the bathroom but did not enter the first floor. The
streams receded all day Saturday and Sunday. "There wasn't any real damage. The furnace, washer and dryer are all working now." A
lawn mower which was not moved was not working on Monday.
At the fork of the creeks the water rose six feet and overflowed the retaining walls. The river dropped its water level only three feet from
Saturday. Mrs. Raymond Loy of 319 South Garfield Avenue, mother of Mrs. Coller, reported that the last big flood was about 16 years ago
and was much worse than this one. She said that Friday water started entering her cellar about 10:00 p. m. and that local residents were
getting ready to move about 1:00 a. m. Saturday. Mrs. Mary L. Dabashinsky, neighbor to the evacuated family, had no furniture damage.
Firemen were standing by ready to help move people or pump out water. The firemen reported a flood of great size as having occurred in
1937. The Dabashinsky home is situated on slightly higher land than the Coller home. A wall of planks and railroad ties built to retain the
stream's waters was completely knocked down. Mrs. Dabashinsky first noticed the water at 1:20 a. m. at the top of the banks. Within 20
minutes the water came up six inches on the back porch but did not enter the house. She said it was just not clean water either. "It was
scummy, dirty water."
Water covered the sewage water pump behind Dreisbach's and creeped up toward the garage. Dreisbach was called and he came down
to remove his cars. The work pits in the building were flooded. The waters have receded now from Schuylkill Haven but now starts the
cleanup campaign to wipe away the dirt left behind.
|The Call of July 16, 1970
TOWN COUNCIL ACTS TO POST OCCUPIED DWELLINGS - ENRAGED TOWNSPEOPLE SPEAK OUT
Enraged citizens of the rat infested Pleasant Row area of town, Monday night, spoke out about their dilemma as Schuylkill Haven Borough
Council passed a resolution to "post, in the future, occupied buildings as well as unoccupied buildings" due to poor housing and
undesirable health conditions. Posting of unsatisfactory buildings means placing a notice saying that structure is undesirable for human
habitation, that it is infested with rats and vermin and consists of other substandard conditions.
Council President Robert Dohner said, "It has been council's attitude to be not so stringent to push our housing ordinance to the letter of
the law. However we have come to the point where there is no alternative." Dohner was referring to the unbearable and unsightly
property of Walter Boyer, 23 Pleasant Row, at the corner of Union Street. Deputy Health Officer Earl N. Goas requested council to give the
Board of Health enforcement powers in such matters as the Boyer dilemma. President Dohner referred the matter to committee to submit
an ordinance providing the same.
An inflamed Mrs. Betty Moyer of 19 Pleasant Row, asked council, "What can we do about the rats in our yards? What can we do with our
children? Why hasn't the inside of the (Boyer) home been inspected? I saw the inspectors go to the front, back and side but never
inside." Earl Goas explained that the Child Welfare people and he inspected the inside of the property and noted that it was very
undesirable. "We have asked the people to seek other housing and I know they have tried," explained Goas. "We want them out of
town!" was the cry from Mrs. Moyer. Goas replied, "About getting these people out of town, it is the same as if they (Boyer family) would
come to me and demand to have the Moyers run out of town." Again Mrs. Moyer became enraged, "We are sitting on our porch with
company and the rats come right up on the porch only two feet away." She also noted catching one rat that measured over 14 inches from
its head to the end of its tail. Dohner calmed down the meeting saying, "Progress by legal measures are being taken. As a community,
this is the way we want things done."
Dennis Levan, 11 Pleasant Row stated, "I saw Mr. Goas personally about this problem. He said action would be taken within a week. Now
why hasn't any action been taken?" Mrs. Tobias, also a member of the rat patrol on Pleasant Row, explained to council she is the mother
of eight children. She added, "It isn't only the rats. Tempers are being aggravated. Things are going to crack up there." Her husband
then asked council, "Why couldn't the house be torn down because of it being a fire hazard like one of my garage lots. If fire starts there,
all of Pleasant Row will go up and won't stop."
Deputy Health Officer Goas reported, "We have been licensed by a rat exterminator in the county. They are reluctant to do a good job if
the building is occupied. The exterminator is also concerned about the children within the house. It is hard to get rid of rats without
scientific methods. We need a total extermination." Councilman Conrad Koch asked, "Don't they have relatives that they could go to until
this mess is cleaned up?"
Borough Solicitor Howard Stutzman explained the legal aspects of the situation: "The only thing borough officials and the health officer
could do is post the house. From there they could go to court and get an injunction to get these people evicted. This would take a very
long time as you all know. This is a human matter here. You can't just go into the house and tell the people to get out. It must be
proceeded legally. I feel sure you will get positive results in the near future."