|A TROLLEY RIDE THROUGH SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
|The trolley enters town on Willow Street passing homes lining
the way. Note the passing siding on the left.
|This series of twelve images below shows the line of
travel through Schuylkill Haven.
|The trolley turns south onto Dock Street
|The trolley continues on Dock Street past the ice cream parlor.
|Continuing on Dock Street, it passes the Christ Lutheran Church.
|The tracks turn west from Dock Street onto Main Street through
the business district.
|The tracks now turn left from Main Street onto St. John Street
|The tracks as seen coming from Main Street as they approach
|The trolley begins the slight grade up St. John Street from the
Union Street intersection.
|The trolley continues past the Methodist church on St. John
Street as it nears the crest of the grade.
|The tracks now descend toward the intersection of Williams
|The trolley travels around the bend onto Liberty Street after
which it will exit Schuylkill Haven and proceed to Adamsdale.
|The trolley rounds the turn at the intersection at Adamsdale.
|This photo taken on November 9, 1912 shows work being
done on the trolley tracks in Schuylkill Haven on Willow
|Pottsville Republican of April 23, 1915
TROLLEY AND AUTO COLLIDE
On Thursday evening, the nine o'clock car leaving Schuylkill Haven, in charge of Motorman Thomas McGovern struck an auto and was damaged. The handles
were torn off of the car so that another car was secured when Pottsville was reached. The auto which was also badly damaged but not enough to stop or injure
the engine, was kept straight on its path. The conductor could not get a glimpse of the number as the driver started out again as his auto slid away from the car
after striking it. The accident delayed this car almost half an hour.
|MORE TROLLEY IMAGES IN TOWN
|Pottsville Union Traction Co’s double truck open
car nick named “The Highball” by the local
patrons, photographed just past the dam breast
at Adamsdale Park where the track crossed the
road on the way to Orwigsburg. The car body
was acquired second-hand from an Indiana
company and mounted on trucks removed from a
closed car during the summer season. It was
quite unique because it did not have the usual
narrow running boards that could be folded up
when running. This car had a ridged upper
running board with railing and a center lower
step. On both sides. Normally the right side in the
direction of operation is folded down (for loading)
and the left hand side folded up to prevent
boarding. On this car, both sides are rigid and
this creates a “wide” car. It effectively limited
the car to a rural run with minimal vehicular
street traffic. It was used mostly between Sch.
Haven and Orwigsburg during the summer
season when Adamsdale Park was open.
|At left, work crews are shown clearing snow from the
trolley tracks at the corner of Main and Dock Streets.
At right, a snow sweeper and workers are shown in
front of Saint James Episcopal Church on Dock Street
at Paxson Avenue. Both pictures are circa 1920 and
were taken by John A. Moser, the East Penn's claim
agent in Schuylkill Haven.
|A streetcar navigates
through the snow on
Dock Street as it
intersection with Coal
Street. The steeple of
Christ Lutheran Church
is visible on the left.
This streetcar was one of
the East Penn’s newest
cars, acquired in 1921.
This would be the big
snowstorm of 1925. This
photo is also by John A.
|The four photos above were kindly provided by Lewis Hoy, descendant of
Schuylkill Haven's entrepreneur, P. T. Hoy.
|Pottsville Republican of November 27, 1920
FATALLY HURT IN COLLISION
Harry Dietrich, aged fifty years, residing near Black Horse, was fatally hurt in a collision Tuesday evening at Schuylkill Haven. Dietrich, who was driving his truck
home collided with one of the new safety trolley cars and as a result of the collision, had his skull fractured, several bones broken and received other injuries
about the body and several internal injuries. He was rendered unconscious and was rushed to the local hospital after being attended by Dr. Heim of Schuylkill
Dietrich, according to Motorman Oscar Bicht, who was in charge of the safety car, came along the trolley tracks with his truck, Bicht seeing him some distance
away. Bicht figuring he would see the light of the trolley and he sounded the trolley bell, believing it would get Dietrich to cross over. Seeing that Dietrich was
making no move to get out of the tracks, Bicht applied the emergency, the safety device working perfectly and the trolley was stopped entirely when the truck
collided with it. Bicht, seeing that the accident was unavoidable, and that a crash was certain, jumped back from his place in the front and just missed being
struck by flying glass and a part of the broken truck which was hurled through the window.
The machine was badly wrecked and Dietrich was picked up unconscious and carried to the home of George Shirey on Dock Street. The accident occurred near
Berger's Mill at Berger and Dock Streets. When it was seen that the man was so severely injured he was ordered to the hospital, the physicians giving up hope of
saving his life. The accident occurred about 6:15 o'clock.
|The Call of November 22, 1929
INJURIES FATAL TO MAN STRUCK BY TROLLEY
Theodore Heffner, a seventeen year old man of Schuylkill Haven, sustained injuries Saturday afternoon when struck by a trolley car near Connor, which caused his
death Sunday morning in the Good Samaritan Hospital, Pottsville, at eight thirty o'clock. Heffner with his chum, Arthur Fenstermacher, was walking along the
trolley road toward Schuylkill Haven. Evidently neither heard the approach of a trolley bound for Schuylkill Haven and in charge of Motorman Meyers, until too
late. The accident occurred a short distance above the Lehigh Valley railroad bridge and their forms were not visible to the motorman at any great distance. As
soon as he saw the two men, he blew the whistle. Fenstermacher stepped aside and though the car grazed him, he was not injured. Heffner was thrown under
the car and before it could be stopped, it had passed over his body. As soon as the car could be stopped, the motorman and passengers ran back a short
distance and found the injured man. An automobile was stopped and the man rushed to the hospital. It was, however, at once seen that he had been so critically
injured that his recovery was not looked for.
In addition to having cuts and bruises about his entire body, due to probably having been rolled along on the sills by the car, he had suffered the more serious
injuries of two fingers and part of the right hand having been severed, the right leg severed above the knee and the left leg broken at the ankle, with the bones
protruding through the flesh. The young man's chest was crushed and there were several deep holes in his head and deep cuts on his face. The unfortunate
man with his companion had been returning from a short hunt for squirrels. Heffner had been hunting Saturday morning and upon returning at noon told his
mother he knew where he could get some squirrels and that he was going for them Saturday evening . Saturday afternoon, he attended the high school football
game. Returning home shortly before five o'clock to his home he took his gun. About three quarters of an hour after he had left the home, the gun was returned
by a friend with the blunt statement to his mother that her son had been killed.
Theodore was one of five boys and six girls of a family that resided in Schuylkill Haven about eighteen months. He had been employed by the Reider Shoe
Factory. He was but seventeen years of age. He was born in LaSalle County, Illinois. The family resided in Cressona for four years and prior to occupied a farm
for several years near Rock. Besides the father, who is in the West, these brothers and sisters, in addition to the mother, survive: Raymond of Chicago, Lee of
Schuylkill Haven Frank at home, William of Panther Valley, Mrs. Guy Pflueger of Pottsville, Stella of Panther Valley, Mrs. William Kramer of Pine Grove, Grace,
Florence and Irene. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon from the late home on Margaretta Street. Services were conducted by Reverend E. H. Smoll. D. M.
Bittle was the funeral director.
|The Call of October 30, 1903
COLLISION AND RUNAWAY
Saturday morning at about 10:30 o’clock, Trolley Car Number One in charge of Motorman Robinson going down Main Street collided with Saul and Zang’s box
wagon, the collision being caused by the horse suddenly shying at the car and backing the front end of the wagon directly in front of the car. The front running
gear of the wagon was smashed and the vehicle was thrown against the curb in front of Dr. Dechert’s office. Dr. Dechert’s team of handsome sorrels was standing
in front of the office and the crash frightened them and they ran away. They were stopped at the Union Knitting Mill after having completely demolished the buggy
to which they had been hitched. The only one hurt was Walter Dress, driver for Saul and Zang, who pluckily stuck to his post and did all he could to control his
horse. In the collision he was thrown from his seat and wedged between the horse and the car and was painfully squeezed but was able to resume work at once.
|The Call of February 23, 1912
TROLLEY CAR JUMPS TRACK
The 4:30 p. m. trolley car last Saturday afternoon, jumping the track on Dock Street near the McWilliams’ store and crashing into the yard of the McWilliams home
and coming within four and one half feet of plunging down an embankment, was due cause for considerable excitement and a good topic for conversation
Saturday night. That the accident was another one of those miraculous ones is due to the fact that the McWilliams home is surrounded with a number of shade
trees, two of them however being sacrificed in the accident as well as a heavy pole of the American Union Telephone Company. The trees and pole were broken
off by the impact of the car. One tree was hurled quite a distance. The impact of the car was so great that it crossed the pavement after striking the trees and ran
into the yard and came within a few feet of dropping over a twenty five foot embankment. The car was Number 30 in charge of Motorman Kane and Conductor
Doolan. It was late in leaving the Hotel Grand for Pottsville and a desperate effort was being made to make up for lost time as passengers on the car emphatically
stated the car was run at a high rate of speed over Dock Street. Either a bad rail or a stone on the track at the curve near the store caused the front trucks to
leave the track, the rear trucks followed. Motorman Kane stuck to his post of duty and applied the brakes. A sudden lurch and flying glass announced to the well
filled car that an accident had occurred. Several passengers were tossed about. Motorman Kane had his foot injured by having it caught beneath the controller.
Drs. Moore and Heim dressed the injury. The front end of the car was somewhat damaged. Within less then an hour after the accident, the car had been pulled on
the track again and the street cleared for traffic. traffic.
|The Call of July 5, 1901
TROLLEY CAR JUMPS TRACK
The passengers on the open trolley car, which left this place at 3:30 o'clock last Saturday night, met with an experience that was attended with quite a little
excitement and a good shaking up. After rounding the corner at Dock Street, the car usually gains considerable speed in going down the grade out that street.
On the curve at Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church, the car jumped the track and went crashing toward the pavement, its progress only being stopped as the
wheels struck the curbs of the sidewalk. A big iron lamp post in its path had been snapped off like a pipe stem. Luckily no one was injured, the only damage
resulting being a crushed in front of the car and the broken lamp post. Traffic was delayed about an hour owing to the occurrence. The accident was caused by a
stone on the track.
|The Call of October 20, 1916
TROLLEY HITS AND DEMOLISHES AUTO TRUCK - Occupants Have a Narrow Escape From Fatal Injury on Dock Street Thursday Afternoon
Trolley car number 23 in charge of motorman Thomas McGovern of town and conductor Oscar Bight bound for Pottsville, struck and demolished the Vim auto truck
of groceryman Harry Schumacher shortly after two o'clock Thursday afternoon. The machine was completely demolished or so badly damaged that it is practically
worthless. The occupants of the car, Christ Schumacher and lewis Goas and Charles, the young son of Mr. Christ Schumacher had miraculous escapes from being
fatally injured. As it was they received several cuts about the face and head from flying glass of the windshield which was splintered. The Schumacher lad was
the most seriously injured. He sustained a deep cut over the left center of his forehead, about one half inch from the eye, a deep cut on the head and several
other cuts about the face. Although he did considerable screaming immediately following he crash, he soon regained his nerve and certainly was a brave little
soldier. He was taken to the store of Clinton Confehr. Dr. Detweiler was soon on the scene and the youngster immediately stood up and stated he wasn't hurt,
that he didn't feel anything, despite the fact that considerable blood was dropping down over his eyebrow into his eye. Mr. Christ Schumacher received a cut on
the right cheek and Lewis Goas a smaller cut on the forehead. The doctor hustled all three patients into his machine, took them to his office and dressed their
The accident occurred on Dock Street at the private alley aside of the George Raush residence. The auto was in charge of Christ Schumacher and had just come
out of the alley and was about to turn in Dock. Th machine must have been almost squarely on the tracks as the marks show it was struck in the middle and thrown
to the side. The top or box of the auto was thrown about twenty feet and the chassis struck a nearby telephone pole. The wheels were broken, the steering
wheel twisted, the running boards splintered, the top of the car broken and a sorry sight. The contents of the machine were badly mixed and destroyed. The
wreck was removed late Thursday afternoon. The driver of the automobile states that he did not see or hear the trolley coming and the motorman of the trolley
makes the same statement. The crash could be heard for a square and the screams of the youngster son attracted quite a crowd.
|The Call of January 9, 1903
TROLLEY CAR WRECK - Plunged Down a Twelve Foot Embankment on to the P and R Railway and Blocked One Track For 8 1/2 Hours
Car Number 84 of the Pottsville Union Traction Company, on the Orwigsburg Division, in charge of Motorman Lapp and Conductor Berger, came to grief on the last
trip to Orwigsburg Sunday night. The car left Schuylkill Haven just a few moments before twelve o'clock midnight, almost a half hour late, going down the steep
incline of Saint John Street, from Market to Liberty, the car got beyond control and at the junction of Saint John and Liberty Streets, it left the track, crashed
through the guard rail and plunged head foremost down the steep twelve foot embankment on to the north bound track of the P and R Railway. Motorman Lapp
saved himself by jumping. There were two passengers, George Portz and John Holly, both of Pottsville, with Conductor Thomas Berger in the car at the time. All
three were badly bruised and when they attempted to make their exit found it was impossible to open the doors. Fearing that they might be run down by a
passenger train while imprisoned in the derailed car, they kicked the glass out of the windows and made their escape.
The P and R wreck crew was immediately summoned and found the trolley car such a difficult subject to deal with that the blockade was not lifted from the north
bound track until 8:30 Monday morning. Th wrecked trolley car was pulled down off the bank, the trucks were pulled from under her and she was skidded up on
the rails to William Street, where she was dumped in the street an the truck and other wreckage were piled along side her. It took the trolley company's wreck
crew the balance of the day to drag the car and truck up the hill, place it on the tracks and tow it to the Palo Alto power house for repairs. The front end of the car
was stove in, panels on both sides were smashed, the roof was ripped open, every pane of glass was broken and all the wiring and trolley, light and motor
connections were torn to pieces. It was a very badly wrecked car.
|The Call of November 29, 1901
WAS IT SUICIDE? - Trolley Car Killed a Turkey That Would Have Made a Feast
Last Saturday morning about 6:30 o'clock, just as electric car Number 40, in charge of Motorman Dentzer and Conductor Tucker, swung onto Willow Street on its
way to town, a big turkey gobbler ran onto the track and was struck and killed. The bird was a fine one and would have admirably suited as the piece de resistance
at a Thanksgiving Day feast. The car crew and passengers are wondering if the turkey preferred death on the rail to a momentary experience with the keen edge
of an axe and committed suicide.
|At left the trolley heads
south from Pottsville at
Connor's Crossing. Note
the early cars and the
Lehigh Valley Railroad
trestle on the right of the
picture. The trolley photo
at right shows Saint John
Street looking south from
|The Call of July 19, 1901
TROLLEY CAR AFFECTED BLOCK SIGNAL
The discovery was recently made that the trolley cars in town affected the block signal on the P and R Railway near the depot. The change of the boards without
any train making its appearance was repeatedly noticed and watched until the strange workings of the signal were associated with the running of the cars. When
there was no train in the block, with the start of the trolley car at the corner of Main and Saint John Streets the boards in the signal would be turned to white from
red and green. When the car was stopped at the Saint Peter Street crossing, the boards would return to their original colors, but immediately when the car started
they would again change to white. Expert electricians of the company were called to examine the peculiar performance of the signals and it is believed they have
discovered and remedied the trouble, which it is said, was caused by escaping current from the trolley passing through the ground and disturbing or effecting the
magnets in the signals.
|The Call of June 21, 1901
LIGHTNING STRIKES TROLLEY CAR
During the storm on Wednesday evening the trolley car from Pottsville due at this place at six o'clock, filled with passengers, was struck by a bolt of lightning near
the turnout. The car caught fire at both ends and for a time the greatest excitement prevailed. Some of the passengers were badly frightened and jumping from
the car ran into the street. A North Ward merchant, who was aboard the car at the time had his ankle slightly injured. The car was badly damaged.
|The Call of June 15, 1906
The Orwigsburg trolley car which left Schuylkill Haven at eleven o'clock Monday morning jumped the track at the school house about a mile below town.
Motorman Sowers, who had charge of the car, had his arm broken in two places and was later whose name could not be learned, a commercial traveler, was
thrown off the car into the Schuylkill River and escaped with a complete drenching. The scene of the accident is on a curve at the foot of a steep incline and it is
later removed to the Pottsville Hospital. Conductor Quinn had his back injured but declined to go to the hospital. A Traffic on the Orwigsburg line was at a
standstill for the balance of the day, owing principally to the fact that one of the passenger whose name could not be learned, a commercial traveler, was thrown
off the car into the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill Haven to Pottsville cars picked a switch at Seven Stars turnout and had to be replaced on the tracks before the
wreck crew could get down to the submerged car. In the meantime the other Orwigsburg car had to run between Schuylkill Haven and Seven Stars where
passengers to and from Pottsville were transferred.
|The Call of July 31, 1914
AUTO STRUCK BY TROLLEY
Monday morning an automobile owned by a Pottsville party was struck by the 10:30 trolley as it rounded the curve at the corner of Main and Dock Streets. The
driver of the machine was too close to the track and when the rear end of the car swung around the curve it smashed into the running board and mud guard of
the machine, damaging it to quite some extent. The machine was a brand new seven passenger car. Either the driver of the car was on the wrong hand side of the
street or the motorman, as is very often the case, did not sound the alarm until at the curve.
|The Call of August 21, 1914
TROLLEY INJURES TOWN MAN
Wednesday evening after alighting from the five o'clock car, corner of Main and Saint John streets, Frank Reed of Union Street began to walk alongside of the car
on his way towards Saint John Street. The car started and in rounding the curve the rear end swung around and struck Mr. Reed. He was thrown to the bricked
street and fell upon his dinner can. As the car swung, the step went over him pinning him upon the dinner pail. He was picked up and taken to his home. He is
unable to go to work.
|The Call of September 15, 1916
AUTO AND TROLLEY COLLIDE
An auto owned by Thomas Stauffer of Friedensburg and a trolley car in charge of motorman Thomas McGovern and conductor Oscar Bicht, figured in a collision
yesterday morning at Hoy's corner. The auto occupied by Mrs. Stauffer, Miss Stauffer and Miss Mae Berger attempted to pass between the car and a telephone
pole while both were in motion. Any other car but a Ford car would have been crushed beyond repair, but after the trolley was backed, the "little Ford ran along",
although the body and fenders were badly damaged. The occupants of the auto, although badly scared, escaped injury. They were coming from Friedensburg and
intended on leaving the car here while they went to the Reading Fair. The car was taken to Bittler's garage for repairs.
|The Call of January 26, 1917
TROLLEY AND GROCERY TEAM COLLIDE
The 8:30 trolley bound for Orwigsburg struck the green grocery team of W. J. Fisher near the Baker Ice Plant on Friday morning. Both Mr. Fisher and his driver
were thrown out, the horse injured and the wagon badly damaged. The milk team driven by Lester Bowen, being in the vicinity of the accident, took fright and ran
away and was not caught until it reached Fairmount. Several fences were knocked down by the Bowen team and a number of other collisions with teams and
pedestrians narrowly averted in the mad dash of the Bowen horse. Lester Bowen was badly injured and had to be removed to his home. It was thought he was
|The Call of October 29, 1920
SKULL CRACKED IN AUTO CRASH
Harry Dietrich, a well known farmer residing south of Friedensburg sustained a cracked skull and broken ribs on Tuesday evening when his auto truck was struck
by the six o'clock trolley car out of Schuylkill Haven. The accident occurred in front of the residence of George Rauch on Dock Street. Whether Mr. Dietrich
sustained the injury by being hurled to the bricked street or being struck by the flying pieces of trolley and auto truck has not been determined. The crash was
heard for squares. The man was picked up in an unconscious condition and taken into the home of Mrs. Shirley. Several physicians were summoned and upon
their arrival administered to his injuries. He was taken to the Pottsville Hospital. An operation was performed Wednesday. At this writing his condition was very
much improved and it is not thought the injuries will prove fatal. Oscar Bicht was the motorman on the trolley. The truck was in the center of the tracks and
windshield and top of the truck, which was a closed one, were broken. That the motorman escaped injury was remarkable as a long pointed piece of the top of the
truck crashed through the front window and into the car proper in an exact line with his head.
|The Call of October 22, 1920
TROLLEY STRUCK AUTO
Another one of the expected half hour accidents at the corner of Dock and Main Streets occurred Tuesday afternoon about four o'clock when a north bound
trolley car struck the Ford Coupe driven by Miss Horn and occupied by her mother, both of Pottsville. That that accident did not result more seriously was due to
the quick action of the driver, Miss Horn. The car struck the left fender with such force as to throw the car against the tree on the Detweiler property on Main
Street. The car mounted the pavement and only by a quick turn did the auto miss striking the pole on the Reed property with terrific force. One of the fenders
was broken and the steering gear put out of commission. The driver of the car claimed the motorman had not given any kind of a signal of his approach.
|The Call of September 24, 1920
TROLLEY CAR HIT FARMERS HORSE THIS MORNING
The 10:50 trolley going south on Main Street this morning struck the horse and wagon of Peter M. Reed, the well known Reedsville farmer, with such force that the
horse was thrown on to the pavement and doorway of the W. H. Finner grocery store. The wheels of the wagon were badly sprained and the box of the wagon
split apart. The horse was bruised about the hind legs sufficiently to probably make it unfit for service in the vicinity of trolley cars. Mr. Reed was uninjured.
Bystanders who witnessed the accident state the car was moving at a rapid rate, entirely too rapidly for safety. The motorman claims the brakes of the car would
not hold. He used a considerable amount of sand but to no avail and the car struck the wagon a smashing blow which was heard for several squares. We have
been expecting a larger number and more serious accidents on our Main street in connection with the trolley cars and flagrant violations of traffic laws by
trolleymen and autoists as well. One of these days we surely will have a fatal accident to report and then probably our local authorities will wake up and enforce
the traffic laws.
|The Call of July 9, 1920
MAIN STREET COVERED WITH FRUIT
There was a grinding noise and then a smash and Main Street in front of the Dechert property was covered with watermelons, cantaloupes and potatoes, Friday
afternoon about three o'clock. It resulted from the three o'clock south bound trolley in charge of Motorman Quinn and Conductor Butz colliding with a five ton
auto truck filled to the top. The auto was proceeding north. The driver had not reckoned with the limb of a tree which it is understood came in contact with the
top of the machine and prevented the driver from pulling far enough to the side. The trolley tore the rear portion of the top of the truck from its fastenings and
scattered the best part of the load in the street. Neither Messrs. C. Waugh and Frank Waugh of Philadelphia, the drivers, were injured. The truck was
transporting thirty nine barrels of potatoes, four hundred watermelons, and twenty five cases of cantaloupes from Jesse Pitt, Commission Merchant in
Philadelphia to Merchant Sylvester of Pottsville. They left the city Thursday evening at six o'clock and had not met with an accident until four miles from their
destination. However, the men had twice lost their way on account of detours. They in some way got over in Lebanon and after Lebanon again lost their way.
Portion of the fruit was taken to Pottsville on the big truck, it not having been damaged to any great extent. The balance was placed in the Faust truck and taken
to Pottsville. A number of melons that were split open found welcoming hands and watering mouths of youngsters who soon gathered.
|The Call of May 28, 1920
TROLLEY STRUCK TEAM
Friday the horse of Mrs. William Wildermuth residing on a farm above Killian's Dam became unmanageable on Dock Street and refused to stop when ordered to do
so. The horse turned to the side to avoid walking into an auto standing near the Bubeck store. Just as it turned toward the trolley tracks, the trolley happened by
and struck the wagon and threw the horse to one side. The animal dashed down the street and turned down Berger Street. Here it struck the porch of the homes
of this street and almost tore them loose. It came to a stop none the less the worse for its experience.
|The Call of June 1, 1923
AUTOS AND TROLLEY IN SMASHUP
Two autos, an Oldsmobile and a Maxwell, with a trolley, figured in a smashup on Main Street Thursday afternoon. It was caused by the driver of the Maxwell Coupe
misjudging the distance between an Oldsmobile parked in front of the Gipe store and a trolley coming down Main Street. The driver thought he could pass on the
space between the parked machine and the passing trolley, a thing which can be done in most every town and city. The Main Street however is too narrow. The
trolley pushed the Maxwell into the Olds and both were damaged, the latter suffering the most damage. Both cars were owned by out of town persons.
|The Call of August 26, 1927
AUTO TRUCK AND TROLLEY COLLIDE
The auto delivery truck of H. A. Yost and a Pottsville trolley came together Monday at 12:30 at the corner of Paxson Avenue and Dock Street with a resounding
crash that could be heard for a square away. The trolley was proceeding towards Pottsville. The truck was coming out of Paxson Avenue. The driver, Mr. Wetzel,
was thrown to the bricked street and close to the wheels of the trolley. A positive application of the brakes, it was said by witnesses, prevented a possible
decapitation, with a deep gash down his forehead to the eye and a number of several body bruises. He was taken to the office of Dr. Lessig where three stitches
were required to close the wound which bled profusely. The truck was damaged to some extent and was removed by the Hawkins wrecker.
|Pottsville Republican of September 20, 1932
TRACKS TORN UP TO SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
All tracks and overhead equipment of the trolley company between Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven has been removed. The work of tearing up rails, wires, etc. was
completed late Monday. The tracks were torn up from Centre Avenue in Schuylkill Haven to a point near the arch at Mount Carbon.
|The end of an era....
|The Call of May 16, 1930
MAY ABANDON TROLLEY LINE TO ORWIGSBURG
Within a very short time, operation of trolley cars to Orwigsburg from Schuylkill Haven will be a thing of the past. They are to be supplanted by the operation of
buses, which will follow a route from Saint John Street, to Liberty Street, to Adamsdale, and then to Orwigsburg via the state route. Application is to be made to
the boroughs of Schuylkill Haven and Orwigsburg by the East Penn Company to grant permission for the procedure. Of course, the Public Service Commission in
Harrisburg will have the final decision in the matter but unless serious objection is raised by either borough, the Commission will, no doubt, grant the request.
The date for the hearing before the Commission has been fixed for Wednesday the 28th. The company pleads that the passenger traffic has declined on this
branch of its system to such an extent that it is not possible to obtain sufficient revenue to meet the ordinary operating expenses. The company also claims that if
the service to Orwigsburg from Schuylkill Haven is to be continued, heavy expenditures will be necessary for repairs. Not only does the company plan to
discontinue the service, but to remove its tracks and sills. In this connection, it is a question of whether the borough of Schuylkill Haven will insist on the removal
of the car tracks from Saint John Street and Liberty Street or whether it will permit the same to remain as has been done in other towns where car lines have been
abandoned and as a result the presence of the unused car tracks are always a serious danger to traffic. As there will be no regular meeting of the town council
before the particular date fixed for a hearing, there may possibly be a special meeting called to determine this fact.
|The Call of August 14, 1932
TROLLEY COMPANY ASKS PERMISSION TO DISCONTINUE SERVICE
Trolley service from Schuylkill Haven to Pottsville may be discontinued in the very near future. The matter is dependent entirely upon the Public Service
Commission of the Commonwealth, before whom a petition was presented this week by the East Penn Company asking permission to discontinue the trolley
transportation service. Town Council of Schuylkill Haven, at a special meeting Tuesday evening, approved the petition to discontinue the service. At the same
time, council approved a petition of the East Penn Company, which is also to be filed with the Public Service Commission, to obtain temporary permission to
operate a bus service between Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville, also Schuylkill Haven, Orwigsburg and Cressona.
Both petitions are the outgrowth of efforts of the borough and state highway departments to obtain definite action in order that the improvements or resurfacing
of the bricked streets can be started before the cold weather sets in. The petition to discontinue the trolley service sets forth facts regarding the decline of
patronage and the inability to continue to operate without increasing monthly deficits. It is also stated that no prospects are in sight for an increase in patronage
sufficient to make operation of the trolley system a paying proposition.
The petition asking for permission to operate a bus service is merely a request for temporary permission to do so until the Public Service Commission arrives at a
decision regarding the petition presented by the East Penn Company for this same purpose. At this time there was also presented a petition from the Schuster
Taxi Company to also operate a bus system. In the petition for bus service upon a temporary basis, no mention is made of the rate to be charged but it is assumed
the rate will be the same as is proposed in the original petition asking for a permanent certificate to operate, namely fifteen cents.
The route would enter Schuylkill Haven on Center Avenue, down Dock Street, Main Street, saint John to Liberty Street and through the borough limits to
Adamsdale and return via the same route. An alternate route will be from Schuylkill Haven to Cressona, via Saint John Street to Parkway, Columbia Street, Berne
Street and Schuylkill Street to Cressona and return via the same route. If a petition to discontinue the trolley service is discontinued, the company will
immediately remove all lines. Also all poles with the electric light department of the borough does not wish to retain to carry the borough lines. It was reported at
the council meeting that the material for the resurfacing of the paved streets has been ordered and as soon as the trolley service is discontinued the state will be
ready to start the work within three days. Property owners along Main and Dock Streets are urged to immediately look into the matter of having water and gas
lines renewed before the state begins work.
|The Call of August 26, 1932
TROLLEY SERVICE DISCONTINUED
Tuesday evening, trolley service between Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven was discontinued, no doubt for all time, and now we have motor bus service between
Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville. The last car for passenger service left Schuylkill Haven on Tuesday evening or rather Wednesday morning at 12:02 a. m. and with
whistle tied down, the abandonment of the line was heralded to a community, for most part, sound in slumber. Only a few persons watched its progress along the
line. Several local folks were included in the last passengers who made the trip to Pottsville, returning by auto. They were Herbert Sausser, Claude Sausser, and
F. H. Minnig. Others on the last car were Lester Shelley, Miss Jennie Zimmerman and Miss Rebecca Frick, all of Pottsville. Mr. Carl Wilson rode as far as Willow
and Dock Streets. Passengers on the last car from Pottsville to Schuylkill Haven included Messrs. H. C. Wilson, Herbert Sausser, Jake Shadel and Mr. Knarr.
The bulletin posted at The Call office on Tuesday morning, announcing the discontinuing of the service, was a surprise to the general public and to even the
operators of the trolleys. Permission was granted by the Public Service Commission on Tuesday, not only to discontinue the trolley service, but also granted
permission to the East Penn Company to operate upon a temporary permit, motor buses. The hearing, set for a later date, upon several applications for
certificates to operate motor buses will, no doubt, consume considerable time and the outcome will be awaited with interest. In the meantime, bus service by the
East Penn Company, to Pottsville, is provided on a half hour basis on brand new buses of a seating capacity of twenty nine passengers.
The discontinuance of the trolley service was hastened considerably by the State Highway Department by reason of the desire to proceed with the resurfacing of
the state route, covering portions of Main and Dock Streets and along which the trolleys were operated. The work will be started at once. During the week, the
borough electric light department men were busy changing over wires and street lights from poles of the East Penn Company to poles of the borough. This will
permit the removal of a considerable number of poles on Dock, Main and saint John Streets, and also the removal of a network of overhead wires. The
discontinuance of the trolley line to Schuylkill Haven is the third line abandoned by the company since midnight, June 30th. The two other divisions were
Yorkville and Minersville. From a total of fifty miles of trackage, extending from Mauch Chunk on the north to Orwigsburg on the south, there is left but nine miles
of trolley road in the county, namely between Pottsville, Saint Clair, Port Carbon, Palo Alto and New Philadelphia.
Trolley service to Schuylkill Haven began on October 10th, 1897, through permission granted the Pottsville and Reading Railway Company by the borough of
Schuylkill Haven, by its adopting an ordinance, dated January 13th, 1897. This ordinance, among other things, granted the company the right to construct an
electric railway from Coal Street to Dock Street, to Main street, to Saint John Street, to William Street, to Saint Peter Street, to Liberty Street, to Canal Street, to
Columbia Street, to Berne Street to the borough line. Also from Coal Street to Centre Avenue and on a street west to Dock Street, between Coal Street and Centre
Avenue, also an alley between Union Street and Market Street from Saint John to Canal Street. One of the stipulations in the franchise was that the said railway
Company should never charge more than a single fare of five cents between any two points on its line in the borough. Another stipulation was that cars should
not be operated at more than eight miles an hour through the borough. This ordinance was signed by Daniel Sharadin, as president of the town council and by C.
A. Moyer, borough secretary. It was approved by Willis Bryant, chief burgess. Another ordinance adopted by the borough council on June 7th, 1898, granted
permission to the Schuylkill Haven and Orwigsburg Street Railway Company to operate from Schuylkill Haven to Orwigsburg from Saint John Street. It was signed
by Joseph N. Meyers, president of council and C. A. Moyer, the borough secretary. It was approved by George E. Bast, chief burgess.
As the last car for Schuylkill Haven left Pottsville, Tuesday evening, one of the first passengers, when a school boy, and who later for a number of years, was
motorman on the Schuylkill Haven line, was among those who watched it go down Center Street. The person was none other than Roy Palsgrove. Fares on the
Schuylkill Haven to Pottsville line were first a nickel than later were raised to six cents, then to ten cents, twelve cents and at last to fifteen cents. School children
were given free rides upon the opening of the line on October 4th and 5th. First paid passengers were carried on October 11th. On Sunday, October 17th, 1897,
four thousand passengers traveled on the trolley line between Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville. Passenger service had been started the previous Monday,
October 11th. The end of the line was at the siding on Saint John Street until the Orwigsburg line was put into service which was on July 28th, 1898. Tom Archer
was one of the first motormen and John Tindle one of the first conductors operating on this line. They were on duty for the transportation of the school children.
During the opening week of the trolley service, Schuylkill Haven lost one of its then prominent and one of its best known merchants, William Rudy, the shoe dealer
of Main Street.
|The Call of August 26, 1932
TROLLEY TRACKS ARE UNDER COVER
Trolley tracks in Schuylkill Haven, used as late as Tuesday midnight, were under cover of road building material by Thursday morning, at least for some distance on
Main Street. Within a week to ten days they will be buried beneath two to three inches of Amesite road building material for the full length of Dock Street and on
Main Street. This, by reason of the street resurfacing work that was begun on Thursday morning and was the principal reason for speeding the abandonment of
trolley service to Schuylkill Haven. The prompt start of the resurfacing work by the State Highway Department resulted in quite a bit of scurrying on the part of
individual property owners for permits to open the streets and have water and gas services renewed. Thirty four permits were issued by the Burgess for this
work on Main and Dock Streets. The borough's air compressor was used until midnight on Thursday for cutting through the brick and concrete subfoundation to
accommodate latecomers for permits. Men worked late in the night digging ditches. Main and Dock Streets were aglow with extra lights and red lanterns where
men were busy digging the ditches and where red lights guarded half started or half completed work. The last permit was issued on Thursday afternoon, the State
department refusing to grant any additional time because the work, having been started, it is the intention to rush it through.
Thursday morning men were put to work placing the Amesite filling in a number of holes. The entire stretch of street to be resurfaced will first be treated in this
manner, all the depressions being first filled up. The borough road roller with the borough's operator, has been engaged by the State for the purpose of rolling
out the material. It is placed on the street in cold form and resembles a thick mixture of small sized trap rock and tar. It hardens within several hours time and is
expected to last for years. Schuylkill Haven men are being given employment on the operation and in order that a good portion of the unemployment may have
work, six men will be hired for three day periods. A large number may be taken on later. The first day about ten were put to work. Men who have registered with
the local relief committee, Charles Graeff, chairman, are being given first consideration. About one hundred and fifty men have registered for this work.
|The Call of December 12, 1901
STRUCK BY A TROLLEY CAR
The trolley car arriving here at 5:30 o'clock Monday evening, struck Shoemaker's grocery delivery team, standing in front of Raush's house in Spring Garden. The
driver, a son of Mr. Shoemaker, says he was in the rear of the wagon sorting the groceries when the car came along. The horse became frightened and plunged
toward the track when the car struck it. The wagon was upset, contents spilled out and the horse was thrown against a barbed wire fence. He was badly cut and
bruised. The driver escaped unhurt.
|The Call of May 13, 1904
TROLLEY CAR SMASHED
The trolley from Pottsville, arriving in town a few minutes before one o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, collided on Main Street with one of the big lumber teams of
Reichley Brothers. The steps on one side of the car were knocked off, the window panes beneath the platform were broken and the woodwork was damaged. The
wagon, which was pulled by six mules and was loaded with heavy chestnut poles, was not damaged in the least. The car was able to run with its own power back
to the power house, where another car was substituted. Motorman Eiler and Conductor Tindle had charge of the car.
|The Call of August 2, 1913
INJURED BY FALL FROM CAR
John Peiffley of Schuylkill Haven, who is employed at the local shops, fell from the 6:30 Schuylkill Haven car at Spring Garden on Wednesday evening, and was
severely injured. He had intended to go off at the turn of Spring Garden and for that reason was getting down on the steps of the car ready to go. He made a
misstep and went headlong across the narrow street. Conductor Tucker and several other workmen who were on the back of the car rushed to his assistance.
He was taken into the Brown Hotel where a physician was called to attend him. It is not thought that he has sustained any broken bones.
|The Call of February 8, 1918
PASSENGERS HAD THRILLING TIME
Schuylkill Haven and Cressona passengers, leaving Pottsville on Tuesday evening on the local trolley road, had a thrilling experience and very few realized what a
narrow escape they had from death or serious injury. An extra car, preceding the regular 5:30 o'clock car out of pottsville was traveling at a fair rate of speed
when on the center of the bridge at Cape Horn, the motor casing suddenly dropped to the track. The motorman brought the car to a sudden stop, giving the
passengers a bad shake up, but preventing the car from mounting the rails and plunging into the Schuylkill river thirty feet below. It will be recalled that three
years ago, a car plunged down the embankment at this point. Passengers faced the fact of crawling across the bridge on their hands and knees when the first car
was pulled back a sufficient distance to allow the north bound car to cross the bridge.
|The Call of July 12, 1918
LESS TROLLEY STOPS AFTER MONDAY
After Monday, July 15th, there will be fewer trolley stops in Schuylkill Haven, likewise throughout the entire county and state. When "The Call" went to press, the
officials of the Eastern Pennsylvania Railway Company were busy making out their list of stops in each town through which their lines pass. These stops will be
announced next week. It is the intention to have but one stop in each 1300 feet. This would mean that a car coming from Pottsville enroute to Orwigsburg would
probably make the first stop at Brown's corner in Spring Garden. The next stop would be at Broadway, the third stop at "The Call" office, the fourth stop at Hotel
Grand and the fifth stop at Williams Street. This would do away with the stops at Coal Street, Berger Street, Paxson Avenue, saint Peter Street and Market Street.
Fewer stops are made necessary on account of a government ruling to conserve fuel and power.
|The Call of October 26, 1900
KILLED BY A TROLLEY CAR - William Ebert of Cressona Had His Life Crushed Out at Seven Stars Late on Tuesday Afternoon
Shortly after five o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, William Ebert of Cressona, was instantly killed on the tracks of the Pottsville Traction Company at Seven Stars,
about two miles north of this place. Ebert, who was under the influence of liquor, was walking along the tracks and just as car number 46, William Allen, motorman,
and Charles Tucker, Conductor, which left Schuylkill Haven at five o'clock and was moving at an ordinary rate of speed, was but a few yards from the man he
stepped on the tracks. It was impossible to stop the car, which knocked him down and passed over his body, which when picked up was lifeless, death having
been instantaneous. No portion of his body rested on the rails, but his neck was found to have been broken and several bad gashes on the head and a large one
on the neck, which severed the main artery, showed how death resulted. The machinery under the car hangs very low and evidently caught him and caused the
fatal injuries. The unfortunate man was 22 years of age and was a resident of Cressona, where he was employed as a repairman on the Mine Hill Division of the
P & R Railway. He was unmarried. An aged mother and several brothers and sisters survive. At the coroner's inquest held on Wednesday morning the traction
company and its employees were exonerated from all blame for the accident.
|The Call of July 19, 1901
THAT AWFUL STENCH - Trolley Rides Between This Place and Pottsville Lose Their Charm Amid the Vile Odors From the Phosphate Works
Trolley rides these hot summer evenings form a most pleasant diversion. After a hard day's work or confinement in factory or office they serve not only as an
enjoyable pastime, but also as a most healthful and invigorating indulgence. Our people find the ride from this place to Orwigsburg a delightful trip. The ride
from here to Pottsville, through the valley walled in by high, densely wooded mountains, is exquisitely picturesque and is seldom excelled or surpassed
anywhere. The Pottsville people are fortunate in having the choice of quite a number of grand rides, but judging from the large crowds carried, the ride to
Schuylkill Haven is preferred by a great many. However, this ride has one distracting feature. The pleasure of the trip is greatly marred by a most horrible stench
permeating the atmosphere for a considerable area in the vicinity of the trolley turnout. The almost unbearable odor arises from the phosphate works on the
nearby hillside. Not only is a passing whiff received, but the passengers, thus rendered uncomfortable, are compelled to endure the foul smell for quite a
distance. Seldom does a car escape it, and all passengers are similarly distressingly affected while passing through the offensive, invisible cloud. Only on cool,
damp evenings is the smell not noticed. The Traction Company should give the matter their immediate attention and endeavor to have the works removed or
operations there discontinued during the summer months at least. The public health is also endangered and the matter should engage the prompt and careful
consideration of the health authorities.
|The Call of March 22, 1901
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN LADY'S SUIT FOR DAMAGES
Miss Jennie Holton, residing on Quince Street, this borough, through her counsel, M. M. Burke, on Tuesday filed a suit for damages against the Pottsville Union
Traction Company. Miss Holton sustained injuries in a trolley accident at Seven Stars, between this place and Pottsville, last July. Two cars, Pottsville bound,
were running very close to each other, when the front one stopped suddenly and the rear car, on which Miss Holton was a passenger, crashed into the other.
Miss Holton was thrown on the floor by the unexpected heavy jar and was injured.
|The Call of June 10, 1904
TROLLEY POLE FALLS INTO STREET
Rotted away at the base, the trolley guy pole in front of Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church was unable to stand the strain and as the 5:30 car was coming into town
the other evening, the pull of the trolley broke off the pole and it dropped across the pavement. Fortunately no one was near at the time of the mishap. The
trolley men had quite a time disengaging the wires from the pole and putting them up out of harm's way, the deadly current with which the wire was charged
making it a very delicate matter to handle.
|The Call of June 7, 1907
TROLLEY COMPANY COMPLETES REPAIRS
The trolley company has about completed repairs on its road between here and Pottsville and the cars make good time. Repairs will soon be completed through
town and the service will be still more improved. Considering all things, the public is pretty well satisfied with the service but it still has a kick coming and we are
sure that if the matter is presented to headquarters, the remedy will be speedily forthcoming, as the present management of the road appears disposed to do
everything within reason to accommodate the public. The subject we refer to is the stopping of cars at street crossings so that people may board them and leave
them on the crossings and not in the mud. We believe a rule was recently promulgated by the trolley management requiring motormen to stop at the crossings,
but the rule is more honored in the breach than in the observance. The most flagrant disregard is at the corner of Main and Dock Streets where the car stops on
the crossing only about once in a hundred times. When a conductor on a car was expostulated with the other day his reply was, "we have orders not to stop on
curves." This should not prevent cars going to Pottsville stopping at the crossing as the car is clear of the curve by the time the rear platform reaches the
crossing and cars coming into town can stop with the front platform on the crossing and passengers may alight from that platform. If this were made the rule
passengers would understand it and would appreciate the convenience. Another trolley conductor when asked why his car did not stop at the crossing replied,
"your Town Council gave orders that cars must not stop on crossings." The writer happened to be at the council meeting when this matter was brought up and
begs to say that the trolley people are laboring under a misapprehension. Under the former management the Pottsville car frequently waited at the corner of Main
and Saint John Streets anywhere from ten minutes to half an hour for the Orwigsburg car. It was the practice of the Pottsville car crews to stop with one platform
of the car completely blocking the crossing from P. T. Hoy's to Hotel Grand. Town Council requested the trolley company not to block the crossings. This matter of
accommodating the traveling public is important and it should be taken up by Town Council or the Municipal League and presented before the trolley management
and we feel confident that the patrons of the road will have no further kick coming on this score.
|The Call of February 2, 1906
Milton Schweigert and Milton Schnerring of Pottsville and Clayton Freeman of Mount Carbon were patched up at Bensinger's Drug Store on Saturday night by Dr.
Lenker and Druggist Bensinger. The boys looked as if they had been in a fracas with a windmill. Schweigert had his face badly scratched and bruised and a cut
three inches long and into the bone above his right eye. Schnerring besides face lacerations had a deep cut almost the entire length of his nose and Freeman's
left leg was so badly strained that he could hardly walk. All three boys were sent to the Pottsville Hospital. They said they had jumped from a moving trolley car
and had become tangled up with each other.
|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 one 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 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 & 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 October 4, 1912
ENOUGH TO SCARE ANYONE
Everyone who has had occasion to ride in the trolley cars on Dock Street knows what a bad condition the trolley road was in, how the car rocks and lurches from
side to side and how it bumps over the track joints. Particularly is this the case on the stretch from Broadway to Main Street. At Paxson Avenue the worst jar of
them all was experienced and often caused passengers to become badly fussed up. Did you ever notice that the stop at Paxson Avenue is marked number
thirteen and on the fence along the river bank about twenty five feet above this stop, and opposite the Episcopal church property, some fanatical Christian has
painted a sign, "Now prepare to meet your God." Is it any wonder passengers rode on this particular part of the line with reluctance?
|The Call from December 12, 1913
TROLLEY ACCIDENT SATURDAY EVENING
A trolley accident occurred on the Schuylkill Haven branch Saturday evening at about 7:15 o'clock at the Midway causing considerable annoyance to the traveling
public. A southbound car coming through the switch at a lively rate was derailed when the rear truck jumped the tracks. The car bumped over the sills for a
distance of thirty feet or more before it could be brought to a stop. The passengers were badly shaken up and a number of them received slight bruises. Mrs.
Corcoran of the West Ward was the most severely injured. The derailed car was very close to the bank and escaped plunging down the same by the margin of a
foot or two. Had it not been for the extra guard rail or track at this point the car would surely have gone down the embankment. Traffic was blocked for the
baolance of the evening and the crowds were handled with difficulty and much inconvenience to those who happened to be traveling.
|The Call of September 17, 1920
MAY PUT SAFETY CARS ON SCHUYLKILL HAVEN LINE
While nothing of an official nature could be learned, it is believed the Eastern Pennsylvania Railway Company will shortly place in operation on the Schuylkill
Haven and Pottsville line, several of the small safety cars or "pay as you leave" cars. Three of these cars have been in operation on other lines of the company
for several weeks. One has been operated on the Orwigsburg line for the last week or two. Saturday seven additional cars of the same type were received and it
is said that four of them are to be used on the Schuylkill haven line and a fifteen minute schedule instituted. It is understood the cars can only be operated on
certain lines of the company by reason of their being but "one man" cars and it is believed Schuylkill Haven is to be one on the line to have them.
The cars seat from 32 to 40 and ride with a reasonable degree of comfort. They are but one truckers and weigh but seven and a half tons, as compared to the
large cars weighing almost three times as much. They gain their name "safety" cars from their operation. They are said to be the last word in trolley car style and
equipment. The car can not be operated unless the motorman has his hand on the levers. The car can not be moved unless the doors on the same are closed.
The opening of a door stops the car completely and it cannot be started until it is closed again. This obviates a great deal of danger to passengers. There are
numerous safety devices such as a trolley pole which must be in just the exact position before the car will move. The reserve supply of fifty pounds of air is
always contained in the air tank and upon the slightest mishap the brakes are closed. They cannot be again released until this amount of air is pumped in to the
compressor. When sand is used it is dropped in front of all four wheels instead of two.
|The Call of October 3, 1918
CHILD RAN INTO TROLLEY
The three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Ulsh of Liberty Street, running out the yard of his home just as the 6:30 car for Schuylkill Haven went by the house,
was struck by the front steps of the car. He was picked up unconscious and carried into the home. He suffered concussion of the brain. Dr. Lessig was
summoned. The child is reported to now be on a fair road to recovery and without any likelihood of later serious or fatal developments. The trolley tracks run
within a foot or two of the gate of the Ulsh home, hence the accident. That the child was not thrown under the wheels was due to the fact that he was running
rapidly and struck the car with his head and the impact threw him backward instead of under the car.
|Due to the expansion of the RAILROADS page, all
articles and photographs on trolleys will now be
published here on a separate page.
|Reading Times of December 20, 1906
TROLLEY CARS COLLIDE - They Came Together Head On And Number Of Passengers Are Injured
A head on collision occurred this forenoon at Cape Horn, three miles north of Schuylkill Haven, between the trolley cars leaving Schuylkill haven and Pottsville at
ten o'clock respectively. The cars collided at good speed and the front end of each was completely wrecked. Walter Scott, motorman on the northbound car, and
William Potts, who held the lever of the southbound car escaped serious injury by jumping. None of the passengers was seriously injured, although several legs
are said to have been fractured and a number of passengers were badly bruised and cut by flying glass.
|Harrisburg daily Independent of August 9, 1910
MOTORMAN AND CONDUCTOR HURT
An eight wheeled passenger car on the Schuylkill Haven Division of the local trolley system yesterday afternoon crashed onto two trucks loaded with road
material. An employee had failed to flag the car and its front platform was stripped to the vestibule doors and Motorman James E. Quinn and Conductor Charles
Tucker were hurt, while several passengers were cut by broken glass.
|Pottsville Journal of May 8, 1913
WIDENING TROLLEY TRACKS
C. A. Cortland has been given the contract for extending the trolley tracks on the Tumbling Run branch of the local electric road. The tracks are not to be made
longer but the two tracks from a point near the white rock to the end of the line are to be separated so that the larger cars can be used more readily in transit
during the coming summer. The widening of the distance between the tracks will allow a reduction in the time of running and will do away with the danger which
has always menaced the large cars when passing along curves. The new feature will also mean a reduction in time and make the ride more comfortable and
enjoyable than heretofore.
|Reading Times of April 27, 1914
ROCK ON RAILS HALTS CAR ON CHASM BRINK - Trolley Passengers At Schuylkill Haven Have Narrow Escape
Motorman Keeps Wits And Averts Catastrophe Without Letting His Charges Suspect Danger
A wreck on the trolley road was narrowly averted Friday evening between Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville. One of the Schuylkill Haven cars was going north when
a large stone rolled down the hill along side the trolley track and struck the fender of the car. The passengers did not realize the danger, some of them evidently
not knowing what had occurred. Motorman Gillespie applied the air brakes at once and brought the car to a stop. Had the rock fallen a second sooner it would
have rolled across the tracks and perhaps have thrown the car off, or a second later might have allowed the stone to roll directly under the front wheel of the car
before the fender could have stopped it. Such an accident would have caused the car, with all its passengers to plunge to the street below, a distance of about
|Harrisburg Daily Independent of March 6, 1916
BODY SOLVES MYSTERY - Trolley Crew Couldn't Find Car Victim Till River Yielded Him
The body of C. K. Garreton was found in the Schuylkill River, a short distance below Pottsville yesterday morning. Saturday night a Schuylkill Haven car on the
Eastern Pennsylvania Railway struck a man near Number One bridge, but when the crew went to search for him, only his hat and some bloody clothes could be
found. The mystery puzzled the railway man until the discovery of the body in the river nearby, yesterday. It is evident that the man, after being struck, swerved
about and was drawn into the river, where, if his injuries were not already fatal, he was speedily drowned.
|New articles just added to the TROLLEYS page including:
Morris Knarr of town is killed in a gruesome manner on the trolley tracks
north of Schuylkill Haven and the trolley company notes twenty years of
service between Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville.
|Miners Journal of May 19, 1908
CAR JUMPS TRACK IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The trolley car arriving in Schuylkill haven this morning at six o'clock jumped the track in front of the Evangelical Mission church parsonage and ran into and
badly damaged a large shade tree and tore up the pavement. The car was one of the large new ones placed on this division on Sunday and was enroute to town
when the rear truck jumped. The car was in charge of Conductor Tucker and Motorman Quin, who stuck to their posts. This car jumping the track on Dock Street
brings the number up to five or six inside of several weeks and the traction company still fails to repair its tracks. An odd feature connected with these cars is
the fact that they invariably leave the tracks near the residences of pastors or directly in front of churches.
|Miners Journal of February 20, 1909
PERSISTED IN RIDING FREE
Mikola Markociz, who gives Cressona as his place of residence, is locked in the borough lockup to await a hearing before Squire McCool on a charge of
threatening conductor Thomas Berger, an employee of the eastern Pennsylvania railways Company on the Schuylkill Haven division. The man boarded a
Schuylkill Haven car on Thursday evening and refusing to pay his fare, was ejected from the car by Conductor Berger, whom he abused and threatened.
Yesterday afternoon he boarded the same car and again refused to pay his fare. He repeated his threats to do harm to Mr. Berger and when the car reached
Pottsville he was placed under arrest.
|Reading Times of December 26, 1911
TROLLEY CAR PLUNGES INTO THE SCHUYLKILL - 35 Passengers Dropped Twenty Feet Into The River
Broken Rail Responsible For Accident On Black Bridge Near Pottsville - Believed That Not One Escaped Injury
A trolley car carrying thirty five persons, mostly residents of Schuylkill Haven, jumped the Black Bridge between Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven, dropping a
distance of twenty feet into the Schuylkill River. Every available physician in Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven was rushed to the scene of the accident by special
cars and all the injured were brought to the Pottsville Hospital. Railway officials admit that not one of the passengers escaped injury but it can not be learned at
this time how many, if any, are fatally injured. At the hospital, it was stated that none of the passengers has succumbed to injuries but said that several are in
precarious condition. The only thing which prevented the serious loss of life was the fact that the river at the point where the car took the plunge is not more
than six feet deep. The accident is supposed to have been caused by a broken rail.
|New York Times of December 26, 1911
58 HURT AS TROLLEY FALLS FROM TRESTLE - CAR LOADED WITH THEATREGOERS JUMPS TRACK OVER CREEK NEAR POTTSVILLE, PENN.
ONLY THREE ESCAPE INJURY - ONE MAN MISSING AND MANY MORTALLY HURT -- CAR FALLS FIFTEEN FEET INTO STREAM.
Crowded with passengers en route to take in a performance of "The Chocolate Soldier" at Pottsville tonight, one of the big eight-wheeled trolley cars of the
Eastern Pennsylvania Railways Company, which had gathered up theatregoers from all points of the territory north of Orwigsburg and Schuylkill Haven to the
county seat, plunged over the trestle at Cape Horn Mount Carbon, several miles south of Pottsville, falling into a creek which is a tributary of the Schuylkill River.
There were sixty-one passengers on the car, of whom only three escaped injury. None of the passengers was killed outright, but several of them are in a very
critical condition. Fractured limbs, wrenches, and contusions were plentiful, and some are hurt internally and their condition may be a great deal more serious
than appears to be the case tonight.
All of the passengers have been accounted for except Harry Butz, of Schuylkill Haven, who cannot be found. There are rumors that he may be pinned beneath the
wrecked car or that he may have been hurled into the Schuylkill River close by and carried down by the strong current. The car which went over the bridge left
Orwigsburg, the old Schuylkill county seat, distant from Pottsville about six miles, promptly at 7 o'clock. The crowd bound for Pottsville was large because of the
interest in the operatic attraction at this place. Tickets were sold at Orwigsburg, Adamsdale, Schuylkill Haven, Seven Stars and all way points. There were so many
passengers that it was necessary to run a second section to the regular car. It was this second car that met with the serious accident. It was in charge of
Motorman Harry Dundore and Conductor William Robertson. The former, who was hurled from the forward platform, was very seriously hurt, and will probably die.
The regular car, which preceded the extra, made the trip over the trestling in safety, but the second car, for some reason that cannot be explained, jumped the
track. The bridge is an open one and the car went over the side, dropping about fifteen feet into the bed of the creek. Fortunately this stream contains only about
two feet of water at this time of year, or many of the passengers would have been drowned.
The creek is an artificial one, having been constructed to carry water from the Schuylkill River to the canal lock at Cape Horn, where in the palmy days of the
Schuylkill Navigation Company, loaded coal barges were taken from the Pottsville anthracite shipping headquarters to tidewater points. This was before the
construction of the Philadelphia & Reading Railway cut off the canal traffic. It is an isolated spot, and is in proximity to a deep cut through the mountain by which
the Pennsylvania Railroad main line reaches Philadelphia.
Among the more seriously injured is Miss Annie Cleary, a public school teacher of Schuylkill Haven. Miss Mattie Hartranft of Schuylkill Haven, is crushed about
the upper part of the body, and it is believed she will die. Miss Mary McCormick, of Schuylkill Haven was badly injured about the head, but her condition is not
serious. Miss Annie Moyer of Cressona was hurled into the water, and a young man who went to her assistance pulled her arm out of the socket in dragging her
out. Immediately after Conductor Robertson telephoned the report of the accident to trolley headquarters, relief cars from Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven, with a
corps of doctors and trolley officials, were dispatched to the scene. The most seriously hurt were those who crowded the rear portion of the car and the platform.
|The Call of July 14, 1916
AUTO DASHES IN FRONT OF TROLLEY
An auto occupied by Benjamin Dewald and occupied by himself, his son, warren and Harvey Unger ran in front of the Orwigsburg trolley car Sunday afternoon at
4:30 o'clock and was badly damaged. The occupants were driving down Saint Peter Street and when Liberty Street was reached the trolley came in sight. The
driver became excited and attempted to go across with the above results. None of the occupants were seriously injured, although they had narrow escapes from
being killed. Unger was cut across the hands and face. Benjamin Dewald had a deep gash in the knee and Warren Dewald slight bruises and contusions. The
injured were attended to by Dr. C. Lenker.
|Pottsville Journal of August 14, 1920
NEW CARS PUT IN SERVICE
One of the new pay as you enter trolley cars appeared in Schuylkill Haven on Friday evening and a large number of people were drawn to the corner of Main and
Saint John Streets to inspect the cars which are to be put into service between Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville. Superintendent Williams and other officials were
on the new car and a run was made on the Orwigsburg branch. The expressed opinion of the Schuylkill Haven public is that the cars are entirely too small for the
run between Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville, especially on a Saturday night when a large number of local shoppers use the trolley line. The large cars in use
now are unable to handle the crowds on Saturday nights and if the new cars are placed on the eleven o'clock or last car out of Pottsville run, there will be a large
number of disappointed people left stranded.
|New articles just added to the RAILROAD page:
The fourteenth installment of the history of the Reading
Railroad car shops at Schuylkill Haven, as written by
Isaac Paxson, long time employee in the November 1905
editions of The Call, has just been added.
|The Call of January 11, 1917
FROM HERE TO READING BY TROLLEY CAR
Within the course of the next year or two, it may be the pleasure of Schuylkill Haven residents to ride from here to Reading by trolley. From an authoritative
source it was learned this week, that application will shortly be made for a franchise. This franchise will specify that a third rail system is to be constructed
between Pottsville and Reading, via Schuylkill Haven. It is understood that the Reading Railway Company are back of the project. Color to the above report is
given to the fact that the Reading Company several months ago had plans prepared for the construction of a fourth track between Pottsville and Reading, and in
fact, even below Reading. Now they are engaged in making extensive fills. This is particularly noticeable between here and Pottsville. It is calculated that the
new road will not be completed until 1918 or the beginning of 1919. Once completed, it is the intention of the promoters to run at least a dozen express trains
each direction daily. Less than one hour will be consumed in making the trip one way.
|The Call of March 16, 1917
FOUND SLEEPING ON TROLLEY TRACK
Messrs. Herman Reed and Albert Stine played the heroic act on Monday afternoon when they removed from harm's way, an intoxicated foreigner. As the two
young men were driving back Saint John Street, they discovered the foreigner asleep with his head on the trolley tracks and his feet stretched to the opposite
track. It was only a few minutes before the arrival of an Orwigsburg car. The man was loaded into the wagon, together with his bottle, and removed to another
locality. The man's clothing was covered with mud and he was bleeding from wounds of the face and head. His identity is unknown.
|Pottsville Journal of January 22, 1932
PROBE MYSTERIOUS CASE - Trolley Motorman's $10 In Change Disappears From Car
What has become of ten dollars in fifty cent pieces in a canvas bag and hidden in an East Penn Company trolley last night? That question is puzzling Motorman
Harvey E. Dundore, of Pottsville, officials of the company and police. Dundore secreted the money in the car last night while at Yorkville and upon reaching
Schuylkill Haven, it was gone. Three strange young men are suspected. They got off the car at Willow and Dock Streets in Schuylkill Haven. Burgess Roy A. Scott,
Chief of Police Deibert and Patrolman Bubeck of the Schuylkill Haven police force, cooperated with the State Highway patrolmen and W. E. Dinstel, operating
manager for the East Penn, in investigating. No trace of the suspected trio had been found as of this afternoon.
|The Call of September 7, 1917
TROLLEY KILLS TOWN MAN
Morris Knarr, a well known and life long resident of Schuylkill haven, was instantly killed last evening about 7:40 o'clock, by being run over by a trolley car. The
accident happened a short distance this side of the Mount Carbon arch and about midway between the end of the arch and the switch leading to the turnout. The
trolley was in charge of motorman Thomas McGovern, of town, and conductor Oscar Bicht of Pottsville. Owing to the sharp curve and the up grade at the point of
the accident, the cars usually run fast. McGovern discovered the man lying on the track but before he could bring the car to a stop the front wheels had passed
over the head. The head of Knarr was lying on the rail and the remainder of his body between the two tracks. After the wheels of the front truck had passed over
his head, the motors caught the body and dragged it for some little distance. Particles of the head were still on the car when it went to the barn late last night.
Knarr never knew what happened to him. His head was practically cut in half and his brains oozed out on the ground. Later these were gathered up in a
pasteboard box. Less than twenty minutes before the accident, Knarr was seen coming out of the Luongo saloon at Mount Carbon. He started to walk through the
arch and was stopped by three men who told him that he was in no condition to walk along the railroad and that he would be killed. They attempted to catch hold
of his arm and turn him in another direction but he broke away. It is then presumed that he walked to the spot and then lay down to sleep with the above result.
Immediately after the accident and after the ambulance of the Pottsville Hospital had been summoned, deputy coroner James B. Heller, of Pottsville, arrived and
gave permission for the body to be removed. It was then taken to the undertaking establishment of T. D. Bergen of Pottsville. Shortly after nine o'clock, Dr. Heller
and a representative of The Call went to the morgue in an endeavor to establish an identification. One of the first slips of paper pulled from the pocket was a
receipt in the name of Morris Knarr of Schuylkill Haven, showing that on July 30th, 1917, he had paid $1.50 into the Schuylkill Haven Order of Owls, Number 1098.
The receipt was signed by Harry Sowers and carried the seal of the order.
Knarr lived with a widowed mother on Liberty Street. He was employed at the local Reading shops. According to the report at the shops, he was born June 27th,
1882 and started work at the shops on June 27th, 1902. For the past several years he was on the wreck crew. Knarr worked the entire month of August but
reported off the last day on account of sickness. He had not worked since that time. His mother is not in the best of health and when the news was broken to her
by Harry Baker, who had been requested by The Call to do so, she laughed and said that it was not true. Later she realized the situation and began to cry. The
remains were brought from Pottsville late last night by undertaker C. Gaccident The death of Morris Knarr was the second one to occur in his immediate family,
his father, "Colonel Knarr," some years ago having been found dead in a creek. Surviving besides the mother is one brother. No blame for the accident has been
attached to the crew as it is believed the horrible accident was the result of trespassing.
|The Call of October 19, 1917
TROLLEYS TO POTTSVILLE NOW RUNNING TWENTY YEARS
On Thursday, October 11th, it was twenty years since the first regular scheduled trolley car carried passengers from Schuylkill Haven to Pottsville. It was on a
Monday morning, October 11th, 1897, that this car left the Saint John Street turnout in charge of motorman James Quinn and conductor Charles Tucker. There
were but a few passengers for the first few trips owing to the opening of the line that day not having been sufficiently advertised about the town. Later in the day
however, the cars were taxed to their capacity. The long cars with the seats at the sides and with room in the aisle to crowd twice as many as the seats would
accommodate were first used. The car arrived in Schuylkill Haven at 6:50 a. m. and left at 7:00 a. m. The car was Number 30.
On the Friday previous, October 8, 1897, the school children were given a free ride to Pottsville. Many persons will remember the event how they were piled into
the cars like sardines. Sunday, Superintendent D. J.. Duncan and General Manager Wright, together with the other officials of the company were taken over the
line and made a thorough inspection of it prior to the opening to the public the following day.