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MAY 1918
The Call of May 3, 1918

Arrangements are being made by a number of stores to observe the half holiday each week during the
summer months.  Starting on June 1st, the American Stores Company will open their store at eight o'clock each
morning and will close at six o'clock with the exception of Saturday night when they will remain open until nine
o'clock.  The store will also observe Wednesday afternoon half holidays during the months of June, July and

Schuylkill Haven is to have a clean up week this year instead of several days as heretofore.  It will be earlier in
the season then in previous years.  It is to be next week.  The entire week has been set aside for the purpose
by the Board of Health at its meeting on Monday evening.  The Burgess has issued a proclamation, calling
upon all residents to cooperate in the movement.  The selection of the dates for the clean up week are in
compliance with the suggestion of the Department of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Every
community has been asked to cooperate and next week will be known throughout the entire state as "clean
up" week.  There is considerable accumulation of rubbish and refuse in certain sections and parts of this
town, namely, lots, alleys and vacant lots.  No one can tell how much of the winter;s accumulation of rubbish
and refuse is stored away in attics and cellars and thus hidden from the public gaze.  From the fact that their
have been a number of clean up days held in this town in years gone by, the public is acquainted with the
requirements and conditions and is aware of just exactly what is expected of each and every one.

Francis Corcoran had a narrow escape from death on Sunday afternoon at the bridge leading to Broadway.  He
was engaged in play with a number of companions on the stone wall above the old tow path.  He suddenly lost
his balance and plunged over the edge of the wall to the path below, a distance of about thirty feet.  
Fortunately his body struck a tree and this broke his fall on the rocks below.  He was picked up with his hands
and face bleeding and taken to his home in the West Ward.  Dr. Ryan was summoned and dressed the injuries.  
It will be several days before it can be determined if the youth is injured internally.

County fuel administrator Baird Halberstadt has received orders to dispense with the light less nights, starting
at once and continuing until September 1st.  This order applies to Schuylkill Haven and was brought about by
the late hour of lighting boroughs and the daylight savings bill.  Superintendent Faust will place the new ruling
in effect immediately.

Postmaster John Ebling is awaiting his instructions and blanks for the registration of all German female aliens
in Schuylkill haven.  Thus far no dates have been fixed but it is assumed all German alien females aged
fourteen years and above will be required to register.  There are less than a dozen in Schuylkill Haven and
surrounding territory.

Tuesday morning when the 8:55 Reading train pulled into the local Reading station, Professor VB. F. Simonds,
probation officer of the county and The Call representative walked up to the car window and shook hands with
Jack Williams, the colored draftee, who left Pottsville and the first of his race from this section of the county.  
While the two were talking, a Schuylkill Haven lady, an active member of the local Red Cross chapter, stepped
to the window and with, "Her is a little token," presented the soldier with a parcel.  Her heart was in the right
place and her thought of kindness was one that seldom or never enters the mind of the average woman.  She
believed, as all true Americans should believe, that we are all created free and equal.  With her true modesty,
she requested that her name not be made known.

The Call of May 10, 1918

Letter carrier William Bittle spent the present week developing his muscle and henceforth patrons on his
route may expect their mail placed in second or third story windows by a well directed throw.  Mr. Bittle was
given a week's vacation and spent the same assisting coal merchant James Schucker throwing black
diamonds.  Substitute carrier Moyer served the east Ward residents.

Mrs. George Ruck, of 519 Canal Street, is in receipt of several letters from her brother, Private Abraham
Swartz, who is among the local boys somewhere in France.  The writer states that he is in fine health and wrote
one of the letters in a dugout twenty feet underground.  He reports the weather fine and the boys able to go
about without the use of their overcoats.  He makes special inquiry of a number of local residents.

Apparently somewhat ashamed of the half hearted manner in which they handled the subject of German in the
local schools at their last meeting, the members of the board ordered that when the schools close in June the
subject of German should be entirely eliminated.  At their previous meeting the board had decreed that those
scholars who had studied German this year should have the privilege of taking it up next year, this, that they
might not lose the entire year of study.  These scholars will now be compelled to study some other foreign
language and surely will be glad to do so.
The atmospherical conditions of Monday touched the better part of the directors in dealing with truancy and
leniency was extended to each and every one of the parents present.  About eight mothers and fathers were
present before the board to explain the absence of their children.  All were made familiar with the law and
promised to live up to the very letter.  Just as the board was about to pass a motion, ordering the arrest of a
boy named Aulenbach, his brother appeared and asked for a domestic certificate, that the boy could remain at
home and assist his mother with household duties.  The boy is fifteen years of age but looks older.
Attendance has changed but little.  A few have secured employment certificates of left town.  Five new pupils
have been enrolled.  During the month German measles invaded the schools.  The disease has begun to wane
now.  About fifty were readmitted today.
One hundred and eleven pupils will be promoted from the sixth to seventh grade.  Of these some will go to
work.  Seven will likely fail of promotion from the seventh to th eighth.  At least a part of these seven will
return next year.  It would seem that the creation of another seventh year class will be necessary.

Constable John Butz, on Sunday last, brought from Reading a girl by the name of Reickert, aged about
fourteen years.  The girl resides a short distance below Landingville.  More than a week ago she ran away from
home and was located by the State Police living with a farmer below Reading.  She was arrested Saturday and
lodged in a home at Reading until Sunday when she was brought back by the constable.

When the delivery truck of merchant George W. Butz and the coal truck of Harry Baker collided at the corner of
Dock and Haven Streets, a quantity of bread in the former machine took a sudden drop.  The Butz machine
received the worst of the argument and was taken to the Ebling garage for repairs.  The Baker truck was not
damaged.  Mr. Butz, who was driving his own car, had a narrow escape from serious injury.  

A handsome service flag was this week placed in the parlors of the Rainbow Hose Company house on Dock
Street.  The flag contains thirteen stars and is four by six feet.  It was made and presented to the company by
Mrs. Lottie Huy and Mrs. Ernest Braun and is an excellent specimen of workmanship.

The Call of May 17, 1918

Reports to Superintendent Hoover are to the effect that chickens are damaging farm plots.  This is particularly
true in the vicinity of Margaretta Street.  The owners of these plots can lawfully kill these chickens and the
owners of the chickens will have no redress at law.  The only provisions are that the persons killing the
chickens must not take them for their own use.  Residents of this locality would do well to keep their chickens
confined to enclosures.

Saturday has been set as the day for the opening of this town's new shoe store by James Mellon.  The store
will be known as Mellon's Shoe Parlor.  An extensive stock has already been received and more is to follow.  A
complete line of footwear for ladies, gents, misses children's and infants will be handled.  Among the well
known and guaranteed makes Mr. Mellon will carry are the Selz, the Crosset, the Walk Over and the Dorothy
Dodd.  A wide range of sizes in all lines will be stocked and the stock such that one can have his choice in
either a low, moderate or high priced shoe.

Inspired with the thought that if their sons were home, the mothers of Schuylkill Haven soldier boys would
have been remembered with a carnation on Sunday last, a well known merchant of the South Ward, presented
two hundred mothers of town with carnations on Saturday.  They were kindly distributed by the Boy Scouts,
who in turn were taken to the different homes in the auto of George Saul.

The Call of May 24, 1918

Street Commissioner William Huy performed a heroic act on Tuesday morning when he stopped a runaway
team.  The team was standing near the Reading station when the horse frightened at a passing train and
started up Main Street.  Mr. Huy was standing near the Hotel Grand when he took in the situation at a glance
and running out into the street, caught hold of the bridle of the horse as it dashed by.  Mr. Huy was pulled
several feet before bringing the team to a standstill.

Residents of Columbia Street enjoyed a little excitement during the week when two mounted State Police
made their appearance at a certain home.  It appears that the husband and wife had words, with the result that
the wife threatened to leave.  Constable John Butz was first appealed to and asked to make the wife stay at
home.  Constable Butz was powerless to act and then the State Police were called.  When they arrived at the
house they found both husband and wife in tears with their arms around each other.  It is understood that both
will give domestic life another try.
IN MAY OF 1918