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MAY 2017
The Call of May 4, 1917

TRUANT MUST REPORT TO PROBATION OFFICER
In the custody of Constable John H. Butz, Clayton Moll, was taken before Judge Koch at Pottsville, yesterday,
charged with playing truant from the Schuylkill Haven public schools.  Moll was instructed to attend school
every day and at the close of the school term to go to work.  Moll was given to understand that the very next
time he is reported from school he will be placed under arrest and then sent away to a reformatory.  The
school board is determined to break up truancy and have decided to arrest all truants.

LOCAL PASTOR'S AID ASKED BY GERMANY
During the deliverance of his patriotic address in saint Matthew's Lutheran Church on Sunday last, reverend
B. C. Ritz informed the members of his congregation that he had received a number of letters from German
Societies requesting him to use his influence against any legislation that would be detrimental to the German
government.  Reverend Ritz stated that he had received a number of these communications, all which readily
found their way to the waste basket or the fire.  He was told that anything he could possibly do would be
appreciated and that any expense incurred would be immediately paid.  Reverend Ritz believed that the
members of this German Society thought he was of German descent and as he was t the head of a German
church, he would willingly comply with the request.  Reverend Ritz is every inch an American and at no time
during his has his thoughts or actions been anything but American.  This German Society did not rightly
consider their man when they made requests of this nature from a resident of Schuylkill Haven of whom we
are very proud.

ORDERS FOR 100 CARS OF DIRT
George B. Rauch, this week received orders for one hundred cars of coal dirt as is being taken from the
baseball diamond.  This does not include orders for nearly that many more cars that were recently received.

THIS AUTO RUNS BACKWARD
Residents in the vicinity of Center and Garfield Avenue were given an illustration of just how an auto can run
backwards, shortly after one o'clock Sunday morning last.  The auto ran backwards from Center Avenue to the
Lehigh Valley arch where it required just twenty minutes for the male occupants to say goodnight to the female
occupants.  Evidently the auto shies at tombstones or the machine might have run backwards somewhat
further.


The Call of May 11, 1917

FOUR CLEAN UP DAYS NEXT WEEK
Schuylkill Haven instead of having one Clean Up Day this year is to have four, from Monday, May 14th, to
Thursday, May 17th.  The entire four days are to be devoted to cleaning and brightening up the town and in
this work, the hearty cooperation of every man, woman and child in the community is solicited.  There are a
number of alleys, yards (front and back), open or vacant lots that can stand a good cleaning up of the rubbish,
ashes and filth with which they are littered.  As most of the housecleaning is over, or as most housewives
have the greater part of their homes cleaned for the summer, attention is called to the cellar and the yard
which are fine breeding places for disease germs.  Instead of allowing rubbish, paper, etc., to lie around in the
cellar or at the back of the house it should be cleaned up.  That is what these Clean Up Days are for.
All ashes, rubbish, etc., must not only be cleaned from the yards but also from the premises.  It must be hauled
to the garbage plot.  It is not to be placed on the curb with the expectation that teams engaged for this
purpose will haul it away free of charge.  Each and every tenant must provide not only for the proper cleaning
up of his home and premises but also for the disposal of the material thus gathered.  Disease and dirt are
twins and as this town does not want to have a repetition of epidemics such as visited the town last year, it
behooves everyone to join in willingly in this four day clean up movement.

TEACHERS WANT MORE SALARY
Twenty of the teachers, employed in the public schools of Schuylkill Haven, petitioned the members of the
school board at their regular meeting on Monday evening last, for a substantial increase in salary for the
coming year.  The petition asked for a decision at the early convenience of the board.  In all probability the
increase will be granted.  
A meeting of the board is scheduled for this coming Monday night when a budget for the ensuing term will be
gone carefully over.  At the same time the tax rate will be considered and the question of an increase to the
teachers given careful consideration.  IT was remarked by one of the teachers but a short time ago when she
was receiving only $36.00, she was better off than at the present time when she is receiving $50.00.  Members
of school boards throughout the county are increasing the salaries of their teachers in keeping with the
increased cost of living.  During the past two weeks the teachers at Tamaqua were given a five percent
increase.

REFUSED PERMISSION TO DECORATE GRAVES
This year the graves of the soldiers in the Episcopal cemetery on Dock Street will not be decorated on account
of permission to enter the cemetery being refused the Grand Army by the owners of the cemetery.  There are
five veterans whose graves this year will not be strewn with flags and over which the usual short memorial
services will not be held nor a salute fired.  It will be the first time in many years that permission has been
refused the Post to exercise and pay tribute to these soldiers.  Refusal is based on the fact that the dozen or
dozen and a half persons who generally enter this sacred resting place of the dead, tramp down the graves
and otherwise spoil the grass plots.  The graves of the soldiers on the Saint Ambrose Catholic and Union
cemeteries will be decorated as usual, the former in the morning and the latter in the afternoon.


The Call of May 18, 1917

CHURCH KEPT IN RATHER LATE
A story is going the rounds about several Spring Garden girls who on Sunday evening last left for church.  
They first attired themselves in their Sunday best, applied a little French rouge, pinned a bunch of flowers on
their dress, and getting several pennies from pa, started off.  The girls did not reach home until Monday
morning and they gave as their excuse that there was a new minister and church kept in rather late.  There's
nothing like having a soldier boy for a beau, especially when he resides only in Pottsville.


The Call of May 25, 1917

COUNCIL HELD SPECIAL MEETING
Further action in the matter of paving Canal Street was taken by Town Council at its special meeting Monday
evening when the engineer for the job was selected.  Bids were received from a number of engineers of the
county and the lowest was the successful or fortunate bidder, namely George Butz of Schuylkill Haven.  
Immediately upon his selection, Mr. Butz was called on the phone and requested to meet the council in
session.  He arrived in a short time and was given instructions to proceed immediately to make the necessary
surveys, fix lines and grades and to prepare the plans and specifications.  As soon as this work is completed
bids will be invited for the paving work.  In connection with inviting bids for the improvement of the streets
named by brick paving, bids will also be asked for the concreting of these same streets.  It was suggested that
an eight or six inch covering of concrete would make a most excellent street and would be somewhat cheaper
than brick paving.  Concrete roads throughout the county have given the best of service and in most cases it
is said they have proven superior to brick paving in many ways.  Within the next several weeks it is quite
possible the councilmen will visit sections in this state where concrete roads have been built and are giving
satisfaction.  It is the intention of the council to first investigate the concrete road proposition thoroughly.


INMATES WITNESSED PARADE

Between fifty and sixty of the inmates of the Almshouse witnessed the parade here on Saturday afternoon,
last.  The inmates, both men and women, were in charge of their keepers and notwithstanding all the
excitement, behaved wonderfully well.  Following the parade, two abreast, they walked back to the institution


WATCHED PAINTER AT LOFTY HEIGHT
A large number of people watched with interest yesterday morning a painter or steeplejack as he gilded the
cross and stand on top of saint Ambrose Catholic Church.  The wind was blowing very string at the time and
the work was very dangerous.  However the steeplejack stayed at work and completed the same in due time.

WIFE DESERTER TO JAIL
Charles H. Moyer, of Center Avenue, who has been a fugitive from justice for the past several weeks, was
caught by the police of Coatesville, on Wednesday afternoon and brought back to Schuylkill Haven Thursday
morning by Constable Butz.  He was arraigned before Squire Kline on the charge of desertion and
nonsupport.  Unable to furnish bail he was committed to the county prison.  The charge against Moyer was
preferred by his wife.  Some time ago Mrs. Moyer was compelled to undergo a serious operation at the
Pottsville Hospital.  In ill health, following her return, her husband became discouraged and left for parts
unknown.  Through clever detective work on the part of Constable Butz, Moyer was located through relatives
as being in Coatesville.  Word was sent there and less than an hour afterwards news of his arrest was
received.  Moyer claims he is willing to support the woman but will never live with her.

THREE MINOR ACCIDENTS
Three minor accidents occurred in this section during the week in which the one party was directly concerned
with all three.  The first occurred near Roselyn when in backing, the pole of the wagon of contractor Daniel
Philips broke.  The team continued backing with the result that the wagon went over the side of a bank,
causing the one horse to be pulled in to the air.  Things were no sooner righted then the drivers discovered a
runaway horse, said to be owned by a party named Fisher, of Seven Stars, came dashing down the road.  The
horse was caught and taken to the Gehrig stables.  The Philips team started for home and when opposite the
Catholic church, a trolley came into collision with the wagon.  Comparatively little damage was done in either
accident, other than the breaking of the pole.

JIM WAS THE HERO

James Schucker was the real hero in an exciting runaway accident on Monday morning when he captured a
horse that was minus its bridle and led the animal to a stable.  A ragman from Pottsville was soliciting orders
on Berne Street.  While in a house, the horse took fright and started off.  Near the Bittle ice house the wagon
turned on its side.  The breaking of the shafts liberated the horse who started on a mad dash towards "home
sweet home."  Just as it was nearing the Schucker garage, Roy Eiler seated in an auto, sounded the horn and
the animal stopped dead.  Jim plunged forward, presto, the wild beast was conquered.  The wagon was badly
damaged and the horse slightly injured.