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JUNE 2017
The Call of June 1, 1917

During the month of June base ball fans of this town will be given the opportunity to see a number of good ball
games in the local ball park and from sentiment expressed, many of them will pay their admission fee willingly
and be on hand.  The games will be played by the Saint Clair Philadelphia and Reading base ball team which
last year came very near winning the pennant in the P & R base ball league.  This year the team is stronger
than ever before.  From the fact that it is a railway base ball league, seasoned fans and old timers need not
snicker and think the exhibitions will not be worthwhile.  Good exhibitions are put up and close and exciting
games are the rule.  The first of the months games will be played Saturday, June 2nd, when the Reading
Transportation Division team will play the Saint Clair team.  June 9th the Auditors of Philadelphia will be here.  
On June 16th, the Reading Car Shop team and on June 23rd, the Transportation team of Philadelphia.

A disgraceful occurrence was that of the fight of Monday afternoon between Ray Hoffman and an Italian
laborer employed by E. P. R. Company in repairing the brick paving on Main Street.  Quite a crowd was
attracted to the scene and for a while the participants in the fight pommelled each other in regular pugilistic
style.  Bystanders interfering and separating the fighters prevented what might have resulted in something
serious.  It is said Hoffman made remarks to the Italian concerning the method of placing the bricks.  One word
brought on another and finally the two men mixed things for a while at the corner of Main and Saint John
Streets.  Although the borough authorities appeared at the scene within several minutes time, no arrests were
made or fines imposed.  It is said the E. P. R. Company intends bringing suit against Hoffman for his
interference with their work.

The Call of June 8, 1917

Landlord Rudolph, of the Halfway House, was in town on Tuesday displaying a number of ripe apples which he
plucked form a tree on his premises this week.  The apples, although small in size, were neat in appearance.  
Rudy lays claim to having the first fruit of the season and still has more on his tree.

The waiting room at the Reading station had the appearance Tuesday morning as if a cyclone had passed
through the room.  A band of gypsies with a number of children had occupied the room while waiting for the
train to the west end of the county and what those kids did was a caution.  Station agent Johnson was forced
to scrub the room following the departure of these dark skinned natives.

The annual banquet of the High School Alumni Association was held last evening at the Long Run Hotel.  The
guests of honor were the members of the class of 1917 and who were formally received into the association.  
The event was a delightful one, all present reporting having had a very enjoyable time.  On Wednesday
evening a dance was held in the Good Will hall in honor of the class of 1917, same being tendered by the Luma
Club of town.  Seltzer's orchestra furnished the music.

The Call of June 15, 1917

Mrs. P. T. Hoy, wife of the well known Main Street merchant had a very narrow escape from serious injury on
Tuesday morning when the gas stove in her home exploded.  The gas had been turned on in the oven and
several minutes elapsed before the match was applied.  In the meantime the doors of the oven had not been
opened and the accumulation of gas caused the explosion.  The door was blown open striking Mrs. Hoy on the
wrist and inflicting a slight injury.  Some damage was done to the stove.

Underwear manufacturer J. D. Reed has a force of men at work making extensive improvements to his mill.  
New floors are being placed, the roof of the boiler house raised and new finishing machines installed.  Mr.
Reed expects the work to be completed by the first of July when operations will again be resumed.

A serious accident was narrowly averted on Wednesday afternoon when an auto owned by a party named
Reed, ran into a guide rope being used by the employees of the Bell Telephone Company, who were stringing
wires along Dock Street.  Unknown to the driver of the auto, the rope wound itself about the machine.  The
first intimation that the employees had was when several men, at work on the top of poles, started to yell when
the wires came apart.  One of the employees was nearly pulled from his lofty position before the auto was
brought to a stop.  The accident was witnessed by Squire William Kline and merchant Harry Sterner, together
with a number of women residing in the neighborhood.

The Call of June 22, 1917

Less than one and one half hours after he started his daily occupation at the Schuylkill Haven car shops, on
Monday morning last, Gordon D. Reed, one of the most widely known residents of this section of the county
dropped dead.  At the time of his demise he was at work on a box car in company with George J. Burns and
Irvin J. Reichert.  The three had been conversing together about moving the car and Burns had just moved to
the other side when Reichert called to him that Reed had fallen over.  Hardly a sound was uttered by the
deceased after he had fallen.  Dr. J. A. Lessig was summoned and arrived within a few minutes.  He
pronounced life extinct and death was almost instantaneous.  His family were then notified and the remains
removed by undertaker Bittle to his home on Dock Street.  The news of his sudden death was a shock to his
many friends and spread about town very rapidly.

The Moyer auto bus came near figuring in a serious accident on Saturday evening shortly before six o'clock on
the high bank above Seven Stars.  The bus comfortably filled with people, was enroute to Schuylkill Haven
when after reaching the top of the hill, a pin broke.  It was stopped just as the front of the truck crashed
through the fence or guard rail and the wheels were about to go over the edge of the bank.  The passengers
hurriedly alighted and got to a place of safety.  The damage was quickly repaired and the passengers brought

The Call of June 29, 1917

Within the course of another week or two, Benjamin Crossley will start manufacturing his own ice cream
cones.  The great demand for these cones in this season of the year has retarded the shipment from the large
manufacturing plants.  Mr. Crossley has already received his machinery and is having the same installed.  His
output will be several hundred cones per day.

A movement is on foot amongst several citizens to provide for municipal band concerts in Schuylkill haven
during the summer.  By this is meant weekly band concerts in different parts of the town by the two local
bands.  It is proposed to raise a fund in some way or another to purchase a suitable band stand and it is
intended to move this stand from place to place.  In addition, electric light for the musicians will be furnished
so that these two features which caused the bands to reluctantly consent to give open air concerts heretofore
may be taken care of by a special committee for the purpose.  It is also proposed to provide police so that the
public desiring to pay attention and be entertained will not be interrupted by the usual yelling of youngsters.