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The Call of August 3, 1917

John W. Knight, of Dock Street, was given a hearing before Squire C. A. Moyer, on Tuesday morning in the
charge of assault and battery and non support.  The charge was preferred by his wife.  Hubby was about to be
taken to the county prison when upon his promise to do better, the charge was withdrawn.  The arrest was
made by Constable Butz.

The little park, running from Center Avenue to the First Reformed church, is a favorite spot for "spooning
couples," according to some of the neighbors who reside nearby.  Hardly an evening passes by that five or six
or even more couples are not noticed on the lawn and this as late as twelve and one o'clock in the morning.  
When requested to cease their noise, these spooners insult the people residing nearby.

A story is going the rounds about a certain resident of Garfield Avenue, falling into the creek flowing through
that section on Sunday night last.  Now this resident was about to call upon a certain attractive one of the
opposite sex.  He was crossing a small foot bridge to get to the house when some boards gave way with the
above result, sending Dan McGinty to the bottom of the creek in his best suit of clothes.  He had the water
splashing high into the air, attracting the attention of neighbors, who went to his assistance.  Outside of the
ducking, he was uninjured.

Messrs. Daniel Greenawald and Edward Gehrig had miraculous escapes from serious injury on Saturday
evening when the former's new Apperson roadster caught fire and burned.  The accident occurred when the
car was descending the incline near the deep cut on the outskirts of town.  The first intimation that they had
that of car being on fire was when the flames burst through the floor boards, causing both men to jump.  They
had no sooner reached safety when there was an explosion.  Mr. Greenawald received burns about the hands
and Mr. Gehrig on the face.  A peculiar incident connected with the burning was the fact that not one of the
tires was damaged.  The remains of the car were pulled to the side and the two men started for town.  On their
return they found that the four tires had been removed and a looking glass valued at $12.00 was stolen.

Unable to swim and going beyond his depth at "Palm Beach," John Shappell became excited and began to sink
when rescued by a young man named Fisher, who was bathing nearby.  He was taken to shore and in a few
minutes was able to return home unaccompanied.  The bathing here is exceptionally fine, especially during the
hot weather, and it is just probable that Shappell became exhausted.  Considerable comment has been made
about allowing bathing at this place.  The Call feels Mr. Killian, the owner of the dam, is to be complimented  
for allowing humanity to relieve their sufferings from the heat.

The flag pole on the tower of the Rainbow Hose House was struck and split in half by the lightening on
Wednesday morning.  A large pear tree on the premises of John Robert Jones also suffered a similar fate.  
That was about the extent of the damage from the storm in the Spring Garden portion of town.

The Call of August 10, 1917

With less than a month to complete all preparations, members of the Schuylkill Haven school board, at their
regular meeting on Monday evening, spent considerable time discussing the opening of the new high school
building.  At the present time a force of men are engaged in placing the chairs and desks, others are putting
the finishing touches to the various rooms and getting the rooms ready for occupancy.  Within the course of
another week, it is calculated that all things will be in readiness for the reception of the four or five hundred
scholars that in all probability will complete their education in this building.  The board practically decided on
Labor Day as the time in which to formally open the building.  The doors will be open all day for general
inspection.  Either in the afternoon or evening, a program will be rendered, this to be decoded upon at a later
date.  Should the efforts of the board fail to get Governor Brumbaugh to deliver an address

Mahlor Gerber, of Liberty Street, had a narrow escape from death when in mistake for cough medicine, he took
two teaspoonfuls of croton oil and olive oil combined.  This is used by the family as a liniment and is kept in a
bottle close to the cough medicine.  Gerber's mistake was noticed by members of his family after he had left
for his work as a cutter at the Walkin Shoe factory.  Stine's drug store was called and asked if the two oils were
poison.  They were told that it was and if anybody had taken of the two, a physician should be called.  Gerber
was instructed to return to his home immediately and Dr. Heim was summoned, who with the aid of a stomach
pump, relieved Gerber of a large percentage of the two oils before they had time to properly enter his system.  
Either one of the two oils is used as a laxative.  The croton oil is especially string and is used as a last resort
on animals when sick.  Then only a quarter of a drop in a quantity of water is prescribed.  The fact that Gerber
was not taken ill immediately was probably due to the olive oil.  When apprised of the fact at his work, fellow
employees discovered that he was so weak that assistance was almost necessary in removing him to his home.

Considerable apprehension is felt over the sudden disappearance of a well known resident of this locality.  He
left about ten days ago and up until yesterday nothing had been heard of him.  He had been talking about
going far west several months ago and his friends believe he is now realizing his ambitions by seeing this part
of the country and that they will hear from him in the very near future.  Members of his family are not alarmed
over his disappearance and believe that he will return almost any day.  

The annual grand lawn festival and country fair in aid of Saint Ambrose church will open on Thursday evening
next on Berger Lawn on Dock Street.  For many weeks various committees have been working incessantly
arranging for this affair.  The amusement of those who will attend has been considered most carefully.  Every
kind of lawn festival amusement will be in operation to delight those who attend.  A new game will be shown in
this section of the country for the first time.  It is something that has just recently come from the brain of one
of the country's foremost game makers.  It is entitled, "Knock the Helmet Off the Kaiser."  No resident of
Schuylkill Haven should miss seeing this game.  Come and test your skill at knocking the helmet off the
Kaiser.   Apart from the amusement to be gotten from the various games that will be found at the festival, the
inner man will also be well taken care of.  Various refreshment committees have labored incessantly to make
their booths attractive to those who will attend.  The Schuylkill Haven Citizen's Band will give a concert each
evening.  The various numbers that are to be played will be found in the program which has been gotten out in
connection with the festival.  From every point of view then, the festival can afford amusement to all who
attend and it is confidently hoped that vast throngs will visit the Berger Lawn on the 16th, 17th and 18th of the
present month.

The Call of August 24, 1917

William S. Brown, aged 46 years, of town, died on Saturday morning last at five o'clock, after suffering for the
past three months with tuberculosis.  His death did not come unexpectedly and the attending physician had
advised that it was only a question of a short time, the patient himself wishing to be relieved of his sufferings.  
He was the son of the late Fred Brown and Mrs. Sarah Brown.  When two years of age he contracted smallpox
that left him totally blind.  He was left gifted with a wonderful intuition and it was amazing the manner in which
he made his way unassisted about this and the other surrounding towns.  He knew where each and every
business place was located and could easily find his way.  Throughout his life he made a living by selling
peanuts, lime, and in fact anything that would bring to him a few pennies in profit.  For a blind man he made a
more or less success at his venture and aided by charitably inclined people, was able to support both himself
and his aged mother.  His death removes one of the two blind residents of Schuylkill Haven.

A dastardly and contemptible trick is being played by some person or persons who if their identity is
discovered will be more than sorry for their action.  Tacks are being generously distributed on the paved
street in the vicinity of the Hotel Grand and the Main Street P & R crossing.  They make excellent picking for
automobiles and many tires are reported having suffered.  A watch is being kept and if anyone shows the
slightest symptoms of this tack placing, they will be dealt with quite severely.

There was hardly a section of the town that escaped damage to a greater or lesser extent from Tuesday night's
storm.  On Margaretta Street, lightning struck the chimney of the home of Harvey Dewald.  The Dewald family
are away on their vacation, spending the same with Mrs. Dewald's brother on a boat near Philadelphia.  The
transformer on a pole in front of the R. J. Hoffman knitting mill also caught fire but this was extinguished after
burning for nearly a quarter of an hour.
On Berne Street, fruit trees were robbed of their fruit that was only half ripe.  The sewer leading to Columbia
Street became blocked and the street was flooded to a depth of nearly a foot.  The water reached to the front
door of the general store of Charles Bittle but fortunately did not get into his cellar.  The usual blockade of the
inlets in front of the Hotel Grand and the Hoy store occurred but no damage was reported.  Streets all over the
town were washed out and considerable damage done.  Several sections of hose were run over the tracks of
the Reading Railroad company during the height of the fire with the result that train service was held up about
an hour.  This included passenger train Number 9 due here at 9:44 p. m.

The Call of August 31, 1917

Mrs. Sullivan, employed as a domestic at the Hotel Grand, had a narrow escape from serious injury.  She was
engaged in wringing out some wash by means of an electric wringer when the sleeve of her dress was
caught.  Fortunately her hand missed the wringer by a narrow margin.  She screamed and Fred Zimmerman,
the chef at the hotel, came to her rescue.  He immediately pulled the plug at the switch, throwing off the
current.  The sleeve of her dress had been pulled through the rolls up to the shoulder.

Contractor Paul Naffin has started work on the erection of a bungalow on Columbia Street, a few doors south
of the Schumacher store.  The bungalow will be constructed of wood and contain seven rooms with all
conveniences.  Several months will elapse before its completion.