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MARCH 2017
The Call of March 2, 1917

A large number of the residents are indignant since the parade of Wednesday evening.  At Center and Dock
large numbers of elderly men and women, who were unable to walk closer to town, waited to view the parade.  
When the head of the parade reached the Pennsylvania arch, it swung around and started on the counter
march.  A large number of these Center Avenue residents had contributed most liberally toward the expense
of the parade with the positive assurance that it would reach their section.  It is feared that the next solicitors
for a town celebration will be met with a cool reception.

At a meeting of the members of the Community Hall Association here Thursday evening it was unanimously
decided to try to revive the Community Hall project here.  Some of the members were of the opinion that this
could not be done and were in favor of turning the hundred or more dollars over to the school board and
calling it quits.  Others of the more enthusiastic spirit prevailed and were in the majority and decided not to
dispose of the funds in the treasury at this time.  Just what course of procedure will be taken to revive the
Community Hall project was not decided upon and a subsequent meeting will no doubt be called to appoint
new committees and begin work along an entirely different line in an effort to procure a Community Hall.  
Citizens other than those now directly interested or members of the association will be invited to join in the
movement and it is believed that with new blood in the movement something tangible may be produced.

The Call of March 9, 1917

During the present week, milkman William Flammer, with an incubator, secured 176 chicks.  Billie is assured of
at least a number of spring boilers.  It is understood that he will dispose of a number of the chicks.

Contractor Rudy Moyer has purchased a handsome team of young mules.  The new team will be used in his
work and will take the place of one of the horses that recently fell over dead near Auburn.

A number of young ladies have reported the fact that they may have been accosted by a man in the alley to the
rear of the Catholic church who made efforts to embrace them.  This alley is taken as a shortcut by the people
of Haven Street who want to reach Dock Street and as a result of the report, the regular thoroughfares are
being used.  Sooner or later this man will meet his waterloo and then nothing less than a jail sentence should
be imposed upon him.

The members of the Schuylkill Haven School Board went on record at their regular monthly meeting on
Monday night, to encourage agriculture and the raising of flowers.  The suggestion first came from Professor
Hoover when in his monthly report he desired to know to what extent the members of the board would go in
encouraging this project and whether they would be willing to pay for the plowing and harrowing of the
ground and to purchase seeds in quantities, the same to be sold to the school children at cost.
While the matter was discussed at length, no definite action was taken as the board desired to know how many
of the scholars would enter into the work, and whether any of the teachers, with a probable small
remuneration, would be willing to supervise the work.  Professor Hoover stated he would be willing to give of
his time, as he has practical experience as a farmer and that the results obtained would be beneficial both to
the school district, the scholar and the community.
President Paxson stated that he had several lots he would be willing to have farmed and at the same time
mentioned the fact that Mr. Harry Reber possessed five more adjoining his and that he, Paxson, was sure that
Mr. Reber would be only too willing to assist in a worthy cause such as this.  The remark of Mr. Paxson brought
forth a statement from directors Stauffer and Weiss that there were numerous small plots about the town that
could be used for the raising of flowers and vegetables and that by the proper encouragement this town could
be made the most attractive in the state or county.  In all probability, definite action will be taken by the board
at their next regular meeting.
TRUANT WRITER OF FICTION  A number of parents appeared before the board to answer a charge of non
attendance on the part of their children.  In presenting the case of one of the truants, a girl of but 13 years of
age, Professor Hoover stated that the girl was a writer of fiction and to substantiate his remarks, presented a
half dozen or more excuses written by the girl and signed by her.  The words of the excuse were not those of
the girl and the board had reason to believe the wording was that of an older person.  An investigation will be
made by the board and if the facts are substantiated the person in question will be arrested and made an
example of.  
The first case was that of a young girl named Memmingway.  Without any notice or permission, the girl was
kept out of school at certain periods and then finally handed in her books.  Dr. Detweiler appeared before the
board and stated that the girl was sickly, her ailment being chronic but at times he thought that it was possible
for the child to attend.  The father of the child states that the child has been sickly from infancy.  The board
permitted the child to remain at home.  The father of Thelma Ulsh stated that his daughter was kept at home for
legitimate reasons and produced a birth certificate showing that the girl was of the required age and that he
desired her to stop school.  The board granted the request when the proper papers were presented.
Clayton Mohl for the second time in a period of a few weeks, made his appearance, in company with his aged
father.  He confessed to playing truant and stated he spent his time in trapping.  He was given just one more
chance and the very next time his absence is reported, he will be handed over to the Probation Officer to be
sent away to a reformatory.  Mae Wildermuth, reported absent on numerous occasions, stated that she was
advised to remain out but not by her parents.  She gave varied excuses supposed to have been signed by her
mother.  She promised the board faithfully that she would attend school regularly in the future.
Morris Umbenhauer stated that his son had been kept out of school by the mother, to take care of smaller
children while the mother visited a daughter, who was a patient in the Pottsville Hospital.  He stated that if his
son played truant, he, the father, hoped that the teacher would give the boy a good flogging.  The mother of
Mary Sullivan stated that her daughter was troubled with sore eyes and that was the reason she was absent
parochial schools, and that she, the mother, always wrote the excuses.

The Call of March 16, 1917

An electric iron becoming overheated in the home of Rudy Moyer, on Wednesday evening, caused a slight
blaze.  The iron was on the second floor of the house and had already ignited some woodwork when it was
discovered by a neighbor.  The Moyer family were eating supper at the time and only for the timely discovery
by the neighbor, a serious fire may have resulted.

A number of the funeral mourners attending the obsequies of Esther Jacoby while returning from the
cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, had narrow escapes from injury.  When the auto in which they were riding
turned the corner at Dock and Coal street, the wheels skidded and only the curbing prevented the machine
from overturning.  Mud was thrown over the fronts of three homes that necessitated the using of a hose to

"The old sorrel mare, she's just what she used to be" - that is, the mare owned by the county asylum.  Tuesday
morning attached to a wagon occupied by Dr. Bower and the driver, the mare started to run away at the Spring
Garden Hotel and never stopped until it reached the Call office, when in turning out for a trolley car, she fell.  
It was then that she was captured.  Fortunately none of the occupants were injured but they claim never to
have had so fast a ride as this one.  This was the fourth successful attempt of the horse to run away during the
past several weeks.

While there is no cause for alarm at the present time, it is the belief that the town should use every precaution
in guarding against an epidemic of typhoid fever during the coming rainy season.  At the present time there
are five cases of the disease, all located in different sections of the town.  The latest case is that of Samuel
Naus, of Liberty Street,  The case was only reported but two days ago.  It is claimed that Mr. Naus assumed the
duties of another man who was down with the disease and who was employed at the storage yards, and
thereby contracted the disease.

The Call of March 23, 1917

Residents of this section were shocked beyond expression on Sunday evening when a woman, considerably
under the influence of drink, discovered that the pavements were entirely too small.  The woman found her
way into several business places and was politely ejected.  Her next appearance in this condition will be
followed by her arrest.  In the meantime authorities are making an effort to ascertain where the liquor was

Postmaster Ebling is in receipt of a number of communications from the Civil Service Commission, advising
him that the government is in need of mechanics, blacksmiths, laborers and in fact men of every occupation.  
Heretofore it was necessary to take the examination for these positions but in this class of work, the
examinations are waived.  Mr. Ebling also has a list of cards to fill out by residents of the town in which they
state they would be willing to accept positions in case of necessity and just what they would be willing to do.  
These cards can be had for the asking or will be distributed about the community during the week.

One of the handsome black horses of the Rettig Brewing Company was injured on Saturday morning last
directly in front of the rainbow Hose House.  The team was being driven by driver Kline when one of the lead
horses pulled the grating up with his front feet and then went into the sewer inlet with his rear legs.  The
horse was so badly injured that it could not be worked during the present week.  This is the third time that the
same horse has been injured at the same spot.

A meeting of the players and others interested in base ball in this locality, held on Tuesday evening, when the
reorganization of the Spring Garden Tigers was perfected.  Clyde Bubeck will again captain and manage this
fast organization.  The personnel of the team will comprise Berger and Gehrig, catchers; Bubeck, Fulweiler
and Thomas, pitchers; Confehr, first base; Moyer, second base; Clyde Bubeck, shortstop; Brown, third base;
fielders, Geschwindt, Fulweiler, Shollenberger and Berger.  The first game will probably be played with the
Insane Asylum nine which is managed by Charles McCormick.

The Call of March 30, 1917

The management of the high school base ball team have secured the services of R. J. Hoffman as coach for
the coming season.  Mr. Hoffman had charge of the high school team last year when they made a record for
the school.  During the course of the next two weeks, the members of the team and the aspirants for
positions, will devote their time to the improvement of the diamond.  Following this, nightly practices will be
held.  Up to the present time, games have been arranged with the high schools of Pottsville, Summit Hill,
Tamaqua and Minersville.  Considering that return games will be played with the local nine, this means at least
eight games thus far scheduled.