Pottsville Republican of August 4, 1911


Principal Heckert will be home again after Monday and will himself issue such employment certificates as
will be called for.  Applicants for employment certificates will call at the principal's house for them.  A
baptismal or birth certificate should be brought along.  The School Code passed by the last State
Legislature abolishes the discount on school taxes and directs that of school taxes are not paid by October
1st, a penalty of five percent will be added.  Therefore, there will be no more discount.
must begin the term of school attendance unless duly excused through their own illness or by being legally
employed, which they cannot be under the age of fourteen.  Parents must not forget to have their children
The schools will open Monday, August 28th and all boys and girls between eight and sixteen years of age
vaccinated in time to get their certificates by August 28th.  If vaccinated before but without success, the
vaccination must be repeated this year.  According to the new school law, pupils who start in going to
school for the first time, in other words beginners, can be admitted only during the first two weeks of the
term and the first two weeks of January.  Classes for beginners will be organized only during these two
Numerous changes in the assignment of pupils to schools will have to be made.  Let parents and pupils
watch these columns about August 18th for an announcement with reference to the schools to which
assignments have been made, especially those in second through sixth grades.  Pupils who have books at
home during vacation will please return them to the principal's office.  If it is not convenient to leave them
at the school they may be returned to Principal Heckert's home.

Pottsville Republican of August 8, 1911


Chief Burgess Hartman reported that he had interviewed D. D. Yoder, as requested by Council, relative to
the renting of the building.  The owner stated he would rent to Council the rooms formerly used by the
Manufacturer's Association and the Trust Company for a Council chamber and would heat the same but
Council would have to attend to the lighting and the cleaning.  He would also rent in the same building, on
the second floor, another room suitable for all purposes and would heat the same.  He would also provide a
space for the storing of the tools, etc. all at eleven dollars per year, providing that Council would sign a
contract for at least two years.  After discussing the matter a motion was finally passed requesting the
Solicitor to draw up a contract with Mr. Yoder for two years with the privilege of five years if Council so
Burgess Hartman also stated to Council that he had been informed that during the past few days a postal
inspector had visited Schuylkill Haven and had condemned the rooms now being used by Council and was
under the impression that they were suitable for post office work.  This fact will be known within the next
several days, when an inspector is expected on from Washington.  This was one of the reasons that Council
decided to accept the proposition from Mr. Yoder.
Councilman Brown asked Council what action they could take to compel the Traction Company to repair
their road along Dock Street.  He stated that between his place of business and Main Street, that he
counted four broken rails and that another has expressed the opinion that when the rails are taken up at
least ninety broken fish plates would be found.  Supervisor Becker stated that at some places the rails sink
to a depth of three inches when a car goes over them.  Burgess Hartman then stated he had been
approached by the motorman and requested not to enforce the ordinance requiring all lights on electric
cars to be dimmed while passing through the borough.  The speaker stated that the motormen were afraid
of the tracks themselves.  The question was raised whether, in case of an accident, would the borough be
liable for damages.  It was the opinion of the Council that the only persons liable would be the Traction
Company as they are required to keep the roadbed in good order and eighteen inches on either side of the
The clerk was notified to communicate with the County Commissioners and call their attention to the unsafe
condition of the bridge leading to Broadway.  Councilman McKeone stated that a number of planks are
loose and that the bridge was not safe for travel.  The action of Chief Burgess Hartman in awarding the
contract of the tearing down of the house on Dock Street to Contractor Becker, for the sum of thirty five
dollars, was ratified by Council.  Mr. Becker will complete his work this week and will put the adjoining
building in proper condition.  A motion was passed authorizing the
Chief Burgess to notify the owners of the Heisler property on High Street to gutter and pave.  This property
was formerly known as the old stock yard.  
The Chief Burgess gave his report.  Fined two persons one dollars each for disorderly conduct, another
was fined three dollars for letting horses run at large, while still another person was fined three dollars for
burning rubbish too close to buildings.  The Burgess stated three persons were locked up during the
month.  The Burgess also complained that persons not residents of the borough are allowing their cattle to
pasture in the borough limits.  No fine is prescribed and the ordinance is practically useless except for the
costs demanded.
Attention was called to the defective ordinances, especially the pavement ordinance adopted in 1865, which
states that all pavements and curbs must be brick or stone and curbstones must be of a certain thickness.  
The Burgess was of the opinion that the ordinances should allow cement and that in case cement
pavements are laid, they should be corrugated or rough so as not to be dangerous.