The Call of August 4, 1916

The base ball fans of Schuylkill Haven and vicinity will be given an opportunity to witness a first class exhibition base ball game
Saturday on the local ball field.  The attraction will be none other than the famous Metropolitan Bloomer Girls.  Against this traveling
aggregation of female ball tossers will be pitted Manager Mellon's Stars.  The lineup will include such players as Bast, Hoffman, Yost,
Seiple, Sallade, Deibert, Cake, Clay, Fidler, Brown, Sattizahn and Drumheller.  Sattizahn and Drumheller will be the battery.  Al Newton
may probably be in the local lineup.  If not in the lineup for the Saturday game, Mr. Newton will be found in the lineup for the several
games that are being arranged for the balance of the season.  Because f the illness of his father, Mr. Newton will hardly be in Saturday's
game.  The ball park has been placed in first class condition during the week.  The diamond has been scraped, refilled and rolled
making it real fast.  The Metropolitan Bloomer Girls are said to be one of the best traveling girl base ball teams and were only induced
to come to Schuylkill Haven upon the offer of a salty guarantee.  Saturday's game will be called at 3:15 o'clock.  The second game will be
played at Tumbling Run on Sunday with the Bloomer Girls.

The Call of August 11, 1916

A matter which has been before council frequently within the past few years, South Berne Street pavement proposition, was again
brought before council by a resident of that street.  This party stated that last year the council instructed the burgess to notify the
property owners on this street to make pavement.  That several had complied with the notice and others have not done so.  This will
mean that the street will be in an awful condition with every rain and especially almost impassable during the fall and winter.  It was
stated that last year pedestrians as well as teams could hardly get along on account of the mud.  He stated that if the property owners
would make pavement this would be a great relief.  The matter was taken up and a motion passed instructing the Chief Burgess to put
down the pavements in front of the property owners who have failed to comply with former notices.  This means the borough will do the
work and charge property owners an additional twenty percent over and above the cost of the same.
An illustration of the Town Council overruling the action of the acting Chief Burgess was the granting of a German Medicine Company
permission to conduct an open air entertainment and sell medicine.  In the absence of Burgess Lessig, Dr. G. H. Moore, president of
council is the acting official.  The request made by the medicine company to the acting burgess for a permit was refused and the matter
referred to council.  President Moore explained his reasons for refusing the license.  He stated that the Southern Schuylkill County
Medicine Society was not in favor of combining the selling of medicine with giving a free show.  That the president of the medicine
company he considered hurtful to the community.  That he had no objection to the business being done by this company if its members
permanently locate to Schuylkill Haven.  He objected to the transient method of doing business, that is, persons who reside in town,
pay taxes, etc., having their business effected by people who, when they have collected all the money, move out.
The legality of the proposition was thrashed out.  It developed that the burgess had a perfect right to either grant or refuse any person
a license under the borough ordinance.  That even though no admission was charged for the show, the purpose of the same was to
advertise the products of the company and thereby dispose of medicines and make money.  The purpose being the same as if an
admission were charged, it would be necessary to have a license whether the show was held on public or private property.  It was also
stated that the company conducting an office here would come under the provisions of a borough ordinance requiring the licensing of
transient merchants or businessmen at a fee of $100 per week.  The representative of the medicine company stated that if he were not
allowed to conduct his entertainment on Monday night an unfavorable impression would be created for the reason that his company
had promised to give away several articles of jewelry, etc.  After an hour's discussion of the matter a motion was made and passed to
grant a license for three evenings at the rate of $8.00 per evening.
The formal and official acceptance of the Town Hall by the council followed the report of the special building committee.  The committee
reported that upon examination they found the plans, specifications and contracts to have been properly executed.  A motion was
passed authorizing and instructing the special building committee to proceed to have the room for storing material in the basement
concreted, the partitions in the basement painted, placing of stone steps for the two outside entrances to the basement and several
other minor changes and additions not included in the original plans made.  The selection of electric fixtures and furniture for the hall
was left to the committee, with the suggestion that the same be procured as soon as possible.

Domestic science and vocational training may be taught in the public schools of Schuylkill Haven, and that within the course of another
year or two.  At the regular meeting of the board on Monday evening last, the attention of the directors was called to the above by
President Hoover.  Although the board took no action on the questions, it is understood that in a comparatively short time they will give
the matter careful consideration.  To the above two courses may be added that of commercial studies.  It was pointed out that a student
desiring a commercial course is compelled to go to an adjoining town or city for the same and that the facilities accorded pupils in
other towns should be accorded in Schuylkill Haven.  With the completion of the new high school building, these three courses could
be added with comparatively little expense to either the taxpayers or the students themselves.  
The members of the board decided to follow the example of other towns conducting first class high schools and at the beginning of the
ensuing term, to start school at nine o'clock instead of 8:30.  This will mean just one half hour additional for the scholars to reach their
class rooms.  The hour of adjoining at the noon time will be the same but the half hour lost in the morning will be made up in the
afternoon, although the schools will adjourn at approximately the former time, namely at four o'clock.  
Enumerator R. W. Ziegenfus has completed the taking of the school enumeration and made his report to the board.  It showed a total of
1047 children between the ages of six and sixteen in the borough of Schuylkill Haven.  This is about 100 more than the enumeration of
last year showed.  Professor Ziegenfus was paid the sum of $90 for doing the work which required several weeks.

The erection of the new high school building on Haven Street is being rushed by the Beard Construction Company, the general
contractors.  Fully forty five men, included in the number being brick layers, carpenters, plumbers, steam fitters, laborers, engineers
and foremen are pushing the work as rapidly as possible.  The brick work on the sides has been laid to about the floor of the third floor
while in the front and the rear it has been laid to the second floor.  The concrete first floor has been completed.  Thursday twenty feet
was added to the concrete hoisting tower making this tower one hundred feet high.  It is used to hoist the concrete and mortar a
certain height where it is dumped into a chute and slides by gravity to the desired point.  The concrete car used holds one quarter of a
cubic yard of concrete.  This method greatly facilitates the construction work.

The Call of August 18, 1916

Less than four weeks remain before the opening of the fall session of public schools.  The state law provides all scholars must be
vaccinated before a certificate of admission can be issued.  It would be advisable for parents who contemplate starting their children in
school this fall to have them vaccinated at the present time.  This will allow for the arm to heal and all soreness to disappear by the time
of starting arrives.

The festival to be held by the Rainbow Hose Company on Labor Day promises to be one of the largest held in town for some time.  The
committee having charge have met with ready response with donations of all kinds of good things to eat and there will be an elegant
sufficiency of every article on the bill of fair.  There will be a large quantity of the home made candy which at all festivals seems to be a
drawing card.  Then too, there will be soups, ice cream, of course, sandwiches, etc., etc.  No one need go away hungry providing that
person has one or several tickets or the ready cash.  The festival will be held on the Berger plot on Berger Street.  The Citizens Band
has been engaged to give a concert during the evening.

The members of the Schuylkill Haven school board will in the future recognize merit and studious work on the part of the students.  At
an adjourned meeting held on Monday evening last, the board discussed the question of final examinations from all angles.  It was
decided to promote all scholars making an average of 75 per cent above the fifth grade.  Thus a scholar making an average of 75 per
cent will be advanced to the grade above in this particular branch and not held back on account of other studies.  However, it will not
exempt them from taking the final tests.  However, a scholar making a general average of 90 per cent will not be compelled to take the

There are, according to the figures in the tax duplicate, 82 vehicles to hire in town.  We certainly question the exactness of this
particular item, especially so when it comes to engaging a team to go to a picnic, a drive in the country or even to attend a funeral.  The
assessors must have been confused somewhat or instead of securing the number of vehicles to hire, secured the total number of
wagons, buggies, bicycles, velocipedes, wheel barrows, etc., owned by persons in the town.  A further proof that a mistake has been
made on this item is that there are no vehicles in the north or west wards.  Citizens in the south and east wards alone are guilty of
owning this number, the division being 330 and 490 respectively.

As to the number of dogs listed on the tax duplicate, the total is given as 277 divided as follows: North Ward 73, East Ward 92, South
Ward 97 and West Ward 15.  This item too seems to be considerably below the proper number.  The total dog tax for the town is $138.50.

The Call of August 25, 1916

The employees of the local Reading station are certainly some chicken chasers.  In order that there may be no misunderstanding on the
part of the innocent public, the article refers to the fowl family and not to the modern vernacular, members of the female sex.  While
loading several crates of chickens yesterday morning, one succeeded in escaping through the bars of the crate and started up the
tracks to Good Springs, where the crate was loaded.  Somewhere between the station and Mine Hill Crossing, his fowlship was
captured and returned to captivity.  In the mean time the train was held, awaiting the fowl's return.