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about to be taken to the county prison when upon his promise to do better, the charge was withdrawn.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

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

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.