The Call of December 3, 1915

Adam Barr, the Spring Garden barber, while returning from a visit to relatives near Black Horse, last
Thursday evening, met with a painful accident.  Mr. Barr was descending the steep hill near Black Horse
when something went wrong with the bicycle causing the front wheel to collapse and throwing the rider
to the ground, he landing full on his face.  Mr. Robert Reed, who happened by, found Barr in an
unconscious condition.  He revived him and carried him to a nearby farmhouse where his injuries were
dressed.  Mr. Irwin Reed took Mr. Barr to his home in Cressona and to the office of Dr. Gray where his
injuries were further dressed.  Mr. Barr sustained injuries about the head and face and a wrenched
back.  He is able to pursue his business again.

The Schuylkill Rangers left this week on their ninth annual hunting trip.  This year they will camp at
Coburn, Center County.  For nine years, with a few exceptions, the hunting party has been composed of
the same personnel.  Each year with the exception of two years they have returned home with a
considerable portion of the big game, "deer."  The 1915 season is to be no exception to the past rule.  
Those who left the fore part of the week were: Charles Wildermuth, Charles Jacoby, Homer
Raudenbush, Charles Burns, Clyde Bubeck, warren Brown, Samuel Rauch and Joel Stump.  The
following leave Monday to join the party: Samuel Buehler, Clayton Bubeck, John Ebling and Rudy Moyer.

The Call of December 10, 1915

Members of Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., of town, and the widows and daughters of deceased
members gathered in annual session last Friday evening and partook of the menu of the best of good
eats at Hotel Grand.  The members find much pleasure in these annual gatherings and the affair this
year was a grand success.  The banquet hall was specially decorated with the stars and stripes and
presented a very pretty appearance.  Following the serving of the banquet a social hour was had during
which time remarks were made by several of the old soldiers, songs were rendered and a general
propitious program rendered.

The Reading Times of December 16, 1915

Mr. Shirey of Eaton Row, for half an hour addressed council on the unfairness of compelling him to
trespass on private property in order to get out of his yard.  Mr. Shirey resides on Eaton Row, a street
running parallel to Garfield Avenue.  When the Lehigh Valley Company built its railroad, Eaton Row,
which was a private thoroughfare, was blocked off and the residents of this avenue are now required to
walk to the open space opposite the entrance to the Union Cemetery to gain access to Garfield Avenue
or any other portion of the town.  Mr. Shirey desires this lot or connecting street between Eaton Avenue
and Garfield Avenue placed in a more passable condition.  He has heretofore been informed that it is
private property and the borough cannot make any improvements or repairs.

The Call of December 17, 1915

John M. Ebling of Schuylkill Haven will be our next Postmaster.  His nomination together with a raft of
nominations for other post offices throughout the country, was sent to the Senate Thursday.  There is
little doubt but that the Senate will okay the recommendation as soon as the same is officially placed
before it.  Mr. Ebling when interviewed on the subject stated he knew nothing more than the nomination
was sent to the Senate and that he received a telegram from a prominent bonding company in
Washington asking the privilege of furnishing the bond.  The fact that the news of the nomination was
known to the bonding company makes the proposition appear quite definite and his appointment
assured.  Mr. Ebling needs no introduction to the citizens.  He is a resident of Dock Street and for the
past twenty two years has been a citizen of this town.  He was always prominent in Democratic politics.

The Reading Times of December 21, 1915

The Elite Mandolin Club consisting of members from Schuylkill Haven, Friedensburg and Cressona,
furnished music for the Bressler band Fair at Long Run Hotel on Saturday night.  This club is making
rapid progress under the able leadership of Professor William Reick.

A recent ruling of the Board of Education and the school authorities makes it obligatory that any High
School pupils wishing to engage in an athletic contest must be up in at least three of the branches of
the High School course.  This means that no boy who does not have a percentage of at least 70 percent
in at least three branches of the course will not be permitted to engage in High School athletic contests.

An unexpected fire drill was held at the P & R car shops here recently and the repeated blowing of the
whistle caused the public to think there was a fire or an unusual wreck.

Schuylkill haven is to have a girls' basketball team within the next three weeks, arrangements being
underway to organize a team of the female type.  Several young ladies have already expressed their
desire to platy and no doubt a team equal to those in other towns will be turned out here.  Lester Gilham
will be the manager and he is at present getting a number of candidates for the team.

The Schuylkill Haven Trust Company paid their Christmas Saving Club accounts a few days ago.  It made
quite a heavy mail for the local carriers.  They gave to each school child a savings club button with a
large picture of Santa Claus.

The Reading Times of December 28, 1915

Fine skating conditions prevail at Detweiler's Dam and the youth of town are taking advantage of it.  The
dam is crowded each evening with a merry throng.

The cause of the water being shut off recently was due to changes being made in the line by the water
company.  The changes covered the placing of two additional valves on the line.  The reason for the
placing of the new and additional valves is to prevent the necessity of shutting off the water in the
event that the automatic valve refused to work properly as has been the case several times since it was
installed.  The automatic valve is in the pump house near the Payne dam.  When this valve became
clogged or refused to work it was necessary to shut off the supply of water at the dam.  A connecting
branch pipe has been place with the main before it enters the pump house to a point where it leaves
the pump house.  It will now be possible by means of a valve to close the supply or shut off the stream
entering the pump house and by means of another valve open the connection.  This will not make it
necessary to shut off the water supply while the automatic valve is repaired or in case any other
mishaps occur on the line.

The Good Fellow's Committee, of Schuylkill Haven, wound up its humanitarian work on Friday night by
distributing gifts and good cheer to the poor in this vicinity.  It was an appreciative lot that received
them, many of whom otherwise would not have had any kind of a Christmas dinner.  

The Call of December 31, 1915

An adjourned meeting of Town Council was held Monday evening for the purpose of disposing of the
two hundred one hundred dollar, twenty year Refunding Loan Bonds.  A number of bids were opened
and read.  The entire issue was sold to the First National Bank of Schuylkill Haven, they being the
highest bidders.  The amount was $100,256.  The bonds are payable in twenty years and redeemable at
any of the interest bearing periods after January 1, 1918.  With the issue of the bonds it will be
necessary to levy a special tax of one and a quarter mills in order that revenue may be obtained to pay
off the bonds.
The bonds are not being issued in order to give Town Council an additional sum of $20,000 to spend as
some people might think.  They are being issued to pay to the banks loans that have been outstanding
for many years and on which the borough is paying a high interest rate.  With the issue of bonds these
loans will be wiped out.  The secretary and president of council were instructed to properly execute the
bonds and turn them over to the borough treasurer who in turn will deliver them to the First National
Bank upon presentation of certificates good for the full issue plus the premium.