|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of February 4, 1916
SAYS HE DOES NOT SLEEP ON DUTY
Mr. George Kramer, the night watchman at the Main Street P & R crossing, states he does not go to sleep at night, as per the
reflection cast by last week's editorial, "sauce for the Goose is sauce for the Gander." We are glad to make the correction as per the
man's own statement. This however does not alter the fact tat the gates frequently are down when there is no necessity for the
TOOK CHARGE OF BUSINESS
John F. Kern of Slatington, Tuesday of this week took charge of the wholesale liquor business of Wellington Hartman. The purchase
was made and announced in these columns several weeks ago. Mr. Kern is an experienced man in the liquor business having been
engaged in this business for a number of years. Mr. Kern will move his family to Schuylkill haven in the very near future.
I. O. O. F. NOTES
Carroll Lodge Number 120, I. O. O.. F., held a largely attended meeting on Tuesday evening. The initiatory degree was conferred upon
a class of four candidates. The degree team did exceptional in exemplifying the work. The death of Brother Daniel Frehafer was
keenly felt and a gloom was cast over the session. Carroll Lodge has lost one of its most devout members and his stations in the
lodge room will be missed for a long time. The attendance is growing steadily and with degrees to be conferred for the next two
months it is thought the attendance will be larger than for many years. The degree team is getting very popularly known about the
district and many engagements to various lodges have been asked for.
MAIL CARRIERS GET UNIFORMS
Tuesday morning of this week the three local mail carriers donned their new regulation mail carrier uniforms. They make a fine
appearance adds sort of a citified and dignified appearance to the town to see the uniformed carriers making their rounds. The
uniforms were purchased from E. G. Underwood.
DID NOT ELECT PASTOR
A congregational meeting of the Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church was held Tuesday evening for the purpose of selecting a pastor. At
this time the question arose as to whether a selection should be made on the several ministers who have been heard or whether
additional ministers shall be first asked to occupy the pulpit for a Sunday. It was decided to hear several more pastors before making
ANNUAL MEETING TEXTILE INSURANCE COMPANY
The ninth annual meeting of the policy holders of the Textile Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Schuylkill Haven was held Friday last
at the offices of the company in the Schuylkill Haven Trust Company building. During the year over one half million dollars of
insurance was added to the amount in force, making a total of over two million. Despite the fact that the fire losses during the year
1915 were pretty heavy, the assessment or premiums on the policies remain the same as in previous years, thus again saving its
policy holders a considerable amount per thousand dollars. Reports were to the effect that new business is being constantly added
and old policy holders realizing the amount of money that can be saved in premiums are increasing their insurance with the Textile
Company. Mr. Reed, the secretary who has labored untiringly to build up the company was highly complimented for his success. Mr.
Reed, as soon as his position as Post Master is filled by the newly elected Post Master, will devote his entire time to the interests of
the Textile Company.
The Call of February 11, 1916
COME AND GET YOUR ALUMINUM KETTLE
Persons in Schuylkill Haven and vicinity holding a receipt entitling them to one of The Call's aluminum kettles upon the payment of .56,
are urged to present the same at this office promptly. So many persons have taken advantage of our premium kettle offer that the
supply is becoming fast exhausted. When the present supply has been distributed another large order will be placed but it will
require time for the company to make up the same and in order to avoid the delay it would be well for all persons holding these
special yellow receipt slips to present them at this office as promptly as possible. The fourth supply of aluminum ladles was received
this week and persons who were unable to secure the same when they called at the office the past week can now have their receipts
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE LOCAL RIFLE CLUB
The Schuylkill haven Rifle Club will hold its annual meeting in the Trust Company building on Saturday evening next at 7:30 o'clock.
The officers for the year 1916 will be elected at this meeting and what is equally important, definite action will be taken relative to a
more central location. G. E. Gangloff, secretary of the club, has already taken an option upon a tract of land close to town and the club
will very likely let a contract to erect a range upon this tract. The erection of a new range will necessitate an assessment upon each
member from one to three dollars but a large number of the present members as well as a large number of others who expect to join
the club if the location of the range is changed, have already expressed a willingness to pay their share of the cost and it therefore
seems certain that a new location for the range is assured.
The Call of February 18, 1916
NEW POST MASTER TAKES OFFICE
Wednesday of this week, Mr. John Ebling, the newly appointed Post master, assumed charge of the local post office. The commission
from the department arrived Monday and instructed Mr. Ebling to take charge Wednesday. Without ceremony the orders of the
department were carried out and patrons at the post office will now be greeted by Mr. Ebling instead of Mr. Fred Reed. Contrary to
the impression gained by the public no change will be made in the clerical force of the office or the Assistant Post Master, Frank
Gehrig. All the members of the Post Office corps come under the civil service and are therefore not dependent upon the post
master. Mr. Ebling stated that he considers the force most efficient and would not think of making any changes.
Questioned about improvements to the interior of the office, Mr. Ebling stated it was his intention to endeavor in the near future to
secure larger quarters, most probably by having an addition built to the rear. With the institution of the free delivery service much
room of the office has been taken up by the carriers' desks and their requirements, so that the office is overcrowded and the
distribution of mail hindered somewhat.
There will be hardly any question as to the identity of Mr. Ebling as he is known to most every resident. He has been an almost life
long resident of the town. He is a member of the Democratic party, has served as ward committeeman and in other political
capacities. His appointment guarantees an efficient conduct of the affairs of the local post office.
Mr. Ebling was born in West Brunswick Township on November 11, 1874, where he received his education in the public schools. Up to
the age of 20 years he was employed with his father on the farm. He then came to Schuylkill haven and entered the P & R car shops
where he worked for six years. He later embarked in the hotel business, taking charge of the Spring Garden Hotel, which he
conducted until April 1, 1913 at which time he retired.
The Call of February 25, 1915
FRACKVILLE AFRAID TO MEET SCHUYLKILL HAVEN
The Frackville basketball team, former county champions, have fully demonstrated to every basketball enthusiast and sport in the
county that this year they fear to meet the Schuylkill haven team and run good chances of having the championship title which for
years has never been decisively settled, for once at least be decided. Manager Snayberger has endeavored in every way to secure a
reply from the Frackville ball tossers but has been unable to do so. Frackville refuses to make any proposition whatsoever. There
are hundreds of fans throughout the county that would like to see the two teams get together but it is doubtful whether this will occur
this season as Frackville refuses absolutely to treat with the local manager or even reply to his communications. Schuylkill haven
therefore can claim the 1915-1916 championship title of Schuylkill County and none may dispute the claim.
FIRST GAME FOR TOWN GIRL BASKET BALL TEAM
The first public appearance of the Schuylkill Haven girl's basket ball team will take place the coming Tuesday evening, February 29th.
The visiting team will be the Minersville girl's team. Much interest has been taken in the girl's team and the public is particularly
anxious to know who will compose the team and what class of work they can and will do. The team has been undergoing severe
training and have the rudiments of the game down pretty well. Tuesday night being the first game the public should not be too
critical. Encouragement should be given. This will make it possible to develop a strong girls' team here in time which will hold an
even more enviable reputation than the regular team. The Tuesday evening game will be called at eight o'clock. A second game, the
Moki team versus the Minersville boys' high school team will be given for one admission. The Schuylkill Haven team will line up as
follows: Forwards, Misses Kantner, Staller, Sausser, Berger, Center, Miss Schaeffer, Guards, Misses Kipp, Willard and Kretchman.
PLACED LARGE MAIL BOX
A large regular letter and parcel box has been placed at the post office near the entrance this week. This mail box will take the place
of the one that was formerly attached to the telephone pole near the curb. As to the placing of the regular letter boxes at different
parts of the town, Post Master Ebling has taken the matter up with the department in an effort to hurry along the same.
BIDS FOR SCHOOL BUILDING
On another page will be found an advertisement for bids for the erection of the new school building for this town. The bids are to be
in by Monday, March 13th. It is proposed by the board to rush the work of constructing the building as much as much as possible and
as soon as the contract is awarded an effort will be made to have the successful bidder begin operations immediately.
WORK AT THE TOWN HALL
Work of building buttress walls or piers at the Town Hall foundation was taken up this week and at least one pier will be completed
this week. As soon as these piers are finished the balance of the foundation walls will be completed, providing the weather permits.
NEW INDUSTRY ALREADY EMPLOYS TEN MEN
The Schuylkill haven Box and Lumber Company, the town's infant industry, already employs ten men and as business increases the
number is to be increased. This is the firm succeeding the Foundry Company and instead of making iron articles, wooden boxes and
the like are being turned out. The entire interior of the plant has been equipped with new and modern machinery for this very
purpose thereby facilitating the manufacture of these articles. The plant has been in operation several weeks.