|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of February 6, 1920
WAGON WHEEL WENT TOO PIECES
Slipping on the ice at the corner of Main and Dock Streets, in coming down Main and endeavoring to turn out Dock Street, the
covered spring wagon driven by Mrs. Auchey, from near the Second Mountain, struck the trolley track a smashing blow with the
result that the spokes of the wheel gave way and the wheel collapsed. The occupants of the wagon were nearly thrown out. The
horse, one of the family kind, never made an effort to run away. Another spring wagon was procured and the provisions taken
home and later the broken wagon removed. The wagon was occupied by a number of girls coming from work.
MEAT WAGON OVERTURNED
On Wednesday noon, one of the Mark Detweiler Estate meat wagons, in descending the hill on Mildred Street, overturned and
broke the glass in the wagon. The driver and horse escaped injury. Neighbors in the vicinity of Centre Avenue gathered the meat
and placed the same in baskets until another wagon was procured. The icy condition of the hill is given as the cause of the
LOCAL SOLDIERS NOT MUCH INTERESTED
Ex-lieutenant Herman D. Schwenk, who served in the late war, has been appointed 1st Lieutenant of the Military or National Guard
Company H, which will be captained by George Seriegel. Boys from Pottsville and this section are being urged to align themselves
with the new company. Speaking with a number of ex soldier boys, The Call has been informed that there will be a very few if any
local men enlisting or volunteering for this company. They all claim they have had enough of the service and in any event would
not look with much favor upon enlisting in a Pottsville company.
WANT STATE TO PAVE ENTIRE STREET
Thursday morning, The Call man learned that there is likely to be some objection to the paving of Centre Avenue by several
property owners along the said street. Objection is, we understand, made to the proposal to assess the property owners for two
thirds of the cost of the work. The objectors claim the state should be made to pay for the paving of the full width of the street.
Whether these objectors will make effort to hold up the paving proposal in town council could not be determined. The general
sentiment, however, seems to be in favor of proceeding with the work as soon as possible and most folks will be glad to pay their
share of the expense, being too glad to get relief from the dust nuisance.
KILLED SNAKE ON GROUNDHOG DAY
A real, live, eighteen inch snake was killed near the spring of Daniel Eiler of Long Run on Groundhog Day by Mr. Eiler himself. Mr.
Eiler produced positive proof of his story by bringing his snakeship along to The Call office where it was measured. Evidently his
honor had come out of his winter abode for a little of the Monday sunshine when Mr. Eiler happened to go to his spring and
discovered it and with an iron bar dispatched the same.
MIGHT HAVE DROWNED IN GUTTER
Francis, the four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Reigle of Liberty Street, might have drowned as a result of coasting, had he not been
rescued in time. The accident happened last Thursday. He was coasting down Saint Peter Street, across Liberty Street to the
railroad bank. He failed to make the turn and was thrown into the deep gutter running along the railroad bank. This gutter was
filled with mud, muck, coal, oil, grease, etc. The youngster fell into the same head first. His playmate, little Dick Baker, tried hard to
get him out but failing, called for assistance. Young Ray Kantner happened along and rescued the lad. The Reigle boy was quite ill
for two days from the coal, oil, grease, etc., he had swallowed. His rescuer, as a reward, was given a watch by Mr. Reigle.
The Call of February 13, 1920
MAIN STREET SHOE STORE ROBBED
Thieves broke the padlock on the Main Street pavement cellar door at the John Bowman shoe store, Thursday morning, and
entered the cellar where Mr. Bowman had stored his excess stock. The thieves evidently turned on the electric lights and after
looking about, selected a case of men's rubbers that had not been opened and from it took seven pairs. They also stole three pairs
of felt boots and a number of pairs of rubbers. Officer Butz has been put on the case.
SNOW PREVENTS MAIL DELIVERY
The blizzard of last week cut off mail to persons residing on the rural deliveries out of Schuylkill Haven covered by mailman
Otterbine. The drifts prevented him from making deliveries until Monday of this week and up to this writing he found it impossible
to cover a number of roads and lanes on the routes and could not tell when all the people could be served with mail.
SNOW SHOVELERS MADE BIG MONEY
Local employees of the P & R car shops at this place and at Mount Carbon and Saint Clair, it is understood, made pretty good money
during the period of cleaning up the blizzard's snowfall. Many of the men worked over eight hours and were therefore paid time
and a half time. A number of men kept on working for longer periods than sixteen hours and were therefore paid double time. At
the ordinary rate of labor which is 67 cents, the double time men received $1.34 per hour. The snow shoveling money will boost the
semi monthly pay envelope considerably. Last Sunday quite a number of men worked the entire day and were paid time and a half
for every hour. The trolley company men paid its men fifty cents an hour for snow shoveling.
80 YEAR OLD SNOW SHOVELER
Probably the town's oldest snow shoveler during the recent blizzard was Frank Eiler of Spring Garden. Despite his age, almost
eighty, he was employed by the borough to clean crossings and stuck to the work for several days. Mr. Eiler will be eighty years of
age on April 13th. He says he is as young as the next fellow. He is always cheerful and gets about quite handily. The coming week
he expects to go to Spring City to attend the wedding of his granddaughter, Miss Stelmar, who is the daughter of Mr. Frank Eiler.
SHOE SHINE PARLOR WILL SOON BE READY
The new shoe shine parlor in the Mellon building will soon be ready for the public. Stavros Frangiadis of Reading will be the
proprietor. The room was painted and made ready to receive the fixtures this week. The shoe shine stand, of marble, has already
been placed. Two pool tables will also be put in position within a week or two.
The Call of February 20, 1920
PLENTY OF FASNACHTS MADE HERE
According to reports from the local bakeries, about 2200 dozen or 26, 400 fasnachts were baked by them for the big national
Fasnacht Day which was Tuesday of this week. From the Michel bakery we received the report of their having baked 500 dozen and
from the Ehly bakery 1700 dozen. In addition to this quantity many families baked large quantities for their own use and for the use
of neighbors. We understand the demand was extra heavy this year and both bakeries had difficulties in supplying the same. Many
orders had been placed weeks in advance. For the baking of about 500 dozen of these pieces of dough with a hole in the center or
near the center, is required over a barrel of flour, about 3 1/2 pounds of yeast and about fifty pounds of lard. It requires about six
hours to cut them and about seven hours to fry. In Schuylkill Haven they retailed at 25 cents per dozen. Years ago they sold for ten
cents a dozen.
MANY UPSETS AT CORNER
During the week there were many sleighs to upset at and near the Crossley corner by reason of the runners catching in the trolley
track and the snow piled high on the side. Sleighing parties as well as individuals shared the same fate. Saturday evening a
sleighing party met with an accident at Earl Witman's corner. The sleigh runner caught in the car tracks and was broken. The party
took the last car to Pottsville while the driver and a few others managed to fix up the runner so the sleigh could be moved. It was
later learned that the team and sleigh of this party had been taken without permission of the owner.
THIEVES ABOUT AGAIN
Up to this time there were no arrests made for the several cases of burglary about town. Last Thursday evening an attempt was
made to force entrance to the W. G. Wagner store. The casting of the bolt on the rear door of the basement was bursted. Marks on
the door frame show where a large sized chisel had been used. The would be thieves were evidently scared away.
The Call of February 27, 1920
SLIGHT FIRE LAST WEEK
A slight fire occurred at the home of Charles Renninger of Columbia Street last week. While Mrs. Renninger was engaged in
washing clothes in the kitchen she had occasion to go outside for water when she discovered one of her customers wash that had
been placed in a corner of the porch was all in flames. The wash was badly damaged as also the porch before the flames could be
extinguished. It is believed one of the neighbors youngsters playing with matches set fire to the wash.
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