|YEARS GONE BY
|Pottsville Republican of January 1, 1914
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SCHOOL NEWS
Children becoming six years old before June may start school in January but must start during the first two weeks of school. The
principal will be at his home on Saturday to issue certificates to such beginners. On Monday morning he can be found in his office.
The class in basketry taught by Miss Maude K. Butz of the high school, presented her with a handsome, genuine leather 18 inch
traveling bag as a Christmas present. It was given as a mark of appreciation of Miss Butz's strenuous work with the class in
teaching them an art that gives them a greater usefulness in life. The art was also utilized by these girls when it came to making
Christmas presents for their friends.
A good number of our teachers are spending their vacation out of town. Some beautiful Christmas trees graced several of the
school rooms. The pupils of Miss Lulu Confehr and Miss Thompson surprised their teachers by putting up and trimming trees in
their respective rooms during the absence of the teachers.
The High School Literary Society was agreeably surprised at the last meeting by the attendance of a large number of visitors, among
them four graduates and several other former students. Miss Helen Underwood of the class of 1913, now of the West Chester
Normal School gave two delightful recitations. William Kline of the 1912 class, was prevailed upon to give some helpful remarks
along th line of his experiences since leaving our midst and along literary lines.
Pottsville Republican of January 6, 1914
FORMER SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BOY WITH "REDS"
Last week the Cincinnati management signed up a youth named Mellon and it has just been learned that the "Reds" management
thought so much of his ability that they offered him a three year contract. He will join them in the spring and go south with them on
their training trip. The Mellon signed is no other than Frank Mellon, a former Schuylkill Haven boy, and a cousin of H. G. Mellon, the
manager of the Pottsville basketball team and also of James Mellon, the prominent baseball manager of Schuylkill Haven. His many
friends wish him the best of success in his baseball life to follow.
The Call of January 9, 1914
REPORT OF THE CHIEF BURGESS
Since the last report eighteen permits were issued, receiving for the same, $19.50. Licenses were also issued to Paul Naffin, Losch
Opera House and the Euclid Theatre. The burgess stated that since his term of office, he has appeared in court 100 times as
prosecutor and also as witness in borough affairs. He stated under the law he was entitled to witness fees but he never received
or asked for the same as the borough would have had to pay him. He also stated he never put in a bill for expenses in connection
with going to court. Also that he was compelled to engage an attorney to fight his case or suit several years ago when he was
arrested in discharging his duty or enforcing one of the borough ordinances. The burgess stated that in view of the expense he
was put to during the five years in office for meals and expenses attending court, for the use of his personal automobile for self
and Officer Butz in hauling prisoners to the squire's office and lock up he presented a bill of $45 to council. This at the rate of 75
cents per month for his term of office. Mr. Hartman stated he was not making a request for the payment of this bill but that council
could use its own discretion in the matter, pay it, pay part of it or turn it down. The report was accepted on motion of Weiss and
Smoll and the burgess will be paid $45.
TOWN COUNCIL NOTES
Motion of Yost and Berkheiser, the wages to be paid to borough laborers be 17 cents per hour, one half cent more than last year.
Double teams will be paid 40 cents and single teams 25 cents. Motion carried to the effect that the salaries of the electric light
employees remain the same as at present until they are reelected or their successors are elected.
Ex-Burgess Hartman then asked permission to say a few words. He stated that a borough ordinance requires the trolley company to
issue free transportation to the supervisor and the Highway Committee but that the company has issued orders that they will give
or allow no more free transportation. He also stated that some time ago when the car fare between Pottsville and this town was
increased, Mr. Rockwell then stated the fares on the other lines would also be increased. This has not been done and that it might
be possible for council, if the proper action in this matter was taken, to compel the company to reduce the fare to a single five
cents. On a motion of Hoffman and Yost, the secretary was instructed to send the trolley company a bill for $999.29 for their share
of the cost of paving on the outside of the trolley tracks on Dock Street.
Mr. Berkheiser stated that Paxson Avenue, from the alley to Haven Street, is in a dreadful and dangerous condition. He stated dirt
by the wagon load is being dumped on this section of the street and not leveled off. In answer to a question, the solicitor stated
that Paxson Avenue from Dock Street to the alley has been accepted by the borough but not from the alley to Haven Street, and that
this portion is private property. It was also stated that if an accident occurred on this particular portion of the street, even though a
private street, the borough would be responsible for the same. On motion of Hoffman and Berkheiser, the Road Committee was
instructed to post notices on this particular portion of Paxson Avenue that it is not a borough street.
SON SUCCEEDS FATHER
On New Year's Day one of Schuylkill Haven's pioneer businessmen turned over his store and his interest to his son and retired to
private life. It was no other than the popular groceryman I. B. Heim of Saint John Street. Mr. Frank Heim succeeds his father in the
grocery, dry goods and general store business. For twenty eight years, Mr. I. B. Heim conducted the store referred to at the same
stand at Union and Saint John Streets. He was always known as a straightforward, conscientious and reliable businessman and
enjoyed the highest respect of hundreds of customers in this town and surrounding towns. The Call bespeaks success and best
wishes for his successor, Frank Heim.
The Call of January 16, 1914
STEELEY NOT GUILTY
John Steeley of town, who was charged with arson by the state fire marshal Wunder, for setting fire to the plant of the Schuylkill
Haven Iron and Steel Company, on Monday evening, October 6th, was declared innocent of the charge Thursday. The jury in the
case which was tried Wednesday returned a verdict of not guilty. The costs of the case were placed on Steeley. Quite a number of
local residents testified in the case.
DATE FIXED FOR FAIR
The date for the annual fair of the Rainbow Hose Company of town has been fixed for February 23rd to March 3rd inclusive. The
purpose of the fair or bazaar is to raise funds to pay off the mortgage on the hose house. The bazaar will be held in the hose
house. Cards have been sent out asking the citizens for contributions, either money or goods. It is hoped the response will be
liberal. The committee in charge is Edward Maberry, chairman; Luke Fisher, secretary; Howard Seitzinger, assistant secretary and F.
M. Loy, treasurer.
Pottsville Republican of January 17, 1914
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN EVANGELISTIC SERVICE
Evangelist Lowe, better known as "Sunny Jim," who opened his series of meetings in the Grace Evangelical Church on Thursday
night, is a very pleasing speaker and wonderfully impressive in his manner and personality. It is already evident that the auditorium
will not be nearly large enough to accommodate the crowds that will be attracted to those meetings. He will address a meeting for
men only on Sunday afternoon. All men are invited to be present. The subject will be "Diamonds in the Rough." On Wednesday
afternoon, Reverend Lowe will address a meeting for women, subject "The Model Wife and Mother." On Saturday afternoon he
addressed the children, having a special meeting for them and giving them an illustrated talk. The evening meetings began at 7:30
each evening, except Sunday when services being at 7:00 o'clock.
Pottsville Republican of January 20, 1914
WOMAN ESCAPED FROM ASYLUM
A Coal Dale woman patient escaped from the first floor of the county asylum near Schuylkill Haven at 5:30 o'clock Tuesday morning,
by opening a window, there being no screens on most of the windows. She evidently took her chance of eluding the outside
watchman while he was on his rounds of the big building and got away in the darkness. The State Police are assisting the keepers
in the search for her. The woman is harmless and is about five feet four inches in height, weighs 135 pounds, her left eyelid
droops, and when last seen she had on only one shoe and wore a blue wrapper. Any information on her whereabouts should be
Pottsville Republican of January 21, 1914
WOMAN RETURNED TO ALMSHOUSE
The woman who escaped from the Schuylkill Haven Institution on Tuesday morning about six o'clock was brought back on Tuesday
evening by the authorities from Adamstown. She had walked that distance and, probably feeling hungry, went into a store in
Adamsdale, and the storekeeper, recognizing the description given, called the Haven authorities and she was returned to the
Pottsville Republican of January 24, 1914
STORAGE YARDS ARE FILLED UP
Owing to the slackness of the coal trade, resulting from the mild weather and the shutting down of so many industries, and in order
to be prepared to have a goodly supply on hand in case of sudden emergency of cold weather or unexpected reopening of
industrial establishments now idle, or sudden demands that may Schuylkill Haven storage yards very rapidly, and this plant presents
a very busy appearance. When full there will be about one million tons in storage.
The Abrams yard is three fourths full with around one half million tons, mainly of buckwheat, pa and stove coal size. The company
expects to be able to keep the mines running pretty generally during February and March, when there will be a big demand for April
and May growing out of the rebate allowed to everyone who resides without the coal region and the people here at home pay the
same price the year round. This means that coal trade and mining will be fairly lively for the next three months, even if there is not
any special advent of cold weather, which of course, will naturally bring about a big demand for coal.