The Call of January 8, 1915


Max Longsdorf in a coasting accident late Thursday afternoon sustained a broken collar bone and broken
shoulder blade.  Max was coasting on Wilson Street with a youth, Harry Roeder.  At the corner of Wilson and
Margaretta Street the P. T. Hoy and Sons auto truck happened along at the same time the coasters did.  Mr.
Rudy Hoy, who was driving the truck, applied the brakes and prevented the truck from going over the
coasters.  The truck however skidded.  Mr. Longsdorf in an effort to protect the youngster received the full
force of the contact with the above result.


John Starr last week had a narrow escape from serious injury when the horse he was driving down Haven
Street ran into a fence.  The street was very icy and the wagon began to slip.  The horse also had difficulty
in retaining its feet.  The result was that the horse and wagon ran into the fence.  The horse came very
close to having its leg broken.  The wagon was somewhat damaged.  John sustained a badly wrenched leg
and is just about able to be about without the use of a cane or crutch.


Last week several coasters had a most miraculous escape from being ground to pieces under a P & R
passenger train at the Union Street crossing.  Just as the 4:20 northbound express happened along, the
sleigh shot across the tracks escaping being hit.  It missed the train by the narrowest margin.  Bystanders
turned their heads expecting the coasters had been mangled beneath the train.  Then it was learned they
had escaped.  The burgess is besieged with requests of persons who had witnessed the escape to have
the coasting prohibited.  He notified all coasters at that time to discontinue under penalty of being
arrested.  The names of the occupants of the sled could not be learned.


Reports from Schuylkill Haven's ice men are to the effect that all the ice houses in town are about filled and
there need be no fear of an ice famine until late in the summer, if at all.  Joseph Killian is at present putting
away a twelve inch crop and his several large ice houses are all filled with the exception of one of the
smaller houses.  The previous crop of ice taken off this season measured eight to nine inches.  The
present crop measured ten to twelve inches.  Mr. Killian expects to put away 5,000 tons of ice, which is an
enormous quantity.  Claude Bittle this week had a force of men busy storing a crop of twelve inch ice from
the Bittle Dam.  The ice house is already filled to the roof and a large quantity for immediate use is being
stored on the outside.  W. G. Huy has had all his ice houses filled with eight, nine, ten and eleven inch ice.  
The latter part of last week and the first part of this week the ice houses of Mark Maberry and Monroe F.
Loy and the ice house of the Schuylkill County Almshouse were filled by W. G. Huy.  Rudy Moyer has had his
ice house filled with nine inch ice.

The Call of January 15, 1915


The latter part of last week while Mr. Sunday, a livestock dealer of Hamburg, was driving two steers through
town for a party in Cressona, they broke away from the drivers and for a time there followed a merry wild
west show in the hills round about town.  The steers were wild and it was found the only way to capture
them would be to shoot them.  This was done with Edward Clouser shooting on e of the animals near the
borough's White Elephant Water Plot near the Benjamin Shappel farm.  John Ebling killed the other steer on
the mountain back of the Poor House farm, near the farm of William Seifert.

The Call of January 22, 1915


Several weeks ago a scraper line or coal hoist and conveyor was installed at the borough electric light
plant.  The same has been given a several weeks trial and found to work entirely satisfactorily and is giving
all the service expected or required of it.  The conveyor and coal hoist now enables several cars of coal to
be stored at the plant at one time and saves considerable extra expense of employing men to handle the
coal several times.  With the new machinery the coal is dumped from the wagons into a sort of bin.  The coal
hoist is started and the coal raised to the conveyor about twenty feet above the bin.  Here the conveyor or
scraper line operates and the coal is carried in a steel chute to the coal bins in the boiler house.  Openings
in the chute allow the coal to fall to the coal bin below.  The conveyor was installed by the Brown
Engineering Company of Reading.  Its cost was $350.00.  The total cost of installation was about $450.00.  
The bills for the same were passed at the last council meeting.


The matter of purchasing an auto fire truck or fire engine is being considered by members of the Schuylkill
Hose Company.  Several auto truck firms are estimating on the probable cost of a fire truck and they will
submit their estimates shortly.  As yet however, nothing definite has been decided but this company has
been urged by a number of persons to add an auto fire engine of good size to their equipment.  It is
understood a number of liberal contributions will be forthcoming if the company goes ahead in the matter.  
At the present time members of this company are soliciting funds in order to make a number of repairs to
their hose house.


The Tuesday evening dances being conducted in Keystone Hall commenced this week were conducted by
new management.  A good sized number of dancers were present despite the fact that notice was given at
a very late date that the dance would be held.  The dances will now be held every Tuesday evening,
favorable or unfavorable weather, in the Keystone Hall.  New features will be introduced frequently.  Plain
dancing will be the program, the new dances being given only upon the request of several of the dancers.  
Bensinger's Orchestra will furnish the music.


James Mellon, proprietor of the Mellon Cafe, is having extensive improvements made to his place of
business on Main Street.  This week a force of carpenters began making alterations which when completed
will enlarge and greatly beautify the interior.  The floor is being dropped several inches to make it on a
level with the pavement.  A metallic ceiling is being put up.  Handsome new bar fixtures will be installed.  
The partition which heretofore separated the gents lunch room from the grill room will be removed, thereby
greatly increasing the size of the grill room.  The bar fixtures will extend from one end of the room to the
other.  The lunch counter will be at the far end of the bar.  New electric fixtures will also be installed and
the entire interior completely renovated.  


It is possible in the near future the Order of Owls of town will erect a modern three story brick building in
Schuylkill Haven.  The matter of purchasing a suitable plot of ground is being seriously considered.  As soon
as the proper site can be secured the building proposition will immediately be launched.  This order is
growing quite rapidly having at present a membership of 110 members.  At the next meeting of the order a
large class of candidates will be initiated.  The officers selected at a recent meeting are as follows: Past
President John Sell; President Ralph Bittle; Vice President Milton Walleisa; Secretary Fred B. Reed;
A. B. Weiser; Invocator John McKeon; Sentinel Roy Schumacher; Picket Irvin Moyer and Trustees John Sell
and Wellington Hartman.


This week there is being celebrated in the business world of Schuylkill Haven an event which is worthy of
special mention and comment.  It is the 39th anniversary of the "Store of Styles," Felix's.  For thirty nine
years this store has been conducted in Schuylkill Haven, growing from a small grocery store to the largest
combined grocery, dry goods and ladies' ready to wear furnishing store in this section.  It has made for
wonderful and noteworthy advancement and progress in the community.  The initiative for bigger and
better things and a store to compare with those of the larger cities has been made by the owners of the
Felix store.  The example has been followed by many of our businessmen and this has proven quite an
advantage in the upbuilding and growth of Schuylkill Haven.  
On the occasion of an anniversary, especially that of a business or business house, one generally inquires
the reason and cause of the success which has made it possible to celebrate the event.  When we hesitate
but a moment and investigate the cause of the success and popularity of this store we find that it has been
straightforward, clean and honest business methods.  The principal of their professional integrity being of
higher value than double profits would bring, founded thirty nine years ago by th elate A. W. Felix,
deceased, and adhered to by members of his family can be given as the prime reason for the success and
growth of this store.  In a fitting celebration of the anniversary event, every article in the store excepting
groceries is being sold at a reduction of twenty percent.  This special reduction will last until Saturday,
January 30th.

The Call of January 29, 1915


The selection of Dr. Detweiler as  member of the Board of Health of Schuylkill Haven is indeed a wise one.  
We doubt whether it could have been improved upon.  The doctor is not only conversant with the
requirements and proper preventative measures that should be carried out by the board in order to insure
the health of the community but he has the nerve and grit to see that the laws of the Health Board are
enforced.  We doubt not but he will do so, regardless of whom the penalty for violation may effect.  With the
doctor as a member of the board, there is added to that body the quality which for years it lacked, namely
nerve to go ahead and enforce its edicts and laws, not merely to suggest and recommend.  We now look for