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|Pottsville Republican of June 2, 1911
CONSIDERING NEW ASYLUM BUILDING
Conferring with Architect L. L. Stockton and the county commissioners, the court held a brief session today,
to take up matters in connection with the erection of the new Almshouse hospital at Schuylkill Haven. The
conference was at first called off at the advice from Mr. Stockton, that he could not be present today, but
last evening word was sent that he would be here and the judges were summoned by telephone and went
to the courthouse to talk over the matters under advisement. Several makes of bricks which were
considered by the architect were considered by the judges but nothing was given out for publication as to
the character of the building material which will be used.
SMALL RIOT AT ALMSHOUSE
Being refused an increase in wages from $1.50 to $1.75 a day, a number of foreigners employed on the
construction of the new county insane asylum at Schuylkill Haven struck this morning and started a small
riot. Some of the men refused to work and while the others were down in the pits digging they were
showered with stones. When the bosses attempted to interfere they too were set upon and driven back.
The State Police were asked for assistance and sent two men on horseback to the scene. When the
troopers arrived the men were still assaulting the other workmen but stopped on the appearance of the
officers. Everything quieted down and the men returned to work this afternoon. During the rain of stones
a number of the men were struck but not seriously injured.
CHARGED PASSING BAD BANK CHECKS
On Tuesday a man entered the drug store of W. J. Downs of Schuylkill Haven and asked to be shown some
rubber goods. After deciding on a purchase of $3.45, he tendered a check drawn on the Schuylkill Trust
Company of Pottsville for $10.00. Nothing was thought of the matter until this check, like one presented in
Pottsville, was returned with the same marks, "n. g." About the same time the check was received from the
bank by Dr. Downs another was received by Doutrich and Company, the well known gents furnishers of
Schuylkill Haven. It appears that the same man entered the latter store and making a purchase to the
amount of $2.45 gave a check for $10.00 on the same bank as the others. It was cashed and the fellow
given his change. The matter was then placed in the hands of Constable Butz and after a search lasting all
day Thursday and yesterday, the constable came across Lionel M. Kocher, who answered the description.
He was placed under arrest and taken before Squire C. A. Moyer, of that town, and it was said was
positively identified by the two victims. Constable Butz, knowing that the party answering the description
of Kocher was wanted in Pottsville, placed the man aboard a car and arrived here shortly after nine
o'clock. He was taken to police headquarters and Chief Davies told of the circumstances. The chief in turn
summoned the proprietor of the local drug store and the Trust Company.
When Dr. Hodgson and the employee of the Trust Company arrived, they positively identified the man as
the one who was in the store last Monday. At the time of the arrest the fellow was somewhat under the
influence of drink and denied he was the party wanted. He was given a hearing before Alderman McCool
and then sent back to police headquarters for the night. This morning Chief Davies and Constable Butz
went to Schuylkill Haven where they made a search of the entire house occupied by the man. They found
that the wife of the man was sick in bed with a child less than a week old by her side but nothing of a
suspicious nature was discovered. The two officers then returned to Pottsville where they took the man
into the chief's office. Here he again refused to acknowledge having passed the checks. He was informed
by Chief Davies that if he would acknowledge the offense and endeavor to pay back the money, charges
would be dropped.
Pottsville Republican of June 3, 1911
ATTEMPTED TO PASS OTHER CHECKS
Through the efforts of Constable John H. Butz, it has just been ascertained that Daniel M. Kocher, who was
arrested Thursday on the charge of passing two worthless checks on Schuylkill Haven merchants and
another on a Pottsville merchant, attempted to pass several other checks on merchants in Schuylkill
Haven. Several evenings ago he entered the shoe store of William Kline in Schuylkill Haven and asked to
be shown several pairs of ladies shoes. The proprietor was away at the time and the man was waited upon
by the proprietor's wife. Finally Kocher selected two pairs and tendered the same kind of a check in
payment. Mrs. Kline stated that she could not cash the check on account of not having sufficient change
on hand. Kocher asked for what change she had and stated that he would call when Mr. Kocher returned.
That was refused. Finally he stated that he would leave the check, take the shoes along and return later
for the change. That was agreeable to Mrs. Kline and the fellow departed. That was the last heard of him.
It is also reported that the same person attempted to work John Bowman, another shoe merchant of
Schuylkill Haven, but failed. From another reliable source it was ascertained that the fellow worked the
same tricks in different parts of the county and it would occasion no surprise if at least a half dozen
merchants and storekeepers would make known their loss within the next several days. Kocher is still in
the Schuylkill County jail, where he maintains a complete silence. Although the home of the defendant has
been searched, the goods obtained from the three Schuylkill Haven merchants and the Pottsville merchant
have not been found. Either they have been sold to parties in another town or the fellow hid them away for
a future time.
Pottsville Republican of June 5, 1911
LEHIGH VALLEY CONDEMNS RAILROAD TRESTLE
The Lehigh Valley Railroad Company has condemned the trestle at the Almshouse which is made use of in
the hauling of coal to the institution and have refused to haul any more coal upon the structure, which is in
danger of collapsing. A conference will be held between the controller, commissioners, directors of the
poor at the Almshouse on Thursday for the purpose of considering the preparation of plans for a new
trestle or the repairing of the old one.
Pottsville Republican of June 9, 1911
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SHORTS
The special committee that was appointed to inspect the old hose house in the North Ward, and to
determine the changes that should be made in it in order to convert it into a school room reported. This
committee was also directed to consider the disposition of the various schools and grades to adjust them
to the best advantage under existing conditions. This committee recommended that the seventh grade
and the desks in Room Number 3 be transferred to the old hose house in the North Ward; that the third
grade class in the South Ward be abolished and those 22 pupils be transferred to Number 9 school in the
main building; that Mr. Bensinger's eighth grade school be transferred from the Liberty hose house to
Room 11, South Ward building; that 18 of the South ward second grade pupils be sent to the school of the
same grade in the main building, Number 3; and that the other 18 be left in Number 15 for a double grade
school; that a new sixth grade school be put into Room 3 and new desks be purchased for that room. All
these recommendations were accepted by the board. This action saves the rent of the room in the Liberty
hose house and leaves the number of teachers for next term the same as the term just closed.
Pottsville Republican of June 16, 1911
SCHOOL BOARD NOTES
Boys and girls of the high school and eighth grade who have books to read and report on, if they are ready
should come to the principal to report before June 28th as Mr. Heckert will leave town about that time.
After that date they can report to Mr. Ziegenfus. Any boys or girls between fourteen and sixteen years of
age who desire to work or may get a chance to secure employment during the summer should get an
employment certificate now while the principal is in town. The law allows no person to employ children
under the age of fourteen at any time, vacation or otherwise. Consequently a principal of schools has no
legal right to issue employment certificates to any child under the age of fourteen years at any time during
The Building and Repairs Committee of the school board inspected the main school building on Saturday
and recommended some needed improvements in the building at the board meeting on Monday night. The
following motions were approved: 1) The senior class be required to take German as a study, the common
term, in order to give them five branches of study 2) That no full new supply of books, "The Pennsylvania
Citizen" be ordered 3) That due to changes in state requirements, a change in the English courses in the
high school be changed 4) That the use of Dodge's geographics be continued without a readoption 5) That
as an experiment, Fred Sterner be given all boys and Miss Cleary all girls for next term.
President Jones reported that rumors and reports came to him during the week to the effect that Miss
Reinhart was not legally qualified for consideration as a teacher, not being eighteen years of age and yet
she was elected one of the corps. The president stated that she was elected because of her strong
qualities as a teacher and on the assertion that she was eighteen. The young ladies' father, Bert Reinhart,
stated he reported her to be eighteen because advised to do so by legal counsel, that she lacked but a few
weeks of being eighteen years of age and under a legal proceeding she would be considered eighteen.
He made the assertion in good faith and felt confident in doing so. The members of the board bore him out
in this. Legal counsel was present at the meeting and he advised that the position be left open until Miss
Reinhart was qualified as to age and a substitute teacher take charge of her school. On motion th position
was declared vacant.