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|The Call of March 1, 1918
CONSTABLE AND CHARGE GO THROUGH WINDOW
In a scuffle between D. Witman of Saint Peter Street and Constable Butz on Saturday evening, the plate glass window of the Saylor store
room was broken. Witman was ordered to discontinue his boisterous conduct and instead of doing so got into an altercation with the
officer and soon came to blows. Constable Butz, when it was all over, allowed Witman to go home although charges of resisting an
officer could have been preferred, the penalty for which is a fine of ten dollars and a jail sentence of from three to six months. Quite a
number of people were attracted by the excitement as it took place early in the evening.
EMPLOYEES MAY GET INCREASE
All of the employees of the Reading Railroad Company in Schuylkill Haven, including clerks and station hands, stand to get a substitute
increase on wages. One source placed the increase at twenty five percent. A table of wages has been prepared by this company and
forwarded to Washington D. C. during the present week. It may be another month or two before the government officials finish with
these reports and fix a wage scale for all classes all over the United States.
WASHERIES AGAIN RUNNING
After a suspension of several weeks the washeries along the Schuylkill River are again in operation. The Sirrocco washery at the
Columbia Street bridge ran several days last week but owing to the heavy rains of Tuesday night, were compelled to suspend
operations on Wednesday. Large quantities of coal were washed down by the recent freshet, much to the delight of the washery
ANNOYED LOCAL RESIDENTS
Considerably under the influence of liquor, a man giving his name as Eugene Fisher and his residence as Coaldale, was arrested
yesterday morning by Constable John Butz. Fisher went from house to house in Spring Garden demanding money and when refused he
became abusive. He was taken before Squire William Kline where he was charged with being a common nuisance. Unable to furnish
bail he was committed to tghe county prison until the March session of the criminal court.
UNION STREET SPRINGS VERY SPRINGY
That the springs in the vicinity of Union Street from Fairmount Addition to Saint John Street are very "springy" is evidenced by a walk on
the street. Throughout the entire winter many pavements have been covered with ice and with the recent rains and thaws the springs
have come forth with such pressure as to wash out many of the bricks in numerous pavements and gutters on the south side of the
street. Walking is quite dangerous at several points.
TALKED FIRE OUT
Several neighbors who gathered together at a Union Street home this week naturally held quite a talkfest for several hours. The lady of
the house also being interested discovered upon investigating the cause of the room becoming chilly that her neighbors had actually
talked the fire in the sitting room stove out.
The Call of March 8, 1918
BURGESS TO ENFORCE ORDINANCES
Burgess Sharadin stated that there were three ordinances in particular on the books of the borough that he desired either repealed or
assistance in having them enforced. They are the curfew ordinance, the traffic ordinance and the street corner loafing ordinance. He
was going to make special effort to have these three different ordinances enforced and he desired to have at least three additional
men as constables or policemen. The Burgess desires full control over the men, the special policemen to make monthly reports to him
and he has the power to discharge the police.
WEATHER PROPHET LUCKENBILL'S PREDICTIONS
The Call's weather prophet, Augustus Luckenbill, visited us Thursday evening and informed us we were in for another four weeks of
hard and rough weather. Gus says that the groundhog on the fifth, changed with the moon, turned over on his or her left side and went
to sleep again. That this action means all kinds of weather, sunshine one day, wind the next day, snow or rain the next and so on. In
addition to this we are to have a heavy snow on Saturday March 23rd, also snow on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. April will usher in
another bunch of rough weather and we are to have heavy and damaging electrical storms all over the fore part of April. However, on
April 13th we are to have the onion snow and after this fine spring weather.
OYSTERS IN SPRING GARDEN
A delicacy that would appeal strongly to the average individual is a roast young pig, filled with oysters. Evidently there are residents of
Spring Garden who have an appetite for just such eatables. At least that is the conclusion arrived at by Spring Garden residents. Last
week The Call published an article about the stealing of a young pig from the premises of Harry Shadel. Early Sunday morning last,
apparently the same thieves broke open a lock on the premises of merchant Harry Sterner and succeeded in getting away with 400
oysters. Mr. Sterner stated that he had opened the oysters during the early part of Saturday evening. They were intended for
customers who were to call on Sunday morning. The oysters were placed in the cold Sunday morning early and when the owner went
for them at seven o'clock, they were gone, bucket, oysters and everything else. Mr. Sterner heard the noise as the lock was being
broken but thought the noise was being made by intoxicated men on their way home. As a result of the theft a number of local residents
did not enjoy oyster pie for their Sunday dinner.
GOT THREE MONTHS FOR BEGGING
Eugene Fisher, who was arrested here last week on the charge of begging, was this week sentenced by the court to spend the next
three months in the county jail. This case was the only criminal case presented from Schuylkill Haven at the March term of criminal
court, showing that the residents of town do not relish lawsuits.
The Call of March 15, 1918
A LOCAL BOY IN THE MOVIES
The picture of a Schuylkill Haven boy is appearing on the screen in moving pictures. Miss Anna Fisher of Haven Street received a letter
from a friend in Ohio in which the writer stated that while attending a movie in her home town, the picture of General Pershing was
flashed. Standing beside the general was Bright Butz of town. It is hoped that the picture will be shown in this locality.
INCIPIENT BLAZE ON SUNDAY
Due to a defective flue, an incipient blaze occurred at the home of Albert Seitzinger of Dock Street on Sunday afternoon. One of the
members of the family discovered the fire and rushing to the Rainbow hose house, procured a Babcock extinguisher. It was used to
good effect and the damage will amount to only a few dollars.
CHICKEN LAYING LARGE EGGS
Robert Moyer, of Caldwell Street, employed as car inspector at the shops, has a white Wyandotte hen that is laying exceptionally large
eggs. During the present week the hen laid three eggs, each seven by eight inches and weighing almost three quarters of a pound
each. Mr. Moyer has the eggs in his possession and issues a challenge to the Pottsville chicken fancier to equal his record.
The Call of March 22, 1918
STOPPED RUNAWAY TEAM
Risking the chance of having his life crushed out beneath the hoofs of a spirited team of horses, Linn Sterner yesterday morning
grabbed hold of the bridle of one of the horses and succeeded in bringing to a stop after being dragged twenty feet or more. The
runaway took place near the Pennsylvania Railroad arch and it is believed a passing engine caused the horses to shy and start off. The
owner of the team, a farmer, was delivering food stuffs at a house at the time. Although the contents of the wagon were considerably
mixed yup, a basket containing several dozen eggs remained undamaged. Mr. Sterner was complimented for his pluck and judgement.
MAY BE TROUBLE IN STORE FOR SOMEONE
For the past several weeks some unknown persons have been in the habit of annoying the operator at the Bell Telephone exchange
and attempting to force an entrance. The early morning hours, between one and two, are chosen for the occurrences. A Call
representative accidentally learned of the matter Thursday from a company official who at the time was making arrangements for a
surprise for the offenders. In view of the absence of night police, here the telephone company has taken the matter in its own way and
will surely deal severely with persons caught in the act.
CHILDREN DESTROYING PROPERTY
Numerous complaints have been made regarding the conduct of some of the children on Berne Street. It is alleged that they annoy
people by running through the yards at night time, ringing door bells and getting people from their beds and with breaking fences.
Before the parents are compelled to pay damages for their children, they should warn them to desist in their actions.
CHURCH WILL MAKE IMPROVEMENTS
Extensive improvements are contemplated by the members of Grace United Evangelical church. A congregational meeting was held on
Tuesday evening and it was decided to canvass every member and obtain their opinion on the matter. It is understood that the ceiling
needs immediate attention.
ASKING FOR MORE KNITTERS
The Schuylkill Haven Chapter of the Red Cross Society is asking for more knitters. The chapter is particularly anxious to send away an
order for sweaters, socks and knitted blocks for convalescent robes. Another consignment of yarn was received this week and will be
distributed to persons desiring to assist in this worthy work.
The Call of March 29, 1918
CAR SHOPS GO ON TEN HOURS
The employees of the local Reading shops for the past two weeks have been on ten hour days, an increase of one hour per day. This
time will be continued indefinitely. At present the employees are busily engaged on repairing foreign cars. Superintendent Yoder is
anxious to procure the services of additional mechanics, men acquainted with wood work and handy with the use of tools. Steady
employment is guaranteed.
FIRST CHICKS BY PARCEL POST
The first chicks to be received at the Schuylkill Haven post office by parcel post arrived here on Wednesday morning. They were in
three large crates and numbered five hundred chicks. They were consigned to a party by the name of Meck, living just outside of town.
WILL PLAY TENNIS TIL NINE O'CLOCK
The Schuylkill Haven Tennis Club held a meeting Tuesday evening at which time plans were discussed for the coming season. From the
fact that tennis can be played until nine o'clock during the summer months, the members are very enthusiastic. The court is now being
put into shape and playing will soon be started. There is room for a few members and if there are any desiring to join they should
communicate with the club.
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