The Call of May 3, 1918

Arrangements are being made by a number of stores to observe the half holiday each week during the
summer months.  Starting on June 1st, the American Stores Company will open their store at eight
o'clock each morning and will close at six o'clock with the exception of Saturday night when they will
remain open until nine o'clock.  The store will also observe Wednesday afternoon half holidays during
the months of June, July and August.

Schuylkill Haven is to have a clean up week this year instead of several days as heretofore.  It will be
earlier in the season then in previous years.  It is to be next week.  The entire week has been set aside
for the purpose by the Board of Health at its meeting on Monday evening.  The Burgess has issued a
proclamation, calling upon all residents to cooperate in the movement.  The selection of the dates for
the clean up week are in compliance with the suggestion of the Department of Health of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Every community has been asked to cooperate and next week will be
known throughout the entire state as "clean up" week.  There is considerable accumulation of rubbish
and refuse in certain sections and parts of this town, namely, lots, alleys and vacant lots.  No one can
tell how much of the winter;s accumulation of rubbish and refuse is stored away in attics and cellars and
thus hidden from the public gaze.  From the fact that their have been a number of clean up days held in
this town in years gone by, the public is acquainted with the requirements and conditions and is aware
of just exactly what is expected of each and every one.

Francis Corcoran had a narrow escape from death on Sunday afternoon at the bridge leading to
Broadway.  He was engaged in play with a number of companions on the stone wall above the old tow
path.  He suddenly lost his balance and plunged over the edge of the wall to the path below, a distance
of about thirty feet.  Fortunately his body struck a tree and this broke his fall on the rocks below.  He
was picked up with his hands and face bleeding and taken to his home in the West Ward.  Dr. Ryan was
summoned and dressed the injuries.  It will be several days before it can be determined if the youth is
injured internally.

County fuel administrator Baird Halberstadt has received orders to dispense with the light less nights,
starting at once and continuing until September 1st.  This order applies to Schuylkill Haven and was
brought about by the late hour of lighting boroughs and the daylight savings bill.  Superintendent Faust
will place the new ruling in effect immediately.

Postmaster John Ebling is awaiting his instructions and blanks for the registration of all German female
aliens in Schuylkill haven.  Thus far no dates have been fixed but it is assumed all German alien females
aged fourteen years and above will be required to register.  There are less than a dozen in Schuylkill
Haven and surrounding territory.

Tuesday morning when the 8:55 Reading train pulled into the local Reading station, Professor VB. F.
Simonds, probation officer of the county and The Call representative walked up to the car window and
shook hands with Jack Williams, the colored draftee, who left Pottsville and the first of his race from this
section of the county.  While the two were talking, a Schuylkill Haven lady, an active member of the local
Red Cross chapter, stepped to the window and with, "Her is a little token," presented the soldier with a
parcel.  Her heart was in the right place and her thought of kindness was one that seldom or never
enters the mind of the average woman.  She believed, as all true Americans should believe, that we are
all created free and equal.  With her true modesty, she requested that her name not be made known.

The Call of May 10, 1918

Letter carrier William Bittle spent the present week developing his muscle and henceforth patrons on
his route may expect their mail placed in second or third story windows by a well directed throw.  Mr.
Bittle was given a week's vacation and spent the same assisting coal merchant James Schucker
throwing black diamonds.  Substitute carrier Moyer served the east Ward residents.

Mrs. George Ruck, of 519 Canal Street, is in receipt of several letters from her brother, Private Abraham
Swartz, who is among the local boys somewhere in France.  The writer states that he is in fine health
and wrote one of the letters in a dugout twenty feet underground.  He reports the weather fine and the
boys able to go about without the use of their overcoats.  He makes special inquiry of a number of local

Apparently somewhat ashamed of the half hearted manner in which they handled the subject of German
in the local schools at their last meeting, the members of the board ordered that when the schools
close in June the subject of German should be entirely eliminated.  At their previous meeting the board
had decreed that those scholars who had studied German this year should have the privilege of taking
it up next year, this, that they might not lose the entire year of study.  These scholars will now be
compelled to study some other foreign language and surely will be glad to do so.
The atmospherical conditions of Monday touched the better part of the directors in dealing with truancy
and leniency was extended to each and every one of the parents present.  About eight mothers and
fathers were present before the board to explain the absence of their children.  All were made familiar
with the law and promised to live up to the very letter.  Just as the board was about to pass a motion,
ordering the arrest of a boy named Aulenbach, his brother appeared and asked for a domestic
certificate, that the boy could remain at home and assist his mother with household duties.  The boy is
fifteen years of age but looks older.
Attendance has changed but little.  A few have secured employment certificates of left town.  Five new
pupils have been enrolled.  During the month German measles invaded the schools.  The disease has
begun to wane now.  About fifty were readmitted today.
One hundred and eleven pupils will be promoted from the sixth to seventh grade.  Of these some will
go to work.  Seven will likely fail of promotion from the seventh to th eighth.  At least a part of these
seven will return next year.  It would seem that the creation of another seventh year class will be

Constable John Butz, on Sunday last, brought from Reading a girl by the name of Reickert, aged about
fourteen years.  The girl resides a short distance below Landingville.  More than a week ago she ran
away from home and was located by the State Police living with a farmer below Reading.  She was
arrested Saturday and lodged in a home at Reading until Sunday when she was brought back by the

When the delivery truck of merchant George W. Butz and the coal truck of Harry Baker collided at the
corner of Dock and Haven Streets, a quantity of bread in the former machine took a sudden drop.  The
Butz machine received the worst of the argument and was taken to the Ebling garage for repairs.  The
Baker truck was not damaged.  Mr. Butz, who was driving his own car, had a narrow escape from serious

A handsome service flag was this week placed in the parlors of the Rainbow Hose Company house on
Dock Street.  The flag contains thirteen stars and is four by six feet.  It was made and presented to the
company by Mrs. Lottie Huy and Mrs. Ernest Braun and is an excellent specimen of workmanship.

The Call of May 17, 1918

Reports to Superintendent Hoover are to the effect that chickens are damaging farm plots.  This is
particularly true in the vicinity of Margaretta Street.  The owners of these plots can lawfully kill these
chickens and the owners of the chickens will have no redress at law.  The only provisions are that the
persons killing the chickens must not take them for their own use.  Residents of this locality would do
well to keep their chickens confined to enclosures.

Saturday has been set as the day for the opening of this town's new shoe store by James Mellon.  The
store will be known as Mellon's Shoe Parlor.  An extensive stock has already been received and more is
to follow.  A complete line of footwear for ladies, gents, misses children's and infants will be handled.  
Among the well known and guaranteed makes Mr. Mellon will carry are the Selz, the Crosset, the Walk
Over and the Dorothy Dodd.  A wide range of sizes in all lines will be stocked and the stock such that
one can have his choice in either a low, moderate or high priced shoe.

Inspired with the thought that if their sons were home, the mothers of Schuylkill Haven soldier boys
would have been remembered with a carnation on Sunday last, a well known merchant of the South
Ward, presented two hundred mothers of town with carnations on Saturday.  They were kindly
distributed by the Boy Scouts, who in turn were taken to the different homes in the auto of George Saul.

The Call of May 24, 1918

Street Commissioner William Huy performed a heroic act on Tuesday morning when he stopped a
runaway team.  The team was standing near the Reading station when the horse frightened at a passing
train and started up Main Street.  Mr. Huy was standing near the Hotel Grand when he took in the
situation at a glance and running out into the street, caught hold of the bridle of the horse as it dashed
by.  Mr. Huy was pulled several feet before bringing the team to a standstill.

Residents of Columbia Street enjoyed a little excitement during the week when two mounted State
Police made their appearance at a certain home.  It appears that the husband and wife had words, with
the result that the wife threatened to leave.  Constable John Butz was first appealed to and asked to
make the wife stay at home.  Constable Butz was powerless to act and then the State Police were called.  
When they arrived at the house they found both husband and wife in tears with their arms around each
other.  It is understood that both will give domestic life another try.
IN MAY OF 1918