|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of May 2, 1919
SOUTH WARD WILL HAVE A PARK THIS YEAR
Residents of the South Ward, if all plans materialize, will have a park all their own this summer. It will be on Columbia Street
adjoining the Liberty Fire House. This park will replace the piece of swamp ground that is a breeder of mosquitoes, snakes, bugs of
all kinds and weeds of all varieties. The fire company has leased this plot of ground. The work of filling it in and leveling it off has
already begun. Persons having ground or ashes to dispose of can dump the same on this plot but no rubbish is to be placed
thereon. Trees and shrubs are to be planted and it is planned to make quite a nice little recreation spot out of the once unsightly
piece of ground.
STORAGE BATTERY EXPLODED
C. Losch, while welding an automobile storage battery, came very near losing his eyesight on Wednesday afternoon, when the
battery itself exploded and threw the acid therein into his eyes. Quick action prevented a more serious injury and had it not been
for the very heavy goggles worn by Mr. Losch while doing this kind of work, the sight would surely have been destroyed and his
face would have been horribly burned.
AIR RIFLES AGAIN
Union Street residents between Saint Peter and Saint John Streets are complaining about the careless use of air rifles by some
unknown persons, presumably boys. It is stated window panes have been broken, birds wounded and killed and a cat shot in the
foot. Residents have become alarmed over the reckless practice in that neighborhood and on Wednesday appealed to Officer Butz
to take steps to break up this nuisance.
STRUCK IN HEAD
A well known resident of Garfield Avenue was struck on the head with a baseball on Main Street Monday evening. She was walking
on the pavement at the time. Boys were playing handball. One boy threw the ball to another and the throw was too wide, the ball
hitting one of the iron posts supporting the awning at Pflueger's. The ball glanced off and struck one woman on the shoulder and
bounding back struck the other woman on the head. During the week she has suffered severe pains. Instead of reporting the
matter to the authorities or endeavoring to procure the names of the boys, the woman left the matter go by default.
WRAPPING MACHINE IN OPERATION
This week the bread wrapping machine in the Michel Brothers Bakery was put into operation and henceforth all the bread will be
wrapped in separate paraffined packages. This method of preparing the bread is quite popular in large cities and will be much
appreciated by local bread purchasers.
THREE AUTOS CAUGHT AT BUSY CORNER
Three autos were trapped at the corner of Main and Dock Streets up to this writing since last Friday evening. All machines on
different occasions were coming in Dock Street and ran into trolleys coming up Man Street. Each machine had the fender bent.
There is hardly a week passes by that some autoist does not get trapped by the trolley at the corner. There should be some traffic
regulation issued to prevent this occurrence or the company be compelled to have its motorman sound an alarm when approaching
this corner. Very often cars approach this point without any warning of any kind.
The Call of May 9, 1919
UNDERTAKER HAS AUTO STOLEN
Undertaker Charles Wagner, who was a Pine Grove visitor on Saturday evening, discovered when he was ready to return home, that
his auto had been stolen. He returned in the Faust machine with a party of Odd Fellows who paid a fraternal visit to the Pine Grove
Odd Fellows. Imagine his surprise on Sunday morning when his machine was discovered on the Main Street of our town, standing
in front of the establishment of his rival in the business, undertaker O. A. Bittle. It is said the machine was driven home by Schuylkill
Haven persons as a joke on Mr. Wagner, but Mr. Wagner states it was a pretty bum joke. As the State Police had been called in on
the case, the joke might not have been such a big one after all.
PICKED UP OLD MULE SHOE
An old mule shoe was picked up by H. C. Wilson last Saturday morning at the Reider Shoe Factory where building improvements
have been underway. The shoe evidently was one worn by a mule used for boating purposes many years ago when this particular
portion of town was used as a stable for the mules and also as the boat yard. It is likely that the shoe is anywhere from 35 to 45
years old. Mr. Wilson will place the same with his other mementos and relics and photos of the boating days of Schuylkill Haven.
The Call of May 16, 1919
GRACE EVANGELICAL CHURCH TO BE ENLARGED
The building committee of the congregation of the Grace Evangelical church has engaged G. L. Gerhard of Reading as the
architect. Plans and blueprints are now being prepared. According to the present plans, it is proposed to first tear down one half
of the frame building to the rear of the church and occupied as a residence. A brick addition will then be built to the church at the
rear, two stories in height. The front of the church building may also be built out several feet to permit the space now occupied by
the hallway and steps being used in the Sunday School room and auditorium. A gallery may also be built in the auditorium of the
church. While these particular changes are being made, other minor changes and improvements as well as repairs to the entire
edifice will be made.
FOUND OLD RECEIPT
Mrs. Warren Brown, while looking over some old records and papers, the property of her grandfather, Daniel Deibert, who at one
time resided on Columbia Street, found one paper which was of particular interest. It was a receipt for the purchase of a mule. It is
written on ordinary white ruled paper with ink and neither the paper or ink appear to have been affected by Father Time. The
receipt is dated March 26, 1866, so that it is 53 years old. On the face the following is written: Received, Pottsville, March 26, 1866
of Daniel Deibert, one hundred dollars in full for a dark mule, blind of one eye. Signed J. I. Kirk.
IMPROVEMENTS UNDER WAY
Carpenters, plumbers, stonemasons, tinsmiths, plasterers, team auto trucks are busily engaged in the remodeling if the Stine and
Michel properties on Main Street. Mr. Stine is having interior changes made to his newly acquired property which he anticipates
being completed in several months' time. Mr. Charles Michel has already torn down a considerable portion of the rear of the former
Coxe estate property. Steel girders have been placed in the rear of the building and the work of rebuilding will be commenced and
the building extended almost the full length of the lot. A considerable amount of excavating was done in preparing for this work.
MEASLES DEVELOPING RAPIDLY
Measles in Schuylkill Haven are developing rapidly, almost a dozen cases being reported to the health officer, John Butz, for the
first several days of the week. Eight were reported in one day. At present there are fourteen cases of measles and two cases of
chicken pox. About this time the Liberty or German measles epidemic was present and there were a hundred or more houses
The Call of May 23, 1919
INSTALLED NEW SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES
During the week the vault at the First National Bank was lined with new steel ceiling and sides and fitted up with the new safety
equipment of the most modern kind. New safe deposit boxes, filing devices, chests for minor coins and banker's strong boxes
were placed. The heavy demand for individual safe deposit boxes made the installation of the additional equipment necessary. The
work was done by the York safe and Lock Company men.
OLD LANDMARK RAZED
One of the oldest properties in town and a landmark, from all accounts, was razed this week. It was the Neiheiser property that
stood on the high embankment along Saint John Street. The owners, the J. F. Bast and Sons Company, razed the property and will
build a garage with the lumber, adjoining the said Bast Mill on Berne Street. The Neiheiser property 'tis said is some eighty years of
age and was one of the first houses to be built in the town. The heavy pieces of lumber were well preserved and showed little
effect from time. The building was also well constructed, being put together with large wooden pegs. It required quite some work
to tear it down.
PALM BEACH SOON TO OPEN
The formal opening of the town's seashore resort, Palm Beach, formerly Killian's dam, will take place very soon. The large bath
house has been completed and will accommodate many persons. There will be three diving boards and there will be a boardwalk
around the entire dam which has been enlarged and deepened. Depth markers have been placed and there have been three
depths of water provided. A running spring of cool spring water will feed into the dam continuously.
The Call of May 30, 1919
DUMMY SHOULD BE LIGHTED
As a matter of news, it being something new, we can report that the silent policeman on Center Avenue was not struck by any
automobiles over the busy days for autos on Sunday. This fellow has generally been in mix ups on Sundays but last Sunday he
escaped. However, we might state that the borough is likely to be in for some damages one of these evenings unless more
concern is exercise as to having the same illuminated. Without it being lighted, autos cannot see the obstruction until almost on
top of it and we are waiting to hear of the first autoist who bends his mud guards or otherwise damages his car by this neglect on
the part of the borough.
RINK TO CLOSE FOR THE SEASON
The roller rink will close for the season on Saturday evening, when the last session will be held. Mr. Naffin expects the season to
open either on Labor Day or the Saturday preceding. During the summer months quite a number of improvements are contemplated.