The Pottsville Republican of November 7, 1908


Borough Council held a regular meeting in Hotel Grand.  Members present were President Schumacher,
McKeon, Rooney, Saul, Bubeck, Meck, Keller, Heim and Rauch.  Secretary Runkle, Superintendent Knarr and
Chief Burgess Baker were also present.  The Road Committee reported all the roads in extra good shape,
used three cars of limestone on Dock Street and to place this street in good condition will require three
additional cars of stone.  Also have laid gutter from School Alley to Dougherty’s.  E. H. Baker sent the
following communication, “ Please have the pipeline relayed on the ground leading from Liberty Street to
Railroad as the agreement calls for and avoid further expenses on your part in not having the pipe put down
as agreed.”  Referred to the Solicitor.  
Board of Health forwarded a copy of the letter received from Dr. Dixon of the State Board of Health, relative
to tests of the Schuylkill Haven water supply, which letter has been published in these columns.  Various
companies supplied samples of fire hose for consideration.  On the motion of Saul and Rauch, a purchase of
500 feet of Paragon hose made by the Eureka Company for the Liberty Fire Company was approved.  On the
motion of Rauch and Meck, a purchase of 150 of hose for the Friendship Hook and Ladder Company was
William F. Doherty was present and spoke on the matter of the grading being done on Union Street at
present which if continued would result in seriously damaging the Doherty property and would also cost
from $500 to $600 to fill up the street which would be much narrower than present.  A discussion of this
subject followed and it was learned the Road Committee is going ahead with the work on the grade
furnished by the surveyor.  On the motion of Bubeck, the Road Committee in conjunction with the solicitor
will take up the matter with the property owners and adjust same.  All work will be stopped on this grading
until the matter is adjusted.  The matter of reading the electric light meters about the same time each month
was discussed.  The Electric Light Committee will instruct the superintendent to do this instead of reading
them at unequal intervals.  A fire plug in the West Ward is reported as leaking and this was referred to the
Water Committee.  On the motion of Heim, an order for $275 will be drawn to pay the appropriation for the
fire companies.  On the motion of Meck, an ordinance will be drawn up covering the matter of the sale of the
light plant, that $11,000 will be needed to place it in condition and whether it is to be sold or not.  

The Pottsville Republican of November 11, 1908


Gus Luckenbill, the champion fisherman of Schuylkill Haven, says the returns are all in but those that have
not yet been published are the returns of the number of fish caught by him during the past season.  He has
kindly furnished the figures which we print as follows.  Caught during the month of March, 88 catfish; April,
202; May, 136; June, 242; July, 200; August, 416; September, 218; October, 62; total 1564 catfish, representing
a total dressed weight of 160 pounds.  Gus is proud of his record and Schuylkill Haven is proud of her
champion fisherman.  

A defective flue in the home of Mrs. Maria Luckenbill on Garfield Avenue, last Friday started a fire that
burned off the roof and did other damage amounting to $500.  The loss is partly covered by insurance.  The
Friendship Hook and Ladder Company with the chemical engine, finished the work of extinguishing the fire
which had been started by a bucket brigade.

Work is progressing rapidly on the new block of five houses which Dr. George H. Moore is building on High
Street.  The sewer for the houses has been completed.  The houses will be modern and up to date in every

The Pottsville Republican of November 13, 1908


The regular meeting of the Municipal League was held Thursday evening.  Mr. Downs, chairman of the
Celebration and Halloween Committee, gave the following report: money collected, $238.10, also one
suitcase and one umbrella donated.  Bills paid and prizes, $244.33 showing a deficit of $6.23.  Mr. Coldren
made a motion to draw an order in favor of E. G. Underwood for that amount and it was carried.  An order
was drawn for a subscription to “The National League”.  George W. Butz read an interesting paper on the
water question.
The disposal of the electric light plant was talked of at length, Messrs. Lenker, Moore, Coldren and Lessig;
these men stating that not one half of the people of Schuylkill Haven knew the condition of the plant and
that they thought that it was the League’s place to bring it before the public after investigating the plant
thoroughly.  A motion was made by J. E. Lessig as follows: “ That the Committee on Municipal Improvements
be authorized and notified to investigate the electric light plant and report as to whether they consider it a
paying investment and whether they would recommend maintaining or selling the plant; that they give facts
and figures in detail showing the approximate receipts and expenses for the past eight years and report at
the next meeting.”  J. A. Noecker stated that the plant could show no books and that the only data they could
get were the figures given by the J. G. White auditors and his own figures which he took the trouble to look
up by taking the figures from the auditor’s reports from 1890 until the present time and that if the League so
desired, he would be willing to read those at the next meeting.  On motion of Dr. Moore, Mr. Noecker was
asked to read the papers.  On motion of Mr. Minnig, a vote of thanks was tendered the Halloween Committee.

The Pottsville Republican of November 18, 1908

Frank Hurliman of Dock Street, while shifting cars at Pine Knot Colliery, was struck by the ram which slipped
from a car and caught him under the chin, cutting a deep gash and throwing him down an embankment.  He
also sustained a concussion of the brain and various bruises.  He was removed to his home here and Dr. J.
A. Lessig was summoned to care for him.  Mr. Hurliman is conductor of the miners train and during the day
he and his crew shift cars around the collieries.  

On Wednesday last week, William Davis, employed in the South Ward, came upon the South Ward school
grounds and assaulted one of the school boys.  Miss Liesse, the ward principal, attempted to stop the fight
but he resisted her.  The matter was reported to the board at its special meeting on Thursday evening and
Officer Butz was directed to prosecute the young man.  This was done the next day and Davis was given a
fine and the costs of the case.  

The Pottsville Republican of November 21, 1908

Schuylkill Haven and Cressona captured all of the prizes at the big shooting match held at Friedensburg last
Thursday.  Louis Reichert, Dr. Gillette, Earl Witman, Guy Zulick and Dan Roeder were among Schuylkill Haven’
s representatives.  The prizes were turkeys and geese and Schuylkill Haven got the majority of them
although Dr. Santee of Cressona captured first prize at the clay bird match.

The KKK Social Club of Schuylkill Haven-Orwigsburg took the latter town by storm last Thursday evening, the
event being a presentation by them of their minstrel show.  Nearly every seat in Arcadian Hall was taken and
the audience appreciated the singing so highly that every number on the program was encored.  
Arrangements are now being made with the management of the casino Theatre here to produce the
minstrels.  Announcement will be made of the date in the very near future.
The eleven o’clock car from Orwigsburg on Thursday night jumped the track near Peale’s farm and the
passengers had to wait until the next car came along.  The car was crowded with the KKK Social Club and
their friends returning from the minstrel show at the old county seat.  No one was hurt and all got home
shortly after midnight.

The Call of November 20, 1908


The second month of school which closed in the South Ward last week has a good record for attendance.  
The terms enrollment was 844.  This is forty more than the same month last year.  The enrollment for the
month was 841 or fifty one more than last year’s second month.  The Educational Association of Schuylkill
County held its initial meeting for the current school year in the Pottsville High School room last Saturday.  
Of our teachers the following were present: Misses Riebsaamen, Potts, Zimmerman and Sherer and Principal
Heckert.  The last named is a member of the Executive Committee for this year.  On the program for the
January meeting, our grammar school teacher, Professor Bensinger, will discuss “Marking, Monthly Reports
and School Records”.  The board held a special meeting on Thursday night to straighten out the various
financial accounts which had become somewhat entangled through the sale of bonds and the mass of bills.  
The schools will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following.  The Junior Class is busy making
preparations for the entertainment the class will give in early September.