The Call of November 6, 1914


Possibly the most important matter discussed at the regular monthly meeting of the town council
Monday evening was that of the probability of lighting up Friedensburg with electricity from the local
plant.  The matter really is in its infancy but it is probable that the matter may reach such a state that the
borough plant could secure the contract for the lighting of our nearby sister borough.  The discussion
of the subject came about when President Moore inquired whether the borough could furnish electric
current to towns outside of the borough limits.  He was informed it could be done providing the line
was erected by the town which is to be furnished with current and that the current be furnished from
the town, that is, the meter registering the amount of current, be placed somewhere in the borough.  
Mr. Hoffman of the Electric Light Committee stated if the authorities of Friedensburg would construct
the line, the borough would be in a position almost immediately to furnish the current.
The matter of numbering the houses of town preparatory to free mail service was discussed.  It was
stated that according to the manner in which this work is proceeding, the free service will not be
instituted for several months.  That by reason of the monopoly enjoyed by Mr. Esterley of Pottsville in
the numbering of houses, the public is prevented from numbering their places unless the number is
purchased from Mr. Esterley.  A person desiring to number his home cannot secure the information as
to what the proper number of his place will be through any other source than that of Mr. Esterley and if
this person does not care to give the information he holds up the entire matter.  No one knows what
the number will be except Mr. Esterley.  Councilmen expressed their opinion that the best way to do
would be to engage an engineer to go over the town, make a list and record of the numbers, place it in
the hands of the secretary or some officer where the public could without any trouble find out what
particular number their residence would require.
The Chief Burgess came in for a "ripping out" in the matter of pavements.  It was stated he had been
instructed time and again by the Highway Committee to notify certain people to make pavements, that
the time limit had expired but that he does not make any move to compel the property owners to make
pavement or does not have the borough go ahead and do the work.  That a number of pavements
reported in bad condition to the Burgess, the Burgess took no action whatsoever.
The discussion as to bad pavements came about when Mr. Berkheiser stated there were a number of
bad pavements on Dock Street that had not been repaired as of yet.  That in case of accident the
borough would have to pay any damage claim that might be presented.  The list of pavements in bad
condition was added to by the different councilmen until it was quite lengthy.  A motion resulted as
follows:  That the Chief Burgess be instructed to repair all pavements where the property owners have
been notified and have failed to comply with the ordinance.
Mr. Hoffman of the Light Committee stated a number of requests have been made for light in
Fairmount.  He stated from the fact that the streets in that addition have not been accepted by the
borough he desired to know what would be the necessary procedure.  The solicitor stated that planting
of poles by the borough would be an evidence of acceptance of those streets by the borough.  It was
thought, however, an agreement could be secured from the owners of this addition releasing the
borough from any damage that might arise.  A motion passed to make these arrangements.


Harry Cooper of Pottsville, having purchased the stock of R. H. Thompson, will open a gent's clothing
and furnishing store in the room formerly occupied by Mr. Thompson on Main Street.  Mr. Cooper is
thoroughly acquainted in the clothing and furnishings business having for years been connected with
a number of prominent firms.  For the past four years he was with one of the leading clothing stores in
Pottsville.  The formal opening of the store will be held Saturday evening, November 7th at which time
Mr. Cooper invites the public to come and visit the store and inspect the stock of clothing, hats and
men's furnishings.  Souvenirs will be given away to all visiting the store.  During the week Mr. Cooper
visited the markets in New York City and Philadelphia and made his purchases.  This means that the
entire line of goods will be nothing but the very newest and latest


Monday of this week, Adam Moyer's patrol was on the job and was required to haul a foreign woman to
her home in Cressona.  The woman was found lying in front of a Main Street business place.  From all
appearances she was thought to be dead.  The woman's husband happened to appeal to Mr. Moyer
who investigated and found that outside of the woman being dead drunk she was all right.  Lieutenant
Moyer promptly called to his assistant patrolmen, Herbert Heilman and William Yeich, and with the aid
of the double team patrol spring wagon of Mr. Moyer, the woman was taken to her home.


The annex or memorial chapel being built at the rear of the Saint Matthew Lutheran Church is well
under way.  Work has been somewhat delayed by the nonarrival of the proper materials but in the last
week considerable headway has been made.  The structure it is believed will be ready for interior work
in the course of two weeks.  Daniel Phillips has the contract.

The Call of November 20, 1914


The Citizen's Band of town will hold a grand masquerade ball in the Schuylkill Roller Rink on Monday
evening, December 7th, fifty percent of the proceeds or receipts of this affair will be given to George
Geary of West Columbia Street.  Tickets are in the hands of the Bank Committee and we understand are
selling quite rapidly.  Dancing will be indulged from 8:00 until 11:30.  Bensinger's Orchestra will provide
the music.


The Schuylkill Rangers, composed mostly of local hunters and sportsmen, returned home the fore part
of this week from a week's hunting trip in Lackawanna County.  They brought down six 6 to 10 point
deer in the five days they were actually engaged in hunting.  Of this number one of the deer was
claimed by another hunting party.  Although the Rangers shot the deer, they lost track of it and another
party traced it up.  The deer were shot by Messrs. Ralph Jacoby, Rudy Moyer, Charles Wildermuth,
Samuel Ruff, William Shugars and one by the guide.  Two of the deer were shipped to cold storage in
Pottsville but when the party came to bring the other three deer home they were held up by the state
quarantine on account of the foot and mouth disease.  The deer were taken to a taxidermist in
Williamsport and there dispatched.  The meat was shipped to town this week and divided among the
hunters and their friends.  They all report having enjoyed their hunting trip very much.  


A slight fire occurred Wednesday morning about three o'clock at the residence of Mrs. Wiley of Saint
John Street.  It was caused by a quantity of leaves lying near a chicken house catching fire, probably
from a spark from a passing locomotive.  A portion of the chicken house was destroyed.  The P & R
night call boy made the discovery, sent in the alarm and awakened the residents in that section.  The
whistle at the light plant refused to work and the ward signals were blown instead of the siren or fire
alarm.  The Rainbow and the Schuylkill Hose Companies responded but their services were not
required.  The loss is slight.

The Call of November 27, 1914


The large plate glass in the lower window in the store of E. G. Underwood was broken by some
unknown persons about one o'clock Sunday morning.  The window bore the appearance of having
been hit with a hammer, there being a hole about one to one half to two inches in diameter and from
this hole or center, the glass was cracked in every direction.  Mr. Underwood and his clerks, Messrs.
Detweiler and Bittle, were notified promptly that the window was broken.  They responded and
removed the clothing and furnishings from the same.  A new plate glass was placed this week.  The
matter is being investigated by the owner of the building and the local authorities and it is believed the
miscreant or miscreants may be landed.  There is one thing assured, the loud and boisterous conduct
on lower Main Street in the vicinity of the railroad early Sunday morning is going to be broken up at