The Call of November 3, 1916

During the present week, thieves entered the cellar of the Krommes homestead on Haven Street and
before being discovered, succeeded in getting away with several bushels of potatoes.  Entrance was
gained by forcing the cellar door.  Potatoes are becoming almost as much of a luxury as gold, the former
selling for $1.25 per bushel.  There is no identity to the robbers.

Coming in Dock Street, Tuesday evening the auto of George Snyder, of Cressona, struck the motorcycle
of George Sheaffer that was standing in front of the Sheaffer homestead.  After striking the motorcycle,
the auto mounted the pavement and struck the Sheaffer house, doing considerable damage.  
Fortunately no one was injured but both machines were placed out of commission.

A long felt want will be supplied to Spring Garden within the course of a week or two, when a strictly
first class restaurant will be opened by Harry Sterner.  Spring Garden never had a first class, up to date
eating place and there is every reason to believe that it will be a paying venture.  The cleanliness and
the ability of Mrs. Sterner as a cook is well known and she and her husband are assured of success.

The Call of November 10, 1916

The majority of the trolley cars running between Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven , for some reason or
other, are not making their scheduled time under the present running orders.  There was a time, not
many weeks ago, that people living in Pottsville or other towns and employed here, were able to reach
here on time.  Now it is nothing unusual for them to arrive in the town from five, seven, to fifteen
minutes late.  This is particularly true of the early morning cars.  On Monday and Tuesday morning of the
present week, the cars arriving here at 7:30 o'clock were nearly ten minutes late.  All consideration is
shown to people traveling to Pottsville but comparatively little to those traveling to this town.  A return
of the old schedule would be welcomed by a large number of people.

Up to Tuesday evening, three new cases of diphtheria were reported to the health officer and the Board
of Health.  One each was reported in the family of Charles Hill, Joseph McGovern and C. F. Reider.  Both
of the two other cases are doing nicely and on Thursday the tag was removed from the home in Spring
Garden.  When one of the new cases was reported, children in the family were attending the public
schools.  Superintendent Hoover lost no time in dismissing these schools and giving the rooms a
thorough disinfecting.  Certain Pottsville papers would allow the public to labor under the impression
that the town of Schuylkill haven was about getting over one epidemic while another was manifesting
itself.  All of the physicians state that there is no cause for alarm and that all three cases are very mild.

The site for the tabernacle for the McMinn Evangelistic Campaign, it has almost definitely decided to
change.  The carnival grounds were first selected but the vacant space on Paxson Avenue east of
Haven Street has been offered to the committee.  This committee looked over the proposed site
Thursday afternoon and came to the conclusion it would be more suitable in every way than the carnival
grounds.  Friday and Saturday a large streamer will be strung across Main Street in front of the Trust
Company building with the words Headquarters of McMinn Evangelistic Campaign.  Large streamers will
also shortly be placed across the street at all entrances to the town.

Michel Brothers, during the present week, installed a Thompson bread moulding machine in their place
of business.  The machine is only the second one to make its appearance in Schuylkill County and must
be seen in operation to be fully appreciated.  It has a capacity of 200 loaves per minute or two loaves
every ten seconds.  The machine can be so regulated that it can turn out either a five or ten cent loaf,
neatly formed and ready for the baking pan.  After being placed in the machine the dough travels
through four sets of rollers then through a large flywheel.  The machine runs on electricity, stands on
casters and can be moved at the convenience of the operators.

The Call of November 17, 1916

Schuylkill Haven is to have a basket ball team this year.  The announcement is unexpected as previous
information was the effect that a basket ball team here would be hardly possible.  The fans have urged
the procuring of a team and Mr. George Keller has kindly consented to manage this year's team.  He will
be assisted by Mr. H. E. Snayberger, manager of former local basket ball teams.  Because of a number of
other affairs generally held on Friday evening the basket ball night will be changed from Friday to
Thursday.  The team will be composed of Bredbenner, Felcher, Troy, Burket brothers, the Starr brothers
and Bast.  The three players mentioned first are well known and their being included in the lineup is
sufficient guarantee that the team will be a fast and strong one.  The Burket boys, the Starr boys and
Bast will also contribute to the calibre of the teams they have developed into real professional players
with their association in the Moki Club team.
The games will again be played in the roller rink.  Manager Naffin promises to have the same more
comfortable than  heretofore and intends installing a steam heating plant.  To place the team on a good
financial basis a home talent play will be given during the fore part of the coming month.  Druggist G. I.
Bensinger who has for many years so capitally trained and managed home talent productions has
consented to take charge of the home basket ball talent production.  Rehearsals will be commenced the
coming week.  The opening game will be played Thursday evening, November 23rd.  The Kleen Maids
basket ball team of Reading will be the card.  This is a fast team and a fast game is assured.

A local resident, residing on Saint John Street, laboring under the impression that she was to be sent
away, wandered from her home one night this week and was found on Main Street.  She was persuaded
to return but instead of going home went to the home of a friend some distance away where she
remained for the night.  Her husband never discovered her absence until the following morning.

Coal merchant James Schucker on Monday evening paid his election bet.  Jim took the Republican side
of the last presidential election with Morris Umbenhauer.  With a large American flag to the front, and a
dozen members of the Schuylkill Haven band in the rear playing "Onward Christian Soldiers," Jim
wheeled Umbenhauer from the Reading station to Ike Heim's corner, then to Bensinger's drug store and
back to the station.  Several hundred people witnessed the paying of the election bet.  Jim stated that
he lost the bet four years ago when he bet on Roosevelt and as a result of paying the election bet there
would be no increase in the price of coal.

The members of the junior class have placed an order with the Quayle Company for class rings.  This is
somewhat unusual as the majority of high school classes wear pins.  Efforts toward the organization of a
literary society are underway in the high school.  At the present time there are sixteen signers but the
society will not organize until a total of 25 members have been secured.  The society will be under
proper supervision and will prove very beneficial to the members.  
The regular monthly meeting of all the grade teachers was held Monday evening, following the regular
school session.  Subjects of interest to both the teachers and the scholars was discussed.  Up to the
present time, the annual school appropriation has not been received.  It is now several months past
A noticeable decrease in the number of truants has been observed by the teachers.  Superintendent
Hoover stated there were considerably less scholars remaining away from school than there were a
year ago at the same time.  Final touches are being applied to the preparations for the festival on
Thursday evening, next, under the auspices of the A. A. of the high school.  A number of fine
contributions have been received and the festival gives every promise of being a decided success.  It
is hoped that the boys of the high school will be liberally patronized by the public in general.  

While engaged at his usual occupation a week or two ago, Lawrence McKeone SR., West Ward
councilman, sustained a slight wound on the knuckle of his hand.  Little or no attention was paid to it
with the result that it became infected and blood poisoning developed.  The hand first became badly
swollen and the swelling then extended to the arm.  For several days, Mr. McKeone suffered great pain
but is doing nicely at this writing.

In order to avoid striking the car of Bashore Sons at Dock Street and Paxson Avenue, Tuesday
afternoon, shortly after one o'clock, Mr. H. A. Reber was quick to choose the best way out of the
predicament and instantly turned his machine onto the pavement at the Episcopal church property.  C.
Deeney, Prudential Insurance agent was wheeling a baby coach out Spring Garden at the time but the
machine was stopped before it reached him.  Outside of tire trouble the Reber machine was none the
worse for its experience.  Mr. Milton Meck occupied the car with Mr. Reber.

The Call of November 24, 1916

The continuing of the killing of chickens and geese in Nose Dale continues.  During the present week,
milkman William Flammer had twenty chickens and seven geese killed on his farm.  Last week farmer
Linder had his entire poultry stock cleaned out.  At first it was supposed to have been the work of a dog
but now it is believed it is either the work of a weasel or a mink.  Traps have been set on the Flammer
farm and the animal is sure to be caught.

Mrs. Daniel Shappel, living up Nose Dale refuses to take a back seat as a champion rabbit killer and that
without the aid of a gun.  During the week, Mrs. Shappel went to the fields to bring the cows home and
discovered a rabbit sitting in a clump of bushes.  She picked up a fence rail and biff, the rabbit was
dead.  It was one of the largest killed in that section in recent years, weighing almost ten pounds.

The old saying "a fool and his money soon part" was manifested during the present week when a
number of Schuylkill Haven residents were noticed traveling the haunts of a fortune teller on Canal
Street.  It is surprising the number of local residents who believe in this foolish idea of having the
future revealed to them, and then paying their good money for the information.  From Shamokin comes
the information that a saloon keeper of that town gave $500 to a fortune teller to hold overnight in order
that the fortune teller might get the proper inspiration to success fully settle the troubles of the saloon
keeper.  The fortune teller got the inspiration alright and left for parts unknown.

The Werley Hotel in the West Ward according to reports, will change ownership within the course of the
next several weeks or just as soon as the license can be transferred.  It is understood that the new
proprietor will be Thomas Carr, a well known resident of town.  

Norman Saylor, an attendant at the county asylum was arrested by Constable John Butz on the charge of
stealing clothing belonging to one of the insane patients.  Following a hearing before Squire William
Kline, the defendant was committed to the county jail in default of $300 bail.  The charge was preferred
by Dr. Bowers, superintendent of the institution.
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