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|Pottsville Republican of October 7, 1932
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TO LAY WATER LINE TO CRESSONA AS RELIEF PLAN
Burgess Scott has secured permission from the Schuylkill county Unemployment Relief Association
to use all men who are out of work on the new water lines which Schuylkill Haven will lay in
Cressona. The contract for the pipe has been given and the work will be started at once. Forty
men can be used and this number of men will be hired in groups, each for a three day period. More
then three hundred unemployed men are listed for work and as many as possible will be helped.
The pay will be given in orders for food which will be honored at any grocery store in Pennsylvania.
Pottsville Republican of October 13, 1932
The Schuylkill Haven Washington Bicentennial Committee held another meeting last evening in the
town hall. Everything concerning the celebration is shaping up in a very satisfactory manner and
indications point to success beyond the original expectations. The official decorator, Paul
Hinnershitz of town, is at work and a number of business places have already been decorated. This
morning a large banner was placed across Main Street, advertising the big event. The big parade
at two o'clock Saturday will be a big event. Invitations have been sent out by the local American
Legion Drum and Bugle Corps and it is expected that at least ten will take part. The Junior Drum
Corps of Pottsville, with two hundred children, will participate. The parade will be from Columbia
and west Main Streets to Main Street, to haven Street to Dock Street and back to Main Street.
There will be a thousand public and parochial school children in line and they will march in grades
and each ward will be separated. One thousand flags will be provided for them. There will be a
civic section, an industrial section, a fraternal section and the fire companies will comprise a
division. The American Legion is providing about forty shields on which pictures of George
Washington will be placed and the same number of blue and gold streamers. Work an the pageant
and play which will be given by high school and junior high school students is progressing.
Necessary costumes have been ordered and this part of the celebration is sure to please. Thirty
six silk flags size four by six and as many cotton flags will be loaned to the committee. They will be
carried by a massed section of Boy Scouts. The Girl Scouts will be in line in full uniform. There is
also a Saturday night band concert and community sing. Two squares of parkway will be decorated
with several hundred small flags. Mills will close at noon and most stores and factories will be
closed during the parade.
Pottsville Republican of October 17, 1932
Unknown Man Killed in Fall
Man Whirls, Then Falls Down Embankment at Connors to Schuylkill Haven Pike
Pebble Punctured Brain
Suddenly whirling about as he walked along the Pennsylvania railroad tracks at Connors, then
falling or jumping down the side of the embankment, an unidentified man was fatally injured about
three o'clock Sunday afternoon.
Witnesses of the accident said they saw the man walking along the tracks from Schuylkill Haven
towards Pottsville. Just a short distance above the junction of the Schuylkill Haven pike with the
road to Cressona, the man was seen to spin about and then roll down the bank to his death.
His fall ended on the old macadam Schuylkill Haven pike and he was almost instantly killed.
Witnesses said they believed the man suffered a spell.
Undertaker Berger, Cressona, was summoned to the scene of the accident, and the body was later
removed to the D. M. Bittle morgue, where it may be viewed.
The man was about sixty years of age, five feet eight inches tall, weighed about 110 pounds and had
a dark moustache. He had no teeth and coal black hair. He wore a blue coat and trousers with
white pin stripe, light brown necktie, brown fedora hat, boy scout shoes and black stockings and a
light shirt with collar attached. In the hat band the name of the maker or dealer, "Mark Cohen, Long
Island" was found.
Patrolman Walters of the State Highway Patrol is investigating the case. A pair of eyeglasses, with
telephone wire used as ear pieces and a watch chain were found on his person. A description was
sent over the police teletype, but no response received. Numerous callers at the morgue failed to
identify the man.
An examination of the body disclosed the man had died of a puncture wound of the brain, caused by
a pebble on which he landed and which penetrated through his hat and drove the piece of cloth
torn from the hat into his brain.
**The next day the man was identified as Frank Eustace, Eleventh and Race Streets Pottsville, a well
known baseball player who was apparently planning to get a train in Schuylkill Haven to visit his ill
father in New York but returned toward Pottsville instead.
Pottsville Republican of October 22, 1932
Burgess Roy Scott has gotten the plans for the further development of the high school athletic field
approved by the county committee on Unemployment Relief and labor is now available for the
project from the list of men receiving relief. The school board named the following committee:
Charles Graeff, Roy Scott, Parris Lazos and A. B. Lechner to work on the project. Plans were made
and approved some time ago but were dropped because of lack of funds. The board can expend
$299. Trucks have been offered by local citizens and tools and implements will be secured from a
number of different sources. It is getting late in the season and the committee will lend every effort
to start the work next week and push it as hard as possible. The men who are receiving relief are
very willing to work and some will give more then the required time.
Pottsville Republican of October 23, 1932
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MEETS TO PROMOTE BOY SCOUT WORK
A meeting in the interest of boys work was held in the town hall last evening. About thirty men
attended. Postmaster Charles Graeff was chairman of the meeting and briefly stated that the
purpose was to raise Schuylkill Haven's quota of the 1933 county Boy Scout funds. The budget of
the county organization, which includes the salary of the County Scout Executive and his assistant,
and all the costs of the annual six weeks camp amounts to $11,000. Each town in the county has
been assigned a certain quota and the county committee feels sure that all will meet it this year and
make possible a complete program with no deficit. A number of the men present last night agreed
to obligate themselves for a certain portion of the local amount. Another meeting will be held next
Pottsville Republican of October 31, 1932
The Schuylkill Haven Town Council met last evening in regular session. By unanimous vote they
decided to make the five percent discount on taxes ninety days rather then sixty if the Borough
Solicitor determines this is legal. This will give tax payers an extra thirty days to pay and make the
An unusual letter was received from G. H. Norman, Superintendent of Highways for the State in
which he stated he had never before received cooperation on a road job such as what was
received here and complimented the borough on the efficiency of its officials and labor. Road
commissioner James Schucker and the local Police Department were especially mentioned. The
State job on Main and Dock Streets was formally accepted and was pronounced an excellent piece
of work. The report of the Water Committee concerning fire equipment was accepted and council
will purchase five hundred feet of fire hose, one hundred feet of chemical hose, some nozzles,
connections for fire engines and pumps and other equipment for the three companies. The
companies had sent in a request as the money is needed.
It was reported that the agreement for the running of a water line under the Mine Hill railroad in
Cressona had not yet been signed and returned to the company. Burgess Scott asked council to
set aside all moneys received for motor violations, placing it in a highway fund as required by the
state. This will be done by the new budget arrangement in 1933. Permission was given for the
street parade on October 22nd by the Washington Bicentennial Committee and council will
Levan Sherman of 23 East Union street was present and told council that two months ago while the
Light Department was working near his home his entire radio installation was burned out. He asked
for an investigation and that he be compensated if the department is at fault. This brought much
discussion. The borough can not become responsible for every radio which is burned out but a
motion was made to have a competent man from outside the borough examine the radio and report
R. C. Gehrig Jr. of the firm R. C. Gehrig and Son, was present and asked council why his firm
receives so little of the business of the borough, stating that as tax payers and equal bidders with
another local firm, they are entitled to an equal share of the business and that they however get a
small part of it. The matter was referred to the Highway department and will be discussed at the
The School Board met last evening in regular session. Members present were President Burkert,
Secretary Stager, Maberry, Keith and Mrs. Butz. There were five bidders on a clock system for the
East ward building. The bids will be taken up by the Building Committee with the architect and their
report acted on at a meeting next Monday night. Nothing was said about the vacancy caused by the
death of Mr. Luckens but it is expected that recommendations will be in by the time of the next
meeting. Several prominent men have been spoken of for this vacancy, but it is not known if they
will accept the office. H. R. Heim, Frank Reider and Charles Ehly are among the men whom friends
have suggested for this service to the community. There is one item yet to be considered for the
new East Ward school building. A letter was received from the Pflueger Insurance Agency stating
that the rate credit could not be obtained from the Underwriters Association nor a certificate issued
until the defects in the emergency lighting system are remedied. This also will be taken up with the
architect and acted on at the next meeting. The electrical work of contractor Loy has been
approved by the association.
|Pottsville Republican of October 11, 1907
The Borough Council met on Monday evening with the following members present: Bubeck,
Buehler, Heim, Thomas, McKeon, Lautenbacher, Meck, Schumacher, Rooney, Runkle, and President
Lessig. Secretary Runkle, Solicitor Noecker, Supervisors Becker and Marshall and Chief Burgess
Baker were also present. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
George Bolton of Liberty Street appeared before council and stated that because of certain curbing
having been put in, surface water and wash water lies and stagnates in front of his property and he
asked that council take some means of carrying the water away. The Road Committee was directed
to remedy the matter.
Frank Heim, of the Schuylkill Hose Company, requested permission to have a nozzle repaired along
with a section of hose that was ordered repaired at last meeting by the Water Committee. It was
referred to committee. Jay G. Shumway appeared before council and asked council to consider the
opening of a street from Dock to haven Street in the neighborhood of saint James Church. On
motion of Mr. McKeon a committee was appointed to view the site of the proposed street from Dock
to Haven Street. President Lessig appointed Lautenbacher, Meck and McKeon.
Chairman Runkle of the special committee on public sewer, reported a conference with the
Municipal League. He moved that the secretary write to the State Board of Health for a permit for
the town to drain its sewage into the Schuylkill River. The motion carried. It was also decided to
ask Engineer Dechert of Reading what the charge would be to go over the old sewer plans. On
motion of Mr. Runkle, the Water Committee will confer with the Gas and water Company with
reference to running a water main down Canal Street to supply a plug at the corner of Railroad and
Liberty Streets. On motion of Mr. Lautenberger, the Chief Burgess was directed to notify the
supervisor to remove dirt and curb and pave at the James Schaeffer property on Centre Avenue,
cost to be collected form the property owner. All parties on Centre Avenue will be notified to curb
and pave. Mr. Bubeck asked that the crossing ordered for Centre Avenue at the White Church
nearly a year ago be laid. Mr. Schumacher of the Road Committee stated that as soon as curbs and
gutters are put in, crossings will be laid.
Mr. Lautenberger reported an electric light pole in bad shape near the premises of Jonathan
Becker on Liberty Street. He also reported poor lights at his mill. Mr. Runkle stated that the
Halloween Committee desired current for a thousand electric lights, so ordered provided the
committee puts up the lights and furnishes the material. Mr. McKeon suggested that the fire plugs
be tested occasionally to see that all are in service. Supervisor Becker was directed to examine all
plugs once a month. A crossing was ordered at Lincoln Street on Centre Avenue. The Traction
Company was directed to properly repair the road between and eighteen inches outside their
tracks within ten days.
The School Board met Monday evening with the following members present: Lessig, Hoffman, Eiler,
Stanton, Reinhart, Berkheiser, Minnich. Treasurer Keller, Janitor Hoffman and Principal Heckert
were in attendance also. The Supply committee reported the purchase of some needed books and
were authorized to buy some needed supplies. Mr. Butz reported all but four parties have paid for
damages at the school. The furnace at the South Ward was repaired. It was decided by the
Committee on Organization and Studies that the students in the North ward will remain there. The
principal reported that attendance the past month was better then any month in the previous year.
Several cases of pupils came up whose legal residence was a question. The parents of these
students are required to pay tuition.
A full report was made on delinquent students. There are a number of children not in school, who
though they are between the ages of eight and sixteen, are not regularly employed but are kept
home illegally. R. J. Hoffman was elected attendance officer and will take all cases reported to him
in hand. Blank truancy forms were ordered to be used in this matter.
That festival is coming as promised. Large donations have been offered and about $35 in cash
money secured above the other donations. "There's a good time coming. Help it on." October 25,
1907. The Halloween Committee is heroically at work planning for the biggest demonstration
Schuylkill Haven has ever had. The committee needs $250 and the subcommittee on subscriptions
has met with liberal responses from all whom they have solicited. When they call upon you, make
your contribution as large as you can in order that the full amount may be realized.
Pottsville Republican of November 1, 1907
TWO STABBED IN STREET FIGHT
After the parade at Schuylkill Haven last night a party of Italians, some employees of the car shops
and some employees of the storage yards got fighting with people of other nationalities and for
about a half hour there was a running fight along the lower end of Main Street. Beer bottles were
thrown and the fight culminated at the railroad crossing at Main Street, in the stabbing of an Italian,
whose name is unknown, of Jerry Casey and John Casey. Jerry Casey was stabbed in the back
under the eleventh rib; the wound is three quarters of an inch deep and one half inch wide. John
Casey was stabbed in the left arm. Dr. G. H. Moore, who was summoned and dressed their injuries,
doesn't consider the injuries serious. The Italian made his escape by jumping on a coal train. Up to
the present there have been no arrests.