The Call of October 1, 1915

Basketball will next occupy the attention of the Schuylkill Haven public.  As the season for this indoor
sport rapidly approaches, preparations locally are being made for a holding forth of the game here.  
Mr. Harry Snayberger, who so successfully conducted the sport, will again have charge of the same
and promises to place in the cage a team which will give a good account of itself and cause the town
to be well represented in basketball circles.  The season will probably open the first week in
November.  There will be some old faces on the team though the lineup in its entirety has not yet
been selected.
The games will be played in the roller rink.  Arrangements will be made to place the rink in such a
condition that it will be much warmer than heretofore and thus be more comfortable to the patrons.A
change in the heating system will be made.  The windows and lower side of the rink on its interior will
be boarded up and covered with heavy paper.  The upper side is also likely to be boarded up for a
considerable portion.  This will prevent a large amount of cold air from finding an easy access to the
interior of the building and will make the building much easier to heat.

Berne Street, the section of the town holding the reputation of being the best contributor to the
town's population, is being given a race for honors by a small half square or section of a street known
as Willow Street in Spring Garden.  Here there are twenty nine youngsters divided among eleven
families.  There are only seventeen or eighteen families residing on the street.

Monday several bold thieves swiped four fine Plymouth Rock chickens from the yard of Lewis Weast
on Centre Avenue.  As soon as the loss was discovered the neighbors were made aware of the fact.  
One neighbor stated she noticed several tramps roasting chickens in the woods nearby.  Local police
were notified but hesitated in giving chase or investigating on account of not having jurisdiction
outside of the borough limits.  The state police were notified but in the meantime the thieves got
wind of something doing and made good their escape.  Residents of this section of the town report
frequent raids being made on their hen coops without anyone being brought to justice for the


A slight fire occurred Monday afternoon which brought out the entire fire fighting apparatus of the
town, including the Schuylkill's new auto truck. The scene of the excitement was the coal and wood
shed of Mr. Jule Kantner of William Street.  The shed was destroyed and the flames being fanned in a
brisk breeze leaped along the garden and destroyed the grape vines and grape arbor on which were
a number of prize grapes.  Neighbors with buckets and a garden hose after a stiff fight soon had the
flames under control
and extinguished the flames just about the time the first of the fire apparatus arrived on the scene.  
The loss is estimated at $100.  The cause is unknown.  It is said there was a bonfire in the vicinity
shortly before the alarm and a spark from this may have caused the larger fire.   

The Call of October 8, 1915

James Reed in the employ of his brother, Contractor H. D. Reed, had a narrow escape from serious
injury Thursday morning in a fall from the roof of a house being constructed on Union Street.  Mr.
Reed stepped or took hold of a piece of timber which broke off under his weight.  He dropped to the
ground below.  In falling his body struck a projecting two by four and snapped it off as if it were a
match stick.  Bystanders who witnessed the accident expected to find his mangled body but not so.  
He was taken to a nearby home and later removed to his home in Friedensburg,  There were no
bones broken and it is not thought and internal injuries were sustained.  He is expected to be about

The Call of October 15, 1915

An unavoidable and unlooked for delay in the preliminary work of preparing for the construction of
Town Hall has occurred.  The bids for the construction of the same were to be opened at a meeting of
Town Council, Monday evening, October 19th.  On account of serious illness in the family of architect
High, he was unable to forward copies of the plans and specifications to the secretary of council.  
Requests for plans had to be refused because there have as yet none been furnished.  Mr. High
expects to have them completed within a few days but the time for any contractor or builder to
properly estimate or place a bid is too short.  The date for the opening of bids has therefore been
postponed. Due notice will be given and ample time allowed all desiring to place bids.

This week Mr. Howard Oswald moved his store and stock of groceries from the room of William Street
to the store room formerly occupied by Mr. Edward Burket on Main Street.  Mr. Burket  for the
immediate present is storing his goods and will dispose of them later on.  Mr. Burket with his family
intends to move to Chambersburg.  It is possible Mr. W. M. Dress will move into the store room
vacated by Mr. Oswald and open a wholesale and retail confectionery store.

The argument in the case of the borough against the Schuylkill Haven Gas and water Company
wherein the borough is making an effort to have the Public Service Commission enforce its order
against the water company has again been postponed.  The case was placed on the trial list of the
Dauphin County Court for October 12th but was postponed for the reason that the Dauphin County
courts will not hear any Public Service Commission cases until the Superior Court has decided on
several technical points as to authority on the matter.  It will be remembered that the Legislature took
away the authority of the Dauphin County Court to hear appeals from the decisions of the Public
Service Commission and placed the authority with the Superior Court.  The Dauphin County Court
refuses to hear appeals until this matter is decided.

The Call of October 22, 1915

Mr. Harrison Berger of Dock Street has decided to embark in the jitney business and has placed an
order for a 1916 Ford.  As soon as the car is received Mr. Berger will begin transportation of
passengers from Schuylkill haven to Pinegrove.  For the present, one auto will be used and as soon
as the business increases additional cars will be put into service.  Mr. Berger in addition to catering
to the public for transportation to Pinegrove from this place and to all points in between town and
Pinegrove will also cater to private parties who are desirous of making auto trips.  His many friends
wish him success in his venture.

The Bressler Band will hold its fourth annual band fair at Long Run Hotel beginning Saturday evening,
November 6th.  The fair will be continued every Saturday evening for several weeks.  Many valuable
articles will be donated and the same will be chanced off during the course of the fair.  A five dollar
gold piece will be given to the holder of the lucky number on the last night of the fair.  Good music
will be a special feature at the fair each evening.

During the week quite a large number of persons have placed orders for numbers for their homes.  
Many houses that heretofore did not have numbers have, since the announcement was made that
this town is to have free mail carrier service, have been numbered by the owners.  Everybody is
preparing to be in condition to receive the mail when the service is instituted.  Quite a number of
mail boxes and slots have also been ordered and placed by private citizens during the week.  
Postal Inspector Val Schoenberger was in town on Tuesday and in an interview with The Call man
stated positively that there would be no mail delivered to any house that did not have a number,
regardless of whether a slot or mail box had been provided.  This is in compliance and according to
the Post Office Department's law on this subject and will be complied with and enforced to the letter.  
Persons whose houses are not numbered need not expect to receive or have their mail delivered by
the carriers.  The public will therefore not be further urged to place numbers on their houses.  If it
desired that mail be delivered, houses must be numbered.
As stated in last week's columns, the three regular mail carriers will be John Hoffman, Robert Sausser
and William Bittle, all of town.  The substitute carrier during the week was appointed.  He is Mr. Jacob
Rettinger, being next to qualify for the appointment, when the fourth highest applicant, Mr. Murphy of
Lost Creek, did not accept the position.  The mail carriers appointed are preparing themselves to
assume their duties on November 15th.