The Call of October 5, 1917

The Schuylkill Haven School Board was requested by two of the secret organizations of town to have American flags placed at the new
high school building on Haven Street.  These requests were made in the form of communications, both of which were read at the
regular meeting of the board on Monday evening last.  The first communication read was from Camp 47, P. O. S. of A. and was signed by
William Lengle as secretary.  The second communication was from the Knights of Malta and was signed by Professor Ralph Ziegenfus as
secretary.  The board agreed with the organizations that flags should have been erected some time ago.  Mention was made of the fact
that when the building was about completed, a flag pole had been erected and a flag placed near the roof of the building.  The strain on
the pole as the flag was fanned by the wind, caused the pole support to become enlarged and this in turn allowed water to find its way
into the building from the room.  The pole was ordered down and since that time the board of directors have been waiting for the
contractor to replace another pole.  The board however asked that bids should be asked for flags and flag poles for each of the four
school buildings and the same erected just as soon as possible.

An auto collision occurred on the state road near the Halfway House on Tuesday evening, that might have resulted seriously had either
machine been going at a rapid rate.  The autos of C. G. Wagner, undertaker, and H. W. Bressler, insurance agent, came together.  The
Bressler machine was going south and Mr. Wagner was going towards Schuylkill Haven.  The Wagner machine plowed right into the
Bressler machine although it was far to the right.  The cause given is that Mr. Wagner went to sleep at the wheel, having remained up
for two consecutive evenings, with a very sick daughter in Orwigsburg.  The lack of sleep the previous evenings overtook him while
driving along with the above result.  A young daughter in the machine of Mr. Wagner was thrown right through the windshield and
escaped without injury.  The Wagner machine was badly damaged.

An amusing incident occurred one morning this week at the farmhouse of Morris Bowen.  One Perry Wagner, who is known to almost
every resident of this town, happened by the Bowen house shortly after breakfast time and not having had his "eats," stopped in at the
kitchen door and asked for a bit of breakfast.  Although breakfast had already been cleared away by the Bowens, Mr. Bowen prepared to
give Perry something to eat and placed food on the table and told him to begin.  In the meantime preparations were being made by one
of the Bowen boys to come to market to supply his customers with milk.  An order for a dozen or more of eggs was to be filled that
morning and Mrs. Bowen with the eggs in a container intended to take them to the milk wagon standing nearby.  For some reason or
other she happened to stand them on the table where Perry was enjoying the meal.  She left the room for several minutes and upon her
return found Perry had already opened nine of the eggs in a large plate and was breaking bread into the mixture.  When asked abut the
matter he simply stated he thought the eggs were intended for him.  Next time the Bowens hand out any free lunches, someone is going
to remain right by and in the same room says Mr. Morris Bowen.

During the week the mammoth stack for the electric light plant was prepared for erection.  The stack is one hundred feet in length.  It is
in three sections.  These three sections will be fastened together and the entire stack raised and placed in position.  The work is being
watched by many persons daily.  Erecting contractor Strauch is in charge of the work.

Some of the Schuylkill haven soldier boys will be a big help to their mothers when they return, and we might add, to their wives, as they
are being taught domestic science on a small scale.  Kimber Confehr, in a letter to his parents, states that recently he had been placed
on kitchen duty where he was compelled to pare potatoes and wash dishes.  Kimber states that the boys are drilling hard but he can eat
three good meals a day and then between times if eatables present themselves.

The Call of October 12, 1917

A prize pumpkin is in the display window of E. H. Borda.  The same is the product of the garden of his father, Mr. Joseph Borda of Center
Avenue.  Its circumference one way is 51 inches and in the length it is 54 inches.  Being a sweet pumpkin, the good old pumpkin pies
are to be made from it and those desiring to be in on it better place their orders now.

At the recent meeting of the Rainbow Hose Company it was decided not to hold a fair or bazaar this year on account of the general
financial conditions.  The company also decided to request council to purchase chemical hose for them as the hose in use is in bad
shape and will last probably for another fire and probably not.

A slight fire caused excitement on the Moyer bus on Wednesday evening.  One of the passengers in lighting a cigarette dropped the
match on gasoline drippings with the result of a flare up and excitement among the passengers.

The Call of October 19, 1917

The two families, Charles Roeder and William Sell, who had most of their household goods destroyed or damaged by fire Thursday
morning are in need of assistance.  The first named family has had sickness for years.  The wife and mother is now in an advanced stage
of consumption and with three little children the husband and father finds it a difficult matter to get along.  Now with his home gone,
household furnishings and clothing all destroyed, he is in need of public assistance.
The Sell family is also in need of attention in this direction.  The conditions here too are poor.  The father does not appear to be very
healthy or strong and the wife at present is ill.  Most of the few household goods they had gathered together are either destroyed or
damaged so badly that they will be of no use.  
Schuylkill Haven certainly should not turn a deaf ear to the appeal made herewith for assistance.  Money, clothing, bedding and
furniture is required and badly needed by both families.  There sure are a number of local people who have clothing they could spare or
do without, which would be thankfully received by either family and especially clothing for the Roeder children.  There must be some
Schuylkill Haven people who can spare some article of furniture, pieces of carpet, etc., That these families could use in making their
new quarters at least habitable.  Then too, money is need for the purchase of food, etc.  Cash contributions should be immediately
handed to Mr. Frank Lessig on Columbia Street who has consented to act as treasurer for the fund.  Information as to the present
residence of the fire victims was not obtainable at this writing.  Neighbors however will be able to give this information to all inquirers
within a day or so.

W. H. Wagner, who for the past three years has been employed as clerk by George Butz, has tendered his resignation and will become a
hardware salesman.  He will work in the George Bright hardware store at Pottsville and will take up his new position the coming Monday.
Marion, the five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stripe, had a narrow escape from being run over by an auto in front of her
home on Thursday morning.  She was about to cross the street without noticing the approach of the machine.  Miss Helen Ebling saw
her danger and pulled her to the curb and out of harm's way.

Rats the size of large cats were those found when a portion of an old stable near the Killian dams was torn down this week.  A new
stable has been prepared for the regular livestock but when Mr. Killian came to place his horses therein he found the rats had already
beaten him to it and had taken possession of the stable.  Several of the rats showed fight before they were beaten off.

This week found the thousand or more public school children enjoying a week's vacation with preparation to get down to another
several weeks' grind until the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  All noticed about town appeared to be enjoying the week's respite from study
immensely.  The changes in the heating system in the new building have been about completed by the contractor.  
The truancy conditions in this district are very much better than they were last year at this time.  Truant officer Butz is occasionally
handed several inquiries and he either learns of a good reason for the child remaining from school or the child is brought back to
school by the officer.  
Requests have been made to a number of people in Schuylkill haven who are in a position to contribute liberally towards fitting out a
domestic science room in the new building.  Up to this time no response has been made.  It is necessary to have at least $500 for this
purpose and will be used in the purchase of stoves, dishes, cooking utensils, etc.  Domestic science is no more than household
chemistry and in many schools is treated and considered as one of the branches of study.  It is given the same value in graduation as
reading and writing.  

The Call of October 26, 1917

New and additional machinery was recently placed in the Miller Shoe factory on Liberty Street.  The same increases the quantity of the
output and lessens the time required.  The machines placed were a glass folder, an edge setter, electrically equipped, a Booth
impression stitch machine, electrically equipped and a Booth deader.

Carpenters this week made alterations at the Reider Shoe Company factory which will provide an additional amount of space.  The front
of the building which had hereto fore been of glass front, was boarded in, the partitions torn out and a storm door and vestibule placed
in the front of the building.  The office which occupied one side of the front of the building will be removed to the second floor.  With
the alterations, considerable more space and light will be obtainable.