Pottsville Republican of September 7, 1932


The Schuylkill Haven Council held an important meeting Tuesday evening in the council chamber.  By a
vote of seven to two they decided to lay a new eight inch water line on Water Street, Cressona, which
will give adequate water service to the district of that town, which has been complaining.  This
improvement will be made by the department and also men from Cressona will be employed.  The cost
will be from $4000 to $4500.  By a vote of eight to two it was decided to place a 15,000 gallon emergency
water tank at the electric light plant.  The cost of this improvement will be about $1900.
By unanimous vote it was decided to purchase seven additional water plugs to take the place of that
number which can not be standardized.  The fire hydrant between the Michel and Stine properties on
Main Street which was approved in its old location, it is now desired it should be removed.  The water
Department was given permission to move it to Saint John Street, where it will not interfere with
business parking.  This work will have to be rushed so that it will not interfere with the resurfacing
work on Main Street.  Permission for the excavating had to be secured from the State Highway
Department.  The matter of the revenue tax on electric light consumption was again discussed.  The
department is collecting this tax on electric light consumption from manufacturers on current used for
light.  No distinct ruling has been received from the government and it is not clearly known if all
current used for manufacturing purposes is to be free form tax.  By motion, the light committee was
authorized to use their own interpretation and they will continue to collect the tax until the matter is
made clear.  If in error, they will later refund the amount.  There is some misunderstanding as to what
constitutes the use of electric energy for power in manufacturing. Bakeries, shoemakers, dentists
might easily be included under this class.  The recommendation of the light committee for the purchase
of the emergency tank was quite thoroughly discussed.
It was brought out that should the water main on Haven Street breakdown the electric plant could not
continue to operate until repairs had been made, as the water from the creek is often very low and
besides can not possibly be used for the boilers for a number of reasons.  A small filtering plant which
could be used in emergencies was discussed as was a special water line.  Blueprints of the proposed
tank were presented to each councilman.  A motion to reduce the commission paid for engineering
work at the plant from 9 p/c to 6 p/c was lost by a seven to three vote.  The sum of $1100 was
transferred from the electric light sinking fund to the general electric light fund.  By September 10,
plans will be ready for the emergency tank and bids must be in by October 3 at 7:30 pm.  There are still
22 fireplugs to be standardized and the committee was requested to rush the work as well as to
purchase the seven additional new plugs.  The new eight inch line at Cressona was recommended by
the water committee.  The local water department supplies this borough with water and gas.
There are four fire plugs for which no rental has been paid for the past two years because there is no
flow of water.  After the improvement, the rental will again be paid and probably one additional fire
hydrant will be placed, but no additional revenue will follow.  The solicitor was asked for an opinion in
the matter and he said that certainly the council could make this improvement if desired, but he was
not sure that the borough, which is a private utility, would be compelled by the Public Service
Commission to lay the new line unless some return could be assured.  The line will be laid across
several private lots.  In one instance a small yearly rental will be charged, in another there will be a flat
charge for all time.  Burgess Scott stated that instead of being compelled to go to Harrisburg in person
to approve the application of the East Penn for bus service between this town and Pottsville, the
officers were permitted to execute a letter setting forth the council's approval.  A letter was received
from the borough fire trustees stating the amount of fire hose on hand in each company and the
condition of the same.  The Schuylkill Hose Company has 700 feet and need 300 feet additional of two
and a half inch hose.  The Liberty Fire Company has 850 feet and need 50 feet of two and a half inch and
100 feet of chemical hose.  The Rainbow Hose Company has 950 feet and require 150 feet of two and a
half inch hose.  The need of some minor equipment was also reported.  The matter was referred to the
proper committee for consideration and they will report next month.  Burgess Scott turned over to the
borough the sum of $921.35 for fines and permits.
The amount of $2456.68 has been received on the 1932 tax duplicate from Tax Collector Scherer.  Due
to a number of improvements, the Water Department showed a net loss for the month of $339.51.  The
Light Department is paying much of the improvements from current funds and its statement showed a
net loss of $7313.85 for the month.  There is in the regular fund the balance of $529.79.


Maurer's Schuylkill Haven Orchard has again demonstrated that no matter who else has fruit, they have
an abundancy which brings us to the point where attention is drawn to the advertisement notifying the
public the peaches, the handsomest found in any marketis being sold there and before the crop are
garnered it is a sight that one should never permit to go by without paying the orchard a visit.  Of
course, visitors are expected to drive through with care and not do anything which would injure the
trees.  The fruit is so heavy that branches at least three inches in diameter are breaking down by the
weight of the fruit.  This week the fruit is at its height of perfection.  

Pottsville Republican of September 8


The Schuylkill Haven School Board held the regular monthly meeting last evening with all members
present except Mr. Bast and Mr. Luckens.  The latter has been quite seriously ill, but is improving
nicely.  The principal item of business was the official recommendation of substitutes which are to be
used this year.  Misses Mary Alice eves and Helen Fox will substitute in the primary grades, Misses
Mary Bautsch and Dora Reed in the intermediate grades four to six and Miss Ruth Bubeck and Robert
Peel in high and junior high and Mrs. Charles Lechner in commercial school.  Any teachers who are
qualified and who have substituted heretofore may be called in if those named are not available.  The
contract for two drinking founts in the East Ward building was awarded to Charles A. Meck, the lowest
bidder.  Only one bid was received for the electric clock in the East Ward building and this was not
opened as it is probable that additional bids will be received.  The opening of school this year was the
smoothest ever.  Teachers and pupils fell right in line and the schedules for the term were immediately


Fire totally destroyed the small garage at the Merton E. Suits home on Fairmount at one o'clock this
morning.  The barking of his dogs woke Mr. Suits and he saw the light of his burning garage, then a
mass of flames.  Oliver Wagner, who lives above, also saw the fire about the same time and both
turned in an alarm.  Mr. Suits turned the water from the garden hose on his home only twenty feet
distant until the fire department arrived, when they aided in saving the dwelling.  The wind direction
was away from the home or probably the story would have been different.  The garage and new
Oldsmobile sedan are a total loss.  The loss will be over $1000, partly covered by insurance.  The fire
companies responded promptly, but could not possibly save the garage.  The cause is unknown.  There
was no electric wiring in the building.

Pottsville Republican of September 10


On Monday, the work of renovating the Schuylkill Haven State Bank property, which was badly damaged
by fire last March, will be started.  The contract has been given to E. H. Becker, the lowest bidder.  The
work has been planned by the State Bank Liquidating Committee.  The principal object is to provide
quarters for the post office which is cramped in its present quarters in the Luongo building on Saint
John Street.  The brick portion of the building will be leveled above the third floor and roofed.  A brick
wall will be placed across the back and the entire frame portion will be torn to the ground.  A neat
board fence will be placed along the Saint John Street side to protect the public.  The post office room
will be refinished and some of the facilities improved.  The vault will remain in the banking room which
may be rented.  Office rooms and possibly several apartments may be arranged on the second and
third floors.  The heating plant will be removed from the cellar of the frame portion to the basement of
the brick.  The work will be rushed as the post office department must be placed before the Christmas


Carroll Lodge Number 120, I. O. O. F. of town will entertain the County Past Grands Association in
October.  Some of the members are planning a minstrel show as part of the entertainment.  Rehearsals
are held every Tuesday evening.

Pottsville Republican of September 20


All tracks and overhead equipment of the trolley company between Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven has
been removed.  The work of tearing up rails, wires, etc. was completed late Monday.  The tracks were
torn up from Centre Avenue in Schuylkill Haven to a point near the arch at Mount Carbon.  
Pottsville Republican of September 10


The borough electric light department this week started its plant on a full ten hour day shift.  The plant
is now in first class shape to furnish light and power both day and night and already has a number of
day consumers with a prospect of many more.  The new generator, which has displaced two old
machines and which has a capacity of 1000 more lights then the two old machines combined, is giving
the utmost satisfaction.  The lights, both street and incandescent, burn clear and bright and with no
flickering as was the case with the old machinery.  A considerable saving of coal has been one result  
of the installation of the new machine.  Chairman Runkle and the members of Council's Light Committee
and Superintendent Marshall have every reason to congratulate themselves upon the splendid
showing of the plant.

Schuylkill Haven is to have a new millinery store, a couple of ladies up to date milliners from
Philadelphia having leased the Saylor store room where the bank used to be.  Our town is also to have
a first class shoe store.  John Bowman of D P and S store at Pottsville, and a son of Mrs. M. Bowman of
town, having leased the Moser store where he will open with a fine stock of shoes early next month.

Pottsville Republican of September 27


Schuylkill Haven is certainly booming.  Never before have there been so many sales of property in a
year as during the past twelve months, and never has property brought such high prices.  Building is
going on in all parts of the town and a great deal more is projected.  Anticipating a great demand, the
Schuylkill Haven Gas and water Company has been extending its mains and replacing small ones with
large pipes, while its gas plant has been improved to provide for greater consumption.  The borough
electric plant has been practically rebuilt with extra capacity for lights and power and in addition gives
us a splendid day service.  During the summer suspension all of our mills and factories made big
improvements, and the G. H. Gerber Shoe Company expect shortly to occupy the mammoth four floor
annex to their factory that is now being completed.  The local Board of Health and the Town Council
have passed some rigid rules that will, if enforced, insure the health and cleanliness of the borough.  
The Municipal League is wrestling with problems of local improvement, chief among which is the
establishment of a public sewerage system.
Cummings Brothers of Pottsville, who about six months ago bought the valuable block of building lots
on the top of Prospect Hill will shortly break ground for the erection of twenty dwellings.  These houses
are to be cozy, comfortable, compact dwellings that will rent for a reasonable sum, or will be sold at a
price that will bring them within the reach of persons of modest means.  The location of the property is
excellent, the air is pure and the natural drainage unsurpassed, making it an ideal residence section.
Work preliminary to large building operations has begun on the plot of ground recently purchased by a
party of capitalists headed by F. B. Aldrich, the manager of the local Gas and Water Company.  The
laying of the water, gas and sewer pipe has already begun.  This plot is on the east side of Haven Street
and at right angles with that thoroughfare.  This street runs as far as the almshouse property, where it
intersects a street that comes out on to Main Street a square above Haven Street.  The fifty five foot
street, which runs east and west, will probably be cut through to Dock Street at a not far distant day and
will make Mr. Aldrich's property and those surrounding it among the most valuable residence
properties in town.  It is understood that Mr. Aldrich has already let the contract for a dozen modern
dwellings, which will each contain eight rooms and bath, and will be supplied with all of the modern
conveniences including a gas range in the kitchen and will be sold upon very reasonable terms.  These
houses, it is understood, are to be ready for occupancy by April first.

D. M. Wagner, the undertaker and furniture man, has been making some big improvements to his
mammoth store building.  The old cellar under the rear of the main store room has been transformed
into a light comfortable apartment and as soon as the cement floor is laid and the entrance completed,
will be used as winter quarters for his hearse and funeral carriage.  Incidental to the improvements the
rear wall and the lower side wall of the big brick building had to be broken open for doorway and
windows, and huge iron girders had to be put in place to hold up these walls.  All the local contractors
being busy, Mr. Wagner undertook the task himself and the accomplishment of the work stamps him as
an architect and building engineer of considerable ability.

Fire early Sunday damaged the gas works of the Schuylkill Haven Gas and Water Company to the extent
of several hundred dollars.  The flames were discovered at about six o'clock by a crew of a P and R
locomotive and they gave the alarm of the engine whistle, which was later taken up by the school
house bell.  All three of the town's fire companies responded promptly and soon had the fire
extinguished.  As soon as the firemen finished their work, General manager Aldrich, Superintendents
Werner and McKnight had on the ground the combined forces of the Schuylkill Haven and Pottsville
plants with a gang of laborers from the P and R storage yard, and by three o'clock in the afternoon had
the plant running again.  The building being of brick, tin covered roof, doors and windows and window
casings and the small amount of oil about the machinery constituted all of the inflammable matter, but
the fire was so hot the Babbitt metal plunger in the oil pump at the foot of the gas generator was welted
out of all semblance to its normal shape.  The big gas generators, built of steel and intended to stand
terrific heat, were not damaged in the least.  The damage was confined to the woodwork before
mentioned, the oil pump, engine and blower belts in pipe connections.  Repairs to the building were
begun this morning by contractor Rudy Moyer.  The roof will be replaced by a metal one, all floor
supports will be of metal, and as soon as they can be obtained, a flooring of metal plates will be laid.