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|The Pottsville Republican of September 8, 1909
BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETS
A regular stated meeting of the Town Council was held on Tuesday night with the
following members present: Messrs. Bubeck, McKeown, Meck, Rooney, Umbenhower,
Keller, Moore, Saul, Berger and Lautenbacher, president. Solicitor Noecker, Secretary
Runkle, Chief Burgess Hartman, Supervisor Becker and Superintendent Werner were
also present. Board of Health requested lowering of grade of gutter in front of
property of William Webber on Caldwell Street to secure proper drainage and
requested that gutter in front of properties of George Michel and Sam Buehler on
Main Street be kept more sanitary. Referred to Road Committee. Contracts were
signed with the Pottsville Union Traction Company relative to its portion of the Main
Street paving. Chairman Meck of the Road Committee reported various crossings and
crossing grades laid, gutters and streets cleaned, grade on mountain road made.
Solicitor Noecker reported in detail the action taken thus far with reference to
prosecuting the water Company and in the endeavor to secure an ample supply of
drinking water, most of these matters having been published in these columns.
Chief Burgess Hartman submitted the following report for the month of August:
During this month I served sixty eight notices, this included every resident along
proposed paved streets. As per your instructions I served each one of them with
printed notice as per copy hereby attached. I had some printed at the Call office and
had it charged to the borough account. On August 9th T. W. Templin, an Inspector of
State Health Department, with myself and several others went over to the Almshouse
creek and found things in a much worse condition then reported at the last meeting
by Mr. Keller, one of our councilmen. We also visited the Almshouse Cemetery. Mr.
Templin announced both a menace and danger to our community and said he would so
report to his department. On the twelfth, John Strauch, an engineer, called at my
office by order of the Board of Health and took some bottles away that had been sent
by express to me by the State Board. He took various samples of our water for
analysis. Since then I received a letter from Dr. Dixon, State Health Commissioner,
stating that the samples contained animal organisms, etc., that water was impure and
consumers of the same should be notified and warned to boil all water before using.
This letter I turned over to your solicitor and special committee on water. They
notified consumers through the newspapers to boil water before using as ordered by
Dr. Dixon. On August 19th, supervisor Abbott and Engineer Falck, of the Reading
Railroad Company, were here and met a number of the councilmen at corner of
Railroad and Union Streets in reference to pavement ordered made by your body
across railroad at that point. It developed that the ten foot alley running from Union
Street to the depot is occupied by Darius Coldren's boiler room, also by part of the
Worts building; that the public are now of necessity walking and driving over the
railroad company's property between these points and that some agreement must be
made between the borough and railroad company regarding this passageway before
crossing can be fixed as requested by Council.
During the month the following were arrested: Mike Sweeney, John Busco, Thomas
Reiley, Hugh Behan and one Lewis for vagrancy, begging, etc.; William G. Fox, James
Degan, Elmer Shollenberger, Raymond Staller and Jack Williams for disturbing the
peace; Homer Kline and Mabel Kantner for loitering along sidewalk, and John
Burkhart for maintaining a nuisance. Of these the court sentenced Lewis to four
months, Sweeney sentence suspended, Busco, Reiley and Behan to stand trial, Fox
paid five dollar fine, Deegan three dollar fine, Burkhart five dollar fine and the balance
each one dollar, making a sum of eighteen dollars received for fines, a total of twenty
six dollars, including permits, which amount I handed over to the Borough Treasurer.
I think the Council should instruct our Solicitor to assist the District Attorney in these
cases and see that the borough's interests are properly taken care of.
I received the agreement properly signed with the Reading Railroad Company in
regard to wire crossing the Ball Track and hereby turn same over to your body to be
placed with balance of borough papers in the borough safe. Burgess report was
accepted and filed.
President Lautenbacher stated that President Treat and Mr. King of the Schuylkill
Haven Gas and Water Company desire to meet with Town Council on Wednesday
evening of this week and W. L. Bryant offered to hold the meeting at his residence.
Mr. Keller opposed meeting the Water Company officials upon any terms of equality.
He favored fighting to the last ditch. He wanted the company deprived of its charter.
Mr. Saul favored giving the company a hearing and accept or reject their proposition
but did not favor stopping the legal proceedings against the company. Solicitor
Noecker stated that no harm can come from a conference and he would not favor
withdrawing the legal proceedings until a perfectly satisfactory agreement with the
company is reached, signed, sealed and delivered. He cautioned the borough to go
slow in dealing with the Water Company as the action it may try may tie up the borough
for all time. On motion of Mr. Keller, seconded by Mr. Umbenhower, Council decided
to meet the Water Company officials in the Council chamber. Meeting was adjourned.
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
The Board of Directors met on Monday evening in regular monthly session. Every
member of the board was in attendance, also Principal Heckert and Janitor Hoffman.
The report of the Supply Committee was read. This committee was authorized to have
such books rebound as they saw fit. A motion directing the president and secretary to
draw the orders for the teachers salaries when the school month was up was passed.
The principal announced that he would attend the next meeting of the teachers and
address them on matters pertaining to their school work, duties and other matters
relative to progress of education in the community. The enrollment on Monday was
846 which number is thirty more than the same time last year. A list of twelve tuition
students was reported and the board accepted them on condition that the tuition be
paid in advance. Annie Killian and Laura Flammer of North Manheim Township were
admitted to the high school on the principal's report of their examination and on the
county superintendent's approval. The state pays their tuition. The board adjourned.
The Pottsville Republican of September 13, 1909
ROLLING MILL TO RESUME
There is more encouraging news for our neighboring borough, Schuylkill Haven. On
Saturday last we published the cheering fact that the car shops at that place were
prepared to give immediate employment to fifty additional hands. This is followed this
morning by the announcement that the rolling mill at that place will resume operations
in the puddling department just as soon as a sufficient force can be secured for the
purpose which will give employment to fifty men. Every industry in that town is now at
The Pottsville Republican of September 14, 1909
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
The Truancy Committee met on Thursday night of last week to hear the cases of those
who did not start school. About fifteen cases came up for consideration and a number
of citizens were heard. The committee will hold meetings regularly every Thursday
evening before the board meets and will hear the cases and report the findings to the
board for final action, thus greatly reducing the work of the board itself. Persons
summoned before this committee should not fail to appear or they will be called
before the board. Without the parents presence the committee can not make any
definite recommendations to the board. This year irregular attendance will be
carefully looked after. The School Board met in adjourned session Monday night
chiefly to dispose of the truancy cases. The Building Committee reported that the new
pavement in the South Ward is completed and the necessary filling in done. The bill
was presented and paid. The truancy matters were next taken up and disposed of.
Most of the cases that came up before the Truancy Committee on Thursday night had
complied by the law by Monday night. Mr. Crossley was directed to put the numbers
of the rooms on the doors of the North Ward rooms and Mr. Reinhart will attend to the
same matter in the South Ward.
The Pottsville Republican of September 20, 1909
PENNSYLVANIA FLYER HAD NARROW ESCAPE
The Pennsylvania Railroad Wilkes Barre Flyer, south bound, which left Pottsville at
10:25 this morning had a narrow escape from being wrecked at Connors. Just as the
train struck the big curve at Connors which leads to the Schuylkill Haven station on
the top of a very high embankment, the pony wheels of the engine left the track. The
train doesn't stop at Schuylkill Haven and consequently was going at a very high rate
of speed. engineer J. wells immediately applied the brakes and brought his train to a
stop in a distance about double its length. Passengers were badly shaken up by the
sudden stop but no one was injured and the engineer's prompt actions saved the
train from being wrecked. The Mount carbon wreck crew was called for and a few
hours work placed the engine on the track again. It occurred where the railroad
crosses over the wagon road. The track is about twenty five or thirty feet above the
wagon road. The train was in charge of Conductor J. H. Burnapt. The cause of the
accident was due to the breaking of the flange on one of the pony wheels.
The Pottsville Republican of September 20, 1909
On account of the street paving operations on Main Street between the Reading
Railroad and Dock Street, vehicles are compelled to use the side streets. The trolley
tracks have been relaid, however, and cars make their regularly scheduled trips. The
street is barricaded at both ends except across the trolley tracks. On Sunday a big
automobile containing a gentleman and three ladies went through the barricade at the
corner of Main and Dock Streets and the front wheels of the car went down into the
ditch. It required an hours hard work to pry the car up with railroad sills and push it
back on to the street again. No damage was done to the car and the motorists went
on their way rejoicing.
W. L. Kline had a force of men painting Saint John's Reformed Church a bright red
color with grey trimmings. The sight of a couple of men on an apparently flimsy swing
supported by only two thread like ropes a way up at the top of the big bell tower
caused pedestrians to shudder as they passed the church on Monday morning.
The Pottsville Republican of September 23, 1909
Joe Barr, who went to Texas several months ago has returned to town. Joe's family
came home several weeks ago. They had intended to make their home in the Lone
Star state but landed just in time to lose everything in the big storm and flood that
swept that part of the country and they then made up their minds that Pennsylvania
was good enough for them.
Among the objections on the part of some citizens to the street paving, President
Jere C. Lautenbacher of Town Council asks that the kickers be referred to him.
President Lautenbacher, while modestly claiming the honor of being the father of
street paving in this town does not propose to stand idly by and allow the knockers to
have all of the fun. He says he believes in street paving, is glad the ball has begun
rolling in this town and firmly believes he can convince the objectors of their error.