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SCHUYLKILL HAVEN COUNCIL

A regular meeting of town council was held with the following members present:  
Messrs. Berger, Brown, Moore, McKeown, Saul, Weiss, Wagner and President Keller.  
Solicitor Noecker, Supervisor Becker and Secretary Dinnig were also present.  
Supervisor Becker reported seven catch basins built and one manhole cover, 180 feet
of gutter laid and fifty  two loads of filling put on Balcer's addition and Haven Street and
nine carloads of limestone placed on Dock Street.  Chairman Berger of the Road
Committee reported that there are dangerous pavements in town.  Dock Street was
oiled and repaired as was Centre Avenue and some other streets.  Liberty Street is in
bad condition with the Trolley Company failing to repair its portion.  The Ordinance
Committee was instructed to draw up a new snow ordinance.  A petition of property
owners asking for adoption of grade and opening of Grant Street was received and
read.  On motion of Mr. Weiss, the burgess was to notify the Traction Company to
properly repair its part of the road on Saint John and Liberty Streets.  
Mr. McKeown wanted the borough to lay the crossing in front of Saint Ambrose
Church.  The crossing was ordered last March.  On motion of Mr. Berger, Elijah Emerich
will be allowed to connect his drain with the new Saint John Street sewer for drainage
of surface water only and if sewerage is run in the drain, it will be cut off.  Mr. Weiss
reported bad gutters on High Street near the old cattle yard and also an unsanitary
condition of the alley along side Dr. Wiest's house.  Property owners will be notified to
repair the gutter and the unsanitary conditions will be referred to the Board of Health.


Pottsville Republican of September 11, 1910

WITCHCRAFT EPISODE STIRS UP CHURCH PEOPLE

With all of our schools and colleges of learning, one can hardly conceive that people
living in our own county still believe in witchcraft.  Such is the case however and within
the past few days our notice has been called to our neighboring town of Schuylkill
Haven, where it has been allowed to enter one of the churches, causing the withdrawal
of several of its most active members.  It appears that several members of the
congregation made the remark that a certain member of the church was a hex or witch
and had caused the illness of several of their family.  No names were mentioned but
suspicion pointed to a certain party as it was reported that her relatives before her
were witches and that the craft had been handed down from one generation to the
other.  The situation assumed a serious nature and finally as a last resort the minister
of the congregation was appealed to, the facts were placed before him and he was
asked to decide who was the witch and ask her to leave the church.  The minister used
all the good graces at his command to discredit the belief of the accusers but to no
avail. The members of this family grew worse day by day, physicians could offer no
relief to their patients and medicine had no effect.  So far as can be ascertained, the
members of the other family who were afflicted are no better today than they were
several weeks ago. Schuylkill Haven is not the only town where many of its residents
believe in evil spells and witchcraft.
 


Pottsville Republican of September 24, 1910

Squire Moyer had a wedding at his office on Tuesday evening and friends of the
contracting parties gathered in front of the office intending to give them a reception.  
While the crowd watched and waited the bride and groom disappeared.  The crowd is
still wondering whether the bride and groom remained overnight as the Squire's
guests or if the justice by some occult power transported them to their own home
before the eyes of the crowd.  Anyhow, Mr. and Mrs. Newlywed and the Squire have the
laughs on the crowd.


Pottsville Republican of September 28, 1910

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SHORTS

While coming down High Street in his automobile one afternoon last week, in order to
avoid running down a factious team, Samuel Rowland applied the emergency brake
with such force that he broke an axle.  A new axle was telegraphed for and by next
morning the machine was again in commission.

Funds are coming in nicely for the Halloween celebration.  One twenty dollar
contribution was received together with a number of ten dollar and five dollar gifts.  
The celebration is an assured fact and from present indications it will be the biggest
affair of its kind ever held in this county.