The Call of September 6, 1918

The biggest portion of the session of the school board this week was occupied in going over the
new school building with Mr. Fink of the firm having the contract for the building, and the architect,
F. X. Reilly.  There were a number of small defects and changes that required the attention of the
contractor and which the board was desirous of having adjusted.  They were matters of flooring, the
closing of doors and some inferior concrete work in the halls.  All of the matters were amicably
adjusted but the inspection of the building consumed considerable time.  
Another defect in the building which has caused considerable trouble was the flooding of the lower
parts of the building in case of heavy rains.  Investigation on the part of the contractor and the
architect showed that the pipe into which all the water coming from the roof empties was entirely
too small.  This caused the water to force its way into the building.  The plumber was ordered to
place a large sized drain pipe and this will eliminate the trouble, it is expected.

Charles Williams, father of Mrs. Charles Bubeck, of Dock Street, had a narrow escape from being
killed by a bull Saturday morning.  He had finished giving the bull water and was about to tie him to
his stall when he attacked Mr. Williams, caught him in the chest and pinned him against the partition
of the stable.  Mr. Williams reached for the bull's eyes, the bull backed and in doing so released his
victim.  Mr. Williams was exhausted and fell over and luckily fell backwards and away from and out
of reach of the bull, otherwise he might have been trampled to death.  As luck would have it, the
horns of the bull were cut off about a week previous or he would surely have been gored to death.  
Mr. Williams was badly injured and required the assistance of two canes to get about.

A petition signed by 69 petitioners to have the trolley cars stop at Berger Street or at Ehly's store
was presented and read at the council meeting.  It was stated the cars not making any stops
between Brown's and Broadway inconvenienced the public to a great extent.  On the motion of
Bashore and Detweiler, the solicitor was instructed to take the matter up with the trolley company
and make a request that an additional stop be made at Berger Street.

Cap Logan, who about two years ago received a trouncing for stealing a bottle of whiskey from a
Spring Garden saloon, was placed under arrest this week by Constable Butz on a charge of
vagrancy and forcing his entrance into homes.  Logan was quite nervy and walked about Spring
Garden visiting homes and walking right in without knocking or ringing.  He was held for a criminal
court hearing.

The mules hitched to the milk wagon of William Flammer took fright while standing at the store of
Clinton Confehr on Wednesday morning.  It appears preparation was being made to extract a nail
from the hoof of one of the beasts when the animal decided there was to be nothing doing and
induced his partner to join in a runaway.  They turned out Dock Street.  The combined efforts of Mr.
Confehr and Flammer failed to stop them.  H+John Scholl happened along on a team and he,
noticing the situation, grasped the bridle and brought the team to such a sudden stop almost
instantly that the momentum of the wagon was so great that as it crashed into the animal's hind
quarters, the dasher split in several pieces.

Following the demonstration for the soldier boys, Wednesday evening the Bressler Band gave a
concert of one and one half hours length in the square at the bank.  An unusually large audience
gathered and remained for the entire program.  A noticeable feature of the concert was that the
audience showed their appreciation of the work of the band by applause in more liberal quantities
than usual.  

Sunday was indeed a very quiet day in Schuylkill Haven and remanded one of the old days before
trolleys or autos were known here.  So say the older residents.  All the quietness was due to the
request of the Fuel Administrator not to use gasoline.  There were but a very few machines passed
through the town or about the town during the entire day and evening.  Those few persons who
were unpatriotic enough to ride about were made to feel very uncomfortable by reason of the
glances of disapproval of the public.  Several parties coming up Main Street and on Dock Street had
to stand for a crowd of men crying "slacker" after them.  It was thought that most of the owners and
occupants of the out of town machines were persons who had not read about the request of the
administrator.  Next Sunday it is expected that practically no cars except those specially privileged
will be seen on our streets.

The Call of September 13, 1918

It is possible that in the near future one of the town's oldest business establishments will
discontinue business.  It is the Palsgrove factory and cigar store.  The owners are at present
considering an offer made them recently by an out of town party by which the building would be
used for a restaurant and quick lunch room.  Several other persons are also desirous of obtaining
this store room as it is ideal for a number of purposes and it is probable Messrs. Palsgrove will
dispose of their stock and retire from the business.

Eight youngsters who took a P & R Railroad truck and placed it on the tracks near the "J" office,
were rounded up by company Officer Duffy.  They were ordered to pay the costs before Squire
Moyer and the Squire gave each one a lecture on the dangerous prank they were indulging in.  The
youngsters rounded up were Vincent Corcoran, Moe Kehoe, Elkin Kehoe, Nicholas Bojack, Peter
Bojack, Lawrence McKeon, Andrew Trumbo and Joe Barr.

Members of the Red Cross Society from Spring Garden are busily engaged in making preparations
for the festival which they will hold in Ebling's garage on Saturday evening, September 21.  While
the proceeds will be for the Red Cross Chapter the event is being held under the auspices of the
Spring Garden Unit of the Red Cross.  It promises to be the feature event of the season.  The
Citizen's Band has been engaged for the occasion.

The electric light department is busy storing coal on the vacant lot opposite the plant.  Already
about 140 tons of rice coal have been dumped on the plot and additional cars are arriving weekly to
be added to the present large pile.  Over 600 tons of coal it is proposed to store in and around the

George M. Ehly, the Dock Street baker, finds it difficult to meet the heavy demand being made on
him for bread.  Mr. Ehly's bread business lately has increased to such an extent that the number of
loaves made per week is over three times as many as heretofore.  To meet the heavy demand for
this article of foodstuff, Mr. Ehly this week had installed in his bakery  a new bread moulder by
which the bread is shaped into loaves and made ready for the oven.  The extensive pretzel
business this baker enjoyed, he has been compelled to sacrifice as he cannot procure sufficient
help to roll out the dough to make the pretzels.  On average Mr. Ehly baked twenty five to thirty
barrels of pretzels weekly.  Recently he has been able to make but several barrels a week.  He has
not been able to make any pretzels since last Thursday and does not expect to find time to make
any until Tuesday of the coming week.

The additions made to the J. F. Bast Knitting Mill recently are now being used.  The cutting room
was moved into the one department and seven finishing machines into another.  It is the purpose
of the Bast Mill to keep the government contract work separate from the civilian work and for this
purpose a considerable number of changes and additions were made necessary in the mill with the
result that this mill is now one of the largest in this section.

The Call of September 20, 1918

Two Spring Garden boys were sent home from the P & R car shops this week as they were too
young to be in the employ of the company.  Work was secured by misrepresentation of their ages
and after the officials learned that they were not yet eighteen, they were compelled to send them
home as the rules of the company will not allow anyone under eighteen to be employed at the

Dan Steffee, of near Jefferson, was heard from again Friday and Saturday of last week.  Steffee with
another farmer, a foreigner whose name could not be understood, came to town, each with a load of
coal.  The one wagon broke down when near town and the drivers and Mr. Steffee's little boy
continued to town.  The two drivers camped at a local barroom over Friday night and the two teams
together with the Steffee eight year old boy spent the night on Saint John Street near Union.  In
order to keep warm the youngster buried himself in the coal and was some sight Saturday morning.  
About nine o'clock the party set out for home, drove to Main Street and spent another hour testing
out booze.  The animals, without feed were compelled to continue the journey.  Main Street
residents were much incensed at the treatment accorded both the boy and the animals but no one
had sufficient nerve to bring prosecution.
After proceeding up Main Street, all went well until they stopped near Grant Street.  Here Steffee
got into an argument with a husky Main Street woman who it is said gave him a pretty good beating
much to his own chagrin and adding to his already beautifully discolored countenance.  The party
finally got started and moved out Main to the state road and then south and west to Jefferson.  It is
presumed they arrived there none the worse for their trip.

Persons living near the rolling mill report being considerably annoyed on Sundays by a crowd of
men and young boys who gather in  vacant lot near the mill and engage in gambling (not card
playing) drinking, swearing and a general rough and boisterous conduct.  These occurrences have
been going on for some time and this week it was learned from good authority that several of the
residents in that neighborhood have stood for these carryings on as long as they intend to and that
upon the very next time these Sunday affairs are held, the local authorities or the state police will
be appealed to, to prosecute those participating.

Unknown persons sometime Friday morning appropriated for their own use about 150 heads of
cabbage , the property of Michael Shadel, Sr.  The cabbage was cut from the stalks on the Shadel
farm near the pike.  The thieves were quite choice as they only selected the solid heads and threw
the bad ones away.

Formal appeal to the United States war Department has been made by Dr. W. G. Bowers, of the
Schuylkill County Hospital for the Insane, for thirty attendants, men who are either invalided home,
or who have been disqualified for active service and laced in limited qualifications, to be employed
as orderlies and attendants at the county institution.  With a dozen or more insane soldiers from
this county now being treated at the institution, and probably more who will ultimately find their way
into the hospital, the trustees feel that some aid should be extended by the government in this
respect.  The normal force of attendants at the institution is thirty but enlistments and selective
service drafts have depleted the force until there are only five attendants at this time.  These are
being used to guard the inmates, 480 in number, during the daylight and recently at night, three
insane patients have been guarding the entire force of mental incompetents at the institution.

The Call of September 27, 1918

Residents of upper Union, Leonard Street and Fairview Street were much surprised and alarmed on
wash day of this week by being enabled to draw water from their hydrants.  It was the first wash day
in several weeks that these persons were enabled to get water from their hydrants.  Needless to
say they were pleased that they did not have to carry water from other points.

In anticipation of filling the positions of male operators and thereby releasing them for service in
the Army, two Schuylkill Haven girls began on a course of telegraphy this week.  They are Miss Pearl
Grim and Miss Ruth Straub.  They will receive instructions at the office of the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company at Pottsville.  They are but two of a number of girls who have recently begun this course
of study.

A locomotive is being built from a Marion auto truck at the Losch machine shop for John Walmer of
Auburn.  Heavy steel flanged wheels are being placed instead of the ordinary truck tires and the
drive is to be changed from shaft to chain drive, a new heavy frame is to be placed underneath it.  
The owner proposes operating the auto-locomotive on regular railroad rails and to be used for
pulling regular coal cars from his washery to the railroad siding.