One hundred years ago, one of these
four views may have been how you
entered Schuylkill Haven.  Clockwise
from the upper left image is: the
trolley entering town from Pottsville
to the north , Center Avenue how it
would have appeared entering the
town in a horse and wagon, the
Pennsylvania Railroad station on
Haven Street and the Reading
Railroad station on Main Street.
Welcome to the Schuylkill Haven History Web Page.  This web page was created on January 1,
2007 due to my life long interest in the history of our town.  It is being presented with as much
accuracy as possible from the sources where the information is obtained.  The site is a work in
progress with changes and additions occurring regularly. Enjoy your visit and feel free to send
your comments and suggestions.  If you have pictures or information you would like to share,
contact me at:             richardjnagle@schuylkillhavenhistory.com
Richard J. Nagle - Site Creator and Administrator
The website consists of twenty different pages at the present time, each offering information within a
distinct topic.  Each page is in a different stage of progress and will be updated with new information and
images at varying paces.  Navigation on the site is done simply by clicking on any blue bar.
Schuylkill Haven History
Welcome to a view into the past....
Note: Click on each picture
here and on many throughout
the site and you will have a
larger view. Clicking on it
again to zoom in, may increase
clarity and expose greater
detail in the picture.
All rights reserved.
This website is dedicated to my wonderful wife,
Lynn M. Nagle, who will be forever missed.




March 27,1959 - September 17, 2006
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Thank you for your continued interest. On September 13,
the site logged it's 310,000th page view.
NOW OFFERING
As I have for ten years, I will continue to answer any questions or find information for readers for free as I can.
I am now offering my services to do genealogical research in Schuylkill County for reasonable and negotiable costs.
LAST UPDATED:  SEPTEMBER 27
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES FROM 1909 INCLUDING TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS OF THE HORSE TYPE RATTLE MAIN
STREET, A DEATH DEFYING SKATER VISITS THE ROLLER RINK, BIG GAME HUNTERS FROM TOWN RETURN HOME AND IN
1916 AN AUTO HAS A RUN IN WITH A TROLLEY CAR
TUMBLING RUN PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING: A TRAGIC DROWNING OCCURS IN 1894, NEW LIGHTING
AT THE BOAT HOUSES AND A NEW ROLLER SKATING FLOOR IN 1907, A HORSE THIEF STRIKES IN 1903 AND FOREST
FIRES THREATEN THE BOAT HOUSES IN 1904
YEARS GONE BY:  UPDATED FOR SEPTEMBER 1916 WITH A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM THE
CALL GIVING A NICE FLAVOR OF THE TOWN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
FIRES PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES FROM A CENTURY AGO INCLUDING FIRES AT THE LYRIC THEATRE, REED'S MILL,
PLANING MILL ON DOCK STREET AND A SUMMER HILL BARN AND SEVERAL SMALL FIRES EXTINGUISHED BY
NEIGHBORS IN BUCKET BRIGADES
WORLD WAR TWO PAGE: JUST ADDED IS THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF THE STORY OF GUSTAV "FRED"
ANCHORSTAR, SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MAN CAPTURED DURING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND WHO DIED AT BERGA, A
NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP.  HIS TRAGIC TALE IS A MUST READ.
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 1972 AND 1973 BLUE AND GOLD YEARBOOKS JUST ADDED
BUSINESSES PAGE :  NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING: SCHUYLKILL HAVEN GETS ITS THIRD BANK IN 1923
AND "COLUMBIA HEIGHTS" BEGINS DEVELOPMENT IN 1924.  A THOROUGH ACCOUNTING OF THE TOWN'S BUSINESS
CLIMATE AND A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW REFOWICH THEATRE, BOTH IN 1924, ARE ALSO FEATURED
CRIME PAGE:   A SERIES OF NEW ARTICLES FROM OVER A CENTURY AGO INCLUDING ROBBERIES AT STARR'S
HARDWARE AND CHARLES KELLER'S, HOTEL GRAND EMPLOYEE ATTEMPTS THEFT, ORDINANCE FINES ARE IN NEED OF
UPGRADE, CRUSADE AGAINST LOAFERS BEGINS AND A FARMER IS ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING DOGS
HISTORY PAGE:  NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING THE TRAGIC DEATH OF FRED SCHAPPELL, "WAR" AT THE
ALMSHOUSE, A DISCUSSION OVER CHANGES IN WARD REPRESENTATION IN TOWN AND CHARLES "BAGS" GRAEFF IS
APPOINTED THE NEW POSTMASTER IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN IN 1924
RAILROAD PAGE:  NEW STORIES ADDED TO THE TROLLEYS SECTION INCLUDING: A HEAD ON COLLISION  NEAR
CAPE HORN, A MAN KILLED WHEN STRUCK BY A TROLLEY, TRACKS WIDENED AT TUMBLING RUN, DISASTER AVERTED
NORTH OF TOWN AND AN ACCIDENT IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN CAUSES INJURIES
CIVIL WAR PAGE:  NEW OBITUARIES OF VETERANS ROBERT EBLING AND JERE KLINE HAVE JUST BEEN ADDED THE
50TH P. V. V. INFANTRY HOLDS A REUNION AND THE AMERICAN LEGION TAKES OVER THE G. A. R.
PHOTO ALBUM: NEW PICTURES JUST ADDED INCLUDING A SET SHOWING CONSTRUCTION AT WILLOW LAKE
SWIMMING POOL IN 1955, PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE UNION CEMETERY MAUSOLEUM AND A NOSTALGIC PICTURE OF
1905 MAIN STREET
UNION CEMETERY PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING LIGHTNING DESTROYS THE TOOL SHED, A PLAN TO
BETTER CARE FOR GRAVES IS ESTABLISHED AND PLANS FOR THE MAUSOLEUM ARE SET.  A NEW SET OF PICTURES OF
INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT HEADSTONES ALSO ADDED.  BURIAL RECORDS UP TO 1996 ARE NOW ALSO AVAILABLE
UPON REQUEST
SCHUYLKILL CANAL PAGE: NEW ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDING THE INTERESTING OBITUARY FOR LOCK
TENDER JOHN BOUSSUM, LOW WATER FROM DROUGHT IN 1841, A RIOT BY BOATMEN IN TOWN, A MOTHER AND CHILD
SAVED FROM DROWNING IN THE CANAL AND SHIPPING COAL ON THE CANAL GETS BUSIER

NOW OVER 1700 PHOTOS AND OVER 2900 ARTICLES THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
CHECK EACH PAGE FOR BEST RESULTS
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