|Pottsville Republican of April 5
The Schuylkill Haven Town Council at their meeting last evening decided to adopt the
proposed milk ordinance for the borough. The ordinance was prepared by eight local
dairymen and after clarification was taken up by the whole council. Secretary Betz said the
ordinance meets all state requirements. The Bressler Band has been meeting in the council
chamber since the recent fire at the Hotel Grand. B. J. Crossley and Lester Crossley asked in
a letter to council to decide what municipal body has control over private alleys. They
complain that a Center Avenue resident has created and maintained a nuisance in the alley to
the rear. The solicitor, Mr. Dalton was asked to define what is or is not a private nuisance in
R. R. STERNER OF SCH. HAVEN MAKING BIG IMPROVEMENTS
R. R. Sterner, the tire man of Schuylkill Haven started to enlarge his store and warehouse
rooms due to the necessity of expanding with the growth of the business. The Goodyear tires
are in great demand this year, their new Airwheel tire becoming quite popular. Sterner drove
his Ford around the town with a set of the new tires and astounded those who saw it. It goes
over curbstones with no effect on the passengers and was driven over a rough field with no
loss of performance.
SUPT. WYNN GAVE SCH. HAVEN LEGION HOPE FOR RR MEN
Some hope of better working conditions for railroad men in this vicinity was held out as a
result of information gleaned from a report of the unemployment committee of Robert E.
Baker Post, American Legion at its post meeting Thursday evening. William v. Young,
Postmaster Charles Graeff, Rev. John Herbster and Paul Christman, committee members,
were accorded a conference with E. P. Wynn, superintendent of rates of the Reading
Company. The conference was sought in the interest of employment for Schuylkill Haven and
vicinity. Mr. Wynn revealed that a study is now being made of the cost of weighing coal,
making light repairs and operating the engine house at Cressona as compared with doing it
in St. Clair. If the study reveals a savings over St. Clair, the engine house, light repair shop
and scales would again be put in service and former employees called back with prospects of
additional men being required. If this change is made, men thrown out of work upon the
closing of the Schuylkill Haven shops would be taken care of to a considerable extent.
Pottsville Republican of April 9
At the meeting of the School Board this week a proposition was submitted whereby the High
School athletic field could be further developed at a very low cost and the Board have it
under consideration. The use of a power shovel and by means of favorable labor costs a
great saving could be made. The student body would like to have a baseball field and track.
The work would be in accordance with the plans submitted and accepted for the 10 acre plot
at the time it was handed over to the School District by the Rotary Club. The School Board
will fix the tax rate at a special meeting. Their budget committee hopes to make a reduction
of at least one mill but are not sure this can be done. The Board are insisting that the
remaining work on the new East Ward building be completed. There is still some money due
subcontractors which will not be paid until their work can be approved.
A carload of flour will be received by the local Red Cross and Community Relief Committee
early next week. The food was secured through the United States Farm Bureau. Of the
carload, Schuylkill Haven has been allotted 28,000 pounds. It will be doled out by the local
committee to a list of nearly one hundred homes who have been in need of food and where a
need exists, a three month supply will be given.
Pottsville Republican of April 20
NEWS ABOUT TOWN
Edward J. Davis has opened an office in the Lazos building at 13 east Main Street. It will be
known as the Deluxe Cleaning and Dyeing Shoppe with all work to be done by experts in the
field. The highway committee have called on the township road force to repair Dock street
because they have the facilities to prepare filler used on the roads. Dock Street which is
noted for hills and depressions is being put in shape and a great improvement is already
noticed by motorists. Lewis Dewald, formerly proprietor of the Hotel Grand, has opened a
lodging house to be known as "The Grand" in the property formerly owned by Dr. Moore at
Main and High Streets. It has been furnished in a cozy and comfortable manner with an
attractive lobby, second and third floor living rooms, two sun parlors and several outside
porches. Nineteen bedrooms with five bathrooms are available.
|The Call of April 22
The Schuylkill Haven School Board met Tuesday. Fred Porrino, head football coach of
Schuylkill Haven since 1971, has resigned for personal reasons. He will retain his position as
chemistry teacher. Robert Peel has resigned as assistant football coach and John Vadyak as
ninth grade assistant basketball coach. Charles Deibler, treasurer of the school district for
thirty nine years, also resigned and was commended for his long dedicated years of service.
Board member Boyd Hale reported that the district is exploring the possibility of joint
purchasing with other districts to save money. A disciplinary action was upheld by the board
involving a student who was suspended for marijuana possession.
The Greenawald building located below the railroad tracks was torn down this week.
According to Charles "Bags" Graeff, the building was erected around 1900 by Sport Freed as
a pool hall. Later Merle Fisher had his barber shop there until relocating to Parkway. Jim
Schucker also had a coal sales office there at one time next to the Reading Railroad coal
trestle. This was later operated by Emmitt Greenawald who's wife opened a restaurant in the
building. The State Police later used it as a barracks. The last resident of the premises was
Dan Dechert, a well known World war One veteran.
Borough council held it's regular meeting and presented service plaques to retiring workers
Harold Messer and Leo Carr. It was recommended that signs be placed at all playgrounds
specifying use by children twelve and under. A debate was held to decide when the
appropriate time is during council meetings for public comment on issues.
|The Call of April 4
Five mail dispatchers at the Schuylkill Haven Post Office were commended for attaining a
perfect 100% on the case examination given by the supervisor of mails. The five were:
Richard Miller, Jay Perry, Kermit Lehman, Lawrence Borden and Harry Kremer.
The Call of April 11
At long last Schuylkill Haven and the southern portion of the county will have a modern
swimming pool that has been discussed for years. Work is underway on the reconstruction
of Willow Lake Swimming Pool. According to owner Tom Smith, it will "be one of the best in
this part of the state". The cost will be $40,000 and will have a 20,000 square foot swimming
area to accommodate 1200-1500 bathers. Other features include a diving area which will be
illuminated by underwater lights. Sparkling blue water will fill the pool via a modern filtration
system. A bigger sun bathing area is also being developed in time for the anticipated May 30
The Call of April 18
The old Daniels residence on East Main Street is being demolished for a parking lot for the
East ward Social Club. During work this week, papers were discovered in the rafters of the
attic. Most were borough auditors reports from the 1860s. The Civil War era building was
purchased by the club recently for parking accessible from Green Street. Receipts found
included fines for the following infractions in 1866: $15.00 from T. C. Zulick for a stray mule,
$4.05 for a circus license and $10.55 for stray pigs paid by S. Walleisa.
|The Call of April 5
The regular meeting of Borough Council was held Monday April 1. In attendance were
members: Bubeck, Buehler, Caffrey, Heim, Lantenbacher, McKeon, Meck, Rooney, Runkle,
Schumacher, Thomas and President Lessig. C. E. Berger esquire for the Schuylkill Haven
Iron and Steel Company asked that two alleys be vacated by the borough since only the
business makes use of them. A motion was passed on this matter. A motion was also passed
to grade Garfield Avenue from the turnpike out to the borough line. Mr. Lantenbacher
moved that the Chief Burgess be directed to notify those homeowners who are in need of
having pavements laid on their properties. This was also passed. The Civic Committee
announced they will take up the matter of public improvement of the town including a first
class electric plant, sewers for the entire town and macadamized streets. A motion to ban
the burning of garbage in town was the final business of the meeting.
The Call of April 12
The residents of Canal Street deserve commendations for their efforts to beautify their
thoroughfare. They have planted flower beds on the filled in portions of the old canal. They
are trying to get the Reading Company to fill in the remainder of the canal and create a park.
If presented in proper spirit and put to the company in a nice way, we are confident that it
could be attained.
Pottsville Republican of April 12
P & R CENSURED FOR BOWEN DEATH
An inquest was held last night at the office of Coroner Gillars to inquire to find the cause and
fix the responsibility for the death of James Bowen who came to his death on the afternoon
of March 19 by being struck by a southbound freight train at Connor's Crossing. After
hearing the evidence of ten witnesses the jury returned a verdict finding:
"That the said P & R Company should be censured for not making the said crossing as safe
as is possible and in the opinion of the jury, safety gates should have been erected many
years ago. If same had been done, this accident would not have been possible."
William Krommes of Cressona, one of the men in the wagon with Bowen, was the first
witness. He limped badly and had his head almost completely covered with bandages. He
testified that the carriage had stopped before crossing the tracks and that they had been
signalled that the track was clear. Charles Kline of Cressona testified the same way. Alex
Dondele, watchman at the crossing, said he told the driver to stop and stood in the middle of
the road until he was almost knocked over in an attempt to stop them. D. C. Slattery, the
engineer of the train, testified he believed the horse could have turned in time to escape
the train but instead of doing so, Bowen endeavored to pass by giving the horse a cut with
the whip. He also testified that the watchman tried to stop the team. Fireman Charles
Schwilk and conductor John McGlinchey testified they assisted the injured men but could
not throw any light on the case. Brakeman Harry Mull testified that Bowen told him after the
accident that the watchman signalled him to cross the track. David Bittle, driver of a grocery
wagon, which was about a square away when the accident occurred, testified that he did not
see the accident as he was in a house at the time but he did assist the injured men and that
Bowen had said "Oh why did Uncle Alex tell me it was all right". Similar testimony by doctors
at the hospital helped the jury make it's decision.
The Call of April 19
The charter for the Schuylkill Haven Iron and Steel Company organized for the purpose of
manufacturing all kinds of products has been placed on record at the courthouse.
Capitalized at $50,000, stock is offered at $100 per share with 180 shares already sold. All
current stockholders are from Philadelphia and it is hoped that a number of Schuylkill Haven
people will buy shares. The company purchased the old Schuylkill Haven Rolling Mill and will
be making improvements and enlargements.
The Call of April 26
The second meeting of the Schuylkill Haven High School Alumni Association was held with
twenty seven persons present. The committee under Mrs. P. T. Hoy has accounted for 127
graduates since 1879 and is attempting to contact all of them. R. W. Ziegenfus reported that
the entertainment committee is arranging for literary programs and a banquet. An alumni
chorus will sing. Annual dues were set at fifty cents.
The Schuylkill Haven YMCA Baseball Club is getting into shape and has booked a game for
May 4 with Orwigsburg. A number of games with the old-county-seaters have been booked.
Manager R. J. Hoffman remains at the head of the team. Thus far the following players have
been secured: Deibert, Drumheller, Mellon, Chase, Coldren, Zulich and Hoy.
The school board announced that the school term will end on May 27. Principal Heckert will
conduct private classes and tutoring during the vacation and has circulars about for those
interested. Commencement tickets are out and free of charge. A few seats are reserved for
the board, teachers, senior class families and junior class members. The rest of the tickets
are available to the public.
|YEARS GONE BY