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
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.
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.
This website is dedicated to my wonderful wife,
Lynn M. Nagle, who will be forever missed.




March 27,1959 - September 17, 2006
Thank you for your continued interest. On April 4, the
site logged it's 400,000th page view.
SITE SEARCH ADDED !!!
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a specific name, street, place, year or any item you may seek.  Simply
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ANNOUNCEMENT:
Weather permitting, I will be leading a History Walk through the North and East Wards of Schuylkill
Haven on May 18 at 9:30 a. m., starting and finishing on the Island.
LAST UPDATED:  APRIL 22
MANY PAGES JUST UPDATED
YEARS GONE BY:  UPDATED FOR APRIL 1919 WITH A COLLECTION OF INTERESTING ARTICLES FROM THE CALL
GIVING A NICE FLAVOR OF THE TOWN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
HISTORY PAGE: NEW STORIES IN THE "MUNICIPAL" SECTION JUST ADDED INCLUDING: MASONIC LODGE OF
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN CELEBRATES ITS 80TH ANNIVERSARY, A TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION FORMS IN TOWN, THE ISLAND
PARK GETS A FACELIFT AND A NEW CIVIL WORKS PROJECT GETS STARTED IN TOWN
FIRES PAGE:  A SERIES OF NEW ARTICLES FROM BETWEEN 1919 AND 1928 INCLUDING EFFORTS TO RAZE FIRE TRAPS
IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AND VARIOUS FIRES CAUGHT IN TIME BY NEIGHBORS AND THE FIRE COMPANIES PREVENTING
SERIOUS FIRES
SCHOOL DAYS PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING AN ISSUE WITH SMOKING IN 1928 AND IN 1933 TAX
DELINQUENTS WORK OFF THEIR DEBT BY WORKING AT THE SCHOOLS, HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTS PERFORM FOR THE
ROTARY CLUB AND A TRUANT FINDS HIMSELF IN TROUBLE
UNION CEMETERY PAGE: NEW ARTICLES ADDED INCLUDING A BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS DAY ON THE CEMETERY
AND IMPROVEMENTS MADE AT BOTH UNION AND JERUSALEM CEMETERY.  BURIAL RECORDS UP TO 1996 ARE NOW
ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
THE GREAT WAR: ARTICLES JUST ADDED INCLUDE: WAR MEMORIAL PLANNED IN TOWN AND A DETAILED HISTORY
OF THE DRAFT BOARD IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AS IT PREPARES TO CLOSE IN 1919
PHOTO ALBUM: NEW PHOTOS OF FIRE HOUSES IN TOWN, OLD CHURCH PARSONAGES, WEST MAIN STREET CIRCA
1919 AND THE FOOT BRIDGE TO THE ISLAND
ALL ARE FROM THE LEE BECKER COLLECTION
BUSINESSES PAGE : NEW ARTICLES FROM 1957 ADDED INCLUDING: EARL STOYER'S CELEBRATES THEIR 35TH
ANNIVERSARY, WALKIN SELLS SHOES TO A PRINCE, NEW STORES, THE TOLE HOUSE AND MAURER BROTHERS OPEN
FOR BUSINESS, ESSO SERVICENTER CHANGES OWNERS AND GODSHALL'S GROCERY STORE CLOSES
CRIME PAGE: A NEW SERIES OF 1918 ARTICLES HAS JUST BEEN ADDED INCLUDING AN OYSTER THIEF, A STOLEN
CAR, MISCHIEVOUS BOYS AND STOLEN JEWELRY AND IN 1932 AND 1933 "JACK THE HUGGER" ARRESTED, DOG OWNERS
IN JAIL A BIGAMIST AND A GAS THIEF
NOTABLE NEWS: NEW ARTICLES FROM 1918, SOME QUIRKY, INCLUDING DANGER FOR LICENSELESS DOGS, A
MISPLACED KISS, A SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MAN BATTLING THE MEXICANS, THE CASE OF THE WRONG SUITCASE AND HIGH
FLYING CHICKENS
RAILROADS PAGE:  JUST ADDED IS THE FIFTEENTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE HISTORY OF THE READING
RAILROAD CAR SHOPS IN SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AS WRITTEN BY ISAAC PAXSON, LONG TIME EMPLOYEE, IN THE LATER
1905 EDITIONS OF THE CALL
TUMBLING RUN PAGE:  JUST ADDED ARE A SET OF MAPS OF THE TUMBLING RUN RESORT DURING ITS PEAK WITH
A DETAILED LOOK AT THE LOCATIONS OF ALL THE BUILDINGS. ANOTHER GROUPING OF NEW IMAGES OF THE RESORT  
HAS ALSO JUST BEEN ADDED.  
WORLD WAR TWO PAGE: JUST ADDED ARE A SERIES OF PHOTOS FROM A VISIT TO NETHERLANDS AMERICAN
CEMETERY IN OCTOBER 2017 WITH MY SON AND A RETURN VISIT TO THAT CEMETERY, THE ARDENNES AMERICAN
CEMETERY AND THE HENRI-CHAPELLE CEMETERY, BOTH IN BELGIUM, WITH MY WIFE THIS YEAR.  EACH IS THE FINAL
RESTING PLACE OF SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MEN KILLED IN WORLD WAR TWO
CIVIL WAR PAGE:  NEW OBITUARIES OF VETERANS LEWIS NOECKER, THOMAS LUCKENS, LIVINGSTON SAYLOR AND
ADAM LLOYD JUST ADDED TO THE PAGE
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 2100 PHOTOS AND OVER 3700 ARTICLES THROUGHOUT THE SITE !!
CHECK EACH PAGE FOR BEST RESULTS
See individual pages for specific update