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|Pottsville Republican of July 3, 1913
Parents having children to start school next September or January should get them vaccinated now if they are not already
vaccinated. Pupils will not be admitted if they are not already vaccinated. Children to be admitted in September must become six
years of age before January 1, 1914 and must start during the first two weeks school is in session. Principal Heckert has registered
children from Main Street to Garfield Avenue, the latter included but not the former. In this portion of the town were found 343
children from age six to sixteen years of age. There were found 28 beginners for Miss Riebsaamen plus seven she had left from last
year making 35 pupils in first grade for next year. These are already sufficient for a full sized school but she is expected to have a
second grade of eleven. This means Miss Riebsaamen will have a school of 46 or more divided into three or four divisions. This is
entirely too heavy a load for one teacher to carry in first grade and very excellent work cannot be expected. Principal Heckert, the
enumerator, takes great care to get all children from six to sixteen enrolled and if any are missed or families passed by, it is
unintentional. If new families move in after the enumerator has been over that section of town and if such families have school age
children, he should be notified so that he may register those children. This is very important because half the state appropriation to
our school is based on this enumeration.
Pottsville Republican of July 9, 1913
HARRY SCHWENK MAKING GOOD
Reports from Saginaw, where "Lefty" Schwenk of Schuylkill Haven is playing, state that he is one of the coming pitchers of the age.
He is considered an iron man in that league and is scheduled for the major stuff next season. Schwenk, it will be remembered,
twirled with the Havenites the past two seasons and was always ready to go in and pitch when called upon. At one time he pitched
four games in three days for this team, three of these games being against the strong Shenandoah nine. He is doing the same thing
in Saginaw and winning his games too. A funny incident concerning the signing of Schwenk by the Saint Louis Browns last year is
that when the scout came here to look at him, he was pitching against the Auburn team and he had them shutout until the seventh
inning and then the infield blew, making six or seven errors and the Auburn nine scored five runs, making the game a tie. In the
eighth he drove in the winning run and came on the mound the last two innings and fanned the six men who faced him. He was given
a contract to sign immediately after the game and he was so perplexed that he could not sign it. He, however, signed when he
collected his senses together.
Pottsville Republican of July 11, 1913
The school buildings shall be thoroughly fumigated before the schools open. The principal shall issue a call in August for the
employers reports on employees under sixteen years of age. There are a number of old books not in use any more that the principal
is directed to dispose of to the best advantage of the district. Accepting the teachers' and principal's recommendation, the board
directed that the Bennett free movement system of writing be given a trial for a year and the necessary supplies be provided.
The caps and gowns are now in moth bags and hung up in an unoccupied room in the Schuylkill Haven Trust building. All teacher
contracts have been signed. Principal Heckert will leave for a few weeks vacation next week. Boys and girls desiring to have books
to read during his absence should get them on Saturday afternoon, July 12th. He may not return to town before August.
The Call of June 11, 1913
SCHWENCK MAKES A BIG RECORD
Harold Schwenck of town, a former member of the local baseball team, now with Saginaw in the South Michigan League, has just
established a record which is believed to be unequalled in recent years of organized baseball. In four days he pitched four full
games and the last inning of another game, making thirty six innings in all. In this time he struck out 33 men and allowed 21 hits which
netted his opponents seven runs.
The first game with Flint he lost 4-1. The second game, the next day against Lansing, he won 3-0. The third game, same day with
Lansing, he went in in the ninth inning when there were none out and two men on base and the score 8-7 in favor of his team. He
walked one man, filling the sacks, then he whiffed the next three men straight. The fourth game with Lansing he won 8-1. Six hits
were secured off of him, three in the last inning. The fifth game he lost with Lansing 1-0. He struck out ten men and allowed six hits.
With a record such as this, and one which has made every ballplayer and baseball fan in this country set up and take notice, Schuylkill
Haven and its baseball rooters can feel justly proud that the maker of this record is from our home town and that it was while on the
old home town team that his doings were brought to the attention of the big leaguers and he was signed up.
Pottsville Republican of July 12, 1913
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN BOARD OF TRADE MEETS
The newly organized Board of Trade of Schuylkill Haven met for the first time in the council rooms at this place on Friday evening and
about fifty members were present. The bylaws and regulations of the organization were presented by the committee in charge and
several amendments were made. A board of directors will be appointed before the next meeting on August 8th and they will take
final action on the bylaws. The object of the organization was explained fully and at the next meeting the duties of each committee
will be defined. It is the idea of the association to boom the town and get in touch with large factory owners who will be interested in
placing factories and manufacturing interests in the town.
There is a very large amount of building space in that town and at the present time, Schuylkill Haven is the second most enterprising
factory and manufacturing town in the state proportionately. Every businessman in that town is taking a great interest in the new
organization and it is assured to be a big success. Fifty merchants in a town the size such as this is quite a number to body
themselves in an attempt to better the town and they say they will take to extremes to improve the town. During the past year the
contractors have been continually busy erecting new houses and many times out of town contractors had to be called to build for
some new resident, owing to the numbers being engaged for months at a time. In the last year several new amusement places have
been erected, the vaudeville and moving picture theatre on Main Street, being the latest in this line. The following officers were
elected at last night's meeting: President, Attorney James A. Noecker; Vice President E. G. Underwood; Secretary Heber Felix and
Treasurer Reverend C. E. Hays. All are for a term of one year.
Pottsville Republican of July 16, 1913
CAR SHOP MEN TO TALK TO PUBLIC
A meeting of striking car shop men will be held at Keystone Hall in Schuylkill Haven Wednesday evening to which the public is
invited. One of the national officials of the union will address the meeting when the public will be enlightened on the exact status of
affairs from the standpoint of the striking men.
In conversation with the "Republican", one of the strikers stated that the men were more determined then ever to stay out until their
demands had been granted as a result of the position taken by the company Monday morning when the men returned to work and
when it is said the officials of the company repudiated an agreement into which they entered.
This workman stated that all the men ask is that fellow workmen who were discharged without cause be reinstated or given a
hearing. They claim that these men were discharged for no other reason than that they were active members of the union. If these
men are given a hearing, the striking employees are willing to return on the same basis as when they quit work. Otherwise they say
they will not return.
There are at present less than fifty men working at the Schuylkill Haven car shops according to the strikers and these men cannot
keep up with the big amount of repair work which is being brought in. These men are being kept at work under roof and they return
to their homes every evening and are not molested in any way. This striker said to the "Republican", "We quit like gentlemen, we
went back to work again like gentlemen and we quit again like gentlemen and we do not intend to act otherwise. We feel that we are
entitled to a hearing by the company and all we want is fair play. We have shown the company fair play and demonstrated that we do
not bear any ill will."
The cars of the company are said to be in bad condition and in need of repairs and unless something is soon done it is claimed that
the railroad will be unable to satisfactorily handle its usual fall trade as it will require a month or two to put the rolling stock in the
shape it should be. The Pennsylvania Company, it is said, refused to do any repair work for the Reading Company, claiming that their
workmen refused to do it and to endeavor to force it upon them would simply be inviting trouble.
It is said some of the officials of the state and national departments of the government who were in this section looking over the
situation, commented on the bad condition of one of the cars being used. The matter at the present rests largely with the U. S.
Department of Labor and the State Railroad Commission.
Pottsville Republican of July 16, 1913
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN AND CRESSONA SIGN FOR SERIES
Managers Mellon and Schwartz, who is acting in the managers capacity for Cressona, signed articles of agreement Tuesday evening
for a series of three to five games, the amount of games to be decided later. These series are a regular affair each year, last year the
Haven team winning the first two games played. The teams this year are more evenly matched than ever and a very interesting
series is promised. The first game will be played at Haven on Saturday, July 19 and the following Saturday the Cressona field will be
the scene of the battle. On Saturday Mertz will oppose Kulp and a great battle is promised for the opener. Mertz said he is going to
"Schwenk" the Cressona bunch right from the start. The Cressona rooters will be down with all sorts of horns, whistles and drums
just as they did last year when the series was on. The umpire question is a drawback at the present time, they being unable to get a
suitable, neutral umpire. They expect to agree on this subject in the next two days, however, and everything will be in readiness for
the opening fracas.
The names of the eligible men for the series are as follows. Cressona: Lewis, Kulp, Jones, H. Kulp, Irving, Ward, Womer, Gray,
Leidich, R. Jones, W. Leininger, Achenbach, Kimmel, Seiple and Frey. Schuylkill Haven: Sattizahn, Deibert, Weist, Drumheller, Bath, J.
Leininger, Hoffman, Crone, Smith, Dougherty, McGovern, Fitch and Lebengood.
It will be noticed by the above lineup that Cressona has fifteen men in their issue of agreement while the Havenites have only
thirteen. "Ruffer" Lewis who formerly caught for Schuylkill Haven and Seiple, who played the outfield for the same team are now
members of the Cressona team and if either of these men are out in the game there will be some interesting rooting. Already wagers
have been placed on the outcome of the series.
SIGNED STAR FOR SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TEAM
Manager Mellon has just signed a star pitcher in the person of Bath, a former Perth Amboy tirler who has a good reputation in that
locality as a twirler. He reports to that team this week and was just signed in time for the Cressona series. With Mertz, Crone and
Bath, the Haven has a fine selection of twirlers and will make them all sit up and take notice.
Pottsville Republican of July 30, 1913
UNKNOWN INSANE MAN CAPTURED
An unidentified man who had apparently gone suddenly insane was captured between Schuylkill Haven and Cressona Wednesday
morning and taken to the almshouse, where he is being held awaiting identification. The man, who was naked to the waist, had been
prowling around the fields for the past day and threatened on a number of occasions to kill somebody. On Tuesday he came across a
party of picnickers from Pottsville and after threatening them, attempted to take a bath in the spring. Word was sent to Schuylkill
Haven and three men responded. After a struggle he was subdued and removed to the almshouse. No one appears to know who he
is and there is nothing about his person to suggest what his name might be. The only clue to his identity is a card in his pocket with a
Philadelphia address and it is believed that an investigation in that city will lead to his being claimed. The man is particularly violent
and is being closely watched for fear he may injure himself.