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|Pottsville Republican of November 5, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SCHOOL NOTES
Fire Drills in Schools Satisfactory
Mary Reed, Nellie Reinhart, Edith Emerich, Elam Kerschner and Fred Sterner, former graduates of our
high school and now students at the Keystone State Normal School in Kutztown, visited their homes on
Saturday and Sunday. Mr. Sterner and Miss Reinhart are speakers on the Philomathean Anniversary on
November 19th. The Truancy Committee and the Committee on Books and Supplies held meetings in
the high school room on Thursday evening. The second school month closed last Monday.
A series of fire drills were executed by the schools of the main building last Thursday. They came off
with quiet, precision and quickness. The program of the High School Literary Society was rendered on
Monday of this week instead of last Friday. A good part of the program was with reference to
Halloween. Fourteen teachers of our public schools took part in the Halloween celebration on Monday
evening. They rode in Adam Moyer's big brake drawn by four horses beautifully decorated with the
national colors, each of the horses wearing a full string of jingling silver bells. The brake was decked
with pennants of the alumni, Schuylkill Haven High School colors and the teachers carried the pennants
of higher institutions of learning. The teachers themselves wore college caps and gowns of blue
trimmed in gold. A circle of pumpkin lanterns decorated the big coach. A large United States flag was
carried on the center of the float. They won a prize of ten dollars given for the finest float. The
teachers taking part were: Misses Maude Butz, Mary Ebling, Helen Potts, Annie Zimmerman, Mary
Riebsaamen, Anna Cleary, Ella Shearer, Clark Bordner, Mary Confehr, Nellie Thompson and Mattie Beck
and Professors Ziegenfus, Kimer and Heckert.
Pottsville Republican of November 12, 1910
Borough Solons in Session Transact Much Business
A regular stated meeting of Town Council was held on Monday evening with the following members
present: Messrs. Berger, Beck, Brown, Moore, Weiss, McKeown, Rooney, Saul, Wagner and President
Keller. Secretary Minnig, Solicitor Noecker, Burgess Hartman and Supervisor Becker were also
present. The Road Committee recommended That property owners on upper Main Street and Dock
Street fix pavements and also that J. H. Filbert's pavement and retaining wall at the corner of Main and
Dock Streets be repaired and that the gutter at Dr. Detweiler's properties on Main Street be relaid if
curbing is on line and grade.
Frank Brown, representing the Schuylkill Haven Foundry Company, proprietors of the new pipe mill,
appeared before council and asked that the industry be exempted from taxation for a time. It was later
decided to exempt the company for a period of ten years. The snow clearing ordinance passed its final
reading. Contractor Rauen presented bills for labor on the borough sewer at the corner of Saint John
and Union Streets. On motion of Mr. saul, this will be paid.
Chairman Saul of the Special Water Committee, reported having engaged Engineer Haddon to make a
survey of the pipeline from Tumbling Run and also a survey of the streets for mains at a total price of
$425. He also reported that the borough's case against the Water Company has been placed by order of
court at the head of the list at the December term.
The Board of Health asked for additional appropriation of $150 on account of a measles epidemic. In
one month the Health Officer made fifty four fumigations. He had been getting two dollars each but
voluntarily he cut his price to a dollar for each fumigation. The board also asked for $100 of the annual
appropriation making a total of $250 asked for. The entire amount was granted.
Burgess Hartman made a report of permits issued and of a fire trap on Byerle Alley in the shape of a
dilapidated unoccupied house and of dangerous electric wires which need renewing for the sake of
safety in the event of another snowstorm. On motion of Mr. McKeown the burgess is to notify the
owners of the Webber property to make the place safe. Mr. Thomas expects to build on his lot on
Margaretta Street in the spring and asks that he be allowed to hold back on the pavement until then. He
will be directed to fill in the pavement until spring. Mr. Lautenbacher will be notified that the borough is
ready to lay the gutter, he having expressed his willingness to lay the pavement as soon as the borough
lays the gutter. The Secretary was directed to notify the Telephone Company of dangerous wire and to
request immediate removal of the same. The Chief Burgess will notify the P. & R. to pave the Union
Street crossing. A temporary loan of $1500 was authorized. Council then adjourned.
Pottsville Republican of November 12, 1910
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN SHORTS
The regular monthly School Board meeting was held with the following directors in attendance: Hoffman,
Smith, Reinhart, Bast, Carr, Kistler, Webber, Brown and Paxson. Treasurer Schumacher, Principal
Heckert and Janitor Hoffman also attended. It was reported that enrollment for the current school term
is 873, which is one higher than last year. A communication from the secretary of the North Manheim
Township School Board stating that the board would be responsible for Laura Flammer's tuition. The
County Superintendent's report on the teacher's attendance at the county institute was read.
Seventeen teachers attended full time and orders for their pay were voted ten dollars each.
Mr. Reinhart for the Building and Repairs Committee, reported that the pavement in the North Ward was
fixed and the garbage in the South Ward building was looked after. He reported that Mrs. Goas,
janitress for the South Ward school had measles in her home and by direction of the Board of Health
secured someone else to clean the rooms for her. He further requested the Board to purchase
portions of old boilers from scrap iron heaps for each building in which to burn waste paper, so it would
not be blown around nor have to be hauled off. This request was granted.
The report of the Committee on Books and Supplies was read. The following items were secured:
mineral frames are to be purchased for the primary grades, two new maps for School Number 19,
mimeograph paper as needed, a supply of the new edition of the Wentworth Plane Geometry for use in
the Junior Class at the high school and a blank book for a Classics record is to be obtained.
The school was ordered to be closed on Thanksgiving day and the day following. Mr. Bertolet Reinhart
was reelected to represent the School Board on the Board of Managers of the Library Fund. The
principal asked the Board whether it is not possible to open a new seventh grade school to relieve
Schools Number 3 and 4, No action was taken on this matter.
Pottsville Republican of November 14, 1910
PRISONER TURNS ON CONSTABLE
Howard Witman, wanted in Lebanon for the theft of $160, was arrested in Schuylkill Haven late Saturday
afternoon by Constable John Butz of Schuylkill Haven. The arrest was made in Ebling's Hotel. Witman
landed in the town early Saturday afternoon and went to the hotel where he proceeded to treat every
person that came in. He spent money like water and was about to paint the Haven red when placed
under arrest. The warrant was sworn out in Lebanon and sent to Constable Butz, as it was believed that
Witman would make for Schuylkill Haven where some of his relatives are now residing.
After placing his man under arrest, Constable Butz started with him to the borough lockup. When about
halfway between the hotel and the lockup, Witman turned upon Butz and attempted to do him up. A
tussle ensued and in order to subdue his prisoner, Butz was compelled to use his blackjack, knocking
Witman down. The handcuffs were then brought into use and the trip to the lockup made without
further disturbance on the part of the prisoner.
Word was immediately sent to Lebanon and yesterday morning the constable from that town came on
and returned with his man yesterday afternoon. It is said Witman is a bad character and that he at one
time worked with a gang in stealing horses. He is about forty years of age, although looking much
younger and small in stature.
Within the past week, Constable Butz has distinguished himself by making two important arrests. The
first when he placed under arrest and obtained a confession from two young men who committed
highway robberies, the one at Landingville and the other at Friedensburg. The second arrest was that
of Saturday. Constable Butz is to be complimented on these arrests, as it speaks well for his ability as
an officer of the law. He has succeeded in running down some of the worst criminals in this part of the
state and is rated among the state's most efficient men.
Pottsville Republican of November 17, 1910
INJURED WHEN GUN EXPLODED
While engaged in hunting rabbits on the outskirts of the town, Raymond Becker, aged nineteen years
old, of Schuylkill Haven, was seriously wounded in the right side. Becker in company with two other
companions of his own age were walking along when suddenly an old musket carried by one of the
other hunters, exploded, a piece of the steel entering Becker's side. Blood flowed from the wound.
Becker started to go home, his companions being so scared that they left him. After walking to his
home, nearly a mile away, Becker entered the kitchen door and fell helpless to the floor. He remained in
that condition for nearly an hour, before he was discovered by his father. Doctors Heim and Lenker
were summoned and removed the steel, nearly two inches in length, from the boy's side. This afternoon
he was reported as resting comfortably and his recovery is looked for if complications do not arise.
Pottsville Republican of November 26, 1910
NEWSPAPER CHANGES HANDS
The Schuylkill Haven Call, a weekly newspaper published in that town will on Monday next come into the
possession of Harry F. Loy and Floyd H. Minnig. For the past several years the Call has been edited and
published by Jay G. Shumway and is the only paper in the town. The new owners are both practical
newspapermen and are sure to meet with success in their new undertaking. Mr. Loy is a printer by
trade, having recently held a position with the Pottsville Chronicle. He learned his trade in the plant
and is about to become his own. His partner is a young man who has a host of friends and
acquaintances, both in his town and throughout the county. He attained excellent business training,
starting in the capacity of stenographer and bookkeeper for a shoe factory in his town.