|YEARS GONE BY
|The Call of November 7, 1913
TO HAVE PAROCHIAL SCHOOL
In the near future, Saint Ambrose parish will have a convent and parochial school in Schuylkill Haven. The property adjoining the
property has been secured for the sum of $1,800 from the McWilliams estate by Father Dever and this with the property already held
will give ample room for the erection of a convent and modern school building.
The present temporary plans contemplate the erection of a convent facing upon Dock Street, adjoining the rectory and such
changes as will be necessary to adopt the present first floor of the church building for temporary classrooms. The changes will be
such as to give proper light and ventilation and to equip the rooms with suitable desks, blackboards and school appliances.
From the beginning the school will take care of studies of all the grades. When possible, a modern school building will be erected
containing classrooms, an auditorium, society and amusements rooms for the members of the parish. The members of the parish
have entered heartily into these plans and Father Dever is confident of accomplishing these projects with their help in a very short
PLENTY OF WATER IN DAM
There is no excuse why any resident of Schuylkill Haven should not have a sufficient supply of water at this time. There is no reason
why the persons living in th elevated portions or hills should be without water. There is an extra adequate supply of water at
present and if there is reason to complain at this time it is from the fact that sufficient pressure is not allowed. Tuesday of this week
the water dam was almost overflowing and it is probable a like condition exists at this time. During the night it is altogether likely
that considerable water runs over the breast of the dam from the fact that the amount of water used is considerably less during the
The recent wet weather has brought an abundance of water and the amount that is daily running away in the vicinity of the water
dam and on the other property of the water company, would in a short time fill an enormous sized water or storage dam. When
viewing the water that is wasting away at the water dam it does seem a shame to allow it to continue, especially when it is
remembered the need and the good use that could be made of it during the summer.
A short distance below the dam a dandy good sized stream flows away. When followed to its source it is found that the greater
portion comes from a spring directly a few feet south of the dam breast, from an evident small leak between the old and the new dam
breast and a good sized spring from the side of the hill, several hundred feet below the dam breast. This is the condition at the main
dam. A similar amount of water is surely going to waste from the springs or streams of this company across the hills namely the
Berkelboch and Hummel Run springs. Monday, October 27th, the water dam for the first time in many, many months overflowed and
since that date it has been filled to its capacity and frequently overflows.
The Call of November 14, 1913
AT WORK ON FREIGHT STATION
The contractor in charge of the building of the freight station here was delayed in his work somewhat the past few weeks owing to
the non arrival of material. The same is now on the ground and work will again be pushed with all possible haste. A portion of the
new freight platform has already been erected. On account of the constant loading and unloading of freight at this station the work
is seriously interfered with.
FILLING UP THE OLD DOCK
Work of filling up the old dock around which hangs pleasant memories of boating days was begun by the P. & R. railway department
this morning. It is proposed to fill a considerable portion of this dock up to a level with the surrounding company property in order
to increase the company's trackage at the car shops.
Within the past two weeks the Dock Street paving contractor has been held up considerable in his work by the placing of a large
sewer in this street from Centre Avenue to the Rainbow Hose Company. This work is completed and the paving is again being
rushed. At this writing the one side of the street has been paved to Crossley's corner and concreted to Brown's corner. From this
point to a short distance above the Pennsylvania arch, the entire width of the street has been concreted. While this work is being
done this particular section of Dock Street, from Centre Avenue to the Brown's corner, is closed to traffic. Work of resetting curbs
on the west side of the street has been commenced and all the curbing from the Jones property to Edward Mayberry property at this
writing has been reset.
GREATLY ENLARGED STORE
Tomorrow, Saturday, a special reopening sale will be held by J. M. Gipe in honor of the completion of the addition to his store. The
store is now quite a large one and is stocked to its capacity with a wide range of articles. The store now measures 94 feet in length
and is thirty feet wide. Mr. Gipe has been in Schuylkill Haven almost five years and each year has been compelled to increase his
store room. He first opened a store in the building now occupied by the Gas and water Company office. For two years he did
business at this stand. The storeroom in the Keller property was then secured, later the property purchased and the storeroom
increased until now it is of unusual size. Mr. Gipe conducts three five and dime stores; one in Minersville, Saint Clair and Schuylkill
Haven. The local store is the largest of the three. See his special ad in another page of this issue.
The Call of November 28, 1913
GIRL RUN OVER BY TEAM
Miss Katie Buehler, residing on the Schuylkill Mountain, was run over this week by the runaway team of Claude Bittle. Both wheels
of a heavy truck wagon passed over the girl's body but she escaped with a few slight bruises. Miss Buehler in company with her
sister was returning to her home after the day's work. When they reached Berne Street opposite Bittle's dam, they noticed the
runaway team approaching them. The one girl ran to the right side of the street and the other to the left hand side. The wagon
swinging from side to side knocked Miss Katie down and the wheels passed over her. The team got away from the driver while in
the Bittle field nearby.
WANTED TO SHOOT UP THE TOWN
William Koons, aged twenty two years, giving his residence as Yorkville, endeavored to shoot up the town Saturday night and got
himself into all kinds of trouble with the local authorities. Armed with a revolver he invited a number of bystanders to fight him. A
tussle followed but Koons escaped. Officer Butz was informed of the matter and went in search of him. Koons pulled his gun on
Officer Butz but was unable to scare the officer and in a short time found himself disarmed and manacled to that officer by a strong
pair of knippers. Koons spent the night in the borough coop. He was given a hearing before Squire Moyer and sent to jail on the
charge of carrying and pointing concealed deadly weapons.
It is said Koons at one time resided in Auburn. The officers state he has been in the toils of the law on numerous occasions and is a
bad man. He will be given a hearing at the January term of criminal court. The jail term for this offense is anywhere from three to six
months to two years.