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|Pottsville Republican of October 7, 1932
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN TO LAY WATER LINE TO CRESSONA AS RELIEF PLAN
Burgess Scott has secured permission from the Schuylkill county Unemployment Relief Association to use all men
who are out of work on the new water lines which Schuylkill Haven will lay in Cressona. The contract for the pipe
has been given and the work will be started at once. Forty men can be used and this number of men will be hired
in groups, each for a three day period. More then three hundred unemployed men are listed for work and as many
as possible will be helped. The pay will be given in orders for food which will be honored at any grocery store in
Pottsville Republican of October 13, 1932
The Schuylkill Haven Washington Bicentennial Committee held another meeting last evening in the town hall.
Everything concerning the celebration is shaping up in a very satisfactory manner and indications point to success
beyond the original expectations. The official decorator, Paul Hinnershitz of town, is at work and a number of
business places have already been decorated. This morning a large banner was placed across Main Street,
advertising the big event. The big parade at two o'clock Saturday will be a big event. Invitations have been sent
out by the local American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps and it is expected that at least ten will take part. The
Junior Drum Corps of Pottsville, with two hundred children, will participate. The parade will be from Columbia and
west Main Streets to Main Street, to haven Street to Dock Street and back to Main Street. There will be a thousand
public and parochial school children in line and they will march in grades and each ward will be separated. One
thousand flags will be provided for them. There will be a civic section, an industrial section, a fraternal section
and the fire companies will comprise a division. The American Legion is providing about forty shields on which
pictures of George Washington will be placed and the same number of blue and gold streamers. Work an the
pageant and play which will be given by high school and junior high school students is progressing. Necessary
costumes have been ordered and this part of the celebration is sure to please. Thirty six silk flags size four by six
and as many cotton flags will be loaned to the committee. They will be carried by a massed section of Boy Scouts.
The Girl Scouts will be in line in full uniform. There is also a Saturday night band concert and community sing. Two
squares of parkway will be decorated with several hundred small flags. Mills will close at noon and most stores
and factories will be
closed during the parade.
Pottsville Republican of October 17, 1932
Unknown Man Killed in Fall
Man Whirls, Then Falls Down Embankment at Connors to Schuylkill Haven Pike
Pebble Punctured Brain
Suddenly whirling about as he walked along the Pennsylvania railroad tracks at Connors, then falling or jumping
down the side of the embankment, an unidentified man was fatally injured about three o'clock Sunday afternoon.
Witnesses of the accident said they saw the man walking along the tracks from Schuylkill Haven towards
Pottsville. Just a short distance above the junction of the Schuylkill Haven pike with the road to Cressona, the
man was seen to spin about and then roll down the bank to his death.
His fall ended on the old macadam Schuylkill Haven pike and he was almost instantly killed. Witnesses said they
believed the man suffered a spell.
Undertaker Berger, Cressona, was summoned to the scene of the accident, and the body was later removed to the
D. M. Bittle morgue, where it may be viewed.
The man was about sixty years of age, five feet eight inches tall, weighed about 110 pounds and had a dark
moustache. He had no teeth and coal black hair. He wore a blue coat and trousers with white pin stripe, light
brown necktie, brown fedora hat, boy scout shoes and black stockings and a light shirt with collar attached. In the
hat band the name of the maker or dealer, "Mark Cohen, Long Island" was found.
Patrolman Walters of the State Highway Patrol is investigating the case. A pair of eyeglasses, with telephone wire
used as ear pieces and a watch chain were found on his person. A description was sent over the police teletype,
but no response received. Numerous callers at the morgue failed to identify the man.
An examination of the body disclosed the man had died of a puncture wound of the brain, caused by a pebble on
which he landed and which penetrated through his hat and drove the piece of cloth torn from the hat into his brain.
**The next day the man was identified as Frank Eustace, Eleventh and Race Streets Pottsville, a well known
baseball player who was apparently planning to get a train in Schuylkill Haven to visit his ill father in New York but
returned toward Pottsville instead.
Pottsville Republican of October 22, 1932
Burgess Roy Scott has gotten the plans for the further development of the high school athletic field approved by
the county committee on Unemployment Relief and labor is now available for the project from the list of men
receiving relief. The school board named the following committee: Charles Graeff, Roy Scott, Parris Lazos and A.
B. Lechner to work on the project. Plans were made and approved some time ago but were dropped because of
lack of funds. The board can expend $299. Trucks have been offered by local citizens and tools and implements
will be secured from a number of different sources. It is getting late in the season and the committee will lend
every effort to start the work next week and push it as hard as possible. The men who are receiving relief are very
willing to work and some will give more then the required time.
Pottsville Republican of October 23, 1932
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN MEETS TO PROMOTE BOY SCOUT WORK
A meeting in the interest of boys work was held in the town hall last evening. About thirty men attended.
Postmaster Charles Graeff was chairman of the meeting and briefly stated that the purpose was to raise Schuylkill
Haven's quota of the 1933 county Boy Scout funds. The budget of the county organization, which includes the
salary of the County Scout Executive and his assistant, and all the costs of the annual six weeks camp amounts to
$11,000. Each town in the county has been assigned a certain quota and the county committee feels sure that all
will meet it this year and make possible a complete program with no deficit. A number of the men present last
night agreed to obligate themselves for a certain portion of the local amount. Another meeting will be held next
Pottsville Republican of October 31, 1932
The Schuylkill Haven Town Council met last evening in regular session. By unanimous vote they decided to make
the five percent discount on taxes ninety days rather then sixty if the Borough Solicitor determines this is legal.
This will give tax payers an extra thirty days to pay and make the savings.
An unusual letter was received from G. H. Norman, Superintendent of Highways for the State in which he stated he
had never before received cooperation on a road job such as what was received here and complimented the
borough on the efficiency of its officials and labor. Road commissioner James Schucker and the local Police
Department were especially mentioned. The State job on Main and Dock Streets was formally accepted and was
pronounced an excellent piece of work. The report of the Water Committee concerning fire equipment was
accepted and council will purchase five hundred feet of fire hose, one hundred feet of chemical hose, some
nozzles, connections for fire engines and pumps and other equipment for the three companies. The companies
had sent in a request as the money is needed.
It was reported that the agreement for the running of a water line under the Mine Hill railroad in Cressona had not
yet been signed and returned to the company. Burgess Scott asked council to set aside all moneys received for
motor violations, placing it in a highway fund as required by the state. This will be done by the new budget
arrangement in 1933. Permission was given for the street parade on October 22nd by the Washington Bicentennial
Committee and council will cooperate.
Levan Sherman of 23 East Union street was present and told council that two months ago while the Light
Department was working near his home his entire radio installation was burned out. He asked for an investigation
and that he be compensated if the department is at fault. This brought much discussion. The borough can not
become responsible for every radio which is burned out but a motion was made to have a competent man from
outside the borough examine the radio and report to council.
R. C. Gehrig Jr. of the firm R. C. Gehrig and Son, was present and asked council why his firm receives so little of
the business of the borough, stating that as tax payers and equal bidders with another local firm, they are entitled
to an equal share of the business and that they however get a small part of it. The matter was referred to the
Highway department and will be discussed at the next meeting.
The School Board met last evening in regular session. Members present were President Burkert, Secretary
Stager, Maberry, Keith and Mrs. Butz. There were five bidders on a clock system for the East ward building. The
bids will be taken up by the Building Committee with the architect and their report acted on at a meeting next
Monday night. Nothing was said about the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Luckens but it is expected that
recommendations will be in by the time of the next meeting. Several prominent men have been spoken of for this
vacancy, but it is not known if they will accept the office. H. R. Heim, Frank Reider and Charles Ehly are among the
men whom friends have suggested for this service to the community. There is one item yet to be considered for
the new East Ward school building. A letter was received from the Pflueger Insurance Agency stating that the rate
credit could not be obtained from the Underwriters Association nor a certificate issued until the defects in the
emergency lighting system are remedied. This also will be taken up with the architect and acted on at the next
meeting. The electrical work of contractor Loy has been approved by the association.
|Pottsville Republican of October 11, 1907
The Borough Council met on Monday evening with the following members present: Bubeck, Buehler, Heim,
Thomas, McKeon, Lautenbacher, Meck, Schumacher, Rooney, Runkle, and President Lessig. Secretary Runkle,
Solicitor Noecker, Supervisors Becker and Marshall and Chief Burgess Baker were also present. The minutes of
the last meeting were read and approved.
George Bolton of Liberty Street appeared before council and stated that because of certain curbing having been
put in, surface water and wash water lies and stagnates in front of his property and he asked that council take
some means of carrying the water away. The Road Committee was directed to remedy the matter.
Frank Heim, of the Schuylkill Hose Company, requested permission to have a nozzle repaired along with a section
of hose that was ordered repaired at last meeting by the Water Committee. It was referred to committee. Jay G.
Shumway appeared before council and asked council to consider the opening of a street from Dock to haven
Street in the neighborhood of saint James Church. On motion of Mr. McKeon a committee was appointed to view
the site of the proposed street from Dock to Haven Street. President Lessig appointed Lautenbacher, Meck and
Chairman Runkle of the special committee on public sewer, reported a conference with the Municipal League. He
moved that the secretary write to the State Board of Health for a permit for the town to drain its sewage into the
Schuylkill River. The motion carried. It was also decided to ask Engineer Dechert of Reading what the charge
would be to go over the old sewer plans. On motion of Mr. Runkle, the Water Committee will confer with the Gas
and water Company with reference to running a water main down Canal Street to supply a plug at the corner of
Railroad and Liberty Streets. On motion of Mr. Lautenberger, the Chief Burgess was directed to notify the
supervisor to remove dirt and curb and pave at the James Schaeffer property on Centre Avenue, cost to be
collected form the property owner. All parties on Centre Avenue will be notified to curb and pave. Mr. Bubeck
asked that the crossing ordered for Centre Avenue at the White Church nearly a year ago be laid. Mr. Schumacher
of the Road Committee stated that as soon as curbs and gutters are put in, crossings will be laid.
Mr. Lautenberger reported an electric light pole in bad shape near the premises of Jonathan Becker on Liberty
Street. He also reported poor lights at his mill. Mr. Runkle stated that the Halloween Committee desired current
for a thousand electric lights, so ordered provided the committee puts up the lights and furnishes the material.
Mr. McKeon suggested that the fire plugs be tested occasionally to see that all are in service. Supervisor Becker
was directed to examine all plugs once a month. A crossing was ordered at Lincoln Street on Centre Avenue. The
Traction Company was directed to properly repair the road between and eighteen inches outside their tracks
within ten days.
The School Board met Monday evening with the following members present: Lessig, Hoffman, Eiler, Stanton,
Reinhart, Berkheiser, Minnich. Treasurer Keller, Janitor Hoffman and Principal Heckert were in attendance also.
The Supply committee reported the purchase of some needed books and were authorized to buy some needed
supplies. Mr. Butz reported all but four parties have paid for damages at the school. The furnace at the South
Ward was repaired. It was decided by the Committee on Organization and Studies that the students in the North
ward will remain there. The principal reported that attendance the past month was better then any month in the
previous year. Several cases of pupils came up whose legal residence was a question. The parents of these
students are required to pay tuition.
A full report was made on delinquent students. There are a number of children not in school, who though they are
between the ages of eight and sixteen, are not regularly employed but are kept home illegally. R. J. Hoffman was
elected attendance officer and will take all cases reported to him in hand. Blank truancy forms were ordered to be
used in this matter.
That festival is coming as promised. Large donations have been offered and about $35 in cash money secured
above the other donations. "There's a good time coming. Help it on." October 25, 1907. The Halloween Committee
is heroically at work planning for the biggest demonstration Schuylkill Haven has ever had. The committee needs
$250 and the subcommittee on subscriptions has met with liberal responses from all whom they have solicited.
When they call upon you, make your contribution as large as you can in order that the full amount may be realized.
Pottsville Republican of November 1, 1907
TWO STABBED IN STREET FIGHT
After the parade at Schuylkill Haven last night a party of Italians, some employees of the car shops and some
employees of the storage yards got fighting with people of other nationalities and for about a half hour there was a
running fight along the lower end of Main Street. Beer bottles were thrown and the fight culminated at the railroad
crossing at Main Street, in the stabbing of an Italian, whose name is unknown, of Jerry Casey and John Casey.
Jerry Casey was stabbed in the back under the eleventh rib; the wound is three quarters of an inch deep and one
half inch wide. John Casey was stabbed in the left arm. Dr. G. H. Moore, who was summoned and dressed their
injuries, doesn't consider the injuries serious. The Italian made his escape by jumping on a coal train. Up to the
present there have been no arrests.