By Leo L. Ward and Mark T. Major
Farewell 1899! Welcome 1900! Was the headline in the Pottsville Republican on January 1, 1900. The people of Pottsville ushered in the new century in the usual manner with noisy gatherings and crowded churches. Coal was king in Schuylkill County during the 19th century, but the demise of coal had already begun by 1900. At the beginning of the 200 century Pottsville had seven volunteer fire companies, the second-finest courthouse in the state, a first-class hospital, twenty-three churches, a $100,000 YMCA building, a public Mission, a free kindergarten, twelve fine schoolhouses, two parochial schools, and a free public library. Leo L. Ward and Mark T. Major have compiled this memorable history from the Society’s extensive vintage photograph collection. Ward and Major are also authors of Pottsville, Schuylkill County, and Schuylkill County Volume II.