Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Other Times --- Nov. 19

110 YEARS AGO – 1898
There are in Chester upwards of 300 religious organizations. There are 30 churches and each church has within it various boards, societies and auxiliaries each with its own officers so that there are many wheels within the big wheel. One Chester church has 14 boards and auxiliary societies while the average is eight to 10 in each church. Two boys from Linwood were charged with fastening a cord across the sidewalk just high enough from the ground to strike an ordinary tall person in the face. The chord struck a man on the bridge of his nose and almost knocked him from his feet. The boys were fined $2.40 each after they were arrested by Constable O’Donnell. Hopefully the arrest will break up this dangerous practice.
75 YEARS AGO – 1933
The sophomore class at Ridley Park High School was in charge of an assembly. Among those taking part in the program were Mary West, Claire Borrell and George Derbyshire.Cadets from Pennsylvania Military College in Chester received a rousing reception after its football team held the football team from Army scoreless for three a quarters. The PMC team lost 12-0.
50 YEARS AGO – 1958
Marjorie Mae Feeser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Feeser of 101 E. Chelton Road, Parkside, has been selected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” She a senior at Grove City College and is a graduate of Swarthmore High School.Seventeen silver dollars were taken in a burglary at the home of Nicholas DiPaulo at 225 W. Washington Ave., Clifton Heights. Chet’s Beauty Shop is opening at 119 Fairview Road, Woodlyn.Mrs. Maude Comegys retired as a Chester Hospital housekeeper after a 25-year career. She lives at 4428 Post Road, Trainer.
25 YEARS AGO – 1983
Aston Fire Marshal John Conlon is waging a one-man campaign to warn homeowners about defective smoke alarms. Conlon said the manufacturer of the alarms had recalled them and urged all smoke alarms be tested periodically to make sure they are in working conditionSwarthmore Borough Manager Dick Hunt announced pans to conduct a house to house search for illegal sewer connections. The borough survey will be conducted during the summer months.
10 YEARS AGO – 1998
The Chester Housing Authority has received a good grade from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. After a troubling past, the public housing program received a grade of 83.23 percent.
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