Today in Delaware County History, November 10, 2022


100 years ago, 1922: Chester Merchants are set to have record Christmas activity this year, if the earnest activities and efforts shown by members of the Business Men’s Association bear the fruits that the association’s live wires anticipate. Yesterday’s midday meeting and lunch at the Chester Club was well attended and everyone was looking forward to good results. William T. Galey, the president, was in the chair.

75 years ago, 1947: The Chester Times movie, “Behind the Headlines,” will make its second television appearance on station WPTZ tonight at 8 p.m. The video screening will be part of a seminar led by Lower Merion High School students on free speech and freedom of the press at 6 p.m. Additionally, the film is being screened locally this week. Nearly 22,000 people witnessed the turbulent history of daily production.

50 years ago, 1972: Thanks in large part to the National Bank of the South East, most former owners of Eyre Park should have a Merry Christmas. Their flood-destroyed homes will be purchased before the holidays by the Chester Redevelopment Authority at their pre-flood values, the authority announced today. ARC chief executive John J. Fitzgerald said the expected pre-holiday settlements were made possible by an interest-free loan of up to $2 million to the ARC from the bank. With up to $2 million available, settlements are expected to begin Monday, Fitzgerald said. Settlements will be made at the rate of eight or 10 a day and most will be completed before Christmas, he said.

25 years ago, 1997: A balloon covered in a metallic substance wreaked havoc last night. The balloon became entangled in high-tension power lines on MacDade Boulevard and Amosland Road in Ridley Township around 7:30 p.m., setting off a chain reaction that knocked out power to 3,000 customers, PECO Energy officials said Co. The balloon’s mylar coating, which gives it a shiny, reflective appearance, got caught in 33,000-volt wires and caused them to arc, PECO spokesman Bill Jones said. “It’s like sticking a fork into a socket in the wall,” he said.

10 years ago, 2012: Traffic at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Providence Road is a major concern for the Borough of Media and an obstacle to overcome if the Wawa store and gas station move forward. Wawa’s team recently appeared before media planners with an official application. The two-and-a-half-hour discussion brought together project professionals, planning commissioners and more than four dozen members of the public. Not since the Hampton Inn project has there been so much interest in an app.



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