Today in Delaware County History, May 5

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100 years ago, 1924: Boys’ Week ended in Chester, with a program that included the playing of the finals in the marble and topspin competitions and the presentation of the awards at the opening of the baseball season at Smedley Field, Seventh and Lloyd Streets. Edward McGinnis, 14, of 617 Madison St., was crowned Chester Marble Champion, the title bringing with it a loving cup donated by the Cross Company; a garment given by John E. McGovern; and a week’s vacation in Ocean City as the guest of Josiah Sleeper, secretary of the Chester Rotary Club.

75 years ago, 1949: The city had abandoned plans to install a public comfort station in the basement of the Chester Municipal Building, Fifth and Welsh Streets. Councilman Vincent F. Sanbe, director of parks and public property, said the move was made to reduce the cost of renovating the old post office. Sanbe said the city will move forward with plans to convert the first floor into 16 municipal offices.

50 years ago, 1974: About 20 ambulances from Delaware County participated in a civil defense exercise with ambulances from Philadelphia. In a test of emergency services, a mock plane crash occurred at Philadelphia International Airport at 8:30 a.m. and the first group of ambulances was sent to the scene.

25 years ago, 1999: Residents interested in the goings-on in the neighborhood can now log on to the Brookhaven website online. The address is Residents will find items such as a city map, recent newsletters, upcoming events, elected officials, trash pickup and other schedules. “I’m really proud of it,” said Council Member Joan Arnold. “The committee has worked very hard.”

10 years ago, 2014: The Springfield School District’s newly formed transportation committee will hold its first meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. The committee will be charged with investigating and discussing the possibilities of outsourcing student bus transportation to a management company. The school board determined that the committee was an appropriate approach to the issue due to the high level of public interest. In the past three meetings, the board has heard from members of the transportation department as well as parents. The board has emphasized that the decision to outsource has not yet been made, and that currently only a Request for Proposal has been issued. The committee will be chaired by Chairman Chris DeSantis and include directors Jennifer Lofland and Bruce Lord. The first and all subsequent meetings are public.


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