100 Years Ago – 1921: An incendiary is believed to have caused a fire that resulted in approximately $1,500 damage to the home of Thomas W. Johnson, of Johnson’s Corner, near Brandywine Summit, at midnight, last night. Members of the Washington Company, No. 5, of Wilmington, and the Media Fire Company responded to the alarm. Pending their arrival willing neighbors fought like Trojans and were instrumental in confining the flames to that portion of the building where they started. When interviewed, Mr. Johnson stated he believed the building had been fired by some unidentified person, although he knew of no enemies whom he thought might attempt to burn down his home while he and the members of his family were sleeping.
75 Years Ago – 1946: The 71 boys and girls who will graduate from Chester High School is June and have indicated the desire to go to college will find realization of this ambition almost impossible. With colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and through the country swamped by returning veterans to whom they are giving priority, the vast majority of current graduates are having their applications rejected – if they are even given any opportunity to file an application.
50 Years Ago – 1971: Arthur F. Raimo, of Woodlyn, a former Yale, Villanova and PMC Colleges football coach, is the leading contender for Publican Party endorsement for the state legislative post left vacant by the death of Rep. Edward B. Mifflin of Swarthmore. Although at least seven candidates are seeking endorsement of the county’s Republican Board of Supervisors (War Board) for the vacant seat, influential GOP leaders said today Raimo is leading the field by a wide margin.
25 Years Ago – 1996: Concord Township resident and animal rights activist Kay Smith has asked supervisors to reconsider her proposed pet sales ordinance, calling for regulations governing the size of cages, temperature, lighting and exercise, and would give certain rights to the purchasers of pets. Presenting the ordinance for a second time, Smith said Tuesday that the local law will assist Concord Township as it grows. “By having this on the books before (new kennels) get here, it will eliminate anyone unreputable from moving in,” Smith said.
10 Years Ago – 2011: It is only fitting that the 13.6-acre Upland estate of the late state Sen. Clarence D. Bell, which he personally maintained and made available for the recreation of local children, has now been purchased by Widener University and earmarked for development as a youth soccer facility. Bell’s 24th Street mansion and number of outbuildings have been vacant for several years.
– COLIN AINSWORTH