February 26, 2016
100 years ago: Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McHale, old residents of Swarthmore, have announced the engagement of their youngest daughter, Miss Alice F. McHale, to Mr. W.C. Supplee, of 324 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Cynwyd, Pa. The wedding is to take place some time in early spring… Miss McHale has lived in Swarthmore all her life with the exception of this winter, which she has been spending on the Main Line, where she has been expensively entertained….. Several skaters on Crum Creek have taken involuntary baths during the last few days, but no serious mishaps have been reported….. Mrs. Robert Brown entertained at bridge on Friday night for Miss Nancy Battin. The house was decorated with daffodils for the occasion….. A new and attractive feature of The Swarthmore News will be found in the High School notes, which will appear each week. These will be edited by one of the students….. Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Erskine have rented their home on Vassar Avenue, and will reside with Miss Gilby on the hill….. The parents of Mrs. William Taylor of Harvard Avenue are with her for an indefinite stay….. Note— The Swarthmore News accepts no liquor, tobacco or patent medicine advertisements. The hair tonic advertised in this issue is a doctor’s prescription that we have personally used, with excellent results….. Fire Association News: Assistant Chief Whitaker will put his men through a course of drills as soon as the weather opens. Others should follow along this line. There cannot be too much practice. There is always something more to learn….. TO THE MEMBERS OF THE BOROUGH: The Swarthmore News is a community enterprise, and it needs your support….. It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. A retired janitor and a fireless school meant joy alive to all the pupils thereof….. Mrs. William Earl Kistler will entertain the Luncheon Club on next Wednesday, the 27th….. There are rumors of a coal strike. A well filled coal bin will not come amiss….. Will the next generation be bald? Not if they use “The Old Doctor’s Hair Tonic.” Read “A True Story of How Father — a Doctor of the Old School — Wrote HIs First Prescription for Dandruff and Falling Hair.” Mailed free. See advertisement.
75 years ago: Early Resident Passes On: Grace Fisher Yarnall, wife of Ellis Walker Yarnall and one of the very first residents of Swarthmore, passed away at 8 o’clock Sunday evening, February 23, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. H. Paul Cleaver, 653 North Chester Road. She has been bedfast since July 16 when she suffered a stroke. …her husband was station master from 1884 until 1925. She always shared in actively in Mr. Yarnall’s business interests. For 14 years he owned and operated large livery stables here in addition to his other work…. Friendly Circle In Novel Setting: The February meeting of The Friendly Circle was held last Thursday afternoon of last week aboard the S.S. Flophyge, or in other words — the basement of Mrs. George A. Smith’s home on Haverford Avenue which is delightfully decked out like a ship. The president, Mrs. Arthur Hughes, presided….. Mrs. Ross W. Marriott entertained the members of the tree planting fund raising committee of the garden section of the Swarthmore Woman’s Club at luncheon yesterday. She is chairman of the committee, the other members of which include Mrs. Roy S. Latimer, Mrs. Elliott Richardson, Mrs. George Ewing, and Mrs. Harold G. Griffin….. Jean Galbreath, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Irwin Galbreath of Benjamin West Avenue, is quarantined with whooping cough until March 16….. Dr. and Mrs. John H. Stokes and three children of Philadelphia moved Friday into the former Hickling house at Park and Harvard avenues which they recently purchased through Edward L. Noyes. Dr. Stoke’s son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Stokes Jr. are residents of Park Avenue and Chester Road….. Mr. and Mrs. Homer Evans of Vassar Avenue enjoyed the winter sports at Skytop from Friday until Sunday night….. Mrs. Arthur C. Jackson returned late last week to her home on North Chester Road after several days visit in New York.
50 years ago: School Plans Open House: The school directors and administration are inviting members of the community to a tea and open house on Sunday afternoon, March 13, from 3 until 5 p.m. at the new addition to the Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School on Rutgers Avenue….. Wedding: The marriage of Mrs. Elinor C. Burns of Harrisburg and Mr. Robert A. Boyle of Amherst Avenue took place on Saturday, February 19, in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Newtown. The Rector, Dr. Ronald Wiley, performed the ceremony. They will make their home at 18 Amherst Avenue….. Mr. and Mrs. James R. Taylor III of Drexel Place took “Best of Breed” honors for their Kerry Blue Terriers in the recent Westminster Dog Show held in Madison Square Garden, N.Y…… Mr. and Mrs. Edmund S. Dawes of Glen Mills spent last week skiing in Vermont. Mr. Dawes is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dawes of Benjamin West Avenue….. Mrs. Richard G. Haig entertained her Eightsome on Tuesday with luncheon at the Ingleneuk followed by bridge at her home on Riverview Road….. Police and Fire News: At 4 p.m. Friday the Fire Company was called to a brush fire on the railroad tracks behind the freight station. Icy road conditions Saturday night and Sunday resulted in many minor unrecorded accidents. The Fire Company was called to a chimney fire at the home of Warren Pierce, 345 South Swarthmore Avenue at 7:40 p.m., Tuesday….. The 10th annual Delaware County High School Foul Shooting Championship will be held in the Swarthmore High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, February 26…. Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Toland were elected chairmen of the 1966-67 Swarthmore Junior Assemblies at the annual meeting of the sponsoring committee held Wednesday night of last week in the Swarthmore Woman’s Club. Mr. and Mrs. Stokes F. Burtis Jr. were named co-chairmen, Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Davidson, treasurers, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Cushing, assistant treasurers, and Mr. and Mrs. David W. Plumer, secretaries.
February 19, 2016
100 years ago: The Ladies’ Auxiliary of Trinity Church will hold a cake and candy sale at the Parrish House on Saturday, February 19, from 2 to 5 P.M. There will also be hot chocolate for sale…The February Club Night performance of the Player’s Club took place on Monday night at the Woman’s Club House and consisted of two one-act plays entitled “The Teeth of the Gift Horse” and “Rooms to Let” and a splendid act consisting of stories and recitations by Dr. Earle Challenger Rice….. The Woman’s Club of Swarthmore appeals to its members as well as to the citizens of Swarthmore to continue their war relief work. Great need is felt just now where the distress and suffering of the soldiers is particularly great. Money is of course necessary, but in this case those who have little money may help….. NEW ARRIVALS: On Tuesday, February 8, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Black, a son; on Tuesday, February 1, to Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Metee, a son, George Dawson; to Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Barr, a daughter, Sarah Lewis; on Wednesday, February 9, to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Voelker, twin daughters, Mary and Catherine….. DIED: On Saturday, February 12, Catherine, beloved wife of Allen Voelker….. Booth’s Bakery has invested in a Cadillac to aid them in their delivery service….. Mrs. S.G. Mahan took luncheon with a friend on Vassar Avenue on Wednesday of last week…..Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith and Miss Jessie Bender attended the Billy Sunday meeting held in Philadelphia on Monday…..Eleanore Foote is suffering from an attack of laryngitis. We wish her a speedy recovery….. Mr. Orville J.O. Groff has rented No. 1 Girard Avenue….. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon B. Jones have rented their house on Ogden Avenue for the next three months….. Mrs. Herbert Bassett is spending two weeks at Atlantic City with her sister, Miss Gladys Ramsey….. Mr. and Mrs. J. Everton Ramsey are spending two weeks in the South, principally in Georgia. They are combining business with pleasure.
75 years ago: Under the slogan “Help Us to Help You” the Swarthmore Fire Company on Monday will launch a campaign for donations toward a new booster truck to replace the one irreparably damaged en route to a fire two weeks ago. Ruined in the only collision the local fire company has had in 33 years, this booster was the first truck out in response to every fire alarm. It was the quickest to get into operation and carried water to extinguish average fires and hold big fires until the other apparatus could be connected to hydrants….. Pearl S. Buck, well-known novelist of Chinese life and one-time Nobel Prize winner, will speak at Swarthmore College on Sunday, February 23, on the topic, “Men and Women,” sponsored by the Somerville Lecture Fund…..RUMSEY’S ROBBED: Breaking the glass above the lock in a rear door at the Rumsey garage at Yale and Rutgers avenues early Tuesday thieves made off with a 1941 super deluxe Chevrolet two-door sedan and approximately $1,000 worth of equipment including tires, radios, heaters, batteries, spark plugs and the like. The burglary occurred between 4 a.m when police on the round checked doors and windows and the garage and 6:10 a.m. when they arrived for the next investigation. The automobile was discovered unscathed late Tuesday afternoon at a quarry near State and Sproul roads where it had been abandoned…. Mrs. John R. Bates of North Chester Road entertained at tea Friday for the English guests who are in Swarthmore for the duration of the war….. Mrs. L.J. Servais of Dickinson Avenue gave a party Tuesday evening for Mrs. Harlan R. Jessup of Haverford Avenue who is leaving for Wisconsin soon….. Bobby Lang of Maple Avenue entertained the first grade of the College Avenue school with a Valentine Party at his home last Saturday….. ENGAGEMENT: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur S. Robinson of Ogden Avenue entertained with a dinner party Saturday evening in honor of their daughter Rebecca Mary, to announce her engagement to Mr. Ralph Rhoads Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rhoads of Swarthmore and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Both Miss Robinson and Mr. Rhoads are Swarthmore High School graduates. She later attended Swarthmore College and he, after graduating from Yale University, is now in his first year at the Columbia University Law School….. BIRTH: A baby daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred H. Marsh of Columbia Avenue on Monday of this week in the Lying-In Hospital, Philadelphia. Mother and daughter are doing nicely. The baby has been named Susan Louise.
50 years ago: J.J. Logue Bids for Congress: Borough resident John J. Logue is make a bid to represent Delaware County in Washington. At its February 8th meeting the Swarthmore Democratic Committee voted unanimously to present Logue’s name to the Delaware County Democratic Screening Committee for the party’s nomination for Congress….. More than 250 members of the Woman’s Club of Swarthmore are working hard under the direction of Mrs. David Bingham, general chairman, to prepare for the 21st Annual Antiques Far which opens Tuesday, March 1, and runs through Thursday, march 3, at the Clubhouse on Park Avenue…..Eric Sundquist, captain of the Swarthmore High School Band, represented his school in the Region III State Band festival at Conestoga High School this past weekend….. Howard H. Williams, Research Librarian at the College Library, was named President of the Board of Directors of the Swarthmore Public Library at the organization meeting Sunday, February 7. Rudolf Hirsch was elected vice-president; David L. Ffrench, treasurer; and Mrs. Robert Boulter, secretary….. Charles F. Seymour, Strath Haven Avenue, has been appointed a member of the executive group, Central City Council, of the Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C….. ENGAGEMENT: Mr. and Mrs. Armand D. DeStefano of Havertown announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Diane Marie DeStefano, to Mr. Stanley Ashby Lowe, son of Mrs. William Barclay Lowe of Dickinson Avenue and the late Mr. Lowe….. BIRTH: Mr. and Mrs. James W. Noyes of Park Avenue are receiving congratulations on the birth of their first child and daughter, Kelley Lee Noyes, on Friday, February 11, in Taylor Hospital. The maternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Ned B. Williams of Dogwood Lane. Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Noyes of Riverview Road are the paternal grandparents….. Harry Leroy Stuppy of Elm Avenue received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Temple University at its Mid-Year Commencement ceremonies last Thursday….. Nancy V. Webster of Elm Avenue, class of 1968 Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass., was a guest of the college’s Alumnae Association at their traditional tea for Radcliffe Club Scholars. Nance is the holder of a scholarship from the Radcliffe Club of Philadelphia….. William F. Lee, Jr., of Harvard Avenue addressed a meeting of the Providence, R.I., Life Underwriters Association last week at the invitation of David McCahan, Jr., a former Swarthmorean….. Police and Fire News: Monday morning firemen were again called upon to pump out the Princeton Avenue pedestrian underpass where clogged drains had raised the water level to such height that school children could not use it to get to classes. Three boys were fined Tuesday night for throwing snowballs at a moving car….. Linda M. Jester of Haverford Place is this year’s Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for Swarthmore High School.
25 years ago: The presidential search committee of Swarthmore College, having screened 600 candidates, will put forth as its nominee Alfred H. Bloom to the school’s board of managers on March 2….. A new tree selection committee, created by William Cresson, chair of the borough’s Street Tree Committee, is studying last summer’s street tree survey to make sure that the tree canopy over Swarthmore is replenished and maintained….. Todd R. Kitchin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Kitchin Jr. of Wallingford, was awarded a degree in business economics during commencement ceremonies held at Bloomsburg University in December…. Joy A. Cline, daughter of Joanne and Bob Cline of Swarthmore, has been awarded a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Dickinson College in Carlisle….. Matt McGugan, a student in Mr. Gaynor’s fourth grade class at Swarthmore-Rutledge School, is appearing in “The Pied Piper of Hamlin” at the Delaware Children’s Theatre. Matt is the son of Babe and Chuck McGugan of Swarthmore….. Sam Crompton and Jennifer Wagner, juniors at Strath Haven High School, were named finalists in the essay contest “Bravo for Books,” sponsored by Suburban Cablevision, Wallingford….. Gary Brubaker and Beth Ziegler, co-chairs of SAC II’s community relations committee, report that the organization’s petition drive is in full gear and the preliminary results are overwhelmingly supportive. The petition, which calls for the right to vote on the establishment of an independent Swarthmore-Rutledge school district, has been carried door to door by over 100 community volunteers….. Rotary Chaplain Fred Christian will introduce Dr. J. Barrie Shepherd, pastor of the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, whose topic will be, “Searching for Springtime: The Vision of the Poet.”
February 12, 2016
100 years ago: BIRTHDAY TEA: Those interested are cordially invited to attend a tea in honor of the birthday anniversaries of Miss Susan B. Anthony and Dr. Anna Howard Shaw, at the home of Mrs. A.G. Thatcher, 140 Park Avenue, Monday, February 14, at 3 o’clock. A short program consisting of humorous readings from the Story of a Pioneer, Dr. Shaw’s life, and duets played by Mrs. J.C. Bedford and daughter Eleanor, aged four, will be given….. The departure of Miss Longaker from the teaching force of the High School is lamented by many of her pupil friends….. Dr. Kennedy, editor of the Presbyterian, conducted most acceptably the communion service in the Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning, and in the evening preached a stirring sermon on the parable of the sower. He is a man worth listening to, and will fill this same pulpit through February….. The pool tournament is proving very interesting, and some rather unexpected events are happening. At the present time Mr. Armer Young is leading the field, with Jacob Meschter following….. Rev. William Hiram Foulkes has purchased a new Ford automobile….. Mrs. John Dolman is recovering from a fall down stairs, which seriously affected the nervous condition of her daughter, Miss Melanie…..Mrs. George E. Walker was at home to her friends on Thursday, the 3rd….. Mrs. Edward A. Jenkins and daughter Barbara are at Atlantic City….. A number of our young people will be in Swarthmore on the 18th so as to attend the reception given at the College that evening to future students. Mary Hull will entertain some friends on that occasion, and so will Herman Holmes and David Walter…..Mrs. Edwin A. Yarnall has returned from a lecture tour….. Reserve Wednesday evening, February 23rd, if you want to attend an interesting meeting. A surprise is in store for all those who will attend. Further particulars in our next issue….. Mrs. Harlan Updegraff was unanimously elected chairman of the Music Section of the Woman’s Club for the coming year….. Dillwyn Durnall has the contract for erecting a garage for Mr. W.E. Walter. Mr. Walter has recently purchased a Franklin car…. Judge Broomall celebrated his 74th birthday last week at the Springhaven Country Club. The members of the Delaware County Bar Association and a few other close friends participated.
75 years ago: OFF TO MILITARY DUTY: When the Pennsylvania National Guard is inducted into the Federal service on February 17 two local boys will be leaving for army service. Ervin Kahler of Villanova Avenue will go to the Harrisburg airport with the 103rd Observation Squadron, P.N.G. Ralston McLain of Harvard Avenue who was drafted left on Wednesday of last week for the induction center at Fort Meade, Md., from whence he will be sent to his location….. ENGAGEMENT: Mr. and Mrs. W. Harold Tomlinson of Yale Avenue have announced the engagement of their daughter Miss Virginia Hunt Tomlinson and Mr. David Lansdale, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lansdale of Detroit, Mich. Miss Tomlinson is a graduate of Swarthmore High School and attended the Illman School. Mr. Lansdale graduated from the University of Michigan. The announcement was made at a bridge-luncheon….. IN VILLAGE LIBRARY: Some of the newer books in circulation include: From Many Lands, Louis Adamic’s story of many individual immigrants and their American born descendents; My Name is Aram is Saroyan’s newest book of short stories, a sentimental record of an Armenian-American boyhood; The Earth Is the Lord’s, a vast historical canvas showing the rise and dominion of Genghis Khan, pictured with the skill of Taylor Caldwell, author of The Dynasty of Death and The Eagles Gather….. BIRTH: A daughter Jacqueline Ann was born February 1 in the Delaware County Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. James K. Gray of Dartmouth Avenue….. A group of ten Mary Lyon students will leave tomorrow, February 15, on the American Export lines for their annual educational trip to Bermuda…..Mrs. Clifford S. Trimmer accompanied by her son, J. Morris, 15, and her daughter, Mary Elizabeth, 11, returned to this country Monday, January 27, from Nanking, China, where she has been since her marriage to Dr. Clifford S. Trimmer, chief surgeon and head of the X-ray department at the University Hospital in Nanking. Coming back to her former hometown, Rutledge, where she was married. She is living at 228 Rutledge Avenue….. PIANO PUPILS IN PROGRAM: A mid-season recital was given by the pupils of Antonica Fairbanks and Camilla Fairbanks King on Tuesday afternoon, February 11, at the Fairbanks home on Park Avenue. Those who participated were Enid Olmsted of Moylan; Donald Fetherolf, Jeanne and Cary Richmond, Nan Pitman, Marjorie Lewis, Mildred Bernard, Virginia and Barbara Bower, Chubby Andes, Barbara Rollhaus, Steve Smith, Milton and Charlotte Hobbs, Nancy and Carol Van Alen, Jean Gehring, Jack Campbell and Dick and Mary Ann Hoot of Swarthmore….. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wants Memorial Park. Many years ago I first came to Swarthmore, looking for a home and school. If found both. Arriving by train, was charmed with the beauty of the Campus and surroundings. In every direction, new and charming vistas met the eye. Walking up Harvard Avenue past the Presbyterian Church and down to the Creek all added to the delightful impression. Taking the little Toonerville Trolley to Media, was, in spite of lack of springs and a flat wheel, the climax, for it was in the regal loveliness of Autumn. I told my friends that I had found a garden in which to make a home — which, since that distant day, has grown in beauty. It has been suggested that the little plot of land at Yale, Kenyon and Rutgers avenues, be called “Thayer Park.” This would be most appropriate and a gracious gesture to the memory of one of our beloved neighbors, no longer with us. May I heartily hope that this will soon be an accomplished feat! Very sincerely, Jane Eastlake.
50 years ago: Swarthmore Will Host Musicans: Orchestra Festival here February 24-26. This year Swarthmore will act as host to the Southeastern Pennsylvania District Orchestra Festival. This annual activity of the Pennsylvania Music Education Association is housed in a different community each year….. WHEN SNOWBALLS ARE ILLEGAL: Complaints from motorists and pedestrians last week led Police Chief William Weidner to issue a notice to adults, asking them to remind their children that throwing snowballs is prohibited by the Borough’s disorderly conduct ordinance and is punishable by fine or imprisonment. Sub-section B of Section 2, Ordinance 654, approved August 10, 1964, says it shall constitute disorderly conduct “to throw or impel any ball, snowball, stone or other missile of any kind within or into any public street or public place, or within or into private premises except with the express permission of the owner of such premises.”….. Swarthmore’s 1966 Heart Fund Drive will get underway Sunday in the week-long campaign. Mrs. John Sherman, Dickinson Avenue, chairman for the borough, announces her captains as follows: Mrs. George Hart and Mrs. Carl Bergqvist, both of Riverview Road; Mrs. Lawrence Shane of Harvard Avenue; Mrs. Alexander Seaman of South Chester Road; Mrs. Merle Zimmer of Yale Avenue; Mrs. Paul Leinbach of Drew Avenue; Mrs. Garet Ten Cate of Academy Road; Mrs. Michael Worth of Rutgers Avenue; and Bob Williams of Swarthmore College….. FRIENDLY OPEN HOUSE: Weather permitting, the Friendly Open House for Senior Citizens will meet on Monday, February 14, at 2 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church. Dr. Harold Baldwin of Morganwood will show colored slides of the South Pacific….. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel G. Maule of Vassar Avenue had as their recent house guests their son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jenkins from Grove City during Mr. Jenkins’ semester-break from Grove City College; and their daughter Sheri and her classmate Virginia Kaaz from Long Island, New York, who were home for their mid-semester vacation from the R.G. Webster Junior College in Washington, D.C. ….. ENGAGEMENT: Mrs. Russell K. Bower of New Cumberland, Pa., announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Kathleen Judson Bower, to Mr. Michael Edward Kerr, son of Mrs. O.W. Kerr of Juniata Avenue and the late Mr. Kerr. Miss Bower is also the daughter of the late Mr. Bower. A June wedding is planned….. Miss Barbara B. Kent of Dartmouth Avenue spent the weekend as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Walsh and family of Doylestown….. Mrs. David McCahan of Cornell Avenue is spending the week at the home of her son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Fred Porter of Rose Valley with her grandchildren Dorothy, Elizabeth, Ricky and David while their parents are skiing in Stowe, Vt……Robert N. Hilbert, Strath Haven Avenue, first vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and former president of the Health and Welfare Council, Inc., received a national citation yesterday for meritorious service from the United Community Funds and Councils of America at the Biennial Conference in Toronto, Canada…..PROPERTY OWNERS DISCUSS APT.-HOTEL: Differences of opinions on the proposed building of a large apartment-motel on the old Strath Haven Inn property in Swarthmore were voiced at Monday night’s meeting of the Swarthmore Property Owners Association. Borough solicitor Clarence G. Myers outlined the majority view of Borough Council in revoking a special permit granted to C.H.A. Wildman of Lansdowne in 1961 and refusing to honor a reapplication for the same building three months ago. Wildman has now asked the Delaware County Court to order the Borough to permit him to erect the building which would contain 215 apartments and 50 motel rooms….. The Swarthmore Garden Club will meet Monday at 1 o’clock at the home of Mrs. Valentine Fine, 501 Elm Avenue. Mrs. Fine is president of the club. Members will show and describe pictures of gardens taken when traveling in many parts of the world.
25 years ago: Ann Torregrossa, executive director of the Legal Assistance Association of Delaware County, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Marietta College on Feb. 5 for 20 years of work as a lawyer for the poor….. Jonathan Bender, son of Cynthia and Doug Bender of Swarthmore and a junior in Widener University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, is spending this semester working for the Embassy Suites Hotel, Philadelphia….. Jennifer L. Bell, daughter of Dr. Jeffrey Bell of Swarthmore and Paula Rosen, also of Swarthmore, was recently named to the dean’s list at Tufts University….. Drs. Joseph and Beth Novi of Swarthmore are happy to announce the birth of a son, Brian Daniel, on January 30. The grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Mulvihill of Swarthmore and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Novi of Hillsboro, N.J. ….. Borough Council: Before the business of Borough Council Monday evening, President Tom Blackburn asked for a moment of silence for “our men and women in the Gulf, hopes for a speedy conclusion and safe return home, and the wisdom of world leaders in this crisis.” ….. Because the high volume of plastic creates such a problem at the recycling center, the Health and Sanitation Committee is considering suspending temporarily plastic collection. Mr. Watson encouraged additional public comment and said that he would make a recommendation next month….. Fire Chief Cris Hansen said that January had been a slow month with seven alarms, only three of which had been in Swarthmore. He said Swarthmore had been “honored” to participate as one of 86 fire companies in the Feb. 10 parade in Media to support the troops in the Persian Gulf. Replying to a query from Mr. Blackburn, he said that 10 to 15 of the volunteers are college students….. Tom Elverson warned residents that the borough was strictly enforcing the speed limit. There was a continued problem of speeding on Swarthmore and Yale avenues and Riverview Road.
February 5, 2016
100 years ago: Copies of THE SWARTHMOREAN NEWS may be purchased at the New Dry Goods Store on Yale Avenue near Cornell Avenue. Yearly subscriptions also received….. A COMING EVENT: The school talent expects to put on a home entertainment about the middle of March. The name given, “A Night at Keith’s,” probably furnishes a clue as to the nature of the affair. Whatever it is, it will be good, as these home entertainments invariably are….. WOMAN’S CLUB RECEPTION: The mid-winter reception of the Woman’s Club was both a social and musical treat to those fortunate enough to attend. This is the one occasion during the year when club members with their husbands gather for a social time. The club room was beautifully decorated with palms and artificial Japanese cherry blossoms….. Mrs. A. H. B. Sheppard has been suffering from a severe attack of grip….. Miss Alice Howard has sufficiently recovered from the effect of recent operations to be able to resume school studies…..Miss Burgett, who has spent several weeks in Swarthmore, will return home on Monday….. The meetings of the W.C.T.U. are held regularly at the home of Mrs. George A. Marr, and are interesting and profitable….. Miss Maud Bassett Gorham has been giving a series of teas for the members of her different English classes….. Mrs. Frank Griffen has gone to New York to visit, where she will remain until Monday, when she will return with Mr. Griffen, who expects to spend the mid-semester vacation in Swarthmore….. On January 5th a daughter named Virginia Bew was born to Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bond….. Have you heard the latest Beans’ record at Booth’s?….. AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR HIGHWAY COMMITTEE: Park Avenue is the most traveled thoroughfare in Swarthmore, and it should be the best paved street, but unfortunately it is badly in need of repairs. The little ruts and big humps are anything but smooth and easy riding for our estimable residents and the pleasure-seeking automobilists who pass through the borough. A poor impression of the place is given to visitors, and something should be done to improve the street before it is tabooed.
75 years ago: SLEDDING MISHAP VICTIMS: Among those who have been injured in this season’s sledding accidents are Grace Brewster of Swarthmore Avenue and Russell Frank of Vassar Avenue. Both were hurt while coasting last Friday on nearby hills. Grace received an injury to the right knee and has been attending classes at Swarthmore High School this week on crutches. Russell sustained a slight concussion when his sled collided with someone who stepped into its path….. HOSTESS TO POETRY WOMAN: The Poetry Circle met at the home of Mrs. Frank L. Reynolds on Guernsey Road Monday afternoon. Mrs. William A. Jaquette and Mrs. Arthur C. Howland gave the program. Mrs. Clifford Buck was at the tea table….. Five pupils in the eighth grade and the Swarthmore High School orchestra will give a radio program over station W.F.I.L. on Saturday, February 8, at 10:30 a.m….. Mrs. Alexander Ewing of Dartmouth Avenue attended the 18th Women’s Patriotic Conference on National Defense held in Washington, D.C., January 27, 28 and 29….. Mrs. Wallace M. McCurdy of Ogden Avenue spent Wednesday and Thursday in New York City on business….. Mr. and Mrs. Wister W. Morris of New York will move into the former Andrews apartment at 317 North Chester Road around the 15th of this month. Mr. Morris, who comes here to be with the Baldwin Locomotive Company, Eddystone, is a descendent of Captain Samuel Morris, an officer of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry during the time of its founding about 1790….. A daughter Susan was born Sunday, February 1, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dieck of Ithan. The baby is a grandchild of Mr. Charles Israel of North Princeton and College avenues, Swarthmore….. FIRE TRUCK RUINED: The 300 gallon booster truck of the Swarthmore Fire Company was damaged beyond repair at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday when it smashed into a huge tree on South Chester Road. En route to a fire in Avondale the driver Thomas H. Gilbert, 22 , of Philadelphia, janitor of the Swarthmore Apartments, applied the brakes some 60 feet north of Yale Avenue in order to make a right turn into that street. The right front brake locked, according to the driver, and the vehicle which was traveling 30 miles an hour crashed into the tree 30 feet further south on the west side of Chester Road. The impact threw the driver over the windshield and turned the fire engine completely around landing it on the pavement at Hannum and Waite’s garage across Chester Road. Gilbert was treated for lacerations and brush burns. The other two men on the truck, Charles Greer and Herbert Willetts, were unhurt. The three year old apparatus cost $6,500 when purchased by the Fire Company in 1937. Loss is estimated at $5,000. This is the Fire Company’s first accident in 30 years.
50 years ago: Mimi (Mrs. Pemberton M.) Dickson of North Princeton Avenue will be the speaker today at the 12:10 Rotary Club luncheon meeting at the Ingleneuk. Her topic will be “Philadelphia and Delaware County Child Guidance Centers.” She will be introduced by Barry Patton….. The Swarthmore Recreation Association Junior High Canteen for grades 7 through 9 will be held Saturday evening from 7:30 to 10:30 at Trinity Church. The chaperones will be Mr. and Mrs. Philip Thorson and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wax….. Clay Dalrymple, Phillies catcher, will be the speaker at the Senior High School’s Varsity Club dinner to be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Rutgers Avenue cafeteria….. In spite of the bad weather, dress rehearsal for “Mary, Mary” was held at the Players Club of Swarthmore on schedule. This took place in spite of many insurmountable problems involving the busy cast who had to trip “hip high” through the snow into the club….. Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rowland, Jr., of Columbia Avenue announce the birth of their son, William Clift Rowlands….. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Benson have recently moved from Penn Valley to 11 Wellesley Road. Mr. Benson teaches American history at the University of Pennsylvania. They have a daughter Sally who is in the first grade….. Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Conwell of Columbia Avenue have returned home after a week in Florida…… Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kelly and children Bruce, Brian and Sharon of Forest Lane returned home on Sunday after spending fourdays in the Poconos skiing. A normal 2 and a half hour trip took them 8 hours to return home in the height of Sunday’s storm and before the closing of the Northeast extension of the Turnpike….. The Dog Training School of Delaware County will start its next course in dog obedience training on Wednesday evening, February 9th, at the Swarthmore High School gymnasium. The current graduates from Swarthmore who have earned their diplomas are: Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Thorson’s and Marcia Thorson’s Rat Terrier “Margie,” 211 Rutgers Avenue and Mrs. John Seybold’s Mixed “Nicky,” South Chester Road….. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Stuart of Westdale Avenue will entertain Sunday evening at a reception in honor of their daughter Miss Barbara Stuart and her fiance John W. Graham of West Chester….. The “Blizzard of ’66” dumped at least 10 inches of snow on the Borough — and elsewhere — Saturday night and Sunday, and then blew up high drifts in strong and bitter winds, so that borough residents, thoughtful enough to shovel walks late Sunday, were faced with the same task the next day.
January 29, 2016
100 years ago: Swarthmore put itself on the map once more on Monday evening of this week, when it tendered an enthusiastic reception to Dr. and Mrs. Paul M. Pearson, in recognition of the fact that Dr. Pearson had done more than any one man to make Swarthmore known throughout the northern and middle Atlantic States, by means of the 300 Chautauquas and Lyceum Festivals that were held annually under the auspices of the Swarthmore Chautauqua Association….. The Rev. H.B. Baird and family have recently taken up their residence in Swarthmore….. Mr. Allister Jones is now located at Lenin, but spend the weekends in Swarthmore….. Miss Barbara Jenkins is improving rapidly from her operation for appendicitis. She will shortly return home from the McKinley Hospital in Trenton, where she was operated upon by her uncle, Dr. Atkinson….. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pinn, who are know to many as the owners of the delightful Squirrell Inn at Haines Falls, N.Y., are now settled in their house on Elm Avenue….. Mr. and Mrs. John C. Redheffer of Faraday Park announced the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Graham, to Mr. Charles Edgar Hirst of Swarthmore at a luncheon given in her honor on Saturday afternoon….. A communication was received from the Burgess recommending the employment of one day and two night policemen, and that motor cycles be provided for them. He also recommended the improvement of streets and that high speed trolley service be connected with the borough.
75 years ago: Paralysis Fund Grows: Increased during the past week by donations of $1 from Mrs. Fred Bell, $.50 from a friend, and $6 from the Rotary Club, contributions to the local Infantile Paralysis Fund had grown to a $17.50 total…. In a phenomenal two-week campaign the 1941 Salvation Army drive under the directorship of Mrs. Harold G. Griffin of Rutgers Avenue has reached a sum of $1,300…. Miss Dorothy Lister Simons, Jr., daughter of Mrs. Frederick M. Simons, Jr. of Park and Dartmouth avenues and Mr. Thomas Martin Jones of New York City will wed tomorrow, Saturday morning, February 1, at 11 o’clock in the Swarthmore Friends Meeting House….. Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Dana of Elm Avenue spent last weekend at Buck iHl Falls. Friends of Dorothy Dana will be glad to know that she is improving and is being tutored to catch up with her school work…..
LETTER – Warns of Danger
Editor of The Swarthmorean:
Do the people of Swarthmore know that on Sunday, January 12th, over 200 people skated on Crum Creek and at least seven fell in?
One of them might have been your boy and might not have been pulled out because nobody had a rope or a ladder. It happens every day and you can read it in any newspaper. It’s bad enough to skate with the temperature 40 degrees F. and holes all over the ice, but to have no safety ladder or rope in sight is sheer recklessness. Is Swarthmore going to wait until after a tragedy before doing anything?
The writer appeared before the Borough Council on January 15th and urged that safety devices be placed along the banks of Crum Creek, and the Council positively refused to take any action because the property was privately owned. It then returned to the business of opening bids on a new sewer. I say to you that nothing will be done unless YOU, the citizens of Swarthmore, show that you want it. Write to W.S. Roberts, 908 Mt. Holyoke Place, Swarthmore, and state what you will do. It will take a big response to get action.
Tell your friends and do it NOW.
— W. Stewart Roberts
50 years ago: Shakespeare’s “Othello,” starring Laurence Olivier, will be shown next Tuesday and Wednesday, February 2 and 3, at the College Theatre, South Chester Road. The theatre will show “The Merry Wives of Windsor” on March 9 and 10….. Swarthmore Fire and Protective Assn. answered 60 fire alarms during 1965 including two School Fires, 13 Dwelling Fires, one Business Establishment Fire and 13 Assists to neighboring communities…. Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Ambrose of Waynesburg, Pa., formerly of Park Avenue, announced the arrival of their second daughter, Jennifer, on Saturday, January 22….. Mr. and Mrs. William Innes Deans of Copples Lane, Wallingford, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Jane Price Deans, to Mr. Richard Dean Wright, son of Mr. sand Mrs. Robert S. Wright, Jr., of Westdale Avenue….. Peggy Carroll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy Carroll, Jr. of Riverview Road, has been pledged to Alpha Chi Rho sorority at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisc., where she is a member of the freshman class….. Mrs. Richard B. Kaiser with Mrs. Phillip R. Burnaman of Haverford Place and Mrs. David Van L. Taylor of South Swarthmore Avenue entertained on Wednesday at a surprise luncheon and baby shower at the Kaiser home on Park Avenue in honor of Mrs. Richard Behr of Bryn Mawr Avenue….. Mrs. James R. Taylor, 2nd, and son Mr. S. Graeme Taylor, formerly of 701 Bryn Mawr Avenue, moved last week to 405 Elm Avenue….. Swarthmore High School’s Basketball Team exploded Friday night for a 104-48 victory over Garnet Valley. The 104 total points set a new team record as well as a new floor record….. The Kappa Kappa Gamma Sewing group will meet Tuesday, February 1, at the home of Mrs. James Douglas, Swarthmore Apartments.
25 years ago: Grandfathering an Issue: Concerns regarding busing and grandfathering were again raised by the audience at Monday night’s school board meeting. Board President George Loveless asked whether the authors of a letter received last week were present to further elaborate their request to have all current kindergartners grandfathered (i.e., allowed to attend their “old” home schools for first grade)….. In this issue, The Swarthmorean introduces a new column that we hope will be of interest to older readers — Sage Advice….. Bob and Susan LeGros of Swarthmore have announced the birth of a son, Paul Philip, who joined his sister, Katie, 13, and brother, Robin, 10, on Dec. 25, 1990….. Janis M. Lee of Swarthmore has become reference librarian with the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz….. Barbara Bird Paradine of Swarthmore was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Association of Realtors….. Matthew Ainslie, a 1990 Strath Haven High School graduate, recently visited Joan Carlson’s fifth grade class which had been studying the colonial era. Matt, a historical “reenactor” in his spare time, arrived in costume….. Dance Alloy has the distinction of being the first group to perform in the new Pearson-Hall Theater on the college campus…..
PUBLISHERS’ COMMENT – “A Borrowed Symbol”
The son of friends has been called up. Plucked from his university — his studies and career plans put on hold. The disruption may cost him his life. His story, however, is no different from those of many other men and women in this country.
What is different is that his parents feel they can’t show their support for him in our community the way that other parents, relatives, and friends are doing in small towns and cities across the nation. His parents won’t tie a yellow ribbon around the trees in front of their home because it may be misunderstood as a grievance against the school board’s decision on school reorganization.
The yellow ribbon, a symbol for supporting American hostages, was coopted by many local residents to show their opposition to school redistricting. It was a highly effective, visual device. But the Persian Gulf War now eclipses local battles. The confusion over the meaning of yellow ribbons in our community should end now.
For those of us who tied yellow ribbons around our trees to protest the school reorganization, it is time to cut them off and pursue our goals in other ways. It is time for us to allow families and friends to fly yellow ribbons unambiguously for their loved ones in Saudi Arabia. It is time to reserve for our neighbors and friends a small measure for softening their pain.
It’s time to return a borrowed symbol.
— Beth Gross and Don Delson