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Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - – COLIN AINSWORTH

100 Years Ago – 1918: In a brief in­ter­view with a reporter of the Times at the Penn­syl­va­nia Mil­i­tary Col­lege yes­ter­day, Maj. Gen. Scott, the ge­nial com­man­der of Camp Dix, with its 47,000 drafted men in train­ing, com­pli­mented Ch­ester highly on its splen­did ac­tiv­ity in the mak­ing of war ne­ces­si­ties. “It’s all so won­der­ful on so tremen­dous a scale,” said the gen­eral, look­ing in the di­rec­tion of the scores of stacks, pour­ing forth smoke from the many plants in Ch­ester and Ed­dy­s­tone.

75 Years Ago – 1943: Charged with do­ing con­sid­er­able prop­erty dam­age and knock­ing a sick wo­man out of bed when his bor­rowed car, dur­ing its wild ram­page, struck a bun­ga­low on Sun­day night, an 18-year-old of the 1700 block of Ni­chols Ter­race, was fined $25 and cost and or­dered to re­im­burse the prop­erty own­ers. The wild ride started when the man’s car jumped the curb, knocked down a long sec­tion of an Ivy Street fence, backed away, went ca­reen­ing up Ivy Street, again jumped the curb, and struck the front of a bun­ga­low at 219 Ivy St., knock­ing down Mrs. Mil­ton White.

50 Years Ago – 1968: Three city banks have pledged a to­tal of $3 mil­lion to un­der­write the new Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Corp. of Ch­ester, busi­ness­man Wil­liam J. Coop­er­smith an­nounced this week. Coop­er­smith told the HDCC’s or­ga­ni­za­tion meet­ing in the Colony Ho­tel that the banks came through with dou­ble the $41.5 mil­lion he had sought as “seed money” to build and re­ha­bil­i­tate homes for the city’s low-in­come res­i­dents. He said the cor­po­ra­tion could be­gin within two months con­struct­ing about 300 units of low-cost hous­ing the West End.

25 Years Ago – 1993: Some 617 cars laden with house­hold haz­ardous waste showed up at the county’s first col­lec­tion of the ma­te­ri­als on Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials who called the event a suc­cess. One of the most un­usual cases, said County Coun­cil Chair­man Mary Ann Arty, was a chemist’s widow who ar­rived at the Marple Town­ship trash trans­fer sta­tion to dis­pose of the con­tents of his base­ment lab – 21 years af­ter his death.

10 Years Ago – 2008: Ap­prox­i­mately 30 long-time Ch­ester Up­land School Dis­trict teach­ers ac­cepted an early re­tire­ment in­cen­tive last week, leav­ing the dis­trict with plenty of shoes to fill be­fore next Septem­ber. “It’s a new op­por­tu­nity to bring new ideas, new en­ergy and new fo­cus to the dis­trict,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Gre­gory Thorn­ton. For each re­tir­ing teacher, the dis­trict could save up to $35,000 an­nu­ally — although not ev­ery new hire will start at the bot­tom of the pay scale, said Thorn­ton.

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