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.