100 Years Ago – 1918:
Walter Hartman, who claims he is but 20 years old, husband of Mrs. Rebecca Hartman, of 1926 W. Third St., Chester, was arrested Saturday afternoon at the residence of Mrs. Hartman’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aron W. Brown, on a warrant sworn out before a Justice of the Peace in Homestead, Pa., charging him with the desertion of his wife and two children. Hartman came to Chester about a year ago, arriving with a carnival. About five months ago he became acquainted with his present wife and after a short courtship they were married at Elkton, Md. 75 Years Ago – 1943: Pleas of not guilty were entered by the Chester Packing and Provision Co., 18 W. Second St., Chester, three of its officers and four other unrelated meat dealer when arraigned before federal Judge Guy K. Bard in Philadelphia today. Arraigned with two meat packing firms and 20 individuals, the Chester firm was charged with having engaged in black market practices in meat.
50 Years Ago – 1968:
Production at Scott Paper Co.’s Molded Container Division in Eddystone was halted today by a walkout of about 400 hourly workers. Union and company officials said the plant was hit by an unauthorized stoppage on Monday afternoon’s second shift and workers continued to refuse to working during the night and today. The walkout did not affect Scott’s foam division in Eddystone or its paper mill in Chester.
25 Years Ago – 1993:
The Polish parish in Chester has asked the Polish pope in Vatican City to divinely intervene on its behalf and reverse the decision to close its beloved church. The Polish American Congress last week air mailed a three-page cry for help to Pope “Jan Pawel II.” One copy was drafted in English, a second translated to Polish. Whichever version the pope reads, the message is the same: Talk to Cardinal Belivacqua and ask him to reconsider his decision to close St. Hedwig’s.
10 Years Ago – 2008:
A tractor-trailer hauling a load of paper caught fire on I-95 in Ridley Township, causing traffic backups in the area for hours. The truck was traveling in the southbound lanes of I-95 around 10:30 a.m. just before Stewart Avenue when it caught fire, according to state police. Firefighters had the blaze under control in about one hour. There are reports of a mini-explosion on the truck before it burst into flames.