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

100 Years Ago – 1918: Plans are un­der­way for tremen­dous ex­ten­sions and im­prove­ments at the Sun Ship­build­ing Co. These ad­di­tions will not only greatly in­crease the ca­pac­ity of this up-to-date and ef­fi­cient ship con­struc­tion plant, but will mean a great deal to Ch­ester in the permanence of the in­dus­try. The Emer­gency Fleet Corp. has de­cided to ad­vance funds for the con­struc­tion, in con­nec­tion with the Sun plant, of an enor­mous boiler shop.

75 Years Ago – 1943: The con­di­tion of Mrs. Lot­tie Smith, 59, newly ap­pointed ma­tron at the Ju­ve­nile De­ten­tion Home in Ch­ester, who was shot twice by a 15-year-old zoot­suited thief Satur­day af­ter­noon, was re­ported “good” by Ch­ester Hos­pi­tal physi­cians this morn­ing. The search for the thief, who shot his way out of the de­ten­tion home, where he was

taken af­ter ar­rest by Lans­downe po­lice, was spread over a wide area over the week­end in the ten­e­ments of South Philadel­phia and along the roads lead­ing south.

50 Years Ago – 1968: The Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Corp. of Ch­ester said it is hav­ing some dif­fi­culty in mov­ing ahead with its plans to pur­chase and re­ha­bil­i­tate dwellings for low-in­come per­sons. HDCC mem­bers were told a “lack of per­son­nel and too few peo­ple push­ing to­ward get­ting us enough prop­er­ties is the ma­jor prob­lem right now,” said William J. Coop­er­smith, di­rec­tor of the Ch­ester Model Cities Agency. 25 Years Ago – 1993: Ch­ester City Coun­cil unan­i­mously voted to ap­prove a lease-pur­chase agree­ment for 10 new po­lice pa­trol cars and one fire de­part­ment ve­hi­cle and to hire two new po­lice of­fi­cers. Coun­cil hired Otis Blair of the 500 block of West 13th Street and Regina White of the 800 block of Mc­Don­ald Street as pa­trol­men. Coun­cil hired 21 of­fi­cers ear­lier this month, but a fe­male re­cruit de­cided to drop out. That, and the re­cent slay­ing of Of­fi­cer Con­nie Hawkins, ne­ces­si­tated the new hir­ings.

10 Years Ago – 2008: Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Harry Kara­palides or­dered a tow­ing com­pany to re­im­burse sev­eral Mc­Don­ald’s cus­tomers whose cars were towed re­cently from the restau­rant’s lot on 69th Street, Up­per Darby. The com­pany has re­cently come un­der fire for its ex­or­bi­tant fees and ag­gres­sive­ness in tow­ing il­le­gally parked cars from the fast­food restau­rant’s lot.

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