100 Years Ago – 1918: A clergyman of high standing in the Catholic Church and around whom surrounds much interest will arrive in Chester in the personage of the Rev. John T. McNicholas, the newly consecrated bishop of Duluth, Minn. It will be remembered that McNicholas is a Chester boy, having been born and educated here. His visit is purely a personal one, his desire being to visit his relatives and friends. According to the present program, he will visit Immaculate Heart Church, Second and Norris streets, and in all probability will preach a sermon. McNicholas is the first Chester boy to attain a bishop’s position in the Catholic Church.
75 Years Ago – 1943: A service flag commemorating the service of thousands of men and women of Delaware County who are in the armed forces of the nation will be dedicated at the courthouse in Media on Sunday, Nov. 21. The flag will be placed above the main entrance of the courthouse. On it will be one blue star with the figures 23,171, indicating the number from the county in the service. There will be an address by President Judge MacDade, who will probably develop some historical facts pertaining to the Brandywine Battlefield, as a symbol of Delaware County’s will to overcome defeats, hardships and privations.
50 Years Ago – 1968: Mrs. Michael Karmatz, a former teacher at Collingdale High School, has been named assistant to the dean of student affairs the Pennsylvania State University’s Delaware County campus. Karmatz had been an administrative assistant to the director of the campus, and she had previous taught French for three years at Collingdale.
25 Years Ago – 1993: For two on a bicycle to be legal in the borough of Eddystone, the vehicle better be a bicycle built for two. Borough council approved an ordinance banning two riders on the same bicycle. Borough Solicitor Jack Whelan said the regulation prohibits “acrobatic” maneuvers by bicyclists as a safety measure to help avoid injuries. Bicyclists are to yield to pedestrians.
10 Years Ago – 2008: The battle between mice and men continues, but Clifton Heights officials said the men are winning. A-1 Exterminators have been actively pursuing the rodents since September. “I’ve heard (from residents) that the problem has gotten better,” said Councilman Ed Martin. “It’s a universal problem everywhere,” said Council President Anthony Casadei.