100 Years Ago – 1918: Plans are being completed for a big rally and smoker by the Hon. William C. Sproul Club for the purpose of extending an invitation to all clubs and citizens desirous of participating in the inaugural of Governor-elect William C. Sproul in Harrisburg next month. The smoker will be held in Odd Fellows’ Hall and the date and other details will be announced Monday evening at a meeting of the committee.
75 Years Ago – 1943: Four grandchildren of James Burns, Delaware County’s only living Civil War veteran, are serving in the armed forces of the United States today, as the county’s “grand old man” celebrates his 98th birthday at his home, 8038 West Chester Pike, Highland Park. Two of them, Martha Mae Burns and Lt. Arthur Burns, are serving in the Marine Corps, the branch of service their grandfather chose when he enlisted for Civil War service in 1862.
50 Years Ago – 1968: A West End bar was robbed of some $60 Friday night for the second time in about
20 hours. Bartender Nick Fummi,
63, was in DeJohn’s Tavern, 1001 W. Second St., Chester, about 7:30 p.m. when the three men entered, one armed with a shotgun and two with sections of pipe. “They said if anybody moved they’d get shot,” Fummi said. He was alone in the bar at 11:30 p.m. Thursday when a lone gunman entered and demanded all the money. This gunman made off with about
$35 and a bottle of liquor.
25 Years Ago – 1993: About
$1,290 worth of assorted tools were stolen from a movie-goer’s vehicle in Birmingham Township over the weekend, state police reported. On Sunday between 7:30-10:30 p.m. while a Kennett Square man was in the AMC movie theater, someone shattered the driver’s die window of the victim’s Ford Ranger, opened the door and stole a circular saw, an angle grinder, a tool chest containing various sockets and wrenches and extension cords, among other things. 10 Years Ago – 2008: After serving the Delaware County’s sporting habits for over 70 years, Media fixture Bill Battey’s Sporting Goods store will close its doors for the final time Dec. 31. “Unfortunately, the competition’s buying power and marketing, the Internet’s 24⁄7 shopping capabilities and rising debt have become the greatest obstacles to our success,” said Jeff Emmons, one of four brothers that own and operate the store. Established in 1936, the Emmons family bought the store from Bill Battey in the early 1970s, during the running-shoe craze.