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

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.

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