100 Years Ago – 1918: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fromal of 1227 Central Ave. wish to state that their son, Lewis Fromal, has been heard from regardless of the official dispatch from Washington stating that he was missing in action since the 15th of October. The announcement caused great concern among his relatives and friends of the West End, where the young soldier is widely known.
75 Years Ago – 1943: Jacob Brown, 51, proprietor of the Quality Market,
722 Welsh St., was killed instantly at 11:10 a.m. today when he stepped in front of heavily-laden trailer-truck on Ninth Street, west of Sproul Street. Brown, a war veteran active in veterans’ affairs, had just left Wellington’s Auto Service,
56 W. Ninth St., where he had been inquiring about repairs to his truck. Brown started to cross the street and failed to see the truck, which was proceeding east in Ninth Street. The truck struck him directly in front of the General Chevrolet Company, 31 W. Ninth St., which recently was burned out.
50 Years Ago – 1968: The Salvation Army of Chester will select 30 needy children to participate in a special Christmas program sponsored by the Material Division of Boeing Company’s Vertol Division. The children will be picked up by buses Dec. 11 at the Salvation Army headquarters, given a hot breakfast, and then taken to the Sears, Roebuck and Co. store in Chester where they will have the opportunity to spend $30 each on clothes and presents for their families. Following the shopping “spree” the youngsters will be taken to Vertol, where they will be treated to a lunch and Christmas party.
25 Years Ago – 1993: Delaware County Council approved an agreement that will cut its allocation of beds at Havertown State Hospital by 15 in return for
$1 million in state funds to expand community-based care for the mentally ill. The pact with the state Department of Public Welfare was hailed by advocates for the mentally ill, who said they hoped it would be the beginning of wide-scale deinstitutionalization of patients at Haverford State.
10 Years Ago – 2008: Two DUI checkpoints in Brookhaven, held on Nov.
26 at Brookhaven Road and Edgmont Avenue and in the 4900 block of Creek Road, netted 27 arrests for a variety of offenses. A
16-year-old juvenile from Chester was charged with possession of cocaine, curfew violation and violation of probation. Two Aston men and a Brookhaven man between ages 18-20 and three juveniles were charged with disorderly conduct.