100 Years Ago – 1919: Louis Perez and Nestor Wacquez, proprietors of the Madrid restaurant, raided Saturday night under the direction of Detective Meli on the charge of selling liquor without license, were given a hearing before Alderman Berry yesterday and held under $1,000 bail each for their appearance at the next term of court. The 14 inmates taken in the roundup were each fined $3 and costs.
75 Years Ago – 1944: The explosion of a 50-gallon drum of kerosene was blamed today for a disastrous fire that gutted two homes at 254 and 255 Welsh Street late Thursday morning, and caused the death of Edward Singleton, 45, of the latter address. Elmer H. Weigand, new city fire chief, said this morning that he had submitted a report to state fire authorities, and expects the state to begin an investigation early next week. There will be no inquest into Singleton’s death, who fell or jumped from a second-story window.
50 Years Ago – 1969: Black dissident students at Swarthmore college rejected Monday night a series of faculty proposals designed to meet the students’ demands and end a four-day takeover of the admission’s office. About 20 members of the Swarthmore Afro-American Students’ Society, joined now by 13 black students who are not SASS members, voted today to remain in the office until its interpretation of “non-negotiable” demands are accepted. Students voted 315-230 to support SASS. There are 47 black students of a total of 1,024 enrollment at Swarthmore.
25 Years Ago – 1994: Delaware County has received two grants for nearly $280,000 for programs designed to ease overcrowding at the prison in Thornbury and give judges a broader range of sentencing options for non-violent offenders. The county will use the money to create halfway houses and a new satellite center for day reporting in Chester, to computerize its caseload management system and to continue tis year-old community service program, according to Philip Damiani, director of Adult Parole and Probation for the county.
10 Years Ago – 2009: Health-related matters forced Eddystone Borough Council Monday night to cancel its regular monthly meeting because four members were absent.
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals who damaged two sections of porch railing at the historic Old Central School on Saxer Avenue over the weekend, Springfield police reported. Frank Pappa, director of building and grounds for Springfield Township, estimated damages at more than