100 Years Ago – 1919: Burglaries continue in all parts of the city. The wave is assuming larger proportions daily and a strong effect is being made by the police to check the thefts. A few evenings ago a burglar endeavored to rob the home of S. Price Stevenson, 303 W. Seventh St. Fortunately the suspect was scared away. When Mr. Stevenson was notified he found that his front door had been opened by a skeleton key.
75 Years Ago – 1944: Re-synchronizing traffic lights along Ninth Street on Thursday, Chester police took another forward step in eliminating traffic hazards on the city’s main arteries where most accidents occur. The job was finished late Thursday and motor traffic will now be able to flow continuously without stop from Sproul Street to Morton Avenue if a driving speed of 25 miles an hour is maintained.
50 Years Ago – 1969: A four-alarm fire Sunday night caused an estimated $15,000 damage to a Prospect Park lumber yard and threatened 20 homes. Fire Chief James B. Gargan said firemen from four fire companies were at Charles H. Hoffman Lumber Co., 12th and Lincoln streets, for three hours. Gargan said the borough highway department had to keep salting the streets because the water used to douse the flames was freezing. In November, a fire caused an estimated $35,000 damage at the lumber yard. Hoffman said he had just completed rebuilding the yard building destroyed in that blaze.
25 Years Ago – 1994: A Philadelphia man awaiting trial on drug offenses in Philadelphia was stopped by Parkside police for driving an unregistered car early Tuesday and charged with drug and weapons officials, Chief Michael Flynn said. Officer Robert Birney stopped the driver and found that he had no identification and was driving under a suspended license. A subsequent search revealed a loaded .22 firearm with an altered serial number found in the hood of the 24-year-old’s sweatshirt, and 25 grams of uncut cocaine hidden in the man’s underwear, according to the chief.
10 Years Ago – 2009: The rocky economic climate has pushed back the timeline for construction on the former Chester Towers site and sent the developers working on the project scrambling to obtain financing. CHA had initially expected work to begin last fall on the site, where they plan to build two new four-story apartment buildings, commercial space and an arts and culture center. Although the project had initially been slated to finish in September 2009, Fischer said, “More realistically, we’re talking about 2010.”