Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Swedish House stolen from Ridley !!! Please help find it. LOL


The Hendrickson House about 1900. The house stood where Crum Creek meets the Delaware River on property now owned by Boeing Vertol Co. The house was built c.1670 by Jacob Hendrickson.


NOTE: The Hendrickson House stood out of the way at Crum Creek and the Delaware River for years. From c. 1915 till 1957 it was on property owned by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. Baldwin even paid to have the house restored in the 1920's. In 1957 Baldwin sold the property to Boeing Vertol which was moving to Ridley Twp. Boeing offered the Hendrickson House to the State of Pennsylvania and plans were made to move the house to Governor Printz Park in Essington. The state of Pennsylvania moved very slow and Boeing offered it to any museum etc. that would move the house and take care of it. In a surprise move, Delaware State came and removed the house to Fort Christiana State Park. Local historians were outraged that Pennsylvania let the house slip away.


The Hendrickson House

by Christine Morley

   The old Hendrickson house, locally known as the old Swedish house, stands on the east bank of Crum Creek on a tract of ground in Eddystone, formerly owned by the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corporation.  Recently, a transfer of part of the tract for the purpose of industrial development has aroused anxiety among people in the community who are interested in the preservation of old landmarks.
  Their anxiety arises from its present need of extensive repairs, and from its location in a region devoted to industrial uses, which makes its fate uncertain.  Although the Baldwin Company restored it in the 1920’s, time has taken its toll and the ancient structure is likely to disintegrate unless some way can be found to save it. 
   In a pamphlet issued by the Baldwin Company in 1928, this description is given of the old house as it appeared before the restoration:  The house was of stone with a projecting hip-roof, and the overhang was pierced with loopholes through which muskets could be fired in case of an Indian attack.  The window sashes were hand-fashioned and the shingles split from slabs eighteen inches wide.  It adds that sash and shingles were replaced with new.
  The house is two-storied, built of field-stone, and has a shingled hip roof with a chimney at each end.  A rather misleading inscription may be seen about ten feet up from the ground at one end of the building.  Scratched on two stones, one above the other, it reads:  “Built 1620”  This is misleading for there are no records of settlers in this area at that time.  Moreover, if any Dutch or Swedish trader had built a house with a date stone, he would not have used the English word “built.”
   The house has a cellar with an arched opening for air and light.  There are two rooms side by side on the first floor, each with a fireplace.  On the second floor is one large room, reached by a perpendicular ladder built inside a shaft beside the chimney in the larger of the two first floor rooms.  Pieces of wood are nailed to one wall of the shaft near the top, to provide hand holds for anyone climbing the ladder, which ends at the floor level of the upper room.  There the climber must step off the top of the ladder or scramble off on hands and knees.
   This is truly a primitive dwelling without provision for comfort or convenience except the fireplaces, and a well with a pump which was near the back door when the house was restored.
   The land was surveyed to Jacob Hendrickson in 1678, according to the Upland Court record.  Hendrickson first came to the Delaware river in 1646 as a soldier under the Dutch commissary, Andries Hudde, who carried on a long series of disputes with Governor Printz, growing out of the conflict of Dutch and Swedish claims to the river and the right to trade with the Indians. 
   Dr. George Smith in his “History of Delaware County” suggests that Hendrickson “spied out the beauty and richness of this land” while he was here as a soldier, and made it his permanent home after his term of service had expired.  As it was not uncommon for a man to build a house before he obtained title to the land, it seems probable that Hendrickson built his dwelling while the Dutch controlled the area from 1655 to 1664.
  The writer had the privilege of visiting this house in 1953 and afterward sent a letter of inquiry to the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, asking some questions about the history of the house. 
  The reply contained the following statements from Dr. Amandus Johnson, Colonial expert of the Museum:
“Hendrix (Hendrickz, Hendrickzen, Hendrickson) was a Dutchman, for a time employed by the Dutch West India Company.  He was the first to obtain this grant, though it was a part of New Sweden originally.  Date scratched on stone in house is incorrect (1620).  First section of house was built between 1656 and 1664 and added to later.  Finished in its present form about 1682 or the end of 17th century.  Architecture is Dutch.”
  Since Dr. Johnson is an acknowledged authority on the early Colonial settlements in Pennsylvania, these notes are helpful in establishing the history of the Hendrickson house.  It is to be hoped that some way may be found to save this dwelling from further decay or possible destruction.  Such relics may not seem valuable in themselves but they are links with the past and part of our heritage which we should cherish, for, once destroyed, they cannot be replaced. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

The new town of Bywood in Upper Darby and a Swedish Xmas!!

With new developments came new schools to take acre all of the new students. Above is an interior picture of a corridor at the then new Bywood School from c.1925



                Bywood, one of the new and rapidly growing substantial residential sections of Upper Darby Township, is having sixty more attractive detached stone houses erected.  These new houses are being built by P. J. Lawler, who was among the first to build up Bywood.
                The new operation will mean an investment of $100,000.  Lawler has just completed forty houses in Bywood, and the new ones will be of the same type.  The houses are of a distinct design and built for real home life, having every convenience, and built on filbertine streets.
                Mr. Lawler expects to finish the new houses before winter sets in.  At the same time, he is going to extend the operation over the entire tract which he purchased.  During the winter months, he will make the necessary excavations and grades for new streets in Bywood, upon which he will build many houses next spring.
                Bywood is one of the convenient suburbs to Philadelphia, being close to the Sixty-Ninth Street Terminal, being the first station out from the terminal, and it is twenty minutes from the City Hall, Philadelphia.  The Merion Realty has also erected 39 fine houses at Bywood, adjoining the Lawler operation, and this concern is still building more.
                SECTION DEVELOPING FAST – There is little doubt that the district in Upper Darby Township, beginning at Sixty-Third and Market Streets, running westward, is bound to be a great new residential section which will house thousands of Philadelphians.
                In order to keep up with the rapid progress of Bywood, Stonehurst and other sections in the neighborhood of Sixty-Ninth Street Terminal, P. J. Lawler, has determined that the rapid influx of people shall be permanent, and that the new comers must have every convenience and pleasure.
                In order to do this, Mr. Lawler is building an immense fire proof theatre building at the corner of West Chester Road and Garrett Road which will seat 2,000 people.  This building will be four stories high.  There will be on either side large stores, and it will cost more than one million dollars.  The foundations for this mammoth structure are now in course of erection.  This great building will not be completed for at least nine months or a year.
                SCHOOL PROBLEM LOOMS – The great building development in the township, with the rapid influx of people, has caused much concern for the commissioners of the township as well as the school directors.
                The school question has been a serious problem, but the school directors are going to meet this important issue squarely in the face.
                The township has already built a new high school building at Lansdowne Avenue, but now comes the need for a grammar school, and the school directors have purchased three acres or more of land in the neighborhood of Long Lane and Garrett Road upon which will be built a school house of commodious size to care for the children of Bywood and the McGlatchey tract, now known as Stonehurst.  The people of the township will be asked to approve a bond issue of $200,000 at the November election to provide funds for the erection of the new school referred to as well as an addition to the Drexel Hill which was built about four years ago.
                The township commissioners are also in quandary – the constructions of roads and extension of sewers.  The progress has been a fast that the commissioners may find that some means must be found for financing the improvements which must be made.

God Jul och Gott Nytt Ar


Come celebrate the holidays Swedish Style at the Trim-A-Swedish-Christmas-Tree Party.   The event takes place at the historic Swedish Cabin located at 9 Creek Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 on Sunday, December 2ND, 2018 from 2 PM until 4 PM. 
  Admission is free but donations are always appreciated.   The Friends of the Swedish Cabin invite you to attend a real special event of this holiday season.  They will have Swedish holiday food from their Julbord, beverages, decorations, and Swedish Christmas music!  Help decorate the Christmas tree, Julgran, with apples, heart baskets and straw ornaments.  Tour the cabin
and warm yourself by a roaring fire. Toast marshmallows over the fire!  And shop for gifts at our Butiken, too!   It's fun for all ages!  Start your Christmas Season by stepping back in time with this very special event!   

Saturday, November 3, 2018

"Midshipman to Congress" Jack Robinson book of Delco Politics and Ridley Talk

A rare 1880's stereo-optic view of the Delaware Co. Courthouse in Media.


Note: From 1850 to c.1890 there were two Republican Parties in Delaware Co. The "old" of Chester City and the new Republicans from Media. In 1850 the county seat moved from Chester to Media and that's when the division began. It all came to a head in Media in March of 1890. A long but great read. Jack Robinson's book, " Midshipmen to Congress" tells all and was a great seller locally.

Hon.  John B. Robinson’s book, “From Midshipman to Congress,” has revived a flood of reminiscences political, in both State and county, among the old politicians still living, who then took an active interest in political affairs.  It was, of course, impossible, within the compass of one small volume, to relate more than a very few of the innumerable instances, humorous and otherwise, that might be detailed in the history of Delaware County politics.  One of the most interesting, perhaps, is the story of the famous Spring Convention of the Delaware County Republicans, held at Media in March, 1890, and which seems to have escaped Mr. Robinson’s memory.
                A proper understanding of the dispute which produced the riotous scenes at this convention, necessitates a brief resume of the two great political campaigns of 1888 and 1889, which immediately precede it.
                The year 1883 saw the high-water mark of the old Cooper regime.  Cooper and his adherents, flushed with their repeated successes, were parading the political rialto, with chips upon, their shoulders, inviting all hands to the conflict.  The most popular of Cooper’s lieutenants was the late Captain Jesse M. Baker, who had just finished two terms in the District Attorney ship and was looking for fresh pickings political.  The ablest, brainiest and most astute politician of the then organization was unquestionably Captain Isaac Johnson, then Baker’s law partner and now President Judge.  The legislative bird was to be plucked that year and the powers decided to send Baker after it, to do the plucking.  He was not, however, to get it without a struggle.  John B. Robinson had recently moved to Media from Pittsburgh.  He also had political ambitions and these seemed to center upon the legislative halls at Harrisburg.  Jack was then serving his first term in the House, and naturally wanted to be returned.  He was a fluent speaker, with a pleasing personality; a keen journalist, and, in those days of the county lyceums, he had been a faithful and regular attendant upon their sessions and in this way, had made many friends and secured many admirers in the county.  Jack immediately challenged the organization to battle, but being without the necessary sinews of war the result was inevitable.  He went down to defeat.  Political campaigning in those days was far different to what it is now.  Campaigning by automobile was unknown.  Candidates usually procured a good horse and buggy, or falling in the possession of the necessary wherewithal to secure such motive power walked.  Jack was poor and his credit being none too good, he most frequently walked.
                GIVEN A FAT POST – Following the national campaign of 1888, as a reward for his services as State Chairman and to remove him from Quay’s path in State politics.  Cooper was given the fat post of Collector of Customs at Philadelphia and Baker’s victory over Robinson, therefore, made him the logical heir-apparent to the Senatorial throne.  But the clouds that portended the coming political storm were fast gathering and all the sign of the times pointed toward a sound thrashing for the then so-called “Ring.”
                Up to and including 1888, possibly the strongest fortress in the possession of the ring had been the Borough of Upland.  Under the leadership of Andy Dalton and Josh Smith, it could always be depended upon for a favorable delegation at the annual county conventions.  Baker had carried the borough’s three precincts over Robinson in 1888 by substantial majorities and evidently thought he could do it again.  He could, if the lines had been held intact, but it’s the old story, the old Scotch adage:  “The best laid plans of mice and men gag aft aglee” again demonstrated its applicability.  Baker, whose alliance with Congressman Smedley Darlington gave him the post office patronage, had promised the Upland post office to Lewis J. Smith, Josh’s elder brother and late Adjutant of Wilde Post of this city.  In the meantime, John Greaves became an applicant for the place and received the activity support of Samuel A. Crozer.  Baker thus found himself figuratively between the devil and the deep sea.  All his sympathies and desires were unquestionably with Smith and his friends to whom he owned much, and ordinary political wisdom should have dictated that open loyalty to the crowd that never failed him was the only wise course to pursue.  Cooper, however, to whom Baker owed much for earlier opportunities, was under deep obligations to Mr. Crozer and was, therefore, ardently for Mr. Crozer’s man, Greaves.  Baker failed his friends at the crucial moment and Greaves was given the job.  The result was inevitable.
                Smith was a very popular candidate and the machinery was in control of Dalton and Smith’s brother, Josh and they, smarting under the deception practiced upon them declared open war on Baker and openly announced their intention to square the account at the first opportunity.  It came, even sooner than they anticipated.  While they were “Nursing their wrath to keep it warm,” the local political world was electrified by the news that a rich relative in Pittsburgh had died and left Jack Robinson’s mother $750,000.  There broke then a storm the like of which the county had never seen in all its political history.  This was in the early winter of 1888 and 1889, and the gang, secure in the prestige of its last great victory and scorning the mutterings of the coming storm, confidently trotted out Baker’s candidacy for the Senate.
                A MEMORABLE BATTLE – In Robinson’s behalf there was much to be overcome.  His disastrous defeat in 1888 was in incubus upon his ambitions and his ability to induce his mother to loosen her hold upon the recently acquired plethoric purse strings, was doubted by many.  These details, however, were satisfactorily arranged and the fight started.  Cooper, Johnson, and Baker, Clayton and McClure, had the advantage of fighting behind entrenchments.  They controlled the entire political machinery of the county, while their foes attacked in solid formation in the open.  But this, too was an element of weakness to the gang.  All the bitter animosities of years; all the disappointments; false promises, etc., were played upon industriously by the Robinsons crowd.  Their mistakes of the various year were rectified; the ammunition was distributed where it would do the most good, and when the sun finally set upon that eventful Election Day, it found Baker and his ticket hopelessly distanced at the polls.  Most important, possibly of all, the count showed a clean sweep in favor of the Robinsonian candidates for places on the County Committee, the then powerful machinery of the organization.
                The fight in Upland had probably been the bitterest of any section.  Dalton who was a yarn twister, and Smith who was a four-loom weaver in the Crozer mills had been assiduously for years building up a Baker machine.  They now cast their lot with Robinson.  Their task was a hard one.  The labor of years had to be undone; explanations made; new alignments perfected and fresh trenches dug.  Night and day these two worthies labored with the result that Robinson and his line-up carried every precinct in the borough by handsome majorities.  Smith was returned to the County Committee, and upon the re-organization of that body was elected Chairman and placed at the head of the Robinson forces.  Then began an internal strife that lasted for several years.  The Cooper forces sulked in their tents until Election Day and then came out and cut Fighting Jack’s vote to the tune of 1500 votes.
                Under the old system, two conventions were held annually.  The delegates elected to the Fall Convention, held over and met each spring, at Media, to name delegates to the State Convention.  It had been the almost uniform practice for the Chairman of the County Committee to call the Spring Convention to order and then surrender the gavel to the man who had been chairman of the preceding Fall Convention.  A strict observance of this rule, or custom would, therefore, have conferred this honor upon V. Gilpin Robinson, who had presided over the destinies of the Fall Convention.  Gil had been a loyal adherent of his brother-in-law, Baker; and Cooper, being extremely anxious to control the delegation to the State Convention, the fight was carried into that field and a bitter struggle was precipitated for the State Delegates.  In this fight, it was a foregone conclusion that Jack would win.  He had elected two-thirds of the delegates to the preceding convention, and it was only to be expected that now, with his hand upon the throttle, the district henchmen would desert the old standard like rats deserting a scuttled schooner.  In this situation it was determined to carry the war into Africa, break down all the old barriers and customs and give the cooper people a determined to repudiate Gil’s claims to the Chairmanship of the Convention and Elect Chairman Smith to the place.  They undoubtedly had the necessary votes to do it and the inclination and the nerve were not lacking.  Cooper’s political prestige and position really depended upon the outcome of this convention.  If he lost control of the State delegation, he could no longer hope to retain his place with the State leaders as the man to deliver the Quay and Cameron the Delaware County secret council that the election of Smith as Chairman of the Convention must be prevented at all hazards, even to the use of strong arm methods.  This was done and the scenes and incidents of that March afternoon in the old Court room at Media beggar’s description.
                GATHERING OF THE CLANS – About noon on that day, the rival clans began to gather at the County Seat.  The rival headquarters were on opposite sides of the State Street, leading to the Court House.  Each delegate upon his arrival was immediately buttonholed and given the proper tip to regulate his course of action.  As a matter of fact, Smith’s candidacy was not determined upon until less than an hour before the assembling of the convention.  The conference that determined the course of the Robinsonites was attended by Jack himself; H. C. Snowden, Sr., Bill Mathues, Jim Barker, Andy Dalton, Jos. H. Huddell, Thos. B. Taylor, John A. Wallace, w. L. Schaffer, former mayor, Samuel E. Turner and Josiah Smith.  A close count of noses revealed a handsome working majority among the delegates for Fighting Jack.  The convention had been called for 1:30 o’clock and, promptly on the hour.  County Chairman Smith mounted the judge’s dais, seized the gavel and called the meeting to order.  The roll call was quickly completed and the chair called the meeting to order.  The roll call was quickly completed and the chair called for nominations for permanent chairman of the convention.  This was the signal for trouble.  Up to that moment, Cooper and his friends had really doubted the plan of the enemy to eliminate them from any part in the convention.  Both Gil and Josh Smith were quickly placed in nomination and as Chairman Smith’s Stentorian voice called for the yeas and nays, Robinson mounted the platform and took his place by the side of his opponent, whom Cooper had facetiously styled, “The tall Sycamore of Chester Creek.”  Gil’s advent on the stand was the signal for a wild outburst of mingled cheers, curses, cat calls and ribald blasphemy, and before any one realized what was up, pandemonium had broken loose, and all order was thrown to the winds.  Effort after effort was made to restore order, but to no purpose.  In those turbulent days, every faction had its strong arm squad upon which it depended to enforce its shady decrees.  Cooper’s squad had the decided advantage.  They were not lacking in vast stores of munitions of war, and under the able tutelage of “Jobey” Wheaton, Big John Riley and a gang of big muscled iron workers from South Chester, then known locally as “Hogtown” they proceeded to the task of preventing a peaceful organization of the convention.  Cooper and his friends knew that if ever a vote was taken they were hopelessly beaten, and the long hours of the afternoon passed away in hopeless efforts of the Robinsonites to secure a vote and of their opponents to prevent it.  Personal encounters upon the floor were frequent and a number of times it looked as if the affair would terminate in a bloody riot.  The two rival candidates stood side by side on the platform.  Black eyes and bleeding noses were visible in every part of the room and the climax in the disorder seemed to be reached when “Jobey” Wheaton, head of Cooper’s strong arm squad, was flung headlong down the winding stairs leading to the old court room.  In the meantime, the judge’s dais was crowded with excited and frightened men, trying to escape from the wild tumult on the floor.  At the height of the melee, Gil Robinson, white faced and anxious, looked up into the face of Josh Smith – his tall and cool competitor, and asked:  “Well, how do you like it?”  “Fine!” said Smith; “Worth coming 40 miles to see.  Donnybrook isn’t in it!”
                THE HUMOROUS SIDE – In spite of its tragic possibilities, the scene was not without its humorous incidents.  The late Thad Shinkel, bald-headed and aggressive, and inoculated with the virus of copious draughts of “Dutch Courage,” occupied a post within the enclosure reserved for the Bar, to the left of the chairman.  Over to the right, Squire Bill Wallace of South Chester, a cripple and veteran of many political battles in a field then dominated by such political field marshals as “Sneezer” Williams, Jim McNulty, Hubert J. Riley, and their ilk who, in their day, ruled the roost, baldheaded and defiant, and waving aloft his heavy knobbed crane, vociferously demanded a vote and “justice” for his side.  In the midst of the melee, and while he was excitedly endeavoring to obtain the attention of the chair, someone threw a large soft quid of tobacco at Wallace.  It struck the doughty Squire high up on his cheek bone, and the juice trickled down his cheek and dropped from his chin to his shirt front.  The rage of the Squire at this unlooked-for assault knew no bounds.  He looked across the room in the direction from whence the quid had come.  The most prominent figure within his range of vision was Shinkel, who happened to be looking his way.  Voicing a tirade of billingsgate and waving his cane at Shinkel, and cursing like a Caribbean buccaneer, the Squire threatened all sorts of dire things upon the constable.  Shinkel, oblivious of the real reason for the Squire’s abuse, and not in the least averse to a scrap, returned the Squire’s compliments with interest.  The two baldheaded gladiators were quieted with difficulty and the Donnybrook fair went on.
                It was almost five o’clock in the afternoon when Smith, who had been urging upon Fighting Jack, the supreme importance of reaping the real fruits of their victory by the election of their State delegates, at last obtained Robinson’s consent to his withdrawal from the contest for chairman. This was done and Gil was elected chairman.
                COOPER REIGN OVER – The wisdom of smith’s judgment was almost instantly apparent for a vote being then taken, Fighting Jack’s delegation was elected by a vote of 2 to 11 and Cooper’s reign as the leader of Delaware County politics was over.
                The aftermath of this historical scrap permeated the contests of the next few years.  Recognition of Robinson’s leadership was grudgingly given, and the bitterness of defeat was not assuaged by Robinson’s triumphs in the several hot campaigns which followed.
                AW call of the roll of that convention would be interesting in itself.  Many of the active participants have long since answered the great summons, and many have dropped from the active ranks.  Many of the principal actors in this scene are fast passing away.
                Capt. Albert Magnin of Darby, upon his crutches:  “Handsome Bob” Newhart of Lansdowne; Gilbert A. Hazlett of Sharon Hill; the suave, adroit and diplomatic Billy McClure of this city; bluff and big hearted Bill Mathues of Media; Capt. Jesse M. Baker and the kindly Capt. Joseph B. Huddell will be seen as more.  Many others, too, have long since folded their tents and stolen silently away to the Great Beyond.  Not a great many of those taking part in that memorable struggle remain in the fighting ranks.  Bill Schaffer is still a force to be reckoned with.  Capt. Johnson, as President Judge, has risen higher and higher until he occupies a foremost place in the minds and hearts of the people.  H. C. Snowden, until a few months since, ably seconded the efforts of the county treasurer to conserve the public’s financial interests and munched his fodder at the public crib; Jim Barker still pulls his wax ends and still holds the premier place as the only man who can make a red hot political speech with a mouthful of shoe pegs; Andy Dalton still struts the boards as one of the cocks of the walk, and Josh Smith, with an enviable record as district attorney and a host of loyal friends, still sticks to his law hooks and keeps his weather eye toward a possible vacancy in the judiciary.  Crowned with deserved honors and badged with the scars of many historical conflicts, these men can look back now over those strenuous days, and in the pleasure of reminiscent fancy, live over again the strife and turmoil of other days.
                “Fighting Jack” is an old man now, whose eyesight age has cruelly dimmed, but who is bravely marching toward the shadows, crowned with a wealth of well-deserved honors.  After all, what doth it profit us?

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Kim McDaniel
600 Swarthmore Ave.
Folsom, Pa 19033
610 237-8100
Keith Lockhart at Schoolhouse Center
On November 7, at 1:15 p.m., Schoolhouse Center at 600 Swarthmore Ave. in Folsom is inviting the community to hear Ridley’s own Keith Lockhart.  Keith is a local historian who is doing a pictorial presentation on “Ridley Township - Then and Now’.   Reservations are essential!
For registration and information please call 610 237-8100.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sunday Baseball in Darby 98 years ago Part 2


This hand colored glass plate picture is from my collection. The title says Farmhouse on Darby Creek in Darby. Looking for help and a location



                A baseball game at Darby yesterday was halted in the early stages of the contest when Chief of Police Clark back up by a score of armed police after listing names of the players ordered the teams from the field.
                State police headed by Lieutenant Smith, and a delegation of deputy sheriffs in charge of Sheriff A. R. Granger stood in readiness to aid the Darby police in the event of trouble.   It had been rumored that baseball was not to be interfered with, or there would be trouble.
                Feeling in Darby is bitter as a result of the Sunday baseball question.  This was demonstrated yesterday when a crowd of fans hooted a reporter whose paper, fans claim, championed the cause of the church people opposing Sunday playing.
                Yesterday’s game was between the Delco team and Cramp’s Champions of Philadelphia.  The game had progressed only an inning and a half when Chief of Police Clark put in appearance.  The policeman called the managers and informed them that he was acting under instructions of Burgess Grayson and was going to stop the game.
                When uniformed State police and deputy sheriffs standing about the managers after some discussion called the teams from the field.
                Warrants will be sworn out today for the baseball players and hearings will be held sometime later in the week.  On the other hand the baseball fans have promised to retaliate by issuing warrants for the arrest of golf players and some of the church who drove to services in their machines yesterday.  The fans claim that automobile riding is a violation of the Old Blue laws and in the same class as baseball.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Darby Baseball and the "Blue Laws" 98 years ago


This picture of Darby Creek in Darby is from about 1912. As you can see, the caption is Darby Navy Yard. Boating on Darby Creek was very popular 100 years ago. There were also boathouses.

NOTE: A fun and interesting article from 98 years ago. The Darby Mayor trying to stop Sunday Baseball Games. The mayor eventually agreed to Sunday Baseball. 



The Blue Laws vs.  Baseball

                 Warrants for the arrest of eight members of the Delco baseball team of Darby, charging then with breaking the Sunday “Blue laws,” have been issued by Magistrate William H. Robinson of Norwood.
                The warrants were issued at the instance of Burgess George Grayson, who, it is reported, swore to them before a Norwood Justice as a result of finding Darby Justices in sympathy with the baseball players and fans who support them.
                Another baseball game has been booked for next Sunday.
                The warrants for the arrests of the baseball players are in the hands of Fred Welsh, a Darby policeman.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

For the ladies and Colonial Plantation Fundraiser

A firemen's parade in Wayne c.1915, look at the ladies styles!!

NOTE: While doing research on another article I came across this article on changing woman's fashion from one hundred years ago. I do not understand most of it but found it funny and interesting.


“I thought I used remarkable judgment in my trousseau,” said a bride the other day, whose wedding finery had, indeed, seemed to include everything that taste and beauty and comfort demands. “I had gowns and coats and tailored suits and morning dresses and negligees and all the rest of it.  But in my rash young foolishness I absolutely tabooed any odd skirts or waists.  And would you believe it, my dear, but there were scores and scores of times when I needed nothing in the world so much as just a separate skirt and waist – times when I didn’t care to wear my suit skirt, because you know how much more quickly they begin to show signs of wear, anyhow, than the coats; times when the little wash morning dress is too informal and the foulard frock too dressy, or when everything else in one’s wardrobe needs a stitch here or a fresh stitch there.  Take my advice and stick to the odd skirt and blouse like a sister.”
            There you are.  There’s no getting away from it, these trig, practical, comfortable garments are here to stay apparently till the crack o’ doom.  So, let’s see what new ideas the shops are offering us this season for wear during spring and summer months.
            Perhaps there is just one thing a woman won’t do to be in fashion, and that is break her neck (though, indeed, some of them have almost hobbled away to join the angels), so that on account of this fussy notion of hers, the newest skirts are considerably wider about the bottom.  They are by no means voluminous, however, 2 ¼ to 2 12 yards being the favored width.  They must above all be cut on straight lines and allow the wearer to present the narrow silhouette that is the keynote of the present styles.
            Into some of the skirts are cleverly introduced a couple of small pleats in the back or front panels or in the side gores which give added freedom of movement without in any way affecting the style of the garment.
            Many of the skirts are trimmed with wide folds of the same material put on four or five inches from the bottom, and some models show a revival of the high waistband, with the waistline about two inches above the normal..  For later wear the silk skirts will be much worn, but just now the worsteds, serge, voiles, and panamas in black and blue, particularly, are in demand.  Quite a few knobby styles are shown in grey mixtures, and the hairline stripes are also returning to favor.
            The veiled effects that were so universally employed for the winter blouse have been carried over for the spring, with only slight modifications in materials and styles.  Lighter weight fabrics, of course, are desirable for the foundations of these dressy little blouses and silk mull, net and china silk, with chiffons, marquisettes, net, or any of the transparent materials for veiling them, make up most attractively.  They are often very simple in design, the only ornamental touch being in the lace collar and, perhaps tiny undersleeves.  One charming model intended to be worn with a blue tailored suit was made in the popular and becoming style with sleeve and blouse in one.  Over the foundation of white china silk was laid a flowered chiffon with a white ground over which were scattered tiny nosegays in soft shades of blue and green and rose color.  Over this again was chiffon matching the blue of the suit, which was also used to form narrow pleated frills, about the white lace collar and at the elbow above the narrow, lace under sleeve.  In the more elaborate blouses are seen rover effects and many sailor collar developments carried out in colored chiffons contrasting with the waist material.
            The lingerie waists are filmy with lace – two, three, as many as five kinds of lace are sometimes used on a single model.  Lawn, batiste, marquisette, and voile are the favored fabrics.  The comfortable and youthful Dutch neck will be much seen this summer, while the peasant sleeve, in three-quarter length takes precedence over all others.
            Pleatings give a chic touch to the semi-tailored waists.  These are often edged with narrow lace and outline the front or side opening of the waist.  One waist had a frill of real lace that not only outlined the front closing, but followed the yoke outline on the left side from the shoulder to the middle front.
            The tailored models show no radical changes.  They are made usually with pleats down the front and back, and sometimes with broad pleats over the shoulders.  Invariably they have long sleeves with the straight, stiff cuffs, though now and then one sees a soft, turn back cuff on some of the embroidered waist.  Hand embroidering is in very good style.  It may be most elaborate and carry but a variety of designs on the collar, cuffs and front pleat, or it may be a single scalloped finish for the side or front fastening.
Kings Mills
6000 Pennell Rd, Media, PA 19063
Thursday, November 8th, 2018
Doors open at 6:30pm
As our supporters may or may not know, although we operate under a long-term lease agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, we do not receive operating funds from the State of Pennsylvania. Our single largest general operating fundraiser is our Fall Fundraiser--and we hope you'll join us!

Our event features fine catering provided by Kings Mills, including hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert, wine and beer. This year, our event will also feature the exquisite music of Celtic Harpist Pamela Dimeler, a member of the Brandywine Harp Orchestra.

Tickets are $70.00 for members, and $75.00 for non-members. You are welcome to come in colonial costume, but you'll have just as good a time in your cocktail attire!

Your support is essential to our success--we'll see you there!

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Special Guest
Pamela Dimeler, Celtic Harpist
We are thrilled to have Pamela Dimeler, a member of the Brandywine Harp Orchestra, as our guest musician for the evening. Pamela is owner and Director of the of Parkside Academy of Music and Dance, which she opened in 1986. She also teaches piano and ballet.
Just a few of our live and silent auction items!
Full English Tea
Traditional Afternoon Tea for eight guests, presented by Sarah Farnsworth. Served in the venue of your choice (or even Sarah's garden!) tea includes assorted tea sandwiches, Devonshire scones and clotted cream with strawberry jam, assorted English cakes and biscuits, and English style tea.
Handyman for a Day
Ric Miller, owner of RCI contractors, will provide 6 hours of labor within 30 miles of the Colonial Plantation. Ric will meet with the winner at no charge to schedule the work. Winner provides materials for the project. 
Hand-pieced Quilt
Bid on a quilt hand-pieced and machine quilted in a Bordered Nine-Patch pattern using all cotton materials. This exquisite quilt measures approximately 68"x78" and will make a lovely addition to any home for generations to come.

Celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl Win with this Panoramic Image
This panorama captures the Eagles' first Super Bowl victory in franchise history, defeating the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After a season-ending injury to their starting quarterback, the Eagles were led by backup QB Nick Foles to victory over the defending champions.
Colonial Cross Stitch
Our auction features two cross stitches by Eleanor Shanks: "Vintage Home" and "Victorian Home," winner of the Best in Show blue ribbon at the Maryland State Fair. Shown here: "Vintage Home."

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