Friday, May 25, 2018

Ridley Park Golf Club and Lansdowne Exhibit starting

The Ridley Park Golf Club House still stands at 214 W. Ridley Ave. It is now a private home. Local boys would meet golfers at the Crum Lynne Train Station and caddy the 18 hole golf course for 25 cents and if lucky a 5 cent tip!! The course closed in 1914.

 

NOTE: The Ridley Park 18 hole golf course was created in 1899 to bring more people to visit Ridley Park and to also generate money for the Ridley Park Association. The golf course was on the west side of Ridley Lake and extended into Crum Lynne proper.

 
 

RIDLEY PARK GOLF CLUB TOTALS OVER HUNDRED

 Organization is in Flourishing Condition and is Rounding Out the Twelfth Year
            The Ridley Golf Club is purely a community organization as the membership of one hundred and twenty is made up almost entirely of the residents of Ridley Park.  While the club has among its members some of the best players around Philadelphia, few of them compete in the numerous tournaments held in the Philadelphia district each year.  It is not that the Ridley players are afraid of not being able to hold their own against other players, for they have proved the contrary at various times.  Outside tournaments to them do not make the special appeal that attracts golfers from other clubs.
            The Ridley Golf Club is now in its twelfth year and is in a most flourishing condition.  Three men were largely responsible for the inception of the club, George C. Hetzel, Z.T. Hall and H.F. Kenney. Hetzel is and always has been the life of the club and has probably done more towards making it a successful organization than any other member of the organization.  Ridley has had its hard times as has any other small country club.
            It was a nine hole course from the start and while the golfing possibilities of the club have materially increased in the past few years, it is still a nine hole course and probably will remain as such.  The club is fortunate that the plot of ground covered by the links is adapted naturally to golfing conditions.  While it is not and never has claimed to be a championship course, there are holes at Ridley that are as chuck full of good golf as any one wishes to find around Philadelphia.
            The course is over a rolling country and the fairway  well as the greens are always kept in splendid condition.
            There are plenty of natural hazards and after a player has gone over the course a few times he is frank to confess that the course is by no means an easy one.
            The present officers of the club are:  President, George C. Hetzel; vice president, E. P. Williams; secretary, Earl V. Deane; treasurer, J. Miller Sinclair.  The board of governors in addition to the officers are made up of Bert Egbert, H.E. Vanden, R.W. Shurter, H.W. Avise, Jr. and W.E. Hetzel.  Bert Egbert is chairman of the green committee and the chairman of the other committees are:  House, H. E. Vanden, match, W.E. Hetzel, and entertainment, R.W. Shurter.  The club champion is G. Hetzel Atherholt.
            Ridley made the best showing of any nine-hole club in the Club Cup Record competition this year, fi the women members are eliminated.  It scored a total of 80 odd points and was excelled only by Huntingdon Valley, Merion and the Philadelphia Cricket Club.  These points were made entirely by the team in the Suburban Cup series.  In its own division Ridley beat Camden County, Belfield and the Athletic Club of Philadelphia.  In the semi-finals with Overbrook, Ridley lost the match by a single point.  In its division matches Ridley scored more individual victories than any of the other eleven clubs.
            Ridley’s suburban Cup team varies but little from year to year.  Each season finds the same RELIABLE FIFTEEN MEN PLAYING ON THE TEAM.  No golfers are ASKED TO JOIN FOR THE PURPOSE OF STRENGTHENING THE TEAM FOR Ridley takes the very sportsman like view of winning or losing solely on the strength of a team almost entirely recruited from Ridley Park.
            E.P. Williams, a member of the golf team has given a cup for the best composite score and the trophy is now in the possession of Robert Tyson.  The Dickinson Cup, given to the player who wins a handicap tournament based on match play, is the property of J. E. Gilmore.
            The links are most conveniently situated to Ridley Park, and as has been said, the great majority of players are residents of Ridley Park, with a fair sprinkling of Chester men.  A number of changes will be made in the course next year.  The only bad feature has been the absence of a long hole.  This defect will be remedied and a sterling hole is now being arranged, which promises to be one of the best long holes around Philadelphia. 
 
 
This Weekend's Mini-Workshop: Block Printing on Textiles

Saturday, May 26, 2018
11:00am - 4:00pm
Last entry at 3:00pm

In the 18th century, block printing was a common way to create patterned fabrics. Many of these fabrics were created in India using hand carved wooden blocks and natural dyes. This Saturday May 26th, our staff will be experimenting with using black walnut dye to print a piece of linen. Come out and see how our experiments are going, and try your hand at printing with acrylic paint on paper! The Plantation is open from 11am-4pm, with last admission at 3:00pm.
 Remember, admission is FREE on most weekends for members, so take advantage of your membership by visiting often!
Colonial PA Plantation
Ridley Creek State Park
3900 North Sandy Flash Drive
Newtown Square, PA 19073
610.566.1725



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Media 125 years ago Part 2

 

A postcard of Media's School from about 1906

 
 

Media 125 years ago, Part two

 
 
THE CHARTER HOUSE – The Charter House, Media’s only permanent hotel, has become known as one of the best in the State.  Commercial travelers, who stop at the house, say they find new hotels to equal it in towns of four or five thousand population.  It is a temperance hotel suited to families and to quiet and temperate people.  Many Philadelphians make the place their home a good part of the open season, the head of the family going and returning from business in the city daily.  The hotel is within eight minutes’ walk of Media station, and six express trains and nineteen accommodation trains run to and from Broad Street station daily.  The terminus of the road in Philadelphia at present is at Thirty-First and Chestnut Streets, but after April 1st they will run to Broad Street.  The express trains make the trip in about twenty-five minutes, and the accommodation trains in about forty minutes.  The hotel is also within a minute’s walk of the starting place of the new trolley road to Chester, on which a car arrives and leaves every half hour.
                HOW ESTABLISHED – The Charter House was started by a stock company in 1851, composed of the advocates and friends of temperance.  When the court house and jail were removed from Chester at that time, there was no hotel in Media for the accommodated of people attending court, and owing to the borough charter prohibiting the sale of liquor, no one would undertake the experiment of running a house on the temperance plan, it being generally regarded at that time as an impossibility.             
                But the friends of temperance took the matter in hand and organized a stock company, built the house and put R. D. Hawkins to charge.  The latter conducted it successfully for over twenty years, and in 1871 he built Idlewild, the fashionable hotel near Media, now managed by his sons, John and Alfred Hawkins.
                Since Mr. Hawkins's time the Charter House has had four or five different proprietors.  Isaac Ivison, who was proprietor from 1882 until February of this year, did a great deal toward bringing the House up to its present high standards.
                Mr. Samuel D. Hughes, the present proprietor, who has recently taken charge comes from Lebanon.  He is well up to the hotel business and is always studying the information of his guests and seeking to make his house the equal of the best.
                THE HOTEL BUILDING – The building is a four-story brick structure, 50x 50 feet in size, with man sand roof and large double verandahs in front.  It contains sixty-four rooms, thirty-seven of which are bedrooms, and throughout the whole house neatness and cleanliness are everywhere apparent.
                The entire building is furnished with electric light.  The light is in every room and even in the stables and wagon houses connected with the house.
                The accommodations for families at the house are excellent.  The sleeping departments are well ventilated and the whole house is kept in admirable order.
                The dining room is on the first floor and the inner man can be refreshed without taking many weary steps.  On the tables are served the substantial’s, as well as all the delicacies of the season.  The bill of fare is excellent and have given it an established reputation.
                Mr. Hughes is a gentleman, ever ready to adopt any new appliance, or convenience in his business.  He keeps a personal supervision over everything in the house, and is ably assisted by Mrs. Hughes and her daughters.
                CHALFONT’S LIVERY STABLE – Isaac D. Chalfont is Media’s leading livery stable keeper.  He has been engaged in the livery sale and exchange business here for a quarter of a century.  At one time he conducted his business at the Charter House stables.  Mr. Chalfont's patronage especially in the summer season, is large.  He started in a limited way, but by careful attention to the wants of the public and by thrift and economy, he has built up an extensive business and his establishment is surpassed by few in the county.  Some of his turnout are of the finest, and most stylish description, and he also has some finer ones with horses which any lady can drive with safety.  These horses are well broken and an accident or runaway by any of them is almost unknown.  He keeps about thirty head constantly.  His stables at the corner of state and Jackson Streets, are almost as complete as they can be made.  Chalfont's line of coaches, from the depot, is a great convenience to the Media people, and they are carried to any part of the borough for ten cents.
                He takes a lively interest in the affairs of the town and has served as the County Council two terms and does good work. 
                MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – It is a well-known fact that in the purchase of a piano, organ or sewing machine, the purchaser must rely to a considerable extent, on the judgment and honor of the dealer, as fine appearing instruments and machines are not always the best.  The adage, “all that glitters is not gold” will apply here with much force.
                It is fortunate for the people of Delaware County that they have in Media an establishment devoted to the handling of musical instruments and sewing machines that is reliable and can be depended upon with the utmost confidence.       
                We refer to the house of Walter T. Howell, now located at No. 1167 State Street, the building occupied for years by Russell & Company, the clothiers.  This stand was taken only recently by Mr. Howell in order to obtain more room and better facilities for his increasing business.
                He has had a valuable experience in the business in which he is engaged, and keeping a large stock on hand, can furnish almost any kind of a musical instrument with a Jews harp to a piano.  His specialty in the piano line is the Lester and New England, and in organs the Bridgeport.  These instruments have a wide reputation for purity and variety of tone, and as to durability they are unexcelled.
                The Seger sewing machine, which Mr. Howell handles in Media, is without an equal and is a universal favorite all over the civilized world.  Over a hundred are sold every year from this store alone.  The fine set of attachments with the new Singer are far in advance of anything in the market and make it capable of the widest range of work with the least trouble.
                The business was established by Mr. Howell in 1885 and he has been steadily forgoing to the front ever since.  Besides his store at Media he has one similarly at large at Norristown and does a trade extending all over Montgomery County.  He is an active, go ahead young businessman, and his success won by hard work and close attention, is well deserved.
                AN ENTERPRISING MERCHANT – The enterprising business men of Media believe that the trolley road will bring more trade to Media than it will take away, and they are preparing to accommodate it.  T. Edwin Rorer, owner of the market at the corner of Front and Jackson Streets and the largest grocery and provision store at the corner of Washington and Orange Streets, is one of this number.  His prices for the same quality of goods are as low as any similar store in Chester, and he says the trolley is not taking trade away from him but bringing new customers every day, and he finds that within the past four weeks his sales have been on the increase.
                Consumers of groceries, provisions and meats must be indeed hard to please if they cannot find what they want at the Rorer stores.  The stock is always full and complete, everything fresh and in almost every line.  Mr. Rorer is selling at Chester and Philadelphia prices.
                T. Edwin Rorer has been established in Media since 1877, and from the start he did a large and growing trade.  He first opened a modest and unpretentious way on Orange Street, next to Rice’s bakery.  He offered here the best of goods at city prices, and it was not long before the place became too small.  It was so crowded on Saturday nights that it was impossible to get waited upon.
                More room became a necessity, and in 1885 he erected the present large and commodious store at the corner of Washington and Orange Streets, the most complete in the borough.  It is a double building, and the store has double doors and a front of forty feet on Orange Street.
                The business continuing to grow, in 1890, three years ago, the market on Front Street was erected, in order to accommodate the people of the upper part of the town.  It has all the latest and modern conveniences and the best in the provision and meat line are always on its shelves and shambles.
                The proprietor of these enterprises is not only a go-ahead, active business man, but a public spirited one as well, and since he first came to Media, has taken a deep interest in the growth, prosperity and improvement of the place.
                There is nothing of the clam in Ned Rorer’s make up.  He is serving his second term now as councilman, and his voice in that body has always been for progress.  He was one of the first to advocate electric lights, paved streets and trolley cars to Chester, all of which have been brought about during his term in Council.  The large new brick buildings erected by him in his business are a credit to the town.  His example in this respect was followed by others in the erection of business houses, which have added greatly to the architectural beauty of the place.
                In his large business Mr. Rorer is aided by a number of tried and efficient assistants.  At the Orange Street store George Smith is manager and the market on Front Street is in charge of William W. Woodward.  The large business, however, is constantly under the supervision of the proprietor.
                SHORTLIDGE MEDIA ACADEMY – The Shortlidge Media Academy is Media’s leading educational institution.  It has a reputation for the thoroughness of its instruction, and will compare favorably with the best preparatory schools in the land.
                The school was established by Professor Swithin C. Shortlidge in 1875, and had been continuously and most successfully conducted by him as proprietor until the past year, when, owing to the unfortunate outcome of certain real estate purchases, apart from the school property, he became financially embarrassed, and the successful career of the institution was crippled to some extent.
                The institution at present is on a solid footing.  The entire school property, consisting of grounds, buildings and all equipment, has now passed into the ownership and control of the “Media Academy Company,” and with an excellent patronage the school is rapidly regaining all of it lost by the failure.  Its former high standard will not only be maintained, but promises to be surpassed.
                Professor Shortlidge, who is one of the incorporators, and a member of the board of trustees, is still in charge as principal.  He is relieved of the purely business and financial management by the Media Academy Company, which will supply all necessary funds for the proper conduct of the school.  The other members of the board of trustees are:  Henry C. Howard, president, the well-known attorney and president of the Delaware County Trust Company Thomas J. Haldeman, president of the First National Bank of Media; and Dr. Evan G. Shortlidge, a prominent physician of Wilmington, Del.  All are financially interested in the institution, and are all gentlemen of the highest standing.
                The school buildings occupy a prominent site near the eastern end of the borough.  They are thoroughly equipped with all the necessary educational apparatus, while the domestic appliances are such as to render the life of the student as home like as possible.  Every care will be taken to guard the health of the students, and to minister to their personal comforts, both of which are so essential to proper intellectual work and development.
                The location of the school is unsurpassed.  There are no saloons in Media, the charter of the town prohibiting the sale of liquor, and temptations of this kind, so common in other towns, are removed.  The health of the place is proverbial, and a case of sickness in the institution is very rare indeed.
                Hereafter the property will be devoted exclusively to school purposes, and during the summer vacations will be thoroughly renovated and put in order for the coming school year.
                The buildings have accommodated over one hundred boys, but in order to avoid crowding, with the consequent danger of neglect, it has been determined to limit the number to sixty.  This will afford ample room for every student will conduce to the preservation of good health, and will enable the corps of instructors to on their work much more thoroughly than it can possibly be done in a larger school.
                Media Academy has always been regarded as one of the best schools of its class in the country.  From its halls have gone forth those who have made for themselves enviable reputations and honorably filed many high stations in life.  Its students have come from every part of the United States and even from Mexico and South America.
                Professor Shortlidge stands in the front rank of successful educators and disciplinarians.  He is a graduate of Harvard and has had a continuous experience in the practice of teaching of more than twenty years many of the best equipped students for Harvard, Yale, Princeton and other colleges, made their preparation for entering under his tuition.
                Among the scholars from a distance at present receiving instruction at the institution the leading cities and towns are represented.
                A HORSE GOODS HOUSE – Someone has said that the most perplexing and bothersome thing in connection with those who own or handle horses is a poor set of harness, and this is certainly true.  A poor harness can never be depended upon.  You never know when it may break or give way in some vital point.  Many serious or fatal accident might have been averted had the harness been of good quality, such as could be depended upon in time of need.  The horse owner who makes Media his trading point need never be bothered by a poor set of harness if he makes his purchases in this line of the house of H. D. Pratt, State and Jackson Streets.  An inferior quality of harness or horse goods, never sees the inside of this old established and popular house.
                Mr. Pratt established his present business in Media in 1874, and during the past nineteen years he has built up a large trade, his patronage being constantly on the increase.  He is a practical workman himself, and from the fact that he thoroughly understands the manufacture of all goods handled, and will make nothing but honest goods is accounted his success.  All the work turned out by him is handmade, no machine work of any kind being on hand in the establishment.
                The large store room is well stocked with the best line of harness, saddles, bridles, whips, robes, dusters, and in fact, all kinds of horse furnishing goods.  Mr. Pratt does a large trade among teamsters and farmers and keeps on hand, of his own make, a large assortment of single and double harness suitable for heavy draft and farming purposes.  He carefully examines all stock, uses nothing but the best of leather and watches to see that it is made just right.  It is only necessary to state that a piece of work came from his establishment to satisfy all of its good and lasting qualities.        
Mr. Pratt is not only a successful business man, and progressive in his ideas, but is also one of our most useful citizens.  At present he is a member of the Board of Inspectors of the Delaware County prison, an office to which he was appointed three years ago. Socially he is a genial and pleasant companion, always full of life and good natured humor, and is a man with many friends and few enemies.
                WEST CHESTER STEAM LAUNDRY – There is nothing which is as essential to the peace of mind of the average man or woman as the artistic smooth laundering of their linen and household goods.  A thorough painstaking establishment soon becomes known and popular and is as much as any other business a convenience and a comfort.
                Such an establishment, in an eminent degree, is the West Chester Steam Laundry of which Messrs. McFarland & Reynolds, are the proprietors.  In Media the headquarters of the landing is at Russell & Co.’s clothing store and George F. Messick’s gent’s furnishing store in Chester.  The clothes are usually sent away on Tuesday evening and returned Friday evening of the same week.
                All who have tried the West Chester laundry are loud in their praises of its work.  It is clean, tidy and systematic, and speaks for itself and needs no recommendation.  Specimens of the work which have come under our observation are as carefully and beautifully laundered as it is possible for them to be really looking as fresh, smooth and clean as new; not plastered over and lumpy with starch, soiled with iron stains, and streaked with dirt, but all clean and inviting looking.
                The premises of the West Chester Steam Laundry are in West Chester in the Post Office building.  The establishment is most thoroughly and completely filled up with the latest laundry machinery and devices known, and only the best soaps, bluing and starch in the market are issued on the clothing.
                The enterprise of Messrs. MacFarland and Reynolds was started in August 1891, and the patronage from the outset was good and is steadily growing.  By establishing agencies in other towns surrounding West Chester, the business is made to cover a wide field and it is constantly on the increase.  The firm are careful in handling the goods and returning them, and such a thing as a lost article or garment is very rare indeed.  Give it a trial and be convinced.
                WILLIAMSON’S SONS – A very important establishment and one of the most solid and staple business houses of Media is that of Charles R. Williamson’s Sons, lumber and cola dealers whose large yards are located near the Media depot.
                It is one of the largest concerns of the kind anywhere in the vicinity of Media and was established by Charles R. Williamson, one of Media’s pioneer residents and business men, father of the present proprietors.  The sons, William E. and C. Frank Williamson, are the members of the firm who have succeeded to the business, and they are conducting it is a way to keep up the high reputation of the place for fair dealing and reliability.
                The firm deals extensively in all kinds of building lumber and other building material and they supply most of the builders in Media and vicinity.  They also deal in hard woods and in all lines they keep a large stock.  The yard occupied is well arranged for the business and has ample shedding and convenient piling grounds.  The house has every advantage for keeping and handling a large quantity of lumber, and they are enabled to fill almost any bill on sight.
                Most of the coal in stock is kept under cover, a siding from the railroad running into the coal sheds where the coal is dumped.  The firm handles thousands of tons in a season and keep the best and sell at the lowest prices.  They have excellent facilities for handling coal, and the attention they have given this department, and their fair dealing with customers, have given them a large and substantial patronage.
                The members of the firm give their individual personal attention to the business.  They are pushing and energetic and ever on the alert in secure desirable trade.  Both are young men held in high esteem by the people of Media, where they have been born and have resided all their lives.  Their father, Charles R. Williamson, came to Media in 1831, when the town consisted of only a few scattered houses.  He retired from business a few years ago after an honorable business career of nearly forty years, and now resides in a handsome residence on Orange Street.
                SMEDLEY’S DRUGSTORE – Albert W. Smedley, the owner of the neat and attractive drug store on State Street, opposite the Charter House, is a young man who came from Chester a year ago to grow up with the town.  He brought with him some new ideas in the drug line and he was not long in introducing them to the advantage of the place.
                His store is located on the main avenue of the town.  It is very complete in all its appointments and contains a full stock of drugs and chemicals, besides a line of fancy goods and toilet articles.  Mr. Smedley, although quite a young man, is a thorough druggist and pharmacist, a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and an excellent judge of the brand or quality of everything in his line.  He has several remedies of his own compounding that have merit and are in demand.  His place is the headquarters for soda water and other refreshing drinks, and on warm summer nights his store is crowded.  To add to the attractive and showy appearance of his store he has an illuminated pestle, planted on a pole in the front pavement, and when the electric lights are on, its’ bright dazzling colors can be seen for a long distance.
               In conducting the business he is assisted by Mr. George T. Lambert, Pa. as clerk.  The business is gradually on the increase and Mr. Smedley says he finds that the trolley brings more to Media, in his line, than he takes away.
                AN EXTENSIVE ESTABLISHMENT – Occupying a stretch of ground and a big group of buildings among the line of the Media Railroad, some distance west of Media station, is the large plant of John J. Williams & Co.  The business established eight years ago, has grown to be the most extensive concern of the kind in Delaware County.
                The pace was started as a feed store and coal yard in a limited way and has grown steadily.  Many departments have from time to time been added and a large grain elevator and a steam grist mill erected, where the firm receive their feed and grain shipments, grind grain and also do grist work for the neighboring farmers.  The shipments of grain and feed are all received and weighted on Fairbank’s standard railroad track scales and the shovel into immense hoppers and elevated to the various parts of the building.  Oft times they unload half a dozen cars of grain a day.  The firm, in their large warehouses, keep constantly on hand hundreds of tons of feed, grain, hay, straw, lime and fertilizers and are always prepared to fill the largest orders.  Their trade is with contractors and builders, farmers, dairymen and horse and stock owners of the surrounding country, and in addition they have an extensive and desirable coal trade, and with two or three men constantly on the road, soliciting orders and collecting, they cover a wide field.  In all departments about twenty-five men are employed and some thirty horses are required in the delivery wagons and with men of the road.
                YARD AND BUILDINGS – A visit to the place and a look over the grounds and buildings is sufficient to impress one with the fact that it is one of the county’s leading industries, five acres are required to accommodate the buildings and material kept in stock.
                The buildings on the property include the grain elevator, the steam grist mill a grain and feed warehouse with a capacity of over 300 hundred tons of feed and 70,000 bushels of grain; a building for phosphates, liners and fertilizers, another for hay and straw and still another for agricultural machinery, an important department of the business, and one that is yearly on the increase.  Then, there are the long lumber and coal sheds and ten cottages occupied by the employees of the establishment.
                The big concern with its varied stock represents eight years of active work and painstaking attention to business.  In all their dealings the firm has made it a point to adhere to strict business principles, and as a result the establishment grew in all its branches.
                THE COAL USED – The location of the plant could not be improved upon.  The tracks of the West Chester and Philadelphia Railroad run into the yard, thus affording the best receiving and shipping facilities.  The coal is all under cover and care taken to keep the best article in stock and to deliver it free from slate and dirt. The firm receive regular weekly shipments of Jedde, Honeybrook, Spring Mountains, Hazleton, Latimer and Mores coals acknowledged to be the best in the market.  The coal trains are constantly on the go and the yearly output of the yard in black nuggets is enormous.
                THE BEST OF LUMBER – The lumber department is stocked with several hundred thousands of feet of the best building lumber and hard woods.  The stock is received in large consignments from the lumber regions of this State and Michigan.   It is prepared in the drying house and the best seasoned lumber can always be obtained here at any season of the year.  The firm does business with all the builders in Media and vicinity.  A walk among the big piles of lumber at the yard gives only a faint idea of the business done.  Numerous piles, representing many thousands of dollars, are here seasoning; but these piles are constantly being leveled by the steady stream of orders, and new wooden pyramids take their places.
                The large stock in all departments enables the firm to sell on the best and most advantageous terms.  They can furnish almost anything in the agricultural implement line, and always have the best of all kinds of machines and tools in stock. In the fertilizer line, they handle Thomas Baugh’s and Shoemaker’s phosphates, known among farmers everywhere as the guacos that makes big crops.
                THE HEAD OF THE CONCERN – The business of the large concern is managed by John J. Williams, who although a young man, is already well-known in business circles.  He is energetic and always pushing ahead, and ever on the alert to make new business.  He has mastered all the details of the large plant and conducts the affairs of the firm with marked ability.  He is constantly on hand and every department has his supervision and directions.  He conducts the business in such a way as to hold the customers and he is constantly making new ones.  All are treated fairly and this is a nutshell explains the growth and tremendous business of the establishment.
                JEWELER EMIL HALL - The leading jewelry house of Media is the well-known establishment of E. Hall, whose large and modern built store is located at the corner of State and Orange Streets, the most prominent part of the borough.
                The success of this house during the time it has been in existence furnished an illustration of what may be done by energy industry and intelligent business management.  Mr. Gall commenced business in Media the year 1877 in a limited way and opened out in a little store on Orange Street with a small case of watches and other jewelry.  But he came to stay, and as he made it an aim to please, his customers, his trade gradually increased until it has grown to be one of the largest and most important establishments of the kind in Delaware County.
                The present attractive and convenient building was erected especially for the business in 1800 under Mr. Hall’s direction.  It is twenty feet front by sixty-seven feet deep, and is three stories in height.  It had three large plate glass show windows for the display of goods, which are at all times filled with the same, and which, especially under the electric lights, from one of the most attractive features to passersby in that part of the town.
                The stock embraces all kinds of jewelry, watches, clocks, silverware, spectacles, etc., and is very large and elegantly displayed.  The best makes of gold and silver watches are kept in stock.  Every watch sold is warranted, and if not satisfactory after a trial is exchanged.  In stock also are clocks of every grade, also necklaces, bracelets, breast pins, car rings, studs, neck chains and watch chains of every grade and variety.
                The silver plated ware displayed in the large side cases in the store is very fine.  Some of the new designs are elegant, that for table service being especially worthy of mention.  The entire stock will compare favorably with most of the Philadelphia retail establishments.
                There have been about a half dozen other jewelry houses started in Media during the past two decades, but most of them had a brief existence.  Mr. Hall’s business today is in a more flourishing condition than ever before.  His large trade is practically due to his being an attentive and pushing business man, but more particularly to the fact that he deals only in the best quality of goods.  He is one of Media’s wide-awake citizens and is always among the first to advocate any improvement that will advance the interests of the place.
                RUSSELL & CO. CLOTHIERS – William Russell & Co., the enterprising clothiers and furnishing goods dealers of Media, in their new building on State Street, have one of the best lighted and most complete establishments of the kind in the county.
                The building was erected especially for the business of Russell & Co., the old building further up the street having become entirely too small.  It has an ornate front of buff brick and is 20 x 73 feet in size.  The large salesroom occupies the entire first floor and includes in the immense stock here on hand nearly everything in the line of gentlemen’s wearing apparel.  The new spring goods, including the latest patterns, are very neat and arranged on the tables or in the big show window, make a very attractive display.  They have recently added a merchant tailoring department to the business, and the best cloth from European and American looms, is on hand and from which suits are made to order and guaranteed to fit.
                The firm also carry a large line of the latest styles in soft, stiff , felt and silk hats, and gentlemen’s dress and working shirts, underwear, collars, cuffs, suspenders, hosiery , handkerchiefs, gloves and furnishing goods of every description, together with umbrellas traveling bags and satchels.
                The house was established in 1871 by William Russell, the present senior member, and has always been regarded as one of the most reliable.   The firm name was changed to Russell & Co. in 1887, when B. T. Levis, a brother-in-law of Mr. Russell, and an active young business man, was admitted to a partnership.
                Besides conducting their large business the firm also have charge of the telegraph and telephone exchange in Media, their offices being in the rear of the big store.
                A SUCCESSFUL VETERINARY – Dr. Thomas D. Young, the popular and busy veterinary surgeon of Media, and at present a member of the borough council, is a man you will always find on the move.  His life is an active one owing to demands for his service in his profession.
                Dr. Young was born in Philadelphia, but afterwards, as a boy, resided in Upper Darby, Marple, Newtown and Radnor Townships this county.  He came to Media in 1871 and has been a resident here ever since.  He followed the occupation of horse shoer until 1877 when he commenced to study medicine in the veterinary profession under Dr. Robert McClure, a graduate of the renowned college at Edinburg, Scotland.
                                In 1841 Dr. Young passed a successful examination before the Board of Censors of the Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Surgeons of Philadelphia, and shortly after began the practice of his profession in Delaware County.  He has schooled under his charge two pupils Dr. Samuel Mathues, located at Concord, and Dr. Edward J. Young a brother in Chester both of which young men are meeting with success.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – It is well known fact that in the purchase of a piano, organ or sewing machine, the purchaser must rely to a considerable extent, on the judgment and honor of the dealer, as fine appearing instruments and machines are not always the best.  The adage “all that glitters is not gold” will apply here with much force.
It is fortunate for the people of Delaware County that they have in Media an establishment devoted to the handling of musical instruments and sewing machines that is reliable and can be dependent upon with the utmost confidence.
We refer to the house of Walter T. Howell, now located at No. 116 State Street, the building occupied for years by Russell & Company, the clothiers. This stand was taken only recently by Mr. Howell in order to obtain more room and better facilities for his increasing business.
He has had a valuable experience in the business in which he is engaged, and keeping a large stock on hand, can for also almost any kind of a musical instrument from a Jews harp to a piano.  His specialty in the piano line is the Lester and New England, and in organs, the Bridgeport.  These instruments have wide reputation for purity and variety of tone, and as to durability they are unexcelled.
The Singer sewing machine, which Mr. Howell handles in Media, is without an equal and is a universal favorite all over the civilized world. Over a hundred are sold every year from this store alone The fine set of attachments with the new Singer are far in advance of anything in the market and make it capable of the widest range of work with the least trouble.
The business was established by Mr. Howell in 1885 and he has been steadily forging to the front ever since.  Besides his store at Media he has one similarly at large as Norristown and does a trade extending all over Montgomery County.  He is an active, go ahead young businessman, and his success, won by hard work and close attention is well deserved.
AN ENTERPRISING MERCHANT – The enterprising businessmen of Media believe that the trolley road will bring more trade to Media than it will take away, and they are preparing to accommodate it.  T. Edwin Rorer, owner of the market at the corner of Front and Jackson Streets and the large grocery and provision store at the corner of Washington and Orange Streets, is one of this number.  His prices for the same quality of goods are as low as any similar store in Chester, and he says the trolley is not taking trade away from him but bringing new customers every day, and he finds that within the past four weeks his sales have been on the increase.
Customers of groceries, provisions and meats must be indeed hard to pleaser if they cannot find what they want at the Rorer stores.  The stock is always full and complete, everything fresh and in almost every line, Mr. Rorer is selling at Chester and Philadelphia prices.
T. Edwin Rorer has been established in Media since 1877, and from the start he did a large and growing trade.  He first opened in a modest and unpretentious way on Orange Street, next to Rice’s bakery.
SHORTLIDGE MEDIA ACADEMY – The Shortlidge Media Academy is Media’s leading educational institution.  It has a reputation for the thoroughness of its instruction, and will compare favorably with the best preparatory schools in the land.
The school was established by Professor Swithin C. Shortlidge in 1875, and had been continuously and most successfully conducted by him as proprietor until the past year, when, owing to the unfortunate outcome of certain real estate purchases, apart from the school property he became financially embarrassed and the successful career of the institution was crippled to some extent.
The institution at present is on a solid footing.  The entire school properly, consisting of grounds, buildings and all equipment has now passed into the ownership and control of the “Media Academy Company,” and with an excellent patronage the school is rapidly regaining all it lost by the failure.  His former high standard will not only be maintained, but promises to be surpassed.
Professor Shortlidge, who is one of the incorporators and a member of the board of trustees, is still in charge as principal.  He is relieved of the purely business and financial Management by the Media Academy Company, which will supply all necessary funds for the proper conduct of the school.  The other members of the board of trustees are:  Henry C. Howard, president, the well-known attorney and president of the Delaware County Trust Company; Thomas J> Haldeman, president of the First National Bank of Media; and Dr. Evan G. Shortlidge, a prominent physician of Wilmington, Del.
A HORSE GOODS HOUSE – Someone has said that the most perplexing and bothersome thing in connection with those who own or handle horses is a poor set of harness, and this is certainly true.  A poor harness can never be depended upon.  You never know when it may break or give way in some vital point.  Many a serious or fatal accident might have been averted had the harness been of good quality, such as could be depended upon in time of need.  The horse owner who makes Media his trading point need never be bothered by a poor set of harness if he makes his purchases in this line of the house of H. D. Pratt, State and Jackson Streets.  An inferior quality of harness, or horse goods, never sees the inside of this old established and popular house.
                Mr. Pratt established his present business in Media in 1874, and during the past nineteen years he has built up a large trade, his patronage being constantly on the increase.  He is a practical workman himself, and from the fact that he thoroughly understands the manufacture of all goods handled, and will make nothing but honest goods is accounted his success.
 
 


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Media 125 years ago Part one Log house tour in Bethel on Sunday!!

"Welcome to Media" Baltimore Pike coming into Media from Middletown c.1950

 

Media 125 years ago

 

Note: This is a long article on Media and what it was like business, home life etc. from 125 years ago, It is a very long article and this is part one

       

                The borough of Media the county seat of Delaware County, by the establishment of the trolley road has been brought very close to Chester.  Chester looks upon Media as a sort of a little sister, and younger, more sedate and pretty.  Media, however, can no longer be called “little,” for it has attained a population of over 3300 and with the impetus given it ought to grow rapidly in the future.  The Media of 2000 will very likely be a much larger place than the Media of today.  Although it has no big mills or industrial establishments, it has more than kept pace with other towns in improvements and the Media of today is a far different place from the Media of a decade ago.  The improvements of the past five years include electric lights, well paved streets, improved water works, a well-equipped fire company and a new borough hall, and last and most important of all is the connection with Chester and Marcus Hook by the trolley road built by the Union Railway Company.  The road, opened on March 6th, has been liberally patronized and is already proving a big thing for both Media and Chester.
                NO BARS OR SALOONS – Media became incorporated in 1851, about the time it was made the county seat by the removal of the Court House.  The charter granted by the State prohibited the sale of liquor as a beverage anywhere within a mile of the borough.  This has never been changed, although it has been talked of several times, and Media can lay claim to being one of the few prohibition towns in the State.  The prohibitory clause in the charter is strictly enforced, no liquor of any kind being sold for “drinking” purposes, and the result is one of the most orderly and peaceable communities probably in the land.
                AS A SEAT OF LEARNING – The town is known as a center of information and research and there are few towns of the same size anywhere with better facilities for mental culture and progress.  The schools, both public and private, have a wide reputation, and pupils come here from all over the land.
                The Delaware Co. Institute of Science, an institution as old as the borough, comprised of an association of citizens of the county having for its object the dissemination of scientific information among the people, meets every Saturday evening in its building on South Avenue for that purpose.  It has a large membership which includes some of the most prominent and intelligent citizens of the county.  The building of the institute has recently been modernized in the interior and now contains a tasteful and commodious hall for its lectures and entertainments, a cabinet and curio room and museum and library.  Ex-Judge Broomall is president of the institution, and included in its roll of membership are Collector T. V. Cooper, Dr. Daniel Brinton, Graceanna Lewis, Dr. Isaac N. Kerlin, Henry C. Howard, Captain Isaac Johnson, Dr. S. D. Risley, A. Lewis Smith and many others equally as prominent.
                THE COURT HOUSE – The Court House is the largest and the most prominent building at Media.  When the Prothonotary's office is fitted up with metallic furniture and shelving, similar to the new offices of the Recorder of Deeds and Register, it will be one of the most complete public buildings in the State and will serve the county for many years to come.
                The building, with the new annex, makes a most imposing structure.  It is situated in a pretty shaded enclosure occupying a whole square of ground.  The Court House Square is the public park of the town, and the County Commissioners have kindly placed seats here where, in summer time, the way worn traveler, visitors to Media by the trolley or the tired citizens about town, can rest in its cooling shades.
                The offices at present in the Court House are occupied by men who understand their business, and have, for the most part, been elected for their ability and business qualities.
                Judge Thomas J. Clayton presides in the big room on the second floor and deals out law and justice here from the bench at the regular quarterly sittings of Court.  He has a handsome private office in the new annex, just in the rear of the bench.
                The present officials occupying the various offices are as follows:  Prothonotary and Clerk of the Quarter Sessions Court, William L. Mathues; Recorder of Deeds, John  H. Kerlin; Register of Wills, William H. Hall; High Sheriff, John D. Howard; Commissioners, Harry L. Hipple, W. Lane Quinn and James Clark.
                HIGH AND HEALTHY – The beauty and health of the town is well known to hundreds of Philadelphian’s who reside here during five or six months of the year with their families.  A great part of the permanent population is also made up of former residents of Philadelphia, professional and businessmen, who, pleased with the locality, have built or purchased homes here.  A feature of the place is the large summer hotels, one of these, Idlewild having a patronage among the best people of Philadelphia and other big cities.
                Media is known far and wide for its splendid homes, beautiful situation, shaded streets and handsome drives.  It is situated at an elevation of 400 feet above tidewater, and from almost any point the eye is greeted with an endless variety of hills and dales, copse and forests, and on a clear day from upper windows the city of Chester and the white sails of passing vessels on the Delaware are plainly visible.
                The health of the place is proverbial, and such a thing as malaria or hereditary disease of any kind is unknown.  The water is of the best and comes from the upper portion of Ridley Creek.  The principal streets are wide and well paved, and are fringed in summer time with the most luxuriant shade trees; and are the pride of the town and the admiration of all visitors.
                MEDIA’S HOME LIFE – Few people are better housed and live in more cozy and comfortable habitations than do the residents of Media.  They are better housed, fed and clothed than probably falls to the lot of most communities.  Then the working classes, and there are some of them in Media, live in clean and comfortable homes, and have every convenience to make life pleasant. Media is emphatically a town of homes.
                There are many pretty and neat and some very costly houses in Media, and its environments, Moylan and Wallingford, being included in the latter.  There are no finer building sites to be found that some of those in this locality and they are generally in the hands of men who are willing to sell the property at a fair price, nothing more.
                POLICE THAT PROTECT – Media’s police force is not a large one but it is all that is necessary to keep in the straight and narrow path 3000 orderly people.  It consists of Chief Jesse J. Hoopes and assistants John Campbell and Frank Smith.  The force is in charge of Burgess George Stiteler.
                The town contains few lawless characters and there are few places of its size during the past decade with fewer burglaries and other depredations committed, and the credit of this is largely due to the efficiency of the police force.  The town has been especially fortunate in the selection of her guardians of the peace, and there is no denying the sober fact that a vigilant police force can and does prevent crime.
                THE NEW TOWN HALL – The new town hall upon which contractor Flounders is now putting the finishing touches is one of the most important public improvements in Media’s history.  It is an imposing and substantial structure.  It has a front of 40 feet on State Street and 75 feet on Jackson and is of pressed brick, laid in white mortar and relieved by carved sills of Indiana limestone.  The base at the pavement is of Leiper and Lewis’ stone.  In the State Street front the three doorways disclose at once the character of the building, or at least the first floor of it.  The central entrance leads to the stairway to the upper floors, while those at each side of it are for the use of the fire apparatus.  The fire company is about to move into its splendid quarters here and will occupy all the first floor with the exception of a small room at the northwest corner which will be used as an office by the Chief Burgess.
                On the second floor is the Council chamber in front, and be firemen’s parlor and two offices in the rear.  The third floor is a large room for lodge meetings e.  Four lodges, the Golden Eagles, the Knights of Pythias, the American Mechanics and the Patriotic Sons of America are already in possession and meet on their respective nights weekly.  The town lockup is in the basement where drunken and disorderly persons are sent by the Burgess.  Electric lights, marble-top washstands, toilet rooms and all modern appliances and conveniences are to be found in the building, and in the County chamber there is a large and handsome fireplace with a hearth of fancy tile.
                The tower at the corner is a feature that adds to the beauty of the structure, as well as to its usefulness; for while it is tastefully ornamented to please the eye, it ends above in a belfry, out of which will peal the alarm and call for the firemen to get together in case of fire.
                The building is well planned and well-made, and reflects great credit upon Architect Yarnall and Builder Isaac L. Flounders.
                                MEDIA’S PERFECT LIGHT – The people of Media have no cause for complaint in regard to the electric light furnished by the Media Electric Light Company.  They live in one of the best, if not the best lighted towns in the State.
                The plant of the Media Company was erected nearly four years ago.  The present officers are F. T. Downing, president; W. Rodger Fronefield, secretary and treasurer and William J. Alexander, superintendent.  The system used is the Wood of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the arc and the Westinghouse incandescent alternating current for house and store lighting of which there is no better.  Compared with the light of other systems in nearby towns, Media’s light outshines them at least twenty five per cent.
                The company has about seventy five miles of wire furnishing light as far away as Swarthmore.  Moylan and Wallingford and the pretty modern homes in that locality all use the Media light.  Thirty arc lights are kept going all night to light the streets of Media, and they have in use 6500 incandescent lights for house and store lighting.
                The business of the Media Company is constantly growing and expanding.  They started with but 500 lights in December ’89, and twice since have had to increase their facilities to keep up with the demand.  At present they are putting in two new dynamos and a 150 horse power Corliss engine, and one additional 1200 horse power boiler.  When the new plant is in working order the service will be the best in the country.  The gentlemen at the head of the concern are progressive and ever on the alert to adopt anything that would tend to make their light the best, and they have managed and conducted the business so as to gain the approval of those who have tried the new light.
                MEDIA FIRE COMPANY NO. 1 – Media at present has the best precautions against loss by fire.  Its fire company is one of the best equipped in the State, everything being new and of the best approved order.  The management is in good hands, for the rules of the company exclude objectionable parties altogether from membership.  The present officers area:  President, Terrence Reilly; vice president, James H. Sweeney, recording secretary, Thomas J. Dolphin; financial secretary, H. R. Greenfield; treasurer, Ralph Buckley; directors, William H. Carey, John J. Rowland, Jr., Townsend F. Green; foreman, J. Harris Sloan; assistant foreman, George F. Fisher; chief engineer, George W. Carey; assistant engineer, Samuel P. Rush, J. E. English, Benjamin Broadbelt, Edward Nolan.
                The equipment consists of a LaFrance steam fire engine, one Bailey & Gleason hook and ladder truck, two hose carts, sixteen hundred feet of cotton hose, the property of the borough; fire hats, rubber coat and boots and fifty dress uniforms for parade.  The value of the company’s personal property is nearly $500.
                The company was organized in 1880 after a meeting of citizens called to discuss means to secure better protection from fire.  It has now over 150 members among whom are some of the best-known citizens.  The Media fire lads not only have the best and most approved equipment, but in their new quarters in the new town hall they occupy a department built especially for them, and is as near perfect as it can be made.  But they deserve it all.
                BURGESS AND COUNCIL – The county seat of Delaware is possessed of a plethoric title.  Its charter calls the corporation, the Burgess and Town Council of the Borough of Media.  The first named official is a sort of figure head.  Many duties are assigned to him by the exclusive Act of Assembly, but he possesses no power to carry them out.  In the Town Council, as the charter says, rests the sole power of the municipality.  But there is generally a cordiality existing between the seven rulers, the Chief Burgess and his Council, and he is seldom called upon to cast a deciding vote, which he has the power to do when the six are at sixes and sevens.  The present Board has the honor of having been in power when improved highways were laid and the trolley system inaugurated between Chester and Media.  It is looked up to with veneration.  It is a good looking body of men, with six or seven exceptions, and way down to hard pen in business matters.  It is also what might be called a live and let live, home industry concern, and if the seven men were penned up in the town there would be no necessity for any but the Burgess to leave it, except, perhaps, for bathing and fresh air, tubs of which are within walking distances at the Rose Tree Inn and on the Black Horse Hills.  Burgess George J. Stiteler sells shell fish and fish with scales and with skins, for these he has to depend on the outside world.  He always hides his stabber when he has official callers.  T. Edwin Rorer is the grocer of the board; he sells to home trade, he says, and stays at home.  Charles B. Jobson sells beef, so he says, and everybody believes him.  Frank I. Taylor builds houses out of home-made bricks, while George E. Darlington and E. H. Hall dole out homemade law and plenty of it to the rest of the board.  Dr. Thomas D. Young is the only medical man in this august body, and he can write a prescription for home-made drugs – when necessity requires it – that goes at any alchemist’s in the town.  Junketing is never indulged in by the board and free passes are tabooed.  The only perquisites that have been known to be accepted are free seats at the circus, side show included, when it comes to town.
                THE KEELEY CURE – The history of Media’s leading institutions and enterprises would be incomplete if it did not contain some reference to the now well-known and well-established Keeley Institute at that place.  It is one of the many institutes now established throughout the United States for administering the Keeley double chloride of gold remedies for the treatment of inebriety, and to those addicted to the use of opium, cocaine and other narcotics.
                The fame of Dr. Leslie E. Keeley and his wonderful care has extended over the entire land.  It has long ago passed the experimental stage and the demonstrations of its efficiency all around us are sufficient to convince the most skeptical.  As the worth of the Keeley treatment became known it was found necessary to extend the field and the establishment of the institute at Media was the result.
                THE INSTITUTE BUILDING – It was removed here from Philadelphia about a year ago, and is the only branch of the Institute in Eastern Pennsylvania.  It is located in the large old-fashioned Miller mansion at the corner of Front and Orange Streets overlooking the Courthouse Square.  The entire building is used in the work of the institute and contains the redemption rooms, laboratory, treatment rooms and the offices of the manager and the physician in charge, all nicely furnished.  The patients are not confined in the institute and kept under guard, as is generally supposed.   They board at the Charter House, the hotel of the town, or at a private boarding house, as they choose, and go and come to the institute at the hours for treatment, free and unrestrained.
                SAME AS THE PARENT INSTITUTION – The Keeley Institute at Media is doing a great work in reclaiming victims of alcoholism. It is in the hands of men who have long ago proved to the skeptical in Media that Keeleyism is a reality.  The general manager is Mr. J. N. Burson who has the right to administer the Keeley remedies in this State.  A. Kobler is the superintendent and Dr. W. W. Strange is the physician in charge.  They conduct the institution upon the same methods and with the same remedies as at the parent house at Dwight, Ill.  Dr. Strange, who is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, has received instruction under the personal direction of Dr. Keeley, consequently there is not the slightest difference between the treatment at the Media institute and that at Dr. Keeley’s home institute.
                THE METHOD OF TREATMENT – The remedies only are secret.  The manner of treating patients and the method of applying the remedies can be seen by all who are interested enough in the Keeley cure to visit the institution.  When a patient first presents himself he is asked a few questions in regard to how long he has had liquor, what kind he has used, and in certain difficult cases he is submitted to a medical examination. Then he is given his first injections, and presents himself daily for hypodermic treatment at 8, 12, 5 and 7:30 o’clock, except in case of illness, when he is treated at his rooms.  Lady patients are treated privately.  Each patient is given a bottle of tonic to be taken in small doses every two hours during the day and evening, and such laxatives and sedatives as are necessary.
                FROM INEBRIETY TO SOBRIETY – The attendance of patients at the institute reaches as high as twenty-five or thirty at one time.  It is a study to watch them come up for treatment.  After getting well started, there are seldom any late or tardy.  As they come into the treatment room and remove their hats and coats, it is noticed that some of the faces are serious; on others there are traces of great suffering, and here and there is an over ripe complexion or a nose that blushes as itself.
                But the majority of the faces in line bear not the slightest traces of alcohol.  These latter are those of men who have passed into the second or third week of their stay.  The whiskey is out of them – every drop.  They have been born again, as it were, and the strange exhilaration which comes with freedom and the building up of their depleted systems with natural sleep, not super induced by narcotics, with the bracing air and generous food of Media, and pleasant surroundings and associations have made them into new men.
                INJECTING THE GOLD – Dr. Strange takes his place at a cabinet containing the remedies near the head of the line.  Each man in turn reaches the cabinet and his left wrist is grasped and his pulse noted by the physician.  Each man has removed his coat and each one has a slit cut in the sleeve of his left arm to allow the syringe to reach the flesh.
                The needle of the hypodermic instrument is next dipped into the double chloride of gold and is drawn from the little saucers.  The long sharp needle is deftly thrust into the upper arm and the few drops from the fountain of sobriety go on their errand of mercy and the patient, if he be a comparatively new arrival, is given a bottle of whiskey, and he, with the others, goes on his way, not rejoicing during the first few days of treatment, for a man cannot get over a long debauch without some physical suffering – but the Keeley remedies and the moderate doses of whiskey, to use the expression of a graduate, “let him down easy.”
                HOW THE APPETITE IS KILLED – Manager Burson, in speaking about the mode of treatment and its effects, said, “We first get the patient sober, that is if he comes to us under the influence of liquor.  Then we remove the appetite for liquor.  During this time we give such whiskey as he requires, but in from two to four days he voluntarily stops using it.  He finds that it either nauseates him or that he simply doesn’t want any more.  Then the remedies which have been powerfully, yet painfully at work upon his system continue the work of building up those issues which have been caused by alcohol.  When we are through with him, which is in about four weeks, he is ready to go out into the world he came into, but without the need for a taste for alcohol.  “The craving for it, the appetite – call it what you may – is gone.”
                The Institute at Media has had several hundred graduates during the year.  Nearly all professions and lines of business have been represented and of all the cases treated, not over five per cent, have relapsed.  In Media, men known for years as inveterate drinkers, and whose thirst was thought to be incurable, have taken the cure and been freed from the thralldom of alcohol.  Their wives, children and friends have been made happy and all are glad to sound the praises of Dr. Keeley.  “I took my last drink of whiskey,” said one of these graduates about a year ago, and since taking the Keeley treatment I have never felt like wanting another drink and though I have been in all kinds of places amid the most exciting scenes, I have never had the least desire to touch whiskey.  I know the cure is sure, positive and lasting.”
                IS IT PERMANENT? – The question as to whether the cure is permanent and lasting or not is well answered by John H. Harrison, a prominent attorney of Vincennes Ind.  In a letter written by him to the Louisville Courier Journal, of what the following to an extract:  “One year ago this month I went to the Keeley Institute. I had known all the paces that one of my temperament usually goes, and I brought up at the end of one of those periodical sprees, which always left me in a dreadfully weakened condition.  The physician in charge, received me kindly, and seeing the person’s condition, I was in, offered a drink of whiskey.  To say that I accepted is tame language.  I slid that drink down the receptacle of thousands of former drinks that would do credit to a streak of lightning.  I began the treatment that evening.  The next day I was taken up to the club room and introduced to as kind and courteous a body of men as it has ever been my good fortune to meet.  There were about forty of them and they deemed to vie with each other in trying to make me feel at ease.  I left there with the burden of my life rolled away, and I cannot but recommend all of God’s unfortunates who, like myself, have acquired an appetite which they cannot control, to go there and be cured.  Go and avail yourselves of the cure that has come to me, and will come to you like a blessing from God.  Gain the strength of your manhood; go in the declining of your manhood; go in the declining years of your life; go when old age be standing over you; go and make wife, mother daughter and sister happy; go and bring happiness and joy of your family; go and fill up” with home and joy and gladness and peace, and God go with you.”
                SAMUEL P. RUSH – The oldest harness store in Media, and in fact, one of the oldest and most solid business houses in Delaware County is the store of Samuel Rush, located at 306 West State Street, west of Orange.  The business was established by Mr. Rush in the year 1851e, one year after the incorporation of the borough, and it has been carried on very successfully by him for forty-two years.  He has occupied two different locations in McHaduring this time, but in 1871 he removed to his present location, where he has one of the most complete and convenient stores to be found in the county.  It has 20 feet front and extends to a depth of 50 feet.  It has large double bulk windows where five specimens of harness are always displayed.
                The store throughout is arranged and ventilated after Mr. Rush’s own ideas, and it is impossible for leather to become damp or moldy while in stock.  The whips, traces and hitching straps are all kept in drawers made expressly for the purpose and are easily displayed when a customer calls.  The workrooms in the rear are on the same idea, and are fully in keeping with the rest of the establishment.  The place turns out some exceptionally fine work and many of the handsome turnouts seen on the streets of Media on a bright summer afternoon are supplied by Mr. Rush.  He manufactured nearly every style of harness for farm and road purposes, including Dearborn, carriage and light harness, and keeps on hand a good supply of ready-made stock of his own manufacture.
                In connection with the manufacture of harnesses in all its branches and with a large and select stock constantly on hand, Mr. Rush carries on the business of furnishing and recovering of feathers on the goose and chicken; feathers always on hand, and makes bed ticks, pillows and bolsters do order.  He also scrapes, repairs, varnishes and upholsters all kinds of furniture in the best manner.
                When Mr. Rush first came to Media there were but five or six houses scattered along on what are now known as State and Orange Streets, and he has seen the place grow from a village to a large and prosperous cottage. He can justly claim to be one of Media’s oldest citizens and pioneer business man of the town.