Sunday, August 9, 2020

Glen Dale Golf Course and "Cinderblock Cities" and an unknown shop??

Above a map of the 9 hole Glen Dale Golf Course at South Ave. and MacDade Blvd. and how it looked in 1928. Green #1 was right at South and MacDade and if you look hard today you can still see it!

NOTE: It is heard to imagine today that there was once a golf course at South Ave. and MacDade Blvd. aka Parker Ave. The course, Glen Dale, opened in 1928 and was named for Glenolden and Collingdale. It closed in 1940 and the course became a "cinderblock city". The Federal Government bought the property for war housing. Although we hadn't entered WW2 yet, housing for workers was at a premium. Places like Baldwins, Westinghouse, Sun Ship were already working 24/7. The Feds built two other "cinderblock cities" one in Woodlyn at MacDade and Bullens La. and the other in Tinicum at Rts. 291 and 420. The one in Glenolden was never torn down and the houses were sold individually. 

The former golf course about 1949. South Ave. is on the far left and MacDade Blvd. bottom right. The line of trees at the top is Academy Ave. At the top of the picture you can see the Tully Golf Course an 18 hole course in Darby Twp. It closed c.1950 and was developed as Briarcliffe.


 Special Match to Feature Inauguration of Glendale Country Club on Parker Avenue

The Glendale Country Club’s attractive new golf course on Parker Avenue, Glenolden, is to be opened this afternoon, and several attractive features have been arranged for the occasion.  This star feature of the day will be an exhibition match by four of the leading golfers in the Philadelphia district.

The special exhibition is scheduled to begin at 2 o’clock.  Included in the all-star foursome will be Paul Tewkesbury of Sharon Hill, former medalist I the national amateur championship; J. Winston Kindt, former Pennsylvania junior amateur champion, and Andrew H. Kays and George M. Stevens, outstanding amateur participants in all of the leading tournaments in this section.  It is announced that the exhibition is to be free to the public.

Glendale is located along Parker Avenue, about one-half mile south of Collingdale.  The 3200 yard nine-hole course is a tricky one.  The distance from the tee to No. 2 green is 504 yards.  No. 2 green is an island entirely surrounded by a natural water course.  The next hole is a fairly straight drive of 190 yards, while the fifth hole is the toughest of them all.  It is a table top three feet above grade, entirely surrounded by wicked sand traps.

The course was constructed by James Bailey, pro for the Tully Memorial Course, which adjoins Glendale.

A clubhouse is now in the course of erection of the forty-eight acres and, when completed, will present every modern convenience.  There will be a large dining and banquet hall, showers, lockers and lounging rooms for both men and women and supplied with every modern convenience.  A veranda will entirely surround the structure, which is being built on a plot 40 by 130, and, when completed, the entire project will be free to the public.



 What reader recognizes this building? It is gone but all of you past it for many years

Sunday, August 2, 2020

No decision on Chester's 1724 Courthouse yet


The Chester City Hall aka 1724 on the Avenue of the States aka Edgmont Ave. about 1920. The steeple on top was added in the 1850's and removed in the 1920's see article below.


 The important issue of saving the 1724 Chester Court House is going to be decided soon by county council. The Penna. Historic Museum which has had ownership for the last 40 plus years no longer wants the responsibility. They will be meeting soon with county council soon to ask the county to take over the 1724 Courthouse.The courthouse on Ave. of the States in Chester is the oldest public building in Penna. Below is a letter written by Leslie Potter supporting the decision to bring the ownership back to Delco.I hope you will down load, copy and send it to Brian Zidek and/or all of the members of the Delaware County Council.  You can place your address label in the upper right hand corner. Or you may feel that you can compose your own letter. When we realize such an important building is here in our county we must urge the powers that be to save it! OLDEST COURTHOUSE IN AMERICA! HERE! Let's all do what we can!