The murder of Captain Erb at his Aston estate, "Red Gables" was in the newspaper for months
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Various views of Tinicum Township from over 100 years ago! Recognize anything?
August 3, 1900 – CHESTER TIMES
THE BOOKIES HAVE FOUND A GOOD THING Race Track Gamblers Playing the Game above Essington
The “Bow Creek Club”
CHESTER TIMES – February 26, 1901
ESSINGTON GAMBLERS ARE IN FULL SWING
Pool Rooms are doing a Rushing Business Every Day
Sports Have Their Parades
The Essington pool rooms are in full blast again and everything goes at that famous place for the gamblers on horseflesh.
CHESTER TIMES – August 11, 1904
AND CHILDREN DRUNK ON TINICUM ISLAND PICNIC
Investigation Being Made into the
Speakeasy Parties Conducted above Essington by Philadelphia Societies on
Sundays in Which Much Debauchery is in Evidence
Pay One Dollar and Be a Club
ESSINGTON CITIZENS PETITION THE COURT TO SUPPRESS ORGIES
Saturday, August 6, 2016
A rare picture of the Twin Oaks Camp in Boothwyn from my collection
NOTE; 120 years ago summer camp meetings were the thing. Besides Chester Heights there were several others. The two below started almost back to back. Read the articles and get an idea of living in a tent at four dollars a week was like.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Delaware County Republican's Cornboils 100 plus years ago
CHESTER TIMES – JULY 25, 1910
WILL THE CORNBOIL BE HELD?
WHY, OF COURSE
Delaware County Politicians Will Not Let This Time-Honored Custom Go by the Board
CHESTER TIMES – August 31, 1910
CORNBOILERS’ ANNUAL OUTING
Gathering of the Clans at Birmingham Park on Saturday Next Will Be a Big Event – Politicians Will Be There
CHESTER TIMES – September 5, 1910
BRAVE THE RAIN
HOLD ANNUAL OUTING
Captain General Andrew J. Dalton and His
Band of “Warriors” Have a Jolly Time at Birmingham Park – Feast on Good Things and Make Merry
Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Morton Morton Homestead in Prospect Park about 1920 before restoration.
NOTE: In 1904, local Prospect Park businessman, Henry J. Borzener planned to tear down the old Morris Ferry House aka todays Mortonson Mortonson Home in Prospect Park. There were rumors about it's age etc. but no one really cared. Then in stepped Ridley Park's Bessie Ward Hinkson. Hinkson whose husband was lawyer Joseph Hinkson and yes Hinkson Ave. is named for their family. Bessie literally threw herself in front of the contractors, stopped the demolition and took over the care and maintence of the house for the next 32 years till the state of Pennsylvania restored and dedicated it in October of 1936. Bessie Ward Hinkson was guest of honor at the dedication.
Today the Mortonson Mortonson Homestead in Prospect Park sits empty and closed. It is the oldest house in the state of Pennsylvania. Depending on what rumor you hear the boro or another group are in charge of the building. It has been closed for the last 3 years at least. It is time to get the homestead up and running and OPENED!
So who will be the next Bessie Ward Hinkson? Men can also apply!!
The articles below are from April 1904
MORRIS FERRY HOUSE TO BE TORN DOWN FOR NEW BUILDING
OLD MORRIS FERRY HOUSE HAS TO GO