Friday, July 29, 2016

Delco Republicans "Cornboil" TRUMP!! LOL A look back at Delco Politics!

The above invite is extremely rare. For approximately  40 years starting in the 1870's the Republican Party of Delaware County held once a year "Cornboils". At this meetings, a picnic basically, attended by some 250 to 300 of the parties movers and shakers. Andrew Dalton ran them for many years the above meeting his 15th was held in Essington.

Delaware County Republican's Cornboils 100 plus years ago

NOTE: As hard as it is to imagine, the "Corn boil" was the way political business  was handled in Delaware County. At the "corn boil" nominees and elections were planned and discussed, local problems, solutions etc. were handled and planned. The following articles give some idea of what they were like.




Delaware County Politicians Will Not Let This Time-Honored Custom Go by the Board

            “Will the cornboil be held this year?”  Foolish question No. 7,655,432.  Of course it will.  How could Delaware County get along without a cornboil?  Who would think of shattering a time honored tradition and breaking up the annual gathering along the historic Brandywine?  Shatter the thought!  Who has ever been on a cornboil excursion has ridden with the jolly gathering from Media to Chadd’s Ford, traveled in hay wagons which bounced up and down, striking with heavy jolts, while the dust piled over the occupants, and enjoyed the feast and sport at the famous park would ever think of doing away with such a memorable event?
            The cornboilers have played an important part in Delaware County’s history for some years.  They have assisted in making the list of candidates for office.  A few years ago it was on the cornboils that the leaders would nod their heads or shake them in disapproval of a candidate for office in the county, and those nods and shakes meant the will of the people, so to speak, for seldom if at all, the nods and shakes failed of their purpose.  Far from it, for when the work went forth it was known who would land in the official positions.  So history says, and it is seldom mistaken in facts.  Last year it was different.  Candidates were on the grounds, but they were unable to secure assurances of support except from individuals, and they were not in haste to pledge themselves.
            Of course, the cornboil will be held this year.  Captain General Andrew Dalton, the genial prothonotary, verifies the statement, and he knows.  He is the chiefest among all of the cornboilers, from Radnor to Birmingham, and the clans gather about him to take part in the annual celebration.  And, oh, such corn!  What does it matter if the cornboilers have to be gathered about a rough board table in the grove and crowd together so that there may be seats enough for all, as long as the corn is delicious, juicy and the finest that the county can produce?  He who has eaten of the corn and well prepared potatoes and enjoyed the other provisions and eatables (washed down with good pure water) cannot resist an invitation to be present the next year.
            The cornboil will be held the latter part of next August, and preparations will soon be begun for the affair.  Deputy Prothonotary J. Harvey Smith was very active in the work last year and it was largely through his good management that last year’s event was such a success.
            If you aren’t a cornboiler you cannot realize what the annual cornboil is, and what an important event it is.  Men prominent in affairs in Delaware County will again be numbered among the cornboilers this year.

CHESTER TIMES – August 31, 1910


Gathering of the Clans at Birmingham Park on Saturday Next Will Be a Big Event – Politicians Will Be There

            Next to the annual banquet of the Young Men’s Republican Club, which always brings together men prominent and active in the political affairs of the city and county, the Cornboilers’ yearly outing is one of the two big events that are looked forward to with great interest, one occurring in the waning summertime and in the open, while the corn is green on the cob, and the other late in the fall, around the festive board in the banqueting hall when the summer days are over.  Both are opportunities for the men who do the political hustling to meet each other and get better acquainted in talking over past and future campaigns.  The Cornboilers’ outings have taken the place to some extent of the popular excursions down the bay conducted by the Delaware County Republican Executive Committee and kindred organizations and they are becoming more popular every year.  Old friends meet and greet each other, learn what is going on politically, socially and otherwise and have a general good time at least one day in the year.
            From present indications there will be a t least 300 persons from different parts of Delaware County at the annual outing of the Delaware County Cornboilers Association of which Captain General Andrew J. Dalton is chairman.  The cornboil will be held at Birmingham Park and the Captain General has announced that the special car which will take the party to the affair will leave Media station at 9 o’clock sharp on Saturday morning.  Captain General Dalton says that the arrangements are almost complete and a big day is expected.  Everyone present may expect to have the time of their lives.
            There will be plenty of sports at the cornboil and some interesting events are being arranged, but the contestants will not be announced by the Captain General for a day or two at least.  He says that Kelly will be there with his green necktie, positively, as Kelly, who has been in obscurity, has sent on his $2, which means that he will be present.  There will be several 100 yard dashes between men weighing 200 pounds, lean men’s race and other odd sports.
            “Tom” Berry will also be present and Captain General Dalton says that “Tom” was at the original cornboils held years ago by the Indians, and that is where he first became acquainted with “Tom.”  The Captain General also says that “Tom” has been an old man as long as he knew him.
            The Chester City Band has been engaged to enliven things with sweet music.  Every man who attends the cornboil and pays his $2 will be guaranteed to weigh 10 pounds more when he leaves Birmingham Park than when he left his home.  There is every reason to believe that if the day is a favorable one that a big crowd will be present, among them the big and little politicians of the county.


CHESTER TIMES – September 5, 1910



Captain General Andrew J. Dalton and His Band of “Warriors” Have a Jolly Time at Birmingham Park – Feast on Good Things and Make Merry

            Amid a heavy downpour of rain, about one hundred and fifty cornboilers of this county left Media shortly after nine o’clock on Saturday morning on a special train for Birmingham Park.  The annual conclave of politicians, big and small from this county was the best ever.  Captain General Andrew J. Dalton, who had charge of the affair, had everything arranged in fine style, but he certainly went wrong on his wireless message which he received on Thursday telling him that the weather would be fair and that Jupiter Pluvius would be good on the day of the cornball.  Now Captain General Dalton asserts that he was given the wrong message.  On the other hand George Darlington, Esq. consulted an almanac which told him it would be a wet day and the result was he remained home.
            Once the train reached the station all hands made for the big pavilion which was used during the day and later on about fifty more cornboilers came in automobiles and other vehicles.  Despite the inclement weather, a very delightful day was spent; the trying circumstances and the rain did not dampen the ardor of the cornboilers in the least.  Of course the Citizen’s Bank of Chester which was present was forced to play oftener that it would have had the weather been fair.  The time was spent in exchanging stories, while others rendered songs at intervals.  Once during the day that the rain halted for a short time, there were some quoit matches and other sports but the “boys” soon had to retire to the pavilion.
            While there was no slate-making, many little political confabs were held and candidates for various offices were on hand seeing the “boys” and sizing up their chances as best they could.  Taken all in all, however, the cornboil was more on the order of a family gathering than a political function, and politics were not permitted to mar the pleasure of the cornboilers, or to interfere with their appetites.
            Among the prominent visitors present was Hon. Isaac Johnson, president Judge of the Delaware County Courts.  Judge Johnson mingled with the “boys” and enjoyed the occasion very much.
            The dinner was served on tables neatly arranged and the menu was made to tickle the palates of the politicians, consisted of corn on the ear, chicken, clam chowder, rolls, coffee, sandwiches and cigars.  The cornboilers, together with Kelly and his green necktie, returned to Media shortly after seven o’clock, well pleased with the day’s outing.  Captain General Dalton was not dismayed at the weather, but he said that the next time he would consult a real weather prophet before setting the date for the cornboil.  Among those present were:  Judge Johnson, Major Jesse Baker of Media; John J. McClure of Chester; John E. Hayburn Harry Hayburn of Concord, Frank Thomas of Yeadon, Nelson Kershaw of Upper Darby, A.M. Getz of Morton; Geo. T. Wadas, Isaac E. Johnson, Hon. Thomas H. Garvin, chairman of the Republican County Executive Committee; Edward McKeen of Clifton Heights; Harry J. Makiver of Media; Thomas Fields, warden of the county prison; Frank Worrell of Swarthmore; William H. Garrett of Upper Darby; Deputy Prothonotary J. Harvey Smith; Richard J. Baldwin of Chadd’s Ford; County Commissioners George W. Allen Van Leer E. Bond E. Louis Barlow; Richard A. Donnelly of Fernwood; Charles Mathues of Media, and others.



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