Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Colwyn, Name picked from a map, Ridley Park Talk Tonight!!

The Colwyn Fire Co. 0n parade from July 4, 1905. If any reader recognizes the location please let me know. Thanks Keith

NOTE: Colwyn''s name was little pulled from the air or actually off a map of Ohio State. Doing a talk on Ridley Park history see below.



It might be interesting to know how the Borough of Colwyn received its name and who named it Colwyn.
          Many years ago a group of men gathered in the house of George S. Drewes when he lived on Fourth Street, when it was not Colwyn.  Besides Drewes, this group included such men as Louis Disbrow, A. P. Hill and Samuel McAllister.
          They decided to organize a borough and following this decision they began the hunt for a name.  None of the group could think of any, so they gathered around an old Atlas and after searching through it they found an isolated Ohio town named Colwyn.
          “Let’s name the new borough Colwyn,” said Mr. Drewes and it became Colwyn.  It might be mentioned that Mr. Drewes served as its first president for nearly 22 years.  It is the second smallest borough in the State.  Millbourne on the dividing line of Philadelphia and Delaware County at 63rd Street and the West Chester Pike is the smallest.
          The two sons of George S. Drewes are:  William H. Drewes, an Upper Darby Commissioner living in Drexel Hill and Charles H. Drewes, undertaker and political leader of the Darby Borough.

The Ridley Park Historical Society
Is pleased to present
A Slide Show
A Picture History of Ridley Park
presented by
Delaware County Historian
Keith Lockhart
7:30 pm. Tuesday, October 22, 2019
At the Ridley Park Borough Hall Community Room
105 W. Ward Street, Ridley Park PA
Cost will be $5 per person.
Refreshments will be served

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