Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Lawn Croft Cemetery Hearse, Sunday Baseball ruled legai!! And some Delco Museums etc. are now opening! See below

 Two weeks ago I wrote about the first funeral hearse in Delco and one of the first in this area. The ladies at Lawn Croft Cemetery were nice enough to send me a picture of how it originally looked. Check it out.

August 23, 1930


Philadelphia Jurist Gives Sweeping Decision Against Blue Laws

          A sweeping decision against too rigid enforcement of the Sunday blue laws, declaring much of the Act of 1794 has been dead 100 years beyond even the power of the courts to revive it, was handed down by Judge Lewis in Quarter Sessions Court in Philadelphia.  The decision rules not guilty three men arrested on a disorderly conduct charge in connection with a Sunday game of amateur baseball.  In his opinion, which covers twenty-eight typewritten pages, Judge Lewis makes the following points:

          Sunday baseball by amateur teams does not in itself constitute a breach of the peace, provided there is no commercialism or disturbance of neighbors.

          Taking up a collection to defray expenses only, is not commercialization.

          Arrests on Sunday without a warrant are unlawful when there is no breach of the peace.  Although public peace is still more fragile and brittle on Sundays than on weekdays, the people themselves long ago effected a repeal of the extreme portions of the 1794 blue laws.

          A law which runs counter to the habits and customs of a majority of the people is not really a law.  It is a bugaboo, a scarecrow that cows only the timid and but amuses the bold.”

          In conclusion, Judge Lewis makes seven specific reasons regarding the administration of the Sabbath laws “in order that there may be no misapprehension and as a guide to those concerned, including the police department.”

          The decision was given in the cases of Malcolm McGowan, manager of the Passon baseball team; Edward Sherman, manager of the North Penn Athletic Club, and Tod Voorhees,  an umpire, who were arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct at a baseball game played Sunday, August 3, a Passon Athletic Field, 48th and Spruce streets in Philadelphia.  All three were sentenced to thirty days in jail by Magistrate Hamberg on refusing to pay fines of $10 and costs each.  Michael Saxe, attorney for Harry Passon, sponsor of the game, filed an appeal which was argued before Judge Lewis.

          After reviewing at length the circumstances leading to the arrests and quoting from decisions of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in other cases bearing on the subject, the opinion of Judge Lewis says: “The evidence produced before us as to the conduct of the baseball game on August 3 does not establish that disorderly conduct amounting to a breach of the peace was committed by all or any one of the defendants.  Their arrest on Sunday without a warrant was therefore unlawful, the whole proceeding being without effect and void.”


Remember when West Chester Pike looked like this? The pike at Springfield Rd. Looking west in 1939

Attractions, Openings & Exciting Events Throughout the County
Now Open:
Gorgeous Gardens, Parks, Wineries, Golf Courses & more!
Chanticleer Gardens on the Main Line, is open with timed-entry. National Geographic Traveler Magazine has called this estate “One of America’s Most Beautiful Secret Gardens.”  

Tyler Arboretum is renowned for its beauty and a history that dates back to the time of William Penn. They offer outstanding hiking trails and lots of fun things to do for both adults and children.

Ridley Creek State Park is located just outside of Media. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., it is a 2,500 acre free park for hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. Saturdays you can also visit its Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation which recreates daily life on a Pre-Revolutionary farm. 

The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum Township is adjacent to PHL and holds the distinction of being America’s First Urban Wildlife Refuge. The Visitors Center and Restrooms are closed, but it is open daily, sunrise to sunset, for hiking and exploring!
Go Dining & BrandyWining!

Media is once again offering outdoor dining! State Street is closed to traffic TWO NIGHTS A WEEK to serve dinner by street light. On Wednesdays and Thursdays a variety of Media restaurants are serving dinner from 4:30 to 11 p.m. Before and after dining feel free to stroll Media's shops, enjoy a little ice cream, or just watch the moon rise over the town...

Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford is now open 7 days a week This award-winning family owned vineyard is currently offering wine tastings, wine bar service and to-go curbside service. Reservations required.

Grace Winery in Glen Mills is open Thursdays through Sundays.  Wine tastings are held outdoors in the vineyard. 

Cafe Dining & Art, now through 9/27 at the
Brandywine River Museum of Art Enjoy great art 'inside' and great food 'outside! The Museum's Millstone Café is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for “Grab and Go” options to eat in the courtyard. Then explore generations of Wyeth-family masterpieces as well as an outstanding exhibit titled Votes for Women: A Visual History, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Site openings and events are subject to last minute changes, so before visiting, please check their websites to confirm status and hours.
Let's Play Golf!
Five Public Golf Courses Now Open

Springfield Country Club is a challenging and beautifully landscaped 6018 yard, par 70 course that offers one of the region’s premier golf experiences. Located in Springfield on Baltimore Pike, it just minutes from the Main Line, Newtown Square and Media. 
The Golf Course at Glen Mills is located in Delco’s Brandywine Country and is one of the most interesting and challenging public golf courses in the region. Designed by Bobby Weed and it has been included in the list.
The Golf Course at Paxon Hollow Country Club in Media is open for daily play. The Practice Range and Putting Green are closed but the restaurant is open for outdoor dining. 
Clayton Park Golf Course in Glen Mills opened in 1960 and is a 9-hole course that features 1,600 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 30. The course rating is 35.5 and it has a slope rating of 113.

Valley View Golf Course in Newtown Square is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to dusk -- and weekends 8 a.m. to dusk. Thursdays the driving range will not open until 10 a.m. They are not taking tee times, so it is offered on a first come first serve basis. 


Mark Your Calendars!

Support local agriculture and spend a beautiful morning or afternoon gathering Honey-crisp Apples, Raspberries, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, as well as many Sweet & Hot Pepper varieties.

All Aboard the West Chester Railroad! Bring the family for a 'Summer Picnic Special' every Sunday through 9/20. Leaves the station at noon.
What's more fun and relaxing than a 90 minute train ride from West Chester to Glen Mills and back on a warm summer afternoon! Pack a lunch to enjoy at the Glen Mills picnic grove. Snacks and refreshments also available for purchase from their on board snack bar. 

Delaware County Council, Delaware County Parks and Recreation, and
Visit Delco, PA will present a

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