Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Viscose Plant in Marcus Hook opens!! Upcoming Events


The original Viscose Plant in Marcus Hook about 1925. The original plant opened in 1910. The above picture is the 400 block of 10th St. looking west.

Note: The last of the Viscose Plant the chimney came down this week. It was the first U.S. Plant to make artificial silk.



December 23, 1910– Chester Times

WHEELS OF INDUSTRY HUM AT OPENING OF LARGE PLANT

Works of the American Viscose Company, One of the Biggest in the State, Put in Operation Yesterday.

DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW ESTABLISHMENT

               One of the biggest concerns of any kind in the State and said to be the only concern of its sort in the country, and one which recently has been giving much work to Chesterites, thus proving a boon in a slack season, is the American Viscose Company, located within three or four miles of Chester, and which in the last few months has practically grown up in our midst.

               In spite of the fact that it is a very extensive plant, neither its presence nor its mission, both of which are important factors in the industrial growth of Chester, seem to be known generally throughout the city.

FIRST PRODUCT YESTERDAY

               Yesterday the first complete product of the plant was turned out and no better opportunity could be afforded than now for presenting to the public in general some idea of the building and its processes which have come, so to speak, as a God-send in the general depressed business conditions of this winter.

               The firm is under the management of men who have really made a life study of the artificial silk business, the majority of them being Englishmen or men who have spent a considerable part of their lives studying the business on the other side of the ocean.

               The officers or employers who have headquarters in the local offices at Marcus Hook, whose names would be of most direct interest to the people of this community are:  Treasurer, F. S. Younghusband; manager, H. J. Grant;  chief engineer, James Clayton;  chief chemist, C. A. Ernst;  chief foreman, John Keegan.

WELL EQUIPPED PLANT

               The building, which is built of fireproof material, entirely, is five stories high and covers an immense area.  It is mostly concrete construction and is ventilated, lighted, heated and equipped in the most modern manner. On the first floor are the offices, modern in every respect, which extend for over a square along a fine concrete corridor.

               Besides these, on the lower floor, are the various conveniences for the employees, the large and modernly-equipped lunch room, divided into separate parts for the male and female workers, being the most attractive feature of this department.

               Here the men and women can buy their lunch, served by men employed for that purpose by the company, at the exact cost price paid by the company, even though, as expected, it is carried on at a loss to the latter.  Various engines and machinery are also located on the lower floor.

               The second floor, which is illuminated by the brightest arc lights, scattered in every department, contains the twisting, winding and doubling machines, and will be the headquarters of a hundred and fifty or two hundred men when the plant is put into full operation, which will not be for six or seven months yet, the plan being to increase the output of the plant gradually.  The third floor is practically the same as the second and contains, as in fact does the rest of the building, double windows by which the temperature of the rooms can be tempered as desired. The main department on the fourth floor contains the large sorting rooms, where about two hundred girls are employed at the present time. The fifth floor contains the racks and stretchers for the finished product, and the immense drying room, which is about one hundred and twenty degrees all the time. From this floor which is exceptionally high, can be obtained a fine view of the surrounding country and of this city in particular.

               Situated back of the main building are the various sheds containing the different acid tanks and boiler rooms. These, like the fifth floor, have above them sky lights and look like a long line of hot houses when viewed from above.

THE ORIGINAL PROCESS

The process of making the silk begins with the original wood pulp, which is purchased by the company in lots and is shipped over the lines of the Pennsylvania and Reading companies, the tracks of which run directly into the yards of the plant. It is first ground in huge machines for the purpose until it becomes a mass of fine white particles. It is then by various processes changed into the form of a solid cake. Next, in the acid and chemical rooms which carry out in every detail the modern ideas, it is put through treatment in tanks or baths and comes forth through filters in an amber-colored liquid form. There it is precipitated and runs from the tanks in long silky threads on to the spindles. Last, by means of the spinning wheels it is decomposed into cellulose and is practically the finished product.

IS WASHED AND FILTERED

At various stages of the process, of course, it is put through the washers, filters and dryers in different parts of the building. In short, the wood-pulp is caused to react with caustic soda and carbon disulphide, and in the form of xanthate spun and consequently decomposed into cellulose. After the process it is taken to the sorting rooms, where the different threads are classified; then, if desired, to the bleaching rooms. The product in its various stages is forced to upper floors by means of immense vacuum pumps. Through the courtesy of H. J. Grant, the manager of the concern, the raw wood-pulp and the finished silk, which is very smooth and fine, can be seen at the Times’ office. Mr. Grant says that the work at present is entirely experimental although the results so far have more than exceeded the highest expectations of the management. Employees are being taken on every day and it is said are being paid somewhat above the average laborer’s wage. Residents think it will be a great boom for Marcus Hook, and incidentally for this city. 


DCHPN Monthly

E-Newsletter

Happy Pride and Black Lives Matter Month!

(Also Accordian Awareness Month but sadly no events for that)

Check out all these events happening this month

Read the announcements below for important information

 

June Events

 Please check the websites for updated information before attending and be safe!

 

* Indicates a free event. Some events require pre-registration and close when full. The list includes events in the surrounding areas as well. If you have an event you would like on this list on future         e-newsletters, please submit by the end of the month to dchpn_planning@yahoo.com.


*History at Work

Jun 25, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342


Get a closer look at trades of the eighteenth century in Newlin’s “History at Work” series. Members of Newlin Grist Mill’s staff, volunteers, and outside artisans will demonstrate their crafts and talk with visitors about how different trades and skills were integral to life in colonial Pennsylvania.

Three Mile Vision Tour

Jun 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rail Park, 1300 Noble St, Philadelphia, PA 19123


On this tour, you’ll learn about the history and ecology of the Rail Park, and its potential to become a greenway connecting 10+ Philly neighborhoods and 1000s of residents. Please note that this is a linear walking tour, extending 2 miles. Please plan to walk about 3.5-4 miles round trip. $15-20

*Havertown Irish Festival

Jun 25, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Manoa Shopping Center, rear lot, West Chester Pike, Havertown, PA 19083

 

Live Music, Beer Garden, Food, Vendors, Kid's Fun Zone. Free admission, but $5 requested donation.

Manayunk Arts Festival

Jun 25, 11:00 AM – Jun 26, 6:00 PM
Main Street, Manayunk, Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127


We invite you to share in the tradition of excellence at the tri-state's largest outdoor, juried arts festival. Celebrating the best variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country, collectors, buyers, and designers will visit Main Street for this event.

*Historic RittenhouseTown Fair

Jun 25, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Historic Rittenhousetown , 208 Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19144


Join us for a Community Day celebrating the Village that Paper making built. Hands on activities for all ages, Craft vendors, Local food & libations, Homestead tours, hike, horses, and more!. Vendor spaces and sponsorships still available. 

A Tour of Primitive Hall

Jun 25, 1:00 PM – Jun 26, 3:00 PM
Primitive Hall, 830 N Chatham Rd, West Grove, PA 19390

 

Primitive Hall is a handsome manor house which stands today much as it did when it was constructed by Joseph Pennock in 1738. 2 groups, bring picnic while waiting. Register info@philachaptersah.org. $20 SAH members/$25 non. Priority to members before 6/17.

*B [ L ] O K P A R T Y

Jun 26, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
BOK, 800 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148


There will be activities for kids and adults of all ages: XL bouncy castle, food trucks, arts and crafts, live music, fire truck demos, and so much more!

*Civil War Series at the Finley House

Jun 29, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Finley House, 113 W Beechtree Ln, Wayne, PA 19087


Join Jim Segrave-Daly for a 4-week series discussing the Civil War in American history. From its causes & consequences to the almost-mythical figures involved, the Civil War's effects are still being felt today.  Learn why it took a catastrophic event to remake America in "a new birth of freedom."

*The Halifax Explosion and a Christmas Tradition

Jun 29, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081


A Canadian province sends the City of Boston a Christmas tree each December. This tradition started over a century ago. Why would this Canadian province send a tree 700 miles annually? Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association member Dan Snyder will share the history behind this cherished tradition.

*Pharaoh of the Sun: Akhenaten, Amarna, and Monotheism in Ancient Egypt

Jun 30, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Zoom- registration required


Ancient Egyptian king Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten and soon declared that Egyptians would abandon the traditional worship of a pantheon of hundreds of gods and goddesses and focus instead on a single deity, the Aten. Did Akhenaten found the world’s first monotheistic religion? 

A Summer Sleepover On The USS New Jersey

Jul 16, 4:30 PM – Jul 17, 12:00 PM
Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton St, Camden, NJ 08103


Are you passionate about once in a lifetime experiences? Radnor Memorial Library invites men and women, ages 18+ to join our group to experience a trip back in time and a chance to live like a sailor who worked on board the 45,000-ton USS New Jersey (BB-62). $75. Register before 6/11.

Announcements

 

TAKE ACTION: Ask Congress to support Thomas Paine memorial bill HR 6720

Please ask your member of Congress to support a just-introduced HR 6720, a bill to memorialize America’s “forgotten Founder” Thomas Paine in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, introduced legislation today to authorize the construction of a long-overdue D.C. memorial to Paine, noting: “Despite his catalytic role in founding America and our constitutional republic, Paine remains too often on the dark outskirts of history. It is way past time for Congress to give Paine the central place of respect and awe he deserves in our nation’s capital."

Learn more and Take Action here

 

PHMC needs your help- Baseline Survey

PA SHPO needs your help in identifying places and spaces Pennsylvanians value in their communities. Your input is important in making this effort successful, and we welcome your recommendations of places that should be documented. Your feedback will inform the list of historic resources to be surveyed in each county and municipality.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PASHPO_baseline_survey

 

Help Rebuild a Historical House

A ca. 1710/1720 historic house in Ridley Creek State Park recently had a tree crash on it and there is a Go Fund Me appeal to raise money for its repair.

Find out more and donate here

 

DCHPN Webinars

We recently had a Website Building Workshop in conjunction with Penn State Brandywine. If you missed it, watch the video here

The next webinar is about Geocaching and how it can help bring visitors to your sites, and link it with things like America250. Fill out the Doodle poll here to help get a date. Learn more about geocaching here

 

America 250 PA Delco

America250PADelco is an official partner to America250PA. Help celebrate over 250 years of American history in Delaware County! The America250PADelco committee is an official county partner to America250PA, and is looking for organizations and individuals to help commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Our mission is to engage all Delaware County residents in the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence by providing and supporting experiences, now through 2026, that ignite imaginations, elevate diverse stories, inspire service, and  highlight the American founding and 250 years of American history through Delco’s unique lens.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Upland Fox Hunting Club and upcoming Events!!

 

It is impossible to imagine today that Upland Boro once had a Fox Hunting Club. The above picture is from about 1908 the location is unknown. Started by mill and business owners like the Crozer Family the club closed c.1930 due to the Great Depression.


Note: When you think of Fox Hunting Clubs in Delco you think of places like Radnor and Rose Tree NOT Upland Boro. But for some 30 years Upland had it's own. Below is the start of the club from 1901



Friends Entertained at the famous West House on the Bridgewater Road, Now the sumptuous Home of the Gentleman’s Organization – All the Appurtenances of a Country Club

               The Upland Fox Hunting Club yesterday opened their splendidly appointed club house with a formal reception given by the house committee to the members and their friends.  The club house is situated on the old West farm, and has stood on the outskirts of Upland Borough for more than two hundred years.  It is in a most delightfully picturesque spot and during the fall and winter will be the scene of many happy gatherings of the sportsmen throughout this and adjacent counties.

               The house and its surroundings have recently been improved and it was the completion of these changes which were announced in the event yesterday.  From 4 to 6 o’clock in the evening the members and their friends to the number of perhaps fifty, wended their way to the hunt club’s domicile and after being shown through the structure were served with tea under the direction of Caterer Morrison of Chester.

               The house committee acted in the capacity of receivers and included in the number were:  Victor J. Petry, Robert H. Page, Edward Crozer, Harry E. Wilson and the following officers ex-officio:  President, John P. Crozer, Louis R. Page, vice president and treasurer.  Harry E. Wilson is secretary.

               THE CLUB HOUSE – The old West farm was purchased some months ago, the sale being consummated by Edward Crozer, who has been one of the leading spirits in the movement to form the Upland Fox Hunting Club.  The steps toward this were taken soon after the improvements were begun and the charter was accordingly secured.  In making the changes it has been the aim of Mr. Crozer, Mr. Wilson and their advisors to retain as far as possible the antiquated appearance of the building.  The visitor to the premises sees the old beams and girders, the ancient stairways, the old closets, the solid oaken floor timbers and everything connected with a house built in the seventeenth century, preserved, yet so brightened that the effect is very beautiful.

               The house has been furnished with tables and chairs in keeping with the surrounding appearances, and altogether the Upland Hunt Club, with its ideal grounds, is one of the best equipped in the country.  There is a lounging room or the members and their associates; there is a spacious dining room, with a large round table in the center; a kitchen with an old log fireplace and a massive stone hearth.

               On the second floor the various rooms are furnished with enameled individual bedsteads, so that members coming in from a ride through the country or belated on the road at night, may come in and spend the time there and find all the comforts of home.

               One of the apartments is to be fitted up with a modern bath room, with shower baths, and is to be supplied with city water.  The secretary of the club has his room finely furnished with roll top desk and all the appointments of a high-class office.  In nearly all the rooms there remain the old fireplaces intact.

               SOME UNWRITTEN HISTORY – One place on the first floor is an object of interest, and there is connected with it something uncanny.  Just what it was built for is not known.  To the side of the fireplace in the apartment which is to be used for the lounging room there is a close-like aperture the entrance to which is the width only of a foot plant inside, the place is large enough for one person to sit comfortable.  Built therein is a seat.  It is believed that this was for the purpose of hiding slaves.

               The door was placed so that it could not be seen from inside the room it being even with the wall.  For years this was covered with the paper which was upon the wall, and would not have been known to the new owners had it not been pointed out.  This is preserved, the original door still hanging.

               The grounds about the house and the buildings have been greatly improved.  Mr. Crozer said yesterday to a Times man:  “This was a discouraging looking place when we got hold of it, but we have made many changes.  There is still much to be done.  We shall lay out a number of gold links and have places for other interesting amusements.”

               TYPICAL COUNTRY CLUB – Mr. Wilson said:  “We shall make this a typical country club for one is needed more than anything else for Chester and its environs.  We shall have someone here at all times in charge and our members can come here and get anything they want to eat.  One improvement contemplated is a road out from the kennels direct to the main highway.”

               The kennels are another point which was a great attraction to the visitors yesterday.  These are in charge of an experienced man, who is known as the huntsman.  He is Marshall Altemus, formerly of the Radnor Hunt, and a fine keeper he is.  Not only yesterday was everything in cleanly and splendid shape, but every day, and at all times, the kennels are in such excellent condition.  These houses of the hounds are built on the most approved plans so that the sleeping apartment of the dogs can be kept clean easily.

               THE FOX HOUNDS – The hounds themselves are high bred American animals.  “The English hounds,” said Secretary Wilson yesterday, “are not as popular as the American, therefore, we have confined our ideas to the latter.  They are by far the keener.  We have but two English dogs in the twenty-five or more of the whole lot.”  The kennels are situated in a most delightfully shaded portion of the grounds, the whole of which comprise 119 acres.

               The old barn has also received attention from the hands of the carpenters.  A large number of fine box stalls have been built while other stalls have been erected so that more than seventy-five head can be accommodated at one time.  At the present season of the year the horses are let out to pasture on the hunt club fields.  There are a large number of them, which are very valuable not only from the point of view of breeding, but as hunters.

               AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL FIND – While some of the repairs were being made to the porch recently there was unearthed a mummified cat.  The skin of the cat is preserved and is like a drum head.  But the outlines of the head, feet and tail are intact.  It is believed that the condition of the earth is responsible for the preservation.  The animal is placed away in the secret closet and is shown only to the friends of the club.

               At the present time there are about thirty members active, contributing and non-resident.  The active membership is limited to 25, and of this number there are present 18.

 

DCHPN Monthly

E-Newsletter

Happy Pride and Black Lives Matter Month!

(Also Accordian Awareness Month but sadly no events for that)

Check out all these events happening this month

Read the announcements below for important information


*County-wide Juneteenth Events


Various locations and dates:


6/17, 5-10, Upper Chichester- Twin Oaks
6/18, 9 am, Darby Boro Admin
12-6, Chester City Memorial Park
2-7, Lansdowne Landing Park
Music, vendors, ceremonies, fun for all ages!

Cinema in the Cemetery: Glory

– 10:00 PM
Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132


In honor of Juneteenth and the many Civil War connections at our cemeteries, June’s feature film will be Glory directed by Edward Zwick and presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia Film Society. $10-20

*Public Archaeology Day

– 3:00 PM
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342


Excavations are conducted under the leadership of resident archaeologist Keith Doms with assistance from members of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and volunteers from the community. 

Family Day at the Museum: BBQ and Ice Cream Social


Rose Valley Museum and Thunderbird Lodge, 41 Rose Valley Rd, Media, PA 19063


Come enjoy a picnic on the Museum grounds. Pig roast and hot dogs, various sides, and Franklin Fountain ice cream to top it all off. Soda and adult beverages available. The Museum will be open for basic viewing by all. $25/$10 donation. Reg by 6/15

*Juneteenth Festival

– 5:00 PM
Rose Tree Park, Rose Tree Park, Upper Providence Township, PA 19063


The celebration will feature live music, artistic performances from local schools, vendors, food, and more. There is also a ceremony at 9 am at The Delaware County Veterans Memorial located at 4599 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA.

*Living History


Thomas Massey House, 469 Lawrence Rd, Broomall, PA 19008


Join us for Living History

! The Thomas Massey House will be open on , from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for tours and living history demonstrations, including baking and blacksmithing. Free admission and fun for all ages!

*History at Work

– 3:00 PM
Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342


Get a closer look at trades of the eighteenth century in Newlin’s “History at Work” series. Members of Newlin Grist Mill’s staff, volunteers, and outside artisans will demonstrate their crafts and talk with visitors about how different trades and skills were integral to life in colonial Pennsylvania.

Three Mile Vision Tour

– 12:00 PM
Rail Park, 1300 Noble St, Philadelphia, PA 19123


On this tour, you’ll learn about the history and ecology of the Rail Park, and its potential to become a greenway connecting 10+ Philly neighborhoods and 1000s of residents. Please note that this is a linear walking tour, extending 2 miles. Please plan to walk about 3.5-4 miles round trip. $15-20

*Havertown Irish Festival

– 8:00 PM

Manoa Shopping Center, rear lot, West Chester Pike, Havertown, PA 19083

 

Live Music, Beer Garden, Food, Vendors, Kid's Fun Zone. Free admission, but $5 requested donation.

Manayunk Arts Festival


Main Street, Manayunk, Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127


We invite you to share in the tradition of excellence at the tri-state's largest outdoor, juried arts festival. Celebrating the best variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country, collectors, buyers, and designers will visit Main Street for this event.

*Historic RittenhouseTown Fair

– 4:00 PM
Historic Rittenhousetown , 208 Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19144


Join us for a Community Day celebrating the Village that Paper making built. Hands on activities for all ages, Craft vendors, Local food & libations, Homestead tours, hike, horses, and more!. Vendor spaces and sponsorships still available.