Posted on May 26, 2016

Where and What Is This?

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The first person to correctly identify the site in the photo above will be recognized as a truly perceptive scholar. Please send your response to: Info@downingtownareahistoricalsociety.org.

What locals were talking about 68 years ago

Noted below are items originally published in area newspapers in the latter part of May 1948:

  • Caroline Matthews and Ted Hammon won top honors at the seventh annual DHS Farm Show, which was the highlight of the social scene at the high school in the 1940s and 1950s. The three-day show was sponsored by members of the school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Future Homemakers of America (FHA) chapters. Matthews and Hammon won the most prizes in several competitions that included bred cattle, poultry, vegetables and fruits, canned goods, handmade clothing, flowers, baked goods, and needlework, in which the FHA and FFA members participated. The show’s other attractions included a concert by the symphonic band, including featured soloists Annabelle Warnick, flute, and Janet Kreibel, marimba. And the crowd was entertained by vocals sung by Mary Trego, Arleen Hoskins, Joan Garrison, Eleanor Detterline, Margaret Sciarretta, Philomena Cozzone, Aletha Hershey, Mary Jane Detterline and Margarette Ciarlone. The show also included exhibits by local farm equipment dealers at the football stadium. Helen Doran was crowned Harvest Queen.   
  • About 1,500 people attended the opening of the new, $30,000 recreation facility on the second floor of the Minquas Fire Co., which had been the scene of many dances and was the home court for the DHS basketball team in the early 20th Century.  In addition to the main room with a 58-foot-long bar, a TV set and bronze plaques with a Lady Godiva motif, the new recreation area also included an office and a restroom, plus areas for games such as shuffleboard and darts. Charles Bloom was steward of the new club room, as well as a fire engine and ambulance driver. Officers of the Minquas at the time were George Perry, president; Howard Loughlin, vice president; Hallan Usher, secretary; and Martin Binder, Bennett Norris and Percy Hyde, trustees.

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