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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 was happening here 36 years ago
Noted below are items published in local newspapers in the early part of January 1981:
- Dr. Charles Micken, superintendent of the Downingtown Area School District, reported that the district had spent $2,297 per pupil in the 1980-81 school year. That meant Downingtown ranked ninth among the 12 districts in Chester County. The expenditures per pupil in the county’s 12 districts ranged from $3,472 to $2,030. And Downingtown ranked 11th among the 12 school districts’ real estate rates for the 1981-82 school year.
- History was made in Downingtown, when two women—Jennie Freas and Mary Burns—were elected to Borough Council. DHS teacher Marian Phillips had been a member of Borough Council in the late 1950s, but she had been appointed to the post to fill an unexpired term. Also sworn in was Mayor George Quinn, who succeeded John Fiore.
- The Tabas Hotel on Route 30 in East Caln was permitted to install large pictures of Mickey Rooney on the exterior walls at both ends of the hotel.
- Community Service Providers, a private, non-profit firm which trained Chester County residents who had a history of chronic mental illness, was established in the Pickering Creek Industrial Park in Lionville.