Posted on September 11, 2014

What & Where Is This?

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

Downingtown area news published 36 years ago

Noted below are news items which were originally published in the East Branch Citizen during the latter part of September 1978.
Borough residents were invited to participate in the formation of the Downingtown Historical Society. The article noted that: the earliest record of land in Downingtown was in 1681; in 1716, Peter Bezellion laid out the road (now Lancaster Avenue) that connected Philadelphia with Indian villages to the west, but there was no road west of the Brandywine; there was food commissary in Downingtown for the American troops during the Revolutionary War; and President James Buchanan learned of his fiance’s death while staying at the Halfway House in Downingtown.
Officers of the Philathea Class of St. Paul’s UCC Church, Lionville, included: Mrs. Harry Dewees, president; Mrs. Clara Emery, vice president; Mrs. Elmer Matthews, secretary; and Mrs. Ernest Rodney, treasurer. 
Officers elected to lead the Golden Age Club, which met at Downingtown United Methodist Church, were Ernie Smedley, president; Aubrey Dawson, vice president; Dot Thomas, treasurer; and Hazel Miller, secretary. Committee chairpersons were Gene Charles, hospitality; Sara Wood, program; Sara Perkins, sunshine; Helen Watkins, bus trips; and Hap Charles, public relations.
DHS students Arthur Freas III, Kathie Plante and Steve Wisdom were semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.

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