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July 4th festivities in 1911 included a female parachutist
One of the big attractions, planned for the coming July 4th celebration in the borough, according to the June 24, 1911 edition of the Downingtown Archive, was a “lady parachutist” who would reach a “great height.” She apparently would leap from one of the two hot air balloons launched as part of the Independence Day festivities in the borough that afternoon.
Downingtown’s Business Men’s Association, which sponsored the July 4th celebration, also planned a baseball game, a cornet band concert and fireworks.
Another story in the 1911 edition was about a “porch party,” a fundraiser conducted one evening in June by the women of Downingtown Methodist Church. The party was held on the front porches of about half of the houses along Washington Avenue, between Chestnut and Green Streets, in the borough. On sale on the porches were candy, cakes, ice cream, and lemon and orange drinks. And to draw a large turnout, the town band played at one end of Washington Avenue, and an orchestra played at the other end.
Also noted in that issue was the hiring of Eleanor Robinson, by the East Brandywine Township School Board, for a salary of $40 per month.