Posted on July 27, 2017

What & Where Is This?

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What was happening here 52 years ago

Noted below are items originally published in local newspapers in early March 1965:

  • Walter Leland, Downingtown’s borough manager, sent the Downingtown Area Joint School Board a copy of a letter from the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs, which claimed that the planned merger of several township school districts into the Downingtown school system was an “attack on our boroughs and a threat to home rule.” Superintendent of Schools Raymond Baugher was directed to advise Leland that the majority of the school board and most of area’s residents favored the merger.
  • Representatives of Downingtown’s First Baptist Church sought a special permit from the borough’s Zoning Board to eventually build a church and a parsonage on a 9.9-acre tract at Pennsylvania and Lloyd Avenues. Irving Geschwindt, Zoning Board chairman, said he expected a favorable decision since no one opposed the plan. Vernon Jameson, of the church board, testified that the land, to be acquired from William Lloyd for $4,000 an acre, was the “last source after two years of searching for a new site.” The congregation was organized in 1883 and its first church was built in 1890 at Pennsylvania and Manor Avenues in the borough. Except for the sanctuary, the original church was replaced in 1938, and an addition was constructed in 1960.

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