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Downingtown area news published 36 years ago
Noted below are news items originally published in the East Branch Citizen in the latter part of October 1978.
Marshallton Methodist Church celebrated its 150th anniversary. Before the church was built in 1828, an itinerant preacher conducted services in a barn, and later in a wheelwright shop in Marshallton. Original members of the church were Dr. Charles Parrish, Alice Ann Clayton, Moses Hiddleson (one of the carpenters who helped build the church), Joseph and Sarah Burton, Abraham Paulson, Thomas Gibbons, Carline Lewis, Hannah Jones, George Anders, Sarah Ferrell and Lydia Monks. In 1891, the church was remodeled, at a cost of $4,262. Electric lighting replaced the church’s gaslights in 1924. The original parsonage, used for Sunday School classes in later years, was built in 1877. Members of the sesquicentennial committee were Jayne Ellis, chairperson, Robert Ellis, Mildred Wickersham, Nancy Busby, Eleanor Roberts and Rev. Joseph Herr.
The Downingtown Rotary Club honored members of four local fire companies. Receiving Outstanding Firemen Awards were: Jerry Keen, Alert Fire Co.; Vince Panetti, Minquas Fire Co.; Ronald Rambo, East Brandywine Fire Co.; and Eric Shoemaker, Glenmoore Fire Co.
Officers of Downingtown Junior High’s Student Council were Joe Sciandra, president; Jeanne Hessinger, vice president; Dana Jenkins, secretary; and Bill Mayo, treasurer.
Members of the newly-established Downingtown Historical Society’s charter committee included James McGowan, Stanley Landis, Jane Street, Ray Waechter, Harry McDonald, Donald Greenleaf, Lois Fern and John O’Brien.