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What locals were talking about 68 years ago
Noted below are news items originally published in The Archive in December 1948:
- About 200 people turned out for the Downingtown’s first annual Charity Ball, which generated about $250 in proceeds, to be used by the borough’s Christmas Committee. The committee’s plans for the kids’ Christmas party--also underwritten by donations from local businesses and service organizations--included: Santa Claus (Bob Barker), who landed his plane at Pollock’s field (now part of the DHS West campus) and, accompanied by the DHS band, marched down Manor Avenue to the Log House in Kerr Park, where toys were distributed. Other Christmas activities in the area included: the Lions Club’s party for kids in the DHS auditorium; the DYMA Chorus carol singing in the Town Motors lot on East Lancaster Avenue, a party for kids at the Moose Home, and free movies at the Roosevelt Theatre on the morning of Dec. 24.
- Based evaluations by coaches of football teams that had played Downingtown during the 1948 season, Bill Hayes was named the Whippets’ outstanding back, and Anthony “Sonny” Milano was cited as Downingtown’s outstanding lineman. The awards were given by the Downingtown Young Men’s Association at the DHS football banquet.
- And at the annual banquet of St. Anthony’s Lodge in Downingtown, University of Pennsylvania backfield coach Jack Welsh was the featured speaker. Welsh was a cheerleader at DHS before he went on to star as a back for both the Whippets and the Penn Quakers. Oscar “Skid” DiBerardinis, president of St. Anthony’s, presided over the affair, which was attended by some 350 members and guests. Ben Valocchi was the toastmaster. The committee that prepared and served the five-hour-long meal, which got underway Sunday afternoon, was headed by Anthony “Cap Wando” DiGiovantonio, Venturo Visichini and Mary Sciaretta.