Posted on December 1, 2016

What & Where Is This?

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

What local folks were talking about 36 years ago

Noted below are items published in the East Branch Citizen in the early part of December 1980:

  • West Bradford Township supervisors were considering disposing of septic tank waste (95% water ,which would replenish ground water in the area) on the Highland Orchards property, if the state Department of Environmental Resources approved of the plan. Bob Hodge, owner of the orchard, said the procedure had been “an accepted practice for a long time.”
  •  The Downingtown School District’s running population census was better than the federal census, claimed Superintendent Charles Micken, because “we add good hard data every working day. We have a file card for everyone in the district.” Sources of population data included realtors, apartment house owners and operators, school registration figures, local municipalities’ housing officers, the county planning commission, the PA Economy League, plus the federal census. Downingtown school officials need constantly updated census data to project needs for staff, teachers, classrooms and equipment, noted Micken.
  • Recent property transfers included: 43 Hunt Club Lane, West Pikeland, $102,700; 404 Santillo Way, Uwchlan, $81,165; 1105 Vermont Lane, West Bradford, $48,855; 125 Governors Circle, East Brandywine, $84,100; 164 Whiteland Hunt Road, West Whiteland, $97,500; 211 Meadow Drive, Thorndale, $59,500.

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