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What local people were talking about 52 years ago
Noted below are snippets of news originally published in local newspapers in the early part of January 1963.Read more »
The Pickering-Brandywine Joint School Board revealed that it didn’t want its elementary schools in East Brandywine, Wallace, Upper Uwchlan and West Pikeland Townships to be administered by the Downingtown Area Joint School Board, under a consolidation package developed by the Chester County School Board. The controversial merger plan was to be placed on the ballot in the fall election.
Downingtown postmaster John Welsh reported that there had been a run on one-cent stamps because the postal rate on first class mail had risen from four cents to five cents, effective on January 6, and many people didn’t want to get stuck with four-cent stamps. Local residents also bought one-cent stamps because postage for postcards and air mail also increased by a penny.
Elected to lead the Ladies Auxiliary of the Minquas Fire Co. were Rose Nichols, president; Liz Whitman, vice president; Doris Unruh, financial secretary; Edna Pendergast, chaplain; and Dot Peters, recording secretary.