Posted on September 22, 2016

Where and What 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 locals were talking about 68 years ago

Noted below are news items originally published in the August 26, 1948 edition of The Archive:

  • The Downingtown School District’s elementary school teachers that school year were: 

West Ward School—Marjorie Thorne, kindergarten; Helen Walk, first grade; Marjorie Webb, first and second grades; Lillian Noll, second grade; Emily Lewis, third grade; Irma Miller, third and fourth grades; Jean Priest, fourth grade; Madeline Laird, fifth grade; Ralph Emery, fifth grade; Florence Moore, sixth grade; Theresa Jones, first through fifth grades in the segregated (African-American students) Union classroom; Dorothy York, special class..

East Ward School— Marjorie Thorne, kindergarten; Mary Warren, first grade; Margaret Rimel, first and second grade; Sara Way, second grade; Elizabeth Ezrah, third grade; Sara Powell, fourth grade; Lillian Schoenberger, fifth grade; Rhoda Yost, sixth grade; Mary Thompson, first through fifth grades in the segregated (African-American students) Union classroom.

  • Downingtown’s Nice Yarn Corp. purchased the North Star Woolen Mill of Wakefield, RI. Charles Nice, president of the local yarn plant, said he had wanted to expand his operation here, but the cost of building additional production space in Downingtown was too expensive, and the borough’s water supply was inadequate. Nice also said that yarn produced in Downingtown would be dyed at the Rhode Island facility, instead of contracting Philadelphia dye houses to handle that process.

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