Notes on Daily Local News
compiled by Chris Weering
Disclaimer: These notes on articles from the West Chester, Pennsylvania Daily Local News were collected for specific research projects related to industrialization and the Depression of the 1930s. They do not include all of the articles in any issue, nor do they contain all of the information in any particular article. While every reasonable effort was made to insure its accuracy, information on this website is presented AS IS without warranty, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy, timeliness, or completeness. It is intended as a resource for historians, and nothing more. To report an error, make a comment, or submit notes on additional articles, please contact Dr. Jim Jones.
Headline: "Acquit Motorist in Highway Crash West of Kennett"
Headline: "Borough Hit Hard by Unrestrained Gangs"
Headline: "Thousands Pack Business Block to See Marchers"
Headline: "West Point Grad Killed in Crash with Big Truck"
Headline: "Ask Pinchot Aid of Milk Affairs"
Headline: "Direct Constable who held Guthrie to Settle Costs"
A program was given at the New Century Club to inform the attendees about the N.R.A., the Community Chest, and the Emergency Relief programs. Dr. Charles C. Rankin, W. O. Lawson, and Ms. Agnes Smart were the speakers.
The non-Partisan Progressive Committee posted an `article' stating why people should not be drinking. Among the reasons stated were the mentality of the drinker's child, and that alcohol prevents the higher evolution of man.
The non-Partisan Progressive Committee told voters that they should come out and keep the 18th Amendment alive. A number of reasons are aimed at the effects that drinking has on one's children.
Headline: "Attorney Will Ask for Conviction of Boddy on 2nd
Headline: "Bloody Machine is Found on Road, Probe is Begun"
Headline: "5,000 Gunners Blaze Away for Game on First Day, Three Injured By Shot."
A one dollar bill that was poorly disguised as a counterfeit five dollar bill was discovered at Joseph Giunta's store. The person who supplied the bill is figured to be a resident of West Chester. The bill was accepted as 5 dollar bill and the nature of it was not discovered until said bill was used to make change for another customer. This was not a sophisticated counterfeit bill as all four corners of the face of the bill were covered with cutout "5"'s and on the back of the bill was still emblazoned the money's actual worth, "One."
A recipe for a cough medicine that can be prepared at home is being shared here. The ingredients are cheap, much cheaper than the cough syrup one would get at the local pharmacy. It is guaranteed to relieve the most stubborn of coughs or "your money back".
The Rotary Club and Lions Club held a meeting at the West Chester YMCA to discuss the dispersing of monies from the West Chester Community Chest to various organizations and services. These services/organizations included: hospitals, state funded schools, relief funds, libraries, Boy Scouts, welfare and other social services, the West Chester Health Council and other activities that made "life worth living."
At the fall meeting of the Auxiliary to Chester County Hospital the need for funds to continue operating "regularly" was addressed. In response, the Auxiliary added $1,000 to the amount already being given to the hospital. Thanks were given to nurses and staff for their acceptance of the pay cuts, and not letting it effect their performance.
A new process of heating homes using warm air is being praised. This system uses many ducts installed into your home, so that each room receives heat, instead of it all coming into a solitary room. Not only does your entire house get heated, but you are also able to get more energy from the same amount of coal.
Headline: "Continuance of Numerous Cases Arousing County
Grand Jury Says"
Headline: "US Aid is Asked in Liquidating Seventeen Banks"
Headline: "Student and Girl Killed in Crash During Heavy Fog"
Headline: "Believe 2 Night Club Girls were Slain and buried in `Halt Talking'"
Headline: "Farmer Charged with Cruelty is Freed in Court"
Headline: "State Police Seeking New Clues in Murder of Girl at Lyndell Two Years Ago"
Headline: "Coatesville Team Seeking Victory in County Seat"
Headline: "Search Fails to Reveal Trace of Murdered Girls"
At the fall meeting of the Auxiliary to Chester County Hospital the need for funds was addressed. In response, the Auxiliary pledged an additional $1,000 to the amount already being given to help the continue functioning without any curtailment to its services. Nurses and staff were thanked for taking pay cuts and continuing to work hard.
Women of the Chester County Division of the National Prohibition Reform will travel through four communities of Chester County in their quest to get voters out to voice their opinion in the coming 18 Amendment vote.
Literary Night was presented at the Baptist Church of West Chester last night by the Chester County Drama League. A play and three different sets of music were performed during the night.
`Christian Endeavor' voters in Chester County voters were addressed last night at the Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown. The pastor's talk was aimed at getting the members to do their part and vote.
The issues of repealing the 18th Amendment and having sports on Sunday are receiving much more attention than the candidates running for office. The repealing of Prohibition is being hotly debated between those in favor ("wets") and those against it being repealed ("drys") The issue of Sunday Sports has not had a lot said about it.
Headline: "Home and School Parley Opens At Teacher's College"
Headline: "Magistrates Out to Beat Move to Wipe Out Office"
Headline: "Smedley Butler Lecture Before Coatesville Men"
Headline: "Price Fixing Fails to Win Support"
A motorcade, which had traveled throughout surrounding municipalities in this county, urged every man to express his opinion, whether yes or no, in the vote on the 18th Amendment.
No favor was shown towards a yes or no vote, though it was explained that upon repeal of the amendment, $227,000,000 in taxes would no longer be the voters' responsibility.
Three raids were conducted by the West Chester Police, netting many arrests and seizures of alcohol and alcohol related paraphernalia. Some were imprisoned, others fined and released. The most sensational raid was the one made on the Monarch Athletic Club on Saturday, it is the place of 20 yr. old Ralph F. Hoopes.
The PTA and schools are attempting to cooperate further to meet the needs presented of the student and family. The meeting, held at the State Teachers College, was designed to help the PTA recognize ways that the associations and services of the college can be used to further parent/teacher relations. It will also help the students to know where to look for help from the PTA, whether local or national.
Headline: "Says Parents Must Progress With Children"
Headline: "PTA Asked to Hold Sessions Here Each Year"
Headline: "Cooperation Seen as Key to Success by National PTA Worker"
Headline: "Repeal and Sunday Sports Promise to Roll Up Big Vote"
The incident is said to be one of `barber shop racketeering.' Henry D. Fox, owner of the building, had recently dropped out of the Delaware Montgomery Counties Master Barber Association and, in doing so, abandoned their policy of price fixing. Then someone threw a brick through the front window of his shop on November 6 [correct date?]. He says that despite the incident he will not up his reduced prices. All barber shops in West Chester are members of the Master Barbers Association, except Fox's, and follow the price fixing policy to the letter.
The first ever meeting held here of the Parent Teachers Association was such a success that the president of the State Teachers college asked that it be held every year.
Headline: "Chester County Votes Wet: Favors Sunday Sports"
Headline: "Brinton Victor over Farrell by a Narrow Margin"
Headline: "Amendment No. 8 Swept to Market by Big Majority"
The passing of the 8th Amendment means that more funds will be going to hospitals and state-aided Educational Institutions. 5 million will be given to hospitals nationwide, while Chester County Hospitals will receive $48,600. That sum will be split between the 5 hospitals in the area, with Chester County Hospital receiving the most.
The election, though not all precincts have been counted, favors repealing the 18th Amendment, adoption of the 8th Amendment, and allowing for Sunday sports. [JJ: Was the 8th amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution?]
The 18th Amendment looks doomed for repeal while the 8th Amendment was supported by a large majority, Sunday sports also looked to be favored. The iact of Chester County voting "wet" goes against their traditional voting trends.
Headline: "Councilman Look Over Details of Dam with Expert"
Headline: "Big Dairy Barn is Swept By Blaze West of Borough"
Headline: "Interstate Men Address Meeting in Avondale Hill."
Headline: "Official Count of County's Votes Begins at Noon Friday"
The last day of the PTA conference was held Tuesday, two questions were brought up that demanded answers; what can the Teachers College, and the PTA working together, do to help meet the needs of our present ever-changing social order" and "what should be the relation of the school to the home in a new leisure time program?" The meeting began with students and counselors conversing in the chapel and was followed with the panel discussion.
The Delaware/Montgomery Counties and Vicinities Master Barbers Association denies any connection with the breaking of non-affiliated barbers' plate glass windows. The Association has stated that members may withdraw without any repercussions.
Headline: "Kennet Host to 3 State American Legion Officials"
Headline: "Two Men Indicted in the Deaths of Gangland Victim
Headline: "Declare Havana in a State of Siege: Check All Revolts"
Two more barber shops were victims of violence as windows were smashed in both. The violence is seen to be stemming from the West Chester barbers' decisions to lower prices in the face of a price fixing policy put forth by the Delaware-Montgomery County's Master Barber Association
Dr. Steinmatz, a clergyman from Philadelphia, gave a speech to students entitled `The Art of Living.' The talk was organized by the YMCA. The talk's focus was toward a `well balanced existence,' with proper emphasis on love, worship, reading, humor, honesty, purity in character and work.
Captains and team members will be meeting tonight for instructions and to get any last minute details in order to accomplish their goal of collecting $46,400 for 1934. 150 are expected to be in attendance.
The selling of autos is now being governed by the Principles of Fair Trade Practice. The practices not only protect the public against dishonesty and misrepresentation, but they help determine a way to predict the trade-in value on your vehicle, plus it ensures that promises made to the buyer will be honored.
Headline: "Annual Tribute is Paid to Fallen Comrades by
Survivors of World War I"
Headline: "Community Chest Teams Open Their Annual Campaign"
Headline: "State Official is Heard at Health Day Observance"
Headline: "Coatesville Hope of Great Parade Nears Its Goal"
150 members of the Community Chest Campaign attended the first meeting for the 1934 campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise enough money to fill West Chester's remaining 1934 budget. An inspiration speech was given by Dr. Samuel Schmucker, citing West Chester as a "wonderful town with wonderful activities for the welfare of its citizens."
Ralph Hoopes, arrested in the raid on November 6, waived his hearing and posted bail. He is charged with `sale and possession of intoxicating liquor.' A Negro man, William Spriggs, facing the same charge, will be having his hearing today.
If a Federal Works plan to help smaller communities relieve their unemployment rate matures, West Chester may be home for one of its centers.
Headline: "Court of Common Pleas Has About 80 Cases on List"
Headline: "Official Count of Ballots Shows Little Difference in Totals Reported at Polls"
Headline: "Believe Man Was Victim of Murder After Grid Game"
Headline: "Coatesville Elks Hear Roosevelt, A fellow Member"
The groups of volunteers were divided into teams, and captains were named for each team. The teams were created to ensure that no duplication of efforts were made and that each team had its own sector to search for contributions.
Headline: "Pinchot Proposes State Control of All Liquor;
Seeks Tax Dollar Levy"
Headline: "Motorist Held In Death of Former Student"
Headline: "Firemen Periled by Blasts While Battling Flames"
A total of $4,833 was collected by all of the teams in the campaign. The campaign has been dubbed the most important in the history of West Chester. The goal it has is 46, 400, the amount needed to fund welfare and recreational activities in West Chester/
Headline: "Roosevelt Refuses to Permit Woody to Quit
Headline: "174 Men at Work on Federally Aided Roads in County"
Headline: "Verdict is Given : 2 College Girls Injured in Crash"
Workers are praised for their collection of 7, 475.68 on the second day of the campaign. Adding that amount to the sum collected on day one brings the total to 12, 337.56.
The Chester County Re-employment Service has helped 174 men, from the listed 2, 097 applications, get back to work working on Federally funded highways. They are working 30 hour weeks at 40 cents an hour, this means that nearly $2,000 is going to Chester County men
Headline: "Allebach Scores Foes in Move to Halt Convention
Headline: "2 Youths Killed as Truck Passes Under Low Bridge"
Headline: "Former Busline Chief Appointed to Federal Post"
The subscriptions collected for the Community Chest have increased. The increase in the amount collected were attributed to the citizens willingness to help and the eagerness of the volunteers to do his/her part for the community.
Eleven teachers who were on charity relief rolls will receive positions under the Emergency Education Plan, sponsored by the State. The classes they are to head are adult education classes in West Chester and the surrounding counties.
Headline: "Soviet Recognition Expected Late Today"
Headline: "Ewing Jury Fails to Reach Agreement"
Headline: "$700 Verdict is Given to Widow; had asked for $10,000"
Headline: "General Trexler Fatally Injured in Truck Crash"
A total of $26,161.81 has been reported collected by the workers in the campaign. President Cloud congratulated everyone but urged them to continue on to reach their goal.
The State Emergency Relief board has announced that it will supply $500,000 for shoes and clothing, $313,500 in food grants, and $157,750 for fuel to counties in need. Chester County will be receiving an additional $500 from the state.
Headline: "38 Head of Stock Die in Mystery Blaze"
Headline: "Chest Campaigners Push Ahead in Drive for $46,400"
Headline: "Interstate Injunction Hearing Started"
Headline: "Community Chest Total $31,050.56; Workers Determined to Reach Goal"
The Dilworthtown Branch of the West Chester Temperance Movement met at the High Street Friends Meeting House to sew for needy persons. The Red Cross Chairman also gave a talk, and a letter was sent to President Roosevelt asking him to include a `block' and `blind' into the motion picture code or to refrain from signing it.
Teachers and employees of West Chester Area School District and Philadelphia Electric Company became part of the 100% class of contributors towards the Community Chest campaign in West Chester.
The Dilworthtown branch of the West Chester Temperance Movement met at the High Street Friends Meeting House to sew for needy persons, hear a talk given by the Red Cross chairman., and to write a letter to President Roosevelt regarding the Motion Picture Code.
Headline: "Man in Fatally Hurt in Quarrel with Neighbor"
Headline: "Coatesville man hear Rodeheaver Sing and Preach"
Headline: "Interstate Meeting is Called Off as Foes Win Injunction on Election"
Headline: "File Petition to Open Ballot Box in Election Row"
Headline: "Automotive Code Committee Named"
A committee to consider NRA codes was named by Chester County Automotive Association President. R. Parkes Regester, of West Chester, was selected to be committee chairperson.
Charles Shoemaker, charged with stealing a 25 cent package of bacon from a store in Kennet Square, is processed in a court here. Shoemaker was sentenced to a term of 30 days in jail.
A complain filed by a citizen in West Chester accusing the North German Lloyd Steamship Line of Nazi activities, is being investigated. It is being said the the Steamship line is smuggling in Nazi agents as `crew'.
Headline: "Stratosphere Balloon Safe at Bridgeton"
Headline: "Board is Named to Open Ballot Box in Poll Row"
Headline: "Oxford Student Killed When Struck by Auto"
Headline: "County Will Get $34,965 to Provide Work"
Headline: "Lindberghs Over Ocean"
Campaign workers have collected $34,662.95 in subscriptions towards the goal of $46,000. All restrictions on collecting were lifted to allow workers to collect more and larger subscriptions.
Chester County will receive $34,965 to fund local relief work. The funds are expected to put 2,056 men to work receiving real wages from the Civil Works Administration.
Throughout Chester County many churches will be hold Thanksgiving services. People of different denominations are invited, they will be there in union singing hymns of devotion. The hope is that they will realize a comradeship that is not found at any other time of year.
The Chester County Hospital's auxiliary met yesterday to welcome new members, discuss what has been done, and to decide what needs to be accomplished. One idea proposed was a "Donation Day" in which money could be pledged and gifts given to the hospital.
Headline: "Grubb Acquitted of All Blame in Crash of Two Cars"
Headline: "Butler Launches Attack Against Anti-Bonus Group"
Headline: "Coatesville Men of Two Clubs Hold Session in Unity"
Headline: "District Attorney Will Investigate Bacton Hill Row"
Headline: "Pinchot Liquor Plan Wins Out"
West Chester native and internationally known author Joseph Horgesheimer appeared at N.C. Wyeth's Chadds Ford's leading celebrity, studio. He spoke to the audience on a variety of issues, including ones about his upcoming book the deals with life in Chester County in 1827
Governor Pinchot's plan to institute a monopoly on state liquor was passed by a "bewildered legislature." They were encouraged to pass the measures by Pinchot waving his "Big Stick."
A meeting was held at the Overtown to hear reports on the last two days, there was no meeting yesterday. It was noted that the amount collect so far exceeds the amount collected the previous year. Post Master James Farley was in attendance and made a speech appealing to the workers to go "a second mile"
Headline: "Milk Control Board of 3 Members Asked in New
Headline: "Hugh Moore Winner in Fight for East Fallowfield Post"
Headline: "Chester Heights Dwelling Burns"
Headline: "Judge Gawthrop Accepts Post Offered by Pinchot on Liquor Control Board"
Campaign teams were praised for going over the top in their collection of $37,158.78. The amount collected and the number of contributors were signs of hor popular the campaign was and how hard the workers had strove to reach the goal.
Barber William Godfrey of West Chester was given the choice of either joining the Master Barbers Association or to find a new place for his business. The desire to have Godfrey compete on equal terms with other local barbers was said to be the landlord's motivation.
The West Chester Committee of the Children's Aid Society met yesterday to receive 100 articles of clothing, hear school reports on the children that they sponsor, and to appoint a representative to go to the Juvenile Home and offer their support.
Headline: "Senator McClure is Found Guilty; Verdict is
Reached in Liquor Case"
Headline: "Civil Works Chief Appoints Aids"
Headline: "Wife of Slayer is Threatened: Jail Defendant"
The chief of Civil Works in Chester County assembled his board yesterday, picked as engineer was J. Vernon Keith of West Chester. Also named from to the board from West Chester were Stuart S. Powlin and Ms. H.G. Kenney
The executive committee and team captains met today to discuss plans on how to reach the sum initially set. They also sent out a communication that lauded the accomplishments but reminded everyone that more money was needed to avoid disaster the following year.
Headline: "Coatesville Help is Coming Today For Her Hospital"
Headline: "Men Held After Stabbing Negro"
Headline: "Civil Works Chief Asks School Heads ro Give Idle Jobs"
Headline: "Officials Pushing Investigations in Wynekoop Case"
Headline: "Community Chest Leaders Push On"
The Chester County Office of the National Re-Employment Service is moving its office. Its new location will be closer to the Civil Works Administration Offices and allow for better communications between the two.
Officials and team captains met yesterday to hear reports of new subscriptions that came in. Team members were released but reminded to keep getting subscriptions and that they were on call if their team captains needed them.
The Chief of the Civil Works Administration met with more than 60 presidents of the school boards in Chester County. The purpose of the meeting was to encourage the presidents to do work on their school grounds, on the Federal government's tab and to hire those that need work to perform such improvements. Chester County is set to receive around $150,000.
Three hundred state-owned and operated liquor stores will be opened in the more populous areas of Pennsylvania. These stores will be selling intoxicating beverages to individuals and licensed retailers.
Headline: "Two Men Jailed for Making Raid on Turkey Flock"
Headline: "Sentence Negro Who Fought Coatesville Cop"
Headline: "Hart Killers Are Lynched By Wild Mob"
Headline: "Escape Death as Trucl Runs into Stonewall and Upsets in Water"
Nearly 2000 men will be put to work as result of the approval of projects by State Administrator Eric H. Biddle.3 days prior to the approval of these projects, 22 more were approved. Nearly half of the workers will come from unemployment lists, the others will be handpicked from relief rolls.
Headline: "2 Trucks Damaged in Nursery Fire, Garage ia Saved"
Headline: "Students Escape Death in Crash With Two Trains"
Headline: "Four Under Arrest at Princess Anne; Hunt Five Others"
Chester County Hospital is having a Donation Day in which collections of groceries, fruit, provisions, and anything that can be of use to a large family will be accepted.
Headline: "Control Bill Is Given Approval at 3 AM Today"
Headline: "May Return Lynch Suspects to Court at Princess Anne"
Headline: "Highway Man is Killed and Driver of Truck Held"
Many fine contributions were given to the Chester County Hospital on its "Donation Day," including a sum of $810.25.
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