Notes on newspaper articles
by Jim Jones
This file contains notes on articles that appeared in various newspapers (mostly the Daily Local News) in 1964. They have been edited for punctuation, spelling and grammar by Jim Jones of the History Department.
Disclaimer: These notes were collected for specific research projects. 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, the 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.
Last night the W. Goshen Township supervisors met to discuss, among other things, the problem of college dormitories in the West Goshen Township. Harvey C. Worthington, chairman of the Board of Supervisors remarked "South of the borough, in the West Goshen Township, there are 10 houses in which college students are living and which are not in conformity with out zoning ordinance." The board will have a meeting next Thursday "to decide how quickly we must put them (rooming houses) out of business, or what action we can take to make them legal.
Plans for the construction of a privately-owned dormitory housing WCSC students, have been vehemently opposed by area residents. The site is located West of New St. and south of Nields St. The area is zoned A residential. In order for the dormitory to be privately constructed the area would need to be changed to B residential. Dallet Hemphill, West Chester attorney representing residents added that the residents are not angry with the college and realizes there is a need for dormitories.
Janes Trainer, a WCSC reported a stolen vehicle at 4:20pm from the 700 Block of S. High St.
Gene Featherstone, faculty member of a NY music school will present a recital of French music at WCSC, January 21 at 8pm. The recital is sponsored by the French Alliance of Chester County guests of the College French Club. The public is invited.
WCSC took its stalled building program to a group of 13 legislators in hopes of getting the project started the college president, Dr. Earl F. Sykes stated that the most pressing concern is of the 2 dormitories. Dr. Sykes asked that the necessary funds be allocated to the school because the students pay for the dormitories and the money will be repaid. Dr. Sykes also pointed out that with higher enrollment and limited resources, C or low B average students would not have the opportunity to attend school. Tyson, a resident of Delaware County was appointed as a liaison between the college board and the Delaware county delegates to Harrisburg.
The Mathematics Department at WCSC has received a grant of $29,200 from the National Science Foundation for the support of a 1964 Summer Institute for Junior high School Mathematics teachers.
An investigation of the use of state-owned cars at the 14 state colleges was ordered. WCSC officials have been compiling records to answer any improper use of state owned cars by the faculty. One Senator claimed "it is utterly ridiculous for the college professor to have a state car when his work is in the classroom." A college official replied that no one of Senator Hocker's committee had ever contacted the college "to learn the why ... of the state owned cars at West Chester."
2 U.S. Senators and a distinguished English scientist will be presented in the Philips Foundation Lecture Series this year at WCSC.
The Board of Trustees at WCSC agreed last night to put the two proposed dorms out for re-bid and if necessary to remove one floor in order to meet the state allocations.
Dr. Kenneth R. Widdall, dean of administrative affairs at WCSC will discuss the college's building program at 7:30pm tonight at the Calvary Lutheran Church. He will also discuss the community role which churches can play in furthering the project.
Yesterday, the General State Authority recevied unofficial low bids from West Chester State of $95,037 to build an exterior steam distribution system at the college.
WCSC will be presenting "Die Fledermauss" by Johann Strauss. The opera, to be sung in English, will be produced by the Music Department for the benefit of the department's scholarship fund.
WCSC will hold its 2nd annual Festival of French Culture ffrom February 3-16. The festival will include performers in musical, dramatic, literary and grpahic arts of French origin. All programs are open to the public.
All the Churches in West Chester got together to participate in the annual World Day of Prayer. This event was held in the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester at 2pm.
A spokesman for WCSC denied allegations that a negro girl was threatened with expulsion if she participated in a civil rights demonstration last fall. The civil rights leader speaking at the annual Brotherhood Meeting of West Chester, Bayard Rustin, said he was told of such an incident. It was also reported that when a group of students applied for an on-campus faction of the NAACP, the group was told that no off-campus demonstrations were permitted because it may be implied as officially representing the college. This type of regulation applies to all organizations, and is not solely applied to the NAACP.
Students and Driver Education teachers from county schools will attend a conference on traffic safety at WCSC. The meeting is one of a series of the Governor's Teenage Conference on Traffic Safety scheduled at the 14 state colleges.
Dr. Earl F. Sykes, president of WCSC, recently received a letter from the University of Besancon, France telling of the success the American students are achieving in France as part of their Junior Year abroad. The students put on programs and displays, regarded excellently by those who viewed them, to portray contemporary American culture to the university city of 100, 000.
Net proceeds from the Mahalia Jackson benefit concert at WCSC totalled $1,169 which was donated to the Atkinson Memorial Hospital and Coatesville Hospital.
WCSC announced it will offer a remedial non-credit course in elements of chemistry for science teachers starting March 3. The course is designed for graduate students who have not had sufficient backgroud courses in organic or inorganic chemistry. There will be no charge for the course.
A conference on curriculum mandates in music education will be held at 7:30pm in ballroom of Philips Memorial Building.
J. Paul MacElree, judge of Chester County Orphan's Court, submitted his resignation as trustee on the WCSC Board of Trustees. The reasons for his resignation have not yet been disclosed.
Plans for updating the 1961 campus plan of future buildings were discussed at the WCSC board meeting last night.
The WCSC choir is scheduled to sing at the biennnial meeting of the Music Educators National Conference in Philadelphia from March 13-17.
An assistant professor from the University of Pennsylvania and an author are the scheduled speakers at the annual Forum of the Social Science Department at WCSC. The theme of the Forum is "Lands in Turmoil: The Middle East and Red China Today."
WCSC received a $50 check from the Allen B. Kodish Lodge of B'nai B'rith for the student emergency laon fund. The local lodge has supported this fund for over 10 years.
Decision to readvertise for bids on street work and sewage lines in the borough were discussed.
8 Chester County residents emerged from a fallout shelter near Reading after simulating nuclear disaster conditions and completing a course in fallout shelter management.
The state Board of Education has approved $305,471 in planning funds for 4 projects at WCSC. The four projects are the second phase of the science building complex, a research-learning center to replace the Demonstration School, a field house and gymnasium for the South Campus, and permanent bleachers for athletic events on South Campus. The funds are less than half of what the college requested.
The 6th annual Chester County Science Fair will be open to the public from 9am Wednesday and Friday at the ballroom in Philips Memorial Building, WCSC.
West Chester began filling the approximately 2,500 metal water containers stored in the community's 16 civil defense shelters.
A training course for local government, local emergency services and local civil defense officials in Chester County will be held April 25 and May 2.
The General State Authority has allocated $222,000 to WCSC for the conversion of the third floor of Anderson Hall a classroom building into faculty offices, conference rooms, and washroom facilities and utilities.
The graduate school at WCSC will offer 124 courses this summer. The summer program has been divided into three sessions. Students may earn as many as 12 credits during the three sessions toward a Master of Education degree.
The upcoming musical events of the area will feature the WCSC Women's Glee Club, the New York String Sextet, and 2 women violin and piano soloists. The Glee Club will perform in Swope Hall on Sunday, April 5 at 3pm.
The Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester held a program to educate African American students on possible career options. This included several presentations, and personal consultations were also offered.
East Whiteland Township had protested to the State Department of Highways about its plan to relocate Morehall Rd. so that it will no longer connect with Lapland Rd.
The Great Valley Civic Association is renewing its efforts to have the proposed Rt. 202 relocated to pass through the "railroad corridor" in Tredyfrin township.
The National Science Foundation has granted $7,230 to WCSC to support an "In-Service Institute in Physics for Secondary Biliogy and General Science Teachers."
A three week graduate Conservation Workshop will be held during the post session of WCSC summer school beginning on August 10. The workshop is sponsored by the Geography Department.
Dr. Earl F. Sykes, president of WCSC will be honored in Washington D.C. at a State of Montana Centennial Dinner for his achievements as a teacher and administrator in public education.
State Department of Highways will accept bids for the construction of the first section of the Kennett By-Pass.
The American auto industry may reach a new record of 8 million car sales in the 1964 model year.
B+B Realty Co. went to Chester County Court yesterday where they received a certificate of occupancy allowing for tge continuation of their rooming house at 819 S. High St. They also appealed to the court for permission to build another dorm on a 2.6 acre site. A decision about this issue has not been made.
Pennsylvania Governor William W. Scranton disagreed with Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater on carrying the Vietnam War to the Communists in the North. Scranton feels the Vietnamese government should do more on their part in the South before things move the North.
West Chester State is about $500,000 closer to having 2 seven-story dormitories constructed but the question remains if the price remains is close enough. The General State Authority took the low bid of $4,010,141, which still exceeds the state allocations of $3,636,150. The college has been hard pressed for dormitory space for several years and college officials are hoping the funds will be allocated to alleviate the stress on the college.
Governor William Scranton visited Chester County as planned and spent more than an hour at WCSC inspecting the overcrowded facilities, construction projects and proposed building sites. Concerning the delays facing the WCSC expansion Scranton stated, "I am distressed that the bids on the two women's dorms came in so high again." However, he also added that "we must do something to get the dorms." While all 14 state colleges need additional facilities, West Chester was more cramped for building sites than the other institutions.
The first of a two day course was held at WCSC for civil defense. Township supervisors, local civil defense directors and selected firefighters were in attendance.
Chester County and the Memorial Hospitals will be among 96 hospitals in a 8 county area to participate in a simulated disaster drill.
Wyeth Labs announced plans to build a $500,000 plant on the site of its Great Valley facility.
Editorial asking why a section of Rt. 352 in Frazer was left alone and not repaved with the rest of the road.
Board meeting tonight will cover Rt. 202 and its effect on the township, and how it affects the township s master plan.
East Whiteland supervisors will gather data concerning the proposed Rt. 202 route through the township.
Lt. Col. George F. Chamberlin of Copeland School Rd., West Chester was one of 10 soldiers killed in a plane crash in South Vietnam.
Editorial about the death of Lt. Col. George Chamberlin and some of the effects it has locally.
Citizens for Better Housing is formed to help prevent substandard housing (or slums) from becoming an eyesore in West Chester.
First public housing units will be constructed in late fall in Coatesville and West Chester.
Editorial about how the construction of Rt. 202 could affect local residents in the area.
At its annual spring commencement WCSC will graduate 520 undergraduate students, 70 of whom live in Chester County. For the first time WCSC will graduate 20 students in the liberal arts program which was initiated in September of '62.
The West Goshen Township Board of Adjustments heard 5 appeals from township residents on the operation of rooming houses for WCSC students. The residents have been ordered to stop dormitory operation on the basis of the A-1 residential zones. These orders were appealed on the advice of the Board of Supervisors.
The West Chester Borough Council voted to refuse a petition from Mr. and Mrs. Randolph to rezone a lot on W. Market St. from A residential to B residential. The petition was made on the grounds that the tract is not selling under the current A zone but offers have been made if the tract is rezoned as B residential.
Members of state legislature from Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties will attend a parley at WCSC focused on the building expansion at WCSC. The topic presented by Dr. Sykes will be supplemented with films showing those college buildings which need to be replaced to meet the school's needs.
Long-delayed state action on two proposed 7-story dorms was graciously received by the WCSC Board of Trustees last night. The state has decided to allocate an additional $423,491 to its original $3,751,673 for the pair of dormitories. With the added funds the construction of the dorms will soon begin. While the governor urged for the approval of the added allocations he added that overall planning in the past could have saved the state "millions in dollars" in present construction.
This is an editorial about how the delay in development and expansion at WCSC is not the College s fault, but instead is the fault of the legislators in Harrisburg.
Legislators came to WCSC to learn of problems and offer solutions to these problems at the College.
The campus of WCSC will be overrun with alumni today as the annual Almuni Day takes place. More than 1500 graduates of the college are expected to attend and partake in the numerous activities, and reunions.
Rt. 202 will be closed for about 4 months to allow for reconstruction between the Bypass and Paoli.
Under a new "rotation plan" for the assignments of WCSC physical education student teachers, one county school district will be denied such aid each year. The reason for this is that in some school districts the student teachers are being used in place of graduate teachers meaning that no full-time physical education teachers were being hired.
The General State Authority has not yet acted on a bill which would allocate $535,000 to the State Department of Public Instruction to ensure an adequate water supply for WCSC. The bill is expected to be re-introduced at the next session of the assembly.
Approximately 200 employees of the Denney-Reyburn Company in West Chester will vote in a secret ballot tomorrow in a NLRB election.
An international representative of the United Textile Workers of America, Clair Landy said he and a committee have been conductind a union campaign among the tag company employees. He also noted that the union represents 1200 west Chester workers.
Former president of the WCSC Alumni Association, Fred S. Wood has been appointed the college's Board of Trustees by Governor Scranton. His appointment was for an interim period running through the next session of the State Senate.
Pastors all over Pennsylvania, including West Chester, hold a program to discuss fair hiring practices. Businesses are told to start hiring qualified African Americans, or they will be boycotted.
WCSC will confer 90 bachelor of science degrees, bachelor or arts, 3 bachelor of arts, and 35 Masters of Education degrees at commencement exercises tomorrow morning in Philips Memorial Auditorium.
Gov. Scranton sent out "safe drivers" decals to 15,000 PA residents for being good drivers in PA.
Pennsylvania's 14 state college asked for more funds and more freedom. The presidents sought enrollment quotas for each institution, more state funds, a crash building program, greater local expenditures, separate state appropriations, based on student population as opposed to a lump sum presently given to office of administration and parcelled out.
Chrysler announced its plans to blanket the car market with the largest selection ever offered to the public.
The U.S. plans to have a 1,073-pound satellite orbit the earth to study space and its hazards to manned voyages to the moon and planets.
The satellite that America launched last Friday has run into problems that will threaten the mission. It has failed to orient itself with the Earth properly, as well as failed to deploy antennas.
Two politically dangerous colonels are transferred out of Saigon in fear of a possible coup d etat.
The Labor Day holiday traffic death toll is at more than 500, in comparison to 72 drownings, 17 plane crashed, and 56 miscellaneous. The record is from "Black Christmas" which was 706.
The trustees unanimously adopted the revised campus plan which will allow the campus to prepare itself for future enrollment. The plan calls for the acquisition of approximately 40 plots which will join the north and south campuses, the acquisition of plots to provide parking for about 2,500 cars, and the widening and repaving of S. New St. from Rosedale Ave. to a point where it joins the proposed West Chester By-pass. Also included are extensions of water and sewer lines to South Campus and a location change for the Learning and Resource Center.
An advertisement that explains the Downingtown Park Apartments include modern wiring and lighting and the latest labor-saving electrical appliances.
An advertisement by Mosteller Chevrolet includes detaila of hardtops, Oldsmobiles, station wagons, and trucks.
From Conestoga to Hickory Ln, a new speed limit has been petitioned by the property owners on Cassett Rd. in Tredyffrin Township.
The Mosteller Chevrolet Company advertised the Impala, Malibu, Nova, and Corsair automobiles.
WCSC received a grant of $60,660 allocated for student loan funds under the National Defense Education Act.
There will be a meeting on the planning of major streets and traffic circulation in Willistown Township at 8PM at the Township Building. It is strongly urged by the state the there needs to be immediate action of the relocation of 202.
The supevisors approved the construction of 3 apartment buildings which will be 5 stories high in Tredyffrin Township.
Facilities installed during phase 2 of a project to expand boiler plant operations at WCSC have been turned over to the college by the General State Authority following a final inspection by college and authority officials.
An electricity failure in a 4,000 volt cable leading to a women's dormitory at WCSC's occurred Wednesday night. Emergency lighting and auxiliary power was provided by the Philadelphia Electric Co. It kept lights on in the halls until the repairs were made yesterday (2 days later).
The speed cut for Cassatt Rd. in Tredyffrin Township has been approved.
A parade through streets of West Chester beginning at 6pm will mark the opening of the traditional Golden Rampage weekend at WCSC. The homecoming will be marked with a West Chester State- Bloomsburg Football game at 8pm. The Republican Party street car used to boost Governor Scranton's candidacy at GOP convention will also bear Goldwater's name.
Dr. Kenneth R. Widdall, Dean of Administration at WCSC accepted a check for 1500 from the A.R.A. Slater Scholarship Fund. The 6 $250 scholarships are awarded to students employees of the A.R.A. Slater Corp. which supplies the student food services at the college.
44 new professors have been appointed to the WCSC faculty for the 1964-65 school year. Dr. Sykes stated that while 12 of the professors are replacing retired or deceased professors. 32 of the professors represent an increase in instructional personnel authorized by the Department of Public Instruction to keep pace with growing enrollments . Also, for the first time the college employed Graduate Assistants.
The intersection of Rt. 363 and Walker Rd. near Paoli is in need of 2 traffic lights due to the opening of a new high school.
Last night the WCSC Board of Trustees had an extensive discussion on the adequate salary schedule and the campus building progam. The college salary schedule is fixed by law presenting problems in hiring qualified educators. "In many cases, the salary scale at West Chester State is lower than some public school districts in the suburban area," remarked Charles E. Swope a trustee. As far as the expansion program is concerned the new dining hall is almost ready for occupancy and the new women's dormitories have been increased to house 900 students.
Alumni of PA state colleges demanded broadened state support of the institutions. They called for additional financial support to offer more to the colleges. This year, colleges have been forced to turn away thousands because of inadequate funding.
The General State Authority will receive bids for construction of a new college library. They have allocated $1,223,000 for the project.
The Ford Motor Company advertised the new Thunderbird with sequential turn signals and front disc brakes.
The Ford Motor Company advertised the Galaxie, Falcon, and Fairlane models.
Sunday afternoon an open house for parents of WCSC students will be held. The halls and individual rooms in private homes will be open from 2-5pm.
A student-operated campus radio station is the newest attraction at WCSC. The station broadcasting at 640am will only extend itself within the limits of the dormitories. Because of its low frequency and closed-circuit an FCC license was not required. The station will broadcast from 6pm-12am and will feature school closings, college social and academic affairs, music, drama, and college sports events. The station organized by two students will broadcast from the club area of the new student dining hall.
If a family conflict arises, the military asks the Red Cross to help the soldier s family. The Red Cross gives grants to wives left at bases, and provides loans for families who need it in emergency.
Ford workers were still off the job and production was halted at the nation s 2nd largest automobile maker. Today was the 128th day.
Most traffic deaths are the result of car accidents from Thanksgiving weekend.
Churches in West Chester all get together for a combined Thanksgiving service. Each Church pastor led part of the service.
A wooden sculpture of the Madonna sculpted by assistant art professor, Frances W. Ring, has been confiscated from the new dining hall. The piece was an original and cannot be replaced. Police and college security are investigating the crime.
Trustees of WCSC express concern over low salaries of professional employees. This article also talks about renovations to residence halls, as well a piece of artwork that was given to the College as a gift.
Residents of Chester County should be concerned with how to drive in holiday traffic and bad weather. After seeing accidents on highways, most drivers cut speed by 10mph.
Residents will be affected by construction of relocated Rt. 202 from King of Prussia to Wilson Rd. in Tredyffrin Township.
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