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Delaware County

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The history of Delaware County in Pennsylvania, is recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 72 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from four hard-to-find vintage books. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print size adjusted for 8 1/2 x 11 paper. A vinyl sheet protects the front cover. Source books include: Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania (1843) by Sherman Day; An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1876) by William Egle, M.D.; Pennsylvania, a Guide to the Keystone State compiled by WPA writers; and My Pennsylvania, a 1946 project of the Bureau of Publications, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Some Information may be repeated in various excerpts, but often with a different slant or with additional details.) The communities mentioned include: Chester (formerly Upland) New Gottenburg, Christiana Harbor, Lansdowne, Clifton Heights, Swarthmore, Media (Middletown), Concord, Concordville, Chadds Ford, Darby, Upper Darby, Glenolden, Ridley Park, Eddystone, Trainer, Marcus Hook, Ardmore, Haverford, Wayne, Painters Cross Roads, Bethel, Aston, Birmingham, Leiperville, North Chester, Edgmont, Marple, and Newtown. The Day and Egle histories cover the early development of this area, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There is occasionally some duplication of material, but often with a different slant or with additional details. Among the many and diverse subjects in the booklet are: Early Settlers, Swedish colony under Gov. Printz, Rev. Campanius and the Indians, Early Forts, Treaty with Indian Chiefs, Society of Friends, Mason-Dixon Line, Destructive Rain of 1848 and a Daring Rescue, Disaster at Eddystone Ammunitions Corp. in 1917, and the "tasty" Locust Invasion; Swarthmore College, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, Villanova College, and other Educational Institutions; William Penn's First Arrival in Pennsylvania, How Chester was Named; Laws of Pennsylvania, such as no "drinking healths", Early Punishments and the First All-Female Jury in Pennsylvania; Jacobus and Coleman, a pair charged with Insurrection; Revolutionary War Activities; How Samuel Levis Lost his Hat; Civil War Officers; Baltimore Locomotive Works at Eddystone, Early Railroads; Graveyard Inscriptions and poetry; First Lunatic in Upland; and a Biography of Benjamin West, the eminent painter; and a Pet Cemetery; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. Excerpts from the recently added fourth book include a 1940s map of the county, several photos and a concise update of the county's progress as it looked shortly after World War II. ILLUSTRATIONS Central Park of Chester, Old Assembly House and Penn's Landing Place, Richard Townsend's Original Cottage, Ancient Welsh Chruch at Radnor, Birthplace of Benjamin West, Swarthmore College (full page), The Old Town Hall at Chester, House Where Penn Stayed, Chester Military Academy, Delaware County Court House in Media, Ridley Park Railroad Station, Crozer Theological Seminary and a few others.

Delaware County, PA
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Cover of Delaware County History

Sources: History of Delaware County Pennsylvania; Compiled from Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated History of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Etc.
Authors: Sherman Day, William Egle
Original Publication Year: 1843
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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