Today in Delaware County History, November 14, 2022

100 years ago, 1922: US Air Service Lt. SM Connell had an accident yesterday while flying from Washington D.C. to Mitchell Field, Hempstead, NY When the airman was about ten miles from Media he heard an explosion in the machine , making a terrible noise. He had heard of Media Aviation Field and managed to land there. Although no serious results occurred, the thought of what might have been was surprising if the media field had not been accessible. Lt. Connell praised the local ground and the progressiveness of the Media Businessmen’s Association in making this possible. He predicted that the estate would prove to be of great value to aviation.

75 years ago, 1947: Judge Henry G. Sweney of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas was the speaker at 2 p.m. today during drills in Old St. Paul’s Cemetery marking Chester Day and the official opening of American Heritage Week here. The program opened with an invocation by the Reverend Peter C. Van der Heil of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, followed by the singing of the national anthem led by Charles D. Long and the Chester High School Band.

50 years ago, 1972: A semi-trailer truck that crashed into an embankment after its brakes failed caused an eight-hour traffic problem on West Chester Pike in Haverford Township on Monday. The vehicle, loaded with groceries and other food items, had to be unloaded before it could be taken back to the highway. During the long period of unloading, transferring cargo and removing the accident vehicle, traffic on the pike was reduced to one lane in each direction.

25 years ago, 1997: A four-car pile-up on Interstate 95 that occurred when an apparently merging vehicle blocked other rumbling traffic for less than an hour during yesterday’s morning rush hour. No one was injured in the 7 a.m. crash, which happened in the northbound lanes of the freeway just south of the Kerlin Street interchange, Chester Police said. Witnesses said a car attempting to merge left after entering the freeway from the Commodore Barry Bridge hit another car.

10 years ago, 2012: Turnaround Director Joe Watkins released a financial and academic turnaround plan for the Chester Upland School District on Tuesday that restores arts and music programs but includes mid-year staff cuts, consolidations schools and higher taxes. Watkins’ plan aims to bring financial stability to Chester Upland by filling the district’s deficit through staff cuts, school closures and property sales.

—COLIN AINSWORTH

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