Notes on Daily Local News
compiled by Nuah Gweh
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.
Hoover continue to make every effort to induce employer to maintain the agreement not to reduce working forces or payrolls. 238 establishments.
The second service of the Union Holy Week in the First Presbyterian Church was addressed by Rev. Hinson V. Howleth.
Rev. N. Barton Masters, the former pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of West Chester, moved to Philadelphia.
West Chester and Chester County homeowners are installing Spencer heaters by Charles King a plumber at 141 West Gay Street.
Lawrence Haley is taking over the management of the Haines shoe store on North Church St.
The business depression was forgotten. All merchants did business during the day and evening. Not since Christmas holiday have there been so many people visiting.
Three Negroes held up and robbed Edward Barry's grocery store at the intersection of Matlack and Magnolia.
The monthly meeting of the West Chester Library Board was held at the Public Library. The librarian reported that more than 5,000 volumes are circulated at the public desk to more than 1,600 patrons.
The committee recently appointed to make investigation into alleged irregularities in jury drawing.
Mrs. Frances Broomall charges the president of the Green Tree Company with shutting off water supply of her soda fountain and lunch room business in the building because her lease is up.
Reports given showed a large amount of welfare work accomplished. Much work had been done in interest of the unemployed, contributions to community nurse fund and to needy boys.
Since 1926, the value of the dollar has appreciated about 25 cents.
Ms. Muriel Leach of the Health Education department at est Chester State Teachers College was granted two month leave for her illness.
A father of one of the students at the Demonstration School of the State Teacher College acted as host during a program to prove that they are interested in school matters.
Bids for the proposed improvements to West Chester's two sewage disposed plants were opened. There were seven bids which ranged as high as $233,000.
Two Negro suspects are being held for the robbery at Edward Barry's grocery store on South Matlack Street.
Stockholders of West Chester Financial Institution will vote on the recommendation of committee concerning a reserve fund.
West Chester State Teacher College girls contribute features to meeting of Westminster Women.
The board of trustees of the State Teacher College is planning to make repairs to the building of school.
White and Negro representatives from churches, fraternities, lodges and societies, clubs, etc. will gather at the West Chester High School auditorium in an inspiration and education fellowship.
John R. Townsend of 142 West Market Street is in charge of safety at Bell Telephone Company and aids in protecting 7000 from harm.
Ms. Katharine Oglleie, secretary of the board of the Rachel Forbes Hospital in Sydney inspects Chester county plant in order to gain pointers.
Suspicious actions on the part of two strangers arouses officials of financial institution. Officers will be on guard until danger is past.
This is from an interview with Philip M. Sharples after he returned one spring from Florida to West Chester. Philip M. Sharples went to primary school with Aunt Hannah Embree on W. Barnard Street across from the Denney Tag Company. He learned commercial bookkeeping at the Stratton School in Philadelphia, then worked for the Buckeye Engine Works in Salem OH for a year. [farm equipment manufacturing] When he returned to West Chester, he leased his first shop from Thomas Baird. There, he built engines for Dutt's Mill, Milltown and Milton Darlington at Pomeroy. In Pomeroy, Philip M. Sharples saw his first cream separator, a Danish Westen model. He became interested in the technology, and approached J. & J. Darlington, grocers in West Chester. The Darlingtons saw an advertisement for De Laval separators and wrote away for information from Joseph R. Peale. Peale was in debt, and while he claimed that he had no money, Philip M. Sharples "got it somehow" and bought the De Laval franchise plus ten separators that were en route from Europe. He sold three to J & J Darlington, three to J. E. Gillingham (Swarthmore), one to Darlington Strode and three to Blooming Glen near Quakertown.
Over time, separator technology improved. The De Laval machines was a 2hp device that could process 500 pounds of milk an hour. In 1931, a 1hp device could process 10,000 pounds of milk an hour. Philip M. Sharples received encouragement from the man who replaced Peale as the De Laval agent, Mr. Lamb, described as a light-skinned Hebrew who had been a marine engineer in Scandinavia. Philip M. Sharples manufactured everything but the bowl in the De Laval separator.
After the De Laval managment "changed," the company filed "17 or 18" patent lawsuits against Philip M. Sharples, but he won them all. Philip M. Sharples then opened a branch in Elgin, IL, run by his brother, David T. Sharples. The other main factory is in Harburg, twenty miles from Hamburg. There are also shops in San Francisco, Toronto and Chicago. For years, the company produced 60,000 separators each year. Their small separators were affordable by farmers, who used them to break the monopolies held by local creameries.
Philip M. Sharples thought of moving his German operations to Belgium after the war, because Germany's war debt meant that taxes were high. German skilled wages were 15-16 cents/hour, compared to 50-60 cents in the USA. Philip M. Sharples also owned the Planebrook Lime Works, the Greentree Hotel, the Greystone, and the land that was set aside to become Warwick State Park.
Philip M. Sharples' brother David T. Sharples was eight years younger, and Robert died in 1929. Philip M. Sharples was a close friend of Tom Butler, Larry Eyre and former governor Sproul.
Educational and recreational features of community life for colored citizens are stressed in West Chester High School auditorium.
West Chester police raided an alleged disorderly house at 303 East Market Street, arresting and fined 16 Negroes.
Butler who attempted suicide after attacking his wife because he was angry that his wife didn't want to go to Virginia with him. [JJ: It is not clear if this man's name was Burler or if he worked as a butler.]
Special committee will make report before county attorneys on alleged irregularities of jury drawing methods.
The court has to decide to either to carry on or drop the investigation of alleged jury "padding," probed by a committee of attorneys.
West Chester and Vicinity contributed $1989.42 to the Starvation Relief Fund gathered by American Red Cross for the suffering in the mid west caused by drought.
Amos Scott was arrested and held for court on robbery assault and battery charges.
150 marchers are schedule to pass through Northern Chester County. They will be presenting a bill for unemployment insurance.
Thatcher's drug store owned by Walter E. Scott at 33 East Market Street take personal interest in Patrons and their needs.
Wesley Stamp pleaded guilty to charges of possession and transportation of liquor.
Announcement was made that may 16 as the date of dedication for the new gymnasium.
O. D. Holmes, a well known politician and city assessor for the fifth ward in Coatesville, with his son Ted Holmes was caught in home with 7 gallons of whisky, 10 gallons of wine and beer and other ingredients on making illegal booze.
Chester Valley group support efforts against liquor trade.
Fred S. Wood, president of Green Tree Inn says sub-contract work will be placed in the hands of local contractors.
West Chester police force is to be equipped with tear gas guns and shells in readiness for the dispersion of mobs.
Clarence Smith, colored man was charged with larceny of a truckloads of coal from the Hipple Yards of C. C. Hipple & Son.
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