Today in Delaware County history, January 29

100 years ago, 1923: President Harding, on the recommendation of Senator George W. Pepper of Pennsylvania, presented the nominations of Drs. to the United States Senate last Saturday. Submitted to Frank J. Woodward as postmaster at Media and by Mary E. Levitt as postmaster at Sharon Hill, that county. These appointments are of political interest to Delaware Countians because they show that the trend in political thought in Washington is acknowledging the popularity of federal nomination recommendations by former Gov. William C. Sproul and his friends.

75 years ago, 1948: Ridley Township High School and its band must be removed from the American Federation of Musicians’ blacklist immediately. That demand was made last night by Fred A. Hartley, Jr., House Working Committee chairman and author of the Taft-Hartley Act. “I’m bringing this local union official back here from Chester immediately,” Hartley explained, “and will ask him to tell our committee why he failed to carry out the instructions given to him by Oscar Hill of the Executive Committee of the American Federation of Musicians.” The local union official to whom Hartley is referring is J. Wharton Gootee, President of the Chester Chapter, who appeared before school officials in the Ridley Parish last Monday night, accused them of a lack of cooperation and ordered the school and their band to go on the blacklist of musicians.

50 years ago, 1973: Mother Nature made a sloppy attempt today to present the first snowfall of winter. As the rain that began Saturday night continued through today, it turned to wet snow in some areas of Delaware County. The national weather service at the international airport said the rain would end by mid-morning and the day would end with some thunderstorms.

25 years ago, 1998: Brookhhaven borough seniors are invited to enter a contest to rename Grant Park, a small lot/playground on Grant Drive. The park has recently undergone a refurbishment and the local council believes a new name is in order. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant and attend the ribbon cutting ceremony in April.

10 years ago, 2013: Middletown Councilman Scott Galloway has been commended by his peers for having served as chair of the seven-member governing body for the past seven years. Galloway resigned from the board at the council’s annual reorganization meeting and vice-chair Lorraine Bradshaw was unanimously elected chair for 2013. On behalf of the Council, newly elected Vice-Chairman Mark Kirchgasser presented Galloway with an engraved plaque, set off by a gavel and a gift certificate reading “A night on the town.”