Today in Delaware County History, November 25, 2022

100 years ago, 1922: An extraordinary opportunity for newspaper readers to test the soundness of their own reasoning skills and at the same time be generously rewarded with cash, will be offered in The Times and The Republican beginning Monday, December 4. On that date, The Times will publish the first installment of “The Wireless Phantom”, a thrilling mystery story by Arthur B. Reeve, the greatest living writer of intricate and intricate detective stories, and invite its readers to solve, before the author himself only reveals the solution, the confusing mystery around where the entire plot of the story will revolve. Each week, The Times and The Republican will give away $50 in prizes: a first prize of $15, a second prize of $10, a third prize of $5 and 5 prizes of $4 each.

75 years ago, 1947: City Council passed first reading today on a budget of $1,323,926 and increased the tax rate to $17.68 on every $1,000 of property assessment. If finally passed in its current form, it would be the heaviest budget in the city’s history.

50 years ago, 1972: The city plans to build a new $400,000 West End branch of the J. Lewis Crozer Library early next year, we learned on Friday. The secondary library will be built on city-owned land at Sixth and Engle streets, part of which is now Memorial Park, according to Crozer Library Board Chairman Truman W. Read. The new branch, which will house 28,000 books, will replace an existing branch at Ninth and Booth streets, which has around 13,000 books in one store.

25 years ago, 1997: With 254 new union jobs promised at Norristown State Hospital, Haverford State Hospital’s 442 employees have roughly determined who’s in and who’s out, based on seniority. But for about 50 managers at the Delaware County hospital set to close in June, it will take more than a simple subtraction and a list of start dates to determine their fate. Only a dozen jobs are promised to them, and in many cases their corresponding jobs in Norristown have already been filled.

10 years ago, 2012: The architects and engineers responsible for the planned reconstruction of the Sellers Avenue Bridge on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line and SEPTA’s Philadelphia to Wilmington commuter line at Ridley Park had good news for those attending a briefing earlier this month. According to Richard Kemper, project manager for the bridge replacement, the height between the tracks and the bottom of the bridge will be 20 feet 3 inches, down from Amtrak’s requirement of 24 feet.

—COLIN AINSWORTH

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