Today in Delaware County history, January 11

100 years ago, 1923: A lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court against the steamer Swiftsure, which arrived in that port on January 2, carrying a cargo of 70,000 barrels of crude oil from Tampico, Mexico, and was accused of passing through the quarantine station at Marcus Hook and landing one to have passenger without exam. Smallpox broke out near this Mexican port. The ship is alleged to have been fined $5,000 for violating federal quarantine regulations.

75 years ago, 1948: A fire destroyed the Greystone Inn in Baltimore Pike, Springfield early Saturday morning, causing an estimated $40,000 in damage. Edward Khoury, US Marine Corps veteran, co-manager and sole occupant of the inn, had to flee the stone and clapboard building, leaving behind his clothes and his watch. He was sleeping in a room on the third floor when he was awakened by choking smoke and crackling flames. Khoury pulled a handkerchief over his face and said he fought his way out of the inn and ran to Zimmerman’s camp, where he called an alarm at 3.45am

50 years ago, 1973: The Chester Bicentennial Committee was told Wednesday night that it must apply for federal Open Space-Legacy of Parks funding for the proposed $1.8 million William Penn Park before July 1. The present site at Front Street and Chester Creek, which contains the 30-inch stone commemorating the spot where William Penn first landed from England in 1682, is now “covered by railroad tracks, industrial debris, and tall weeds emasculated,” said Chester Redevelopment Authority director John J. Fitzgerald.

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25 years ago, 1998: Widener University senior Erik T. Ney of Springfield received a $900 grant from the Research Foundation of Beta Beta Beta, the national honorary society in biology. Ney, a biology major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lee Ney and a 1987 graduate of Springfield High School. The award, Ney’s second, was given to support research into typhoid vaccination that Ney and biology professor Marc A. Brodkin have been conducting for the past two years.

10 years ago, 2013: There might not be a prop bet on it in Vegas, but it’s a barricade that some Delaware County footage will make its way onto the 85th Academy Awards telecast. ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ the David O. Russell film, which includes scenes filmed in Upper Darby, Ridley Park, Ridley Township and Lansdowne, received a whopping eight nominations Thursday, including nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and in all acting categories.


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