February 4, 2023

100 years ago, 1923: The 56th anniversary of the founding of Wilde Post No. 25, the Grand Army of the Republic, will be celebrated by surviving Civil War veterans this Saturday afternoon. The veterans and their wives and girlfriends, as well as a number of friends of these men who fought to preserve the Union, have been invited to gather at the headquarters at Deshong Mansion, 939 Egmont Avenue at 2 p.m. Watch.

75 years ago, 1948: The Southern Pennsylvania Bus Company acted quickly today to rebuild its destroyed garage and office building, ordering the immediate demolition of the remains and beginning work on plans for a state-of-the-art concrete and steel structure on the Edgmont Avenue site between 13th and 13th Streets. and 14th Street started. PT Reilly, the company’s vice president and chief executive officer, announced that a giant Quonset hut will be built over the repair pits once the debris is cleared.

50 years ago, 1973: A day of “cautious optimism” turned into a night of undisguised joy Tuesday for families of Delaware County men missing or being held captive in North Vietnam. Some of them had waited a full seven years for President Nixon’s declaration at 10 p.m. that a peace agreement had been reached with Hanoi. “I think our vigil is finally coming to an end,” said Mrs. Francis King of Nether Providence. Mrs. King’s brother, Air Force Maj. Bernard Talley of Baltimore, has been held captive for over seven years.

25 years ago, 1998: Two years ago, Chuck Lillard and Gary Tomeo had an idea. These two CPAs would take a pay cut for personal gratification, turning their lifelong love of music into one of the first music stores on the Internet – World Party Music. Now, the entrepreneurs have branched out with the opening of a retail store in the heart of Media at 30 W. State St., the county’s first music store since the Right Hemisphere closed.

10 years ago, 2013: Without the quick response of a Garnet Valley woman and her three teenage children in Wilmington, Delaware, resident Doug Till might have been dead. Till was on the roof of a house on Quigley Avenue conducting an estimate as part of his general contractor business. “I told my mom the guy fell off [a neighboring] Roof and the ladder fell on him,” said Luke Mingioni, 6. His mother, Lainie, an intensive care unit nurse, immediately jumped into action with the help of Luke and his siblings Christian and Chloe, 11 and 9 respectively.

—COLIN AINSWORTH

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