Today in Delaware County History, April 10



100 years ago, 1924: The paving trucks being removed from West Ninth Street, in front of Chester High School, at Ninth Street and Fulton Street will be transported to Chester Park in preparation for repaving the split Belgian block roadway. They will be used in the construction of a boulevard ramp to Edgmont Avenue.

75 years ago, 1949: The national office of the Marine and Shipbuilding Workers' Industrial Union (CIO) is making a major effort to regain control of Sun Ship Local No. 2, which recently voted to “separate” from the parent organization and seek a separate charter in the CIO . More than a dozen organizers from the national office in Camden are in Chester to interview members of Local 2, and they have called a meeting today at 2 p.m. at the CIO Council Room, 316 Market St., Chester. Organizers were denied use of the Local 2 hall at Third and Madison streets.

50 years ago, 1974: A lawsuit aimed at blocking construction of a portion of the Midcounty Expressway (Blue Route) that was supposed to be filed last week was finally filed Tuesday. The lawsuit was to be brought in the U.S. Eastern District Court in Philadelphia by attorney John Hunt on behalf of a coalition of environmental organizations and nine individuals. The lawsuit alleges that the proposed route of a five-mile section along Crum Creek from the Media Bypass (Route 1) to the interchange with Interstate 95 in Ridley Township violates a number of federal laws.

25 years ago, 1999: The 1999 NFL Draft is full of quarterbacks – and the guys who protect them. Check the Eagles for one each. Almost everyone knows that five quarterbacks could be selected in the first round of the April 17-18 draft to compete with the six pitchers led in the 1983 class under John Elway. The current roster includes Akili Smith and Donovan McNabb, both of whom the Eagles love. The six first-time attack options identified include Penn State's Floyd Wedderburn, an All-Delco product from Upper Darby High.

10 years ago, 2014: Hoping to improve vehicle traffic along a portion of West Chester Pike, Marple commissioners voted to submit applications to PennDOT for traffic signal improvements on the highway. The changes would include the installation of adaptive signal control at the intersections with South Lawrence Road, the north and south ramps of the Blue Route and New Ardmore Avenue, as well as the placement of a new traffic signal and center opening at the future Langford Run Road.