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Today in Delaware County History, May 15

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100 years ago, 1924: Insurance adjusters are assessing damage to the home of John B. Boudwin, an Ogden farmer, who was struck by lightning during a thunderstorm Sunday evening. The house, of colonial stone, was virtually destroyed. The bolt of lightning, followed by the clap of thunder heard during the crash, struck a pine tree outside, flew towards the chimney of the house and then circulated along the walls inside. Most of the glass in the windows is broken, the sash windows were bulging. Two or three holes had been torn in the solid walls. The same bolt is believed to have struck the home of Edwin A. Ervin, on Chichester Road, Boothwyn, causing a piece of plaster to come loose. It narrowly escaped striking Andrew Osbourne, a brother of Mrs Erwin, who was lying on a sofa.

75 years ago, 1949: A crowd of more than 1,500 people watched hundreds of young Delaware County musicians parade during the annual Chester Pike Kiwanis Club Band festival held Saturday afternoon on the Ridley Township High School field. Nine county high school bands and an entire county band of 110 star performers played, marched and presented new songs for the appreciative audience.

50 years ago, 1974: Republican faithful in Delaware County numbered more than 2,700 at two pre-primary rallies Tuesday night to hear remarks from gubernatorial candidate Drew Lewis and local candidates. An estimated 1,500 attended a meeting at the Alpine Inn, Springfield, sponsored by the county committee, while another estimated 1,200 attended a Chester city committee meeting at the Franklin Fire Co.

25 years ago, 1999: A young upstart from Upper Darby is bucking the system and challenging a Republican mainstay in Tuesday’s primary. Tom Cleary, 21, of Llanerch Hills, and F. Raymond Shay, 66, of Drexel Hill, are running for mayor of the most populous municipality in the province. “I haven’t been approved,” declared Cleary, a first-time candidate. “I don’t think you should be approved. They are picked by hand. I don’t owe anyone any favors and I think it’s time for a change.”

10 years ago, 2014: After months of construction, the more than 100-year-old Darby Fire Company No. 1 new again. Fire company leaders cut the ribbon on a new 3,600-square-foot addition to their firehouse at Chester Pike and Quarry Street as Darby officials, friends and other local fire companies beat the heat Saturday afternoon to mark the monumental event. Working with Collingdale-based contractor Ken Burns, the $800,000 expansion created four rooms to house equipment, a radio room, a wash/dry room for cleaning equipment and an emergency medical room.

– COLIN AINSWORTH