100 years ago – 1922: The British steamer Santa Theresa, en route from Cuba to Philadelphia, was raided last night around 7:30 a.m. by customs officers under the command of Colonel Thomas J. Ross. It is said that a quantity of rare liquors was found on the ship. The raid took place in the Delaware River below the Quarantine Station, Marcus Hook. Customs officers, aboard the custom cutter Shenango, fully armed with guns, boarded the larger vessel and after ordering her crew to stand clear, conducted a thorough search of the steamer.
75 years ago – 1947: Sunday at 11 a.m., a solemn mass will be celebrated in the quasi-new Saint-Robert Catholic Church, at the corner of 20th Street and Providence Avenue. Mass begins a three-day celebration at the town center church marking its silver jubilee. It was on June 10, 1922 that the parish of Saint-Robert was established by Cardinal Dennis Dougherty, Archbishop of Philadelphia. The story of St. Robert’s growth, from celebrating Mass in a Good Will Fire Company meeting hall where firefighters gathered between the fires to today’s $75,000 structure – opened in May 1941 – is a warm and dramatic story.
50 years ago – 1972: Judge Howard F. Reed Jr. today granted a preliminary injunction against International Union of Radio and Electrical Machine Workers Local 119, which went on strike against the General Electric Co. on Saturday . The injunction prohibits inference with entries and exits from GE factories at 520 Pusey Ave., Collingdale, a research, development and manufacturing facility, and 805 Henderson Blvd., Folcroft, an IT operation and other facilities in Delaware County such as the new switch facility. on Calcon Hook Road, Sharon Hill.
25 years ago – 1997: Ridley Township Commissioners have approved two ordinances dealing with the regulation of teen dance clubs and pawnbrokers. The dancing ordinance will limit attendance to children between the ages of 14 and 18. Clubs must close at 10 p.m., be licensed by the township, and operators must clean up in an area two blocks from the club after closing. New pawnshop edict calls for pawnbrokers to be licensed by township with commissioners’ approval, proper record keeping and age limit for patrons and workers to 18 years and older.
Mayor John Linder wants Chester to provide passing boats on the Delaware River with another stopping point by making the city a destination for international and domestic trade. Linder said city officials are beginning the process of designating Chester as a foreign trade zone and exploring the possibility of opening a port facility.