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History Lives: Doylestown’s First Ambulances

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In August 1915, the Intelligencer reported that the Dr. Oliver P. James Memorial Ambulance [a rebuilt Packard] had responded to about 10 calls since being presented to the borough. “John O. …

Youth Fishing Derby

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Doylestown’s youth fishing tradition at the borough dam began ca.1952. By 1967 the event was being administered by the Doylestown Youth Recreation Council and there were …

Russ Thomas

From 1928 until 1956, the home at 140 E. State St. in Doylestown was owned by Allen Russell Thomas and his wife, Helen. Russ was a reporter and sports editor of the Daily Intelligencer for 40 years. …

Daylight Saving Time

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It was called the Standard Time Act of 1918; the part providing for DST was called the Daylight Saving Time Act. After World War I ended, Daylight Saving Time was repealed with a Congressional …

Cataract surgery

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In 1815, 39-year-old Doylestown attorney, Francis B. Shaw (ca. 1776-1832) reported that he had been “deprived of sight by Cataract” for over two years. He was forced to abandon his law …

International Women’s Day

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Margaret Mead (1901-1978) was born in Philadelphia and raised in Doylestown. She was a pioneer in the field of anthropology whose study of primitive cultures gave Americans an insight into their own …

Presidents’ Day

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Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February to honor all persons who served as President of the United States. The day is also a state holiday in most states …

Valentine’s Day 1934

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Valentine’s Day 1934. Rotary Club Holds Valentine’s Day Party read the heading of an article in the Intelligencer of Feb. 16, 1934. “The Rotary Club of Doylestown held a …

Cudjo and Jo

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Much of the land that became Doylestown was once owned by two former slaves, Cudjo and Jo. Jeremiah Langhorne came from England and settled on a great plantation in Middletown (Langhorne) in 1682. A …

History Lives: Black History

Layle Lane (1893-1976), educator and social activist, ran a farm in New Britain Township for inner city youth during the Great Depression. At the corner of Ferry Road and the road named after her, …

Meininger’s Sporting Goods Store

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Meininger’s Sporting Goods opened in the late 1940s, owned by Renton W. Meininger Jr. (1925-2020). The first store was at 34 W. State St. in Doylestown, but within 10 years the business had …

The Berenstain Bears’ 60th Anniversary

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“The Big Honey Hunt” by Stan and Jan Berenstain was published in 1962 by Random House and edited by Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel). It was the first in the long-running Berenstain Bears …


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The village of Tradesville grew up at the intersection of Bristol and Lower State roads, between Castle Valley and Eureka, on the Doylestown-Warrington Township line. Nearby is Mill Creek, a …

Sears Store of Doylestown

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“Doylestown to Have Sears Roebuck Store” proclaimed the headline in the July 11, 1940, edition of the Bucks County Times. The store soon opened in the building at 40 West State St. (owned …

New Year 1922

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Doylestown celebrated the entry of 1922 with the 15th Annual New Year’s Ball, held at the Doylestown Armory on “Monday Eve, January 2d,” according to the Intelligencer.

History Lives: Christmas Street Scene

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Frank X. Shelly, then president of the Doylestown Chamber of Commerce in 1959, wrote in the local paper, “The very attractive street decorations have been completely erected in Downtown …

Traffic Semaphores

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The Doylestown Borough Council held its last regular session of 1923 on Monday night Dec. 17. At that meeting, council decided to purchase an electric semaphore system “which will control …

The Christmas Decoration Contest

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In 1960, the Doylestown Panorama magazine sponsored a house decorating contest. “Lots of local folks will be decorating their homes with Christmas decorations and displays and the home that has …

Award was given to Louis H. Spellier for his invention of the sparkless circuit breaker

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The Elliott Cresson Gold Medal, established in 1848, was the highest honor bestowed by Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. The endowed award was to be presented “for some discovery in the …

Thanksgiving at Ed’s Diner in Doylestown

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At Ed’s Diner in Doylestown, good food was available at reasonable prices 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and especially on Thanksgiving. (The diner closed only once a year, on Christmas …

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