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HISTORY LIVES: First night football game at War Memorial Field

In 1946, “turning over the first spadeful of earth with a long, silver-colored shovel, Doylestown Burgess [Mayor] George C. Butler presided at the …

HISTORY LIVES: Sanitary Sewerage System

In October 1902, Doylestown Borough Council discussed “scores of dry wells in the borough which have been in use for years and years, and which are in such filthy …

HISTORY LIVES: Baby Faces 1937

The Bucks County Times sponsored a baby contest in August 1937 for which photos of children under the age of 6 could be entered free of charge. A total of $450 in prizes was …

HISTORY LIVES: Sunnyside School

In 1970, the noted Doylestown Intelligencer columnist, Lester Trauch, quoted Margaret N. Curry, who wrote “In the early 1900’s. . .my sister Katie and I trudged off each morning …

HISTORY LIVES: Clemens Farm

The Clemens tract, more than 100 acres in size, dates back to the Revolutionary era; and the first owners were Christian and Mary Clemens. For multiple generations it was a successful …

HISTORY LIVES: Borough Dog Catcher

At the regular monthly meeting of Doylestown Borough Council on March 20, 1911, a Mr. Watson said he had been “asked to call Council’s attention to the decided nui-sance of …

HISTORY LIVES: Car Parking

For nearly 100 years, parking has been an issue in the Borough of Doylestown. On June 20, 1928, a letter to the borough council signed by residents and businessmen was written “to …

HISTORY LIVES: Motorcycle Wedding

News of a wedding in Doylestown had traveled across the country during the summer of 1913, and the San Francisco Call carried the following article on Aug. 10. The happy couple were …

HISTORY LIVES: The Turk

The Turk, as it was known, was a village south of Doylestown, near the village of Edison on the Neshaminy Creek. The name comes from the “Sign of the Turk’s Head” on the village …

HISTORY LIVES: Doylestown’s Rubber Industry

At 16 N. Franklin St. (between West State and Wood streets) in Doylestown, a wagon spoke factory burned to the ground in 1901. It is unclear when the property was …

HISTORY LIVES: Oyster Shell Lane

Running behind the Doylestown Inn and adjacent buildings was an alley named Oyster Shell Lane, so called because surrounding restaurants threw oyster shells there in bad weather to …

HISTORY LIVES: The Darlington Estate

Henry Townsend Darlington (1832-1878) was born in Chester County in 1832. He moved to Doylestown as a young man and eventually became publisher of the Bucks County …

HISTORY LIVES: The “Picnic Era"

The era of picnics in the middle of the 19th century gave all who participated a great deal of pleasure, according to Doylestown historian W.W.H Davis.

HISTORY LIVES: Electric lights come to Doylestown

Doylestown Borough Council considered installing electric lights as early as the spring of 1885. In September 1886, Mr. Sherwood, of the Excelsior Light Co. of …

HISTORY LIVES: Father’s Day 1950

Father’s Day was introduced by Sonora Smart Dodd in Spokane and was celebrated statewide in Washington in 1910. The intent was to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating …

HISTORY LIVES: Youth Recreation Council

Starting in 1964, the Doylestown Youth Recreation Council sponsored basketball and football games, summer recreation programs, the Fanny Chapman swim team, dances in Central …

HISTORY LIVES: Poultry Farms

The Doylestown area was once rife with poultry production.

HISTORY LIVES: Memorial Day to be celebrated as usual

In the last week of May 1904, The Intelligencer announced, “Nothing unusual is scheduled to appear in the Memorial Day celebration in Doylestown. Year after …

HISTORY LIVES : Gypsies

The Doylestown Intelligencer of June 13, 1889 reported, “A band of gypsies are encamped near the town and several of the women have been going from house to house importuning housewives to …

HISTORY LIVES: Soap Box Derby

In May 1940, the newspaper announced that Doylestown was to have a Soap Box Derby, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Winners of the Doylestown races would compete in Philadelphia …

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