On this page we will look back at life in the city during the war years. Here we will provide the visitor with the stories making the news, what was happening in sports and entertainment, city politics, the social scene and the prominent people at the time. We will also recount the events occurring in the war on that day. So, check back each day for new editions.

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The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies today and tonight. This is the coldest January 18th in a decade. The temperature fell to 8° at 8:00am. Today’s high will only reach 24° with the low tonight near 2°.

The garment workers strike in this city continues today. However, the parties appear to be close to an agreement which will end the walkout. Union leaders said today that all but 1 of the workers’ demands had been agreed to. Five women strikers were arrested today on charges including assault and battery and intimidating non striking women workers. The arrested women are Rebecca Polin, 19 of 2426 South Marshall Street, Lillian Diln, 21 of 1536 North 23rd Street, Katie Krip, 21 of 936 North Franklin Street, Sarah Blair, 22 of 831 North Marshall Street and Pauline Zodaff, 21 of 814 North 5th Street.

Miss Lillian Glenn (shown below), 1617 Ringgold Street, was crippled but now can walk. And she is so grateful to those who cured her she has decided to become a nurse and dedicate her life to helping others. Miss Glenn has been crippled for years as her right foot was several inches shorter than her left and turned so far in she had to walk on the side of it. Dr. O. Bashline of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy operated on her on November 20 and found that the cause was her tendons had grown shorter through paralysis. But even after the operation her foot was cold with below normal circulation. Then Miss Mary Wigham, a senior at the Hospital was assigned to the case. Miss Glenn believes that Miss Wigham’s work with her affected a complete cure. Now she walks as though nothing was ever amiss.

1-18-1916 Lillian Glenn

Land belonging to the Cooke family for the last 150 years has been sold to Charles Shetzline. The property consists of 5 blocks at Hunting Park Avenue & N Street, Hunting Park & O Street and Bristol & O Streets. The land was sold for $20,500. Mr. Shetzline plans to build houses on the property. Mr. Shetzline has previously developed property in the southern part of the city.

In sports Connie Mack announced today that he will be taking his A’s to Jacksonville, Florida for spring training earlier than he originally planned. Mr. Mack made the decision to get his boys there early because he feels his young hurlers will need the extra work. In Eastern League Basketball last night an extra 5 minute period was needed to decide the contest between Trenton and Reading. Trenton took the win 31 to 26. In high school basketball today Central will meet West Philadelphia, Southern takes on Northeast, LaSalle is in Camden for a game against Camden High and Catholic High plays Villanova Prep.