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Remember When: 1921

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In the news this week 98 years ago:

• The local Woman’s Club reviewed the 1920 Sewickley Survey, which recommended consolidating the boroughs of Sewickley, Edgeworth and Osborne. The plan had gained enthusiastic support from club members. An editorial warned local politicians that “the ladies all have votes now, and mere men who want to continue to pose as leaders in hometown politics might do well to consider seriously the advantages of a constructive stand on the consolidation question.”

• The Sewickley Public Library announced the following new books available for borrowing: “Main Street” by Sinclair Lewis; “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton; “Theodore Roosevelt and His Time” by J.B. Bishop; and Margot Asquith’s autobiography.

• Several public notices were published in this week’s paper warning of a coming shortage of natural gas. “A survey of the natural gas situation shows a rapid depletion of the known natural gas supply in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” one notice read. Demonstrations were scheduled at a Broad Street office to teach consumers how to conserve natural gas for cooking, lighting and heating water. Additionally, inspectors from the Manufacturers’ Light & Heat Company — with municipal approval — were to be sent to all Sewickley households to inspect appliances for possible efficiency increases.

• Mabel Babcock, a French teacher at Sewickley High School, reported that her students and their families sent 225 French francs (about $16, or $219 in today’s money) and 17 bundles of supplies to the family of Marie Chatelet Meunier in Meuse, France. The Meunier family, personal friends of Ms. Babcock, was living in abject poverty after the loss of Mr. Meunier in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in 1918 and the subsequent illness of Mrs. Meunier. In addition to essential supplies such as food and soap, the students also sent candy, dolls, games and some chewing gum.

Melanie Linn Gutowski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer