A Little History On Millbourne Borough

Millbourne Borough was first occupied by Samuel Sellers who immigrated to America in 1682 from Derbyshire, England. For over half a century the land was used as a family homestead and for farming.

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In 1757 John Sellers, grandson of Samuel, erected the first flour mill and by the 1800’s, flour from Millbourne was being exported to England and Continental Europe.

Between 1906-1908 Samuel Shoemaker and John L. Fry saw the possibility of a new residential community in Millbourne and one hundred residential homes were built.

In 1907 the Market Street “L” was completed for transportation and on July 01,1908 the Millbourne Station was officially opened. The Millbourne Station is still in use today being the first stop leaving 69th Street and the last stop before arriving to 69th Street.

September 21,1909 Millbourne Fire House was completed and occupied. The Millbourne Police Department was also established within the same time period.

October 12, 1909 Millbourne was separated from Upper Darby Township and was incorporated into a Borough. The first council members included: John T. Brosnan, Henry A. Shourds, W.H. Lightner, S.F. Wise, L.E. Upham, and E.J. Hawkins.

January 01,1916 was the grand opening of Millbourne’s Borough Hall, location being the same building as the Fire House. Both are still standing at their original location today.

In 1925 the well known Sears Roebuck store was built and open for business. Sears closed it’s doors for business in 1988 where the building remained unoccupied, until it was demolished in 2001 from years of neglect.

 

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Old News Article

MILLBOURNE, Pa. (UPI) — Fears that outlaws will hide behind corn stalks has prompted the borough of Millbourne to outlaw tall vegetables. An ordinance passed by the Borough Council this week makes it illegal in the suburban Philadelphia community to grow corn or any other vegetbale that exceed six feet in height. “If you have eight-foot corn stalks it’s easy for people to hide behind them,” said Millbourne police Sgt. Joseph Heffernan.