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Bill Wasch township commission papers


Held at: Tinicum Township Historical Society [Contact Us]P.O. Box 115, Essington, PA, 19029

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Tinicum Township Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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William R. "Bill" Wasch represented Tinicum Ward 5 as a Township Commissioner for about a decade (1997-2007), acting as President for part of his time in office. A resident of Tinicum, Delaware County, Pennsylvania for most of his life, Wasch graduated from Eddystone High School and served two years in the Army during the Korean War. He was employed at the local Westinghouse Machine Shop for 39 years as a pattern maker, inspector, and surveyor. He was a member of the Republican Party, and his priorities as a Township Commissioners included preventing the expansion of the Philadelphia International Airport into Tinicum, maintaining low real estate taxes, and generally working for the improvement of the township.


"William R. 'Bill' Wasch." May 15, 2007. Voter information provided by candidate; posted by the League of Women Voters. Accessed October 21, 2013.

This collection consists of various materials directly related to the activities and functions of the Tinicum Township Commissioners, as well as materials from other township boards and departments and items pertaining to other topics of special interest to Wasch. It includes correspondence and memos, committee meeting minutes, financial records such as expenditure lists and treasurer's office reports, reports, proposals, architectural drawings and plans, and resolutions. Some materials and reports are from the Board of Health, Zoning Board, Recreation Board, Police Department, or other bodies relevant to the Township Commissioners. Wasch was very involved in the debate surrounding a proposed expansion of the Philadelphia International Airport into Tinicum Township (he opposed the expansion) and was also involved with the Interboro School District Authority; these topics are heavily represented in the collection. There is a small amount of employee information, materials from commissioners' workshops and conferences, campaign documents, and other more personal papers.

Gift of Grace Wasch, 2010.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Tinicum Township Historical Society directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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