Old Chester, PA: Addison H. Showalter
Addison H. Showalter, Chester superintendent of schools, was honored yesterday when he was given the Keystone Automobile Club's Annual Safety Award for his work in establishing one of the first school safety squads in the United States. At left is Edward P. Curran, safety director at Keystone, who also was in on the ground floor in the school program in Chester back in 1924, and at right is J. Maxwell Smith, president of Keystone Club. Educational, municipal and judicial leaders were guests at the luncheon which was held in Springhaven Country Club. (Chester Times Photo)
Founder of the Safety Patrol
Showalter Honored For Safety Contribution
May 27, 1955
Addison H. Showalter, superintendent of Chester public schools, was honored yesterday at a luncheon at the Springhaven Club, when he was given the annual award for outstanding contribution to the highway safety program.
J. Maxwell Smith, president of Keystone Automobile Club, said that his organization has established the award "in recognition to those devoted public servants who labor untiringly in the field of highway safety."
Superintendent Showalter started the safety patrol project in 1922 when he was principal of Dewey-Mann School. Edward A. Curran, now heading the Keystone safety patrol organization, was a teacher in the school at the time.
"From the first patrol at Dewey-Mann School, the movement has spread through Pennsylvania and New Jersey," Smith said. "Keystone now assists some 800 schools in their safety work, equips and helps to train 26,000 'safeties,' who protect 350,000 children daily."
"As president of Keystone it is a distinct honor for
me to congratulate and warmly thank the school superintendents, principals, teachers, and
children in these schools for their cooperation." Smith continued, "the parents
for their understanding and help, and the police, local and state, for their unceasing
work in the field of accident prevention."
A bunch of american beauty roses was presented to Mrs. Showalter. The invocation was given by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Adolph J. Baum, Principal of St. James High School, and the benediction by Rev. J. L. Link, member of Chester School Board.
Among the guests at the head table were mayor Ralph Swarts, County Commissioner Arthur C. Throne,
Sheriff Frank A. Snear Jr., District Attorney Raymond R. Start, Edward A. Parry, president
of Chester's board, Sgt. Rocco Urella, of the State Police, Ray Gillen, president of
Delaware County Highway Safety Council and officers of the Keystone Club. About 75 persons
attended the affair.
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