|Delaware County News Co.
||6th & Welsh St.
||Lewis Smith & his brothers,
Herman & Joseph Smith
||1939 - 1981
|| My paternal grandparents were Joe and Annabelle Smith (the "Joe" in the
Herman / Lewis / Joseph Smith brothers "trio" that was so involved in the newspaper and magazine business in Chester). Joe started Smith's New and Lottery which I think was on Edgemont and "Wall Street." Wall Street was
really just the name of the alley behind Woolworths... which became a funny joke that my father always told... he had a business on Wall Street! The business was moved around the corner (next to Anne's Donuts) after a redevelopment project tore down the original building. The business was
sold in 1981, and the family moved to West Palm Beach, FL where I currently reside with my family. Lee Smith passed away suddenly on February 20, 1998, and is survived by his wife Phyllis Smith; his son Robert Smith, his wife Christine, and their son Logan; his daughter Renay
Smith-Kitain, her husband Brian, and their two sons Jaycob and Alden.
By the way, my father was also the "Lee" from "Lee's Record Shop" which was under the train tracks in a corner building. There was some mention of this business on your site too. This business was closed before I was born, so I haven't run across any pictures of it yet - but will send one if I can
I am attaching a picture that I found of the original newsstand.
West Palm Beach, FL
||Delaware County Tobacco Co.
||310-312 Edgmont Ave.
||E. P. Christake
Pat Bonoma (1950's, 1960's)
|? - 1926 - 1965 - ?
Cigars, Confectionery, General Merchandise
The original "Lighthouse"
photo from the Chester Baker collection at DCHS.
Photos of the Summer 2001 renovation of
Jody (Mignogna) Pokoy
||7th & Edgmont
Edwin G. Roder
1906 - Nov. 29, 1938
Morris M. Sapovits
(Nov. 30, 1938 - ?)
Herman & Jean Smith
|First built 1880 as a cigar
stand called "The Lighthouse" by George Jenkins; also
operated by his son George after his death.
by Roder in 1906 and rebuilt 1912.
The picture of "The Lighthouse" was taken
"after the fire" so that perhaps this was the reason that Roder rebuilt in 1912.
A later fire (1950's? 1960's) also destroyed the stock
"on the first floor and the basement"
The Newsstand is still in operation.
manufactured the 5-cent Penn Club Cigars. The newsstand was later operated by
Maurice Sapovits, then Herman Smith, then by Marilyn & Milt Berman.
My parents were the owners of the Newstand at
7th Street, for 18 years, until approximately 1958."
Dr. Howard L. Smith,
two older brothers, Charles and Bobby Ratliff, sold newspapers on the street corner
for Bobby Berman for years. They didn't have bicycles or anything and they carried
all their papers. Sometimes they didn't get home till late at night because they
couldn't or wouldn't come home until all their papers were sold. Sweet memories.
Both of my brothers are dead now and I miss them hugely."
Betty Ratliff Marth, Grambeme@aol.com
E. Wenatchee, Wa.
Photo courtesy of Rose Marie (Della
Monica) Holodick, Wilmington, DE
Frank Della Monica
Anthony S. Della Monica
Nicholas L Della Monica Jr
Same time and later (at least
until c. 1959):
Leo J Reynolds
John J. Reynolds
1959 - ?