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Picture Business Name Location Owner/Operator Dates of Operation Comments:
  John J. Buckley Pork Packing Plant 16-40 W. 2nd St.

W. 2nd St. near Market St.

John J. Buckley ? - 1917 - 1918 "My great-great grandfather, John J. Buckley owned a meat packing plant that was once located in Chester on West 2nd street, near Market street. I have a newspaper article from the Chester Times dated January 10, 1918 describing the fire that destroyed the John J. Buckley Pork Packing plant. I have heard from my family that this land eventually became Medford's, I suspect that this land was the same location as the Chester Packing Company. I understand that this was a prime location for a slaughter house because of the cattle path that was already established."

Thanks to
Paul S. Buckley III

"Pork & beef packers"

Thanks to their ad in the 1917 & 1918 Chester High annuals, courtesy of Janet Andrews Moulder, Wilmington, DE

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Click the image for more pictures courtesy of Diane Trout

Chester Packing Company 2nd near Market St.     Later became Medford's

Thanks to Diane Trout

  Delaware Poultry Co. 726 W 3rd St.

3rd. and Ulrich St. (next to Price's Meats)


Joe & Lou Goldberg   "Delaware Poultry Co., of 3rd Street, was owned by Joe Goldberg, and originally, I believe that it was owned by him and his brother Lou, which later they split, and Lou went down the street a few blocks and opened Lou's Bargain Bazaar.

It was a wholesale operation dealing in fresh and frozen poultry, eggs, and later on frozen foods as well.

The dressed poultry business in those days wasn't too profitable, and I don't believe that the both of them could make a living there together. I remember Ersel Jones (Jones Poultry of Commission Row) commenting about how he thought that Joe was crazy for entering the dressed business, as at that time they were working on about a cent a pound or two sometimes. All of the other poultry dealers in Chester were still selling live poultry, and making a little bit more than a penny a pound, and weren't getting rich at it. As time went on though, the old ways of procuring a chicken for the table changed, and one by one the live dealers went by the wayside, and Joe's business steadily grew. He relocated to Eddystone, along the river side of the Pensy R.R., just down the street from the Eddystone Print Mill, about 1968 or so, until closing in the early 80's.

We were the last live poultry operation in Chester (Chester Twp.), ceasing slaughtering in 1971. We are still selling poultry here, although it comes in processed and packed in ice rather than live like the old days.

Thanks to:
Fred Jester, OWNER
Yanks Farms
2102 Concord Rd., Chester Twp.

"They shared the same building with Price Brothers, Inc.., I do not know for sure if they
were the same owners."

"Joker" Jack Chambers, jokerjak908@yahoo.com

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Joseph P. Gaskill Beef & Veal Butcher
Order sheet courtesy of Mike Majeski, great grandson - Click for larger image

Joseph P. Gaskill 200 Kerlin St.   c. 1900 - c. 1940 Thanks to
Mike Majeski

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Goff Brothers
Photo from The Delaware County Advocate, July 1942
Courtesy of Harvey S. Martin

Goff Brothers Edgmont Ave. between 2nd & 3rd St. (Commission Row) R. W. Goff
H. Stanley Goff (c.1942)

Medford's Frankfurter Ad from the 1949 Chester Times Yearbook
Medford's Frankfurter Ad from the 1949 Chester Times Yearbook

Medford's (1) 18 to 40 W. 2nd St. (near Market St.) Officers (from the 1956 Chester City Directory):

William L Medford, President-Treasurer

Edw W Medford, Executive Vice President

Margt Bruggeman, Secretary

Jos Kershaw, Purchasing Agent

  Was previously Chester Packing Company.

Thanks to Diane Trout

  B.J. Price (1) Engle St.
(between 11th & 12th)
    They were famous for their "Chester Rose" brand meats. The plant was eventuallly torn down and a new building constucted. It is now occupied by the Chester Township Borough offices.
"Joker" Jack Chambers, jokerjak908@yahoo.com
  Price Brothers, Inc. 726-728 W 3rd St.
    "They shared the same building with Delaware Poultry Co., I do not know for sure if they
were the same owners."

"Joker" Jack Chambers, jokerjak908@yahoo.com




If you have any information and or pictures that you would like to contribute about any businesses in Chester, please forward it to john@oldchesterpa.com

2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 John A. Bullock III.

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