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Picture Business Name Location Owner/Operator Dates of Operation Comments:
  Campbell Roofing   Howard V. Campbell (d. 9/19/2003) c. 1940's - 1970's Before owning his own roofing company, Howard Campbell had been a foreman at Chester Rural Cemetery.
  H & R Roofing 2315 W. 4th St.


Roosevelt Thomas - 1960's -  

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Robert Howarth's Sons
earn Minute Man Flag
Photo from the July 1942 Delaware County Advocate

Robert Howarth's Sons 2nd & Edgmont

8 W. 6th St.

Spring 1945, SE Corner of 12th & Chestnut

Howarth Building (1917)

Dennis Howarth
John Mason
Robert Howarth, Sr.
Robert Howarth, Jr.
1873 - 1957 - ? "Robert Howarth's Sons was established in 1873 and was still in business as of 1957. The original location was 2nd and Edgmont.  It moved to 8 West 6th St., then to the SE Corner of 12th & Chestnut in Spring of 1945.

It was founded by Dennis Howarth and John Mason, who soon sold his share to Robert Howarth, Sr., Dennis' father. Dennis and Robert ran the company, with the rest of the sons (John, Robert Jr and Casper) joining as they became of age. Dennis joined other ventures in 1895, and Robert ran the business until his death in 1913.  At that point, Robert Jr. took over the firm.  Upon incorporation in 1918, Casper Howarth was president until his death in 1933. Clifford Howarth Peoples (former mayor of Chester, 1939-1944) was president from 1933 to 1950, when he retired.  At this time Mary Howarth Hewitt became president.  She was the aunt of Clifford Peoples and widow of Casper Howarth, and had remained active in the company since his death.

Dennis Howarth was my gr-gr-grandfather."

Thanks to
Erin Helbing

"Tin slate & slag roofing"

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

  Levis N. Scott 2102 Edgmont Ave. Levis N. Scott? ? - 1937 - ? "Better Roofing; Sheet Metal Work; Warm Air Heating"; all work personally supervised; Better Work - Materials - Prices" according to their ad in the June 1937 Southern Penn Bus Schedule Book, courtesy of
Terry Redden Peters




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