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Good Will Fire Company
15th & Providence Ave., Chester, PA

Good Will Fire Company, Chester and Vicinity  1914 by Hy. V. Smith

Photo from Chester and Vicinity 1914 by Hy. V. Smith

15th & Providence Ave.
Chester, PA

Early pictures of Good Will Members, Football & Baseball Teams & Ladies Auxiliary (c.1948), courtesy of Florence (Smalley) Knott

Ladies Auxiliary Parade on Edgmont Ave. courtesy of Florence (Smalley) Knott

More pictures of Good Will Fire Company Apparatus, courtesy of William H. Crystle, 3rd,
from the Jack Robrecht collection.

Pictures of some Good Will members courtesy of William H. Crystle, 3rd
from the collection of Harry Bomberger.

Chief Harry Bomberger, 1st Asst. Chief Lewis Harper, and 2nd Asst. Chief Thomas McClelland. It was taken in front of the Good Will Fire Co. fire house, Harry's company, when he became chief in 1957. - 5

Chief Harry Bomberger, 1st Asst. Chief Lewis Harper, 2nd asst. Chief Thomas McClelland and Director of Public Safety Gary Boden. It was the presentation of new fire chief vehicles which they had just taken delivery of. It also is in front of the Good Will Fire Co. house, 1957. - 5

Good Will Banquet for World War II courtesy of Florence Smalley Knott

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History | Known Members | Known Junior Members | Recollections

History:

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Good Will Fire Company #2 Hat Badge
courtesy of William H. Crystle 3rd

 

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Good Will Fire Company #2
Badge #402 - William H. Crystle, Jr.
courtesy of William H. Crystle 3rd

 

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Good Will Fire Company #2
Badge #449 - William H. Crystle, 3rd
courtesy of William H. Crystle 3rd

Good Will Fire Company
"My grandmother's badge & Ladies' Auxiliary pin when she first joined in 1912"
courtesy of Florence Smalley Knott

Good Will Fire Company (Founded 1891)
15th & Providence Avenue

There was a fire on the second floor of the Good Will firehouse on Friday November 21, 1958.

The city of Chester condemned this property for the widening of Providence Avenue and the firehouse was relocated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Known Members:
Name Dates Position Comments/Recollections
ARTHUR, Charles - 5     [Picture]
AYRES, George      
BOMBERGER, Harry     Later a Chester Fire Chief
BORGESE, Samuel      
BUFANO, Alfred      
BUFANO, Andy - 5   Treasurer [Picture]
BULGER, James V. (Totta) - 4      
CANAVAN, Thomas   President December 1945 Later a Chester Fire Chief

[December 4, 1945 news article] - 6

CHIOMINTO, Nicholas      
CHIOMINTO, Jr., Nicholas      
COMBS, Robert      
COX, James      
COX, Raymond      
CREILLY, Bill - 2      
CRISANTI, Armonio - 7      
CRYSTLE, Jr.,  William H.     Badge #402
CRYSTLE, 3rd William H.   President, Vice President & Captain Badge #449
DAVIS, Jr., J. Alfred      
DICKERSON, Edward      
DICKERSON, Jr., Herman      
DICKERSON, Sr., Herman      
EDWARDS, Thomas - 5     Later became the first "paid" Chester Fire Chief

[Picture]

FULMER, Jake      
FULMER, Orville      
FULMER, William      
GARVEY, Henry      
GORMAN, John      
KING, Harry      
KROMES, Laverne - 5     [Picture]
McBRIDE, Edward      
McCRAY, H. D.     President c. 1903
McDADE, John E.   Secretary  
McDADE, Paul      
McGINN, Richard      
MILLER, Samuel -1900-    
MINISAK, Peter      
MORRISON, Ray - 5     [Picture]
NEWS, Jr., Sam      
NEWS, Sr., Sam      
OBENCHAIN, Colin      
PACANOWSKI, John      
SMALLEY, Sanphord - 6     [December 4, 1945 news article]
STRAIN, Daniel - 3     d. 1975
STRAIN, Frank      
STRAIN, James      
SWEENEY, Joseph      
SWEENEY, William      
TRASATTI, Frank      
TAYLOR, Seldon      
VERNON, James - 5     [Picture]
WICKERSHAM, Jack - 5     [Picture]

See also a List of Deceased Members of Chester Fire Departments courtesy of Florence E. O'Bryan, FOBionicBlonde@aol.com


 

Known Junior Members:  
Recollections:  

Many thanks to the following for contributing information for this page:

2 - Bill Crielly

3 - Pat Strain

4 - Tom Bulger, son

5 - William H. Crystle, 3rd

6 - Lee Bennington

7 - Molly Crisanti


If you have any information and or pictures that you would like to contribute about the history of this fire company, please forward it to john@oldchesterpa.com

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 John A. Bullock III.

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This page last updated 10/18/06