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Name: FC(CHS)68
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Date: 31 May, 2003
Time: 21:41:55

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TO MARY LOU, CAMP SUNSET HILL IS STILL OWNED BY THE GIRL SCOUTS. TOLL BROS. IS BUYING IT FOR A OVER 55 COMMUNITY IF THEY GET ZONING AND OTHER REGULATIONS APPROVED BY CHADDS FORD TOWNSHIP.


Name: Dave Redden
Email: pjrdjr6163@aol.com
Residing: Lower Chi.
Date: 31 May, 2003
Time: 18:49:32

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2 words............Penny Candy.


Name: Duffy
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Date: 31 May, 2003
Time: 12:49:39

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The Oct, 28 issue of The New York Times had a lengthy article on "Hoagies and Philadelphia". Quite an interesting piece but NOT one mention of Chester! Can you believe it? Of course, that's the N.Y. Times


Name: Mary Lou
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Residing: Lancaster
Date: 31 May, 2003
Time: 10:12:45

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your almost correct, the dela. cnty girl scouts had a camp off of rt one right before brandywine battle field. It was called Sunset Hill, Iplanted maney a tree on that hill. I think about it every time i go by. We ice skated,hiked had bonfires alll kind s of things there. I think the council sold the property years back. It's not that far from Camp Sunshine.


Name: CELESTINE JACOBS
Email: ALLFORRYOUU@YAHOO.COM
Residing: BROOKHAVEN
Date: 31 May, 2003
Time: 03:11:32

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Name: Dan CHS54
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Date: 31 May, 2003
Time: 00:32:48

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Caroline is correct. The Salvation Army operated Camp Upland in Upland. I ran the playground at 5th & Water for them in the 50's.Walked with the kids to the camp to swim in the pool and play softball.The Army did much good for a lot of people in Chester.


Name: Lynn Karle Sprague-Taylor
Email: mommomLunar@yahoo.com
Residing: Chester, Pa.
Date: 30 May, 2003
Time: 15:52:37

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Date: 30 May, 2003
Time: 15:13:16

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MaryLou:

Did the scouts have time there then? I can remember my mother being in the mess hall cooking when my younger sister was at camp. It may have been another camp for the girl scouts, but Sunshine does stick in my mind and it was in the Glen Mills area. Might be that they were there on Arbor day planting trees and the moms went to feed them. This gray matter of mine is getting having to dig deep into the corners of the past.


Name: mary Lou
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Residing: lancaster
Date: 30 May, 2003
Time: 14:35:10

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That is the sign to the Camp Sunshine I'm talking about That's the way into the Camp from the road Glenn Mills is on. We used that road so we didn't have to go thru prison gate. It was not run by scouts, Iwas in scouting all thru school. I had to go for several interveiws to get the counsling job and none were with and scout people. I'm pretty sure the county ran it thats why it was located on county land.


Name: C.
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Date: 30 May, 2003
Time: 13:59:30

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Camp Sunshine was established in 1934. I thought it was run by the Scouts. Although the following is not the Camp of the past. The sign is.

http://www.madpoetssociety.com/bonfires.htm


Name: Caroline
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Date: 30 May, 2003
Time: 13:25:03

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Camp Upland was was run by the Salvation Army. Its location was in Upland.

http://www.co.delaware.pa.us/depts/upland.html


Name: Mary Lou
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Residing: Lancaster
Date: 30 May, 2003
Time: 07:16:07

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there was a camp in Upland not sure of it's name. As a girl scout in high school we did some repair work and painting on it. But i'm sure the name of the camp at broadmeadows is Camp Sunshine It was still operating as of 8 years ago I drove down the road for aold times sake and it was operational and full of kids.


Name: nik
Email: Nikkilucky1@AOL.com
Residing: ridley
Date: 30 May, 2003
Time: 03:30:31

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looking for info or memories of Tom Morrison of sun hill


Name: Paul D. Crowther
Email: pcrowther4@cogeco.ca
Residing: St. Catharines,Ontario
Date: 29 May, 2003
Time: 22:39:55

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To those waiting for a lookup,please bear with me. I always thought that Camp Sunshine was in Upland and was operated by the Salvation Army. Was there another camp in the area?


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Date: 29 May, 2003
Time: 11:36:26

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Mary Ann, I remember going to Camp Sunshine back in those years when I was 8 or 9 and I also remember coming home from camp with pneumonia and spent weeks in Chester hospital, guess it was from swimming in that pool, huh?


Name: Mary Ann Kessler Barrow
Email: mabarrow@NOJUNK.att.net
Residing: Villanova
Date: 28 May, 2003
Time: 22:13:49

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I was a counselor at Camp Sunshine the summers of '54, '55, '56. I earned the grand total of $12 my first year, then got a raise to $14 and $16 my last year.

It was great fun but hard work. I remember being told to get the kids to eat as one of the goals was to put weight on them. We were encouraged to refill the serving bowls for seconds for the kids and we weighed them every week.

One day off during the week and that was it. It still was a great time. When i was there, we did not have a pool but used the "pond" that the cows used the rest of the year. I never could figure out why the bottom was so soft. : > )


Name: GLENN ANDERSON
Email: GLENNDARKMAN@AOL.COM
Residing: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Date: 28 May, 2003
Time: 21:17:37

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JUST CHECKED THIS SITE OUT TODAY 5/27/03. I FOUND IT VERY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE,CHESTER HAS SUCH A RICH HISTORY, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER THINGS. IT MAY NOT BE A TOWERING METROPOLIS BUT IT WAS WERE I WAS RAISED AND LEARNED MANY IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS. WHAT CHESTER MAKES MAKES CHESTER. PEACE.


Name: Dawnn
Email: dawn@interracialfamilyunite.com
Residing: Upland
Date: 28 May, 2003
Time: 20:36:15

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My website is interracialfamilyunite.com. I was happy to find this website with a lot of information. I am not originally from this area so it was very helpfull.


Name: John Rhoades
Email: flyerfan"nospam"@klondyke.net
Residing: Richmond, Mi.
Date: 28 May, 2003
Time: 18:19:49

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I can remember spending all day Saturday at the MAC theater.Playing in the great parks the city had all over tow. Great basketball games at CHS. I was a real big fan of Horace Walker when I was real little. Jerry Foster, Granny Lash, Emerson Baynard are some of the other players I rember. Was in the class of 1965 with BO Ryan and Teddy Cottrell.


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Date: 28 May, 2003
Time: 17:15:54

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Dan: I remember Jerry at Dewey. Guess he would have been in the class of 58CHS. Since I left Chester in 54 don't know him in hi school, but sure do remember him bouncing that basketball on the courts. If Jerry, I see your in Michigan. Did you follow Horace up that a way.

CHS lost another All Delco player. Jack Caldrone Class of CHS53 has died. to his family Jack was a good person and very couragous..

Prayers and Blessings to his family and friends.


Name: Dan CHS54
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Date: 28 May, 2003
Time: 16:30:47

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Another Clipper heard from. Welcome Jerry.


Name: Mary Lou
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Residing: Lancaster
Date: 28 May, 2003
Time: 07:25:21

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Camp Sunshine was located on the Broadmeadows prisin farm property. The prison sat up on the hill and the camp was located to the right of it at the bottom of the hill. I think Delaware County ran the Camp. The prisoners did the heavy work and maintenance . Counslers were hired form all over the county. The kids came form all over the county also. I think they were recommended by their schools and other agencies. it was a favorite charity of many people we use to have special treats and shows all the time donated by different people. we worked 6 days a week and had one day to go home and do laundry etc. we worked all day and night small breakk after the kids were a sleep. i remember being paid 60.00 for the entire 6 weeks. big money for my first job.


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Date: 28 May, 2003
Time: 06:30:28

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Jerry Foster: Dewey School class of 54?


Name: Jerry V. Foster, Jr.
Email: Jboovon@aol.com
Residing: Detroit, Michigan
Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 21:51:39

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Name: MR
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Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 19:55:23

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Had to add these words from the song, so the younger generation here gets an idea of why it had such an impact:

"If I told a lie, if I made you cry, when we said goodbye, I'm sorry, from the bottom of my heart, dear, I apologize." Just the first part of that wonderful song. Wish I could share the melody with you.


Name: MR
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Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 19:50:46

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Thank you Duffy. You are absolutely right about Billy Eckstein's biggest hit. Remember how everyone tried to imitate the way he pronounced "apologize"? That song had as much influence on young lovers as Mario Lanza's "Be My Love". Although I doubt anyone today could do as good a job as Billy, I wish they would bring that back again, as they have so many of the old songs, don't you?


Name: Sheree McGowan
Email: picabostow@hotmail.com
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Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 19:08:54

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I remember going to a camp when I was about 10 or 11. Where is/was Camp Sunshine?

Sheree


Name: marylou
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Residing: lancaster
Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 15:13:23

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I was a counsler at Camp Sunshine for three years. summers of 1966,1967,1968. head counsler in 68, my friends Linda Irvin, Nancy Novak, Sally Mcnicholos where counslers too. alsoRichard Novak, Bill Costello, Mike semanchuk, were kitchen help. Mr and Mrs Bell were asst directors and arts and craft. mr anmrs multon directors, we had great times there . 3 weeks of girls and then three weeks of boys,


Name: TomCHS76
Email: t9257@yahoo.com
Residing: PA
Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 12:40:02

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I too, remember camp sunshine. I also went to a camp Maranatha with the Chester Baptist Temple church The Rev. Winters and his wife, they had a son Joel who took over in later years when the church moved to Aston on Cherry Tree road. I remember when we went to camp one time and my mother forgot to give me any spending money. I didn't realize it until I got to camp that I was the only kid without any money. I was crying in the back of the bus and Rev Winter's wife ask me what was the matter. I told her my mom forgot to give me spending money and she went and told Rev Winters and he gave me $5.00. I remember him saying that I could only spend a dollar a day and that I should put something in the collection plate at the camp services every day, so I put a quarter in the basket and spent 75 cents. I bought 2 Fresca's one in the afternoon and one in the evening, the reason I bought Fresca's was because they tasted so awful it would take me 2 hours to drink one LOL. Later on in life I went back to Chester Baptist Temple in Aston and turned that $5.00 into 50 for the church.

Wendy, I also skated on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday late skate. I don't remember the different color cards but I do remember getting a card that they use to punch and when you got enough punches you got in free. I bought my first pair of Douglass Snyder's in the pro shop from Mr. Mancini. Guess what I still have them. I put them on about 14 years ago when my daughter was young and I took her to the rink in Aston. I took me a few weeks to get my roller legs back and I never remember skating around the rink 3 times then having to sit down for 20 minutes :)


Name: Duffy
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Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 11:33:34

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Camp Sunshine--you bet. Every kid in the neighborhood went there. You're right, we were all "poor" but oh so rich! Buddy Eckstein's best hit was : I apologize


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Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 11:00:59

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JOHN SPERRATORE:

If your grandfather lived on Booth street near second, I do remember him. His picture is only a fraction of how dashing a looking man he was with a language that was the sound of a romantic. Very friendly always happy to my memory. Very hardworking. As was his wife and children. I remember a girl and younger broher. His daughter was a beautiful looking girl, would be around 63/64 now. I think her name was Betty. Always helping her mother. The long lasting aroma of the mothers cooking can still awaken a good memory. Not to many Italians in that part of the City- so the flavor of the different smells were delicious. They lived in a house and later built the apartments there as I recall. Still there last time I was in Chester. it was their house that the beautiful sound of Opera came from when walking on Booth.

As for the photos, it has been many years, but the photo that you question does look like a thinner Mr. Centitempo. (his son John lives in Folsom- he did when I was younger)

the third picture, that is a picture of Mr. Centitempos house on Belmont avenue, Milmont Park. Before it was made into a store with living quarters. Your in the area, if you go down Fairveiw Road you would take a left just past the firehouse onto Jefferson Avenue (Woodlyn Drug Store was on the corner) Jefferson turns into Belmont when entering Milmont Park. I think its the next block after the Vets Club on the cornor, same side.

Are you related to Marie? Thanks for the momories.


Name: wendy
Email: wendyschmid@hotmail.com
Residing: delaware
Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 10:47:34

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Hi Tom CHS76,

When you said something about the Big C, boy did that bring back memories. I'm from CHS74, my brother is from your class of 76. We would skate there every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Do you remember getting the different color cards and when you had 5 you got in free? What good times we all had there!

:)


Name: Frank Sciecinski
Email: frank.sciecinski@raymondjamesnospam.com
Residing: West Chester, PA
Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 10:21:27

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St.hedwig's grad 1962


Name: Judy
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Date: 27 May, 2003
Time: 10:05:59

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How about flag flyers. Now that was a pair of shoes. You weren't dressed unless you had them on. I always remember going to my grandmothers house and playing box hockey.Anybody remember some of the kids from Eyre Park, Jimmy Mack,Pette Marrioner...


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Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 23:56:26

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I remember the 6 button benny with a belt in the back, TM's with 14" pegs, zipper inside seam 30" barrel knees flap back pockets, french seams , box toed shoes, pink shirts with Billy Eckstine collar and those 'flash-fire' colored ties....Oh I almost forgot the 4inch high rise with tunnel loops for the belt....Whoa dressing up was complex in those '50's Later ya'all


Name: Kierra
Email: heartz90@aol.com
Residing: chester
Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 19:30:26

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hey


Name: Trish
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Residing: Delco
Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 18:41:50

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Anyone remember "Foolishly Yours" by Savannah C hurchill....back in the early 50........


Name: Barbara (Cornacchia) Ferrer
Email: plumaluna@aol.com
Residing: tennessee
Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 18:29:25

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Hi to everyone. This website is great. Both of my parents grew up in Chester...the Przywitowski's and the Cornacchia's. Anyone remember them? My Mom used to live on Bunting Street after the Depression; my father lived on Rose Street. Eventually he started his carpet business down the street "Carmen's Rug and Carpet Service." How about Dan Evers? Helen Piwowar? Joe and Irene (Galla) Huk? I used to shop in Chester with my Mom on Friday nights! Let me know if I'm ringing a bell for anyone.


Name: Joe R.
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Residing: Delco
Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 18:02:49

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MR- I'm pretty sure "It isn't Fair" was made popular by Don Cherry


Name: Pat Vail
Email: pvail @zoominterenet.net
Residing: Pa
Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 17:56:15

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Researching, Vail, Nichols, Smedley, Nields, Brown, Fairlamb, John, Costello, And many more


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Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 17:09:00

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Does anyone remember going to Camp Sunshine, it was usually for the poor families to get them out of the projects in the summer for a week or two. Anyone out there a counselor?


Name: MR
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Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 16:06:35

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I just remembered the name of the most popular song Billy Ekstein recorded: "Everything I Have Is Yours." Bring back memories?


Name: MR
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Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 15:51:46

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Tom - The Boyd family I referred to lived on Clover Lane in Buckman Village and very unfortunately, Mrs. Boyd passed away in the mid-40's while I still lived there, leaving behind her son, Melvin, who was about my age. It was very sad. But your Boyd family could have been related and inherited Lassie who looked just like the movie star Lassie.


Name: Former Chester Gal
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Residing: Too Far Away
Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 13:26:41

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Happy Memorial Day, Chester! I remember the Memorial Day parade which was also the opening day of Little League Baseball season! All the teams were in the parade and marched to the Chester East Little League field.

Those were the days my friends! The best hotdogs from the Ladies Auxiliary with the best steamed hotdog rolls!

Thank you, Veterans, and God Bless You!


Name: TomCHS76
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Residing: PA
Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 08:53:01

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MR you mentioned the Boyds are you referring to the Boyds that lived across from Boyce's Market and behind the Pharmacy that was on the corner of 21st and Edgemont? They had a collie it was pretty old as I remember it as a kid. I also remember they had a wrought iron fence. They were very nice people always working in their yard. It looked like a jungle to me as a kid, very beautiful flowers and other plants. I remember Mrs. Boyd would always give me candy or fruit, mostly bananas. Funny how things like that stick in your head even after all these years. I was probably 4 or 5 at the time. I also remember that Mr. Phillips had a T.V. repair shop next to the Pharmacy, Baldwins I think was the name of the pharmacy. I also remember a lady named Marty Worrell worked there. Her daughter Debbie was my skating partner at the Great Leopard (Big C).


Name: nik
Email: Nikkilucky1@AOL.com
Residing: secane
Date: 26 May, 2003
Time: 02:03:16

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Trying to find people who may remember Stephen and Lillian Starkey, and Thomas L Morrison SR


Name: MR
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Date: 25 May, 2003
Time: 20:39:17

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To Frank D: "It's In The Book" - oh I was crazy about that. Who did that? He was a comedian and it was so funny. He'd say, "read it - it's right here in the book." And "Dawn Patrol", of course, that was the name of that radio show. Jeans with rolled-up cuffs - I loved them - dressed my son in those because he could wear them until he grew into the length and besides, they were so cute. "Mr. B" - do you mean Billy Eckstein? Oh, what a romantic and wonderful singer he was. Is he the one who sang "It Isn't Fair"? Never hear that great love song anymore.


Name: Frank D.
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Date: 25 May, 2003
Time: 20:17:07

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Bluebird of Happiness, boy that struck a nerve! Remeber staying up Late listening to the Dawn Patrol, mornings at St Anthonys talking about the new old songs you heard. My favorite was Deep Purple. Moose liked Its In The Book, and anything by Mr B, especially the shirt collars. Anybody got an old 3button Benny, powder blue maybe? Or a chartreuse sock and tie set? Remember dungarees only came in one leg length, you had to roll them up like a movie cowboy,or fold the cuffs into peg pants.


Name: MR
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Date: 25 May, 2003
Time: 19:17:17

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Sundays in Chester in the mid-to-late 1940's:

First it was off to mass at Rez; then home to the only big and delicious breakfast of the week. Then off to the Lyric Theatre with my friends for a double feature, with a lap full of candy. One time, I had a lap full of candy but couldn't eat it, because two boys were sitting on both sides of me holding my hands. I was too young to appreciate that; just wanted my candy, but didn't want to hurt their feelings. Wonder who they were; can't recall right now. (This was in the mid-40's; then, my mother and stepfather would go to the West End Boat Club and I'd be left home with my babysitter - Lassie, a beautiful Collie dog who belonged to the Boyds a few doors away. I was frightened of being left alone at night, so the neighbors would lend me Lassie - Oh, I loved that beautiful dog - one night he almost wouldn't let my parents in the house - that's how protective he was.)

Then after the movies, it was home to lay on the couch facing the back of the couch, with my eyes covered so I could imagine and listen very attentively to "The Shadow Knows" and "Gangbusters" (for some odd reason I always routed for the bad guys - I guess because they were always scared), while my mother was making dinner, and she was a great cook. I would have been in there helping her, but she wanted no one in the kitchen while she was cooking. I had the privilege of doing the dishes (hated it when we had company).

Anyway, in my later teens, after dinner was the very best part of Sunday because it was off to St. James dance with my friends, where Notre Dame met St. James and many marriages, etc. came from that. I'd never go to sleep though until I heard Jan Pearce sing "Bluebird of Happiness", which I have since discovered, so did everyone else in Chester. And yes, I had a steady that I was crazy about and I liked staying awake later, just to think about him.

I used to think the St. James' dances were on Saturday night, but have been proven wrong. I know we went to a dance on Saturday night, but I can't remember where it was. But always, when I tell people about my teen years growing up in Chester, I say that there was a dance every night in Chester, except Monday.

To my knowledge, and I knew everyone and practically everything that was going on, there was never any liquor, drugs or anything else of that nature. The excitement of growing up, learning our abilities and talents, sociability, caring for one another were the only influences we had to stimulate us in our delicate and formative years. When the drugs took over, they stole all the joy and fun out of many teenage lives.

Because my generation is well aware of how wonderful our teenage years were, many of us have broken hearts because some of our own children and their children were so influenced by evil people It's worse for us because we see it and cry, while those who are going through it do not know the difference and insist their way is the only and right way, while our hearts ache.

Memories of the good times in Chester are so important to its history; we can't let the ones who follow us think any differently. because they were the best and again, our hearts break for those who didn't have the same wonderful times as we did. We were all surrounded by so much love, it has stayed with us our entire lives and we want nothing better than to share it with you. As Nat King Cole sang in the song "Nature Boy" - "the greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return."


Name: libby
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Residing: australia
Date: 25 May, 2003
Time: 03:13:12

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Thank you to the person that corrected my spelling. Any chance you know a Richie LaFrance??? Still waiting for you John to let me know if you know him or not??? Thanks Libby


Name: Katie
Email: stepdivacrzy@yahoo.com
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Date: 24 May, 2003
Time: 22:27:14

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Just checin out the Website...very nice Thank You


Name: Dave Burman
Email: chesterclippers@aol.com
Residing: Lewistown, PA
Date: 24 May, 2003
Time: 21:14:23

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I am behind you Craig--100-percent. If I was a sportscaster in Chester I would be giving you alot of plugs. Let me know what I can do for you!!

Peace

DB

717-935-2188 (H) 717-242-1055 (W) WCHX Radio


Name: Craig"Fled"Rainey
Email: CraigyFled86@aol.com
Residing: Chester, Pa.
Date: 24 May, 2003
Time: 19:44:06

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Hello folks! I haven't posted in a while, but I usually chime in to read what others post. First, I want to say get well to my first track coach, Chester's own Mr. Bennie "Jet" Wright, who just successfully had tumors removed from his back a few weeks ago. I am going to start a petition to attempt to get funding for an indoor track for the Chester Track Club to practice, and hold a few meets in during the winter months. Mr. Bennie coached the Chester Blazers for over 50 years. Now we are known as The Chester Track Club! We want to name this new facility The Bennie Wright Center in honor of this legend. I am hoping that this post is read by some people that are willing to help us to make this a reality. When I ran for the Blazers back in the 1970's, we had no money but we always made a way by tagging. However, for many years Mr. Bennie came out of his own pocket to get us to our meets. Parents have always chipped in here and there, and provided transportation with their own personal vehicles to get a team of 30 to 60 athletes to and from the meets. Well, I feel as though Mr. Bennie should be able to witness this development. From all of his many years of struggle, he would finally be able to sit in the stands of a facility named in his honor to enjoy the Chester Children competing against other teams during the winter for a change instead of just summertime. There are many other youth teams around the country that have received the necessary funds to be able to compete year round. We also need our very own team vans to be used to transport our children to and from meets around different parts of the country. We do fundraise, and we do work to do the best that we can, but it has to be money out there for us to finally step up to where we should be. We will buy the team the shorts and tank tops that they will compete in, but we can't afford the warm up suits to cover their little bodies that most of the other teams always show up with. after talking to other coaches, many of them tell me that their communities had monies available to them to get team vans and warm-ups. I've also heard that their are funds that are here in Chester for our team that allegedly has been getting intercepted somewhere in the city because we sure never have recieved a penny of it. Our team is the feeder program that continues on into the Chester Upland and Charter school track programs here in Chester, so why would any adult group steal these children's money? Big business please step up to the plate and contact us and offer to help us get these projects done. Again, Mr. Bennie is 71 now, and he deserves to be able to lay back in comfort and enjoy what he built. Myself and the rest of the CTC staff are keeping his foundings moving right along, but it is time for us to take the next step up as an organization. Mr. Bennie was in his 20's when he started this program, we need to move up now. There has been at least 4 or 5 parents from our team from last year, that have taken their children down to the Delaware Diamonds to run because they do have the facilities, sweatsuits, and vehilcles that our children deserve. Those children didn't want to leave our team, it was those couple of parents decision because of the materials that we have been lacking for many years. If this continues to happen, the entire Delaware team will have all of our athletes going on down I-95. We are still strong even though we lost those athletes, but we developed them, and now what we taught them, will be getting used right back against us simply because we don't have all of the things that they provide, and our children deserve to have. Lastly, if any of you out there has a girl or boy between the ages of 6 to 18 that wants to learn the sport of track and field, bring them to the Chester A-filed at 5pm on Monday to sign up. We will need a copy of the birth certificate and $50.00 which pays for the uniform (tank and shorts, the AAU card and insurance.} I can be reached at 610-874-5677 to discuss business. Lets make it happen now. Thank you, Coach Rainey


Name: Brian
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Residing: eddystone
Date: 24 May, 2003
Time: 11:35:15

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HI SPERRS OIL CO.


Name: burpus e. maximus III
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Date: 23 May, 2003
Time: 21:13:07

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I lived in sun village and hungout in sun hill went to Jeffries then St.Rose then St. James only people I hung around with will know my Alias!! just want to see if anyone would respond


Name: Sylvia
Email: Seeschick2"no Spam"@msn.com
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Date: 23 May, 2003
Time: 18:10:22

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seek genealogical ties. Schofield: Force: Snyder


Name: Bud Haynes
Email: BudHaynes@peoplepc.com
Residing: Glenrock, WY
Date: 23 May, 2003
Time: 08:37:45

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Another comment about Yank's In the early 60's I worked for a truck rental company in Chester. I met Ralph Jester through this company and we developed a friendship, when he needed a rental truck I made sure we had one and it was ready and able to do the job. The wife and I were raising 4 children and just getting by, then my wife had a serious health problem and was in and out of the hospital several times. Ralph found we were having problems and kept us supplied with Chicken, Turkey and vegetables. We will never forget Ralph Jester as he is one of a kind and we still often talk about him.


Name: Caroline
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Date: 22 May, 2003
Time: 20:58:50

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The Webmaster cannot be monitoring this board 24/7. It is not a job where he gets paid. Like most of us, he works for a living, he is not yet old enough to retire and do this as a full time hobby.

He sustains this site with sales of items from the Emporium, Sponsorships to remember loved ones, donations to the foundation and his own funds.

All information is volunteer and many volunteers are doing work behind the scenes researching, keying, scanning, traveling to happenings in the Chester area to provide you with an interesting site to visit.

This site is Not just a NEWSSTAND opened to all for comments. It is a site to provide you and your descendents with a history of your hometown. Don't we all love telling our kids and grandkids about the good ole days. Haven't we all enjoyed remembering happenings from others memories.

It is a changing site. Meeting the need to secure a history of the past that can be accessed online, meeting the need to have available information on the present (for those who will be the next generation looking back), and a need to secure a strong future.

No small job for Mr. John Bullock. But he does need time for his family. Maybe a minute now and then would be nice.


Name: Marie Perrera Fahy
Email: re258renospam@msn.com
Residing: Bay Saint Louis, Ms
Date: 22 May, 2003
Time: 16:05:14

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Hi, doing research as my family is from Chester and also alot of friends. I went to Ridley not Chester High. This is a great site. Anyone who knows me and wants to get in touch can e-mail me. Anyone with info on DiSimones or Perrera I would love to hear from. Thanks


Name: TomCHS76
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Date: 22 May, 2003
Time: 11:04:53

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I don't know if it was the same Jimmy Greene. The one I'm talking about would have been around 45 years old, now. Although if I remember correctly I think he died back in the early 80's.


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Date: 22 May, 2003
Time: 08:55:01

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Yanks! Ah, worked there too--lasted one week Filling oversized wheelbarrows of slag and sand, dumping them in the hopper to mix with the concete (or whatever it was) and then doing it all over again from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Finally got a job for the summer at Bryton Chemical and worked at Ford Assembly line the last summer the plant was in Chester. That was the year of the Edsel! So what does that tell you


Name: DanCHS 54
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Date: 22 May, 2003
Time: 00:19:10

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Yank's stimulated some thoughts. I worked part- time in their cinder block plant while in high school. Stacked newly made blocks on pallets. Surprised I still have fingerprints. My other part-tme job at that time was working for a caterer. We ate left-overs between jobs. The orange slices from the spiked punch were refreshing.


Name: JOHN SPERRATORE
Email: JSPERR2@AOL.COM
Residing: SWARTHMORE, PA.
Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 22:05:06

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HI, THE PICTURE OF THE GENTLEMAN AND THE HORSE DRAWN DIAMOND ICE WAGON IS MY GRANDFATHER, JOE DE MAIO. I HAVE THE SAME PICTURE HANGING IN MY OFFICE. JUST THOUGHT I'D GIVE YOU A NAME TO PUT WITH THE FACE.

DO YOU KNOW WHO THE PERSON IN THE OTHER PICTURE IS? I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE MY UNCLE, JAMES DE MAIO. THANKS

JOHN SPERRATOE - JSPERR2@AOL.COM


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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 21:22:46

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HELLO FOLKS! LETS TAKE A RIDE TO YANKS ON THE CONCHESTER HWY TO GET A FRESH TURKEY. THEN WE'LL GO TO THE FARM A WAYS UP THE ROAD TO GET A GALLON OF MILK. JUST A FEW THOUGHTS.PEACE!


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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 18:41:18

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Renaming of Route 291 to Sen. Clarence D. Bell Memorial Highway

Thanks to state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, D-159, of Chester, a bill, which he originally drafted will go to the Senate for consideration. Just in case you missed the story, heres the link.

 


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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 16:35:16

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Tom, yes I do remember the man and his pony, I have a pcture of my sister and I on the pony.I also trmrmbrt how the sidewalks and streets were always swept clean. Every day I had to wash the front of the porch and sidewalk and sweep it up. Everyone;s windows were shiny clean. The curtains washed and starched , then stretched on the curtain stretcher, many a picks in the finger.


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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 16:27:16

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Tom, Is that the same Jimmy Greene who was killed on i95 not to long ago, very sad.?


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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 15:17:58

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Tom: there was a pony/picture taker that came to Trainer in 1941. One of my favorite pictures. They must have been very reasonable.


Name: TomCHS76
Email: t9257@yahoo.com
Residing: PA
Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 13:56:07

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Laurie, In reading your post on the 16th I think the Gloria you refer to is Hinson, lived across the street from Libby. I see her around every once in a while. She lives in Ridley Twp. Still has a horse, too. I remember when a guy name Big Pete use to ride his horse through the village once in a while. He was Jimmy and Peggy Greene's Stepfather. Anyone remember when the guy use to come around and give pony rides for a dime and would take your picture if you wanted to buy it?


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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 13:12:23

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Just remembered, wasn't that shoe store in the basement of Lincolns dept. store. Was it Ferri Brothers...


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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 10:21:54

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Judy: the only other woman that I can recall is one with a short bob and permed. I thought she was at the free sample counter with the pancake makeup, lipstick and bottles of stinkwater. I wonder if that fellow ever played the HAPPY ROOSTER POLKA..

Do you remember having your shoes repaired and waiting for them up near the Rodgers in the basement? They had the foot xray machine where you'd stand on it and see the bones in your feet when looking down into the machine. Wonder if thats why my poor feet ache today.

Frank: Since you seem very familiar with Second Street - Italian Village section, do you by chance remember what type of building (between front and second) going south on second just about under where the CB bridge is . It faced on Abbott St. (little Ally or half street) it still stands there. I thought it was a synagogue in my childhood (now has cross in boarded windows).

Also do you remember Jackie Burmans parents’ grocery store across from Immaculate Heart Church. A good looking dark hair gal that would have graduated Dewey in about 1954.

Did Pop Centatempo (sp.?) own or work for Diamond Ice in the 40's. Later moving to Ridley (Milmont Park section) opening a candy store on Belmont Avenue.

Dave Burman, how is Harvey?

and EG..saw a mention of a South Chester guy, Stosh...from your articles many good people came out of this very small City. OLDCHESTERPA.

ED Rumf. are you still around. How about some memories from your end of town.


Name: Judy
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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 09:07:57

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Hi MR, my mom would have probably liked to have been a blonde, but with the name Roma, I can tell you she wasn't. She was beautiful though, I still have the pictures to prove it. My dad always teased that she dragged him in the side door, took his picture and married him. As far as the Polish guy trimmin the turkeys, I can't say she ever mentioned him but that must have been one heck of a Christmas party with him peckin at the accordian and my mom singin her country western songs back then.lol, thanks for trying to think back then though. Keep that gray matter moving and Take care.


Name: florence50
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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 09:04:33

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MR you are so funny and yes this board does need some fun.


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Date: 21 May, 2003
Time: 08:15:04

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MR: your response is a Classic...on this rainy day you have added needed laughter to the NEWSSTAND. The young fellow played the accordian, but not while working.

Do you remember the large samples of lipstick that was there to try on. I remember my sister and her friends doing that. No fear of jerms in those days.

Tom: I remember that horrible crime also. I believe it occured on the second floor of the Jack-in-the-box at McDade and 420. It absolutly shocked the entire town of Folsom where the store was located and the entire Twp. of Ridley. I believe a similar happening occured when they moved a Pat's Steak from Philly to Holmes and one of the employees was killed. Closing that store. I think a WAWA is on the corner there now.


Name: MR
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Date: 20 May, 2003
Time: 22:56:01

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As I understand it, Mr. gray-haired anonymous, you want us to remember a dark-haired Polish chicken plucker, who also played the pleats of an accordian, in the front portion of the popular Silvers 5&10, while participating in the common practice of pulverizing poultry.

Tough question. If that fellow had been Irish or Italian, it might be easier to answer.


Name: FC(CHS)68
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Date: 20 May, 2003
Time: 21:40:00

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Libby, you were close- it is spelled TOUGHKENAMON PA


Name: tomCHS76
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Date: 20 May, 2003
Time: 21:14:19

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Someone mentioned jack in the box. They closed years ago (in the late 70's) because the manager raped and killed one of the girls that worked there and stuck her in the walk in box to look like a robbery gone bad. That was the demise of Jack in the box in this area because of all the publicity, although they are still in existance in other parts of the country. Sad and horrible story but true.


Name: florence 50
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Date: 20 May, 2003
Time: 18:56:31

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I think I will run up to school yard and play a game of baseball, with Doris Murray, Bob Gamble, Jim Gamble, Jr.Balink,, Ruebeck boys, geo. Davis, maybe the Davis girls, Joan and Elaine, Martha Wanzel, and some others, can't remember the names anymore


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Date: 20 May, 2003
Time: 17:01:12

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Boy Judy you really made me dig deep into this aging gray matter. Did you mom have dirty blonde hair and wore it in a pageboy style. There was a husky young man there too.

At the poultry counter as a chicken cutter was a dark haired Polish fellow that played the accordian very well.

Stretched the gray enough for today/.


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Date: 20 May, 2003
Time: 13:01:32

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Hi CK,I don't remember the poltry section. I just remember pictures my mom had of Silvers back then. I was born in 47, One day Al Rosen stopped in to see my mom and brought her a bunch of pictures from when she worked there. Im going to check over my brothers one day and see if he still has them so I can share them here. She was probably one of the ones colorizing them back then.


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Date: 20 May, 2003
Time: 11:25:43

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Those muscle cars were great and loved to race on the conchester, take me back.....with the Beach Boys playing on the radio.....Good Vibrations....


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Date: 20 May, 2003
Time: 08:40:25

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I would rather go to Shooster's ,catch some of the hot rod and car action;then go in and catch the live d/j radio show on on WPWA/WEEZ.Food was alright ,but not great,the action was great though.


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Date: 19 May, 2003
Time: 22:06:25

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I'll meet you there..sounds good. What ever happened to Jack in the box or Lintons.


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Date: 19 May, 2003
Time: 21:12:17

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I think I'll go to Gino's and get a burger,fries and a coke with the dollar I earned cutting grass and still have some change left to buy some candy.


Name: Laurie Emrick-Hund
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Residing: Carmichael, CA
Date: 19 May, 2003
Time: 18:30:09

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Linda Garvey-Thanks for the kind comment about my sister Effie-Good description too:)) I don't remember Space-Maybe if I saw a picture. I was only around the area unitl 1980..that is when I moved here to see the Grateful Dead..(L.O.L) Point is, I got into the Dead in 1973 and never set foot in the Village from then on..The only thing I remember about you is that you were cool.....Later:):)


Name: CK
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Date: 19 May, 2003
Time: 15:52:03

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Judy: Don't remember your mom, but do remember the photo section in the rear of Silvers near the back entrance. As kids we would watch the painters do pictures of many of the service men and their gals during WWII or shortly thereafter.

Do you remember the poultry section in the front of the store. I guess that was in the 40's not the 50's. I think they later put the fountain there.


Name: Barbara
Email: r15b378@aol.com
Residing: out of town
Date: 19 May, 2003
Time: 14:39:31

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what happened to Brownies Luncheonette?


Name: TomCHS76
Email: t9257@yahoo.com
Residing: PA
Date: 19 May, 2003
Time: 14:26:51

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The newly wed is doing marvelous :) I inherited a stepdaughter, step son, a step dog, and 2 decks which I spent 9 hours pressure washing Sunday :( It would be much appreciated if all my friends from my wedding would throw me a 1 year all expenses paid anniversery party in OC, MD. LOL By the way I still have the gift certificate to spend and my Linda said bring some nuts so she can test out her new nut cracker.


Name: judy
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Date: 19 May, 2003
Time: 10:05:32

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Hi, Martha, My mom worked at silvers 5&10. She use to take the pictures and color them in. They called it "pastel's". Then she went to work at Al Rosen's studios. Do you remember that. Her name was Elvera Roma then.


Name: Frank D
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Date: 19 May, 2003
Time: 07:50:03

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The original Fenzas Auto is on Broomall between 2nd and 3rd, the Fenzas on 9th st is Charley Fenzas body shop. He opened there in the 1960s. Sonny May had a christmas tree business on 2nd st for many years, but now its at his new location.


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Date: 19 May, 2003
Time: 05:48:23

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Thanx Frank. Is Fenza's still operating up there on or around 9th street? Night Owl has pictures on this site as I recall.

thought one of Mays business ventures was down near Highland avenue or Bunting and second during WWII. Must be a mistaken memory..


Name: Helen (Doyle) Gallo
Email: gallohj@aol.com
Residing: Ridley Park
Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 23:38:46

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Looking for anyone who remembers my great grandparents and grandparents (Doyle's) grocery/butcher store at 1728-1730 W. 2nd St. (2nd & Flower). They were in business at least 50 years (late 1880's thru 1938, and resided at that address for at least 72 years. Thomas Doyle original owner, he died in 1905 then it passed to some of his children, Charles, Clara, Anna, Winifred and John. I've tried called License & Inspections but no answer yet. Any suggestions where I can search for this info? I've alrleady tried the DELCO Historical Society. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Name: Frank D
Email: D9099@aol
Residing: City
Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 20:48:07

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FYI, Mays was established in 1947, says so right on the bldg. Fenzas Auto Repair and Night Owls were both started in the mid 1930's and are the two oldest continuously operated family owned businesses in the city.


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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 20:44:39

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To Martha Reback: Because you are the golden age of 88 (my mother's age)what can you tell us about the depression of the early 30's?

To CK: I remember Silvers 5&10 very well, but I don't remember the poultry in the front of the store. I left Chester in 1950 right after graduation from CHS, and there were no chickens in the front of Silvers at that time. Wonder why they did that? Strange combination of "Evening in Paris" in the back and poultry in the front.


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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 20:33:58

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Isn't it interesting that the graduating class of 1950 from CHS was the largest at that time, considering the fact that all the graduates were born during the depression of the very early '30's? Everyone was out of work, yet the babies kept coming. Coming is one thing, surviving is another, when my father told me he would beg for milk for me, stand in the soup lines.

Today's generation does not know what a true recession is. I don't either, because I was only a baby. My parent's next child died. We are of course aware of those who lived, but no one ever took notes on the number of stillborns, toddlers who didn't make it the first year. The depression was a scary and uncertain future; feed your children instead of yourself. Perhaps this is why when the recession ended, there was so much compassion for human life in the people who survived it. For the families who did not already all live together, they were forced to lived together, and out of that, came more respect for your family and a deeper bonding.

I hope it doesn't take the same type of a situation to turn today's Chester around.


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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 20:20:42

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MR: you worked in Whalens in the 50's. Do you remember when Silvers 5 & 10 had a poultry section in the front of the store?


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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 20:16:29

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Marta:

Mays have opened in a new location almost directly across from where they were on Second and Parker. They rebuilt after the highway redevelopment took the businesses and homes on the river side of 2nd. They may have been closed because of the weather, but not more than two weeks ago I did see that they had an open sign. They also still have a great selection of Christmas Trees during the holiday season. If I'm not mistaken they are one of the oldest business's remaining open in Chester. In fact they could be the oldest continuous family business still operating in Chester.

Where did you live in Chester Marta. It was cold in Cape May today. But always very beautiful. Happy to see that you have made a visit to this website.


Name: marta reback
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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 19:08:48

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Im so sad I went thur Chester for a Mayes waterice and its gone.Oh well some things dont last forever.It seems the building is knock down for the new highway.At least Stacky is still here.Im 88 years old and rember Chester when it was nice.


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Date: 18 May, 2003
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Was wondering about that candy store trying to rememberif they sold lollipops on a rack out of buckets with different flavors.Trying to remember the spelling of it Schaffer's or close to it.


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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 18:47:12

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I remeber so many places, but my Mother was crazy over Martha Washington Candies, I don't know which store they came from. The State house. The movie theatres, oh do I miss it all. Remember our class was the largest ever, that's why they used the Stanley theatre.I loved downtown at Christmas time, much more beautiful than going to malls, I prefer the one on one shopping like we used to have.


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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 18:04:30

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Do you remember Loft's Candy Kitchen with the best homemade candy in the entire world? It was on Edgemont Ave., directly across from Whelans right by the RR station. Oh to buy one of their chocolate "logs" was a real treat. No one has ever mentioned that candy store and I can't figure out why. Was it still there in the 50's?


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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 15:34:41

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Well MR, they sure did know my name, as so did everyone in the fire house and anywhere else in the neighborhood. I remember going to football games at PMC when Chester played Media at Thanksgiving, in fact this statememnt that I am going to make did not come from my chilhood, but later. We went to Weidner to see the Phila. Flyers play against Boston in a baseball game. One of the Boston fellas gave my youngest son a cap. It was a thrill for him. How many remember when the Banana splits did a gig in Chester Park. How many remember when the Goodwill Fire caught on fire, we lived right around the block and slept thru most of it. That about ended the grandmothers hobby, she loved that firehous. She and the other ladies use to sell candy and sodas and other snacks at bingo on Monday night. Around Easter they started selling Zitner's Easter eggs and to this day I still love them.


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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 14:55:36

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Florence - I would also bet that the merchants in the stores you mentioned all knew you by name when you went in. I remember them calling me by name, and one time when I ran away from home (about 6 yrs. old), the cop on the beat (yes, we had "cops on the beat"), called me by name and took me home. Yes, he knew where everyone lived, especially the children.


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Date: 18 May, 2003
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Boy, will you be in for a surprise. I hope you have friends or relatives who can tell you what is going on in Chester. Good luck.


Name: Laura Blow Turner
Email: lturner"no spam"685@aol.com
Residing: Las Vegas, NV
Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 13:21:07

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I will be visiting Chester, Pa in August 2003. I was born in Chester and attended the schools there. I know over the years things have changed. I would love to hear from anyone that can tell me "must see things" in Chester. My father Beverly Y. Blow was part of the school system there. If any of his ex-students are out there, let me hear from you.


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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 09:01:40

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I remember May day at Martin school on 15th&Walnut Sts. Doing the Maypole dance, warm and sunny, all the little booths we had and the pony rides we took there. It's funny, when you get older, you remember back then , but can't remember today.My Grandmother lived right accross the st. from the school, I was allowed to go there for my first three years, after that I went to Larkin school,Smedley and Chester High,It seems that most of your classmates continue along the same path. Next to my Grandnother's house was a penny candy store with some wonderful penny candy, and sour pickles, seems like everyone wanted a sour pickle. It's funny what you remember. Accross the street was another store called Bakers, they sold similar candies,pickles, but also sandwhiches and sodas, etc.Sometimes I wish I could start over again , but we can't go back. Back then my Mother was always waving our hair or tying rag curls,long curls. Right around the corner was the Goodwill Fire Co. of Chester which was quite a large part in my life. In the Martin scholl yard we palyed baseball every night that we could, but we broke too many windows. that's enough for now.


Name: libby
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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 08:40:33

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hey jack,, are you loraines brother??? tell her to email me,,,,ok libby


Name: Libby
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Date: 18 May, 2003
Time: 08:36:43

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Hey John, I see from where you live that your in Kennett Square,,,any chance that you know the La Frances?? I used to go out with Richie La France many many years ago,,,back in the late 60's,,say 67 to 69. He lived in Tuffcannman,, I think that how you spell it??? waiting to hear from you,, Libby


Name: ZACNIEWSKI
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Date: 17 May, 2003
Time: 17:49:25

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i try to read newstand on a semi regular basisloaded with horror stories nowbut i can remember back in the late 40's going shopping with my mother walking down east 6th street before leaving the house would ask my mother you going to lock the house up? her respnse was no. nobody will bother anything. and nobody ever did.how things have changed.in all fairness crime and murder is everywherenot just in chester. zac


Name: John Plummer Jr.
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Residing: Kennett Square Pa.
Date: 17 May, 2003
Time: 12:31:19

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Name: Jack
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Residing: eddystone
Date: 17 May, 2003
Time: 11:18:37

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hey linda, will do......i'm sure tom will see these and reply how he's doing....sounds like a nice plan..at the very least we should all get together for a barbeque this summer...


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Date: 16 May, 2003
Time: 21:19:03

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Yes now i remember Effie, Cute Hippie-like girl.Laurie I married who we called Space back then, now he's called Dad, he's Roy Palmer. Do you remember him?

I lived down on Booth St.


Name: Laurie Emrick-Hund
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Date: 16 May, 2003
Time: 19:33:06

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To Jack- I went out with Garth in the early 70's-At that time, Patty Harris was going out with Allen Vantine and I was around at that time. I lived in Highland Gardens and hung out with the Sawyers (Mindy) and for a brief time, Sarah Crowley. I also went to school and hung out with Libby Weichert and Gloria (I forget her last name). Your name also sounds familiar. Take care.


Name: Laurie-emrick-Hund
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Date: 16 May, 2003
Time: 19:26:31

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To Linda Garvey-Yes, I do have a sister named Effie and she did hang out with the Tenaros and in fact was engaged to Guy Tenaro back in the 70's. She also hung out with Denny Becker (before his unfortunate accident) and I went to school with Robin Becker.


Name: linda garvey palmer
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Date: 16 May, 2003
Time: 17:28:13

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Hey Jack say hello to Alice for me.How are the newlyweds, you think they want to renew those vows and invite us all to the shore again this summer, that was a nice time.let us know if you go to Mark and Doris's trailer this summer sometime, we'll all get together and meet up some where.Have a nice summer

Laurie I do remember you, I think you had an older sister.Did you hang out w/ Tenaros and Becker's from Linwood????


Name: Jack
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Date: 16 May, 2003
Time: 16:09:17

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laurie, your name sounds familiar..i can't place you though..when did you go out with garth...i knew the whole family and am still in touch with a few. i grew up on 12th st. (mccaffery place) jack


Name: Laurie Emrick-Hund
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Date: 16 May, 2003
Time: 15:24:34

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I am looking for anyone that went to Chester High School with my mother, Connie Dunlap. SHe is now 68 years of age if that helps.

ALSO-Linda Garvey, While I cannot place who you are I recognize your name as my boyfriend at one time was Garth Vantine. Didn't you live near the Vantines in the Village?


Name: opie
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Date: 16 May, 2003
Time: 12:18:43

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Judy was your last name Ryan and you Mom's name Dottie?


Name: judy
Email: jumack@state.pa.us
Residing: De
Date: 16 May, 2003
Time: 11:33:50

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Keven, the Gormley's live in Eddystone now. I see him sitting outside the deli sometimes. I'll tell him you were asking next time I see him


Name: Lee (CHS53)
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Date: 16 May, 2003
Time: 08:40:52

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Jacko and Duff

I had Hannah F. Cassell for home room.

Duff I had Frederic G. Addis for english.We called him Feddie the german. I saw him later at a party in The Trainer fire house playing the piano.


Name: Jacko
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Residing: Rehoboth Bch
Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 20:02:02

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Yeah Duffy do remember the Cassel teacher Her first name was Hannah I do believe. Does any one out there remember Fred Addis? Had himmmm for 10th grade English 11th &12 grade German. sed to set him up a 7&7 at the Columbus Center on Sunday Nite while he was playing the piano and sleep durinsg class the next day. Another teacher John Demarski {music Franklin 1947-48 played at Andys Musical Bar.


Name: linda garvey palmer
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Residing: wallingford, pa.
Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 19:20:54

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Chester Park in the 60's was a beutifuf place to visit on a Sunday after church.That's how I can remeber spending my Sunday's w/ my grandparents James & Helen Garvey.Chester Park had beutiful rose gardens, huge trees and the barn was huge. The concerts in the evening near the ampatheater, climing the huge rocks at the bottom of the hill,just pass the creek.Fond memories of a park near by.


Name: MR
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Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 18:46:55

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For those of you who may visit Chester Rural within the next few days, please send love wishes to Pat McFadden and Pidipat's beloved deceased ancestors. It's wonderful to know that their surroundings are as beautiful as they were when they were with us making Chester a loving and warm place to grow up. Thank you.


Name: Kevin Demas
Email: gigi2much@yahoo.com
Residing: Ashland, PA
Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 18:28:53

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I am looking for anyone that may be related or use to know the Demas or Gormley Family from Delaware County. If you have any information, please email me at gigi2much@yahoo.com

Thank you for your time


Name: florence50
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Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 18:10:11

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Maybe we should bring some of our memories bACK, IF WE CAN STILL REMEMBER.


Name: TomCHS76
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Residing: PA
Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 16:22:23

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I agree Chester Rural is beautiful place to visit. I just went on mother's day to place flowers at my parent's grave and also my cousin's who is in soldiers circle. All the flags flying and the fresh flowers make it so beutiful.


Name: Duffy
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Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 16:06:36

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Let me add another CHS class blooper from the '50s. Teacher was M(rs,Ms,Miss?) Cassel (correct spelling?) she taught History--we called her Castle-Rock (I think that was the name of a popular song or dance then). The class topic was economics and the IRS. "And what does IRS stand for?" she asked. A girl in the class ( whom I remember but she'll remain nameless) proudly blurted out (thinking, of course, it was the correct response: "The INFERNAL Revenue System!"


Name: Shamburger
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Residing: Chester
Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 16:00:29

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Oh Tom76, I had to laugh at your story! My eighth grade English teacher was Roberta G. Lewis, and she was a the best teacher in the whole wide world! One day in class we were doing "tenses". She asked one student (and Lord she is going to kill me but I have to put her name out here) Hettie McGee the past tense of "think"? Well, Hettie stood up with pride and looked at her as if to say "who don't know that?". Hettie proudly said "THUNK"! Well even though Mrs. LEWIS was very stern and all, she couldn't help but bust a gut herself! It was too funny! I tease Hettie @ every reunion about that incident. Judge Wright has since retired however. His son is still on the bench.

To my friend MR (who is a woman!) boy big oops from me huh? My face was red when I read that...(and it would take a lot to make my face red believe me!). Thanks for the clarification! And yes absolutely, writing does indeed open our brains to other ideas. Thank God for Mrs. Lewis! I must credit that lady for all that I have become. Especially when it comes to writing and speaking. There is nothing like reading a letter, or note with the correct punctuation! I'm so glad I jarred your gray matter MR, and with this website you should have no trouble finding what you need for your research. I wish you the best! And of course, success! And please, do jump in at will. As we need to hear from you and your positive thoughts and input.

Skyjumper, had to address you as well. Chester Rural is a great "resting place". They have opened themselves up over the years to African Americans. Many have been buried there. Sad to say many are relatives and or friends. But we have to "rest" someplace. I was just there over this past weekend to lay a good young man to rest (a Navy man). And yes it is beautiful. I hope we never get vandals there like they did a few days ago in another cemetary! But isn't it sad that you have to go to the "graveyard" to appreciate the beauty of "SPRING"? Guess ya gotta' get it where ya can.

Have a wonderful evening!


Name: TomCHS76
Email: t9257@yahoo.com
Residing: PA
Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 15:05:27

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I remember being in Mrs. Wright's music class in Wm Penn and she ask where Hamburg was? I raised my hand. She called my name and I proudly answered "At Penn Fruit market". Man she whack the crap out of my palm with a ruler. LOL. Her husband turned out to be the president judge in Media.


Name: Ed Zurawski
Email: edz40@aol.com
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Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 11:46:58

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Mike McCafferty Don't know if you'll remember me but I grew up with your brother Chuckie along with Dave and Bobby Czukiewski from Wilson St.I haven't heard from Chuck in over 20 years after we all left for the service. I remember your whole family even your Grandfather when he lived on Highland ave. It was great to see your post this is a pretty neat sight. It would be great to hear from you.


Name: Michael F.McCafferty
Email: Bigmikensc@aol.com
Residing: Hilton Head, S.C
Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 09:38:08

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My cousin Bobby told me about this website and boy has it been a trip down memory lane! I have come accross so many places that I have almost forgotten about since it has been so long since I have been back to Chester. We move around the city a few times. The lastplace we lived was on West Third St. next to Timinski's market. I remember on cool autumn afternoons going down to Earos Bakery for Italian bread when my mother would make her vegetable soup. And like some of you I remember Dr. Loretta DeLaties. She was my doctor until I went into the Navy! She was never too busy to see me or my brothers and sisters. I sure miss a lot of that. Thank you for this wonderful website!


Name: Harvey Martin
Email: hsmartin@snip.net
Residing: Parkside
Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 07:38:10

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The annual Leedom B. Morrison Award for Historic Preservation in Chester went to Community Action agency of Delaware County and Ollie Cherniahivsky and Associates, Architecture and Planning, for restoring a 20th century twin residence at 717 Fulton Street, Chester. The restored building currently houses city residents.


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Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 01:38:58

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MR PIDIPAT?


Name: daynna
Email: daynnac@aol.com
Residing: newark de.
Date: 15 May, 2003
Time: 00:16:14

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i just want to say hi to everyone and say that chester chanage so much i just can not beleve how it went down mother day use to be a big thing in chester this year it was the worst i have every seen it. the schools are getting worst. i seen on the news today that to teenagers got shot one 13 one 15 on seven street i love chester very much and i just feel bad for the youth that is growing up there when i was a teenager we had something to grasp for now most of the teenager to do is to fear for there life my duaghter is 17 and most of the kids my duaghter ages most of them got killed.


Name: Skyjumper
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Residing: Chester arms hotel
Date: 14 May, 2003
Time: 20:11:29

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Ive been to Arlington National cemetery,The battlefields of Normandy,Grave yards of New Orleans, Hollyswood Calif. Paris France,Old Jewish cemetery in krakow Poland and to many others to recall but the Chester Rural Cemetery this time of year is more beautifull than all of them put together every one in the area owes it to themself a visit before the spring flowers disappear Surely the most beautifull spot left in the very tired town it will give you a inklin of the citys former splendor.Hope I can download a picture for all the readers soon.


Name: MR
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Date: 14 May, 2003
Time: 18:30:07

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Shamburger: In re-reading your last post, I see your mention of the old courthouse. That courthouse was still in operation when I was a very small child, and I remember it distinctly because, even though I was only 5-6 years old, a trial took place there involved me. I also recall it being a small room. Something just occurred to me. I should research the archives and get a transcript of that hearing. Never thought of that before. (Writing opens our brains to other ideas, doesn't it Shamburger?)

When I visited there in 1974, I took a stroll down "Avenue of the Stars" (formerly Edgmont Ave) and peeked through the windows of that courthouse. It was stacked high with chairs and other miscellaneous items, but just as I remembered it - a very small room compared to today's courtrooms. But, the original structure was still so beautiful; I hope it's still there and will always remain there. There were many other memories for me on that street and the courthouse was just one of them.

You must also realize that that courthouse was, if not the first, one of the first court houses in the new nation. Just one of the reasons Chester's history is so valuable to the history of our country.


Name: MR
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Date: 14 May, 2003
Time: 18:08:36

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Goodnight Shamburger and sleep well because you have some interesting work ahead of you. Just so you know, I am a female, graduated in 1950 from CHS and did a lot of posting last year under different name(s) on this board with my memories of my growing up in Chester - and they were the best years of my life.

My best advice to you is that you not permit yourself to be side-tracked from your goal by insensitive and sometimes cruel people. Keep in mind the great service you are performing for those wonderful people out there who will care and love you for what you are doing. You may not hear from them on the board, but rest assured, they are there.

I love the old saying: "Those about us who keep our heads while others are losing theirs, just don't understand the situation." It's a twist on the true saying, but it's as confusing as some of the posts here have been.

I'll be watching and waiting. Don't be surprised, if I jump in now and then.


Name: Shamburger
Email: shamburgers@aetna.com
Residing: Chester, Pa
Date: 14 May, 2003
Time: 16:05:25

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Hi Wendy! Yes that would be me...the one and only. Got your e-mail and was thrilled to hear from you. Also, MR when you read this, please know that Wendy was delighted with the on-going conversation we are having here on the site. She says it's the best by far (yeah for us!) And MR, thank you so very, very much for your input and suggestions (most of all advice). And, you sound as if you are an astute writer yourself. If not writer, a conversationalist! You sound very intresting yourself "oldtimer". And young man, to earn and qualify as an "oldtimer" is truly an honor and blessing indeed.

I do have a hand-held mini recorder which I keep with me always. Why? Because thoughts and poems just pop in my head no matter where I am! And boy can I relate with you about the "old cranks" (that's not nice, but said with affection!). I have been around some of those who are the first to say "Nah, that ain't the way it was/where it was/or how it happened. Don't listen to him chile. I know the real story, I was there." And from there, the story is "revealed" as well as "the truth"! They are hysterical!

When I was in 3rd grade at Booker T. Washington School our teacher Miss Kincaid took us on a field trip....(A TOUR OF DOWNTOWN CHESTER!) It was from that trip that I learned so much about this city and how it's "HISTORY" should be a documentary! The Old Courhouse, the cemetary on 3rd Street...(We even went to the police station...My first time and I knew then I never wanted to be a guest!) But it was great, insightful and educational. She taught us to appreciate Chester and what it stood for. WILLIAM PENN! NUFF SAID!

And everything you suggested that I do dear friend (I have taken it upon myself to call you that!) LOL...will be done! As I said earlier, I always respect and value the opinions of the "Oldtimers". All of you have a legacy to pass on in one way or another. Even if it is just "advice". What could be greater?

Wendy, keep in touch lady! We have a reunion to boogie @ next August!

Have a great day...as I am signing off for the day...


Name: MR
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Date: 14 May, 2003
Time: 15:01:35

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I couldn't be more delighted, Shamburger. It has taken many posts by many people to try to turn this board around into a new and positive way of looking at our old home town.

I wish you much luck in your quest and I think perhaps your's or John Bullock's angel guides directed you to this board. Stick with it and when you get that first story, you'll be so excited to post it here that you might forget a few important details. So take your notes carefully, and if possible, record what they say also. Hand-held recorders are inexpensive but invaluable to getting all the details.

Another thing: Story-telling is contagious. You will probably encounter an "old crank" who wouldn't dare share her memories with you; but when that "old crank" hears someone else doing just that and the sincere interest you are showing, they'll jump in too (old timers can act like children to a surprising degree - I qualify to say that, because I'm an "old timer" too).

Prepare a list of questions beforehand, and if you need any help with questions, we can make arrangements for contact by email (off the board) and I will be absolutely delighted to help you.

[What'd you think, John? Progress in the making?]


Name: wendy
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Residing: delaware
Date: 14 May, 2003
Time: 14:31:14

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Hi Shamburger,

Are you Sandra the 74 CHS class president?


Name: Shamburger
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Residing: Chester
Date: 14 May, 2003
Time: 11:49:57

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Hi John! Wow! Always good to know someone has my back...even a stranger! Especially a stranger! (LOL) I graduated from CHS C/O 1974 (The Centennial Class! WE CLOSED THE DOORS IN "74". AND PLAN TO GET DOWN IN DIRTY FOR THE "30"! Well maybe not dirty, but we plan to enjoy ourselves! I think MR has the right idea about channeling the thoughts and memories from those who have lived it to the site (who better to tell it!) and unlike those who pen the words of others way after they are gone, it is so much better to share it while they are here to read and appreciate it. MR, you have now sent me on another quest! As I am always up to challenges and meeting new people. So much to be learned, so many stories to be shared. Knowledge is power and I love getting....having ....sharing....KNOWLEDGE! So, I reckon I better get over to my neighbors and get accquainted......Who knows, I might be talking to one of your relatives or an old neighbor! Make your day a positive one!


Name: John Anderson
Email: john.anderson2@edwards.af.mil
Residing: So Cal
Date: 14 May, 2003
Time: 10:16:54

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Shamburger:

KUDO's to you... You sound like an extremely caring individual. My hat goes off to you. I got your back....

What class?????

John


Name: SHAMBURGER
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Residing: CHESTER
Date: 14 May, 2003
Time: 08:16:50

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Good morning MR, want to hear something amazing? I live right across the street from an Assisted Living Home and next to a nursing home! Now, if that ain't being round' history! And I do go to both to visit the "wise ones". Never thought about taking down their stories though. However, you have a very keen insight into people. I do write! Have been for most of my 46 years. I find it very spiritual and it relaxes me. Your idea will be given much consideration. I must put that on my list of accomplishments to do before I reach 50 (God willing). I have stories in my head of a lot of "seasoned" individuals, but never have I penned them. And you may have or do know this lady, I never got her name. But then again, I never take names as I take with me the satisfaction in knowing I helped someone. Seeing a smile, relief and appreciation makes my day. Especially when it is done for someone older. I guess I feel this way because my grandparents raised me until I was 5 years old. And we have a very, very close family. Our values are taught and passed on everyday. I will always remember what Lewis and Florence Shamburger instilled in me, and what they meant to me. Thank you MR for your kind words and I wish you the most pleasant day.


Name: MR
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Date: 13 May, 2003
Time: 17:43:36

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P.S - That elderly lady you so graciously helped could be someone I know or knew, because I grew up in the 9th and Highland Ave. area. So, on her behalf, I thank you for that.


Name: MR
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Date: 13 May, 2003
Time: 17:36:01

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So then, Shamburger, the next time your kindness leads you to help an elderly person (and there are thousands without transportation), ask them about their past, what they did, what work they did, etc. You might wind up taking them the long way home just to hear the end of the story, or they might invite you in to share a piece of homemade pie, etc. (My grandmother made the best home-made lemon merinque pie in the world.) Then ask their permission to repeat their story to others. You write well, you can do it.

Why not take it upon yourself to visit the closest senior center, tell the person in charge why you're there, put their memories in writing and contribute them here. I no longer live in PA, or I would do that - what a wonderful and enjoyable hobby that could be for you. Give it some thought.


Name: D. Shamburger
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Residing: Chester, Pa.
Date: 13 May, 2003
Time: 16:23:38

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Ahh, such refreshing comments..(oh yeah, I wasn't offended)But your day with the elderly lady, makes me think of the many times I stop when I see older people trying to get from the markets. I just stop my car and give them a ride. There was a very elderly lady (approx 2 years ago now) with a walker who got off the bus on 9TH & Highland Ave. Not only was she elderly with a walker, she had groceries. I kept looking in my rear view mirror thinking someone was coming to get her. That was not the case. She would walk, put her bags down, walk, etc. Well, I had to come back of course. I put her in my car and took her home. SHE LIVED RIGHT @ I-95 (Facing I-95) That was a very long walk for her (for anyone with groceries)She was so thankful. Her son was home when I got there and he was greatful for me helping his mom.

I always feel good helping older people because number one, I would want someone to respect my mother if she were unable to walk the last miles, 2nd I wish I had a grandmother still living for me to love and 3rd, someday I hope to live to be very old and would want someone to help me if needed. It goes with respect as you said MR....And I was always taught to respect my elders. Back in the day, we would always go to the store for the older people and do chores for them....(and don't even think about asking for money!!!) But of course they would slip you a little something (along with some sweets!) The sweets were better! (And it shows on me now!)LOL! But, yeah I love listening to the "OLDTIMERS" Because if not for them, pleasant memories of Chester would be no more.....PEACE OUT!


Name: MR
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Date: 13 May, 2003
Time: 13:52:02

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To Shamburger: No offense was taken by your use of the word "oldtimers". I put it in quotes merely to make it stand out. I take great pride in being an oldtimer and the fact that my brain still works coherently, and I thank you for your respectful remarks. You are an intelligent writer and reader and I'm sure there are many others like you in the area. They need to be attracted to this board to post. I can't help but feel that if old-fashioned values like respect and dignity were once again in place, not just Chester, but the entire world would change for the better.

The other day I took a very elderly lady to the market with me. When we came back, she not only thanked me, but said, "It was a pleasure being with you." That's an "old-fashioned value" that has been lost. What a lady she is and how good she made me feel. That's how God intends us to treat each other.

This same lady is 86 years old, bent over and thin as a rail. She spends her days cleaning other people's apartments in the bulding in which she lives. Her mother was the lady in charge of wardrobe for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, many years ago. She is filled with stories of her past and loves to recite them. I sit and listen because her stories are fascinating.

Again, I suggest that an appeal be made to senior centers for their input - that's where you'll find the true history filled with everything imaginable that can occur in one's life. And yes, we might even learn a thing or two on how to conduct our own lives.


Name: Shamburger
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Residing: CHESTER
Date: 13 May, 2003
Time: 07:53:43

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Hello MR, many times I have said this site is for memories of Chester. Sometimes it is hard not to feed into some of the things presented on the site and subjects brought to our attention. I try not to respond to "some" of the issues, but when and where there is an audience and forum....we do what? Take advantage. I've addressed certain issues because of the nagative things said about Chester and the things that are going on in and about our midst. I have apologized for doing so and admitted fault...THAT'S WHY I WANT TO MOVE ON! I have read the past comments from the dare I say "oldtimers". I say that with much respect and some envy! My fond memories don't hold a candle to the things I have read from some of these wise people. They cared, they shared and some even stayed. When I need a pick me up about this city, I do refer to last year's comments. There are a lot of things about Chester I found out just by reading the comments of others. And not to mention the info being contributed by first (John our webmaster....and 2nd by those who want this site to remain here for the purpose of memories....like the corner of my mind.....) So, when I say let's hear from those "oldtimers" it is said out of respect. I just hope and pray some day some young whippersnapper will refer to me as an "oldtimer"...but out of respect. So, I will be checking back later today! Have a beautiful day...such as yourselves!


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Date: 12 May, 2003
Time: 20:56:22

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Where is UW? The old=timers moved on because of all the nonsense that goes on here, I agree with you MR., respect the site.


Name: MR
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Date: 12 May, 2003
Time: 20:04:18

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So, Shamberger, I gather you want "fun memories from the old timers out there." I doubt that will ever happen again unless they are afforded the respect they deserve, instead of wicked criticism. Go, back to the archives of last year to prove my point. Spend an hour or so, looking at all the great memories, plus the history of Chester. That's where they are - in last year's post. In order for the "old timers" to post again, "quality" of the posts here are needed, not needless "quantity" of criticism.

By the way, where is "Quilter"? I miss her/his knit-pickin'.


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Date: 12 May, 2003
Time: 18:46:34

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Hello Carolyn and all that are new today.

To answer your question. Chester, PA is still called Chester.

The web site you have visited and hopefully will find it interesting enough to visit often is the creation of the Webmaster, John Bullock. In his quest for family history he gave birth to this treasure and called it "OLDCHESTERPA".

The Why. http://www.oldchesterpa.com/about.htm

You will see the menu on the side, take a ONLINE WALKING tour of each area and let the memory of the past flow back into your mind. Let it open a door to ones you would like to share with other people from the Chester area. Visit the archives and see what others have remembered. Type a name into the search area and see what is indexed. You can click on to the Pictures from the 2002 reunion and you might see some friends.

Those of us that have been on this journey with John for the past 3 years have watched this NEWSSTAND grow from a root to a tree (the OLDCHESTERPA family tree). The information and history here is like none you will find elsewhere. It is a history of the Chester that we knew. It is the history that many are adding to with private contributions of information, pictures, etc. It is a place where you can remember your loved one while helping to keep this site alive. http://www.oldchesterpa.com/sponsorship.htm

It is a place where you can visit the EMPORIUM and purchase a gift for yourself or others. http://www.oldchesterpa.com/store.htm#Calendars

ITS A PLACE CALLED OLDCHESTERPA.


Name: Carolyn J. (Williamson)Smith
Email: nvsmith2"no spam"@earthlink.net
Residing: Las Vegas Nevada
Date: 12 May, 2003
Time: 16:16:23

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It's been many years since I've been in Chester, PA. Are you calling it "Old Chester" now? I lived most of my life in Upland and then Brookhaven and spent a lot of time in Chester. I have a lot of fond memories from all three locales.


Name: Laurie Emrick-Hund
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Residing: California
Date: 12 May, 2003
Time: 14:45:28

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To the person who responded "It is Callie not Chico." What do you mean?


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Date: 12 May, 2003
Time: 13:47:26

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Happy 38th to Sellersville's Chris Ann Knight (Kitten) !


Name: Shamburger,
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Residing: Chester
Date: 12 May, 2003
Time: 08:08:29

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To WAYNE W. just to let you know, the Gerald Cox who posted is one in the same from Chestnut Street. And your cousin. I have his e-mail address maybe I will let him know you want to make contact and see if it's okay to give you his info. Stay tuned! Okay, let's read some more of those happy, fun memories of Chester from you oldtimers out there!!!


Name: John Anderson
Email: john.anderson2@edwards.af.mil
Residing: California
Date: 11 May, 2003
Time: 11:52:47

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Hello MARY LIEBENGUTH......

Seen your May 5th Posting here on this terrific site regarding any information pertaining to the Liebenguth's. My Mother is Muriel Anderson (nee Liebenguth) and my Grandmother was Thelma Hirner (nee Liebenguth), who has passed some 20 years ago I was extremely close to her and still think of her often. John Hirner died about two years earlier. Phyllis Biddle, my Aunt, is doing well and is very close to my Mother Muriel. Jim Biddle died a fews back. So, Muriel & Phyllis are the Grandmother's now, and I could write on and on from that point. Please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to give you contact numbers for both of them.

John Anderson john.anderson2@edwards.af.mil 661-209-1329


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Date: 11 May, 2003
Time: 08:45:56

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MOTHER EARTH.


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Date: 10 May, 2003
Time: 22:48:51

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To my mom and all the other mom's in chester who helped raised me. It took a village and you all did a great job. it wasn't perfect, it wasn't always easy, but it was always love. god bless all of you.

happy mother's day


Name: The Deaf One
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Date: 10 May, 2003
Time: 22:32:30

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Well, I guess I could count my blessings walking thru Chester in the late '60's to be precise 1967 is the year and it was a beautiful summer day it wasn't too hot. Uh Oh 3 kids walked up to me and asked "How much money ya got?" 35 cents I replied just for a bus fare home and just walked thru them and guess what?!?! they followed me to McCrory's 5 and 10 and thru the store we went and ran into a friend of mine from Chester Park and he was a BIG kid at that time and told him what was going on. Thought I be safe oops sure wasn't those kids still followed us to the train station and started throwing knives. THAT"S WHEN I THOUGHT CHESTER AIN'T SAFE ANYMORE!!! Never went back. But, I really missed the Old Chester. SAFE


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Date: 10 May, 2003
Time: 21:26:45

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IT'S CALLIE NOT CHICO. RIGHT BACK ATCHA


Name: Laurie Emrick-Hund
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Residing: California
Date: 10 May, 2003
Time: 21:02:57

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL OF THE MOTHERS OUT THERE FROM CHESTER (PA) TO CHICO (CA)!!!!


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Date: 10 May, 2003
Time: 19:44:33

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GREAT POST,MR.


Name: MR
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Date: 10 May, 2003
Time: 19:01:42

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The crowd complained back and forth, forth and back, for days on end. "What's everyone complaining about", asked one woman. "Oh, all this damn praying in school." "Never done me any good, and I ain't got the time to force my kids to learn those prayers. Ain't no God, anyway." "That's right", said another, "Look at my life. Where's God when I need him?"

"Well, there is a God," said another man in the crowd. We need him to guide us in our lives, and we need our prayers." "Oh, but look at you; you've got a nice house, plenty of money; it's easy for you to believe in someone you ain't never seen."

One complaint after another with no solution. So the questioning woman, who was a devout atheist, realized she had enough people in agreement with her, but they were doing nothing, just complaining.

So, Madelyn Murray O'Hair decided to do something about it. She surfed through the Constitution until she found her loophole. She took it to the Supreme Court and won - no more prayers in school.

It took just one woman to make a drastic and very sad change in our schools. Why is it that it takes more people to complain, then it does to "do something about it?" One woman - that's all it took - just one.

I understand that now that she's in Hell, she's trying to instill the importance of prayer in others; but the crowd is too large and boisterous with their complaints to hear her.


Name:
Email: keywestmike@aol.com
Residing:
Date: 10 May, 2003
Time: 16:50:19

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could someone send me the correct address to the new chester chat room, i tried the one terry sent to me but cant access the room....thanx


Name: Sleep Tyght
Email: sleeptyght2003@yahoo.com
Residing: Spring Valley, NY/Chester, PA
Date: 10 May, 2003
Time: 15:18:21

Comments

Well I'm probably one of the younget members of this board, but hell my opinion matters just as much as the next man's. I'm moving out of Chester entirely on June 7th to a house in Linwood, PA. Not far away at all, but then again it's only to be with my son as I already have an apartment in New York.

I've hated Chester the moment I had to live there since age 6. I never fit in with the "average" Chester person because I wasn't fit nor interested in their BullSh%t!

The truth is that Chester is a horrible place to live in, but for those of us who watch CNN we know that it's FOR DAMN SURE not worse than Baghdad. Just for the record I am a proud African-Amercian/Latino, but I do not relate to these people. Jesus even the children give you evil looks as if they'd want to spit in your face for no reason in particular.

Chester has gone to Hell...I'm just glad I didn't take part in oredring its travel reservations...


Name: BRIAN
Email:
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Date: 10 May, 2003
Time: 07:41:43

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HEY UNCLE BOB.RELAX ITS OK FOR PEOPLE TO VENT THERE ANGER ABOUT HOW CHESTER WENT DOWN HILL.


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Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 23:56:17

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This isn't about Chester. Just a few words regarding kids smoking.

Witnessed a youngster about 11 or 12 yrs old standing suspiciously outside a corner store. His behavior was enough for me to notice him. He was looked at me for a few seconds. He just stood there with both hands clasped high behind his head. I turned away but when I turned his direction again, I saw an adult male, about 30 yrs old coming out of the store. Together they both walked away in the opposite direction. I saw the man slip into the kid's hand what looked to be a pack of cigarettes. The kid quickly slipped it into his pocket. I was angry but had to laugh to think that they thought they were not noticed.


Name: BoB
Email: unclebob@itookmyprozac.com
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Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 20:13:15

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HELLO OLDCHESTERPA PEOPLE. READING THE LATEST ON HERE SEEMS LIKE A BLEEDING HEARTS SITE. LETS LEAVE THIS SITE THE WAY IT WAS INTENDED TO ENJOY THE MEMORY OF OLD CHESTER. ITS SAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE MURDERS AND OTHER THINGS GOING ON BUT ITS HAPPENING IN MANY OTHER CITIES ACROSS THE NATION ALSO. THAT BEING SAID LETS GET THE BALL ROLLING FOR THE MEMORIES OF OLD CHESTER WHEN MOST OF US WERE GROWING UP.


Name: Nowell (Schopfer) Routh
Email: Lavenderdoll64@aol.com
Residing: Florida
Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 19:06:51

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Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 18:25:27

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Isn't that the truth, we should be able to teach our children right from wrong with out the courts interference, who ever heard of not being able to spank our kids but for what they did wrong, I smacked them on the legs, everytime they went near the curb and it didn't take very many smacks, rather see a welt than my child all over the road.I never had to do too much, mine were pretty good and still are.


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Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 18:04:47

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Florence, you are so right! Respect is almost gone with the young and when both parents work, who is left to raise the children? They are taught by the MTV generations and the violence on TV, there is nothing they cannot see, society is way too promiscuous and the parents of today have lost control, that happened a long time ago, in my opinion, when the courts said you can't punish your child, give them a time-out, well look what we have.


Name: florence50
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Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 16:15:07

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The reason we have so many problems os too many groups butting in. But really doesn't everyone have a responsibility to make sure their family iis doing the right thing and then yet, it would seem we all responsible for what we do. Do thos kids no better than shoot someone? No, but they should. Do they no better about drinking or smokin? No but they should.Have these children been left to grow up on their own. Probably yes for quite a few, but they still should know right from wrong. Do they know what its like to destroy a family, maybe they don't. A family consists of a lot of people, not only one feels the pain of such a loss It's something you can't get over. And then a bunch of spoiled kids get together and hurt quite a few kids with their hazing. Doesn't any one obey the rules and laws of today or even yesterday. I have never seen so many people with disrespect for people and their properties. I think the whole world lost law and order somewhere.


Name: Wayne Weathers
Email:
Residing: Durham, NC
Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 13:49:10

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I have a cousin named Gerald Cox Jr who graduated around the early to mid-seventies. I saw his posting on the internet and I wanted to know are we related. The Gerald Cox I know use to live on Chestnut Street. I have not seen him in many years. If this is Gerald, let me know because I would live to get in contact with you.


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Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 12:37:35

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Diane you are absolutely right. Some say the police have enough to do, so little petty stuff they ignore. I think it is bullsh.., We pay them to make our streets safe and being arrest for curfew a few times and giving the parents a fine may have saved 3 possibly 4 lives, if there is a fourth involved. One of my other pet peeves is that every day you hear about how concerned everyone is about children smoking cigarettes. WaWa has a big sticker on the counter which states "We card anyone under such and such age" The smoking age is 18. Everyday I see kids walking to and from school smoking. Police ride right by them and never say a word. If everyone is so concern about our youth do your job. PARENTS and POLICE alike.


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Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 09:31:30

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Know why they can't enforce the curfew? ACLU says it's unconsitutional.. can we blame that on ACLU?


Name: Shamburger
Email:
Residing: CHESTER
Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 09:11:20

Comments

Fist of all, Helllooo Gerald Cox my classmate! Hope to see ya in 2004 for the 30th God willing. Happy Mother's Day to the ladies, and to some dads who handle both as well! It's not a happy mother's day for 4 area moms however. And maybe to add 3 more. The moms of the victims, and the moms of the men who killed them. 2 HOMICIDES (SENSELESS AND STUPID) 1 SUICIDE (SELFISH AND STUPID) AND an accident, (UNFORTUNATE AND UNFORSEEN). All babies, taken from this world. And for 2 taken by someone who knew them. FIFTEEN! (Just turned 15!) and maybe 12 as well! Scary, very scary. Let's go to Chicago as well. Girls brutalizing each other and doing the horrible things reported. And people ask where do they get these ideas? HUH, FEAR FACTOR! SURVIVOR! Any reality show. THE OSBORNES! VIDEOS! RAP MUISC! HEAVY METAL! GEESH! There was a time when you could not blame tv or music. We all have watched tv and listend to music. Never made me want to be violent! And yeah, I agree with the question why were these "CHILDREN" out @ that time of the night anyway? Number 1, where were the parent(s)? And 2 Why isn't the curfew inforced in Chester? God knows it needs to be! They are quick to give you a fine for having too high grass, but will not INFORCE CURFEW TO THESE CHILDREN! It gets to a point where you can't take it. You want to lash out and shake the soup out of someone....but who? And what good will it do? I can't do that. However I will continue to pray for a better tomorrow and brighter today, justice for the lives taken and closure for the families. I will pray for strength for the moms and dads of these young men. And to the mothers especially, what was given of your womb and has now torn apart your heart, you have my deepest sympathy. As a mother first and a child of God. May He continue to walk with you and give you strength and courage.


Name: BRIAN
Email:
Residing: ASTON TWP
Date: 09 May, 2003
Time: 06:14:35

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HEY JEFF YOUR 100% RIGHT.I AM A BITTER MAN.WHEN 15 YR. OLD PUNKS ARE RUNNING THE STREETS KILLING PEOPLE FOR NO REASON YOU CAN BET IM MAD.I GUESS PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE SPIN DOCTORS AND MAKES ALL KINDS OF EXCUSES FOR THESE ABUSED CHILDREN.I GUESS YOU WANT US TO FEEL SORRY FOR THESE THUGS.YEAH RIGHT!!GOD BLESS THE LACEY FAMILY!


Name: The Chester Poet
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Date: 08 May, 2003
Time: 22:51:32

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Another one ,Destuction of society

TV. ,See , Kill, Die !

It voilates my eyes,

with childrens deadly cries.

School yard massacres .

And guns at best buys

Murderous little playschool smiles .

With all of society in denial ,

Of the little monsters that we're making!!


Name: The  Chester poet
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Date: 08 May, 2003
Time: 22:48:10

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Violance is everywhere now a days . I grew up in chester but have lived all over the country . Its everywhere sad but true. anyhow here is a poem I wrote a while ago on the subject,This I wrote after hearing on the news about a 14 year old killing someone to get his designer sneakers

Conform be Uninformed

Conform be Uninformed

See the dollar , reach for it child ,steal for it , lie for it cheat for it .

Degrade yourself, Your nothing with out it .

I hold it over your head , I tell you , You need it.

Conform be uninformed

See the dollar, go for it child, Genoside, homicide

I sit and laugh, while you make me richer, Your nothing without me!

I'll put it up up your nose, In your pipe, In your veins

Love only my dollar

Conform be uninformed

See the dollar. Crawl for it, child . Rape, abuse, be confused!

Mommy and Daddy can't help you , Don't you know I have them too

Do what your told. Come on be bold!

Go for it child

Conform be uninformed

See the dollar,Beg for it child

No love, no remorse.

Buy a new car. Put your life in a jar

Seal it so you can't see, what you've become

I am the rich, the media, the powerful

My dollar, your God! Bow to me. Come on!

Conform be uninformed

Close your eyes to what I do, So I may keep you

You've conformed because your unable to be informed of what I do

See only my dollar child


Name: FC(CHS)68
Email:
Residing:
Date: 08 May, 2003
Time: 22:09:02

Comments

The word is out that the other suspect in the Widener shooting is 12 years old.


Name: Gerald Cox
Email: hhwegcox@aol.com
Residing: Dayton, Ohio
Date: 08 May, 2003
Time: 21:36:03

Comments

Hello to everyone from the CHS Class of 1974!


Name: MR
Email:
Residing:
Date: 08 May, 2003
Time: 20:43:00

Comments

Permit me to give you a little insight as to the court system. First of all, the judge is bound by law to adhere to same. The judge also weighs his opinion on which attorney presents the "best case" in favor of the law. The judge can also "throw out" evidence for one reason or another (personal sometimes).

The attorney, although bound by an "Attorney's Oath", which is:

Upon admission to the bar, every applicant shall, in open court, take and subscribe an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State, and take the following oath, or, in the case of an applicant conscientiously scrupulous of taking an oath, such applicant shall make appropriate affirmations to the same effect: [1975, c. 66 5 (amd).]

"You solemnly swear that you will do no falsehood nor consent to the doing of any in court, and that if you know of an intention to commit any, you will give knowledge thereof to the justices of the court or some of them that it may be prevented; you will not wittingly or willingly promote or sue any false, groundless or unlawful suit nor give aid or consent to the same; that you will delay no man for lucre or malice, but will conduct yourself in the office of an attorney within the courts according to the best of your knowledge and discretion, and with all good fidelity, as well as to the courts, as to your clients. So help you God."

... is really most interested in glorification for himself by "winning" the case. In almost all cases, the attorney is fully aware of the guilt or innocence of his client. I've seen parties (expensive parties) held in attorneys' offices for his brilliant maneuvers and manipulation (of the truth, maybe?). Oh, how he "out-witted" them. But he "won"; now we have many more thousands in our hip pockets.

Not all attorneys, by any means, but the hypcrosy of so many of them is what's wrong with the court system today. If you haven't got the money, see ya' later honey, and good luck. And "a man who represents himself in court, has a fool for a client." Attorneys love this statement.

As I understand it, in some countries, Lawyers make less or as much as an average working man.

Justice does not even prevail in the office (employees) over which they preside. It is "injustice and unfairness to all who serve them." Soooo, how do you think they treat you, an average person needing help? If you ain't got the money, see you later, honey.


Name: florence50
Email:
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Date: 08 May, 2003
Time: 17:55:04

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I can tell you we weren't allowed out pass the last whistle that blew at 8:30 pm, and that being out depended on a lot of things.


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Date: 08 May, 2003
Time: 14:38:52

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Why is a 15 yr. old out that late at night, and has a gun. Where oh where are the parents? This could of happened anywhere but it didn't, it happened in Chester, that's why Brian is on here, I don't think he is bitter anymore then all of us are over this senseless crime, hope everyone follows this to see what the court system does. ex-chesterite.


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Date: 08 May, 2003
Time: 13:34:57

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Wow!! Just 15 yrs old... at 15 in our day we were probably not allowed out that late at night.


Name: Jeff
Email:
Residing: Chester!!
Date: 08 May, 2003
Time: 10:58:56

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Brian, Open your eyes and ears, Aston has the same problems it's just not reported. You must be a very bitter man.


Name: MR
Email:
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Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 23:23:33

Comments

I know a woman who just celebrated her 65th year on this earth and retired. For her birthday and retirement present, the only thing she wanted was a chainsaw. Now I know why.


Name: Mary Ann Kessler Barrow
Email: chester.20.mabarrow@spamgourmet.com
Residing: Villanova, Pa
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 22:36:14

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RE: the footbridge over Chester Creek at 9th & Sproul. I lived on S. Eyre Drive and the footbridge was there when we moved to Eyre Park in 1947.

That reminds me of the fun times we had playing at the creek. My parents asked me what i wanted for my 8th grade graduation and i requested a fishing rod. They were surprised that a 14 yr old girl would want such a gift.

I loved fishing across the street at the creek except when the times when i caught an eel which would mess up the line. I often caught catfish and sunnies but threw them back to be caught another day.

The footbridge was a great shortcut to get to town as we walked everywhere. The longest walk which i hated was from Eyre Park to Chester Park to go swimming in the summertime. What a long walk! And after swimming and cooling off, we were all sweaty by the time we got home.

Mary Ann


Name: BRIAN
Email:
Residing: ASTON TWP!!
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 21:58:15

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ANOTHER LIFE LOST ON THE CRIME INFESTED STREETS OF CHESTER.WHAT A SHAME!THE PAPERS SAID IT WAS ONLY A ROBBERY THAT INVOLVED $6.00.WELL ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY ISNT WORTH KILLING ANYONE.YOU WOULD THINK SO ANYWAY.THIS IS WHY PEOPLE LEFT THE WAR ZONE.SURE CRIME IS EVERYWHERE BUT ITS WAY LESS IN ASTON.AND AS THE WEATHER GETS NICER THE CRIME IN CHESTER SEEMS TO SKY ROCKET.STAY TUNED AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!


Name: Dan CHS54
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Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 21:08:37

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Tom The foot bridge at 9th & Sproul was constructed, I believe, in the late 40's. We used to swim of the rocks in Deshong Park, but we did go to the bridge to display our courage by climbing to the supports above the walk-way and diving to the deepest spot in the creek.Of course you had to be sure you missed the refrigerator that was submerged there. The bridge was a real convenience in going to the "Y" or for those who lived in Eyre Park.


Name: terry owsiany mchugh
Email:
Residing: florida
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 20:59:36

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Florence,

as always you bring the subject into perspective. You must be very proud of your father. He risked his life to save another's. It is in moments like that where the human spirit lives and shines. And what happens in Chester today, what happened yesterday, and what will happen depends on that kind of spirit.


Name: shamburger
Email:
Residing: CHESTER
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 15:07:21

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To the person I accused of blasting Dave...I am sorry. But, I Agree with your commments. Also, (and I will change the subject in a minute) I guess when you are growing up, you really don't realize the bad things that go on around you. You do think you are invinceable and you live in your own little corner of the world where you feel safe in your neighborhood and maybe a few others. So you are blind to other things. I remember a few killings in the early 70's (senseless and stupid!) and we were 13-15 years old. So, yeah it was going on then too. But not as bad. It escalated and festered like a cancer going untreated! CRIME! VIOLENCE! Thus the decay of a city.. Change of venue...Prom keys? Heard of them, but we never did it in 1974...Going dutch? (Well I offer, but no one takes me up on it. He always pays LOL) And I don't insist!!! TEE HEE. Love prom time. Do kids DATE these days? And the bridge...I will always remember the bridge on 3rd & Market (near the POST OFFICE). That bridge caused me to get the worst whooping of my life! I decided I wanted to show off and lean over the bridge hollering LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! Well, my mom looked at me alright! OUCH! I still feel the sting on my bottom just talking about it! (And I could not call anyone on any hotline to help me either!) But the bridge to Eyre Park/YWCA I used to cross it too back in the 70's - 80's. I think it's gone. Weeds and decay, they shut it off! Besides it's dangerous! Getting back to PROM SEASON...BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. STAY SOBER! AND HAVE A GREAT TIME.


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Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 14:25:29

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Its prom season again. For those that have children of prom age or grandchildren going, do they still have "prom keys" . I remember getting one. I think the boys would buy them for their date. Or if they went "dutch" the gal bought her own. Do kids go "Dutch Treat" today when dating?


Name: TomCHS76
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Residing: PA
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 14:11:44

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Hey, Subject change. Does anyone remember a walking bridge that went across the creek on 9th street that led to the YMCA back by Erye Park. I keep seeing this swinging bridge. I know there was one on 7th st, but wasn't there one about a block from Pep Boys? I remember going fishing behind the Y and also swimming.


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Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 13:06:09

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I was also there when it was great and of course there was an occasional crime, it wasn't perfect but it was safe, I also walked all of 9th St and went anywhere at anytime of the night, never did we have problems but when the later 60's hit it all began, so do the math, Chester has had over 35 years worth of going down hill and becoming one of the top 5 depressed cities in the country, not one politician has done a thing, why? they can't, who cares about what is left, not anyone who moved out and left it to decay. But now the surrounding areas have to worry, the crime, drugs and guns have reached them to some extent. I don't believe there is an answer.


Name: florence50
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Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 13:03:23

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To me the 40's and 50's were probably the best as far as I go, but I had one bad experience, but not as bad as it could have been. My father who never cared whether anyone was black or white, he was always bringing some one home for lunch or a diner or to get cleaned up.We lived around white and black never had a problem with our neighbors. My father was a volunteer fireman, one night there was a third alarm fire in commission row area, it was a terrible fire, Iwas about 16 yrs, old. He had been fighting the fir when a young woman started screaming my baby, mybaby is in there. Well my father climed up the ladder and with onw arm he gave the window a wack and he went in and there was no child in there. He came back down and she had found her baby, but my father had torn open hhi whole wrist area and all his tendons. Well my dad was a painter an dmost of all a paperhanger. they took him to the hospital where he was all sewed up. My father could not work most of that year . We had no money coming in and my mom was having a baby. I say the most he got for his bravery was a rotary award, whicj did not feed us. I had a part time job and helped the best that I could. If it weren't for Perski's market on the corner of 16th and walnut sts., we would have starved, and we never had a car as I was growing up, but at that time we did and he sold it to pay Mr. Perski. We lived there most of our lives. All that goes on now is the crazy killing of a lot of young people and some eldery folks, but for sure it is a small majority that make things look worse. They think nothing of snatching a life, it doesn't matter the color they just like to kill. It isn't all the people, but a small minute group. I hope that I didnot offend anyone. I am just saying their are good and bad everywhere, not only in Chester.


Name:
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Residing: The West Coast
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 13:01:34

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"To freedom we have to control ourselves."


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Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 12:20:34

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To Diane,I didn't blast Dave. I never wrote or implied that Dave posted anything negative about Chester. Reread the posting. I read his statement. He stated that all negativity had to stop. It can only stop when there is no negativity to report. Unfortunately, that is not the case. With crime in Chester at higher levels than ever before, WHERE and WHAT are the positive things to say about a safer and livable Chester of today? I am glad his family's business never had to suffer from the hands of scumbags. But many lives were taken from innocent people, whose only crime was to get educated, work and to live decently. How many other businesses and business owners in Chester have been robbed and/or gunned down for a few measly dollars?

To the person who said that Chester was not safer in the 40's and 50's, well that's not true. It was a whole heck of a lot safer than after the 50's. I know, I lived there and walked daily to and from work in downtown Chester from my home on West 3rd street. Walking home late after working on Friday, Saturday nights and late nights around the Holidays. No problems. As youngsters and teens walking to and from the movies on 3rd Street. Never a problem. Doors and windows never locked, no problems. One rarely saw grated steel bars on store window fronts in the 40's and 50's. After that time, it became a must.

Have to agree with the person who wrote about the spread of drugs and the easy access of guns in the 60's and 70's up to the present time.

The 30's 40's and 50's in Chester were the best. From then on in, it became a big mess.

So much for this topic.

Been there when it was great.


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Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 10:50:50

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Tom, I totally agree with you, we were raised the same way and in the west-end, we knew we had to listen to the adults in the nieghborhood, the teachers, the police and authority. We were taught respect and yes you got your ass beat when you were out of line. Kids today take control and tell the parents what they are going to do, but the biggest problem is the drugs that took over and now the guns that are on the street. And the problems in Chester did not start in the 80's it only got worse, it started in the late 60's and early 70's.


Name: Joan
Email:
Residing: AZ/VA
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 10:08:42

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Chester was not all that safe back in the late '40's and '50's.

One had to be very careful about being out at night. There were murders, muggings, rapes, burglaries, and car thefts. If you left your windows open while you slept on a hot summer night you were asking for trouble. A lot of crime was occurring on a regular basis.

We were little kids and we thought we were immortal. We also didn't pay a lot of attention to crime that happened to other people.

It was not as bad then as now but the population is greater now. A lot of what is happening in Chester now is happening in urban areas all over the United States.


Name: TomCHS76
Email:
Residing: PA
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 09:49:52

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I forgot one thing. In no way am I insinuating that what happened to this young man is anyone else's fault except for the scumbag who pulled the trigger.


Name: TomCHS76
Email: t9257"nospam"@yahoo.com
Residing: PA
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 09:46:22

Comments

Well I've been reading the post from the last couple of days and I just have to add my two cents. First lets start off by saying yes it is a tragedy that a young man going to college to try to better himself is gunned down by some heartless scumbag criminal. My aunt worked at Wallio's for 15 years, but got out a while back because of the area. Diane mention that the kids today have no respect and this is very true. But the bottom line is that it most definitely is the systems fault. I firmly beleave that when our parents got really ticked off at us and whipped our butts for doing something WRONG this taught us respect for other people because we definitely got beat if we disrespected our neighbors in any way. Nowadays if you lay a hand on your children they lock you up for abuse. You cannot smack them on the butt or beat them with a belt. Hell you can't even lock your kid in his room for a day without TV or stereo or it's mental abuse. The sad thing is that the kids know this and exploit it to their advantage. When people say it's the parent's fault I disagree. Realistically yes it is some parents fault but not all. That's all I have to say about this matter.


Name: Jack Rossin
Email: jack@jackerossin.com
Residing: Boston, MA
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 08:55:16

Comments

I hope you'll all read my new book about growing up in Chester and working at a pawnshop. Go to www.pawnshopstories.com for more information.


Name: Shamburger, Diane
Email:
Residing: Chester
Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 08:33:35

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Hi there to the person who said Kudos to me. Well, you blasted Dave Burman for nothing. Go back and read his posting. He was NOT saying negative things about Chester, he said he was tired of others saying negative things about Chester. I remember the store on 3rd! Heck I remember a lot of stores on 3rd and in town and no they had no propblems. A lot of people and businesses can say they were never robbed and that would be true. But back then we were a different breed too. Most young people were not preoccupied with killing and robbing. We were trying to earn our money. Cutting grass, delivering papers, finding soda bottles for money, going to the store for neighbors. Cleaning the elderly people's yards. We cared about each other and we respected each other. We were not into guns and all the other stuff which has attacked our youth in the 80's to now. So when you read that family businesses were never robbed, oh boy that sounds wonderful. But looking at the way it is now, makes you wonder...was it all a dream? RESPECT is lost all over. I can't continue to go on with this discussion because at some point it seem futile and I get discouraged. But I just wanted to point out that Dave was not being negative. Have a great day....Because you can that's why!


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Date: 07 May, 2003
Time: 00:23:59

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Yes Pat, I know. I don't fault John for making the statement. He didn't claim it as his own. You awarded him the honor without regard for accuracy or the truth.


Name: Pat McFadden
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Residing: Arizona
Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 22:41:21

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Thank you for posting the absolute statement; however, I was only complimenting John who, although he didn't quote it exactly, made the statement in the way he remembered. Although, not quoted exactly, John is still to be commended for using yesterday's philosophy and applying it to today. History does have a strange way of repeating itself. To forget, is to repeat (I take complete responsibility for this short statement).


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Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 21:52:12

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To Pat McFadden,

Please... The quote is... "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke (1729-1797) a famous political philosopher.


Name: Demar
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Residing: Staten Island
Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 19:59:12

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Isn't it a requirement to carry a gun in Chester?


Name: Wayne Weathers
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Residing: Durham, NC
Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 19:02:35

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Like Dianne, I'm also one who will defend the positive experiences I've encountered in Chester; however, I will not attempt to offer any excuses for this crime. Why? There is known. I was hurt when I heard about this innocent young man. All he wanted to do is go out and get something and come back home and spend time with his brother. When I heard about the story, I called my parents because the young man got shot near the church my parents attend.

Many people are outraged in Chester about this shooting. Both my mother and father were upset. For me, this bring back painful memories of people who I know were shot and killed in various parts of this country. My focus and prayers are on the brother and his family. I can't imagine what they are going through. This was a horrible act and my prayers are focused on the police capturing the person who committed this crime. I know a lot of people are angry and you have every right to be. In the midst of our anger, please let us say a prayer for this family.


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Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 18:45:54

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Kudos to you Diane. You have said it perfectly. Just because the "Burmans" are still in Chester and have avoided Violence, it doesn't mean, that many others of both races escaped it. There have been too many hijackings, robbings and murders committed for years on almost a daily basis in Chester. As far as being negative, Mr. Burman should do something about the negativity that is happening in Chester instead of reading about from his computer in Lewistown, PA. Move to Chester and let's see how much negativity you will be posting on this website.

Chester WAS a great town, great to live in, work in, and go to school. It was a place where doors and windows were never locked, a person could walk down any street without the fear of muggings, or murder.

Even though I favor the proposed racetracks in Chester, as it would keep money in this state as opposed to New Jersey or Delaware, the path to these sites would be dangerous to travel because of the EVIL elements that still reside or frequent the areas adjacent to where the tracks will be located.

People have to change for the good and then the city will be changed for the good.

Until that happens, I will just keep my memories of THE GOOD OLD DAYS IN WHAT WAS ONCE A GREAT PLACE.


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Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 17:36:45

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You keep it REAL, Diane, that is refreshing.


Name: Shamburger, Diane
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Residing: Chester
Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 16:17:39

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Hi Dave, Don't get upset. I too get upset when negative things are said about Chester. I will defend Chester always. What I will not defend (and this is anywhere) is the senseless violence which befalls a city. RURAL, Suburb, or inner city. I am appalled at the lack of respect young people have for life. Theirs and anyone's for that matter. These killings in the city are so stupid. And the killers (most of them I am sad to say) are my people. And we kill our people and anyone who gets in the way. Or they feel get in the way.

I have posted many times on this site defending all the good things about Chester, what Chester WAS and what it has NOW BECOME. What I would love to say is yes, politicians have allowed too many things to go on and turn the other cheek. And as far as the police, I can never say ill things about anyone who puts their lives on the the line everyday. I admire them and I thank God for them. They are as frightend as the next person. After all, they are human first. So, I will not blame the police. Sometimes I say and feel like they do. If they want to kill each other so be it. But leave other hard working people alone! But it's so much easier to take from someone else though isn't it Dave. But don't let others get the best of you. I feel like you in some ways. And I will continue to defend Chester and I will always remember the good things about this town. I will keep the faith that this fair city will rise once again. But, what about the people who continue to kill? That is the worse thing in Chester...VIOLENCE. That is the blemish on this town. VIOLENCE. I'd rather live with abandoned buildings than to live with VIOLENCE all the time. Buildings can be torn down, or fixed up. VIOLENCE...Well, it just does not go away. WE NEED SAFE STREETS IN CHESTER! YO JOHN STREET! GOTTA MINUTE?


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Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 15:47:17

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Dave, you are in denial, why don't you go live in the middle of Chester, you think it is so great, even the black people know how bad it is. I blame the court system and the police and the elected officials, over the years things should of been done differently, it is too late for Chester to ever come back.


Name: Dave Burman
Email: chesterclippers@aol.com
Residing: Lewistown, PA
Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 13:50:08

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YO!!!!!!!!!!! I'm tired of you negative people posting negative stuff about the city of Chester. Stuff can happen anywhere, including Red Lion, PA!!!!!!!!!

My uncle Joe had the store on 3rd street for many years and my family has Burman's Pharmacy. NO PROBLEMS!!!!!!! The city of Chester is on the move..a race track is coming..we have a great, nationally-known classy high school basketball team and a great history.

STOP THE NEGATIVE STUFF ON HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Sal April
Email: sal.april@worldnet.att.net
Residing: N. Wilmington De.
Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 12:19:30

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Just wanted to offer my prayers to Karen and her family. I didn't know her personally, but she's of the CHS class of 74. Prayers also for the family of John Lacey. With everything that's happening, I worry even more about my parents who live in Sun Village. Even with all of this, I am proud of the fact that I came from Chester, because all of the GREAT memories I have ,significantly outnumber the bad ones.

I think we know, that the way things are NOW, Chester can't be what it once WAS, but maybe with the right vision and prayers it can BECOME BETTER than it is NOW, and perhaps FUTURE generations will look back and say it will NEVER again be what it once WAS.

God Bless


Name: George K
Email: sony7600g@yahoo.com
Residing: sometimes offline in the NW
Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 11:36:53

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Diane:

You are so right on. LIfe is too short to be angry, bummed out, etc. It shold be enjoyed and no sweating the small stuff.

Sorry about the Haneef and the young man of Widener.


Name: Shamburger, Diane
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Residing: CHESTER, PA
Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 08:01:33

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My prayers are with my good friend Karen Tate who lost her son over the weekend as well. Haneef Carter a Navy man, killed on I-95. A promising young man who's life was ended as well as John Lacey's. Parents, family it is so important to tell your children EVERYDAY how much you love them. Tell them even when they do something naughty, let them know no matter what that you love them. Family, it is so important to let each other know how much you love them and how important they are to you. Life is TOOOOOOOOOO short for not speaking to each other, leaving the house angry, or going to bed angry. It's just not worth it.....Because you never know when or if that was your last time to speak to that person. There were 3 young men under the age of 25 who left us too soon. Gone too soon. Another young man in Twin Oaks. May the comfort of others and the goodness of God help these mothers, fathers and others through this harrowing time.


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Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 07:24:44

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I was recently in the states,,and wanted to go to Chester to see the old place. And to go where I used to live. I was told,, NOT to go into Chester,,it was to bad of a place,,Is that true?? I was told that people have to lock there car doors because of car jacking,,,WOW,, what has happened to Chester????


Name: libby
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Residing: australia
Date: 06 May, 2003
Time: 07:21:43

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Hey Lorannie I wrote to you the other day .but haven't heard back from you. Is there any chance that you can get me kathy Tinley's phone number,,she gave it to me when I was there,,but I lost it somehow??? How's things up there??? Well,,,Hope to hear from you soon. Libby


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Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 22:30:15

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Well it appears that one 21 year old good man was standing and minding his own business when suddenly, he was deprive of a life that was given to him. His family deprived of his presence. Chester was suppose to be on the way up but it will never happen. Reality is that today's Chester is a dangerous place to be in, to live in, to work in and to get educated in. Evil dwells in the lazy, uneducated, thinking the world owes them a living individual, who lives off the efforts of good conscientious men and women who aren't lazy, who are educated and knows that they have to make their own way in life. These gun carrying scumbags, who live off of others by robbing the victims of their right to life, deserve the same treatment that they gave. Justice is blind. Chester is not safe. Face it.


Name: Carol
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Residing: Chester
Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 21:57:37

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My prayers go out to the Lacey family in their loss. This happened just 2 blocks from my home. May this cowardly sob thug be found soon.


Name: Pat McFadden
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Residing: Arizona
Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 21:03:41

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To JOHN: Once again we have someone who has said a mouthful in very few words. I am so wordy, and have tried to say this before, but JOHN, you made the point so succinctly. Thank you.


Name: John
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Residing: Chester
Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 19:48:17

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The main problem with Chester or Chichester or any where else is Evil Dwells when good men stand by and do nothing.


Name: Cassandra Besecker
Email: lilhottie16820
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Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 19:01:56

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hey my love is nathan besecker and we are marriad


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Residing: delaware
Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 15:34:35

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Our tears and prayers are with the family of the young man who was shot in Chester.


Name: Mary Leibenguth
Email: mebcool02@aol.com
Residing: Whitehall, Pa
Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 13:11:23

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Am looking for family and decendents of STANLEY AND THELMA LEIBENGUTH. Stanley was my uncle and died in March of 1947. He worked for Baldwins. They had 3 children, Duanne, who died, Phyllis and Muriel. Thelma remarried after Stanley's death. Phyllis was married to Jas. Biddle until the 1960's and then she got divorced and remarried. Any info on the family would be greatly appreciated. Stanley is buried in Lawn Croft Cemetery.


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Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 13:01:11

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would like to choke that sob who shot that student. the savage responsible is just that, a savage. maybe all the students should be armed themselves. at least they have a chance in the hell hole of chester.


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Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 11:54:06

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I reluctantly posted this story first. I was so angry when I heard the 11:00 news last night. Thank you, Diane. You put into words what I couldn't do because of the anger. These are animals who care nothing about human lives. Yet when they are caught they claim to be innocent. Yeah! Right!

Widener has put a lot of money into the city of Chester with all it's developments, maybe they should have moved into a more civilized town.


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Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 11:01:00

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Some of us take our anger out on what Chester has become because of the senseless act of killing that young man in front of Wallio's Frog Pond. Again you know why, I don't have to say more, just read the story, as I have always said just pick up the paper and see what goes on in Chester. Nice of you Diane to post about this murder, I pray for his family.


Name: Wayne Weathers
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Residing: Durham, NC
Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 09:22:34

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This was a senseless crime. It does not make any sense and my prayers are with the family of this young man.


Name: Sheila D. Ballard
Email: Sheila.Ballard@ghv.com
Residing: Philadelphia, PA
Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 08:38:58

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Very interested. As on who grew up in Chester, there is not much missing. Good Job!


Name: Shamburger, Diane
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Residing: Chester, Pa
Date: 05 May, 2003
Time: 08:00:06

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It is with a troubling heart and I guess not wanting to face reality, that I find myself agreeing with some who say Chester will never change. As least as far as violence. How appalling and disgusted was I about this young man's life taken away from him for 6.00! I don't care if it was for 6 thousand dollars! It was his life to live and not theirs to take! A coward is all I can call the animal who did this. And I pray he is caught and very soon before he does it to someone else. No one should have to go thru this pain. A very good person and friend of mine lost her son this weekend on I-95, and as I sat there with her watching her cry and wait for her son to walk thru the door was the most painful thing I could witness. No mother should go thru what these women are going thru. John Lacey had a right to life and he was deprived of it. His mother, twin and sister had a right to share and enjoy his life with him and they too deprived. What a shame we don't have a scanner to weed out the bad people in this town and get rid of them. What a shame there isn't a scanner to weed them out period! I feel an emptiness for these mothers, as I am a mother myself. I pray they find strength in God and hold on to their faith in Him.


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Date: 04 May, 2003
Time: 23:17:43

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Chester will never change. Widener student, after leaving work with just 6 dollars in his pocket, stopped in business on Providence ave, was shot in the back as he crossed the street near the University. Another senseless Chester crime.


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Date: 04 May, 2003
Time: 20:06:14

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Ed G: Am glad John has the Delco Times link on his site.

Enjoyed the read on some former St. Hedwigs students. Rev. Msgr. John Jagodzinski, current pastor of St. Katharine of Siena Church in Wayne,

Dale Draper (from Jeans Gift shop -incidentally the best gifts, and cards could be found there. And Jean would even wrap them for you and always a pleasure to see Mr. Draper while shopping),

Stan Jarusinski (who by the way had one of the most infectious smiles ever as a teen-couldn't help smiling back at yea) so how’s the fishing in NC. Stan?

A feature on the "Times" is the News Search section (much like Johns Search window). Saw that Ed G. wrote afew stories about Micky Vernon. All Good reads Ed.


Name: Harvey Martin
Email: hsmartin@snip.net
Residing: Parkside
Date: 03 May, 2003
Time: 21:54:17

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It's time to check out the azaleas in Chester Rural Cemetery.


Name: pat bennett
Email: patricia896 "no spam"@wmconnect.com
Residing: delaware
Date: 03 May, 2003
Time: 18:44:28

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Just wanted to let everyone know that Smedley class of 65 and friends had a reunion last sat. night and it was a terrific success. 120 people from classes from 1960 through 1970 partied all night at the Ramada in Essington. Many thanks to Joe Zachorchemny for taking the initiative and putting the reunion together. We are planning another reunion in two years - mark your calendars for a great time - watch the reunion website for updates.


Name: Dave Burman
Email: chesterclippers@aol.com
Residing: Lewistown, PA
Date: 03 May, 2003
Time: 09:49:46

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Congrats to Danny Bartkow (Chester High Class of 1943). Dan will be inducted into the Clipper sports Hall-of-Fame in November at the Concordville Inn. Dan was and probably still is a fine basektball player. He helped lead the Clippers to a pair of District-1 tournament appearances in 41-42, 42-43.

Dan and his wife Vivian live in Boca Raton, Florida and Dan's e-mail is:

DJVB@aol.com

He would love to hear from all his fans and friends!!

Thanks

Dave Burman


Name: Eleanor George
Email: sisee2"nospam"@juno.com
Residing: Barnegat Light, NJ
Date: 01 May, 2003
Time: 19:40:43

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How is the class reunion for class of '53 coming along? My greatgrandfather Edward Dickerson gave Chester Park to the City of Chester. Have pictures of his estate on 24th St. from the early 1900's. If interested, email me at above address.

Eleanor,

Yes, I'd be very interested in the pics of your g grandfather's estate on 24th St.

If you like, you can scan and attach *.jpg files to emails to me or, if you prefer, you can mail a good copy to me.

Thanks very much for letting me know about these and for your very generous offer to share them for the website!

I'll look forward to hearing more from you!

John


Name: ALFONSO LATINI
Email: ALATINI71@AOL.COM
Residing: MIAMI,FLORIDA
Date: 01 May, 2003
Time: 16:47:54

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Is there anyone still around that remembers the Old Lamokin A.C. Club in the early 40s,around Third and Lamokin Sts,This is where the originalDi Costanzas was,I wet to school with Polly at Howell Scool at 4th and Lamokin(a 4 room school house.Ilived on Smith st (1103) until I went into the Navy in 1948,then my parents moved to 7th and Morton ave. where they had a hoagie Shop(Annies) WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE FROM THAT ERA IF THEY ARE STILL ALIVE!!!


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Date: 01 May, 2003
Time: 16:08:11

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to gretchen schroeder you might want to call l&l manufacturing at 610/558/3899 they make pottery kilns or at least they used to make them,they are in aston township,pa,if they are still in business.


Name: GRETCHEN SCHROEDER
Email: gretchen_schroeder@mcgraw-hill.com
Residing: bucks
Date: 01 May, 2003
Time: 11:51:43

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I HAVE PURCHASED A SMALL ELECTRIC POTTERY KILN AT A YARD SALE. THE INFORMATION I COULD PULL OFF THE SIDE WAS THE FOLLOWING: MANUFACTURING CO., PA UPLAND, (CHESTER) PA MODEL 70 SERIAL # 41555 ANYONE KNOW OF THE PLANT WHERE THIS WAS MANUFACTURED? ARE THEY STILL AROUND? I WOULD LIKE TO GET A SPEC. LIST FOR THE KILN BEFORE I PLUG IT IN.


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