Book of Old Chester
|A COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL
FACTS AND STORIES ABOUT OLD CHESTER, PA.
AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN OR NEAR THE OLD CITY
Introduction & Dedication |Index
|This work is dedicated to the
memory of my parents, Louis and Mary Bunce Warfel, both of whom grew up in Chester and
loved the old City as it was in bygone days. My Father was for many years the sexton of
St. Michael's Church and during those years he made many friends in Chester.
My wife, Bette Jane Brooks Warfel, and I were both born and grew up in Chester. I attended St. Michael's School, Smedley Jr. High, Chester High and St. James High School.
After I returned from Europe in 1945 , Bette Jane and I were married. We lived first on Potter St. until 1951, then in Brookhaven until 1987.
I worked as Manager of the Buten Paint Store at 624 Edgmont Ave for 21 years. During that time our 15 children were born. I later worked in the Buten Store on the MacDade Blvd. In Woodlyn until I retired in 1986.
I have always had a great love for the old City. After my wife and I retired to Phoenix, Az. I spent time researching the lives of some of the people who had been part of the Chester story. I had also collected a considerable amount of information from newspapers, magazines and old Historical Books, so I wrote it up in a little book and gave copies to my children, relatives and friends.
This project has given me great pleasure. I hope that all who read it will enjoy it as well.
3rd Street Bridge Disaster 148
A Chester Family 85
Baldwin, Matthias 63
Demsey, Jack 143
Early Settlements 16
Grand Opera House 107
Haley, Bill 157
Ice Breaker 159
Jackson Explosion 88
Key, Francis Scott 37
Lafayette, General 41
Madison, Hames 35
Neumann, Bishop John 53
O'Hara Family 68-103
P. M. C. Fire 87
R. R. Improvement 67
Sandy Flash 32
Taitt, Bishop Francis 156
Vauclain, Samuel 122
War of 1812 37
Yellow Fever 30
My Book of Old Chester
If you have any information and or pictures that you would like to contribute about the history of Chester, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
© 2001 John A. Bullock III.
This page last updated 10/18/05