"Old" Post Office, 5th &
Welsh St., Chester, PA - Erected 1896
(In 1949 this building was renamed the "Chester Municipal
In 1803 Hon.
William Anderson erected an imposing dwelling on this site which was removed
in 1893 to make room for the Post Office building.
An 1899 Chester Times news article reported
that the Chester Post Office would be open "as usual" on Christmas Day until
10:00 a.m. However, the carriers would only make one round that day and would not
depart until 8:00 a.m., one hour later than usual!
The "New" Chester Post Office was
dedicated August 28, 1937.
||Date of Appointment
||February 16, 1790
||July 1, 1797
||April 1, 1797
|Thomas D. Anderson
||January 1, 1812
||January 1, 1814
||February 21, 1818
|Joshua A. Pearson
||April 1, 1822
||July 27, 1824
|Mary Deshong [Biography & Picture]
||January 16, 1828
||March 29, 1837
|Willaim W. Doyle
||March 29, 1841
||August 8, 1842
|George W. Weaver
||April 7, 1857
|Young S. Walter
||April 15, 1861
|Joseph R. T. Coates
||March 11, 1865
|William G. Price
||March 26, 1869
|William H. Martin
||March 22, 1873
|John A. Wallace
||December 20, 1881
|Henry G. Ashmead
||August 3, 1885
|Robert Chadwick [Biography]
||November 23, 1889
|John L. Garrett
||April 11, 1894
|Thomas H. Higgins
||April 28, 1898
|John A. Wallace
||May 15, 1902
|James M. Hamilton
||January 11, 1912
|William H. Nelson
||August 11, 1914
|Walter M. Jones (Acting)
||March 10, 1923
|John K. Hagerty (Acting)
||July 25, 1923
|John K. Hagerty
||January 8, 1924
|Isaac A. Hiorth (Acting)
||January 22, 1935
|Isaac A. Hiorth
||January 28, 1936
|F. (Franklin) Levis Stringfellow
||(c. 1920's - 1940's) - 3
|Lawrence A. Conner, Jr.
||(late 1950's - ?) - 1
Picture & list of
Carriers, August 1937
Picture & list
of Clerks, August 1937
of Post Office Employees c. 1950-1985
courtesy of Paul Burke.
David, James (1950-1960) - 2
DeAngelo, Jennie DiCostanza (WWI era) - 6
"My mother, Jennie DiCostanza DeAngelo, was a
clerk there during the years of WWII. There was an article about her and her job printed
in the Chester Times."
DeAngelo, Joe - 6
"My father, Joe DeAngelo, was a letter carrier
there during the decade of the 50s. He wore badge #30 and delivered mail in the Flower
Street area of the city."
Diamond, Bill (1950's, 1960's) - 1
Farraday, Lester (1900-)
Faucett, John (1950's, 1960's) - 1
Goldsworthy, Fred was a window clerk - 5
Goldsworthy, Howard R, carrier, (brother of Robert Goldy Goldsworthy) - 5
Goldsworthy, Robert (Goldy) carried mail for 41 years - 5
Higgins, Edward (1900-)
Kelly-Ogurko, Janet (Goldsworthy), clerk - 5
LaSpina, Al (1950's, 1960's) - 1
Macklem, William (1900-)
Mills, Bob (1950's, 1960's) - 1
Matteo, George (1950's, 1960's) - 1
Murray, Albert E. (1970's) - 4
Perretta, Jill - 6
"Even I was a temporary employee of the Chester
Post Office during the Christmas rush when I was in college in the 60s. We were a Chester
Post Office family!"
Pierce, John A.
Redding, Joe (1950's, 1960's)- 1
Shadwell, John (during the time that Emil Baiocco was
Postmaster) - 2
Talbot, John (1950's, 1960's) - 1
Walker, Samuel (1900-)
Worrilow, Bill (1950's, 1960's) - 1
|Sub. Post Offices
|Clerk in Charge
|Harry J. Bomberger
|Esther M. Ash
|Domenick P. Cobots
|Thomas F. Smith
|Ralph D. Johnson
||The following history of the
Post Office in Chester is taken from the program book for the Dedication of the new Post
Office on August 28, 1937:
The growth of the
Postal Service in Chester reflects but the growth of the City itself. In 1788 the Service
had an humble beginning with Miles Macarty recording the first return to the Federal
Government. Until 1866, the post office led a nomadic existence in the parlors and stores
of the postmasters and postmistresses, and in locations always within easy reach of the
hub of local activities - Market Square.
Our City Fathers in 1866 erected a brick addition to the
north side of the City Hall (now the Old Court House), and therein was established the
first Federal-leased post office in Chester. In 1880 the business was transferred to the
James Building, part of which still stands, on Edgmont Avenue at Fifth Street.
This was followed in 1896 by the erection of the first
Federal-owned building in Chester, at Fifth and Welsh streets. This is the structure we
have known and used these forty years, and its imminent abandonment is submerged in the
dedication at this time of our New Post Office at Fifth Street and Edgmont Avenue, the
seventeenth site to have been used by the Postal Service, - the second structure to have
been owned and erected by the Federal Government.
Mr. Hiorth is the twenty-eighth person to have filled the
position of Postmaster of Chester, Pennsylvania.
|Sites of Early Chester
|#3 Columbia House Hotel
#7 Bickley's Drug Store
#10 Harpur's Store
#14 Old City Hall Annex
#15 James' Building
#16 Federal Building (above)
1 - Thanks to Diana
(Laspina) Borraccini, firstname.lastname@example.org, for this information.
2 - Thanks to CLShadwell@aol.com, for this information.
3 - Thanks to Ralph L. Hall, email@example.com, for this information.
4 - Thanks to David Murray,
son, Mur513@aol.com, for this information.
5 - Thanks to Janet
(Goldsworthy) Kelly-Ogurko, Born2Beluved@aol.com,
for this information.
6 - Thanks to Jill
Perretta, GMPerretta@worldnet.att.net, for this
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