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c. 1645

  Chester first settled by the Swedes
10/29/1682   William Penn's arrival

1724

Court House Erected

See Saving Chester's 1724 Court House
published by The Chester Bicentennial Committee,
Research by Mary S. Patterson
Contributed by Georgia Reber Elliott, reberjo@citlink.net

4/1789

  George Washington passed through Chester on his way to Philadelphia

9/28/1789

  Delaware County was created from Chester County

1850

  County Seat was removed from Chester to Media, PA

10/5/1824

  11:00 p.m.: General Lafayette returns to a brightly-lit Chester to the Columbia Hotel where his Revolutionary War wounds were treated 47 years before

6/25/1843

  St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church was dedicated

1852

  First Presbyterian Church was erected

1857

John P Crozer builds the main building for a Normal School for boys and girls

4/8/1862

  Chester County Military Academy was chartered by the PA Legislature

6/26/1862

  Chester County Military Academy was renamed Pennsylvania Military Academy (PMA)

7/17/1862

  First patient arrives at "Old Main" building at Crozer which had been converted to a US Army Hospital

1862-1865

Crozer Normal School building serves as a US Army Hospital

3/21/1863

Chester Rural Cemetery received its Act of Incorporation from the PA Legislature

5/21/1863

  Chester Rural Cemetery Association purchased land from J. Engle Hinkson

1864

  St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church purchased its 7-acre cemetery on Edgmont Ave.

1867

  Second Presbyterian Church was erected

1871

  Ground was purchased for Third Presbyterian Church

1872

  Eddystone Print Works was established by William Simpson

9/17/1873

Soldiers' Monument was dedicated at Chester Rural Cemetery

10/12/1873

  Corner stone was laid for St. Daniel's African Methodist Episcopal Church

5/3/1874

  Madison Street Methodist Episcopal Church was dedicated

11/1/1874

  Corner stone was laid for the "new" St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church

11/24/1876

Chester Times (now Delaware County Daily Times) begins publication

2/17/1882

  Explosion and fire at Jackson's Pyrotechnical Manufactory - 8 firemen were killed

1888

  Eddystone was incorporated as a Borough - named by William Simpson of England who bought the town from the Henry Effinger family.  It was named for the Eddystone Lighthouse on a bluff overlooking the English Channel.

1892

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Pennsylvania Military Academy (PMA) changed its name to Pennsylvania Military College (PMC)

2/1899

  The Delaware River froze so solidly that people ice skated to New Jersey and took sleigh rides on the river from Chester to Marcus Hook.

2/1/1902

  Mark W. Allen, Jr. - first Chester Police Officer killed in the line of duty attempting to resolve a domestic dispute

4/1908

  Strike of Chester Traction (Trolley) Company's employees

4/10/1917

Eddystone Ammunition Plant Explosion

9/10/1921

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Photo courtesy of
Terry Redden Peters

in memory of her grandparents
Frank & Bertha Packer

Collapse of the Third Street Bridge

8/12/1926

  Seven-mile long Chester Pike was opened to traffic

11/11/1933

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WWI Soldiers' Memorial on a triangular plot of ground at 13th & Providence Avenue was dedicated

11/6/1948

 

Market Street Massacre

 

4/22/1957

  St. Paul's Cemetery was deeded to the City of Chester by the congregation of the church.

6/1/1963

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Crozer Hospital and Chester Hospital merge to become Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC)

1/9/1968

Chester High School was destroyed by fire.

1970

  Crozer Theological Seminary moves to Rochester, NY to merge with an ecumenical group at Colgate-Rochester Seminary

9/1971

Floods destroy Eyre Park

1972

  Pennsylvania Military College (PMC) changes name to Widener College

2/2/1978

  Wade Dump Fire at the foot of Flower St.; 230 Chester firefighters and other emergency workers were involved.

1979

  Widener College becomes Widener University

11/1989

  A tornado caused over $1 million dollars in damages along Crosby St. between 6th & 7th.

9/1999

  Flooding caused by Hurrican Floyd

2000, 2001 John A. Bullock III.
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