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Photo above courtesy of
Terry Redden Peters, TP090448@aol.com
in memory of her grandparents, Frank and Bertha Packer.
August 2004 photo above courtesy of "Joker" Jack Chambers
7th & Sproul St.
Phone 610-876-8226 • Fax 610-876-8337
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Mildred Y. Corey (? - 1952)
|History:||The YWCA of Chester was founded in 1914.|
was looking at my old scrapbook, and found a card advertising a 1953 Sears
sponsored, Teen-O-Rama Jamboree, every Saturday Afternoon from 2 to 5 at
the YWCA in Chester. Swing & Sway w/Jimmy Lynn of WPWA,
Presented by Sears own, Helen Powers. I spent many Saturdays there, and
saw different popular acts. Four Aces appeared there several times.
It was $1.00 to get in, and it was dancing, and being entertained for 3
hours every Saturday. I don't know how long they had it, but I know it was
a great place for kids who liked to dance."
- Carole Gelnack Mullen
"In 1953 I moved to the
residence part of the YWCA. It was in a three story building attached to the Y. The first
floor was a bakery and the second & third floors were the residence. I was seventeen
at the time (just graduated from high school and would not turn eighteen for another eix
months) and a friend of my deceased mother got them to make an exception to the minimum
age of eighteen. I worked for Bell Tel. at the time. There were approximately 20 females
in residence of assorted ages and occupations. That was almost fifty years ago and I can
close my eyes and still see the residence and the girls. I am forever grateful for that
being available as I don't know where I would have gone otherwise.
- Ida M. Barber, TBOLIG@fast.net
"Loved going to the summer dances
in the late '30's and the early '40's on the roof garden. Lot's of fun looking down
on the city at night. Also colored lights were strung around the roof."
-Betty-Jane Bennett Smith, Smith9697@aol.com
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