Fall 2004 "All-Chester Family Reunion"
When | Where | What | Who | What about food?

Saturday October 2, 2004 ~ 12 Noon - 4 p.m.

Fall 2003 Slide Show

Pictures & News coverage about our 2001 "Get-Together"

Pictures from our very first
"Lunch Get-Together"
February 19, 2001 -
Where it all began!

Want to help spread the word?

Click on the right for invitations you can share with friends or print for your church or organization.
(You'll need an Adobe Acrobat reader - free at www.adobe.com to open the files.)

-  Invitations -

Full-size (8 1/2 x 11) Flyer

Half sheet
(Perfect for church bulletin inserts)

A "Neighborly" Idea...

Neighborliness and a helping hand has long been a tradition among Chesterites. If you'd like to share this tradition with some of today's most needy Chesterites, when you come to our "Get-Together", bring along one or more of the following items that the Chester Salvation Army will distribute:

• School Supplies (pencils, crayons, notebook paper, etc.)
• Homeless Supplies (small, like hotel samples, toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, etc.)
• Winter Supplies (hats, gloves, socks)


If you'd like to help, this will be our chance to demonstrate in a tangible way that the "OldChesterPA.com family" not only loves history, but also loves continuing our Chester traditions!

If you would prefer to make a cash donation, the Salvation Army will also have a kettle at our "Get-Together".

When | Where | What | Who | What about food?

(A word from our sponsor)

For Dinner afterward


Many thanks to our Sponsors:

American Computer Disposal, Aston
Cafe Andre Acoustique, Chester
Chester Rural Cemetery
Cullis Memorials, Brookhaven
Darhun Construction, Inc.
 Alan Ferguson, Realtor
Freeman Cultural Arts Complex
Friends from Chester Park Web site
Grace Community United Methodist Church
Grass Roots Advertising & Design - Dave Komarnicki
LaSpada's - The Original Steaks & Hoagies, Parkside
Carolyn McCloskey, Realtor
Media Cemetery
Ramada Inn, Essington, PA
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
State Senator Dominic F. Pileggi, 9th Senatorial District
Sungate Diner, Marcus Hook
Superior Seafood, Aston
Martha Wood, Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator

Many thanks to our Patrons and Individual Sponsors for their contributions to insure the future funding of the website:

When: Saturday October 2, 2004

12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

12:00 - 12:45 - "Opening Program"
12:45 -   3:45 - Browse through exhibits and enjoy the Reunion!
  3:45 -   4:00 - Drawing for Door Prizes

Patrons & Individual Sponsors

David Andrews
In memory of
Old St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church

In honor of all of our Service People
In honor of Joseph Madzelan
In memory of "Good Ole Joe" (Joe Wilgis)

Judith K. Ardine
In memory of
H. Weston Eyre

Mary Ruffini Barone
In memory of
Bettina & Giovanni Ruffini

Betty Jane Bennett-Smith
In memory of her father,
Col. John Howard Bennett

Audrey J. Carroll Blossic
In memory of
Joe Blossic

Sara H. Brower
In memory of
Byard & Elizabeth Ashby

Jane & Jim Brown
In memory of Louise Baker

John Bullock
In memory of John A. Bullock, Jr., Evelyn Keesey Bullock,
and Ann & Joe Jeffries

Louise Hall Carroll

Chester High Class of 1954
In appreciation of help finding classmates and in support of OldChesterPa.com

David Chominski

Susan Thompson Coraor
In honor of
Mr. & Mrs. Albert W. Brown

Earlene (Hall) Crawford
In memory of
James W. Carroll, Jr.

Marjorie Miller Crosson
In memory of
Rev. Nathaniel Miller

The Crowther Family
In support of this fine website

Dan Daley

Helen R. Doyle
In memory of Jackie Doyle

Gina Dubinski
In memory of
Anthony & Regina Buderecka

The Rev. Dorothy M. and
Ms. Nancy J. Field

Helen Gallo
In memory of the Doyle, Traub and McFate Families

Robert T. Garrett
In memory of Bobby Albert, Eddystone High '53

Russell G. Garrison

Herb Grubb
In memory of
Mrs. Helen Greenhalgh

J. Mervyn Harris

Jean D. Harrison
In honor of John A. Bullock III

Ruth Showalter Hayes
In memory of
Addison H. Showalter

Fr. Joe & Helen Hess
In honor of Chester High School Class of February 1939

Mike & Rose Marie Holodick
In memory of John A. Bullock, Jr.

Bill & Lydia Johnson
In memory of Wayne C. Ambles

Benjamin Jones, Jr.
In honor of
“Those who care to preserve”

Gladys Jones
In memory of
Benjamin Jones, Sr.

David & Leslie Komarnicki
In memory of John Komarnicki

Theodore (Teddy) F. Laws, Jr.
In memory of
Theodore (Ted) Laws

Clarence Lutton
In honor of Dr. Milton Woodlyn & Bob Vaughan

Nancy Davis McAuley
In memory of Family & Friends of Chester area

Lynn McMonagle

Harvey Martin
In memory of
Leedom B. Morrison 

Ted Mitchell
On behalf of
Ted Paul Mieczkowski, Sr. 

Barbara Usavage Montello
In honor of her granddaughters, Ashley Nicole & Tori Lynn Montello
and in memory of her parents, Frank & Dorothy Usavage 
and in honor of her brothers, Paul J. Usavage & Daniel P. Usavage

Janet A. Moulder
In memory of her parents,
Mary & Clarence Andrews

Mary Meli Smedley Mulledy
In memory of Earle Smedley

Eleanor C. Nealy
In memory of
William G. Nealy, Jr.
and in honor of George Carter

Marge Osifat
In memory of
Beryl Buza-Fields Barlow

Martha Pancoast Perchalski
In memory of
Samuel A. Pancoast

Claire Reynolds
In memory of Leo & Jack

Joseph Rollo
In memory of
Carman Rollo

Rebecca B. Rooks
In memory of
Archie M. Brown

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Scott
In memory of Our Parents

Mrs. Mavis Simon,
Reidsville, NC

Ed Spellacy, Jr.
In memory of
Elvira Custer Spellacy

Ed Spellacy, Jr.
In memory of
George & Ethel Custer

In memory of
Robert L. Smith,
(CHS 1950)

John W. Taylor
In memory of his wife,
Roberta Taylor

Geri Greenwalt Templin
Author of
“A Little Chester History”

Quintin S. Thompson
In memory of
Rev. John Franklin Baker

Vincent Trasatti

Alethia Grubb White
In memory of
Herbert & Lillian Grubb

Margaret T. Winfree
In memory of
Everett E. Winfree

Larry & Martha Wood
In memory of
Dave Wood, CHS '51

Walter G. Zelley
In memory of Alexander Boulden

Where: Salvation Army Chester Corps
151 W. 15th St.

Handicap access:

There is a ramp at the front entrance which will be open from 11 am until the conclusion of our Opening Program.

For access to the exhibit hall on the lower level, please use the side entrance at ground level from the parking lot beginning around 12:45 p.m.


Some parking is available behind the building and ample parking is also available on the surrounding streets.

Lunch / Refreshments:

The Salvation Army is planning to have some food and refreshments available for a donation. This way you won't have to stop for lunch first and can help them raise some money at the same time! - The menu will feature Hot Dogs with John's Doggie Shop Special Sauce, Hamburgers, Chips, Soft Drinks, Juice, Water.

What: This year we'll begin the "Reunion" in the chapel upstairs with a short Opening Program and an introduction of guests between noon and 12:45.

During the Opening Program The Chester High School Jr. ROTC Marine Color Guard will present the colors and Mayor Wendell N. Butler, Jr., Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland and Sen. Dominic F. Pileggi will be present to welcome us to the city.

Please feel free to drop in and come-and-go as you like between noon and 4 p.m. according to your schedule.

These "Get-Togethers" are an opportunity to meet other visitors to the web site, renew some Chester acquaintances, and make some new friends!

It is also a good opportunity to share some Chester pictures and memorabilia. At our previous "get-togethers", folks brought along high school annuals, newspaper clippings, old photographs, etc. If you have pictures, newspaper articles, etc. that you would like to share for the web site but don't have the means to scan and email them, I will have the scanner there.

Last, but certainly not least, it's an opportunity to meet Ye Olde (and very humble) webmaster and give him a piece of your mind face-to-face! - Perhaps you have some suggestions for improvements to the site or questions about OldChesterPa.com.  This is a good chance to speak up and let me know how I can make the site even better!


Exhibitors tentatively scheduled for this year's reunion include.

A Little Chester History... Geri (Frysinger) Greenwalt-Templin

Black Entertainers, Artists... Larry Chase

Chester High School Alumni Association... Twyla Simpkins

Chester Historical Preservation Committee... David Guleke, Jr., Pres.

Delaware County Library System

Delaware County Historical Society... 

DELCO Athletes Hall of Fame Sports Legends Exhibit... Joe Cirilli, Executive Director

Freeman Cultural Arts Complex, headquarters for the Chester Cultural Tour Committee... Delores Freeman

Genealogy in Delaware County... Helen M. (Webber) Imburgia

Novelties by Marie

Salvation Army Chester Corps... Maj. Bea Connell & Captain Jenn Thompson

Scott Paper Company Memorabilia... Bob Myers

Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Memorabilia... Dave Kavanagh

Traveling Black History Museum with emphasis on Chester Memorabilia... Twyla Simpkins

Voter Registration ... League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County

A Word
From Our Sponsor:
Folks, you may have noticed by now that begging for money is not something I enjoy doing. However, maintaining the website is costly for me in both time and dollars. Therefore, your support by purchasing the Chester Souvenirs is very helpful and very much appreciated.

Our "Get-Togethers" also provide an opportunity for you to purchase some of the items from the "Old Chester Emporium" and avoid the shipping charges.

Among the souvenirs available for purchase will be:

  • Historic Chester T-shirts
  • "Chester Landmarks" set of full-color mugs
  • Chester High School full-color mugs
  • 2005 Historic Chester Calendars with 12 all new pictures!
  • "The Newsstand" mugs
  • Historic Chester Collage & Chester High School Tote Bags
  • Books about Chester History

It might just be a good chance to do some of your holiday shopping too!

For those planning high school reunions, I'll also have a sample of the special edition Chester High School Class Reunion Mugs!

Where to Eat:

For dinner afterward, for those folks coming in from outside of the area, there are lots of places to eat on nearby Edgmont Ave. Listed roughly in order from downtown Chester north are:

Amir's Soul & Seafood - 6th & Welsh Sts.

Edgmont Diner - I95 & Edgmont & Providence Aves. (Chester)

LaSpada's or Phil & Jim's Hoagies (Parkside)

McDonald's (Brookhaven)

Tom Jones (famous for their crab cakes) (Brookhaven)

Burger King (Brookhaven)

Friendly's (Brookhaven)

An excellent Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet in Brookhaven (sorry, I can't remember the name at the moment)

Denny's (at the Cloverleaf at Baltimore Pike)

Another excellent choice would be the Sungate Diner (formerly the Marcus Hook Diner) in nearby Marcus Hook.

If you need a place to stay in the area, the Ramada in Essington is just minutes away.

Any other questions? - Just let me know and I'll try my best to answer them.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next "All-Chester Family Reunion"


News coverage
from the
Delaware County Daily Times

Spawned by Web site, Old Chester reunion is a success

Terry Peters, Times Correspondent
Sunday October 7, 2001

CHESTER -- Yesterday was a virtual walk down memory lane for the 100-plus former Chester-ites who attended the second oldchesterpa.com reunion, spearheaded by John Bullock of North Carolina. Bullock is the webmaster of oldchesterpa.com, a nostalgic Web site of more than 600 pages featuring biographies of well-known Chester-ites, old photographs, upcoming class reunions, school histories, former Chester industry and businesses, and a message board where visitors nationwide post inquiries, looking for childhood friends and genealogy information.

Fellowship Hall in First Presbyterian Church on Edgmont Avenue was filled with laughter and some tears while former Chester-ites reminisced about the tasty pig ears at Dalton's Bakery and half-moon crullers at Sadie's; the small "monorail" through which money traveled when making a purchase at Stotter's Department Store; the "junior" charge account teenagers could acquire at the Charming Shoppe (with a $20 limit, and a mandatory $1 per week payment);an abundance of jobs at Scott Paper, Westinghouse and Baldwin's; and the savory smells wafting out of Ferry Bros. Shoe Repair each time you passed.

Others at the reunion remembered the many parades Chester held, when veterans trekked every Memorial Day to Soldier's Circle in the Chester Rural Cemetery; watching Pennsylvania Military College's handsome uniformed cadets march in formation each Saturday; roller skating to organ music at the Great Leopard; and listening to the Salvation Army Band, which played in front of the post office each Christmas.

Mary Clapcich Sablian and Dot Trush Suda, now neighbors on Donegal Lane in Brookhaven, attended the reunion and enjoyed reminiscing about Chester in its heyday. Suda's parents owned and operated Frank's Market on McIlvaine St.

Chester's Mayor Dominic Pileggi was on hand to greet the many Chester-ites who arrived during the four-hour affair.

"It's interesting that through the oldchesterpa.com Web site, John Bullock has brought so many people together," Pileggi said. "He has really provided a focus for the good will that people have toward Chester and their memories of friends, family, schools and neighborhoods."

"I read about the Web site in the Daily Times," said Betty Bernardo of Ridley Park. "When I found out John was having this reunion, I had to come. I grew up in Chester and have so many wonderful memories."

Between greeting all the guests, Bullock kept busy scanning many old Chester photographs that visitors brought, which he intends to post on the Web site.

Nearly every visitor could be heard thanking Bullock for the hundreds of hours he has devoted to creating and maintaining the site.

The Web site is updated with additional information and photographs at least once per week.

Many visitors did some early holiday shopping at a table filled with coffee mugs depicting old Chester landmarks, 2002 calendars featuring Chester sites, and books about Chester's history.

The items are also for sale on the Web site, under the link "Chester Emporium."



If you have any information and or pictures that you would like to contribute about historic Chester, PA, please forward it to john@oldchesterpa.com

© 2001, 2002, 2004 John A. Bullock III.

GDPub2.JPG (7902 bytes)

This page last updated 10/18/05