Fall 2005 "All-Chester Family Reunion"
When | Where | What | Who | What about food?

Saturday October 1, 2005 ~ 12 Noon - 4 p.m.

>>> Note! - New Location - North Chester Baptist Church <<<

North Chester Baptist Church; Photo courtesy of Frank & North Chester Baptist Church

Fall 2004 Slide Show


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.
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-  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
Café André Acoustique, Chester
Chester Musicians
Chester Rural Cemetery
Cullis Memorials - Brookhaven
J. Lewis Crozer Library
DELCO Athletes Hall of Fame
Alan Ferguson, Realtor - Media
Freeman Cultural Arts Complex
Friends at Chester Park
Erik Hoover - searching for Mary Wallace
Carolyn McCloskey, Realtor - West Chester

Media Cemetery
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Sun Ship Historical Society
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 1, 2005

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

12:00 - 12:45 - "Opening Program"
12:45 -   4:00 - Browse through exhibits and enjoy the Reunion!

Patrons & Individual Sponsors

David Andrews
in memory of
Betty Andrews Kirschbaum

James W Beard

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

Mary Jane Birkofer

Frank & Ruth Bramble

Edna Brown
in memory of
John A. Ryan (1907-1986)
Edna M. Davidson Ryan (1909-1990)
John (Jack) Ryan, Jr. (1932-1969)
John Kevin Ryan (1957-1994)

Jane & Jim Brown
in memory of
Irene & Charles Marvel

Elizabeth Warren Bynum
in honor of the
C.H.S. Class of '38

Bill Campbell
in memory of
Sharyn Campbell

Louise Hall Carroll
Chester High 1943

Chester High Class of 1945

David Chominski
in memory of my father
Albin Chominski

Dr. William & Peggy (Smith) Cook
in memory of
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Smith

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

Nancy Crossman
in memory of
my Mother, Jane Selheimer
and my Brother,
Howard E. Selheimer

The Crowther Family
in support of
this fine web site

Joseph D'Angelo

Dan Daley
in memory of
Leo McCabe

Ben Davidowitz

J. B. Davis

DELCO Athletes Hall of Fame

David Duke, Jr.
in memory of his Parents

Mr. & Mrs. Francis E. Dunn Jr.

Albert & Dorothy Ferrari
in memory of
Dan & Betty Wood and
David & Gertrude Ferrari

The Rev. Dot & Nancy J. Field

Virginia Pierson Filson
in memory of
Robert Daly &
George Myers

Ed Gallagher Jr.

Robert T. Garrett
in honor of
Harold A. Hampton

Russell G. Garrison
in memory of
Betty Garrison

Bill & Barbara Ford Gordon
in memory of
Sis Gordon

Herb Grubb
in memory of
Helen E. Greenhalgh

Jean D. Harrison

Martha Harrison
in honor of
John & Susan Bullock

The Rev. & Mrs. Joseph W. Hess, Jr.
in memory of
Will Moulder

Mike & Rose Marie Holodick
in memory of
Cora & Frank Della Monica

Bill & Lydia Johnson
in memory of
Wayne Ambler

Benjamin Jones, Jr.
in memory of
Ben Jones, Sr.

Edwin L Jones

Edward (Ned) Kessler
in honor of
St. Michael's School
8th Grade Class of 1953

Ann Gray King
in memory of
Harry L. Gray

George & Florence Knott
in honor of
Our Service People

Rudy Koch
in memory of
Richard MacNeilly

Kaye Beldecos Koines
in memory of deceased members of the Class of 1949

Edward L Kuhlman

Sam Lemon
in honor of
William H. Ridley

Clarence Lutton
in honor of
Robert Vaughan

Nancy Davis McAuley
in honor of the
55th Anniversary CHS Class of 1950

Terry Owsiany & Craig McHugh

Lynn McMonagle
in honor of
U.S. Troops in Iraq & Afghanistan

Thelma A. Marusco
in memory of
the Rev. Wm. H. Anderman

Harvey Martin
in memory of
Leedom B. Morrison

Audrey, Brad & Bob Montgomery
in memory of
Harry B. Montgomery, Jr.

Mark & Winnie Morse
in memory of
Mark & Middy Morse

Janet A. Moulder
in memory of
Will H. Moulder

Mary J. Smedley Mulledy
in memory of
Earle Smedley

Bob & Mary Myers

Eleanor C. Nealy
in memory of
William G. Nealy, Jr.
and in honor of
Jim & Doris Vermeychuk

Henry J Park
in memory of
The Class of 1937

Dan Peticca

Margaret Wallace Pickering
in memory of
Joshua Brierley

Kathleen M. Polischuk
in memory of
Bruton Family of Upland St.
and Frederick Scheck of Chester

Nancy Loughead Pugh
in memory of
Clarence & Marguerite Loughead

Gerry Reed
in honor of daughter
Gerri Reed

Lois Revenaugh
in memory of
Wayne Rumbel & Ruth Schuler

John H. Rhoads, Jr.

Rebecca B. Rooks, CHS 1928
in memory of
Archie M. Brown

Rita Royce

Earl & "Joanne Plaughter" Ruebeck
in memory of
"What Chester Makes Makes Chester"

Michelle Russell
in memory of
The Ubil Family

Hank & Dorothy Schlagenhauser
in memory of
Mr. & Mrs. Clayton A. Carroll, Sr.

Bill Schuler, Jr.
in memory of
Ruth Schuler

Paul & Virginia Scott
in memory of
Kathy Deganich

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
Senior Choir
Reidsville, NC

Ed Spellacy
in memory of
George & Ethel Custer

Estella (Slawter) Stanley
in memory of
Lewis Slawter

John W. Taylor
in memory of his wife
Roberta Taylor

Lawrence Tollen

Floyd L. Truitt
in honor of
Our Service Men & Women

Mr. & Mrs. Howard F. Turner
in honor of our Parents

Richard Van Patton
in memory of
Earl, Tink & Jim Van Patton

Margie Weest
in memory of
King Weest

Walter G. Zelley
in memory of
the Listers & the Bouldens

Norman Zoumas

Where: North Chester Baptist Church < New location!
2331 Providence Ave. 

Handicap access:

There is a chair lift for access to the exhibit hall on the lower level.


Parking is available behind and next to the church and parking is also available on the surrounding streets.

Lunch / Refreshments:

We will have some food and refreshments available for a donation.

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

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 scheduled for this year's reunion include.

325th Task Force - Celebrating PA

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

* Black Entertainers, Artists... Larry Chase

Chester Arts Alive! - Delores Freeman

Chester Blazers/Bennett Raiders History - Mr. Bennie Wright

Chester High School Alumni Association... Twyla Simpkins

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

Chester's 5 Volunteer Fire Departments - Obituaries... Florence E. O'Bryan

Delaware County Library System

Delaware County Historical Society... 

Delaware County's First Black Attorney - William H. Ridley, Esq.... Sam Lemon

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

Salvation Army Chester Corps... 

Scott Paper Company Memorabilia... Bob Myers

Sun Ship Historical Society... Dave Kavanagh

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

* - Unconfirmed as of 9/24/2005

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
  • 2006 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.

Dawn's 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, 2005 John A. Bullock III.

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