The Salvation Army & OldChesterPa
Fall 2006 "Chester Reunion & History Fair"
When | Where | What | Who | What about food?

Saturday October 7, 2006 ~ 12 Noon - 4 p.m.

>>> Location - Salvation Army Chester Corps <<<
151 W. 15th St., Chester, PA


Fall 2005 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.
(You'll need an Adobe Acrobat reader - free at to open the files.)

Invitations -

Half sheet
(2 per sheet, perfect for church bulletin inserts)
These files are in Adobe Acrobat Reader format, a free download from

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 " 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 Reunion.

When | Where | What | Who | What about food? | A word from our sponsor | For Dinner afterward


Many thanks to our Sponsors:

Salvation Army Chester Corps
Baskets by Donna
Café André Acoustique, Chester

Chester Rural Cemetery
Darhun Construction, Inc.
DELCO Athletes Hall of Fame
 Edwards Travel, Chester
Alan Ferguson, Realtor - Media

Freeman Cultural Arts Complex
Friends at Chester Park
Friends at
Bill Garrett's Zebra Hauling
Representative Thaddeus Kirkland
Carolyn McCloskey, Realtor - West Chester
Media Cemetery
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Senator Dominic F. Pileggi
Sun Ship Historical Society
Sungate Diner - Marcus Hook
Trainer Wholesale
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 7, 2006

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

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

Important - After the conclusion of the Opening Program, please enter the building through the entrance on the lower level on the Arbor Drive side of the building. This way you will be close to the Exhibit Hall and the Refreshments!

Patrons & Individual Sponsors

Please click here for information on becoming a Patron for this year's reunion.

David Andrews

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

Bill Campbell
in memory of
Sharyn Campbell (nee Shropshire)
and in memory of
Lefty & Marie Shropshire

The Crowther Family

Joseph D'Angelo

Frank C. Bramble
in memory of my wife,
Ruth M. Bramble

Earlene Hall Crawford
in memory of
James W. Carroll

Ben Davidowitz
3rd & Dock Sts.

Robert & Virginia Filson
in honor of
the Klotz & MacIntyre families

Loretta H. Gallagher

Jerry Galoonis
in memory of
Frank & Helen Galoonis

Robert Garrett
in memory of
Patsy Moe

Russell G. Garrison
in memory of
Betty Garrison

Herb Grubb
in memory of
Mrs. Helen E. Greenhalgh

Bill & Lydia Johnson
in memory of
Wayne Ambler

Ben Jones Jr.
in memory of
Benjamin Jones Sr.

C. D. “Chuck” Lutton

Harvey S. Martin
in memory of
Leedom B. Morrison

Lynn McMonagle
in memory of
U.S. Military Personnel killed in the line of duty

Audrey Montgomery
in memory of
my husband, Harry B. Montgomery, Jr.

Barbara Usavage Montello
in memory of
Frank & Dorothy Usavage
and in honor of
Paul & Dan Usavage

Janet A. Moulder
in memory of
Clarence & Mary Andrews

Mary J. Mulledy (Smedley)
in memory of
Earle Smedley

Eleanor Nealy
in memory of
William G. Nealy, Jr.
and in memory of
Clayton & Eleanor Carroll

Kathleen M. Polischuk
in memory of the
Bruton & Scheck Families of Chester
and in honor of
Margaret Rose Bruton Thomas of Prospect Park, PA

Michael J. Pro
in memory of
Phyllis Pro

Gerry Reed

Hal & Ny Rivers
in memory of
Ted Cartain

Rebecca Rooks (CHS 1928)
in memory of
Archie M. Brown

Earl & Joanne "Plaugher" Ruebeck
in memory of
"My Old Frog Pond Neighborhood"

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church Choir

Alfonso Sanbe

Mike Silva
in memory of my dad,
Jimmy DiCave

Ed Spellacy
in memory of
George and Ethel Custer

John W. Taylor
in memory of my wife,
Roberta Taylor

Trainer Elementary School Reunions

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

Howard & Margaret Turner
in memory of
Loved Ones

Walter G. Zelley
in memory of
Bertha H. Boulden

Al Zubrzycki
in memory of
Chet Zubrzycki

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

Handicap access:

The building is handicap accessible with ramps at the main entrance on 15th St. as well as ground-level access to the exhibit hall on the lower level..


Some parking is available behind the building and parking is also available on the surrounding streets. (14th St., 15th St., Arbor Dr., etc.)

Lunch / Refreshments:

We will have some food and refreshments available for a donation. Once again this year the youth from North Chester Baptist Church will be serving Hot Dogs with John's Doggie Shop's special sauce, chips, soft drinks, etc. The proceeds will benefit the Youth Group.

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.

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  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.

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

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

Chester Memorabilia... Earl Ruebeck, Jr.

* 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

Gone But Not Forgotten... Bob Myers
   Memorabilia from Beatty, Chester Tube, Chester Bridgeport Ferry, Ford, etc.

Prints from original watercolors, Signed limited editions... Ursula Ippoliti
(Old Chester High, Notre Dame, St. James High, Courthouse, Widener, Linvilla, Old Nether Providence High, Ingleneuk, Old Train Stations, etc.)

Salvation Army Chester Corps... Capt. Jose Santiago

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 9/25/2006

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
  • 2007 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:

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)

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

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 reunion, spearheaded by John Bullock of North Carolina. Bullock is the webmaster of, 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 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

© 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 John A. Bullock III.

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