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Old Chester, PA: Chester Lace Mill
Block between Second & Third Streets and Trainer & Clayton Streets
Let me know if you can help to identify any of the ladies in this picture?
Much of the following was based on a
January 12, 2001 column by
Ed Gebhart in the Delaware County Daily Times.
Click on the following link to read the entire column:
There was also a follow-up letter to that
column from Bob Sakers who also grew up in the West End and now lives in Marietta, GA:
Company History | Presidents | Employees | About the Company | Recollections
|Presidents:||Charles A. Turner, (? until
his death in 1951)
Robert J. Turner (1951 until the mill closed)
Bowley, master lace mender
Helen Knox, lace designer
If you can add to the list of Chester Lace Mill
employees, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|About the Company:||"My paternal grandfather
was John Bowley, who immigrated from Knottingham, England to get the CHESTER LACE MILLS
running when it was first built... Incidently, my mother Elizabeth was a master lace
mender and worked for the Chester Lace Mills..."
Ed Bowley, Edlbee@aol.com
The Chester Lace Mill produced lace curtains.
The mill closed after World War II when the invention of nylon made lace obsolete.
|Recollections||"I was doing a search
on Chester Lace Mill when I came across your webpage.
"I had some vivid memories of the mill as child. My grandfather Charles A. Turner was the president until his death in 1951, and my father Robert J. Turner was the vice president and succeeded his father as president in 1951.
"As I recall there was a connection to Quaker Lace Mill in Philadelphia and the Bromley family, and my father went to work at Quaker shortly after the demise of Chester Lace.
"During World Ware II Chester Lace converted
their looms to make camaflouge netting for the Army. Chester Lace was designated as
a defense contractor and it kept my dad out of the war. I can remember a few of the
employees at Chester Lace who are not on your list of employees. Miss Trish was
secretary to both my father and grandfather, but I do not know what her first name was.
Glen Thompson also worked there, and there was a man named Hamer...
Many thanks to the following for providing additional information for this page:
1 - Joan M. email@example.com
2 - Thelma Knox Pusey Cochran, daughter, Termite521@aol.com
3 - RNETN85@aol.com, wife of David Watson
4 - Barbara Montello
If you have any information and or pictures that you would like to contribute about this company, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
© 2001, 2003 John A. Bullock III.
This page last updated 10/18/05