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Sleeper's College

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Photo from Chester and Vicinity 1914 by Hy. V. Smith

Sleeper's College was formerly located at
625 Welsh St., Chester, PA

Later located in Parkside, PA

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April 2001 Photo courtesy of "Joker" Jack Chambers

Principals | Faculty | Staff | Classes | School History


Faculty: Some Teachers:
Mrs. Joan Sleeper (c. 1979) - 1
Mr. Viebohn (c. 1979) - 1



Classes: Some students:

Nellie Garris Hicken
Kathryn V Petrella
Lois S. Thornton (Bender) (b. 1907, d. 1994) - 2

School History:


Sleeper's Business College was operated by Josiah Sleeper. His brother was Elmer Sleeper who was in the Real Estate business.

The date on the building in the picture above is 1910.

from "Joker" Jack Chambers, jokerjak908@yahoo.com

"In the 1950's a bar was on the NE corner of 7th and Welsh. A couple of doors down was the Welsh Resturant. At that period of time Sleeper's was either located over the Welsh Rest. or over the store between the bar and the Restaurant. I am fairly sure Sleepers was over the Welsh. The source I use as a reference says that in 1925 Sleepers' College was located on Welsh Street.  (Telephone Chester 183-J).  My information from another source says that at least from 1971-1989 it was located at 2800 Edgmont Ave, Parkside, Pa (Telephone 6-6342). I am still researching. Hopefully, I will have more info on this for you."

4/4/2001: This further update also from "Joker" Jack Chambers, jokerjak908@yahoo.com

Source: Chester Times 1944 yearbook, Page 94

"The Sleeper's Business College, located in its own building at 625 Welsh St, Chester, was planned for educational purposes. The school offers secretarial and accounting courses to young men and women, and the curriculum of the public school is open to both young and old. The method of individual instruction is particularly adapted for the backward pupil."

Many thanks to the following for their contributions to this page:

1 - Kathryn V. Petrella, kpetrella@juno.com

2 - Dave Hurd, Banquo2995@aol.com, grandson







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

2000, 2001, 2002 John A. Bullock III.

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This page last updated 10/18/05