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This Week in Chester History…

Chester librarians taught a series of courses at West Morris Regional High School in 1960. Students learned how to use the library’s collection, how to research using the reference collection, and how to find books specifically for special assignments and reports. The instruction was collaboratively planned with English and Science teachers at the high school. More than 50 classes visited the school library and 40 hours were spent with freshmen,


This Week in Chester History…

In 1960, Chester Township voted for its first term of a new mayor-council form of government. Republican incumbents Henry Leeb and Leonard Nixon landed three-year terms on the council. The voter turnout was high: 985 of the township’s 1080 registered citizens voted in the election. Source: Observer-Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

Chester Township Police Chief Edward Strait was back in the news with a summary of the vandalism caused during the previous weeks (the second half of October). He said that during the 15 days preceding and including Halloween 1960, vandalism damage to the community totaled $2,537. Damage to signage was $1,500, and damage to fences, bridges, and trees was $1,037.


This Week in Chester History…

In 1962, the West Morris Regional School Board voted to fund a $990,000 expansion plan for a complete vocational-technical wing at the high school. Courses included in the program will be in five areas. The current auto mechanics course would be moved to the new wing in facilities doubled the size of the shop in place. Other programs offered included Technical Drafting,


This Week in Chester History…

Barlow Henry Underhill exhibited his art works at West Morris Regional High School’s gallery in 1960. The artist worked in many different media, including oil and enamel paintings; drawings and lithographs; mosaics; ceramics; and sculpture in bronze, wood, plaster, and terra cotta. Source: Observer-Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

In 1960, Chester Township School held its annual Book Fair. The three-day affair featured a large children’s books display of items that could be ordered through the E.M. Hale Company and Book Shop in Morristown. Proceeds from the sale went to purchasing more books for the school library. Source: Observer-Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

Chester Township Council voted in 1960 to grant Bell Laboratories a variance to build on its land and purchase an additional 90 acres from Earl Taylor on the east side of North Road. Locals also petitioned the council to make Cooper Lane into a 25 mph zone. Source: Observer-Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

In 1960, Ronald Orr, the next door neighbor of Police Chief Edward Strait, stepped on a copperhead snake who struck at his trouser leg. He summoned Strait, who identified and shot the snake. Orr was unharmed. Strait said two copperheads had been killed in 1959 in the same location — the rocky territory between Golf Course Hill and Ironia.  Source: Observer-Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

If you were at the edge of your seat about last week’s post mentioning the possible lawbreaking of the St. Lawrence Church Bazaar, know that the Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Louis R. Lombardino found no infraction of N.J. gambling laws. The Observer-Tribune said in 1960 that Lombardino had received a complaint about a “balloon dart game” that yielded no violations.


This Week in Chester History…

In 1960, Chester Borough Council bought an option to drill a test well and to test the present well at the Spring Water Company for $25,000. Other discussions at the regular meeting included Civil Defense Director John Morgan discussing a survival plan, and potential infractions of N.J. gambling laws by the St. Lawrence Church Bazaar. Source: Observer-Tribune