This Week in Chester History…

In 1960, the Observer-Tribune reported that  “a spectacular fire”  on North Road destroyed Hans Lowensteiner’s a 150 x 50 ft. cow barn, attached milk house, silo, and sleeping quarters of farm worker William Boloway. Lowensteiner and his employees were milking the cows when his wife showed them smoke at the roof. The farmer saved his 65 cows, but inadequate water supplies stymied 140 firemen from 7 fire companies until a pond on the Bell Labs property (1 mile away) became the source of water to bring the conflagration under control.