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This Week in Chester History…

In 1955, Lydia Young, Chester’s oldest citizen passed away at the age of 98. According to The Mendham-Chester Tribune, Young only left Chester twice — on her honeymoon for a brief time, and for two years after the Civil War ended when she lived with her in-laws in Ralston. When she was 15 (and known as Lydia Jane Patrey), she eloped with blacksmith William E. Young. She knew Chester when it was a stagecoach stop and a flourishing iron mining town, and started school when Abraham Lincoln was President.


This Week in Chester History…

In 1955, Mrs. William E. Young, a lifelong resident of Chester and an active worker in civic organizations here, celebrated her 98th birthday. She was a past president and charter member of the Chester Women’s Club, as well as the Chester Presbyterian Church organist for more than 50 years. Young attended the Chester Institute, and recalled when iron mines flourished in Chester during the days of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was President during her early school years. Her husband, with whom she eloped at the age of 15, installed the first telephone in the town, connecting it with his blacksmith shop and coal-yard office. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune.