Tag: Chester Congregational Church
The Observer-Tribune published the obituary of John E. Thomas in 1961. Thomas died at his Main Street home of an acute heart attack at the age of 77. “He was born in Chester and had live there all his life,” said the paper. He was survived by his sister Bertha. He is buried in the Chester Congregational Church Cemetery.
In 1938, Dudley D.H. Bragg and William Savage were elected to the Chester Cemetery Association’s Board of Trustees. At the annual meeting held at the Congregational Chapel, Bragg and Savage signed on for three-year terms. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune.
In 1938, The Mendham-Chester Tribune announced the wedding of Mary Ella Rademacher to LeRoy Charles Apgar. Mary Ella’s parents are the Herman A. Rademacher Srs., and LeRoy’s mother was Mrs. Alonzo Cole. The two were married in the Congregational Church by Rev. Basil J. Johnson. Standing up for the bride and groom were Dorothy Rademacher and Robert Shotwell, respectively.
In 1938, commencement exercises for Chester Grammar School were held at the Chester Congregational Church. Speakers included Rev. George T. Lemmon of the Federated Church, Irene Hoffman, and Mahlon Smalley. Raymond Croot presented the graduates with their diplomas. The graduates were: Elwin Burd, Muriel Conklin, Elinor Croot, Joseph Croot, Evelyn Crotsley, Warren DeHart, Robert Gladstone, Frances Hammerstein, Elsie Hockenbury, Irene Hoffman, Charles Kappes, Edna Kohler, Shirley McClintock, Helen Nunn, Savilla O’Dell, Ruth Philhower, Dorothea Rolle, Helen Scribner, Ralph Shann, Mahlon Smalley, Edward Teets, Douglas Thompson, Muriel T hompson, Marion Waters, Anna Willoughby, and Alfred Wyckoff. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune
In 1955, despite Hurricane Connie, the Congregational Church held its annual Fair. On the first day, the members served more than 300 chicken dinners and held an auction, band concert, and hay rides. According to Reverend Friou, the Fair grossed approximately $1600, with an expected net of $600. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune.
On April 13, 1958, lifelong Chester resident George H. Treadway passed away after a long illness. He was 78. His wife, Ada Gray Treadway predeceased him. George served as a Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company engineer for 49 years. He also was a member of the Chester Congregational Church and was interred in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. He was survived by his five children, Alfred and Irving of Chester, Arthur of Dover, Edna Zanotti of Dover, and Maude Fischer of Succasunna.
In 1956, The Mendham-Chester Tribune ran an obituary on the front page for long-time Chester resident and postmaster Austin Thompson, who died at age 74 on February 2. Thompson moved to Chester from Nutley in 1921 and bought the Hedges Farm across from the Congregational Church. He served as postmaster from 1936 until 1951.