Tag: Civil Defense


This Week in Chester History…

The Chester Civil Defense met in 1961. The Observer-Tribune noted that the CD viewed the film “Emergency Hospital Disaster Plan.” John Morgan, the municipal director stressed planning for all types of emergencies.


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


This Week in Chester History…

Robert Minard of Fox Chase Road was named Chief Observer for the Civilian Defense Observation Post, and Mrs. Kenneth Dean was named Supervisor of the post, said the Mendham-Chester Tribune in 1955. The Chester Borough CD observation post was one of the last three in the state to have assigned observers.


This Week in Chester History…

The Civil Defense Director of Chester, John C. Morgan, Jr., with an eye toward nuclear attack, recommended that citizens vote to adopt the N.J. constitutional amendment posed as a question on the 1961 ballot. The question read, “Shall the amendment of Article IV, Section VI of the Constitution, agreed to by the Legislature, vesting power in the Legislature to insure continuity of the State, county and local governmental operations in periods of emergency resulting from disasters caused by enemy attack be adopted?” It was approved, after some tinkering, in December 1961 (http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/lawsconstitution/constitution.asp).¬†Soure: Observer-Tribune.


This Week in Chester History…

In 1955, Robert Minard of Fox Chase Road was named Chief Observer for the Civil Defense observation post. At the time, Chester Borough was home to one of the three remaining CD observation posts in New Jersey. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune.


This Week in Chester History…

In 1955, Chester Township Mayor William Conover announced that three additional fire sirens would be installed as a result of an agreement between Chester Borough and Township, and the Federal Civil Defense Administration. The new sirens were deemed necessary after local Civil Defense members said they were unable to hear signals from the one siren located in the Borough during the previous week’s air raid test. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune