Tag: Fox Chase Road


This Week in Chester History…

George Smith shot at his friend Roland Thompson with a .35 caliber rifle, in 1961. According to the Observer-Tribune, Smith and Thompson were driving on Fox Chase Road when the car became stuck in a snowbank near Old Chester Road. Smith threatened to kill Thompson if he failed to extricate the vehicle. Thompson knocked the weapon down as two shots “exploded from the weapon,” missing him. Smith continued shooting at Thompson as he ran toward Old Chester Road. Patrolman Everett Pierson and Chief Edward Straight arrived on the scene later to find Smith waiting on the snowbank for Thompson. It was not the first complaint against Smith. Police previously confiscated 30 rifles and shotguns from his house after he wielded a 20-gauge shotgun at his wife.


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…

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 1961, James Minard of Fox Chase Road, Chester Township gave a fascinating account of his trip to Egypt as a member of a U.S. Geological Survey mission. U. S. Geological Survey. His purpose was to geologically map the western desert of Egypt, a total area of approximately 740,000 square kilometers. Jim, son of the Robert Minards, became a geologist upon graduation from Upsala College in 1948. Source: Observer-Tribune.


This Week in Chester History…

In 1962, Carl Kleiber of Pleasant Hill Road and Eugene O. Vliet, Township Clerk, amongst others, began restoration of the Patrey burial ground on Fox Chase Road. The oldest marked grave belonged to William Patrey, who died in 1818, at 67. In 1925, the New Jersey Genealogical Society recorded the Patreys, Runyons, Craigs, Linabarys, Stulls, Stouts, and Wyckoffs buried there. Source: Observer-Tribune