Tag: Ironia


This Week in Chester History…

In 1960, Ronald Orr, the next door neighbor of Police Chief Edward Strait, stepped on a copperhead snake who struck at his trouser leg. He summoned Strait, who identified and shot the snake. Orr was unharmed. Strait said two copperheads had been killed in 1959 in the same location — the rocky territory between Golf Course Hill and Ironia.  Source: Observer-Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

In 1937, the Mendham-Chester Tribune bemoaned the relocation to Flanders of celestial orchestra leader Arthur Ferris and his wife. The paper reported, “No longer to be found in his Ironia haunts was the bearded evangelist who was wont to raise chickens and receive messages from the angels concerning his music and 36 pieces.”


This Week in Chester History…

In 1958, “Grey Top,” the mansion built in 1890 by Samuel Cooper Pullman, of Pullman Railroad Company fame, burned to the ground. The three-story, 20-room home stood at the peak of Fairmount Avenue, and was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Guerin. Fire companies from Chester, Ralston, Mendham, Peapack-Gladstone, Ironia, Flanders, Fairmount, and Mt. Freedom fought the fire with water from Leslie Apgar’s pond on Maple Avenue.  Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune