Tag: Main Street
1961 was a banner year for car wrecks in Chester. A 12-car pile up occurred at the top of Lu Shann Hill on Route 206. A snowstorm was blamed for the initial head on collision. Other cars slammed into the first two, and in an effort to avoid the growing wreck, one driver hit a guard rail. First Aid Squad member Stephen Estason of Main Street was hit on the side of his car on the way to answer the call to duty.
Clyde Kershaw’s Purol Service Station on Main Street was robbed in 1938. The Mendham-Chester Tribune reported that Netcong detectives were stumped by conflicting stories about the events that took place leading to $7.50 being taken from his till.
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.
Miss Esther Renkel of Main Street turned 86, in 1961, the Observer-Tribune announced. To celebrate the occasion, her neighbors showered her with birthday cards and chipped in to buy her a radio.
The Chester Borough Council condemned the old George house on Main Street in 1937, according to the Mendham-Chester Tribune. The building had been declared unfit for use in 1936. The building had been located between the Post Office and John Frageman’s barber shop.
The Chester Borough Council debated how best to use the $54,000 in dirt road money provided under the New Jersey Herrick Act, in 1937. At that time, the N.J. State Highway Department allotted funds to counties that applied for the repair of dirt roads. Mayor Daniel S. Budd requested an additional $2,000 from the Board of Chosen Freeholders for a penetration road to be constructed on Budd Avenue on a section between Main Street and the previously named Washington Avenue. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune
In 1958, Vincent T. Sparano of East Orange was groundhog hunting and shooting clay pigeons with a friend on the Percy Chubb Farm on Route 24, when he shot himself in the right thigh with a high-powered pistol. He thought the 357 Magnum was in the half cocked position in his holster, but when he drew the pistol, it discharged, sending the bullet through his right thigh to lodge behind his knee. Dr. Alfred Truax of Main Street extracted the bullet and released him. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune.