The Observer-Tribune reported in 1960 that two traffic accidents had occurred during the previous few days. Austin Conover of Mendham knocked out local power and telephone service after losing control on a curve on Ralston Road and hitting a telephone pole. Accident #2 occurred at the intersection of Route 206 and Four Bridges Road, when Marsilla Snyder of Long Valley disregarded a police officer directing traffic. Snyder advanced onto Route 206, hitting the broadside of Steven Neville, III, of Denville. No one was injured.
The Observer-Tribune reported that Nancy Sturzenegger held a swimming party and buffet supper for 24 other female graduates of West Morris Regional High School’s class of 1961. Party-goers were from Chester, Mendham, Washington Valley, Long Valley, Flanders, and Hackettstown.
In 1937, a truck carrying bottled and canned milk from the Welsh Creamery in Long Valley crashed into a large tree at the Ralston Bridge on the way to Mendham. The driver, Herbert Newton, said the engine stalled and the brakes failed before he could stop the trailer from being separated from the tractor by the sizable sycamore. Much of the milk could not be saved. However, Swackhammer’s Garage removed would could be salvaged from the 300 cases. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune
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