Tag: murder


This Week in Chester History…

In 1938, the Mendham-Chester Tribune reported that the killers of Chester storekeeper Gilbert Y. Hopler were in the Morris County Jail. Ira F. French and Henry Winters confessed to murdering Hopler during a robbery of his store.


This Week in Chester History…

The case of Gilbert Y. Hopler’s murder remained a mystery. In 1938, the Mendham-Chester Tribune reported that in the week following Hopler’s brutal killing, the Board of Chosen Freeholders offered a reward of $500 for the capture of the murders.


This Week in Chester History…

…marks the 80th anniversary of Gilbert Y. Hopler’s interment in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The 59-year-old Hopler was shot by two robbers in his general store. Hopler had lived in Chester for 28 years in his home across the street from the Chester House.


This Week in Chester History…

In 1938, Ira F. French, 21, and Henry Winters, 25, of Hoboken, confessed to the February 26 murder of Gilbert Y. Hopler, 59, in his Chester store. French and Winters shot Hopler during an attempted robbery. Source: Mendham-Chester Tribune.