Tag: Old Chester 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…

Four major car accidents occurred in the Chester Township area in 1961. In the first, five people were hurt when two cars collided on Ralston Road. Blowing snow blocked the vision of one driver who was then unable to see the oncoming car. Another car hit a telephone pole on Rt. 24, and a third driver lost control on North Road and was struck by a second car. The fourth accident occurred when a car struck a snow plow. Source: Observer-Tribune


This Week in Chester History…

In 1960, the Observer-Tribune announced that George E. Ike of Old Chester Road was to be the Democratic candidate for Morris County Coroner. Ike ran the Mount Rose Home for sheltered care after serving 29 years in the Veterans Administration.