In 1960, Chester Borough and Township withdrew from a 12-year agreement with Mendham Township to share a municipal court located in the Ralston Fire House. Mayor William Conover said the move had been recommended by the Police Study Commission. A separate court would be established to serve the two municipalities. Source: Observer-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
In 1955, Lydia Young, Chester’s oldest citizen passed away at the age of 98. According to The Mendham-Chester Tribune, Young only left Chester twice — on her honeymoon for a brief time, and for two years after the Civil War ended when she lived with her in-laws in Ralston. When she was 15 (and known as Lydia Jane Patrey), she eloped with blacksmith William E. Young. She knew Chester when it was a stagecoach stop and a flourishing iron mining town, and started school when Abraham Lincoln was President.