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Recognize These Lovely Ladies?

February 7, 2018 Leave a comment
May 1951 by Esther Strout

From right to left: Jean Verratti Murray, Esther Ward Strout, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Juanita Ward Blake. (Photo provided by Esther Ward Strout ’55, taken in May of 1951)

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Felix Salzano ’44 Makes Honor Flight

January 25, 2018 Leave a comment

Many thanks to William (Bill) Giles ’51 for not only bringing this to my attention but for mailing me the clipping of an article in The Republic Plus on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Try as I might, I’ve not been able to find a link to the article online and copyright restrictions prevent me from posting the article itself on our website.

I can report a few tidbits, including the fact Felix has the rare distinction of having served in both the European and Pacific Theatres during World War II. He was thrilled to be invited and the participate in the Honor Flight Program in September. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that flies veterans to Washington DC “to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.”

The article suggests that it was an ambitious trip, beginning with a departure from Springfield at 3:00 a.m. A return to Logan arriving at 10:30 p.m. suggests he and his escort were likely not home before midnight, but Felix said, “I’m so glad I made it. I felt inspired.” While in Washington, he and his fellow participants were given a police escort where traffic was stopped at every intersection as they toured and visited the World War II, Korean and Viet Nam memorials.

Felix’s story is truly a great one–both the story of this trip and of his service. Let’s hope he makes it to this year’s reunion and we can convince him to share some of his experiences.

I know I speak for the Alumni Association and our members when I say we’re happy and proud he received this honor, and we are truly grateful for his service. He’s also been a strong supporter of our Association by attending reunions. I’ve sent a special invitation to attend this year–explaining that we can’t promise a police escort, but there’s not that much traffic in Chester anyway!

Read the letter to sent to Felix.

A Year’s Worth of Memories

How would you like to be reminded of your Chester days at least once a month for a year! The Chester Historical Society has published it’s annual calendar. The cover photo offers a view of Maple Street from the 1940’s:

2018 calendar

By the way, this photo has generated a lot of discussion on the Chester Foundation Facebook stage–since Smithie’s Watch/Clock Shop (first building on right) was often used by railroad men to keep timepiece’s accurate, they are interested in knowing more about the shop, building, etc.

Additional historical information and photos include Classic Pizza, Miss Van Wert’s 1947 second grade class, saunas, Chester General Store (A & L Market) which is currently for sale.

The calendar can be purchased for $15 at the Chester Village Market and Chester Electric Light Office or by contacting a Historical Society Member (Fay Piergiovanni, Judy Olson, and others) if you’re in the area.  Those wishing to purchase by mail, please add $2 for postage and send a check for $17 to the Chester Historical Society, 15 Middlefield Road, Chester, MA 01011.

 

Win This Quilt!

September 4, 2017 Leave a comment

UPDATE (October 2, 2017) — Just received word the quilt was won by John Baldasaro of Chester! Congratulations, John! Stay warm with it!


The Chester Historical Society has a quilt made and donated by Kathy Blanchard, CHS graduate, Class of 1967 to be raffled on September 30, 2017, to support its fund-raising effort to preserve the Methodist Church, the Historical Society Museum’s new location.  We are holding an Open House on that same date from 1:00 – 4:00  and raffle tickets are $10 each.  Quilt size is 68″ x 76″… and you can order raffle tickets by sending a check!

For raffle tickets contact:

  • Annette LaMountain   413-354-6514
    PO Box 260–Chester, MA 01011
  • Judy Olson   413-247-9262
    46 W Pantry Road–Hatfield MA 01088

Around Chester, 2017

June 28, 2017 2 comments

A few photos for those who haven’t been to town for a while. I started in Pine Hill Cemetery… Later while taking photos downtown, I instinctively smiled and waved at folks driving by. Most gave me a blank stare. It finally occurred to me that I now know a lot of people in the cemetery but very few living in town! Time waits for no one… (I didn’t have a lot of time so these are just a few of the familiar haunts.)

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Cortland Grinding Wheels

December 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Thanks to Carol Chaney for sharing these photos of Cortland Grinding Wheel employees, thought to be taken in the 1940’s or 1950’s. Can you help identify these folks? You can add a comment to this post, the Chester High Facebook Page, or Carol’s Facebook page. One advantage of having the photos on this site is it won’t be hard to find them again! Clicking on the photo should bring up a larger version. Thanks, Carol!

For identification purposes, we'll call this Cortland Photo 1

For identification purposes, we’ll call this Cortland Photo 1

Bottom Row (L to R):

Second Row: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Bill Kovisto, 11, 12

Third Row:

Fourth Row:

Cortland2

And this is Cortland Photo 2

Bottom Row: (L to R) 1, 2, 3 Earl Cooley, 4, 5, 6, 7 Bill Morrisey, 8, 9.

Second Row:

Third Row:

Fourth Row:

Chester then…

October 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Experimenting with embedding Facebook posts… thought folks would enjoy this photo:

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