Posts Tagged ‘Chester History’

Class of 1993 — Where are they now?

Class of 1993

Courtesy of the Chester Historical Society, reprinted with permission from the 2018 calendar.

Where are they now? We do not have addresses for Henry Fristik, John Henry, Jason Jameson, Joseph Jones, and Stacy Watson from the Class of 1993.

Update your address!



Square Up!

Who remembers that instruction?  It surprised me a little that I was able to serve as a source of history regarding the “Berkshire Teen Shufflers” and “Wildcat Twirlers.” I shared with the Historical Society… “The folks you have listed there were the advisors—Dottie Pease was the caller and organizer… it was a club of teens, I was president for a few years. We would often travel to other clubs in the area… Russell, Westfield, etc. and I have dim recollections of competing in some square dance contests. Both David Hitchcock and I also learned to call some, thanks to Dottie. The Wildcat Twirlers was the adult club… some of the names I remember were the advisors you have plus Doris and Pete Austin… I remember Lilia Burnup being involved for a while. Golly… the Shufflers danced every Tuesday night as I recall. Lots of fun memories and times! I don’t remember exactly… but I think the Teen Club fizzled out a few years after I graduated (1965). I remember our “square” – danced together lots. Couple 1: Susan Willey and me, 2 Carol Willey and Jeff Pease (Dottie’s son), 3 Karla Zmuda and David Hitchcock, 4 Maureen Austin and George LaMountain. It sure feels weird being part of history!”

By the way, I’m pretty sure one reason the adult club was called “Wildcat Twirlers” was that after dancing, they went to Wildcat Springs for adult beverages!

If you have a memory, why not share it as a comment and contribute to the legacy of two great clubs that were an important part of Chester’s History!? I’ll make sure all comments get forwarded to the Chester Historical Society.

Square Dance

Photo from the Chester Historical Society’s 2018 Calendar, reprinted with permission.

CHS Champions of Southern Berkshire League–1951!

CHS 1951_resized

We owe a big thanks to Bill Giles ’51 for sending along this photo which he admits, “…is not in too good shape.” Well, it is 67 years old! It definitely was a moment–the first time the girl’s team had won a championship!

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)

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