Organizers of the Chester Second Ward Reunion include Bob Crowley, Joan McCracken Bonaquisti and Chas McLaughlin.


By LorettaRodgers


neighborhood reunion of Chester’s Second Ward was recently held at the Ballrooms at Boothwyn in Upper Chichester. Organized by Joan McCracken Bonaquisti, Bob Crowley and Chas McLaughlin, more than 80 former residents of the area surrounding the former St. Robert’s Church and School, Goodwill Fire Company, and the Bus Barn, gathered to reminisce about days gone by.

Earl Ruebeck displays his Dewey-Mann School yearbook that was signed by former teacher the late John J. Vaul.

“My dad was the owner of Mac’s Hoagie Store at 14th and Edgmont,” said Bonaquisti. “Our neighborhood was just wonderful back in those days. We all hung out at the store. Everybody from the Second Ward remembers Mac’s.”

When questioned, attendees at the reunion all commented on the caring attitude of the people that lived in the area and how everyone looked out for each other.

Earl Ruebeck, Jr. was proud to display his yearbook from the Dewey-Mann School, which holds special meaning for him because it’s autographed by now deceased Dewey-Mann teacher Dr. John J. Vaul, who later became superintendent of the Chester School District.

Second Ward Reunion attendees Alice Radell, Ralph and Freda Oakleaf and Moose Bonaquisti.

“We all have our own special memories,” said Ruebeck. “I remember Mr. Vaul like it was yesterday. Our days were fun and carefree. It was such a good time and living in the Second Ward was really special. This reunion is just great.”

In his spare time, Ruebeck designed…


For the entire story pick up volume 4, issue 21 of the Chester Spirit.

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