William Penn (Tom Smith) and William Wade (Bob Quay) were on-hand for the OldChesterPA reunion last Saturday at Harrah’s.

By LorettaRodgers


t was a walk down memory lane for Chester natives as current and former residents gathered for the OldChesterPA Reunion last Saturday afternoon on the outside deck at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack.

Hosted by the Chester Historical Preservation Committee, the reunion featured informational tables by the J. Lewis Crozer Library, Chester YWCA, Scott Paper Co., Delaware County Historical Society, and The Chester Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

Cameo appearances were made by “William Penn,” played by character actor/historian Tom Smith, and Penn’s friend “William Wade,” portrayed by Bob Quay.

Reunion visitors browsed through old photographs of the city and spoke with long-time residents.

“I read about this reunion in the Chester Spirit paper so I decided to attend,” said Cynthia S. Harris, a lifelong Chester resident. “I try to attend all the affairs that I possibly can and try to keep up on what’s happening.” Harris, a 1946 Chester High School graduate and former teacher at the Franklin School, enjoyed the event and the weather with her friend, Cherita Johnson, with whom she was sharing old photographs of the Chester-Bridgeport Ferry.

For decades, until the construction of the Commodore Barry Bridge, the ferry was the only way for Chester residents to…

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Chester friends, Cynthia S. Harris and Cherita Johnson enjoying the beautiful weather at the OldChester Pa. Reunion.

Sue Collins ad Nancy Collier, volunteers with the Delaware County Historical Society.


A host of visitors made their way to the OldChester Pa. Reunion.

Former Chester High School Principal Jesse Powell, Carrie Brown, Henrietta Idlett, Deloris Riley, Christine Brown and Lonzell Brown enjoyed the OldChester Pa. reunion. The ladies were representing The Chester Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.


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