Chester, PA, near Philadelphia, is no longer the best area to live, but used to be a thriving city where many of my ancestors originated from.
Chamness Family of Williamson County, Illinois
Cape Charles, Virginia police sergeant dies from a gunshot would trying to capture a killer.
John Sweeny could be the father of William Sweeny of Chester, PA. John's will leaves William out, but does that mean he is not his father?
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Special to the Washington Post
Cape Charles, VA., Nov 29,  - James Nottingham, aged 29, was shot through the groin, and Artis Scott, aged 21, was shot through the leg at a negro dance hall here last night. Nottingham's condition is serious. Both are colored mess attendants at the Cherrystone Naval Base. Nottingham's home is in Norfolk, where he was taken for treatment. The shooting, which is said to have resulted over the jealousy of a woman, was done by Jerry Warren, a negro.
Early this morning a squad of sailors from the naval base, headed by Ogden Lescallette, a warrant officer from the naval base, and town police sergeant, James Taylor, started in search of Warren. While the sailors stood on guard the officers entered a house in the negro settlement which was known as the negro's rendezvous. As Sergt. Taylor entered a room Warren opened fire. Taylor was shot through the arm, leg and stomach, the bullet passing through his body. His conditional is critical.
As the negro was making his getaway Officer Lescallette shot the gun from his hand. Picking up the weapon the negro fled. Although sailors pursued, firing as they ran, he succeeded in escaping. As the negro is believed to be in hiding here the town is being guarded by a cordon of sailors and marines. Sergt. Taylor has done police duty in this town for fifteen years, and is well known on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Officer Lescallette is a native of Crisfield, Md.
Source: The Washington Post (1877-1922); Nov 30, 1918; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877-1993) pg. 3
Special to the Washington Post
Cape Charles, VA., Dec 21,  - Jerry Warren, who shot and killed Sergt. James A. Taylor on thanksgiving and was captured several days later in Wilmington, Del., was tried here yesterday and, upon a verdict of first degree murder, was sentenced to die in the electric chair on June 25 next.
Source: The Washington Post (1877-1922); Dec 22, 1918; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877-1993) pg. 7
Mr. Sweeny is 89 and Mrs. Sweeny is 84. Both are in excellent health despite their age and Mr. Sweeny works every day as a guard at the Delaware County Trust Company in the Crozer building, a position he has held for over thirty years.
Three sons were born to the couple, all of whom are living. They are, Charles R. Sweeny, Jr., 65; William B. Sweeny, 63; and John Sweeny, 59. There are eighteen grandchildren, thirty-five great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, representing five generations.
"It was always my desire to be a great-great grandmother." said Mrs. Sweeny this morning. "and now that I have realized my desires it gives me as much satisfaction as though I had amassed millions of dollars."
Grey-haired, aged, but ____, the elderly couple still stand staunch and ___ with life, widened by experience and happy.
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Both believe the present generation is living "too fast."
"Our opinion isn't occasioned by our lack of modernity and this generation's ideas, but we have seen and know both, and believe the old way of living is much better," they say.
"When we were young," Mrs. Sweeny said this morning, "we played hard and worked hard, and got plenty of sleep, which, after all, is the most beneficial factor of good health. But now, poeple think they must stay up until past midnight in order to have a complete day."
Mrs. Sweeny abhors the fact that women have taken to smoking and drinking. She doesn't believe it is just the thing to do and moreover, contends that is subtracts extremely from the innate dignity of women.
"When I was a girl, and indeed, up until several years ago, women who smoked were not tolerated in good society, but now that's all changed. If you don't smoke, you're liable to be a wall-flower, and no young girl wants to be that."
There is nothing prudish about Mr. and Mrs. Sweeny. Longevity has rewarded them with a sounded philosophy of life which they hold to be best for them. They criticize the present generation only in that the views of those who count themselves members of this "age" conflict so sharply with their views.
There will be no celebration today. As they term it, "we got tired of celebrations long ago," and the day will be passed quietly in their peaceful home, where they have lived for the past 24 years.
Benjamin B. Bouchelle, a former resident of this city, died this morning after some months illness and the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Bowles of 3424 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. An operation over a year ago caused the ill effects from which Mr. Bouchelle died at the age of 70.
He was a member of the Chester Council, No. 36 _ of _ A. and also the Philadelphia Electric Quarter Century Club.
He is survived by his sons and daughters, Mrs. Bowles, Miss Marie Bouchelle of Philadelphia; Paul Bouchelle, Mrs. Charles Sweeny and Mrs. Florence Hoffecker, of Chester, and Benjamin Bouchelle, of Bortondale. For many years he was employed at the Beacon Light Company plant.
The funeral will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Hoffecker, at 1616 Upland St., this city. Internment will be private.
Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Clever Bouchelle, 75, formerly of Chester, who died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John Bowles, 3440 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Friday, will be held in Philadelphia at the convenience of the family.
Mrs. Bouchelle, widow of Benjamin Bouchelle, formerly employed here by the Philadelphia Electric Company, was born and raised in this city, moving to Philadelphia about 20 years ago. Survivors include, in addition to Mrs. Bowles, two other daughters, Mrs. William Hoffecker, of 200 Garvin Boulevard, Sharon Hill, and Mrs. Ella Sweeny, 1401 Melrose avenue, this city, and a son, Benjamin, of West Grove.
Internment at Lawn Croft Cemetery.