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Source: NMHS Newssheet May 2004

The Chester School Building, from Dr. Bunker

The Chester School Building was built in 1902 housing eight grades for nearby pupils and a High School for all of Chester Township. The cost of the six-room, two-story brick building was $9,195.00. Ground had been purchased for $350.00, Equipment cost $2,000 including seats and desks $650.00, school bell and black boards $100. Spurgeon & Grossnickle were the builders and Hosea Little contracted for the slate roof.

Alvin Ulrey was the first Superintendent. The first High School class graduating in 1904 consisted of twins, Dayton & Clayton Ulrey.

The building was torn down in 1928-9 to be replaced by another building in 1929.