FREDERICK WILLIAM CHICHESTER. One of the foremost business men of Greensburg in Frederick William Chichester. He is a representative of an old New England family which has been for tow hundred years resident in Fairfield county, Connecticut. His great-great-grandfather Abraham Chichester, is mentioned in the annals of the Revolutionary was as a colonel in the Patriot army. The race has been largely engaged in the sphere of commerce. George Alone Chichester, a cattle drover, was the father of George Edward Chichester, who is a leaf-tobacco merchant of Danbury, Connecticut. He married Fannie Van Valor De Klan, and four children were born to them, three of whom survive: Frederick William of whom later; Edward G., a broker in Pittsburgh; and Mary Antoinette at home.
Frederick William Chichester, son of George Edward and Fannie Van Valor (De Klan) Chichester, was born August 9, 1873, in Danbury Connecticut, where he received his education in the public schools. From early boyhood he had the advantage of the thorough business training under the guidance of his father, and in 1890 was offered and accepted a position as general bookkeeper with the Danbury National Bank, where he remained four years. In 1894 he went on the road for his father, covering territory extending from New York city to Omaha, Nebraska. After working in the capacity for about two years he went to Pittsburg, where he as associated with a coal company until 1898. He then removed to Greensburg, where he engaged with the firm of Maxwell & Wildman, succeeding that firm under name of Chichester & Hudson. In 1902 he engaged in the wholesale grocery business and has since organized the Westmoreland Grocery, and incorporated company, and the pioneers of the wholesale grocery business in Westmoreland county. The enterprise has prospered beyond the expectations of its originators and the business is growing rapidly. Mr.. Chichester is a member of Union Lodge, No. 40, F. and A. M., and Eureka Chapter No. 10, both of Danbury, Connecticut. He also belongs to Pittsburg Commandery, No. I, K. T., Syria Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., both of Pittsburg, in addition to being identified with Greensburg Lodge, No. 511, B. P. O. E. He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal church. Mr. Chichester married in 1901 Laura, daughter of Josiah Wagner, a prominent farmer of Irwin, Pennsylvania, one child, George DeKlyn.
Source Pages 36 & 37 History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N. Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906
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