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Harry Seward Chester


"The son of John B. and Elizabeth Chester, Harry Seward Chester was born in Westfield, Mass., in Jan. 23, 1862. He settled in Elkhart, Ind., in 1881 and entered the practice of law. He married Jennie Ryder on Dec. 28, 1892, and they had two sons, John and Robert. Chester was elected Elkhart city clerk, 1886; was reelected; and served as county clerk, 1892. He helped organize Modern Samaritans of the World, wrote several comic operas, and was a delegate to the Democratic Convention in Chicago. At the time of his death on March 19, 1906, he was a member of the monument firm of Cook and Chester." [Donald E. Thompson, Indiana Authors and Their Books 1917-1966 116 (Crawfordsville, Indiana: Wabash College, 1974)]


Harry Steward Chester, "When the Light Goes Out," and Other Poems (Elkhart, Indiana, 1900)