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Fisher/Chronister Family of Pennsylvania

Updated August 24, 2004

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  • Snapshot of Mark Rowing a small boat (74 KB)
    On September 18, 1923, Mark Rapheal Chronister, the third child of 4 was born to Bernadette and Charles Chronister. He attended York Catholic Schools until the eleventh grade when he was forced to make a decision between school and work. On September 9th, 1940 a confrontation with the Vice Principal, a strict nun, who cornered Mark in her office so he wouldn't skip detention. To be on time for his caddying job, Mark was forced to leap out of the window. He dropped one story over a bicycle rack and escaped to Grandview Golf Course. He never finished schooling!
  • William & Irene Alloway (30 KB)
    Irene met William Alloway at a dance held by the American Chain and Cable company in York, PA. They married and raised two beautiful daughters and a son. She worked in the payroll department of PA&S Small feed company and a sewing factory during the years that Mary and Gladys were children.
  • Gladys as a young child (10 KB)
    Gladys was the second daughter to Irene and William Alloway. She was raised in a Luthern household in York, PA. Apart of the last mid-year class, she graduated from York High in December 1945.
  • Irene (Myers) Alloway (30 KB)
    Irene Myers holds her first granddaughter, Connie.
  • Bernadette Wagaman (433 KB)
    Bernadette Wagaman dressed for her first communion.
  • Grandma & Papa Chronister (24 KB)
    Gladys met Mark Chronister after he returned home from service in 1946. On their first date to a parade Mark lifted Gladys off her feet so she could peer over the crowd to watch the event. They went together for three years before their marrage on Oct. 1, 1949. Mark and Gladys bought their first home on Thomas Street in downtown York, where they lived for approximately 1 year. In the early 50's they bought their second house for only 14 thousand dollars on 42 Woodward Drive in York with their 2 small children Connie and Steve. Diane was born in 1958 and Rodney was born in 1960. In their retirement in the 1990s they sold their home on Woodward Drive and moved to 37 Haggarman Drive, Shilo Ridge retirement community. Mark and Gladys shared 52 years of marriage together.
  • Mark & Gladys with baby (51 KB)
    Mark & Gladys Chronister on church steps holding a baby, believed to be their neice Marsha or nephew Tommy rather than their first child, Connie.
  • Irene Myers with Connie and Steve Chronister (63 KB)
    Connie and Steve Chronister loved going to their grandparents house where they new ice cream awaited them!
  • Gladys and Bernadette Chronister (53 KB)
    Gladys and her new mother-in-law Bernadette Chronister standing together for a quick picture.
  • Hod & Gladys (78 KB)
    Mark (Hod) Chronister,age 23, at a picnic with his wife to be Gladys Alloway age 19.
  • Gladys Chronister dancing with Harry Gleed (22 KB)
    Gladys Chronister dancing with Harry Gleed at Sabrina Fisher and Rob Luta's wedding on October 5, 2002.
  • Romaine Chronister (100 KB)
    Mark Chronister's younger sister, Romaine was born in 1925. She married Jerry Harrison and together they had two children, Marsha and Tommy.
  • 1920 Census of Adams County, Pennsylvania (24 KB)
    In this peice of the 1920 Census of Adams County, Pennsylvania Charles Chronister's name appears on line 11. Charles is 31 years old at the time this census was taken. His wife, Bernadette, age 28 and two sons Joseph, age 3 and Charles Jr. age 1 also appear.
  • Mark Chronister in Japan (18 KB)
    His service included the Asiatic Pacific Theater from June 17, 1944 to December 23, 1945, Iheya Shima on June 9-10, 1944, Aguna on June 13-16, 1944, and Siapan July 14-24, 1944. Mark suffered no recorded wounds; however he contracted Malyria, and another stomache visus, which hospitalized him and threatened his life. He always felt that this suffering should have earned him the purple heart. His family loved him as if he had!
  • Mark Chronister & two war buddies (26 KB)
    Mark entered into the United States Marine Corps on February 26, 1943, enlisting at the R.S. Philadelphia, PA recruitment center. The service school Mark attended was Camp Lejuene, in NC with the 2nd Marine Division where he acheived the weapons qualification of Sharpshooter. His special military qualifications were Mortar Crewman and Guard Patrolman.
  • Mark as a young Marine (53 KB)
    He participated in action against the enemy at Titian from July 24, 1944 to August 10,1944; skirmishes in Okinawa from April 1, 1945 to April 14, 1945, and engagements from June 16, 1945 to July 2, 1945. For these battles Mark was Awarded a Certificate of Satisfactory Service, and a Good Conduct Medal. Mark's military serial number was 803857. His total length of foreign service was 1 year, 6 months, 6 days. Upon his discharge from Bainbridge, MD, he received a monthly rate of pay of $60.
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