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Location
Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana
SW corner of US 31 and 196th St
40 04' 18"N     86 07' 43.09"W
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"The ground upon which the meeting house was built was donated to the church by Allen Tomlinson to Joseph Moore, Allen Tomlinson and Noah Tomlinson, as trustees in 1859.  In the erection of this edifice the labor was donated by the members.  A part of the house was used for a school room for eight years."   [S1, page 323]
The Friends Church and school building (School # 17) are shown on the 1880 Washington Township map in their current location, on the land of Allen Tomlinson who provided the land for them both - They are located north of Westfield on the Lick Creek Gravel Road, north of Westfield about 2 miles. [S2, between pages 134, 135]

On this map the Church is shown in the Northeast corner of the current Cemetery property and the School is to the west
Chester Cemetery Entrance Sign - Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana - "Chester Friends Cemetery - Site of Chester Friends Meetinghouse 1859-1936 - Site of Chester Public School 1869-1896"
School in existence:  1869-1896 - I1,
Many of the older people of the
county will remember the schoolhouse as it used to stand beside
the Chester meeting house, which still occupies its old site.  S3,
A. G. Stanley, corresponding secretary of the teachers' association
and who taught the Chester School and who issued the celebrated
slate-cover order is now engaged and has been for several weeks as teacher
in Intermediate B of the Noblesville schools, his time at Chester
having expired. He is a first-class teacher.  S4,
 
 
 

 

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S1 Haines, John F. History of Hamilton County, Indiana...... Indianapolis, Indiana: B. F. Bowen, 1915, Bk2922 - Doc 0245.pdf
S2 Helm, T B. History of Hamilton County, Indiana, Reprint . Chicago, Evansville, IN: Kingman Brothers, Unigraphic, 1880, 1976. Bk1604 Archive.org - Read Online
S3 "Out of the Ordinary", (Alice Tomlinson Baber and Chester School). Noblesville Ledger (Noblesville, Indiana), 4 Aug 1933, Page 1, Col. 1. https://www.newspapers.com/image/353572816 , accessed 18 March 2019, Doc5181.pdf

OUT OF THE ORDINARY
Mrs. Alice Tomlinson Baber,
wife of Wallace Baber, is enjoying an experience not permitted
to many women. Her beautiful country home is the old Chester
school-house remodeled, and made into a commodious, comfortable
and beautiful residence. Many of the older people of the
county will remember the schoolhouse as it used to stand beside
the Chester meeting house, which still occupies its old site.
When Mrs. Baber was a little girl she received her introduction to
School life in this house and spent many happy and useful years
there. Later, when she entered the ranks of the teaching
profession, back to this building she came and taught
the children of her former friends and neighbors. Now she
greatly enjoys entertaining her friends in it and telling
them the story. It is always a pleasure to the various clubs
and associations when asked to meet here. Naturally
Mrs. Baber is greatly attached to her home.
 
S4 "70 Years Ago", Chester School, A. G. Stanley, March 1873. Noblesville Daily Ledger (Noblesville, Indiana), Friday 12 March 1943, page 4, Col. 1. https://www.newspapers.com/image/353748040 , accessed 19 March 2019. Doc5182.pdf

70 YEARS AGO
A. G. Stanley, corresponding secretary of the teachers' association
and who taught the Chester School and who issued the celebrated
slate-cover order is now engaged and has been for several weeks as teacher
in Intermediate B of the Noblesville schools, his time at Chester
having expired. He is a first-class teacher.
 
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