Chicopee 1950-1975 book
Chicopee 1950-1975 Book
by Stephen R. Jendrysik
On September 19, 1939, Chicopee mayor Anthony J. Stonina was sitting at his desk wiping away tears. The three-term mayor had just finished reading a brief letter from the US War Department. The seven square miles of Chicopee’s tobacco plains had been selected as the site for the Northeast base of the Army Air Corps. The city was destined to permanently be a “City with Wings.” In 1942, the facility, already the largest air base in the country, was named to honor the memory of military aviation pioneer Maj. Gen. Oscar Westover. Chicopee: 1950–1975 tells the story of a three-decade Cold War relationship between the Strategic Air Command of the US Air Force and its considerable impact on a small New England city. It is the story of a community’s initial misgivings growing into a beneficial symbiotic relationship, which continues to this day.
Brief Author Bio: Stephen R. Jendrysik, a lifelong resident of Chicopee, taught US history at Chicopee Comprehensive High School for 40 years. He teaches a community history course at the Elms College and serves as chairman of the Chicopee Historical Commission. He has written 4 books about the City of Chicopee. Stephen R. Jendrysik is the president of the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association and a longtime member of Chicopee Historical Commission. He retired in 2003, completing a forty-year career in the Chicopee public schools.
Thank-You Mr. Jendrysik for the many years of your dedication to educating Chicopee students!
- Published: 02/13/2012
- Author: Stephen R. Jendrysik
- ISBN 978-0-7385-7661-9
- Publisher: Arcadia Publishing