Monthly Archives: September 2016


Senator Dinniman to Honor Local Historymakers

Join us Tuesday, October 4, 7-8:00 p.m. as PA State Senator Andrew Dinniman honors two local men who made Chester County history: Joseph Pyle and Richard J. “Dick” Hutton. Senator Dinniman will unveil two new bookmarks dedicated to them in his special “Today a Reader … Tomorrow a Leader” series featuring notable citizens of Chester County. Refreshments will be available and no registration is needed for this free event. All are welcome!

Joseph Pyle, born in 1836, has been called the “Father of West Grove.” He was a local businessman and public servant who built many of the town’s most historic buildings. He served as Burgess (Mayor) from 1900 to 1903.

Dick Hutton (1924-2003) was the former president and CEO of the Conard-Pyle Company, a major West Grove business. He joined the Navy during World War II and afterwards spent his whole professional career with Conard-Pyle (Star Roses). He was active in national nursery organizations as well as in his local community, and was a generous supporter of Avon Grove Library.