October 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM
CHATHAM, NJ - The Henrich family has been delivering the news in Chatham since 1912.
On Thursday, Oct. 31, Gregory T. Henrich will be making news by closing the Chatham News Service after 101 years. The stand serves commuters riding out of the Chatham Train Station.
Charles Henrich founded the Chatham News Service in 1912 and handed over the business to his son, Harold, followed by his son, Gregory, who has been the sole proprieter for the last 47 years.
Gregory Henrich began working at the age of 12, making home deliveries, and took the business over from his father in 1966.
"As soon as I got back from my honeymoon, my father took off for Florida," Henrich said. "It was tough working seven days a week for 40 years, including Christmas and New Year's. I'm going deer hunting in November and I hope to do more of that in the future. I also have a place in Northern New Hampshire and I plan to spend more time there."
Jane Devlin, a resident of Chatham Township, stopped by on Monday morning to say goodbye to Henrich and thank him for being such a big part of the community for so many years,.
"He helped plan a surprise morning birthday for my sister right here in the train station," Devlin said. "I do not even commute to the city, but whenever I stop in, he makes me feel as welcome as all of his everyday patrons. I had to stop by today and wish him well and let him know how sad I feel about him going."
On Monday night, the Chatham Borough Council passed a resolution recognizing Henrich and the Chatham News Service for its years of service to the community. On Wednesday, Mayor Bruce Harris gathered at the train station to show their appreciation and say goodbye.
"I'll miss the people the most," said Henrich, a resident of Chatham for 65 years. "A lot of very nice people come through here. There were a lot of good times."
A restaurant is slated to move into the train station in the near future and Henrich hopes the proprieters will be able to keep the news stand open.
"They kept the newstand in Short Hills when they put the restaurant in there," Henrich said. "I hope they can do that here."