was born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts,
where he went to local schools graduating
in 1959. It was while attending Lowell Technical
Institute that he first came to Franconia
while on a ski club sponsored trip. Ironically,
he stayed just down the road at Tamarack
Lodge. After a tour of duty in the US Navy, he returned home and went to work
for Lyons Press, a family owned printing
company, located in Marlborough, Massachusetts,
from which he retired in 1998.
Sue was born in nearby Littleton, New Hampshire,
and raised here on the Lodge property, next
door in the "red house". She graduated
from Stoneleigh-Prospect Hill School in
Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Wheelock
College in Boston.
returned to Franconia each winter weekend
to ski as a member of the Bumps & Bruises
Ski Club and a director and officer
in the Eastern Inter-Club Ski League of
Boston. In March of 1969, while volunteering as
a race worker at the Eastern Championships,
he met Sue who was teaching 1st and 2nd
grades on Sugar Hill. They were married
later that same year and lived in Southborough,
Massachusetts, until 1998.
Their daughters Rebecca and Sarah were born
in 1973 and 1977 respectively. It was only
natural that the girls would gravitate to
skiing in NH. Both received their training
through the Franconia Ski Club and each
graduated magna cum laude from Plymouth
State College where they skied for the Plymouth
Ski Team. They are both married now, living
in Colorado and New Hampshire and each has two children.
While Chet was at the Lyons Press he was
active as a Marlborough Rotarian. Annually
he and Sue hosted visitors from around the
world as part of Rotary’s Group Study
Exchange. This program fostered their penchant
for welcoming guests, leading them to return
to Franconia permanently to operate the
Lodge as a B&B. In 1999, they set to
work restoring the rooms, removing old paint
and wallpaper, and starting anew. From November
into April, Chet is employed as the Race
Administrator for the Franconia Ski Club.
Two or three days a week, as soon as the
snow melts, you’ll find him chasing
a small white ball around the Bethlehem
Country Club. As time permits, there is
an endless list of projects to be done.
Sue can be found cosmetically improving
some room, refinishing a piece of furniture
or skiing in the winter, and gardening (flower
and vegetable) and renovating the house
in milder weather.