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Chester Sessions Day
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1867
Death: Jan. 31, 1944

Source: Moses H. Day Will, dated Feb. 1, 1882.

Chester Sessions Day, an Honorary Life Associate of the American Ornithologists' Union, died in Boston, Massachusetts on, January 31, 1944. He had been in failing health for the past few years, with various complications which finally caused his death.

He was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on, January 15, 1867, a younger son of Moses Henry Day and Sarah Frances Brown, both of Roxbury. After attending grammar schools in that town, with a year or two at the Roxbury Latin School, he entered the English High School and graduated with the class of 1886. He began work in the broker's office of Brewster, Cobb and Estabrook, but left about 1890 to take an interest in the G. J. Jager Co., in the business of installing windmills and other waterworks. He left the Jager Go. about 1918, and since that time was employed as broker's clerk and salesman with Boston brokerage houses, most recently with Draper, Sears and Co.

In earlier life, he had held memberships in the Boston Athletic Association, the Algonquin Club, and the Brookline Country Club, being fond of golf and other outdoor sports. He was an ardent sportsman and a good shot, and he usually spent parts of his vacations on Cape Cod, shooting shorebirds when they were in season and hunting quail on the uplands, for which purpose he had a good bird dog. His interest in birds began in boyhood, making collections of eggs and birdskins.

In later years, his interests centered in collecting the eggs of hawks and owls, which he accumulated in large series. A few years before his death, he presented his
collection of eggs to the Museum of Comparative Zoology in Cambridge. His early associate in ornithology was Herbert K. Job, who made a trip with him to the Magdalen Islands and the Bird Rocks.

I first met Chester Day at Oak Lodge, on the east coast of Florida, where he had come in 1902 to join Mr. Job and me in photographing and collecting birds and eggs on Pelican Island and in the heron colonies in the interior marshes. The following year, we explored extreme southern Florida, including the Cuthbert Lake rookery, the Cape Sable region and some of the Keys, with Guy Bradley, the martyred warden, as guide. In 1905, the same trio spent the nesting season in southwestern Saskatchewan, living on the ranches, driving many miles over the then open plains and collecting in the timber belts along the streams and around the lakes and sloughs, which in those days were teeming with bird life.

On November 12, 1907, he was married to Bertha Stevens of Malden, and settled down to quiet home life. From that time on, he made no more long trips, but for the next thirty-five years he seldom failed to spend a few days with me each season hunting for nests of hawks and owls in our local woods. He had great enthusiasm for this, was very keen and persistent in finding the nests and was a good climber; he kept this up as long as he was able to walk.

Chester Day was a cultured gentleman of unusual refinement and always immaculate in appearance, even while camping in the wilds of Florida. His delightful personality made him a host of friends, to whom he was always most loyal. His gentleness and quiet modesty often restrained him from publicity and prevented his name appearing in print.
But among those who knew him best he was ever a charming companion and a most welcome guest.

He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Carolyn Thornquist, a granddaughter, a sister, Miss Annie F. Day, and a brother, Nathan B. Day.--A. C. BENT 
 
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 Parents:
  Moses Henry Day (1832 - 1882)
  Sarah Frances Brown Day (1832 - 1909)
 
 Spouse:
  Bertha Stevens Day (1873 - 1960)
 
 Children:
  Carolyn Day Thornquist (1910 - 2004)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Louise Day (1857 - 1936)*
  Moses Henry Day (1860 - 1932)*
  Annie Frances Day (1861 - 1950)*
  Carrie Elizabeth Day (1865 - 1923)*
  Chester Sessions Day (1867 - 1944)
  Sarah Grosvenor Day (1868 - 1908)*
  Nathan Brown Day (1870 - 1944)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory
Jamaica Plain
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Section 19, Lot 3439, # 6
 
Created by: Glenn Wallace
Record added: Feb 06, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24440224
Chester Sessions Day
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