|Chester Morton Jr.|
|The Hardy Boys character|
|First appearance||The Hardy Boys #1 The Tower Treasure (1927)|
|Occupation||High school student|
|Relatives||Father: Chester Morton Sr.
Mother: Jill Morton (nee Kenyon)
Sister: Iola Morton
Uncle: Jim Kenyon
Cousin Bill Morton
Chet grew up with Frank and Joe Hardy (the Hardy Boys of the title) and has been one of their best friends since second grade. He usually says he doesn't want to have anything to do with the Hardy boys' mysteries, but ends up working with them anyway. He lives on a farm with his parents and sister, Iola Morton, just outside of Bayport. Iola dates Joe Hardy through many of the books.
Chet is referred to in The Hardy Boys series as "big boy", fat, plump, chubby, stout, heavy-set, chunky, "the chubby one", and round. He is any or all of the aforementioned with curly red (sometimes blond) hair, a broad, wide nose, freckles and a doughy face. Chet has a weakness for food, and is known to say "and lots of it". He enjoys strawberry sodas and comic books, and is rarely seen without an apple or a pocketful of cookies. He has a liking for Aunt Gertrude's cooking, and often eats it while at the Hardys' house. He owns an old yellow jalopy he named Queen. It is also said in the books that he plays center on Bayport's high school varsity football team. Throughout the series, he does make some costly mistakes, but he is quickly forgiven.
Chet tends to pick up new hobbies in each book, and sometimes they are connected in some way to the mystery in the novel. One example can be seen in the book Mystery of the Whale Tattoo in which the Hardy boys are deeply involved in a mystery of a missing valuable figurine that had been stolen years before by a gang of thieves who were known for having whale tattoos and using names of whales as aliases. In the book, Chet Morton's hobby is scrimshaw, and Chet uses his knowledge of whales and of scrimshaw to help the boys piece together the members of the gang. Chet also had a knack for crossword puzzles. Often throughout mysteries Chet could be found in a comfortable spot trying to figure out a crossword puzzle while Joe and Frank Hardy were stuck in some inopportune situation.
List of Chet's hobbies
A list of Chet's hobbies by book:
Chet in the spin-off series
Chet’s role is lessened in the Casefiles and Undercover Brothers series, although he does occasionally help Frank and Joe out on Network cases and ATAC (American Teens Against Crime) missions - not that he ever knows of either organization.
Chet plays even less of a role in the cross-overs; in fact he does not appear in any books in the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys SuperMystery series or the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra-Thriller series. In "Hardy Boys and The Friar Tuck House" series, Chet plays a pretty big role until Daphne takes charge of the story.
The Chet Morton series
Chet is one of the most popular characters in The Hardy Boys. In fact, by the mid-sixties, Chet had become so popular that in 1965 the Stratemeyer Syndicate was planning to develop a series about him and his hobbies.
It seems that the Stratemeyer Syndicate did a lot of work on this series (even some complete chapters were written), yet the Syndicate never began publishing it.
A list of proposed titles in the Chet Morton series were found in the Stratemeyer Archives at the New York Public Library.
- 1. Chet Morton and the Funny Putty Caper
- 2. Chet Morton and the Talking Turkey
- 3. Chet Morton and the Mighty Muscle Builder
- 4. Chet Morton and the Stolen Flea Circus
- 5. Chet Morton and his Electronic Exam Passer
- 6. Chet Morton and his Bird-Brain Blimp
- 7. Chet Morton and the Monkey’s Uncle
- 8. Chet Morton and the Flying Fruitcake
- 9. Chet Morton and the Mystery at Tucks Cove
- 10 Chet Morton and the Mystery at the Friar Tuck House
- 11 Chet Morton and the Mystery of Ben's Bat
As shown by the titles this series was going to be a lot more humorous than The Hardy Boys series.