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Biography - FRANK O. CHAPMAN

Frank O. Chapman, proprietor of Willow Stock Farm, on section 33, Miller township, LaSalle county, Illinois, is one of the representative and popular citizens of this county. The salient points in regard to his life are as follows:

Frank O. Chapman was born on the old Chapman homestead in Miller township, LaSalle county, Illinois, April 19, i860, a son of Hiram Chapman and grandson of Amasa Chapman, who were members of a New York family. Hiram Chapman was born in New York in 1824, was married in his native state to Miss Ann E. Davis, and a few years later came west with his wife and two little children and settled in LaSalle county, when this section of the country was nearly all in its primitive state. Here he purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land, to which he added in after years until his farm was one of the largest in the county. His eldest son, George, resides in Odell, Illinois. The other three sons - Otis L., Hosmer and Frank O. - all have farms in this township. The only daughter of the family, Delia, died at the age of twenty-two years. The father died in 1898, at the age of seventy-four years. The mother was fifty-four when she died, in 1882.

Our direct subject, Frank O., received his early training in the public schools and finished his education with a course in the Normal school at Morris, Illinois. He has never turned aside from the occupation in which he was reared, and as the proprietor of Willow Stock Farm is doing a business and has a place in which he has just reason to take pride, his farm being one of the very best in the county. Mr. Chapman has for several years made a specialty of raising Poland-China hogs, and has sold hogs throughout this state, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.

Mr. Chapman has been twice married. December 23, 1883, he wedded Miss Emma Snyder, daughter of John Snyder, deceased. She died in August, 1885, leaving one child, a son, Elmer E. April 19, 1888, Mr. Chapman married for his second wife Miss Fanny I. Harris,, daughter of Isaac Harris, of Miller township, LaSalle county. The present Mrs. Chapman was, previous to her marriage, a successful teacher. This union has been blessed in the birth of four children, - Clyde, Walter, Harold and Sina Luthera.

Mr. Chapman gives his support politically to the Republican party.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 39-40.

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