Death of a Holyoke Deacon

by Laurel | February 4th, 2012

Chapin Stone, Chicopee Street Burying Ground

Chapin Stone, Chicopee Street Burying Ground

Note: while the obituary states the burial will be in Forestdale, it appears the burial may have actually been at the Chicopee Street Burying Ground and makes some sense as this Chapin family was originally from Chicopee.

04 February 1906

Chalmers Chapin Passes Away at His Home in Elmwood Suddenly After Being in Poor Health Some Weeks.

Deacon Chalmers Chapin
, 78, died suddenly yesterday morning about 9 at his home, 25 Lawler Street, Elmwood, in Holyoke, after a considerable period of poor health. He spoke to his wife just before 9 and then walked into another room and sat down, where he was found dead by her a few minutes after. He probably died almost instantly. He had been a deacon at the Second Congregational church since January 3, 1876, and at the annual meeting of the church last month was elected deacon for the 11th three-year term.

He was a man of high ideals and a faithful member of the church to which he belonged and had won the respect and confidence of the community in which he lived in a marked degree. In his earlier years he had held political office, being a member of the school board; and also a member of common council from ward 2 in 1876 under Mayor Pearsons, and in 1877 under Mayor Crafts. He had also been a candidate for representative on the republican ticket in the “double district” twice, and made a good showing in a hopelessly democratic section.

Chalmers Chapin was born August 10, 1827, in Chicopee. He was the son of Norman and Nancy (Williams) Chapin, his father being a contractor and is son working with him until he reached his majority. He then went to the Southworth paper company at Mittineague [sic] where he was employed for a score of years, coming to Holyoke about 1868, where he was in charge of the finishing department of the Holyoke Paper Company. In 1887 he was superintendent of the Union Paper Company, which position he held several years. He married March 21, 1840, Miss Amelia Stedman of Chicopee, who survives him, with three children, Edward C., Katherine and Elizabeth all of Holyoke. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. N. Augusta Chapin of Holyoke, and Miss Lydia Chapin of Springfield. He was a member of the Mount Tom Lodge of Masons. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 at his house, 25 Lawler street. Rev. Dr. E. A. Reed will officiate, and the burial will be in the Forestdale Cemetery.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican; image from Find-A-Grave, © Earl Munday.

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