A Biographical Dictionary of

Leading Living Men of the City of Detroit

Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis


A. N. Marquis & Company


Copyright, 1908 by Albert Nelson Marquis

Pages 105 - 107

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Many Thanks to Jan Damann for transcribing this work.

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CHAPIN, Roy Dikeman, manufacturer of automobiles; born Lansing, Mich., Feb. 23, 1880; son of Edward C. Chapin and Ella (King) Chapin; graduate of Lansing High School and attended University of Michigan; unmarried. Has been engaged in the manufacture of automobiles in Detroit since Feb., 1901; general sales manager Olds Motor Works, 1904-06; now treasurer and general manager, E. R. Thomas Detroit Co., makers of motor cars; president Fairview Improvement Association; member executive committee National Association Automobile Manufacturers; member Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Clubs: University, Detroit Club, Automobile Club (Detroit), Country Club of Detroit, Detroit Boat Club, Detroit Boat Club Yachtsmen. Recreations: Automobiling, outdoor sports. Identified with national movement for good roads. Office: E. R. Thomas Detroit Co. Residence: 525 Jefferson Av.

CHAPMAN, Edward F., manager Michigan Inspection Bureau, fire insurance; born, New Haven, Conn., June 22, 1839; son of Russell and Maria (Ives) Chapman; educated in public schools and in private schools of L. M. Mills and Dr. Thomas, New Haven, Conn.; married, Thorndike, Mass., Aug. 24, 1875, Ella L. Leete. Began active career as member of firm of R. Chapman & Sons, New Haven, 1866; was in charge of fire insurance agency, New Haven, 1873; special agent Phoenix and Queen Insurance co's, Chicago, 1878; secretary Board of Fire Underwriters, Cleveland, 1886; inspector Michigan Inspection Bureau Detroit, 1891, and since 1906 has been owner and manager of the bureau. Was member 2nd Regt., Conn. Vols., 1861. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Mason (32), Shriner. Member Detroit Post No. 384, G. A. R. Office: Wayne County Bank Bldg. Residence: 687 Trumbull Av.

CHAPMAN, Glenn L., fire insurance; born, Lowell, Mich., Mar. 5, 1870; son of Edwin A. and Jennie A. Chapman; graduate Lansing (Mich.) High School, 1888, and Literary Department, University of Michigan, B.L., and state teacher's certificate, June, 1892; married, Detroit, Sept. 8, 1899, Amanda L. Chapman. Was reporter on Detroit Evening News, 1892-93; state editor Detroit Tribune, 1894-1900; municipal and political reporter Detroit Free Press, 1900-03; served a year and a half as assistant to secretary of the Detroit Board of Education; acquired half interest in fire insurance business of A.E. Whitebeck, Sept. 1, 1905, the business being consolidated, June 1, 1907, with that of Chandler & Burwell under firm name of Whitebeck, Burwell & Chapman, and covering fire, plate glass, boiler and liability insurance. Recreation: Yachting. Office: 7-9 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 226 Wreford Av.

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CHAPOTON, Edmund A., physician; born, Detroit, Nov. 15, 1852; son of Hon. Alexis and Felice (Montreuil) Chapoton; educated in private school; St. John's College, New York, graduating Degree of A. B., 1872; Detroit Medical College, degree of M.,D., 1875; post graduate courses, Berlin and Paris, 1875 and 1876; married at South Bend, Ind., Sept. 18, 1883, Martha M. Sherland. Has been engaged in practice in Detroit since 1876; professor practice of medicine in Detroit College of medicine for 20 years; member Detroit Board of Health, 1888-92, Detroit Fire Commission since 1907. President Angora Knitting Co.; director Detroit Savings Bank. Member Wayne County Medical Society, American Medical Association. Republican. Roman Catholic. Member Knights of Columbus. Office: 372 Woodward Av. Residence: 370 Woodward Av.

CHAPOTON, Edward J., contractor; born, Detroit, Sept. 18, 1884; son of A., Jr., and Marion (Peltier) Chapoton; educated at Detroit College; unmarried. Began active career as associate with his father, the late A. Chapoton, Jr., contracting and building, in summer of 1904; succeeded to the business upon death of his father, Sept., 1906. Represents Member Detroit Builders' and Traders' Exchange. Catholic. Recreations: Tennis and boating. Office: 40 W. Fort St.  Residence: 153 E. Congress St.

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CHASE, Charles Sherwin, lawyer; born, Springfield, Vt., Jan 8, 1866; son of Barton Walker and Sarah J. (Sherwin) Chase; educated in public schools of Detroit and at University of Michigan, graduating, degree of L.L.B., 1887; unmarried. Has been engaged in practice since July, 1887. Member Detroit Bar Association. Republican. Unitarian. Member Masonic order. Clubs: Fellowcraft, Detroit Golf, Country, Detroit Automobile. Recreations: Gold and automobiling. Office: 919 Hammond Bldg. Residence: Charlevoix Apts.

CHASE, Richard B., born, Medina, N. Y., Feb. 7, 1870; son of Noah Clark and Estelle (Sherman) Chase; educated in public schools of Chicago and at military academy; married at Chicago, Dec. 25, 1895, Minna Berlet. Was general agent refrigerator car department Gould System Ry. Lines at Kalamazoo, 1889, Chicago, 1890, Atlanta, Ga., 1893, Dallas, Tex., 1897, Detroit, 1900; became interested in coal mining property in Ohio which led to organization of firm of Ayres & Chase, of which he is a member, identified with mining property in Canadian territory. Member Michigan, Indiana and Ohio Coal Association, Cleveland Coal Club, Ontario (Can.) Coal Association. Christian Scientist. Member Palestine Blue Lodge, F. & A. M., Michigan Sovereign Consistory, Mystic Shrine. Recreations: Fishing, lawn tennis. Office: 214 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 44 Ferry Av.,W.

CHEESEMAN, Lester H., manufacturer and jobber of fiber and building papers; born, Lowell, Mich., Dec. 6, 1861; son of James and Julia (Howe) Cheeseman; educated in public and high schools of Lowell; married, Lowell, Aug. 17, 1881, Carrie A. Winegar. Began active career as traveling salesman for the Cleveland Paper Co. and continued 11 1/2 years; was vice president and selling agent for 5 1/2 years of the Michigan Bag & Paper Co., Jackson, Mich.; has been at the head of L. H. Cheeseman & Co., manufacturers of building papers, Detroit, since 1897; also president and manager Petoskey Fibre Paper Co., Petoskey, Mich., and director Cheeseman Paper Co., Detroit. Republican. Methodist. Recreations: Fishing and camping.  Office: 65-67 Jefferson Av. Residence: 2050 Woodward Av.

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CHENEVERT, Charles T., vice president Detroit Wire Spring Co.; born, Defiance, O., May 15, 1884; son of Charles J. and Lillian M. (Lindenberger) Chenevert; educated at University of Michigan; unmarried. Has been identified with the Detroit Wire Spring Co. since beginning his business career in Feb., 1907. Episcopalian. Recreations: Outdoor sports.  Office: 305 Congress St.,W. Residence: Pasadena Apts.

CHENEVERT, John Dunn, secretary and treasurer Detroit Wire Spring Co.; born, Defiance, O., Jan. 12, 1879; son of Charles J. and Lillian M. (Lindenberger) Chenevert; graduate Harvard, degree of B.A., 1906; unmarried. Came to Detroit, Jan., 1907, and has been connected with the Detroit Wire Spring Co. since Feb. of that year. Episcopalian. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Office: 305 Congress St., W. Residence: Pasadena Apts.

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CHENEY, Charles Erza, lumber manufacturer; born, Wayne, Mich., May 4, 1866; son of John and Phiana (Harris) Cheney; educated in Wayne High School, State Normal School one year and Kalamazoo College 4 years; married at Alpena, July 16, 1891, Hattie Lorena Potter. Organized the Huron Handle & Lumber Co., 1896, and built the first exclusive hardwood mill on Lake Huron at Alpena; organized the Huron Handle & Manufacturing Co., of Onaway, and acquired upwards of 20,000 acres of hardwood lands, 1900; organized the Forrester & Cheney Co., Detroit, 1901, and in 1902 built the large knitting factory corner 3rd and Porter Sts., the factory being consolidated with the United Knitting Co. of Cleveland, O., in 1906; organized the Cheney Lumber Co., Ltd., of Monroe, La., and acquired upwards of 100 million feet of cypress and pine timber, now building saw mills, shingle and lath mills, railroad, etc., to operate the same. President and general manager Cheney Lumber Co., Ltd.; secretary and treasurer Forrester & Cheney Co.; director United Knitting Co. Republican. Baptist. York and Scottish Rite Mason (32), Knight Templar, Shriner. Clubs: Fellowcraft, Detroit Yacht (life member). Recreations: Outdoor sports and automobiling. Office: Cor. 3rd and Porter Sts., Detroit. Residence: Alpena, Michigan.

CHESTER, John Webb; born, Detroit, Dec. 24, 1842; son of John and Catherine Maria (Merell) Chester; prepared for college in Dr. Soldan's private school; A. B., Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y., 1864, M.A., 1868; married at Pass Christian, Miss., Nov. 12, 1891, Mary Wilson Finley. Acted as assistant bookkeeper for T. H. & J. Hinchman, 1864-66; in general store, Jonesboro, Ill., 1866-7; assistant bookkeeper T. H. Hinchman & Sons, fall of 1867, and later in charge city department of the wholesale department of the firm; became bookkeeper in agency Mutual Life Insurance Co., 1873, and solicitor, 1884-94; has been in investment business since 1894. Episcopalian. Member Sigma Phi, Sons of American Revolution. Club: Detroit Boat. Recreations: Outdoor sports. Residence: 31 Eliot St.

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