Bio: Chapman, George B. (1881)


Surnames: Chapman, Moon, Gilman, Mickles

----Source: History of Northern Wisconsin (Eau Claire County, Wis.) 1881, page 318

GEORGE B. CHAPMAN, came to Eau Claire in 1859 and was employed in Hall Bros. Bank until 1860; was then with the Jackson Bros., merchants, until 1864, when he engaged in mercantile business with D. R. Moon, under the firm name of G. B. Chapman & Co. In May, 1866, he purchased Mr. Moon's interest. In 1874, he and Mr. Gilman, who was connected with him in business, consolidated with the N. W. Lumber Co., which arrangement lasted until April, 1880, when they purchased the interest of the Lumber Co., and re-organized under the firm name of Geo. B. Chapman & Co., wholesale and retail dealers in general merchandise. They have an elevator at the depot, a store in Chippewa Falls, and deal heavily in coal and grain here. Mr. Chapman is vice-president of the Northwestern Lumber Co. He was born in Morgan, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, Feb. 13, 1837; went with his parents while an infant to Morgan Co., Ill., settling first near Waverly, and some five or six years later moving to Hancock County. When he was thirteen or fourteen years old the family went to Arkansas, and six years later he returned to Illinois, entered the corps of civil engineers, and was employed in the United States and Central America for three years. In January, 1859, he came to Eau Claire, where he was married to Mrs. Cornelia B. Mickles {nee Gilman), who was born in Ohio, and had one child, Josephine, by her former marriage. They have three children George B., Sally and Sidley. Mr. Chapman was Mayor two consecutive years.



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