George A. Chapman, a farmer and stockman, whose efforts of industry and thrift have been rewarded with a good property’ holding, lives one fourth of a mile west from Fletcher, and is one of the substantial and leading men of the section. He was born in Tama County, Iowa, on June 9, 1874, being the son of Thomas C. and Matilda J. (Hall) Chapman, whose efforts of industry and thrift have been parents were pioneers of that state and Iowa. The mother of our subject was born in 1848, in Pennsylvania, and her parents were pioneers in that state and Iowa, and her mother is living in Iowa aged over eighty. When George was ten the family came to Buffalo County, Nebraska, and there he completed his education. In 1893, he came with his parents to Troy, Latah County, and in April, 1896, took his present place as a homestead. This has been the home since that time and it is a well improved and valuable place, sixty acres being under cultivation, while he also farms eighty acres adjoining. He handles many hogs, having fine thoroughbred Poland China and Berkshire.

On July 11, 1900, Mr. Chapman married Miss Norah E., daughter of Richard C. and Mary E. (Tipton) Young. Mrs. Chapman was born in Dayton, Washington, on September 3, 1879, and has the following named brothers and sisters: Jonathan T., Frank. Edward K. Alexander. David H., John W., Charles C, James J., India Dove, Amelia E. Clark, Rosie B. Young. Maggie J. Davis. Mr. Chapman has seven brothers and sisters. Agnes S. Willoughby, William E., Roy T., Irene Nichols, Lola, Minnie Regan, Jessie. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Chapman, Ivan S., born April 7, 1901; Edna, born May 17. 1902. Mr. Chapman is a Republican and active in the campaigns. Fraternally he is affiliated with the W. W. Phiney Camp No. 492, of Fletcher. Mr. Young was born in Rush County, Indiana, on June 11, 1831, and bis wife was born in Ohio, October 28, 1834. Mr. Young’s father, Alex Young, came from his native land, Scotland, to Virginia, thence to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, thence to Fleming County, Kentucky, where he married.

He took part in the war of 1812 and received a forty acre tract of land in Washington County, Iowa, for his services. Thither the family came and Richard was reared and educated there. He enlisted in the Eighth Iowa Infantry on August 10, 1861, and was honorably discharged on June 11, 1864, having done excellent service. He was in Missouri under Fremont and McKenzie, participated in the conflict of Pittsburg Landing, was captured and languished at Macon, Georgia, for sixty days before he was exchanged and his company reorganized at St. Louis. He fought through the battles on the Mississippi, was at Champion Hill and Vicksburg. His company was after Johnson when he retreated.

He was discharged at Davenport, Iowa, on account of sickness and continued to live in Iowa until 1869. Then came a move to Kansas, whence he came to Oregon, in June, 1877, following which he went to Columbia County, Washington, and finally to Whitman County. In June, 1897, he removed to Fletcher, where he now resides.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903