Biography of Joseph B. La Chapelle
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Joseph B. La Chapelle, who is filling the office of city clerk, was called to this position in 1911 and has since been the incumbent, making a most creditable record by the prompt and faithful discharge of his duties. He was born in St. Albans, Vermont, December 30, 1860, his parents being E. and Sophia (Blanchard) La Chapelle, the former a native of France, while the latter was born in Canada and is of French descent. The father was a cabinetmaker and carpenter by trade and on crossing the Atlantic in 1836 made his way to Canada, where he resided and worked at his trade for twenty one years, or until 1857. He then removed to Vermont and afterward lived successively in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The year 1877 witnessed his arrival in Holt county, Nebraska, where he secured a homestead which he continued to develop and improve until 1885. He then disposed of his land and returned to Worcester, Massachusetts, where his remaining days were passed, his death occurring in 1886. For eleven years he had survived his wife, who died in the year 1875.

Joseph B. La Chapelle pursued his education in the schools of Bristol, Rhode Island, and when he had attained his majority he left home and gave his attention to newspaper work. Making his way to the west, he was employed on the Omaha Bee and also on the World-Herald, remaining in that connection for five years. On the expiration of that period he went to Glenwood, Iowa, and purchased a newspaper, which he continued to publish for a number of years. He afterward published several other papers and in December, 1896, came to Ashland, removing his plant to this place from Glenwood, Iowa. Here he continued to conduct a printing office for ten years, but in February, 1907, his plant was destroyed by fire and he did not again engage in that business. Before removing to Ashland he was the publisher of a paper at Tabor and also at Randolph and at Sidney, Iowa. Following the fire he turned his attention to the real estate business, in which he has since been engaged. He is thoroughly acquainted with property values and his enterprising methods have brought to him growing success.

On the 2d of July, 1885, Mr. La Chapelle was united in marriage to Miss Rose Lyon, a daughter of H. R. and Sarah Jane (Carnes) Lyon, who were natives of Vermont and Pennsylvania respectively. Her father was a Civil war veteran, having served with the Forty second Illinois Infantry for three years, after which he was transferred to a Kansas regiment. When the war was over he removed to Glenwood, Iowa, where he has since conducted a windmill and pump business. Mr. and Mrs. La Chapelle have become the parents of two sons. Robert Lyon, born November 16, 1886, is instructor in printing and athletics at the Industrial School at Eldora, Iowa. He married Madge Powers, a daughter of Harry Powers, superintendent of construction at the Anamosa (Iowa) penitentiary. Harold C., born November II, 1887, is equipment man for the American Telephone Sr Telegraph Company at Denver, Colorado, and installed a part of the long distance line from New York to San Francisco and talked over that wire. He married Nell Brinkman, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and they now have an interesting little son, Harold C., Jr.

Mr. La Chapelle belongs to the various branches of the Odd Fellows society, of which he has been a member for thirty years. He has filled all of the chairs in the local lodge and is at present noble grand and chief patriarch of the encampment. He has but recently returned from the Grand Encampment, to which he was sent as a representative. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias lodge at Ashland, has filled all of its offices and has served as keeper of the record and seals for the past ten years. He is likewise financier and recorder in the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He attends the Episcopal church and in politics is independent. On one occasion he was nominated on the people's ticket for the state legislature but was defeated. He was more fortunate, however, in 1911, when he was nominated for the office of city clerk, to which position he has been reelected and thus continues in office. He is prompt and faithful in the discharge of his duties, his capability being attested by all who know aught of his work in this connection.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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