JOHN R. CHATFIELD was born in Great Barrington, Mass., January 28, 1823, and when of sufficient age learned
the trade of carpenter and joiner. He first came to Owego in 1840, but at the end of four months returned home.
In 1844 he again came to Owego but not until the year 1850 did he make that village hispermanent home. His first
employment was as clerk for his brother and in 1852 he went into business. In 1853 the firm of Storrs & Chatfield
was formed and was thereafter known in local business circles for a period of thirty five years, and was then succeeded
by Storrs, Chatfield & Co., and the latter in turn by Chatfield & Baker. However, the Chatfield of the
latter firm was George Smith Chatfleld, son of John R. Chatfield, one of Owego's most promising young business
men, and who died suddenly January 27, 1896. During the long period of his business life in Owego, John R: Chatfield
was regarded as one of the safe and prudent merchants of the village; a man of exceptionally good habits, public
spirited and generous. He was one of the original republicans of the county but never sought political preferment.
He was three times village trustee, was member of the board of education and several years member of board of trustees
of the Presbyterian society. In Great Barrington in 1845 Mr. Chatfield was married with Abbie E. Smith, a native
of Connecticut. Three children were born to them; George S., who died in 1896; Frank Edward, who died in infancy,
and Harry Ives Chatfield, now an active business man at Stilwater, Minn.
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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