Biography of Hon. Charles C. Chapman
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Hon. Charles Calvin Chapman, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, of Ashland, has made a distinguished record as a lawyer and public official in Ashland County. He was born near Lake Fork, Ohio, (formerly Tyletown, Mohican Township), the son of Richard M. and Rhoda A. (Webster) Chapman.

Richard M. Chapman was born June 4, 1838, in Lake Township, and died in 1916. He was reared in Ashland County and attended the rural schools. Throughout his life he was engaged in farming. He was a Democrat. His wife, who was also born in Lake Township, in 1843, resides in Ashland. Before her marriage she was a teacher in the public schools of Ashland County. She is a member of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Chapman's mother died in 1918 at the age of 95 years. To Richard M. and Rhoda A. (Webster) Chapman four children were born: Mrs. Flora B. (Chapman) Craig, lives at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in the winter and has a summer home in Vermont; Jessie, who died in infancy; Charles Calvin, the subject of this sketch; and George W., a farmer in Mohican Township, near Jonesville, Ohio.

Charles Calvin Chapman was reared on a farm in Ashland County and acquired his early education in the rural schools, then Hayesville Academy, and Ashland College. His keen mind and scholarly traits turned him almost as a matter of course toward the study of law. He entered Ohio Northern University and in 1908 received the degree of B. S. and also his LL. P. degree. In June of that year he was admitted to the Ohio State bar and engaged in the practice of law at Ashland, with offices at 14 East Main Street. In 1899 he was elected to Clerk of the Courts, holding that office for two terms until 1906. In 1912 he was the Democratic candidate for prosecuting attorney but was defeated by Thomas H. Moore. In 1916 he was again a candidate for the office and was elected. He served two terms, during which time he was appointed legal adviser of the Army Draft Board and Government Appeal Agent during the World War. He was appointed to this position by President Wilson and during that time examined and made out over 5,600 questionnaires. He then resumed his practice, specializing in the settlement of estates. In 1920 he was the Democratic candidate for Common Pleas Judge, his opponent being Judge Graven, who was seeking reelection to a second term. In 1926 Mr. Chapman was elected Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, by a majority of 2,660 votes.

Judge Chapman is affiliated with the Masonic Order, being a member of Ashland Lodge, Ashland Chapter, Council, and Mansfield Commandery; a member of the Modern Woodmen of America; Independent Order of Odd Fellows since 1896; the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and is a member of the Rotary Club, the Farm Bureau, and Chamber of Commerce. He has been secretary and treasurer of the Federal Farm Loan Association since 1921, and is president of the Ashland County Historical Association.

Judge Chapman was married in March, 1898, to Adeline Kohier, of Ashland, the daughter of Henry and Harriet (Bruebaker) Kohier. Mr. Kohier, who was born in Richiand County, Ohio, died in 1877. His wife, who was born in Milton Township, Ashland County, died in 1918. They are buried in Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Ashland. Judge and Mrs. Chapman have a daughter, Florence R., who was born March 16, 1899. She is a graduate of Ashland High School, and Ohio Wesleyan University, 1917, and was an honor pupil. She married Dr. Claire Wilcox in 1924, a teacher of Economics at Swathmore (Quaker) College, Swathmore, Pa. They have a daughter, Andrea, aged two years.

Judge Chapman and his wife have been members of the Presbyterian Church for nearly 30 years. Judge Chapman has an interest in a farm three miles east of Ashland where he spends his leisure time pursuing his hobby that of farming. Their town residence is at 303 East Walnut Street, Ashland.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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