Biography of Ernest L. Chatfield
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Ernest Lake Chatfield. As manager of the Farmers Cooperative Grain Elevator, Sharon Center, Mr. Chatfield is also numbered among the successful farmers of Medina County. He was born in Montville Township, Medina County, Dec. 10, 1874, the son of Elmer Barber and Orinda (Briggs) Chatfield.

Elmer B. Chatfield was born near Jackson, Mich., Aug. 26, 1843, the son of Guy Carleton Chatfield, who brought his family to Ohio from Michigan in 1845, and settled on a farm in Montville Township, Medina County. On Feb. 23, 1867, Elmer B. Chatfield married Miss Orinda Briggs, the daughter of Silas Briggs, a prosperous farmer of Medina County, and a native of New York. Mr. Chatfield died in August, 1908, and his wife died May 22, 1922. Both are buried at Sharon Center. The.y were the parents of two sons: Fay Briggs Chatfield, born March 27, 1869, building contractor, lives at Oakland, Calif.; and Ernest L. Chatfield, the subject of this sketch.

The boyhood of Ernest L. Chatfield was spent at Sharon Center, where he attended the public schools. He was graduated from high school in 1891, spent one year at Ada College, now Ohio Northern University, and for six years followed the teaching profession in Medina and Summit counties. He then took over the management of his father's farm of 145 acres in Sharon Township, where he still resides. It is located one and one-half miles west of Sharon Center. For a number of years Mr. Chatfield was successful as a breeder of registered Guernsey cattle but since 1920 has devoted the greater part of his time to the management of the Farmers Cooperative Grain Elevator.

On Oct. 25, 1911, Mr. Chatfield was united in marriage with Miss Clarice E. Woodward, the daughter of George E. Woodward, of Sharon Township. They have two daughters, Laura Maxine, a graduate of Sharon High School, class of 1928; and Clarice Arline, who attends Sharon High School.

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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