Biography of Roy D. Chatfield
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Roy Daniel Chatfield, a practical and successful orchardist, who since 1911 has been manager of the Mosier Fruit Growers Association, with headquarters at Mosier, Wasco county, was born in the state of Michigan in 1879, his parents being James and Sarah L. (Pierce) Chatfield. The father was a native of Pennsylvania and was a representative of one of the old families of New England. In 1860 he removed to Michigan and there engaged in fruit raising.

Roy D. Chatfield was reared on his father's fruit farm and pursued a common school education in the neighborhood. He early took up the study of telegraphy and for twelve years served as a railroad telegrapher. In 1909, on account of his father's failing health, the family removed to Oregon, settling at Mosier, Wasco county, where they took up a fruit orchard of one hundred and sixty acres, three miles east of the town. Having been reared on a fruit ranch Mr. Chatfield of this review was thoroughly at home in the matter of cultivating apples, pears and other tree fruit and his success from the beginning has been gratifying. In 1911 he was appointed manager of the Mosier Fruit Growers Association and still fills the position most acceptably. That his work is not light and that his responsibilities are heavy is indicated in the fact that he handles one hundred and twenty five boxes of apples, five thousand boxes of pears, one hundred and fifty tons of prunes and one hundred and ten tons of cherries each season, and in addition most of the supplies for the orchardists of Mosier valley are handled through his office. The association maintains a large warehouse at Mosier, which was built of concrete and hollow tile and was erected according to plans furnished by the United States bureau of. markets. It is known as a ventilating storage and contains thirty one thousand six hundred and eighty square feet of floor space. Still another warehouse owned by the company contains twelve thousand square feet of floor space. These warehouses are located on the railroad tracks and have every facility for the rapid handling of fruit.

In 1909 Mr. Chatfield was married to Miss Bernice Andrew, a daughter of A. J. Andrew, a prominent lumber dealer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have one child, Ethel, who is a grade pupil at the Mosier schools. Mr. Chatfield is in every way a Public spirited citizen. He was a member of the committee for the sale of war bonds that won the first honor banner of the twelfth district, embracing the whole Pacific coast, his section being the first to go over the top in record time. Anything that means progress for Mosier, for Wasco county or the state of Oregon receives his endorsement and active aid and his worth is widely acknowledged by all who know him.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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