[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, 09 February 1922.]
Former Postmaster and President of Pynchon Bank
Passes Away at Home of Daughter
at West Brattleboro, Vt.
Edward P. Chapin, 82, formerly postmaster of Springfield, and well known as a local banker, died last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred C. Wright at West Brattleboro, Vt. Mr. Chapin was a direct descendant of Samuel Chapin, whose statue as the personification of the Puritan by Saint Gaudens, adorns the city library grounds. His ancestors were among the early Puritan settlers of Massachusetts, coming to this country about 1635.
Mr. Chapin was born at Chicopee, October 7, 1839, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Pliny Chapin. He began his business life when he was 16 years old as forwarding clerk in the Western Railroad office in this city. When the Civil war broke out he was appointed paymaster’s clerk in the United States armory, and held that place for nine years. He then went into the hardware business with his brother-in-law, Charles A. Kibbe, under the firm name of Chapin & Kibbe. He was also president of the Hampden Paint and Chemical company. continue reading
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