[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.Mr. Chapin was appointed postmaster of Springfield in 1883 by President Arthur and served for two years. He then accepted a place on the state board of savings bank commissioners, was afterward appointed its chairman and served until 1891, when he succeeded the late Charles Marsh as president of the Pynchon National bank in this city, remaining with the bank until its dissolution. Mr. Chapin was for some years a member of the finance committee of the Springfield Institution for Savings and he presided at the meeting of citizens who formed the Springfield Board of trade.
Active in City Government
As a member of the city government, he served two years as an alderman, councilman and member of the board of public works, and would have received the nomination for mayor if he had permitted his friends to slate his name.
For several years after leaving this city, Mr. Chapin lived in Drummond, Maine, where he was engaged in the banking business. He was a member and past master of Roswell Lee Lodge of masons. He was a director and one of the organizers of the Massachusetts Masonic Mutual Life Insurance association.
Mr. Chapin was married to Miss Edna Kibbe, daughter of Dr. C. A. Kibbe, in June 1866. Mrs. Chapin died a number of years ago. In recent years he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Wright, in West Brattleboro. He is survived by a son, Horace Chapin of this city, and two daughters, Mrs. F. C. Wright, of West Brattleboro and Mrs. E. O Smith of this city. Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.
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