THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   SANDFORD L. CHAPEL, a commercial traveller with an exceptional talent for business, was born June 27, 1842, in Hamilton, Madison County, N.Y., where he still has his home. His grandfather was born in Connecticut, but removed from there with his wife to the town of Hamilton at an early date, purchasing a tract of land covered with timber, and building their log house after clearing a farm. He died when his son, Peter Chapel, the father of Sandford, was but four years of age, leaving his wife to continue the struggle for life in this sparsely settled country, with three young sons and two daughters. Peter Chapel received a fair education in the primitive school-house of that day, and remained at home, assisting his mother and caring for her until her death.
   At the time of his marriage, September 19, 1837, he purchased a farm, which is near the one now owned by our subject. He married Miss Marcia M. Gardiner, who came here with her parents from Coventry, Vt., and, settling down in his new home, became a thrifty farmer, being among the first in the town to raise hops. It is said that he always owned a good team, which shows that he was kind to dumb animals, that he took good care of his horses and cattle. Morever, he was a man who "always kept his word." May he long be held in honored remembrance! Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Chapel--Ellen A., Genoa L., and Sandford. Ellen A. married Dewitt C. Reese, farmer, of Hamilton, N.Y., March 20, 1856. Genoa L. married George B. Munson, merchant, of Hamilton, October, 1875.
   Sandford L. Chapel remained on the farm until his twenty-first year, and then attended the Commercial College at Syracuse, of which Professor D. Y. Ames was President. Here he studied the different courses of bookkeeping, telegraphy, and penmanship, acquiring a proficiency in these branches which enabled him to build up the wide reputation he has attained as a travelling salesman. He is not confined to any special line of goods, but sells independently, and, being thoroughly conversant with business matters and sagacious and prudent in his dealings, has always been successful. At the age of twenty-two he married Miss Helen M. Reese, youngest daughter of S. Gillet and Mary A. (Nichols) Reese. They have four children--Mary L., Walter G., Arthur B., and Linn S. They attend the Methodist church, and are leading singers in the choir. Arthur and Linn are also very good singers.
   Mrs. Sandford Chapel has a splendid voice, having wonderful compass, and comes of a long line of musicians. Her father and her sister Clarinda were celebrated musicians, achieving great reputation in this line in their travels through the country, giving concerts. Clarinda was a magnificent singer. She married George Baker, the great basso of the renowned Baker family, and died suddenly with black erysipelas after a few days' illness, having sung with the "Baker Vocalists" several years. Later Helen, who was afterward the wife of Mr. Chapel, sang in concert with her father, who formerly led the choir at Earlville. Mr. Reese also taught singing-school several years, and was leader of the choir of the Second Baptist Church of Hamilton until his last sickness, in March, 1872, when he died in the town of Hamilton, being seventy-two years of age, having sung all his life. His daughter, Mrs. Chapel, led the choir, playing the organ for several years following his death.
   There is marked musical ability in the family of Mr. Chapel, his daughter Mary having a fine contralto voice; and one of the sons, Walter, has made a considerable reputation as a composer, and is also a fine performer on the violin. He resides at home with his parents, being greatly afflicted with rheumatism. Mr. and Mrs. Chapel have thus naturally led a harmonious and charming life. Music, that most refining of all arts, has softened many a weary hour; and they have doubly consecrated their beautiful talent by devoting it to the service of worship. Mr. Chapel leas taken the interest that all good citizens should in civic affairs, and dots his duty at the polls as a thorough and consistent Democrat, but has no aspiration or inclination for political office. In his home circle, refreshed with "Music and her sister, Song," he finds his greatest happiness.

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