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Memorable Manitobans: Festus Chapin (1848-1907)

Click to enlargeAgricultural implements dealer.

Born in Brant County, Ontario on 23 September 1848, son of Lyman Chapin and Matilda Fairchild, he farmed until coming to Manitoba in December 1877. He set up an agricultural implement sales business and, the next year, moved to Portage la Prairie where he continued his business until 1892 when he moved to Hartney. There, in addition to his implements business, he sold lumber and, in 1893, built and operated a grain elevator. He also owned a 480-acre farm. He married Isadorah Houlding of Brant County, Ontario in 1879. They had four children: Harry Fairchild Chapin, Ruby May Chapin, Lilian Pearl Chapin, and Florence Birkett Chapin. He died at Hartney on 3 February 1907.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration for F. Chapin, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2008

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