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Chapin, Howard Church


Age: 20, credited to Readsboro, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 8/13/61, m/i 9/21/61, CPL, Co. A, 4th VT INF, pr SGT, comn 2LT, Co B, 8/1/62 (9/29/62), pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, prld 3/1/65, m/o 7/13/65

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Birth: 02/21/1841, Alford, MA
Death: 03/19/1917

Burial: Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, CO
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Eric Crow
Findagrave Memorial #: 18425279


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/3/1904, CO
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, USAHEC off-site
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: On a list of paroled officers at officers' Hospital, Annapolis, MD., March 11, 1865


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Howard C. Chapin

Howard C. Chapin, was born in Lee, Massachusetts, 21 Feb., 1841, son of Aaron & Lucy Ann (Olmstead) Chapin of West Stockbridge, Mass). He had two younger brothers, William and Samuel, and two older sisters, Varina and Nancy Chapin. His brother Samuel was a miner and established a mine in Leadville, Colorado, which is still known as the largest mine in the state. Howard's father was a small-time farmer in West Stockbridge in 1850, where Howard attended the district school. He followed up his primary educated at Pittsfield and Eastman's Commercial College, at Poughkeepsie, NY. After this, he moved to Readsboro, Vermont where he was living in 1860, boarding with the Goodenough family. He spent one year in the lumber business in Readsboro, when the war broke out.

He enlisted for service at Readsboro, in Co. "A" 13 Aug., 1861, and entered the Fourth Vermont Regiment as a private. He mustered in at Camp Holbrook in Brattleboro, Vt., 21 Sept., 1861 He was soon made Corporal. He was commissioned 3nd Lieutenant of Company "B", 1 Aug., 1862. He served on Gen. Getty's staff. He was taken prisoner at the Weldon Railroad, 23 June, 1864, and held nine months at Charleston and subsequently thirty days in Libby Prison. He was one of the sixty officers who were placed under fire of the Union guns at Charleston, and also one of the number who tunneled out of Libby Prison, nearly all of whom were recaptured. He was paroled 1 March, 1865. He was mustered out of service, 13 July, 1865.

In the the Fall of 1865 he embarked in the grocery business at Georgetown (Clear Creek County) Colorado Territory in which he continued five years. He then engaged in the hotel business at the same place, keeping the old Barton House three years. This was an old mining boarding house which stood at the foot of a mountain which transient miners and their families frequented. The town of Georgetown, founded in 1864, was considered the "Silver Queen of the Rockies." When the 1870 census was taken, he was living in Georgetown with his wife Louisa. His real estate possessions were valued at $8,000, and his personal property valued at $16,000. The Burton House burned to the ground 7 Jan., 1871. Howard managed to secure part of his investment back through insurance, but he lost thousands of dollars. He next moved to Denver, where he kept the Inter-Ocean and Grand Central Hotels for five years. He then built and opened the Park Place Hotel in West Denver. Again tragedy struck. The Park Place was destroyed by fire after having been run only one season; by this Captain Chapin sustained a heavy loss. In 1878, he moved to Leadville (Lake County) Colorado, where he engaged in mining and real estate business, and in 1880 bought one-half interest in the Clarendon Hotel. His business partner was James Streeter. The Clarendon was located at 302-306 Harrison Avenue, and had 65 guest rooms. Its sister building, the Tabor Opera House Building adjacent, had an additional 32 rooms.

Howard was married 10 May, 1868 to Louisa H. Mills of Adrian, Michigan (b. Michigan, 1843, daughter of James & Sarah Mills). They had one daughter, Jessica (born July, 1874). When the 1900 census was taken, Howard's occupation was "mining gold." He was a widower, and his daughter Jessica was a schoolteacher, living with him at their home at 1067 South 15th Street in Denver, Colorado. In 1910, Howard (age 69) was living in the Otto Kappler Boarding House in Leadville. His occupation was listed as "gold miner." He applied for an Invalid Pension, 3 May, 1904 (App #1314454, Certificate #1089141).

Biographical Information researched by Linda M. Welch, March, 2008.

Rocky Mountain News
March 20, 1917


Col. Howard Church Chapin 73 years old, died yesterday afternoon at the Metropole hotel, where he had resided for a number of years. He was born in Alford, Mass., and at the outbreak of the civil war enlisted in the Vermont volunteers. He served throughout the war. Shortly after the war he came West and settled in the Leadville district, where he engaged in the mining industry. He later came to Denver and became proprietor of the Markham and Interocean hotels. For many years he was a leader in the Loyal Legion. He retired from active business several years ago on account of poor health. The body is being held at Martin's chapel pending funeral arrangements.

Rocky Mountain News
March 22,1917

CHAPIN - The funeral services of Howard Church Chapin, who died at the Metropole Hotel, March 19, will be held from the Martin chapel today at 2:30 p.m. Interment Fairmount.

Obituaries Contributed by Tom Boudreau