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Miss Emma J. Chapman





    Miss Emma J. Chapman is postmistress of Colesburg and is ably managing the affairs of that office. She is a native of the town and a daughter of Joseph and Susan (Potts) Chapman, natives of England and Pennsylvania respectively. In the '50s they removed to Iowa and settled in Delaware county, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Mr. Chapman was very prominent in public affairs, serving two terms in the state legislature and also holding a number of local offices, including the mayoralty of the village of Colesburg. For sixteen years he was justice of the peace and he was postmaster of Colesburg at the time of his death. His political allegiance was given to the republican party and fraternally he belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was the father of eleven children, five of whom survive.

     In 1906 Miss Chapman was appointed postmistress and she has held the office ever since. She learned much of the detail of postal work under her father when he was postmaster and since becoming the incumbent of the office she has fully demonstrated her business ability and the mails have been handled with dispatch and accuracy. She is a graduate of the Colesburg high school and taught for three years before accepting her present office. She owns a fine residence in Colesburg, where she spent her entire life and is highly esteemed and respected by all.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 12-13.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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