Samuel E. Chapman

b. 9 August 1868
d. 30 July 1971

Background

He was the husband of Cora Chapman.
He lived in the house current the Meyers/Dowling residence.
He lived to 102.

Two newspaper clippings:

99 Years Old

Samuel Chapman of Ellsworth celebrated his 99th birthday Wednesday at his Ellsworth residence.  Chapman, a carpenter, still enjoys whittling and making furniture.  He has been awarded the gold headed cane which is given by the Lions Club for being the town's oldest citizen.  The community's oldest citizen for the past seven years, Chapman walks into town every day.


(from the Bangor Daily News, August)

He's 101 And Takes Regular Walks

ELLSWORTH -- If there's a cake big enough, Samuel E. Chapman of Ellsworth should have 101 candles on it Saturday.

Born August 9, 1868, three years after Abraham Lincoln was assasinated, Chapman can recall the time he drove sheep barefooted through Ellsworth at 25 cents a day with two cents deducted for the toll bridge.  But he still won't believe what he saw on television when Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon.

He still gets out for a walk around his town, his niece, Mrs. Mary Springer, said Friday night.  But most of all, he enjoys watching TV -- perhaps seeing more believable fare than moon landings -- like westerns and soap operas.

Another niece, Mrs. Natalie Mansell of Hampden Highlands, recalls her uncle holding many jobs, particularly his last one in Connecticut as a carpenter.  She recalled that jealous fellow employees found out Mr. Chapman's age (80) and he was forced to step down.  Mrs. Springer, said he finally gave up his woodworking and whittling hobbies two years ago when he was 99.

Each year Mr. Chapman attends the Three Quarter Century Club in Augusta.  He hopes to attend this year too, if a ride is available.

Plans for celebrating the big day call for dinner in the evening with his doctor, Dr. Donald R. Ganong, of Ellsworth.  Mrs. Springer said the doctor made the promise last year.

Once asked to what he attributed good age, he replied "By keeping busy and taking long walks."

Takes Shorter Walks
He doesn't take the longer walks these days.  But he does stay happy taking the shorter ones.  And although his sight isn't so good as it was some years ago, he still gets a lot of enjoyment from his favorite television shows.

From President Andrew Johnson's days to President Nixon's time, Chapman has lived under 21 of the 37 presidents of the United States.

In In 1868 when he was born, former bachelor President James Buchanan died -- the 15th president of the country.

Obituary

(Probably from Ellsworth American)

Sam Chapman Dies at 102

(1971 hand-written)

Ellsworth's oldest citizon, Samuel E. Chapman, died July 30, at a Sullivan nursing home at the age of 102.  Mr. Chapman would have been 103 on August 9.

He was born in Ellsworth August 9, 1868.  He spent his younger days in Ellsworth and then left for many years.  He returned about 15 years ago and made his home with his niece, May Springer until he entered a nursing home several months ago.

He was noted for his wood carvings and tiny Christmas trees and beautiful cribbage boards that he carved even when over ninety years old, are in many homes in many states.

He was a carpenter for many years.  As a member of the Three-Quarter Century Club he attended that organization's meeting each year and usually gave a whittling demonstration.  He was a member of the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Club.

He was the holder of the Ellsworth Lions Club Gold Headed Cane symbolizing the community's oldest citizen.

Until two years ago, Mr. Chapman took daily walks and advocated this for good health.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Jordan Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with the Rev. Newell K. Smith of the United Baptist Church officiating.

Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth.


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Sam age 65, at his GCI house

courtesy of Charlotte Harlan


Sam, 65

courtesy of Charlotte Harlan


Sam at 70, whittling

courtesy of Charlotte Harlan


Good photo of Sam whittling

courtesy of Dot Towns


Sam on GCI
closeup

courtesy of Dot Towns


Sam, 99



Sam, 101



Sam at 102

Cora Chapman

b. ???
d. 1941

Background

She was the wife of Sam Chapman.

Obituary from Ellsworth American, 1941
CRANBERRY ISLES

Mrs. Cora Chapman died Thursday night at the Paine hospital, Bangor, where she had been in failing health for some time.  She leaves her husband, Samuel Chapman, and several nephews and nieces.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Alonzo Bryant, of Islesford, who passed away Friday night, at a New York hospital.

Charles Harding died Friday at the Mt. Desert Island hospital, after an illness of several weeks. Burial was in Lamoine, where he formerly lived.

Mrs. Henry Bunker... [clipping is cut off here]

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