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was at Leicester, England, that William Chaplin was born December 16,
1866, a son of the Rev. William Chaplin, a preacher of the Methodist
Episcopal church in England for sixty years, who passed to his reward in
1899. The mother, Emma Chaplin, was a native of Leicester, England. Of
her twelve children ten are liv- ing. Fannie is the wife of Warren
Jessup Potter of Leicester, England, a bridge builder and prominent in a
political way. William came to the United States twenty-six years ago
and located in Philadelphia, Pa., where he opened a butcher shop and
built up a business which was one of the best of its kind in the city,
he having thirty-two butchers in his employ and eight wagons delivering
meat to the wholesale trade. In considering the importance of this
enterprise it should be borne in mind that it was not that of a great
corporation but of an individual owner.
1904, owing to the condition of his health, Mr. Chaplin sold his
business to a corporation of which he was president and man- ager two
years. In 1906 he came to California and established a meat market on
Highland avenue in Hollywood, next to the Hollywood Hotel. He was very
successful there and had a practical monopoly of the local meat trade
during a period of five years, at the expiration of which he sold out
and went to Jergens, Cal.. where he owned extensive mining interests.
Eventually he took up his residence in Sacramento and soon concerned
himself with amusement enterprises at Oak Park, where he successfully
managed a well remembered venture for two years. In December, 1911, he
acquired the lease of the new and modern Mikle Theatre, which he turned
over to his son, Jack Chaplin, who is now the manager.
he lived in Philadelphia Mr. Chaplin was active in politics, and at a
meeting of voters, which he called in his ward, he organized the city
party which is still in existence. He served on the school board in
Philadelphia three years and was instrumental in the advancement of
street paving in some parts of the city.
woman who became Mr. Chaplin's wife was Miss Emma Marvin of Leicester,
England, and their children were born as follows: Thomas in 1885; Katie
in 1888; and Jack in 1890. Thomas is chief engineer at the Hollywood
Hotel, having fitted himself to fill such a position by a course of
study in the International Correspondence School in Scranton, Pa.
The silk loom now in use throughout the world was invented in England by Mr. Chaplin's paternal grandfather. Mr. Chaplin owns a fine residence and several valuable lots in Oak Park, and is unwearying in his promotion of the growth and prosperity of that part of the city. He is insistent in his demand for the square deal in politics, in business and in every relation of life. Fraternally life affiliates with the Masonic order, holding membership in the Blue Lodge and in the Royal Arch chapter.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011