Biography extracted from History of Sauk County, Wisconsin Chicago: Western Historical Company, published 1880.
Norman V. Chandler, was born in Otisco, Onondaga, Co., N.Y., Dec. 30, 1831; came to Wisconsin, June 1, 1851; had no particular home unit the 29th of March, 1852, when he located at Baraboo and took the contract to print the Sauk County Standard, and continued its publication for six months; then going to Portage, where he remained a few weeks, when he went to Stevens Point and established the Wisconsin Pinery Jan. 14, 1853; continued its publication for one year, and then sold out and engaged in farming during the summer of 1854, then went to Beaver Dam and established the Beaver Dam Sentinel; sold out in a few weeks and returned to Stevens Point; engaged in various kinds of business there until the fall of 1857; he then came to Reedsburg and work in the Herald office and printed it during its existence; then in other business until June 25, 1860, when he published the first number of the Free Press; continued its publication until September, 1861; then removed the printing materials to New Lisbon and published Juneau County Argus until November, 1862; in February, 1863, he returned to Reedsburg and was engaged in hotel business during the summer of 1863; Jan. 4, 1864, he enlisted in the 4th W.V.C,; served until the 19th of June, 1866, when he was discharged at Madison, doing service on the Rio Grande over a year previous to discharge; then engaged in mercantile business here until February, 1867; then devoted his time to farming until February, 1872; then re-established the Free Press; published the first number of this paper on March 22, 1872, and continued its publication up to the time of selling out to Mr. Blake, July 1, 1878, and since then he has been looking after farm interests in Minnesota, until the spring of 1880, when he engaged in the furniture business in Reedsburg, in company with E. F. Barker, under the firm name of Barker & Chandler. In the fall of 1880, moved to Minnesota and engaged in farming. Mr. C. was married in town of Wheatland, Kenosha Co., Wis., March 3, 1852, to Matilda J. Parks; she was born in Jersey City, N.J., Nov. 28, 1834, and came to Wisconsin with her parents in an early day; they have nine children - George A, born March 16, 1853; Marcia J., Feb. 20, 1855; Ellen L. Feb. 11, 1857; Clara B., Feb. 25, 1859; O. Leona, Jan. 6, 1862; Lula M., July 13, 1864; Schuyler P., May 5, 1868; Jessie J., May 13, 1872; Norman V., March 29, 1877.
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