From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
I was born Feb. 24, 1912, in Ft. Techumseh, Ind., to Harry J. and Dorothy Ann (Dora) Terry Chapman.
My father first came to Miles City, Mont., in 1905 and after a short stay he returned to Indiana and married my mother. He came again to Montana in 1913, homesteaded on Timber Creek, in the Chalk Butte area. In the spring of 1914, my mother, sister Hyacinth (pestka) and I came by train to Baker and wagon to the-ranch.
Dad worked for the Diamond A Cattle company for about two years. We lived in what was called the Diamond A Line Camp on Stump Creek, a few miles away, until the log house was completed on the homestead.
Dad passed away in Ekalaka in August, 1966, at the age of 81. Mother now makes her home in Ekalaka.
I attended rural school and went to the Gerstmeyer Polytechnic in Terre Haute, Ind. I am now working as a carpenter and contractor, but have worked on ranches on the Powder River when I was younger.
On May 18, 1943, 1 married Geney Gladys Thompson in Tacoma, Wash. We have four children, Juanita Mac married Thomas H. Blankenship and lives in Las Vegas, Nev.; Margaret Ann lives in Williston, N.D.; Michael James married Betty Brabazon and lives in Billings and our adopted daughter Annette Raye lives with us in Ekalaka.