Biography of Harry Thomas Chatterton

Harry Thomas Chatterton is one of the keen and resourceful young business men of Lyon County, and is a banker and stock farmer at Admire. He is a prosperous citizen, already controls a good business, and wields a valuable influence in his community.

He is of stanch English stock and represents a family of early settlers in this section of Kansas. His grandfather, David Chatterton, was a native of England, and, bringing his family to America, located on a farm in Clark County, Ohio, where he spent the rest of his days. John Chatterton, father of the Admire banker, was born in Clark County, Ohio, in 1844, and died in Lyon County, Kansas, in June, 1915. He was a Union soldier during the Civil war, serving three years in the One Hundred and Tenth Ohio Regiment of Infantry. In the battle of Winchester he was taken prisoner, and was confined for a time in Libby Prison, later being exchanged. Besides Winchester he fought at Spottsylvania Courthouse, in the battle of the Wilderness, and in many other engagements in Virginia, and was present at the surrender at Appomattox. His business career was as a farmer, and he was a loyal republican. John Chatterton married Mrs. Alice (Denby) Frazee, whose first husband was David Frazee, a farmer. She was born in England in 1850, coming to the United States in 1872, and she died in Lyon County, Kansas, in 1897. Her one child by her first marriage, Elizabeth Frazee, is now the wife of Carl Ricker, a jeweler at Emporia. John Chatterton and wife had the following children: Harry Thomas; Harriet, wife of J. W. Jones, a rancher and cattle man at Garden City, Kansas; Charlotte, who lives with her sister Harriet in Garden City; Dorothy, who makes her home with Mrs. Carl Ricker in Emporia; Margaret, wife of Willis Price, a cattle rancher at Pampa, Texas.

Harry Thomas Chatterton was reared on a farm in Lyon County, attended the public schools and also the high school at Emporia, and in 1898 left his studies in the Emporia Business College to take up an active career as a farmer. Mr. Chatterton now owned a ranch of 1,287 acres in Ivy and Reading townships in Lyon County, and is both a raiser and shipper of cattle. All his time was taken up with his ranch and farm until 1914, at which date he accepted the post of cashier in the State Bank of Admire.

Mr. Chatterton had served as treasurer of Ivy Township, and is still in that office. He is a republican, is affiliated with Allen Lodge No. 335, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and in Lodge No. 396, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Admire had filled all the chairs except that of noble grand.

At Admire, in 1909, he married Miss Esther Miller, daughter of Herbert Miller, president of the State Bank of Admire. They have two children: Ellen Alice, born November 7, 1909, and now attending first grade of the public schools; and Charlotte Maude, born April 29, 1911.



Connelley, William E. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago : Lewis, 1918. 5v. Biographies can be accessed from this page: Kansas and Kansans Biographies.

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