James Chapple M. D. C. M. 143
- Born: 7 Feb 1870, Leskard, Durham, Ontario, Canada 61,103,104,124
- Marriage: Edith Rebecca Matheson on 3 Oct 1898 in Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA 103,104
- Died: 29 Jan 1932 at age 61
- Buried: 2 Feb 1932, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA
Taken from Bowen, A.W., Progressive men of the state of Montana. (Abt 1902) Chicago: A.W. Bowen & Co. 1517
James Chapple, M.D.
One of the representative young physicians and surgeons of Montana is Dr. Chapple, a popular citizen of Billings, Yellowstone county, Mont., with whose business activities he was identified for several years before entering upon the practice of his profession, and is still interested in the Chapple Drug Company, which he organized, and known as one of the best pharmacies in this section of the state. The Doctor is a native of the Dominion of Canada, having been born in Durham county, province of Ontario, February 7, 1870, where his father was aprominent agriculturalist. His parents are William and Jane (Miller) Chapple, the latter being a daughter of Thomas and Mary (Wreford) Miller, the ancestry on both sides being of pure English extraction. Our subject remained on the old homestead during his boyhood, securing his preliminary educational training in the public schools and the high school at New Castle, Durham county, where he graduated as a member of the class of 1888, which entitled him to a teacher's diploma. Upon leaving the high school, however, the Doctor did not turn his attention to pedagogic work, but entered a drug store as an apprentice, and devoted his attention to the study of pharmacy and the practical duties incident to his position until the fall of 1890, when he came to Billings, Mont., and became manager of the drug store now owned by Homes & Rixon. At the expiration of two years he established himself in the same line of business, organizing what is now known as the Chapple Drug Company, which has carried on a profitable business from its inception, 1892. In 1895 he placed the business in charge of his brother Charles and returned to Canada, entering the medical department of famous old Trinity College, in Toronto, where he completed a thorough course of study, graduating as a member of the class of 1900, and receiving from the university his degree of Doctor of Medicine. He engaged in the practice of his profession for one season in Toronto, and then returned to Billings, where he opened an office and has here gained marked prestige as an able and discriminating physician, controlling a representative practice and being held in the highest esteem in professional, business and social circles.
In politics Dr. Chapple gives his support to the Republican party, and at the election held on November 6, 1900, he was elected and is now serving as coroner of Yellowstone county. Fraternally he is identified with Ashlar Lodge No. 29, A.F. & A.M., and was its secretary in 1894; he has also been senior deacon and is now junior warden. He is also identified with the Eastern Star lodge of which Mrs. Chapple is likewise a member. He is a charter member of the Knights of Pythias lodge in Billings, and also of the Billings Club.
On the 3d of October, 1898, Dr. Chapple was united in marriage to Miss Edith Matheson, daughter of John D. and Rebecca (Panton) Matheson, of Billings, where the father is a leading member of the bar. Dr. and Mrs. Chapple have a winsome little daughter, Dorothy Jane. They are both communicants of the Protestant Episcopal church, in which they are active workers, Mrs. Chapple having officiated as organist of St. Luke's church in Billings for a number of years. They are prominent factors in the social life of their home city, where their friends are in number as their acquaintances.
Noted events in his life were:
• Emigration, 1891, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA.
• Graduation, 1891, Toronto, , Ontario, Canada. 61 Trinity Medical College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
• Census: Age 11, birth Ontario 1870, 1881, Clarke, Durham West, Ontario, Canada. 128
James married Edith Rebecca Matheson, daughter of John D. Matheson and Rebecca Panton, on 3 Oct 1898 in Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA 103.,104 (Edith Rebecca Matheson was born on 15 Sep 1872 in Milton, , Ontario, Canada,104 died on 6 Aug 1937 and was buried on 8 Aug 1937 in Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, USA.)
St Lukes Episcopal Church, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana