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Title: Chapman family papers, 1871-1975Add to your cart.

ID: 1/6/MSS 095

Primary Creator: Chapman family

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by document type.

Subjects: Carbondale (Ill.) - History, Chapman family.

Forms of Material: Chapman family. - Correspondence, Chapman family. - Photographs, Correspondence., Photographs, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Chapman family papers, ranging from the years 1871-1975, contain correspondence, photographs, a family scrapbook, autograph albums, and miscellaneous items from various members of the Chapman family of Carbondale, Illinois.  The majority of the collection consists of photographs from the late 1800's to the early 1900's.

Biographical Note

In 1847, Catharine Dorothy Rethingsiever, a seventeen year old immigrant from Bavaria, Germany, came to the United States.  In 1848 she married Andrew Keidel in Cincinnati, Ohio, and they had four children: Christine, Mary, Margaret, and John A.  Mr. Keidel drowned in 1864 while serving in the Fifteenth Cavalry of Illinois in the Civil War.  Two years after the loss of her husband, Catharine remarried to Charles August Kindorf. 

Catherine led a career as a midwife, delivering 44 recorded births between 1878 and 1881.  In 1881, Catharine's only son John A. Keidel died at the age of 23.  Her oldest daughter, Anna Margaret, married a man by the name of John Chapman and gave birth to Katherine and John A. Chapman.  John  married Ruby Clements and had three boys: Charles Robert, John Edwin, and George.  It is Charles Robert Chapman who is credited with donating the Chapman Family Papers to the University.  In 1933 Katherine married Ernest Bonham who died only six years later, leaving two children, Oren and Ernest.

Subject/Index Terms

Carbondale (Ill.) - History
Chapman family.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Chapman family papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: InventoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Unidentified Family PhotographsAdd to your cart.

14 black and whites mostly from the early 1940's

1 photo postcard of an infant in a goat cart

1 photo on a tin plate

Folder 3: Unidentified Family PhotographsAdd to your cart.

2 black and white photo postcards of infants

1 black and white photo of a man with a mustache dated 1904

Folder 4: John Chapman PhotographsAdd to your cart.

1 black and white of John Chapman

1 black and white of John Chapman with three other men in front of post office

Folder 5: Kate Chapman PhotographsAdd to your cart.
4 black and white of Kate Chapman (1 duplicate)
Folder 6: Group Photographs Including Kate ChapmanAdd to your cart.

1 black and white of Kate Chapman with Robert (Chapman?)

1 black and white of Kate Chapman with Margaret Thompson and Ethel Marten, in Murphysboro.  Dated 1/26/1908

1 group photo of The Rebekah Degree Staff (names listed on back) at the Rebekah-Odd Fellow's Masonic Hall over Phillip's

Hardware Store, E. Main, Carbondale.  Picture dated 1912.

1 group photo of 21 people (names listed on back).

1 group photo, on black cardboard, of 8 people (names listed on back) taken in early 1909.

1 group photo, on cardboard, of college class.

1 group photo of Rebekah Degree Staff at Rebekah Lodge in Gorham.

Folder 7: John Keidel PhotographsAdd to your cart.
1 photo of Margaret Keidel Chapman's only brother, John.
Folder 8: Unidentified PhotographsAdd to your cart.

1 photo of Catharine D. Kindorf, Charles A. Kindorf, and real estate agent, Bob Renfro in front of house.  (B.R. on the left)

1 photo of Dr. Ernest Arber, O.U. Whitacre, and 'cousin of Oscar'.

1 photo of locomotive (possibly the one that John A. Chapman died on in 1888)

1 group photo, on grey cardboard.

Folder 9: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.

John A. Chapman John and Margaret Chapman 12-21-1871

John A. Chapman Ruby Chapman 1883

Jennie Chapman (Aunt) Kate and John 1924

Jennie Chapman (Aunt) Kate Bonham 7-7-1933

Dorothy Chapman? (Ridgeway)  Charles Robert Chapman 9-29-1975

Postcards (described where possible)

Dorothy Chapman Handmade

Painted Tree


Kate Chapman Two blue hearts with sparkle

Margaret Chapman Two children playing war (2-5-1907)

John A. Chapman Cowboy on horse print (7-21-1907)

John Chapman "A Merry Christmas" (8-23-1907)

Kate Chapman Poultry on a farm (9-19-1907)

Carmilla Ruby Chapman Building in Iowa (9-4-1928)

Dog printed on leather

Girl printed on leather

Methodist Church in Carbondale

German Streets

"One Millstone More"

Poem "There is..."

Folder 10: Chapman Family ScrapbookAdd to your cart.

Biog. Clipping -- Mrs. James England

Obituary--Ed. E. Miller

Program of 8th grade recital

Program of 8th grade recital  (4-30-1897)--Kate Chapman

List of friends who visited during sickness  (8-17-1921)

Wedding march  (1931)--Kate Chapman

Program of 8th grade commencement  (5-30-1928)--Charles Robert Chapman

Program of Southern Il. teachers'--John E. Chapman

College commencement  (6-3-1932)

Wedding Announcement  (6-29-1933)--Chapman/Bonham

Obituary (7-21-1939)--Ernest Bonham

Wedding Announcement  (2-24-1934)--Neuman/White

Obituary--Helen Lee

Obituary (12-18-1934)--N.W. Kelly

Obituary (12-1934) --Mrs. John Barton

Obituary (12-18-1934)--J.W. McKinney

Obituary (12-18-1934)--E.S. Scott

Obituary (1-23-1934)--W.A. Schwartz

Obituary (1-29-1936)--Mary Osborn

Wedding Anniversary (1914) --Mr. & Mrs. John Scott

Obituary (7-21-1939)--Ernest Bonham

S.I.N.U. enrollment list (12-6-1937)--Charles Robert Chapman

Play review (12-14-1938)--Charles Robert Chapman

Biog. clipping (2-23-1938)--R.E. Bridges -owner of E.E. Scotts

Clipping of Electra and Ruth Eastern Star Chapter of E. Star Masonic Order

Book clipping (4-22-1938)--Charles Robert Chapman

Clipping of Honor Awards--Charles Robert Chapman

Obituary (1936)--George Chapman

Obituary (5-23-1939)--George Clements - Father of Ruby Clements/Chapman

Obituary (2-21-1937)--Ray Holder

Obituary (12-27-1938)--Alla Boucher

Obituary (3-24-1939)--Grace Burket

Obituary (9-19-1938)--Ed E. Mitchell

Obituary (11-21-1941)--Ethel Marten

Obituary (10-12-1941)--Van Batson

Obituary (2-17-1940)--Frank R. Legg

Obituary (12-15-1941)--Earl Matthis

Folder 11: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.

Clipping of the 100th anniversary of the organization of the Carbondale First Presbyterian Church (2-13-1954) [Xerox]

Obituary of Mrs. Ralph Thomson (11-25-1943) [Xerox]

Clipping of the Old Main Cornerstone removal after fire. (5-15-1970) [Xerox]

Third grade report card of Kate Chapman (5-18-1893)

Funeral announcement of Augustine Hay (9-2-1887)

Funeral announcement of John Quincy Adams (4-15-1917)

8th grade class day announcement (5-11-1925)

Play announcement of "Miss Cherryblossom" with Charles Robert Chapman

Review in pictures of the achievements of Kent E. Keller

Photocard of Toler and Pinson's store

Funeral announcement cards of Catharine Dorothy Rethingsiever Keidel Kindorf (8-18-1907) [3 copies]

Box 2Add to your cart.
Volume 1: Post Card AlbumAdd to your cart.

Hollies in box (1906)-Donoveris-Kate Chapman

Sunset Horizon (1908)-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Scottish Rite Temple (1908)-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Chopped Redwood (1906)-Donoveris-Kate Chapman

Eastlake Park-Donoveris-John Chapman

Santa Catalina Isle (1904)-Ella and Alice D.-Kate Chapman

Mission Delores-Ella and Alice D.-Kate Chapman

Monk's Chamber (1908)-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Christmas Fan -Donoveris-Margaret Chapman

Los Angeles Street (1908)-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Well with sparkles-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Hotel on shore (1908)-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Soldiers Monument -John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

L.A. from Huntingdon-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Building (1908)


Banana plants -John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Cliff house

Storm on Pacific (1908)-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Hearst Greek Theatre

Lily field (1908)-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Chinese Women

Yosemite Valley-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

San Luis Rey Mission

California bungalow (1908)-Alice-Kate Chapman

Girls with sparkle

Log cabin

Poinsetta (1908)-Robert -Kate Chapman

Poppy field

Carnegie Library (1907) ASA-Kate Chapman

Spring Street

Wheeler Park (1907)ASA-Kate Chapman

Happy New Year

Pervale Church,


Venice, Italy

West Lake Park, L.A. (1908)-John W. Santer-Kate Chapman

Hanging Rock (1908)-E.J. Lawrence-Kate Chapman

New Years (1907)-Donoveris-Chapman Family

Big tree "Wawona", Cal.

Five Cascades, Catskills (1906)-Moe-Kate Chapman

Dog and puppies (1906) Alice

Church Advent Ruins, Cal.

Lincoln Park Pond (1906)

"Wedding party"


Van Ness Ave. Ruins

Chicago in 1833-Ethel Marten-Kate Chapman

Feathered bird

Raquette Lake, N.Y. (1908)-Anna-Kate Chapman

The Twilight Hour

Sunset on the Pacific (1908)-Mrs. H. Griffen-Kate Chapman

Volume 2: Floral Autograph Book of Margaret ChapmanAdd to your cart.

Mrs. J.A. Fleming 10-31-1881

J. Chapman

Jennie 1-10-1881

Robert Borydon(?) 12-13-1880

Ella Gerril 10-1-1885

Maggie 4-29-1881

Ida Flemming

Johnie Prentice

Mr. & Mrs. E. Dickerman


James Prentice 1-10-1881

Mr. & Mrs. S. Prindle 1-23-1881

J.C. Flemming 11-16-1881

Laura 5-11-1884

K.C. McArthy

Laura Jinkins 3-7-1881


Julia A. Kathey 6-14-1889

Josie Nethey 5-15-1882

Mrs. O.V. Huber 6-2-1893

Della Flemming

K.E. Hard 4-20-1893

Minnie Hagist 11-21-1881

Brooks 8-11-1882

Mrs. A. Bryden 1-10-1881

Mrs. James Prentice

E. Prindle 4-26-1882

"Unknown Friend" 12-6-1885

Volume 3: Autograph Book of Mollie ClemensAdd to your cart.

Allie McGown 9-1896

G.W. Clemens 1-1885

Sarah Gill

Lois Stephens

Gus Randolph 7-8-1894

Mary Turner 10-16-1881

H. Monroe 5-3-1886

Eliza Gray 1-20-1885

Mr. & Mrs. Phil Gray 1-20-1885

Eliza Hehple

Ann Bost 3-28-1885

Thomas Gill 8-25-1885

Mary Butter

Frank H. Harrel 11-28-1881

L.E. Carlisle 3-11-1885

Nellie Smith 10-26-1887

J.A. Loudermilch 10-23-1887

Sally Brown 10-23-1887

Lizzie McDaniel 10-13-1887

M.A. Rickenbach

A.W. Monroe 5-3-1886

Ruth Bost 3-30-1885

Louceil Bost 3-29-1885

Luey Orens 3-30-1885

John Blackdoch 8-23-1886

Charles Nelson 5-16-1899

Emma Bryan (sister) 6-23-1885

John M. Bryan 7-23-1885

Yinnie C. Souiers(?)

Roda McGown (sister) 8-7-1885

Irene Turner 10-16-1887

K(?). W. Kell 9-19-1887

Maggie Jeffrey 3-28-1887

Gelta(?) L. Evans 10-12-1887

Maggie Maschbank 5-2(?)-1888

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Harrel 11-28-1887

Mr. & Mrs. M.M. Smith 11-11-1887

Joseph E. Towers 7-3-1886

Annie Nash 7-3-1886

William W. Crow 7-4-1886

Lissa Crow (cousin) 7-4-1886

Josie B. Evans 10-12-1887

S. McCornnell 1887

Alice Montgomery 6-15-1888                        

Myrtle Rodden

Viola Byars

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