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Frank Champlin


Posted By: Tina Keister (email)
Date: 11/26/2005 at 17:51:58

Frank Champlin, boone; to a self-made man who has battled his way to success through his own unaided ability gained an honored and responsible position in society, much should be accredited; the subject of this sketch is the architect of his own fortune, and his rise in the world and his rise in the world must be attributed to his energy and perseverence, and his life fully illustrates what industy and integrity aiming at a single point can accomplish in a few years; he was born in Kinderhook, Columbia county, New York, on the 25th day of June 1831; he was thrown on his own resources at the age of ten years, and without funds or favor with which to pave his pathway to success he has by indomitable will and energy made an enviable record; his early railroad experience was on the New York & Erie road in 1850; from this road he entered the sevice of the Atlantic & G W and remained with them four years; in 1866 he came to Boone in the employ of the C & N W R R as passenger conductor; has run a train longer on the Western Devision than any one in the employ of the company; he has always been closley identified with the interests of the city and has served faithfully as a member of its council; he was one of the organizers and a director in the First National Bank of Boone, and when the charter was surrendered he was one of the organizers of the city bank, and was elected vice-president; he was married to Miss Vinnie York on the 10th of Sept 1861, she was born in Birmingham, England; her father was a native of Vermont and her mother of England; they have two children: Kate and Charles F; Mr. Champlin is not only a self-made man, but one of natures noblemen, genial, generous and kind-hearted, finding his greatest happiness in the paths of a contented, quiet, peaceful and social life, always ready to respond where necessity makes known her wants.

Bio from the 1880 Boone Co history book pg 561-562


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