Fifty years ago Richard Chatburn left his
home in England and came to America, here to establish a branch of
the family. He located in Harrison County, Illinois, and there passed
the remainder of his life as a farmer in that district. Among his
children was a boy, Jonas, who was born in England in 1848, and who
was sixteen years old when the family migrated to American shores.
Jonas Chatburn is the father of Tom Chatburn of this review.
Jonas Chatburn was a
young man when he left the Harrison County home and settled in Albin,
Idaho. He left that place in 1892 and located in Jasper County,
Missouri, where he was occupied in the milling business. In 1901 he
made another move, locating in Independence, Oklahoma, where he
remained for five years, and in 1906 he returned to Missouri,
settling in Corder. From that place he went to Mapleton, Kansas,
settled on a farm, and is there living today. He has devoted much of
his active life to the milling business, in ,which he has been
successful. He is republican in his politics, a member of the Odd
Fellows, and his churchly relations are with the Latter Day Saints.
In 1876 Mr. Chatburn
was married to Helen South, who was born in Illinois in 1855, and who
died in Buckner, Missouri, in 1911. Eight children were born to them.
Richard is a miller and lives in Buckner. Anna married George
Troutman, a farmer of Reeds, Missouri. Tom, of this review, was the
third child. Bessie married Bert Weeks and they live in Mapleton,
Kansas, on a farm. Harry is
connected in a business way with an oil company, and lives in Lemoor,
California. LeRoy is a jeweler and lives in Buckner, Missouri. Jonas
is located in Kansas City, where he conducts an automobile livery.
Mary is a school teacher and makes her home with her brother,
Richard, in Buckner.
Tom Chatburn was
born in Albin, Idaho, on January 2, 1882, and there he had his
elementary schooling. When the family returned to Missouri he was
still a mere boy and he attended school there, finishing his studies
in the schools of Corder, when he was sixteen years old. He entered
the flour mill operated by his father and was engaged in that work
henceforth. In 1902 he came to Independence with his father and
continued in the milling business until 1904. On October 16, in that
year, he came to Custer City, and here established himself in a grain
elevator business, with which he was
connected for two years. In 1906 he entered the Peoples State Bank as
a bookkeeper. His promotion to the post of assistant cashier soon
followed and in 1914 he became cashier of the bank, which position he
holds at this writing.
Mr. Chatburn is a
republican and has served as a member of the city council in Custer
City for two years, rendering a creditable service to the community
in that office. He is a member of the Christian Church, and his
fraternal relations are confined to membership in the Modern Woodmen
of America and the Brotherhood of American Yeomen.
In 1907 Mr. Chatburn
was married in Custer City to Miss Edna Struble, daughter of P. S.
Struble, a retired farmer of means, now living in Custer City. Two
children have been born to the Chatburns–Thomas Struble, born
October 5, 1908, and Helen Ruth, born March 11, 1911.