A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIALTREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR,INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A.M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department ofIowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and NewYork
EDWARD A. CHAPPELL is secretary and business manager of the Iowa City
Press-Citizen and thus functions in an influential way in the executivedirection
of an old-established and now thoroughly metropolitan newspaper in thefair
city that is the judicial center of Johnson County and the seat of the
University of Iowa.
Mr. Chappell is able to claim the Badger State as the place of hisnativity,
his birth having occurred at Wukwonago, Wisconsin, November 14, 1886.There
he continued his studies in the public schools until he wasgraduated, in
1904, in the high school, he having been president of his class inits senior
year and having been a member of the baseball team and the debating team of the high school.He thereafter was a student in the liberal arts department of Wheaton College, at Wheaton, Illinois, until impaired health necessitated his retirement from the institution.Thereafter he reinforced himself by application to farm work until 1906, when he resumed his studies, by entering Lake Forest College, at Lake Forest, Illinois.In this institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1909 and with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. At this college he served as president of the Athenian Literary Society and was editor of the Stentor, the college paper.After leaving college Mr. Chappell became a teacher in the high school atViroqua, Wisconsin, and in the following year he initiated service in the high school at Baraboo, that state, where he was teacher of English, a subject in which he had majored at Lake Forest College.At Baraboo he served also asdirector of high school athletics. In 1911 Mr. Chappell became head of the department of English in the high
school at Iowa City, and also coach of the debating team.He was one of the efficient and popular teachers in thishigh school until 1913, when he turned from the pedagogic to the journalisticprofession by associating himself with
the Iowa City Press, in which he gave service in both advertising and editorial departments.He has beenadvertising manager of this representative Iowa paper fully thirteen years, andsince January, 1927, he has here held the dual executive office of secretary andbusiness manager of the Iowa City Press-Citizen, besides having simultaneouslybecome a stockholder and director of the publishing company.Mr. Chappell has been a loyal and influential member of the local Kiwanis Club, of which hewas secretary four years, a director two years, and its president in 1927.He is vice president and a director of
the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce,and he has membership in the Newspaper Advertising Executives Association, Inc.,the Inland Daily Press Association and the Iowa Press Association.Hispolitical allegiance is given to the
Democratic party and he is affiliated withthe Masonic fraternity.In the World war period he was registered for but not called to military service, and was active and loyal in local patrioticmovements and enterprises.October 10, 1914, recorded his marriage to MissEdith Burge, of Iowa City, and both are active in the social and cultural circles of their home community.They have no
Mr. Chappell is a son of William and Caroline (Slack) Chappell, theformer
of whom was born in Houghton Conquest, England, and the latter inWaukesha
County, Wisconsin, their home being now maintained near Greensboro,Guilford
County, North Carolina.William Chappell, a scion of a familythat has for many
generations been concerned with farm industry near Bedford,England, was a
child of three years when his parents thence came to the UnitedStates, in
1857, and became pioneer settlers in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, in which state they passed the remainder of their lives.The active career of William Chappell was one of close and successful association with the basicindustries of agriculture and stock-growing, and he was numbered among the honored and influential citizens of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, until his removal to North
Carolina, where he has since lived.He gave more thanthirty years of service as a member and the clerk of the school board of hisdistrict in Waukesha County, and was a trustee of the local Congregational Church, both he and his
wife having long been devoted members of this religiousbody.Of the eight children in the family four are living, the subject ofthis review being the eldest of the four; George E. is a resident of the Greensboro community in North Carolina; Mrs. Daisy Agard resides at Elkhorn,Wisconsin; and Mrs. Charles Gilchrist is a resident of Greensboro, NorthCarolina.