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William C. Chapman, night shift boss in the concentration mill of the Walker Mine, in Plumas County, the largest copper mine in the state of California, is a man of proven worth and stands high in the esteem of his employers. He was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the 23d of October, 1902, a son of Robert E. and Mary E. Chapman. His mother died when he was so young that he has no recollection of her. His father was an engineer on the Colorado Midland Railroad, but is now retired and lives in Los Angeles.

William C. Chapman, who is the youngest of the six children born to his parents, was reared by his father and older sisters, and received a fair education. During his sophomore year in high school, it became necessary for him to lay aside his textbooks and start to earn his own living. Going to Canon City, Colorado, he went to work for a construction company which was engaged in the construction of a mill at Bonanza, Colorado. When nineteen years of age he joined a bridge-building crew of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Later he went to work at Grand Junction, Colorado, for the Prairie Canning Company, where he remained until 1922, when he made his way to Gold Hill, Colorado, where he was employed in operating a hoist at a mine. In 1923 he came to the Walker mine, where he has remained to the present time. At first he was employed at outside flotation work and through his faithfulness and efficiency he was successively promoted until, about five years ago, he was made night shift boss. He is on duty from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., seven days a week, and his is an exceedingly important position, the machinery in his charge being of gigantic size and very complicated. His superintendency extends to the crushing and grinding of the ore, and the chemical and mechanical operations involved in the flotation of concentration processes.

Mr. Chapman is a member of Quincy Lodge, F. & A. M., at Quincy, Plumas County, and Sacramento Consistory of the Scottish Rite. He has exemplified the principles of that time-honored order in his relations with his fellowmen and is held in the highest regard by all who know him.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 297-298. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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