W. 0. Chapman is treasurer of the Neponsett Land & Live Stock Company of Evanston and in this connection is conducting extensive interests as a ranch-man and cattleman of western Wyoming. He was born in Canton, Massachusetts, November 23, 1849, and is a son of 0. S. and Elizabeth (Everett) Chapman, who were representatives of early New England families, their ancestors having settled in the city of Boston at an early period in its development. Both
Mr. and Mrs. 0. S. Chapman continued residents of Massachusetts for many years. In early life the father became prominent in connection with railroad contract work and had the contract for building the Union Pacific Railroad from Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Ogden, Utah. He became very prominent in connection with railroad projects throughout the country, but at a later date returned to Massachusetts, where he passed away in 1867. His widow survived him for about sixteen years and had reached the age of about eighty-three years when death called her in 1883.
W. 0. Chapman was the eldest son and third child in a family of seven children. In his boyhood days he attended public and private schools of Boston and after his textbooks were put aside turned his attention to mercantile lines, in which he was active for three years. He then engaged in business in Chicago for three years, and on the expiration of that period turned his attention to street railway construction in the eastern states. At a subsequent date he removed to Wyoming to engage in the stock business, establishing his home in Uinta county in 1906. Since then he has been associated with his brother, George F. Chapman, in the live stock business and they are owners of an extensive ranch located twenty-two miles northwest of Evanston. They have six thousand acres under fence and on the place is a fine residence with large barns and sheds for cattle and other stock. This is one of the finest ranches in western Wyoming and its attractive appearance is indicative of the progressive spirit and enterprise of the owners, who are most progressive men, carrying forward to successful completion whatever they undertake.
In June, 1880, W. 0. Chapman was united in marriage to Miss Bessie G. Dewitt, of Boston, Massachusetts, and they have become the parents of two children: Mrs. Margaret Soulter, who was born in Canton, Massachusetts, and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is rearing her family of three children, Channing W., William Chapman and Barbara; and Mrs. Dorothy M. Hodges, who was born in Canton, Massachusetts, and is living in Detroit, Michigan. She has one child, Wetmore Hodges.
In his political views Mr. Chapman is a stalwart republican and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, doing everything in his power to promote the success of his party yet not seeking office as a reward for party fealty. He is now one of Wyoming’s representative citizens, standing at all times for the best interests of community and commonwealth, and his enterprise is constituting a dominant factor in bringing about radical and valuable changes in his section of the state. He had become accustomed to controlling extensive and important interests before his removal to the west and since living in Wyoming has constantly broadened the scope of his activities until he now controls most important interests as treasurer of the Neponsett Land & Live Stock Company.