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Howard Francis Chatfield
Birth: Jun. 13, 1899
Boulder County
Colorado, USA
Death: Jan. 16, 1953
Butte County
California, USA


Occupation: Diamond Match Company, Chico Union Ice Co., Levy-Zentner Company, Mulkey's store, Chico Meat Co./butcher

Affiliation: BPOE/Local 423 (Elks Club Lodge) Chico, Butchers Union/Local 352

Died: at age 53; Bright's disease

Married: Dec 29, 1919, EVELYN ALICE WILSON, Fresno, Fresno Co., CA; eloped. Marriage certificate was fudged to read 1918.

Remarried: abt 1921; as they married in the Episcopal Church, his mother threatened to have first marriage annulled if they did not remarry in the Catholic Church

Six daughters:
1. Maye Francis CHATFIELD
1920 - 1994
2. Gloria Jane CHATFIELD
1922 - 1964
3. Patricia Joy CHATFIELD
1924 - 1996
4. Yvonne Jessie CHATFIELD
1929 - 2004
5. Nadine Evelyn CHATFIELD
1933 - 2006
6. Judith Lynne CHATFIELD
1940 - 1940

Like many in his family, Howard worked for the Diamond Match Company. He was a small man—small enough where he rode horses in a circus and his friends thought he should be a jockey.

On December 27, 1918 Howard eloped with his sweetheart, Evelyn Alice Wilson, a seventeen-year-old English girl. They went to Los Angeles, living there through 1920, she, a young mother, he, a laborer on the streets.

When Grandma found out her son married Evelyn in the Episcopalian Church, she demanded that the couple remarry in the Catholic Church or he would never set foot in her house again. They abided by his mother's wishes, but Howard seldom set foot in her house again anyway. The only reason he saw Nellie was because Evelyn insisted he see her on Mother's Day and her birthday with card and gift in hand. After all, she was still his mother.

Howard and his wife lived in Orland where he worked as a manager for the Union Ice Company, delivering ice in a horse-drawn carriage; the horse knew the route and except for getting the ice to the porch, could have delivered it without Howard. They moved to Chico to raise their family. He worked two jobs, belonging to the butcher's union and tending bar at night for the Elk's Club. Howard was fastidious and came from the butcher shop at lunchtime every day to change his shirt and apron. He kept his shoes polished, his sock drawer orderly, and his slacks carefully folded in a drawer rather than hanging them—not wanting a hanger mark on the legs.

He kept the women in his life well dressed, well fed, and well cared for. Every year at Christmas he borrowed from his banker $1,000 on a handshake to give his wife and daughters Christmas, and every year it took him six months to pay it back. He never wanted them to be without.
Family links: 
  Charles Henry Chatfield (1870 - 1942)
  Nellie Belle Chamberlin Chatfield (1873 - 1956)
  Evelyn Alice Wilson Chatfield (1901 - 1969)*
  Maye Francis Chatfield Lane (1920 - 1994)*
  Gloria Jane Chatfield Sutherlund (1922 - 1964)*
  Patricia Joy Chatfield Trembly (1924 - 1996)*
  Yvonne Jessie Chatfield Costa (1929 - 2004)*
  Nadine Evelyn Chatfield Wilkins (1933 - 2006)*
  Judith Lynne Chatfield (1940 - 1940)*
  Charles Joseph Chatfield (1895 - 1986)*
  Leo Willard Chatfield (1897 - 1956)*
  Howard Francis Chatfield (1899 - 1953)
  Roy Elmer Chatfield (1901 - 1978)*
  Nellie Mary Chatfield McElhiney (1903 - 1983)*
  Gordon Gregory Chatfield (1905 - 1948)*
  Verda Agnes Chatfield Day (1908 - 1978)*
  Arden Sherman Chatfield (1910 - 1981)*
  Ina Jacqueline Chatfield Fouch (1913 - 1993)*
  Noreen Ellen Chatfield Clemens (1915 - 1968)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Buried Jan 18, 1953
Chico Cemetery
Butte County
California, USA
Created by: Catherine Clemens...
Record added: Dec 28, 2008
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Howard Francis Chatfield
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Howard Francis Chatfield
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Howard Francis Chatfield
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