Jul. 4, 1876 Weston Pottawattamie County Iowa, USA
Sep. 11, 1954 Persia Harrison County Iowa, USA
Bessie is the daughter of Michael and Anne Carlile Gatrost. She graduated from Persia High School and Woodbine Normal. She taught rural schools in the area for five years. It is said that she was a strict disciplinarian.
Bessie married Wellen Chapman Feb 27, 1901. To this union 3 children were born; Sheldon A. Chapman Bernice Isabelle Chapman Pitzer Hallie Irene Chapman Peters