From the book
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania,
Chapman Publishing Co., New York, 1897
Henry Chappell, of Scranton, was born in Bridgend, Wales, March 14, 1851, and is a member of a family at one time prominent in South Wales. Reference to the history of his parents will be found in the sketch of his brother, William, upon another page.
Note: Despite this statement above, there is no biography of brother William to be found in the above volume. JLT.
He was educated in the public schools of Bridgend, and at an early age began to assist his father in the store. In 1868 he went to the coal fields of Wales, and gaining employment soon became a practical miner. From an early age it was his intention to seek his fortune in America and as soon as the way was made clear he carried out this resolve, crossing the Atlantic in November of 1873, and locating in Jermyn, where he was engaged in mining in the employ of John Jermyn.
The year 1878 witnessed the arrival of Mr. Chappell in Scranton, where he has since made his home. For a time he was employed in the Jermyn (now the Manville) mine, but in March of 1888 he retired from the mining business and the following month bought from A. F. O'Boyle the Castle Hotel in West Market Street. After having conducted it for three years, he bought Central Hotel, No. 116 West Market Street, from Charles Lowry, and was "mine host" there until April 1, 1896, when he sold out. It is his intention to again enter the hotel business in West Market Street April 1, 1897.
After having been in America a number of years, Mr. Chappell visited his old home in 1882, and spent three months in Wales and England. Two years later his wife returned to her old Welsh home for a visit. In 1896 he again visited his parents and friends in Wales, sailing May 1, and returning September 2, after having enjoyed a delightful trip in Wales, England, Ireland and the Isle of Man. He owns some valuable property in Scranton, including several residences in Ferdinand Street, Providence. In politics he is a strong Republican, but not radical in his opinions. While in Jermyn he was actively connected with the Ivorites and now holds membership in Celestial Lodge, I. O. O. F., and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Scranton.
In Wales, March 1, 1873, Mr. Chappell married Miss Ann Jenkins, who was born in Glamorganshire, and is a lady of amiable disposition and a consistent member of the Puritan Congregational Church. They are the parents of one child now living, a daughter Nellie. The father of Mrs. Chappell was John Jenkins, a native of Carmarthenshire, and a son of William Jenkins, who was a miner by occupation. He was employed as fire boss in Wales until his death in 1874. Twice married, by his first union he had four children, all but one of whom are living. His second marriage was to Elizabeth Williams, who was born in Glamorganshire, the daughter of Thomas Williams, a farmer and dealer in coal there. She became the mother of four children and is still living, making her home in Wales. Mrs. Chappell, who was next to the eldest of the children born to her father's second marriage, was reared in Glamorganshire and continued to make her home in Wales until her marriage.
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