History Of The "Old High School" 1828-1840
by Charles Wells Chapin

        ABEL CHAPIN KINGSBURY. — Followed the sea, made many voyages from New York to China and European ports. Retiring from the sea, he became an engineer on the Boston & Albany Railroad, for several years, residing at Greenbush, N. Y. He died in New York city Nov. 19, 1881, aged 64 years.

        WILLIAM FOSTER, JR. — A prominent and wealthy citizen of New York city. He is president of the Retsof Salt Mining Company in Livingston county, N. Y.

        JOEL MILLER. — Was a member of the class of 1843 at Union College, Schenectady, N. Y. During the war of the Rebellion was enrolled at West Springfield, July, 1862, Company D, 34th Mass. Vols.; the same month mustered in for three years as corporal at Worcester, Mass. He was mustered in as second lieutenant Co. I, 1st North Carolina colored troops in May, 1863, at New-Berne, N. C. He died August 19, 1863, at U. S. General Hospital, Folly Island, S.C., of typhoid fever, at the age Of 43 years.

        CHARLES 0. CHAPIN, Springfield, Mass. — Was clerk for G.& C. Merriam about six years, member of the firm of Merriam, Chapin & Co., booksellers, also firm of Chapin & Bridgman; clerk of the common council in 1854, 1856, 1857, 1858. In 1858 he formed a partnership with Henry A. Gould, when they bought the Crescent Paper Mills at Russell, Mass., and engaged in the manufacture of fine writing paper. Mr. Chapin was actively engaged in the construction of the Ludlow water works in 1873-75 being one of the water commissioners; was chairman of the board from 1873 to 1880. He was president of the Springfield & Longmeadow Railroad Company, a director in the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and in the Agawam National Bank, and trustee in the Five Cents Savings Bank. He was a member of the board of prison commissioners. When in Boston attending a meeting of the board, held at the State House, he was suddenly stricken down, dying Oct. 28, 1882, at the age of 57.

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