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Dorcheat Historical Association Museum
PO Box 1094
Minden, Louisiana 71058.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Stagecoach Days In Minden
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The following description of the Chaffe family is from the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana printed in 1890; Christopher Chaffe, proprietor of
foundry and livery stable, Minden Among the enterprising, pushing, thoroughgoing and public spirited citizens of Minden, La. and Webster Par., Minden the above mentioned gentleman ranks among the first. He is a native of Louisiana , born in England on Devonshire County January 8, 1818, and his parents, John and Johanna (Skelton) Chaffe, were natives of the same country.
John Chaffe was a blacksmith and farmer, and carried on a prosperous business until his death in 1848. His widow survived him several years, and died in her native country when eighty-two years of age. Christopher Chaffe learned the blacksmith's trade with his father, and remained with him until twenty-nine years of age, at which time he started out for himself. He remained in his native country until 1840, and then immigrated to the States, locating at
, where he has since resided. Here he has met with varied success. Minden, La.
He built a shop and started in business here in 1851, but an enemy burned his shop in the same year. He soon bought out a foundry, established himself here, and also built a barn in 1854 in order to engage in the livery business. He has been carrying on a successful business here for years. In 1880 he met with another loss by fire, his gin house being burned. In 1887 his residence was burned. He rebuilt the house the same year, but this too, was destroyed by fire in 1888, together with his livery barn and office.
At no time has Mr. Chaffe been discouraged, but began anew with renewed energy and determination, being better fixed to-day than at any past time. He has a large, new, substantial residence, a farm of about 500 acres with 300 acres under cultivation, the gin is kept busy and he is doing a fair livery business. In 1854 Mr. Chaffe took a mail contract and started a mail line to
from Monroe . In 1856 he also took a mail contract from Minden to Shreveport , and established a daily line. He had several mail contracts during the war, and is still in the Government service as a mail contractor. Vicksburg
Mr. Chaffe was married in
on England May 29, 1848, to Miss Jane Farley, a most estimable lady, who died here in 1867. She was his devoted wife and helpmate for nineteen years, and was a faithful and consistent member of the Episcopal Church. To his marriage were born six children, viz.: Charles (married, resided in ), Arthur (married and resides in Texas ), Clarence, Jeanette, Lizzie and Trebly. Mr. Chaffe and family are members of the Episcopal Church. Minden
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