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W. F. Chalfant

W. F. Chalfant, register of deeds, was born in Harrisville, Harrison Co., Ohio, August 19, 1834. When about thirteen years of age his parents removed to Pennsylvania. At the Normal School, In Edenburg, Pa., he received his education, learning the printer's trade also. In 1860 he commenced publishing the Granville Argus, and in August of the next year enlisted in Company F, Sixty-first Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 61st Regiment.

At Fredricksburg, Va., June 3, 1863, he was shot through both lungs, and discharged, account of disability, October 19, 1863. From January, 1865, until nearly the close of the year he was in the Pay Department of the Army of the Gulf, headquarters at New Orleans.

After leaving the army he settled in Conneaut Township, Crawford Co., Pa., engaging, to some extent, in the manufacture of lumber. Mr. Chalfant was elected Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in 1866, and held that office three years from December 1st of that year. Before coming to Kansas he again published the Granville Argus for one year.

He was married in Crawford County, Pa., June 6, 1861, to Martha F. Foster, who is a native of that county. They have four children living -William Foster, James D., Anna, and Grace -and have lost three.

Source: History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas, Chicago, IL; 1883