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Chandler Adjustable School Desk
The Adjustable School Desk made by the Chandler company of Boston, Massachusetts, was a popular and well-respected item of school equipment in the late 1800s. One posting on boards.ancestry.com/surnames.chandler states the company was started in 1892 by Frederic A. Chandler, and another says it was located at 7 Tremont Street in Boston. According to the second post, the family was originally from Duxbury and moved to Somerville around 1870.
Jesus "Jay" Rodriguez. an antique furniture restorer in Coral Springs, Florida, recently rescued the vintage Chandler desk below from an apartment building dumpster. Jay wrote: "Both the seat and the desk were pretty dirty and mounted in a pine latex painted plywood board. I made a deep cleaning (not sanding or removing patina) and applied several coats of water base satin finish clear coat, then buffed with restore & shine compound and now It just looks amazing. I want to share some pictures with you. At this moment I don't know what I'm going to do with it but in the meantime I'm enjoying a lot just looking at it in my living room." Thanks for sharing, Jay!
Top left, a photo detail showing the Chandler logo.
Above left and above right, two views of the restored desk.
At left, the desk in mid-restoration.
Jesus "Jay" Rodriguez
November 13, 2013
From "THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF ALBANY, N. Y. ILLUSTRATED. A SOUVENIR VOLUME," by Harold W. Cole and Theodore C. Hailes, Albany New York. Published by Harold W. Cole and Theodore C. Hailes, Albany, NY, 1894. Available online at https://archive.org/stream/cu31924032189601/cu31924032189601_djvu.txt
THE idea of a school Desk and Chair that can be adjusted "exactly" to the sitting height of a child is not a new one. The best authorities on the proper seating in schools have for the past 20 years invited such an invention ; and since the introduction of the Chandler Adjustable Desk and Chair the same authorities have expressed their approbation and satisfaction that it is now possible to obtain scientific hygienic furniture for the School-room. "The Roulstone" is easily and accurately adjustable to the size of every child, both Chair and Desk having adjustments graduated to 1-16 of an inch. It is artistic in appearance, solid in construction and gives to each child a seat separate from the Desk, as all correct furniture should give.
|Chandler Inn, Boston
Carolyn Greenburg sent this photo of Chandler Inn, possibly so-named because it is located at 26 Chandler Street, Boston. Does anyone know for whom Chandler Street is named?
September 25, 2013
Albert Chandler, Fruiterer, Bedford, England
CFA member Errol Chandler in England sent this photo of Chandler's fruit shop, operated by Albert and Louisa Chandler, that formerly stood at 16-18 Saint Loyes Street, at the corner of Dane Street, in Bedford, England. The shop is no longer there and the site has been redeveloped, so it is fortunate that a photographer of an earlier generation documented the shop. The sign over the door reads, at left, "English - Foreign" and, at right, "Fruiterer." The photo was provided to Errol by a client, Amy Chandler.
According to Wikipedia, Bedford is in the east of England and is the administrative center for the Borough of Bedford. The name of the town is thought to derive from the name of a Saxon chief called Beda and a ford crossing the River Great Ouse. Bedford was a market town for the surrounding agricultural region from the early Middle Ages.
January 21, 2013
Kirkham, Hulett & Chandler, Ltd., London
CFA member Errol Chandler (Chandler DNA Group #71) of Somerset, England, provided these two reproductions of advertisements from Kirkham, Hulett & Chandler, Ltd., an English manufacturer of machinery used in the production and purification of coal gas. The company was established at some time prior to 1879 and was formally registered on October 7, 1879. The giant machines they manufactured for coal gas production were sold and installed not only in England but also in far-flung locations such as Hungary, Denmark, Brazil, Germany, and Russia. Dean Chandler (at right), Errol's great-great uncle (or possibly g-g-g uncle), may have been a founding member of the company. Dean co-authored a book, The Rise of the Gas Industry in Britain, which was published in 1949.
Click on the image above to see a 4-page patent application for "Apparatus for Washing or Scrubbing Gas"
|Josiah Clement Chandler, Errol's grandfather, was employed as a "gas engineer" with the family business, Kirkham, Hulett & Chandler, Ltd. Errol believes the job took his grandfather to Wales, where he married. Errol's father, Leslie Chandler (his full name was Clement Leslie Chandler), was born June 4, 1893, in Pontybodkin, Mold, Flintshire, Wales, in a house called The Nant Cottage. A second son, Joseph Vincent, was also born in Wales on July 21, 1895. Other children were Drusilla Pearl, Reginald Victor, and Nora Louise.
Josiah's job also apparently sent him, and possibly the entire family, to Russia for a prolonged stay. Errol wrote:
Staff from the UK would have had to base themselves in the foreign destinations for months or even years…..it was not like today when an engineer can fly back and forth and communicate by telephone, email and fax.
This logistical nightmare would have played a major role in the childhood and adolescence of my father, Clement Leslie Chandler. I believe it directly shaped his character and prepared him for an extraordinary life.
The 1901 census of England shows the family living in London. As Josiah and Leslie were recorded on that census, they must have traveled between the UK and Russia, possibly more than once. It is understood that for a period only Josiah and Leslie were in Russia, while the mother and younger siblings remained in England.
Josiah Chandler apparently stayed in Russia (or at least traveled between Russia and England) until about 1909 or 1910. Leslie learned to speak fluent Russian, and that ability played a major part in his service to England during World War I and after. Errol is still pulling together that part of his father's history, which promises to be a fascinating story including undercover operations, royal courier service, and diplomatic pouches.
Errol produced for the CFA a brief but interesting document on the history of Kirkham, Hulett & Chandler, Ltd., and the history and importance of the gas power industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Read Errol's essay here.
Leslie eventually emigrated to South Africa, where he married and had six children. The 1937 photo at right shows Leslie strolling down Oxford Street in East London, South Africa. (Note that his eyeglasses have an opaque left lens. He suffered the partial loss of sight in that eye as a result of a wound he suffered in WWI.) Visit the Chandler Memories page for more about this family.
Updated September 25, 2013
|Chandler Funeral Home, Vernon, Alabama|
Kay Koonce sent these photos of Chandler Funeral Home in Vernon, Alabama, operated by her first cousin Allen V. Chandler.
September 30, 2012
|Chandler Pump Company|
While on vacation in July 2012 in Galveston Beach, Texas, with their family of three children, their spouses, and six grandchildren, Glenn (former CFA president) and Joy Chandler took the entire group to lunch at the Strand Emporium. The store contains a large collection of interesting and historic objects. Imagine the family's surprise when the historic object in the center of their table turned out to be a Chandler pump! Behind the pump in Glenn's photo at right is oldest grandson Tom Chandler, age 15, of Balfron, Scotland.
Research into the history of the Chandler Pump Company revealed the company was based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and a 1903 company building is eligible for inclusion in the National Register. Glenn located a photo at Flickr.com of a Chandler Pump Company building (see below) by David Sebben, who has given permission for us to display his photograph.
Chandler Pump Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Photo by David Sebben
Details of the history of the Chandler Pump Company were found in an architectural survey, posted online by Preservation Iowa:
The oldest of these firms was the Chandler Pump Company started by J.A. Chandler in 1890 after
being recruited by the Manufacturers and Jobbers Association, a bureau of the Cedar Rapids
Board of Trade. By 1900, the company was well-known for its "Chandler Iron Pump" and was a
major wholesale supplier of iron pipe, plumbers' supplies and well casings. The company's
factory site included an extensive machine shop, pattern shop, iron foundry, several warehouses
and an iron pipe shed. The buildings were situated on an irregular parcel located along a block of
railroad sidings between B Avenue, NW and 1st Avenue. The warehouses were two-story brick
buildings and the machines shops and foundry were one-story brick buildings. The company saw
its product lines shift through the years and in 1952 moved operations to a new larger facility
along the Illinois Central Railroad north of the downtown. The company was reorganized as
Chandler Machine Products. Source: Architectural Reconnaissance Survey
for St. Patrick’s Neighborhood
in Cedar Rapids
CFA President Dick Chandler added the following information: "Chandler Pump Company founder John Adams Chandler was a descendant of William Chandler and his wife Annis who settled at Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1637, so belonged to DNA Group 9 which already has quite a few famous Chandlers, including Seth Carlo the astronomer (discoverer of the Chandler Wobble), Chloe Chandler (great grandmother of President Rutherford B. Hayes), John the Honest Tory, and Harry Chandler, publisher of the Los Angeles Times."
August 2, 2012
|The Chandler House, Okolona, Mississippi|
The Chandler House, built in the 1850’s as a log cabin, was extensively enlarged in the 1860’s by owner Col. James R. “Bob” McIntosh and is a rare example of a residence that combines Greek Revival and Italianate features. Only about six houses in Mississippi feature a colonnade of six octagonal columns, as the Chandler House does, and the segmental arched windows and bracketed cornice add to its uniqueness.
In 1896, Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Chandler purchased the house, and it remained in the family until the heirs donated the home to the Okolona Development Foundation Charities in 2005. The house has suffered from neglect and deterioration, as it has stood vacant for more than 25 years. The Development Foundation has received an architect’s report and estimates that it will take $750,000 to restore the structure. Although a $50,000 Carpenter grant has been obtained, fund raising is at a standstill and this property is still endangered. Some roof work has been done and $20,000 has been raised from private individuals to stabilize the property. They would like to apply for a grant but felt the property needed to be stabilized first. Additional fund raising will have to take place to fund a grant application. Interest in historic preservation is currently running high in Okolona with several other historic properties having been restored recently by private individuals and membership in the Main Street up 50%, so hopefully that will translate into interest in helping to raise the money necessary to save the Chandler House.
If you would like to help, donations may be made to Mississippi Heritage Trust, P. O. Box 577, Jackson, MS 39205. To donate by credit card, call 601-354-0200. You may designate your gift for the Chandler House and your donation is tax-deductible.
Photos by Chip Bowman, Mississippi Heritage Trust
Submitted by Claudia Chandler Brocato
Updated April 12, 2011
Chandler's Saccharin Pellets
Dale Halupnik spotted this advertising sign in a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Joplin, Missouri. Dale said, "I always enjoy looking at the various signs they post in their establishments and seeing Chandler was a neat surprise." Since the Chandler name logo is the same, this is obviously the same company, Chandler's Famous Medicines (see below), whose sign was spotted by another member at a Cracker Barrell in Valdosta, Georgia. Both signs have the slogan "Best by test!" Chandler's Famous Medicines was based in St. Louis, Missouri.
February 14, 2011
Chandler's Grove United Methodist Church,
Montgomery County, North Carolina
Kendrick Chandler (1813-1899) donated the land for Chandler's Grove in 1871. The church had its beginning sometime prior to August 8, 1871, and the original building was replaced in 1911. For about 60 years Chandler's Grove was a thriving and active church. In 1929 there was a membership of approximately 75, mostly large families who farmed nearby. The depression hit the area hard, and by 1956 the membership had fallen to approximately 28. Beginning in the 1970s membership at Chandler's Grove began to recover and is still growing.
A few years ago, a member who was clearing a wooded area behind the church discovered two graves. Research indicates those two graves are the resting places of the first wife of Kendrick Chandler and a daughter of the couple. The area has now been fenced in and is being cared for by members of the church and the community. Anna Harkey, who provided the history of the church, says Kendrick's first wife's name was Elvira, and that is the wife from which Anna's line descends. Kindrick and Elvira's children were Wilson (1839-?), John (1844-?), Postell (1848-?), and Thomas (1856-1914). Thomas is Anna's gg-grandfather. Kindrick then married Margaret Lomax (1836-1899) and their children were Mary (1865 – 1914), Emma/Eliza (1868 – ), and Cicero (1870-).
Kendrick's father may have been Wilkes/Wilkins Chandler. Anna is interested in knowing more about the ancestry of this family, so write her if you have anything to share.
A survey of graves at Chandler's Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery
can be found at http://files.usgwarchives.org/nc/montgomery/cemeteries/changrov.txt
November 18, 2010
Chandler's Famous Medicines
CFA member Alvie Davidson emailed this photo with the following note: "I was having breakfast in a Cracker Barrel at Valdosta, Georgia, on Sunday morning,
October 31st and spotted this picture on the wall across from my table. I took
a photo of it with my IPhone. This business was apparently in St. Louis, MO,
according to the fine print on the picture. These are actual collected items and not just printed items."
The sign brags "Best By Test" and "Tried And Proven," with the statement "Sold since 1888." The items offered by Chandler's Famous Medicines included aspirin, cold tablets, headache and anti-pain pills, healing and pile ointment, mentholated rubbing ointment, cough syrup, saccharin, chick and poultry tonic, eye salve, circus liniment and kidney pills. At the bottom of the sign is the name "Chandler Distributors" and "St. Louis, Mo."
Alvie Davidson, C.G.
November 1, 2010
F. M. Chandler Stationery and Fancy Goods Shop, England
F.M. Chandler was the wife of Bert Chandler, son of James
William and Sarah Rowe Chandler. Bert opened F. M. Chandler Stationery and Fancy Goods in East Wittering, West Sussex, England, and for some reason named it for his wife. This family is Genetic Chandler Family #18, specifically descendants of Benjamin Chandler born 1763 in Hampshire, England. Read the history of some of Benjamin's descendants. More stories of Chandler families can be found on the Genetic Chandler Family pages.
November 1, 2010
Chandler's Deli, Knoxville, TN
C. M. and Clara Chandler stopped for a bite at Chandler's Deli in Knoxville, Tennessee, recently. Thanks for the photo, C. M.!
C. M. Chandler
July 23, 2010
Chandler, Quebec, Canada
Dick Chandler recently provided this photo taken of him by his wife Elaine in Chandler, Quebec, while they were on a four-month cross-Canada camping tour in 2003.
July 14, 2010
Information on Chandler, Quebec, has been included here since Cathy Chandler Oliveira wrote in 2006 to tell of "a fairly important town in Quebec" named Chandler. Cathy says Chandler "is named after a man from Philadelphia who came up here and helped build a pulp and paper mill."
From http://www.infogaspesie.com/: This city was named after Percy Milton Chandler, a manufacturer from Philadelphia who founded the first pulp and paper mill in the Gaspésie (the Gaspé Peninsula)
in 1912. At the time of the construction some 200 workers, mostly of Italian origin, came to the area. Chandler, a mere village at its beginning, became a city in 1958. During summer, it is possible to fish mackerel from the wharf. Others fish from the superb beach situated on the sandbar in the bay. You will find nice trails at the Vachon lake's boardwalk (walking, bird watching). The marina is frequently the scene of summer festivities.
Cathy Chandler Oliveira
October 9, 2006
In Shearsby, South Leicestershire, England, Chandler's Arms was named "Country Pub of the Year."
Bob Chandler of Brooksville, Florida, spotted Chandler Lanscaping in Banner Elk, North Carolina, while on vacation. Bob stopped in and found that CFA member Steve Chandler and his wife Rebecca own the landscaping business as well as Clemmons Produce. The inset photo shows, from left, Rebecca, Bob, and Steve. Submitted by Bob Chandler - June 27, 2009
Chandler Concrete, Inc.
Bob Chandler snapped these photos on a vacation trip to North Carolina.
Internet research by your webmaster revealed that Tom Chandler purchased an existing ready mix concrete business in 1973, and Chandler Concrete Company has continued as a family owned and operated business since that time. The company is based in Burlington, North Carolina. Submitted by Bob Chandler - June 27, 2009
Kentucky State Reformatory
This photo was taken by Larry Douglas Chandler, the current warden, on the front steps of the Kentucky State Reformatory, located in LaGrange, Kentucky, which is approximately thirty miles northeast of Louisville. Governor A. B. "Happy" Chandler, under whose first administration the Reformatory was planned and constructed, was twice governor of Kentucky - 1935-1939 and 1955-1959. See more about "Happy" Chandler on the Chandler links page on this web site - links_chandler.html.
From the Kentucky Department of Corrections web site: (The Kentucky State Reformatory) is a medium security facility under the administration of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet, Department of Correction and is the state's second largest institution in term of inmate population with a 1998-bed capacity. The Kentucky State Reformatory was the third prison built in the Commonwealth of Kentucky following the establishment of a penal system by Kentucky’s Legislature in 1798. * * * * The concept of the Kentucky State Reformatory was made possible through the appropriation of funds by the 1936 General Assembly and matching federal funds form the Public Works Administration. A committee chosen by Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler toured the country seeking ideas to bring back to Kentucky so that the new institution being planned would be the correctional showplace of America. The committee returned with a blueprint that was innovative as far as prison construction of the time was concerned. Architecturally, it appeared similar to schools and hospitals of that era. Instead of having individual cells for inmates, the plans called for open-wing dormitories. There was liberal space for each man and the design committee believed this would encourage the men to return to the community and lead crime-free lives. The prison hospital was said to be the best-equipped facility within a 15 state area. Overall, the Chandler Administration believed that the construction of the new buildings coupled with the adjacent area of farmland were Kentucky’s answer to prison rehabilitation. Up to the present day the physical plant has essentially retained its original configuration.
Larry D. Chandler
April 15, 2008
John Chandler House, Chesapeake City, Maryland
William W. "Bill" Chandler sent this photo taken in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Bill's wife Marion is shown in front of a historic home, the John Chandler House. Chesapeake City grew up along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, one of only two commercially vital sea-level canals in the United States. The 14-mile-long Chesapeake & Delaware Canal runs across Maryland and Delaware, connecting the Delaware River with the Chesapeake Bay and the Port of Baltimore. As early as the 17th century local settlers, including the famous Dutch surveyor and map maker Augustine Herrman, recognized the possibility of connecting the Chesapeake Bay with the Delaware River. Not until 1824, after an unsuccessful first start further to the north, did construction begin at the Chesapeake City location. At it's completion in October of 1829, two structures were reported to have been standing in the town (then known as Bohemia Village): a pre-revolutionary building known as Chick's Tavern House and a lock house for collecting tolls. The town subsequently grew in response to the needs of the canal operations and commerce. In 1839, the town changed it's name to Chesapeake City in anticipation of big things to come and incorporated in 1849 when the population reached 400. The John Chandler House sign indicates it was built one year before the town was incorporated. Chesapeake City's historic area is on the National Historic Registry, as well as Maryland's Historic Registry. Sources: http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/sb/c&d.htm, http://www.chesapeakecity.com/about.htm
William W. Chandler
February 28, 2007
Chandler & Price Printing Press
Larry Douglas Chandler sent this photo of a Chandler & Price Printing Press. Larry tells us this press is used to print Maker's Mark labels at their distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. Information about the Chandler & Price Company can be found on the Amalgamated Printers' Association web site in a re-print of a 1977 journal article originally published in Type & Press. According to the APA site, the company was formed in 1881 by banker Harrison T. Chandler and William H. Price, son of a builder of printing presses.
Larry D. Chandler
February 20, 2008
Chandler Farm Death Site of Stonewall Jackson
New CFA member William W. "Bill" Chandler sent these photos taken in 1993 and the following informaton: On May 2, 1863, Stonewall Jackson threw his Corps against the Federal XI Corps and, with complete surprise, routed the Union forces. That evening, in reconnoitering the Federal positions, a Confederate outpost opened fire upon Jackson and his staff. Jackson was badly wounded, twice in the left arm and once in his right hand. He had his left arm amputated in the field, then was taken by ambulance to the farm of Thomas Coleman Chandler at Guiney's Station, Virginia (now called Guinea Station), a rough ride of some 27 miles. Mrs Jackson and daughter Julia joined the General on May 7. At first he seemed to be recovering, but General Jackson took a turn for the worse and died on May 10, 1863. He is buried in Lexington, Virginia. His left arm is buried separately, on the Chancellorsville Battlefield. The white building is the farm office in which Jackson died, and the nearby sign describes the incident. The lady in the photo is Bill's wife, Marion Wheelock Chandler. For more information on Stonewall Jackson and his death, see http://www.nps.gov/frsp/js.htm and http://www.civilwarhistory.com/stonewalljackson/jackson.htm. Medical details (1886) are available at http://members.aol.com/CWSurgeon0/jdeth.html.
William W. Chandler
February 14, 2007
McGinnis-Chandler Road is located in Madison County, Georgia. Nearby is the
McGinnis family cemetery, where Dudley Jones Chandler, Nancy Frances
Jolly Chandler, and many other family members are buried. (The cemetery web site has photographs of the markers of four Chandler graves.) The Dudley Jones
Chandler homestead is located about half a mile from the cemetery (still
occupied). The Chandler and McGinnis families were neighbors and
March 17, 2007
|Chandler Printing Co., Inc., Corbin, Kentucky|
Dodie Chandler and her friend Bryan Lamb recently visited Corbin, Kentucky, birthplace of Dodie's father, Dewey Chandler. Bryan took this photo of a local business, Chandler's Printing Co., Inc.
January 18, 2007
|Chandler Building, Miami, Florida|
On a Thanksgiving trip to visit relatives in Miami, new member Bob Chandler snapped this photo of the Chandler Building in South Miami Beach. We have not been able to find out anything about the history of this building.
December 16, 2006
Founded in the aftermath of the 1891 Land Run, Chandler grew quickly as one of Oklahoma's oil boom towns. The name honors George Chandler, the First Assistant Secretary of the Interior under President Benjamin Harrison. Chandler's main street is part of the fabled Route 66, which ran from Chicago to Los Angeles beginning in 1926.
Photos by Bryan Lamb were submitted by Dodie Chandler
November 26, 2006
In Canterbury, England - true to the name....
This photo was taken in Canterbury, England, by Ken Bell. Ken reports that the store owners are neither Chandlers nor related to Chandlers. They just decided to include Chandler, a historic term for shopkeeper, in the name of their shops. According to their web site, The Merchant Chandler has six stores in Kent, of which five sell a full range of imported goods. This one in Canterbury is geared to the thousands of tourists who visit the area. Thanks for sharing your photo, Ken!
August 23, 2006
Chandler's Furniture in Okolona, Mississippi
There has been a Chandler's Furniture in Okolona, a small historic town in northeast Mississippi, for almost sixty years. These photos were taken July 1, 2006. Immediately across from Chandler's Furniture is a Confederate cemetery.
Claudia Chandler Brocato
July 6, 2006
On the road in Starkville, Mississippi
Donnie F. Chandler spotted this SUV with a Chandler Motors insignia in Starkville, Mississippi. Donnie says the insignia indicates Chandler Motors is in Grenada in north Mississippi. An internet search did find Chandler Nissan in nearby Oxford, so both are probably part of the same company. Donnie snapped the photo through his windshield while driving. A great sighting, and congratulations on keeping your camera handy, Donnie!
Donnie F. Chandler
June 26, 2006
|More Chandler Sightings in North Carolina|
Dodie has been on the road again! She sent these two images from a recent trip to North Carolina.
This Chandler sponge, promoting Chandler's - Home of Dream Kitchens, was spotted in Troy Chandler's home. The bottom line says "DIP IN WATER SEE WHAT HAPPENS."
Dodie's camera caught this sign in Sprinkle Creek, Madison County, North Carolina.
June 6, 2006
Chandler Cove Road in North Carolina
Our member Dodie Chandler has submitted a photo of Chandler Cove Road in Revere, Madison County, North Carolina. That's a very scenic Chandler spot, Dodie!
May 8, 2006
Stan Chandler in England writes: "Hi there! I suppose you already know of Chandlers Ford near Southampton U.K. & Chandlers Cross near Watford in Hertfordshire, and looking at London St. map I notice six roads named Chandler, none of which I have previously heard of. My family hail from Frensham, Hampshire, 1799, James & his father James. James junior went to West Sussex, where my large family lived, Alas I think they all left after WW2. I have one known relative in Australia, one in I believe California."
March 28, 2006
|The Hotel Chandler in New York - in the center Of Midtown Manhattan atop historic Murray Hill
The newly-restored Hotel Chandler in New York brings the understated elegance of hotels from another era to the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. Hotel Chandler is situated within the Garment and Flatiron districts and within walking distance of the Empire State building and Madison Square Garden. The Hotel Chandler has 14 floors with 123 guest rooms.
These photos were taken by CFA President Glenn Chandler during a stay at the Hotel Chandler in December 2005.
March 26, 2006
Above: front door
Below: hotel facade