Frances Louise Nussbaum
b. 18 April 1908, d. November 1980
- Father: George Frederick Nussbaum b. 10 October 1876, d. 9 March 1952
- Mother: Helen May Simkins b. 20 May 1877, d. 24 May 1944
- Frances Louise Nussbaum was born on 18 April 1908 in New York.
- George Frederick Nussbaum and Helen May Simkins appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 1371 Ontario Avenue. Other members of the household included Frances Louise Nussbaum, Nelson George Nussbaum. Also in the household was a female domestic servant.
- George Frederick Nussbaum and Helen May Simkins appeared in the Minnesota state census of 1 April 1915 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 1371 Ontario Avenue. Other members of the household included Frances Louise Nussbaum, Nelson George Nussbaum and George Frederick Nussbaum Jr.
- George Frederick Nussbaum and Helen May Simkins appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 1371 Ontario Avenue. Other members of the household included Frances Louise Nussbaum, Nelson George Nussbaum and George Frederick Nussbaum Jr. Also in the household one boarder.
- George Frederick Nussbaum and Helen May Simkins appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 1371 Ontario Avenue. Other members of the household included Frances Louise Nussbaum, George Frederick Nussbaum Jr.
- The following appeared on 18 June 1934 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Miss Frances Nussbaum and John Haskell Chapin, whose marriage will take place at 4:30 o'clock Saturday, June 23, in St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal church, are being extensively entertained at pre-nuptial parties. . . .
- The following appeared on 21 June 1934 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. Mark Allison Smith and Mrs. William McCleary, Jr., entertained at luncheon followed by bridge yesterday at Mrs. McCleary's home in Jefferson avenue for Miss Frances Nussbaum, whose marriage to John H. Chapin will take place on Saturday. The guests included the bridal party. . . . Those present were Miss Ellen Walton, of Baltimore, Md; Miss Vera Brown, of Lewiston; Miss Jane Elliott, Mrs. Seelye C. Nagel and Miss Mary Carolyn Morrill.
- She married John Haskell Chapin on 23 June 1934 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church.
- John Haskell Chapin and Frances Louise Nussbaum appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 2876 McKoon Avenue.
- The following appeared on 10 March 1952 in the Niagara Falls Gazette:
A former two-term member of the Niagara Falls City Council and well-known for many years in business circles, George F. Nussbaum, 75, of 1371 Ontario avenue, died at 4 p.m. yesterday at Buffalo Veterans hospital.
A native of this city, Mr. Nussbaum served as a councilman from 1928 to 1936 and during that period was one of the leaders in creating Hyde Park and the Municipal airport. For many years he was active in the Republican party.
For a period of 47 years, prior to retirement, in 1948, Mr. Nussbaum was district representative of the Pittsburgh Plate Glass company. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American war and was a member of Niagara River Lodge 785, F and AM; Niagara Chapter 200, RAM; Niagara Commandery 64, Knights Templar; Ismalia temple, Buffalo; Exempt Firemen's association, Lewiston Anglers club and Niagara and Niagara Falls Country clubs.
He is survived by two sons, Nelson G. Nussbaum, this city, and Dr. George F. Nussbaum, Jr., North Tonawanda; a daughter, Mrs. John H. Chapin, this city; a sister, Mrs. Emma Sonnenberg, Mt. Clemens, Mich., and eight grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Gridley Funeral home, 750 Main street, until noon Wednesday. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Arthur H. Schmoyer, at the convenience of the family.
Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.
- The following appeared on 19 November 1955 in the Niagara Falls Gazette:
St. Paul's Methodist Church will dedicate its new north transept Nativity window at the worship service at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The art window is in honor of all ministers who have served St. Paul's since its organization in 1835. It has been given by the Temple family in memory of the late Dr. and Mrs. Sterling Temple. . . .
The names of 48 ministers of St. Paul's appear on the stained-glass window. They are, with the years of their service: . . . J. N. Simkins, 1856-57, 1858-59, and 1889-94. . . .
Special invitations have been extended to descendants of these ministers who reside in this city and area, many of whom have been active in the life of the church. . . .
Descendants of the Rev. Mr. Simkins include his son, Edward Simkins; a granddaughter, Mrs. John H. Chapin; two grandsons, Nelson G. Nussbaum and Dr. George F. Nussbaum, Tonawanda; and great grandchildren, Barbara and Peter Chapin, Gayle and Jean Nussbaum, in this city, and Gretchen, Virginia, Frederick and Paul Nussbaum, Tonawanda. The Rev. Mr. Simkins' daughter, Mrs. Peter H. Kain, resides in Pennsylvania.
- The following appeared on 11 February 1961 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: (Lewiston) Miss Barbara Louise Chapin will become the bride of Richard L. Taylor today (Feb. 11, 1961) at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Rev. William F. Staton will officiate at a double-ring ceremony uniting the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Haskell Cahpin, Woodland Drive, and the son of Mrs. Clarence E. McCubbins, Cain Road, Youngstown, and the late Mr. McCubbins.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride will be gowned in imported pearl-white silk. . . .
Miss Virginia Nussbaum, Tonawanda, will be her cousin's maid of honor . . . [and] Bridesmaids will be Miss Gail Chapin of Saranac Lake, cousin of the bride, Miss Ann Shoemaker and Miss Constance Tomlinson. . . . William McCubbins will be best man for his brother. The guests will be seated by John Suitor, Youngstown, William Ganley, Jack Fesmire III and Peter F. Chapin, brother of the bride.
A reception will be held at the Niagara Falls Country Club immediately following the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.
When they return from a wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor will reside at 519 Oak St., Youngstown.
Guests from out of town will include Mrs. Peter H. Kain, Philadelphia, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. D. Mott Chapin and children, Gail and David Chapin, Saranac Lake.
- The following appeared on 6 January 1967 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: (Coral Gables, Fla.) Miss Judy Elizabeth Davis and Peter Frost Chapin were wed here Dec. 28, 1966. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cohen Davis, Charleston, S.C. Mr. and Mrs. John H. Chapin, 250 N. Third St., Lewsiton, N.Y., are the parents of the bridegroom. The couple will reside at 8203 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, N.Y.
- The following appeared on 21 January 1968 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. John H. Chapin. . . . The former Frances Nussbaum was born in Niagara Falls, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George F. Nussbaum.
Her family and that of her husband have been in Niagara Falls so long that they can trace a relationship to many of the other old families here.
Her father was a city councilman, her mother's father a minister at St. Paul's Methodist Church when it was located at the corner of Thomas and Second streets.
'my father's mother was a Haeberle, the 13th of 14 children," she laughs. And her mother, a church organist, was the first vice president of the YWCA when it was formed.
That's why so much of Mrs. Chapin's girlhood days were spent in the YWCA. "That was about the only place to go."
She became a member of the Girl Reserves and a YWCA counselor, leading girls' groups who met in LaSalle area churches.
After graduating from Niagara Falls High School, Mrs. Chapin attended the University of Michigan, then the Bowes School of Physical Education, Boston. Returning to Niagara Falls, she taught physical education at North Junior High School for two years before her marriage to the young lawyer.
"I have known my husband all of my life." she says, "Our families were friends."
Mr. Chapin, the son of the late Supreme Court Judge John O. Chapin, practices law here as a member of the firm of Chapin, Shedd and Mariano.
The couple lived in McKoon Avenue, later built a house in McKinley Avenue and later yet moved to a large house in Lewiston Heights.
The present house, a 150-year-old white frame, two-story at 250 North Third St., Lewiston was bought in 1966 when Mrs. Chapin plunged headling into the task of remodeling and enlarging it, then decorating and furnishing.
"Practically every piece of furniture is a hand-me-down," she laughs.
. . . When she is not looking for antiques, Mrs. Chapin is likely to be playing bridge. In the summer, she takes a group of feminine friends to the couple's island in Stoney Lake, near Kawartha Lake in Canada. "We play bridge for a week straight" she laughs.
With her husband, Mrs. Chapin enjoys fishing and she holds her own when it comes to skinning and filetting the Northern Pike they seek in the Canadian lakes.
Now that the children are gone, the couple is devoting more time to travel. . . .
The couple's children are Mrs. Richard Taylor, Youngstown, the mother of two and Peter Chapin, who was married recently and lives in Niagara Falls.
Mrs. Chapin has served on the YWCA board of directors, on the board of the Niagara Falls Service League and of the Woman's Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital. She was chairman of the Charity Ball and was president of The Tatler in 1964. She has been president of the Niagara Falls Country Club bowling league and now is on the board of managers of the Episcopal Church Home in Buffalo.
She is also a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church and the Philip Mosher Guild of the church, and belongs to the Old Fort Niagara Association. . . .
- The SSDI lists Lewiston, Niagara County, New York, as the last residence of record of Frances Louise Nussbaum.
- Frances Louise Nussbaum died in November 1980 at age 72.
- John Haskell Chapin became a widower at her death.
- Last Edited: 26 Jul 2013