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Chester Will Chappell was born in Cazenovia in 1845 and went on to form the successful National Casket Company with his Rochester business partners. He died in 1909 in one of Madison County’s first recorded fatal automobile accidents.

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Chester Will Chappell: Cazenovia native, casket company tycoon

From the Madison County Historian

Madison County’s history of inventors and businessman can be traced back to its founding in 1806. People who lived here at the county’s outset had to be creative and shrewd.


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