| October/November 1991

  • Memoriam

  • Memoriam

RUSSELL CHAPLIN, the gentleman who was the dean of farm equipment dealers in Jones County, Iowa, recently passed away. I imagine that he probably was in the business longer than anyone else who represented a farm equipment company in the county. He was always as honest as possible or he would not have lasted so long. Also, he carried on hand a larger inventory of repair parts and had better service personnel than many other dealers in both Case and other companies.

I believe because of this man's honesty and integrity he was a real 'Iron Man'. These people who devoted their time and lives to the mechanization of farming, how could we have done without them?

Russell was born October 22, 1901 at Sand Springs, Iowa, the son of Harry and Clara Hicks Chaplin. He received his education in rural schools near Onslow and was later employed by Jones County as a maintainer operator.

Russell Chaplin and Harriet Marshall were married in 1934- The couple made their home in Onslow, where in 1941 Russell opened the J.I. Case dealership. He retired from his business in 1982. Russell and Harriet moved to the Senior Home in 1987, and Harriet preceded him in death in 1988.

Russell was a member of the Onslow Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He also served as a director of the Onslow Savings Bank for many years.

Surviving are a son, James Chaplin of Noble, Oklahoma; a daughter, Kay Salons of Lovelorn, Colorado and six grandchildren.