Thomas Henry Chalkley

THOMAS HENRY CHALKLEY, though identified with business affairs of Kansas only a few years, became widely known and was especially esteemed as a citizen of Lawrence.

He was born at Tottenham, now part of London, England, October 23, 1858, a son of Henry George and Hannah (Baron) Chalkley, being the oldest of their six children. His family was one of substantial means and to complete his education the son was sent to Germany. Later he began his business career as a helper in the office of his father, who was the English agent in London of the J. B. Watkins Land & Mortgage Company of Lawrence, Kansas. In 1896 Mr. Thomas H. Chalkley brought his family to America and reversed his former relationship, representing the English interests of the Watkins business. Thereafter he was known as a well informed business man, and as a citizen of Lawrence he took a keen interest in every local enterprise. His opinion was sought and his advice and counsel were valued by all with whom he came in contact. He became a naturalized American citizen. He was reared in the Society of Friends and always retained his membership in that faith. Mr. Chalkley died December 18, 1916.

He married for his first wife Ann Whieldon. She died in January, 1897, leaving two children: Harold and Ethel. On June 26, 1900, Mr. Chalkley married Miss Genevieve Howland. Mrs. Chalkley survives her husband and is the mother of two children: Marcella and Hilda Marcia.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed by Destiny Bush, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, September 28, 1998

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