Formation of Chapple Municipality

Between the Ripples...Stories of Chapple

The requirements for organization as a municipality are written in F. Yeigh’s report: As soon as a township has 100 resident freeholders, a township council, consisting of reeve, deputy reeve and councilors, may be chosen to administer the affairs of the organized settlement.

The community which was to become Chapple was nearly swallowed by the townships organizing on either side. The Emo community was in need of a larger school and planned a meeting of nearby townships to form an organized territory to whom moneylenders would be willing to risk loans. The “Chapple” people met with them but decided against joining with Emo. The met with the Morley community and decided against that union as well, but interstingly, to townships of Roseberry, Barwick, Shenston, Dobie and part of the Long Sault were organized as a municipality earlier than either Morley or Emo. The incorporation date of the Municipality of Chapple was September 14, 1899, making it the third Municipality to be organized after Alberton and McIrvine.