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CHINOOK Melvin Oris Chapman, 89, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, in a Wolf Point hospital.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in Kuper Memorial Cemetery.

Melvin was born in Oblong, Ill., to Mabel Ikemire and Oris Chapman on Dec. 29,

1912. His family moved to Montana in 1913 to homestead with several other Oblong families. This area in northern Blaine County soon became known as the Oblong community. He spent a lot of time with his brother, Harold, raising and breaking horses. Many of the stories he told his children were memories of his childhood adventures on the backs of those ho...

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